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Mon
14
May

Grignon named state’s Teacher of the Year


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski - Menominee Indian High School teacher Benjamin Grignon, left, reacts with surprise on the stage at the high school after learning he was Wisconsin’s High School Teacher of the Year on Monday. Standing next to Grignon is Tony Evers, state superintendent of public instruction, who presented the art teacher with the honor.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski - Corey Sanapaw, a member of the Menominee Indian High School Singers and Dancers, performs a dance in honor of MIHS teacher Benjamin Grignon on Monday at the Teacher of the Year ceremony.

Menominee Indian High School teacher Benjamin Grignon received a surprise in April when he learned that he was receiving a Herb Kohl fellowship.

That surprise was nothing to the one he received Monday in front of the entire school.

Grignon’s eyes widened when state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers announced that the traditional arts and crafts teacher was named Wisconsin’s High School Teacher of the Year. Grignon was selected from hundreds of nominees, according to Evers.

“At some point in our lives, a teacher has done some extraordinary things for you,” Evers said. “I’m here today because we have lots of great teachers in our audience, but we also have an excellent teacher in our audience. Each year, thanks to the generosity of former Sen. Herb Kohl and his foundation, we recognize teachers who go the extra mile for their kids, and we call them teachers of the year.”

Fri
11
May

FOOD FOR THE SOUL


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski - Scott Krueger with the Menominee Tribal Clinic talks about seeds with Rachel Peters, of South Branch, during the Menominee seed distribution event Thursday at Keshena Primary School. The event included a dinner and a green corn dance to bless the seeds.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski - Darren Zhuckkahosee, of Keshena, goes through the food line at the Keshena Primary School cafeteria with his children, Jackson, 9, and Matilda, 8. The dinner was part of the seed distribution event put on by the College of Menominee Nation, Menominee County University of Wisconsin-Extension and Menominee Tribal Clinic.

Much of the Menominee reservation is covered by trees, but at one time, the Menominee people planted food for their survival.

“We have archaeological evidence that the Menominee were the first farmers, and we had some very sophisticated farming methods,” said Jennifer Gauthier, community, natural resources and economic development agent for the Menominee County University of Wisconsin-Extension office. “We just want to help everyone remember and reconnect to it.”

The Extension office, along with the College of Menominee Nation and the Menominee Tribal Clinic, are hoping to bring its tribal members back to its roots by providing seeds to plant at home and in community gardens. More than 2,000 seed packets were distributed Thursday at Keshena Primary School.

In addition to handing out the seeds, a number of nonprofits showcased health alternatives. Dinner was also served, and a green corn dance was held as a blessing for the seeds.

Fri
11
May

Council approves bid for dam repair

The Clintonville Common Council on Tuesday approved the low bid of $426,785.82 from Michels Corp., of New Berlin, to repair the community’s dam.

The city has applied for a Department of Natural Resources grant that could provide up to $225,000 to help cover the cost of the repairs. The bid is for drawing down the water and then repairing the dam.

A $21,339 contingency was included if a change order were necessary during the project. Alderman Jim Supanich said the contingency is needed because it is not known what the actual condition of the dam is and there may be some unforeseen problems that happen during the dam repair.

“Until we draw the pond down and see the actual condition of the dam under the water, they’re not absolutely sure what they’re actually going to find,” Supanich said.

Public Works Director Kray Brown said the drawdown would actually be 50 percent, but it might look like a full drawdown upstream.

Fri
11
May

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

May 10

Police responded to 26 calls, including the following:

Shoplifting — Police received a report of two televisions stolen at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Property theft — Police responded to a complaint about a stolen television in the 1100 block of East Richmond Street.

Attempted theft — Police responded to a call about an attempted theft in the 500 block of South Union Street.

Domestic disturbance — Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 100 block of South Franklin Street.

Property theft — Police responded to a call about a wallet allegedly stolen at Perkins, 1398 E. Green Bay St.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

May 10

Deputies responded to 44 calls, including the following:

Truancy — Deputies responded to two truant juvenile complaints at Birnamwood Elementary-Middle School, 337 S. Main St. in Birnamwood.

Thu
10
May

Forester warns invasive beetle could be coming

Shawano’s forester warned the Common Council that an invasive beetle could threaten trees in the area within the next 10 years.

Mike Kroenke told the council that there are a number of ash trees within the city limits, and they could be at risk if the borer finds its way here. Kroenke say there have already been beetles found in Green Bay and Waupaca, along with other Wisconsin communities.

The borer is an exotic species first discovered in southeast Michigan near Detroit in 2002. Adult beetles nibble on the foliage, but their larvae consumes the inner bark, which disrupts trees’ ability to access water and nutrients.

“It’s in 40 counties in Wisconsin, and there’s a quarantine against transporting emerald ash borers in any wood products,” Kroenke said. “The etymologist with the DNR says it’s going to hit Shawano within 10 years.”

Thu
10
May

City could alter meeting schedules

Shawano Mayor Ed Whealon wants to make good on his wish to increase the time between committee and Common Council meetings, but it might not come to pass until 2019.

Particularly troubling to him is the short turnaround for items recommended by the city’s finance committee going to the council for approval. The committee meets on a Monday, and the council meets just two days later for final approval.

In his bid to be mayor, Whealon said he wanted to see that the public had ample time to research the information discussed by committees before it came to the council for a final decision.

“There should be time for the public or the media or even the council members to digest the proposals that are there,” Whealon said at Wednesday’s council meeting. “This gives the media, if there is something there of interest, to do their story or do whatever they’d like to do with that.”

Thu
10
May

Greenhouse could cost more green

The price tag for the new Shawano FFA greenhouse could go up a little, but the Shawano School Board approved a cushion Monday that will let the summer project continue unimpeded.

The board in February approved an $89,000 bid on the project at Shawano Community High School, which did not include the $20,000 pledged by the Shawano FFA Alumni to pour a concrete slab.

However, unforeseen costs have come up since then, according to Jeff Easter, the district’s maintenance director. So the board unanimously approved a $13,440 increase to the budget.

“What I was trying to figure out was how to get a water line out to the greenhouse from the (main school) building,” Easter said in his presentation to the board. “The problem is, I have to get it down low enough so that it doesn’t freeze up in the winter.”

Thu
10
May

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

May 7

Police responded to 38 calls, including the following:

Reckless Driving — Police responded to a call about a vehicle all over the road at the intersection of Green Bay Street and Airport Drive.

Suspicious Person — Police responded to two calls about a man carrying a bag full of pill bottles, one at Zander Dental, 152 Woodlawn Drive, and another at the Shawano Park and Rec Center, 220 E. Division St.

Arrest — Police arrested a 28-year-old man at New Era House, 105 E. Richmond St., Shawano, for a probation/parole violation.

Animal Noise — Police responded to a report of a barking dog in the 1400 block of South Evergreen Street.

Property Theft — Police responded to a call about a stolen bike in the 700 block of South Main Street.

Truancy — Police responded to a truancy complaint from Shawano Community Middle School, 1050 S. Union St.

Sat
05
May

Couple faces child neglect, drug charges

A Shawano couple is facing felony charges of child neglect that allegedly occurred while they were using meth in the city last month, according to a criminal complaint filed in Shawano County Circuit Court.

Ryan L. Koeller, 20, and Morgan M. Vretenar, 18, have each been charged with child neglect resulting in bodily harm and possession of methamphetamine as a result of an incident in the city on April 10.

Shawano police and county sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a domestic abuse incident in the 1300 block of East Lieg Avenue shortly after 4 a.m.

Authorities found Koeller, who admitted he was doing meth, and was sweating heavily and rolling around on the ground, according to the complaint.

Authorities also found Vretenar inside the apartment, along with a baby lying on its back crying on the floor. A nearby crib had apparently been knocked over, the complaint states.

Sat
05
May

Sturgeon season peaking in Shawano

Sturgeon spawning has picked up within the Wolf River watershed since Thursday, including at the Shawano dam, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR had two crews out tagging fish Thursday.

One crew handled 180 fish at a private site in Leeman and 18 fish on the mill side of the Shawano dam, the DNR said. The other crew handled 33 fish at another site on private property in Leeman, 17 fish at State Highway 156, and 13 fish at the Shawano dam.

“The story of today is that the fish have moved in at the Shawano dam,” said fisheries biologist Ryan Koenigs in a post on the DNR website.

“There have been fish visible there for the last couple of days, but the fish have now begun spawning there,” he said, adding that Saturday should be a big tagging day at the dam.

“I suggest heading towards Shawano if you want to see fish spawning in the next couple of days,” he said.

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