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Wisconsin land stewardship program ‘at a crossroads’

As funding for the state’s stewardship program goes before the Legislature’s budget panel next week, a new report by the independent, nonpartisan Wisconsin Policy Forum finds the nearly 30-year-old conservation program spent its lowest amount ever on land purchases last year.

The Knowles-Nelson Stewardship program spent $2.9 million for Department of Natural Resources land acquisitions in fiscal year 2018, well below a 2007 peak of $61.6 million. At the same time, the program’s annual costs – mainly payments on debt – remain near their 2014 peak.

The new report, “Public Property: State Faces Deadline for Conservation,” shows some of the ways in which the stewardship program has changed since its inception. Funding for the program is scheduled for debate Tuesday by the Legislature’s budget-writing Joint Finance Committee. The program will expire June 30, 2020, without reauthorization.

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Jun

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

June 12

Police logged 25 incidents, including the following:

Theft — Police responded to property theft complaints in the 700 block of South Prospect Street, 1100 block of South Bartlett Street, 1300 block of South Union Street and 400 block of East Division Street.

Accident — Police responded to property damage accidents in the 300 block of East Randall Street and at Main and Oshkosh streets.

Harassment — Harassment was reported in the 1500 block of Estates Lane.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

June 12

Deputies logged 35 incidents, including the following:

Disturbances — Disturbances were reported on state Highway 22 in the town of Washington and on Meyer Street in Cecil.

Warrant — A 52-year-old Wittenberg man was arrested on Shawano and Marathon County warrants on Witt-Birn Town Line Road in the town of Wittenberg.

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13
Jun

Nominees sought for FSA committees

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency will begin accepting nominations for county committee members Friday. Agricultural producers who participate or cooperate in an FSA program may be nominated for candidacy for the county committee. Individuals may nominate themselves or others.

Richard Fordyce, FSA administrator, said there is an increasing need in county committees for representation from diverse and underserved producers — including novice, female and minority ranchers and farmers.

Committees make important decisions about how federal farm programs are administered locally. Their input helps determine how FSA carries out disaster programs, as well as conservation, commodity and price support programs. The committees are made of three to 11 members and typically meet once a month during their three-year terms.

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13
Jun

Farmers market opens Saturday


Leader File Photo Paul Bergsbaken with Home Field Kettle Corn prepares a bag of kettle corn for a customer on the opening day of the 2018 Shawano Farmers Market. This year’s market will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays through Oct. 5 in Franklin Park, 235 S. Washington St., Shawano.

The Shawano Farmers Market will reach a milestone Saturday as it opens its 2019 season firmly situated for the first time within the boundaries of its new home at Franklin Park.

“We’re very excited about it,” said farmers market board member Bob Dumke. “We think it’s a much more market-friendly environment.”

The market began in Shawano in 2008 in the parking lot at City Hall before moving several years ago to the outskirts of the still-undeveloped Franklin Park along Washington Street.

This year, visitors will be able to stroll through the park where the vendors will be located and relax at picnic tables or on benches while they enjoy the music being presented in the park’s amphitheatre.

“We have the bandshell now instead of just a couple tents and chairs, so we can put on greater activities there. It’s much more customer-friendly,” Dumke said.

Thu
13
Jun

City adds vaping to tobacco ordinance

The Shawano Common Council unanimously approved Wednesday adding e-cigarettes and other vaping devices to an ordinance aimed at keeping tobacco out of the hands of minors.

Without discussion, the council voted to update the city ordinance to add vaping products to cigarettes and other tobacco products that could result in a fine if possessed or used by anyone under the age of 18.

The ordinance covers the purchase as well as possession or use of such product.

The rule applies more broadly to use on school property.

“No individual, regardless of age, who is enrolled in secondary school may possess or attempt to possess a tobacco product or vapor product while on school property,” the ordinance states.

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13
Jun

Area farmers struggle to plant fields


Photo by David Wilhelms Pausing to check his equipment, a farmer in the Town of Richmond continues planting Tuesday before the next rainstorm closes in. Farmers in northeastern Wisconsin have had to deal with record cold and precipitation this spring to get their crops planted.

If you’re wondering if May was colder and wetter than last year, ask anyone involved in farming.

Jeff Strassburg, Wittenberg area farmer and chair of Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, noted he's found, "When the going gets good, it seems Mother Nature has other ideas." He noted he still needs to plant "a couple of hundred acres" of his 3,500 devoted to corn, soybeans, alfalfa and oats. "I think we're on 'Plan 5' on deciding what to plant where," Strassburg added with a laugh before echoing, "It's been a little frustrating but we have to deal with what's been dealt."

Thu
13
Jun

May was as cold, wet as you thought it was

It’s comforting when official numbers confirm what people have already guessed: This May was really colder and wetter than last year.

This May’s temperatures ranged from a few degrees below normal in the northwest part of the Midwest to a few degrees above normal in the southwest, while temperatures in May 2018 were the warmest since 1895 — averaging 66.3 degrees, or 6.9 degrees above normal.

This year across the northern parts of Wisconsin, freezing temperatures were reported through the first three weeks of May. Snow fell in the same area four times in May, while Wisconsin in 2018 ranked among the five warmest Mays ever recorded.

May 2019 precipitation was above normal for the 10th straight month, while May precipitation last year varied across the Midwest with the majority of the region below normal.

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13
Jun

Bonduel seats new board member


Leader photo by Carol Ryczek Tim Kelley responds to questions by members of the Bonduel Village Board just before being approved as a board member Wednesday. Kelley replaces newly re-elected Kevin Bartlett, who resigned in April.

The Bonduel Village Board seated a new board member Wednesday.

Tim Kelley was voted into the board following the resignation of Kevin Bartlett in April. The action was taken at the village board’s regular monthly meeting.

Bartlett was voted into the position in April, and Kelley was a write-in candidate in the April election.

Bartlett resigned between the election and the May board meeting. At that time, the board opened the position to all candidates with a June 12 deadline. Kelley was the only applicant.

Kelley, who works for KI, Inc., said he both ran as a write-in candidate and applied for the open position to “Try to see what we can change in the village to make it more profitable for everybody.”

Kelley said he feels that more can be done to bring new businesses to town, and keep existing businesses as well. He said he did not have any specific plans to recruit businesses but wanted to see what the board would work on.

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13
Jun

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

June 11

Police logged 23 incidents, including the following:

Drug Offense — A 25-year-old Gillett man was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia at Green Bay Court and Green Bay Street.

Accident — Police responded to a property damage accident in the 2600 block of East Richmond Street.

Shoplifting — People’s Express East, 1206 E. Green Bay St., reported a shoplifting incident.

Arrests — A 33-year-old Shawano man was arrested for an outstanding warrant, and a 20-year-old Shawano woman arrested for a probation violation at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Trespass — Police responded to a trespassing complaint in the 1200 block of East Lieg Avenue.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

June 11

Deputies logged 33 incidents, including the following:

Thu
13
Jun

Rhubarb Fest set for June 15


Leader photo by Carol Ryczek Shawano County Historical Society members Jim and Pat Kasten were among the volunteers staffing a Rhubarb Fest booth at the Shawano Sundrop Dayz June 1. The Kastens were helping to promote the upcoming Rhubarb Fest with cookbooks, historical information and other rhubarb-related enticements.

It’s almost time for all things rhubarb.

This year marks the 11th annual Rhubarb Fest, set for June 15 at Heritage Park, 524 N. Franklin St. in Shawano. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.

Proceeds benefit the Shawano County Historical Society.

On this day, the main attraction is, not surprisingly, rhubarb. Visitors will be able to taste rhubarb in pies, tortes, cakes, muffins, cookies and breads in the many bake sale items. Other rhubarb items include rhubarb lemonade, sangria, rhu-berry SunDrop slushies and a rhubarb beer. Brats and hamburgers will be served with a rhubarb sauce.

Live music will be presented by String Fever, Dan Robinson, John Stano and Mark Dvorak, Paul Sruba and Joel Kroenke, Pat Schwenke, Mary Vercouteren, Keith McGillivray.

Other activities include a pie contest. Contest rules are at the Shawano County Historical Society website, www.shawanohistory.org.

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