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Wed
07
Feb

Pulaski boat builder touts strong year

The Marquis-Larson Boat Group reported that 2017 was a big year for the company, as it transitioned the manufacture of Larson and its four boat brands to Pulaski after 104 years in Little Falls, Minnesota.

At the same time, the company added three new models and made numerous changes to others. The group added a dozen domestic and international dealers and increased its staff by more than 100 employees.

“As we start 2018, our progress and momentum are strong,” said Rob Parmentier, president and CEO of Marquis-Larson Boat Group. “Our order backlog is full, with production starts out until August for all brands, signaling a resurgence in demand for our boats, especially in Canada. As a result, we still need an approximately 20 percent increase in our workforce to support all areas of the organization and to meet current demand and forecasted sales.”

Wed
31
Jan

‘Men for others, women for others’


Ana Grover, a Gillett High School sophomore, grabs a box of donated shoes to take to a waiting vehicle for Americans Serving African Children Inc. Her fellow members of Future Business Leaders of America credited Grover with spearheading the shoe collection drive. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

It took less than a month for a Gillett High School service club to collect 502 pairs of shoes to help African children get to school.

Future Business Leaders of America packed the shoes Friday into two sport utility vehicles bound for the Americans Serving African Children charity of Manitowoc.

“You guys are something else,” Brian Shaw of the Manitowoc charity told the assembled FBLA members.

“We have a phrase, ‘Men for others, women for others.’ That’s the way I think of you folks: You’re men and you’re women for others,” Shaw said. “You are developing at a fairly young age a whole mindset, an attitude; it’s a wonderful thing.”

The collection drive, which began just before Christmas, was the brainchild of Ana Grover, a sophomore and FBLA chapter president. She is the daughter of Mike and Shelly Grover.

Wed
31
Jan

Oconto County woman concludes Miss Green Bay Area reign


Tess Merie Buege, Miss Green Bay Area 2017, points to the Meyer Theatre’s marquee that shows her victory photo taken at last year’s Miss Green Bay Area pageant. (Contributed photo)

GREEN BAY — The age-old saying says “all good things must come to an end.” That was the case for an Oconto County woman who concluded her year-long reign as Miss Green Bay Area 2017 last weekend.

Tess Merie Buege, 22, of Spruce, was selected as Miss Green Bay Area 2017 during her second attempt at the title last January, edging out seven other women for the win. She was a non-finalist in the 2016 pageant competition.

For Buege, a 2012 Oconto Falls High School graduate who performed a mathematics demonstration for her talent, it was a memorable year full of new adventures and meeting people in northeastern Wisconsin.

Wed
31
Jan

Counterfeit bills spotted in area


The Oconto County Sheriff’s Office would like to talk with the person of interest seen in the lower part of this photo. (Facebook.com/ocontocountysheriffsoffice)

The Oconto County Sheriff’s Office posted a surveillance photo Friday of a man described as a person of interest in a recent spate of counterfeit money incidents.

Sheriff Mike Jansen and Suring Police Chief Phillip Christenson issued an alert last week that the sheriff’s office has received several complaints about counterfeit cash circulating in the area. Several local businesses reported receiving counterfeit money.

The fake bills can be in any denominations, such as $20 or $100 bills. These fake bills are labeled “FOR MOTION PICTURE USE ONLY.” However, those words are not quickly noticed, so authorities issued the alert to increase awareness and ask that people pay attention to currency transactions.

This is facsimile money that can be easily purchased online. The fronts of the bills look extremely real. The backs of the bills are more easily recognized as counterfeit.

Wed
31
Jan

Gillett considers moving 2019 graduation date

The preliminary calendar for the Gillett School District’s 2018-19 academic year would change the tradition of having high school graduation on Memorial Day weekend.

Superintendent Todd Carlson presented the proposed calendar to the school board Thursday, suggesting that the Class of 2019 hold its commencement exercises on June 2, rather than a week earlier on May 26, which would be the customary date.

“You look at the number of days that there are yet that seniors would be missing — we have a lot of classes where juniors and seniors attend together. And all of a sudden, when those seniors are gone, it’s almost like we’re closing school down a little bit early,” Carlson said. The rest of the students would wrap up their academic year during the second week of June.

The proposed calendar also does not include a spring break because of next year’s late Easter, which will be April 21, 2019.

Wed
31
Jan

WEDC grants $43,000 for Oconto County economic development

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC) announced last week that a $43,000 grant to Oconto County Economic Development Corp. is among $500,000 in grants to 11 organizations to help develop or expand innovative programs that promote the state climate for entrepreneurship.

OCEDC plans to accelerate its Business Innovation Development Program to provide entrepreneurs with early engagement, strategic planning and ongoing business coaching, the announcement said.

“Only 11 Entrepreneurship Support Grants were awarded throughout the state, showcasing how strong the county has become in our economic development efforts,” said state Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette. “This major accomplishment would not have been possible without the passionate individuals advocating for our county, working towards attracting more talent and businesses to our great community.”

Wed
31
Jan

Tickets on sale for ‘Simply Streisand’


Carla Del Villagio has been praised for her performances that mirror the image and sound of world-renowned pop singer Barbra Streisand. (Photo by Joseph Marzullo)

A concert devoted to the music of Barbra Streisand is the next event sponsored by the Oconto Falls Friends of the Arts.

“Simply Streisand” featuring Carla Del Villaggio is scheduled for 2 p.m. Feb. 11 in the Falls Area Performing Arts Center, 210 N. Farm Road, Oconto Falls.

Del Villaggio is a multiple award-winning tribute artist who has entertained audiences from Miami to Las Vegas to New York City recreating Streisand and her music. From the hair down to the trademark nails, wearing meticulously detailed replicas of iconic concert gowns, the performance is “Simply Streisand” in every way.

“A consummate actress and a natural comedienne with impeccable comic timing,” according to one critic, Del Villaggio has been praised for her voice, stage presence and professionalism.

The event is presented by the Oconto Falls Friends of the Arts and sponsored in part by ST Paper, Neva Hodge Lemorande, Ursula Rathie and NEW Credit Union.

Wed
31
Jan

Oconto County Circuit Court proceedings:

Proceedings of Jan. 23

Blaze L. Agen, 54, Oconto, pleaded no contest to charges of third-degree sexual assault and exposing his genitals to a child, in connection with incidents that occurred in 2013. Sentencing was scheduled for April 4.

A six-year term of prison and extended supervision was imposed but stayed, and Jim K. Xiong, 22, Schofield, was instead placed on three years’ probation for possession of THC with intent to deliver and bail jumping, in connection with an incident that occurred Dec. 6, 2016, and a second count of bail jumping for failing to appear in court June 8. Judge Jay N. Conley ordered Xiong to serve nine months in the county jail as a condition of probation.

Proceedings of Jan. 19

Wed
24
Jan

Menominee file federal suit over Back Forty Mine

The Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin filed a lawsuit Monday in federal court against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The tribe asserts that the agencies have failed to take primary responsibility for a wetland permit that is key to the future of the controversial Back Forty Mine proposal.

An approved permit would allow mine developer Aquila Resources Inc., to fill and excavate Menominee River wetlands, as part of its plans to construct a large, open-pit mine and industrial minerals-processing facility on a site that borders the Menominee River.

The site includes tribal burial grounds, ancient agricultural sites and ceremonial sites of significance to the Menominee Tribe, some of which have already been deemed eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

Wed
24
Jan

Deputy county treasurer gets raise, withdraws resignation

The Oconto County treasurer and register of deeds will share an employee, and the county will hang onto its deputy treasurer in an agreement approved Thursday by the Oconto County Board.

Treasurer Tanya Peterson went to bat for her deputy treasurer, Mandy Leonard, who submitted her resignation last month because the two-person department is woefully understaffed.

“That reason is not acceptable to me,” said Peterson, who petitioned Kevin Hamann, administrative coordinator, and Corporation Counsel Cheryl Mick for help. “I’m trying to fight to keep her,” Peterson continued. “She is an asset to this county. She’s a team player. She has saved this county a lot of money working with me in my office to keep it running.”

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