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Fri
05
Jan

KerberRose announces merger with Antigo firm

Shawano tax, accounting and business advisory firm KerberRose has announced a merger between its firm and the Antigo firm of Brettingen, Smits, Novak and Bastle.

The merger went into effect Jan. 1.

The Brettingen firm has served the Antigo business community for the past 47 years. The four stockholders of the Brettingen firm will become stockholders of KerberRose as part of the merger agreement. The Brettingen firm has a total of 19 staff members.

Following the merger, KerberRose will employ a staff of 142 which includes 50 certified public accountants. KerberRose, which started with one office in Shawano in 1979, has 10 offices covering northeast and north central Wisconsin.

“In smaller communities, you have to be a general practitioner for your clients. It’s hard to be everything to everyone,”said David Kerber, managing shareholder of KerberRose.

Fri
05
Jan

Keshena man indicted for attempted child enticement

A federal grand jury has returned an indictment of attempted child enticement against a Keshena man who allegedly attempted to entice a minor female into performing sex acts for money.

Mario Escalante, 41, faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, and a maximum sentence of life in prison; up to a $250,000 fine; and between five years and a lifetime of supervised release. The charge also carries a $5,000 special assessment.

According to the indictment, Escalante allegedly used his phone on Nov. 14 to attempt to persuade a minor female to meet him at a location within the exterior boundaries of the Menominee Indian Reservation, where he intended to engage in sexual activity with the minor in exchange for money.

The case was investigated by the Menominee Tribal Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Fri
05
Jan

Man indicted for reservation assault

A Green Bay man has been indicted in federal court for an alleged assault on the Menominee Indian Reservation in November.

Anthony Kitchenakow, 46, has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon. According to the indictment, Kitchenakow on Nov. 29 used a knife and assaulted a man outside a residence in Neopit.

He faces a maximum sentence of up to 10 years in prison, up to a $250,000 fine, and up to three years of supervised release.

The case was investigated by the Menominee Tribal Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Fri
05
Jan

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Jan. 3

Police logged 28 incidents, including the following:

Theft — A property theft was reported in the 500 block of Lakeland Road.

Hit and Run — Two separate property damage hit-and-runs were reported at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Disturbance — Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 100 block of Aspen Court.

Threatening — Police responded to a threatening complaint in the 400 block of West Green Bay Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Jan. 3

Fri
05
Jan

Library plans activities for kids out of school

The holidays are winding down, but the Shawano City-County Library, 128 S. Sawyer St., is planning a no-school day Jan. 22 filled with adventure and inspiration.

There will be two runs through a Minecraft-themed escape room, the first at 11 a.m. and the second at 1 p.m. As an escapee, you are trapped in the eight-bit world and must find your way back to your own world through the locked boxes you uncover.

Beginner ukulele lessons designed for those just starting out will begin at 2 p.m., with ukuleles available to borrow. All individuals are encouraged to try the instrument that is great for beginners.

At 3 p.m., the Creation Station will feature Makey Makey, where you can turn the whole world into a keyboard through this invention kit. Beginners to experts can make the quirkiest of inventions and are limited only through their imaginations.

Thu
04
Jan

Primary needed for 2 Shawano School Board seats

A primary will be needed for two seats on the Shawano School Board to winnow down the number of candidates before the April election.

Area 4 incumbent Tyler Schmidt is being challenged for his seat by former teacher Mart Grams and Starlyn Rose Tourtillott.

Grams and Tourtillott are also both vying for the at-large board seat held by incumbent Bruce Milavitz. Grams lost a bid for Milavitz’ seat last year.

The primary will be Feb. 20. The spring election will be held April 3.

Meanwhile, Area 1 incumbent Al Heins, who has been on the school board since 2003, has chosen not to run again.

Chuck Dallas is running to succeed Heins and is not facing any challengers.

Voters throughout the school district vote for all school board candidates regardless of which area the candidate represents.

Thu
04
Jan

New potential candidate emerges for County Board seat

There might be at least one candidate for District 14 of the Shawano County Board after all.

The county initially expected that part of 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 morning, however, the county decided to extend the filing period for District 14 until the end of the week because the incumbent had not filed a declaration of non-candidacy and then failed to return his nomination papers.

By Wednesday afternoon, a potential candidate had emerged.

Former County Board supervisor Roger Guex, who served on the board from 2004 to 2008, has filed for the seat and taken out nomination papers, according to the county clerk’s office.

Guex and any other candidates that might come forward will have until 5 p.m. Friday to return their papers with at least 20 signatures.

Thu
04
Jan

Election Briefs

Five run for school board seats

There are five candidates running for three positions on the Clintonville School Board. Incumbents Ben Huber and Laurie Vollrath join challengers Patrick Danforth, Larry Czarnecki and Daryl Schroeder.

Huber is board president. Vollrath was appointed to fill the term of Jim Dins, who resigned. Danforth has attended board meetings and talked about a variety of subjects. Czarnecki has been a former candidate for the board. Schroeder’s mother had served on the board for many years.

— Grace Kirchner, correspondent

Candidate filing extended in Clintonville

Richard Beggs is running for Clintonville mayor, while Mike Hankins and Chuck Manske are running for another term on the Common Council.

Thu
04
Jan

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Jan. 2

Police logged 24 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 400 block of South Union Street.

Fraud — Police investigated a fraud complaint in the 300 block of East Zingler Street.

Theft — Money was reported stolen in the 1200 block of South Evergreen Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Jan. 2

Deputies logged 37 incidents, including the following:

Theft — Authorities responded to a property theft complaint on state Highway 47-55 in the town of Wescott.

Hit and Run — Authorities investigated a property damage hit-and-run on Poplar Road in the town of Richmond.

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a report of a fight in progress on Hemlock Road in the town of Wittenberg.

Accidents — Authorities logged four deer-related crashes.

Clintonville Police Department

Jan. 2

Wed
03
Jan

Miller’s County Board seat to stay open

The Shawano County Board seat left vacant with the passing Friday of Supervisor Roger Miller will remain open until the April election.

County Board Chairman Jerry Erdmann said the county has decided to leave the seat vacant because of the election, which is only three months away.

Bert Huntington and Joseph Miller are both running to fill that seat in the April 3 election.

Roger Miller, 65, had previously briefly resigned the district seat in January of last year for health reasons, but rescinded the resignation and returned to his board duties.

Miller was a member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Indian Tribe, where he was emergency preparedness coordinator and a member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Volunteer Fire Department.

As Shawano County supervisor for District 21, he represented Ward 1 of the town of Red Springs, the town of Bartelme and the village of Bowler.

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