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06
Sep

Lena Lions host Dairy Fest on Saturday

The Lena Dairy Fest, sponsored by the Lena Lions Club, will be held Saturday at the St. Anne’s Parish grounds on Main Street in Lena.

A parade, 5K walk-run, kids events and activities, farm tractor and truck pulls, and live music are all part of the celebration.

All events are free. Pets and carry-ins are not allowed. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

The day will kick off with the Stampede 5K walk-run at 8 a.m.; registration begins at 6 a.m. The parade steps off at at 10:30 a.m. The farm tractor pull starts at noon, and the truck pull about 6 p.m.

Vickie Magee will offer face painting from 12-3 p.m., and a petting zoo and other kids events will be available all day.

The Party Boys will provide the live music from 12-3 p.m., followed by Carlin & Cain from 3-6 p.m. and Renegade from 7-10 p.m.

Wed
06
Sep

Family asks help in finding missing woman

The family of a missing Marinette County woman is asking for the public’s help after nearly a month has gone by without a trace.

A Silver Alert was issued Aug. 9 for 83-year-old Jeannette Fullerton, of Wausaukee. Since that alert, several land searches have taken place. The Marinette County Sheriff’s Department, Department of Natural Resources, Town of Wagner Fire Department, family, friends and good Samaritans have searched by land.

Air and water search teams and K-9 groups have searched around the Four Lakes Road area between state Highway 180 and County Road X. Divers have checked lakes in the vicinity of Fullerton’s home.

The missing woman was wearing pink slacks and a pink and white shirt. She is 4 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds. She has dementia.

Anyone with information that might help is asked to call the Marinette County Sheriff’s Department at 715-732-7627.

Wed
06
Sep

Oconto County Circuit Court

Proceedings of Aug. 31

Taniqua M. Moore, 33, Milwaukee, pleaded no contest to possession of cocaine in connection with her Nov. 18, 2016, arrest. In a plea agreement the prosecution is expected to ask the court to dismiss a related charge of possession of THC (second or subsequent offense). Judge Jay Conley ordered a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for Oct. 16.

Proceedings of Aug. 29

Cheyenne N. Meyer, 24, Oconto, pleaded no contest to charges of maintaining a drug trafficking place and neglecting a child with the consequence of bodily harm, in connection with a March 13 incident. As part of a plea agreement, the prosecutor is expected to ask that the court dismiss related charges of bail jumping and second-degree reckless endangerment, as well as a separate charge of misdemeanor theft in connection with a Nov. 24, 2016, incident. Judge Jay Conley ordered a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for Oct. 6.

Wed
06
Sep

Pieces of history


Contributed Photo

Members of the Suring Area Historical Society burn the mortgage Thursday for the former Groninger Building, now known as the Opera House Museum. Shown are, from left, front row, Chique Tousey Tabar, secretary Helen Heimerl, treasurer Ruben Rakow and president Adelaide Boettcher; middle row, Linda Gerndt (in white, center), Melodie Wardecke and Mae Adams; back row, historian Duane Wardecke, Dick Poquette, Cris Miller and Ardis Poquette.

In the dim light on the back wall of the partially dissembled stage above 639 Main St. in Suring, the scrawled words from 78 years ago are still legible:

“Senior Class Play of 1939: ‘Sunbonnet Jane of Sycamore Lane,’” followed by the characters’ and actors’ names and “Directed by Miss Hazel Pederson.”

“It became a tradition to write the name of the school play and the people who were in it on the backstage walls,” said Helen Heimerl, secretary of the Suring Area Historical Society, while offering a look upstairs during an open house Saturday at the society’s new headquarters, held in conjunction with Suring’s 87th annual Labor Day Weekend Celebration.

The organization purchased the old Groninger Opera House from William and Stacey Stewart three years ago and held a mortgage burning on Thursday to celebrate a successful fundraising campaign for what is now the Opera House Museum.

Wed
06
Sep

Face to face with the paranormal

They are the people who come up to Chad Lewis after he speaks or send him an email that says, “I think my house is haunted.”

They are the people who insist they have braked for a chicken in the middle of a Seymour road where there were no chickens and stood in the crossroads and heard the chicken farmer clearly shout, “Get off the road,” when no one else was there.

They are the people who fill Chad Lewis’ books, 20 of them now and counting.

“I never run out of stories,” Lewis said last week. “In the average week, I’ll receive over 200 emails from around the country about people and their paranormal event or place that they want me to check out.”

Lewis plans to make a multimedia presentation about “Paranormal Wisconsin” starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the Gillett Public Library Community Center.

Wed
06
Sep

Oconto County Sheriff’s Department

Aug. 31

Deputies responded to 65 incidents, including the following:

Drug offense — reported in the 800 block of South Main Street, Oconto Falls, 2:10 a.m.

DNR complaint — reported in the 9000 block of County Road I, Spruce, 7:29 a.m.

Harassment — reported in the 17000 block of Evergreen Lane, Lakewood, 9:09 a.m.

Disturbance — reported in the 9000 block of County Road G, Spruce, 5:45 p.m.

Property damage — reported in the 200 block of South Rosera Street, Lena, 6:32 p.m.

Wanted person — A suspect was picked up in the 17000 block of North Road, Lakewood, 6:38 p.m.

Traffic crash — vs. deer, County Road S and Schwartz Road, Chase, 7:37 p.m.

Traffic crash — vs. deer, along state Highway 32, Lakewood, 10:07 p.m.

Aug. 30

Deputies responded to 52 incidents, including the following:

Squad damage — reported in the 100 block of Van Dyke Street, Oconto, 10:10 a.m.

Wed
06
Sep

McClure recognized for commitment to continuing education

The Society of Certified Insurance Counselors recently recognized James P. McClure of McClure & Associates Insurance Specialists Inc., Oconto Falls, with a certificate honoring his 30 years of participation in advanced education.

McClure earned the designation through a series of examinations and has maintained his CIC designation by annual attendance at an approved continuing education program.

“The professional dedication and commitment represented by James P. McClure sets the standard within our industry.” said Dr. William T. Hold, president of the society. “This 30-year accomplishment signifies a career of active leadership in advanced education. James P. McClure’s emphasis on professional development positively reflects on the insurance profession as a whole.”

Wed
30
Aug

Powerball ticket worth $200k for Lena woman

A Lena woman won $200,000 in the Powerball drawing Aug. 19.

Kristin Vahl matched four out of five numbers plus the Powerball, which is good for $50,000, and she also purchased the optional Power Play option, increasing her prize to $200,000.

Vahl purchased her winning ticket at BP North, N4005 U.S. 45, Antigo.

Wed
30
Aug

Pulaski area man killed in motorcycle crash

A Pulaski area man died Friday when his motorcycle struck a pontoon boat being towed in the town of How.

The victim was Mark A. Wojkiewicz, 44.

The Oconto County Sheriff’s Office said it responded at 5 p.m. Friday, along with rescue services from Gillett and Suring, to the crash along County Road M about 200 yards east of St. Johns Road.

Wojkiewicz was traveling eastbound and crossed over the center line while trying to negotiate a curve. He struck the pontoon boat, which was behind an SUV driven by a 70-year-old Alvin man.

Wojkiewicz was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the SUV and his passenger were not injured. The sheriff’s department said the crash remains under investigation.

Wed
30
Aug

Inmates move into new county jail

The jail inside the new Oconto County Law Enforcement Center is occupied. The inmates were moved Aug. 7 after the state inspector gave the final OK, Sheriff Mike Jansen told the County Board on Thursday.

Demolition of one of the cellblocks in the old jail has been delayed after asbestos was found in an area, county Administrator Coordinator Kevin Hamann told the board.

Conversion of the old jail into the new home of the county’s technology services department and a connection from the courthouse to the new jail was planned to be completed by Nov. 30, but that date will probably be pushed back to November, Hamann said.

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