Presidents letter

Spring is here! It’s time to enjoy the great outdoor in Northeast Wisconsin. The preparation has started in anticipation of warm weather activities, such as fishing, swimming and boating on the Oconto River. The Oconto Falls Area Chamber of Commerce is ready to help create some excitement in the community with a few projects this year.

The Flag Project has begun. Letters will be sent out this week. Donations of $75 will sponsor a 3X5 American Flag, Pole and Bracket. The addition of American flags on streets of Main, Union, Chestnut, Highland, Maple and Green Bay will help decorate our city.





The Boat Raffle will begin at our membership meeting on Thursday May 16th at 12 pm at Oconto Falls City Hall. The proceeds from the raffle will go toward beautification and new welcome signs for the city.





•    Relationship development with the cities of Oconto Falls, Oconto, their surrounding areas and Oconto County is a great foundation for economic stability. Working together has begun with the Highway 22 project planning in Oconto Falls, shared events (golf outing with the Oconto Chamber), and the speaker for our meeting Paul Ehrfurth from OCEDC will give us some insight on the development of the county.

•    Updates to our welcome packets, by-laws, website and Facebook account are in progress or complete. Please check the website, read the meeting minutes and attend the meetings to receive information or to share your thoughts and ideas.

I encourage all members to promote the area and all it has to offer.

Let’s make Oconto Falls and the surrounding area the place to be.

Gail Yatso

Area Hunting and Fishing Report

Turkey hunters are reporting better success as turkeys are in more normal patterns in the area. Fishing on Green Bay is heating up for walleyes with limits reported out of Oconto County North Bayshore Recreation Area and Pensaukee. Fishermen are reminded yellow perch is still closed on Green Bay until May 20. Oconto County ATV trails open May 10. – Mike Stahl, conservation warden, Oconto Falls

Catch rates for walleye and northern pike at the Stiles Dam were low due in part to high water and the sucker run. Anglers out of Oconto Breakwater and Oconto Park II were mainly fishing for walleye and trolling was the most effective method using stick baits or crawler/harness in 4 to 8 feet of water. A few smallmouth bass and northern pike were also reported being caught. Boaters were reporting a water temperature on the Bay from the upper 30’s to the low 40’s. Shore fishermen at Oconto Breakwater are catching a few northern pike using large shiner minnows or dead smelt fished on bottom. Some walleye are being by shore anglers at the Municipal Landing, casting crank baits and stick baits. – David Boyarski, fisheries supervisor, Sturgeon Bay

Oconto Falls has seven students advancing onto the FBLA National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California.

Oconto Falls High School is fortunate to have seven students who will be advancing onto the FBLA National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California. These seven students will be attending the National Leadership Conference (NLC) that compiles over 9,000+ students from around the nation. In order to qualify for the National Leadership Conference, it takes an immense amount of hard work and dedication. Students need to compete and place in the top 2 of their event at the Regional Leadership Conference, as well as the State Leadership Conference. Beyond the conferences, OFHS FBLA requires additional practices and even a local competition to get the students ready and more prepared for their events.

The seven students who qualified for OFHS-FBLA are Candis Dequaine, Jessica Belongia, & Elizabeth Coopman in Partnership with Business, Jacob Vervelde in Cyber Security, and Brittany Russell, Mikaela Thomson, & Liza Leja in Business Ethics. While in Anaheim, California, these 7 students will be attending various workshops and networking in order to further develop communication, teamwork, and leadership skills. They also hope to visit various attractions and tour the city.

However, in order for the students to fully enjoy this experience that they earned, they are in need of monetary help to attend the conference. Costs to attend the conference are estimated at $1500.00 per person. If you or your business is willing to help support OFHS-FBLA in competing at the National Leadership Conference, see the contact information below. All donations are tax-deductible. Please help OFHS-FBLA out by donating to this exceptional opportunity. Donations can be sent to:
OFHS Future Business Leaders of America
Attn: Tracy A. Tate, Adviser
Oconto Falls High School
210 N. Farm Road
Oconto Falls, WI 54154
(920) 848-4467

NWTC Career Services has recently added new services

NWTC Career Services has recently added new services to its already comprehensive list of recruitment strategies employers can use to attract new employees.  As always, employers can post jobs and internships via Wisconsin Tech Connect, a free online system for connection all of the Wisconsin Technical College System students and graduates with full and part time jobs and internships.  Employers can also staff a table on any campus to collect applications, and schedule interviews.

NEW to employers are opportunities to reach out to students and perspective employers virtually.  Employers can connect with them via Job postings, Facebook, Twitter and LindkedIn.  Additionally employers can work with NWTC student clubs and organization to set up a company tour or become a guest speaker.  For more information go to  These and other opportunities can be arranged by contacting Jennifer Pigeon at (920) 498-6833.