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Shawano Police Department

Feb. 27

Police logged 30 incidents, including the following:

Truancy — Police logged five truancy complaints from the Shawano School District.

Fraud — Police investigated a fraud complaint in the 1200 block of Engel Drive.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint at the Shawano Public Library, 128 S. Sawyer St.

Drug Offense — Police investigated a drug complaint in the 300 block of South Andrews Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Feb. 27

Deputies logged 41 incidents, including the following:

Hit and Run — Authorities investigated a property damage hit-and-run on state Highway 29 in the town of Wittenberg.

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on Adams Street in Bonduel.

Fire — Authorities responded to a vehicle fire on Soo Line Road in the town of Lessor.

Accidents — Authorities logged seven minor accidents.

Thu
28
Feb

Boil water order issued in Bonduel after water main break


Leader photo by Carol Ryczek Jeff Grunewald, of Grunewald Construction, and his crew look for the location of a water main leak at the intersection of State and Washington streets in Bonduel on Wednesday. The break caused a boil water notice to be sent to Bonduel residents and forced Bonduel schools to close on Wednesday.

A boil water order in the village of Bonduel due to a water main break Tuesday is expected to remain in effect until at least Thursday morning, according to Public Works Director Todd Lorbiecki.

That’s when the village should have water test results back from the Department of Natural Resources certifying the water is safe.

A water main break means lower pressure in the water system that could allow for contaminants to enter the drinking water.

The village issued a boil water order for its roughly 1,478 residents shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday.

The order, which means residents need to either boil their water or use bottled water, covers the entire village and is mandated by the DNR when water pressure drops below a certain point in the distribution system.

Lorbiecki said crews were out Wednesday afternoon repairing the water main with expectations the work would be done by Wednesday night.

Thu
28
Feb

What does a ‘boil water’ notice mean?

What is a boil water notice?

According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Division of Public Health, a boil water notice is sent by a public water system to its customers when certain bacteria are found in the drinking water or if the water pressure is too low.

In both of these situations, drinking water may be unsafe. Use safe water until your public water system tells you that your tap water is safe to use.

What should you do?

• Don’t use your tap water for drinking or food preparation.

• Use safe, clean water unltil your public water system tells you that your tap water is safe to use. Examples of safe water: commercially bottled water, water you boiled for one minute, water from another community, and commercially packaged ice.

• Talk to your doctor if you or a family member has symptoms that you think may be from your drinking water. Common symptoms include diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, and fever.

Thu
28
Feb

Task force to tackle Menominee truancy ordinance


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Menominee Indian School Board member Toni Caldwell offers her assessment of the current truancy ordinance for the Menominee Indian Tribe during a meeting Monday night at the Menominee Casino Resort. Caldwell feels the existing law is more punitive than preventative.

The Menominee Tribal Legislature, in its first joint meeting Monday with the Menominee Indian School Board, voted to form a task force to update its truancy ordinance, which officials say hasn’t been touched in 20 years.

The two governing bodies met to address a number of issues regarding education. Besides truancy, they examined the state’s school report cards and high school graduation rates.

The legislature voted to form the task force with two legislators, two school board members and two members of the board for Menominee Tribal School. The group will look over the existing ordinance and bring back recommended changes within 90 days.

However, some officials feel updating the ordinance is only part of the solution and say more social services are needed to help families in need where children are afraid of abuse at home, bullying at school and an array of other issues.

Thu
28
Feb

Menominee lower grad rate due to number of issues

Menominee Indian High School’s graduation rate is lower than the state average and that of surrounding schools.

Jim Reif, the school’s principal, spoke to a joint meeting Monday of the Menominee Indian School Board and the Menominee Tribal Legislature and noted that most of the students who don’t graduate in four years, which is the time frame the state uses for comparisons, do graduate in their fifth or sometimes sixth year. He noted that the district’s average graduation rate within four years is 84 percent, but for six years, it’s around 95 percent.

Truancy is one factor, according to Reif, as he deals with a student population where 13 percent habitually misses school. In some of the high school cases, they miss 50 to 60 days of school, about one-third of the school year, which can total one year or more of missed classes in a four-year period.

Thu
28
Feb

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Feb. 26

Police logged 26 incidents, including the following:

Disturbances — A 30-year-old Shawano man was arrested for disorderly conduct/domestic violence after a report of a fight in progress in the 800 block of East Richmond Street. Police also responded to disturbances in the 200 block of South Union Street and 200 block of East Green Bay Street.

Warrant — A 37-year-old Shawano woman arrested for a Brown County warrant.

Fraud — Police investigated a fraud complaint in the 1200 block of East Green Bay Street.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint in the 700 block of South Main Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Feb. 26

Deputies logged 40 incidents, including the following:

Intoxicated Person — Authorities responded to a complaint of an intoxicated person on Cloverleaf Lake Road in the town of Belle Plaine.

Tue
26
Feb

Bonduel issues boil order

The village of Bonduel has issued an immediate boil order for its residents due to a significant watermain break.

A watermain break means lower pressure in the water system that could allow for contaminants to enter the drinking water.

The village has crews out working to resolve the issue and further information will be made public as it becomes available.

The boil order, which means residents need to either boil their water or use bottled water, covers the entire village.

Such orders typically remain in effect until the water can be tested and the watermain issue repaired.

The order was issued shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday.

The Bonduel School District has cancelled classes and its planned Senior Breakfast for Wednesday due to the situation.

Tue
26
Feb

Tribe vows to work with schools on education


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Menominee Indian School Board President David Miller answers a question from the Menominee Tribal Legislature during a joint meeting Monday night at the Menominee Casino Resort. The district is dealing with an unsatisfactory two-star rating from the state, and the legislature is looking for ways to help the school district improve.

The Menominee Tribal Legislature met Monday with the Menominee Indian School Board regarding the state of education on the reservation, and officials seemed to speak with one voice.

More needs to be done.

The message was not that the district needed to get its own act together, but that the tribe needed to be a more active partner in helping students succeed. The legislature called the meeting to offer help and suggestions. By the end, both entities agreed to meet again in 90 days.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Menominee Indian School District is considered to be a two-star school; schools must receive a three-star rating to be considered passing. Menominee Indian Middle School and Keshena Primary School also have two-star ratings, while Menominee Indian High School is viewed by the state as failing with a one-star rating.

Tue
26
Feb

Education director: MISD kids get culture shock in college


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Menominee Tribal Education Director Shannon Chapman talks about what she experienced in school on and off the reservation during a joint meeting Monday between the Menominee Tribal Legislature and the Menominee Indian School Board. Chapman encouraged the two governing bodies to continue to promote cultural identity but suggested more trips off the reservation would help better prepare students for post-secondary education.

A two-hour discussion about the state of education in Menominee Indian School District included a lot of grim numbers and some disappointment.

It also included testimony from someone who graduated from the reservation and is successful today.

Shannon Chapman, the tribe’s education director, graduated from Menominee Indian High School in 1991. In 1996, she started her teaching career at Menominee Tribal School. After 20 years of teaching and eventually becoming the school’s principal, she took the director position in 2016.

“One of the hardest things for me as a Menominee student going to college was the culture shock,” Chapman said. “That’s what a lot of our kids deal with. I didn’t realize that I had an accent, that I speak with slang. There are all these common norms that we have here on the reservation that, when I went out there, I felt different.”

Tue
26
Feb

Snow and ice continue to plague area drivers


Leader photo by Carol Ryczek The winds were at or above the posted speed limit Sunday on County Road K just south of state Highway 29 in Shawano. Winds and snow created whiteout conditions on area highways resulting in several accidents, including a multi-car pileup near Angelica.

Shawano County motorists are still contending with chronic onslaughts of bad weather, with roads expected to be hazardous again by Wednesday morning.

Though drivers are always advised to slow down and use caution, even that advice wasn’t good enough Sunday when heavy drifts of snow led to what the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department called “zero visibility” on some county roads.

Authorities logged 24 accidents Sunday, including a chain reaction of crashes on state Highway 29 and state Highway 55 in the town of Maple Grove.

A sheriff’s deputy responding to a vehicle in a ditch on Highway 29 near Redwood Road witnessed the beginnings of the mess as two very slow-traveling vehicles passed his location.

A semi then came up behind those vehicles at a higher rate of speed — estimated at 30-35 mph — and was unable to stop on the icy, snow-blown road.

The semi trailer struck the two cars and jackknifed, blocking most of the highway.

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