Marinette County selects ,Greg Cleereman, to fill the Land Conservation Director position.

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.

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Marinette County will be the lead county for the Community Development Block Grant – READI program.

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.

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A Crystal Falls man who led authorities in a high-speed chase through two states in 2015 is sentenced in Marinette County Court.

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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.

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Marinette Market opens Friday, June 2nd!

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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.

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Menominee School District could be facing deep cuts to their 2017 - 2018 Operating Budget.

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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.

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A Marinette man strung out on Meth is sentenced to prison for head-butting an officer.

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.

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The Sturgeon Bay Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance of a stolen item.

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

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UW Tuition Will Stay Frozen, Not Cut…

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.

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Eric Bergstrom's interview with professional golfer Lindsey Weaver.

lindsey1Hear Eric Bergstrom's interview with professional golfer Lindsey Weaver on her way up to Sweetgrass.

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Menominee Committee of the Whole will be held tonight...Public Comment is allowed.

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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.

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John Lauzer - Menominee Red Wave

redListen here to Eric Bergstrom's interview with the head coach of the Menominee Red Wave legion baseball team, John Lauzer.

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Athletic Postponements

  1. The Marinette School District has postponed the Junior Olympics for Wednesday, May 24th to Thursday, May 25th. Junior Olympics is for all 3rd & 4th grade students.rained out
  2. The Elcho -vs- Lena/Star Tournament Softball game is postponed until 2pm tomorrow.
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A Michigan Community Organization receives 30-thousand-dollars in improvement grants.

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.

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The 12th Annual Ride of Silence is taking place tonight.

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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.

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Have you seen this man?

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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.

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You can HELP Stamp Out Hunger in OUR Communities!

stamp out hungerIf 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 13thIn 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.

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Developing Story -- Menominee Schools on Lockdown.

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Menominee Schools are on a Yellow Alert. Doors are secure and students and staff cannot leave campus. Schools in Menominee to Manistique, Michigan are on lockdown. 

According to WLUC, the Delta County Sheriff's Office is investigating a possible threat that was made to a local gun shop that threatened a school shooting. Precautions were put into place after Escanaba Public Safety was made aware of an unusual phone call to a local business.

Public Safety says  no further information will be released at this time.

This is a developing story. Bay Cities Radio News will have the latest information as it becomes available.

 

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Flying the friendly skies could be no more with the Menominee County Airport.

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Big decisions are ahead of the Menominee County Board after last night’s board meeting when commissioner Larry Schei addressed the board with financial documentation and what the future direction of the airport really means for the tax payers in the community.

Schei says, once they lost their sponsorship all grandfathering for the airport through the F-A-A and M-DOT AERO was lost.

Schei says there’s no economic development dollars being budgeted for the airport.


The County Board must decide and vote whether or not they want to continue operating as a County Airport. But first, they must hold a special board meeting for public input which is scheduled for Tuesday, May 23rd at 5 p.m. at the Menominee County Courthouse.

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Populations are down at the Marinette County Jail.

marinette county sheriffs departmentOver the last month, the Marinette County Jail has seen a decrease in the number of inmates in the County Jail due to various factors and at yesterday’s Marinette County’s Law Enforcement Committee Update the Committee heard an updated from Tom Buorque from the Sheriff’s Department that there has been a lot of releases and resolved cases this year.



Bourque says the jail is on pace to increase this year.



Currently, there are 107 inmates lodged in the Marinette County jail and so far, this year, there has been 636 Bookings and 643 releases at the Marinette County Jail.

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Fire Warnings in Marinette and Oconto Counties are HIGH.

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According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Burning and Fire Activity, burning is NOT allowed today. Therefore, burning in barrels, debris piles, and grass or wooded areas with your annual permit is prohibited. Campfires, though strongly discouraged, are permitted if used solely for cooking or warming purposes, but use extreme caution. To see if you’re county is a high fire danger area visit the DNR's website here

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