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Wed
30
Aug

Total Fitness moving to new location


Leader Photo by Tim Ryan Total Fitness, 212 E. Green Bay St., will be moving within the next few months to a new location at 116 N. Main St. where the health club will have more room and be able to offer additional services.

Leader Photo by Tim Ryan Total Fitness health club will move into a new space in the former furniture store at 116 N. Main St. in the next few months. Renovation of the property is already underway.

Perhaps fitting for a business that aims to keep its clients physically active, the Total Fitness health club is on the move.

Owner Jean Darling has purchased the former Badger’s Best Furniture building at 116 N. Main St., where renovations are already underway for an expanded Total Fitness with more room and additional offerings.

“I’m very excited about that,” Darling said.

Darling hopes the new location will be open within the next couple of months. The business is currently located at 212 E. Green Bay St.

It opened 12 years ago this month and started with a health club membership of 100 people. Membership has grown since then to 950, according to Darling.

Darling said she has been looking for a larger space for the last two years.

“People felt they were being crowded,” she said.

Wed
30
Aug

TICKET TO RIDE


Photo by Carol Wagner Shawano County recently received a new 2017 Ford Transit van to take veterans to their health care appointments in Green Bay, Appleton and Milwaukee. Shown are, kneeling from left, Jennifer Langlois, VA office assistant; Jerome Strupp, driver; Nick Benzinger, Shawano County Veterans Service officer; and drivers Dennis Bohm and Chuck Kurhajec; back row, drivers Kirby Shapiro, Tom Cotter, Orv Westphal and Richard Ready.

Last week the Disabled American Veterans, through its nine-decade partnership with the Ford Motor Co., donated a 2017 Ford Transit van to the DAV Transportation Network in Shawano County.

The van will be used to take veterans to their health appointments in Green Bay, Appleton and Milwaukee.

“This vehicle will help us ensure veterans are able to use the care they’ve earned through their service and sacrifices,” said Nick Benzinger, Shawano County Veterans Service officer.

The DAV is a nonprofit organization that, among other things, operates a fleet of vehicles with volunteer drivers to get veterans to their appointments at no cost. The appointments are coordinated by the VA office in Shawano along with the Wisconsin DAV and the Veterans Health Care Administration.

“It’s a fitting way for us to thank them and keep a promise we made when they stood up to defend our freedom,” Benzinger said.

Wed
30
Aug

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Aug. 28

Police logged 28 incidents, including the following:

Warrant — An 18-year-old man was taken into custody on a warrant at Main and Green Bay streets.

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported an adult female shoplifter in custody.

Arrest — A woman was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Theft — Police investigated a property theft complaint in the 100 block of South Sawyer Street.

Hit and run — Police responded to a property damage hit-and-run at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Theft — A moneybox was reported stolen in the 1300 block of East Lieg Avenue.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Aug. 28

Deputies logged 33 incidents, including the following:

Threatening — Authorities responded to a threatening complaint on County Road M in the town of Fairbanks.

Tue
29
Aug

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Aug. 27

Police logged 18 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 500 block of Mills Street.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint in the 900 block of East Maurer Street.

Theft — Perkins, 1398 E. Green Bay Street, reported a customer left without paying.

Fire Call — Police and fire responded to smoke alarms in the 1400 block of East Elizabeth Street after food was left burning on a stove.

Aug. 26

Police logged 12 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a report of a fight in progress in the 100 block of South Main Street.

Warrant — A 27-year-old man was arrested on a warrant at Lincoln and Center streets.

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported a female shoplifter in custody.

Mon
28
Aug

Bowler area man killed in crash

Authorities have released the name of a 21-year-old Bowler area man who was killed in a single-vehicle crash in the town of Fairbanks early Sunday.

Joshua Pingel was driving a vehicle traveling north on U.S. Highway 45 just south of Menzel Road when it went into the ditch and hit a telephone pole. The crash happened just before 1 a.m. Sunday.

Pingel was pronounced dead at the scene.

A passenger from the Tigerton area, 24-year-old Jordan Reinke, was taken to Aspirus in Wausau with injuries that the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department said were not life-threatening,

No other information was available Tuesday afternoon.

Sat
26
Aug

Shawano County opposes Back Forty

Shawano County this week added its voice to a growing chorus of counties in Wisconsin and Michigan opposed to the proposed Back Forty Mine.

Aquila Resources Inc. plans to invest $261 million to build open-pit and underground mines for the gold- and zinc-rich deposit near the headwaters of the Menominee River, which is central to the Menominee Nation’s creation story.

The massive mine and processing facility would be located 50 yards from the banks of the Menominee River, which separates Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.

Aquila has already received three permits (air, mining and national pollutant discharge) from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. It still needs a wetlands permit.

The Menominee Nation is concerned that the acid mine drainage from the tailings, waste rock stockpiles and open pit would forever change the area.

Sat
26
Aug

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Aug. 24

Police logged 27 incidents, including the following:

Disorderly — Police responded to an intoxicated person complaint in the 1000 block of East Green Bay Street.

Suspicious — Police responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint in the 900 block of South Andrews Street.

Disorderly — Police responded to an intoxicated person complaint in the 400 block of East Lieg Avenue.

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at Airport Drive and County Road B.

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident in the 800 block of East Green Bay Street.

Shoplifting — Charlie’s County Market, 521 S. Main St., reported a male juvenile shoplifter in custody.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 100 block of South Main Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Aug. 24

Fri
25
Aug

Suspicious package closes down major Shawano intersection


Leader Photo by Tim Ryan Members of the Brown-Outagamie County Bomb Squad carry off a suspicious package found outside BMO Harris Bank in Shawano Friday morning. The package turned out to contain pens, according to police.

Leader Photo by Tim Ryan A suspicious package found outside BMO Harris Bank on Friday morning closed down the intersection of Main and Green Bay streets for about three hours.

Shawano police closed the intersection of Main and Green Bay streets for about three hours Friday morning after a suspicious package was discovered outside BMO Harris Bank.

The Brown-Outagamie County bomb squad was brought in, first to do a K-9 sniff of the package — which found nothing explosive inside — then to perform an X-ray analysis, before it was determined it was safe to open the package.

The package turned out to be a box of pens that had been dropped off at the bank, according to Shawano Police Lt. Brad Rabideau.

“At this time, what appears to be in the box are some pens,” he said.

The package did not have a return address, and the only markings on the package were the bank manager’s name written in pen and BMO written in marker, police said.

Bank officials told police that it was not the way office supplies are normally delivered.

A bank employee spotted the package around 8:30 a.m. and called police.

Fri
25
Aug

Family living position defended


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Tomatoes ripen in the Dreams of Green Community Garden as sunflowers shine in the background Thursday. The community garden is one of the many programs that partners with the Shawano County University of Wisconsin-Extension’s family living educator.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Nancy Schultz, the University of Wisconsin-Extension family living educator for Shawano County, was instrumental in the creation of SAM’s House, according to SAM25 President Muffy Culhane. The county is considering a plan to make the position part time.

Supporters of the University of Wisconsin-Extension family living educator position in Shawano County packed the county board chambers Wednesday to oppose a plan to make the job part time.

Seventeen speakers urged the supervisors to keep the position held by Nancy Schultz full time, and more than 25 others sitting in the gallery indicated their support when asked.

“We represent just some of the numerous organizations that have been positively impacted by the family living educator program,” said Chris Marcks, a Shawano resident who helped found the county’s Big Brothers Big Sisters program with the help of the Extension. “Together we provide much needed services to a significant number of families and individuals in Shawano County.”

Fri
25
Aug

Library consolidation gets county approval

The Shawano County Board signed off on a deal this week that would consolidate the six libraries in the county into one district by the end of the year.

The plan, which is the product of more than a year of work done by an ad hoc committee, must still get the green light from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction before becoming official.

The Shawano City-County Library consists of the main library in Shawano, branches in Birnamwood, Bonduel, Mattoon-Hutchins, Tigerton and Wittenberg, as well as a countywide delivery service.

The county partners with the city of Shawano to provide libraries about $600,000 a year, of which 80 percent comes from the county and 20 percent from the city. Each branch receives additional local support and enjoys some degree of autonomy from the city-county administration.

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