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07
Mar

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

March 5

Police logged 20 incidents, including the following:

Accident — Police responded to property damage accidents in the 100 block of South Main Street and at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Disturbances — Police responded to disturbances at the Shawano Library, 128 S. Sawyer St., and in the 1300 block of East Lieg Avenue.

Arrest — A male subject was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

March 5

Deputies logged 34 incidents, including the following:

Warrant — A 41-year-old Shawano woman was arrested on a warrant on Highland Drive in the town of Washington.

Disturbances — Authorities responded to disturbances on Bluebird Road in the town of Birnamwood and White Birch Road in the town of Wescott.

OAR — A 25-year-old man was cited for operating after revocation on Airport Drive in Shawano.

Wed
06
Mar

Barker ruled competent to stand trial

A Shawano woman charged in the death of her 2-month-old child was found competent to stand trial after a court hearing Monday.

Catherine R. Barker, 22, was initially found not competent to stand trial in November and was ordered to be temporarily institutionalized to receive treatment and therapy that could make her mentally competent in the future.

The competency evaluation in November determined Barker was not competent for trial then, but was “likely to regain competency if she is committed for a period of time.”

She is now scheduled for a preliminary hearing March 19.

Barker faces felony counts of neglect resulting in the death of an infant, failing to report the death of the child and attempting to hide or bury the corpse. The infant, Brandon Barker, was her son.

The child was discovered by police during a welfare check Sept. 28.

Wed
06
Mar

Weather forces schools to start early

Students at Shawano Community High School and Shawano Community Middle School will need to get to class a little sooner next week to keep the Shawano School District within the required number of hours for the school year.

Middle and high school students currently start school at 8:10 a.m. On Monday, the Shawano School Board voted to change the start times for both schools to 8 a.m. beginning next week.

The action was taken because the district had to cancel classes one day last week due to snow and icy conditions. Due to an unusually active winter, the district has had to close school for seven days this school year, much more than the school calendar had allowed.

“In the last 30-some years that I’ve been in education, I can’t remember (taking off) this many days in one year,” Superintendent Gary Cumberland said. “The strange thing is that we’re not the largest. Not far from here, Portage is near 14 or 16 (days off) that they have to make up.”

Wed
06
Mar

Busy Clintonville street crews seek ice blades

The wild and wintry Wisconsin weather has kept Clintonville’s street crews busy, said Kray Brown, public works manager. He gave an update on snow and ice removal in the city at the Street Committee meeting, held Feb. 28 at City Hall.

“January and February have been busy months,” Brown said.

Clintonville has received 66 inches of snow, plus one-half inch of ice accumulation and 1 to 1½ inches of rain over the last two months, he said. To help keep the roads safe, street crews have used approximately 190 tons of salt, or about half of their seasonal allotment. The department has also used 30 tons of sand/salt and 19,000 gallons of brine, which equates to about 6.5 additional tons of salt.

Brown reported the city has access to roughly 200 more tons, but he’s hoping they will not need to use all of it to get through until spring. Brown added that the brine truck has been useful in reducing the amount of salt needed to keep roads safe.

Wed
06
Mar

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

March 4

Police logged 15 incidents, including the following:

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint at SAM’s House, 213 E. Green Bay St.

Auto Theft — A vehicle was reported stolen in the 100 block of South Lafayette Street.

Harassment — Harassment was reported in the 200 block of South Sawyer Street.

March 3

Police logged 29 incidents, including the following:

OAR — A 48-year-old Shawano woman was cited for operating after revocation and arrested on a warrant at Main and Third streets.

Threatening — Police responded to a threatening complaint in the 300 block of Madison Way.

Sat
02
Mar

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Feb. 28

Police logged 33 incidents, including the following:

Disorderly — Police responded to disorderly conduct complaints in the 1000 block of South River Street and the 1000 block of South Franklin Street.

Fraud — Police investigated an internet scam complaint on Briarwood Lane.

Trespass — Police responded to a trespassing complaint in the 800 block of South Park Street.

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at Lincoln and Elizabeth streets.

Disturbances — A 51-year-old Shawano man was arrested for disorderly conduct/domestic violence after a domestic disturbance in the 1100 block of South River Street. Police also responded to a domestic disturbance in the 800 block of South Park Street.

OAR — A 32-year-old Keshena man was cited for operating after revocation at Center and Andrews streets.

Sat
02
Mar

Achievement gaps between school districts not so wide


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Keshena Primary School fourth-grade students Tony Corn and Denae Peters work on a daily math quiz using their Google Chromebooks on Wednesday. The students take these quizzes to improve their math abilities, and the goal is to get faster with their responses each day.

Some of the discussion during a joint meeting Monday between the Menominee Tribal Legislature and the Menominee Indian School District revolved around whether students in neighboring school districts get a better education and are better prepared to take the required standardized tests.

Several legislators felt that the meeting shouldn’t be drawing comparisons between Menominee Indian and Shawano school districts, noting that Shawano, an off-reservation district has resources that Menominee Indian doesn’t have.

In the latest round of school report cards from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), Shawano’s schools and district received three-star ratings across the board. Menominee Indian, as a district, received two stars, and Keshena Primary School and Menominee Indian Middle School received two stars individually, while Menominee Indian High School received one star.

Sat
02
Mar

State ag rep talks governor’s budget, farm issues in visit


Bradley Pfaff

It wasn’t the governor’s budget announcement that brought the state’s top agricultural representative to Shawano on Friday, but the timing allowed him to point to a number of initiatives he believes will be good for those in farm communities across the state.

Bradley Pfaff, secretary of the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, came to Shawano to take part in Read Across America Day, and read about the importance of agriculture to two first grade classes

Pfaff plans to travel all over the state to spread the word about America’s Dairyland and the opportunities that exist for farming operations of all sizes.

The budget proposed by Gov. Tony Evers the night before made some of the initiatives included in that budget a key point of discussion.

“There are some things that are very beneficial for rural Wisconsin, for all of Wisconsin,” Pfaff said.

Fri
01
Mar

Bonduel boil order lifted

The village of Bonduel lifted its emergency boil water order early Thursday morning after notice was received from the Department of Natural Resources that the water was safe to drink, according to the village.

The broken water main that caused the order has been repaired and the Bonduel School District, which cancelled classes Wednesday, was back in session.

The order was lifted around 6 a.m. Thursday.

The village experienced a severe water main break at State and Washington streets shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday, causing lower pressure in the water system, which could allow for contaminants to enter the drinking water.

The DNR mandates that an order go out under those circumstances for residents to either boil water or use bottled water.

Fri
01
Mar

Outrage over location of Clintonville prom

For the second year in a row, the Clintonville High School junior prom is scheduled to be held at the pavilion in Shawano Lake County Park — a location that isn’t sitting well with some area residents.

During the Clintonville School Board’s meeting Monday, Clintonville grads Sandy Loberg and Elaine Kuehnl spoke up during the citizens’ forum to voice opposition to the prom’s location.

“This is a Clintonville High School prom and should be in Clintonville,” Kuehnl said.

Loberg said there are several venues within Clintonville that could potentially host the event, such as one of the school gyms, the high school commons, Memory Lanes or the golf course.

Ben Huber, school board president, said the decision to hold the prom in Shawano was made by the junior class.

Loberg expressed concerns about insurance and the safety of the kids.

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