Meeting scheduled on placement of released prisoners

Local and state officials are planning to attend a meeting at Morgan Town Hall next week to discuss the process of placing recently released prisoners back into their communities.

Organizer Dave Behrend described the session as an “open dialogue of the citizens from the surrounding area assembled as one voice to ask questions and discuss how the state of Wisconsin places assisted living and released offenders in their neighboring areas.”

The meeting grew from residents’ confusion and concerns after court cases last year regarding placement of offenders, Behrend said.

The gathering is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 12 at the town hall, 3276 County Road C.

Among those expected to attend will be Alfred Johnson, director of the state Bureau of Assisted Living; state Rep. Jeff Mursau, R-Crivitz; and a representative with the Oconto County Health & Human Services Department.


Election recap: Write-in elected Gillett mayor

UPDATE: The Gillett board of canvassers met last night after the close of the polls. The official results are as follows :

Mayor James Beaton 163 Votes to Nanette Mohr 120 votes. 13 scattering

Ward one Marie Blaser 74 votes – 7 scattering

Ware two Sandra Hubbard 22 votes to Jake Steldt 18 votes and 11 scattering


Fun and games courtesy of the Easter Bunny

Kids turn in the eggs they found at the Gillett Elementary School track to collect their Easter goodies from the Easter Bunny. (Photo by Kay Runkel)

More than 400 people attended the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday at the Gillett Elementary School, coordinated by the Gillett Public Library, Hillside Assembly and St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Hillside Assembly provided games and activities for the kids before the egg hunt, which took place around the track at the school. All turned in their eggs and then traveled down the Candy Lane to collect their Easter treats.

Organizers thanked Principal Curt Angeli and the Gillett Elementary School and credited the businesses and organizations that sponsored the event:

Gold sponsors (more than $100): Beyond Manufacturing, C&L Contracting Inc., Gillett Business Association, Gillett Contracting LLC, Gillett Public Library, Hillside Assembly of God, Lambrecht’s Service Garage, Pat’s Market, Quality Sandblasting & Coatings LLC and Thrivent Financial.


Write-ins declare for county, city seats

A number of write-in candidates have emerged in races around the county where no one filed to get on the April 3 spring election ballot.

In the city of Gillett, where James Beaton is waging a write-in campaign against Acting Mayor Nanette Mohr, Jake Stedt and Sandra Hubbard have registered as write-ins for the open City Council seat in Ward 2. Incumbent Ron Anderson resigned from the council when he accepted the job as utility manager. There is still no declared write-in for the Ward 3 aldermanic seat now held by Mohr.

Write-in candidates have also filed in two Oconto County Board districts where no one submitted nomination papers before the January deadline.

Al Schreiber is a write-in for the District 13 seat being relinquished by Supervisor Jim Lacourciere of Oconto. Stephanie Holman is a write-in for the District 18 seat that has been held by former County Board Chairman Lee Rymer of Oconto Falls.


42 years in the clerk of courts office

Retired deputy clerk of courts Ferry Marek, second from right, is honored for 42 years of service by Oconto County Judges Michael T. Judge, left, and Jay N. Conley, and Clerk of Courts Mike Hodkiewicz during the March 22 County Board meeting. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

For the past 42 years, there was one constant in the Oconto County Clerk of Courts office: Ferry Marek.

Clerk of Courts Mike Hodkiewicz said he was able to find a group of 15 supervisors whose combined service on the board still doesn’t add up to Marek’s years of service in his office, most of them as deputy clerk.

Marek retired March 1 and was honored Thursday during the County Board’s regular monthly meeting.

Hodkiewicz, no spring chicken himself after almost 28 years as clerk of courts, told the board that Marek is the one in charge of teaching him his job back in 1990.

“I think she left that day and said, ‘Good Lord,’ he said. “I know for a fact she walked in the next day and she looked up and said, ‘Lord, help!’”

Marek is the best teacher Hodkiewicz ever had and has become a great friend, he said.


Brazeau, Parmentier vie for District 27 county seat

Incumbent Ryan Wendt chose not to run for re-election to the Oconto County Board from District 27, which covers parts of the towns of Spruce and Brazeau. Two candidates with experience in local government and public service are on the ballot to succeed him.

Here are the responses from Terry Brazeau and David Parmentier to the Times Herald questionnaire.

Terry Brazeau

Education: Suring High School Class of 1972; Northeast Wisconsin Technical College associate degree police science in 1978; certified EMT 1976; NWTC firefighter training 1980; weapons safety training, yearly law enforcement and county & town board required updates.

Occupation: Retired Oconto County sheriff’s deputy 30-plus years; Evinrude/OMC Ski-Doo technician 1970-1990.


O’Harrow, Wahl running for term on County Board

District 21 of the Oconto County Board was represented for 24 years by Supervisor Mary Lemmen, until she passed away in October.

The board appointed Tim O’Harrow to fill the last few months of her latest term in office, and he is running for a two-year term in his own right. O’Harrow is challenged by Leonard Wahl on Tuesday’s ballot.

The district covers parts of the towns of Oconto Falls and Morgan. Here are O’Harrow’s responses to the Times Herald questionnaire; Wahl, who is Green Valley-Morgan fire chief and a member of the Morgan Town Board, declined to participate.

Tim O’Harrow

Education: 14 years

Occupation: Dairy farming, many years

Previous elected experience: presently serving on Town of Oconto Falls Planning Commission, appointed District 21 supervisor Oconto County Board


Matravers, Stiloski seek Oconto-based seat on County Board

Supervisor Gerald Beekman of Oconto resigned from the Oconto County Board at the end of November, a few months shy of his 40th anniversary on the board, and died a month later.

John Matravers and Joseph Stiloski are the candidates to succeed Beekman in representing District 14 on the board. Here are their responses to the Times Herald’s candidate questionnaire.

John Matravers

Education: Oconto High School, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh business administration

Occupation: Retired after 40 years as owner-manager of Matravers Stores in Oconto; work part-time at Roberts Hardware

Previous elected experience: None

Community involvement: Maple Valley Insurance board of directors, Lena; City of Oconto Planning Commission and Industrial Development; Church Council, First American Lutheran Church, Oconto; Elks Club

Why do you want to be elected to this position, and what makes you the better candidate?


Oconto County Circuit Court proceedings

Proceedings of March 23

Brian J. Malcore, 33, Oconto Falls, pleaded not guilty to charges of felony possession of THC (second or subsequent offense) and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred Dec. 16. A pre-trial conference was scheduled for April 12.

Christal A. Wozniak, 28, Gillett, waived her right to a preliminary hearing and was bound over on a charge of maintaining a drug trafficking place and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia after an incident that allegedly occurred Oct. 27. Arraignment was scheduled for April 12.

Proceedings of March 21


Patterson challenges Ballestad for County Board seat

Incumbent Oconto County Board Supervisor Karl Ballestad is being challenged for re-election by Cynthia Patterson.

District 11 is comprised of parts of the town and city of Oconto. Ballestad was first appointed to the board in February 2013 and is now seeking his third full two-year term.

Karl Ballestad

Education: Bachelor of Science, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Occupation: Retired educator, Oconto School District

Previous or current elected experience: Oconto County Board

Community involvement: I am a 4-H leader, a member of the Oconto Hospital Foundation, chairperson of the Town of Oconto Sanitary District, treasurer of the Friends of Farnsworth Library, a member of the Rural Urban Committee and, in the past, have belonged to several organizations that serve Oconto County.

1. Why do you want to be elected to this position, and what makes you the better candidate?


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