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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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.
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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.

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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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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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Robert R. Dettmering is sentenced 20 years in prison

 

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The man charged in a Marinette County murder-for-hire scheme is sentenced  in Marinette County Court.
76-year old Robert R. Dettmering of Crivitz was sentenced to serve 20 years’ initial confinement and 10 years extended supervision for 1st Degree Intentional Homicide for attempting to hire a hit man to kill his son and daughter-in-law over a property dispute in August of 20-16. An emotional and distraught Dettmering had this to say when he addressed the court.


Marinette County Judge David Miron expressed his concerns before sentencing Dettermering.

The severity of Dettmering’s sentencing is as serious as it gets in the State of Wisconsin with it being a Class A Felony. 

Listen to Dettmering make arrangements to pay the hitman to kill his son and daughter-in-law here:

 

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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.
Listen to Joan Pace

Eagle Scout, Christian Hornick, says he wants to build a sitting bench for the Cemetery as a part of his eagle scout project.
Listen to Christian Hornick 
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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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.

Major Lemirand

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 U.P. man is sentenced to prison for a multi-state police chase.

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Last week in Marinette County Court…33-year old Robert W.Montey of Kingsford was ordered to serve three-years initial confinement and three-years of extended supervision after being convicted on his 5th Operating While Intoxicated charge.

Last June police were informed of a possible intoxicated driver at a Burger King in Iron Mountain. The officers caught up with the suspect vehicle and were then led on a high speed chase on Highway 141 into Marinette County.

Police report the vehicle eventually crashed in Niagara and the driver Montey was arrested. He had a blood alcohol level of point-one-seven-nine according to Michigan State Police testing. He’s also been ordered to serve a minimum of five-years in prison for Michigan charges stemming from the same pursuit.

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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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