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Fri
28
Apr

United Cooperative paying out $11.5M in cash patronage


Contributed Photo The 2017 board of directors for United Cooperative includes, from left, front row, Rod Leiterman, Denmark; Howard Bohl, Beaver Dam, chairman; Gary Nolden, Prairie du Sac, vice chairman; Robin Craker, Reedsburg, secretary; back row, Greg Tauchen, Bonduel; Anthony Schadt, Watertown; Brad Krueger, Shawano; Peter Mlsna, Hillsboro; Duane Hinchley, Cambridge; and David Cramer, Beaver Dam; treasurer. Not pictured is Larry Plamann, Greenville.

United Cooperative announced April 10 at its annual meeting in Beaver Dam that it is returning $28.7 million in total patronage to its members for 2016.

Forty percent of the patronage, or $11.5 million, will be distributed in cash to United Cooperative’s patron member owners in April. The remainder, or $17.2 million, will be retained in equity credits.

David Cramer, president and CEO, reported revenues for 2016 were $633 million. United Cooperative’s core cooperative businesses of feed, grain, agronomy and energy generated $25 million in profits, down $2 million from 2015. The investment United Cooperative made in ethanol contributed $14 million to its net income in 2016, up from the $11 million in 2015.

Patronage from regional cooperatives was down $1 million from 2016, at $6 million.

All combined, United Cooperative had a total net income before income taxes in 2016 of $45.5 million, virtually unchanged from 2015.

Fri
28
Apr

Work begins on new State Bank office


Contributed Photo Participating in a groundbreaking ceremony for a new State Bank office April 18 are, from left, Robert Traeger, board member; Samuel Sousek, board chairman; Daniel Miller, business development officer; Neil Beckman, board member; Samuel Sousek II, president; and Dave Stubbs, Keller Inc. project manager.

State Bank and Keller Inc. broke ground for a new 3,600-square-foot bank April 18 at 1213 E. Green Bay St. in Shawano.

State Bank has served the area since 1908 and offers services such as internet banking, ATM/check cards, Mobiliti (cellphone banking) and Remote Deposit Capture (cellphone check deposits) and bill payment for internet banking.

Construction is expected to be completed by September.

Keller Planners, Architects, Builders has offices in the Fox Cities, Madison, Milwaukee and Wausau. The firm specializes in new construction, remodel, retrofit and re-roof projects.

Fri
28
Apr

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

April 26

Police logged 28 incidents, including the following:

Fraud — BMO Harris Bank, 101 N. Main St., reported an identity theft complaint.

Truancy — Police logged five truancy complaints from Shawano Community High School, 220 County Road B.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint in the 2900 block of East Richmond Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 800 block of East Richmond Street.

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported a shoplifting incident.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

April 26

Deputies logged 29 incidents, including the following:

Fraud — Authorities investigated an identity theft complaint on Ranch Road in the town of Waukechon.

Disorderly — Authorities responded to a disorderly conduct complaint on Hemlock Road in the town of Wittenberg.

Thu
27
Apr

Traveling coach pleads to computer sex crime

Two days before he was expected to go to trial, a traveling basketball coach accused in Shawano of attempting to facilitate a child sex crime pleaded guilty.

Nicholas R. Bennett, 25, was arrested in October 2015 after arriving for what he expected would be a sexual rendezvous with a 13-year-old boy, according to the criminal complaint.

He was charged with using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime and child enticement.

He pleaded guilty Tuesday to the computer sex crime charge. The charge of child enticement was dropped but can still be considered by the judge at sentencing June 23.

Bennett could face a maximum 40 years in prison and $100,000 fine.

Bennett had also been charged with 201 counts of child porn possession that were thrown out of court.

After his arrest, authorities executed search warrants to obtain electronic devices Bennett had with him when he came to Shawano for a basketball camp at Sacred Heart Catholic School.

Thu
27
Apr

Shawano picks up 23rd Tree City USA award


Leader Photo by Tim Ryan Mayor Jeanne Cronce and Tree Advisory Board Chairman Bill Erdmann present a Friend of Nature Award to Scott Paider during an Arbor Day ceremony Wednesday at Franklin Park.

Leader Photo by Tim Ryan Fourth-graders from area schools display a banner designating the city of Shawano’s status as Tree City USA at an Arbor Day ceremony Wednesday at Franklin Park.

The city of Shawano picked up its 23rd annual Tree City USA award Wednesday in a ceremony at Franklin Park, where umbrellas outnumbered the trees.

Mayor Jeanne Cronce saw a silver lining in the downpour, however, noting that the precipitation was necessary for planting and growth.

“We do need the rain when we do plant, so I guess somebody knew what they were doing when it started raining,” she said.

Cronce read a proclamation honoring Arbor Day, which is actually Friday, which noted that trees help clean the air and water, produce oxygen, reduce storm water runoff, reduce heating and cooling costs, moderate temperatures and provide food and habitat for wildlife.

She also noted that trees unify neighborhoods and provide joy and spiritual renewal.

Cronce also announced certificates of appreciation to longtime and now retired members of the city’s Tree Advisory Board, Fred Ponschok and Geraldine Stephens.

Thu
27
Apr

Huber elected to lead Clintonville board


Photo by Grace Kirchner Clintonville School District Superintendent Tom O’Toole, right, reads the Oath of Office to Jim Schultz, left, who was re-elected to another term on the Clintonville School Board on April 4, during the board’s annual organizational meeting Monday. In the middle is clerk Jim Dins.

Ben Huber was elected president of the Clintonville School Board at its organizational meeting Monday.

Former President Jim Dins was elected clerk. Lori Poppe was elected vice president. Clyde Tellock was re-elected treasurer, a position he has held for several years.

Poppe was also named to the CESA8 Board of Control and will serve as a delegate to the CESA 8 annual convention June 7.

Newly election board member Kris Strauman was designated a delegate to the Wisconsin Association of School Boards’ Delegate Assembly.

The Clintonville Tribune-Gazette was named the official newspaper for the district.

Regular board meetings will continue to be held at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of the month in the Information Media Center at Clintonville Middle School, 255 N. Main St.

Thu
27
Apr

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

April 25

Police logged 17 incidents, including the following:

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at Lieg Avenue and Waukechon Street.

Suspicious — Police responded to a suspicious person complaint in the 900 block of South Union Street.

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported a shoplifting complaint.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

April 25

Deputies logged 30 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on Oak Street in Bowler.

Harassment — Authorities responded to a harassment complaint on Huntington Court in the town of Wescott.

Suspicious — A suspicious vehicle was reported on Frailing Road in the town of Wescott.

Suspicious — A suspicious person was reported on Birch Street in Tigerton.

Wed
26
Apr

Time’s up: RDA begins condemnation of SIST property

Game over, or possibly game on, depending on the possible fight ahead, but as far as the city is concerned, the clock has run out on a couple of properties owned by the Samanta Roy Institute of Science and Technology.

The Shawano Redevelopment Authority on Tuesday initiated proceedings that could lead to the condemnation of a long-vacant and blighted property at 214 S. Main St., along with another vacant property attached to it, though SIST representative Darlene Sense informed the committee it would be hearing from SIST’s attorney.

The RDA had been poised last month to move forward with a resolution of necessity regarding that property and another at 143 S. Main St., but instead granted SIST more time to provide plans to raze or repair those structures.

According to the city, there has been no correspondence since then.

The resolution of necessity is basically the first step in exercising the city’s right of eminent domain over the property.

Wed
26
Apr

Bonduel principal stepping down

Bonduel High School Principal Jane Wonderling is stepping aside after three years on the job.

Wonderling submitted a resignation on Monday indicating that she was leaving to become superintendent in the Fennimore School District, located in the state’s southwestern corner.

She becomes the second principal leaving the district. Bonduel Elementary School Principal Peggy Jones previously announced her plans to retire at the end of the 2016-17 school year.

Wonderling declined to comment until the Bonduel School Board considers her resignation next week.

District Administrator Patrick Rau said the high school principal was stepping aside because Fennimore offered her a chance for professional advancement and a chance to return to her roots.

Wed
26
Apr

Teacher’s fake Ph.D. stirs public debate

A longtime Shawano County teacher’s admission that he faked having a Ph.D. is stirring contrasting opinions from the public on whether the now-retired teacher is a fraud or a rebel.

The Shawano Leader reported last week that social studies teacher Mart Grams has been using a fictional university for many years to claim inaccurately that he holds a Ph.D.

Grams, who retired last year after 29 years in the Shawano School District, said he had earned a Ph.D. from Patrick Henry University — a fictional institution from author Ayn Rand’s novel “Atlas Shrugged.” Grams told the newspaper he fabricated the degree as a way of expressing disillusionment toward the state of higher education.

He used the title “Dr. Grams” and the fake Ph.D. in his classroom, as well as in selling books he authored, in other academic materials, and in a recent unsuccessful campaign for Shawano School Board.

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