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06
Jan

Johnson praises tax bill, but says more could be done for businesses


Leader Photo by Greg Mellis U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson talks about the tax reform bill signed into law in December during a visit Friday to The Shawano Leader. Johnson said he likes the tax cuts offered in the bill but felt it didn’t do enough to cut the tax rate for a majority of American businesses.

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles addressing issues from The Shawano Leader’s recent interview with U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson about what the federal government has accomplished in the last year, and what he hopes will be accomplished in the future.

The recent bill to provide tax cuts to Americans is not U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson’s ideal fix to the country’s tax system, but it’s a good start to what he hopes to accomplish in easing economic burdens for people and business.

“It wasn’t my vision of tax reform. I would have done things differently,” Johnson said. “I don’t have any doubt that it’s made American businesses more competitive, which is what I said is the number one priority that we had to achieve.”

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06
Jan

Bonduel has no candidates for 3 expiring board seats

Bonduel has no candidates for three expiring village trustee seats in the April election.

Trustees Dick Silbert, Shawn Thorne and Luka Zischka, whose seats are up for election in April, all filed notifications of non-candidacy, and no one else had registered or taken out papers to run for those seats by the filing deadline Tuesday.

Bonduel’s candidate shortage follows months of political upheaval in the village last year that included accusations of a hostile working environment on the village board.

Trustees Joan Kamps, Mary Barney and Margie Qualheim all resigned from the board in July, just three months after the April 2017 election.

Former village clerk Barb Wickman, Bonduel Civic Association organizer Gina Shatters and business owner Kevin Bartlett were appointed to fill those seats, which expire in April 2019.

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06
Jan

2 candidates emerge for District 14 county board seat

There are now two confirmed candidates for the District 14 seat on the Shawano County Board, just days after it looked like there would be no candidates at all.

The county initially expected that seat on the April 3 ballot to be blank after incumbent William Berkhahn chose not to return his nomination papers by Tuesday’s deadline, though it left open the possibility someone could mount a write-in campaign.

On Wednesday, however, the county decided to extend the filing period for District 14 until 5 p.m. Friday because the incumbent had not filed a declaration of non-candidacy and then failed to return his nomination papers.

As of Friday afternoon, two candidates had registered and returned nomination papers.

Former County Board supervisor Roger Guex, who served on the board from 2004 to 2008, will go up against Peter Schmidt for the District 14 seat.

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06
Jan

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Jan. 4

Police logged 24 incidents, including the following:

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at County Road B and Main Street.

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

Theft — Police responded to a property theft complaint at Shawano Community High School, 220 County Road B.

Disturbance — Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 600 block of East Randall Street.

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported a female shoplifter in custody.

Theft — An employee theft was reported in the Subway at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Burglary — A burglary involving a stolen gun was reported in the 500 block of Prospect Circle.

Vandalism — A vehicle was reported vandalized at Lakeland Road and Richmond Street.

Sat
06
Jan

MISD seeking sponsors for April gala

With the help of dozens of sponsors and donors during the last five years, the Menominee Indian School District has raised more than $100,000 in scholarship money through its annual Scholarship Gala. As a result, scholarships have been given to 60 MISD graduates who are attending college or technical school.

Plans are now underway for the sixth annual MISD Scholarship Gala, which will take place from 5-9 p.m. April 13 at the Menominee Casino Resort.

The gala committee is now accepting sponsorships for the event, including event naming rights, dessert and entertainment sponsors, corporate table sponsors and meat wheel sponsors. The event features a dinner, raffles and auction items, and first-hand accounts from MIHS alumni on how their scholarships impacted their lives.

Fri
05
Jan

Another saddle failure causes Main Street water main break

Another corroded saddle is being blamed for a water main break Thursday morning in the 100 block of South Main Street.

The failure snarled traffic in that block while the damage was being repaired and affected businesses and residents from the East Green Bay Street intersection to about half a block south.

Water was turned off to those properties from about 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The break occurred outside Dreier Pharmacy at 117 S. Main St.

There was no information available Thursday as to what damage the building sustained, though when saddles have failed in the past the water generally follows the pipes into the building.

The saddles hold in place the service connection to the water main and were installed during the Main Street reconstruction project in 2002 and 2003, which stretched from the channel to the Mountain Bay Trail at Oshkosh Street.

The city started experiencing problems with the saddles in 2009.

Fri
05
Jan

KerberRose announces merger with Antigo firm

Shawano tax, accounting and business advisory firm KerberRose has announced a merger between its firm and the Antigo firm of Brettingen, Smits, Novak and Bastle.

The merger went into effect Jan. 1.

The Brettingen firm has served the Antigo business community for the past 47 years. The four stockholders of the Brettingen firm will become stockholders of KerberRose as part of the merger agreement. The Brettingen firm has a total of 19 staff members.

Following the merger, KerberRose will employ a staff of 142 which includes 50 certified public accountants. KerberRose, which started with one office in Shawano in 1979, has 10 offices covering northeast and north central Wisconsin.

“In smaller communities, you have to be a general practitioner for your clients. It’s hard to be everything to everyone,”said David Kerber, managing shareholder of KerberRose.

Fri
05
Jan

Keshena man indicted for attempted child enticement

A federal grand jury has returned an indictment of attempted child enticement against a Keshena man who allegedly attempted to entice a minor female into performing sex acts for money.

Mario Escalante, 41, faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, and a maximum sentence of life in prison; up to a $250,000 fine; and between five years and a lifetime of supervised release. The charge also carries a $5,000 special assessment.

According to the indictment, Escalante allegedly used his phone on Nov. 14 to attempt to persuade a minor female to meet him at a location within the exterior boundaries of the Menominee Indian Reservation, where he intended to engage in sexual activity with the minor in exchange for money.

The case was investigated by the Menominee Tribal Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Fri
05
Jan

Man indicted for reservation assault

A Green Bay man has been indicted in federal court for an alleged assault on the Menominee Indian Reservation in November.

Anthony Kitchenakow, 46, has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon. According to the indictment, Kitchenakow on Nov. 29 used a knife and assaulted a man outside a residence in Neopit.

He faces a maximum sentence of up to 10 years in prison, up to a $250,000 fine, and up to three years of supervised release.

The case was investigated by the Menominee Tribal Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Fri
05
Jan

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Jan. 3

Police logged 28 incidents, including the following:

Theft — A property theft was reported in the 500 block of Lakeland Road.

Hit and Run — Two separate property damage hit-and-runs were reported at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Disturbance — Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 100 block of Aspen Court.

Threatening — Police responded to a threatening complaint in the 400 block of West Green Bay Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Jan. 3

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