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Wed
08
Jan

Ownership change under way for Suring apartments

A Madison-based corporation has agreed to buy a Suring apartment building that village officials threatened to condemn because of substandard living conditions.

Village leaders are confident the change will result in better living conditions for the tenants of Pioneer Villa Apartments, 415 N. Mill St., who have reported problems that include a leaky roof, building deterioration and an insect infestation.

“It should be good for everybody because they have the ability to improve the living standards,” said Carol Heise, village clerk.

Wisconsin Housing Preservation Corporation of Madison will purchase the 20-unit Pioneer Villa Apartments and eight-unit Manor Drive Apartments, 416 Manor Drive, from the Suring Non-Profit Housing Corporation, which will be dissolved.

Wed
08
Jan

Farm storage loans available from FSA

The Farm Service Agency offers low-interest loans to producers to build or upgrade storage facilities and permanent drying and handling equipment.

Loan opportunities include new conventional-type cribs or bins, oxygen-limiting and other upright silo-type structures, flat-type storage structures designed for whole grain storage, perforated floors, safety equipment, quality improvement equipment, electrical equipment and concrete components considered essential for a fully functional storage facility. Loans are also available for remodeling existing storage facilities to increase storage capacity.

Farm storage facility loans must be approved prior to site preparation, equipment purchase and construction. They must be secured by a promissory note and security agreement. The maximum principal loan amount is $500,000.

Participants are required to provide a down payment of 15 percent.

Wed
08
Jan

Slight turnover projected for County Board

Three Oconto County Board supervisors will not seek another term in office, including one whose wife is running for the seat he will soon vacate.

Judith Buhrandt, of Mountain, has filed as a candidate for supervisor of District 29, a position held by her husband, Don, who is completing his second two-year term.

Judith Buhrandt was Mountain’s town treasurer for 20 years, leaving the position about 10 years ago. She said she has accompanied her husband to the County Board and committee meetings and is knowledgeable of the issues. Several individuals encouraged her to run for office when they learned Don would not seek another term, she said.

The District 29 supervisor represents Mountain and part of Riverview.

Wed
08
Jan

Revamped Fairest of the Fair contest seeks applicants

The 2014 Oconto County Senior and Junior Fairest of the Fair will be chosen in a combined competition at a new venue.

The contest will be held March 1 at Oconto Falls High School. A reception will follow individual and group interviews, and final judging will conclude the program. The reception and final program will be open to the public.

This is the first year the two contests will be combined. The Junior Fairest of the Fair was previously chosen in August at the county fair. The Fairest of the Fair was chosen in the spring at a banquet. By merging the two contests, the Fairest of the Fair committee is hopeful the program will grow. Organizers also said combining the contests will allow the two winners to work as a team throughout the year.

Wed
08
Jan

Oconto Falls Police Department

The daughter of an elderly Oconto Falls woman submitted a fraud complaint Dec. 17, reporting unexplained monthly charges of $70 appeared on her mother’s credit card statement.

Seven people were cited for theft Dec. 19 for failure to return materials to the Oconto Falls Library, 251 N. Main St.

Police counseled two sixth-grade students at Washington Middle School after they reportedly caused a disturbance Dec. 10 at the school, 102 S. Washington St.

A check for underage drinkers took place Dec. 26 at three bars: Happy Jacks, Main Street Pub and Gilligan’s North. No underage drinkers were found.

On Dec. 17, Justin Nernberger, 18, Oconto Falls, reported his vehicle was damaged by an unknown party while it was parked at Oconto Falls High School, 210 N. Farm Road. The vehicle sustained minor damage.

Wed
08
Jan

Oconto County Sheriff’s Department

At 6:42 a.m. Jan. 30, a car driven by a woman from Oconto was eastbound on County Road A in the town of Little River when it struck a snowbank, which had drifted onto the roadway, and entered a ditch. The driver was not injured. Moderate damage was reported to her vehicle.

At 2 a.m. Jan. 30, a car driven by a Silver Cliff man was traveling east on Sawyer Lake Lane in the town of Townsend when he lost control after avoiding a deer on the snow-covered roadway. His auto left the road, traveled down a steep ditch and struck a tree. He was not injured in the accident, which caused moderate damage to his vehicle.

At 4:13 p.m. Jan. 1, a Gillett man was traveling west on Gray Lake Road, west of County Road K in the town of Oconto Falls, when his vehicle slid on ice and entered a ditch, then struck a large tree. No injuries were reported. His vehicle sustained moderate damage.

Wed
01
Jan

Top 10 stories of 2013


Times Herald File Photos

Fans celebrate a state berth for the Oconto Falls High School volleyball team.

Excitement filled the Oconto Falls community when the high school volleyball team competed at the state tournament this fall, making it the No. 1 story of 2013, as decided by the staff of the Oconto County Times Herald. A complete list follows.

1. Volleyball team competes at state

The Oconto Falls High School volleyball team lost to undefeated East Troy 3-0 in the WIAA Division 2 state semifinal Nov. 8 at the Resch Center in Green Bay. As much as the loss hurt, coach Dawn Larsen said her team accomplished its one goal this season — making it to state. “One Team, One Dream” was the team motto. East Troy (44-0) beat Oconto Falls (42-4) 25-21, 25-14, 25-15. The following day, East Troy swept Madison Edgewood in the WIAA Division 2 championship.

2. County Board agrees to build jail

Wed
01
Jan

Longtime Falls banker makes transition to town government


Times Herald Photo by Joan Koehne

Nikki Tolzman, who begins her term as the Little Suamico clerk/treasurer this month, stands at the counter at the Little Suamico Town Hall, ready to greet town residents.

An Oconto Falls woman with more than 20 years of banking experience has been hired as the Little Suamico clerk/treasurer.

Nikki Tolzman, 42, was selected to replace Eileen Bardouche, treasurer for 33 years, and Sandy Pagel, clerk for 39 years, who both retired at the end of 2013. The Town Board voted to combine the positions and approved the employment of Tolzman in November.

Although she officially begins work Jan. 1, she met with Bardouche and Pagel before year’s end to learn more about her new position.

“They are super ladies. There’s some big shoes to fill,” Tolzman said. “They know their jobs in and out are are very supportive.”

A graduate of Oconto Falls High School, Tolzman began her banking career in 1992 as a teller at bank in Gillett. Over the next two decades, she worked at banks in Oconto Falls, Gillett and Green Bay. She has experience with mortgage lending, bookkeeping, teller supervision and compliance.

Wed
01
Jan

Middle school students click with one-to-one technology

Schools across Wisconsin are launching one-to-one technology programs that put an iPad, laptop or other device in the hands of every student.

In the Oconto Falls School District, seventh-grade students at Washington Middle School were the first to be issued laptops that are incorporated into daily lessons.

“It’s a great supplemental tool to help out the textbooks,” Principal Lou Hobyan said. “Kids can research the most current data for projects.”

The school purchased 140 Lenovo laptops for 123 students at a cost of $825 each. Parents pay $60 a year to cover warranty costs. The total cost for the project, including the carrying cases, was $119,000.

Students received their laptops and carrying cases at the start of the school year and are responsible for keeping track of their new learning tool.

Wed
01
Jan

Canning company announces job cuts

Allen’s Inc., a vegetable processor, will permanently lay off seven employees at its Oconto Falls warehouse by Feb. 15, the Wisconsin Division of Workforce Development recently announced.

The Siloam Springs, Ark.-based firm will also lay off 100 employees at its Pulaski plant.

Allen’s cans vegetables under the Freshlike, Veg-All, Trappey’s, Allen’s and Popeye Spinach brands.

The company announced it will not transfer or reassign the laid off employees.

The Oconto Falls employees include the manager of the warehouse at 160 Hank Marks Drive, three supervisors and two machine operators, according to Allen’s Dec. 17 letter to the DWD.

Allen’s is undergoing reorganization under a Chapter 11 bankruptcy it filed in October and is looking to sell much of the 87-year-old firm. It initially listed assets between $100 million and $500 million and estimated debts of $279.9 million, according to the publication Arkansas Business.

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