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Mar

Missing Suring girl found safe

The Oconto County Sheriff’s Office has located a teenage girl who was missing from the Suring area for a week.

Tessa Tock, 16, was found safe Friday after the sheriff’s office had announced a search was under way, officials said in a news release.

Tock had been last seen at her residence Feb. 17.

No details were released about where or how she was located.

Wed
01
Mar

Suring business teacher retiring after 34 years

The Suring School District is saying goodbye to one of its longest serving faculty members.

Tamara Steffeck, who has been a teacher in the district for 34 years, has announced plans to retire at the end of the school year.

As a teacher of business and information technology at both the high school and middle school level, she has helped Suring students move from learning to type to understanding computers and computer applications.

Steffeck also has taught general business, business law, personal finance and accounting, and she has served as the senior class adviser.

Suring School Board members voted with regrets at their Feb. 8 meeting to accept Steffeck’s resignation.

In other business, the board approved the resignation of Kristin Delzer as middle/high school social studies teacher, and approved the appointments of Monica Wagner as high school assistant track coach and Timothy Grimes as middle/high school social studies teacher.

Wed
01
Mar

Superintendent seeks to avoid ‘drastic cuts’

Oconto Falls School Superintendent Dean Hess has released the following statement to the community regarding the school district’s $11.5 million referendum on the ballot April 4:

Dear Community Members,

On April 4, residents of the Oconto Falls School District will vote in a referendum concerning the district’s finances. The purpose of this letter is to provide you with some information about this referendum and to answer your questions.

In order to explain why the board is proceeding with a referendum, it is first necessary to explain the way schools are funded in Wisconsin. First, the amount of money a school district receives is restricted by a revenue limit, also known as a revenue cap. Every district has its own revenue limit, which changes every two years according to the state budget. In the Oconto Falls School District, revenue limits dictate the majority of operational spending.

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24
Feb

Suring teen reported missing

The Oconto County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a missing girl from the Suring area.

Tessa Tock, a 16-year-old, has been missing since Feb. 17 and was last seen at her residence. She is described as 5-foot-6, 130 pounds, with long blond hair and blue eyes.

Tock has associates in the Appleton area and possibly on the Menominee Indian Reservation. She might also be in possession of a 1997 Gold Saturn CS1 Coupe with Wisconsin registration plate 483-ZJT.

If you have any information on her whereabouts, you can call the Oconto County Sheriff’s Office at 920-834-6900 or your local jurisdiction and advise them that Oconto County is the reporting agency. You may also call the Oconto County Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-322-0373. Reference Oconto County case number 17-001727.

Wed
22
Feb

Oconto County Sheriff’s Department

Oconto County Sheriff’s Department

Feb. 15

Deputies logged 42 incidents, including the following:

Abandoned Vehicle – A Dodge pickup truck with heavy damage was reported abandoned for two days at the Kelly Lake Access boat landing in Suring.

Child – A caller reported a 10-year-old girl believed to be left home alone on County Road F in Lakewood.

Harassment – A man reported an ex-wife violating a no-contact order by calling him on County Road K in Oconto Falls.

Feb. 14

Deputies logged 26 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious – A woman reported her ex-husband has been improperly going into her home to pick up the kids when she is not there on Elm Lawn Road, Oconto Falls.

Animal — A caller reported three small steers in the roadway on County Road A one mile east of Lena.

Animal – A caller reported a small pony running down U.S. Highway 141 near state Highway 22 in Lena.

Wed
22
Feb

Oconto County Circuit Court

Oconto County Circuit Court

Proceedings from Feb. 17

Sentencing was held for Christopher R. Nelson, 31, of Rhinelander, who was charged with physical abuse of a child on Sept. 16 in Oconto. The court sentenced him to one year in the Oconto County Jail with work-release and a credit of 133 days. Charges of felony intimidation of a victim were dismissed.

A plea hearing was held for Michael C. Noffke, 25, of Oconto Falls, who pleaded not guilty to election fraud Nov. 8 in Oconto Falls. The court set a $1,000 signature bond and scheduled a pre-trial conference for March 9.

Proceedings from Feb 14

Sentencing was held for Daniel J. Sexton, 48, of Gillett, who was charged with attempting to flee or elude a traffic officer July 23. The court sentenced him to two years probation. Charges of obstructing an officer and operating a motor vehicle while revoked were dismissed.

Proceedings from Feb. 13

Wed
22
Feb

Oconto Falls Police Department

A man from Oconto Falls and a man from Lena, both 20, were cited for underage drinking Feb. 3 after state conservation officials called police to an ice-fishing shanty on the Oconto River near the East Side Beach.

A 26-year-old woman reported the theft of her purse from inside a vehicle that she left parked overnight Feb. 6 in the 100 block of South Main Street.

A passerby alerted police Feb. 11 after witnessing a suspicious man jump out of a car and harass an apparent teenage boy walking near Wisconsin Avenue and Poplar Street.

A 25-year-old woman reported receiving harassing telephone calls and text messages Feb. 12 from an ex-boyfriend in the 500 block of North Chestnut Avenue.

A resident reported a strange vehicle parked in the driveway outside his house Feb. 13 in the 300 block of North Oakland Avenue.

Wed
22
Feb

Builder eyes old Oconto industrial site


Contributed Photo

Shown is a rendering of Soda Creek Estates, an apartment project developed in Oshkosh by developer Dennis Hermans, who plans a similar complex in Oconto.

The former site of Oconto’s historic Bond Pickle Co. could be transformed into upscale apartments for retiring baby boomers, under a development plan approved by the city.

The Oconto City Council last week approved a plan for a three-building apartment complex proposed by Dennis Hermans, a Green Bay developer who has built similar properties elsewhere in Wisconsin.

Oconto City Administrator Sara Perrizo said the project would generate $3 million annually in property tax revenue and would bring new life to a former industrial property that has been largely vacant for years near Main Street and Cook Avenue.

Perrizo said the as-yet-unnamed development is designed to provide quality apartments for a growing population of baby boomers looking to downsize their lifestyles.

“This will be a place for them to go,” she said.

Wed
22
Feb

School district adjusts debt plan

Oconto Falls school administrators are moving to restructure about $3 million in debt in an effort to minimize the impact on taxpayers from an $11.5 million referendum going before voters this spring.

The school board has agreed to refinance $2.5 million in debt and to pay off another $450,000 earlier than planned, both in preparation for an April 4 referendum.

By easing the district’s debt load, officials say they can present voters with a referendum that will raise money to improve school funding without hitting taxpayers too hard in the pocketbooks.

Superintendent Dean Hess urged board members to approve the debt restructuring, which he said would help the district avoid unacceptably high tax increases if the referendum passes.

“We tried to find some middle ground,” Hess said.

The school board voted unanimously Feb. 13 to approve the restructuring plan as recommended by the superintendent and the district’s financial consultants.

Wed
22
Feb

Hospital lands new partner


Times Herald Photo by Scott Williams

St. Clare Memorial Hospital has undergone physical upgrades and service improvements since affiliating in 2014 with Hospital Sisters Health System.

In the latest evolution of Oconto Falls’ former small-town hospital, patients in the emergency room at St. Clare Memorial Hospital will soon be under the care of a Milwaukee-based physician network.

Infinity HealthCare Inc., which serves 28 hospitals in Wisconsin and Illinois, has signed a deal to become the provider of emergency medical services at St. Clare Memorial, starting May 1.

Officials said the change means that St. Clare Memorial, which sees about 5,000 people annually in its emergency department, will offer emergency patients improved care under a broader network of physicians who operate with advanced technology.

The deal includes the introduction of “tele-robotic” equipment that will enable Infinity’s off-site specialists to examine St. Clare Memorial patients remotely, allowing for faster diagnostics and treatment.

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