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Fri
10
Feb

Menominee Legislature elects executive council

Gary Besaw was elected the new chairman for the Menominee Indian Tribe at its annual reorganizational meeting Thursday in Keshena.

Besaw replaces Joan Delabreau, who will continue to serve as a tribal legislator.

“Maec Waewaenen, which means ‘thank you’ in our language,” Besaw said. “I am honored to once again serve as tribal chairman for the Menominee Nation. … As a nation, we have faced many obstacles and challenging times, and this legislative year will prove to be no different with the changing climate concerning preservation and protection of our natural resources, culture, sovereignty, and the needs of our tribal membership.”

Besaw served as tribal chairman in 2015, vice chairman in 2003 and tribal secretary in 2008. He was first elected to the tribal legislature in 2002.

Fri
10
Feb

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Feb. 9

Police logged 25 incidents, including the following:

Truancy — Police logged two truancy complaints from Olga Brener Intermediate School, 1300 S. Union St.

Criminal Damage — Police responded to a criminal damage to property complaint in the 500 block of Prospect Circle.

Suspicious — Police responded to a suspicious person complaint in the 800 block of East Fifth Street.

Threatening — Police responded to a threatening complaint in the 100 block of Hill Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Feb. 9

Deputies logged 20 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — Authorities responded to a suspicious person complaint on U.S. Highway 45 in the town of Aniwa.

Disorderly — Authorities responded to a disorderly conduct complaint at Birnamwood Elementary/Middle School, 337 Main St., Birnamwood.

Fri
10
Feb

Shawano police chief to retire in April


Leader File Photo Shawano Police Chief Mark Kohl plans to retire in April, three years after rejoining the Police Department.

Shawano Police Chief Mark Kohl has informed the city of plans to retire in April.

Mayor Jeanne Cronce confirmed she had received a letter from Kohl within the past two weeks stating Kohl wanted to pursue other options.

Cronce said she did not make the letter public because announcements of retirement should be up to the retiree, as opposed to resignations, which she said would be public information.

However, rumors had begun to surface in the community that Kohl was planning to leave.

Cronce said Kohl has informed department staff of his retirement.

Shawano Police and Fire Commission President Tony Zielinski could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Commission member Milt Marquardt said he learned about the retirement a week or two ago from the mayor.

“It was a surprise,” he said.

The commission meets quarterly and has not yet held any meetings this year.

Fri
10
Feb

Names released in double fatal crash

Authorities have released the names of those involved in a head-on crash Wednesday that claimed the lives of both drivers and sent a passenger to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The accident happened on state Highway 47 near the intersection of state Highway 156 in the town of Lessor just after 1 p.m.

John Fischer, 57, of Shawano, and John Lindert, 84, of Brookfield, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Donna Lindert, 81, of Brookfield, was flown to St. Vincent’s hospital. Authorities said her injuries were life-threatening, but there was no further update.

According to the Wisconsin State Patrol, a 2007 Toyota Camry being driven northbound on Highway 47 by John Lindert attempted to pass a 1991 Mack semi unit.

The Toyota entered a no-passing zone and struck head-on a southbound 2014 Ford Focus being driven by Fischer.

The collision forced Lindert’s vehicle into the northbound semi unit it had been passing.

Fri
10
Feb

New taco restaurant is rock ‘n’


Photo by Grace Kirchner Sara Jandrin and Preston Lorge have opened King’s Rock ‘n’ Tacos at 281 S. Main St. in Clintonville.

Business has been good at King’s Rock ‘n’ Tacos since the restaurant opened last month in Clintonville, according to co-owner Preston Lorge.

Lorge and Sara Jandrin, whom he met as he was planning the new venture, opened the business at 281 S. Main St. on Jan. 7.

“People said it was about time we got a taco place in Clintonville,” Lorge said.

Lorge, who grew up in Bear Creek and graduated from Clintonville High School in 1988, learned to cook from his father.

“My dad could cook,” Lorge said. “He was a self-employed painter and when business was slow in the winter, he’d cook, and I thought it was not bad for a guy to learn to cook.”

Jandrin learned to cook from her mother, who made soup for several restaurants.

“We cook everything fresh each morning,” said Jandrin, who has worked in several eating establishments..

Fri
10
Feb

Committee recommends Harter’s for Clintonville garbage service

Harter’s Fox Valley Disposal submitted the low bid to become the city of Clintonville’s only garbage hauler, and the city’s street committee voted Tuesday to recommend the Clintonville Common Council approve a five-year contract with Harter’s at its meeting Feb. 14.

The city has been discussing moving to one garbage hauler for several months to save wear and tear on city streets. Currently there are three companies providing garbage pickup in the city.

Under the proposed contract with Harter’s, residents will be charged $9.50 per month ($114 per year) for refuse and recycling collection/disposal.

Residents will be sent an invoice for the first year of service; thereafter the fee will be included in the tax bill.

Andy Gayhardt, general manager of Harter’s, said the firm runs about 70 trucks with 150 employees, including four who live in Clintonville, and does its best to meet customer needs.

Fri
10
Feb

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Feb. 8

Police logged 20 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 500 block of Prospect Circle.

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported a shoplifter fled the parking lot in a vehicle with stolen merchandise. Officers stopped the vehicle in the 900 block of East Green Bay Street. According to police, the suspect then drove into the Arlington Park neighborhood and officers pursued. Officers discontinued the pursuit after one minute for safety reasons. Within minutes, the vehicle was found abandoned in a private driveway. All the stolen items were located in the vehicle. Officers have identified a possible suspect, and the investigation is continuing.

Theft — A package left by the Postal Service was reported stolen in the 200 block of South Andrews Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Feb. 8

Wed
08
Feb

Head-on crash claims 2 lives on Hwy. 47

Two people were killed Wednesday in a head-on crash on state Highway 47 south of Bonduel, according to the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department.

The accident happened near the intersection of state Highway 156 in the town of Lessor just after 1 p.m.

The incident is being investigated by the Wisconsin State Patrol, but the sheriff’s department, which also responded to the crash, said both drivers died at the scene.

The initial investigation showed that a vehicle northbound on Highway 47, driven by an 84-year-old Brookfield man, attempted to pass another vehicle and struck a southbound car driven by a 57-year-old Shawano man, according to the sheriff’s department.

The northbound vehicle ended up back in the northbound lane after the collision and was struck from behind by a northbound semi.

An 81-year-old Brookfield woman, who was a passenger in the northbound vehicle, was flown to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Green Bay. Her condition was unknown.

Wed
08
Feb

Council amends budget for Franklin Park

The Shawano Common Council on Wednesday approved amending the city budget to cover higher than expected costs on the first phase of development plans for Franklin Park.

The city was projecting a maximum $140,000 for the Phase 1 project, but the lowest of five contractor bids, from Martell Construction Co. of Green Bay, came in at more than $185,000.

The council voted 3-1 to grant the bid to Martell and amend the budget, with Alderman Bob Kurkiewicz voting no. Council members Sandy Steinke and John Hoeffs were absent.

Prior to the vote, the council heard from two representatives of the farmers market, which is held at Franklin Park, who encouraged city officials to move ahead with the project and also voice their support for the April referendum that seeks borrowing for additional park improvements.

Wed
08
Feb

County supervisor rescinds resignation

A vacancy on the Shawano County Board has been filled — by the supervisor who initially resigned it.

District 21 Supervisor Roger Miller resigned from the board a little over two weeks ago.

The county posted an announcement that it was seeking someone interested in being appointed to that seat to fill out Miller’s term, which expires in April 2018.

The resignation was due to health reasons, according to the county clerk’s office.

County Clerk Pam Schmidt said Wednesday that Miller had rescinded his resignation and will return to the board.

She said that, according to the county corporation counsel, it was Miller’s prerogative to rescind the resignation because it had not yet been accepted by the county board.

County Board Chairman Jerry Erdmann said he was glad Miller is coming back.

“He’s a good man and I’m tickled pink his health has improved,” Erdmann said.

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