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Apr

Sno-Riders to build on city-donated land

A snowmobile and ATV club in Gillett will build a storage facility on property donated by the city of Gillett.

The Gillett Sno-Riders club plans to construct a 48- by 60-foot facility to store its ATV and snowmobile trail equipment on a 70- by 200-foot parcel just off Railroad Street at Zippel Park.

The City Council on April 4 approved the land donation, with the caveat that, should the club dissolve, the city would recover the property but not be responsible for any money the club might owe for its storage building.

The Planning Committee recommended the city donate the land to the club, not sell it, in order to have the land put to use.

“It was felt that because it was such a small strip of land in between the park and Railroad Street, that valuewise, we thought it was worth more to have the club put something on there than just to leave it sit vacant,” said Rick Raatz, chairman of the Planning Committee.

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16
Apr

Tornado drill planned for April 24

Oconto County will participate in a statewide tornado drill on Thursday, April 24, as part of Wisconsin’s Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week.

The peak tornado season in Wisconsin is April to August, but tornadoes can occur any time of year. Wisconsin averages 23 tornadoes annually.

The National Weather Service will issue a statewide mock tornado watch at 1 p.m. April 24 and a mock tornado warning at 1:45 p.m. Many radio and TV stations will participate in the drill. In addition, NOAA weather radios, also known as emergency weather radios, will issue alert messaging. This drill is an opportunity for schools, businesses and families to practice safe procedures for severe weather.

In 2013, 16 tornadoes touched down in Wisconsin, including six during the night and early morning hours of Aug. 6-7 when an EF2 struck near New London in Waupaca and Outagamie counties. That tornado injured two residents and caused millions of dollars in damage.

Wed
16
Apr

Lions get go-ahead for beach camera plan

The Oconto Falls Lions last week were granted permission to develop their plan to record and broadcast online a view of the Oconto River.

The Oconto Falls City Council on April 8 requested the Lions return when plans to install a webcam at a location near the East Side Beach are finalized.

Lions representative Dave Polashek told council members the Lions considered running a contest to guess the day and time the club’s final fish crib, a structure that provides fish habitat, fell through the ice and into the river. The webcam would’ve recorded the event.

“As we started talking about it, we thought this would be a great tourism idea to have a webcam out there permanently,” Polashek said. “In looking at that area, it’s one of the most beautiful areas on the river.”

Wed
16
Apr

Oconto Falls Police Department

At 4:26 p.m. on March 31, a vehicle driven by an Oconto Falls woman, 54, failed to yield at the intersection of Cherry Avenue and Highland Drive and struck a vehicle driven by an Abrams woman, 46. The Abrams woman suffered a possible injury. The Oconto Falls vehicle sustained severe damage, and the woman was cited for failure to yield. The Abrams vehicle sustained moderate damage.

On April 1, a resident on South Washington Street reported three mailboxes on the street were knocked over.

On April 3, police responded to Community Memorial Hospital, 855 S. Main St., to calm an intoxicated man, 25, of Gillett, who required treatment for an accidental injury to his arm.

On April 8, an Oconto Falls woman, 58, and an Oconto Falls man, 52, were cited for disorderly conduct after a verbal dispute at Riverview Quick Mart BP, 418 Main St. The dispute erupted over a traffic situation involving a woman driver.

Wed
16
Apr

Oconto County Circuit Court

Proceedings for April 11

A preliminary hearing was held for Daniel B. Schuettpelz, 34, Sobieski, on charges of operating while intoxicated, fifth or sixth offense and operating with prohibited alcohol concentration, fifth or sixth offence, which allegedly occurred Jan. 15 in Little Suamico. A cash bond of $2,000 continues. An arraignment is scheduled April 28.

An adjourned initial appearance was held for Kyle L. Davis, 27, Mountain. He is charged with burglary of a building as a party to a crime, which allegedly occurred between Jan. 21 and Feb. 21 in Riverview. A cash bond of $15,000 continues. A preliminary hearing is May 2.

An initial appearance for Donald E. Butten Jr., 45, Cecil, was held. He is charged with failure to pay child support from Nov. 1, 2011 to Nov. 1, 2012, and with bail jumping on March 14, in the city of Oconto. A bond of $20,000 was set. A status conference and continued initial appearance are May 8.

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16
Apr

Oconto County Sheriff’s Department

At 7:07 a.m. April 4 in the town of Oconto, a woman from Oconto was driving eastbound on Airport Road, near Morning Retreat Road, when her vehicle skidded on an icy roadway, slid to the right side of the road and overturned on a snow bank. Her vehicle sustained moderate damage and was towed. The driver sustained possible injuries.

At 8:15 a.m. April 4 in the town of Little River, a woman from Lena was driving eastbound on County Road A, near Foxtail Lane, when her vehicle skidded on an icy road and entered a ditch. Her vehicle sustaining moderate damage.

At 7:39 p.m. April 4 in the town of Little River, a man from Peshtigo was driving northbound on U.S. Highway 41 near County Road W, when he lost control of his vehicle on the icy roadway, entered the east ditch and struck a fence. The vehicle sustained minor damage.

Wed
16
Apr

Expo targets owners of small businesses

Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch will be the keynote speaker at the Northeast Wisconsin Small Business Expo, a first-time event intended to support and grow small businesses in the area.

Kleefisch will tell about the various programs Wisconsin offers to help small businesses succeed.

Other featured speakers are Kevin Kuhlman and Bill Koehne. Kuhlman, from the National Federation of Independent Businesses, will share information about the Affordable Healthcare Act. Koehne, of Packerland Websites, Abrams, will speak to owners about how to grow their small business through social marketing.

The expo is hosted by local small businesses. The event features information and services that focus on small business needs and solutions.

The expo will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at the Stadium View banquet facility, 1963 Holmgren Way, Green Bay.

Wed
09
Apr

Winter weather, tornadoes among top county hazards

Hell froze over in Oconto County this winter.

Well—maybe not, but saying it was a cold would be a vast understatement.

Record snowfall and frigid temperatures challenged county residents, utilities and road crews for months. According to the National Weather Service office in Green Bay, this has been the coldest winter on record for Oconto, with temperatures averaging just under 9 degrees.

Extreme cold moved to the forefront on the natural disaster list as the Oconto County Multi-Hazards Mitigation Plan Steering Committee met rcently to update a five-year disaster plan.

The current plan has been in place since 2009, and the committee’s focus is evaluating Oconto County’s potential exposure to natural hazards, to identify strategies to lessen the risk of harm and damage to people and property.

Angela Pierce, natural resources planner from the Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission, is assisting with the process, which began April 1.

Wed
09
Apr

Elections produce school board turnover

An 18-year veteran of the Gillett School Board was unseated, and incumbents in Oconto and Oconto Falls also were defeated in the April 1 election.

Nanette Mohr earned 176 votes in the Gillett School Board election, ranking her last of four candidates on the ballot. Mohr served the Gillett School District for the past 19 years, with the exception of 2001-2002.

Mohr declined to comment on the election.

The results are as follows:

Jamie Heroux 199

John Timm (i) 195

Brandon Lee Nygaard 179

Nanette Mohr (i) 175

School Superintendent Todd Carlson said Mohr did an outstanding job on the board and based her decisions on what was right for the students and the community.

“We will miss the dedication Nanette had to her position, putting in many, many hours on committees, at workshops, attending conferences and meetings,” he said.

Wed
09
Apr

4 newcomers to join County Board

Four new supervisors will join the 31-member County Board at its reorganizational meeting Tuesday.

The April 1 election resulted in the defeat of one incumbent. Vernon Zoeller lost his seat to Joyce Stoegbauer 67-43 in District 8, which covers parts of Abrams and Pensaukee. Zoeller had served 14 of the last 16 years.

Zoeller said a million dollars’ worth of improvements were completed at county parks and boat landings through the use of grant money during his tenure on the Forest, Park and Recreation Committee, which also oversaw a successful upgrade to the Townsend dam and lucrative timber sales.

“I’m certainly proud of what we did. If I didn’t do enough, I don’t know how I could’ve done more,” he said.

Stoegbauer said she was pleased and surprised to be elected.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” she said.

She said she will do her best to respond to “whatever comes up.”

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