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Shawano Police Department

May 1

Police logged 22 incidents, including the following:

Hit and Run — Police investigated a property damage hit-and-run in the 300 block of South Andrews Street.

Fraud — Police responded to a scam complaint in the 100 block of East Division Street.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem at Schurz 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 400 block of East Division Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

May 1

Deputies logged 34 incidents, including the following:

Disorderly — Authorities responded to a disorderly conduct complaint on Airport Drive in the town of Wescott.

Theft — Authorities responded to a property theft complaint on Holy Hill Road in the town of Green Valley.

Fri
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May

State discontinues Revolving Loan program

The Wisconsin Department of Administration’s revolving loan fund program, which provided low-interest loans for business development, has ended, and Village of Wittenberg officials were forced to decide how to move forward.

“It’s a no-brainer,” said Dick Beversdorf, longtime member of the Wittenberg Area Development Corporation, of a state-offered buyout option. The group met March 11 with Sharon Beversdorf, village trustee, to review which option would best serve the village and its businesses, ultimately deciding to endorse the buyout.

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Local writers take the stage at UntitledTown

Shawano’s history, personal reflections and an uncertain, fictional future were shared last week when members of the Shawano Area Writers were featured as a panel at UntitledTown, a writers’ convention in Green Bay on April 27.

UntitledTown, now in its third year, brings authors and hopeful writers together to celebrate writing and publishing.

SAW President Terry Misfeldt said SAW presented a proposal to the event organizers and were selected to give a 90 minute sampling of written pieces from the group’s 40-, 45- and 50-year anniversary publications.

A panel of five SAW member read essays, memoirs, poetry and fiction, selected by, but not necessarily written by, the presenter.

“The volunteers read what they wanted to read. I picked something a little lighthearted. It might have been something we had written or just something we knew people would enjoy hearing,” Misfeldt said.

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School district seeks public input

The Clintonville School District will be holding another in its series of community input sessions on May 13.

Representatives from Hoffman Planning, Design and Construction will on hand to gather insight from the local taxpayers regarding the future direction of the school district.

The open house will be held from 8-10:15 a.m. in the Clintonville High School Recreation Center Community Room, 330 Harriet St., Clintonville. The public is welcome to stop in at any time between those hours. Light refreshments will be served.

Residents are also invited to a Parent Teacher Organization parent input session between 3:45 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. on the same day in the David Dyb, it is an opportunity for parents to stop for a few minutes prior to picking up their children from the Trucker U after-school program.

Dyb has been holding public input sessions and community nights in an attempt to solicit feedback from residents.

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Best Western Wittenberg recognized as a Champion Green award winner


PHOTO BY MIRIAM NELSON Sally Jo Stevens, left, general manager of the Best Western Wittenberg, shares the Green Champion Award in recognition of reducing the carbon footprint at the hotel with LeNee Resch, executive housekeeper.

The Best Western Wittenberg received the Champion Green Award at Best Western Hotels & Resorts’ District III Meeting held recently in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This award was presented in front of several hundred District III Best Western hoteliers from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ontario, Canada.

Sally Jo Stevens, general manager of the Wittenberg hotel for the past six years, was on hand to accept the award.

The Champion Green Award is earned by properties that demonstrate a commitment to sustaining resources and reducing their carbon footprint. Champion Green Award recipients must comply with the American Hotel and Lodging Associtation’s Green guidelines and/or the Green Key programs in Canada, and receive a bronze, silver, gold or platinum rating in the TripAdvisor Green Leaders program. The hotels must also meet quality and service standards and other membership requirements to qualify for each award.

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Literacy: Tool for success

“Can you imagine moving to a Latin America country and starting at zero? You would always ask yourself, ‘What do I do now?’ Where do I go now?’ ” Bonnie Mendoza said.

“American English is so different,” Elsa Cruz added, although she studied English in college while pursuing a marketing degree in her native El Salvador.

Mendoza and Cruz, along with 20 of the other current learners in the Shawano County Literacy Project, want to be competent and confident English speakers. They want to know “what to do” and “where to go” in their adopted country by being more productive, more confident, and more successful with their families and work.

The Literacy Council, a volunteer organization that provides English tutoring in Shawano and the surrounding area, will celebrate 25 years of service this month.

Wed
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May

County looks to charge city for municipal jail inmates

Shawano County is proposing billing the city for housing municipal court inmates at the jail, ending an agreement that allowed the sheriff’s department to use the city’s gun range in lieu of payment.

“This has been a bad deal for the county for quite some time and it needed to be changed,” Sheriff Adam Bieber said.

The agreement had been forged between former Sheriff Randy Wright and then-police chief Ed Whealon and was adopted through a resolution by the County Board.

Bieber said Wright didn’t realize what it would cost to house those inmates.

According to jail records, it cost the county $28,200 to house those inmates during the first full year of the agreement in 2013, and hit a high of $48,250 in 2016.

The amount for 2018 was $28,700.

The agreement was terminated after the county informed the city earlier this year that it wanted to charge for housing municipal inmates.

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May

U.S. appeals court upholds ruling against Stockbridge-Munsee

A federal appeals court Tuesday upheld a lower court’s ruling dismissing the Stockbridge-Munsee Community’s suit against the Ho-Chunk Nation’s gaming expansion in Wittenberg.

The Stockbridge-Munsee sued the Ho-Chunk and the state in April 2017 over the expansion of the Ho-Chunk’s ancillary gaming facility into a full-fledged casino.

The Ho-Chunk facility is about 20 miles away from the North Star Casino Resort, operated in Bowler by the Stockbridge-Munsee.

The suit alleged the expansion could cost the Stockbridge-Munsee $22 million per year.

A federal court ruling in October 2017 found that the Stockbridge-Munsee waited too long to file suit and should have sued in 2008 when the Ho-Chunk casino first opened.

The Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Tuesday upheld that ruling.

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Eighth-graders spend an afternoon giving back


Leader photo by Carol Ryczek Shawano Community Middle School eighth-graders Tucker Mils, left, and Will Bieber haul a bag of wet leaves up and out of a window well at Zion Lutheran Church in Shawano during Give Back to the Community Day. The students were part of a group that helped with annual landscaping at the church Friday. Zion coordinates a program that provides weekend meals for students.

Eighth-graders from Shawano Community Middle School swept, raked, even pulled down cobwebs in an afternoon of service last week.

Give Back to the Community Day saw well over 90 percent of the eighth-grade class — more than 160 students — helping out Friday at 10 locations throughout Shawano, SCMS Principal Stuart Russ said.

Students worked at the middle school, two elementary schools, Shawano Area Food Pantry and Resource Center, Shawano Area Matthew 25 homeless shelter, two nursing homes, Safe Haven Domestic Abuse Shelter, the Shawano County Humane Society and Zion Lutheran Church.

The work supports part of the school’s mission of “having kids actively engaged citizens who make a contribution to society,” Russ said. Working as a volunteer helps develop empathy and a sense of community, he added.

Some students had questions about the value of volunteering, he said.

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May

Bubba’s takes its BBQ on the road

Bubba’s Barbecue will still be available, but it will take a little searching to find.

Bubba’s closed its location on Main Street in Shawano but will continue to operate a food truck and provide catering services for large events.

“It’s partial retirement,” owner Brian Johnson said. “The majority of our business is catering, and we’ll continue in fairs, catering. That’s where the best part of our business is.”

Plans are already underway for the Shawano County Fair, plus five other fairs and concerts, he said. He said they will cater large events, for groups of 200-300 and a minimum of 75.

The decision to close the business is the result of a five-year plan, he said.

“We decided if we thought it was viable, we would expand,” Johnson said. Instead, walk-in business on Main Street didn’t take off the way the food truck and catering end of the business did.

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