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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The body of a missing man is found in Marinette County.

Found Andrew Bray
Friday evening the Marinette County Sheriff’s Office and volunteers from the Michigan Back Country Search and Rescue found and identified the body of 78-year-old Andrew Michael Bray of Norway, Michigan near the Wisconsin shoreline, downstream from Bomber’s Golf Course in Niagara.

In January, Bray’s car was found near the river at Bombers Golf Course with footprints going down to the River Bank and onto a piece of ice. Bray is said to have been suicidal during the time of his disappearance.

Officials have ruled his death a suicide and no foul play is suspected.

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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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The City of Marinette Goes All in for the Community REC Center!

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In a special City of Marinette Council meeting last night, the council needed to decide if the three-building structure is a possibility for the City to afford after hearing from Construction Manager, Mike Murphy, of Sherrer Construction that the total cost of the facility would be 16.1 million dollars. Council President, Dorothy Kowalski, says the only options is to borrow or fundraise to make this happen.

Kowalski says we go all in or it’s going to be tough to get it done.

After council spoke at length with their Financial Advisor and weighed out their options, Council took action and moved forward with the three-building concept and borrowing a total of ten point one million dollars. They did not remove any of the components from facility and will go forward with what was specified in the plans for the Community REC Center.

You can listen here to as I speak with Marinette Mayor, Steve Genisot, about the next steps for the REC Center 

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The couple who led local law enforcement on a two-day manhunt in Marinette County make an appearance in Court.

BCR Burglary Suspects
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.

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Rue21 to close in Marinette.

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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.

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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 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.

Marinette Sports and Event Center
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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Gas Prices are on the rise...again!

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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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A Crystal Falls man pleads guilty to felony charges in a high-speed chase through two states.

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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.

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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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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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Load Restrictions on select Marinette County Roads will be lifted.

Effective tomorrow, Friday, at twelve am seasonal load restrictions will be removed on Marinette County roads south of state highway 64. For more information, you’re asked to contact the Marinette County Highway Department at 715-582-3771.

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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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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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