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Fri
05
May

Homeless shelter will stay busy during off season

With winter over, the urgent need to provide the homeless with temporary shelter has passed, but their other needs have not changed with the weather.

That’s why the SAM’s House temporary shelter in Shawano will continue to keep busy through its off season.

Beginning Tuesday, the shelter will hold weekly Resource Days from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., offering information on where the homeless can go for assistance and job resources, hygiene items, clothing or to take a shower. Services will be offered to those in need even if they haven’t been a previous guest of the shelter.

“We saw a real need,” said Jennifer Laude Bisterfeldt, executive director of SAM’s House.

She said many people in need stop by the shelter for assistance during its off season.

The shelter provides overnight housing from Nov. 1 through April 30.

Fri
05
May

History comes alive this summer


Leader Photo by Scott Williams Dressed in their docent attire, museum guides Priscilla King, left, and Judy Mohr are shown inside an 1871 house that is open to the public at Heritage Park.

Leader Photo by Scott Williams Located at county-owned Heritage Park in Shawano, the Shawano County Historical Society offers an entire complex of historical structures showcasing pioneer life in the region.

This could be a big summer for the Shawano County Historical Society.

Fresh off a new deal reaffirming its place at county-owned Heritage Park, the historical society is planning a series of special events and also introducing changes to make the attraction more appealing to visitors.

Officials say they are trying to raise the private group’s profile and attract bigger crowds to the compound of historic buildings on display at Heritage Park, 524 N. Franklin St., Shawano.

“We’re hoping to get the word out and let people know we are here,” said Jesse Borlen, curator of the society’s museum collections and displays.

Fri
05
May

Court News

Computer sex crime

A Seymour man has been charged with using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime after allegedly setting up a sexual rendezvous with what he believed would be a 15-year-old girl.

Cody A. Valek, 25, could face a maximum possible penalty of 40 years in prison and a $100,000 fine if convicted.

Valek responded to an online ad supposedly posted by a 15-year-old girl but actually placed by Shawano County sheriff’s detectives as part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Valek exchanged emails with the detectives that became sexually graphic in spite of his believing he was in contact with a 15-year-old, according to the criminal complaint. The online exchanges continued from April 18-21, when Valek arranged a meeting.

He was arrested when he arrived.

Valek waived his preliminary court hearing Wednesday and entered a plea of not guilty. He has a pre-trial conference scheduled for May 17.

Fri
05
May

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

May 3

Police logged 30 incidents, including the following:

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported two shoplifting incidents.

Theft — Food was reported stolen from Kwik Trip, 1241 E. Green Bay St.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance at Lincoln Street and Lieg Avenue.

Harassment — Harassment was reported at ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano, 100 County Road B.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 400 block of West First Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

May 3

Deputies logged 37 incidents, including the following:

Theft — A vehicle was reported stolen on state Highway 22 in Cecil.

Truancy — Authorities logged four truancy complaints from Bonduel Middle/High School, 400 W. Green Bay St., Bonduel.

Thu
04
May

Optimist Club recognizes Officers of the Year


Contributed Photo Shawano County Sheriff’s Detective Richard Wright and Shawano Police Officer Keith Sorlie display their Officer of the Year plaques flanked by Sheriff Adam Bieber, interim Police Chief Dan Mauel, and Optimist Club President Gail Moesch.

Two of the city’s and county’s finest were honored Wednesday as Officers of the Year at the Shawano Optimist Club’s annual celebration of National Respect for Law Enforcement Week.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Detective Richard Wright and Shawano Police Officer Keith Sorlie were awarded plaques at the event, held at the American Legion Post 117 clubhouse.

It was the second plaque for Sorlie, who picked up his first three years ago when he was a Shawano County sheriff’s detective, often working alongside Wright, before Sorlie left the county to join the Shawano Police Department.

Sorlie was selected for this year’s award by former Police Chief Mark Kohl before he retired in April.

“Keith has a strong background in drug investigations, and is an instructor in unified tactics, such as firearms and defensive tactics,” Kohl said in comments posted on the Optimist Club’s website.

Thu
04
May

Backyard chicken proposal gets leg up from plan commission

A proposed ordinance allowing backyard chickens within city limits flew through the Shawano Plan Commission without resistance Wednesday and now goes to the Shawano Common Council.

The commission voted unanimously to recommend the ordinance, after some discussions of its workings and the addition of language mandated by the state that requires city chicken-owners to register the with Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

The vote comes three years after the Common Council voted 4-2 against the same proposed ordinance, even after an 8-1 recommendation by the commission.

Several seats on the commission and the council have changed hands since 2014, along with the mayor’s office, now held by Jeanne Cronce, leaving open the possibility for a different outcome this time around. The council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall.

Thu
04
May

New principal coming to Sacred Heart

Sacred Heart Catholic School in Shawano is getting a new principal from a public school classroom.

Aleta Young, who teaches fifth grade for the Shawano School District, has agreed to become principal at Sacred Heart starting this summer.

Young will succeed Elisha Wagenson, who is stepping down after leading the parochial school for the past five years.

Wagenson said the principal’s job required too much time away from her family, but she enjoyed serving the Sacred Heart community and she is leaving with many happy memories.

During her five years as principal, Sacred Heart, 124 E. Center St., has grown from fewer than 70 students to more than 100 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.

“I’m very much at peace with it,” Wagenson said of the decision to resign. “It was the right time for me.”

Thu
04
May

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

May 2

Police logged 24 incident, including the following:

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 100 block of East Maurer Street.

Suspicious — Police responded to a suspicious person complaint at Green Bay Court and Fifth Street.

Truancy — Police logged a truancy complaint at Shawano Community Middle School, 1050 S. Union St.

Accident — A minor accident was reported at Washington and Green Bay streets.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

May 2

Deputies logged 24 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — Authorities responded to a suspicious person complaint on County Road S in the town of Lessor.

Hit and Run — A property damage hit-and-run was reported on Pioneer Road in the town of Belle Plaine.

Fraud — A fraud complaint was under investigation. No location was disclosed.

Wed
03
May

Bonduel schools will try again

Voters in the Bonduel School District will get another chance to rescue the school district from a budget crunch that has raised the specter of deep cuts in personnel and programs.

The Bonduel School Board agreed Monday to conduct a special referendum Aug. 1 seeking voter approval to raise property taxes by $2.7 million over the next three years.

The referendum is slightly less than a $3 million measure that voters rejected April 4 by a vote of 708-602.

School district officials said they plan to work hard at educating voters about the issues, and they expect to see a more active campaign from boosters anxious to avoid painful budget cuts.

District Administrator Patrick Rau said the prospect of losing teachers and other services seems to have awoken the community.

“I think there’s going to be more of a sense of urgency,” he said.

The proposal to hold another referendum, however, revealed more divisions within the school district.

Wed
03
May

County health director resigns


Leader File Photo During her tenure as public health director, Jaime Bodden, right, managed Shawano County’s first cases of tuberculosis in nearly 10 years, along with other issues.

The head of the Shawano/Menominee Counties Health Department is stepping down after overseeing public health in the region for nearly four years.

Jaime Bodden, who became director of the department in 2013, has announced her resignation effective May 10.

Her current salary is $73,788 a year.

Bodden, who declined to comment, stated in her letter of resignation that she was proud of the work she and her staff have done to serve people in the area.

“I take pride in knowing that we are highly regarded in our community, serve the public with dignity and respect, and are a team that is made up of diverse skills and personalities,” she wrote.

County officials said Bodden is leaving to accept a position elsewhere, although details were not available.

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