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Fri
15
Sep

Clintonville residents like armory but not repair costs

Residents want to keep the old armory, which houses the Clintonville Recreation Center, but don’t want to pay for renovations.

The city conducted a survey from mid-July to late August to gather residents’ opinions about what should be done about the building at 55 E. 12th St.

City Administrator Sharon Eveland said the survey was intended to help city officials decide whether to work on a plan for financing a multimillion dollar renovation or to close the facility and potentially tear it down.

Eveland told the city parks and recreation committee Aug. 29 that the survey drew 259 responses. In the responses, 109 people said the building has historical value to the city. Sixty-one said it didn’t, and 51 said maybe.

Sixty-two percent either strongly agreed or somewhat agreed that the city should preserve and restore its historical structures.

Fri
15
Sep

F.R.E.S.H. Project announces new staff, funding


Contributed Photo Dan Robinson was recently hired as a program assistant and Barbara Mendoza as coordinator for the F.R.E.S.H. Project.

The F.R.E.S.H. Project recently received a three-year grant from the Community Foundation of the Fox Valley Region’s Basic Need Giving Partnership to continue its efforts at ensuring all area residents have access to healthy, sufficient food.

The grant increases the F.R.E.S.H. Project’s ability to serve Shawano County and the Stockbridge-Munsee and Ho-Chunk communities by hiring new staff. Barbara Mendoza recently joined the project as its coordinator, and

Dan Robinson was hired as a program assistant.

Fri
15
Sep

Assistance available for heating season

Assistance is available to Shawano County residents who need help with heating costs.

The Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program and Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program can provide one-time payments during the heating season, from Oct. 1 to May 15.

The funding pays a portion of the heating costs and is not intended to cover the entire cost of heating a residence. The amount of the energy assistance benefit varies depending on a variety of factors, including the household’s size, income and energy costs.

For customers that are in disconnect situations or other heating season emergencies, there may be help in the form of services, direct payment assistance or a combination of the two.

Weatherization assistance might also be available to some applicants. Weatherization could include help with furnace issues and repairs, water heater inspections, and other energy efficient measures.

Fri
15
Sep

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Sept. 13

Police logged 45 incidents, including the following:

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile alcohol complaint at Memorial Park, 909 S. Lincoln St.

Vandalism — A wheelbarrow was reported vandalized in the 2300 block of East Richmond Street.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 1100 block of East Lieg Avenue.

Juvenile — Police responded to a report of kids throwing rocks at cars at Lakeland Road and Raasch Street.

Juvenile — Police responded to two separate reports of juvenile problems at Memorial Park, 909 S. Lincoln St.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance at Washington and Green Bay streets.

Harassment — Police responded to a Facebook harassment complaint in the 1100 block of South Weed Street.

Curfew — Two juveniles were warned for curfew violations at Cleveland and Richmond streets.

Thu
14
Sep

County suspends food center donations

Shawano County has suspended financial help for the Shawano Area Food Center in the wake of a state opinion that questioned whether the payments were legal.

The county’s finance committee Wednesday reached a consensus to stop assisting the food center with its utility bills, but also directed legal counsel to reach out to communities served by the center to see if they could help.

State Attorney General Brad Schimel earlier this month issued a formal opinion to Shawano County Corporation Counsel Tony Kordus concerning whether a county board is legally authorized to appropriate money to a private nonprofit food pantry.

Schimel concluded that state statutes do not give county boards that authority.

“While county boards may establish and operate programs to serve the residents of the county who need assistance in securing adequate food, the statute does not grant authority to make appropriations to nonprofits to perform this task,” Schimel wrote.

Thu
14
Sep

Splash pad dominates discussion about plaza

City officials are planning an open house within the next few weeks to get public input on a proposed downtown plaza, but more specifically on whether a splash pad that was part of the park improvements referendum should be moved there.

No date has been set for the open house, but the Shawano Common Council wants to make a decision on the splash pad location at its October meeting.

The location will affect how the splash pad is designed, and the parks and recreation department wants to get those specifications out to potential bidders before developers are booked up for 2018 projects and start charging higher rates.

Alderwoman Rhonda Strebel said most of the community comments she has heard about a proposed downtown plaza concept have focused on the idea of possibly incorporating the splash pad.

Thu
14
Sep

Organizer of synthetic pot ring gets 6 years

Three men were sentenced last week in federal court to prison terms for conspiring to purchase synthetic marijuana at a Milwaukee-area retail store and selling it on the Menominee Indian Reservation between 2013 and 2016.

Woody Nahquaddy, 31, considered the organizer of the conspiracy, was sentenced Friday to 3 1/2 years in prison. Mitchell Oshkosh, 30, and Austin Kaquatosh, 23, were each previously sentenced to two years in prison.

The conspiracy coincided with a public health crisis that resulted in numerous emergency calls to assist people who had adverse reactions to the synthetic drugs like those the defendants distributed, according to a statement released Monday by the U.S. Attorney’s office.

According to court documents:

The men obtained up to 2 pounds of the synthetic pot, or synthetic cannabinoids, per week during the trips to Milwaukee. They purchased a total of about 176 pounds.

Thu
14
Sep

Vollrath joins Clintonville School Board

Laurie Vollrath, of Clintonville, has been selected to fill a vacancy on the Clintonville School Board.

Vollrath will fill the vacancy created when Clyde Tellock resigned after being re-elected to the board in April. She will fill out the remainder of Tellock’s two-year term.

The board selected Vollrath on Monday after hearing statements from four candidates: Vollrath, Pat Schoonover, Larry Czarnecki and Mary Beth Kuester.

Vollrath said she became interested in school matters when she learned the district was considering closing the Dellwood Early Learning Center. She has a child who would attend the school.

She said she appeared before the board at that time and found her voice did matter.

Thu
14
Sep

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Sept. 12

Police logged 21 incidents, including the following:

Vandalism — A vehicle was egged in the 600 block of South Franklin Street.

Theft — A package was reported stolen in the 500 block of South Washington Street.

Fraud — Police investigated a fraud complaint at the Cash Store, 1225 E. Green Bay St.

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

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Sept. 12

Deputies logged 43 incidents, including the following:

Theft — Authorities investigated a theft complaint at Remington Oil, 444 U.S. Highway 45, Birnamwood.

Animal Problem — A 71-year-old Marion man was cited for animals at large after a report of cows roaming on County Road M in the town of Pella.

Disorderly — Authorities responded to an intoxicated person complaint on U.S. Highway 45 in Tigerton.

Thu
14
Sep

Clintonville has to put down police dog


Leader File Photo Sgt. Christopher Wendorf of the Clintonville Police Department kneels with K-9 Chero. Chero was euthanized on Saturday after developing an intestinal disorder.

K-9 Chero of the Clintonville Police Department was euthanized on Saturday.

Chero became sick on Friday and was taken to the Fox Valley Animal Referral Center for evaluation, according to police Capt. Dennis Schroeder. During the examination, it was found that Chero suffered from an acute intestinal disorder, which twisted his intestines and caused them to die.
Sgt. Christopher Wendorf was Chero’s handler.

Chero joined the department on Nov. 1, 2014. A celebration of his service is being planned for a later date.

The city’s K-9 program is funded entirely by private donations.

For information, call the Police Department at 715-823-3117.

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