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Tue
18
Apr

Another kind of fishing

Leader photo by Kent Tempus

Jim Zielmer of Gillett holds an monitor to check the progress of a line being drilled underneath the Shawano channel next to the Highway 47 bridge. The drilling is being done for a new water line, as the old one has to moved as part of the reconstruction of the bridge, which began Monday. Zielmer works for Cable Constructors, which is based in Iron Mountain, Mich., but has an office in Shawano. Another photo is on Page A3.

Tue
18
Apr

Board tables pay raises for elected officials

Leader Reporter

A plan proposing pay increases for Shawano County elected officials of more than 9 percent over two years was tabled Tuesday by the County Board of Supervisors until next month.

Some members of the board questioned the salary increases, saying they felt they were too large.

"How long can we continue to raise salaries twice the rate of the cost of living, twice the rate of inflation?" questioned District 15 supervisor Gordon Ainsworth. "We can't keep doing it."

Tue
18
Apr

City offers interim job to former trooper

Leader Reporter

The city Shawano is offering the interim police chief's job to a Suring man.

The Common Council on Tuesday apparently agreed to send a contract offer to Terry Bengston, a former captain with the Wisconsin State Patrol.

The council took no action after a 15-minute closed session, although Mayor Russ Schmidt said later the city would be sending an offer to Bengston.

Schmidt said they hope to have a response, and then a vote by the council, completed by May 1.

Tue
18
Apr

LaCrosse to cut 49 jobs this summer

Leader correspondent

CLINTONVILLE Two-thirds of the employees at the Clintonville Products division of LaCrosse Footwear Inc. will be permanently laid off this summer.

The company plans to shift production of some of the footwear produced at the plant to either Mexico or the Caribbean. Other lines will no longer be produced, as "the competitive niche for some of the products," is no longer there, according to Bob Sullivan, the company's vice president of administration and chief financial officer.

Tue
18
Apr

City council reorganizes, names committee members

Leader Reporter

District 2 alderperson Lorna Marquardt is the new president of the Shawano City Council.

Marquardt was unanimously elected to the post Tuesday night at the council's organizational meeting. She replaces former district 6 alderperson Nancy Syndergaard as president after Syndergaard chose not to run for reelection.

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