News

Thu
26
Oct

Shawano Paper Mill gets $40 million upgrade

Little Rapids Corp. this week announced completion of a $40 million upgrade at the Shawano Paper Mill.

The company has installed a new state-of-the art crescent forming tissue machine that replaces an existing tissue machine and will significantly increase capacity and capability, according to company officials.

“We are very happy to be able to announce the successful completion of this project,” Little Rapids CEO Kirk Ryan said. “The installation was completed in just 30 days, and the machine was making quality product within the first 12 hours after start-up.”

Ryan says the new tissue machine has increased the mill’s tissue output by about 40 percent. The new machine also expands the mill’s range of capabilities for product weight, fiber content, and pastel and deep dye colors.

Thu
26
Oct

County tax rate to go down

Shawano County property owners will see a decrease in their tax rates for 2018 despite a slight increase in the tax levy thanks in large part to a rise in the county’s equalized value.

The Shawano County Board approved the levy Wednesday in support of the county’s 2018 budget by a vote of 25-0, with two supervisors absent.

The levy will go up by just under 1 percent, from $15.54 million to $15.68 million.

State law limits levy increases to the amount of net new construction. Shawano County saw an increase in new construction of 0.9 percent, or just short of $140,000.

That levy will translate to a tax rate of $5.19 per $1,000 of equalized value, compared to $5.29 per $1,000 for 2017, a drop of 2 percent.

That amount will vary by municipality, however, as cities, towns and villages use assessed rather than equalized value.

Thu
26
Oct

Clintonville’s Main St. reopening


Photo by Grace Kirchner A variety of trees are being planted on North Main Street in Clintonville as the road reconstruction project comes to a close. They are expected to grow 14 to 35 feet tall when mature.

A nearly seven-month reconstruction project will come to a close Friday when North Main Street reopens in Clintonville. Project manager Korey Boehm says workers are putting the finishing touches on the $4.5 million project that replaced worn-out pavement, underground utilities and storm sewers.

Crews are adding pavement markings and planting about 70 trees to replace those cut down last spring. Once the lights are turned on and barriers removed, the road – currently open to local residents – will fully reopen to traffic.

In addition to the new pavement, utilities and storm sewers, North Main Street also has new curbs, gutters, sidewalks, street lights and landscaping. The street was widened by one foot on each side to accommodate new bike lanes, and on-street parking is no longer permitted.

Thu
26
Oct

Ho-Chunk reschedule ribbon cutting to Nov. 1

Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. Nov. 1 on the new gaming floor.

Dignitaries from the Ho-Chunk Nation will be on hand to update guests on the progress of the facility’s expansion, which includes over 700 slot machines, a three-meal restaurant and hotel in the making.

“There will be a dedicated area for just video poker and will include video poker progressives and more linked progressives and stand-alone progressives,” said Sean Brunette, director of slot operations.

“The new gaming selections started in April of this year with the addition of 307 machines to the new Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg,” he said.

Complimentary appetizers will be served from 5-7 p.m. or while supplies last. There will also be drawings for cash prizes, and Bryan James will provide musical entertainment from 8 p.m. to midnight.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony was originally planned for Oct. 12 but then postponed.

Thu
26
Oct

CEO of Lutheran World Relief visits Clintonville


Photo by Grace Kirchner Former U.S. Ambassador Daniel Speckhard spoke at St. Martin Lutheran Church on Sunday as the congregation observed Mission Sunday. Shown are, from left, Al Mueller, congregation president; the Rev. Christian Burg, senior pastor; Speckhard; and the Rev. Brian Weber, associate pastor.

A former U.S. ambassador with ties to the area came home to a Clintonville church on Sunday. But his Mission Sunday message was not all good news.

“There are more famines, more hate and more disasters now than ever. Our world is in a time of upheaval,” said Daniel Speckhard, president and CEO of Lutheran World Relief.

“There is a changing climate with more natural disasters leading to unprecedented mass migrations and refugees and displaced people.”

Speckhard came to speak to the congregation of St. Martin Lutheran Church where his grandfather Dr. Walter Speckhard served as pastor for more than 30 years. All 10 of his grandfather’s children, Speckhard said, went to school in Clintonville. He said he grew up in Wausau where his father, Tom Speckhard, taught school.

Thu
26
Oct

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Oct. 24

Police logged 17 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — Police responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint at Waukechon Street and Engel Drive.

Harassment — Police investigated a harassment complaint at Shawano Community High School, 220 County Road B.

Assault — Charges were referred against a 24-year-old Shawano man for domestic violence-related battery, false imprisonment and criminal damage to property after police responded to an assault complaint in the 400 block of West First Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Oct. 24

Deputies logged 27 incidents, including the following:

Drug offense — Authorities investigated a drug complaint on Sugar Bush Road in the town of Aniwa.

Threatening — Authorities responded to a threatening complaint on County Road BB in the town of Green Valley.

Wed
25
Oct

Shawano Paper Mill gets $40 million upgrade

Little Rapids Corp. this week announced completion of a $40 million upgrade at the Shawano Paper Mill.

The company has installed a new state-of-the art crescent forming tissue machine that replaces an existing tissue machine and will significantly increase capacity and capability, according to company officials.

“We are very happy to be able to announce the successful completion of this project,” Little Rapids CEO Kirk Ryan said. “The installation was completed in just 30 days, and the machine was making quality product within the first 12 hours after start-up.”

Ryan says the new tissue machine has increased the mill’s tissue output by about 40 percent. The new machine also expands the mill’s range of capabilities for product weight, fiber content, and pastel and deep dye colors.

Wed
25
Oct

Neighbors oppose senior housing plan at SMC

The Shawano Plan Commission is likely to get an earful when it meets next week from neighbors opposed to a 40-unit, four-story senior housing complex being proposed for the north parking lot of the former Shawano Medical Center property.

Paul Romberg, a neighbor just east of the property, said a petition in opposition to the development already has 50 to 60 signatures, with some 100 signatures expected by the time it is presented to the plan commission next week.

“An awful lot of people are very upset,” he said.

Romberg said the proposed design, complete with an entrance to underground parking and a pitched roof, make the building closer to five or six stories and would be out of place with the residential neighborhood.

The proposal is being offered by Kansas City-based Northpoint Development Corp., which describes itself as a Class-A developer “in the industrial, senior housing and self storage markets within the central part of the United States.”

Wed
25
Oct

BOWLS FOR SAM


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Asher Laude, 6, of Shawano, looks at all the colorful bowls painted by high school students and local residents for the Empty Bowls fundraiser Saturday at Hillcrest Primary School in Shawano. The bowls served as a reminder that while everyone at the event was enjoying soup, many people in poverty go hungry.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Sue Mielenhausen, left, prepares a bowl of soup for Kyler Dillenburg, right, 9, of Hobart, as Tom Mielenhausen watches in the kitchen area at Hillcrest Primary School. The soup luncheon, as part of the Empty Bowls fundraiser, helps to benefit SAM’s House, the local homeless shelter.

There were big bowls and small bowls, round bowls and heart-shaped bowls, even bowls with animal faces on them.

The one thing the more than 230 bowls had in common at Saturday’s Empty Bowls fundraiser was they all served as a reminder that many people in the world go hungry.

Shawano Area Matthew 25, which operates SAM’s House, held a soup luncheon last year as a fundraiser for the homeless shelter. But the organization decided to try to make a bigger impact this year with the Empty Bowls concept, started in 1990 by a Michigan art teacher.

“Their community was doing a fundraiser for the food pantry, to raise awareness of the need for it,” said Terry Wiley, one of the event coordinators. “He had his art students make bowls. Then they painted and glazed them, and they had a soup dinner to raise money.”

Wed
25
Oct

Gentlemen’s Quarter gets a facelift


Photo by Carol Wagner Jeff Kirchner, owner of Gentlemen’s Quarter, recently completed a renewal of the exterior of the historic building.

Gentlemen’s Quarter at 109 S. Main St. in Shawano recently got a new exterior update. Owner Jeff Kirchner said the building was beginning to show its age.

“I’ve had a lot of calls and positive feedback from the community and business leaders,” he said.

The Kuckuk & Pulcifer building is one of the oldest on Main Street and was ready for business in 1890. It has housed grocery, jewelry and optical businesses and more recently was a shoe store.

“I still have people who come in and think it’s a shoe store,” Kirchner said.

He hired Jesse Woods of Lake Country to do the renovation work, and together they brainstormed what to do.

“Jesse was instrumental in the vision and design,” Kirchner said. “I’m very pleased with what he did.”

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