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State distributes sparsity aid to small schools

The state’s small, sparsely populated school districts are sharing $25 million in aid payments that can be used to offset any costs the district incurs in educating its students.

Four local school districts will receive sparsity aid this year: Bowler, $167,600; Gresham, $107,600; Marion, $199,600; and Tigerton, $99,600.

The Department of Public Instruction’s 2019-21 budget request seeks to revise the sparsity aid program to include any school district that has less than 10 members per square mile, even if district membership is more than 745. Based on membership projections, approximately 85 school districts would be eligible for the second tier sparsity payment of $100 per member. The budget request would require an additional $9.79 million in each year of the biennium for a total allocation of $70 million for sparsity aid.

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Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Sept. 20

Police logged 17 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — Police responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint in the 400 block of East Division Street.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint in the 900 block of South Lincoln Street.

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle injury accident at Elizabeth and Evergreen streets.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Sept. 20

Deputies logged 28 incidents, including the following:

Drug Offense — Authorities investigated a drug complaint at the Ho-Chunk Casino, N7198 U.S. Highway 45 in the town of Wittenberg.

Accidents — Authorities responded to an injury accident on County Road Y in the town of Belle Plaine and logged four deer-related crashes.

Clintonville Police Department

Sept. 20

Police logged 13 incidents, including the following:

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22
Sep

2 honored at GENEX awards ceremony

Two local GENEX employees were recently presented with awards at the GENEX Dairy National Marketing and Sales Conference held in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Value added program manager Joe Binversie, of Shawano, earned the Kevin Boyle Leadership Award for demonstrating vision, devotion and pride for the cooperative.

The Outstanding Product Development Employee Award was presented to dairy data manager Sami Gangl, of Shawano, for her commitment to data analysis management of cattle genetics.

“Joe and Sami are leaders in what they do and deserve to be recognized for their hard work,” said Roy Wilson, senior vice president of dairy marketing, sales and product development. “Their dedication to GENEX and the members we serve is what helps make us a leader in the industry. Joe and Sami are exemplary employees who are more than deserving of these awards.”

For more information, about GENEX, visit www.genex.coop.

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Sep

Grant to help establish Menominee public defender

The Menominee Nation will start a public defender program and hire, train and equip a conservation warden with grants totaling nearly $2.9 million, the U.S. Department of Justice announced this week.

“It’s a big win for us,” said Tribal Administrator Jonathan Wilber.

A three-year, $748,722 grant will establish the tribe’s Public Defender’s Office with the hiring of a lead attorney who will begin taking cases by mid-to-late 2019. A second attorney will be hired in a year to increase the office’s caseload.

“By the end of the third year, the public defender’s office will handle at least 250 cases a year,” Wilber said.

Starting a public defender’s office “is huge” for the tribe, said Wilber, because, unlike in state court, there are no public defenders available to work in tribal court. Too often, defendants are unable to afford an attorney and end up pleading guilty because they don’t have legal representation, Wilber said.

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Sep

SAWN pushing ‘We the People’ referendum for April ballot

Shawano voters might have an opportunity in April to weigh in on whether people should have more of a say in government than money.

That’s the gist of a referendum promoted by the Shawano Area Women’s Network (SAWN) and part of a national grass-roots drive to spur Congress into passing a law clarifying that only people, not corporations or entities, should have constitutional rights.

The campaign is a response to the Supreme Court’s 5-4 Citizen’s United decision in 2010 ruling that the government cannot restrict corporations, unions and other associations from the same Constitutional rights of free speech that apply to citizens during election campaigns.

The ruling gave corporations the right to unlimited political expenditures under the First Amendment.

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Sep

State grant to expand broadband access

A $274,000 state grant announced Thursday will help extend high-speed internet to more than 2,300 households and 110 businesses in rural Shawano County.

The Broadband Expansion Program grant is subject to final approval by the Public Service Commission (PSC), which is expected within a month.

Dennis Heling, Shawano County Economic Progress Inc. (SCEPI) chief economic development officer, is “very excited” about the prospects the grant holds for the area.

“This is our first grant … and this is a huge, important step in the development of broadband in the county,” Heling said Friday.

Bertram Communications, of Random Lake, is partnering with SCEPI to serve Cecil, Caroline, Gresham, Red River and the towns of Belle Plaine, Grant, Herman, Richmond, Seneca and Wescott.

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21
Sep

City approves new TIF dristrict, TIF expansion

Shawano officials Wednesday approved the expansion of one Tax Incremental Finance (TIF) district and the creation of another to accommodate two development projects in the city.

TIF District 7 was established last year to allow for the Belmark Inc. project, and will now be extended to accommodate a new distribution center for Reinhart Foodservice just south of County Road B.

The Common Council last month approved annexation of 46 acres of property in the town of Waukechon for the new Reinhart facility. The city will pay the town of Waukechon an amount equal to the amount of taxes Waukechon would have collected from the annexed territory annually for five years.

Reinhart is relocating its existing distribution center at 2655 E. Richmond St. to the new site at 1300 County Road B.

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Sep

City ready to add to Wolf River Trail

Shawano is moving a little closer to completing a walking trail that would connect Kuckuk, Judd and Sturgeon parks.

The city has been purchasing properties for the trail, which would run along the Wolf River, as they have become available for more than 12 years.

With the latest offer to purchase, approved by the Common Council after a closed session discussion last week, only two properties stand in the way of making that trail a reality.

“We were authorized to make an offer to purchase a 2-acre parcel just south of the Judd Park area,” said City Administrator Brian Knapp. “It continues our acquisition along the river from Lieg Avenue south to Kuckuk Park.”

The city’s intention is to have ownership, easement, or at least access that will allow it to connect the three parks with a walking trail.

There are only two properties not yet secured.

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21
Sep

RED WORMS, GREEN PLANS


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Paige Wolf, left, a fourth-grade student at Bonduel Elementary School, pours some coffee grounds into a vermicomposting bin as her classmates, from top, Spencer Reinke, Addison Raymakers and Christina Steinke watch. The school is using vermicomposting and other projects to become a part of Green and Healthy Schools Wisconsin.

Some schools are expecting an increase in their overall population, but Bonduel Elementary School has seen an increase of about 8,000 since the first day of school.

Those 8,000 are worms, granted, but they’re playing a key role in reducing waste, educating students about sustainability and helping the school to become an active member in the Green and Healthy Schools Wisconsin program.

The program is administered through a partnership between the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Public Instruction and the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education, giving information, resources and announcements for anyone interested in green and healthy initiatives and activities for Wisconsin schools.

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Sep

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Sept. 19

Police logged 22 incidents, including:

Burglary — A burglary was reported in the 100 block of South Washington Street.

Suspicious — A suspicious incident was reported in the 500 block of South Sawyer Street.

Threatening — Police responded to a threatening complaint in the 100 block of Oak Court.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Sept. 19

Deputies logged 36 incidents, including:

OAR — A 22-year-old man was cited for operating after revocation (OAR) on Green Valley Road in the town of Maple Grove.

Vandalism — A street sign was reported vandalized on Oakcrest Drive in the town of Hartland.

Theft — S&S Marina, N5584 N. Airport Drive in the town of Wescott, reported a theft of gas.

Fraud — Authorities investigated a charge card fraud complaint on Webers Point Road in the town of Wescott.

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