‘Blue wave’ heading for Wisconsin, governor warns

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Gov. Scott Walker speaks with Shawano County Supervisor John Ainsworth, seated, on Sunday prior to the Shawano County Republican Party’s Lincoln Reagan Day dinner as county GOP chairman Richard Kucksdorf, U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher and local Realtor Terry Hilgenberg listen. Walker later made an impassioned plea to Republicans to keep a “blue wave” at bay by working to get Republicans elected to state and national offices.

Gov. Scott Walker brought his warning of a “blue wave” that threatens the midterm elections to town as he spoke to his base Sunday during the Shawano County Republicans’ Lincoln Reagan Day dinner.

Besides Walker, the dinner saw other A-list Republicans — including Attorney General Brad Schimel, U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher and U.S. Senate candidates Leah Vukmir and Kevin Nicholson. All spoke about the need to keep the GOP in power at the state and federal levels come November.

Prior to speaking at the Golden Sands Golf Course in Cecil, Walker made campaign stops in Calumet, Fond du Lac, Columbia and Green Lake counties. Walker has a number of challengers on the Democrats’ side vying to face him this fall.


Proposed downtown plan gets final look

Leader photo by Tim Ryan Attendees at an open house at City Hall Tuesday gather around tabletop exercises to share their thoughts, opinions and suggestions on a proposed master plan for downtown development in Shawano.

A proposed master plan for downtown Shawano went to the public Tuesday for one final hearing before it gets a final review by the Shawano Redevelopment Authority.

The RDA will incorporate the community feedback before sending the plan off to the plan commission and Common Council for implementation.

It was the last of three open house meetings hosted by the RDA steering committee, which has been tasked with creating a new vision, marketing plan and implementation strategy for Shawano’s downtown.

Two dozen people attended, about half the number that attended a similar open house in January, and spent the bulk of the meeting milling around tabletop exercises where they could share their thoughts and suggestions about the future of downtown.


Woman hospitalized after Highway 22 crash

A 45-year-old Shawano woman was flown to an area hospital Monday after a two-vehicle crash on state Highway 22 in the town of Washington.

The woman was driving a vehicle southbound on Highway 22 near Cedar Lane at about 4:20 p.m. when she crossed the center line into the past of a northbound semi, according to the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department.

Another Shawano woman, a 34-year old passenger, was also in the vehicle.

The semi was being driven by a 54-year-old Crivitz man.

Shawano County Sheriff Adam Bieber said narcotics were located in the woman’s vehicle, and the crash remains under investigation.


Public Record

Shawano Police Department

April 9

Police logged 22 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 500 block of South Washington Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 400 block of South Main Street.

Drug Offense — Police investigated a drug complaint at the Quality Inn and Suites, 104 N. Airport Drive.

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported a shoplifting incident.

Fraud — Police investigated a telephone scam complaint in the 100 block of River Heights.

April 8

Police logged 23 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a fight in progress at the Highway 22 Shell, N4543 State Highway 22 in the town of Belle Plaine.

Disturbance — Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 400 block of South Lincoln Street.


Woman found deceased after Fairbanks trailer fire

A 62-year-old woman was found dead after a trailer home fire in the town of Fairbanks early Sunday.

Authorities identified the woman as Judith Minniecheske.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department Detective Sgt. Gordon Kowaleski said it could take several weeks to get the results of an autopsy performed Monday. Those results will include toxicology reports.

At this point, there is no cause of death determined and the state fire marshal was still investigating the cause of the fire.

Minniecheske had once been a member of the Life Science Church, once associated with the Posse Comitatus, in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The church was never legally recognized as a tax-exempt religious entity but continued to operate.

Recently, the family had been involved in legal squabbles over some of the property belonging to the church.


Trailer home occupant believed killed in Fairbanks fire

A trailer home fire in the town of Fairbanks early Sunday claimed the life of a person believed to be the occupant of the trailer, the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department said.

Authorities received a report of a structure fire at W15398 County Road M about 4:45 a.m. The caller stated that a trailer home was engulfed in flames. The caller further stated that a shed near the house was also on fire.

Tigerton Fire Department responded to the scene. A deceased person was located inside the trailer and is believed to be the occupant of the residence.

An autopsy was being conducted Monday.

An investigation is being conducted by the Shawano County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the Wisconsin State Fire Marshal’s Office through the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation.

No further details were being released Monday.


Tractor Supply kicks off 4-H fundraiser

Tractor Supply Company, the largest rural lifestyle retailer in the country, is hosting its ninth year of Paper Clover, a fundraising campaign that provides millions of dollars in scholarships for 4-H youth in partnership with National 4-H council.

Tractor Supply customers can participate in the Paper Clover fundraiser from April 11-22 by purchasing a paper clover — the emblem of 4-H — for a donation during checkout at their local store or by making a purchase online at The funds raised will be awarded to Wisconsin 4-H youth as scholarships to attend camps and leadership conferences.

Since its start in 2010, the partnership between Tractor Supply and 4-H has generated more than $13 million in essential funding. Last year, the Paper Clover fundraiser, which takes place in the spring and fall, saw a record-breaking year with more than $1.8 million raised.


Public Record

Shawano Police Department

April 5

Police logged 21 incidents, including the following:

OWI — A 52-year-old man was arrested for operating while intoxicated at Lieg Avenue and Hamlin Street.

Fraud — Police investigated a scam complaint in the 100 block of Cardinal Court.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint at Shawano Community High School, 220 County Road B.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint in the 200 block of South Andrews Street.

OWL — A 39-year-old woman was cited for operating without a license.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

April 5

Deputies logged 39 incidents, including the following:

Theft — A wallet was reported stolen on state Highway 32 in the town of Angelica.

Suspicious — A suspicious vehicle was reported on state Highway 29 in the town of Hartland.


SCEPI celebrates another year of business growth

Quality of Life was the overarching theme Thursday as Shawano County Economic Progress, Inc. highlighted a year’s worth of economic success stories at its annual summit.

The event at The Gathering, 2600 E. Richmond St. in Shawano drew 125 attendees this year, “up a little bit” from previous years, according to Dennis Heling, SCEPI’s chief economic development officer.

“It went very well,” he said.

Now in its 13th year, SCEPI’s annual event allows business and community leaders the opportunity to network and learn about economic issues and progress throughout Shawano County.

Heling said it has been a stellar year for the organization in terms of new business growth.

“The list of business start-ups and expansions for the past year is very impressive. In the city of Shawano alone, over 20 new businesses have opened or will open soon and at least a dozen major expansions have been completed the last couple of years,” Heling said.


Shawano police investigating second school threat

Shawano police are investigating yet another threat to the schools after a message was found Wednesday stamped into the snow near Sturgeon Park.

The Shawano School District and parochial schools in the city were notified of the threat, according to Police Chief Dan Mauel.

Police responded at about 6:40 p.m. Wednesday to the area of Sturgeon Park for an anonymous report of a non-specific threat to schools. Arriving officers located a message stamped in the snow which spelled out “I go shoot up school.”

Shawano School District Superintendent Gary Cumberland said it was business as usual for the schools Thursday, including the normal security measures routinely taken.

However, he said, “the level of concern is heightened.”

Police and the school district jointly released an advisory notice Wednesday acknowledging the threat.


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