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Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Jan. 2

Police logged 30 incidents, including:

Theft — A stolen debit card was reported used at Kwik Trip, 1241 E. Green Bay St.

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at Green Bay and Washington streets.

Truancy — Police logged five truancy complaints from Shawano Community Middle School, 1050 S. Union St.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance at the Wisconsin House, 216 E. Green Bay St.

Drug Offense — Police investigated a drug complaint in the 400 block of South Main Street.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint at the Wisconsin House, 216 E. Green Bay St.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Jan. 2

Deputies logged 27 incidents, including:

Suspicious — A suspicious vehicle was reported on County Road G in the town of Red Springs.

Fri
04
Jan

Several blood drives planned for January

The American Red Cross is encouraging people to help meet the urgent need for blood and platelets by resolving to give blood this January. Busy holiday schedules, extreme winter weather and seasonal illnesses often impact donor turnout this time of year.

Donating blood or platelets is a way to make a lifesaving impact in the new year for patients like Judy Janssen, who was diagnosed with end-stage autoimmune liver disease in 2016. Janssen received frequent blood transfusions — sometimes multiple times a week — until she underwent a liver transplant last January.

“Blood donors make a really big difference with very little effort,” said Janssen, who received dozens of transfusions before and during her transplant surgery. “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for blood donations.”

The Red Cross encourages eligible donors to resolve to give blood or platelets regularly, beginning in January.

Fri
04
Jan

ATTRACTING ‘WILD’ VISITORS


Leader File Photo A group of kayakers travel down the Wolf River in June 2017 from Judd Park to County Road CCC. Part of the Wolf River has been designated as Wild and Scenic, one of only two rivers in the state to bear that honor.

The Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce plans to use the area’s natural landscape to boost tourism in 2019.

The chamber received a $27,750 Joint Effort Marketing grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism in December, and it will launch its “Wild and Scenic” brand in the hopes of getting travelers to explore the wilder side of Shawano and Menominee counties. Although it is expected to showcase some of the more common outdoors activities like ice fishing, snowshoeing, kayaking and whitewater rafting, the chamber also hopes to develop new activities like mushroom hunting and skydiving.

The campaign runs January through June 2019 and is anticipated to attract 6,200 visitors, generating an estimated $140,800 in visitor spending. Grant funds will go toward outdoor and digital advertising targeting millennials and those born in the Generation X era from Green Bay, Fox Cities, Milwaukee, Madison and Chicago.

Fri
04
Jan

Gyro restaurant gets greenlight from finance committee

Shawano could soon be adding a gyro and cheesesteak restaurant to its menu of businesses after a finance committee recommendation Thursday approving a developer’s agreement with the city.

Big City Gyros is proposing remodeling and expanding the former Domino’s restaurant at 230 E. Green Bay St. Domino’s moved last year to 704 E. Green Bay St.

According to the developer’s agreement, which will go to the Common Council on Wednesday, Big City plans to put $208,000 into the project, including land acquisition, construction and restaurant equipment, with expectations that the property’s current assessed value of $65,000 to $125,000.

The city would provide a $10,000 grant toward the project, along with a low-interest loan of $25,000, with money for both coming from the city’s Tax Incremental Finance District 6.

Big City would serve gyros, cheese steaks and fancy lemonade, according the application for TIF assistance from CEO Robert Stratton.

Fri
04
Jan

Deadline extended in Bonduel

The filing deadline for candidates for the spring election has been extended by 72 hours in the village of Bonduel.

Michelle Maroszek, village clerk, announced that an incumbent did not return paperwork for the office, and did not file a non-candidacy paper. By state law, the village must extend the filing deadline, she said.

Anyone interested in running for village trustee can get paperwork from the Village Hall.

Candidates have until 5 p.m. on Jan. 5 to collect signatures. Al signatures must be dated Jan. 5 or before.

Candidates have until 5 p.m. on Jan. 7 to turn in their nomination papers.

Thu
03
Jan

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Jan. 1

Police logged 31 incidents, including the following:

Fireworks — Officers received a complaint in the 200 block of Hill Street about fireworks.

Noise — Officers received a complaint in the 400 block of South Franklin Street about a neighbor using a snowblower at 4 a.m., and the complainant believed it violated the city’s noise ordinance.

Domestic disturbance — Officers received a domestic disturbance complaint in the 1000 block of South Franklin Street.

Vandalism — Officers received a complaint in the 1100 block of South Evergreen Street about someone smashing the back window of a pickup truck parked in the backyard.

Intoxicated person — Officers received a complaint about an intoxicated man lying in a driveway in the 800 block of East Randall Street.

Thu
03
Jan

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Dec. 31

Police logged 21 incidents, including the following:

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at Green Bay Street and Eberlein Park Drive, and another at Fifth Street and Green Bay Court.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 100 block of East Division Street.

Dec. 30

Police logged 16 incidents, including the following:

Vandalism — Vehicles were reported vandalized in the 1300 block of East Lieg Avenue and 500 block of South Hamlin Street.

Disorderly — Police responded to an intoxicated person complaint in the 200 block of East Maurer Street.

Warrant — A 37-year-old man was arrested on a warrant in the 1100 block of South Weed Street.

Dec. 29

Police logged 14 incidents, including the following:

Threatening — Police responded to a threatening complaint in the 1300 block of East Lieg Avenue.

Thu
03
Jan

Gillett man faces domestic abuse charges

A Gillett man is facing multiple domestic abuse-related charges, including reckless endangerment, after a Christmas Eve disturbance in the town of Angelica.

Seth T. Wolske, 29, is accused of trying to stab a woman with a knife during an altercation with two family members.

He has been charged with a felony count of first degree reckless endangerment with the use of a dangerous weapon and a felony count of intimidation of a victim, along with numerous domestic abuse-related misdemeanor counts.

Wolske was ordered held on a $5,000 cash bond and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Thursday in Shawano-Menominee County Circuit Court.

Authorities responded to a 911 call shortly before 7 p.m. on Dec. 24, during which dispatchers could hear yelling, screaming and crying in the background.

Sheriff’s deputies found two victims who had sustained injuries during the altercation.

Thu
03
Jan

Housing development a key focus for Shawano

(Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of several stories looking back at the progress and challenges the city has experienced in 2018 and what’s ahead in 2019.)

While manufacturing and commercial development, including the addition this year of Belmark and the relocation next year of Reinhart Foodservice, have garnered most of Shawano’s focus, city officials say the residential component of Shawano’s growth needs to get more attention.

“One of the things that’s needed here is housing development,” Mayor Ed Whealon said.

“The city’s got to be a little careful in how we go about doing that,” he added. “We can’t actively go out and buy property and stuff like that. We have to work with a developer and try to get somebody who’s interested in doing that kind of thing.”

“Hopefully we can hook up with the right person or company that would be interested in doing developments like that here,” Whealon said.

Thu
03
Jan

It’s bird feeding season

South Forty
Jim Schweitzer measures an order for a customer at the South Forty feed store in Shawano. The small seeds in this order will be used for human, not bird consumption, but Schweitzer said he mixes his own bird seed products as well.

birds is as much a winter activity in Wisconsin as snowmobiling or ice fishing.
Lately, there have been questions posed on social media asking if the number of birds at feeders has fallen off due to the lack of deep snow in the Shawano area.
The response has been mixed, with many reporting that their feeders are as busy as ever.
That’s what Jim Schweitzer, owner of the South Forty, 704 S. Main St., a Shawano feed mill, has observed.
He didn’t want to share the number of pounds of bird feed that leave his shop each week, but noted that business has been steady.
“We are selling a lot of bird seed here,” he said.
In particular, he said, the South Forty blend that includes black thistle has been a vigorous seller. Schweitzer makes his own bird food blends.
Schweitzer suggested that if anyone is having trouble attracting birds, they make sure that their seed mix is fresh.
“Animals are fussy,” he said.

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