Text messages allegedly detail drug operation

Text messages that include alleged discussions of the marijuana operation she is accused of running with her husband were entered into the court record Thursday at a preliminary hearing for Wendy Hofman.

Hofman, 53, and her husband, Daniel P. Hofman, 52, both of Bonduel, are among 10 people charged so far in what authorities have called one of the largest drug cases ever seen in Shawano County.

Shawano-Menominee County District Attorney Greg Parker referred to Daniel Hofman as the hub of the conspiracy during a court hearing last week for allegedly being the supplier of marijuana and hash oil that was being bought and sold by the other defendants.

He allegedly made numerous trips back and forth from Shawano County to California where the marijuana was being grown, according to the criminal complaint.

Wendy Hofman is accused of helping run the drug business and faces a felony count of conspiracy to deliver marijuana.


Woman hospitalized after striking semi

A 20-year-old Shawano woman was airlifted to a hospital Thursday afternoon after striking a semi on state Highway 47 in the town of Navarino, the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department said.

Authorities said her injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.

The investigation and accident reconstruction are being handled by the Wisconsin State Patrol, but according to the sheriff’s department, which also responded to the incident, the woman was northbound on Highway 47 when she crossed the center line and struck the southbound semi.

Alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the crash, the sheriff’s department said.

The semi was driven by a 45-year-old Racine man who was not injured.

The accident occurred about 1:20 p.m. at Highway 47 and Old County W Road, shutting down traffic in both directions until about 6 p.m.

ThedaStar and Navarino Fire and EMS also responded to the incident.


Tribe files legal challenge to Back Forty Mine permit

The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin last week filed a petition for a contested case hearing on the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s approval of a mine permit for the proposed Back Forty Mine.

The Menominee petition was filed Friday with the Michigan Administrative Hearing Office. The petition is the first step in challenging the MDEQ’s decision to approve the mining permit, which was issued Dec. 28.

“The MDEQ and Aquila Resources Inc. are well aware of the Menominee Indian Tribe’s close cultural connection to this area and our serious concern in regards to our cultural resources and mounds, including our ancestral burial sites located within the impact area of the proposed mine,” Menominee Tribal Chairman Gary Besaw said in a statement released by the tribe. “Despite these valid and well-documented concerns a full evaluation of the cultural resources and mounds threatened by this project never occurred.”


Public Record

Shawano Police Department

March 1

Police logged 29 incidents, including the following:

Hit and Run — Police investigated a property damage hit-and-run in the 600 block of South Main Street.

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported two female shoplifters fled the store.

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

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 600 block of East Schurz Street.

Shoplifting — Pick ‘n Save, 190 Woodlawn Drive, reported a shoplifting incident.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

March 1

Authorities logged 66 incidents, including the following:

Fire — Black smoke was reported coming from a water heater on Knollwood Court in the town of Wescott.

Suspicious — Authorities responded to a suspicious person complaint on Roosevelt Road in the town of Seneca.



Leader Photo by Greg Mellis A plow clears snow on Eberlein Park Drive in Shawano on Wednesday as March began with snow and high winds creating hazardous driving conditions throughout Northeastern Wisconsin. Blowing and drifting snow continued throughout the day, forcing several schools and businesses to close early.

Leader Photo by Greg Mellis Geese looking for corn pick through the snow-covered field near Wildwood Road on Wednesday.

Motorists seemed a little less prepared than usual for the double dose of rain and snow that moved through the area Tuesday night and into Wednesday.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Capt. Tom Tuma said shifting road conditions were a contributing factor.

“Road conditions changed drastically and quickly,” he said, with rain turning to snow overnight and hiding patches of glare ice.

High winds blowing drifting snow out of open fields and onto the roadways made travel even more treacherous, he added.

“Town roads are probably in the worst condition,” he said Wednesday afternoon.

The sheriff’s department reported 37 accidents between midnight and 2 p.m. A county dispatcher said at 6 p.m. the roads had improved since then, and there were no further accidents reported.

Two accidents hampered travel and caused detours early Wednesday.


Brewery already looking at expansion

But wait, there’s more!

The city will consider a new developer’s agreement with a craft brewery company looking to turn the the former Crescent Pitcher Show into a microbrewery, pub and entertainment venue now that the company has expanded its original plans.

The Shawano Common Council in September approved an agreement with Stubborn Brothers Brewery LLC, of Marion, to provide a low-interest loan and a grant to the brewery, with the money coming from one of the city’s Tax Incremental Finance districts.

Stubborn Brothers has since expressed interest in purchasing the property just to the south of the old theater at 220 S. Main St., according to city officials.

The vacant property at 224-226 S. Main St. was once a shoe store, but Stubborn Bothers is now looking at building out from the former Crescent building to add a kitchen, and create a storefront for the south side of the building.


Meetings planned to discuss Clintonville school referendum

The Clintonville School District will hold two public information meetings this month to educate area residents about the $24.9 million referendum on the April 4 ballot.

The meetings will be held at 6 p.m. Monday and March 23 in the cafeteria at Rexford-Longfellow Elementary School, 105 S. Clinton Ave. Tours will be available.

A mailing will be going out to taxpayers next week inviting them to the sessions to learn more about plans to raze the existing school and to build a new elementary school on the Rexford-Longfellow site.

Because the new building would be located behind the present school, Rexford-Longfellow would continue to be used during construction.

The Dellwood Early Learning Center would be closed under the plan, and the new school would house grades 4K-4. The district is considering options for the Dellwood building if the referendum passes.


New downtown store opens today

Photo by Carol Wagner Jordan Hintz is the manager of Tumbleweed, a new clothing store in Shawano.

Yvette Hartman-Wilber’s new clothing store, Tumbleweed, opens Thursday at 203 S. Main St. in Shawano.

“I’m excited,” Hartman-Wilber said, while acknowledging it has been a lot of work.

The clothes are casual and contemporary as southern chic meets uptown classy.

“All my things are reasonably priced,” said Hartman-Wilber, who brainstormed with a friend to come up with the store’s name.

The sizes run from small to plus, all displayed in the store that has a rustic/urban feel. Also available are boots, jeans, jewelry, purses and belts.

Hartman-Wilber’s niece, Asanik, who has Down syndrome, will be designing and selling her jewelry there.

Jordan Hintz is the store manager.

“Since we’re carrying a broad variety, my hope is that when people walk in the door they feel welcome and comfortable to be here and find something unique to them,” Hintz said.


ThedaCare lifestyle program improves wellness

When ThedaCare speech therapist Meghan Gallagher was looking for an effective way to lose some extra weight, she knew ThedaCare’s intensive Lifestyle Intervention Program fit the bill.

“I’ve been a person who’s struggled with my weight during my adult years – especially after having kids – and was never successful with keeping the weight off,” Gallagher said. “I thought this would be an approach that would work for me, and it does. It works really well.”

Gallagher is one of 23 employees at ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano enrolled in ThedaCare’s Lifestyle Intervention Program, launched in 2012 and offered free to ThedaCare employees and to spouses or domestic partners enrolled in the company’s health plan. The program also is available at a special rate to employers in the community.


Shawano police seeking another officer

The Shawano Police Department is seeking to fill one patrol officer vacancy and create an eligibility list for future openings.

“We are looking for someone who is team-oriented with strong problem-solving and communication skills, and who reflects the vast diversity of our community,” the department said in a news release. “We want someone who can make a difference and is proud to serve the Shawano community.”

Starting salary for entry level is $47,610. Patrol officers work a 12-hour work cycle and are expected to work nights, weekends and holidays. Applicants with prior law enforcement experience might be eligible to start at a higher rate of pay with approval of the police chief.

For information on requirements and applications, go to


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