Seven students running CMN government

Contributed Photo Part of the College of Menominee Nation Student Government are, from left, Susan Schuler, treasurer; Betsy Trudeau, president; Kayla Rusch, secretary; and Adam Schulz, vice president.

Seven College of Menominee Nation students are sharing student government leadership responsibilities at CMN in the 2017-18 academic year.

Betsy Trudeau, a sophomore in CMN’s biological and physical sciences, serves as student government president. Trudeau is an enrolled member of the Hannahville Potawatomi and currently resides in Neopit.

Bowler resident Adam Schulz, a junior majoring in natural resources and business administration, is vice president. He is a Stockbridge-Munsee descendant.

The organization’s treasurer is Susan A. Schuler, a freshman from Shawano who is majoring in biological and physical sciences.

Two enrolled members of the Menominee Tribe are respectively secretary and co-secretary: Maria Frechette, a sophomore public administration major, and Leah Pamonicutt, a junior majoring in public administration and business administration. Both reside in Keshena.


Sacred Heart Catholic School earns accreditation

Sacred Heart Catholic School in Shawano learned late last year that it received accreditation by the Wisconsin Religious and Independent Schools Accreditation. Earning the certificate of accreditation for the 2017-18 school year means the school has been an accredited institution for over 20 years.

“We applaud the accomplishments of the Sacred Heart Catholic School community and its commitment to ongoing school improvement and high standards of excellence,” said Beatrice Weiland, executive director of the accrediting organization.


Fundraiser Friday for Pulaski HS teacher battling cancer

Team Teddy of Wisconsin is hosting a “Box Out Breast Cancer” fundraiser during Friday’s Pulaski High School varsity girls basketball game against De Pere.

Proceeds from the event will go to Pulaski High School teacher Katie Titler, who is battling breast cancer.

“Students came forth wanting to support Mrs. Titler and needing a way to give back to someone who has given so much to them,” said Kelly Logue, middle school health and physical education teacher and Team Teddy of Wisconsin president.

The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at the Pulaski High School Fieldhouse, 1040 S. St. Augustine St., Pulaski.

“Box Out Breast Cancer” T-shirts will be sold at the game. A root beer float sale will also be held. A “Miracle Minute” is planned at halftime, when Team Teddy members will scatter throughout the bleachers and collect donations.


Cellcom, Nsight offering scholarships to seniors

Nsight, parent company of Nsight Telservices and Cellcom, is offering scholarships to area seniors who are planning to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or technical school.

Cellcom will award 16 scholarships of $750 each to graduating high school seniors across its service area. Applicants must reside within a Wisconsin or Michigan county where Cellcom operates. Interested students can visit for more information.

Similarly, Nsight Telservices will award six $1,200 scholarships to graduating high school seniors in Niagara, Florence, Pulaski, Oconto, Oconto Falls, Two Rivers, Shawano or Door County. Interested students can visit for more information.


UW-Extension offering Cow College

The 56th annual University of Wisconsin-Extension Cow College program three-part series starts Jan. 9 in Clintonville.

The first session on Jan. 9 from 1-3 p.m. features Dr. Kent Weigel and Dr. Victor Cabrera, both UW-Extension specialists from the Dairy Science Department at UW-Madison. Weigel will discuss what has been learned about using DNA analysis as a tool to improve health and productivity of commercial dairy herds. Cabrera will then discuss the economics of cross-breeding low producing dairy cows and heifers with less genetic potential to beef bulls with superior carcass traits as an option for increasing dairy farm income.

The second session on Jan. 16 also begins at 1 p.m. featuring Dr. Randy Shaver and Dr. John Goeser, both with the Dairy Science Department at UW-Madison. They will review lab results from the 2017 forage and grain harvest with feeding strategies for dairy producers to consider in the coming months.


Third grade class donates pajamas

The third grade class at Sacred Heart Catholic School, instructed by Jamie Gegare, recently held a pajama drive in support of Scholastic’s Pajama Program.

The annual Scholastic Book Clubs Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive is a national nonprofit organization that provides new pajamas and storybooks to at-risk children. The Pajama Program supports children living in shelters, group homes, and foster care, and those who attend Title I schools, Head Start programs and other organizations that support at-risk youth.

For every pair of pajamas the class donated, Scholastic donates a book. Those items are then donated together to families in need.

For information about the drive and Pajama Program, go to


Right on target

A local club has donated archery equipment to Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School for its individual and lifetime leisure sports classes.

Nick Mechelke, who teaches the two elective courses to juniors and seniors, recently approached the Witt-Birn chapter of Wisconsin Deerhunters Inc. to see if the group could help give the students a better experience by providing 3-D targets.

The club purchased and donated all of the equipment for the school’s archery curriculum, which included bows, arrows and targets. The equipment arrived on Friday.

It is the first time the organization has donated to a specific physical education program.

Although the chapter has donated equipment and block targets to the high school before, this was the first time it donated to a specific program.

Member Denny Brahmer said the club ordered six 3-D targets, costing approximately $2,500, from Rhinehart Targets.


4 local school districts receive sparsity aid

Small, sparsely populated school districts across the state have received $18.5 million in sparsity aid, including four in Shawano County, according to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Marion School District will receive $150,337, while Tigerton School District will receive $70,276, according to a DPI press release. Bowler School District will get $123,946 from the state, while Gresham gets $92,515.

Unlike most categorical aids, which are targeted to a specific program or service, sparsity aid may be used for general school operations.

For the 2017-18 school year, 144 districts in the state qualified for sparsity aid based on membership of 745 or fewer students and density of less than 10 pupils per square mile of the district’s geographic area. Aid was paid on the third Monday in September.



Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Crystal Siemers-Peterman, right, Wisconsin’s 70th Alice in Dairyland, talks with Bonduel High School junior Kenadee Stoss about whether she’s had experience milking a cow during a visit to the school Wednesday.

There was plenty of milk to be had Wednesday when a couple of four-legged visitors joined Wisconsin’s Alice in Dairyland at Bonduel High School.

Several Bonduel students got the chance to milk a cow by hand, a practice not done as much by Wisconsin farmers since technology has produced automated milking machines. But it gave the student body a chance to see how milk was collected in the days of yesteryear.

Crystal Siemers-Peterman is the 70th person to hold the Alice in Dairyland crown. She talked to the students about the state’s agriculture industry, focusing mainly on dairy. Siemers-Peterman gave the students a chance to test their trivia skills, and a few others attempted to moo like the cows that were brought in for milking.



Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Tom King, played by Joseph Waukechon, fights to keep the adorable Cuddles away from Gracie Heavyhand, played by Dolly Potts, who plans to cook the puppy in a stew in a scene from “The Dead Dog Café Comedy Hour.” The show will be performed Wednesday at Menominee Indian High School.

The Dead Dog Cafe might sound like the last place anyone would want to go, but when the words “Comedy Hour” are attached, it’s a different story.

The College of Menominee Nation is performing “The Dead Dog Cafe Comedy Hour” next week, three individual episodes from a popular radio show penned by Cherokee author Thomas King. The show will be performed at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Menominee Indian High School, N501 State Highway 47-55, Keshena, while the other show takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Norbert Hill Center, N7210 Seminary Road, Oneida.

Besides the community shows, CMN is also performing two shows for MIHS students.

Ryan Winn, CMN theater professor and director of the show, said he knows King professionally and was interested in doing a live action staging of the show that was popular on Canadian radio for four years. Winn contacted King by email to see how amenable he would be to his work, set for a radio studio, gracing a theatrical stage.


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