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Wed
03
Apr

Annual St. Anthony School auction is Saturday


From left, Bradley Rupiper, Briana Cook, Bailey Whitehorse and Mackenzie Gaertig are getting the garden ready for the 36th annual St. Anthony School auction, “Watch Us Grow!” on Saturday evening. (Contributed photo)

St. Anthony School is gearing up for its 36th annual auction Saturday. The theme is “Watch Us Grow!” Doors open at 4:30 p.m. at the school, 253 N. Franklin St., Oconto Falls.

The auction is the school’s largest fundraiser of the year, accounting for 50% of its annual fundraising goal. All of the proceeds go to continuing the faith-based education St. Anthony’s has provided for more than 100 years. St. Anthony School is the last Catholic grade school remaining in Oconto County and is open to all faiths.

Yoap & Yoap Auction & Real Estate is the auctioneer for the event, with the live auction starting at 6:30 p.m. Hundreds of silent and live auction items will be available. The festivities also include 50/50 and bucket raffles and door prizes. Admission is $5.

For information, call 920-846-2276.

Wed
03
Apr

No contest plea in fatal crash


Eric Solomon is escorted into Oconto County Judge Michael Judge’s courtroom, where he pleaded no contest to second-degree reckless homicide for the Sept. 11 crash that killed Cory Folts of Oconto Falls. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

The trial of a Wyoming man was canceled last week after the man pleaded no contest to second-degree reckless homicide, in the death of Cory Folts, of Oconto Falls.

Eric W. Solomon, 32, Plymouth, Wyoming, was scheduled to stand trial Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Authorities say Solomon grabbed the steering wheel during an argument with Kelly Nicole Crispin as she drove southbound on U.S. Highway 41-141 in Abrams, forcing her to lose control of the pickup truck and veer across the median to collide with Folts, who was driving north.

About 25 of Folts’ friends and family, one of them holding a photograph of the victim, looked on March 26 as Oconto County Judge Michael T. Judge queried Solomon to ensure that he understood the ramifications of his no-contest plea.

Tue
26
Mar

Meet the Morgan town chair candidates

Greetings, Morgan! The April 2 general election is quickly approaching. Last week’s column introduced the three candidates for Morgan town supervisor. This week, the two candidates for town chairperson will be introduced.

Charlene Borghese is challenging incumbent Fran Wranosky for the town chairperson position. You may recognize her name because Borghese previously served as Morgan’s town clerk for seven years and was Morgan’s only Wisconsin certified municipal clerk to date. She also has 32 years professional experience in the Chicago marketing industry. If elected as town chairperson, Borghese would strive for open-minded decision-making while supporting values important to town residents. In particular, Borghese would prioritize a methodical budget planning process, as well as maintaining and improving town roads.

Tue
26
Mar

County libraries host discussions of manure and water quality

Manure is well known as one of nature’s most perfect fertilizers and is an essential component of all livestock farms’ nutrient management planning. However, there are potential drawbacks to utilizing manure in certain situations.

The community libraries of Oconto County and the Extension offices of Marinette and Oconto counties are offering a workshop series designed to help county residents better understand how manure and water quality interact.

Tue
26
Mar

12th stalking charge filed

Bond has been set at $25,000 cash for a former Oconto Falls man charged with a 12th count of stalking the same woman.

Randel G. Dietze, 53, Gillett, was charged last fall with 11 counts of stalking and 11 counts of bail jumping in connection with incidents that allegedly occurred from April to September involving the woman, who is listed as a witness in a pending domestic sexual assault trial against Dietze.

He was free on $25,000 bond from the earlier stalking case on Feb. 23, when the woman saw Dietze in the drive-thru of a cafe where she was meeting with her son’s girlfriend.

According to the new criminal complaint, Dietze drove slowly around the front of the building staring at the woman. The incident was similar to others that allegedly occurred last summer at the same establishment.

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.

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