News

Thu
13
Sep

No fishing on Pigeon Lake during dam repairs


Photo by Grace Kirchner Evidence of the draw down of the Pigeon Pond is evident from the boat landing at Pickeral Point. The fishing closure will extend upstream to portions of the north and south branches of the Pigeon River. A public meeting to discuss the closure is set for 6 p.m. Sept. 19 in rooms 102 and 103 of the Clintonville Community Center at 30 S. Main St.

The state Department of Natural Resources plans to temporarily close fishing on Pigeon Lake to protect fish populations while the lake is drawn down for dam repairs.

The fishing closure will extend upstream to portions of the north and south branches of the Pigeon River. A public meeting to discuss the closure is set for 6 p.m. Sept. 19 in rooms 102 and 103 of the Clintonville Community Center at 30 S. Main St.

The drawdown of Pigeon Lake, a 170-acre impoundment of the Pigeon River, began Sept. 4. The drawdown, which is necessary to make repairs to the dam, is expected to take about 20 days and will lower the lake by approximately 10 feet.

Wed
12
Sep

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Sept. 10

Police logged 28 incidents, including the following:

OAR — A 38-year-old man was cited for operating after revocation at Fifth and Lincoln streets.

Disturbance — A 29-year-old Shawano man was arrested for disorderly conduct/domestic violence after a disturbance in the 400 block of East Zingler Avenue.

Theft — Two bikes were reported stolen in the 800 block of South Park Street.

Theft — Police responded to a property theft complaint in the 700 block of South Franklin Street.

Trespass — Police responded to a trespassing complaint at Charlie’s County Market, 521 S. Main St.

Sept. 9

Police logged 19 incidents, including the following:

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

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint in the 1100 block of South Weed Street.

Wed
12
Sep

Board sets tax rate for referendum

The Gresham School Board approved a plan Monday that would set the tax impact of its proposed referendum at $1.84 per $1,000 of equalized valuation.

The plan was one of three the board had to choose from, but it has a two-fold impact. While being a midway point between the least taxpayer impact and the most, the plan also gives the school district a chance to build its fund balance, which is currently nonexistent.

In the 11 years since Gresham broke away from the Shawano School District, it has underlevied its maximum amount allowed by law by an average of $1.3 million. However, in many of those years, the district spent more than it levied, giving it a negative fund balance at the end of the fiscal year, June 30. Currently, the district has a negative balance of about $525,000.

Wed
12
Sep

Shawano Area Women’s Network rallies against Kavanaugh


Leader Photo by Tim Ryan Members of the Shawano Area Women’s Network displayed signs for passers-by at the Shawano County Courthouse Wednesday in defense of women’s rights and against the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.

There was little turnout for a rally Tuesday organized by the Shawano Area Women’s Network to oppose the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, but there appeared to be plenty of support for the message judging by the honking of car horns and thumbs-up signs from passers-by.

The group displayed anti-Kavanaugh signs Tuesday on Main Street outside the Shawano County Courthouse.

“We believe in women’s right,” said Jan Koch, who co-chairs the group with Tamzin Westcott.

“At our last meeting, we were upset about the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his stance on women’s right to choose and what might happen if his nomination is approved,” Koch said.

“We thought we should do something,” she said.

The group settled on a rally Tuesday to tie in with the anniversary of 9/11 “to show our patriotism as well as what we believe,” Koch said.

Sat
08
Sep

Shawano schools, Kobussen dealing with policy glitches


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski One bus unloads students at Shawano Community Middle School on Friday while another bus pulls into the parking lot. The switch to Kobussen for the school district’s bussing needs has resulted in some snags since the first day of school.

A new transportation policy overseen by a new bus company went into effect this week at the Shawano School District, but school and bus company officials are finding there are some issues to address after hearing complaints from a number of parents.

Kobussen Buses of Kaukauna was awarded the transportation contract in the spring over Johnson School Bus Service, Inc.

The district was also considering at that time a change in school start and end times that would allow the bus company to make a single run at the beginning and end of school, picking up and dropping off students from all grades at the same time.

In the past, buses were sent out for a run of high school and middle school students, then went back again for elementary students.

The new school schedules seem to be working well, with only one complaint so far, according to District Administrator Gary Cumberland.

Sat
08
Sep

Antigo man charged with attempted homicide

An Antigo man is facing a charge of attempted homicide for a domestic assault that occurred in Shawano County in June.

Wilbert N. Orley, 43, is accused of beating, stabbing and cutting a woman in a wooded area in the town of Almon during an assault that lasted several hours.

The attack allegedly occurred after Orley and the woman visited the North Star Casino on June 22.

According to the complaint, the couple had been arguing before arriving at the casino. While at the casino, Orley allegedly shoved her around and grabbed her by the back of the neck, but no one intervened.

The couple later got back into their vehicle and Orley took the woman down a dirt road off of Hilltop Road, according to the complaint. Orley allegedly pulled her from the vehicle by her hair, threw her to the ground and repeatedly assaulted her.

The complaint alleges Orley threatened her with multiple knives, then cut her hand and stabbed her in the leg with a bolo knife.

Sat
08
Sep

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Sept. 6

Police logged 32 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — A 13-year-old Shawano girl was referred for disorderly conduct after a disturbance in the 400 block of South Weed Street.

Accident — A car-deer accident was reported at Green Bay Street and Woodlawn Drive.

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

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint in the 200 block of Kleeman Court.

Theft — A wallet was reported stolen in the 100 block of East Richmond Street.

Hit and Run — Police investigated a property damage hit-and-run at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

OWL — A 32-year-old Shawano man was cited for operating without a driver’s license in the 400 block of South Main Street.

Sat
08
Sep

Library seeks input on its services

The Shawano County Library is currently conducting a broad-based evaluation of its facilities. The intent is to determine how well the library’s services and other offerings match up against patrons’ many and evolving needs, and if any shortcomings are the result of inadequate physical facilities.

The survey, which takes about 15 minutes to finish, is located online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/C2JQ7B5. Print surveys are also available at all the libraries for those without internet access. Surveys should be completed by Sept. 21.

The survey was developed by the independent, Minnesota-based Library Strategies Consulting Group. All responses are directed to Library Strategies. No survey responses will be connected to particular individuals in the aggregate reports provided to the library.

For information, go to shawanolibrary.org or call 715-526-3829.

Fri
07
Sep

City reviewing possible agreement with tubing business

The city is reviewing a possible agreement with a proposed tubing business that would allow the for-profit enterprise to operate on public park land, but there are a number of questions to be addressed before it moves forward.

The proposed business, which would provide customers the ability to float the Wolf River by means of a tube, kayak or canoe, would be owned and operated by Jeff Kammerer, who was unable to get approval for the business at an alternate location this summer.

That original proposal did not include the use of public park land.

The original location, 1112 S. Water St., was shot down by Shawano’s zoning administrator and Board of Appeals last month after being deemed too small to support the business.

The zoning for neighborhood mixed use requires a minimum lot size of 9,000 square feet under the city’s zoning code. The location proposed was only 7,500 square feet.

Fri
07
Sep

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Sept. 5

Police logged 21 incidents, including the following:

Fraud — Police investigated a fraud complaint in the 800 block of West Picnic Street.

Threatening — Police responded to a threatening complaint in the 400 block of East Fifth Street.

Drug Offense — Police investigated a drug complaint at Industrial Drive and Richmond Street.

Disturbance — Charges of domestic violence-related disorderly conduct and battery were referred against a 36-year-old Shawano man after a disturbance in the 1000 block of East Fifth Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Sept. 5

Deputies logged 34 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — Authorities responded to a suspicious person complaint on Main Street in Gresham.

Suspicious — Authorities responded to a suspicious person complaint on County Road K in the town of Lessor.

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