Clintonville wastewater utility, water employees honored

Thanks to a $10 million upgrade to its treatment plant and the tireless devotion of its employees, the Clintonville Wastewater Department has won a statewide conservation award, given annually by the Wisconsin Rural Water Association. Two water utility employees were also recognized with awards.

The water association, of which Clintonville is a member, gives out the awards at its annual conference, said Sharon Eveland, city administrator, to the Common Council at their April 10 meeting. The conservation award goes to a member system that has shown a high level of commitment to operating efficiently and protecting and preserving Wisconsin’s water and energy resources.


Cleanup underway after monster weekend blizzard

The city of Shawano has extended its snow emergency declaration until 7 a.m. Wednesday as the community and the rest of Shawano County continues digging its way out of a spring blizzard and nearly three feet of snow dropped over the weekend.

There were reports of 33 inches of snow in Shawano and at least 30 inches of snow in Tigerton.

Even with the snow beginning to taper off Monday morning, the amount dumped in the preceding 48 hours was more than enough to shutter schools and close most government offices Monday except for emergency or essential personnel.

Shawano initially expected its snow emergency, during which vehicles were prohibited from parking on city streets, to expire at 6 a.m. Monday.

Under the extended declaration, no vehicles will be allowed to park on any city street between the hours of 9 p.m. and 7 a.m.


County roads impassable as winter storm hits

Roads were reported to be impassable Saturday morning due to the late winter storm, according to the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department.

Authorities warned not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

The situation was expected to last through the weekend, with another 5 to 8 inches forecast overnight Saturday and still another 5 to 8 inches on Sunday.

The sheriff’s department issued warnings and updates on its Facebook page, including a countywide tow ban.

“All vehicles will be left in the ditch and you will be taken to a gas station to wait out the storm. Vehicles will only be towed if it’s a traffic hazard,” the department said.


Winter storm hits Shawano hard

A strong winter storm that brought rain to Shawano County quickly turned to snow overnight, and with high winds, has made travel conditions extremely difficult. A tow ban is in effect for Shawano County, and most activities for the weekend have been cancelled. Forecasters are predicting 12 to 18 inches of snow for the region by the end of the weekend.


Whealon wants to shake things up at City Hall

Leader file photo by Greg Mellis Ed Whealon casts his vote at Shawano City Hall in the April 4 mayoral election.

Shawano Mayor-elect Ed Whealon has a long list of priorities he outlined in his campaign and a host of changes he would like to see at City Hall, but, he said, people shouldn’t expect to see those things happen right away.

“I know I’m going to have my hands full the first couple of weeks,” he said.

“I want to sit down with the council members and meet with department heads and tell them what my vision is and what my expectations are.”

He said there could be some resistance or at least hesitancy, particularly from some council members.

“I know there’s some undercurrent there, that they’re not happy with some change,” Whealon said.

“As the mayor, I need the council’s support to implement some of these changes and some of the ideas I have,” he said.

Whealon said he is willing and wants to hear the views of others.

“I’m hoping and expect if we have differences we’ll deal with that mano a mano,” he said.


Cronce hopeful about city’s future

Leader photo by Tim Ryan Outgoing Shawano Mayor Jeanne Cronce received praise from council members and city staff at her last Common Council meeting Wednesday.

When Jeanne Cronce leaves the Shawano mayor’s office Tuesday, she will take with her a sense of pride in the progress she feels the city has made during her two-year term, and some cautious optimism that the progress will continue.

Cronce lost the mayor’s race by just 34 votes to former police chief Ed Whealon on April 4, a day that saw voting suppressed by a snowstorm. Only about half of the voters who showed up two years ago turned out this time.

“I’m not bitter,” Cronce said. “I mean, that doesn’t get you anywhere. That’s not how I’m built. I’m disappointed.”

Cronce has some concern that the direction the city had been going in could change.

”I am hopeful that it will not,” she said.

Cronce said the only way the city will continue to move forward is through positive action and working with different groups and the business community.


Public Record

Shawano Police Department

April 12

Police logged 44 incidents, including the following:

Truancy — Police logged 17 truancy complaints from Shawano Community High School, 220 County Road B.

Fraud — Police investigated a fraud complaint in the 1000 block of South Washington Street.

Arrest — A 33-year-old man was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 100 block of Aspen Court.

Harassment — Harassment on social media was reported in the 200 block of South Sawyer Street.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 400 block of Humphrey Circle.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 400 block of West Division Street.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

April 12


Tractor Supply hosting Market Day

Shawano’s Tractor Supply store is inviting farmers and growers to showcase their homemade and homegrown goods at its spring Market Day event May 12.

Vendors with expertise in everything from homemade crafts, candles and soaps to honey, eggs, produce, baked goods, gardening, furniture and more are encouraged to sign up. To register, go to or visit the Shawano store. Nonprofit organizations and food trucks are also encouraged to register. Vendor registration closes May 9.

Vendors will be able showcase their goods free of charge in tented areas near the storefront. All vendors participating in this event will be responsible for complying with local and state ordinances.


USDA reopens enrollment for MPP-Dairy program

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue is encouraging dairy producers to consider enrolling in the new and improved Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy), which will provide better protections for dairy producers from shifting milk and feed prices.

With changes authorized under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) has set the enrollment period to run from Monday through June 1.

“We recognize the financial hardships many of our nation’s dairy producers are experiencing right now,” Purdue said.

“Folks are losing their contracts and they are getting anxious about getting their bills paid while they watch their milk check come in lower and lower each month. The Bipartisan Budget Act provided some much-needed incentives for dairy producers to make cost-effective decisions to strengthen their farms, mitigate risk, and conserve their natural resources.


Cronce draws praise at last council meeting

Leader photo by Tim Ryan Shawano Mayor Jeanne Cronce is flanked by City Administrator Brian Knapp, left, and City Attorney Tim Schmid at Cronce’s last Common Council meeting as mayor Wednesday. Cronce served for two years before losing re-election this month. Schmid chose not to run for re-election but will be present for one more meeting before he retires following more than 30 years.

Shawano Mayor Jeanne Cronce was treated to words of praise and a round of applause from city officials and staff Wednesday as she presided over her last Common Council meeting.

Her successor, former police chief Ed Whealon, will be sworn in as mayor at a reorganizational meeting Tuesday after defeating Cronce in the April 4 election by a vote of 734 to 700.

Cronce has served two years as mayor.

Alderwoman Lisa Hoffman started the tribute ball rolling during the public recognition portion of the meeting.

“I wanted to thank you for going above and beyond in your duties to the city and what was required in dedicating your time and efforts to serving our community,” she told Cronce.


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