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.

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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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Wisconsin’s Economy is in the Best Shape since 2000

scott walkerIn February, Wisconsin’s unemployment rate went down to 3.7%and according to estimates Wisconsin added over 7,000 jobs. Wisconsin Governor, Scott Walker says without a doubt, we are working and winning for Wisconsin.
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Walker says job creation is strong and wages are up.
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Walker goes on to say this is all great news for working families across the State of Wisconsin but he won’t be satisfied until everyone who wants a job, has a job.

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Michigan's Forest Legacy Applications are now being accepted.

MIDNRThis program protects private forest land from conversion to non-forest uses. The legacy program provides an opportunity for private forest land owners to ensure that their forestland continues to provide critical wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities. Applications to nominate forest land for enrollment in Michigan’s Legacy program must be received by June 16th. Apply online at www.michigan.gov/privateforestland 

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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.
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The committee approved both projects and they now move to full council for their approval.

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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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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.

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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 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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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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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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New Hours for Marinette City Hall

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There’s new hours for Marinette City Hall. Effective Monday, March 20th, Marinette City Hall and the Marinette Police Department will have new office hours. The hours will now be Monday through Friday from 7:30am until 4pm. The Marinette Building Inspectors office hours will be Monday through Friday 8am until 3pm. If you have any questions pertaining to the new hours, you can contact Marinette City Hall at 715-732-5120.

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