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Wed
11
Jul

ThedaCare makes new pitch on SMC property sale

Less than two weeks after a spokesman said ThedaCare would abide by the city’s decision on splitting proceeds from the sale of the former Shawano Medical Center property, the hospital is back to pushing for a larger cut of the money.

ThedaCare sent a letter to the city Friday reiterating its support of a deal negotiated with the city that was subsequently rejected by the Shawano Plan Commission. ThedaCare also offered a third option for the city’s consideration that would still grant the hospital a larger share.

Tadych Investment Partners LLC of Green Bay is proposing buying the former SMC property for $500,000 for development of a luxury apartment complex.

ThedaCare owns about 3.8 acres of the property, while the city owns about 2.9 acres.

The plan commission on June 28 rejected a deal that had been negotiated between ThedaCare and city staff that considered expenses as well as the amount of property owned.

Wed
11
Jul

Stockbridge-Munsee stands with tribe facing land trust loss

A pending decision from the U.S. Department of the Interior on whether to keep holding land in trust for the Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Tribal Council Inc. in Massachusetts has alarmed Native American communities across the country, including the Stockbridge-Munsee tribe in Bowler.

If land currently governed by the Mashpee is removed from trust — a system where land is held for native tribes who are then given certain benefits as a result — it would be the first removal of land in more than 50 years and would signal a major shift in how native tribes interact with the federal government.

For the Stockbridge-Munsee, who have ancestral roots in Massachusetts, it’s not something to be taken lightly. As a result, the tribe sent a letter to federal officials in June, urging Congress to pass legislation to reaffirm the protected status of the eastern tribe.

Wed
11
Jul

Boy suffers severe burns in house fire

The Gillett community was rallying around a family who was displaced and a 12-year-old boy hospitalized with critical burns after a house fire Saturday night.

Authorities were called to 310 Pulcifer Ave. in Gillett at 10:51 p.m. Saturday for a report of a structure fire, according to a press release Tuesday from Gillett Fire Chief Kurt Hicks and Police Chief Jess Keplinger.

“Three individuals were inside the house at the time of the incident, and there was one reported injury,” the release said. The injured boy was taken from the scene by the Eagle III rescue helicopter. People familiar with the situation said he was in critical but stable condition at a hospital burn center as of Monday.

Wed
11
Jul

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

July 9

Police logged 31 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — A 36-year-old Clintonville man was arrested for disorderly conduct/domestic violence and bail jumping after police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 700 block of East Fifth Street.

Theft — Police responded to a property theft complaint in the 300 block of West Swan Street.

Drug Offense — A 17-year-old Shawano female was cited for possession of marijuana at Green Bay and Union streets.

OWL — A 43-year-old Shawano woman was cited for operating without a valid driver’s license and no proof of insurance at Franklin and Fourth streets.

July 8

Police logged 29 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance —A 33-year-old Shawano man was arrested for disorderly conduct/domestic violence after a domestic disturbance in the 400 block of West Swan Street.

Tue
10
Jul

Shawano man killed in motorcycle crash

A 31-year-old Shawano man was killed in a motorcycle crash on South Airport Drive Sunday night, police reported.

Police were called to the crash just before 8:30 p.m. about a quarter mile south of Richmond Street in the city.

The motorcyclist, Justin Kleczka, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation determined Kleczka was southbound on Airport Drive and attempted to pass a southbound pick-up truck and struck the rear of the truck.

Kleczka was wearing a helmet, police said.

The operator of the truck, a 30-year-old Shawano man, was not injured.

The Shawano County Sheriff’s Department and Wisconsin State Patrol assisted with the investigation.

Sat
07
Jul

Capturing and making history at once


Leader photo by Tim Ryan Erik, left, and Aaron Gilling stand in the mezzanine, with the Crescent Theatre’s original vaudeville stage in the background, as construction continued Friday on the craft brewery business that will occupy the building.

Leader photo by Tim Ryan General contractor Larry Laude talks with Erik and Aaron Gilling Friday about how to save one of the original wall columns from the former Crescent Theatre to become part of the architecture of the new Stubborn Brothers Brewery.

The new Stubborn Brothers Brewery in the former Crescent Theatre in downtown Shawano is targeting a limited opening in December and full public opening early next year, albeit a bit later than expected, according to the owners.

“I know this project is taking longer than anticipated and I know a lot of people are anxiously waiting for us to open,” Erik Gilling said. “We appreciate their patience. We understand they want it open because we want it open.”

Renovating the 103-year-old building, which began its life as a vaudeville theater before becoming a movie house, has presented numerous challenges, largely because the Gilling brothers are trying as much as possible to retain its historic atmosphere and even restore some of its key historical features.

That includes retaining the original vaudeville stage and restoring the orchestra pit that was once located in front of the stage.

Sat
07
Jul

Police nab juvenile in vehicle break-ins

City police arrested a 17-year-old Shawano male early Friday after getting a call reporting two subjects going through vehicles near Olga Brener Intermediate School.

Shawano Police Chief Dan Mauel said an alert community member notified police around 5 a.m. and officers responded within minutes.

Police located two people walking in the area. Both fled on foot.

Officers were able to take one of the people, a 17-year-old Shawano male, into custody after a short foot chase. The other person was able to elude the officers.

Police received reports of two vehicle break-ins on Lee Court, about a block from the school, and another on Birch Hill Lane.

“We have received two additional calls this morning about vehicles gone through in this area, and we suspect more may have been gone through,” Mauel said. “We are asking people to call our department if they have a vehicle that has been entered.”

Sat
07
Jul

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

July 5

Police logged 21 incidents, including the following:

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

Shoplifting — Family Dollar, 413 S. Main St., reported a shoplifting incident.

Shoplifting — Charlie’s County Market, 521 S. Main St., reported a shoplifting incident.

Theft — Police responded to a property theft complaint in the 2900 block of East Richmond Street.

Fireworks — Police responded to fireworks complaints on Hotz Court, West Third and Lafayette streets, the 300 block of East Richmond Street and the 700 block of South Lincoln Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

July 5

Deputies logged 50 incidents, including the following:

Vandalism — A lawn was reported vandalized on Shady Road in the town of Lessor.

Fire — Authorities responded to a vehicle fire on state Highway 47-55 in the town of Wescott.

Sat
07
Jul

Highway 45 roadwork begins Monday

Work on U.S. Highway 45 between Menzel Road and state Highway 29 in Shawano County is scheduled to begin Monday.

Northeast Asphalt is the prime contractor for the $3.3 million project. Crews will resurface the highway. Other improvements include replacing culverts, resurfacing the deck of the Embarrass River bridge, and improving drainage.

To improve safety, crews will install centerline rumble strips. Rumble strips help to reduce crashes by alerting drivers of a lane departure through vibration and noise created when a vehicle’s tires contact the rumble strip. They are especially helpful during bad weather such as rain, snow or fog when visibility of the centerline is reduced. Rumble strips also help to reduce inattentive driving crashes due to fatigue, drowsiness and inattention.

Highway 45 will remain open to traffic during construction. Motorists can expect to encounter single lane closures, flagging operations, and temporary traffic signals.

Fri
06
Jul

Pulaski companies help Houghton flood victims

In the aftermath of last month’s flooding that devastated the area of Houghton County, Michigan, two Pulaski companies each donated $25,000 to help with recovery efforts. MCL Industries, Inc. and Bay Tek Games also donated two dehumidifiers and 11 box fans.

MCL and Bay Tek are part of The Village Companies, a group of businesses in Northeast Wisconsin and Upper Michigan that share common ownership. One of those businesses is Northwinds Adventures, a 220-acre recreational camp just outside Houghton. While the camp avoided major damage during the flooding, its operators reached out to their business partners for relief assistance.

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