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Thu
24
Jan

SAM25 to expand

Shawano’s emergency homeless shelter has plans to move and expand, the board of directors for Shawano Area Matthew 25, Inc. (SAM25) has announced.

SAM25 will purchase the building currently being operated as The New Era House, 105 and 107 E. Richmond St., Shawano.

“The need for a larger facility is significant, with 25 percent of our current season at SAM’s House being at or over capacity,” said Jennifer Laude Bisterfeldt, SAM25 executive director. “As a result, we have had to turn away 22 people in a little over two and half months of operation. A larger facility would allow us to grow to meet the demand for our services and ensure that all of those who are struggling are able to get the help they deserve.”

Thu
24
Jan

Matsche Farms planning another expansion

A public meeting Wednesday on a proposal for Matsche Farms, Inc., to get a Shawano County livestock facilities license to expand its operation saw very little public comment.

The county’s Land Conservation Department held the meeting to get public input after the dairy farm owners completed a request to expand its operation to 13,006 animal units. The farm has almost that many cows, with 5,998 milk and dry cows and the rest being heifers and calves, but the farm has currently been utilizing other farms to house some of the cows.

An Animal Unit is a measurement based on the size of an animal and the amount of food it consumes. According to the University of Wisconsin-Extension, a typical 1,500 pound dairy cow is considered to be 1.4 animal units.

The license approval would allow the animals to be housed on Matsche property, located at N16518 County Road N in the town of Almon, according to the county application.

Thu
24
Jan

County supervisor fighting OWI citation

A Shawano County supervisor arrested for alleged drunken driving in November has pleaded not guilty to the charge and is asking for a jury trial, according to court records.

Supervisor Kenneth E. Capelle, 78, was pulled over shortly after 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 29 after a sheriff’s deputy spotted his vehicle going through a stop sign at Freeborn Street and Warrington Avenue in the village of Cecil, according to the deputy’s report.

Capelle represents County Board District 9, which is comprised of Cecil and Ward 1 of the town of Washington.

The report states Capelle failed a roadside sobriety test and a preliminary breath test showed a blood-alcohol level of 0.14 percent, almost twice the legal limit.

Capelle refused to submit to a blood draw to determine his blood/alcohol count. A warrant was obtained to get a blood sample.

Thu
24
Jan

Taste of Tigerton offers a warm welcome


Photo by Carol Ryczek The restored Tigerton Village Hall is the site of the 10th annual Taste of Tigerton on Saturday. The T-shirts at left are part of a fundraiser for the Tigerton Ambulance Service.

Soup and chili warm the stomach, but sharing them warms the soul.

That’s the philosophy behind the 10th annual Taste of Tigerton held Saturday at Village Hall, organizer Cindy Mueller said.

Mueller said that the chili-soup-cookie competition seemed like a good way to bring the community together in the middle of January.

“Any money we raise goes back to the community,” she said. “We are promoting our businesses and wanted to bring in a family gathering. And the middle of winter is the best time for soup.”

Mueller said she was happy to hear that a family occupying one of the tables had recently moved to the area and planned to stay.

“We want everyone to want to stay here,” she said.

This year, there were 16 cookie entries, five chili entries and 12 soups. Competitors brought enough to sell samples to the 50-75 visitors who attended. A panel of judges assessed the entries, and the guests could vote for their favorites.

Thu
24
Jan

Statewide entrepreneurial contest seeks entrants

Entries are being accepted for a business plan contest that will link up-and-coming entrepreneurs with resources, advice and possibly prizes. The 16th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest is accepting online entries through 5 p.m. Jan. 31.

The contest is designed to encourage entrepreneurs in the startup stage of tech-enabled businesses in Wisconsin. Participants will connect with a statewide network of community resources, expert advice, management talent and possible sources of capital. Finalists will share in more than $150,000 in cash and service prizes.

For their initial entries, contestants will submit a 250-word (or 2,000-character) idea abstract. The top 50 idea abstracts will advance to Phase 2. From there, finalists will advance on to create executive summaries and, later, business plans. The top 12 finalists will square off with oral presentations during the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference in Milwaukee this June.

Thu
24
Jan

Business boot camps to boost state’s food industry

A pilot program to advance the state’s small food and beverage businesses is launching this month with support from a $100,000 federal grant.

Financial management boot camps and customized consulting for food manufacturing companies and entrepreneurs will be provided by the Food Finance Institute and the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center Network.

The food and beverage industry is a strong component of the Wisconsin economy with more than 1,400 companies, and food processing generates $67.8 billion in sales, according to data from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

Wisconsin’s food industry jobs are changing. Nearly 3,500 food industry jobs were lost to closures from April 2016 to March 2018, including 1,800 in food retail establishments such as convenience stores and supermarkets and 800 at major plants.

Thu
24
Jan

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Jan. 22

Police logged 27 incidents, including the following:

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

Threatening — Police responded to a threatening complaint at Shawano Community Middle School, 1050 S. Union St.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Jan. 22

Deputies logged 37 incidents, including the following:

Disorderly — Authorities responded to a disorderly conduct complaint at Bonduel Middle/High School, 400 W. Green Bay St. in Bonduel.

Theft — A wallet was reported stolen on Old Keshena Road in the town of Wescott.

Accidents — Authorities logged 13 accidents, including two deer-related crashes.

Clintonville Police Department

Jan. 22

Police logged 12 incidents, including the following:

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem on East 14th Street.

Wed
23
Jan

Menominee chair eyes resurrecting casino plan


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Menominee Tribal Chairman Douglas Cox presents his State of the Menominee Nation address Saturday in the Five Clans Ballroom at the Menominee Casino Resort. Cox’s address included a recommendation that the tribe try again to get a casino in Kenosha, citing the change in governor as the rationale that another attempt might succeed.

Menominee Tribal Chairman Douglas Cox wants to resurrect attempts to place a casino in Kenosha.

Cox made the announcement during his State of the Menominee Nation address Saturday at the Menominee Casino Resort. He said he believes that having a new governor in office means a new chance to get approval for a gambling facility on land the tribe owns in southern Wisconsin, the former Dairyland Greyhound Park.

“I know there have been a lot of questions about Kenosha,” Cox said. “As everyone knows, earlier this month, Tony Evers became our governor. With a new governor, we believe our Kenosha project is definitely still viable.”

Wed
23
Jan

Legal dispute erupts over former school

Nearly three years after the elementary school in Mattoon was closed down, the village and the town of Hutchins are in a legal fight with the Antigo school district over who owns the abandoned school property.

The village and town filed a civil complaint in Shawano-Menominee Circuit Court Monday seeking a declaratory judgment on ownership of the property.

The complaint does not mention, however, that negotiations had been going on between the Antigo School Board and Mattoon Village Board regarding the property, according to both school and village officials.

“They were trying to sell it to us for a dollar when they first offered it to us,” Village President Brian Owens said. He said the first offer was made in December 2017, though the village didn’t have a use for the property at the time.

Property transactions between public entities typically include a token $1 sale price.

Wed
23
Jan

King honored with songs, speeches


Leader Photo by Carol Ryczek The Peace United Church of Christ choir performs “You Have Come Down to the Lakeshore” at the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at the First Presbyterian Church in Shawano on Monday. Performing with the choir are Blake Blakesley on banjo, Dan Robinson on guitar and Kris Melton on piano.

Progress has been made. There is still a long way to go.

Those messages were shared at Unity in the Spirit, an event honoring the late Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday at the First Presbyterian Church in Shawano.

About 50 people heard stories that illustrated how much the community has learned about sharing cultures, and they also heard that the work of bringing cultures together is not done.

The event featured music, prayers and videos of King’s speech at the March on Washington in 1963.

Menominee educator Paula Fernandez spoke about her own experiences as a girl and, more recently, her daughter’s experiences. Fernandez now works for the Network for Native American Student Achievement.

While growing up in the 1970s, she said, she would see “No Indians Allowed” signs at some Shawano businesses. She recalled her mother telling her she should never go into a business alone, “so there would always be a witness.”

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