The Presidential Election recount is underway in Marinette County. Marinette County hasn’t participated in a Statewide recount since 2011. At that time, ballots consisted of only 3,900. Now, it’s a much different story, the County is facing nearly 21,000 ballots that must be counted. Marinette County Clerk, Kathy Brandt says having over 20 experienced poll workers will make this process much easier. Brandt says prep work is slow and steady, but the deadline will be met. December 13th is the Federal deadline to certify the vote. Wisconsin must certify by this date to avoid having its ten electoral votes decided by congress.
A U.P. man who led law enforcement officials on a high-speed chase through two states last year is now is being prosecuted in Marinette County Court for the same incident. 52-year-old, Michael J. Santi, of Crystal Falls waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday on two felony counts of second degree recklessly endangering safety and a felony charge of fleeing or eluding an officer, according to online court records. His arraignment is scheduled for January 20th. In December of 2015 Santi allegedly led authorities on a high-speed chase that started in Marinette County and ended in Dickinson County, Michigan. Marinette County prosecutors initially filed charges in March while Santi was in the middle of a criminal responsibility examination on his Michigan charges. The Dickinson County Court determined that Santi was not mentally competent to stand trial.
A City of Marinette Alderperson will not seek re-election in the spring. Marinette Ward 7 Alderperson, Pamela Goes, a three-year council member will be stepping down in April of 2017, leaving the seat available for a new Ward 7 resident to fill. Those interested in campaigning for the Ward 7 seat in 2017, may contact the Marinette City Clerk at 715-732-5140. For a complete map of the City’s wards you can go to their website located at www.marinette.wi.gov.
Marinette is preparing to greet the holiday season. The city holds its 7th annual Christmas in Marinette celebration this Saturday. Marinette Community Development Specialist Jan Kust says this has become an important event for the city. There’s an abundance of activities scheduled for this Saturday in both Marinette and Menominee, and Kust says a shuttle service will even be available to transport folks to all the day’s events. Saturday’s Christmas in Marinette includes the holiday craft show at Marinette Middle School, the downtown parade, open houses at the Marinette Fire Department and Marinette Welcome Center, and Santa at the Stephenson Public Library. Saturday’s activities wrap up with the tree lighting ceremony on Stephenson Island. A complete list of the Christmas in Marinette celebration can be found at the City of Marinette website (marinette.wi.us).
It will be a fun, festive and busy Saturday throughout the M&M Area. Amongst Saturday’s holiday events will be Menominee’s Old World Christmas Market, inspired by Christmas markets held throughout Germany and Europe. Mary Johns is an Old Word Christmas Market Committee member. Johns says this will be the 3rd year of the event, and it’s made a move from the VFW in Menominee. The Menominee Old World Christmas Market will be held from 10 AM until 4 PM at the Abundant Life Church and Mission on 10th Ave. The market also has its overflow location in front of Mighty Pet in the M&M Plaza in Menominee.
Again this year, the American Legion Post #146 of Menominee is partnering with Wreaths Across America with a mission to remember the fallen, honor those who serve and teach our children the value of freedom. Menominee Mayor Jean Stegeman has proclaimed this Saturday, December 3rd as “Wreaths Across America Day” in the City of Menominee and invites and encourages citizens to participate in the wreath laying at Riverside Cemetery which will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Family members, friends and volunteers will help adorn the gravesites at the Riverside Cemetery Soldiers Lot in Menominee and at other veterans’ graves nationwide in a stirring tribute to the courage and sacrifice of those who have guarded and preserved our nation’s freedom throughout history.
Make a difference in a child’s life this holiday season by donating new or gently used books. The Spies Public Library and the Menominee County Library teamed up with Menominee Health and Human Services for the Give-A-Kid-A-Book program. Now in its 24th year, the program, has provided children in Menominee County books for the holidays. Spies Public Library Director, Cheryl Hoffman says, this is the opportunity for children to own their own books. Hoffman says, donations can be made to the Give-A-Kid-A-Book-Program at the Spies Public Library in Menominee or the Menominee County Library in Stephenson. If you would like to donate to the program, you can contact the Menominee County Library in Stephenson or the Spies Public Library in Menominee by calling 906-863-2900.
Menominee’s baby Jesus has found a new residence, and, in a somewhat fitting twist, it’s at the Menominee homeless shelter. Pastor Dave Pennell with the Abundant Life Church and Mission in Menominee says Menominee City Manager Tony Graff approached the mission Wednesday and asked if the shelter near the interstate bridge would be willing to take in and display the city’s Nativity scene this holiday season. Pennell says River Cities Habitat for Humanity will help out by building the new display for the Nativity set. The Nativity scene had been displayed for years at the publically owned bandshell at Great Lakes Memorial Marina Park in Downtown Menominee. The group Freedom From Religion has sent letters to Menominee in the past asking that the Nativity scene be removed from the public property. Graff, the new Menominee City Manager, had the Nativity scene removed from the bandshell this week, because the religious display went against the city’s ordinance.
Probation is ordered for a man convicted in a Marinette County police standoff. 26-year old Justin G. Bunker of Peshtigo has been put on probation for three-years, and he’ll have to serve six-months in jail as a probation condition. Bunker was allegedly armed and made threats against police as they responded to the domestic disturbance call in January at a Town of Grover residence. He eventually surrendered without incident after nearly three-hours. No one was injured in the situation. Bunker ended up pleading no contest to a felony count of Battery or Threat to Law Enforcement Officers, and misdemeanor counts of Operating a Firearm While Intoxicated. He faces additional time in prison and jail if he fails to meet the terms of his probation.
Sons of a missing Florence Wisconsin woman are asking the public for assistance in the case. A multi-jurisdictional task force has been formed to investigate the disappearance of 47-year old Nancy Renkas of Florence. Renkas was last seen-on surveillance footage in July getting into a white sports utility vehicle at the Super One Foods parking lot in Iron Mountain, Michigan. The SUV then traveled east on U.S. 2. Renkas never returned to her vehicle or her home. She is described as a white female with dark hair, five feet, four inches, and weighing about 200 pounds. Anyone with information on Renkas’ whereabouts can report it anonymously to Crime Stoppers of Marinette County at 800-427-5857.
The sales of gun deer licenses might have declined in Wisconsin but that didn’t stop Marinette County from seeing an increase in harvested bucks this season. According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, preliminary numbers show, 1,936 antlered deer were harvested in Marinette County. This is an increase from the 1,808 from the 2015 gun deer season. Also, 519 antlerless deer were harvested in Marinette County this year, though that’s a decrease from 2015. Across the State of Wisconsin deer hunting licenses sales were down, as well as the number of harvested bucks, but the Northern Forest Zone which includes part of Marinette County saw an increase in this year’s buck harvest.
The Marinette Common Council approves the City’s 2017 budget. At last night’s Marinette City Council meeting the board mutually backed the 2017 financial plan and tax levy. The City will see an increase of approximately $134,000 in expenditures. Marinette Finance Director Jackie Miller says, the new community sports and recreation center is included in the budget. Under the new 2017 City Budget the tax levy rate, which includes school tax, will see a decrease from last year’s tax levy. Which was $23.18 on every $1,000, to this year’s nearly $21.30 on every $1,000 of property value.