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Fri
03
Feb

Comment period open for Kroenke Lake forest management plan

State officials are seeking public comment on interim forest management plans for eight state parks and natural wildlife areas, including Kroenke Lake in Shawano County.

The Department of Natural Resources acquired the 150-acre property in the town of Richmond from Irvin and Dorothy Kroenke in 2006. About 40 acres is open land and 110 acres are forested.

The long-term goal is to convert the agricultural acreage to forests, according to the DNR.

The plan would also address some problems on the property, including areas of oak that have deteriorated due to two-lined chestnut borers, and red pine plantings in severe decline due never being thinned. In addition, there are some black locust and possibly box-elder in portions of the uplands, according to the DNR.

The interim management plan is available for review and public comment through Feb. 13.

Fri
03
Feb

SAM’s House emergency shelter holding fundraiser

Shawano Area Matthew 25 will hold a fundraiser Saturday to help benefit its homeless shelter, SAM’s House, now in its second year of operation.

The shelter served 44 homeless visitors in November and December, including 14 children, totaling 850 nights of stay, and has so far provided 2,200 meals, according to Muffy Culhane, president of SAM 25.

“It’s been very busy,” she said.

SAM’s House, which runs from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. November through April, housed 58 people during its first year of operation, including eight children, providing 630 nights of shelter and nearly 1,000 meals.

The shelter also added a shower this year, an amenity that wasn’t available last year.

Culhane said the shelter could always use more volunteers, but she has high praise for those who are already helping to keep things running smoothly.

“We have a wonderful staff,” she said.

Fri
03
Feb

Mayor hopes to get Shawano welcome wagon going

An idea floated during a recent radio interview by Mayor Jeanne Cronce to establish a welcome wagon for newcomers to the city seems to have taken on some legs.

Cronce said she has already heard from people and local organizations interested in helping out.

“Once I get the people, I think we could get it up and running for spring,” she said.

At this point, the key to making the idea work will be volunteers.

“I do need a little assistance with finding some people to help me coordinate it,” she said. “We do have some interest from the library people that they’re willing to help, and a few other individuals in town have also come forward and said they’re willing to help because they think it’s a good idea.”

Cronce said newcomers would be given a welcome basket of items, along with basic information about the city and where things are located, along with a map.

She said the idea could springboard into some kind of newcomer’s club.

Fri
03
Feb

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Feb. 1

Police logged 24 incidents, including the following:

Threatening — Police responded to a threatening complaint in the 500 block of Prospect Circle.

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

Shoplifting — Charlie’s County Market, 521 S. Main St., reported a shoplifting incident.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Feb. 1

Deputies logged 25 incidents, including the following:

Theft — A mountain bike was reported stolen on First Street in Bonduel.

Juvenile — Authorities responded to a juvenile problem at Wittenberg Elementary-Middle School, 300 S. Prouty St., in Wittenberg.

Threatening — Authorities responded to a threatening complaint on U.S. Highway 45 in Birnamwood.

Accidents — Authorities logged five accidents, including four deer-related crashes.

Fri
03
Feb

6 years added to Suring man’s sentence

A Suring man sentenced in Shawano County last summer to five years in prison for attempted child enticement had six years added to his incarceration Friday in federal court for possessing child pornography.

Christopher F. Morley, 49, posted a Craigslist ad seeking a “sexy daughter,” which led to an online chat in October 2015 with a Shawano County sheriff deputy who was impersonating a female minor. Morley was arrested when he arrived at a pre-arranged location expecting to meet a 15-year-old-year girl, according to court documents.

Morley was one of more than a dozen area men prosecuted for child sex offenses by an Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

According to other court documents:

A sheriff’s detective contacted Morley’s wife about her husband’s arrest and she later told the detective that she had found sexually explicit images of minors on Morley’s computer.

Fri
03
Feb

Speakers lined up for ag peer group meetings

The spring Marinette, Oconto and Shawano County Producer and Agribusiness Professionals Peer Group meetings, organized by the counties’ University of Wisconsin-Extension agriculture agents, will feature local experts on farm financial planning and private and government farm loan acquisition.

On Feb. 15, Brian Rieth, assistant vice president and agriculture loan specialist with Peshtigo National Bank, will provide an overview of farm financial business planning – the components, the importance and how to get started on your farm’s business plan. The meeting will be held at the Oconto Falls Community Library, 251 N. Main St., Oconto Falls.

On March 9, Dan Kaufman, financial services officer with Greenstone Farm Credit Service, will discuss the loan application process and dos and don’ts when seeking a farm loan. The meeting will be held at the Gillett Community Center, 200 E. Main St., Gillett.

Fri
03
Feb

County forage council meets on Feb. 16

Fungicides, harvest intervals and manure are among the topics that will be discussed Feb. 16 at the Shawano County Forage Council’s annual meeting.

The meeting will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Main Event, 206 N. Lemke St., Cecil.

The day will start off with Damon Smith, University of Wisconsin-Extension field crops pathology specialist, discussing the use, timing and economics of using fungicides on forages in Wisconsin.

Kevin Jarek, Outagamie County UW-Extension crops, soils and horticulture agent, will share his local research on the impact of harvest intervals on forage quality for traditional and reduced-lignin alfalfa varieties. He will also provide a multi-county update on the impact of alfalfa seeding rates on stand quality after two years of data collection.

Fri
03
Feb

Waupaca forage council lines up speakers for annual meeting

The Waupaca County Forage Council will hold its annual winter meeting Feb. 9 at Bear Lake Resort, N4715 State Highway 22, Manawa.

The program begins at 10 a.m. Mike Rankin, managing editor of Hay and Forage magazine, will be the featured speaker.

Matt Akin, University of Wisconsin-Extension dairy nutrition specialist, will share recent research findings on the potential use of forage sorghum in Wisconsin, as well as preliminary findings from his work at the Marshfield Ag Research Station using spray-on bunker cover materials instead of plastic.

Price Murphy, statewide operations manager for Revolution Plastics, will provide an update on the company’s new plastic recycling program, which began operating in Waupaca County last fall.

Following a short business meeting, council members will hold their annual fundraising auction. Proceeds support local research and demonstration projects and educational activities.

Wed
01
Feb

Commission approves permit for Shawano Auto Sales expansion

The Shawano Plan Commission on Wednesday gave its approval for a conditional use permit that would allow an expansion of Shawano Auto Sales for a new display area and customer parking.

The business at 939 E. Green Bay St. recently purchased an adjacent property at 945 E. Green Bay St. and removed a blighted building.

The Shawano Redevelopment Authority last month approved $4,200 in assistance for asbestos removal at the blighted property and up to $5,000 in landscaping assistance.

Shawano Auto Sales estimated the entire project, including the purchase of the adjacent property, demolition and prep work, the laying of blacktop and meeting the city’s green space requirements would cost $125,000, according to RDA meeting minutes.

Wed
01
Feb

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Jan. 31

Police logged 29 incidents, including the following:

Theft — Lebakken’s Rent-to-Own, 1200 E. Green Bay St., reported four incidents of failure to return rented items.

Disorderly — Police responded to a lewd and lascivious behavior complaint in the 700 block of South Union Street.

Theft — Money was reported stolen at Birch Hill Health Care, 1475 Birch Hill Lane.

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at Main Street and Pearl Avenue.

Disturbance — A 17-year-old Shawano boy was arrested for disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property in the 300 block of South Andrews Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Jan. 31

Deputies logged 31 incidents, including the following:

OAR — A 38-year-old man was cited for operating after revocation on state Highway 22 in the town of Belle Plaine.

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