Work progresses on the restoration of Menominee’s iconic lighthouse. Menominee City Engineer Valerie Mellon gave an update on the lighthouse rehabilitation to the Menominee City Council this week. Mellon says the first order of business has been the removal of the lighthouse’s old paint. The refurbishing of the Menominee North Pier Light Station was made possible thanks to an anonymous donor that covered the repair work. That followed a Historic Structures Report that had to be completed for Menominee to learn what sort of work was needed to spruce up the lighthouse.
One person is dead following a two vehicle accident in Menominee County overnight. According to the Michigan State Police Gladstone Post, the crash occurred around 10:30 Thursday night at the Intersection of U.S.2/U.S. 41 and County Road 557 in Harris Township. A tractor trailer was apparently attempting to make a turn off the highway when a pickup truck behind the semi slammed into the semi after failing to slow down. The pickup driver, 84-year old Wayne Mueller of Spaulding, died in the crash. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the accident and Michigan State Police are still investigating.
Additional repairs are needed to the Hattie Street Bridge Project. At this week’s Marinette Public Works meeting, the board was given an update by City Engineer, Brian Miller, on the deterioration of a Double Tee Beam that supports the bridge’s Fishing Platform. The deterioration of the concrete and the exposure of the beam was identified during the annual bridge inspection. As a result of the deterioration, the AYRES contract will be amended to modify design plans to include the Double Tee Beam replacement construction. The affected area of the bridge is currently blocked with barrels until the bridge construction project begins in May of 2017.
The Menominee Animal Shelter is participating in a one-of-a-kind event. This Saturday, the Menominee Animal Shelter is participating in the Empty the Shelters event, which is a part of the Bissell Foundations Pet Foundation. Nancy Deckert, Menominee Animal Shelter Manager says, this is the first time they’ve been able to participate. Deckert says, pre-approval is recommended before you come in.” Animals are Free the day of the event with the Bissell Pet Foundation covering the adoption fees. Kittens are not a part of the event. However, any cats over the age of six months are available for adoption, as well as dogs. The Menominee Animal Shelter will host this event Saturday from noon until 5pm. For more information about the Empty the Shelters event, including a list of participating shelters, you can go on line to Bissell pet foundation dot org (www.bissellpetfoundation.org).
A community band is getting ready for its fall show this weekend. The Northeast Wisconsin Concert Band will perform this Sunday at the Marinette High School Auditorium at 3:30 PM. Glenn Reinke will be conducting one half of Sunday’s concert. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2for students. They’re available at the door. Further information about the Northeast Wisconsin Concert Band’s show and memberships can be found online at newconcertband.com.
Menominee High School will implement a softball program this spring. Menominee resident and Menominee Youth Softball Team Coach Hannah Bell says they’ll need to raise roughly $15,000-17,000 to field the two teams. The softball proposal was brought to the Menominee School Board last month, and this Thursday, the board approved setting up the softball program, provided it becomes self-funded. Bell says she expects plenty of participation in the new Menominee High sport. The new Menominee softball program will try to raise its necessary funds by March 1st of next year, and if that doesn’t happen, the teams can raise the funds by March of 2018.
There continues to be interest in future business developments at the airport in Menominee. As part of the Explorer Solutions process, the Twin County Airport has been looking for businesses that would be interested in setting up shop at the local airport. Menominee Economic Development Director Nancy Douglas updated the Twin County Airport Committee this week. Douglas says this business would also be interested in the potential university-based flight school that’s been discussed as another possibility at the Twin County airport. One hang-up the Twin County Airport would need to address is getting some airport land declared “excess to aviation.” That would allow the new developments to locate on the airport property. But that declaration has to be made by the FAA/M-DOT-Aero division, and they want to hear from any potential new business before bestowing the “excess to aviation” status on any Twin County Airport parcel.
Probation and jail are parts of a Marinette woman’s sentence for an embezzlement conviction. 32-year old Krystal K. Rost was convicted on a felony count of Theft from a Business Setting. While working at a Coleman gas station from May through July of 2015, Rost allegedly stole funds from lottery payouts, poker machine payouts and the store’s safe. She’s been put on probation for three-years…and that does include a term of 60-days in jail. Rost will also be responsible for nearly four-thousand-dollars in restitution.
The coolest thing made in Wisconsin is not made in Marinette. Marinette Marine’s Littoral Combat Ship had been one of the three finalists in the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce’s Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin contest. After over 20,000 online votes were cast in the contest, Harley-Davidson’s new Milwaukee-Eight engine, which powers the company’s icon motorcycles, defeated Johnsonville brats and Marinette Marine’s LCS to claim the coveted prize. The contest was run by WMC and sponsored by the Johnson Financial Group during this Manufacturer’s Month.
It will take a little longer than expected to fix a Menominee railroad crossing. The Canadian National Railroad has started work on the crossing on 23rd Avenue. Those repairs were initially anticipated to wrap up today. However, the asphalt paving has been delayed and now won’t be completed until Friday morning. So the 23rd Ave railroad crossing is not expected to reopen to traffic until midday Friday, meaning the stretch of road will not connect motorists with 10th and 13th Streets.
This is "National Teen Driver Safety Week." Last year in Wisconsin, 37 teenagers lost their lives in traffic crashes and another 5,500 were injured. Dave Pabst, director of Wisconsin DOT’s Bureau of Transportation Safety, says inexperience is a key factor in teen crashes. Wisconsin state law prohibits new drivers from using a cell phone when behind the wheel and texting while driving is illegal for all motorists.
Technology, in Marinette classrooms, is helping the students. At Tuesday night’s Marinette School Board Meeting, Teachers and Students, presented to the board how one-to-one Chromebook usage is a benefit to their classroom learning. 8th grade teacher, Keith Schroeder, says Chromebook increases motivation and allows for personalized learning. Students were asked what is the most important thing they like about Chromebook learning and 7th Grade Student, Johnny Beiber gave a response. For teachers, students, and parents the overall benefit of communication is what has exceeded their expectations. Being able to be a part of the classroom environment outside of school, helps the student stay organized, on task, and on time with their collaborative projects as well as individualized learning assessments.