MeadowLands acquired by Cottages Investment Group

Shawano-based Cottages Investment Group, LLC, has purchased The MeadowLands assisted living facility in Oconto Falls. The sale was effective May 30 and announced last week.

The investment group, which also owns and operates The Cottages on Golden Pond Assisted Living and Memory Care in Shawano, will operate the MeadowLands under the new name of The Cottages at MeadowLands.

Cara Peterson, general manager of the Shawano facility, will oversee The Cottages at MeadowLands.

“I’ve managed The MeadowLands in the past and now return home with gained knowledge and continued strong beliefs in providing excellent care for those who are in need of intermediate care in a home-like apartment setting,” said Peterson, who is originally from Oconto Falls. “I believe in working together as health care professionals and a community to create a healthy living atmosphere for loved ones.”


District seeks volunteers for referendum committee

Convinced that grassroots support is the secret to passing a school referendum, the Oconto Falls School Board is asking community members to step forward to lead its campaign.

“We need some community members who are willing to talk about this to their friends,” Superintendent Dave Polashek said.

An organizational meeting will take place next week, marking the development of a core planning group that will lead the push for a yes vote on two referendum questions.

Voters in the district will decide Aug. 12 whether to support a $2.2 million proposal to build a football stadium and track at Oconto Falls High School, re-do parking lots at district buildings and renovate the parking lot entrance at Abrams Elementary School.

A second question asks voters for an additional $1.2 million over the next three years to repair roofs, to attract and retain teachers, and to improve computer access for students.


Northern options considered for shooting range

County forest land in the towns of Breed, Bagley and Brazeau will be considered as possible sites for an Oconto County shooting range.

The Forest, Parks and Recreation Committee decided on Wednesday to look at alternate sites for a range, due to safety concerns expressed by neighbors of the Machickanee Forest Shooting Range in Morgan. County officials closed the range on May 2 after neighbors reported hearing rapid fire and found stray bullets in their yards.

The range, built in 2003 on Garrity Road, had been open from dawn to dusk 365 days of the year before the sudden closure. At a public meeting on April 29, those living near the range said they were fearful to go outdoors or host outdoor events because of stray bullets.

These neighbors have asked the county to relocate the shooting range, due to safety and noise concerns.

Committee members on Wednesday agreed the county should operate a shooting range, but the location was in question.


Oconto County Sheriff’s Department

June 4

Deputies logged 40 incidents including the following:

Domestic disturbance - Authorities investigated a call from a Lena woman.

Criminal Mischief - Three males were reported to be causing damage at a laundromat in Suring.

Traffic miscellaneous - Authorities investigated a call from Abrams of a vehicle traveling south in the northbound lane.

Attempted threat suicide - Authorities investigate of call from a 52-year-old woman who took too much insulin in Little Suamico.

Traffic miscellaneous - Authorities investigated a call about a log hauler traveling east on state Highway 22 toward U.S. Highway 141 in Stiles with a brake that was on fire.

June 3

Deputies logged 34 incidents including the following:

Traffic miscellaneous - Two vehicles on Third Street in Oconto were driving at high speed and the people inside the vehicles were yelling at each other.


Words of wisdom

Times Herald Photo by Joan Koehne

Graduates sing a verse of “This is the Moment,” under the direction of Amy Thiel, at commencement ceremonies Sunday at Oconto Falls High School. The song was initially sung by the full high school choir, but the underclassmen left the risers, leaving the graduates to finish the song alone.

Student speakers at the Oconto Falls High School commencement drew from a variety of sources, borrowing lines from books, music and, lastly, a big brother, to motivate the 111 Class of 2014 graduates Sunday afternoon.

“It’s only the beginning. Once you walk out those doors, our true path to adulthood and the real world begins,” graduate Seth Haines told his classmates. Although the real world can be unforgiving place, he encouraged the Class of 2014 to reach for success, despite the obstacles.

He told them to remember their past—the places where they grew up and gained an education. Quoting F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” he emphasized his point, saying, “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

In her commencement address, Mercedes Ondik sang snippets of Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance,” alternating the words of the song with her words of advice to the graduates.


4 arrested for operating a meth lab

Four people suspected of making and selling methamphetamine were arrested Wednesday morning at a trailer home in Oconto Falls.

According to a news release from the attorney general’s office, authorities executed a search warrant at 249 Birch Ave., Lot 15, and discovered and seized processed methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and a methamphetamine production laboratory, as well as items necessary for the production of methamphetamine.

Four people, two men, ages 24 and 28, and two women, ages 22 and 51, were at the trailer when the search warrant was executed about 8 a.m. and were taken into custody. They remain at the Oconto County Jail.

A spokesperson at the district attorney’s office on Monday said charges would be filed in Oconto County Circuit Court within a few days.

It is the Times Herald’s policy not to name suspects until they have been charged.


Triple C Dairy Time Line

1985: Kruses purchased a 120-acre farm with 24 cows from Melvin and Beatrice Schlorf in Morgan.

1986: Nine cows owned by Lee Roy were moved from his parent’s farm to the couple’s Morgan farm. Cows were milked three times a day.

1988: A machine shed was built using materials from a free-stall barn in Sampson.

1989: A larger barn was added, and Kruses bought Lee Roy’s parents’ herd of 25 cows.

1995: A free-stall barn was erected. Kruses milked 70 cows, three times per day.

1996: Double-four flat parlor was added, and Kruses bought a herd of 30 cows from a farmer in Brown County.

2001: A second free-stall barn was added, and Kruses bought a herd of 20 cows from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

2002: The double-four flat parlor was expanded to a double-six.

2004: A Boumatic 30-cow rotary parlor was built.

2004: A three-bedroom apartment with kitchen, shower and bathroom was built adjacent to the rotary parlor.


Oconto County Sheriff’s Department

May 28

Deputies logged 22 incidents including the following:

Alarm - Authorities investigated an alarm call at Stiles Junction Food and Fuel in Lena.

Animal noise - Authorities investigated a call about dogs barking in Sobieski.

Noise disturbance - Authorities investigated a motorcycle with no muffler in Sobieski.

Accident - Authorities assisted a motorist who hit a deer in Pulaski.

Four calls were hang-ups or pocket dials.

May 27

Deputies logged 44 incidents including the following:

Controlled substance - Authorities investigated a call about illegal drugs in an Oconto Falls home.

Attempted/threat suicide - Authorities assisted a person from Suring who felt suicidal.

Juvenile Problem - Authorities assisted with an out of control foster child, 16, in Sobieski.

Property damage - Authorities investigated damage made by a vehicle at the cemetery on Sawyer Lake Road in Townsend.


Out in the open

Times Herald Photo by Joan Koehne

From left, Brianna Lemirande, Kellie Krueger and Christa Block look over the suicide prevention materials the trio used for a community service project at Gillett High School. The 2014 GHS graduates will compete at the national FBLA competition, after placing second at the state contest in the community service category.

Two Gillett High School students committed suicide in the past three years, and three FBLA members decided it was time to take action.

“We felt we needed to do something,” said Brianna Lemirande, who graduated in May.

She formed a team with classmates Kellie Krueger and Christa Block to develop a suicide prevention service project. Last summer, the girls formed HERO — Helping Everyone Reach Out — and began planning activities to raise awareness about suicide.

“We wanted to educate people that it’s OK to talk about depression and suicide,” FBLA adviser Jennifer Peterson said.

The girls believe that if their community service project saved just one life, it was a success. The school hasn’t experienced a suicide since HERO became active.


Triple C Dairy to host Breakfast on the Farm

Lee Roy Kruse knew early on he was going to devote his life to dairy farming.

Growing up in the town of Gillett on the farm owned by his parents, Gail and Martha Kruse, he and eight siblings learned about crops and cows from the very beginning. By age 12 he owned his first calf.

Kruse’s wife, Diane, also grew up learning about farming. She was raised in the town of Lena on the farm of her parents, Harvey and Lorraine Wellens.

“I wanted to marry the farmer, but I didn’t want to marry the farm,” Diane said, laughing. “But they go together.”

When Lee Roy’s brother married a girl living across the road from the Wellens’ farm, Lee Roy and Diane stood in the wedding together, and the rest is history. The two were married in June 1983.

Two years later, they purchased a 120-acre farm from Melvin and Beatrice Schlorf in Morgan, and they never looked back.


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