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Safe Haven approaching fundraising goal


Contributed Image Safe Haven plans to have eight rooms total in its shelter by the time renovations are completed, but the agency only has 78 percent of the $425,000 raised to complete the project.

Safe Haven, Shawano County’s domestic abuse and sexual assault support center, has reached 78 percent of its $425,000 campaign goal to raise money to expand the facility.

Safe Haven currently consists of five available rooms for those living at the shelter. The addition will bring the total room count up to eight.

“In 2017, there was only one day out of the entire year where the shelter was not at or over capacity,” said Stacey Cicero, Safe Haven’s executive director. Many people get frustrated having to share a hotel room with their own family. Think about sharing a room with complete strangers during a time of crisis. It’s not conducive to healing.”

In 2017, the shelter ran at over capacity for 189 days, with the highest count at 10 families at a time. That is a 23 percent occupancy increase from 2016.

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Public Record

Shawano Police Department

July 19

Police logged 17 incidents, including the following:

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Trespass — Police responded to a trespassing complaint at the Shawano County Fairgrounds, 900 E. Green Bay St.

Vandalism — A vehicle was reported vandalized in the 1400 block of East Green Bay Street.

Theft — A firearm was reported stolen in the 1000 block of South River Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 300 block of South Washington Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

July 19

Deputies logged 38 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a reported fight in progress on Ho-Chunk Road in the town of Wittenberg.

Threatening — Authorities responded to a threatening complaint on Cedar Court in the town of Wescott.

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21
Jul

CDBG funds improving Marion street

The city of Marion received a federal Community Development Block Grant of $383,000 to complete improvements to West Garfield Avenue.

The grant is a 50/50 grant, where the city had to contribute matching funds. According to engineer Dave Herzberg, the city is doing a complete reconstruction of the street including roadway, water main and sanitary sewer.

There will be new curb and gutters, sidewalks and driveways along Garfield Avenue. It started at Milbauer Street and worked to Lions Lane and will include sewer laterals being redone at Lions Point and the Marion Senior Center.

While the project is underway, Lions Point and the surrounding area is accessible by way of Wood Street.

Herzberg said the project should be completed by October.

— Grace Kirchner, correspondent

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21
Jul

Rogalski named VP of learning at NWTC

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College announces Dr. Kathryn Rogalski has been named vice president of learning.

“I am excited about the opportunity to serve as the vice president of learning at a college that has such a positive impact on the lives of its students and local community members,” said Rogalski, who has more than 18 years of experience in higher education administration, student success and teaching. She was most recently the dean of Business and Social Sciences at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois.

“Kathryn is a relationship builder, which will lend itself to the college’s culture of collaboration,” said Dr. Jeff Rafn, the college’s president.

Rogalski has three grown children. She said she and her husband, Chris, are looking forward to moving to Northeast Wisconsin. Rogalski will join the college Aug. 6. She is replacing Dr. Lori Suddick, who is now president of Lake County College in Illinois.

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21
Jul

Bus for farmers market seeing little use

A low-cost bus exists to transport people to the Shawano Farmers Market when it is running, but now, Shawano County officials are warning the service may not last if more people don’t use it.

Launched last year and funded through county tax money and part of more than $100,000 in grants from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the county contracts the service through Menominee Regional Public Transit. Although reviews for the rides have been good, user rates are still low, worrying county Director of Aging Heidi Russell.

“We haven’t had more than two to three riders per weekend,” she said. “This has been our grand total, and I am not sure why. The service has been top-notch, it is cheap and I haven’t heard a single complaint about it yet. We’ll try one more year, but it will ultimately come down to my decision.”

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21
Jul

Golf course concerned about water draw down

Owners of the Clintonville Riverside Golf Course have told the city of Clintonville a draw down of the Pigeon Lake could put them out of business.

A draw down has been proposed by the Pigeon Lake District during the dam repair to allow for dredging the pond in an effort to clean it up.

Clintonville Common Council Alderman Jim Supanich said at a meeting Thursday that the start date for the project would be mid- to late September including a pond draw down pending Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources permits and approval for November, with the dam repair completed in the fall and a refill of the lake in April.

The city has received a DNR grant of $218,182 to help pay the costs to repair the Pigeon River dam. The city had budgeted $220,000 for the dam repair that is expected to cost $442,000. The amount above what is budgeted will come from the Capital Fund balance.

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20
Jul

Multi-county burglary spree suspect appears in court

One of two brothers charged in a multi-county burglary spree waived his preliminary hearing and pleaded not guilty to the alleged crimes in Shawano County Circuit Court on Tuesday.

Sanome R. Wheelock, 26, of Madison, is charged with 24 felony counts of burglary, 13 counts of theft and numerous counts of criminal damage to property related to alleged break-ins to cabins, trailer homes and garages in Shawano County last year.

His brother, Wyatt J. Wheelock, 20, of Keshena, faces the same charges.

Sanome Wheelock also pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a felony count of fleeing an officer in a vehicle in a separate Shawano County case.

He is due back in court Aug. 30 for a pre-trial conference.

The cases have taken some time to move forward locally because of other pending cases against the brothers in other counties.

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Public Record

Shawano Police Department

July 18

Police logged 25 incidents, including the following:

Vandalism — A window was reported vandalized in the 1100 block of Waukechon Street.

Assault — A sexual assault complaint was under investigation.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint in the 600 block of West Green Bay Street.

Intoxicated Person — An intoxicated person was reported in the parking lot at Charlie’s County Market, 521 S. Main St.

Theft — A license plate was reported stolen in the 100 block of Aspen Court.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

July 18

Deputies logged 34 incidents, including the following:

Drug Offense — Authorities investigated a drug complaint at Cady Memorial Home, 380 Maple St. in Birnamwood.

Theft — Authorities responded to a property theft complaint at Maple Lane Health Care, N4231 State Highway 22 in the town of Belle Plaine.

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20
Jul

Summer Twister rally to start July 26


Contributed Photo The largest veteran owned and operated motorcycle rally in the Midwest region, the Summer Twister raises money to support various veteran related causes.

The 34th annual Summer Twister motorcycle rally will take place in Birnamwood next week, and organizers say this year’s event will be different from before.

Originally founded in the 1980s by Vietnam veterans in Wisconsin, the Twister raises money for veterans and features live music. In recent years, the initial organizers were looking to hand off the event to someone else and did so in 2015, giving up control to Leathernecks Motorcycle Club International Inc.’s Wisconsin chapter.

“We just recently took this over,” Wisconsin club president Chad McVay said. “In the last couple of years, we’ve been in the hole but we’ve got some updates this year. We’ll have newer bands and even a beer trailer, which is essentially a refrigerated semi trailer.”

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19
Jul

Gutho spends more than Bieber in sheriff’s race

Retired chief deputy John Gutho, who is challenging Shawano County Sheriff Adam Bieber in his bid for reelection, is outpacing the incumbent in both contributions and campaign spending, according to documents filed this week.

Gutho and Bieber will go head-to-head in the Aug. 14 Republican primary. The winner will face Shawano police officer Keith Sorlie, who is running for the office as an independent, in the November election.

Each of the candidates this week filed their first campaign finance reports, covering the period from the date they registered as candidates through the end of June. Gutho and Bieber registered in mid-April. Sorlie registered in May.

Further campaign finance reports will be due in August, September and October.

So far, according to the reports, Gutho is leading the pack in terms of money coming in, money spent and cash on hand.

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