Shawano Walmart among statewide remodeling

Walmart has announced its Shawano store, 1244 E. Green Bay St., is one of the Wisconsin sites slated for an upgrade in 2019.

Walmart expects to spend an estimated $60.9 million this year in Wisconsin through the remodeling of 11 stores, as well as the launch and continued expansion of several customer-focused innovations.

“At Walmart, we strive to invest in technologies and innovations that improve the retail experience by empowering our associates and saving our customers time and money,” said Chad Holz, Walmart regional general manager in Wisconsin. “By continuing to introduce new initiatives in Wisconsin — including pickup towers, online grocery pickup and grocery delivery — as well as updating our existing stores to improve the overall shopping experience, we are proud to help our customers shop where and when they want.”

The date for construction was not announced.


Catholic Charities to distribute emergency grants

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Green Bay received a $10,000 emergency grant from Catholic Charities USA to assist with damage caused by the recent flooding in northeast Wisconsin.

“The damage to homes and property has been extensive, but we hope that every little bit of assistance helps our neighbors who have been impacted by the flood waters,” said Ted Phernetton, director of Catholic Charities.

The grant money, in the amount of $200 per family with an income of less than $60,000 per year, will be distributed to individuals upon request and can be used for costs related to cleanup, replacement items ruined in the flood, purchase of a dehumidifier, daily living expenses, security deposit assistance, and temporary housing. The dollars will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis to those living within the 16 counties of the Diocese of Green Bay.


Listening sessions scheduled on bikes, walking

Public input is sought on ways to make the Shawano area better for bikers and walkers.

Shawano is among 10 communities across the country to receive assistance from the Safe Routes National Partnership to develop an action plan for improving biking and walking to local parks, green spaces and on trails.

Shawano Pathways, a local organization was one of 15 organizations nationally to be awarded a Safe Routes to Parks grant.

Public input to the plan is invited during three listening sessions:

• April 26, noon, Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce meeting room, 1263 S. Main St., Shawano.

• April 29, 6:30 p.m. Angie’s Main Café meeting room, 132 S. Main St., Shawano.

• April 30, 4:30 p.m., Glas Coffeehouse meeting room, 511 N. Main St., Shawano.


Shawano County library staff to present at conferences

Shawano County Library staff will present several sessions in upcoming months at state and national library conferences.

On May 2, staff will present two sessions at the Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries annual conference in Rothschild.

Paige Crawford and Nancy Hammond will present an escape room workshop. The session will focus on training other public librarians in escape room planning and implementation.

In the last year and a half, the Shawano library focused on offering escape room programming to the community, with nearly 2,100 participants to date.

Crawford has been a library assistant in Shawano for three years while Hammond has been a library assistant for 11 years.

Mikki Moesch, Wendy Rosenow, and Kristie Hauer will present “Find Them Where They’re At (Patrons, that is!).”



Contributed photo Matt Goers, the 2019 recipient of the Shawano County Outstanding Young Farmer of the Year, is shown here in the barn on the Goers Family Dairy Farm in the Town of Herman. Goers was honored at the Shawano Area Agricultural Society’s annual awards banquet Friday night at The Main Event in Cecil.

When Matthew Goers told his classmates in school that he planned to continue to operate the family’s dairy business, some dismissed it, saying he was going to be “just a farmer.”

Now, Goers is a farmer that is Shawano County’s Outstanding Young Farmer of the Year. Goers and other agriculture award winners were honored at a Shawano Area Agricultural Society banquet Friday at The Main Event in Cecil.

“I’m very proud of what our family has done,” Goers said as he accepted the award. “I couldn’t have done it without everyone who has laid down the groundwork for me.”

Goers and his older brother, Jeff, operate the Goers Family Dairy Farm in the Town of Herman, the fifth generation to live and work on the farm. The farm was started as 160 acres in 1869 and will be celebrating its sesquicentennial in grand style by hosting this year’s Shawano County Brunch on the Farm.


County honors outstanding farmers

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski The Shawano Area Agricultural Society honored area farmers and students for their good work Friday night at The Main Event. Honored were, from left, back row, Caroline Bartz, who read farm-themed poetry to banquet attendees, and Matthew Goers, the 2019 Outstanding Young Farmer of the Year; front row, Gary Retzlaff, Second Miler, Don and Charlotte Olmsted, Friend of Ag; and Arnold Peterson, Conservation Farmer of the Year. Not pictured is Kathi Polzin, Tree Farmer of the Year.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Among the scholarship recipients present at Friday’s Shawano Area Agricultural Society awards banquet are, from left, Kaitlin Pescinski, Shantel Schoepke, Adam Strassburg and Eli Magee.

Besides the Outstanding Young Farmer of the Year, the Shawano Area Agricultural Society also honored other farmers in the area, along with students who received various agricultural scholarships. The honorees include the following:

• Kathi Polzin was honored as the 2019 Tree Farmer of the Year. Polzin operates a 151-acre farm with mixed cover types in the town of Fairbanks. She generates 400 cords of wood from that farm annually, but she also has a maple syrup operation, allows area fire departments to conduct trainings, engages in sharecropping, helps develop recreational trails on the land and uses the land for prairie and wetland restoration projects.


District MOU with ThedaCare on hold

The Shawano School Board had to postpone a vote Monday on a memorandum of understanding with ThedaCare after it found itself without a quorum.

Only five of the nine board members were in attendance, and that number dropped to four after board member Chuck Dallas had to recuse himself due to a conflict on interest. Dallas is on the board of directors for the Rural Health Initiative, a program run through ThedaCare.

There was also concern from some of the remaining board members that they had not received the memorandum and thus were only voting on something based on a staff report.

“We’re voting on something that we didn’t technically read,” said board member Alysia Pillsbury. “We’re taking your word for it.”


City considering disbanding youth board, disability committee

Shawano officials will consider disbanding the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Board and People with a Disability Committee when the Common Council meets for its reorganizational meeting Tuesday.

Mayor Ed Whealon said he was making the recommendation after consulting with city staff.

He said there has been a lack of interest among people who have been sought to serve on the youth board and the disability committee.

It has also been some time since either have been active.

According to records available on the city’s website, the People with a Disability Committee’s last meeting was June 5 of last year.

The agenda shows that the only action taken was the election of officers.

The website has no record of the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Board, which, Whealon said, has not met in a couple of years.

Both the youth board and the disability committee were established during the tenure of former mayor Lorna Marquardt, who left office in April 2016.


Mountain Bay Depot gets new tenant

The Shawano Common Council approved renovations and a lease agreement Wednesday for a possible new tenant at the Mountain Bay Depot, the former home of Mountain Bay Outfitters.

The potential new tenant has not been disclosed, but, according to the city resolution, the tenant would be “a retail and service business intended to improve health and wellness, promote outdoor activities, teach healthy eating habits, and provide other services for personal improvement.”

Before that tenant moves in, however, the city will make up to $24,000 in improvements to the building, with funds coming from the city’s Tax Incremental District 4, which was established to address blight elimination.

Improvements to the building at 620 S. Main St. will include an upgraded air conditioning system, new windows, paint/stain and new garage doors.


City sets fine amount for feeding wild animals

Shawano city officials, who put in place a rule last year forbidding people from feeding wildlife in city parks, adopted a set of fines Wednesday that could be imposed if that rule is violated.

Though the fines were unanimously approved, Alderwoman Sandy Steinke raised a question about its enforcement.

“I have just a little bit of concern with this,” she said. “There’s going to be children out in parks picnicking and they’re going to feed a duck a piece of bread. Are we going to slap a 5-year-old for feeding a duck?”

Shawano Park and Recreation Director Matt Hendricks said Shawano police enforcing the rule would use their discretion.

“I think usually they’re quite flexible in situations like that,” he said.

The rule had been put in place in particular to discourage the feeding of geese that have become a problem at Smalley Park and Huckleberry Harbor.


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