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4:05 PM, Jan. 9, 2013  |  Comments
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St. Norbert takes in displaced residents

Officials from St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter in downtown Green Bay said last week more than a dozen of its residents have been displaced in a squabble with the city.

The residents were transferred to a vacant gymnasium at St. Norbert College in De Pere to avoid $500-a-day fines being threatened by Green Bay city officials.

St. John spokeswoman Justine Lodl said the arrangement is temporary but officials are grateful for St. Norbert's assistance until the college resumes classes Monday, Jan. 21, after a holiday break.

"They opened their doors to us when we were in need," Lodl said.

Green Bay city officials have accused St. John of violating occupancy limits by taking in more than 64 homeless people. Shelter operators have cited a growing homelessness problem in the community and also have argued that the city previously accepted overflow populations.

The city has filed charges and summoned the church-operated homeless shelter to Municipal Court on Jan. 18, seeking potential fines of up to $500 a day.

With the dispute lingering, St. John administrators hosted a memorial service Thursday night, Jan. 3, for homeless people who have died in Brown County because they lacked adequate shelter. More than 100 people gathered inside St. John the Evangelist Church to hear the plight of those living on the streets.

The St. John shelter, operated at 411 St. John St. by the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, provides emergency overnight accommodations and other services between November and April.

Officials said 16 residents, all men, were displaced and were being housed temporarily at St. Norbert in the college's Pennings Activity Center, 290 Reid St. They sleep on mats on the gymnasium floor and are shuttled back to the shelter each morning for breakfast.

The Rev. Jay Fostner, a vice president at St. Norbert, said the residents have created no problems and have generated no neighborhood complaints. The arrangement was suggested by college employees who also are associated with St. John's shelter.

"They knew this was starting to become an issue," he said of the city's occupancy complaint. "They asked if we could help."

Hansen's owners close De Pere store

The start of the new year brought the closing of Hansen's Dairy and Deli in downtown De Pere.

A post from the owners on the Hansen's Facebook page stated: "Due to economic conditions we are closing only the De Pere location. We hope to relocate that store in the near future. ? Thank you De Pere for your patronage and hope to see you real soon again."

The De Pere store at 124 N. Broadway was closed after New Year's Eve on Monday, Dec. 31.

The other area Hansen's site at 620 Gray St. in Green Bay remains open.

City pick-up for trees until Jan. 18

The City of De Pere is conducting a pick-up for trees from the holiday season until Friday, Jan. 18.

Trees can be placed in the terrace area in front of a residence or business for pick-up.

All decorations and wires should be removed from the trees. Trees shouldn't be placed in plastic bags.

Pro-Life Wisconsin director to talk at event Tuesday

The nonpartisan conservative grassroots group N.E.W. Patriots will host an event next week in De Pere featuring Matt Sande, director of legislation for Pro-Life Wisconsin.

Sande will talk at the public event that starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Legends Brewhouse & Eatery of De Pere, 875 Heritage Road. A social, with food available for purchase, will begin at 6 p.m.

Jan. 22 is the 40th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal in the United States.

Sande will discuss the present political situation, on prospects at the state and federal levels for ending abortion and how to become involved in working to end all abortions (surgical and chemical) in this country.

SNC's day of service Monday for King holiday

Students and staff from St. Norbert College will hold its annual day of service in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The college's "Make It a Day On, Not a Day Off" will be Monday, Jan. 14, a week before the Jan. 21 federal holiday, when classes will be resuming after the holiday break.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., those from St. Norbert will go into the community and teach elementary school students about King's message of respect for others and assist social service agencies dedicated to serving those in need.

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