Big Changes Happening on August 7, 2019.




Suicidal woman rescued from tree in Wittenberg

Authorities on Friday rescued a suicidal woman from a tree in the town of Wittenberg after she had doused herself with gasoline and threatened to set herself on fire.

Shawano County sheriff’s deputies were called for a welfare check on the woman on Elm Road about 11:45 a.m.

She was about 50 feet up in the tree when deputies arrived and also threatening to cut herself with a knife, which she eventually did, according to a sheriff’s department news release.

Fire departments from Wittenberg, Antigo, Shawano, Tigerton and Birnamwood arrived on scene and were able to reach the woman via ladder truck.

She was convinced to drop the knives and was rescued from the tree.

The woman was taken for medical and mental health evaluation.

The case is still under investigation.

Other agencies responding included Wittenberg EMS, Aspirus EMS, Spirit Helicopter and Wisconsin DNR.


ASA, Corteva seek young soybean leader applicants

The American Soybean Association ASA and Corteva Agriscience are seeking applicants for the 2019-20 Young Leader Program.

The Young Leader Program, sponsored by Corteva Agriscience and ASA, is a two-phase educational program for actively farming individuals and couples who are passionate about the future possibilities of agriculture. The women and men who participate in this program are the leaders who shape the future of agriculture.

“The training and interaction with fellow growers and ASA leaders this past year has been an invaluable asset to me personally, and a source of new ideas and avenues for my family farm,” said Stuart Sanderson, Class of 2019.

Phase I of the 2019-20 Young Leader program takes place in Indianapolis, Indiana Dec. 3-6. The program continues Feb. 25-29, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas in conjunction with the annual Commodity Classic Convention and Trade Show.


Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act signed into law

A law that extends compensation to more personnel with medical conditions related to the chemical herbicide Agent Orange was signed into law on June 25.

The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act enactment follows a decades-long fight by sailors, Marines and others who served off the coast of Vietnam. The law means they will now get the same presumption as ground troops that certain diseases are connected to Agent Orange exposure. It also means that veterans or widows of veterans whose claims were previously denied are now eligible to reapply.

Veterans with one of 14 diseases presumed to be related to the herbicide Agent Orange and who served offshore or in the specified areas of the DMZ, can now file a disability claim with the Department of Veterans. According to Congress and the Department of Veterans Affairs, an estimated 90,000 veterans may be eligible for benefits under the law.


Missing teen found safe

A missing teenager last seen on June 24 has been located in the Fox Valley, Shawano police said Saturday.

Joseph Jumonville,15, of Shawano, was located on Friday.

A subsequent investigation determined Jumonville left his residence on his own accord.

He has since been reunited with a family member and is safe.

“Due to Joseph being a juvenile, and he is safe, no further information can be released,” Police Chief Dan Mauel said. “We thank the community for their assistance during this investigation.”

Police put out word for the public’s assistance in finding Jumonville on its Facebook page Thursday.


County strikes deal with rural broadband provider

Shawano County has reached an agreement with Bertram Communications for the use of two county towers that will be key to providing rural broadband access in western areas of the county.

Bertram Communications, Random Lake, is partnering with Shawano County Economics Progress, Inc. (SCEPI) to serve rural areas in the county with high-speed internet.

The project cost is over $680,000, with $274,000 coming from a state grant that SCEPI secured.

Bertram has already installed equipment to serve some portions of the county, including equipment located on silos and other structures. The county has not been involved in those other, third-party agreements.

The public safety committee Tuesday approved the agreement that will let Bertram install equipment on the county’s communication towers in Gresham and Leopolis.

One of the main sticking points during negotiations was potential interference with the county’s 911 system.


Contractor recommended for downtown bathroom project

Shawano’s park and recreation commission Tuesday made its recommendation for a contractor that would construct a long-awaited downtown bathroom adjacent to Franklin Park.

The commission chose Cerveny Construction of Shawano for the project from a list of four bidders at a cost of $159,850.

That recommendation will go to the Shawano Common Council Wednesday.

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 expected to be located within Franklin Park under the park improvement project and would have been a part of the amphitheatre. It was later put on a different time-line and decided the bathroom should be located outside the park to provide more access to visitors patronizing downtown businesses.


Partial veto makes additional local prosecutor uncertain

The district attorney’s office for Shawano and Menominee counties could still be in line for an additional prosecutor under the state budget signed by Gov. Tony Evers Wednesday, but a partial line item veto to that budget item makes that prospect a little less certain.

The budget that the Legislature sent to Evers added 65 assistant district attorneys and specifically cited where those additional prosecutors would go.

The budget signed by Evers still includes the additional 65 prosecutors, but doesn’t specify where those prosecutors will be assigned.

Instead, the governor directed the Department of Administration to work with the State Prosecutors Office to allocate positions to counties “in a manner that considers need holistically,” according to a legislative analysis from the Wisconsin Counties Association.


Shawano grad elected to state FFA office

Lydia Williams didn’t grow up on a farm and didn’t know much about agriculture before she joined the Shawano FFA in high school.

Now, she’s going to stress the importance of agriculture to high schools all around Wisconsin after being elected as a state FFA officer June 12 at the 90th annual State FFA Convention in Madison.

Williams is the third Shawano Community High School student to be elected to a state office, according to Steve Stomberg, one of the Shawano FFA advisers. She will serve as the reporter for the officer team and will represent Section 8, which covers much of northeast Wisconsin.

“I was very surprised when they called my name to go up on the stage, because there were some excellent candidates for the Section 8 officer,” Williams said. “I guess I was just excited that I got to represent Shawano and hopefully make a positive impact on all the high schoolers.”


Wet, cool weather hinders garden growth

Photo by David Wilhelms HOME GARDENING TIPS: Patty Pape demonstrates that “weeds don’t care” about the weather as she checks one of her hanging baskets for the invaders. The recent hot and humid weather has helped gardens catch up after a wet and cold spring and early summer, the Extension Master Gardener said. Learn more tips on page A4.

“The weeds don’t care” if the weather is hot or dry or rainy but the plants we want to grow certainly do, said Patty Pape, an Extension Master Gardener from Shawano, said. Pape and other Master Gardeners offered home gardeners some tips on how to cope with the wet, rainy season.

Karen Childs, also a Master Gardener from Shawano, added, “Wait for the hot, dry days to come and dry up the soil again. The lawns are lush, and many plants are loving the rain.”

Pape added it’s been a great year if you’re growing flowers in pots or containers, especially if the containers have drainage or are in a pot-in-a-pot. “That’s a pretty easy fix,” the lifelong gardener added, as “you can move them out of the rain or you can move them to where they will get wet.”

Childs noted putting the containers on wheels will make that easier.


Six northern county lake groups to host workshop on clean waters

“Clean Waters: Our Mission, Our Legacy” will be the theme of the meeting hosted by Oneida County Lakes & Rivers Association and Vilas County Lakes & Rivers Association on July 12, 9 a.m.-noon at Nicolet College, 5364 College Dr, Rhinelander.

The event is open to the public, is free and does not require pre-registration.

The event is expected to draw participants from six counties in the north central part of the state.

Focusing on natural shorelines and resource protection, the morning will feature UW-Extension’s Patrick Goggin speaking on the importance of shoreland buffers and other forms of protection to prevent the runoff of nutrients and sediment into lakes

In addition, Wisconsin Lakes Executive Director Michael Engleson will be giving an update on current lake policy issues and initiatives of Wisconsin Lakes. Other presenters will discuss the efforts of the new conservation group Greenfire and the economics of clean water.


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