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Tue
26
Mar

Flood warning issued for Oconto River

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning over the weekend for the Oconto River above Oconto, continuing through 1 p.m. Thursday, March 28.

As of 10:15 a.m. Sunday, the river was at about 10.5 feet, about a foot and a half above flood stage. Up to a foot of water surrounded structures at a campground in the city of Oconto, and other minor flooding was reported in the area.

The forecast was for the river to fall below flood stage by Wednesday evening.

Emergency Services Director Tim Magnin reported to the County Board on Thursday morning that the river had first reached an alert stage March 20, having peaked at 9.3 feet on Thursday morning.

Magnin was keeping an eye on the river and said the ice melt was generally going as expected, although up to 2 feet of ice remained on the river as far west as County Road BB near Oconto Falls.

Tue
26
Mar

Bond set at $1 million in 1976 double murder


Raymand Vannieuwenhoven appears via a video link from the Marinette County Jail during his initial appearance in court Friday. He is charged with the 1976 murders of a Green Bay couple at the McClintock Park campground. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

A Marinette County judge set bail at $1 million cash Friday for the man accused of killing a Green Bay couple in July 1976.

Raymand L. Vannieuwenhoven, 82, was 39 years old and living in Suamico when David Schuldes, 25, and Ellen Matheys, 24, were shot to death at the McClintock Park campground in the town of Silver Cliff. Matheys was also sexually assaulted.

His criminal record had been clear for nearly 60 years until modern forensic technology matched evidence collected in 1976 to his DNA profile, and he was arrested March 14 at his home in Lakewood.

District Attorney Deshea Morrow asked Judge James Morrison for the high bond because of the seriousness of the crime.

Tue
26
Mar

Lena business park receives Gold Shovel certification

The Rosera Business Park, located at the southwest intersection of U.S. 141 and County Road A in Lena, is the fifth site in the New North region to be certified as Gold Shovel Ready, said Paul Ehrfurth, executive director of the Oconto County Economic Development Corp., at Thursday’s County Board meeting. “The site is fully improved with sewer, water, utilities and fiber available. The village can offer TIF and can easily acquire additional acreage from two adjacent property owners, should that be necessary,” according to www.thenewnorth.com. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

Tue
26
Mar

Oconto Falls School Board candidates share views at forum


Oconto Falls School Board candidates settle into their seats before a March 19 forum sponsored by the OFHS Student Council. From left, Tracey Krumrei, Ron Leja, Sharon Stodola-Eslien and Randy Vann. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

The four candidates for Oconto Falls School Board introduced themselves and their educational philosophies to the public March 19 in a forum hosted by the high school Student Council.

“I just want to tell each of the candidates this was the most civil exchange of information that I’ve seen in politics in five years, and thank you very much for that,” said moderator David Honish, CESA 8 agency administrator, as the 40-minute forum concluded.

The candidates were handed eight questions 30 minutes before the forum began, to give them time to consider and prepare their thoughts. Student Council members took turn reading the questions, and the responses were rotated so that each candidate got to go first twice.

Thu
21
Mar

Complaint filed in decades-old murder case


Raymand Vannieuwenhoven

The man arrested last week after DNA tests linked him to a 1976 double homicide is scheduled to make his first appearance in Marinette County Circuit Court on Friday afternoon.

Raymand L. Vannieuwenhoven, 82, was taken into custody March 14 as Marinette and Oconto county deputies executed a search warrant at his home in the town of Lakewood. Prosecutors filed a criminal complaint Thursday charging him with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree sexual assault in the deaths of David Schuldes, 25, and Ellen Matheys, 24, of Green Bay.

The defendant is scheduled to appear at 2 p.m. before Judge James Morrison.

According to the complaint, the couple left their homes on the morning of July 9, 1976, for a camping weekend. They were seen driving through Goodman Park in Marinette County, but that campground was already full, so they headed south to McClintock Park, which was empty, and set up their camping materials there.

Wed
20
Mar

Winter washes away

Mist rises as water crashes through the Oconto Falls dam Friday, March 15, the result of several days with temperatures above freezing and the rapid melting of the season’s thick snow cover. While Oconto County did not experience flooding at levels seen in other parts of the state, swollen streams and rivers heralded the first day of spring this Wednesday. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

Wed
20
Mar

Pulaski band plays New York St. Patrick's Day Parade

The Pulaski High School Red Raider Marching Band performs during the 258th St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City on Saturday. Photo by Kevin McCormick/GroupPhotos.com

Wed
20
Mar

High school English course changes approved

The Oconto Falls School Board has approved changes to the district’s language arts program designed to improve student writing and expand senior-year course offerings.

Oconto Falls High School principal Jake Beschta reviewed the English department’s proposals with the board during its regular monthly meeting March 11.

Over the past five years, data from ACT scores showed that Oconto Falls seniors’ proficiency in language arts dropped considerably to hover around the state average mark. Five years ago, those scores were about 15 percent above the state average, Beschta said. Writing skills and vocabulary were special areas of concern.

“So the English department as a group asked: What are we currently doing, and how can we help that grow?” he said.

The solutions involve a new writing center and more 12th-grade class options.

Wed
20
Mar

Pulaski names interim superintendent

The Pulaski Community School District Board of Education has named Tony Klaubauf as the district’s interim superintendent.

Klaubauf’s career in education spans more than 35 years. In 2018, he retired as district administrator for the Denmark School District, a position he had held since 2004. He began his career as an elementary teacher in 1981.

The Pulaski Board of Education announced last week it had decided to seek an interim superintendent for the 2019-20 school year. It plans to renew its search for a superintendent in fall 2020.

Superintendent Bec Kurzynske is leaving at the end of this school year. The board’s top choice for her successor decided not to accept the position.

Wed
20
Mar

No hunting signs will go up at Suring School Forest

Even though the Suring School Forest has always been closed to hunting, it has never had “No Hunting” signs posted within its boundaries. That will soon change. The Suring District School Board recently voted to put postings on the property.

Citing safety concerns, board president Wayne Sleeter said it had not previously been posted because it had been assumed that, due to the fact the 160-acre tract is public land, postings were not allowed.

“We really have not had any issues but were led to believe that because it is public land, we couldn’t post it,” Sleeter said. “I live in that area and brought it up (at a board meeting) to see if we could get a legal opinion as to whether we could post it and were told we can, so that’s why we’re posting it now.”

In addition to being used by the Suring schools for classroom field trips, the forest is open to the public. Hiking and cross-country ski trails are available to anyone who wants to make use of them.

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