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Wed
13
Sep

Wrong-way crash remains under investigation

Authorities are still investigating a wrong-way crash that took the lives of three people, including two children, on state Highway 29 Friday.

The Wisconsin State Patrol said Tuesday that no additional information about the crash was being released at this time.

The state patrol and Shawano County sheriff’s deputies responded just before 9:30 p.m. to a report of a vehicle traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes on Highway 29 near County Road K, according to the sheriff’s department.

Shortly after it was reported, the eastbound vehicle collided with a westbound vehicle on Highway 29 near County Road T in the town of Waukechon, based on a preliminary crash investigation.

The eastbound vehicle was driven by Brian E. Bishop, 38, of Bonduel, who passed away from injuries he sustained in the crash.

The westbound vehicle was driven by a 34-year-old Mary Wester, of Manitowoc, who sustained injuries that were not life-threatening.

Wed
13
Sep

Wolf River Lutheran opens its doors


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Teacher Ralph Beversdorf, right, plays a game with his students during the first day of school Monday at Wolf River Lutheran High School. Principal Carolyn Bedroske said teachers and students spent much of the first day getting to know each other.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Students and staff walk into the hall for passing period Monday morning at the new Wolf River Lutheran High School. There are more than 30 students enrolled at the school, which moved from its old facility in Cecil to a new location near state Highways 22 and 29 south of Shawano.

An effort years in the making is coming to fruition as the new Wolf River Lutheran High School opened its doors to students Monday.

Thirty-two students attended classes on the first day, but there are several more who were absent, according to Carolyn Bedroske, the school’s principal.

More students could enroll now that the school is in a centralized and visible location in the town of Belle Plaine instead of nestled away in Cecil, where the school had utilized a former Bonduel School District building.

“This has been amazing to know how far we’ve come to get to here,” Bedroske said. “It dawned on me late the night before that we were opening a brand-new building. There was so much time spent working on it, and then we realized that it was really going to happen.”

Wed
13
Sep

Panel supports zone change for evidence storage facility


Leader Photo by Tim Ryan Steve Dreher, Shawano County building maintenance supervisor, lays out plans for an evidence storage center Tuesday before the Shawano Plan Commission.

Shawano County is hoping its new and long-awaited evidence storage center will finally be in operation by spring after getting the green light Tuesday from the Shawano Plan Commission for a zoning change.

The rezoning request for the facility, which would be located at 210 W. Second St., still needs to be approved by the Common Council when it meets on Wednesday.

The county is requesting that zoning be changed from single-family and two-flat residential to planned development to make way for a 7,200-square-foot building.

“It’s been a long road to hoe for Shawano County,” said Steve Dreher, county building maintenance supervisor. “A lot of people have been working a long time to facilitate the construction of the evidence storage facility. It’s something that’s badly needed by Shawano County and the subsequent jurisdictions that it supports.”

County Board Chairman Jerry Erdmann told the commission the facility has been discussed by the board for years.

Wed
13
Sep

Ski Sharks help with world-record effort

The Ski Sharks hosted a tournament in Shawano for the first time last weekend, then helped go after a world record on Sunday.

The tourney was a fundraiser for the Wisconsin Water Ski Federation and the Scott Coley Memorial.

The event brought in 75 skiers. With Ski Sharks mixed throughout, three teams were formed.

Event coordinator Bradley Keuschel said the teams were formed at random and had never skied together before, which added a unique element to the tournament. The teams were all given 30 minutes to put together a show, which they performed for one hour.

Winners were chosen based on donations made to each team. Brad’s Slackers placed first. The team included five Ski Sharks: Keuschel, Faith Passehl, Hannah Strachan, Sandor Anday and Jack Strachan.

Wed
13
Sep

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Sept. 11

Police logged 38 incidents, including the following:

Vandalism — Vehicles were reported egged in the 1000 block of South Sawyer Street, 700 block of South Franklin Street and 600 block of Wolf River Avenue.

Theft — Medication was reported stolen in the 300 block of East Zingler Avenue.

Theft — Computers were reported stolen at Christensen Printing, 1211 E. Richmond St.

Theft — A cellphone was reported stolen at Shawano Community Middle School, 1050 S. Union St.

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

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Sept. 11

Deputies logged 44 incidents, including the following:

Burglary — A burglary to a storage trailer was reported on Navarino Road in the town of Navarino.

Tue
12
Sep

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Sept. 10

Police logged 18 incident, including the following:

Theft — Money was reported stolen in the 1100 block of South Main Street.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint on Briarwood Lane.

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported a shoplifting incident.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint in the 400 block of West Picnic Street.

Theft — A vehicle was reported broken into in the 700 block of South Weed Street.

Sept. 9

Police logged 18 incident, including the following:

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint in the 200 block of South Washington Street.

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

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

Mon
11
Sep

3 killed in crash with wrong-way driver

Three people were killed Friday in a crash involving a wrong-way driver on state Highway 29, according state and county authorities.

Shawano County deputies and the Wisconsin State Patrol responded just before 9:30 p.m. to a report of a vehicle traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes on Highway 29 near County Road K, according to the sheriff’s department.

Shortly after it was reported, the eastbound vehicle collided with a westbound vehicle on Highway 29 near County Road T in the town of Waukechon, based on a preliminary crash investigation.

The eastbound vehicle was driven by a 38-year-old Bonduel man, who passed away from injuries he sustained in the crash.

The westbound vehicle was driven by a 34-year-old Manitowoc woman. Also in her vehicle were six other occupants; two of the occupants passed away from injuries sustained in the crash, according to the state patrol.

Sat
09
Sep

Crash closes west lanes of 29

Both westbound lanes of state Highway 29 were closed at County Road T because of an accident shortly after 9:30 p.m. Friday.

A detour route was established sending motorists to state Highway 117 to Highway 22 and then County Road K back to 29.

The Shawano County Sheriff’s Department had no additional information available late Friday.

Sat
09
Sep

SMU linemen head to Florida for Irma recovery effort

Florida utility officials, expecting to need all the help they can get restoring services in the wake of Hurricane Irma, put out a nationwide call for assistance this week, and linemen from Shawano Municipal Utilities are among those who have stepped up to respond.

Irma threatens to knock out power to more than 4.1 million homes and businesses served by Florida Power & Light, affecting around 9 million people based on the storm track late Friday.

It is being called a monster storm, and even a “nuclear” one by some officials. It is forecast to hit southern Florida as a Category 4 hurricane early Sunday before tearing northward across the state.

Twelve utility companies from around Wisconsin are sending lineman to assist with what is expected to be a massive job of repairing damage and getting power up and running again.

Three of those linemen will be from SMU.

Sat
09
Sep

Evidence storage rezoning on commission’s agenda

The Shawano Plan Commission will take up a rezoning request Tuesday to make way for an evidence storage facility for the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department.

The plan commission will hold a public hearing for a rezoning request for the facility, which would be located at 210 W. Second St., when it meets at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.

It is the latest step in finally making an evidence storage center a reality after more than a decade of on-and-off debate at the county level.

The commission will vote on a recommendation that will go to the Common Council on Wednesday.

The county is requesting that zoning be changed from single-family and two-flat residential to planned development to make way for a 7,200-square-foot building.

The Shawano County Board voted in June to invest $1 million in the building, though there could be assistance from other agencies that might also want to make use of it, including Stockbridge-Munsee and Shawano police.

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