The Menominee City Council is asked to pass a resolution opposing the proposed Sulfide Mine.

backforty 1At last night’s City of Menominee Council Meeting several men and women took turns speaking to the council members during the evenings public comment session. The individuals urged the Council to help the residents of Menominee by joining in their fight against the Sulfide Mine that would be placed on the edge of the Menominee River. Menominee Resident Pat Johnson says she would like the council to consider the people of Menominee and help keep their water safe.

Listen to Resident Pat Johnson Here 

Water quality is the main concern for everyone, others such as Menominee Tribal Member Jaywin Zoyer have their ancestors that they are thinking of.

Listen to Tribal Member Jaywin Zoyer Here

Currently Aquila Resources has obtained three of the four permits needed.They are waiting for the Wetlands permit which is the final permit needed for the Sulfide Mine.

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The City of Menominee is bringing a new look to the Historic Downtown District.

DDA Banners
Last week, the Menominee Downtown Development Authority finalized the design of their new banners that will direct visitors and community members to the various attractions within Menominee’s Historic Downtown Area. The Forty plus banners will be located beginning on tenth street and going along first street in Menominee.

The highly-visible banners will also offer the universal symbols for gas, food, lodging and more. Be on the lookout for the newest banners highlighting Menominee’s Downtown in late May.

Pictured with the new banners is Menominee DDA Chairperson Zach Aubret.

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The Menekaunee Park and Harbor could be getting another upgrade.

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At last weeks, City of Marinette City Council Meeting the board approved the agreement to pay seven-thousand-dollars for Ayers Associates to write and apply for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Knowles Stewardship grant for a trail connection from the North side of the Menekaunee Harbor to the South.

City Engineer, Brian Miller says there are difficulties right now getting from the Southside to the new parkway when using the City sidewalk.

Miller says they are envisioning a steel footbridge to connect the North and South walkways.


Also approved for the Menekaunee Harbor is the Outdoor Recreation Aids Grant from the Wisconsin DNR for the Harbor Docks and Restroom Facilities for over $440,000.

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Charges are filed in Marinette County against the couple who led law enforcement on a two-day manhunt.

ashleychadChad Setunsky and Ashley Niewierowoski both 27-years-old of Marinette are charged with Burglary of a Building or Dwelling and 1st degree recklessly endangering safety, these are both Class F Felonies which hold a max of 12 1/2 years in prison each. As well as 1st degree fleeing and eluding and officer, a Class I Felony which is maximum of 3 1/2 in prison. They’ve also been charged with two misdemeanors of theft and damage to property. A court date has yet to be determined.

Both burglary suspects in Marinette County were taken into custody Sunday after two days of extensive searching… According to the Marinette County Sheriff, Jerry Sauve, Ashley Niewierowski was arrested shortly before 1:00 p.m. Sunday near County Road “C” in the town of Athelstane.

At 4:35 p.m.Chad Setunsky was arrested in a cabin south of County Road “C.”No officers or either suspect were injured during the arrests. Setunsky and Niewierowski were wanted for burglarizing the Corner Convienence Store in Stephenson early Saturday Morning leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase Saturday. The suspects shot at authorities, crashed their vehicle, and then took off on Saturday according to officials.

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Get ready for the two newest businesses coming to Marinette!


This week, the City of Marinette Plan Commission held their monthly meeting where assorted site plans and signage is approved for businesses throughout the City.

Cricket Wireless will be moving into the Hometown Square Building and joining the Pine Tree Mall located next to the Dollar Tree will be Famous Footwear and according to the February site plans provided to the City, signage for PETCO and ROSS Dress for Less are listed on the Proposed Pylon.

When Bay Cities Radio contacted the City of Marinette they could not confirm or deny whether these businesses will be coming to the Pine Tree Mall at this time.

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The bids coming in for the new Community REC Center are off to a slow start.

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In a special Public Works meeting held before this week’s City of Marinette Council meeting full council was in attendance to hear from the REC Center’s Project Manager about the received bids and the need to re-bid 13 of the 25 work categories for the new facility. Project Manager, Mike Murphy says as much as this is a great project it is very surprising that more bids didn’t come in.

Listen to Mike Murphy address the council.

Murphy says he would like to see more local participation from the work categories that they are re-bidding.

Listen to Mike Murphy address the council.

Following a motion from public works and action from City Council it was unanimously approved to rebid the 13 work categories.

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Aquila Resources acquires another permit.

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Aquila Resources announced yesterday that they have received the third of four necessary permits from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) for it's zinc-and gold-rich Back Forty Project. 

The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Permit (NPDES Permit) was issued by the MDEQ on Wednesday following a public commentary period that ended on November 3rd including a review by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency completed on February 24th.

The NPDS permit regulates the effluent limitations and monitoring requirements of water discharged to the Menominee River during mine operation.  Aquila resources received their Mining Permt and Air Use permit on December 28th, 2016 and is currently working with the MDEQ to finalize the Wetlands Protection Permit expected later this year.

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BAMC and Aurora BayCare Medical donate a combined One-Million-Dollars towards the Community Sports and Events Center.

Bay Cities Multi Media Center Community REC Center The much-anticipated announcement is made at Wednesday night’s City of Marinette Council meeting following the council’s approval of the healthcare’s name and signage for the new events center. The Director of Marketing at Bay Area Medical Center, John Hofer along with Aurora BayCenter Medical Marketing Director, Krissy Lillie both say the Rec Center meets their mission…it is health, it is wellness…and it is COMMUNITY!

  Listen to John Hofer Speak to the City Council.

Hofer says they wanted the name of the building to be something that was easily understood.

Listen to John Hofer speak to the City Council.


The donation made by the healthcare collaboration is a milestone for the fundraising efforts and it also includes the naming rights for the new facility. It will now be called the Community REC Center – Recreation, Education, and Community. The name represents both hospitals and the City’s intended use of the center.

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Gas Prices are on the rise...again!

Bay Cities Multi Media Gas Pump

According to Triple A’ Michigan, statewide gas prices have risen by about 15 cents per gallon in the past week. On Monday, the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about two-dollars and forty-five cents per gallon.

That’s about 36 cents more that it was at this time last year.  

Wisconsin’s current statewide average is at two-dollars and thirty cents per gallon, up from two-dollars and one-cent from last year.

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The City of Marinette is tightening up their ship and moving towards a formal grant application process.

UPDATED coMarinette Logo USE this oneThe City of Marinette Tourism Commission approved of the Room Tax Grant Application following the approval by the tourism commission at Monday's Tourism Commission Meeting.

At one time groups and organizations would address the room tax commission for their help in funding a project but now they will have a more formalized process to follow. Marinette Mayor, Steve Genisot says this will allow for those groups that are requesting funds to plan ahead when seeking donations or sponsorship's from the City.

Listen to Mayor Genisot

Mayor Gensiot also says that there will be two grant application deadlines. The first will be at the beginning of the year, with an application deadline of February 28th with funds being available June 15th. The second application deadline will be September 30th and those funds would be available January 15th.

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What you need to know about today's Wisconsin Spring Elections.

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All three polling sites are open today beginning at seven am and ending at eight pm. Wards seven and eight are at the Duer Gym. Wards two, four, and six are at the Marinette High School, and Wards one, three, and five are at NWTC. Marinette City Clerk, Lana Bero says there’s one major change this year and that’s at the NWTC polling location.
City Clerk, Lana Bero
Bero says each polling site as two ballots that are the same.

City Clerk, Lana Bero

Bero says there shouldn’t be long lines at the polls today. However, she does want to remind those that use the N-W-T-C polling location to be aware that parking is in the back, the voting room has changed, and to be on the lookout for signs indicating where you need to go.

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Menominee's 14th Avenue Reconstruction Project Meeting.

Menominee’s 14th Avenue Reconstruction project will begin earlier than expected

 

At last night’s 14th avenue reconstruction information meeting. Menominee City Engineer, Valerie Melon updated residents on how the reconstruction process will take place. First by letting them know that the original May 1st start date will begin with a tentative April 15th start date, which is two-weeks earlier than anticipated. Melon says if you live on the 23-hundred block it will become difficult to get through and you will need to utilize the alley way. Melon says you will see a gravel street for the majority of the project.
Melon says that the 24-hundred block will receive new storm sewer where they never had storm sewer before, so you’ll see sewer work happening on both sides of the street early on in the project. There will NOT be a driving detour for motorists but the City of Menominee will post updates for residents on their website and other media outlets.

 

 

 

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It’s an annual event that helps raise homelessness awareness.

Freezin 4 Reasons For the past ten years, Freezin’ 4 Reasons, has helped create awareness of homelessness for families in our community.

The Coordinator for Saint Vincent DePaul Youth Jeanine Harper says youth will be outside collecting money at the NWTC North Coast Building in Marinette.

Listen to Jeanne Harper

The Freezin’ 4 Reasons event begins at 2 pm and goes until midnight.

Listen to Jeanne Harper


All proceeds from the Freezin’ 4 Reasons is used only for Marinette – Menominee and greater area homeless families throughout the coming year. If you would like to donate monetarily or clothing items they will be given to the Salvation Army Pantry.

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The Menominee County Board Administrator debate continues.

Menominee County CourthouseTuesday evenings Menominee County Board of Commissioners meeting held the on-going conversation of hiring someone to fill the vacant county administrators position. Although though the board voted two-weeks ago, to begin the restart of the search by advertising the position. Some commissioners feel that it isn’t necessary to spend more money to broaden their search or even fill the vacancy. Commissioner John Nelson says that there are things that are popping up to be fixed even when they had an administrator.
Commissioner John Nelson.

Commissioner Jerry Piche says they need advertise in places where they can find the type of people they are looking for.

Commissioner Jerry Piche.

Following much debate the board decided to move it forward to the next meeting as to whether they should spend five-hundred dollars towards online advertising or the minimum of seventy-five dollars towards advertising for the County Administrator position.

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Cemetery lot owners in Menominee, the winter decoration removal deadline is approaching.

The deadline to have your lots cleared of winter decorations at the Riverside Cemetery in Menominee is April 15th. Any items that are left after April 15th will be disposed of by cemetery personnel. The City of Menominee appreciates your cooperation which provides for the most thorough and efficient clean-up operations. The Spring clean-up of the cemetery and information about Summer decorations will be announced at a later date.

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The 22nd Annual Master Gardner’s Conference is just days away

The 20-17 Spring Garden Conference at UW-Marinette is being held this Saturday, April 1st beginning at 8am until 3:45pm. The annual conference offers a continental breakfast, four educational sessions, and lunch. Various workshops for beginners to experts are available to the public. Pre-registration and payment is required to participate. Proceeds from this event are used for the Harmony Arboretum, Horticulture Scholarships, and other educational programs. If you would like to attend Saturday’s, Spring Garden Conference, contact the UW-Extension at 715-732-75-10 or go to their website which is located at www.marinette.uwex.edu

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The Community Sports & Events Center is becoming a reality!

Marinette Sports and Event CenterIt might’ve taken three rounds of votes, hours of discussion between the 31-member board of supervisors, the Mayor of Marinette, and the county administrator but an agreement is made by Marinette County Board of Supervisors at yesterday’s Marinette County Board Meeting.

County Administrator, Jon Lafabvre says the county wants to be a partner to the towns, villages, and cities throughout Marinette County and if this project does not move forward, it will only put a road block between the county and the city.

Jon LaFabvre

The Marinette County Board voted in favor of loaning seven point five million dollars to the City of Marinette for the sports and event center.

Jeff Zeratsky Recreation Center Committee Member
 
The City of Marinette is currently in the beginning stages of the bidding process for the project. More about the project will be announced at next month’s City Council Meeting.

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Marinette Police are urging citizens and businesses to be on alert.

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A recent string of burglaries in the City of Marinette have the Marinette Police Department asking citizens and business owners to be aware of anything that may look suspicious. Since March 16th there has been break-ins at Cusack’s Tap, Thunder Lake Lodge, Mickey-Lou Bar-B-Q, and the Red Brick Tavern. Due to the similarity of the crimes the possibility of a connection between them has not been ruled out. Marinette Police Department is working in conjunction with other area law enforcement agencies. Anyone with information about the burglaries should contact Crime Stoppers at 715-735-5111.

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This weeks Oconto County Road Repair Update.

Road WorkOconto County roadwork continues, expect lane closures.
The contractor will close WIS 22 between County I and Duame Road to begin installing erosion control, removal of tree stumps, and the removal of asphalt pavement. Roadway WIS 22 will be detoured from WIS 22 to County I to County A to US 141 to WIS 22. The project is scheduled for completion at the beginning of August. Motorists are reminded to use caution and remain alert when driving through this or any work zone. 

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Prison is ordered for two men who attempted to deliver heroin

Two of the Three people Arrested in a Drug Dealing Case in Crivitz last fall are sentenced to Prison.
29-year old Cullen Jon Mitchem of Iron Mountain and 39-year-old William L. Nichols of Florence, Wisconsin were convicted each on a count of Possession with Intent to Deliver During a traffic stop on Highway 141 near Crivitz last October. Mitchem and Nichols were found with over 4 grams of heroin, cocaine, and drug paraphernalia. Both have been sentenced to five-years initial confinement in prison and five-years of extended supervision.

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