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Thu
22
Jun

Clintonville seeking input on Seven Maples plan

The city of Clintonville is developing a master plan for development of the Seven Maples Nature Area.

The 17.2 acres at 150 13th St. was donated to the city by Lynne Simpson, who lived at the property until the home was destroyed by arson in 2015.

To start creating the plan, the city asking residents to participate in an online survey at https://www.getfeedback.com/r/cCPJpthM. A paper copy of the survey is available at city hall; however, the online survey is preferred.

City Administrator Sharon Eveland said results of the survey will be included in a community visioning session that the city expects to hold in August or September.

Seven Maples Nature Area was named after the large trees that encircled a disc golf basket that Simpson’s husband, Jim, installed on the property. He was killed in an automobile accident in 2012.

Thu
22
Jun

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

June 20

Police logged 30 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 300 block of Mountain Bay Trail Drive.

Theft — Money was reported stolen from a bank account through an ATM at Kwik Trip, 1241 E. Green Bay St.

Trespass — Police responded to a trespassing complaint in the 700 block of South Lincoln Street.

Threatening — Police responded to a threatening complaint in the 800 block of East Richmond Street.

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported a 28-year-old woman being detained for shoplifting.

Prowler — A prowler was reported in the 1400 block of South Lincoln Street.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint at Waukechon and Richmond streets.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

June 20

Deputies logged 43 incidents, including the following:

Wed
21
Jun

Former sheriff’s deputy’ trial set to start Monday

A jury trial in a former deputy’s civil suit against Shawano County Sheriff Adam Bieber is still scheduled to start on Monday, but a recent court hearing hinted at a possible settlement in the wind that could avoid that.

According to the minutes of a June 9 final pre-trial conference in federal court, a settlement offer had been made but had not yet been accepted.

It’s not clear whether there has been any progress on a settlement since then, and court records do not indicate any update since the June 9 hearing.

Wade Wudtke maintains he was targeted by Bieber and several members of the Shawano County Board over his support for then-incumbent Sheriff Randy Wright in the 2014 election.

The suit specifically named Bieber and five county supervisors who were serving at the time on the county’s administrative and insurance committee: Jerry Erdmann, Deb Noffke, Bonnie Olson, Gene Hoppe and William Switalla.

Wed
21
Jun

Lake cleared of invasive plants — for now

Shawano Lake boosters have won a battle against an invasive plant species, but they know the war might not be over yet.

One year after large-scale herbicide treatments, the group known as Shawano Area Waterways Management says the lake’s water quality is significantly better for the 2017 summer season.

Now the waiting begins to see if — or when — the destructive underwater plants make a comeback.

Ray Zuelke, a board member of the waterways group, said the stubborn invasive species known as Eurasian Water Milfoil (EWM) almost always returns to one degree or another. So his group is hoping to remain vigilant.

“We want to be ready,” he said.

For the time being, though, the lake is exhibiting noticeably cleaner conditions for boating, fishing and other activities, without nasty plant infestation mucking things up.

Wed
21
Jun

Man faces multiple charges from Friday incident

A Shawano man was ordered held on a $100,000 cash bond Tuesday while he faces multiple charges in connection with a domestic incident last week that culminated in setting a fire in an apparent suicide attempt, according to the criminal complaint.

Joseph O. Maccagnano, 47, is facing felony counts of arson, burglary, false imprisonment, reckless endangerment and stalking, along with misdemeanor counts of battery, disorderly conduct and criminal trespass.

According to the criminal complaint, Maccagnano barricaded himself in a bathroom where he told police he had hoped to succumb to smoke inhalation after the alleged domestic incident. He was dragged out by firefighters responding to the fire.

Shawano police responded to a report of a domestic disturbance shortly after 6:30 p.m. Friday and found a woman who had taken refuge in her vehicle outside of a residence where Maccagnano was still inside and armed with a hammer, according to the criminal complaint.

Wed
21
Jun

Clintonville OKs repairs to Ninth St. sidewalk

The Clintonville Common Council last week approved repairs for a sidewalk that has been closed for over a year.

The council approved a bid June 13 for $65,915 from Norcon Corporation, Schofield, to repair a segment of the Ninth Street sidewalk on the corner of Ninth Street and South Main Street. Work is underway and is expected to take about three weeks.

A routine inspection of the commercial building by the fire department in April 2016 found the problem. The basement of the building extends beyond the sidewalk to the curb line. The whole sidewalk was exposed in the basement, and there was water damage that was causing the concrete to fall apart.

The city recently signed an agreement for the repairs with the property owner, Don Smith Condominium Owners Association. The city will pay the entire cost of the project, but will assess the property owner half the cost on its tax bills over the next 10 years.

Wed
21
Jun

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

June 19

Police logged 28 incidents, including the following:

Vandalism — A vehicle was reported vandalized in the 700 block of South Lafayette Street.

Fraud — Aldi’s, 1253 E. Green Bay St., reported that two con artists worked a scam at the store involving exchanging $100 bills for change and ended up making off with $600.

Disorderly — Police responded to an intoxicated person complaint at Franklin and Stevens streets.

Warrant — A 44-year-old man was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Vandalism — A vehicle was reported vandalized in the 100 block of Mountain Bay Trail Drive.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance on Briarwood Lane.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

June 19

Deputies logged 35 incidents, including the following:

Tue
20
Jun

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

June 18

Police logged 21 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance involving a juvenile in the 600 block of East Schurz Street.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 600 block of East Center Street.

Burglary — Police investigated a report of an attempted burglary in the 900 block of South Lutz Street.

Disturbance — A 23-year-old Green Bay man was arrested for domestic violence-related disorderly conduct, bail jumping and possession of marijuana after a disturbance in the 800 block of East Fifth Street.

June 17

Police logged 31 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — A 26-year-old Keshena man was arrested for battery/domestic, disorderly conduct/domestic and possession of marijuana after a disturbance in the 900 block of Olson Street.

Sat
17
Jun

S-Curve Dairy hosting annual farm brunch


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Dale and Deb Mielke will welcome from 3,000 to 5,000 guests for brunch June 25 when they host the Brunch on the Farm for a third time. Besides the meal, there will be a number of activities, including butter making, wagon tours, a non-denominational church service and more.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Mielke S-Curve Dairy, located at W12675 Keller Road, just off County Road G in Caroline, will host the annual Shawano County Brunch on the Farm next weekend. Deb Mielke, who operates the farm with her husband, Dale, is eager to show visitors what they do for a living and show how farms benefit society.

Many farmers have been asked to tell their story in an effort to explain to those without a farming background what they do for a living and why they do it.

Deb Mielke doesn’t like that idea. It’s not because she doesn’t think others should know how the farm she and her husband, Dale, operate; she just hates the phrase “tell your story.”

“This isn’t a story we’re telling,” Mielke said. “All we’re doing is promoting our lifestyle, and we think the product we produce is better than these other products that claim they’re milk but they’re not milk.”

The Mielkes will get the chance to showcase the S-Curve Dairy and explain where milk and other nutritional products come from when they host the annual Shawano County Brunch on the Farm on June 25. This will be the third time the Mielkes have hosted the traditional June event.

Sat
17
Jun

Staff praise Clintonville administrator

Clintonville employees this week honored City Administrator Chuck Kell, whose last day with the city will be June 28.

Kell was hired in September 2014 as interim administrator after the resignation of Lisa Kotter amid infighting within a divided council. The interim designation was removed in August 2015.

Speaking on behalf of the city staff Tuesday at a Common Council meeting, Police Chief James Beggs praised Kell for his leadership when the city was going through a difficult time.

“You taught us to think outside the box, to make the best out of our budget, and find ways to secure materials and monies. You adapted to us,” Beggs said. “You made us do our job. You helped us. You were involved, and your door was always open. You made time for us.

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