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07
May

Teacher pay issue dogs school board

Shawano school district officials expecting to discuss the merits of a joint-recreational facility with the city were pulled into a debate over teacher pay issues during a sometimes contentious board meeting Monday.

Discontent over the district’s handling of the issue was set out in no uncertain terms at the outset of the public comment period when high school music teacher Jill Sousek, a 15-year veteran of the district, let it be known she was looking for employment elsewhere.

“I have looked for a different job,” she said. “I have two interviews coming up because I am looking at leaving the district.”

Sousek said she is not happy with the way teachers are being treated.

School district faculty was recently sent a survey seeking their input on possible changes to the district’s teacher pay plan that was implemented three years ago.

Tue
07
May

Man arrested after claiming lost backpack with meth inside

A 31-year-old Shawano man was arrested Monday when he turned up at the Shawano police station to claim a lost backpack, which happened to contain 1.9 grams of methamphetamine, according to the police department.

The incident started as a suspicious item complaint reported by the Shawano County Library, 128 S. Sawyer St., around 3:30 p.m.

The library reported that a backpack had been sitting unattended at the library for more than an hour.

Police recovered the backpack and took it across the street to the police station, where the meth was discovered along with some personal items in the backpack.

About three hours later, the owner came to the police station looking for his backpack, and he was subsequently arrested for possession of methamphetamine and a probation violation.

Tue
07
May

Optimists honor Officers of the Year


Contributed photo From left, Shawano County Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Strike, Shawano Police Officer Michelle Kamba and DNR Warden Clark Delzer display their plaques after being honored May 1 as Officers of the Year by the Shawano Optimists Club.

The Shawano Optimist Club recognized three law enforcement professionals at its Respect for Law event May 1.

Each year, the club recognizes local officers for outstanding service to the community.

This year’s honors went to Shawano Police Officer Michelle Kamba, Shawano County Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Strike and DNR Warden Clark Delzer.

“Michelle was selected by our management team for her community engagement efforts, specifically for her work with the first annual National Night Out,” Police Chief Dan Mauel said in a Facebook post.

“Michelle brought this idea forward and was instrumental in planning a very successful event that we know will continue for years to come,” Mauel said. “Michelle is also the Franklin Park Neighborhood Watch liaison officer. Michelle’s commitment to our community and her willingness to work with our community members, especially our children, is commendable.”

Tue
07
May

School board approves agreement with ThedaCare

The Shawano School Board approved a memorandum of understanding Monday with ThedaCare for mental health services to be provided at two of the district’s schools.

“The reason why we’re partnering with ThedaCare is to eliminate any barriers that any of our students might have if they are in need of any clinical counseling,” Director of Pupil Services Kim Klister said.

The agreement allows a ThedaCare therapist to work on-site in the district for eight hours per week, starting with Olga Brener Intermediate School and Shawano Community Middle School for two afternoons per week.

The therapist will see eight to 10 students each week, Klister said.

Klister said there is a need for this service at all of the district’s schools and could be expanded to Hillcrest Primary School and the Shawano Community High School in the future.

Tue
07
May

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

May 6

Police logged 37 incidents, including the following:

Disturbances — A 39-year-old Shawano woman was arrested for bail jumping after a disturbance in the 1000 block of South Franklin Street. A 38-year-old Shawano man was arrested for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and five counts of bail jumping after a disturbance in the 100 block of Prairie Street. Police also responded to another disturbance in the 1000 block of South Franklin Street and a disturbance at Lafayette and Third streets.

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

Threatening — Police responded to a threatening complaint in the 1000 block of South Sawyer Street.

Theft — A TV was reported stolen in the 1000 block of South River Street.

Tue
07
May

Strokes and diet drinks — are they linked?

Sugar-sweetened soft drinks and beverages have long been known to contribute to weight gain and related health problems. If you often turn to your favorite diet drink instead, you may want to know more about recent news suggesting a link between artificially sweetened drinks and stroke.

A study published in the medical journal “Stroke” in February was picked up by mainstream media and widely reported, and the results aren’t as clear as some reports might have implied.

“We know that sugary drinks are empty calories and can contribute to excess weight, diabetes, heart disease and other serious health conditions,” said Dr. Simone Fearon, medical director and physician leader with ThedaCare Cardiovascular Care.

Tue
07
May

Wisconsin dropped from air pollutant case

The State of Wisconsin has been dismissed from a litigation concerning an EPA rule about regulating hazardous air pollutants, the U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled.

In the case, Murray Energy v. EPA, Wisconsin and other parties challenged an EPA cost-benefit analysis that found regulating certain hazardous air pollutants would be reasonable because the costs of implementing required new technology would not raise the costs of retail electricity prices beyond the range of historical variability.

Recently, the Wisconsin Department of Justice filed a motion to dismiss the State of Wisconsin from the action. On April 11, the federal court dismissed the state; therefore Wisconsin is no longer involved in this litigation.

“Our Department of Justice should be working to protect our environment and our health, not challenging a rule that protects our clean air from hazardous pollutants,” said state Attorney General Josh Kaul.

Tue
07
May

School board debates rec center agreement with city

Shawano school officials held a lengthy and sometimes emotional debate Monday on a tentative agreement with the city for a proposed joint-recreation and aquatic center.

The draft agreement lays out the responsibilities for each entity if the facility goes forward, but does not commit either party to going through with the project at this point.

The proposed facility, which would replace the city’s existing recreation center and expand facilities at Shawano Community High School, will be the subject of a district-wide survey this fall.

If the survey shows sufficient interest, it will go to a school district referendum in April of next year.

The proposed facility would be located adjacent to SCHS, on the north side of the building, and would include the school’s existing competition pool.

Tue
07
May

SPEAKING FOR THOSE WHO CAN’T


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Rachel Fernandez reads off the names of some of the missing and murdered indigenous women in northeast Wisconsin during an awareness event Sunday at the College of Menominee Nation. Fernandez has a red hand print on her face symbolizing the silence these cases and others around the country have received.

Dozens of residents filled the College of Menominee Nation Cultural Learning Center on Sunday to commemorate the missing and the murdered in their tribe and other indigenous tribes around the world.

There are more than 5,000 cases nationwide about indigenous people going missing or being found dead that have been reported and then just left open, according to Marisa Bigjohn, program manager for Oskeh-Waepetah, the reservation’s domestic violence shelter. She noted that four in 10 domestic violence situations end in murder. Most of the victims are female, but there are some men in the mix, too.

“It’s a scary reality, and it could be our reality,” Bigjohn said. “We need to spread awareness.”

Bigjohn learned about the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women movement when she was over in the Twin Cities in Minnesota.

Tue
07
May

Children’s deaths ruled homicides

Authorities have determined that the two children found deceased in a Seymour home last month were the victims of homicide, while an adult male found deceased in the residence died of a self-inflicted wound.

The state Department of Justice, which is leading the investigation, said in a news release Friday that the probe is continuing.

Seymour police were dispatched to a residence in the 600 block of North Main Street on April 18 for a report of a domestic disturbance. The initial responding officers were unable to make contact with anyone inside.

After repeated attempts to make contact, assistance was requested from the Outagamie County Emergency Response Team.

The Emergency Response Team took over operations and entered the home, where they found a man and two children dead.

They have been identified as Andrew R. Poppe, 35, Matteline A. Samson, 4, and Hailey K. Poppe, 3 months.

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