One Marinette County Supervisor speaks out about other Wisconsin Counties passing resolutions opposing the Back Forty Mine.

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At Tuesday’s Marinette County Board of Supervisors Meeting I had the opportunity to speak with Chairperson Mark Anderson about Brown and Door County’s decisions regarding the Back Forty Mine. Anderson says the board should be pleased with Brown County’s decision to support the opposition of the mine.



Anderson says he is glad other boards across the State are starting to take notice.


Door County Board of Supervisors met Tuesday morning for their monthly meeting. There isn’t word yet what, if any, action is being taken against the Back Forty Mine.

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The debate over whether or not to advance Menominee County's Administrative Assistant to Interim Administrator is decided.

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At last night’s Menominee County Board meeting the board agreed to appoint Sherry DuPont as Menominee County’s Interim County Administrator but not after a lengthy discussion about DuPont’s proposal. Commissioner Bernie Lang says this is a package deal.


Board Chairperson Charlie Meintz says he thought the proposal went a little too far.


Ultimately, the board voted six to three in favor of DuPont serving as Interim County Administrator effective immediately.

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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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Menominee Committee of the Whole will be held tonight...Public Comment is allowed.

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What was planned as a joint meeting of the Menominee and Marinette City Councils to hear information regarding the proposed Sulfide Mine will now just be a Committee of the Whole meeting of the Menominee City Council.

The meeting will remain at the Menominee High School Lecture Hall beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Al Gedics, a UW LaCrosse sociology professor will be speaking at tonight's meeting regarding the Back Forty Mine.

Public Comment is limited to three (3) minutes on the agenda item.

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Meet Cash! Marinette County Sheriff Department's newest addition to the K9 Patrol Team.

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Approved this week at the Marinette County Law Enforcement Committee Meeting is the team of Deputy Spencer Elias and his K-9 Cash. Cash is an accepted donation to the Marinette County Sheriff’ Department by his handler Elias. Sheriff, Jerry Sauve says, they’ve worked through this plan with Corporate Council for some time.

According to his handler, Deputy Spencer Elias, Cash is an eight-year-old German Shepard who was previously used as a Patrol Dog in Crivitz.



While it’s not required in the State of Wisconsin to become certified both his handler, Deputy Elias, and K-9 Cash are certified every two-years with the National K-9 Association.

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Flying the friendly skies could be no more with the Menominee County Airport.

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Big decisions are ahead of the Menominee County Board after last night’s board meeting when commissioner Larry Schei addressed the board with financial documentation and what the future direction of the airport really means for the tax payers in the community.

Schei says, once they lost their sponsorship all grandfathering for the airport through the F-A-A and M-DOT AERO was lost.

Schei says there’s no economic development dollars being budgeted for the airport.


The County Board must decide and vote whether or not they want to continue operating as a County Airport. But first, they must hold a special board meeting for public input which is scheduled for Tuesday, May 23rd at 5 p.m. at the Menominee County Courthouse.

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Thousands were in attendance for Wisconsin’s Last Public Budget Hearing.

It was a full auditorium Friday as the Wisconsin Joint Finance Committee of the Wisconsin Legislature held its final public hearing on the State budget at Marinette High School. More than one-hundred people spokPhoto 2017 04 21 13 55 42 1123e to lawmakers on the panel pushing for Education, Mental Health Services, and the effects of the proposed sulfide-mine.

Citizen Speaker, Laurie Keen, says she wouldn’t be standing here today if it weren’t for the Mental Health services provided to her forty-years ago.

Rural roadways and Transportation as well as cuts to tuition in the U-W System were also of concern by many of the individuals in attendance.

This could could slow down the two-year spending plan, but Lawmakers did say they hope their work is finished by June.

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A Michigan Representative proposes Dark Store payback into the Millions.

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State Representative, Beau LaFave is getting ready to introduce legislation that would require the State of Michigan to reimburse local governments and municipalities that lost money to big box stores in rulings by the Michigan Tax Tribunal. LaFave says what’s a good way to get a politician in Lansing to care about an Upper Peninsula problem? Make them pay for it!


LaFave says his colleagues will say they can’t afford it.

Currently, there’s a tax loophole that big box stores have been using to have their stores appraised as if they were dark and vacant. LaFave says the state should take ownership of the problem they’ve been unable to address. The bill is still about two weeks away from being introduced in the house.

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A Wisconsin Representative accuses a fellow Republican of bloviating.

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Representative, John Nygren and co-chair of the Wisconsin legislature’s budget committee is accusing Republican Steve Nass of bloviating and issuing meaningless press releases.

Nass criticized Nygren in a press release for saying that he was open to allowing tuition to increase at the University of Wisconsin, ending a five-year freeze and rejecting Governor Scott Walker’s cut to tuition.

Nygren took to twitter in a series of tweets in reaction to Nass’ by tweeting while Nass focuses on press releases, he and others on the budget committee are focused on governing and not meaningless press releases.

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Would you like to file a nomination for Menominee City Council?

Tomorrow is the last day to file nominating petitions for the City of Menominee City Council at four p.m. The First, Second, Third, and Fourth Wards are to be filled with each being a four-year term. For more information regarding the City of Menominee Council seats you can contact the City of Menominee at 906-863-2656.

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The Menominee River is ranked as one of the most endangered rivers in the United States!

MenomineeRiver TomYoung header 1600x629The environmental group American Rivers released its annual list Tuesday and coming in at number ten is the Menominee River. The group showcases what threats the open-pit sulfide mine might pose by having it located on the bank of the river.

The acid drainage from the mine could potentially cause irreversible harm to the Menominee Rivers clean water, fish, and wildlife. American Rivers Representative, Kathy Rousseau says they were contacted by the Superior Watershed Partnership to take a look at the Menominee River.

Currently, Aquila Resources is seeking permits for the open pit sulfide mine that would use cyanide to extract and process ore on site.

They’ve already secured three of the four permits needed for the mine with the Wetlands being the last one needed.

To read the full article click here https://www.americanrivers.org/endangered-rivers/menominee-river-mi-wi/

Download the 2017 Report Here

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Meet the people building Ships in our Community!

An amazing look at the people who build our Navy's ships including interviews with the workers at Marinette Marine, the City of Marinette Mayor Steve Genisot, and more!

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A Michigan Representative weighs in on the proposed Sulfide Mine.

backforty 1Bay Cities Radio recently had the pleasure of speaking exclusively with Michigan’s 108th district representative, Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain about the proposed mine that is wanting to set up along the Menominee River in Stephenson, Michigan. LaFave says Michigan has the most stringent rules in the country when it comes to mining.


LaFave says he simply does not have the power to put a stop to the mine getting through the permit process.



Beau LaFave is a lifelong resident of the Upper Peninsula that advocates for Dickinson, Delta, and Menominee Counties. If you would like to contact Representative Beau LaFave regarding the Back Forty Sulfide mine view below:

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

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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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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 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.

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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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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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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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