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Wed
10
Jan

Mayoral candidates to take part in forum

City of Shawano voters will have a first-hand opportunity Feb. 13 to hear the city’s three candidates for mayor express their views and present their positions in a public forum scheduled ahead of the non-partisan primary election.

The 2018 Shawano Mayoral Candidates Forum, presented by The Shawano Leader, WTCH Radio and the Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce, will feature incumbent Mayor Jeanne Cronce, retired businessman Jim Oberstein and Ed Whealon, retired Shawano chief of police, in a candidates’ forum at Shawano Community Middle School, 1050 S. Union St. in Shawano. The event is free and will be staged in the school’s LGI from 7-8:30 p.m.

Shawano voters will head to the polls in the Feb. 20 non-partisan primary election with the top two vote-getters then facing off in the city’s general election on April 3.

Wed
10
Jan

Neopit man sentenced for firing gun near woman

A Neopit man was sentenced Monday in federal court to six years and five months in prison in connection with firing a handgun through a couch next to where a woman was sitting.

Dillon R. Peters Sr., 30, and a woman residing with him but identified in court documents only as “Jane Doe” were in their living room on May 5 seated on a couch and arguing about something. Peters retrieved a 22-caliber handgun from somewhere within his reach and while standing in front of the couch, pointed the gun at Doe and said, “I should kill you,” according to court records.

Peters then fired the gun into the couch just next to where Doe was sitting.

Doe later found the handgun in a laundry basket and took it and the basket to a friend’s house in Keshena. A tribal police detective recovered the gun from Doe’s friend and obtained a warrant to search Peter’s house.

Wed
10
Jan

Fire destroys Moose Lodge

The Moose Lodge in the Town of Larabee has been destroyed by fire.

The Clintonville Volunteer Fire Department was called to N10792 Lakeshore Drive for a structure fire in the kitchen just after 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Fire Chief Shane Krueger said the extreme weather conditions, along with extensive fire in the upper level of the building, made the fire difficult to combat with crews remaining on the scene until 1:39 a.m.

Clintonville received assistance from fire departments from Marion, Manawa, Bear Creek, Pella, Navarino-Lessor, Nichols, New London and Embarrass, along with the Clintonville Police Department, Waupaca County Sheriff’s Department and Clintonville Area Ambulance Service.

Krueger said the fire was accidental and originated in the kitchen.

— Grace Kirchner, correspondent

Wed
10
Jan

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Jan. 8

Police logged 29 incidents, including the following:

Fraud — Police investigated a bogus check complaint at Kwik Trip, 1241 E. Green Bay Street. The incident is apparently part of a larger investigation into the passing of bad checks involving several counties.

Trespass — Police responded to a trespassing complaint in the 400 block of West Third Street.

Arrest — A 33-year-old man was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

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

Jan. 7

Police logged 18 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 1000 block of South Franklin Street.

Child Abuse — A child abuse complaint was under investigation.

Shoplifting — The Store gas station, 404 E. Green Bay St., reported a shoplifting incident.

Sat
06
Jan

Johnson praises tax bill, but says more could be done for businesses


Leader Photo by Greg Mellis U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson talks about the tax reform bill signed into law in December during a visit Friday to The Shawano Leader. Johnson said he likes the tax cuts offered in the bill but felt it didn’t do enough to cut the tax rate for a majority of American businesses.

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles addressing issues from The Shawano Leader’s recent interview with U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson about what the federal government has accomplished in the last year, and what he hopes will be accomplished in the future.

The recent bill to provide tax cuts to Americans is not U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson’s ideal fix to the country’s tax system, but it’s a good start to what he hopes to accomplish in easing economic burdens for people and business.

“It wasn’t my vision of tax reform. I would have done things differently,” Johnson said. “I don’t have any doubt that it’s made American businesses more competitive, which is what I said is the number one priority that we had to achieve.”

Sat
06
Jan

Bonduel has no candidates for 3 expiring board seats

Bonduel has no candidates for three expiring village trustee seats in the April election.

Trustees Dick Silbert, Shawn Thorne and Luka Zischka, whose seats are up for election in April, all filed notifications of non-candidacy, and no one else had registered or taken out papers to run for those seats by the filing deadline Tuesday.

Bonduel’s candidate shortage follows months of political upheaval in the village last year that included accusations of a hostile working environment on the village board.

Trustees Joan Kamps, Mary Barney and Margie Qualheim all resigned from the board in July, just three months after the April 2017 election.

Former village clerk Barb Wickman, Bonduel Civic Association organizer Gina Shatters and business owner Kevin Bartlett were appointed to fill those seats, which expire in April 2019.

Sat
06
Jan

2 candidates emerge for District 14 county board seat

There are now two confirmed candidates for the District 14 seat on the Shawano County Board, just days after it looked like there would be no candidates at all.

The county initially expected that seat on the April 3 ballot to be blank after incumbent William Berkhahn chose not to return his nomination papers by Tuesday’s deadline, though it left open the possibility someone could mount a write-in campaign.

On Wednesday, however, the county decided to extend the filing period for District 14 until 5 p.m. Friday because the incumbent had not filed a declaration of non-candidacy and then failed to return his nomination papers.

As of Friday afternoon, two candidates had registered and returned nomination papers.

Former County Board supervisor Roger Guex, who served on the board from 2004 to 2008, will go up against Peter Schmidt for the District 14 seat.

Sat
06
Jan

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Jan. 4

Police logged 24 incidents, including the following:

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at County Road B and Main Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 500 block of South Lincoln Street.

Theft — Police responded to a property theft complaint at Shawano Community High School, 220 County Road B.

Disturbance — Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 600 block of East Randall Street.

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported a female shoplifter in custody.

Theft — An employee theft was reported in the Subway at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Burglary — A burglary involving a stolen gun was reported in the 500 block of Prospect Circle.

Vandalism — A vehicle was reported vandalized at Lakeland Road and Richmond Street.

Sat
06
Jan

MISD seeking sponsors for April gala

With the help of dozens of sponsors and donors during the last five years, the Menominee Indian School District has raised more than $100,000 in scholarship money through its annual Scholarship Gala. As a result, scholarships have been given to 60 MISD graduates who are attending college or technical school.

Plans are now underway for the sixth annual MISD Scholarship Gala, which will take place from 5-9 p.m. April 13 at the Menominee Casino Resort.

The gala committee is now accepting sponsorships for the event, including event naming rights, dessert and entertainment sponsors, corporate table sponsors and meat wheel sponsors. The event features a dinner, raffles and auction items, and first-hand accounts from MIHS alumni on how their scholarships impacted their lives.

Fri
05
Jan

Another saddle failure causes Main Street water main break

Another corroded saddle is being blamed for a water main break Thursday morning in the 100 block of South Main Street.

The failure snarled traffic in that block while the damage was being repaired and affected businesses and residents from the East Green Bay Street intersection to about half a block south.

Water was turned off to those properties from about 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The break occurred outside Dreier Pharmacy at 117 S. Main St.

There was no information available Thursday as to what damage the building sustained, though when saddles have failed in the past the water generally follows the pipes into the building.

The saddles hold in place the service connection to the water main and were installed during the Main Street reconstruction project in 2002 and 2003, which stretched from the channel to the Mountain Bay Trail at Oshkosh Street.

The city started experiencing problems with the saddles in 2009.

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