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Suring wastewater permit up for renewal

The village of Suring’s five-year wastewater discharge permit is up for renewal, and the state Department of Natural Resources has issued a notice of intent to issue the permit.

The village owns and operates a plant designed to treat 100,000 gallons per day of wastewater through an activated sludge system that includes aeration, clarification and aerobic digestion. The treated water is discharged into the Oconto River.

According to the notice published July 19, the proposed new Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit will run through Sept. 30, 2022.

People who wish to comment on the proposed permit action or request a public hearing may write to the DNR permit drafter, Richard Sachs, at DNR, 2984 Shawano Ave., Green Bay, WI 54313-6727, or contact him at 920-662-5176 or richard.sachs@wisconsin.gov.

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Aug

Oconto County Circuit Court

July 28

Chad A. Olson, 32, Oconto, pleaded no contest to a felony charge of the manufacture and delivery of amphetamines on Jan. 27, 2016. Judge Michael T. Judge ordered a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for Sept. 20. A charge of distribution to minors was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

July 25

Aaron Woodford, 26, Gillett, was sentenced to 18 months in prison, followed by six months of extended supervision, for the theft of movable property in a break-in that occurred Jan. 3, 2016. He was charged as a repeat offender. A related charge of felony burglary was dismissed on the prosecutor’s motion. Woodford was given credit for 44 days already served.

Wed
02
Aug

Oconto Falls students excel at national FBLA conference

Three members of the Oconto Falls High School Future Business Leaders of America chapter who qualified for the FBLA National Leadership Conference all placed in the top 16.

Eliza Bradford, a May graduate of Oconto Falls High School, took eighth in the sales presentation event at the conference held from June 29 to July 2 in Anaheim, California.

The other two qualifiers, Stephanie Peitersen and Corrina Romandine, who competed as a team, don’t know their final ranking yet for their Partnership with Business presentation, but they know it’s between 11th and 16th. The duo’s presentation focused on the FBLA chapter’s ongoing partnership with the Oconto Falls Senior Center.

“I had competed my sophomore year and didn’t even make top eight at regionals. The next two years I was a national qualifier,” Bradford said. “That growth in those skills is what I personally am the most proud of.”

Wed
02
Aug

Superintendent reports on progress since April vote

Oconto Falls School District officials want the public to know they’re doing their best to maximize the impact of the additional funds they were granted in an April 4 referendum.

About 57.5 percent of voters authorized the district to exceed state-imposed revenue limits by a total of $11.5 million over the next five school years, beginning with the fiscal year that began July 1. The district said the funds are necessary to maintain buildings and update the school bus fleet, technology infrastructure and curriculum.

In a newsletter mailed to all district residents, Superintendent Dean Hess outlined progress made on all four fronts.

The district has ordered two new school buses to replace vehicles identified as most in need of replacement, Hess said. In addition, a nine-passenger van was purchased to handle smaller groups of students traveling together.

Wed
02
Aug

A little sass and a whole lot of hairspray


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Abrams Spotlight Productions cast members discuss the upcoming Christmas party during their rehearsal of “Steel Magnolias,” which opens Friday. From left are Ali DeWilde as Shelby, Brianna Gusick as Truvy, Janet Koehne as Annelle, and Pamela Loberger as Clairee.

Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. will present eight performances of its summer show, “Steel Magnolias,” under the direction of Cate Kopkey, beginning Friday and continuing through Aug. 13.

The production at the Byng Community Theater in Abrams follows the lives of six women as they experience everyday life with equal parts sass, strength and style. And it all takes place in a beauty shop.

There was 1989 film version based on the play starring Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Julia Roberts, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah and Olympia Dukakis.

“It’s a little different from the movie,” cast member Julie Muenster said. “And those differences make it feel fresh. And with live theater, the audience will feel they’re right there in the room, hanging out with friends.”

Wed
26
Jul

2 people rescued from Oconto River

Oconto Fire and Rescue Department units pulled two people from the Oconto River on July 18.

The department said crews were dispatched at 5:30 p.m. to 142 McDonald St. for a report of a person in distress in the river. When they got to the scene, they found two people in the water.

A Good Samaritan who entered the river was able to get hold of the victim and keep her above water while swimming toward the river bank. Although they were by the water’s edge, neither party was able to touch the bottom of the river.

It is believed that the strong river currents exhausted the individual who had entered the river to go for a swim. She was lifted from the water by use of a backboard and brought to shore. She received medical attention at the scene and was transported to Bellin Health Oconto Hospital for observation.

The Good Samaritan and rescuers safely exited the water.

Wed
26
Jul

New author’s novel is set in future Oconto County

A Kaukauna native has written a novel that takes place about a century from now in a place that seems eerily familiar.

“Backbiters,” a young-adult dystopian novel by Debra Leea Glasheen, follows a 15-year-old mutant girl 54 years after a corporate world war decimates human and animal populations on Earth. The setting for the novel is a fictionalized but recognizable Oconto County.

“Young adults need to process the conflicts occurring now in their lives and in our country,” Glasheen said. “Dystopian novels offer young adults an opportunity to reflect on issues affecting them while being far enough removed to give them perspective, not to mention that dystopian plots are entertaining enough to keep their attention in a world of fast-paced entertainment.”

Glasheen is a Menasha High School graduate and former teacher in the Appleton School District. She holds a master’s degree in English with a creative writing emphasis from Mount Mary University, Milwaukee.

Wed
26
Jul

Petersons chosen as Dairy Fest grand marshals


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Judy and Arne Peterson of Peterson’s Dairy LLC have been selected grand marshals for the Lena Dairy Fest parade.

The Lena Lions have selected Arne and Judy Peterson of Peterson’s Dairy LLC as parade marshals for the Lena Dairy Fest parade on Sept. 9.

Native Wisconsinites, the Petersons moved to Lena from State College, Pennsylvania, in 1973 after purchasing what was the Ernie Frye Sr. farm. They arrived in a U-Haul truck and Opal station wagon with three children (Beth, Karen and Mark), two cats and all their belongings. Son John, who is now farm manager, was born a few years later.

The Petersons have witnessed many changes and challenges in the dairy industry, but they count the opportunity to raise their family in a small town in Northeast Wisconsin as very positive.

The couple said credit for much of their success goes to past and present employees.

Judy basically raised the kids, ran the household, did farm chores, paid the bills and did community service. This allowed Arne to devote his time to the cows, crops and improvements.

Wed
26
Jul

Teen gets prison sentence for wrong-way chase

An Oconto Falls teenager will spend up to six years in prison for a high-speed chase in which he drove a stolen car more than 19 miles northbound in the southbound lanes of Interstate 41 and U.S. 141.

Cody Olson, 17, recently pleaded no contest to two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety and guilty to one count of fleeing an officer in connection with the Nov. 22, 2016, incident.

During a court appearance Friday, Oconto County Judge Jay Conley sentenced Olson to six years in prison followed by five years on extended supervision. Five related charges were dismissed but read into the record as part of a plea agreement.

Court documents indicate the chase began at 2:35 a.m. in Brown County after sheriff’s deputies Christopher Lauder and Brendan Pizzala attempted a traffic stop of a suspicious vehicle that extinguished its headlights near the intersection of Brookfield Avenue and Lineville Road.

Wed
26
Jul

County sets 2018 budget guidelines

Members of the Oconto County Board of Supervisors OK’d guidelines for preparation of the 2018 county budget July 20, but they postponed their first budget action for the coming year a few minutes later.

Supervisors voted 30-0, with one member absent, to approve a resolution confirming the 2018 budget guidance letter, but by a 17-13 vote they passed a motion to wait another month on a general employees wage schedule that would have approved 1.5 percent increases for most employees.

The budget guidance letter is a document required by county ordinance that spells out the county’s financial condition and sets guidelines to be followed as the next year’s budget is prepared.

The letter indicates that the county’s equalized value increased by 1.8 percent in 2016 and is expected to increase again this year. The state is expected to compute each county’s equalized valuation by Aug. 15.

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