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Marinette County has yet to make a decision to help fund the new Community Sports and Events Center.

Last month the City of Marinette attended the County Board of Supervisors meeting with the hopes that the County would join in the effort to help with the remaining one point five million dollars needed for the new Sports and Events Center. This request was moved to the County’s Finance Committee, after many supervisors raised concerns about how it would benefit the County as a whole. However, at Monday’s Finance Committee meeting, a decision still wasn’t made and it was tossed to the County’s Executive Committee for them to decide whether or not they would support the two low-interest loans to the City, for ten point five million dollars, instead of the original donation of one point five-million-dollars. The meeting of the Executive Committee is scheduled for 9am today at the Marinette County Courthouse.

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The Chapel at Forest Home Cemetery is receiving Community Support

forest home cemeteryAt Monday evenings, City of Marinette Civic Affairs, Cemetery, Traffic and Lights Committee meeting, discussions continued as to what the City should do about the depreciating Chapel at the Forest Home Cemetery. While the committee discussed their options for the chapel, two community members attended the meeting with alternatives to help beautify and raise monetary funds towards saving the chapel.

A member from the Marinette Genealogy Group, Joan Pace, provided the committee with the groups idea of a Cemetery Walk in the Forest Home Cemetery later this year.
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Eagle Scout, Christian Hornick, says he wants to build a sitting bench for the Cemetery as a part of his eagle scout project.
Listen to Christian Hornick 
The committee approved both projects and they now move to full council for their approval.

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Wisconsin area Public School Libraries will receive funds.

Over 32 million dollars is donated towards Wisconsin’s Public School Libraries

The Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL) announced today that all K – 12 public school libraries throughout the State of Wisconsin will receive funds thanks to the earnings from the Common School Fund investments. School Librarians use the funds to provide a myriad of learning opportunities for students. Locally, Marinette School District will receive over $77-thousand dollars in funds. Other area schools include Crandon, Crivitz, Oconto, Oconto Falls, Peshtigo, and Wausaukee receiving funds up to 30-thousand dollars.



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The Menominee City Council approves two improvement grants.

MenomineeMichiganMarinaAt this week’s Menominee City Council Meeting, the council approved two grant applications for projects within the City. The first to be approved was the Boat pump out Grant for the Marine Sewage Pump out Station at the Menominee Marina. The next is the passport grant, which is to assist in  financing the improvements at River Park Campground.

Both of these improvements were included in this year’s Recreation Plan and the Capital Improvement Project. While these grant applications were approved, concerns over another proposed grant application to improve Duby Park was heard with dismay. Menominee Manager, Tony Graff, urged the council to consider the grant for Duby Park.


Ultimately, the council voted it down with common consensus stating that now is not a good time for the project.

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The City of Menominee and the City of Marinette receive praise…

city of menominee small NEWThe ongoing collaborations between the two Cities is steadily being recognized by area organizations. At last night’s City of Menominee Council Meeting, City Manager, Tony Graff, stated that he and Marinette Mayor, Steve Genisot, attended a meeting with the M&M Board of Realtors where they gave them positive feedback.
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Graff also requested location ideas for the upcoming joint council meeting that will be hosted in Menominee.



After some discussion between council members, it was unanimously decided that the Stephenson Public Library will be the location that will unite the two councils for their one common goal…community.

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Dunkin Donuts is coming to Menominee

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Its official... the much anticipated Dunkin Donut’s is joining the Menominee Community. During last night’s Menominee City Council Meeting City Manager, Tony Graff, made the announcement in his monthly report to the Council.

  City Manager, Tony Graff.

According to Graff, Dunkin Donuts, is planning on being open by Memorial Day.

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Blood Donors are needed throughout Wisconsin.

The Blood Center of Wisconsin says donors are urgently needed.give blood marinette menominee

The center provides blood to 56 hospitals and it's been getting fewer donations because the flu season is running longer than normal, and heavy snow earlier this month kept people from getting out. As a result, the Blood Center has had less than a one day supply of "O" negative blood for about the past week. If you would like to donate blood locally, you can do so  on April 7th at Bay Area Medical Center in Marinette.

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Want to get involved in the Empty Bowls Event?

Usually at this time of year we’d be getting ready for an annual event to raise awareness and funds to combat hunger.

This year’s Empty Bowls fundraiser is being planned for the fall. The local United Way is taking the reins for the Empty Bowls event. Tri-City Area United Way Executive Director Philip Everhart.

Everhart says Empty Bowls will again raise funds for area food pantries.



The date for this year’s Empty Bowls has yet to be determined. Those interested in getting involved with this year’s Empty Bowls can contact the Tri-City Area United Way.

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BREAKING NEWS - A cut Fiber optic line in Oconto County may cause issues with 911 Calls.

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Oconto County area residents with a landline phone number beginning in 834 or 835 may be experiencing outgoing and incoming calling problems, including the ability to call 911. The Oconto County Sheriff’s Department has been informed of a fiber optic line that was cut and is causing the issue. If residents need to contact the Oconto County Sheriff’s Office try calling their non-emergency line at 920-834-6900 or they are encouraged to utilize their cellular telephone (If they have one) to call 911 in case of an emergency, as the cellular phones should not be affected by this issue. At this time the Sheriff’s communications center has not experienced any issues with outgoing or incoming phones calls.

 

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It's a safe and fun place for kids.

 salogo verticalThe Salvation Army of Marinette and Menominee Counties has opened a new Youth Center at its Russell Street facility in Marinette. Major Carol Lemirand with the local Salvation Army says this was a project they’d been eyeing for some time.

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Lemirand says the Youth Center’s activities all come from donations…and the center is geared for kids ages six-through-17.

Major Lemirand

Lemirand says the Youth Center actually opened in June.but the Salvation Army will hold its grand opening celebration for the center this week Wednesday, March 22nd. Volunteers are also needed to help staff the new Youth Center.

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A U.P. man is sentenced to prison for a multi-state police chase.

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Last week in Marinette County Court…33-year old Robert W.Montey of Kingsford was ordered to serve three-years initial confinement and three-years of extended supervision after being convicted on his 5th Operating While Intoxicated charge.

Last June police were informed of a possible intoxicated driver at a Burger King in Iron Mountain. The officers caught up with the suspect vehicle and were then led on a high speed chase on Highway 141 into Marinette County.

Police report the vehicle eventually crashed in Niagara and the driver Montey was arrested. He had a blood alcohol level of point-one-seven-nine according to Michigan State Police testing. He’s also been ordered to serve a minimum of five-years in prison for Michigan charges stemming from the same pursuit.

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Jail time is ordered for a Wisconsin man who fled a DNR Warden.

Time in jail is ordered for a Wisconsin man charged with fleeing a DNR warden in Marinette County.
24-year old Cody-R-Trobridge of Greenville has been ordered to serve six-months in jail after entering a no contest plea to a count of Attempting to Flee or Elude a Traffic Officer in Marinette County Court. Trobridge allegedly fled from the conservation warden on a UTV in the Town of Stephenson last May. While the criminal complaint states he initially avoided capture. Trobridge was eventually identified through his Facebook page and arrested.

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The U.S. Navy will not disclose costs for a Marinette Marine built ship.

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The Trump administration Thursday proposed its plans to ramp up defense spending to expand the U.S. Navy’s armada but the long-term future of the combat shipbuilding program at Marinette Marine could hinge on cost-efficiency and performance of the Littoral Combat Ships. The Marinette built USS Milwaukee, USS Freedom, and the Alabama built USS Jackson have suffered multiple setbacks with repairs estimated in the millions of dollars, but the Navy says it believes in the small, fast vessels. Currently, nine ships are in production at Marinette Marine and work is expected to last through 2021.

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A national retailer is shuttering many of its stores and a Marinette location won’t be spared

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 JC Penney has announced it will close 138 of its stores across the U-S this year…and the list of closures includes the J-C Penney at the Pine Tree Mall in Marinette. The company is trying to improve its profitability in the era of online sales. Most of the impacted stores are expected to close by the end of June.

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Menominee County's unemployment rate is heading in the wrong direction.

The Michigan Department of Technology. Management and Budget reports Menominee County’s seasonally unadjusted jobless rate rose to six-point-one-percent in January…up from the four-point-six-percent recorded in December. Menominee County is now ranked as having the 31st lowest jobless rate out of Michigan’s 83-counties.

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Wisconsin Spring Turkey hunting permits are still available.

WI DNR wild turkey croppedThe 20-17 spring turkey permit drawing recently ended with just over 135 thousand applicants receiving wild turkey permits. A total of 240,768 permits have been made available for the spring turkey season, which leaves a little over 105 thousand available for purchase.

The leftover permits will be sold on a first come, first-serve basis beginning today (March 20th). Permits are issued by zone with one zone per day. Oconto County and Marinette County fall in zone 5. Permits can be purchased through GO WILD dot W-I dot GOV and all license agents.

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Menominee School district approves of interim superintendent

It's official--Menominee High School Principal John Mans will take over as the district's interim superintendent at the end of this school year. The temporary appointment was approved at Thursday's Menominee School Board meeting. Mans says he’s expecting a smooth transition. Mans will have the option to return to Menominee High as the principal if and when he chooses. Current Menominee Area Public Schools Superintendent Terri Mileski has announced she'll be stepping down from the position at the end of this school year. The Menominee School Board also accepted Mileski's resignation Thursday evening.

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Prison is a possibility for a Marinette County man.

Prison is now a possibility for a northern Marinette County man accused in a repeat drunk driving case. 36-year old Jonathan L. Wszelaki of Athelstane has entered a no contest plea to his 4th Operating while Intoxicated charge within Five Years--a felony. His sentencing is scheduled for April 28th in Marinette County Court. According to the criminal complaint, Wszelaki was pulled over by police in the Town of Silver Cliff in November for allegedly driving without a valid license. Police report he blew a point-one-nine-seven in a preliminary breath test.

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Marinette County's Unemployment rate is on the rise.

 department of workforce developmentAccording to the latest figures from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, Marinette County’s seasonally unadjusted jobless rate rose to 5.7% in January, up from the 5.3% recorded in December. The new January rate is still an improvement from January of 2016 when Marinette County’s unemployment rate came in at 6.3%. Marinette County is now ranked as having the 20th highest jobless rate out of Wisconsin’s 72-counties.

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Snapshot Wisconsin A volunteer-based project for wildlife monitoring

snapshot wisconsinLandowners in Marinette County who would like to play a key role in wildlife management are urged to check out Snapshot Wisconsin. The Snapshot Wisconsin project is a citizen science effort to capture images of all types of wildlife.

This project is led by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff in partnership with the University of Wisconsin – Madison and the UW-Extension. Snapshot Wisconsin offers an opportunity to view wildlife in their normal routines, in the wild, and data collected will help researchers better understand Wisconsin’s ecological landscapes.

To qualify, you must have access to at least ten acres of private land in Marinette County. For more information on how to sign up simply visit http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/research/projects/snapshot/

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