Is Menominee's tax roll becoming a bigger issue?

The City of Menominee's tax roll issues are now spilling over into the county.

Menominee County CourthouseTuesday, Menominee County Equalization Director Peggy Schroud informed the county commissioners over 3,000 of the city's tax roll adjustments in 2016 were found to be sporadic and without reason. Schroud says that this is uncharted territory for the city and county, and she hoping to get some guidance from the state on how to proceed with the 2017 taxes.

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Meanwhile, Menominee City Manager Tony Graff provided an update on the city’s tax rolls at Wednesday’s Finance Committee meeting. Graff says Menominee has complied with the steps laid out in the state’s Audit of Minimum Assessing Requirements, and the city is on track to have its 2015 and 2016 tax rolls returned.

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A myriad of projects are underway in Menominee

Nancy Douglas
The Menominee County Board receives an update from the Menominee Business Development Corporation.

At the Tuesday evening Menominee County Board of Commissioners meeting the board heard an update from Menominee Business Development Director, Nancy Douglas, about the projects that her office has been working on. Douglas says, what they’re currently focusing on is the Lloyd house two project in Menominee’s Downtown which is rapidly moving towards being complete. Nancy Douglas talking about the Lloyd Building two project.

Douglas says they are working with Cedarville Township again this year, regarding the trail that goes to U.S 2.

Nancy explaining the trail projects

She also mentions that there were leftover funds in 2016 and each Economic Development Organization will receive $500 dollars to give towards the Upper Peninsula’s First Robotic Teams Competition. Each of the five schools in Menominee County will receive one-hundred dollars.

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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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Spring Sports beginning at Menominee High School

Menominee LogoSpring sports are starting to commence at Menominee High School. The athletic season is about to begin for many high school teams. Boys track, tennis, and golf start this week. According to Maroons Tennis Captain, Senior Levi Kempka, “This season looks promising as the team starts to shape up.” In addition, girls track, softball, and golf teams are also getting underway. Sophomore golfer Olivia Badker explains, “the team has many returning golfers this year, as well as a few new faces.” (Thanks to our Menominee High School Student Correspondent Coleton Kotecki for this story.)

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North Central Jets - Seth Polfus

sethHear Seth Polfus of the North Central Jets talk about their playoff run, the nation's longest winning streak,which right now stands at 79 games, and tonight's regional final against Rapid River.

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Menominee County Restarts Administrator Search

Menominee County CourthouseMenominee County is ready to re-advertise for a new county administrator.

Tuesday evening, the Menominee County Board approved the new job description for the administrator, and agreed to re-advertise for the position. Menominee County Board Chair Charlie Meintz says the new job description looks at the position in a more analytic way. The candidates that recently applied for the Menominee County Administrator position will also be informed that they may now re-apply. Meintz says Menominee County will start looking for its new administrator through local and statewide sources. Commissioner Meintz says the Menominee County Board will still have to discuss the timeline for applicants and how the county will conduct the interviews.

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Deferred Prosecution For Fatal 2015 Crash

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A woman charged in a fatal 2015 Oconto County car crash is entering a deferred prosecution agreement. That means 84-year old Thelma R. Yashinsky of Lena will not face charges if she adheres to the terms in the agreement. Yashinsky was allegedly behind the wheel and failed to stop at a stop sign at County Road-I and Highway 22 in the Town of Oconto Falls in October of 2015. Her vehicle was struck by a van, resulting in the three deaths, including her husband’s. Yashinsky had faced five charges, including three-felony counts of Homicide by Negligent Use of a Vehicle. As part of the deferred prosecution agreement, Yashinsky will not be allowed to drive outside of a two-mile radius from her home for three-years.

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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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Freewheel by Katharine M. Nohr is now available

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Katherine Nohr's Freewheel is now available on amazon.... here is my interview with Katherine talking about writing and her newest book.

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Happy Pi Day!

Einstein PI Day

What is Pi Day?

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

Pi Numbers

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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Changes to Marinette Yard Waste Dumping.

metal trash canChanges to Marinette Yard Waste Dumping could begin in the Spring.

At Tuesday evening’s Marinette City Council meeting the council approved the Department of Public Works six-month trial period for Yard Waste Dumping and Metal Collection. The trial period includes the possibility of longer hours for the dump, a metal recycling container available for residents to dispose of any metal free of charge to residents, as well as having the option for residents to drop off their yard waste beyond the regular dump hours. During the trial period the City will determine what is working and what isn’t working for the residents of Marinette. The Board of Public Works will determine when the trial period will begin.

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The Menominee Waterfront Festival is looking for community feedback.

waterfront 3Last night the first organizational and planning session for the 2017 Waterfront Festival was held at Menominee City Hall. City Manager, Tony Graff, expressed that although there is some work to do he’s open to new ideas from the community and while it’s a city sponsored festival he says the City Manager’s office can handle the festival.waterfront 1

Graff says this is the ideal time.

Graff goes on to say the he is open to all ideas and is especially looking for someone who would like to take on the responsibility of coordinating the parade. If you’re interested in helping in this year’s Waterfront Festival, you can contact the Menominee City Manager at 906-853-1747 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Marinette Historic District Banner Fundraising Continues

Historic District BannersThis week at the City of Marinette Historic Preservation Commission meeting the commission discussed their ongoing fundraising efforts for the Historic Riverside Ave in the midst of other City fundraising efforts. The commission faced many obstacles throughout 2016 and the beginning of 2017 when it comes to raising monies for the Historic District. While they recently released a flyer showcasing the homes with rich history in the Historic District, they thought it would be beneficial to highlight Riverside Ave with weather resistant banners that can clearly showcase the Historic Districts uniqueness within the City of Marinette.

      Upon chance, Dr.Daniel Kallgren, Chairperson of the Historic District Commission happened to send thank you letters to residents of the Historic District and mentioned the fundraising the commission was tackling in order to purchase banners for the district. This week he shared with the members of the commission that since the beginning of this year, the commission has received $1900.00 to use towards purchasing banners for the Historic District.

This now allows for the commission to purchase a portion of the banners for Riverside Ave. Commission Member, Keith Killen, provided the districts banner proof to the commission for a possible approval for when they had the funds available to purchase. However, although they are able to put the wheels in motion to begin a partial purchase of banners, fundraising continues for the remaining dollars that they need in order to reach their goal of having the banners purchased and on display before summer and especially for the Cabela's National Walleye Tournament in August.

If you are interested in donating towards the banners you can donate at Marinette City Hall or contact Marinette City Hall at 715-732-5120

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Homeless Hygiene Drive Interview with Judy Alwin

judy alwinThe Twin City Homeless Hygiene Drive is in need  of donations.
For the third year in a row, the Marinette Welcome Center is participating in the family help for the homeless drive. This unique drive assists individuals and families in our communities with hygiene and cleaning products.
Marinette Welcome Center Manager, Judy Alwin, says all items that are collected stay in our communities.  
Alwin says these items help ease the financial strain on area homeless and crisis programs. The Marinette Welcome Center is open from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Donations will be accepted until March 12th.the family

Listen to the full interview with Judy Alwin here  

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Twin Cities partner for the Fourth of July Fireworks Display.

Marinette and Menominee might be a couple of City’s but their residents make up one Community…And that one community’s voice was heard by the City of Marinette and

the City of Menominee when it came down to the Fourth of July Fireworks. At Monday evening’s, Marinette City Council meeting the council discussed the idea of joining with the City of Menominee in sharing the Fourth of July fireworks display. Marinette Mayor, Steve Genisot, read a letter from the Menominee City Manager, Tony Graff, inviting the City of Marinette to explore the opportunity to work together as twin cities.

Marinette Mayor, Steve Genisot

The Marinette City Council wholeheartedly supports the joint venture and approved the M & M Fireworks event, as well as the five-thousand-dollar donation towards the fireworks display. A future joint city council meeting will be announced.

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An unforeseen delay in the development of a Marinette extended stay hotel

Extended Stay Hotel Land DescriptionThe City of Marinette Zoning Ordinance Board of Appeals allowed for the delay in the Country Inn and Suites extended stay hotel in Marinette after hearing from the adjacent property owners’ attorney, Thomas Maxwell, at Monday evening’s meeting. While Maxwell agreed that Moyle Development made many attempts to purchase the property at 20-60 Old Peshtigo Road, neither parties were ever able to come to an agreement.

Attorney Thomas Maxwell

The Country Inn & Suites representative, Barry Givens, of Division-1-Design expresses his concerns about the property.extended stay 2

Barry Givens

Ultimately, the board agreed that a three-week delay would allow for Attorney Maxwell and Developer Moyle to negotiate the sale of additional property to make the setbacks more feasible. If an agreement is reached, Moyle development will still have to go through Planning Commission for approval and the Zoning Board of Appeals for approval.

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Marinette Marines highlight song 2016-2017

marinesHere's the 2016-2017 Marinette Marines highlight song.

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Recruiting process with Tanner Mathias

TANNERListen to Tanner talk about the recruiting process that led him to Western Michigan University.

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The City and County of Marinette discuss UNITY in TOURISM

Tourism LogoAt Yesterday’s Marinette Tourism Commission meeting the City and Marinette County discussed the possibility of moving forward in a joint effort for tourism. Marinette County Chair, Mark Anderson, says this is just one of many items that the County and the City should be working on.

Marinette County Chairman, Mark Anderson 

Marinette Mayor, Steve Genisot, says it’s not just the City of Marinette it’s all of Marinette County that benefits from tourism.

Marinette Mayor, Steve Genisot
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Mayor Genisot goes on to say that they need to start thinking bigger and broader to get people to come and visit the area and enjoy everything that Marinette and the County has to offer.

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