News

Wed
26
Apr

Wildfire season accompanies spring weather

Wisconsin forest ranger Jason Hennes says while spring is always much-welcomed after our long winters, the seasonal warm and dry conditions can result in increased wildfire activity.

That’s why the state Department of Natural Resources offices in Bowler and Keshena are gearing up for spring wildfire season and reminding area residents to get a burning permit before burning debris.

“Weather is the single most important factor influencing how fires start and spread,” Hennes said. “Temperature, wind, humidity and precipitation are the key weather components that determine the daily fire danger.”

Debris burning is the leading cause of Wisconsin’s wildfires, Hennes said, and fires caused by careless burning become more frequent this time of year. Wildfires can happen just about any time of the year, but history has shown 60 percent of all wildfires in Wisconsin each year occur in March, April and May.

Wed
26
Apr

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

April 24

Police logged 18 incidents, including the following:

Child Abuse — A child abuse complaint was under investigation.

Truancy — Police logged a truancy complaint from Shawano Community High School, 220 County Road B.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem at Waukechon Street and Teddington Lane.

Suspicious — Police responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint at Center and Sawyer streets.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

April 23

Deputies logged 37 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on Maple Street in Birnamwood.

Theft — Authorities investigated a property theft complaint on state Highway 160 in the town of Angelica.

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on Wood Avenue in Wittenberg.

Tue
25
Apr

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

April 23

Police logged 23 incidents, including the following:

Accident — Police responded to a car versus deer accident in the 1300 block of East Green Bay Street.

OAR — A 33-year-old man was cited for operating after revocation at Andrews and Center streets.

Vandalism — A vehicle was reported vandalized in the 400 block of East Center Street.

Fire — Authorities responded to a residential fire in the 1100 block of River Street.

Theft — Bicycles were reported stolen in the 300 block of South Main Street.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint at Franklin and Presbyterian streets.

April 22

Police logged 25 incident, including the following:

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported two shoplifting incidents.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint in the 500 block of Prospect Circle.

Sat
22
Apr

SMU alleges power thefts at 2 SIST properties

Allegations that two properties owned by the Samanta Roy Institute of Science and Technology have been stealing power from Shawano Municipal Utilities is more likely to become a civil issue than a criminal one, according to authorities.

Shawano police were notified in February of a theft complaint involving meter-jumping at two ostensibly vacant SIST properties: 201 N. Main St. in the city, the former Muehls Furniture building, and N5791 Riverside Drive, a vacant residence in the town of Wescott.

SIST representatives could not be reached for comment.

A contractor doing construction work at the Wescott property had requested SMU remove the utility meter, which is how SMU discovered that the meter had been tampered with to bypass the meter and provide power to the property.

Brian Knapp, city administrator and SMU general manager, said it was then felt prudent to inspect the meters at other properties owned by the same property owner.

Sat
22
Apr

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

April 20

Police logged 20 incidents, including the following:

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported two female shoplifters in custody.

Theft — Police investigated a property theft complaint in the 700 block of South Main Street.

Accident — Police responded to a property damage accident at Lincoln and Richmond streets.

Warrant — A 20-year-old man was taken into custody on a warrant in the 200 block of South Sawyer Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

April 20

Deputies logged 40 incidents, including the following:

OWI — A 24-year-old woman was arrested for operating while intoxicated on U.S. Highway 45 in the town of Birnamwood.

OAR — A 56-year-old man was cited for operating after revocation on Fourth Street in Mattoon.

Sat
22
Apr

Bonduel hoping to grow 1st community garden


Leader File Photo Bonduel village officials are considering starting a community garden where participants could cultivate their own supplies of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Leader File Photo University of Wisconsin-Extension leader Jamie Patton, right, picks cucumbers with her son, Sawyer, in this 2014 photo from a community garden in Shawano.

The healthy food and neighborly spirit of a community garden could be coming soon to Bonduel.

Village officials and gardening enthusiasts are asking Bonduel residents if they would be interested in joining what would be the village’s first community garden.

Such a concept involves dividing a large open area into small individual gardens where people can raise their own fruits and vegetables while sharing the gardening experience with others.

The concept has yielded successful gardens in Shawano and Gresham, and proponents in Bonduel hope it will find strong support there, too.

A public meeting is planned Monday night to gauge interest within the community.

Todd Lorbiecki, the village’s municipal operations director, said that if enough people want to participate, the village could identify a location and get the garden started this spring and summer.

“If there’s a good show of interest, we could get this going,” he said.

Fri
21
Apr

Sturgeon putting on show in Shawano


Leader Photo by Greg Mellis Spectators brave Thursday’s rain to watch the annual ritual of sturgeon spawaning at the Shawano dam on the Wolf River.

Leader Photo by Greg Mellis Workers net, weigh, tag and return sturgeon to the Wolf River on Thursday. The annual run is expected to last at least another day or two.

Sturgeon spawning season in 2017 is proving that less-than-ideal weather conditions will not dissuade these magnificent fish from doing what comes naturally.

Despite cloudy skies and chilly temperatures, the seasonal mating ritual is under way on the Wolf River at the Shawano dam at Sturgeon Park.

On the second day of spawning season in Shawano, crowds gathered under a drizzling rain Thursday to catch a glimpse of the fantastic prehistoric creatures, some more than 6 feet long.

Mary Ann Peters, of Green Bay, marveled at the spectacle, even though she admitted that the experience is more fun when the weather is more pleasant.

“It doesn’t matter to the fish,” she said.

Thousands of sturgeon swim north up the Wolf River each spring from Lake Winnebago or other distant habitats, racing upstream for the yearly mating ritual. The frenzied splashing exhibition draws crowds of onlookers to the Shawano dam and other favorite spots.

Fri
21
Apr

Teacher’s degree a work of fiction


Leader Photo by Scott Williams Mart Grams keeps a framed Ph.D. indicating he earned the degree from Patrick Henry University in Cleveland, Ohio, which he acknowledges is a fictional university.

As a school teacher in Shawano County for almost 30 years, Mart Grams borrowed frequently from author Ayn Rand’s influential novel “Atlas Shrugged” when discussing politics or economics in his classroom.

Grams also got something else from Rand’s popular work of fiction: his own Ph.D.

Known for years as “Dr. Grams” to students and colleagues in the Shawano School District, the now-retired teacher and author is acknowledging that he holds no doctorate and that he has falsely claimed a Ph.D. from the same fictional university featured in “Atlas Shrugged.”

Grams said he and some friends concocted his degree from the non-existent university as a way of protesting what they perceived as the troubled state of higher education in America.

“I guess you could say it’s just a tad rebellious,” Grams said in an interview. “It was kind of a slap to a system that’s gone pretty bad.”

Fri
21
Apr

City approves medical residency training center plans

The Shawano Common Council on Tuesday approved plans for a medical residency training center despite hearing another skeptical voice in opposition.

A development agreement between the city and RTC Real Estate Holdings LLC approved in November calls for a 25-bed residency training hospital and medical clinic, along with eight 12-unit residential apartment buildings, that would be located north of County Road B and east of Waukechon Street in Shawano.

The apartments would be a mix of multi-family housing and senior assisted living facilities.

The council heard negative reactions to the center from about half a dozen residents, mostly local doctors, in November when the development agreement was approved.

Retired Shawano County Public Health Director Jan Lewellyn also lodged her opposition at the council’s annual reorganizational meeting Tuesday.

“This whole medical residency idea, I can’t tell you how uncomfortable I am with that,” she said.

Fri
21
Apr

Clintonville chamber has new executive director

The Clintonville Area Chamber of Commerce recently announced the appointment of Suzanne Wittman as its new executive director.

Wittman replaces Katherine Haen, who resigned earlier this year to accept a full-time position elsewhere. Haen succeeded Sandy Yaeger, who retired in January.

Wittman has a diverse background in economic development, event planning, retail merchandising, marketing and procurement. As a consultant for the retail industry, she has worked with both corporate businesses as well as independent retailers throughout Northeast Wisconsin.

“We believe Suzanne will be an asset to our organization,” said Sara Mullen-Hornung, chamber president. “Her ability to connect people and businesses will benefit both the city of Clintonville and the surrounding communities.”

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