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09
Mar

J&R Machine honored with statewide Manufacturer of the Year award


Leader photo by Carol Ryczek Brad Reiter loads pump part for the use in the gas/oil industry with a crane at J&R Machine in Shawano. He is working with the DMG/MORI NLX2500 Multi-Tasking Lathe.

If the secret of success for J and R Machine of Shawano can be summed up in one word, it’s probably “investment.”

It has helped secure the company a reliable work force, allowed it to pursue expanded markets across the country, and, this year, has led to it being named Manufacturer of the Year by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce.

WMC is an association of manufacturers, service businesses and chambers of commerce located in Madison and formed in 1975.

J&R Machine was one of 28 nominees in four size categories and took top honors among companies with less than 100 employees at WMC’s annual award ceremony last month.

“We’re pretty excited and happy to win,” J&R President Tim Tumanic said.

The award program honors manufacturers of all sizes and industries for their major contributions to the Wisconsin economy.

Sat
09
Mar

Wee wheel is cheese champ

A Baby Swiss Wheel made by Guggisberg Cheese has been named the best cheese in the United States, earning the company its second overall champion title at the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest in just four years.

Marieke Gouda of Thorp, Wisconsin, claimed both the first and second runner-up positions in the 2019 U.S. Championship Cheese Contest.

With an impressive score of 98.54 out of 100, Guggisberg Cheese’s winning Baby Swiss Wheel was crafted by Team Guggisberg Doughty Valley in Millersburg, Ohio.

Guggisberg Cheese won the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest in 2015 with its Premium Swiss, a traditional-style wheel.

Sat
09
Mar

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

March 7

Police logged 31 incidents, including the following:

Truancy — Police logged six truancy complaints from the Shawano School District.

Theft — A laptop was reported stolen in the 1400 block of South Lincoln Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 200 block of South Union Street.

Threatening — Police responded to threatening complaints in the 1300 block of East Lieg Avenue and 400 block of Mills Street.

Warrant — A 28-year-old man was arrested on a warrant in the 300 block of South Washington Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

March 7

Deputies logged 36 incidents, including the following:

Drug Offense — Authorities investigated a drug complaint at Richmond and Union streets in Shawano.

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on Norway Lane in the town of Belle Plaine.

Fri
08
Mar

City redoing commercial property assessments

Shawano is taking another stab at assessing commercial property values in the city after a revaluation last year brought in results lower than expected.

City Administrator Eddie Sheppard said Associated Appraisal of Appleton, which was hired to do the revaluation on commercial properties last year and is in the process of assessing residential properties this year, has agreed to take a second look at the commercial numbers they originally arrived at.

The redo won’t cost the city any additional money, Sheppard said. The work is being done as part of the same two-year contract the city entered into with the assessment firm.

The assessed value of the city’s commercial properties as determined by Associated Appraisal last year rose by less than $3 million, from $180.9 million to $183.1 million, according to the firm.

Fri
08
Mar

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

March 6

Police logged 23 incidents, including the following:

Burglary — A burglary was reported to a residence in the 1000 block of South Franklin Street. A collection of collectible Pokemon cards and other items were reported stolen, valued at more than $5,000.

Theft — Police responded to a property theft complaint in the 300 block of East Zingler Avenue.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint in the 900 block of South Lafayette Street.

OAR — A 26-year-old woman was cited for operating after revocation at Sawyer and Division streets.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

March 6

Deputies logged 32 incidents, including the following:

Warrant — A 41-year-old man was taken into custody on a warrant on Daffodil Lane in Tigerton.

Threatening — Authorities investigated a threatening complaint on Cedar Road in the town of Birnamwood.

Thu
07
Mar

City to consider rec facility with school

It’s still a ways from becoming a reality — if it happens at all — but city officials are giving some serious consideration to signing on with the Shawano School District’s proposal for a joint recreation center.

A draft agreement laying out each entity’s responsibilities for the operation and maintenance of such a center has been going back and forth between city and school district staff and their attorneys for several months.

The proposed community recreation and aquatics building would likely be built adjacent to Shawano Community High School, 220 County Road B, and replace the city’s existing recreation center at 220 E. Division St.

The proposal originated with the school district and the district’s need to expand facilities at the high school, specifically the weight room.

Shawano Park and Recreation Director Matt Hendricks noted that the proposal is a school district-run project, though the city has taken part in discussions.

Thu
07
Mar

Firm selected for Clintonville school plan

After receiving 10 proposals and interviewing three firms in a special meeting Monday night, the Clintonville Board of Education unanimously selected Hoffman Planning, Design, and Construction, Inc. of Appleton, to work with the Clintonville Public School District on its facility analysis and strategic facilities plan.

“Hoffman has local ties to Clintonville and we are excited to partner with them as we engage our community in a process to define and realize a vision which will update our facilities, ensuring a safe and quality environment that will effectively equip our students in becoming successful lifelong learners and successful, contributing members of our society,” said Dr. David Dyb, Clintonville school district superintendent.

The Board of Education is contemplating another referendum.

Thu
07
Mar

Ash Wednesday: A history


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Parishioners from Divine Savior Lutheran Church offer prayer and praise during Ash Wednesday services. Many area churches held special services on Wednesday to observe the start of Lent.

For Christians, the death and resurrection of Jesus is a pivotal event commemorated each year during a season of preparation called Lent and a season of celebration called Easter. The day that begins the Lenten season is called Ash Wednesday. Here are a few things to know about it.

1. Origin of the tradition of using ashes

On Ash Wednesday, many Christians have ashes put on their forehead — a practice that has been going on for about a thousand years. In the earliest Christian centuries — from A.D. 200 to 500 — those guilty of serious sins such as murder, adultery or apostasy, a public renunciation of one’s faith, were excluded for a time from the Eucharist, a sacred ceremony celebrating communion with Jesus and with one another.

Thu
07
Mar

School launches shoe drive to raise money for bleachers

To help raise money for new bleachers, St. Paul Lutheran School in Bonduel is conducting a shoe drive.

Any new or gently used pairs of shoes will be accepted at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 240 E. Green Bay St., Bonduel, and at collection boxes at the school through April 15. Based upon the total weight of shoes collected, the school will receive a check from the Funds2Orgs network, which helps small businesses in developing countries.

“We are excited about our shoe drive,” said Gerry Schmidt, school principal. “We know that most people have extra shoes in their closets they would like to donate to us. By doing so, we raise money for new bleachers, and we have the chance to help families in developing nations who need economic opportunities. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

The shoes collected in the drive will go to entrepreneurs in other countries who then sell the shoes to support their families and businesses.

Thu
07
Mar

Drivers urged to watch for stopped emergency vehicles

It’s been a challenging winter for motorists across the state. With more winter weather likely, the Wisconsin State Patrol is asking drivers to slow down when travel conditions deteriorate, stay alert and be prepared to move over for stopped emergency responders.

“When roads get slippery, drivers need to slow down, scan the road ahead carefully and be ready to shift over a lane if possible when approaching stopped emergency vehicles,” said Captain Adrian Logan, commander of the State Patrol’s North Central Region Post.

The state’s Move Over law requires drivers to move out of the lane closest to stopped law enforcement vehicles, ambulances, fire trucks, tow trucks and utility or highway maintenance vehicles that have their warning lights activated. If unable to move over, vehicle operators must slow down. Violations can result in a citation of $263.

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