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Fri
15
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.

Fri
15
Mar

CRS Rice Bowl program aids local and global community, grant applications available

Ash Wednesday kicked off the largest and longest-running Lenten program in the United States—the CRS Rice Bowl. Known for its characteristic cardboard “rice bowl,” faith communities in every diocese throughout the U.S. put their faith into action through prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

Seventy-five percent of CRS Rice Bowl donations are used to support the work of Catholic Relief Services in roughly 45 different countries each year, while 25 percent remain in the diocese where they were given and are distributed through local grants. Religious (Catholic and non-Catholic) and secular organizations based in the Diocese of Green Bay’s 16 counties are encouraged to apply, and the request must benefit immigrant or refugee populations who are struggling to meet their basic material needs (such as food, shelter, healthcare, literacy and counseling services).

Thu
14
Mar

City approves relocation of emergency homeless shelter

The Shawano Common Council Wednesday approved a conditional use permit allowing for the relocation of the emergency homeless shelter run by Shawano Area Matthew 25 to what is currently the New Era House at 105-107 E. Richmond St.

The shelter has entered into an agreement to purchase the New Era House, with a goal of closing the sale by late April, but plans a fundraising campaign to pay for the remodeling of the facility.

“Over these past five years, SAM25 has furthered its vision that our community works together to meet the needs of those living in poverty, and offers the structured opportunity to gain self-sufficiency and to have hope for a better future,” SAM25 President Muffy Culhane told the council.

The shelter also offers a Steps to Success program for its clients, as well as classes on subjects such as renting, budgeting, employment and parenting under a program called Getting Ahead in a Just Getting By World.

Thu
14
Mar

Homeowners urged to care for private water wells

Underscoring the importance of Wisconsin’s valuable groundwater resources, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is reminding state residents to protect and conserve water as part of National Groundwater Awareness Week, which runs through Saturday. The agency will provide resources to help people learn about the importance of groundwater and how it impacts our daily lives.

“Groundwater is one of the most widely used and valuable resources on the planet, used for drinking, irrigation, livestock, manufacturing and many other purposes, so it’s important to protect it,” said Bruce Rheineck, DNR groundwater section chief.

Thu
14
Mar

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

March 12

Police logged 29 incidents, including the following:

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint in the 500 block of Lakeland Road.

Arrests — A 23-year-old Keshena man and a 21-year-old Shawano man were taken into custody on probation holds at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

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

Truancy — Police logged two truancy complaints from Shawano Community High School, 220 County Road B.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

March 12

Deputies logged 33 incidents, including the following:

Fraud — Authorities investigated a telephone scam complaint on state Highway 29 in the town of Seneca.

Disorderly — Authorities responded to a disorderly conduct complaint at the Shawano County Courthouse, 311 N. Main St. in Shawano.

Wed
13
Mar

Evers proposes Gresham for new ranger station

A $2.2 million proposal in Gov. Tony Evers’ capital budget would consolidate ranger stations in Bowler, Shawano and Keshena at a new station to be built in Gresham.

The plan to consolidate state forestry staff and equipment from three stations to one in Gresham would yield savings in maintenance and operations, equipment, building repairs while also streamlining fire protection team efficiencies, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

The village of Gresham was selected for the new station because it’s centrally located between Bowler and Keshena, according to information the DNR supplied to the State Building Commission.

Four-lane SH 29 is four miles south of Gresham, providing east/west access. Plus, county highways A, G and VV offer other travel routes from Gresham.

The Gresham Ranger Station would have office space for six full time and six part time employees.

Wed
13
Mar

Flooding now a concern with higher temps and rain

It’s safe to say that most people — with the possible exception of snowmobilers and ice fishing enthusiasts — have been longing for an end to the winter weather and arrival of spring.

One never knows whether Mother Nature is making the transition to the new season or just giving us a tease, but warmer temperatures and even rain, including possible thunderstorms Thursday, are in the forecast.

But as welcome as the change might be, it brings with it problems of its own as the heavy amount of snow the city has accumulated over the past few months goes into a quick thaw.

“We are concerned about that,” Shawano Public Works Director Scott Kroening said.

The DPW has crews out clearing snow from catch basins, but the department is also asking for the public’s help in case any of those basins get missed.

“We’re asking residents, if they know of a catch basin next to their property, if they could shovel it out,” Kroening said.

Wed
13
Mar

PHS principal gets Kohl fellowship

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

Pulaski High School principal Jeremy Pach spent much of the day on March 4 celebrating with his students and staff as the school had received the Spirit of Excellence state award.

When he returned to his office later that day, he learned the school had more to celebrate, as he was the recipient of a $6,000 fellowship award from the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation. Statewide, only 100 teachers and 16 principals received the award for 2019.

“I was kind of shell-shocked,” Pach said. “You don’t expect it to happen.”

Pach said the application process included questions on how the school was closing achievement gaps, the difference he is making in the school and what makes Pulaski High School a unique place compared to other schools in the state.

Wed
13
Mar

Stiede sets his sights literally on the future

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

Trevor Stiede has his eye on the future — quite literally.

The senior at Pulaski High School is one of almost 200 high school students in the state receiving a $10,000 scholarship from the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation this year, being recognized for his excellence in the classroom, out in the athletic arenas and around the community.

“Trevor is a high-character student and is a positive role model who continually leaves an inspiring mark on our school culture,” said Jeremy Pach, PHS principal. “Trevor does much to impress me, and I consider him to be the personification of what a high-quality student should be.”

Wed
13
Mar

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

March 11

Police logged 22 incidents, including the following:

Arrest — A 32-year-old Shawano man was taken into custody and transported to county jail for violating his work release rules in the 900 block of South Andrews Street.

Threatening — Police responded to a threatening complaint in the 200 block of East Green Bay Street.

Arrest — A 34-year-old man was arrested for a probation violation at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Disorderly — A 16-year-old Wittenberg girl was taken into custody for disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property in the 100 block of East Maurer Street.

March 10

Police logged 19 incidents, including the following:

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