Pulaski announces 2 school administrators

Pulaski Community School District announced the hiring of two new administrators this week.

Steve Linssen, current Gillett Secondary School principal, is a new associate principal at Pulaski High School. He replaces Nicole Borley, who has assumed the Pulaski Community School District’s director of Student Services position.

Linssen, an Oconto Falls native and seven-year Pulaski resident, earned his bachelor’s of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in 2002 and his master’s degree from Marian University in 2008. He has served as middle and high school principal at Gillett since 2013. He was a social studies teacher from 2002 to 2011 and associate principal from 2011 to 2013 in the Shawano School District.

When Linssen and his wife, Gina, to whom he has been married for 13 years, bought a home in Pulaski, they did so because of the school district. Now, he’s happy to work for the same district that his 4-year-old foster son will attend.


Tigerton woman killed in crash

A 63-year-old Tigerton woman was pronounced dead at the scene of a two-vehicle crash Wednesday evening on state Highway 29.

Geraldine Barkow was the driver of a vehicle heading westbound on Highway 29 when it collided with a northbound commercial vehicle crossing the highway on County Road U just after 8 p.m.

One other person was also injured in the crash, but details were not provided.

The driver of the commercial motor vehicle was not injured.

The Wisconsin State Patrol is investigating the crash.

Assisting agencies included Shawano County Sheriff’s Office and Gresham Fire Department.

No further information was available Thursday.



Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Amber Arneson and Jeremy Weed are introducing Shawano to Chicago-style hot dogs with the new J Doggs food stand. The couple have seen steady traffic since opening for the season in May.

J Doggs is more than just a place where you can order a Chicago-style hot dog, at least for Jeremy Weed and Amber Arneson.

Arneson always wanted to own and operate a restaurant, and when she met Weed, her boyfriend, it was an opportunity to bring culinary skills and entrepreneurship together.

“I was going to do this a couple of years ago,” Arneson said. “I was going to name it Corner Doggs and bring Chicago-style dogs and other stuff to Shawano.”

The timing wasn’t right for Corner Doggs, though. After they met, Arneson told Weed about the Corner Doggs idea, and he was very interested.

“He’s just a very good cook and wished he had his own restaurant,” Arneson said. “He’s bringing in his award-winning chili, and I’m bringing in the Chicago dogs.”

Weed had not heard of Chicago-style hot dogs before meeting Arneson. Originally from Minnesota, he most recently lived in Oconto Falls, where he won a chili contest.


Public Record

Shawano Police Department

June 21

Police logged 18 incidents, including the following:

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 200 block of Humphrey Circle.

Traffic — A 49-year-old woman was cited for operating after revocation in the 1400 block of Waukechon Street.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 500 block of East Stevens Street.

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported a male shoplifter had fled the store.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 800 block of East Richmond Street.

Trespass — Police responded to a trespassing complaint in the 200 block of Teddington Lane.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

June 21

Deputies logged 53 incidents, including the following:

Theft — An attempted theft from a vehicle was reported on Shawano Line Road in the town of Green Valley.


A project for all 4-H’ers

Leader File Photo The new Junior Fair Building, shown in an artist’s rendering, will be renamed the “Huntington Family 4-H Youth Building” to honor the family’s financial support.

One of the busiest places at the Shawano County Fair is getting busier with a facelift that should be complete before the 2017 county fair.

Crews have started work on a long-awaited effort to overhaul the Junior Fair Building, which is home to 4-H Club members and their families throughout the fair.

Dale Hodkiewicz, president of the group that organizes the county fair, said patrons will see a dramatic transformation of the building during this year’s fair Aug. 30 through Sept. 4.

“We’ll have a nice new building,” he said.

The project calls for replacing the building’s aluminum exterior, along with installing a new roof, doors, interior lighting, insulation and other improvements. The chipped and peeling white exterior will give way to a new red- and green-colored facade with stone accents.

Civic leaders and county fair patrons have been talking for years about upgrading the building, also sometimes known simply as the 4-H Building.


One Wisconsin Now leader urges Dems to find voice

Leader Photo by Tim Ryan Scot Ross, executive director of One Wisconsin Now, encourages local Democrats to speak up and get involved in the political process Wednesday at a meeting of the Shawano County Democratic Party at the Shawano Civic Center.

The executive director of a Wisconsin-based progressive advocacy group brought his voice to the Shawano County Democratic Party’s monthly meeting Wednesday to encourage local Democrats to use theirs.

“We think it’s important that people use their voices as much as they possibly can, to discuss issues facing the state, facing the county, facing the nation,” said Scot Ross of Madison-based One Wisconsin Now.

“Wisconsin faces a lot of challenges,” he said.

Ross offered tips to help reduce what he said might be the anxiety of speaking out, and offered outlets for making views known, ranging from volunteering for local political organizations or advocacy groups to calling in to radio shows or writing letters to the editor.

Ross said Republicans have been allowed to divide Wisconsin voters into those with urban versus rural interests, even though many of those interests are the same.


Instant replay in Packers ticket case?

Seven months after a Shawano County jury decided a dispute over Green Bay Packers season tickets, attorneys in the civil case are still jousting over whether the case was decided fairly.

The presiding judge in the case surrounding Packers ticket broker Douglas Burris will decide soon whether a new trial should be ordered because of something one of the jurors might have said to his colleagues.

Several jurors have testified that juror Roger MacMurray told them during deliberations he has known Burris for 40 years and he regards Burris as a good guy.

The former customers who accused Burris of fraud with their Packers tickets contend that such a remark from a juror tainted deliberations and warrants retrying the case.

Burris’ defense attorney has fired back that any such comment would have been appropriate and that the former customers suing Burris are making a “laughable” attempt to reverse the verdict.


CoVantage robbery suspect not competent for new trial

A Shawano man whose conviction for bank robbery three years ago was overturned on appeal was found not competent to face a new trial at this time after a court hearing Wednesday.

Darrin H. Church, 51, was sentenced in July 2014 to five years in prison and 10 years extended supervision.

Church had pleaded no contest to charges of using the threat of force to rob the CoVantage Credit Union at 911 E. Green Bay St. and attempting to rob Cash Tyme at 705 E. Green Bay St. in April 2013.

The District IV Court of Appeals in March reversed Church’s convictions on those charges, as well as bail jumping and other misdemeanors, on the grounds that Circuit Judge William Kussel Jr. did not ask Church at the plea hearing if he knew he was entitled to a unanimous jury verdict.

The court returned the case to Kussel with instructions that the district attorney has to prove Church understood all the rights he was giving up prior to pleading no contest.


Future of Clintonville Rec Center up in the air

Photo by Grace Kirchner A meeting will be held Monday to discuss the future of the Clintonville Rec Center, which was built in 1922 as an armory.

A public meeting will be held Monday to give residents a chance to say what they would like to see done with the Clintonville Rec Center building, formerly the armory, at 55 E. 12th St.

The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Center, 30 S. Main St.

The building, which was built in 1922, was recently inspected by engineers with Short Elliot Hendrickson Inc. The firm found that the gym floor is unsafe and unusable for large events.

The engineers said the building is safe for limited occupancy, and city staff continue to work the building. The building is also used by the Clintonville Food Pantry, city departments and the Clintonville Area Historical Society for storage.

Bringing the building up to code would cost at least $2.5 million, according to Short Elliot Hendrickson officials. A new building of similar size could be built for $4 million. The cost to raze the building is estimated at $160,000 or more.


Clintonville pool committee nearing recommendation

An ad hoc committee tasked with presenting the Clintonville Common Council with a plan for the city’s outdoor swimming pool hopes to have a recommendation ready in July.

Damaged by fire in December 2015 and in need of repair even before then, the pool has been closed for two seasons. The city hired Beaver Dam-based Water Technologies Inc. in April 2016 to develop potential options for the pool.

In January, Water Technologies presented a plan that would cost more than $5 million. It included features such as faux rock and diving platforms, drop slide, splash pad, waterslide tower and flumes, lap pool, new bathhouse and more. A new pool, without many of the other features, using some of the existing facility was estimated to cost up to $2 million.


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