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The Historic Waterfront District in Downtown Menominee will be bursting with color this Sunday!

AFA LOGOThe 22nd Annual Art-for-All is being held at the Great Lakes Memorial Marina Park in Menominee on Sunday, June 25th. This event attracts artists from all over the United States to the historic downtown. Art-for-All Co-Chair Missy Peterson says the Marina will have every type of art that you can think of.


Peterson says the event truly is for everyone.


The Annual Art-for-All event begins at ten a.m. on Sunday, June 25th at the Marina Park in Menominee and goes until four p.m.

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It's the 36th Annual Menominee River Century Bike Ride this Sunday, June 25th.

MCRIDEPhoto Courtesy of MCRIDE.COMIt’s the last Sunday of June which means it’s time for the BAMC Menominee River Century Bike Ride. The 36th annual Century Bike Ride is being held this Sunday, June 25th and is hosted by Bay Area Medical Center. BAMC Marketing Director John Hofer says the ride covers over 200 miles of road.



Helmets are required to participate in the ride and you’re advised to arrive early due to the number of cyclists in attendance.

 

Register on line here www.mrcride.com

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This Sunday, June 25th, the entire community is invited to Marinette County’s Annual Breakfast on the Farm!

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This Sunday, June 25th you’re invited to the Breakfast on the Farm hosted this year by the Golden Ridge Dairy in Crivitz. Breakfast on the Farm Chairperson Corey Kuchta  says to come out and enjoy an all-you-can-eat breakfast.



Kutcha says they’ve added a new attraction this year.

 

The cost for Adults is $7.00, children ages 6 to 10 is $4.00, and children 5 and under are Free! For more information and directions on how to get to this year’s Marinette County Breakfast on the Farm you can visit their Facebook page or visit  www.dairydaysofsummer.com .

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Experience the Beauty of Marinette County like you've never seen before!

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This amazing video captures the tranquility and serenity that makes Marinette County and the Upper Peninsula such a spectacular place to live, work, raise a family, and explore. It also shows the many Waterfalls throughout Marinette County along with the Beauty of the Menominee River. If you ever get the opportunity to explore the beauty of Marinette County and the U.P. it is definitely recommended. 

 

 

 

 

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One of Wisconsin’s 72 Counties joins Marinette County in opposing the Back Forty Mine.

brown county mine voteAt a Wednesday evening meeting of the Brown County Board the board voted against the proposed sulfide mine. Brown County District 1 Supervisor Tom Sieber says Brown County is taking all of the risk.l supervisor tom sieber 02


 

 

 District 5 Supervisor Staush  Gruszynski says in Wisconsin you have to show the one of the mines hasn’t polluted in the past ten years.l supervisor staush gruszynski 02


The Brown County Board voted against the proposed sulfide mine with a vote of 21 to zero with two abstentions and three absences. Next week Tuesday, June 27th at nine a.m. the Door County Board of Supervisors will be addressing the Back Forty Mine.

 

Click here to view the agenda for Door County

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It looks as though now is a great time to be in the market as Marinette School District receives an A + rating.

At this week’s Marinette School District School Board meeting the board approved the resolution awarding the sale of over 8.4 million-dollars in general obligation promissory notes. Marinette School District Finance Director Brian Walters says the school’s financial advisors went out to the bond market for potential investors to bid.



Walters says this is phase two of Act 32.

The School District was hoping for a rate of 2.75%. However, due to the amount of interest they were able to secure a lower rate of two-point-one-seven-percent 2.17%.

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Marinette School District Employees could be seeing an increase in wages.

The staff at the Marinette School District will be receiving getting a bump in their wages. At this week’s Marinette School Board meeting the board approved the 20-17 – 18 Support Staff Compensation and Adjustments. Finance Director Brian Walters says there is two pieces to this.


Walters says the adjustments are for the re-categorized positions.”

The two-percent raises for the staff at the Marinette School District will be in effect beginning July 1st.

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Beginning this fall Marinette students and staff will see a change to the code of conduct that will be enforced district-wide.

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At Tuesday night’s Marinette School Board meeting, Athletic Director Dean Furton furnished the amended code of conduct to the board. Furton says the code hasn’t been updated since 2012.



Furton says this past year the district followed their code in different situations and during that time they noticed that the consequences were varied; It was at that time they realized it needed to be rectified.



The Marinette School District followed their usual review process which included an extensive review of what is occurring in competing districts, what WIAA expects, and ultimately making sure it aligns with the Marine Way. Which the Board unanimously agreed and approved to begin in the 2017 – 18 School year.

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The First Edition of the M&M Collaboration. A conversation with Marinette Mayor Steve Genisot and City of Menominee Manager Tony Graff.

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The first of many conversations with Marinette Mayor Steve Genisot and City of Menominee Manager Tony Graff. In this edition we talk about the collaboration of the Fourth of July Fireworks, Cabela's Walleye Tournament, the controversial Back Forty Mine, and of course coffee.

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The female collaborator who helped lead authorities on a two-day man hunt appears in court.

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27-year-old, Ashley Niewierowoski (NER-OW-SKI) of Marinette appeared in Marinette County Court Tuesday with her attorney Dan Firkus for a status conference. Assistant District Attorney DeShea  Morrow and Attorney Firkus say they’ve come to a resolution.


Niewierowoski is being charged for her alleged involvement of the Corner Convenience Store,along with her boyfriend Chad Setunsky, in Stephenson, Wisconsin which led authorities on a two-day manhunt. She is currently facing charges of Burglary of a Building or Dwelling and first degree recklessly endangering safety both Class F Felonies which hold a maximum of 12 and-a-half-years in prison each.

As-well-as fleeing and eluding an officer – a Class I Felony which is a maximum of three-and-a-half-years in prison.

Niewierowoski’s is scheduled to appear in Marinette County Court on Tuesday, July 11th at 9:30 a.m. BCR Burglary Suspects

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The man who allegedly stole an ATM and shot at authorities appears in Marinette County Court.

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27-year-old, Chad Michael Setunsky, of Marinette was to appear in Marinette County Circuit Court Tuesday morning for a status conference.  However, due to the amount of evidence that is involved in his case, Setunsky’s attorney requested that the court allow him the time needed to effectively go through the evidence.

Marinette County Assistant District Attorney DeShea (DEE-SHAY) Morrow says she’s been speaking with Setunsky’s attorney.


Setunsky is charged with 41 different offenses including his alleged involvement in the April burglary of the Corner Convenience store in Stephenson, Wisconsin that ultimately led authorities on a two-day man hunt in Marinette County. 

Setunsky’s next court appearance is scheduled for Monday, August 14th at 2:00 p.m in the Marinette County Court.

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The Severe storms that raged through Marinette County last week caused thousands of dollars in damage to the Marinette County Courthouse.

lighteningAt yesterday morning’s Marinette County Finance and Insurance Committee meeting the committee received and update from the Marinette County’s I.T. Department. I.T. Director Kevin Solway says it’s been a very hectic few days.


Solway says an Officer from the Marinette Police Department witnessed the lightning strike the antenna.


While No Department within the Courthouse or Annex Building was without connectivity the damage totaled forty-thousand-dollars in equipment repairs.

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No Injuries were sustained when a Train derailed in Crivitz early Monday morning.

railroad tracksAt around eight am Monday morning in the Village of Crivitz, a train car derailed just south of County W, on U-S- Highway 1-41, and was blocking traffic. Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve says when his officers arrive the Highway was completely blocked.

Sauve says he’s not exactly sure how the derailment happened.

The detour lasted only one-hour while the railway moved their cars from the highway and assisting the Marinette County Sheriff was local fire departments, Crivitz Police, Public Works, and Marinette County Highway Commission.

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It’s another full house at the City of Menominee Council Meeting opposing the Back Forty Mine.

menominee nationAt last night’s City of Menominee City Council Meeting those in opposition of the back forty mine came to speak. Menominee Nation Tribal Chairman Gary BeSaw says he wanted to make the council aware of his intentions.



Aquila Resources Communications Manager Robin Quigley says she attended the meeting to listen and to learn.




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A decades old disappearance of a tavern owner in Marinette County comes to a close.

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In 1974 the disappearance of business owner Loren Monro who owned the Music box in Porterfield has come to a successful ending. Last week Friday, Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve held a press conference regarding the missing man and what led to the re-opening of the case.

Sauve says he wanted to take a closer look using modern technology.

In 1974, Munro had an outstanding warrant for the sexual assault of a child and when he failed to appear for the charge, he was deemed to have disappeared under a suspicious circumstance. With the help from the F.B.II and the U.S. Navy the 43-year-old Marinette County warrant is rescinded and the case is now closed.

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Marinette County Emergency Management has issued a River Safety Alert for Marinette County…

Menominee River FloodingPhoto Courtesy of Luna Luiz: Flooding of the Menominee River.


Due to the heavy amount of rainfall over the last few weeks, especially the severe storms affecting the area since Sunday, Marinette County is experiencing minor flooding on the Peshtigo River in Porterfield and the Menominee River in McAllister.

Potato Rapids Dam on the Peshtigo River north of the City of Peshtigo has reached peak flow. Marinette County Parks Department is pulling docks from boat launches on the Menominee River affected by the high flow and the boat launches are open at this time. River 1Photo Courtesy of Luna Luiz: Flooding of the Menominee RiverCitizens are reminded to use extreme caution.

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The City of Marinette is delaying the reconstruction of the Cleveland Avenue – Pierce Avenue Intersection.

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Due to heavy amounts of rain in the last week the project will begin on Monday June 26th.  The City of Marinette will be installing underground utilities and reconstructing the intersection.

This closure will require a traffic detour which will be posted for motorist to move around the construction zone.

The work is scheduled to be completed within three-weeks and the City is asking that motorists be patient and reduce speeds when traveling the detour route.

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Could Menominee County finally be making progress in their search for a County Administrator?

Menominee County CourthouseIt looks as though Menominee County is taking the steps necessary to find the right fit for the County Administrator Position. At yesterday’s Menominee County Personnel Committee meeting the committee heard from various county employees and board members as to how it’s internally affecting Administrative Assistant Sherry DuPont. Recently Dupont addressed the County with an offer to step in as Interim Administrator until the board could decide their next course of action. Commissioner Bernie Lang says it seems as though each commissioner has their own agenda.

Lang says they should accept Sherry’s proposal in total, establish a wage, and hire a search firm to initiate the hiring process of the administrator.


After much discussion, the committee agreed to forward to the county board a motion to propose the hiring of Sherry as interim administrator and the hiring of an outside firm to search for a County Administrator.

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Wondering when your utility service will be restored?

WPSSince Sunday afternoon Wisconsin Public Service Crews have been working around the clock to restore service to its many customers and as of yesterday, WPS restored service to over 100-thousand customers and has coordinated all of their available resources, including numerous employees, contractors, and utility crews from outside the service area.

WPS Representative Matt Cullen says crews are repairing the damage from multiple rounds of severe storms.

Cullen says if you happen to come upon downed wires to stay away.

WPS expects to have electric service restored in the Marinette, Menominee, Wausakee, and Wabeno area soon.

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What’s at stake for the Twin Cities Airport?

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At last night’s Menominee County Board Meeting commissioners addressed the harsh realities of the ailing airport. Commissioners expressed their concerns with funding the airport and are looking to the City and others to come forward to help if they want the airport to remain.

While several people addressed the board it was Representative Wayne Beyer of the Menominee County Pilot Association that says the industry needs the airport...Menominee would be a ghost town without it.

The Menominee County Commissioners are urging the community to submit their concerns, thoughts, and suggestions about the airport.

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