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Wed
01
Feb

Scholarship program application period open

The application period is now open for higher education scholarships through Scholarships Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Green Bay.

Though primarily geared to seniors graduating from high schools in Brown and Door counties, opportunities extend to students in the NEW North region, including Shawano County.

Two scholarship opportunities are open to Shawano County students, including the Albert and Mary Rhoades Foundation award and the Deprey-Skyline Family Information Technology Scholarship.

To be eligible for the Rhoades Foundation, applicants must attend a fully accredited four-year U.S. college or university in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree; be enrolled full-time (12 credits or more per semester) in fall 2017; and pursue a major in the arts, humanities, religious studies, education or select social sciences.

Wed
01
Feb

City sets open house meetings on parks referendum

The city of Shawano has set four open house meetings over the next two months to educate the public on its reasons for an April referendum asking voters whether there should be additional borrowing for park improvements.

The advisory referendum on the April 4 ballot will ask whether the city should borrow additional money for development of the Franklin and Smalley parks and a splash pad to replace the kiddie pool at Memorial Park.

The referendum question will ask residents whether the city should borrow up to $1.85 million for the projects.

The 20-year loan would mean an estimated annual tax increase of 25 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value, or $25 for a $100,000 home.

The parks and recreation department will address questions and take public comments at each of the open house meetings, which have been scheduled for Feb. 7, Feb. 15, March 7 and March 15. All of the meetings will take place at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 127 S. Sawyer St.

Wed
01
Feb

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Jan. 30

Police logged 24 incidents, including the following:

Threatening — Police responded to a threatening complaint in the 500 block of East Green Bay Street.

Arrest — A 32-year-old man was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Accident — Police responded to a property damage accident at Airport Drive and Green Bay Street.

Hit and Run — Police investigated a property damage hit-and-run in the 400 block of South Bartlett Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Jan. 30

Deputies logged 53 incidents, including the following:

Drug Offense — Authorities responded to a drug complaint on County Road K in the town of Waukechon.

Fraud — Authorities investigated a mail scam complaint on River Bank Road in the town of Pella.

Mon
30
Jan

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Jan. 29

Police logged 16 incidents, including the following:

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 600 block of East Center Street.

Disorderly — Police responded to an intoxicated person complaint in the 400 block of South Main Street.

Reckless Driving — Police responded to a reckless driving complaint at state Highway 22 and Madison Way.

Jan. 28

Police logged 20 incidents, including the following:

Disorderly — Police responded to an intoxicated person complaint in the 800 block of East Richmond Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 100 block of Acorn Street.

OWI — A 33-year-old Shawano man was cited for first offense operating while intoxicated, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia at Oshkosh and Franklin streets.

Fri
27
Jan

City settles 1 lawsuit against police chief

After a special closed session meeting Friday, the Shawano Common Council approved a settlement agreement with a city police officer who filed a sex discrimination suit last year against Police Chief Mark Kohl.

Officer NiCole Fischer, formerly Hoffmann, claimed in a lawsuit filed in federal court in May of last year that Kohl delayed hiring her at the department because of her gender.

The case had been scheduled for a jury trial in August.

Fischer maintained Kohl declined to hire her in July 2014 because the department at that time was not interested in additional female officers.

According to the civil complaint, Fischer finished third on a list of potential new hires.

When the first two male applicants on the list were offered the job and turned it down, Kohl bypassed Fischer and offered the post to the fourth-ranked applicant, a male who was “substantially less qualified and less experienced,” according to the complaint.

Fri
27
Jan

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Jan. 26

Police logged 15 incidents, including the following:

OAR — A 27-year-old woman was cited for operating after revocation in the 700 block of South Lincoln Street.

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

Vandalism — A vehicle was reported vandalized in the 800 block of East Richmond Street.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem at the Shawano Recreation Center, 220 E. Division St.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Jan. 26

Deputies logged 33 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on Home Street in Wittenberg.

Suspicious — Authorities responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint on state Highway 47-55 in the town of Wescott.

Threatening — Authorities responded to a threatening complaint on Hemlock Road in the town of Wittenberg.

Fri
27
Jan

Bonduel moving forward with referendum

The Bonduel School District will ask voters on April 4 to approve a three-year referendum in the hopes of not having to make drastic cuts to staff and programs.

The school board voted Monday to ask residents to increase the tax rate by $1.80 per $1,000 of equalized valuation, up from the current $9.55, in a measure that would give the district up to $1 million annually for the next three years. If approved, property owners would pay an additional $180 annually for a property valued at $100,000.

The tax rate probably will be higher than the $11.35 estimated, however, because of factors such as enrollment and state aid formulas.

“Our budget forecasts currently indicate next year’s rate would be $9.77 (not including the additional $1.80 if the referendum passes),” Superintendent Patrick Rau said. “It’s the best guess we have for three years out.”

Fri
27
Jan

Chamber members shine at 90th anniversary celebration


Leader Photo by Greg Mellis Brian Kowalkowski and Barb Maroszek place their raffle tickets prior to the drawing during the Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards banquet Thursday at the Menominee Casino Resort.

Leader Photo by Greg Mellis Dan Miller, right, who was named the Distinguished Citizen of the Year, visits with Charlie Harvey during the Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce banquet Thursday.

It was literally a glittering night of festivities Thursday at the annual Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce banquet and awards ceremony, with guests decked out in their most sparkly attire.

The theme of this year’s celebration, held at Menominee Casino Resort in Keshena, was “All that Glitters,” and speakers highlighted the shining milestone of the chamber’s 90th anniversary.

“We’re celebrating 90 years of working together to make sure not only do we have a great place to live but also a fun place for others to come and visit,” master of ceremonies Jon Aumann said.

With the awards, Aumann added, “we’re here to recognize a handful of members for their efforts in the chamber.”

Aumann drew stark contrasts with the chamber’s beginnings in 1926, when Calvin Coolidge was president, annual income was $1,300 and gas was 14 cents a gallon.

Aumann noted the chamber had 56 members in 1926, compared to the more than 430 it has today.

Fri
27
Jan

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Jan. 25

Police logged 21 incidents, including the following:

OAR — A 38-year-old woman was cited for operating after revocation at Richmond and Hamlin streets.

Theft — Medication was reported stolen in the 700 block of South Main Street.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 500 block of East Green Bay Street.

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at Airport Drive and Green Bay Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Jan. 25

Deputies logged 36 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — Authorities responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint on state Highway 47-55 in the town of Wescott.

Reckless Driving — Authorities responded to a reckless driving complaint on state Highway 29 in the town of Waukechon.

Thu
26
Jan

New appointees win county approval

Two appointees caught in a political squabble were replaced Wednesday when Shawano County Board members agreed to stop fighting the board chairman over the issue.

Chairman Jerry Erdmann succeeded in replacing two members of the county’s human services board, which oversees $9.5 million in yearly county social services programming.

Erdmann ran into vocal opposition last month when he first tried to replace Marshal Giese and Herb Tauchen with two other appointees, one of whom was Giese’s estranged brother and the other a former longtime county human services staffer.

After the County Board blocked those appointments, Erdmann presented other candidates Wednesday and won board approval amid signs of contrition from supervisors who were displeased that the matter had sparked a harsh personal exchange.

By a vote of 24-2, the board agreed to replace Giese and Tauchen with Shawano Alderwoman Lisa Hoffman and civic volunteer Jim Leuenberger.

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