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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.

Thu
26
Jan

Shawano woman shares her experience at Women’s March on Washington


The Associated Press Women gather early on the first full day of Donald Trump’s presidency Saturday to participate in the Women’s March on Washington. Several area women were among the estimated 500,000 people who joined the protest.

Leader Photo by Tim Ryan Georgia Stapleton, of Shawano, back in the city Tuesday, poses with the sign she carried Saturday at the Women’s March in Washington, D.C.

It started as a Facebook post from a woman in Hawaii, who suggested to 40 of her friends the idea of going to Washington on the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration to hold a protest march.

“It got on Facebook and went ballistic,” said Georgia Stapleton, of Shawano.

“Because so many people were interested, bus companies got involved, (travel) agents got involved, and as it turned out then there were 1,200 buses versus the 200 buses for the inauguration,” she said.

As the date grew closer, organizers were expecting 200,000 people to join the Women’s March on Washington. The numbers that turned out in D.C. on Saturday were a bit higher — an estimated 500,000.

That’s not counting the marches held around the country and around the world.

“I think social media had a lot to do with it,” Stapleton said, “and I think, in general, people are not happy with perhaps the decline of equal rights, and they came out.”

Thu
26
Jan

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Jan. 24

Police logged 24 incidents, including the following:

Warrant — A 23-year-old Shawano man was taken into custody on a warrant at ThedaCare Medical Center, 100 County Road B.

Arrest — A 28-year-old woman was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Threatening — Police responded to a threatening complaint at Aurora Health Care, 1346 E. Green Bay St.

Arrest — A 28-year-old man was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Assault — A sexual assault complaint was under investigation.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Jan. 24

Deputies logged 26 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a domestic disturbance on Sandy Drive in the town of Washington.

Wed
25
Jan

Study: Ho-Chunk expansion will hurt other tribes

An expanded Ho-Chunk casino in Wittenberg would deprive the Stockbridge-Munsee tribe of $22 million in annual revenue from its gaming facilities, according to a newly released independent marketing and feasibility study.

The study also found that the Menominee casino in Keshena would lose $4.3 million annually.

The Ho-Chunk tribe announced last summer its plans for a new 86-room hotel, 84-seat restaurant and bar, expanded gaming floor, nonsmoking casino area and high-limit area. The plans include an additional 272 slot machines and 10 new table games.

The tribe broke ground in September on the $153 million expansion of what is currently an ancillary facility in the town of Wittenberg into a full-blown casino resort. It is expected to be completed this fall.

The Stockbridge-Munsee casino is about 17 miles east of the Ho-Chunk Wittenberg facility.

Wed
25
Jan

Belated MLK event takes on topical relevance


Leader Photo by Tim Ryan The Rev. Susan Phillips, pastor of First Presbyterian Curch in Shawano, welcomes visitors to the 14th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration.

Leader Photo by Tim Ryan As Pastor Susan Phillips looks on, former Menominee legislator Kenneth “Bum Bum” Fish speaks about the environmental impact of proposed mines and pipelines on natural resources at First Presbyterian Church’s 14th annual Martin Luther King celebration in Shawano.

The annual celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day hosted by First Presbyterian Church, rescheduled from last week because of an ice storm, took on added significance Tuesday with its focus on protecting the environment.

Guest speakers from the Menominee Tribe linked the civil rights struggle of the King era to Native American efforts to stop the Back 40 Mine proposed for the mouth of the Menominee River and the Dakota Access pipeline that would cross the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota.

First Presbyterian’s 14th annual Martin Luther King event took place on the same day that President Donald Trump issued an executive order giving a green-light to the Dakota pipeline, as well as the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

In both cases, environmentalists fear leaks in the pipeline could harm water supplies along the route.

Wed
25
Jan

Clintonville youth dies in car-semi crash

A fourth-grade Clintonville student was killed in a traffic accident early Sunday near Barron.

Alex Olmsted, 9, son of Jerald and Lisa Olmsted, of Clintonville, attended Rexford-Longfellow Elementary School. He was a passenger in a vehicle driven by his father when it was hit by another vehicle.

Guidance counselors were at the Clintonville school Monday to assist students and staff.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said his department received a call of a car vs. semi accident on state Highway 8 west of Barron about 4 a.m. According to the initial investigation, a car driven by Nicholas Rogalla, 22, of Rice Lake, was traveling east on Highway 8 when it crossed the center line and struck the semi, carrying a tanker of milk, driven by Jerald Olmsted, 48.

Wed
25
Jan

Bird count results released

Tim Ewing, director of the Navarino Nature Center in Shiocton, this week released the results of the annual Shawano Christmas Bird Count.

The 2016 count took place from sunrise to sunset Dec. 17. Ewing said 34 people volunteered to survey areas around Shawano County. Eight of them drove around the county surveying sites, while others counted birds at their feeders.

The volunteers were Art Schoff, Bill Koonz, Sue Malliet, Richard and Julie Radtke, Joe Radtke, Ron and Lynn Ackley, Dean and Mary-Anne Schoenike, Kris Doan, Judy Hansen, June Brockman, Dave and Jean Bartels, Al and Gloria Pyatskowit, Daniel and Shirley Krueger, Greg and Diane Rick, Gary and Barb Behnke, Myrtle Behnke, Mark Peterson, Marty Gerdt, Ruthann Meiers, Tom and Jane Melchior, Gladys Stezenski, Bob Wendt, and Doug and Julie Wilber.

Participants observed 45 different species on the count day, and a total of 7,710 individual birds.

Wed
25
Jan

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Jan. 23

Police logged 37 incidents, including the following:

Fraud — Police investigated a fraud complaint on the 200 block of East Center Street.

Trespass — Police responded to a trespassing complaint in the 1100 block of Waukechon Street.

Truancy — Police logged three truancy complaints from Olga Brener Intermediate School, 1300 S. Union St.

OWL — A driver was cited for operating without a license at Hamlin and Green Bay streets.

OWI — A 28-year-old man was arrested for operating while intoxicated and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia at Main and Oshkosh streets.

Theft — A phone was reported stolen in the 500 block of East Green Bay Street.

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported six shoplifting incidents that occurred between Oct. 19 and Dec. 9, all involving the same suspect.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

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