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Wed
31
Oct

Sheriff’s candidates discuss manpower, inter-agency cooperation

Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of interviews conducted with both candidates for Shawano County sheriff.

Incumbent Sheriff Adam Bieber will face off against Shawano Police Officer and former sheriff’s detective Keith Sorlie on the Nov. 6 ballot. Bieber is the Republican nominee. Sorlie is running as an Independent.

Though the interviews were conducted separately, both candidates were given the same topics to address.

In this third installment, the candidates discuss the use of manpower, resources and inter-agency cooperation.

There has been a longstanding view of the sheriff’s department that coverage is lacking on the western and eastern edges of the county.

“Obviously, I’d love to see more deputies,” Bieber said. “But that would require a tax increase. So that’s up to the county board to decide, if they’re willing to increase taxes to give me more deputies to use.”

Wed
31
Oct

Assembly candidates discuss health care, education

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of Question and Answer sessions held with the three candidates for the 6th District Assembly seat.

Incumbent State Rep. Gary Tauchen, R-Bonduel, will face Democratic candidate Richard Sarnwick, a Shawano doctor, and Libertarian candidate Michael Hammond, a former Shawano area dairy farmer, on the Nov. 6 ballot.

This first installment covers health care and education. Candidate responses have been edited for length.

Q: What should the state be doing to make health care more accessible and affordable?

Wed
31
Oct

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Oct. 29

Police logged 20 incidents, including the following:

Auto Theft — A vehicle was reported stolen at Cleveland and Maurer streets.

Hit and Run — Police investigated a property-damage hit-and-run in the 800 block of South River Street.

Drug Offense — Police investigated a drug complaint in the 400 block of North Lafayette Street.

Oct. 28

Police logged 21 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 1000 block of South River Street.

Theft — Coins were reported stolen from a vehicle in the 900 block of South Evergreen Street.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 800 block of East Maurer Street.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 400 block of South Andrews Street.

Wed
31
Oct

Wide range of Shawano County Library programs

The Shawano County Library has many programs planned during November for all ages and many interests.

At the main branch of the library, located in Shawano at 128 S. Sawyer St., programs for children include Baby & Me on Tuesdays and story time on Wednesdays and Thursdays, all at 10 a.m.

Teen Tuesdays run weekly from 3-5 p.m. Programs include paint-by-stickers, book page star, cocoa and cookies and creating a photo holder. The Not-So-Summer Reading Program kicks off Nov. 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features Sun Drop and donuts.

For adults, DIY Crafts and More will meet Nov. 26 at 4:30 p.m. and will feature making (and eating) chocolate-dipped marshmallows. The weekly knitting meet-up will continue on Fridays at 9 a.m. Thrifty Christmas will be held Nov. 26 at 10 a.m. and focus on creating four simple, inexpensive holiday paper decorations.

Sat
27
Oct

Sheriff’s candidates weigh in on the problem of drugs

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of interviews conducted with both candidates for Shawano County sheriff.

Incumbent Sheriff Adam Bieber will face off against Shawano Police Officer and former sheriff’s detective Keith Sorlie on the Nov. 6 ballot. Bieber is the Republican nominee. Sorlie is running as an Independent.

Though the interviews were conducted separately, both candidates were given the same topics to address.

In this second installment, the candidates discuss the drug problem facing Shawano County.

“I’ve had some conversations with people about the drug problem and I really believe that it’s not something that’s not going to be an easy fix,” Sorlie said.

Sorlie, along with former sheriff’s detective Wade Wudtke and Capt. Tom Tuma, held regular presentations in the schools on the dangers of drugs when Sorlie was still with the department.

Sat
27
Oct

County breaks ground on new Human Services building


Leader Photo by Tim Ryan Shawano County officials and representatives from contractor Boson Company of Marshfield hold a groundbreaking ceremony Friday at the site of the county’s new Human Services Department at W7327 Anderson Ave. in the town of Wescott.

Shawano County officials held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday for a new human services building that will house operations currently being conducted at the Fellman Center.

The county last year purchased the Dennison’s Retail Lumber property at W7327 Anderson Ave. in the town of Wescott for $1.8 million after determining the Fellman and Lakeland centers were inadequate and expansion at those sites impractical.

“Obviously, this facility is needed,” said County Board Chairman Jerry Erdmann. “We have to remember the clients that we serve have challenges, and this building meets those challenges for those people.”

Human services director Rick Kane said it was exciting to see construction starting on the new facility.

“I think this will be a great investment for the community and the taxpayers and the people that we serve,” he said.

Sat
27
Oct

Charter school’s renewal coming up

LEADS Charter School, an alternative learning program that has been housed in Hillcrest Primary School since 2012, faces a decision from the Shawano School Board about whether it will be allowed to continue operations.

The board will vote Nov. 5 on a new five-year contract. A vote to keep the district-run charter school would allow the school to continue its programs through 2023. If the board decides not to continue with LEADS, the students would be absorbed into Hillcrest’s programs beginning in September 2019.

LEADS representatives gave the board a full presentation this week on its existing structure. It differs from traditional education for pre-kindergarten through second grade because it allows students to discover learning through situations that teachers come up with.

Sat
27
Oct

District votes to dredge Pigeon Lake


Photo by Grace Kirchner The Mathews Bay area of Pigeon Lake is one of the areas slated for dredging under a $2 million project approved Tuesday by the Pigeon Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District.

Members of the Pigeon Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District held a close vote Oct. 16 but ultimately approved borrowing $2 million to dredge several areas of the lake.

At the district’s standing room-only annual meeting, held at Fox Valley Technical College, commissioners heard arguments on both sides of the issue. A vote of 85-71 will move forward a plan to apply for the 20-year loan, which will increase taxes for property owners in the district at $54 per $100,000 of property value for 20 years.

The state trust fund loan would be secured through the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands, said Todd Thaves, of Ehlers and Associates. He estimated the money will be paid back in 19 years. “The interest rate will be locked in at 4.5 percent,” he added.

Sat
27
Oct

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Oct. 25

Police logged 28 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to disturbances in the 200 block of East Center Street and the 1500 block of Estates Lane.

Theft — Shawano Pawn Shop, 141 River Heights, reported the theft of a security camera and flashlight.

Threatening — Police responded to a threatening complaint at Aarrowcast, 2900 E. Richmond St.

Fraud — Police investigated a fraud complaint at the Super 8 Motel, 211 Waukechon St.

Accidents — Police responded to property damage accidents at Lincoln and Centers streets and at Hamlin and Maurer streets.

Shoplifting — Shoe Sensation, 180 Woodlawn Drive, reported a shoplifting incident.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint at the Wisconsin House, 216 E. Green Bay St.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Oct. 25

Deputies logged 38 incidents, including the following:

Sat
27
Oct

Packers present $200,000 for Pulaski’s Field of Dreams

Fundraising efforts for Pulaski High School’s Red Raider Field of Dreams project received a $200,000 boost Oct. 5, courtesy of the Green Bay Packers and the NFL. Mark Murphy, Packers president and CEO, handed over the check at the Pulaski/Green Bay Preble High School football game.

He was accompanied by four Green Bay Packers players – DeShone Kizer, Kevin King, Josh Jackson and Jaire Alexander – who attended the first half of the game and threw autographed footballs to the crowd between quarters.

“There is nothing quite like Friday night lights in terms of bringing the community out together,” Murphy said, adding that the Packers and the NFL are very supportive of high school football programs.

The check represents a matching grant from the the Green Bay Packers and the National Football League.

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