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Team Industries earns recognition

Team Industries Inc. was one of 56 companies honored with the annual Bechtel Power Subcontractor and Supplier Recognition Award. Companies were nominated by Bechtel Power project teams from an international pool of more than 3,500 Bechtel suppliers and subcontractors.

Team Industries Inc. was chosen as the Balance of Plant Equipment Supplier of the Year for 2013. This is the second time in three years Team Industries Inc. has accepted this award, and it is the only pipe fabricator to have received this recognition.

Team Industries Inc. has locations in Wisconsin and Texas that provide pipe fabrication, fabricated vessels, and welding positioners and grippers.

The Oconto Falls site, 333 N. Munsert Ave., employs 30 people.

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City drops snow plow agreement

The city of Oconto Falls last week dropped its reciprocal snow plowing agreement with the town of Oconto Falls over complaints of unsafe conditions on Golden Corners Road.

The city and town had a verbal agreement in which the city plowed the town’s portion of West Highland Drive and the town plowed the city portion of Golden Corners Road.

At the March 11 City Council meeting, City Administrator Vicki Roberts said she received numerous complaints from residents and bus drivers this winter about the condition of Golden Corners Road.

Alderperson Don Osborne, who owns property on Golden Corners Road, was one of them.

“Even in snow country, I’ve never see roads this bad. For our city to allow this to happen is disgraceful,” he said. “It’s terribly dangerous for the school buses to be on those roads.”

“A week ago, it was like a luge run,” resident Mike Shomin said. “You’re taking your car, and it’s like a sled, bouncing between the snow banks.”

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Ray to retire as Suring superintendent


Robert Ray

After spending his last 53 Septembers in school, Robert Ray has something different in mind for fall 2014. The Suring School superintendent will retire, effective June 30, and plans to be on the road come September.

His retirement plans include traveling in the family’s recreational vehicle with his wife, Janet, a retired school teacher.

“I’m looking forward to going somewhere in September, which I’ve never been able to do since I’ve been in school,” Ray said.

Ray, 59, will complete his ninth year in Suring, six years as superintendent and three years as principal, in June. Previously, he worked 15 years in the Sevastopol School District as band director and dean of students. Counting his teaching assignments in Illinois and Indiana, Ray has had a 37-year career in education.

The school district will advertise for a full-time replacement.

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City to continue snow removal on private property

The Oconto Falls City Council found itself trapped in a snowbank controversy last week, with its tradition of helping Main Street businesses at odds with city and state regulations.

The city in 2010 adopted a code that prohibits the city from plowing or hauling snow from parking lots unless the lots are owned by the municipality. City Attorney Larry Jeske did not attend the council meeting but provided a 1978 attorney general opinion stating: “Use of municipal funds and equipment on private property, where benefit is primarily private in nature, is prohibited.”

That didn’t stop the downtown business owners and local snow plowing services from asking the city to continue hauling away snow piles that have grown to gargantuan sizes due to heavy snowfall this winter.

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City OKs veterans park plan

The local American Legion and Auxiliary will march ahead with a plan to develop a veterans park in Oconto Falls.

The Oconto Falls Planning Commission and City Council, after reviewing an updated design, voted unanimously to let the project proceed.

“I like it. I like the concept,” said Marty Coopman, chair of the Planning Commission

“It looks very nice,” added Chique Tousey-Tabar, Planning Commission member.

The park is proposed on city-owned green space southeast of Parkview Apartments on Central Avenue.

In the design presented March 11, American and POW/MIA flags anchor a row of six more flags, each representing a branch of the service. In a wide arc encircling the flags are 5-foot-high panels composed of bricks that will be inscribed with the names of veterans. Benches and boxes of flowers are located throughout the park, and a walkway surrounds it.

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Money is issue for Suring candidates

Two candidates are competing for a seat on the Suring School Board: incumbent Eugene School Jr. and Erika Schindel. The winner of the April 1 election will represent the towns of Bagley, Maple Valley and Spruce.

Here are the candidates’ profiles.

Eugene School Jr.

Age: 55; born and raised in Suring, lived in Maple Valley 32 years

School-aged children: None; wife, siblings, two sons and daughter-in-law graduated from Suring High School; a granddaughter is in sixth grade

Education: Suring High School graduate

Employment: Maintenance manager for the past 15 years, Dimension Lumber Co., Suring

Experience: Suring School Board, 24 years; member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, served on the church board

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Oconto County Circuit Court

Proceedings from March 13

An initial appearance was held for Michael R. Knight, 32, Oconto Falls, on a charge of strangulation and suffocation, domestic abuse, which allegedly occurred Feb. 28 in Oconto Falls. A cash bond of $500 was set. A preliminary hearing is March 26.

A status conference and initial appearance were held for Douglas M. Vandehei, 17, Little Suamico, on a charge of exposing a child to harmful material, which allegedly occurred Feb. 2 in Little Suamico. A cash bond of $3,250 was set. A preliminary hearing is March. 20.

An adjourned initial appearance was held for Justin A. Marquardt, 17, Oconto, on a charge of operating a motor vehicle without owner’s consent, which allegedly occurred Feb. 28 in Oconto. A $200 cash bond continues. A preliminary hearing is March 20.

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Oconto County Sheriff’s Department

At an unknown time on March 16 in Little Suamico, a vehicle driven by a Little Suamico man was northbound on Careful Lane. His vehicle veered off the roadway into the ditch, traveled up a snow pile and came to rest on its passenger side. The driver stated he fell asleep. He admitted he had been drinking prior to the crash and did not notify law enforcement, planning to remove the vehicle later. A person delivering newspapers found the vehicle and notified law enforcement.

At 12:15 a.m. March 15 in Oconto, a woman from Oconto was backing out of a parking space in a parking lot on Logtown Road and struck a parked vehicle, causing minor damage. Her vehicle sustained no damage. She was cited for unsafe backing.

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Suring, Gillett working on softball, baseball co-ops

By the narrowest of margins, the Suring School Board last week approved an agreement to partner with Gillett for baseball and softball for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

With a 4-3 vote March 12, the board approved a two-year co-op contract with the Gillett School District that is modeled after the districts’ wrestling cooperative.

“I just think it’s another opportunity for the kids,” said Suring School Board member Wayne Sleeter. “Suring’s never had baseball, and I think the kids are excited about it.”

Sleeter, Dennis Piepkorn, Cheryl Ustianowski and Mark Strehlow voted in favor of the agreement. Cathy Lundgren, Eugene School and Melissa Trepanier opposed it.

School said he opposed the agreement because of its financial impact.

According to the contract, the districts would split the costs 60/40, with Gillett paying the larger share. The estimated annual cost of each sport is $7,000.

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2 challengers, 2 incumbents vie for Falls School Board

Four candidates are competing for two seats on the Oconto Falls School Board: incumbents James Spang and Jan Stranz, and challengers Stephanie Wijas and Duane Rogatzki. The election is April 1.

Here are the candidates’ profiles.

James Spang

Age: 51; 17 years in the district

School-aged children: None. Two adult children are graduates of Oconto Falls High School

Education: Gillett High School graduate, associate’s degree in facility management

Employment: Plant facilities manager at Krueger International (KI) in Bonduel

Experience: “I am currently on the Oconto Falls School Board finishing my first three-year term. I also have over 30 years of experience in facilities and business management.”

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