News

Thu
02
Nov

Work begins in crafting a new vision for downtown

Efforts to create a new vision, marketing plan and implementation strategy for Shawano’s downtown kicked off Monday with the first meeting of the Downtown Redevelopment Citizen’s Steering Committee.

The project will be overseen by Madison-based planning consultant Vierbacher, which was hired by the Shawano Redevelopment Authority, but will largely depend on citizen input.

The plan approved by the RDA would include “a new vision and identity for the downtown” that would highlight the area as a pedestrian-friendly destination spot, recommend highest and best uses for downtown properties, seek to preserve historic and community-significant buildings, set standards for site and building design, and develop an implementation plan to help the city achieve its goals.

Monday’s meeting was mostly organizational, and a chairman for the eight-member citizen panel won’t be chosen until the committee’s next meeting.

Thu
02
Nov

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Oct. 31

Police logged 31 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a report of a fight between students at Sacred Heart Catholic School, 124 E. Center St.

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

Warrant — An 18-year-old male was taken into custody on a warrant in the 100 block of South Union Street.

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

Assault — Police investigated an assault in the 1100 block of Waukechon Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Oct. 31

Deputies logged 37 incidents, including the following:

Burglary — A burglary was reported on state Highway 160 in the town of Angelica.

Theft — License plates and tools were reported stolen from a vehicle on U.S. Highway 45 in the town of Birnamwood.

Wed
01
Nov

Community rallies to offer safe, successful Halloween event


A safe Trick–or-Treat event on was held Tuesday on the Keshena campus of the College of Menominee Nation. The event was organized and sponsored by the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, College of Menominee Nation, Menominee Tribal Enterprise and Menominee Casino Resort in order to restore the fun-filled innocence of Halloween for our Community children and families.

Hundreds of families and kids attended a safe Trick–or-Treat event Tuesday on the Keshena campus of the College of Menominee Nation in response to a baggy of meth found in a trick-or-treat bag Sunday.

The discovery of a package of meth mixed in with Halloween candy after a group of children went trick-or-treating on the Menominee reservation Sunday has outraged the community, but has also spurred community-wide efforts to reassure families and their children of their safety, according to officials.

“People are pretty upset,” said Menominee Tribal Police Chief Mark Waukau. “They see a threat to our children and they’re outraged.”

According to Waukau, the meth turned up in one of the bags from a group of children, 4-7 years old, who were trick-or-treating in the Keshena area Sunday.

The candy was later examined by a parent, but the contents of the bags were mixed together, so it isn’t clear which child received what was described as a small yellow Ziploc type baggy containing crystalline powder.

The suspicious item was reported to police on Monday and the powder tested positive for methamphetamine.

Wed
01
Nov

School board approves $28M budget

The Shawano School Board signed off on its 2017-18 budget Monday, complete with a tax cut for property owners.

A $28.36 million budget was approved, along with a 4.5 percent drop in school property taxes. Property owners paid $10.18 per $1,000 of equalized value last year, while the tax rate for this year is $9.71.

Property values across the district increased 3 percent to $33.5 million, allowing the district to cut the tax rate. The city of Shawano’s equalized value dropped by 1.5 percent, said Louise Fischer, school district business manager. But she said that drop was countered by increased values from the towns of Belle Plaine, Richmond, Wescott, Waukechon and Washington.

Property taxes account for 32 percent of the district’s total budget. The total tax levy is $12.4 million.

Wed
01
Nov

Shawano police names new lieutenant

Shawano Police Officer Shane Stange will move up the ranks to lieutenant in January after being appointed to the post Monday by the Shawano Police and Fire Commission.

Stange will fill a vacancy being created by Lt. Brad Rabideau’s move to captain, a post that had been left unfilled since the retirement of Jeff Heffernon in November 2014.

The changes are effective Jan. 1.

“I congratulate Shane on his appointment and look forward to working with him as part of our management team,” said Police Chief Dan Mauel.

Stange is a 17-year law enforcement officer who worked seven years with the Kenosha Police Department and the past 10 years with the Shawano Police Department. He is presently a patrol officer working the overnight shift.

Wed
01
Nov

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Oct. 30

Police logged 25 incidents, including the following:

Theft — Police responded to a property theft complaint in the 800 block of South Park Street.

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle injury accident at Bartlett and Green Bay streets.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 200 block of North Franklin Street.

Theft — A handicapped sticker was reported stolen in the 800 block of East Maurer Street.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 500 block of South Main Street.

Theft — Police responded to a property theft complaint in the 600 block of East Schurz Street.

Oct. 29

Police logged eight incidents, including the following:

Disorderly — Police responded to an intoxicated person complaint at the VFW Clubhouse, 202 W. Lieg Ave.

Mon
30
Oct

Tribe holds trick-or-treat event after incident


Contributed photo A Ziplock baggy of methamphetamine was found in a child’s candy bag after trick-or-treating in Keshena Sunday.

Community organizations on the Menominee Indian Reservation will host a safe trick-or-treat event Tuesday in the wake of meth being found in a child’s trick-or-treat bag Sunday.

The event will be held from 5-7 p.m. on the Keshena campus of the College of Menominee Nation.

It is being sponsored by the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, College of Menominee Nation, Menominee Tribal Enterprise and Menominee Casino Resort “in order to restore the fun-filled innocence of Halloween for our community children and families,” said Melissa Cook, intergovernmental affairs manager for the tribe.

Tribal police received a complaint Monday of a suspicious package located in a child’s Halloween candy.

A small yellow Ziploc type baggy containing crystalline powder was located. The crystalline powder tested positive for methamphetamine.

The parent reported the children trick-or-treated in the Keshena area on the Menominee Indian Reservation.

Mon
30
Oct

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Oct. 29

Police logged eight incidents, including the following:

Disorderly — Police responded to an intoxicated person complaint at the VFW Clubhouse, 202 W. Lieg Ave.

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

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 500 block of South Lincoln Street.

Disturbance — A 26-year-old Crandon woman was arrested for disorderly conduct, obstructing an officer, resisting arrest, felony bail jumping, misdemeanor bail jumping and several outstanding warrants after police responded to a disturbance in the 200 block of South Andrews Street.

Oct. 28

Police logged 13 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance at the Four Seasons Hotel, 201 N. Airport Drive.

Sat
28
Oct

Oconto Falls teen killed in crash

A 19-year-old man from Oconto Falls was killed in a two-vehicle crash in the town of Washington early Friday, according to the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department.

The crash took place on state Highway 22 at Resort Road just before 2:30 a.m.

The preliminary investigation showed a southbound vehicle driven by Devin Michaud crossed the center line and collided with a northbound milk truck. Michaud passed away from the injuries he sustained in the crash, the sheriff’s department said.

The northbound vehicle was driven by a 63-year-old Marion man who was not injured.

Authorities said Michaud was on his way to work and either fell asleep or became inattentive at the wheel. No alcohol was believed to be involved.

The Shawano County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Shawano Ambulance Service, Cecil-Washington Fire Department and the Shawano County Highway Department.

Sat
28
Oct

Dyb hired as Clintonville superintendent

The Clintonville School Board this week removed the “interim” from Superintendent David Dyb’s job title.

The board agreed to a two-year contract with Dyb on Monday. He will be paid $115,000 a year and receive a retirement annuity of $200 per pay period.

Board President Ben Huber said the district hired Dyb for “his work and his exceptional leadership qualities.”

Dyb was hired, from a pool of 15 applicants, as interim superintendent in August following the retirement of Tom O’Toole.

Dyb was district administrator of the Iola-Scandinavia School District for four years before resigning earlier this year.

According to media reports, Dyb was forced out of the Iola-Scandinavia job, which paid about $108,000 annually, when the school board decided it wanted a different leadership style.

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