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23
Feb

5 indicted in Menominee timber theft conspiracy

Five men have been indicted by a federal grand jury for an alleged conspiracy to steal timber from tribal forestlands on the Menominee Indian Reservation in a scheme that netted about $400,000 over a six-year period.

The indictment names Melvin T. Caldwell Jr., 43, of Neopit; Arthur P. “Herman” Fish, 49, of Keshena; Chauncey J. Webster Jr., 49, of Neopit; Derrin B. Webster, 30, of Neopit; and Dugan R. Webster, 41, of Shawano.

According to the indictment, the men conspired to cut and remove timber from tribal forestlands on the reservation in order to sell them to saw mills outside the reservation without consent from the tribe.

The defendants logged timber from designated areas on the Menominee Indian Reservation, the indictment states.

The indictment alleges that on at least 100 occasions the defendants and others cut down extra trees beyond those they were authorized to log.

Sat
23
Feb

Safe Haven reaches $475,000 goal

Safe Haven’s $425,000 fundraising goal has been reached, Executive Director Stacey Cicero has announced.

“We are very thankful to the community for supporting us,” Cicero said Friday. “We count on the support we get, we rely on volunteers, donations and individual contributions to serve the people we do.”

Safe Haven is a 24-hour domestic abuse shelter at 380 N. Lakeland Road, Shawano. The goal represents the end of a $425,000 capital campaign that began in September 2017. Most of the funds were used to expand and improve bedrooms and support services at the shelter in Shawano.

Safe Haven had reached 97 percent of its goal — all but $13,000 — late last year, Cicero had reported. The latest donations will allow completion of some of the smaller parts of the project, including new mattresses throughout the shelter, furniture updates for all the bedrooms, a play area for children and new security doors.

Sat
23
Feb

2 public hearings on plan commission agenda Wednesday

Shawano residents will have a chance to give their input Wednesday on two proposals going before the city plan commission.

Shawano Area Matthew 25 is looking to move its emergency homeless shelter to what is currently the New Era House at 105 E. Richmond St.

Also, Walmart is asking permission to build a temporary shelter structure that would allow grocery pickup services at its Shawano store, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

The public hearings begin at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 127 S. Sawyer St.

SAM25 currently leases the building utilized for SAM’s House, 213 E. Green Bay St., from Shawano Municipal Utilities, but has reached the point of needing to expand.

The shelter has entered into an agreement to purchase the New Era House, with a goal of closing the sale by late April, according to Executive Director Jennifer Bisterfeldt.

Sat
23
Feb

County urges state to address dangerous intersection

Shawano County supervisors will take up an advisory resolution Wednesday asking the state to take action to address the county’s most dangerous intersection.

According to county statistics, there have been 15 crashes at the intersection of state Highway 29 and County Road U from 2013 to 2017, with nine of those crashes involving fatalities or injuries.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is in the early stages of looking into ways to improve safety at the intersection.

Some steps have already been taken, including rumble pads, stop signs with metal orange flags, LED flashing stop signs on County Road U, and double-marked intersection warning signs with 55 mph advisory speeds on the westbound highway approach to the intersection.

A March 2018 safety study showed a need for further improvements.

Sat
23
Feb

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Feb. 21

Police logged 29 incidents, including the following:

Disturbances — Police responded to a disturbance in the 700 block of East Green Bay Street and at Park and Forest Hill courts, and a domestic disturbance in the 500 block of East Center Street.

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

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Feb. 21

Deputies logged 40 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on Express Way in Bonduel.

Disorderly — Authorities responded to a disorderly conduct complaint on Cherry Street in Wittenberg.

Harassment — Harassment was reported on Nauman Road in the town of Green Valley.

Accidents — Authorities logged 16 minor accidents.

Sat
23
Feb

Shawano Pathways wins safe routes to parks grant

Shawano Pathways has been selected by the Safe Routes to School National Partners to join Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities, which includes a $12,000 grant and technical assistance focused on improving safe and equitable local park access.

Pathways was selected from a competitive pool of 150 applicants,

With funding from The JPB Foundation, Safe Routes to Parks supports collaboration among community partners to ensure that children and adults can easily and safely walk, bike or roll to local parks and green spaces.

The JPB Foundation is a private foundation which directs its giving promoting opportunities for people in poverty, advancing medical research, and enabling a healthy environment.

Shawano will be among 10 communities across the country to receive training and coaching from the safe routes partnership to develop an action plan for improving active travel to local parks and green spaces and implement early actions from the plan.

Sat
23
Feb

Wisconsin potato, dairy boards seek members

Wisconsin potato growers have until April 1 to nominate three members to the industry’s market order board. Districts 1, 2 and the district-at-large are eligible to nominate board members or be nominated.

Growers should have received a nomination form in the mail, or they can find a form online at https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/Growing_WI/PotatoBoard.aspx.

Eligible growers also can request nomination forms by contacting market orders program manager Debbie Gegare at 608-224-5116 or Debbie.Gegare@wisconsin.gov.

Each nomination form must include signatures of at least five eligible potato growers, other than the nominee, from the district in which the nominee is running for office. An affidavit of eligibility is located on the nomination form and must be completed and notarized.

Fri
22
Feb

TimberPro sale announced; plant will stay in Shawano


Leader photo by Carol Ryczek TimberPro plans to keep its doors open at its facility in the Shawano industrial park even after the pending sale to Komatsu.

The pending sale announced this week of TimberPro, Inc., a longtime staple of Shawano’s manufacturing base, to Komatsu America Corp. is not a sign of an era ending, but a cementing of the company’s future in the community.

That’s according to TimberPro President Lee Crawford, who said the sale was structured to ensure that the legacy of the business his father, Pat Crawford, founded would continue.

“I was asked by my family to put a succession plan together about two years ago,” Crawford said. “I went through all the scenarios of how we could keep the plant going to the third generation.”

Crawford said that after a lot of deliberation with his eight brothers and sisters and the family’s 16 grand-kids, it was decided that teaming up with a large company was the best way to ensure that the TimberPro name and factory stayed in Shawano.

“That led us to making a deal with Komatsu,” he said.

Fri
22
Feb

Area communities could see leadership changes in April

There could be some shake-ups in local governments in April, with more than two dozen contested races scattered around townships, villages and school districts in Shawano County.

Numerous board member seats are up for grabs, as are a number of town chairman and village president posts.

In some communities, there will be big changes no matter who wins on April 2.

Bonduel’s village president is not seeking re-election to that post in April but is one of four candidates running for three trustee seats.

Current Village President Sharon Wussow joins incumbent trustees Barb Wickman and Kevin Bartlett, along with challenger Kay Zulegar, in their bids to fill three village board seats on the April 2 ballot.

Wickman is also running for village president against challenger Russ Gehm.

Fri
22
Feb

Pigeon Lake board rejects bid to remove metal

The Pigeon Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District Board Wednesday voted not to accept the bid for $150,000 to remove metal debris from the lake.

The estimate was subject to contingency upon the charge order from Haas and Son of Thorp. Only one bid had been received for the project.

At its regular meeting, board member Rick Waite made the motion to accept the bid, which was seconded by President Dennis Kussman. The bid was for dredging and metal cleanup at Mathew’s Bay.

The metal is from a junk dealer that was located in the area many years ago. Board members have located some of the metal with a metal detector. “You can even see an old sink sticking up out there,” said Myron Radtke.

When the vote was taken it ended up a tie, therefore it failed. Voting to accept the bid for $150,000 were Waite, Kussman, and Gerald Honish. Voting no were Jim Prickette, Myron Radtke, and Tammy Strey-Hirt. Board member Glenn Lundt was absent.

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