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Wed
03
Apr

Hospital to host program on human trafficking

Local health and public safety experts this month will lead a community presentation at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital about human trafficking. The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. April 22 in the Assisi Conference Rooms at the hospital, 855 S. Main St., Oconto Falls.

Human trafficking is a widespread and evolving crime in the United States and abroad that affects both urban and rural communities.

“It is important for rural communities to get informed because we often assume our children and families are isolated from major crimes,” said Dr. Amy Romandine Kratz, a family medicine physician at the HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Prevea Oconto Falls Health Center. “Traffickers don’t discriminate geographically, and some specifically target rural areas because they can often go undetected.”

Wed
03
Apr

Gillett Eggstravaganza set for April 13


The Easter Bunny helps distribute the goodies in the Gillett Elementary School gymnasium. (Contributed photo)

The Gillett Public Library and Hillside Assembly of God church are working together again this year to bring the Easter Bunny to Gillett for the annual Eggstravaganza Easter egg hunt.

This is the third year that the organizations are coordinating the “hunt” together, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13 at the Gillett Elementary School. Kids can meet the Easter Bunny, enjoy games and activities while waiting for the hunt to begin, then turn in their eggs and travel down the Candy Lane to collect treats.

Registration will take place 10-10:45 a.m., with the games at the same time. Register online at HillsideAssembly.com/egghunt to save time in line. Kids will win candy while playing the games, so bring a bag for each child for their candy. This event is geared for kids through fifth grade.

Wed
03
Apr

National Forest trails close until May

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest’s snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle (ATV), utility-terrain vehicle (UTV), horse and bicycle trails are closed for spring break-up.

Every spring, the use of wheeled motorized vehicles, mountain bikes, horses or other pack or saddle animals is prohibited on National Forest System trails until at least May 1.

“As the snow melts and we get spring rains the trails become very saturated,” said Tim Vetter, lands, recreation and wilderness program manager for the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. “We ask that the public refrain from using off-highway vehicles, bikes and horses on the trails until the trails are dry and open for the summer season.”

This seasonal closure reduces rutting and erosion of trails which often occurs when the soil is saturated. Protecting recreation trails during this time period reduces the likelihood of trail closures during the high use season to repair damaged segments.

Wed
03
Apr

Spring election 2019 results

A write-in candidate defeated the Breed town chairman, a Gillett City Council member and former mayor was defeated in her re-election bid, and one of the challengers won a seat on the Oconto Falls School Board, among the highlights of Spring Election Day 2019 in Oconto County.

Judge Brian Hagedorn won Oconto County in the race for state Supreme Court justice, outpolling Lisa Neubauer 5,634 to 2,959. The statewide margin was still too close to call late Tuesday night.

BAGLEY TOWN BOARD (2)
+ Herbert A. Fischer (i) 69
Richard Knueppel 11
Tom Bauer 37
+ Darryl Houska (i) 45

BRAZEAU TOWN BOARD (2)
+ Gerald Kempka (i)188
+ Jean Grosse 265
Randy Nasgovitz 167

BREED TOWN CHAIRMAN
Brian Moran (i) 119
+ Richard VandeWettering (write-in) 127

BREED TOWN BOARD
+ Deven Babicky 154
+ Timothy Mitchell (i) 196
Larry Zimmerman (i) 97

Wed
03
Apr

Farmers market idea gets good response


In a perfect world, the Oconto County Farmers Market will debut June 6 and operate every Thursday through Aug. 29. (Contributed image)

She has a name and a logo, a schedule and a lot of people saying it’s a great idea.

Now she could use a little help.

Sophie Ford, proprietor of Corki’s Cup of Joy coffee shop in Oconto Falls, has been pitching the idea of an Oconto County farmers market for several months, gathering information and moral support.

If everything falls into place, the market will operate 4-8 p.m. Thursdays in the parking lot of Highland Plaza, the shopping center where Corki’s is located at 323 E. Highland Drive, from June 6 through Aug. 29 — except July 4.

First, everything needs to fall into place, beginning with a cadre of volunteers to help execute the plan.

“If we do this right, it’s going to be large,” Ford said Friday. “I can’t do it all just myself.”

Wed
03
Apr

Annual St. Anthony School auction is Saturday


From left, Bradley Rupiper, Briana Cook, Bailey Whitehorse and Mackenzie Gaertig are getting the garden ready for the 36th annual St. Anthony School auction, “Watch Us Grow!” on Saturday evening. (Contributed photo)

St. Anthony School is gearing up for its 36th annual auction Saturday. The theme is “Watch Us Grow!” Doors open at 4:30 p.m. at the school, 253 N. Franklin St., Oconto Falls.

The auction is the school’s largest fundraiser of the year, accounting for 50% of its annual fundraising goal. All of the proceeds go to continuing the faith-based education St. Anthony’s has provided for more than 100 years. St. Anthony School is the last Catholic grade school remaining in Oconto County and is open to all faiths.

Yoap & Yoap Auction & Real Estate is the auctioneer for the event, with the live auction starting at 6:30 p.m. Hundreds of silent and live auction items will be available. The festivities also include 50/50 and bucket raffles and door prizes. Admission is $5.

For information, call 920-846-2276.

Wed
03
Apr

No contest plea in fatal crash


Eric Solomon is escorted into Oconto County Judge Michael Judge’s courtroom, where he pleaded no contest to second-degree reckless homicide for the Sept. 11 crash that killed Cory Folts of Oconto Falls. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

The trial of a Wyoming man was canceled last week after the man pleaded no contest to second-degree reckless homicide, in the death of Cory Folts, of Oconto Falls.

Eric W. Solomon, 32, Plymouth, Wyoming, was scheduled to stand trial Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Authorities say Solomon grabbed the steering wheel during an argument with Kelly Nicole Crispin as she drove southbound on U.S. Highway 41-141 in Abrams, forcing her to lose control of the pickup truck and veer across the median to collide with Folts, who was driving north.

About 25 of Folts’ friends and family, one of them holding a photograph of the victim, looked on March 26 as Oconto County Judge Michael T. Judge queried Solomon to ensure that he understood the ramifications of his no-contest plea.

Tue
26
Mar

Meet the Morgan town chair candidates

Greetings, Morgan! The April 2 general election is quickly approaching. Last week’s column introduced the three candidates for Morgan town supervisor. This week, the two candidates for town chairperson will be introduced.

Charlene Borghese is challenging incumbent Fran Wranosky for the town chairperson position. You may recognize her name because Borghese previously served as Morgan’s town clerk for seven years and was Morgan’s only Wisconsin certified municipal clerk to date. She also has 32 years professional experience in the Chicago marketing industry. If elected as town chairperson, Borghese would strive for open-minded decision-making while supporting values important to town residents. In particular, Borghese would prioritize a methodical budget planning process, as well as maintaining and improving town roads.

Tue
26
Mar

County libraries host discussions of manure and water quality

Manure is well known as one of nature’s most perfect fertilizers and is an essential component of all livestock farms’ nutrient management planning. However, there are potential drawbacks to utilizing manure in certain situations.

The community libraries of Oconto County and the Extension offices of Marinette and Oconto counties are offering a workshop series designed to help county residents better understand how manure and water quality interact.

Tue
26
Mar

12th stalking charge filed

Bond has been set at $25,000 cash for a former Oconto Falls man charged with a 12th count of stalking the same woman.

Randel G. Dietze, 53, Gillett, was charged last fall with 11 counts of stalking and 11 counts of bail jumping in connection with incidents that allegedly occurred from April to September involving the woman, who is listed as a witness in a pending domestic sexual assault trial against Dietze.

He was free on $25,000 bond from the earlier stalking case on Feb. 23, when the woman saw Dietze in the drive-thru of a cafe where she was meeting with her son’s girlfriend.

According to the new criminal complaint, Dietze drove slowly around the front of the building staring at the woman. The incident was similar to others that allegedly occurred last summer at the same establishment.

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