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Wed
07
Nov

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Nov. 5

Police logged 28 incidents, including the following:

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem at Olga Brener Intermediate School, 1300 S. Union St.

Threatening — Police responded to a threatening complaint in the 200 block of Willow Wood Street.

Burglary — A burglary was reported in the 500 block of South Main Street.

Disorderly — Police responded to an intoxicated person complaint in the 300 block of West Fourth Street.

Fleeing — A 37-year-old Shawano man was arrested for resisting/obstructing an officer and a probation violation after he fled from officers on a bicycle and then on foot at Andrews and Center streets. He was apprehended a short time later walking alongside a residence in the 200 block of East Green Bay Street.

Nov. 4

Police logged 24 incidents, including the following:

Wed
07
Nov

Bonduel library offering programs next month

The Bonduel branch of the Shawano County Library has a range of programs for all ages on the docket for November.

A demonstration on how to use essential oils in cooking will be held Nov. 12 at 5:30 p.m. Attendees will participate in a simple cooking process, try some treats and take home information about how to incorporate essential oils in the kitchen.

An end-of-life planning seminar will be held Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. Muehl-Boettcher Funeral Home will present information and tips on things to think about while in good health.

String Theory is being held Wednesdays at 6 p.m. This weekly meet-up is for those who love creating with needles. Bring knitting, crocheting or other projects with you.

Story time will be held Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. and feature a variety of stories, songs and activities for preschool-aged children.

Teens can enjoy a drop-in craft and creation time Nov. 21 from 3-7 p.m. Stop by and create something new to take home.

Wed
07
Nov

United Cooperative members share in profits

Members of United Cooperative will share in its profits this month as part of October’s National Cooperative Month.

The co-op announced that it had $647 million in sales in 2017 and returned $30.1 million in total patronage to members. Forty percent of those dollars were distributed in cash in April, while 60 percent were retained in equity credits.

This month, the cooperative will revolve more than $7.1 million to members and retire $1.1 million in stock for patrons at age 77 and pay all estates as requested.

“It’s the foresight of the board of directors (made up of farmer members), the management and employees of the cooperative to recognize and plan for member-owners’ changing needs and industry trends,” said David Cramer, president and CEO. “United Cooperative responds to changes at the farm gate by investing in strategically positioned assets that support agricultural producers.”

Wed
07
Nov

Paper Clover campaign funds 4-H scholarships

Wisconsin 4-H youth will experience valuable hands-on learning opportunities as a result of Tractor Supply’s 2018 Paper Clover Campaign, a biannual fundraiser held in partnership with the National 4-H Council. Wisconsin Tractor Supply stores collectively raised $18,207 through donations this year.

Customers at Wisconsin Tractor Supply locations purchased paper clovers at the stores and online from Oct. 3-14, donating $10,547. Those funds will be added to donations collected earlier this year to help fund scholarships for numerous state-level 4-H programs, including camps and leadership conferences.

“Supporting today’s youth means supporting tomorrow’s leaders,” said Christi Korzekwa, senior vice president of marketing at Tractor Supply Company.

Sat
03
Nov

Transportation, public safety key issues in Assembly race

Editor’s note: This is the last in a series of Question and Answer sessions held with the three candidates for the 6th District Assembly seat.

Incumbent State Rep. Gary Tauchen, R-Bonduel, will face Democratic candidate Richard Sarnwick, a Shawano doctor, and Libertarian candidate Michael Hammond, a former Shawano area dairy farmer, on the Nov. 6 ballot.

In this final installment, the candidates discuss transportation, party affiliation and compromise.

Q: What should the state be doing to address transportation and public safety needs?

Sat
03
Nov

Interest high in upcoming election

Area voters’ interest in Tuesday’s election appears to be high, judging by the absentee voting that has already taken place in the city of Shawano, according to Deputy Clerk Lesley Nemetz.

“We have seen a large number of individuals coming in and voting in the office, as well as receiving their absentee ballots via mail,” Nemetz said.

There were still absentee ballots being issued and in-person votes being processed mid-afternoon Friday, but the numbers seemed to be at least on track with the 2014 governor’s race and could be higher when the counting is finally done and early voting wraps up.

In 2014, the city issued 563 absentee ballots. As of mid-afternoon Friday, 523 had been issued, with an estimated 75 to 100 more still to be processed, according to Nemetz.

Sat
03
Nov

Sheriff, schools among local ballot choices

There will be a lot for voters to decide on Tuesday, from state and local contests to federal races, as well as school district referenda in some areas.

The highest profile race locally is between Republican incumbent Sheriff Adam Bieber and Independent challenger Keith Sorlie, who is currently a Shawano police officer.

The Bonduel School District is asking voters to approve exceeding revenue limits by $150,000 per year through the 2024-25 school years for maintaining and updating technology.

The Wittenberg-Birnamwood School District will ask whether taxpayers are willing to take on an almost $18 million debt for the next 20 years for a building improvement program that includes safety and security measures, upgrades and renovations, an agricultural and maintenance facility, classroom additions and a new gymnasium.

Sat
03
Nov

Gresham man charged with 9th OWI

A Gresham man has been charged for the ninth time with operating while intoxicated after being pulled over in Shawano Wednesday.

Dennis N. Vele, 65, could face a maximum 12 years in prison and $25,000 fine if found guilty.

Shawano police stopped Vele around 8 p.m. after spotting a defective taillight on his car, according to the criminal complaint.

Police noticed an odor of intoxicants found an open can of beer in the vehicle. A preliminary breath test showed Vele had a blood-alcohol level of 0.29 percent, more than three times the legal limit, according to the complaint.

Vele was on probation at the time and prohibited from having a blood-alcohol count above 0.02 percent.

According to court records, Vele has three previous OWI convictions in Shawano County, and one each in Outagamie, Washington, Columbia, Milwaukee and Brown counties.

Sat
03
Nov

Former teacher takes plea deal in child porn case

A former Gresham choir teacher pleaded no contest this week to 62 counts of child porn possession, along with other felony charges of sex assault and child enticement.

Timothy J. Schmidt, 70, of Birnamwood, will have to undergo a psycho-sexual evaluation before sentencing. A pre-sentence investigation was also ordered.

Schmidt was originally charged in April of last year with 24 felony counts, including sexual assault of a student and 19 counts of possession of child pornography.

District Attorney Greg Parker said at the time that “many more” charges would likely be filed against Schmidt as the investigation continued and authorities proceeded with a forensic analysis of electronic devices owned by Schmidt.

Schmidt was charged in July with an additional 91 counts of possessing child porn. Some of the charges were dismissed but can still be considered at sentencing under the plea agreement.

Sat
03
Nov

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Nov. 1

Police logged 26 incidents, including the following:

Theft — Keys were reported stolen at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Vandalism — Police responded to a vandalism complaint at Memorial Park, 901 S. Lincoln St.

Theft — An iPhone was reported stolen at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Shoplifting — Goodwill Industries, 300 Lakeland Road, reported a shoplifting incident.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 800 block of East Maurer Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Nov. 1

Deputies logged 37 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — A suspicious vehicle was reported on County Road A in the town of Bartelme.

Trespass — Authorities responded to a trespassing complaint on County Road D in the town of Aniwa.

Disorderly — Authorities responded to a disorderly conduct complaint on Potch He Chee Road in the town of Wittenberg.

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