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City, county leader loss seen across state

“You’re not alone. Shawano County is not alone. Certainly, the city of Shawano isn’t alone. There’s a lot of this going on across the state and across the country,” Mark O’Connell, executive director, Wisconsin Counties Association, said Oct. 14. (Contributed)

The county public health officer has resigned. Shawano County’s administrative coordinator Brent Miller’s last day on the job was Oct. 16.

Shawano’s city police chief is leaving at year’s end. The Shawano mayor is leaving at the end of November. The city’s zoning administrator position is vacant. The city of Shawano has hired a private law firm for its legal services after Katie Sloma, the previous city attorney, was appointed to a judgeship.

Pray for our country

Everyone is invited to attend public prayer services this weekend, hosted by the three local Catholic churches.

The intent is to pray for relief from the stress of the pandemic, for understanding in addressing the racial crisis in the United States and for a peaceful presidential election. Veterans, law enforcement, first responders, EMTs and others will be prayed for because of the protection they provide for everyone.

The first public prayer service will be in Wittenberg on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 11-11:30 a.m. at Washington Park, by the flagpole near the band shell.

Insurance open enrollment should be extended, co-op says

Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative joined 31 other Wisconsin organizations in asking the federal government for more time to help people find the right coverage during the 2021 health insurance open enrollment period, which runs from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15, 2020.

Raising money for breast cancer

For the past seven years, the Pretty in Pink event has been a fun-filled girls’ night out to raise money for the Marshfield Clinic Patient Care Cancer Fund, which services the Wittenberg, Birnamwood and Weston area. How much fun is decided by those who like to get dolled up, drink pink champagne and engage in a frenzied silent auction for hand-decorated artsy bras. The past couple of years has seen the art content grow from just bras to include chairs, shoes and accessories.

Pharmacist addresses common customer questions about COVID-19

Pharmacist Katie Hanke answers questions her customers have about COVID-19.

Editor’s Note: Katie Hanke, a pharmacist at Gwidt Pharmacy in Wittenberg, reached out to the Wittenberg Enterprise & Birnamwood News about addressing some of the questions many customers were asking about dealing with COVID-19. Listed below are questions she receives from her customers and her responses.

Q: What can I do to prevent getting COVID-19?

Four Shawano COVID-19 testing clinics start Tuesday

Free COVID-19 community testing will be available for walk-in service beginning Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the old Lakeland Industries building, 504 Lakeland Road, Shawano.

This site is available to the public through a collaboration among the Wisconsin National Guard, Shawano County Emergency Management, and the Shawano-Menominee Counties Health Department.

“This testing site supports the health of our community by making testing more available to those who need it while working together to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Theresa Harmala, interim health officer.

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Confessions from a disorganized mind

Tax roll notices were sent out to delinquent water and sewer customers last week after the Village of Wittenberg board voted Oct. 6 to add the delinquent bills to the tax roll rather than send out disconnection notices.

The Public Service Commission, which regulates water and sewer, extended the moratorium that municipalities are not allowed to shut off water until Nov. 1, so the board decided to add the unpaid bills to the tax roll.

Old Backes Food Mart building razed

Four COVID-19 testing clinics coming up

Free COVID-19 community testing will be available for walk-in service beginning Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the old Lakeland Industries building, 504 Lakeland Road, Shawano.

This site is available to the public through a collaboration among the Wisconsin National Guard, Shawano County Emergency Management, and the Shawano-Menominee Counties Health Department.

“This testing site supports the health of our community by making testing more available to those who need it while working together to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Theresa Harmala, interim health officer.

Board approves a four-step plan for virtual switch

In preparing for the event that the Wittenberg-Birnamwood School District might not have enough substitute teachers and would need to go to virtual learning, Superintendent Garrett Rogowski proposed a four-step plan at the Sept. 28 school board meeting.

Step one would be to utilize people who are not classroom teachers, such as other staff and board members in the district. They would work with a teacher who might be quarantined but still able to communicate lesson plans.

Rose completes exit planning program

Travis Rose, co-owner of the Thrivent Financial-Pinnacle Team in Antigo, recently earned the certified exit planning adviser designation from the Exit Planning Institute in Cleveland.

Tigerton village, school district receive USDA grants

U.S. Department of Agriculture Wisconsin Rural Development State Director Frank Frassetto announced Monday that the USDA is investing $2.1 million to improve public safety equipment, community buildings and education.

“These investments will allow these rural communities provide safe, modern equipment and supplies to service and meet the needs in their residents,” Frassetto said. “Through our Community Facilities programs, USDA Rural Development partners with communities to maximize the affordability of their infrastructure needs.”

Parker, Damrau square off at DA forum

Shawano-Menominee County District Attorney Greg Parker, left, squares off against challenger Aaron Damrau at a candidates’ forum Tuesday at the Results Broadcasting radio studio in Shawano. The hour-long question and answer session was held to provide the community with information about the candidates prior to the Nov. 3 election. The forum was sponsored by NEW Media Inc. and Results Broadcasting. (Greg Mellis | NEW Media)
Kayla Williams serves as timekeeper for a forum between district attorney candidates Greg Parker, left, and Aaron Damrau, at a Results Broadcasting studio in Shawano on Tuesday. (Carol Ryczek | NEW Media)
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Greg Parker

Greg Parker, Republican incumbent running for reelection to the Shawano-Menominee County District Attorney’s Office, faced off against challenger Aaron Damrau, running as an independent, in a forum held Tuesday.

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No concerns at public hearing for Webb Street project

The Webb Street project in Wittenberg is complete and came in on budget.

“There are just some quick tweaks to the retaining wall,” said Abby Maslanka, project engineer at Martenson & Eisele, Inc. “Otherwise the site passed inspection, with some minor issues left on the punch list.”

Maslanka spoke virtually during a Sept. 22 public hearing at the Community Center in Wittenberg. Residents were invited to attend in person or participate from home with an internet connection.

Trump, stricken by COVID-19, flown to military hospital

President Donald Trump arrives at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in Bethesda, Maryland on Friday on Marine One helicopter after he tested positive for COVID-19. White House chief of staff Mark Meadows is at second from left. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Stricken by COVID-19, a feverish and fatigued President Donald Trump was flown to a military hospital Friday night where he is being given Remdesivir therapy after being injected with an experimental drug combination in treatment at the White House.

In a day of whipsaw events, the president, who has spent months downplaying the threat of the virus, was forced to cancel all campaign events a month before the election as he fought a virus that has killed more than 205,000 Americans and is hitting others in his orbit as well.

Ho-Chunk arranges free lunches for first responders

Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg partnered with another local business, Resch Lanes, to provide Wittenberg-Birnamwood area health care personnel and first responders with a three-week lunch series of free lunches which began on Sept. 14.

60 miles for 600 residents

Wittenberg Telephone Company/Cirrinity is partnering with the Stockbridge-Munsee Community to bring high speed internet to the tribal reservation and surrounding rural communities.

Stocks slump after Trump tests positive, job growth slows

Stocks are falling early Friday, as Wall Street’s first reaction to President Donald Trump’s testing positive for the coronavirus was to retrench.

The S&P 500 was 0.9% lower after the first few minutes of trading, dropping with stocks around the world, Treasury yields and oil as investors pulled out of riskier investments and into safer ones. A measure of investor fear also rose, but the moves weren’t close to as chaotic as earlier this year, when markets were first selling off on coronavirus fears.

Trump’s diagnosis rocks final stage of presidential campaign

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Harrisburg International Airport, Sept. 26 in Middletown, Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

An election year already defined by a cascade of national crises descended further into chaos Friday with President Donald Trump declaring that he’s tested positive for the coronavirus after consistently playing down the threat.

No one knows exactly what comes next.

Trump, first lady positive for virus; he has ‘mild symptoms’

President Donald Trump adjusts the microphone after he announced Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court, in the Rose Garden at the White House, Sept. 26, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

President Donald Trump is experiencing “mild symptoms” of COVID-19 after revealing early Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus, a stunning announcement that plunged the country deeper into uncertainty just a month before the presidential election.

Farm living is the life for Jesse and Carla Hanke

Carla and Jesse Hanke have been enjoying the farming life for 39 years. Their garden market provides fresh local produce and some socializing time with friends, neighbors and total strangers. Miriam Nelson | NEW Media

For the past 39 years, Jesse and Carla Hanke have been busy farming, and raising a son and a daughter. Jesse Hanke also worked full time as a rural postal carrier for 27 years while his wife, Carla, operated their garden market.

Like most markets, the food is picked fresh each day, but unlike other places, the food stays fresh all day long. The fresh produce they offer is displayed on their wagon, but it is also stored in covered insulated cartons when there aren’t any customers around.

More coverage for Birnamwood, Mattoon and Wittenberg

Deputy Eric Chernetski of the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department introduced himself at the Village of Wittenberg board meeting Sept. 15 and explained that in the future, he will be attending board meetings in Wittenberg, Birnamwood and Mattoon.

Chernetski recently moved to the Village of Birnamwood and was looking for a way to bring more attention what he sees as an under-served area by law enforcement. The western edge of the county — Mattoon to Marion — can almost seem like its own county, Chernetski said.

Birnamwood prepares for new phosphorus limits

The Village of Birnamwood has too much phosphorus in its wastewater, said Chris Jensen, director of public works, to the village board at its Sept. 14 meeting.

While the municipality is not in violation of state Department of Natural Resources guidelines yet, he said they will need to put a plan in place to stay compliant, and some residents with older homes might need to replace their external plumbing.