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Jun

SAWM, Boaters wait on FERC water level permit

Gary Defere, president of Shawano Area Waterways Management (SAWM), and other boaters on Shawano Lake are waiting for action on water levels from the Federal Energy Resources Commission (FERC).

Defere said, “We’ve heard nothing - not positive, not negative” from the agency since the comment period on a permit application ended on June 7. The permit, if approved, would extend he current water level compromise covering Shawano Lake, the Channel between the lake and the Wolf River and the river above Shawano Dam near the Shawano paper mill for at least one more year.

Comments registered on the permit application means a delay of at least six more weeks, according to Defere.

Fri
21
Jun

Tax rate hike for new rec center could be 57 cents


AT A GLANCE The city of Shawano and Shawano School District have more than a dozen community presentations on the new recreation center planned. They include the following: • 7 p.m. July 8 at Belle Plaine Town Hall, N3002 State Highway 22, Clintonville. • Noon July 9 at Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce, 1263 S. Main St., Shawano. • 3:30 p.m. July 10 at Shawano Business Improvement District meeting at City Hall, 127 S. Sawyer St., Shawano. • 4 p.m. July 11 at Wescott Town Board meeting at Wescott Town Office, N5794 Old Keshena Road, Shawano. • 5:30-7 p.m. July 11 at Shawano Community High School library, 220 County Road B, Shawano. • 6-7:30 p.m. July 15 at Wescott Town Office, N5794 Old Keshena Road, Shawano. • 7:45 a.m. July 16 at Shawano Downtown Business Association meeting at The Daily Grind, 130 S. Main St., Shawano. • 6-8 p.m. July 23 at City Hall, 127 S. Sawyer St., Shawano. • 6-8 p.m. Aug. 6 at City Hall, 127 S. Sawyer St., Shawano. • 6-8 p.m. Aug. 7 at Richmond Town Hall, N5170 County Road MM, Shawano. • Noon Aug. 13 at Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce, 1263 S. Main St., Shawano.

Tax rates for the Shawano School District could go up 57 cents for every $1,000 of equalized valuation if a proposed new recreation center comes to pass.

Jeff Easter, the district’s facilities director, announced at a community meeting Thursday at Shawano Community High School that, to build a new center at the school that could cost up to $28 million, property owners would see $57 hikes on a piece of land worth $100,000. However, that extra money would mean a new facility about 103,000 square feet in size that would include an indoor walking track and multi-use facility, fitness area, gymnasium, pool and more.

Fri
21
Jun

Farmers get relief from crop insurance rules


Leader photo by Greg Mellis Deer are far down on the list of worries for many farmers as a late start has forced some tough planting decisions. Some relief is now available through the Risk Management Agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Farmers’ eyes are turned toward Washington as well as the skies as they continue to struggle with long-delayed planting, feed shortages and rising forage prices.

Some relief came Thursday when the Risk Management Agency (RMA) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) adjusted the 2019 final haying and grazing date from Nov. 1 to Sept. 1 to help farmers who were prevented from planting because of flooding and excess rainfall this spring.

“We recognize farmers were greatly impacted by some of the unprecedented flooding and excessive rain this spring, and we made this one-year adjustment to help farmers with the tough decisions they are facing this year,” said Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey in a press release. “This change will make good stewardship of the land easier to accomplish while also providing an opportunity to ensure quality forage is available for livestock this fall.”

Fri
21
Jun

Public Record

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

June 19

Deputies logged 40 incidents, including the following:

Harassment — Harassment was reported on Nauman Road in the town of Green Valley and on Beach Boulevard in the town of Wescott.

Theft — Medication was reported stolen on Lemke Street in Cecil. Property thefts were also reported on County Road A and Schabow Street in Gresham.

OAR — A 55-year-old Gillett man was cited for operating after revocation and taken into custody on a warrant on Lake Drive in the town of Wescott.

Fraud — A counterfeit bill was reported on Lake Drive in the town of Wescott.

Drug Offense — Authorities investigated a drug complaint on State Road in the village of Birnamwood.

Shawano Police Department

June 19

Police logged 24 incidents, including the following:

Fri
21
Jun

Postcards being sent to inactive voters

The state of Wisconsin is mailing postcards this week to approximately 114,000 registered voters who have not voted in the past four years.

“The postcards are titled Official Voter Registration Notice,” said Meagan Wolfe, Wisconsin’s chief election official. “State law requires inactive voters to be removed from the statewide voter list if they do not request continuing their registration, which is just one of many steps we take to ensure the integrity of voting in Wisconsin.”

The Wisconsin Elections Commission is sending the postcards to voters who have not voted since the November 2014 general election. Between that election and the 2018 general election, there have been 11 statewide elections and primaries. The postcard asks recipients whether they want to remain a registered voter at that address.

Thu
20
Jun

Marion man convicted of strangulation, battery in attack on deputy


Leader photo by Tim Ryan Chad R. Kohel, right, consults with attorney Jeff Haase after verdicts are handed down in Shawano County Circuit Court Wednesday. Kohel was found guilty of strangulation and battery to a law enforcement officer. He was found not guilty of attempted homicide and criminal escape.

A Marion man was found not guilty of attempted homicide Wednesday for his attack on a Shawano County sheriff’s deputy last year, but jurors convicted him on two other felony counts of strangulation and battery to a law enforcement officer.

Chad R. Kohel, 45, was accused of strangling the deputy after a drunken driving arrest on July 27. He faced a fourth felony count of criminal escape, but the jury also found him not guilty on that charge.

The two-day jury trial in the Shawano County Circuit Court boiled down to opposing interpretations of video taken from the deputy’s body camera and surveillance footage from outside ThedaCare Medical Center where Kohel was taken for a blood test after his drunken driving arrest.

The state and Kohel’s defense offered differing views on what the video showed. Much of Wednesday’s testimony was spent playing and replaying key moments from those videos.

Thu
20
Jun

Suspect in 1976 murders bound over for trial


Leader photo by Warren Bluhm Raymand Vannieuwenhoven, who is hard of hearing, listens to testimony via portable headphones during the June 19 preliminary hearing into charges the Lakewood man killed David Schuldes and Ellen Matheys at a Marinette County park in 1976. He is seated next to defense co-counsel Travis Crowell.

The Lakewood man accused of murdering a couple in Marinette County 43 years ago has been bound over for trial following a preliminary hearing Wednesday, June 19.

Raymand Vannieuwenhoven, 82, was arrested in March and charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of David Schuldes, 25, and Ellen Matheys, 24, who were shot to death July 9, 1976, at the McClintock Park campground in the town of Silver Cliff.

Matheys was also sexually assaulted, and Vannieuwenhoven originally was also charged with first-degree sexual assault, but the count was dismissed after the defense noted that the statute of limitations for that crime expired in 1982.

Thu
20
Jun

Gresham bank sale ‘a good thing’ for village

After 111 years of independent operation, State Bank in Gresham will become the property of AbbyBank.

“That’s a good thing” in the view of Lyle Grosskopf, Gresham village board president.

The purchase combines the Abbotsford bank chain branches in Abbotsford, Appleton, Medford, Wausau and Weston with State Bank’s Gresham and Shawano locations.

The transaction will increase AbbyBank’s total assets by about $28 million, to approximately $533 million. Financial terms of the deal will not be publicly disclosed. Closing the sale hinges on receipt of all regulatory approvals, including that of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

No timetable on the sale was released, but Neil Beckman, chief executive officer of State Bank, said they were anticipating a Sept. 1 date of the change. He said the signage would change, but bank customers will not see a lot of differences in the bank at the corner of Schabow and Main streets.

Thu
20
Jun

Clintonville council approves swimming pond

The Clintonville Common Council has voted unanimously to proceed with plans for a swimming pond.

“It has been a long time coming. On May 30, the Park and Recreation Committee recommended that we pursue a swimming pond instead of an in-ground pool for the city’s outdoor aquatic facility,” said Steve Kettenhoven, chairman of the committee.

The council took its action at its June 11 meeting.

Alderman Mike Hankins asked where the money would come from.

Kettenhoven said they would have to find it.

The present outdoor pool has not been in operation for several years after a fire of undetermined origin damaged the facility.

Alderwoman Julie Stumbris asked why there was no attempt to rehabilitate the existing pool by getting a new liner, sandblasting it and refinishing it.

“Maintenance will always be a problem. No one wants to touch repairing the bath house roof with four main beams and it may not be safe,” Mayor Richard Beggs said.

Thu
20
Jun

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

June 18

Police logged 24 incidents, including the following:

Accidents — Police responded to a three-vehicle property damage accident the parking lot at Pizza Hut, 816 E. Green Bay St., and a single-vehicle property damage accident in the 200 block of South Main Street.

Fireworks — Police responded to a fireworks complaint at Lieg Avenue and Main Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

June 18

Deputies logged 31 incidents, including the following:

Harassment — Harassment was reported on Nauman Road in the town of Green Valley.

Fraud — Authorities investigated a fraud complaint on Oak Street in Bowler.

Disturbances — A 32-year-old Marion woman was arrested for battery, disorderly conduct and bail jumping on U.S. Highway 45 in Tigerton. Authorities also responded to a disturbance on Middle Drive in the town of Angelica.

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