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.
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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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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 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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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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Prison is a possibility for a Marinette County man.

Prison is now a possibility for a northern Marinette County man accused in a repeat drunk driving case. 36-year old Jonathan L. Wszelaki of Athelstane has entered a no contest plea to his 4th Operating while Intoxicated charge within Five Years--a felony. His sentencing is scheduled for April 28th in Marinette County Court. According to the criminal complaint, Wszelaki was pulled over by police in the Town of Silver Cliff in November for allegedly driving without a valid license. Police report he blew a point-one-nine-seven in a preliminary breath test.

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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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Contractors learn about the bidding process for the new Community Sports & Events Center

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A contractors meeting is held for Marinette’s new Community Sports and Events Center.

Wednesday afternoon Marinette Mayor, Steve Genisot, Scherrer Construction Manager, Mike Murphy, and Sommerville Associates the architects of the new sports and events center held a meeting at Marinette City Hall for contractors to ask questions about the bidding process and what they can expect during the aggressive timeline. Construction Manager, Mike Murphy, says they are not bidding on the project, they are strictly the oversite for the project.

Murphy also says all bids will be sealed and bids must be filled out on a bid form as they are not allowing for bids on miscellaneous pieces of paper. Ground breaking for the over 114,000 square foot building is expected sometime in April with the project being completed in December.

Listen yesterdays contractors for the Community Sports and Events Center and learn about the bidding process  

If you or your business is looking to donate towards the center just follow the link provided to learn more Community Sports and Events Center Information

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Time behind bars is ordered for a Marinette man charged in a drunk driving crash that injured another person.

49-year old Fredrick A. Steppke had entered a no contest plea to a felony count of Injury by Intoxicated use of a Vehicle. Steppke allegedly crashed a motorcycle in the Town of Wausaukee last April. A female passenger on the bike sustained severe facial injuries in the accident. According to police crime lab result, Steppke’s blood alcohol level was at 0.194 following the crash. He’s been ordered to serve two-years initial confinement in prison and three-years extended supervision. As of now…Steppke is also responsible for over $2,700 in restitution and nearly $1,700 in fines, though he has a restitution hearing scheduled for May 3rd in Marinette County Court.

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15th Annual HYC Awareness Day

mmyouth logo2It’s a day dedicated to promoting healthy habits for area students.
The Healthy Youth Coalition of Marinette and Menominee Counties holds its 15th annual Awareness Day this month. HYC Co-Director Karianne Lesperance says this has actually grown into a two-day event. Lesperance says the idea is Awareness Day attendees get to come up with ideas to promote healthy teen lifestyles. The students then return to their schools to share those ideas. Lesperance says the day includes an energetic keynote speaker. Students from all 13-school districts in Marinette and Menominee counties are invited to attend the Awareness Day events at Calvary Church Assembly of God in Marinette March 20th and 21st.

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Wisconsin Deer Management Meeting Interview

Marinette County DeerIf you’re passionate about deer management in Marinette County, you’ll want to attend tonight’s meeting.
The Wisconsin County Deer Advisory Council is holding their public meeting tonight at the Crivitz Village Hall in Crivitz from 7pm until 9pm. The DNR holds these meetings every Spring throughout Wisconsin. Big Game Ecologist for the Wisconsin DNR, Kevin Wallenfang says the council will be covering various topics this evening. Wallenfang says the meetings were specifically setup for the public to have a greater voice in deer management within their county.

Follow the link to learn more about the CDAC http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/cdac.html

Listen to my interview with Big Game Ecologist for the Wisconsin DNR, Kevin Wallenfang, here

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Happy Pi Day!

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What is Pi Day?

It's celebrated on March 14th, in honor of the number itself, which is rounded up to about 3.14159.

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If you're bad a math, like me, what is Pi?

Pi is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. It's rounded up because the actual ratio has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond the decimal point (yikes, that's a lot of numbers). The symbol for Pi (π) was first used in 1737 by Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler.

Anyone else really wanting some Pi(e) right now?

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Jack's Fresh Market is now offering Fresh Fruit to Children while shopping with their Parents.

jacks 1Jacks Fresh Market is encouraging healthy eating habits!
You might’ve seen it circulating on social media that some supermarkets across the U.S. are offering fresh fruit to children while they shop with their parents instead of the customary deli cookie. Jacks Fresh Market owner, Jeff Zaminski, says they are offering fresh fruijacks 2t in their Menominee, Marinette, and Manistique stores.
Listen to Jack's Fresh Market Owner, Jack Zaminski here

Zaminski says this is a permanent program, listen here

Zaminiski also says that cookies are still available to children as well as fresh fruit.

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