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1:13 PM, Mar. 12, 2013  |  Comments
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Five years ago - March 12, 2008

? The Oconto's Hi-Q team season has qualified for the semi-final round next Thursday at Suring. The, winning team competes in the championship matches for place money vs. Marinette and Wausaukee (the top 3 teams win monetary prizes). Oconto's team members are Breanna Casper, Lexie Olson, Ariel Dickinson, Taylor Thomson, Rylee Ahnen, Kevin Newman, Dustin Metzler and Michael Calvert. Adviser is Ms. Salewski.

? Five generations include Ruth Grunov, great-great-grandma; Amberly Theis, mother; Dylan Theis, new arrival; Shawn Theis, grandfather and Vicki Grunow, great-grandma.

? Hon. Michael Bake, municipal judge of the city of Oconto, attended the Municipal Judge Special Topic Seminar conducted by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Office of Judicial Education on March 6 and 7, at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake.

10 years ago - March 12, 2003

? At last Tuesday's Oconto Committee of the Whole meeting, Mayor Tom Fulton said a Main Street improvement project group has been organized. It includes Sue Potter and Jill Tellez, who will hold open office hours at 1133 Main St. each Saturday.

? The mayor also reported that ground breaking for a new supper club at the Breakwater will begin when the frost is out of the ground. And he proposed the strip mall project on Charles Street is expected to begin construction this summer.

? In hopes of achieving its goal of cutting over $600,000 from the next budget, the Oconto School Board now has cut two administrative positions, plus other layoffs. The post of assistant principal held by Tom Krause has been eliminated. Krause also is athletic director. And former principal, Elaine Pulver, who has been in charge of seeking grant money plus curriculum duties, was notified her contract won't be renewed. The Board also approved several final non-renewable contracts.

? For the fourth consecutive year, Dr. Frank Ralls will head a medical mission team, which has an Oconto area connection, to administer aid to the famine-stricken Sierre Leone Nation in West Africa. Joining Dr. Ralls will be Judy Mursau, R.N., Coleman, who is a nurse at the Ridgeview Clinic in Green Bay and Oconto and Billy Bake of Oconto, a former Oconto High School basketball star who is taking pre-med courses at UW-Green Bay. Dr. Ralls is a family doctor who heads the Oconto office of Ridgeview.

25 years ago - March 9, 1988

? Several offices move to new locations. The Oconto County Economic Development coordinator and Attorneys Mark Converse and Jay Conley are in the former Eklund Insurance building at 1133 Main St. The Oconto County Commission on Aging will be moved from Oconto to Lena in the Maple Valley Insurance building.

? Four of the boys at Boehmer's Ace Hardware in Oconto all agreed to try and stop smoking for a period of six months. They all have a bet. They are Paul LeBreck, Bob Sousek, Ron Filz and Jake Boehmer.

? LeTourneau Plastics Inc. is continuing to expand. Employment doubled in 1987 to 31 persons.

? Eighty-eight children and parents attended the showing of a Disney film Thursday night at Farnsworth Library in Oconto.

? Jim Young, 14, son of Ed and Joanne Young, captured first place in Oconto's Washington school's spelling bee Thursday. He will be competing at Coleman later in March. Then the winner at Coleman will advance to the state spelling bee at Madison.

? Kathy Kempen won the Wabeno School District's spelling bee competition and will represent Wabeno in the area competition to be held at Niagara. Melissa Lakari was runner up.

? Ag-E-Quip Inc. is a new business located in the former Ag-Trac building in Lena. They are authorized dealer for Gehl farm equipment, Bolens, White farm equipment and have the Minnesota line.

50 years ago - March 14, 1963

? Notice of the state's intention to eliminate Oconto's Company C and three other state units from the Wisconsin National Guard April 1 was received by Mayor Ernest Sucharda Friday from Ralph. J. Olson, Wisconsin adjutant general.

? The Parker House, one of the oldest Oconto Main Street landmarks, is in the process of being razed by the Radzinski Brothers of Oconto.

? Marvin C. Ziesmer and William F. Smith have been reassigned following their basic military training with the U.S. Air Force at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

75 years ago - March 11, 1938

? Mrs. Licetta A. Bowman, an old settler of Abrams, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Daisy. She was brought to Brookside for burial.

? A new 4-H club was organized in the town of Oconto by County Agent J.I. Etheridge, with 55 members joining the club.

? Herman Blazer, 79, well known resident and county board member for many years, passed away at his home Friday after a years illness.

? The infant son, Ronald Lawrence, of Mr. and Mrs. Roland Wittkopf, was buried at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon, Rev. E.T. Reiff officiating

? Matt Madsen, 68, former town of Bagley county board member, died at his home after a two-month illness.

? Mr. and Mrs. George Bake are the parents of a new baby girl, born March 5.

? Dr. I.S. Mallin, physician and surgeon, formerly of Chicago, today opened for general practice in Oconto in the office formerly occupied by the late Dr. E.A. Linger.

100 years ago - March 13, 1913

? Mrs. Al Klass tendered her husband a surprise yesterday by inviting the employees of the Holt Lumber Co. office to a six o'clock dinner to help Mr. Klass celebrate his birthday.

? Allie Merline is ill at home with a case of smallpox.

? Mr. and Mrs. Ray Klass are rejoicing over the arrival of a little baby girl born Tuesday.

? Mrs. Alex Pelkey, Lena, underwent an operation for appendicitis at the Oconto hospital Thursday.

? Mrs. George Crooks, children Margaret, Mabel and John went to Marinette yesterday to spend a few days with the former's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Williston.

? Potatoes dropped in price from 29 to 25 cents per bushel.

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