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Sat
24
Mar

Ho-Chunk casino salutes Vietnam veterans

Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg invites the community to its annual flag-raising ceremony March 29 commemorating National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

Forty-five years ago, the last U.S. combat troops departed Vietnam on March 29, 1973.

The Ho-Chunk ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. Army veteran Alton “Sonny” Smart will serve as the keynote speaker.

The program includes a moment of silence for all fallen soldiers and their families, a 21-gun salute and taps by the Birnamwood Darling-Gunderson American Legion Post 341 color guard, The Lake Delton Singers and flag raising by three local Ho-Chunk veterans and three veterans from Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg’s security department.

Fri
23
Mar

Trebian named CMN’s new leader

The College of Menominee Nation has a new president. Dr. Paul F. Trebian, an Alaska native and member of the Tlingit Tribe, will assume the new position May 15.

Trebian will be the second to hold the position. Dr. Verna Fowler, who founded the college in 1993, retired in June 2016, and the college’s chief academic officer, Dr. Diana Morris, has been serving as the interim president while the college embarked on a 14-month national search.

Virginia Nuske, chairwoman of the CMN Board of Trustees, described Trebian as “an excellent fit for the college and the communities we serve,” pointing out that he has worked in traditional and online institutions and also has experience in corporate and small business environments.

Fri
23
Mar

SIST files suit to stop property condemnation

The Samanta Roy Institute of Science and Technology has filed suit against the Shawano Redevelopment Authority in an effort to keep the RDA from taking possession of one of its downtown properties.

Earlier this month, the RDA filed condemnation petitions in Shawano County Circuit Court against the properties at 143-145 S. Main St. and 214-216 S. Main St.

It will be up to the court to decide whether the petitions should be forwarded to a condemnation review committee made up of six county residents who would be chosen by the judge.

The committee would determine whether the city’s offers to purchase the properties are fair.

The RDA is offering $37,000 to SIST for the 214-216 S. Main St. property, using the figure SIST provided in its own appraisal, and offering $46,000 for the real estate and buildings at 143-145 S. Main St., along with relocation expenses of $28,000.

Fri
23
Mar

Democratic candidate for governor visits Shawano


Leader Photo by Tim Ryan Matt Flynn, one of nine candidates for the Democratic nomination in the governor’s race, spoke Wednesday to members of the Shawano County Democratic Party at the Shawano Civic Center.

One of nine candidates vying for the Democratic nomination in the governor’s race in November came to Shawano Wednesday.

Matt Flynn, a navy veteran and former chair of the state Democratic Party, met with members of the Shawano County Democratic Party at the civic center to talk about his vision for restoring Wisconsin to its progressive roots.

“We used to be known for honest government, clean water and high wages,” Flynn said. “Now we’re known for corrupt government, dirty water and low wages.”

Flynn said he would repeal Act 10, which gutted public unions in the state in 2011, though he said it may take a full-term to accomplish given the current Republican majority in the Legislature.

“It may take two years, but it will not take four years,” he said. “I’m going to get rid of it.”

Flynn also vowed that teachers, who would have to pay more into retirement and other benefits, would be paid more.

Fri
23
Mar

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

March 21

Police logged 27 incidents, including the following:

Fire Call — Police assisted at the scene of a fire call at a garage in the 200 block of Pearl Avenue. Smoke from a kerosene heater was reported, but no flames.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint in the 100 block of East Maurer Street.

Fraud — Police investigated a fraud complaint in the 300 block of West Eagle Street.

Vandalism — A restroom at Memorial Park, 909 S. Lincoln St., was reported vandalized.

Drug Offense — Police investigated a drug complaint at Memorial Park, 909 S. Lincoln St.

Burglary — A burglary was reported in the 400 block of West First Street.

Disorderly — Police responded to an intoxicated person complaint at City Hall, 127 S. Sawyer St.

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at Lincoln and Maurer streets.

Thu
22
Mar

City defends plan to round up and euthanize geese


Leader File Photo A pair of Canadian geese lead a flock of goslings to forage for food in a wooded area near McDonald Road in Navarino in 2014. The city of Shawano plans to euthanize a large population of Canadian geese that gather at Smalley Park and Huckleberry Harbor because they are considered a nuisance.

Feathers were flying on social media Wednesday over the Shawano Park and Recreation Department plan to round up and euthanize geese at Smalley Park and Huckleberry Harbor.

Though the plan had been discussed at several park and recreation commission meetings, it was not widely known until it was brought up at a mayoral debate Tuesday night by candidate Ed Whealon while discussing what he feels has been the city’s lack of openness and transparency.

Plans for “geese removal” were on the publicly posted agendas for both the February and March meetings, though those agendas were not sent to The Shawano Leader news desk nor posted on the city’s web site.

The March agenda included an “open forum” for the public to learn about the geese removal plans, but no public notice was ever sent out.

“It was treated the same as any other item on the agenda,” said Park and Recreation Director Matt Hendricks.

No one from the public attended that meeting.

Thu
22
Mar

Keshena man pleads to child sex charge

A Keshena man pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to abusive sexual contact with a 12-year-old girl she after she had consumed marijuana and alcohol he had given her, according to court records.

Mitchel R. Crowe, 36, faces a three-year prison sentence, five years to lifetime supervised release and restitution at a June 19 hearing before District Judge William Griesbach.

In exchange for his guilty plea, the government agreed not to file any other sexual assault charges against Crowe involving the same minor female, or pursue aggravated assault charges against him for unspecified conduct on Jan. 27, 2017, at the Menominee Indian Reservation, according to the plea agreement.

According to court documents:

Thu
22
Mar

Community ed seeks to expand course offerings

Robyn Shingler, the new director for Shawano Community Education, emphasized several times in a presentation to the Shawano School Board this week that her goal is to “keep the schools lit.”

Her statement was not in reference to the schools’ electricity consumption but to the number and variety of classes offered for community members throughout the year. Shingler said she hopes to expand SCE’s courses in the hopes of providing more continuing education for Shawano and the other communities that make up the district.

“Community ed is really focused on offering enrichment opportunities, engaging the community outside the early K-12 and bringing them into our schools, keeping our schools lit with opportunities in a variety of subjects,” Shingler said.

Thu
22
Mar

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

March 20

Police logged 22 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 500 block of West First Street.

Theft — A 33-year-old Shawano woman was cited for theft after she was caught stealing syringes at ThedaCare Medical Center, 100 County Road B.

Theft — A flat screen TV was reported stolen at the New Era House, 105 E. Richmond St.

Property Damage — People’s Express South, 716 S. Main St., reported a boy went into the bathroom and lit the garbage can on fire.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

March 20

Deputies logged 33 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a fight at the Shawano County Jail, 405 N. Main St. A 50-year-old male inmate was cited for disorderly conduct.

Burglary — A burglary was reported on County Road M in Tigerton.

Wed
21
Mar

Debate dissects city’s last two years


Leader Photo by Greg Mellis Ed Whealon, left, and Jeanne Cronce, right, discuss the city’s past, present and future during a debate Tuesday night at Shawano Community High School as, from left, Chuck Dallas, Tim Ryan and Melissa Olsen look on. This was the only debate for the mayoral race prior to the April 3 election.

Leader Photo by Greg Mellis Audience members listen as Jeanne Cronce and Ed Whealon answer questions during the mayoral debate Tuesday night at Shawano Community High School. Besides a semi-full auditorium, residents were able to view the debate live on Facebook.

Ed Whealon stood as a voice representing those who feel they have not been heard during the mayoral debate Tuesday night at Shawano Community High School, while current Mayor Jeanne Cronce allied herself with the progress she feels the city has made during her time in office and defended many of the actions taken.

Cronce is seeking a second term as mayor after winning the seat in 2016. Whealon as a member of the Shawano Police Department for 34 years, serving the last 12 as the chief, but this is his first bid for an elected office.

Whealon said the city erred in approving a budget with a $100,000 deficit. He vowed to have balanced budgets if he were elected.

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