Listen to Eric Bergstrom talk with former Peshtigo Bulldog and current Minnesota Golden Gopher, Brad Neumann about growing up in Peshtigo, Wi and his life now at the University of Minnesota.
Grey skies and the potential for rain can't stop the crowds from coming out for the third annual Family Recreation Day in downtown Menominee. Tomorrow’s event emphasizes the importance of family as well as local business.
Area non-profit organizations team with those businesses to provide numerous family-friendly and pet-friendly activities during the event.
The Event runs from 9am until 3pm at Marina Park in Menominee with the Grand Finale of thousands of ping pongs being dropped from an actual helicopter.
In a special County Board meeting yesterday morning, the board discussed the only candidate, Irina Rivard, who was present and interviewed for the position. Larry Phelps Third District Commissioner says the board came to a mutual decision regarding the candidate.
As of yesterday morning, the board has yet to hear from the other candidate, Anthony Person, who missed his interview. The board agreed to will be meeting sometime in the next week to determine what their next course of action will be.
In a Special City Council meeting last night, the council approved the City’s five-year Capital Improvement Program which is a part of the budget process. The CIP identifies the potential cost for major improvement items within the City. City Manager, Tony Graff says the total amount of the plan is five point two-million-dollars over a five-year period.
Graff says this year they did receive public input that community members would like to see on the plans.
This year the City reduced the capital program to a little over five-hundred-thousand-dollars. However, they will be replacing snowplows in their aging fleet, updates to the library, complex updates for City Hall, as well as updates for the Police and Fire Department.
Marinette County Administrator, John Lafabvre (LA-FAVE) is now able to put forth all his efforts by strictly being the County Administrator... At this week’s, Marinette County Board Meeting County Administrator and Land Information Director John Lafabvre announced to the board that he recommends Greg Cleereman to fill the Land Conservation Director positon. LaFave says Greg has been with the county for 20 years.
Lafabvre says Cleerman served underneath him as Land Information Director.
The County Board unanimously approved Cleerman to fill the position as the new Marinette County Land Information Director effective Sunday, June 4th.
At this week’s Marinette County Board meeting, Jamie Johnson from NEWCAP addressed the board with a proposal for Marinette County to be the lead county for the Rural Economic and area Development Initiative (READI) grant program. Johnson says there is certain programs that can come out of the READI program.
Johnson says that NEWCAP is one of only six community development agencies in the State of Wisconsin.
The board unitedly approved the READI program and availability of the funds are a first come, first serve basis. If you should have questions regarding this program you’re asked to contact NEWCAP of Marinette for more information.
Yesterday, 52-year-old, Michael John Santi appeared with his lawyer in Marinette County Court to receive his sentence for the 2015 incident in which he led authorities on a high-speed pursuit that began in Middle Inlet and ended on the Northside of Iron Mountain, Michigan.
Santi, at the time, believed demons were chasing along with an arch angel. Judge James Morrison says that Santi not only put his own life at risk but he also put the lives of officers, rescue workers, and pedestrians at risk in two states.
Judge Morrison says his conduct was grossly reckless.
Santi was sentenced to six-months in jail with credit for the 223 days already served. He is also ordered to pay $36.83 for the Officers car mirror that he sideswiped during the incident.
The Marinette Market formerly Marinette Farm Market opens TOMORROW, June 2nd. The market will feature a variety of homegrown products from produce to non-profit groups and musicians.
The Market is located on Stephenson Island every Friday from 2pm until 6pm.
If you would like to be a vendor applications can be picked up at the Marinette Welcome Center next to the Stephenson Public Libarary. For more information contact Marinette City Hall at 715-732-5139.
At last week’s Menominee School District Board meeting I had the opportunity to ask the incoming Superintendent John Manns how the school’s finances are looking for the next school year. He says he has been working with Diana Howell from the I-S-D and has worked through the budget line-by-line but hasn’t released anything to the School Board at this time.
Manns says he does not want to say anything publicly where he’s at with the finances.
As of now Mans continues to work through the school’s finances and is hoping to release them to the Board in the very near future.
25-year-old, Trevor John Phelps, of Marinette is sentenced to maximum allowed for the battery of an officer. In the Town of Peshtigo in January of this year, law enforcement officials were called after a bystander from a nearby business witnessed a man jump out of a moving vehicle. Officials attempted see if Phelps was okay when he became agitated and began to head-butt an official. Phelps is sentenced to three-years initial confinement, three-years extended supervision, and up to ten-thousand dollars in fines.
On the evening of May 17th a 12-foot Silver Triton brand utility trailer with a ramp on the back was stolen. The trailer is valued at approximately four-thousand-dollars and the trailer was specially made with an extended two-foot front hitch. If anyone has information on this trailer your asked to contact Officer Andrew Crabb of the Sturgeon Bay Police Department at 920-746-2450
It appears that tuition for in-state residents at the University of Wisconsin will stay frozen for two more years, instead of being cut by five-percent in that second year. The Republican chairs of the Joint Finance Committee said Thursday the panel would reject Governor Scott Walker's proposed tuition cut and 35-million dollars in extra spending to make up for the lost revenue. A number of Republicans opposed the tuition cut, with the Assembly Speaker saying it would be better to dole out more financial aid to students who need it. Finance chairs John Nygren and Alberta Darling also say that their panel will go along with making U-W schools follow performance benchmarks to get part of a 42-million-dollar pot for state aid. But instead of following the governor's specific benchmarks, the panel would name four areas, and the U-W Regents would lay out the details for meeting them.
Hear Eric Bergstrom's interview with professional golfer Lindsey Weaver on her way up to Sweetgrass.
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.
MSHDA Awarded 400-hundred-thousand dollars in neighborhood enhancement grants last week to Eleven communities around Michigan who will benefit from the Neighborhood Enhancement Program. The grant will create high-impact activities that are tied to enhancing and stabilizing the area. The Menominee- Delta-Schoolcraft Community Action Agency is receiving 30-thousand-dollars to be used for porch improvements, exterior paint, windows, doors, minor repairs, and accessibility ramps.
The ride begins at the Band Shell at Marina Park in Menominee at 7pm. The purpose of the ride is to honor those who have been injured or killed in car – bicycle accidents and to raise awareness that bicyclists share the roads with motorists.
Representative Bill St. Martin says anyone who would like join the ride is welcome and can join the group at the Marina Park Bandshell tonight at 7pm. If you have questions you can call 906-863-93-61 for more information.
The Iron Mountain Police Department is seeking information for a man wanted on a felony warrant for domestic violence.
Police are looking for Benjamin Martinez, 34. He’s wanted on charges of aggravated domestic violence, domestic violence – second offense, and habitual offender – fourth notice.
According to the police department, the crimes Martinez is wanted on occurred in September of 2016. He is still believed to be in the Iron Mountain area.
If you know where Benjamin Martinez is, you’re asked to send a private Facebook message to the police department or call them at (906) 774-1234.
If you’ve you checked your mailbox this week there’s a good chance that you’ve received a blue bag from your letter carrier and that means it’s the 25th annual National Letter Carrier Food Drive that is being held tomorrow, Saturday, May 13th. In 20-16, Marinette and Menominee had over 13-thousand visits made to local food pantries.
The Stamp Out Hunger campaign is one of the largest fundraisers in our community that supplies local food pantries with close to 15-thousand pounds of non-perishable food items.
If you would like to participate you simply need to leave your blue bag or any other bag with non-perishable food items by your mailbox for your letter carrier to pick-up.