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24
Mar

RDA extends deadline for SIST property plans

The Shawano Redevelopment Authority on Thursday granted the Samanta Roy Institute of Science and Technology more time to provide plans to raze or repair two dilapidated downtown buildings.

The RDA seemed poised to move to condemnation proceedings for at least one of the vacant properties at 214 S. Main St., which has been sitting idle since at least 2005, when SIST was granted a building permit for improvements that were apparently never made.

The board then heard comments from SIST representative Darlene Sense, who accused the city of interfering with its remodeling plans.

She claimed there had either been some confusion or “others that interfered with this.”

SIST had previously sent a letter to the city saying their plans were to repair the building and sell it, and called on the city to “quit playing games with us.”

The city recently denied SIST a building permit for repairs to the building because of the plan lacked details.

Fri
24
Mar

Belmark plant ready to get started


Leader Photo by Scott Williams Kris Poehnelt, standing left, project engineer of Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats, discusses his company’s plant expansion Wednesday at the Shawano County Economic Progress Inc. annual meeting.

The president of Belmark Inc. said Thursday his company’s Shawano plant development is off to a strong start and should begin to take shape by this summer.

“It’s moving ahead very nicely,” Belmark President Karl Schmidt told a group at The Gathering banquet hall in Shawano.

Schmidt addressed about 100 business and civic leaders at the 12th annual meeting of Shawano County Economic Progress Inc., a regional business development organization.

The crowd applauded an upbeat assessment of economic developments of varied shapes and sizes throughout Shawano as well as such surrounding communities such as Gresham, Wittenberg and Marion.

“We have a lot of exciting things happening all around the region,” said Dennis Heling, chief economic development officer for the group commonly known as SCEPI.

Fri
24
Mar

Tractor Supply store hosting pet adoption day

The Tractor Supply Company store at 1313 E. Green Bay St. in Shawano will host a pet adoption day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Families looking to add a pet to their home are encouraged to stop by the store and interact with the dogs and cats that are available for adoption.

“Pet adoption days are exciting at Tractor Supply,” said Jeff Olson, Shawano store manager. “Not only do we get to help families take home a great pet, but we also get to support our community adoption partners who are working hard to care for homeless dogs and cats.”

Participants include Shawano Cares About Critters, Laura Habeck and Girl Scout Troop 4721.

Tractor Supply partners with rescues and shelters to host pet adoption events throughout the year. Organizations interested in becoming an animal adoption partner should register at TSCEventPartners.com, contact the store by phone at 715-526-2938 or visit the store.

Fri
24
Mar

Residents urged to sign up for CodeRED alerts

Shawano County has contracted with Emergency Communications Network LLC for its CodeRED high-speed notification solution.

The CodeRED system provides Shawano County officials an additional resource to quickly deliver emergency notifications by phone, email or text to targeted areas or the entire county.

“Whether it’s an emergency alert, a time-sensitive notification, or a targeted message to a group of people, sometimes you need to quickly share information,” said Natalie Easterday, Shawano County’s emergency management director. “CodeRED gives Shawano County the ability to communicate with residents.”

Information will be disseminated through telephone calls, text messages, emails and the CodeRED mobile alert app.

In order to receive messages, individuals and businesses will need to register.

Fri
24
Mar

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

March 22

Police logged 16 incidents, including the following:

Arrest — A 44-year-old woman was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Warrant — A man was taken into custody on a warrant at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Arrest — A 35-year-old man was taken into custody on a probation hold at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Fraud — Police investigated a fraud complaint at O’Reilly Automotive, 1301 E. Green Bay St.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

March 22

Deputies logged 26 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on Oak Avenue in the town of Richmond.

Burglary — A burglary was reported on Balsam Road in the town of Herman.

Thu
23
Mar

Police officer, 3 others killed in Wausau area


The Associated Press Numerous law enforcement vehicles and SWAT teams respond to shooter Wednesday at an apartment complex in Weston. Shootings happened at a bank and a law firm before police converged on the apartment complex. Four people were killed, including a police officer. A suspect is in custody.

A police officer and three other people were shot and killed when a domestic dispute at a bank escalated into shootings at three locations near Wausau on Wednesday, investigators said. A suspect was in custody.

The shootings happened at a bank, a law firm and an apartment complex, where officers, including a SWAT team, had a standoff with the suspect for several hours before ending in a volley of gunfire around 5 p.m.

Authorities took no questions in a brief news conference late Wednesday and gave no details on the four victims or suspect. They said there was no remaining threat to the public. Jason Smith, a deputy administrator for the state Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation, said more than 100 officers were investigating and more information would be released Thursday.

The violence unfolded in a cluster of small towns south of Wausau. The officer worked for Everest Metro, a small, 27-officer force that serves Schofield and Weston.

Thu
23
Mar

Robert D. Nueske Wittenberg Community Service Award


Photo by Curt Knoke Laura Magee is recipient of the 2017 Wittenberg Community Service Award, one of five awards honoring volunteerism presented annually by the Shawano Area Community Foundation as part of its Celebration of Giving.

Editor’s note: This is the second article in a series of five profiling winners of the Celebration of Giving awards presented annually by Shawano Area Community Foundation Inc. for outstanding volunteerism. The winners will be honored at a gala April 11 at the Gathering.

Community organizer Laura Magee, of Wittenberg, is the recipient of the 2017 Wittenberg Community Service Award, one of five awards honoring volunteerism presented annually by the Shawano Area Community Foundation as part of its Celebration of Giving.

The Wittenberg award is sponsored by Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats. It recognizes a group or individual in the Wittenberg area that exhibits dedication and enthusiasm through diversified volunteer work. The work performed has positive impact by improving the quality of life and meeting the needs of the community.

Thu
23
Mar

County signs deal with historical society


Leader File Photo Desks and other furnishings were left badly damaged Oct. 10 when fire broke out inside an old schoolhouse at the Shawano County Historical Society compound at county-owned Heritage Park in Shawano.

From the ashes of a destructive fire, a new cooperative agreement has emerged between the Shawano County Historical Society and Shawano County government officials.

The Shawano County Board on Wednesday approved a deal with the historical society resolving issues related to ownership and maintenance of the group’s public education complex in county-owned Heritage Park.

Under the agreement, the county assumes ownership of most buildings, provides casualty insurance and pays for utilities, while the historical society owns contents of the buildings, agrees to maintain the facilities and purchases its own liability insurance.

Both sides applauded the agreement as a breakthrough following years of ambiguity about the relationship that existed between the county as landlord of Heritage Park and the historical society as a high-profile tenant.

County Board members unanimously approved the deal, which takes effect immediately.

Thu
23
Mar

Clintonville sidewalk repair bids come in higher than expected

Plans to repair and reopen a section of sidewalk in downtown Clintonville that has been closed since April have been derailed.

Bids for the Ninth Street repairs came in much higher than expected this week. The city estimated it would cost $65,000 for the sidewalk repairs, but the lowest bid was $118,000.

City officials plan to will rebid the project, and Kray Brown, public works director, said he will see if there could be some changes made to reduce costs.

The problem was discovered last year when the fire department did a routine inspection of the commercial building on the corner of Ninth Street and South Main Street.

City Administrator Chuck Kell said the basement of the building extends beyond the sidewalk to the curb line. The whole sidewalk is exposed in the basement, and there is water damage that is causing the concrete to fall apart.

Thu
23
Mar

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

March 21

Police logged 25 incidents, including the following:

Fraud — Police responded to a scam complaint at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Disorderly — Police responded to an intoxicated person complaint at Hardee’s, 1120 E. Green Bay St.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 200 block of East Fifth Street.

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

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported a shoplifter in custody.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 400 block of Humphrey Circle.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

March 21

Deputies logged 32 incidents, including the following:

Burglary — A burglary was reported on Red River Road in the town of Herman.

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