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Fri
21
Apr

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

April 19

Police logged 31 incidents, including the following:

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 200 block of South Washington Street.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 500 block of South Sawyer Street.

Threatening — Police responded to a threatening complaint in the 2500 block of East Lieg Avenue.

Theft — A basketball hoop was reported stolen in the 1100 block of South Bartlett Street.

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported a shoplifting incident.

Disorderly — Police responded to a lewd and lascivious behavior complaint at Richmond and Main streets.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 1000 block of East Green Bay Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

April 19

Deputies logged 25 incidents, including the following:

Thu
20
Apr

Statewide tornado drills today

The National Weather Service says today’s statewide tornado drills are a “Go.”

At 1 p.m., the National Weather Service will issue a statewide test tornado watch and at 1:45 p.m. a statewide test tornado warning. This drill ends at 2 p.m.

A second drill will occur at 6:45 p.m. with another mock tornado warning. There is no risk of severe weather in the state on Thursday.

Many Wisconsin radio and TV stations will participate in the drill. In addition, NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (also known as emergency weather radios) will issue alert messaging. Many outdoor warning sirens across the state will also be activated. This is an ideal opportunity for schools, businesses and families to practice safety procedures for severe weather.

These drills are possible through a partnership with the National Weather Service, Wisconsin Broadcasters Association and Wisconsin Emergency Management.

Thu
20
Apr

Tribe asks judge to halt Ho-Chunk expansion


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Construction is in progress for the expansion of the Ho-Chunk Gaming facility along U.S. Highway 45 in the town of Wittenberg. The expanded facility is in violation of state gaming compacts, according to the neighboring Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans, based near Bowler.

Contributed Illustration This rendering provided by Ho-Chunk Gaming shows the new hotel and renovations planned for the Wittenberg property. The Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans has filed a federal lawsuit to block the project.

The Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday asking a judge to block another tribe from expanding a competing casino, arguing the project violates both tribes’ gambling compacts with the state.

The Ho-Chunk Nation wants to add hundreds of slot machines, table games, a restaurant and a hotel to its casino in Wittenberg, and construction has begun. The Stockbridge-Munsee say the development, less than 20 miles from its North Star Casino, could lure away gamblers and cost the tribe $22 million per year.

“We don’t relish having to take this step, but do so to protect our sovereign right to self-determination,” Stockbridge-Munsee President Shannon Holsey said in a news release announcing the lawsuit.

Thu
20
Apr

ThedaCare names new president

The ThedaCare board of trustees on Tuesday named Dr. Imran Andrabi as the new president and chief executive officer of the Wisconsin-based health care organization.

Andrabi will join ThedaCare on June 19, following the retirement of Dr. Dean Gruner, who has led the system for nine years.

Andrabi, 49, comes to ThedaCare from Mercy Health, a nonprofit Catholic health care ministry serving Ohio and Kentucky. He began with Mercy Health (formerly Catholic Healthcare Partners) as an intern and medical resident 25 years ago and steadily advanced to become regional president and chief executive officer of the Toledo region in 2015.

At Mercy Health, Andrabi consistently led his team in achieving outstanding quality care performance, improving customer experience, as well as growing the system and the number of physicians recruited, according to a statement released Wednesday by ThedaCare.

Thu
20
Apr

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

April 18

Police logged 30 incidents, including the following:

Fraud — Police investigated an internet scam complaint in the 1000 block of South Washington Street.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem at Olga Brener Intermediate School, 1300 S. Union St.

Arrest — A 28-year-old woman was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 400 block of East Fifth Street.

Arrest — A 25-year-old man was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Assault — Police investigated an assault complaint at Shawano Community Middle School, 1050 S. Union St.

Arrest — A 27-year-old woman was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Wed
19
Apr

Bonduel balks at some school cuts

Bonduel School Board members have approved budget cuts for teachers, busing and 4-K services, while holding back on other cuts that have stirred public opposition in the aftermath of a defeated referendum.

The board agreed Monday to trim $276,000 in spending next year for three elementary school teachers, other staff, one school bus route and daily 4-year-old kindergarten service.

Board members shelved additional spending cuts, however, that would impact student lunches, athletic programs, the elementary school principal position and a part-time music teacher.

Parents, teachers and others at the meeting Monday spoke out against cuts to their favorite programs, and many urged the school district to hold another referendum that could ease the district’s financial troubles by generating new revenue.

The board agreed to hold a special meeting April 24 to discuss putting an “emergency referendum” on the ballot.

Wed
19
Apr

Council OKs more debt for park plans

Shawano officials Tuesday approved increasing the city’s debt limit to borrow $1.85 million for park improvements that had been overwhelmingly supported by voters in an advisory referendum earlier this month.

Common Council members then followed that up by green-lighting the borrowing itself in a separate resolution.

The council held a lengthy discussion of the debt limit and how it might affect the city’s bond rating, though it was ultimately felt the small increase would have a negligible impact.

The city previously did not have an official resolution on the books limiting its debt, but has had a policy that its debt would be capped at 80 percent of what the state says it could borrow. The policy is laid out in the budget approved each year by city officials, stating the city’s debt limit should be 20 percent more stringent than the state mandate.

Tue
18
Apr

Shawano County Board members getting iPads

Shawano County Board members soon will be equipped with iPads to put more county information and better communication at their fingertips.

The board agreed Tuesday to spend $12,000 to provide the portable online devices for all 27 county supervisors.

If enough supervisors get in the habit of using their iPads, officials calculate that the investment will pay for itself within a year through savings on paper and postage.

Supervisor Gene Hoppe urged his colleagues to embrace their new $450 electronic devices.

”Once you get used to it, you’ll find out that it’s the greatest thing in the world,” Hoppe said.

Not everybody was so quick to endorse the move.

Supervisor Deb Noffke said she suspects some supervisors have no internet service in their homes, which means they will be unable to use their iPads at home.

Tue
18
Apr

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

April 17

Police logged 30 incidents, including the following:

Auto Theft — A vehicle was reported stolen in the 800 block of Weed Street.

Theft — A phone was reported stolen at the Super 8 Motel, 211 S. Waukechon St.

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

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 300 block of South Hamlin Street.

Theft — Police investigated a theft complaint at Shawano Community High School, 220 County Road B.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

April 17

Deputies logged 37 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a domestic disturbance on Marble Avenue in Mattoon.

OAS — A 30-year-old woman was cited for operating after suspension and arrested for bail jumping on Park Street in Bonduel.

Tue
18
Apr

Sturgeon spawning season has arrived

A spring tradition is underway in northeastern Wisconsin as the sturgeon spawning has started on parts of the Wolf River.

The giant prehistoric fish spend most of their time in the Lake Winnebago System, but during the run, they’re easy to spot at locations on the Wolf and Embarrass rivers, WLUK-TV reported.

Ryan Koenigs, a sturgeon biologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, said the sturgeon usually start to spawn in warmer weather as the water temperature increases. He said crews netted and tagged about 200 fish Monday, including one as large as 78 inches in Shiocton.

“They’re huge,” said Donna Hoelzel, a Neenah resident. “To me, they’re huge. But it’s amazing that they get such a variety of lengths. They don’t know what they’re getting, but whatever they come up with, it’s beautiful.”

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