Planning for the Cabela’s National Walleye Fishing Tournament in Marinette is beginning to pick up steam. Marinette Mayor Steve Genisot updated the Parks and Recreation Committee at last week’s meeting about this summer’s Cabela’s National Walleye Tournament. Mayor Genisot says, the goal is to start planning for the event this month. Genisot says, the City is looking for anyone who would like to help with the event. The Cabela’s National Walleye Fishing Tournament is scheduled for August 16th through the 18th in Marinette and anyone who’s interested in helping with the event, can contact the Marinette Mayors Office at 715-732-5139.
A Marinette man will have his preliminary hearing this week for a child porn charge. 36-year old Michael J. Jensen has been charged in Marinette County Court with Possession of Child Pornography. His preliminary hearing has now been scheduled for this week Tuesday. Jensen was arrested following a December investigation where the child porn was allegedly found through his online accounts and on his electronic devices.
This time of year can be especially dangerous for tow truck operators, law enforcement and other emergency responders stopped along highways. A traffic stop, minor crash or slide-off can quickly turn tragic if drivers don’t slow down and pay attention as they approach a traffic incident. Wisconsin State Patrol Inspector Tom Tweedy talks about the patrol’s January "Law of the Month." Violating the Wisconsin law can result in a citation of 263 dollars. Michigan also has a Move Over Law.
Menominee County prepares to review its Administrator candidates. As of Friday’s deadline, seven applications have come in for the open County Administrator position. Those applications will be reviewed by the Menominee County Board of Commissioners in a closed session meeting being planned for Tuesday evening. The board will then have to decide if they wish to proceed with interviewing any of the candidates. Menominee County has been without an administrator since Brian Bousley resigned from the position in September.
Local residents will have a chance this week to weigh in on Wisconsin’s plans to combat CWD in the state’s deer herd. The Wisconsin DNR has scheduled special County Deer Advisory Council meetings this month throughout the state. Each council will review Chronic Wasting Disease information and review the DNR’s 15-year CWD Response Plan. The Oconto County meeting will be held this Tuesday at the Gillett Library Community Center from 7-9 PM. The Marinette County meeting will be held this Wednesday from 7-9 PM at the Crivitz Village Hall.
Spring somewhat unofficially begins one week from today at the local University of Wisconsin campus. UW-Marinette begins its spring semester Monday, January 23rd. Cindy Baily is the Campus Administrator at UW-Marinette. She says plenty of students continue to come to the two-year campus to start their college career. Bailey says UW-Marinette still has the lowest tuition in the UW-System. Ideally, students should be registered for class by January 23rd. But Bailey says there’s even time to get your registration finalized during that first week of classes. Course descriptions and registration details can be found on the UW-Marinette website, marinette.uwc.edu.
It’s been a bone-chilling tradition to ring in the New Year. But this year it’ll be held as the month of January comes to an end. Da Yooper Plunge will be held on January 28th, benefitting the River Cities Community Pool and the Dar Boys and Girls Club. Koreen Denowski from the DAR says hopefully the date change will allow for increased participation. Besides plunging into the icy waters of the bay, Denowski says Da Yooper Plunge has added some new events for 2017, including Da Yooper Pooper Races. There will also be a chili cook-off following Da Plunge. All the events are held around Victory Beach and Great Lakes Memorial Marina Park in downtown Menominee Saturday, January 28th. Registration information for Da Yooper Plunge can be found online at rivercitiespool.org or on the event’s Facebook page.
A jury trial is scheduled for a Marinette County child porn suspect. 28-year old Alexander E. Glenn of Niagara is scheduled to go before a Marinette County jury April 4th for the charge of Possession of Child Pornography. He also has a pre-trial conference set for March 23rd. During an Internet Crimes Against Children investigation, officers allegedly discovered Glenn had child porn files on computers at his Niagara home.
A section of Highway 141 is reopened in northern Marinette County following a vehicle versus semi accident. The crash occurred Wednesday around 4:30 PM near Cemetery Road in the Town of Pembine. The Marinette County Sheriff reports a northbound car operated by a 72-year old woman from Pembine crossed the centerline and struck the southbound semi tractor. The semi driver did try to avoid the crash by moving onto the right shoulder. After the initial crash, the semi entered the ditch, traveled up the embankment and struck several new UTV units owned Pembine Lawn and Sport. The female operator of the car was transported from the scene by Pembine Rescue. The semi driver was not injured in the crash. The stretch of U.S. 141 had to be closed and traffic was rerouted around the crash until approximately 10 PM Wednesday. The accident is being investigated by the Marinette County Sheriff’s Office and the Wisconsin State Patrol.
A false alarm as Marinette and Menominee rescue crews respond to the report of a person in peril out on the ice of the bay. Thursday afternoon, emergency personnel from both sides of the river responded to Schloegel’s Restaurant in Menominee where a person had been reported out on the ice. The Marinette Fire Department deployed its hovercraft before it was discovered there was no danger.
Many of us have traveled down Riverside Avenue in Marinette and wondered about the unique homes. Luckily, Marinette has put together the history behind them all for us. The Marinette Historic Preservation Committee is taking steps to make Riverside Avenue a historical tourism destination. This week the committee received their walking tour brochure that highlights many of the stylistic homes that reflect the popular trends of the time, along with monuments and markers that can be found on Riverside Ave. The Historic Riverside Avenue Brochure is free and can be found at the Marinette Welcome Center.
A year-long lifestyle change program will begin next week at Spies Public Library. Next Tuesday, beginning at noon, marks the first meeting of the 20-17 National Diabetic Prevention Program. This program is for people who are at high risk of having type two diabetes. National Diabetic Prevention Facilitator with Delta-Menominee Public Health, Donna Richie says, this is a lifestyle change program. Richie says, this is a free program. The NDPP program is only for those who have not been diagnosed for diabetes and are at a HIGH RISK for diabetes. Classes will begin Tuesday, January 17th beginning at noon at the Spies Public Library in Menominee. This is FREE and open to residents of Michigan and Wisconsin. To pre-qualify and register for the program, call 906-789-8110.