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Oconto County Sheriff’s Department

Aug. 15

Deputies responded to 54 incidents, including the following:

Traffic accident — Vs. deer, state Highway 22 near Military Road, Oconto, 5:32 a.m.

Traffic accident — Vs. deer, state Highway 22 near Klaus Lake Road, Gillett, 5:58 a.m.

Property damage — Jagiello Road and Goatsville Road, Lena, 11:01 a.m.

Theft — 500 block of County Road J, Oconto, 11:31 a.m.

Traffic accident — U.S. 41 southbound just north of Woodview Road, 1:24 p.m.

Theft — 400 block of Brookside Road, Pensaukee, 2:46 p.m.

Threatening — 1100 block of Laura Lane, Riverview, 4:27 p.m.

Property damage — 600 block of County Road B, 5:23 p.m.

Disturbance — 700 block of County Road I, Stiles, 5:28 p.m.

Theft — 500 block of County Road I, St. Patrick’s Rummage Hall, Stiles, 6:41 p.m.

Aug. 14

Deputies responded to 41 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — 1000 block of state Highway 32, Breed, 12:09 a.m.

Wed
23
Aug

Memorial garden to be dedicated to Oconto Falls grad

A garden in memory of an Oconto Falls woman who died after a skiing accident will be dedicated Sept. 16 in Waukesha.

The Brain Injury Resource Center of Wisconsin Inc. has scheduled the dedication of the Bethany Rieth Memorial Garden as part of a day that also includes a Walk-Roll-Run for Brain Injury event at Cutler Park in Waukesha.

Rieth was 24 when she died Feb. 6, 2016. She had earned a second-place finish in pole vault at the state track and field meet when she attended Oconto Falls High School, and served as homecoming queen and the 2011 Oconto County Fairest of the Fair.

Passionate about brain injury because her older brother, Gary Rieth, sustained such an injury in 2007, Bethany graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a nursing degree in 2015.

The memorial garden was created by volunteers at the Brain Injury Resource Center of Wisconsin’s home office at 511 N. Grand Ave. in Waukesha with money donated by the Rieth Family.

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23
Aug

Board considers naming bridge for Korean War veteran

The Oconto County Board on Thursday will consider naming a highway bridge in memory of an Oconto soldier who lost his life during the Korean War.

Valentine T. Warrichaiet was a 1949 graduate of Oconto High School who was inducted into the U.S. Army in October 1952.

Assigned to a front-line unit in Korea in April 1953, Warrichaiet was acting squad leader in the absence of his sergeant and was mortally wounded July 9, 1953, while directing his infantry squad during the Battle of Pork Chop Hill in North Korea. He was 21 years old.

The resolution names the bridge on U.S. 41 spanning the Oconto River the “Pfc. Valentine T. Warrichaiet Memorial Bridge” and resolves “that the Oconto County Board of Supervisors express their appreciation for the life of endeavors of Pfc. Valentine T. Warrichaiet and his extreme sacrifice on behalf of our country.”

The board meets at 9 a.m. Thursday at the county courthouse, 301 Washington St., Oconto.

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23
Aug

Oconto County Circuit Court

Proceedings of Aug. 15

A preliminary hearing was held, and John S. Stellmacher, 56, Oconto, was bound over for trial on charges of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (fourth offense) on June 13. Arraignment was scheduled for Sept. 14.

A preliminary hearing was held, and Robert P. Shampo, 25, Peshtigo, was bound over for trial on a charge of possession of THC (second or subsequent offense). Arraignment was scheduled for Sept. 14.

Renee L. Reinboldt, 39, Whitelaw, pleaded no contest to charges of possession of narcotic drugs (second or subsequent offense) and possession with intent to deliver narcotics (second or subsequent offense) in connection with an incident that occurred Jan. 1. Judge Michael T. Judge ordered a presentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for Oct. 2.

Proceedings of Aug. 11

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23
Aug

County property values increase about 3 percent

Figures released last week by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue show that the equalized value of real estate and personal property in Oconto County increased about 3 percent last year, slightly less than the statewide average.

Values increased fastest in the southeastern corner of the county and decreased slightly in the northwestern corner. Most municipalities saw increases of between 1 and 4 percent, but a half-dozen experienced slight decreases.

The figures are included in the annual Equalized Value Report, which shows that Wisconsin’s total statewide equalized property value as of Jan. 1, 2017, was $526 billion, a 4 percent increase over the prior year. Equalized values are based on data from Jan. 1, 2016, to Jan. 1, 2017.

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23
Aug

Prison term ordered for 2014 OWI crash

A Neenah man has been sent to prison for up to six years after he violated the terms of a deferred prosecution agreement from a 2014 drunken driving crash that killed his best friend.

Zachary John Edward Romnek, 23, was serving five years of state Department of Corrections probation, with the condition of one year in the county jail, for a felony charge of homicide by intoxicated use of vehicle in connection with the March 29, 2014, death of Thorton Lee Gressler, 19, of Bonduel, in the town of Riverview.

Oconto County Judge Michael T. Judge ordered the probation in 2014 after he imposed and then stayed a 10-year sentence, which included five years in prison followed by five years of extended supervision.

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23
Aug

Corn silage, soil health and cover crops are Field Day topics

A two-part field day featuring information about corn silage management, soil health management and the proper use of cover crops will be held Tuesday on Kuchta Farms sites in Marinette County.

The event is sponsored by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Land & Water Conservation Department and University of Wisconsin-Extension offices of Marinette and Oconto counties.

The first portion of the day, discussing soil health and cover crops, will begin at 9:30 a.m. at W6041 County Road M near Coleman. The program includes a walk-through of the cover crop plots in place there, a soil pit to show what goes on beneath the surface of the soil when soil management practices are utilized, displays and demonstrations of soil management implements, and the chance to see what happens when rainfall events hit different soil management regimens via a rainfall simulator.

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23
Aug

Board passes Oconto Falls school budget

The Oconto Falls School Board on Monday passed a $24.8 million budget for the 2017-18 school year, including a preliminary property tax levy of $9,072,175, a 2.03 percent increase over 2016-17.

The final levy is set in October. Monday’s vote came during the school district’s annual meeting, which was attended by the board, four school district officials and a reporter.

Superintendent Dean Hess told the board that one of the factors that will affect the property tax rate is the school district’s equalized valuation, and the district just learned Monday that this year’s valuation will go up an estimated 3.5 percent, which is more than anticipated.

Because that is less than the state average of 4 percent, the district can anticipate an increase in state aid for 2018-19, Hess said.

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Aug

Oconto Falls to stop fluoridation

A 50-year practice is coming to an end after the Oconto Falls City Council voted 4-2 Aug. 8 to stop adding fluoride to the city water supply.

The decision came after considerable discussion, including appearances by four experts touting the mineral’s role in preventing tooth decay and promoting oral health.

Mary Rosner, an Oconto County public health nurse who said she was speaking as “a nurse and mom,” said the 1967 decision was an investment in community health.

For every dollar spent on fluoridation, $32 is saved in the cost of going to the dentist, Rosner said. She cited the example of the city of Antigo, which started adding fluoride to its water in 1949 but ceased in 1960.

“After 5 1/2 years with no adequate fluoride in water, second-grade children had 200 percent more decay, fourth-graders had 70 percent more decay, and sixth-graders had 91 percent more decay,” she said.

Antigo reinstated fluoridation in October 1965, Rosner said.

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16
Aug

It’s fair time again


Contributed Photo

One of the most common reasons people like to visit fairs is to see the animal exhibits, and it’s no different at the Oconto County Youth Fair. Friday and Saturday of the fair are filled with opportunity for fair visitors to observe while judges evaluate how young exhibitors have prepared and trained everything from bunnies and chickens to pigs, sheep, and goats, to dairy cows and beef steers. But it is not only the youngsters that can get into the act. In this photo exhibitors in the adult or open class dairy cattle show line up their entries at the 2016 fair.

Zippel Park in downtown Gillett bustled with activity Monday afternoon. A team from Rent-A-Tent in Denmark was busy putting up canvas; three men from Apple Valley Nursery and Orchard in Bonduel were unpacking a truck and erecting a display; workers walked here and there building a county fair.

A year of planning and preparing has come to fruition as the Oconto County Junior Fair 2017 takes place Thursday through Sunday at the park in downtown.

“It takes four days to put it up but only one to take it down,” Oconto County Fair Board member Gary Petersen laughed as he sorted through materials in the exhibition building. “This will all be gone next Monday.”

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