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!
Bay 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:
Anderson House Office Building
S-1487 House Office Building
Lansing, MI 48933
S-1487 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909
Phone: (517) 373-0156
An initial appearance for the two Marinette County burglary suspects was adjourned yesterday, Monday April 17th, and rescheduled for April 26th to allow for an attorney to be appointed for one of the suspects, Chad Setunsky.
Setunsky, along with Ashley Niewierowski are charged with felony burglary, fleeing an officer, and recklessly endangering safety, as well as misdemeanor charges of theft of moveable property and criminal damage to property. The two were arrested after a two-day manhunt in the Town of Stephenson.
On April 10th, Setunsky's bail was set at one-million-dollars, and Niewierowski's bail was set at $250,000.
Teen retailer Rue21, has decided to shutter 400 stores nationwide, including the Marinette store on Roosevelt Road and put more of its attention to online sales. Rue21 announced over the weekend that it had the "difficult but necessary decision" to close hundreds of stores.
The closures represent more than a third of the Pennsylvania-based chain's 1,100 locations in malls, outlets, and strip centers across the U.S.
At 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.
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.
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.
Chad 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Michael John Santi, 52, of Crystal Falls pleaded no contest to fleeing or eluding an officer in Marinette County Court last week. In December of 2015, Santi led authorities on a pursuit that started in Crivitz, Wisconsin through the North side of Iron Mountain, Michigan.
In exchange for Santi’s plea, prosecutors dismissed the two counts of felony recklessly endangering safety, second degree. Santi will remain in the Marinette County Jail until his May 31st sentencing, where he could face up to three and a half years in prison.
The 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.
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.
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.
43-year-old, Kevin Ihander of Wallace, Michigan turned himself into the Menominee County Sheriff’s Department last week after the Menominee prosecuting attorney’s office issued an Emergency Motion to Revoke Bond due to a domestic disturbance that occurred at his girlfriend’s residence in Middle Inlet earlier this month.
According to court records the female victim stated Ihander made threatening statements that he’d go to work and kill her, other guys, and himself. Since this is strangely similar to a July 2016 incident that involved a female that Ihander choked while having sexual intercourse with. Prosecutors deemed he was in violation of the terms and conditions of his surety bond by leaving the State of Michigan to assault and threaten to kill the female victim at her home.
A pretrial conference is set for June 9th at 9:30 in Menominee County Circuit Court.
HARIBO announced this past week that they will open their first North American manufacturing facility right here in Wisconsin.
The company’s $242 million-dollar investment is expected to create 400 good-paying jobs. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker says this project will mark one of the largest investments in new operations by an overseas company in Wisconsin history.
Walker says the investment by HARIBO is evidence that Wisconsin’s economy and workforce are strong.
Construction of the 500,000-square foot facility is expected to start next year.
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.