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Public Record

Shawano Police Department

March 16

Police logged 22 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — Police responded to a suspicious person complaint at the Park and Recreation Center, 220 E. Division St.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 800 block of South Park Street.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 500 block of North Lafayette Street.

Threatening — Police responded to a threatening complaint on Richmond Court.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

March 16

Deputies logged 32 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — A driver was warned for a parks violation after authorities responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint at The Rock, W9599 Butternut Road, town of Richmond.

Fraud — Authorities investigated a fraud complaint on Front Street in Wittenberg.

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Reconstruction begins for Hwy. 22

The reconstruction of state Highway 22 (Main Street) between 13th Street and state Highway 156 in Clintonville is scheduled to begin Monday. Motorists can expect to encounter flagging operations and single lane closures.

For more information regarding traffic impacts, transportation news and improvement project updates in Wisconsin’s north central region, follow the Wisconsin Department of Transportation on Twitter, @WisDOTnorthcent, or visit the region website, http://projects.511wi.gov/region/north-central.

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School district HQ could get makeover

Shawano School District officials are considering remodeling the district’s central offices to accommodate more of the school system’s administrative operations.

The project is the district’s latest response to a management consultant’s recommendations for improving administration of Shawano’s public schools.

Tentative plans for the remodeling involve reconfiguring the central offices and adjoining board room to create more office space for district administrators in facilities housed within Shawano Community High School, 220 County Road B, Shawano.

Jeff Easter, the district’s building and grounds director, said officials plan to spend $95,000 on the project and hope to have the work completed this summer.

Although details have not been announced for utilizing the reconfigured office space, Easter said the remodeling is intended to accommodate additional district leadership staff.

Fri
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Mar

Support builds for county library plan


Leader Photo by Scott Williams Bonduel Public Library Director Allison Schultz works inside the library at 125 N. Washington St., which is part of a city-county network that includes facilities throughout the county.

Library communities throughout Shawano County are getting on the same page with county officials who are considering a new system for managing public libraries.

The Shawano City-County Library has found support among all of its branch libraries for creating a centralized county-run library network — a transformation that could occur in January.

Community leaders in Bonduel, Tigerton and elsewhere have signaled their agreement with allowing their local branch libraries to become part of the new consolidated county system.

Wittenberg Village Board President William Switalla said local officials have wholeheartedly embraced the county’s reform idea, which he said would preserve the branch library and possibly save Wittenberg residents some money.

“Nobody really should be against it,” Switalla said.

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Mar

Former colleagues remember Fred Krueger

Those who worked with Fred Krueger had fond recollections this week of the former Shawano alderman, and for a time acting mayor, who passed away Monday at the age of 80.

Krueger was president of the Shawano Common Council during much of his tenure as alderman, which initially spanned from 1974 to 1998, according to records at City Hall.

However, archives from the Leader indicate he was first elected in 1967 as a write-in candidate and was ousted in the early 1970s for a year because of city re-districting.

In April 1998, Tom Tuma was voted in over Krueger. Tuma later resigned, and Krueger was re-appointed to fill the position in August 1999.

When he left office in June 2001, Krueger had set a record for being the city’s longest-serving alderman.

He also served as acting mayor from December 1977 to April 1978 after the passing of Martin Weinig.

He was also a member of the Shawano County Board for a time.

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Public Record

Shawano Police Department

March 15

Police logged 16 incidents, including the following:

Fraud — Police investigated an internet scam complaint on Oak Hill Court.

OWL — A 45-year-old man was cited for operating without a license in the 400 block of East Green Bay Street.

Drug Offense— A 23-year-old Shawano man was cited for possession of marijuana, and a 16-year-old Bonduel female and 19-year-old Bonduel male were cited for underage alcohol after police responded to a noise complaint in the 400 block of Humphrey Circle.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 400 block of South Franklin Street.

Assault — An assault was reported in the 800 block of East Richmond Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

March 15

Deputies logged 36 incidents, including the following:

Fri
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Mar

SCEPI holding 12th economic summit next week

Get a behind the scenes glimpse of economic growth in action at the 12th annual economic summit presented by Shawano County Economic Progress Inc. (SCEPI) on Thursday at The Gathering, 2600 E. Richmond St., Shawano.

Networking starts at 5 p.m. Dinner and a program will follow at 6 p.m.

Dennis Heling, SCEPI’s chief economic development officer, elected officials and business leaders will share area business success stories such as business startups or expansions, and will spotlight economic development in action.

One of the featured businesses will be Belmark, Inc. Belmark, located in De Pere, is breaking ground in the Raasch Acres Industrial Park, just east of South Waukechon Street in Shawano, for its new expansion. The site selection timeline, as well as the construction and hiring timeline, will be reviewed. The expansions and/or renovations of several other area businesses will also be discussed.

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3 charged in Menominee reservation drug conspiracy

A federal grand jury has returned indictments against three individuals allegedly involved in drug trafficking and other offenses on the Menominee Indian Reservation, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

The indictment charges Woody Nahquaddy, 31, Mitchell Oshkosh, 30, and Austin Kaquatosh, 23, with conspiracy to distribute a Schedule I controlled substance.

According to the indictment, Nahquaddy, Oshkosh, Kaquatosh and others conspired to obtain and sell synthetic marijuana over the course of nearly two years.

Each of them faces a maximum sentence of up to 20 years imprisonment, a $1 million fine, and anywhere from three years to a lifetime of supervised release.

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Small crowd, tough questions at last referendum meeting


Leader Photo by Tim Ryan Park and Recreation Director Matt Hendricks answers audience questions Wednesday at the last in a series of open house meetings on a park improvements plan that will be on the April 4 ballot. The referendum will gauge community support for an additional $1.85 million in borrowing.

Only a half-dozen people showed up for the city’s last open house meeting Wednesday on proposed borrowing for park improvements that will go before voters next month, but they came armed with some tough questions about the plan’s possible impact.

The advisory referendum on the April 4 ballot will ask whether the city should borrow additional money for development of the Franklin and Smalley parks and a splash pad to replace the kiddie pool at Memorial Park.

The referendum question will ask residents whether the city should borrow up to $1.85 million for the projects.

The 20-year loan would mean an estimated annual tax increase of 25 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value, or $25 for a $100,000 home.

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Job seekers in high demand


Leader Photo by Scott Williams Employers use balloons, souvenirs and more to attract job seekers Wednesday during the state Department of Workforce Development’s annual Shawano County Job Fair at The Gathering in Shawano.

Dozens of employers lined up Wednesday in Shawano in an effort to fill job openings at a time of economic recovery and low unemployment.

Although a steady stream of job seekers turned out for the state’s annual Shawano County Job Fair, organizers and employers said there were more jobs than applicants.

That fostered a competitive environment in which companies were working to sell themselves to job seekers, rather than the other way around.

“You just have to be more creative,” said Holli Wood-Ossmann, a human resources representative for furniture maker KI Inc.

Hoping to fill more than 100 seasonal summer positions at its Bonduel facility, KI was offering job applicants a starting wage of $10.25 an hour — slightly higher than usual. Wood-Ossmann said she was pleased with the response from participants at the job fair.

“We’re reaching a lot, but we could reach more,” she said. “There’s a lot of employers here.”

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