The Marinette High School Class of 2017 Valedictorians are recognized as Best in Class.

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This past week nearly four-hundred students from more than one-hundred area schools traveled across Northeast Wisconsin for the 17th annual Best in Class held at Lambeau Field and three students from Marinette High School attended the event as the top of their graduating class. Valedictorian Michael Ebsch says it was a way for them to let us know that their proud of our accomplishments.



Ebsch has advice for those still in High School.



Marinette High School Graduation was held Saturday, May 27th at 1pm.

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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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The City of Menominee to hold Special Council Meeting regarding Budget.

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The City of Menominee will be holding a special City Council meeting tonight at 6pm in the Council Chambers. There will also be public hearing for the operating and capital improvement plan budget, appropriation bill, and tax levy. A decision could be made this evening regarding the proposed budget.

However, if a decision is not met another Special City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 30th at 6pm to formally adopt the budget. If you have questions regarding tonight’s meeting or the proposed budget you may contact Menominee City Hall.

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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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Three birds have tested positive in Michigan for West Nile Virus.

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The positive birds were found sick or dead in early May and tested positive at Michigan State University last week. Birds are the natural reservoir for the virus and carry it in their blood.

Mosquitoes become infected when they bite an infected bird. The mosquitoes that transmit West Nile virus may breed near people’s homes in storm drains, shallow ditches, retention ponds, and unused pools.

They will readily come indoors to bite if windows and door screens are not maintained. As summer temperatures rise, mosquitoes and the virus develop more quickly so it is important to protect yourself from mosquito bites as the weather warms.

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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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River Park Campground could be getting an upgrade.

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At Monday night’s Menominee City Council meeting the council reviewed a motion that would amend a resolution allowing grant funding for the River Park Campground. Mayor Jean Stegeman describes the proposed improvements to the campground.

The resolution also says the City of Menominee allocate up to 15-thousand dollars for the River Park Campground improvements. Council unanimously approved of the amended resolution.

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Marinette Law Enforcement Honor those who have served in the Line of Duty.

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Yesterday afternoon, in observance of Law Enforcement Memorial Week and Peace Officers Memorial Day, the Marinette Police Department and the Marinette Sheriff’s Department held a ceremony to honor those officers who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty. Retired Marinette Police Chief, Jeff Skorik says on May 19th three names will be added to the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial in Madison, Wisconsin.

Yesterday the community recognized each law enforcement officer that has passed and recognizes the officers who continue to do the tough work.

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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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The City of Marinette is still in need of Volunteers for City-Wide Parks Cleanup.

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There is a change in date for the City of Marinette Parks Clean-Up that was to be held tomorrow, May 13th. It is now scheduled for Saturday, May 20th.

The Marinette Parks Department is still looking for volunteers to help paint and spread wood around playground equipment. Community organizations and high school groups looking for volunteer work are encouraged to participate.

Contact Marinette Public Works at 715-732-5134 to sign up. FREE PIZZA and beverages for those completing the clean-up.

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Two Juveniles are questioned after an incident that caused multiple schools to be on lockdown.

Schools from Menominee to Manistique were on lockdown Wednesday after an unusual phone call made to a gun shop threatening a school shooting occurred. Detectives from Escanaba Public Safety say they spoke with two fourteen-year-old boys who admitted to making the prank phone call. The boys were released to their parents and the case is being forwarded to the Delta County Prosecutor for further review.

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Meet Cash! Marinette County Sheriff Department's newest addition to the K9 Patrol Team.

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Approved this week at the Marinette County Law Enforcement Committee Meeting is the team of Deputy Spencer Elias and his K-9 Cash. Cash is an accepted donation to the Marinette County Sheriff’ Department by his handler Elias. Sheriff, Jerry Sauve says, they’ve worked through this plan with Corporate Council for some time.

According to his handler, Deputy Spencer Elias, Cash is an eight-year-old German Shepard who was previously used as a Patrol Dog in Crivitz.



While it’s not required in the State of Wisconsin to become certified both his handler, Deputy Elias, and K-9 Cash are certified every two-years with the National K-9 Association.

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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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Wisconsinites have raised the bar again with a record amount of medications.

prescription drugsDuring the statewide “Drug Take Back Day” medications were collected at various take back events which included various locations in Marinette County.

Marinette County Sheriff, Jerry Sauve says they collected 500-hundred pounds of pharmaceuticals in just one day.


The state Justice Department said Monday that 66-thousand-39 pounds of medications were collected at various "Take Back" events and more than 300 permanent drug collection sites on April 29th.

The previous record was almost 64-thousand-250 pounds on a similar day last spring.

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