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Covid Concerns Still Make News Stories for 2021

Issue Date: January 6, 2022

The just completed year 2021 was still marked with "New Normal" changes and mask requirements caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Today's issue of the Peshtigo Times includes a look back at some of the events that happened in 2021.

Jan. 6

Kostuch New Police Chief

At the conclusion of a closed session meeting on Jan. 4, Crivitz Village Board's Public Safety Committee agreed to bring a motion to the full board to offer the full time position of Village Police Chief to former village president Kurt Kostuch at a starting annual salary of $65,000. Kostuch is currently a patrol officer with Marinette County Sheriff's Department.

New Peshtigo Business

At its meeting on Jan. 5, Peshtigo City Council approved a UDAG Committee recommendation to sell Lot 82 in the Pine View Commercial and Industrial Park to Tri-Tech Manufacturing, LLC of Kent, Washington for $9,800, and to include an option for the firm to buy adjacent Lot 81 at the same price. The firm manufactures parts used by Marinette Marine and also parts used by paper mills.

Plunge Raises Over $40,000

The 2021 Da Yooper Pandemic Plunge was held Jan. 1 at the UW-Marinette Field House located at 1125 University Dr. in Marinette. This year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, jumpers used the River Cities Community Pool instead of the frigid waters at the Menominee beach, A total of four teams took the plunge in person and two teams took the virtual challenge. The event raised over $40,000 for the River Cities Community Pool Association. The City of Peshtigo had the largest team turnout with 28 participants.

Jan. 13

No Shut Offs for Water Bills

At a meeting of the City of Peshtigo Water and Sewer Committee on Jan. 12, Chair Tom Gryzwa reported the communications have gone out to residents that starting on April 16 the utility will be going back to its regular policy for disconnections due to unpaid bills. He said due to Covid-19 rules, since mid-July they could not disconnect service or impose penalties for unpaid bills. Outstanding balances as of Oct. 1 will be posted on bills going out now. The committee was advised that bills of 85 customers are in arrears and 66 of them are eligible for payment arrangements.

Man Dies at Twin Bridge

Floyd Kriescher, 67, of DePere, died Jan. 11 after the pickup truck he was driving went through the ice on High Falls Flowage near Boat-Landing Six Road and Pine Acres Resort. Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve urges anyone venturing out on to any frozen body of water to use extreme caution as ice conditions are currently quite variable and unsafe in many locations.

Tyco/JCI Agrees to Settlement

On Jan. 7, Tyco/Johnson Controls Inc. announced they reached a settlement in a class action lawsuit involving the Fire Technology Center and Town of Peshtigo surrounding neighbors affected by PFAS. Information was provided to the media via a teleconference meeting with various reporters present. The agreement will provide up to $17.5 million for Town of Peshtigo residents who have been affected by PFAS from Tyco's FTC. The lawsuit was filed in 2018 against Tyco on behalf of individuals who live in the Town of Peshtigo of whose property has been affected by the presence of PFAS attributed to Tyco.

Random Kindness Act

According to her brother and sister, the late Teri (Elias) Ziegler, a former Peshtigo resident, often talked about the importance of following through with God-inspired random acts of kindness. Ziegler died of cancer on Dec. 10. With the intention of keeping her memory alive and promoting the ideal of paying forward, siblings Todd Elias of Peshtigo and Tine (Elias) Baye of Crivitz recently donated over $300 in gift cards from local businesses to the City of Peshtigo Police and Fire Departments in her name to be passed along as random acts of kindness.

Jan. 20

Officers Exonerated

Based on results of an investigation carried out by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation, Marinette County District Attorney DeShea Morrow has decided the officers involved with the shooting death of a murder suspect in Goodman on Oct. 23, 2020 will fave no criminal court liability. The DOJ issued a news release on results of the investigation on Jan.19. Killed by shots from the officers was John R. Lipski, 62, of Milwaukee. He is believed to have been responsible for the shooting death of his friend, Richard Gibbs, also 62, and also of Milwaukee, at the recreational home they shared in Goodman.

Biden Takes Oath

At 12 noon Eastern time, on Jan. 20, Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States of America, and Kamala Harris was sworn in as vice president, the first woman ever to hold that position in the United States.

Respond to Fires

The City of Peshtigo Fire Department responded to two structure fires in the past week. They were called to the Joan Alloy residence on Jan. 15 for a report of s moke in the home and one person was still inside. She was removed safely and the fire was attributed to the water heater. On Jan. 19, firefighters responded to a second story apartment fire at 101 S. Emery Ave. above the Peshtigo Cafe. Residents of the apartment were not injured. Cause of the fire is under investigation.

Jan. 27

Commemorative Banners

The City of Peshtigo is taking orders for Sesquicentennial Banners commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Peshtigo Fire. The banners will be available to area businesses and individuals for the price of $125 each. The first 56 businesses or individuals to sign up will have their banner hung on one of the city's 56 approved light poles. Plans call for the banners to be displayed through Historical Days Sept. 24-26 and into November.

Suring Returns to School

The January meeting of the Suring Board of Education was held Jan. 13. In action items the board approved Middle School students returning to five days of in-person instruction on Jan. 25, and High School students returning on Feb. 1. They also approved maintaining the safety precaution of using masks in the school building, following the Family First Coronavirus Response Act procedures for staff attendance until the end of the school year.

Receives $10,000 Kohl Scholarship

Goodman-Armstrong Creek High School announced that senior William Bednarz has been selected to receive a 2021 Herb Kohl Initiative Scholarship Award in the amount of $10,000.It is Bednarz' intention to attend UW-Stevens Point to pursue studies in Natural Resources leading to certification as a DNR warden.

Tonn is Park & Rec Director

Peshtigo native, Lori Tonn, is the new Park and Recreation Director for the City of Peshtigo. She started her new role on Jan. 22. She comes back to Peshtigo with 20 years experience working in the Park and Recreation field and said she looks forward to being involved in the Peshtigo community. Tonn has two grown children, a daughter, Haley, who is a veterinarian in Peshtigo, and a son, Bradley, who works in the retail industry in Appleton. Her parents are Ann Tonn of Peshtigo and the late Mike Tonn.

Feb. 3

Times Editor Dies

Mary Ann (Pesch) Gardon, 92, long-time editor of the Peshtigo Times, passed away on Feb. 1. Born Oct. 6, 1928, she was the oldest daughter of the late Leo J. Pesch, founder of the Peshtigo Times, and his wife, the former Anna M. Smegoski. She married Charles Gardon on March 31, 1951. She graduated from Peshtigo in 1946 and from Marquette University in 1950. She had a life-long affiliation with the Peshtigo Times, she started working there at the age of nine and was on the payroll for 10 cents an hour. While raising her 11 children she edited news, and did bookkeeping and billing work. At age 90 she was still editing news, assigning reporters to their tasks and handling much of the billing.

Fingers Finalists in National OYF

Philip and Laura Finger of Oconto will compete for honors in the 2021 National Outstanding Young Farmer contest. Philip is a fifth-generation farmer on his family farm that was founded 149 years ago in 1872. When the couple wed, she joined the family business. They will host the Oconto County Breakfast on the Farm in 2022. Because of Covid the 2021 event has been cancelled. As a finalist of 2021 the Fingers will be invited to attend the 2022 NOYF Congress in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. At that time the four 2021 National winners will be announced.

Dudkiewicz's 2nd at OYF

Joseph and Ashley Dudkiewicz of Dudkiewicz Farms, located on County A, west of Crivitz, won second place honors in competition for the 2021 Wisconsin Outstanding Young Farmers (OYF) Award. Winners were selected from a group of five finalists at the 67th annual awards weekend Jan. 22 and 23 at Neenah.

Married 70 Years

Paul and Amy Massio celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary at Rennes Health & Rehab East in Peshtigo on Jan. 29. They wanted to get married in a Catholic Church but there was no time. Paul already served in WWII and now was called back to serve in the Korean War. So to the Milwaukee Court House they went on a snowy 17 below zero day.



Feb. 10

Mladenik in Hall of Fame

Crivitz resident Mike Mladenik, 66, for 40 years has been a professional fishing guide on the Menominee River and High Falls Flowage. He is also known nationally and even internationally as an author, TV host, producer and champion story teller. He is one of seven persons selected for induction into the International Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame Class of 2021.

City Partners with Historical Committee

The City of Peshtigo is partnering with the Historical Day Committee to celebrate the City of Peshtigo's 150th Sesquicentennial celebration of the Great Peshtigo Fire. In partnership with the Historical Day Committee they will continue to celebrate Historical Day the same weekend as previous years.2021's Historical Days will be Sept. 24-26.

Eversons Married 50 Years

Daniel Everson and Karen (Baumann) Everson were married 50 years ago on Feb 20, 2971 at Zion Lutheran Church in Peshitgo by Pastor Delton Tills. The couple has one son, Mark (Darsi) of Fishers, IN., and two grandsons,Blake and Max. They will celebrate their Golden Anniversary at a later date with family and friends.

Feb. 17

Behnke Wins 89th District Primary

Elijah Behnke of Oconto, will be the Republican candidate for the 89th District seat in the Wisconsin State Assembly vacated by the January resignation of long-time incumbent John Nygren of Marinette. Behnke received 1,643 votes followed by Mike Kunesh with 862 votes, Debbie Jacqes with 768, Michael Schneider with 259, and David Kamps with 157. In the Spring election on April 6, Behnke will face Democratic candidate Karl Jaeger.

Name Sartorelli DHHS Director

At the monthly meeting on Feb. 23, Marinette County Board is expected to approve appointment of Deputy Director Glenn Sartorelli to fill the top position in the Marinette County Health and Human Services Department. He has been filling the post of DHHS Director since Robin Elsner retired in January after holding the director position for nearly 30 years.

Marinette Marine

Breaks Ground

On Feb. 9, executives of Fincantieri Marinette Marine broke ground on Building 34, a new enclosed fabrication facility to accommodate production of the U.S. Navy's new FFG(X) frigate, the future constellation class. Marinette Marine would have preferred to hold an all-hands groundbreaking ceremony with the entire shipyard staff and the local community, but opted for a scaled-down version due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The new Building 34 will be the largest in the yard's history, and will support work on a 10-hull, $5.5 billion contract for the Navy.

Marinette Schools going In-Person

At a long and intense monthly school board meeting on Feb. 16, Marinette School Superintendent Corrie Lambie unveiled plans to bring students in grades 6 through 12 into school for in-person classes four days a week beginning March 1. Wednesdays will be left open as a time to provide extra help for students who remain on virtual learning and others struggling with course work. Lambie's plan drew objections from several board members, with the strongest coming from Charles Rowell.

Feb. 24

Crivitz Keeps Masks

Concerns over negative impact of Covid-19 rules and restrictions again occupied much of the discussion at a long, hard Crivitz School Board meeting on Feb. 17. Near the end of the meeting, the board, by a narrow 4 to 3 split, voted as requested by Superintendent Patrick Mans to continue requiring students and others entering the school buildings to wear masks for the remainder of the current school year, whether or not the state masking mandate is lifted.

Camps Killed in Accident

Tony F. Camps, 46, of Porterfield, died Feb. 20 as the result of a fatal snowmobile crash in the Town of Wagner. Before midnight on Feb. 20, Marinette County Dispatch received a call from a snowmobiler who had come across another snowmobile that had gone off the trail on a curve and struck a tree on Tail 5-1 wet of Hwy. 180 in the Town of Wagner. Camps was discovered at the scene. Born May 9, 1974 in Marinette to Francis and Patricia (Huebner) Camps, he was a lifelong area resident and a 1993 graduate of Marinette High School. He was employed at Fincantiere Marinette Marine.

Meyers Dies in Collision

A two-vehicle accident on Hwy. 41 near Frog Pond Road in the Town of Oconto, at2:10 p.m. on Feb. 19, took the life of Grace L. Meyers, 18, of Peshtigo. When deputies arrived on the scene, it was determined that a passenger car traveling south on Hwy. 41 slightly south of Frog Pond Road had struck the rear bumper of a straight tanker truck operated by a 55-year old Oconto Falls male. Collision with the tanker truck resulted in the death of the driver of the passenger car, who was later identified as Meyers. The operator of the tanker truck was no injured. Meyers was born May 20, 2002 in Marinette to Steve and Emma (Blahnik)Meyers, and graduated from Peshtigo High School in 2020.

March 3

Johnston is 106

Very few people are alive to celebrate their 106th birthday, and even fewer are well enough and alert enough to enjoy it. Former Grover resident Barbara Johnston is one of the few. Due to failing vision and hearing, she is now a resident of NewCare Convalescent Center in Crivitz where staff and fellow residents helped celebrate her 106th birthday on March 3. The Activity Director at NewCare, said Johnston remains alert, involved, spry and independent.

Lack of Easement Threatens Funding

At a meeting of the Peshtigo Water and Sewer Committee on Feb. 25, Engineering Consultant Taryn Nall issued a strong warning that lack of a signed easement for crossing BPM property could cost the utility over $300,000 in funding for reconstruction of the main sewer line across the Peshtigo River. The utility has been promised $300,000 of "forgiveness" for a loan to finance the river crossing project, but Nall said time is getting short and project approval hinges on having ownership or an easement for all property involved.

School to Partner

With City

At the Peshtigo City Council meeting on March 2, Peshtigo School superintendent Patrick Rau thanked the Council and its committees for supporting the kayak launch and other joint efforts and offered to help with other projects in the future, including possible nature trails using the green area adjacent to the Elementary Learning Center property and Badger Park and Campgrounds.

March 10

Coleman Goes Full Time

By unanimous vote at its meeting on March 8, the Coleman School Board supported a recommendation from Superintendent/High School Principal Doug Polomis to return high school students to five days per week of in-school classes beginning at the start of the fourth quarter on April 5.

Walters on Cemetery Board

At the Riverside Cemetery Board meeting March 8, resident Steve Walters was in attendance at the meeting with interest of possibly filling a trustee position on the Cemetery Board. There were two trustee openings and Walters made the decision to fill one of those openings as a three year term. Walters said, "After I retired, my son got me into genealogy and ancestry and it sparked my interest and thats why I am here." Walters is retired from BPM and is a lifetime resident of the area.

Suring Men Held on Sex Charges

According to separate reports from Oconto County Sheriff Todd Skarban, two men from Suring are being held in Oconto County Jail after being charged with multiple counts involving sexual assaults on a child. The man charged as a result of a report on Feb. 20 of an incident in the Town of Oconto Falls has been identified as Jonathan M. Hanson, 39, and the man charged as a results of a report on Feb. 28 of an incident which occurred in the Village of Suring has been identified as John E. Fredenburgh, 36.

Woulf Named VP at Airgas

Former Coleman resident Todd Woulf has been selected by Airgas to serve as Area Vice President supporting the NorthEast Area. Would brings 33 years of diverse experience to his new role. Woulf, son of Glenn and Simone Woulf of coleman, is a graduate of Coleman High School and obtained his Bachelors of Business Administration degree from W-Oshkosh.

Dorothy Caebe Turns 103

Dorothy Caebe celebrated her 103rd birthday on March 1 at Rennes Health and Rehab Center, West in Peshtigo.She grew up on the family farm on Old Peshtigo Road and enjoyed spending time with her flowers and gardening, baking, deer hunting, ice fishing and time at their cabin. She and her husband, Alan, enjoyed music and dancing. Her family circle includes a son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Joyce Caebe, grandsons Kevin and Kurt, and great-grandchildren, Cady and Keifer.

March 17

Receive Plaques

Plaques were presented at the Town of Peshtigo meeting March 16 to three persons that had a combined total of 93 years of service and are ending their tenure with the Town of Peshtigo. Chairman Herman Pottratz, was recognized for his 24 years of service with two years as Supervisor on the Board and 22 years as Town Chairman; Dan Staudenmaier served as a Supervisor for 18 years, and Ron Walters had a run of 51 years as Town Assessor.

Sell Apartments to Village

At the Coleman Village Board meeting March 8, Village President Glenn Woulf announced the Coleman Non-Profit Housing Association had sold its 8-unit Maple Lane Apartments building to a private buyer, and the proceeds will be donated to the Village in hopes the village Board will use it to finance another apartment building to help meet the community's growing need for housing. Would said there will be about $124,000 left after paying all bills. Federal grant regulations require that the proceeds be donated to another non-profit organization.

Assigned to International Space Station

Once again Mark VandeHei who has family in Peshtigo, an uncle and aunt, Jim and Jan VandeHei, will be heading up into space. NASA selected VandeHei as an astronaut in 2009 and he completed his first spaceflight in 2018. This time NASA has assigned him as a flight engineer and member of the 64/65 crew. He will embark on his second trip to space on April 9, 2021 aboard the Russian Soyuz, one month after getting the assignment.

March 24

Graduates Mental Health Court

On March 23 at the Marinette County Courthouse, members of Marinette County Mental Health Court met to acknowledge the accomplishments of graduates Nicholas Thomson and Kaytlyn Schulte. Judge James Morrison spoke about the two graduates and the strides they have made to complete their programs, noting the efforts of all involved, but more importantly the desire of the students to succeed.

Sells Sesquicentennial Coins

The City of Peshtigo will begin selling commemorative coins recognizing the Sesquicentennial of the Great Peshtigo Fire on March 29, at the City Clerk's Office from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost of the coins will be $15 each which includes a velvet carrying pouch.

Receives National Award

A local environmental group was honored with a national award for their efforts to protect the Menominee River. The Coalition to SAVE the Menominee River, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping the Menominee River safe from the threat of an open pit metallic sulfide mine, received the 2020 Freshwater Hero Award. The award, given by Freshwater Future, an organization based in Petoskey, Mich. honors and celebrates everyday people who jump into action to solve the most pressing issues facing the Great Lakes. Dale Burie is president of the group.

March 31:

Mudbrook Road Rejected

A 28-2 vote of Marinette County Board to reject a proposal that would have provided a home for a 980 Sex Offender in a quiet rural residential area on Mudbrook Road near the Lake/Porterfield town line was greeted with cheers and joyful tears from the approximately 100 people who had come to the meeting on March 30 in hope of achieving that outcome. A majority of the speakers stressed the family atmosphere of their neighborhood, proximity to recreational trails and the popular swimming area at the Black Bridge over the Peshtigo River and freedom for youngsters to safely play outdoors without extensive supervision.

Oginski Honored

Marinette County Sheriff's Deputy Dave Uginski of Wausaukee was awarded a life saving award presented to him by Sheriff Jerry Sauve at the Marinette County Board meeting on March 30. Oginski was honored for his off-duty actions that saved the life of a young Wausaukee man in February of this year.

Sentinel Structures Closes

Sentinel Structures, Inc. of Peshtigo has permanently shut down production of structural glued laminated timber as of March 31. Manufacturing has ceased and all factory team members have been laid off. Sentinel Structures has been a part of the Peshtigo community for many years. Maurice Rhude of Marinette purchased the compay in 1972 and it has been operated by members of the Rhude family since then.

CBA Persons of Year

Crivitz Business Association announces it's Persons of the Year winners which will be handed out at the annual banquet April 12. Youth of the Year is Danielle Williams; Adult of the Year is Rebecca Witt Zillges; Educator of the Year is Toni Spalding; and Business of the Year i Peshtigo River Center.

April 7

Behnke Wins 89th District

In the only partisan contest on the ballot for the Spring election on April 6, voters voters chose Elijah Behnke, a Republican, to fill the 89th District representative seat in the Wisconsin State Assembly formerly held by John Nygren of Marinette, also a Republican. The 89th District covers parts of Brown, Marinette and Oconto counties. Behnke who lives near Pensaukee in rural Oconto County drew 8,129 votes to defeat Democrat candidate Karl Jaeger of Marinette, who received 4,732 votes. Nygren defeated Jaeger in the elections last November, and then in January resigned the elected position to take a job in the private sector. This is Behnke's first venture into the political arena. Behnke describes himself as Pro God, Pro Life and Pro Gun.

Geltz is Hero

Tim Geltz, owner of Geltz Construction in Porterfield, has been identified as the anonymous hero who saved an out-of-town walleye fisherman from drowning in the icy waters of the Peshtigo River shortly before 9 a.m. on March 31. Throngs of fishermen in the Peshtigo River were trying to catch their limit of walleye. A young man, aged 25 to 30, fell into the river. He was thrashing in the water and Geltz kept yelling...stand up...stand up. Not a word from him. And as he kept thrashing he was pulling himself farther out in deeper water in the current. When he was about 20 feet out, Geltz realized the only part of his body out of water was hid head. Geltz grabbed his hood and it ripped off. He then grabbed his collar and pulled him in to shore. Geltz saved a man's life...he is a true hero.

Referendums Fail

Referendum questions aimed at providing funds for Peshtigo School District facility improvements and City of Peshtigo street projects were rejected by voters on April 6.By a margin of 410 to 353, City of Peshtigo voters rejected a referendum that would have allowed City Council to set its tax levy for the foreseeable future at $200,000. Although results were close voters of Peshtigo School District did not approve either of the two referendum questions posed on the ballot. Question #1 would have allowed the district to borrow $33.2 million to renovate Peshtigo High School.Middle School building. Question #2 would have allowed the district to borrow $1.825 million to develop land west of Peshtigo Elementary School to support the district's physical education, athletic and extracurricular programs.

April 14

New Fire Truck

The City of Peshtigo Fire Department took delivery on April 12 of one of the two new fire trucks the city had on order from Custom Gab, or Marion, WI. The new engine will be placed in service in about a month, according to Fire Chief Charles Gardon. The new truck replaces a pumper that was purchased in 1974.

Recount in Middle Inlet

With a narrow 6-vote difference deciding the outcome of a 4-way race for two supervisor positions on Middle Inlet Town Board on the ballot April 6, there is to be a recound starting April 15. The two candidates with the highest number of votes after the recount will be sworn in for two year terms on the board. Incumber supervisors Ron Wenzel and Donald Van both sought re-elections, with challenges from former clerk/treasurer Charles Stanek, and Roger Leick, a former supervisor. The count on April 6 after the polls closed have Van as the highest vote-getter with 151 votes, and Stanek second with 129 votes, followed by Wenzel with 123 votes and Leick with 59.

Detonate Blasting Caps

Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve reported on two separate occasions last week the Marinette County Sheriff's Office enlisted the help of the Brown-Outagamie County Bomb Squad to detonate dangerous blasting caps. The first incident occurred on Army Lane in the Town of Stephenson. The second incident on Van Ginkel Road in the Town of Niagara involved 90 blasting caps in an outbuilding. The potentially dangerous materials were disposed of by professionals.

Denby New Business Mgr at STAA

St. Thomas Aquinas Academy in Marinette announced that Deacon David Denby is their new Business Manager. Deacon Denby comes to the Academy after retiring from 30 years in banking. He worked for The Stephenson National Bank and Trust for the last 10 years. He holds a degree in European History and an MBA in Finance, along with extensive theological studies.

Skotskes Married 50 Years

Ronald Skotzke and the former Carole Szyszkiewicz were married on April 17, 1971 in Milwaukee. The couple reside in Porterfield, but lied in Cudahy for 33 years prior to that. They have three children, Randal (Cheryl), Bradley (Christy), and Wendy (Corey) Manke, and six grandchildren.

April 21

Mask Mandate Ends in Coleman

Starting April 26, students in the Coleman School District can decide if they do or do not want to wear face masks during classes or other activities in the school facilities. Decision to repeal the district's mask mandate was made by a four to two vote of Coleman School Board after a long, hard and passionate discussion at their monthly meeting on April 19.

Salute Mayor Bousley

State Senator Mary Felzkowski of Tomahawk and State Representative Jeffrey Mursau of Crivitz, presented retiring Niagara Mayor George Bousley with a commendation plaque and flags that had flown over the state Capital, and saluted him for his many accomplishments during a retirement reception in his honor at Niagara City Hall on April 16. Bousley had been Niagara Village President since 1975, and became its first mayor when the village became a city in 1991. He also served many years as a Marinette County Board of Supervisor and County Board Chair.

Zeitler Wins Scholarship

United Cooperative, a farmer-owned cooperative based in Beaver Dam with locations throughout Wisconsin, awarded fifty $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors and college students continuing their education. Area student winning a scholarship was Michaela Zeitler of Coleman.

MI Recounts

Stays the Same

The Town of Middle Inlet Municipal Board of Canvassers met April 15 for a recount of ballots cast for town supervisors in the April 6 elections. The recount results found that the numbers were the same as the night of April 6. There were two positions for town supervisor to be filled. Candidates were incumbent supervisors Ronald Wenzel and Donald Van, former elected town clerk/treasurer Charles Stanek, and Roger Lieck, who was a town supervisor several years ago. Van and Stanek were found to be the winners.

Lambie, Raygo Awarded

Thirty-five high-achieving UW-Oshkosh seniors who exemplify top academic and leadership qualities and a deep commitment to serving others have earned recognition as recipients of the 2021 Chancellor Awards for Excellence. Area students being honored were Chloe Lambie of Marinette, and Amber Raygo of Menominee.

April 28

Crivitz to Keep Masks This Year

The crowd that turned out for the Crivitz School Board meeting on April 21 to express opposition to mandated masking for students achieved a partial victory. By a narrow three to four vote margin the board rejected a motion to end the mask mandate immediately, but then, with only one dissenting vote, agreed to not required masks in the district facilities after the end of the current school year. Last day for students will be June 3.

Pottratz Retires

After his many years of service, Chairman Herman Pottratz chaired his last annual Town of Peshtigo meeting on April 20. Pottratz ended saying, "I have reached that magic age of 88, there isn't much time left and I am going to have to part"with the town. However, there are so many good people out here, you never stop meeting them. There are jobs, a nice place to live and the water situation is on its way to getting solved. With that I would like to thank everybody and we will entertain a motion to adjourn." Pottratz's dear wife, Pat, then made the motion to adjourn and his dear friend, Lou Ann Siels seconded.

Deputy Haws Honored

Thanks to the prompt and effective response of Marinette County Sheriff's Deputy Charles Haws, a possible fatality was averted. Sheriff Jerry Sauve presented him with a Life Saver Award and other honors at the Marinette County Board meeting on April 20. Haws was on patrol on a snowy, cold Jan. 24. Dispatch received several calls about a vehicle driving erratically in the Crivitz area. Within nine minutes after he was called, Deputy Haws found a car "parked" on Airport Road with a man slumped over the steering wheel. Car was running and still in gear, with the unconscious man's foot on the brake. Haws broke his baton trying to get into the vehicle, and finally managed to gain entry. Haws caught the odor of a drug overdose, administered two doses of Narcan, and working alone, managed to shut off the vehicle and revive the unconscious driver.

Arrest 2 for Methamphetamine

Peshtigo Police Chief Rick Badgley reports that on April 20, the Peshtigo Police Department conducted a traffic stop resulting in an arrest regarding methamphetamine, in the City of Peshtigo. A search of a residence was executed where a large amount of methamphetamine was discovered. Two individuals were taken into custory.

May 5

Fire at Luigi's

An early evening fire caused considerable damage to Luigi's Pizza, 880 Frontage Rd. in Peshtigo. The City of Peshtigo Fire Department responded at 5:59 p.m. on April 30. Upon arrival firefighters discovered the rear of the building was on fire. They quickly knocked down the flames but some smoke entered the restaurant. All patrons and employees were evacuated. Mark Huhtala, owner, stated cause of the fire is believed to be accident due to a pile of cardboard igniting outside of the building.

11 New Sex Charges

Brian Helfert, 57, of Menominee, a former Menominee County Sheriff's Department Sergeant who is currently serving a 6-month jail term in Ontonagon County Jail, is faced with 11 new felony counts said to have stemmed from a six-year history of sexual abuse of a young male victim. Helfert was arraigned April 30 in Menominee District court and Judge Robert Jamo set bail at $250,000 cash or surety.

Grandaw New President

At the Crivitz Village Board meeting on April 28, Trustee Amy Grandaw resigned to accept her new role as Village President and Ross Behrendt was promptly elected to fill the resulting trustee vacancy.

Nadolny Awarded

Jesselyn Nadolny, a junior at UW-Eau Claire, with a major in Spanish teaching and a minor in history teaching, has won a national Honors Fellowship Award that will fund her newest research project, which builds on work she has already completed as a Blugold Fellow.The future teacher's passion for languages and cultures, and her curiosity about the creative practices of world language teachers, inspires her research that focuses on creativity in world language classrooms.

May 12

Sequin Addresses Law Enforcement Memorial

A law enforcement memorial service was held at the UW-Theater in Marinette on May 11. Officers and deputies from the Marinette County Sheriff's and Marinette Police Departments participated in the service. Keynote speaker for the service was Judge Jane Sequin, Marinette County Circuit Court Branch I judge. In her speech she praised the efforts of all law enforcement and how important their job is to keep us all safe.

Lena Hires Hanson for Principal

Lena High School/Middle School Principal James Torzala is slated to retire on June 7 and the search for a replacement has been carried out for the past several months. At its meeting on May 3, LenaSchool Board voted unanimously to offer the job to Marinette Middle School Assistant Principal Matthew Hanson.

Aquila Withdraws from Wetland Fight

Plans by Aquila Resources to construct its controversial open pit "Back 40 Mine" on the banks of the Menominee River near Stephenson, Mich. are in the process of being changed. A news release issued May 11 announced that Aquila has withdrawn its appeal of a judicial decision rejecting its wetlands permit and has engaged consultants to look at a new plan that would incorporate an underground mine and reduce the size of the initially proposed 750-foot deep open pit mine.

May 19

Seek Home for Sex Offender

Marinette County is still faced with need to find a home for a 980 sex offender who has served his prison term and is scheduled to be released from the state mental hospital on June 10. A month ago County Board rejected a plan by John LeFebvre to place a pre-fab home on a county owned parcel on Mud Brook Lane in the Town of Lake.

New Firefighters

At the May 17 Peshtigo City Council meeting, Mayor Cathi Malke authorized Fire Chief Chuck Gardon to hire three new firefighters for the Peshtigo Fire Department. The new firefighters approved on Gardon's recommendation are Crystal Klimek, Timothy Liesch and Zackary Poverski.

Turns 103

Josephine "Josie" Greason, formerly of Pound, celebrated her 103rd birthday on May 13 at Rennes Health and Rehab Center West in Peshtigo where she currently lives. Staff decorated her room and filled her mailbox with cards. Josie is active at the facility joining in activities and visiting with others. She graduated from Coleman High School in 1937 and is the last living member of her class.The girls basketball team, the Colemanettes, which she was a member of, were the state champions that year. Her daughter and son-in-law are Karen and Rick Bruesewitz.

May 26

No More Masks!

For the first time in many months, the Marinette County Board meeting on May 25 was held in the courthouse and with almost no masks in sight. When the Covid-19 pandemic began 15 months ago, County Administrator John LeFebvre imposed rules requiring masks in the courthouse, and now he explained to County Board he had lifted that mandate.

Grandaw Crivitz School President

Amy Grandaw is not president of both Crivitz School Board and Crivitz Village Board. She was elected as School Board President by a 4-3 margin at the board meeting on May 19. She replaces incumbent Mike Dama, who held the position of school board president for many years.

New Owners of Glenwood

Jim and Connie Doemel, who have owned and operated Glenwood Memorial Gardens cemetery in Marinette for the past 36 years, announced they have officially sold it to their daughter, Jackie and son-in-law, Jason Lemire effective May 1. The Doemels purchased the cemetery in December of 1984 after moving to the area from Oshkosh and have been operating it ever since. Jim and Connie plan to retire and enjoy life but will stay on as a mentor for a period of time.

Jim Felker Honored

James Felker was honored at the Peshtigo Fire Department's annual banquet for his 50 years of service to the citizens of Peshtigo. Felker started on the fire department on April 6 1971 and officially retired on April 6, 2021.

June 2

Berman New Alderman

By a 3-2 vote at the Peshtigo C ity Council meeting on June 2, Katie Berman was elected Disgtrcit 3 Alderman to replace Archer Leupp who resigned due to other job responsibilities shortly after he was re-elected on April 6. Berman was the first of three to apply to fill Leupp's spot. The other two letters of interest were from Doug VanWinkle and Zakary Lossett.

New Pastor at Hillside

Hillside Assembly at Gillett, will install a new lead pastor, Rev. Jonathan Carlson on June 6 during the 10 a.m. service. Rev. John Davis, District Superintendent will be leading the service. Pastor Jon is a life-long member of Hillside Assembly. In December 2020 he married Rev. Stacy Winton who is also a credentialed Pastor in the Assemblies of God.

Brownsons Married

50 Years

The former Karen Konrardy and John Brownson of Porterfield were married June 5, 1971 at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Hewitt. They lived in Marshfield until 1974 and then moved to the Porterfield Area. The couple has two sons, Kevin (Michelle) and Orestes "Rusty" (Liz), and six grandchildren complete the family circle, Nathan, Travis, Daniel, Jacob, Sophia and Aaron.

June 9

Woman's Club Scholarships

Peshtigo Woman's Club members issued two scholarships at their meeting on May 17th. Two $500 scholarships went to Peshtigo High School seniors: Allison Dudka, daughter of Sheila and Dale Dudka. She will major in Medical Imaging at UW-Oshkosh, and Alexis Kehoe, daughter of Stephanie and Jason Kehoe, plans to major in Health Science at UW-Stevens Point.

Donates to Nurse's Nook

A grant from the Leon and Clymene Bond Foundation, Inc. will support the Nurse's Nook program in Oconto County. Nurse's Nook, a program of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, provides aid to children and families in need in all five school districts in Oconto County. They provide aid such as food, personal hygiene products, clothing, medical supplies/devices and transportation assistance for medical appointments.

Gassers Married 65 Years

Ardeen and Jack Gasser of Criviz recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. The former Ardeen Barkow and Mr. Gasser were married on June 2, 1956 at Stony Hill Lutheran Church in Shawano. Ab upcoming get together will include their three children and spouses, Jeff (Jacqueline) Casser of Coleman, Jodee (Greg) Millette of Marinette, and Jay (Kerry) Gasser of Janesville, along with their four grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.

Miss Niagara

As part of the 2021 Niagara Lions Community Weekend Picnic, Haley Allred will be crowed the new Miss Niagara. She is the daughter of Jennifer and Cory Allred.

Earns Eagle Scout

Jack Dumke of Vicgtoria, MN, of Boy Scout Troop 589 will receive his Eagle Scout rank during a Troop 589 Court of Honor ceremony. Jack is the son of Blaine Dumke, formerly of Peshtigo, and Kristen Larson Dumke, and is the grandson of Gail Dumke of Peshtigo. For his project he built Aldo Leopold style wooden benches for the Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church in Victoria, MN.



June 16

Breaks Ground

Marinette School District along with partners C.D. Smith Construction and Somerville Architects and Engineers, celebrated a groundbreaking on June 10, a significant milestone in the District's rightsizing Plan. The plan consolidates facilities from the current six school configuration to four. The sole remaining elementary school will be Park Elementary.

Mrs. Wisconsin American

Rachel (Lock) Behringer, formerly of Peshtigo, was crowned Mrs. Wisconsin American 2021 at the conclusion of the pageant in Wausau on June 5. She will complete against Mrs. winners rom other states at a national level competition in Las Vegas in November. Rachel, a 39-mother of three, grew up in Peshtigo and graduated from Marinette Catholic Central High School. Her parents are Michael and Wendy Lock of Peshtigo.

Wed 60 Years

Bob and Jayne Blackbourn of Coleman celegrated their 60th wedding anniversary recently. They were married on June 10, 1961 at St. Leo's Catholic Church in Pound. The couple has six children, 16 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

New Pastor

The three area Methodist Churches, Peshtigo United Methodist, Harmony United Methodist and First United Methodist Church in Marinette welcomed their new Pastor, Nathan Reed and wife, Terri, and children, Amilia and Wesley. They will reside at the Marinette Parsonage.

June 23

Another Referendum?

At the June 16 Peshtigo School Board meeting, Superintendent Patrick Rau asked the Board to consider making a decision on a timeline for the next referendum as to target Spring or Fall 2022.

Park Fees in

Middle Inlet

An ordinance adopted by unanimous vote of Middle Inlet Town Board on June 10, requires owners or occupants of campers, TVs, motor homes, etc. or owners of the property on which they are parked to buy a $50 town permit and a Marinette County Sanitary permit prior to the units being kept on any property in the Town of Middle Inlet. If the property is unimproved, a $50 fee msut also be paid to the town to obtain a fire number.

Lioness Disbanding

In 2018 Lions Club International decided that a sponsoring Lions Club would no longer be able to cover their Lioness Club under teir insurance as of June 30, 2021.

Opening Elderly

Meal Sites

Elderly Services meal sites in Marinette County will be re-opening one at a time over the next several weeks, starting on July 1. At the quarterly Committee on Aging Board meeting on June 16, Elderly Services Director Pam Mueller Johnson told the committee she has been in contact with other counties that have been re-opening their meal sites to get ideas on how to proceed. The committee agreed that they will start opening one at a time starting July 1.

June 30

Mountain Bike Trail

Actions taken by Marinette County Board at a meeting June 29 will expand and improve the county's reputation as a mecca for those who enjoy use of recreational trails. The county's Infrastructure Committee has been negotiating plans to develop a mountain bike recreational trail in the Goodman Park area to be known as the Peshtigo River Mountain Bike Trail, and on June 29, ithe vote was unanimous in favor of a $44,430 contract with Trail Solutions.

New Playground at Badger

At a City of Peshtigo meeting on June 24 the Parks and Recreation Committee heard a presentation b Jeff Thompson of Lee Recreation of Cambridge, WI. Thompson outlaid the proposal they were presenting that would include 83 play events for an estimated 495 users ages 6 month to 12 years and beyond. The playscape is motion based play and children of all abilities can play together. The structure will be 100% inclusive and some pieces are multi-generational. There would be collection of slides, climbers, bridges, ramps, playforms, overhead events, tunnels, play panels and musical options.

Grant for River Pub

On June 29 the City of Peshtigo's RLF/UDAG Committee approved up to $10,000 in matching funds for improvements to the exterior of River Pub, which is located at the corner of French Street and North West Front St., across from Riverfront Park. This is the third project approved through the new Facade Improvement Program. The first two projects were for Brown's Corner and Peshtigo Apparel & Co.

Constine Turns 103

Gladys Constine of Peshtigo celebrated her 103rd birthday on June 29 at Rennes Health and Rehab Center West in Peshtigo. She was surprised with cake, flowers and balloons along with staff singing "Happy Birthday". She also enjoyed a celebration with her family.

July 7

Badgley Retires

Peshtigo Police Chief Rick Badgley announced his pending retirement on June 30, and at the City Council meeting on July 6. Mayor Cathi Malke's selection of Detective Mike Sievert to serve as interim chief was approved without dissent. Badgley has been a member of Peshtigo Police Department for over 40 years, the last three as Chief.

Five Injured in Fireworks

Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve said fie persons were injured, three critically, in a large ground level fireworks explosion at about 10 p.m. Friday, July 2 during a private fireworks display at a residence on LaFave Drive in the Town of Goodman. Five people including a woman in her 20s and adults aged 50 and above, suffered significant injuries that will affect them for the rest of their lives. The victims were transported to Dickinson County Memorial Hospital for treatment. Several later were transferred to other hospitals farther south.

Fire Destroys Pole Building

The Town of Peshtigo Fire Department responded to a pole building fire at W1887 Highway 64 on June 30 at 7:36 p.m. Upon arrival firefighters found the large metal pole building owned by Gary Baumgarten, previously used as a commercial auto transmission repair shop in flames and numerous explosions taking place with fire rapidly spreading throughout the building. Due to the extent of the fire with heavy fuel loads, including flammable liquids and fuel tanks inside the building Fire Chief Mike Folgert upgraded the alarm to a MABAS working still and then to the first box alarm level. The building and all contents were a total loss.

4th Traffic Fatality

Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve reported that a 38-year old Green Bay man has died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash in the Town of Wagner on July 3. The Marinette County Medical Examiner was notified that Jay M. Shipla, 38, has passed away in a Green Bay hospital of head injuries. The cycle failed to negotiate a curse, went off the road to the right and impacted a tree. The operator was not wearing a helmet and was alone.

July 14

Normal Rules in Place

At the Coleman School Board meeting July 12, Doug Polomis solidified the decision made last month to have everything as normal as possible when school opens in August for the 2021-22 school year. As approved by the Board in March, masking will be all face-to-face classes without at-home options. They are also starting to approve field trips.

Tubing Accident Takes Life

Anthony L. Rodgers, 40, of Green Bay, lost his life while inner tubing on the Peshtigo River just outside Crivitz July 10. Sheriff Jerry Sauve said that dispatch received a 911 call at 3:41 p.m. from witnesses who said a man they were tubing with had disappeared underwater on the Peshtigo River downstream from Don Brooks Park in the Village of Crivitz. The deceased victim was located and recovered by use of a river drag device.

Explains Transparency Bill

State Representative Elijah Behnke (R-Oconto) explained the co-sponsored transparency bill along with Senator Stroebel. This bill would allow parents to see what their children are being taught before it is taught in schools. This transparency provides parents with the information they need to engage in productive conversations surrounding the curriculum in their children's schools. He believes classrooms have become the frontlines of a calture war and parents should have a control over how their kids grow up.

July 21

Aquila Withdraws Permit

Aquila Resources has withdrawn its most recent Dam Safety Permit application for the controversial Back Forty Mine in Stephenson, Mich. The emails were provided to the Peshtigo Times by staunch mine opponents Tom Boerner and Dale Burie, President of SAVE the Menominee River Coalition that is fighting to prevent development of the mine on the banks of the Menominee River on the Michigan side.

Picks Referendum Date

At the Peshtigo School Board meeting July 14, with a brief referendum planning, Superintendent Patrick Rau asked the Board to set a date for the next referendum. The option are no referendum right now, April 2022 referendum or November 2022 referendum. Historically in Wisconsin, the more turnout, the better the chances of a successful referendum. With a Gubernatorial election in November, the board decided to approve going forward with a referendum in November 2022.

Send Letters to

Old Glory Vets

The USW Local 86 Women of Steel in Marinette collected and set "Welcome Home" letters written by Marinette employees and their families. These letters will be given out at Mail Call to veterans that will be traveling on the Old Glory Honor Flight out of Appleton in August. The Honor Flight's mission is to fly veterans to Washington D.C. There they are welcomed, honored, and can visit the mouments and sites dedicated to them.

July 28

Vannieuwenhoven Found Guilty

Following a 45-year search for the culprit, over two years of investigation and a 7-day trial, 12-member jury in Marinette County County on July 27 deliberated for just 2 hours before returning with guilty verdicts again 84-year of Raymond Vannieuwenhoven on two counts of first degree murder. Judge James Morrison scheduled sentencing for 1 p.m. on Aug. 26. Newly developed DNA techniques led investigators to arrest Vannieuwenhoven for the 1976 shooting deaths of a Green Bay couple, David Schuldes, age 25 at the time, and his fiancé, Ellen Matheys, 24.

Karl Jaeger Resigns

Marinette County Board accepted the resignation of Karl Jaeger, as supervisor for County Board District 21, Wards 1 and 4, in the Town of Peshtigo. Jaeger stated his family is relocating to another area due to a career change, so he will no longer be living in his district.

Marinette Schools

Mask Free

At the Marinette School Board meeting on July 26, Superintendent Corrie Lambie stated all students will return to in-person instruction five days per week, with the understanding that information regarding Covid-19 may change and influence the plans. As presented, face coverings will be optional, and social distancing will be dome as much as possible.

Military Convey

Passes in Peshtigo

A historic military convoy of up to 70 vehicles will pass through Peshtigo on Aug. 4. The convoy will be arriving from Oconto between 1:30 and 2:20 p.m. and travel through the City of Peshtigo. The historic vehicles ill be driven by approximately 90 MVPA members and support drivers.



August 4

No Discussion on Dominion Machines

During the time for public comment at the Marinette County Board meetings on May 25, June 29 and again on July 27, Tom Oldenburg, chairman of the United Constitutionalists of Marinette County and a businessman in the Amberg/Athelstane area, asked unsuccessfully for a mutual question and answer conversation with County Board on security concerns he and members of his group have with the Dominion voting machines purchased this year for all Marinette County polling places.

Day Care Needs

Need for more housing and more access to day care for children of working parents have been identified by Crivitz Village Board as two of the biggest needs of the community. One of those needs was at least partly addressed at the board meeting July 28 when an agreement aimed at helping Crivitz Youth, Inc. Daycare expand its staff was approved.

Sobecks Grand Marshals

The Lena Lions selected Dan and Joan Sobeck as parade marshals for the Lena Dairy Fest parade which will be help Sept. 11. Dan grew up on his family's dairy farm in Lena and graduated from Lena High School. Joan also grew up on her family's farm in Beaver and graduated from Coleman High School. The couple has been married for 51 years.

National Night Out

National Night Out was held Aug. 3 at the Community Rec Center in Marinette. Emergency vehicles were on display, prizes were awarded to children, bouncy houses were available along with free ice skating, face painting, and ice cream sundaes. Eagle III Flight for Life also landed. K-9 and taser demonstrations were also held.

Aug. 11

One Man Dead in Carney Fire

Over 175 firefighters, EMS and Law Enforcement personnel from four counties responded to a large fire at Superior Cedar Products on Aug. 5. According to officials the fire started around 2 p.m. when a piece of equipment used to chip cedar slabs caught fire and spread to logs and cedar lumber. An employee working on the machine was killed in the fire, his name has not been released as of yet.

USS Nantucket Christened

The Lockheed Martin led shipbuilding team launched and Polly Spencer, ship sponsor and wife of the 76th Secretary of the US Navy, Richard V. Spencer, christened Littoral Combat Ship 27, the future USS Nantucket, into the Menominee River at the Fincantiere Marinette Marine Shipyard on Aug. 7.

Amberg Woman

Dies in Crash

A three-vehicle crash in a paving construction zone on Hwy. 8 in the Town of Dunbar at 11:40 a.m. Aug. 4 took the life of 59-year old Jami Marie of Amberg and left two others injured. Initial investigation revealed eastbound traffic was being flagged to stop in paving construction zone. However, an eastbound vehicle did not stop, as others were ahead of it.Two occupants of the sedan and the driver of the vehicle that hit it were injured.

Carol Belonga Retires

The Peshtigo Senior Citizen Center and Marinette County Elderly Services will be losing one of their most devoted longtime employees with the retirement of Carol Belonga on Aug. 16. Belonga has been gracing the Peshtigo Senior Citizens Center for the past 38 years as Director and Meal Site Manager.

Oconto Falls Police

Officer Shot

A shooting incident in the City of Oconto Falls at about 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 6 resulted in the hospitalization of City of Oconto Falls Police Officer and jailing a 29-year old woman believed to have fired the shot. The Oconto Falls Police Department and the Oconto County Sheriff's Office responded to the incident. The suspect is in custody and there is no threat to the public. The name of the Police Officer has not been released. The suspect, a 29-year old female from Oconto Falls, was later identified as Alisha Kocken,was arrested and transported to the Oconto County Jail.



Aug. 18

Fair Royalty to be Crowned

The Marinette County 4-H Royalty will be crowned on Aug. 26, This year they have only one candidate, Isabella Peterson, 16, daughter of Steven and Christina Peterson of Porterfield. A sophomore at Online Academy, she is a member of the Beaver 4-Leaf Cover 4-H Club. She will hand out ribbons and help with other activities at the Fair.

Forward Together

Covid Plan

The main topic of the Peshtigo School Board meeting on Aug. 11 was how they will be moving forward with school during the pandemic situation. The goal is to have every student attend school for in-person learning in a safe environment. Their goal is to limit the risk through district mitigation efforts and family based decision making. Families will have a choice if they choose to get vaccinations or not and the choice to wear masks or not. Communications will be timely, candid and easy.

Wagner Says No

Paper Bags

At the monthly Wagner Town Board meeting, Chair Steve Renikow, Sr. said the Town's Recycling Center employees are asking residents to not place recycling in plastic bags of any kind. Plastic bags cannot be recycled, so the employees must tear the bags apart to property place contents in the recycling bins, Paper bags can be recycled and large plastic tote can easily be dumped and given back to the resident.

August 25

Gromala New Supervisor

Marinette County Board Chair John Guarisco has named Tom Gromala as the new County Board Supervisor for District 21 (Town of Peshtigo Wards 1 and 4). Heis to be confirmed by County Board and sworn in at the start of the County Board meeting on Aug. 31. He replaces former Supervisor Karl Jaeger, who resigned in April due to moving out of the district.

Masks on Busses

Like others throughout Marinette County, students of Marinette School District will be required to wear masks while on busses traveling to and from school when classes resume on Sept. 1. This is a reversal of a previous decision to make masking on busses optional, due to a CDC order requiring masks on public transport until Jan. 22, 2022. Masking for students and staff in school buildings and elsewhere on school property and other school events is left to the discretion of students and their families.

Pound Car Show Successful

Despite the rainy day, the Pound Car Show still had 70+ card entered in their show on June 26. Next year's show is scheduled for June 25. With this year's proceeds, they purchased two new stoves from Gendron's for the Community Center.

Sept. 1

Gets Two Life Sentences

In Marinette County Circuit Court Branch 2 on Aug. 26, Judge James Morrison ordered the maximum possible sentence for Raymond Vannieuwenhoven two consecutive life terms in prison in the shooting deaths of a young Green Bay couple, David Schuldes and Ellen Matheys, while they were on a camping trip to Marinette Count's McClintock Park 45 years ago on July 9, 1976. Vannieuwenhoven is now 84 years old. Matheys was raped before she was murdered. The jury trial lasted just seven days, ending on July 27.

Success Year for Fair

Despite some challenging weather to deal with, the Marinette County Fair finished with no major problems. Turnout was up over last year, when in 2020 over 30,000 attended the fair. Demolition entries were more than in 2020, animal entries were also up, cattle barn was full and poultry and rabbit exhibits were also up over last year.

Wausaukee Man Injured in Bombing

A bloody suicide bombing attack outside the Abbey Gate at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistic on Aug. 26 struck exceedingly close to TimesLand. The suicide attack caused the death of 13 members of the US Armed Forces who were trying to protect the airport and injured at least 18 other members of the US forces, including former Wausaukee resident Michael Gretzon. He graduated from Wausaukee High School in2019 and enlisted in the Marines in October of that year.

Oconto Falls Dollar General Open

Dollar General store at 607 E, Highland Dr. in Oconto Falls is now open. DG provide area residents with an affordable and convenient store location to purchase household essentials including food, cleaning spplies paper products, medicines, hygiene products, baby items and more.The new store also features a curated assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Sept. 8

Fred Popp New

Police Chief

At a City of Peshtigo Council meeting on Sept. 7, they hired new police chief Fred Popp. He replaces Chief Rick Badgley, who retired effective June 30. Popp is a 1986 graduate of Niagara High School, has 28 years of experience in law enforcement, and has been a deputy with Marinette County Sheriff's Department since 2003.

"Never Forget" Walk

Plans have been finalized for the 9-11 Memorial Walk that will take place in Peshtigo on Sept. 11. The City of Peshtigo, Town of Peshtigo, Grover-Porterfield and Town of Wagner Fire Departments are sponsoring the event. The walk honors the 343 firefighters and those who died at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

Marinette Population Up

After a delay in getting the 2020 census numbers due to Covid-19 complications, Marinette County is moving forward quickly to draw new boundary lines for its 30 supervisory districts prior to the Ocgt. 31 deadline. There are minimal changes required in most Marinette County supervisory district boundaries because county population overall rose by only 123 people.

Calls New Pastor

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Pembine announce they have called a new Pastor, the Rev. Lloyd L. Luedeman. He started serving the Grace congregation on Sept. 1. His installation as pastor will take place in October. The congregation is located at W8014 Minnie St. in Pembine.

Wysocki is G/AC Superintendent

The Goodman-Armstrong Creek School District Board of Education welcomes Mrs. Amy Wysocki as their new Superintendent /K-12 Principal. She is not a new face as she has worked as the district Reading Specialist the last four years and previously as a classroom teacher. She is the daughter of David and Dawn Millan and has lived in the area all of her life.

Sept. 15

BPM Bills City $434,100

A Sept. 9 invoice and letter from BPM General Manager Jim Koronkiewicz demanding payment of $434,100 ($72,350 per month for six months) for the River Crossing on BPM/ARATH property sent the City of Peshtigo's Water and Sewer Committee into over two hours of discussion in a closed session at its meeting on Sept. 14. That discussion resulted in a decision to ask Davis and Kuelthau Attorneys to formulate a response for the city.



4 New Eagle Scouts

Four area young men from Peshtigo Boy Scout Troop 1054 were inducted in the Eagle Scout Court of Honor on Sept. 11 at Badger Park. The Eagle Scouts honored were Gabe Fugere, Griffin Knox, Nathan Krouth and Kolin Olsen. Scoutmasters are Keith Schroeder and Hank Johnston. Rep. Elijah Behnke, Wisconsin State Assemblyman, and Eric Wimberger, Wisconsin State Senator, presented American flags and certificates to the new Eagle Scouts.

Nab Shooting Suspect

Following a high speed chase in the Town of Lena on Sept. 10, execution of a search warrant at a Town of Lena home, and a search of the woods near it, authorities captured Cody John Krueger, 24. Krueger was wanted for attempted homicide in connection with the drug-related shooting of Nicholas Staidl, 40, at his home on Superior Ave. in the City of Oconto on Sept. 3. After being on the run for a week, Krueger is being held in Oconto County Jail in lieu of $500,000 cash bond.

Broken Into

An emergency vehicle owned by the Emergency Rescue Squad in Marinette was broken into and vandalized during the evening of Sept. 8 or early morning hours on Sept. 9 while parked at the home of one of the ERS members in the 1500 block of Daggett Street in Marinette. Items taken included a defibrillator, computer, oxygen bottles and various medical supplies and gas card. Due to the vandalism, that unit will be out of service for at least 10 days.

Sept. 22

Wausaukee Rescue Issues

It appears the Wausaukee Rescue Squad will be either reorganized or replaced after Dec. 21. A brief meeting at the Squad Building on Sept. 20 broke up in disarray after Wausaukee Village President Pat Tracy presented a formal notice that the village intended to terminate its 2021 agreement for emergency medical services with the squad effective Dec. 1, and representatives of the three other municipalities that support the squad, towns of Wagner, Wausaukee and Amberg, said their boards approved similar letters. Notices of suspension were served on Rescue Squad President Steve Van Den Berg and his wife, Jaymie Van Den Berg, who has been handling WRS bookkeeping, billing and other management duties, effective on Sept. 20.

Approve Airboat

After discussion at its meeting Sept. 21, Marinette County Board agreed by a 15-11 vote margin that the county will provide $43,900 to help the City of Marinette Fire Department buy a Search and Rescue Airboat. County Administrator John LeFebvre and Board Chair John Guarisco were among those who advised against providing the funding.

Covid Cases Up

The 2021-22 school year got off to a good start at Crivitz, as reported at the Sept. 15 Board meeing. However, it didn't take long for the Coronavirus to start rearing its ugly headn and by the time of the meeting there were 5 active cases at the elementary school and 3 at the high school. By the time Sept. 21 arrived the number of positive cases had risen drastically. There were 34 cases in the school, 19 high school students, 18 elementary students and five staff members.The Board decided to continue with in-person classes, continue to recommend, but not require wearing masks, increase quarantine requirements, obtain rapid test equipment, and renew a plea to parents to keep kids at home if they appear ill.

Crevier in Hall of Fame

Rich Crevier, past director of the DAR Boys & Girls Club, was inducted into the Wisconsin Boys & Girls Club Hall of Fame recently. He received this honor for dedicating his life to the youth in Green Bay and Marinette/Menominee.

Sept. 29

T/Peshtigo Hires 2 Employees

Following a set of closed session meetings on Sept. 27, the Peshtigo Town Board hired Kayla Okins as a new Office Assistant replacing Linda Larson. Kelsey Lossett was hired as Treasurer and she will be replacing the current treasurer Marsha Rettke. Both will start Sept. 30.

Encore Performance

The dinner show presentation of "Stories From the Ashes, Chronicles from the Coals", by the Marinette Genealogy Group at Embers 1871 on Sept. 24 was such a success that an encore performance has been scheduled, and approximately 100 tickets will be available for sale at Peshtigo City Hall starting on Sept. 29.Those who attended the initial performance have universally applauded the performers, producers and hosts for doing a magnificent job on everything connected with the evening.

Dollar General Now Open

Dollar General announced its store at 3500 10th St. in Menominee is now open. DG stores provide area residents with an affordable and convenient store location to purchase household essentials including food, cleaning supplies, paper products, over the counter medicines, hygiene products, baby items and more.

Oct. 6

New Crivitz

Administrator

At a 3-minutes special meeting on Oct. 4, Crivitz School Board approved the retirement of long-time District Administrator Patrick Mans effective June 30, 2022 and approved Elementary/Middle School Principal Kelly Robinson to replace him.

Sells Land to Tri-Tec

At a Peshtigo City Council meeting on Oct. 5, members went into closed session and discussed the Industrial Park lot for Tri-Tec Manufacturing, LLC. After returning into open session they voted without dissent in favor of a motion to approve selling Lot 81 of the Pine View Commercial and Industrial Park 3rd Addition to Tri-Tec Manufacturing. Price for the 4.9 acres was set at $7,800. Present and voting in favor were Aldermen John Berendt, Debbie Sievert, Rick Berth, Katie Berman and Keith Klimek.

Speaks on Gun Rights

State Rep. Jeff Mursau of Crivitz will be a special speaker on gun rights at a meeting of the United Constitutionalists of Marinette County on Oct. 14 at Manor on Main in Wausaukee at 6:03 p.m. United Constitutionalists Chair Tom Oldenburg describes the organization as "a group of conservatives who fight for Americans traditional rights and values."

Oct. 13

Marshall Resigns at Coleman

At a special meeting on Oct. 11, the Coleman School Board accepted the resignation of Elementary/Middle School Principal Yvette Marshall from her official post as Director of Administrative Services. In a letter to the board dated Oct. 4, Marshall had submitted her resignation pending a decision from a job she has tentatively accepted in Green Bay, and expressed regret to be leaving the Coleman School District.

Patz Dies in Crash

Loretta M. Patz, 83, of Coleman died in a Madison Hospital on Oct. 9 as a result of injuries sustained during a one-vehicle crash in the Town of Grover two days later. According to Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve, emergency responders were called to Cty. B near Jandt Road in the town of Grover after a vehicle was seen in the north ditch. It appears Patz was driving alone, eastbound in the fog, when she missed a curve. The car struck several trees before coming to a stop in the ditch.

Historical

Commemoration

Over 200 people attended the Peshtigo Historical Society service honoring victims of the Peshtigo Fire, Friday, Oct. 8. People lines up early at River Front Park to recognize the victims of the Peshtigo Fire. Peshtigo Mayor Cathi Malke welcomed everyone to start the program.

PFAS Deadline

The Peshtigo Times has learned that according to a recent ruling in the U.S. District Court in the District of South Carolina, Charleston Division, current and former residents of an area in the Town of Peshtigo, may be eligible for substantial damage payments from settlement of a $17.5 million Class Action lawsuit brought against Tyco Fire Products Chemguard Inc., and ChemDesign Inc. for contaminating private wells with per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) through firefighting foams that were manufactured in Marinette and tested in Marinette and the Town of Peshtigo.

Lewandowski's

Wed 60 Years

Micki and Francis J. Lewandowski observed their 60th wedding anniversary this past summer. They were married May 13, 1961 in Elm Grove. The Town of Beaver residents live on the farm they purchased in 1965, now owned by grandson, Gregory Lewandowski. The couple has five children, Edward (Theresa), Thomas (Silvia), Michael (Linda), Ann (Jim), and Kate (Christopher).



Oct. 20

Porterfield Rescinds Action

Concerns of Porterfield resident Lee Veriha that access to farm fields and other properties he owns would be hindered by a Porterfield town Board decision to close some dead end roads were laid to rest at the monthly town board meeting Oct. 13. The Town Board held a special meetong on Oct. 12 to rescind the resolutions for discontinuing farm Road and the west quarter of Plantation Road.

Staidl's are Century Farm

The Wayne and Mary Staidl Family Farm of Peshtigo was named a 2021 Century Farm at the Wisconsin State Fair on Aug. 10. The original 80 acres were purchased by Joe and Laura Staidl in November of 1920. They had three children, Joe, Doris and Adolph. Adolph and Pat Staidl bought the farm from his parents in 1960. Wayne and Mary purchased the farm from them in 2000. They became Staidl Farms, LLC in 2014 with their son, Ryan and wife, Amanda. The farm is now approximately 500 acres and they rent about another 800+ acres from others.

Food Pantry Demand Up 160%

Visits to the area's largest food pantry continue to climb while in-kind donations dwindle and the community is being asked for support. Since April 2021 St. Vincent de Paul has experienced a 160% increase in visits to their food pantry. An increase was expected as the Covid-19 pandemic lags on, but a number this large was never predicted and the small nonprofit is struggling to keep up.



Oct. 27

County to Buy Ice Boat

At a Marinette County Board meeting on Oct. 26, by a narrow 14-13 vote margin, they reaffirmed their decision to provide $43,900 to help the City of Marinette buy an air boat that will be housed at the city's fire station and used for water rescue.

Coleman School Tax Same

Coleman School Board at their budget hearing and annual meeting on Oct. 25, adopted a balanced budget with an operating levy of $5,389,688 supported by a tax rate of $9.62 per $1,000 of equalized value, the same as it has been for the last six years. The budget provides for paying another significant portion of the money borrowed for the recent school building renovations, which District Administrator Doug Polomis explained will save the district a great deal of money in interest payments over the years.

Not Closing Dead End Roads

A set of public hearings on Oct. 26 that had been scheduled by Porterfield Town Board to consider abandoning Carviou Lane and Stub Road ended with the resolution to close Carviou Lane being rescinded and the proposed closing of Stub Road being tabled to allow the town board more time to take an in-depth look into easements for people who have property that may be accessed by Stub Road.



Swansons Married

60 Years

Alfred and Jeanne Swanson of Dunbar, will celebrate their 60th "Diamond" wedding anniversary on Oct. 28. They were married in 1961 at St. Stanislaus Church in Armstrong Creek. The couple has four children, Debbie Ziebert of Dunbar, Mike Swanson of Wasilla, AK, Julie Lorenz of Beecher and Tammy Decker of Coleman.

Salem is Commended Student

Chad Sodini, principal of Peshtigo High School announced that Salsabeel Salem, daughter of Yasser Salem and Amel Elshaier, has been named a Commended Student in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation has bee presented to Salsabeel.

Nov. 3

Peshtigo Tax Rate Unchanged

After nearly nine hours of deliberation at meetings on Oct. 28and Nov. 1, Peshtigo City Council's Finance Committee approved a proposed budget that keeps the city's property tax rate unchanged for 2022 by using $44,669 of General Fund reserves rather than increased borrowing for long-term expenses. The total tax rate will stay at $4,995 per $100,000, as it has been for several years.

Finalize Supervisor Districts

Final approval of new supervisory districts is on the agenda for Marinette County Board at its meeting Nov. 9. The meeting will begin with a public hearing on the "Final Supervisory Redistricting Plan". Approval of the plan is scheduled for later in the meeting.

New Crivitz Police Chief

On Nov. 1, former Shawano County Detective Troy Ugoretz began his new job as Chief of Police for the Village of Crivitz. His employment was unanimously approved by Crivitz Village Board at its monthly meeting on Oct. 27.

Pilot Dead in Plane Crash

Oconto County Sheriff Todd Skarban, on Oct. 27,received a call in reference to an aircraft that appeared to be descending in the area of Kelly Lake in Oconto County. US Air force and Federal Aviation Administration advised they were in the process of tracking a fixed wing single engine Beech plane.The pilot was alone in the aircraft and unresponsive. The plane eventually came down in the Kelly Lake area. The plane was located by "pinging" the cellphone of the pilot. The pilot was found dead at the scene and has been identified as a 67 year old male from Grand Prairie, Tex.

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County Board Ups Pay

At a meeting Nov. 9, Marinette County Board approved a $5 per committee meeting increase in pay for supervisors, effective when new terms begin in April of 2022, and accepted the final supervisory redistricting plan for the county as proposed. No one spoke for or against the new district boundaries at the public hearing.

Celebrates 100th Birthday

Sophie Denowski celebrated her 100th birthday Nov. 7 at NewCare in Crivitz. She was born on Nov. 9, 1921. She married Stanley Denowski of Crivitz on Nov. 9 1940 and they celebrated 67 years of marriage until his passing on Jan. 30, 2007. The couple lived and farmed in Porterfield where they raised their two children, Henry (Pat) of Crivitz and Richard (Carol) of Porterfield. The family circle also includes five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Staudenmaier Receives Award

Mary Staudenmaier was honored by the Wisconsin Bankers Association for her excellence in banking, community service, and civic involvement. A celebration was held on Oct. 29 at the WBA headquarters in Madison, where a Leaders in Banking Excellence Wall installation displays a tribute to outstanding current and former bankers.

Nov. 17

Coleman at State

Coleman Cougars Football team on Friday, Nov. 12 won their first-ever berth at the Wisconsin State Football Tournament by copping a 82-22 win over Regis. On Wednesday morning, Nov. 17 there was a pep assembly at Coleman prior to the championship game on Thursday. There are student buses and four coach buses for adults going to Madison. They will be welcomed back to Coleman at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 with a police and fire escort and another pep assembly. This is the team's first trip to the state tournament since the Cougars football program was started in 1936.

Repairs Boiler

At the Peshtigo School Board meeting on Nov. 10 the Board was tasked with approving a $50,000 purchase for a new boiler that exceeded its life span after being repaired many times and was recently deemed unrepairable.

Neumann in WWCA Hall of Fame

After a NCAA coaching career at Nebraska that spanned over 20 years and included numerous conference and national awards, Peshtigo's Time Neumann recently received an honor back home in Wisconsin. Neumann was inducted into the George Martin Wrestling Hall of Fame, started by the Wisconsin Wrestling Coaches Association to honor those who influenced amateur wrestling in Wisconsin. Neumann wrestling at Peshtigo High School in the 70s.

Nov. 24

USS Marinette Christened

At a frosty ceremony on Nov. 20, with a small group of well-wishers looking on, Ship Sponsor Jennifer Granholm, former Governor of Michigan and current US Secretary of Energy, broke a bottle of sparkling wine over the ow of LCS 25 to christen the vessel that is destined to become the USS Marinette. The Lockheed Martin-led team had launched the ship into the waters of the Menominee River at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard on Oct. 31, 2020. LCS 25 is slated to begin acceptance trials next year.

Violet Frank is 99

On Nov. 18 lifetime Peshtigo resident, Violet Frank, celebrated her 99th birthday surrounded by friends and family at Equity Hall. It was a perfect location for the celebration as her father, Phil Augustine, was one of the five founding members of Equity Club in 1914. Vi has three children, Monica Halverson, Jerome Frank and Eugene Frank.

Frank Porth Donates

For over 30 years Frank Porth helped to make Christmas more enjoyable for children by donating toys this time of the year. This year the elves at Frank Port Chevrolet said community support for the toy program was over the top. Over $2.500 worth of toys was collected at the dealership since November with over $2,000 coming from Porth himself.

Dec, 1

Consider Pillath Assessing

The Peshtigo City Council meeting on Dec. 7 is considering a new 6-year contract with Jerry Pillath of Pound, who has been assessor for the city since 2009. His contract proposal was discussed in length at the City Council's Finance and Claims Committee meeting on Nov. 30 and then recommended for Council approval by unanimous vote.

Project Under Budget

At the City of Peshtigo Streets and Drainage meeting on Nov. 29, Public Works Director George Cowell announce that the Cranberry Avenue improvement project came in under budget. After a final change order with several adjustments from PTS Contractors of Green Bay, the contract was below budget by $15,908.64.

Coleman Honors Gross

At the Coleman Village Board meeting on Nov. 8, the village budget and tax levy for 2022 were approved as presented. The board recognized long-tine Public Works Director Dennis Gross with a card and certificate for 20 years of service, and a cake reception, followed the regular board meeting,

Beland's Celebrate 50 Years

Gene and Nellie Beland of Menominee recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. The couple celebrated with family and friends at their "Ranch' on Twin Creek Road in Menominee. The couple was married at the First Presbyterian Church Chapel in Menominee on Nov. 5th 1971. Gene and Nellie are the parents of Amy Beland of Green Bay and Jenny Beland of Waupaca. The couple has owned and operated Superior Auction for the past 28 years, and Gene has been retired from Enstrom Helicopter for 8 years.

Dec. 8

Fire Destroys Garage

The Town of Peshtigo Fire Department was dispatched to a garage fire at N3050 Schacht Rd. at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 5. A passer-by noticed flames coming through the roof of the garage. Firefighters arrived within 10 minutes to find a fully engulfed garage. Fire had also spread to a nearby propane tank threatening additional structures. A MABAS alert brought in assistance from the City of Peshtigo Fire Department. The garage and all contents were destroyed but all nearby buildings were spared any damage. The garage is owned by Josh Beyer.

Offers COVID19 Testing

In hopes of making it easier for the residents in Crivitz and surrounding areas, Crivitz Rescue Squad has set up a Covid 19 testing clinic at their station. Anyone who has symptoms or has had a positive contact with someone who is ill can received a free PCR test. The resting is doe right at the garage at the station. Persons can drive in , get tested and drive right out without even leaving their car. Testing is available Monday 9-11 a.m., Wednesday, 3 to5 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

England Candidate

Allen G. England, 66, who resides at 320 S.Ellis Ave., Peshtigo, announces he is a candidate for the City of Peshtigo Alderman District 2 in the April 5 election. Currently he is semi-retired and works part tie as a secretary for Zion Lutheran Church i Peshtigo. He and his wife Karen have two grown children and four grandchildren. England had worked for Badger Paper Mills for 30 years.

Malke Seeks Re-Election

Peshtigo City Mayor Catherine Catherine Malke of 630 Dishaw Ave., Peshtigo, announced she will seek re-election for her 4th term as Mayor on the April 5 election. Malke has served on the Peshtigo Council for eight years representing aldermanic District 3 ad is currently serving her third term as Mayor. Make as been married to her husband Carl for 43 years and have three children, Mindy (deceased), Haley, and Kyle, and two granddaughters.

Talk With Astronauts

On Dec. 1 Peshtigo Elementary students talked with with Mark Vande Hei, an astronaut working on the International Space Station. Mission Control of NASA worked with Peshtigo's technology teams to coordinate a half hour of live questions and answers from PELC to the Space Station. NASA Astronaut Mark Vande Hei is a retired Army Colonel who was a combat engineer and later a professor at West Point. Vande Hei is also the cousin of Peshtigo's fourth grade teacher, Jodi VanVooren.

Dec. 15

Bear Arms Resolution

At a meeting Dec. 16, Marinette County Board's Administrative Committee will consider a resolution opposing enactment of any Wisconsin legislation that would infringe on the right to keep and bear arms. If the proposed resolution is recommended for approval by the Administrative Committee, it will go on to a vote at the next County Board meeting Dec. 21.

Wortner Resigns

Town of Grover Supervisor II, Robert "Butch" Wortner, was resigned from his position on the Town Board effective Dec. 8. The Town Board is asking anyone interested in filling the position to complete a letter to interest and provide to the town clerk by Dec. 28.

New Dog Location

Tri-County Dog Training Academy will be offering dog obedience classes at their new location, The Barking Spot, 1946 Old Peshtigo Rd., Marinette. Because of the smaller training area, class size will be limited. In order to accommodate more trainees/dogs they will provide four seven-week sessions.

Train Crash

As the Peshtigo Times was preparing to go to press shortly before noon on a foggy Dec. 15, word came in that a major crash involving a train had happened at the railroad crossing near the round-about where Hwy. 64 crosses Hwy. 141 at County CP in Pound. Rescue squads were summoned to the scene. Injuries, etc. were not known at press time.

Dec. 22:

2nd Amendment Rights

At a meeting Dec. 16, Marinette County Administrative Committee voted unanimously to recommend that the full County Board adopt a proposed resolution expressing support for the Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms. However, at the County Board meeting on Dec. 21, some of those who had supported the original resolution changed their minds. By a narrow 15-13 vote margin, with two supervisors absent, County Board voted to send the resolution back to the Administrative Committee with instructions to instead develop a resolution that instead will express support for the entire Constitution, and all its by-laws.

Fog Factor in Crash

A multiple vehicle crash involving a train and several vehicles on Hwy. 141 in the Town of Pound on Dec. 15, caused the death of one man, Steven J. Buss, 58, of Kaukauna, and injuries to two others. Visibility at the time of the crash was reportedly very low due to heavy fog. At 11:17 a.m. Marinette County Dispatch started receiving calls reporting a crash. Eventually investigation revealed that the Escanaba & Lake Superior train was crossing the four lane highway from east to west. A loaded tanker semi full of fuel had stopped in the right northbound lane and a large service van had stopped in the left northbound lane. Out of the fog a dump truck struck the service van from behind, forcing the van under the train. Another dump truck then hit the first dump truck and also impacted the train.

Crash Claims Grover Woman

On Dec. 18 Marinette County Dispatched received calls of a crash at Hwy. 41 and Kasal Lane involving a large truck and a passenger car. A four door passenger car was attempting to pull onto Hwy. 41 N/B from the median or attempting to cross completely to Kasal Lane into the Eagle Express truck stop. The car entered the path of a northbound semi-truck pulling a dump trailer loaded with scrap metal. The lone female operator was ejected and later pronounced dead on the scene. Deceased is Kathy Ann Trepanier, 67, of Grover.

Fire Destroys Barn

On Dec. 19 the Pound and Brazeau Fire Departments were paged to a barn fire in 7:55 p.m. at W8966 West 26th Road in the Town of Pound at the Edward and Julie Nowak farm. The orange glow in the sky from the fire could be seen for about 15 miles. A MABAS alert was issued. Upon arrival firefighters found the barn fully engulfed in flames. Before firefighters arrived, Julie Nowak was able to get most of the dairy cows out of the barn but five cows perished in the blaze. The barn and contents were a total loss but the dairy portion was able to be saved.

Dec. 29

Five Board Seats Open

All 30 Supervisor seats on Marinette County Board expire in April of 2022 and will be filled at the Spring elections on April 5. As of Dec. 29, only five incumbent supervisors have filed declarations of non-candidacy giving official notice of their intention to not seek return to office. Kathy Brandt, County Clerk, reported the remaining 25 incumbents have either already filed nomination papers or informed her that they plan to do so. Those filing declarations of non-candidacy are Tricia Grebin, Dunbar/Goodman, district 3 (formerly District 5; Penny Chaikowski, Porterfield /Lake, District 13; Jillian Schutte, Peshtigo, District 19; Mike Behnke, 345 S. Ellis Ave., District 20; and Ted Sauve, Marinette, District 27.

Run Donates $3,000

Thanks to a successful Peshtigo Fire Tower Run in September during Historical Days, the Peshtigo Fire tower Run Committee made up of Dawn Lepinski, Josh Lepinski and Amy Cleven, was able to donate $3,000 back to the Peshtigo community from funds generated by the run. Those organizations receiving donations included the Peshtigo High School for Students Eat Everyday Program, Peshtigo Fire Department, Peshtigo Run Club and Q&A Foundation for the Badger Park playground project.

Eight Supervisors Non-Candidates

The Oconto County Clerk's Office has reported that eight of the Oconto County Board's 31 supervisors had filed declarations of non-candidacy prior to the filing deadline on Dec. 24. Supervisors who have announced they will not seek re-election for terms to begin in April of 2022 are Elizabeth Paape, District 4; Robert Pott, District 6; Fran Wranosky, District 9; Karl Ballestad, District 11; Rose Stellmacher, District 15; Lowell Kamke, District 17; Paul Bednarik, District 22; and Gregory Sekela, District 23.

Berth Candidate for Mayor

Richard "Rick" Berth III, after serving three years on Peshtigo City Council as Alderman for District 1, announced in the 2022 Spring Election he will be a candidate for return to that office, and also will be a candidate for Mayor of Peshtigo. If elected to both, he will need to choose which office to accept. He said if elected to both, he will choose the office of mayor, and then appoint someone to fill the alderman position. Berth, 56, lives at 481 Oconto Ave. in Peshtigo, with his wife, Peggy, and their son, Cole.


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