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07
Jul

Ring that bell


Contributed Photo Steven Koehler, a geologist from Shawano, will participate in ringing the opening bell on the New York Stock Exchange at 8:30 a.m. Monday.

American capitalism goes nowhere Monday until Steven Koehler says so.

The Shawano native is joining colleagues from his company, Gold Standard Ventures Corp., in ringing the opening bell on the New York Stock Exchange at 8:30 a.m. Monday.

The bell, which marks the start of trading each day, is a Wall Street tradition that spotlights companies whose stock is traded on the largest stock exchange in the world.

Gold Standard Ventures, traded under the symbol GSV, is coming off a particularly strong run of successes with its gold mining operation in Nevada.

The company’s chief executive officer, Jon Awde, will ring the bell ceremoniously Monday accompanied by Koehler and other company leaders in a balcony high atop the trading floor.

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07
Jul

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

July 6

Police logged 18 incidents, including the following:

Theft — A fire extinguisher was reported stolen from a storage unit in the 900 block of Waukechon Street.

Hit and Run — Police investigated a property damage hit-and-run in the 1300 block of East Green Bay Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 500 block of West Lafayette Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

July 6

Deputies logged 41 incidents, including the following:

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

Suspicious — Authorities responded to a suspicious person complaint on Ford Drive in Birnamwood.

Fire — A hay fire was reported on Nichols Drive in the town of Angelica.

Trespass — Authorities responded to a trespassing complaint on Fourth Street in Mattoon.

Fri
07
Jul

Mauel achieves longtime goal with police chief post


Leader Photo by Tim Ryan Dan Mauel, who had been interim police chief for three months, was permanently named to that post by the Shawano Police and Fire Commission this week.

Dan Mauel didn’t make any secret of his long-term career goal back in 1990 when he was a 19-year-old being interviewed by the Shawano Police and Fire Commission for an officer post.

“They asked me what my goals were if I was hired and I said, ‘Well, I’d like to be police chief by the time I’m 35.’”

It took a decade and some change longer than that, but Mauel got there.

After serving for three months as interim chief, Mauel on Wednesday was appointed by the police and fire commission to lead the Shawano Police Department.

Mauel said just working for the Shawano department was satisfying enough, even if he had never become chief.

“As the years went on, I was promoted to lieutenant and I was very happy,” he said. “I always loved coming to work. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t like going to work. Sometimes I didn’t like the people I worked for — a couple of years there — but I always liked coming to work and I still do.”

Fri
07
Jul

Clintonville officials close unsafe walking bridge

A walking bridge between the Hemlock and South Main Street bridges in Clintonville has been declared unsafe and closed.

Kray Brown, city public works director, said engineers who inspected the bridge estimated repairs could cost about $75,000.

“We have a brand new Main Street bridge about 100 or 150 feet away. I don’t see spending $75,000 to repair something folks can walk another 100 feet to get across the river,” Alderman Steve Kettenhoven said at a street committee meeting Wednesday.

Alderman Lance Bagstad agreed, citing the city’s need to spend money on deteriorating roads.

“Nobody has called me about the bridge, but people have called me about potholes in streets,” Bagstad said.

The fencing on the bridge is a safety issue, however, and Bagstad said action should be taken swiftly. In a unanimous vote, the street committee recommended to the Common Council that city close the bridge and look into the cost of removing it.

Fri
07
Jul

Bonduel flood cleanup moving ahead


Leader Photo by Scott Williams Robyn Yancy, owner of Sport Shop & Repair, shows where a creek overflowed onto her property June 14 during a thunderstorm that caused flooding in Bonduel.

Leader Photo by Scott Williams A creek bed on the right runs alongside Bonduel Auto, which was one of several properties impacted by flooding June 14 during a violent thunderstorm.

Bonduel residents and merchants are recovering slowly from a flood that shut down local businesses and is prompting village leaders to consider seeking state disaster funds.

Several homes and businesses were flooded June 14 when a violent storm that spawned tornadoes in the region deluged Bonduel with as much as six inches of rain, by some estimates.

“It was terrible,” said Robyn Yancy, owner of Sport Shop & Repair.

The boat and snowmobile retail store at 230 S. Cecil St. was inundated when a nearby creek spilled its banks and raging floodwater lifted boats off their displays and left dozens of snowmobiles under water.

Yancy was touched when volunteers showed up unannounced to help with cleanup efforts, but the business was closed for 12 days.

“It just stopped everything,” she said.

Fri
07
Jul

CRI names Heikes new CEO

Cooperative Resources International has named a new CEO to oversee the agricultural holding cooperative.

Keith Heikes, currently chief operating officer of the cooperative’s GENEX subsidiary, will succeed Doug Wilson, who will retire in August after 39 years with CRI.

The CRI board of directors announced the appointment Wednesday.

“I’m excited about the opportunity,” Heikes said. “I look forward to moving into this new role.”

Heikes will not have too steep a learning curve, having already been part of CRI management and involved in developing goals and strategies for the company.

His goal will be the same in his new role, working to grow the business, he said.

Heikes will lead an organization with more than $189 million in annual revenue and 1,350 employees across the globe.

Fri
07
Jul

Area librarians selected for training program

Twenty-five library staff members who provide services to young people and their families are beginning a journey that will likely change them and their communities.

Library staff members from 14 of the state’s 16 regional library systems are participating in the 2017 Youth Services Development Institute from Aug. 27-30 in Trego. The group includes Mary Winter, from the Shawano City-County Library, and Rebecca Hoffman, from the Marion Public Library.

Targeted to youth services staff members who do not have a graduate degree in librarianship or who work in smaller public libraries, the institute offers participants an opportunity to develop library skills and make professional contacts within the larger library community.

The institute is led by library professionals with local, regional and statewide experience. Participants identify short-term and long-term goals focusing on professional skills and leadership during and after the institute.

Fri
07
Jul

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

June 5

Police logged 20 incidents, including the following:

Theft — A dog was reported stolen in the 300 block of West Fourth Street.

Trespass — Police responded to a trespassing complaint in the 100 block of Old Lake Road.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 300 block of Mountain Bay Trail Drive.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 200 block of South Sawyer Street.

Fireworks — Police responded to a fireworks complaint in the 100 block of South Bartlett Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

July 5

Deputies logged 39 incidents, including the following:

Disorderly — Authorities responded to a disorderly conduct complaint on Old Lake Road in the town of Wescott.

Burglary — A burglary was reported on Hill Road in the town of Aniwa.

Thu
06
Jul

Mauel named Shawano police chief

Three months after assuming the duties of Shawano’s interim police chief, Dan Mauel was named officially to that post Wednesday by the Shawano Police and Fire Commission.

Commission President Tony Zielinski said Mauel had demonstrated his ability to lead the department over the past three months, overseeing a smooth and seamless transition after the departure of Mark Kohl.

No other candidates were interviewed for the job.

“There was no reason to look elsewhere,” Zielinski said.

Mauel’s appointment was effective immediately, which will create a job opening in the department for his former lieutenant’s position.

Zielinski said he expects that post to be filled from within.

“We’re very proud of the opportunities for future advancement in the department,” he said, adding that five or six people had already expressed interest in the job.

The movement up the ranks to lieutenant would also create a new officer vacancy.

Thu
06
Jul

Court News

Computer sex crime

Shawano County authorities last week arrested two more suspects in the latest round of computer sex crime sting operations.

Zachary M. Laffin, 21, of Wausau, and Keith P. Dart, 24, of Green Bay, are each facing a felony charge of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime.

The operations involve detectives posing as juveniles on the internet and either posting or responding to ads on websites such as Craigslist. Once contact is made, communications eventually turn sexually graphic in nature, and the suspects arrange to meet for a sexual rendezvous, even though the detectives have made clear they are underage. The men are taken into custody when they arrive.

Laffin and Dart were both arrested by Shawano County sheriff’s deputies on June 29.

Each could face a maximum 40 years in prison and $100,000 fine if convicted.

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