Peshtigo, WI

Two Oconto County residents found dead, deputies arrest 27-year-old

LITTLE SUAMICO, Wis. (WFRV) – Two Oconto County residents were found dead Sunday and northeast Wisconsin deputies have arrested a person of interest. According to a release, the Oconto County Emergency Dispatch Center received a call about two people not breathing and with no pulse outside a home in the 1200 block of Melissa Blvd. in the Town of Little Suamico around 9 a.m. on Oct 2.
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World Fest coming to Marinette-Menominee

MARINETTE — Several community leaders have come together to bring a three-year music program known as “World Fest” to Marinette and Menominee counties. The Stephenson National Bank & Trust (SNBT) is the title sponsor among a group of businesses and individuals: Provident Health Foundation, M&M Area Community Foundation, Riverfront Inn, Rusty Wolfe Studios, The Print Shop, and many other local donors. Together, their goal is to bring music from around the world to around the corner. ...

Oconto Sheriff’s: Avoid area in Little Suamico ‘due to active call of service’

LITTLE SUAMICO, Wis. (WFRV) – The Oconto County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to avoid an area in Little Suamico due to an ‘active call of service.’. In a Facebook post, the Oconto County Sheriff’s Office states that the incident is in the area of County Highway S at Melissa Boulevard and that the situation is contained and isolated to this area.

Marinette County Board hears budget message

MARINETTE—The Marinette County Board last week got a look at the 2023 budget during County Administrator John Lefebvre’s monthly budget message. The county tax rate tentatively will decrease for the third straight year, however expenses are up and there are some other issues the county must contend with in the coming year and beyond. Citizens will have a chance to address the budget at a public hearing at 9 a.m....

Mistakes bite Marines in loss to Bulldogs

PESHTIGO—If Friday’s Packerland Conference clash between Peshtigo and Marinette was the beginning of a new rivalry, then the Bulldogs have bragging rights for the next year. With this season serving as Marinette’s Packerland debut, Friday’s game is the first in what will be an annual matchup between the two schools. An offensive shootout in the first half turned into a defensive chess match in the second, with both teams playing...

Hiking Hemlock Curve Nature Trail Near Peshtigo, Wisconsin

After visiting Marinette, Wisconsin and Seagull Bar State Natural Area, we wandered to the Hemlock Curve Nature Trail near Peshtigo. Hemlock Curve Nature Trail is part of the larger Peshtigo Harbor Wildlife Area and represents one of the trails created as part of a partnership between the Marinette County Land & Water Conservation, UW-Extension and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources that was funded by the Wisconsin Coastal Management Project. We had this trail to ourselves so it was an entirely soothing experience surrounded by nature.

City to take steps to welcome Fleet Farm

The essential steps that need to occur before you see a Fleet Farm built in Sturgeon Bay are on the docket for Tuesday’s Common Council meeting. First, the Sturgeon Bay Common Council will act on amending the city’s comprehensive plan to change the future land use designation for three parcels along State Highway 42/57 from agricultural/rural to regional commercial. Fleet Farm notified the city on August 4th that it had entered a purchase agreement dated June 16th with the Kerscher Family Trust to purchase approximately 37 acres in the Town of Nasewaupee for the new store just off State Highway 42/57 near South Grant Avenue. Once the land is officially purchased, Fleet Farm would petition to be annexed to the City of Sturgeon Bay and construct the store. The Sturgeon Bay Common Council will discuss accepting the petition for annexation before forwarding it to the City Plan Commission. The council will also discuss rezoning a parcel near Alabama Place and another on Green Bay Road when it meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Maroons cruise to third straight win after steamrolling Zephyrs

MENOMINEE—As Neenah St. Mary Catholic begins its transformation from an 8-man football program to an 11-on-11 one, the Menominee Maroons showed just the Zephyrs just how difficult the road will be. Aided by their signature ground game and some key defensive turnovers, the Maroons ran over St. Mary 36-14 at Walton Blesch field on Friday. The victory is Menominee’s third straight and snaps a five-game winning streak for the Zephyrs. ...

Cindy Boyle applauds DNR's action

TOWN OF PESHTIGO—The Town of Peshtigo recently received the DNR response letter sent to JCI/Tyco requiring it to rectify misinformation recently conveyed through a mailing to some homeowners in the PWSA pertaining to deep wells, town chairperson Cindy Boyle said in a press release. “It is unfortunate that JCI/Tyco would again send misleading communication to homeowners implying that a final solution had been determined and compounding that panic with an ominous and unenforceable deadline and threat of water/treatment removal,” Boyle wrote. “The threat of an...

Corn silage harvest trending ahead of state's pace

You will find plenty of happy farmers traveling to and from their fields as their harvest operations continue this week. Last week’s United States Department of Agriculture Crop Progress report showed the corn silage harvest was 39 percent complete, which is ten days behind last year’s pace. Rio Creek Feed Mill agronomist Andy Barta says the corn silage harvest is a little further ahead in Door and Kewaunee counties, estimating that it has hit its halfway point. He says farmers are happy about what they have been able to bring in so far from the fields.

Community Spotlight: Betty Jo "BJ" Cassidy

It’s not an exaggeration that in my professional life, I have literally grown up working with and learning from BJ Cassidy. I first met Betty Jo Cassidy, better known as “BJ,” in 1996 when I was a 26-year-old kid working in neighborhood development in downtown Green Bay. Her official title was something like “Director of Education” at Wisconsin Public Service, and I’m sure she had lots of important corporate responsibilities, but that’s not how I knew her. BJ was just that businesswoman you called when you needed to get something done in the community. In those days in Green Bay, if you were going to form a task force, work group, or committee to confront some important issue, BJ Cassidy was among the handful of people you’d always hope to get involved because if she did, you knew that your chances of success were so much greater. Eventually, I had sought BJ’s assistance on so many issues over the years that I almost felt guilty enough to stop asking for her help. Almost. I know a tremendous community-building talent when I see one.

Marinette County approves loan to Coleman

MARINETTE—Marinette County Tuesday agreed to loan $500,000 to the Village of Coleman for work on its industrial park. Coleman officials have not decided if they will accept the loan from the county or work through the Peshtigo National Bank (PNB), Coleman Clerk/Treasurer Lori Gross said Thursday. The County Board Tuesday voted 19-6 to approve the loan request for a 12-year term with interest-only payments the first two years. The original...

Menominee Jr./Sr. High School still not open

MENOMINEE—In his weekly letter to parents and staff, Menominee Area Public Schools Superintendent Richard Sarau said no date has been established for students to return to the Menominee Junior/Senior High School. Sarau, in a letter dated Wednesday, said there is a 30-member abatement team working in the school. The school sustained significant water damage after an Aug. 1 rain storm. Water poured into the school through caps that were placed on a new ventilation system. As a result all the floor tiles in about 30...

Sheriff Issues Scam Alert

Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve is warning citizens that law enforcement continues to receive a high volume of calls reporting scams. The latest involves citizens receiving messages through Facebook Messenger from people on their “friend list” with different requests. This is a SCAM and you should not send money, give out credit of debit account information, social security numbers or any other personal Information. And do not purchase and send gift cards to anyone you do not know personally. Ask them to call the sheriff, or just hang up on them.

Marinette County Budget

It’s been difficult developing a Marinette County Budget for 2023. County Administrator John LeFebvre told the County Board he has already cut $2 million dollars in expenditures, including $655,000 in cutting positions, and over $2 million in county road projects. That still leaves a budget with a 4.6 increase in expenditures compared to a less that 1.4 percent increase in revenues. State law caps the property tax levy at $16.8 million dollars, so the difference in revenue and expenditures will be made up using sales tax money, proceeds from the county’s loan to the city of Marinette, and tapping into some fund balances.