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Wed
21
Mar

Safety a concern for Shawano School Board

The Shawano School Board wants to look over its safety procedures in the wake of the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

The issue of safety came up at the board meeting Monday while board member Michael Sleeper was giving an update on state legislative action that could impact the district. When he brought up Gov. Scott Walker’s $100 million proposal to keep Wisconsin schools safe, other board members questioned whether the Shawano schools are prepared in the event a shooting would happen here.

“With the tragic events that happened in Florida, school safety is on the (state’s) front burner,” Sleeper said. “Gov. Walker has proposed a special session to have that discussed at the state level and put out a comprehensive state plan.”

Wed
21
Mar

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

March 19

Police logged 21 incidents, including the following:

Theft — A bike was reported stolen in the 500 block of Prospect Circle.

Arrest — A 34-year-old man was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Auto Theft — A vehicle was reported stolen in the 300 block of West Eagle Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 1200 block of South Andrews Street.

Shoplifting — Charlie’s County Market, 521 S. Main St., reported a shoplifting incident.

March 18

Police logged 20 incidents, including the following:

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 200 block of South Sawyer Street.

Disorderly — Disorderly conduct was reported in the 700 block of South Main Street.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint in the 400 block of West Third Street.

Sat
17
Mar

Mayoral candidates to face off on Tuesday

Shawano mayoral candidates Jeanne Cronce and Ed Whealon will go head-to-head Tuesday in their one and only debate ahead of the April 3 election.

The candidates will be questioned on a number of topics, including — but not limited to — economic development, taxes, government operations, business regulation and intergovernmental partnerships.

The panelists will be drilling down on these topics, including reserving the right to ask follow-up questions, to elicit specific responses from the candidates regarding their views on the city’s current situation and their visions for the future.

The debate — presented by The Shawano Leader, Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce, Shawano School District Community Education and Shawano Area Young Professionals (SAYPro) — will begin at 7 p.m. and conclude by 8:30 p.m. at the Shawano Community High School auditorium, 220 County Road B, Shawano. Admission is free.

Sat
17
Mar

CRACKING THE FARMING CODE


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Robert Braun walks around the high tunnel where the chickens are housed in the winter months with a bucket full of squash for the birds to consume. The eggs at Pigeon River Farm are Animal Welfare Approved, and Braun is in the process of getting organic certification for his farm.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Robert Braun scans the QR code on a carton of his eggs via his smartphone to demonstrate the virtual tour of his farm provided through A Greener World. Braun is looking at eventually selling his eggs in grocery stores, and having the QR code on the carton will give more consumers an idea of where their food comes from.

If you’ve ever been to Pigeon River Farm between Marion and Clintonville, you know how their eggs taste.

Now, folks can see where their eggs come from, via a virtual tour of the farm. Whenever consumers buy a carton of eggs from the farm, the carton includes a QR code that can be scanned with a smartphone, and they’ll get information on the farm’s animals and about how the chickens at Pigeon River Farm are Animal Welfare Approved.

“All the details about my farm — our whole story, how we do things and all that — are all here,” said Robert Braun, who owns and operates the 50-acre farm with his wife, Kim. “A consumer can just take their smartphone, and they know everything about my product.”

Pigeon River Farm is listed in an online directory for A Greener World, a nonprofit organization for North America’s leading food labels. A Greener World developed the QR program as a service to farmers and consumers who seek further transparency in the food system.

Sat
17
Mar

Menominee tribe sues opioid manufacturers

The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin filed a lawsuit this week against major manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioid drugs, alleging their responsibility for an opioid addiction epidemic that is devastating Menominee community, families, and individuals.

The lawsuit seeks to hold these manufacturers and distributors financially responsible for harm they have caused to the Menominee Tribe and its members and to compel them to change their conduct to help end this epidemic.

“Menominee continues to endure the most catastrophic effects of this opioid epidemic. We need to hold these manufacturers and distributors accountable,” Menominee Tribal Chairman Douglas Cox said in a press release. “This lawsuit is part of our tribe’s effort to combat the opioid crisis that not only harms tribal members, but puts great strain on the tribe’s provision of health, AODA, and law enforcement services.

Sat
17
Mar

3 to be charged in bomb scare

A 17-year-old and two juveniles stand to face some heavy consequences for a prank bomb threat that shook the city of Marion on March 6.

The police department received a call at about 9:45 a.m. regarding a suspicious package found on the steps at an address in the 200 block of Hillcrest Drive. The package had a note attached stating the package was a bomb.

The immediate area around the residence was evacuated by the Marion Police Department and Marion Area Fire Department.

The Brown/Outagamie County Bomb Squad was contacted to investigate the package.

It was determined that the contents of the package was not a bomb and the public was not in danger.

Police Chief Kevin Schultz said the package turned out to contain a VCR.

He also said there was no indication the youths involved knew the people who live at the address where they left the package.

“Apparently, it was done as a prank,” Schultz said.

Sat
17
Mar

Anew gets Vision 2017 grant for island


Contributed Photo The Vision 2017 program provided a $1,088 interior grant to Anew Emporium. From left, Dennis Heling, Shawano County Economic Progress Inc. chief economic development officer; Nancy Smith, Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce executive director; former Anew owners Cindy and Andre Van Belkom; and current owners Abigael Wallrich and Chelsea Gilling.

Anew Emporium, 103 S. Main St., Shawano, has received a $1,088 Vision 2017 Interior Grant.

The grant was used by former owners Cindy and Andre Van Belkom to construct an island with quality cabinetry and a granite top. The island seats 15 people and will facilitate interactive demonstrations and tastings.

The Van Belkoms opened their business in 2013 featuring loose leaf specialty teas, tea accessories, and gourmet food items. Soon after opening they added consignment “shabby chic” furniture, as well as home décor and bedding. The following year they expanded their product line with ultra-premium extra-virgin olive oils, fine aged balsamic vinegars, wines, spirits and liqueurs.

New owners took over Anew on March 3. Sisters Abigael Wallrich and Chelsea Gilling grew up in Shawano and are fulfilling a 15-year dream by purchasing the Main Street business.

Sat
17
Mar

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

March 15

Police logged 17 incidents, including the following:

Warrant — A 20-year-old man was arrested on an Oconto County warrant after a traffic stop at Green Bay Street and Eberlein Drive.

Shoplifting — Qualheim’s True Value, 1345 E. Green Bay St., reported a shoplifting incident.

Arrest — A 27-year-old man was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

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

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

March 15

Deputies logged 21 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — Authorities responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint at the Ho-Chunk Casino, N7198 U.S. Highway 45 in the town of Wittenberg.

OWL — A 27-year-old man was cited for operating without a license on County Road C in the town of Angelica.

Fri
16
Mar

Water main saddle replacements to disrupt downtown Main Street

The city of Shawano will be back in the saddle business shortly, tearing up the western parking lane of downtown Main Street to replace failing saddles along the water main.

The Shawano Common Council approved a bid Wednesday from DeGroot, Inc. in the amount of $174,690 to replace 60 saddles in the project area.

The money will come from the Department of Public Works’ water utility fund, though the utility is seeking to borrow that money from the State Trust Fund.

Department of Public Works Coordinator Eddie Sheppard said there would be no money taken from the general fund that would impact taxpayers.

The city has been plagued with failing saddles for several years.

A corroded saddle was blamed for a water main break outside Dreier Pharmacy at 117 S. Main St. on Jan. 4, the latest in a series of saddle failures over the last several years.

Fri
16
Mar

Shawano County UW-Extension adds new post

There will be a new position added starting next month to Shawano County’s University of Wisconsin-Extension office that will fill the vacant 4-H post and assume additional duties.

Megan Suehring has been hired as a positive youth development coordinator, with a start date of April 1, according to the regional UW-Extension office.

“This position allows one person to be hired to provide educational opportunities to promote positive youth development on a larger scale whether that be through the traditional 4-H program or beyond in other settings, such as schools or other youth-serving organizations,” said Area Extension Director Nancy Crevier. “This is a positive move for Shawano County.”

Suehring has worked for UW-Extension the last three years.

Since October, she has been serving as the FoodWIse coordinator for its nutrition program covering both Shawano and Menominee counties.

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