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Events to explore value-added dairy

Due to the volatility of commodity dairy prices, many farmers are turning to value-added enterprises as an avenue for their farm to survive and thrive into the future.

Some operations make their own milk, cheese, yogurt or ice cream? Several upcoming workshops sponsored by the Wisconsin farmers Union (WFU) will walk farmers through the process of venturing into value-added enterprises.

Adding Value to Your Farm: Exploring On-Farm Dairy Processing

This program will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 27, at the Best Western, 100 Spring St., River Falls. This event will feature nuts and bolts of early business planning including processing practicalities, building a farm-based dairy business, and advice from Farmers Union members who are making and marketing food products from cow and goat milk. WFU panelists include Meg Wittenmyer of Bifrost Farms, Josh Bryceson and Rama Hoffpauir of Cosmic Wheel Creamery, and Theresa Depies of Springbrook Dairy.

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HCE to present program on human trafficking

Human trafficking isn’t just a problem for other places.

That’s the reason that Fight Against Human Trafficking will be presented on March 26 at the Boarders Inn and Suites, 7393 River Bend Road, Shawano, at 6 p.m.

The program is sponsored by Shawano County Home Community Education (HCE). The program is free but a donation will be accepted for the speaker and the group the speaker represents, Eye Heart World.

Eye Heart World is a Green Bay-based organization that fights human trafficking. Their website states that “the sad reality is that slavery is very much alive and well in the U.S., and victims of all backgrounds are being exploited everywhere from major trucking routes, to rural agricultural communities, to massage parlors, to the thousands of online ads posted every day.”

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Mar

Weight limits set on county highways

The Shawano County Highway Department announced the seasonal posting of spring weight limits on various County roads in Shawano County. The weight limits became effective on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. Haulers will need to watch for the signs restricting load limits.

A list of the posted roads is available at http://www.co.shawano.wi.us/. The weight restrictions are six tons gross load for single axle, 10 tons gross load for tandem axle; maximum gross weight is 26 tons.

Seasonal weight restrictions are placed on specific highways during the spring thaw period. The restrictions are placed to prevent damage to the pavement structure.

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16
Mar

Gresham scholarship dinner set

The Gresham Scholarship Fund 18th Annual Banquet will be held March 30 at the The Many Trails Banquet Hall, Pine Hills Golf Course in Gresham, Wisconsin.

The reception and raffle ticket sales begin at 4:30 p.m. and dinner is at 6 p.m.

The speaker is Jacqueline (Jackie Redmond) Dorshorst, a 1982 graduate of Gresham High School.

The cost is $300 for a table of eight; $70 per couple and $35 for individual tickets.

A $25 sponsorship will provide a meal for a 2019 Gresham High School graduate.

Reservations are on a first come first served basis.

Reservations received by March 22 will be mailed. Those received after that date will be held at the door.

Tickets for the event will not be available at the door. The reservation deadline is March 26.

To make a reservation, send a check payable to Gresham Scholarship Fund and mail to Gresham Scholarship Fund Banquet, P.O. Box 102, Gresham WI, 54128.

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Mar

Clintonville schools receive ThedaCare grant

The Clintonville Public School District is one of four local organizations that were recently awarded $20,000 in grants from the ThedaCare Medical Center-New London Endowment Fund.

The superintendent of the Clintonville Public School District explained they will be using a portion of their grant to advance the Little Trucks Playgroup program. The Little Trucks Playgroup is an opportunity for children ages birth to four to spend time playing with other children in a developmentally appropriate environment. Parents also have the chance to network with others.

The grant program is dedicated to supporting and enhancing community health, healthcare outreach, education, patient care, rehabilitation and wellness services that contribute to a better quality of life for those living in the area.

Fri
15
Mar

Police investigating school shooting Snapchat threat

Shawano police are investigating a school shooting threat posted on Snapchat, according to a news release.

At about 5:30 p.m. Thursday, the Shawano Police Department was made aware of a non-specific threat received on a Snapchat account.

A Shawano student reported that the threat mentioned something about shooting up a school.

The name used by the individual making the threat does not match any student in the district and the message was not specific to any school.

The Shawano School District was notified of the threat.

"After investigation, we believe the non-specific threat lacks credibility," said Police Chief Dan Mauel. "The safety of students and staff are of the utmost importance."

The Shawano Police Department will have extra patrols available at all schools Friday.

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15
Mar

Rain, snowmelt make flooding possible

Rain, thunderstorms and melting snow may create a flooding hazard in Shawano and Menominee counties into the weekend, the National Weather Service predicts.

Melting snow and periods of rain could produce standing water in low spots on roads, sidewalks, and parking lots. Rivers, creeks and streams will also continue to rise. into the weekend. The Wolf River is expected to be near flood stage at some sites this weekend, the Weather Service said.

The Shawano area is like most of Wisconsin in experiencing fog, rain and potential flooding.

A fire official says workers have helped as many as 300 people evacuate from their homes because of ice-jam flooding along the Fond du Lac River in eastern Wisconsin.

Fond du Lac Fire Division Chief Troy Haase says firefighters have been to 15 homes and three separate apartment buildings to help people evacuate Thursday as water swamps local roads and basements.

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Mar

New county ag agent looking forward to helping farmers


Leader photo by Tim Ryan Kimberly Kassube, Shawano County’s new agricultural extension educator, poses for a photo outside the Shawano County Courthouse, 311 N. Main St. in Shawano, where her office is located. Kassube started her new job in October and looks forward to assisting area farmers.

It has been a busy first winter on the job for Kimberly Kassube, Shawano County’s new agricultural extension educator.

One might think this time of year would be slow for anything related to agriculture, but, according to Kassube, the winter months are when her office is most likely to hear from farmers seeking help or asking questions.

“They’re not out in the field,” she said.

Most of the questions Kassube has been fielding has been about hay pricing and alternative forage.

“There is going to be a shortage of quality forage out there this year and I think there are some concerns about winter kill,” she said. “We had some ice sheeting in the beginning of the winter that might have suffocated off the alfalfa.”

How bad that could be won’t be known until well after the snow is melted away and even not probably not until May when the fields start to green-up.

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15
Mar

Wondra keeps backpacks filled, spirits up

Editor’s Note: This is the last in a series of stories about students and educators receiving funding from the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation in 2019.

Bonduel Elementary School counselor Kris Wondra has gone above and beyond in her job, making sure students have enough to eat, planning family events and serving as the leader of the school’s parent-teacher organization.

Her tireless efforts have helped her to earn a $6,000 fellowship award from the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation. Wondra is one of 100 teachers to receive the fellowship.

“I was very surprised,” Wondra said. “I was in a meeting, and (school principal) Brad Grayvold walked in and said, ‘I have to talk to you.’ I thought, ‘Oh, no. What happened?’”

As it turned out, there was nothing to dread, as Grayvold had received the news of Wondra’s nomination for the fellowship award being accepted. Wondra had been nominated by Grayvold and Lisa Sorlie, Bonduel School District’s media specialist.

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Mar

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

March 13

Police logged 30 incidents, including the following:

Warrant — A 30-year-old woman was arrested on a warrant in the 500 block of South Main Street.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint in the 100 block of Acorn Street.

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident in the 1200 block of East Green Bay Street, and a two-vehicle property damage accident in the 100 block of County Road B.

Hit and Run — Police investigated a property damage hit-and-run in the 1000 block of East Green Bay Street.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 400 block of East Division Street.

Drug Offense — Police investigated a drug complaint in the 300 block of South Sawyer Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

March 13

Deputies logged 44 incidents, including the following:

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