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Fri
18
Jan

Tribes keep federal programs running—for now

Local Native American tribes are keeping federally supported programs going with tribal dollars during the U.S. government shutdown, but there’s no estimate on how long they can afford to do that.

Tribal leaders are also concerned about federal food assistance programs for tribal members that will run out of money at the end of February.

The shutdown is the longest in U.S. history and will reach 28 days on Friday.

“To this point, we haven’t actually disrupted services, but obviously we’re closely monitoring things,” Stockbridge-Munsee President Shannon Holsey said.

About about 40 percent of the tribe’s operations depend on federal funds through trust and treaty agreements with the government.

“Right now we have about a little under $1 million outstanding to us,” Holsey said. “Every day we go without that offset it obviously becomes more taxing and concerning to us.”

Fri
18
Jan

Tribe appeals mine ruling

The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin filed a court appeal Thursday in a bid to protect its ancestral homeland and sacred sites from a zinc and gold mine on the banks of the Menominee River.

Canadian mining company Aquila Resources, Inc. holds permits to build the Back Forty Mine, an open pit mine and minerals processing facility on the Michigan side of the Menominee River. The river forms part of the border between Wisconsin and Michigan and empties into Green Bay in Lake Michigan.

The tribe, represented by the nonprofit environmental law firm Earthjustice, filed in the federal Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals to appeal a December decision from the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin that dismissed the tribe’s claims against the federal government.

According to Earthjustice, the mine would be located within the ancestral homelands of the Menominee Tribe.

Fri
18
Jan

Updated cameras going up at Clintonville schools

The Clintonville School District is in the process of updating the security cameras, according to district technology director Troy Kuhn.

Administrators can use the playback mode to go back in time with the cameras to see when an incident occurred.

“We felt that as administrators of the building, we’re the only ones who should go back in time and do investigations,” Kuhn said during a Clintonville School Board meeting Monday, noting that administrators could share the information with police if necessary.

Clintonville High School principal Kelly Zeinert said she used the playback option recently.

“After school, there was an incident by the buses as kids were loading onto the bus,” Zeinert said. “I was able to zoom in and see exactly what happened between two high school boys.”

Currently, the school secretaries and police officers have the live mode options available, according to Kuhn.

Fri
18
Jan

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Jan. 16

Police logged 15 incidents, including the following:

Shoplifting — Dunham Sports, 1211 E. Green Bay St., reported a shoplifting incident.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint at Main and Presbyterian streets.

Truancy — Police logged two truancy complaints from Shawano Community Middle School, 1050 S. Union St.

Fraud — Police investigated a telephone scam complaint in the 1000 block of South Main Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbances in the 400 block of Humphrey Circle and the 200 block of South Andrews Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Jan. 16

Deputies logged 32 incidents, including the following:

Harassment — Authorities investigated a harassment complaint at the Shawano County Jail, 405 N. Main St. in Shawano.

Thu
17
Jan

Shawano schools developing transgender guidelines

The Shawano School District is following the lead of other school districts and developing guidelines regarding transgender students.

There are no guidelines in place addressing a number of issues involving transgender people, and the new rules are expected to tackle four issues — the gender with which such students identify, which name will be on official school documents, which bathroom they’ll be allowed to use and rules for when students go on overnight field and athletic trips.

Superintendent Gary Cumberland told the district’s policy committee this week that other districts include transgender matters as part of their discrimination policies. He said that there have been some questions in recent years, especially at Shawano Community High School, about transgender students and their participation in certain activities.

Thu
17
Jan

State can regulate runoff from dairy farms

A judge has restored Wisconsin’s authority to protect water quality after ruling it was improperly given up in a settlement with a dairy industry group.

Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge William Pocan ruled last week to restore the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ authority to enforce water quality standards by requiring big dairy farms to not leak pollutants into public waters, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.

A department spokesman declined to comment on the decision.

The case stems from the agency’s efforts a couple of years ago to have dairy operations take additional steps to improve feed storage and areas where calves are housed.

Rain carries nutrients and pollutants from soil, manure and animal feed into lakes and streams, which leads to unnatural growths of weeds and bacteria that can close beaches and harm fish. Nutrient runoff can also pose health risks to drinking water.

Thu
17
Jan

Closs suspect unloads details

Defense attorneys for the man accused of kidnapping a Wisconsin teenager and killing her parents acknowledged Wednesday that they’re starting the case at a disadvantage after their client gave detectives a detailed confession and said they’re not sure he can get a fair trial in the state.

According to a criminal complaint, 21-year-old Jake Patterson outlined in detail for detectives how he gunned down 13-year-old Jayme Closs’ parents Oct. 15 in their home near Barron and abducted the girl. Jayme escaped last week from the remote cabin where Patterson had been hiding her. Patterson was arrested minutes later, and he was charged Monday with two counts of homicide and kidnapping.

Charlie Glynn and Richard Jones, Patterson’s public defenders, told The Associated Press that they face an uphill struggle. Glynn acknowledged that the complaint contains “a very thorough confession.”

“Yes, it looks like you start out behind the eight-ball a little bit,” Glynn said.

Thu
17
Jan

Larabee will see new faces in town government

There will be some new faces on the Town of Larrabee board following the election next April.

Two long-term members including Robert Hoffman and Arlene Kratzke, submitted their intentions to retire at the town caucus on Jan. 10 and would not be seeking re-election.

Hoffman said he thought it was time for someone else to serve. He recalled being sworn into office as constable in 1984 when the Town of Larrabee held its meetings upstairs in the former Clintonville City Hall. That location is now the site of the Clintonville Community Center, 30 S. Main St.

Hoffman served as constable for 11 years before being elected supervisor, a position he held for the past 24 years for a total of 35 years of public service. He also served as manager of the Clintonville Area Waste Site for the past 20 years.

Hoffman recalls serving with Town Chairmen Lee Wait, Jerry Wait, John Schley, Don Steenbach, and Lynn Jepson.

Thu
17
Jan

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Jan. 15

Police logged 27 incidents, including the following:

Juvenile — Police investigated a juvenile alcohol complaint at Randall and Union streets.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 1100 block of Waukechon Street.

Trespass — Police responded to a trespassing complaint at the Shawano County Library, 128 S. Sawyer St.

OWL — A 28-year-old man was cited for operating without a license at Washington and Presbyterian streets.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Jan. 15

Deputies logged 36 incidents, including the following:

Harassment — A harassment complaint was investigated at the Shawano County Jail, 405 N. Main St. in Shawano.

Wed
16
Jan

Man charged with kidnapping, assaulting Shawano girl


ELIJAH R. KERRIGAN

A Waupaca County man is facing multiple felony charges, including kidnapping, sexual assault and child enticement, in a case that spurred an Amber Alert in Shawano earlier this month.

Elijah R. Kerrigan, 35, is accused of kidnapping a 15-year-old girl and holding her in a Clintonville hotel room where he allegedly provided her with drugs and sexually assaulted her, according to the criminal complaint.

The girl disappeared on Dec. 30, according to the criminal complaint. Her mother received a text message on Jan. 8 demanding $2,500.

A short-lived Amber Alert was issued that afternoon but was cancelled less than an hour later after the girl was found with Kerrigan at the Landmark Hotel in Clintonville in a room registered to him.

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