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Fri
24
May

HONORING HEROES


Leader photo by Carol Ryczek Hailey Weishoff, 4, places a flag at the gravesite of a Shawano veteran as her brother Blake, 8, races toward another grave. Their father, Justin Weishoff carries bundles of flags in the background. The family was at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Shawano on Thursday to get the graves ready for the Memorial Day ceremony on Monday. In Shawano, a parade begins at Huckleberry Harbor at 9:30 a.m. and the cemetery services begins at Woodlawn at 10 a.m.

Blake Weishoff was on the verge of dropping one of his bundles of American flags, but caught it just in time.

“Whew,” he said, relieved. “That’s no way to treat an American flag.”

Blake, who was carrying bundles of flags with his father, Justin Weishoff, sister Hailey Weishoff and grandmother Jane Kohl, was one of the two dozen or so volunteers who carried flags to place on the graves of military veterans at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Shawano on Thursday.

The adults carried most of the flags as Blake and Hailey ran ahead and carefully set then into the metal holders next to the gravestones.

Respect, not just for the flags, but for the soldiers they represent, was an important part of the activity, Kohl said. The family took the time to volunteer “for the veterans.”

Fri
24
May

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

May 22

Police logged 31 incidents, including the following:

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

Harassment — Harassment was reported in the 700 block of South Union Street and the 1100 block of East Richmond Street.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem at Shawano Community High School, 220 County Road B.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

May 22

Deputies logged 53 incidents, including the following:

Arrest — A 22-year-old Shawano woman was taken into custody for a probation violation on Lake Drive in the town of Wescott.

OWI — A 57-year-old homeless man was taken into custody for operating while intoxicated, bail jumping, and possession of marijuana, meth and drug paraphernalia after authorities responded to a reckless driving complaint on state Highway 47 in the town of Lessor.

Fri
24
May

State gets federal funds to address food-related emergencies

As part of a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection was awarded federal funding to lead the development of a rapid response team for food-related emergencies.

The goal for states participating in FDA’s Rapid Response Team Program is to minimize the amount of time between when a human or animal food emergency occurs and the implementation of a multi-agency response to prevent and reduce exposure to a foodborne illness.

Fri
24
May

Homeland Security training bill passes House

The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed House Resolution 2066, the Department of Homeland Security Intelligence Rotational Assignment Program Act of 2019, which was introduced by Rep. Mike Gallagher on April 3.

With the goal of improving collaboration across different intelligence offices, the bill authorizes an Intelligence Rotational Analyst Program and requires department officials to incentivize education and cross training of intelligence analysts.

“Evidence shows that a lack of intra-agency communication can lead to major security breaches,” Gallagher said in a press release. “I know first-hand that success in the field requires information sharing at all levels, and we must do all we can to strengthen participation in programs that seek to encourage this type of cross pollination.”

This legislation also passed the House last Congress with unanimous support.

Fri
24
May

Nationwide FFA fundraiser has record year

During its annual drive to raise money for the National FFA Organization, Tractor Supply locations nationwide raised a record $970,121 to fund its Grants for Growing program. The money, which was donated by Tractor Supply customers during a 12-day program to coincide with National FFA Week, will help support the work of FFA chapters across the country.

Tractor Supply awarded 259 grants impacting more than 24,000 students in 258 FFA chapters across the country this spring. From school gardens to beekeeping stations, the grants will be used to purchase the supplies needed to fulfill agricultural projects such as power tools, hydroponic systems, fencing, vegetation, livestock, poultry, feed and mulch.

Wed
22
May

2 charged in Bartelme stabbing

An argument over money escalated into a physical altercation and ultimately a stabbing in the town of Bartelme on Sunday, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday.

Two people are facing multiple felony charges in connection with the incident.

Crystal M. Malone, 34, and John J. Waubanascum, 46, both of Bowler, have each been charged with reckless injury with a dangerous weapon, armed robbery and false imprisonment as a result of the incident that sent a 29-year-old woman to the hospital with stab wounds to the face, head and hand.

Stockbridge-Munsee police responded to a report of a stabbing on National Guard Road in Bartelme shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday where they spoke with a 29-year-old woman who said she had been stabbed multiple times.

The woman had a blood-covered towel on her head, the kitchen floor was covered in blood and items were strewn about from an apparent struggle, according to the complaint.

Wed
22
May

Search begins for new schools chief

The Shawano School Board voted Wednesday to hire consultants with the Wisconsin Association of School Boards to conduct a search for a new superintendent.

Current Superintendent Gary Cumberland will be retiring from the public school system Aug. 31 and taking a position with Sacred Heart Catholic School in Shawano.

The board agreed to spend up to $10,000 with WASB for the superintendent search, which would include screening initial candidates, facilitating focus groups and organizing interviews between the finalists and the school board. Included was a performance clause that addressed that WASB would keep searching if the board is dissatisfied with all of the candidates brought forward this summer.

The board is hoping to have a new superintendent in place sometime in July.

Wed
22
May

SWEET SPOT FOR EVENTS


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Maddie Stuewer pours some sprinkles a dish of ice cream for a customer Saturday at The Sugar Bowl, 136 S. Main St., Shawano. Stuewer opened the business in April on weekends only, but it will be open to customers daily beginning in June.

A new snack shop opening in downtown Shawano will not only provide a place for residents and visitors to get some ice cream and other cool treats, but it will also be a place for entertainment and celebration.

The Sugar Bowl opened its doors in the last month at 136 S. Main St., formerly the site of The Well. When an announcement on Facebook said the building had become available, Shawano resident Maddie Stuewer knew she had to go for it and start her own business.

“I replied, and a few days later, I was in,” Stuewer said. “It was very fast, very exciting. It was not what I was planning to do, but I’m glad I got to do it.”

Wed
22
May

Culver’s founder comes to Shawano


Leader photo by Carol Ryczek Culver’s co-founder Craig Culver shakes the hand of Valerie Kleczewski while visiting the Shawano location last week. Kleczewski and her son, Isaiah Arseneau, traveled from Bowler to meet Culver and have their picture taken with him. She said she is a big fan of the restaurant.

Shakes were a featured item on the menu at Culver’s of Shawano recently.

Although shakes and malts are always available at the fast food restaurant at 1220 E. Green Bay St., last week the most popular variety of shake was the handshake, as Culver’s company chair and co-founder Craig Culver visited the store to meet with employees and visitors.

Culver has created something of a fan base, as restaurant patrons took pictures with him, shook his hand and even had him autograph a hat.

Culver said he was at the Shawano site to support the employees. “I get a great feeling of pride when I visit our restaurants. Not from the buildings, from our team members,” he said. “They do more for me than I do for them.”

Culver said he makes it a point to visit every one of the Culver’s restaurants in operation, which — due to a recent opening in Austin, Texas — number 707 across the country.

Wed
22
May

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

May 21

Police logged 38 incidents, including the following:

OWI — A 36-year-old Shawano man was arrested for operating while intoxicated at Division and Lincoln streets and a 46-year-old Keshena woman was arrested for OWI at Division and Main streets.

Disturbance — A disturbance was reported in the 200 block of South Lafayette Street. A 28-year-old Clintonville man was referred for disorderly conduct after a domestic disturbance in the 100 block of South Lafayette Street and a 32-year-old Shawano woman was arrested for disorderly conduct/domestic violence after a domestic disturbance in the 300 block of West Picnic Street.

Harassment — Harassment was reported in the 200 block of North Airport Drive and 800 block of East Richmond Street.

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

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