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Downtown bathroom goes into design stage

The Shawano Common Council Wednesday approved a contract for the design of a long-awaited downtown bathroom that would be adjacent to Franklin Park.

The lack of a public restroom downtown has been an issue plaguing downtown business owners for years and the improvements recently made to Franklin Park that hope to draw even more visitors to events there has exacerbated that need.

The bathroom was originally part of the Franklin Park improvement project but was flushed out to cut costs and made a separate project.

It was also decided the bathroom should be located outside the park to provide more access to visitors patronizing downtown businesses.

The council approved a contract with Nordin Design Group, Inc., of Shawano, in the amount of $10,500 for the design and engineering work for the Franklin Park public restroom.

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3 indicted for burglary on Menominee Reservation

Three people have been indicted by a federal grand jury for burglary and firearms offences that allegedly occurred on the Menominee Reservation in May of last year.

Brett L. O’Kimosh Jr., 41, of Shawano, Mary Ann Dodge, 32, of Taycheedah, and Anthony J. Boyd, 22, of Waupun, are all charged with one count of burglary.

O’Kimosh and Boyd are charged with unlawful possession of a firearm.

According to the indictment, on or about May 16, 2018, the defendants entered a building or dwelling in Keshena without consent from the homeowner and with the intent to steal.

The same day, O’Kimosh and Boyd allegedly possessed a .22 rifle. O’Kimosh and Boyd were prohibited from possession of firearms at the time of the incident.

The Menominee Tribal Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case.

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Swingin’ State of Mind


Guest artist Eric Marienthal showing the Shawano Middle School Jazz Band a thing or two at last Saturday’s Shawano Jazz Festival.

“If there’s one missing element from younger wind players, it’s keeping the wind moving forward.”

This was some of the advice offered by saxophonist and accomplished jazz musician Eric Marienthal to some 20 middle school and high school jazz bands from 12 northeast Wisconsin schools at the Shawano Jazz Festival—Shazz for short—in its tenth rendition at Shawano High School last Saturday.

Keeping a strong base of energetic wind moving forward would be an effective descriptor if a decade of intensive jazz clinics could be articulated within a single metaphor. The event has proven to be an invaluable resource for growing musicians, helping strengthen bridges between junior high and high school.

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Public Record

Shawano Police Department

March 14

Police logged 24 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — Police responded to a suspicious person complaint in the 300 block of Madison Way.

Threatening — Police responded to a threatening complaint in the 200 block of Mills Street.

Disorderly — Disorderly conduct was reported at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 300 block of Madison Way.

OAR — A 24-year-old woman was cited for operating after revocation at Engel and Airport drives.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

March 14

Deputies logged 32 incidents, including the following:

Threatening — Authorities responded to a threatening complaint on Range Line Road in the town of Richmond.

Fraud — A telephone scam was reported on Poplar Road in the town of Richmond.

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Mar

Phony IRS calls increase during filing season

The tax filing season is a busy time for taxpayers, but scammers also stay busy. Taxpayers should be aware of several types of tax scams, but phone scams start to increase during the beginning of tax season and then remain active throughout the remainder of the year. Here’s how this scam generally works:

Scammers impersonating the IRS call taxpayers telling them they owe taxes and face arrest if they don’t pay.
The scammer may leave a message asking taxpayers to call back to clear up a tax matter or face arrest.
When taxpayers call back, the scammers often use threatening and hostile language.
The thief demands that the taxpayers pay their tax debts with a gift card, other pre-paid cards or a wire transfer.

Taxpayers who receive these phone calls should:

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Business taxpayers should take another look at their estimated tax payments

Taxpayers who pay quarterly estimated tax payments may want to revisit the amount they pay. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act changed the way most taxpayers calculate their tax. These taxpayers include those with substantial income not subject to withholding, such as small business owners and self-employed individuals. The tax reform changes include:

Revised tax rates and brackets

New and revised business deductions

Limiting or discontinuing deductions

Increasing the standard deduction

Removing personal exemptions

Increasing the child tax credit

As a result of these changes, many taxpayers may need to raise or lower the amount of tax they pay each quarter through estimated taxes.

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Mar

While vacationing, don’t let identity thieves tag along

The steps you take to protect your personal information before you start your vacation are the key to mitigating potential identity theft if your devices or documents are stolen or misplaced during your trip. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) offers some simple pre-, during, and post-trip tips to help travelers limit the threat of identity theft.

“When you are on the go and making memories, you don’t want to constantly worry about whether someone is snooping through your online accounts or making new credit accounts with your identity,” said Lara Sutherlin, Administrator for the Division of Trade and Consumer Protection. “Some small preventative measures like updating the operating system and antivirus software on your mobile devices can go a long way toward fending off identity thieves.”

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Events to explore value-added dairy

Due to the volatility of commodity dairy prices, many farmers are turning to value-added enterprises as an avenue for their farm to survive and thrive into the future.

Some operations make their own milk, cheese, yogurt or ice cream? Several upcoming workshops sponsored by the Wisconsin farmers Union (WFU) will walk farmers through the process of venturing into value-added enterprises.

Adding Value to Your Farm: Exploring On-Farm Dairy Processing

This program will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 27, at the Best Western, 100 Spring St., River Falls. This event will feature nuts and bolts of early business planning including processing practicalities, building a farm-based dairy business, and advice from Farmers Union members who are making and marketing food products from cow and goat milk. WFU panelists include Meg Wittenmyer of Bifrost Farms, Josh Bryceson and Rama Hoffpauir of Cosmic Wheel Creamery, and Theresa Depies of Springbrook Dairy.

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HCE to present program on human trafficking

Human trafficking isn’t just a problem for other places.

That’s the reason that Fight Against Human Trafficking will be presented on March 26 at the Boarders Inn and Suites, 7393 River Bend Road, Shawano, at 6 p.m.

The program is sponsored by Shawano County Home Community Education (HCE). The program is free but a donation will be accepted for the speaker and the group the speaker represents, Eye Heart World.

Eye Heart World is a Green Bay-based organization that fights human trafficking. Their website states that “the sad reality is that slavery is very much alive and well in the U.S., and victims of all backgrounds are being exploited everywhere from major trucking routes, to rural agricultural communities, to massage parlors, to the thousands of online ads posted every day.”

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Mar

Weight limits set on county highways

The Shawano County Highway Department announced the seasonal posting of spring weight limits on various County roads in Shawano County. The weight limits became effective on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. Haulers will need to watch for the signs restricting load limits.

A list of the posted roads is available at http://www.co.shawano.wi.us/. The weight restrictions are six tons gross load for single axle, 10 tons gross load for tandem axle; maximum gross weight is 26 tons.

Seasonal weight restrictions are placed on specific highways during the spring thaw period. The restrictions are placed to prevent damage to the pavement structure.

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