Tonight is your chance to sample food from 20 different area restaurants and businesses at the annual Taste of M&M Counties which is held to benefit the DAR Boys and Girls Club in Menominee. Rich Crevier from the Dar says tickets are $30.00 and can be purchased at the door. The Taste of M&M Counties event runs from 6:00 p.m until 9:00pm at Riverside Golf Club and is a MAJOR fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club.
Tickets are available at Jacks Fresh Market, Lee's Family Foods, Nicolet National Bank, Schloegel's Restaurant, Riverside Golf Club, and at the door tonight.
The Undergraduate Research and Performance Conference is a free event for the public to attend. Kicking off the event is former UW-Marinette student, Mika Till, who is the keynote speaker and U-W Alumni. U-W student and presenter, Mackenzie May, says if you’re looking to pursue an internship, she recommends doing it at a smaller campus because it opens more doors.
UW- Marinette Student, Becky Berry, is presenting at the U-R-P-C about hexavalent chromium.
The U-R-P-C begins at 8am and goes until 3pm with presentations throughout the day. To learn more about the event you can go online at www.marinette.uwc.edu
The Menominee High School Forensics team is heading to state. The maroons will be traveling to Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti. The maroons will be taking over 20 kids to the state competition who qualified at the U.P. regional at Westwood High School earlier this month.
They will be competing against numerous other class B,C,D schools from across the state. Forensics is comprised of public address speaking competitions and dramatic interpretation competitions.
The team will return from their 4-day trip Sunday Morning. (From Menominee High School, I’m Coleton Kotecki for Bay Cities Radio)
The U.S. Geological Survey reviewed C-W-D data from 2002 through 2014 and were able to develop a more accurate modeling system to forecast how the fatal brain disease might be advancing through an area of southwestern Wisconsin near the Wisconsin River.
According to the National Wildlife Health Center, CWD is moving in association with landscape features such as denser forests...It also seems to be blocked by the river corridor by moving along with it but not crossing it.
CWD has been found in 43 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties since 2002 and remains to be a threat.
Hunter’s should consider having their deer tested for the disease.
This Saturday, the Menominee Animal Shelter is participating in the Empty the Shelters event, which is a part of the Bissell Foundations Pet Foundation.
Saturday over 65 shelters will be participating with at least 2,000 animals are expected to find their forever home.
Nancy Holsburger, Menominee Animal Shelter Manager says, this is time second time they’ve been able to participate.
Holsburger says, this year they’re going to keep people entertained outside.”
Animals are Free the day of the event with the Bissell Pet Foundation covering the adoption fees. Kittens are not a part of the event. However, any cats over the age of six months are available for adoption, as well as dogs. The Menominee Animal Shelter will host this event, Noon until 5pm. For more information about the Empty the Shelters event, including a list of participating shelters, you can go on line to www.bissellpetfoundation.org
The Menominee Animal Shelter is accepting applications for approvals for Saturday. Animals cannot be placed on hold for this event so if you are interested in a specific animal they encourage you to adopt them at their normal adoption fee before that day. They also recommend submitting an application before the day of the event so they have time to process it.
Their adoption applications can be found on the Menominee Animal Website at mashelter.org or you can view at the shelter.
As of last night’s County Board meeting, nine applications have come in for the open County Administrator position. County Board Chair, Charlie Meintz, says the commissioners will have two-weeks to review the candidates. Once the board determines who the candidates will be the interview process will begin within two to three weeks.
The Wisconsin DNR has put Marinette County in a high fire danger category.
As some warm front lifts north, warm temperatures will return to the area along with breezy southeast winds and low relative humidity. This will cause elevated fire danger conditions across Northeast Wisconsin.
Burn restrictions may be in place so check with your local municipality. Click here to stay up-to-date on the current fire dangers
As of yesterday morning, weight restrictions in Michigan have been lifted on all state trunk line highways in the entire State of Michigan as well as U – P roadside parks. Some parks will be open but water won’t be turned on until testing is completed. Locally, Cunard Roadside Park on U-S 2 in Menominee is open. For more information on Michigan weight restrictions and roadside parks go to www.michigan.gov/mdot
The new PCM Credit Union building located on Stephenson Street is currently under construction and with the installation of new underground utilities within Stephenson Street, it will require the road to be closed. Expect Stephenson Street between Liberty Street and Wisconsin Street in Marinette to be closed to all traffic through Thursday. A detour route will be posted while the road is closed.
For nearly two years the Menominee County Airport has been working on bringing in new business to the airport. However, some airport committee members believe they have a dead horse on their hands.
In a presentation, last night to the Menominee County Airport Committee by Business Partner, Christian Perreault of Explorer Solutions, the Committee learned what steps they would need to take in order for the airport to pursue becoming a helicopter flight training center.
Economic Development Director, Nancy Douglas says there are things locally that they need to get a hold of first. Chairman, Larry Schei says he thought it would take a year to turn the airport around.
For now, the committee requested that Explorer Solutions expand their scope and focus on the alternatives uses for the land at the airport and how they can generate revenue.
Last week, Thursday, Bay Cities Radio had the opportunity to take a tour of the Maritime Center in Marinette and view the progress along with Representative, John Nygren, Marinette Mayor, Steve Genisot, and Ann Hartnell of the Marinette County Association of Business and Industry. Ground breaking for the facility was in October of 20-16 with construction beginning shortly thereafter. The Maritime Center is expected to be complete in July with tenants moving in, in August.
Making their way over the Interstate Bridge, which connects Marinette and Menominee, Michigan were protesters saying the Aquila's Back Forty Mine Project should be stopped. Members of the Menominee Indian Tribe joined the protest and they say they are concerned about the effect the mine has on the water and on their sacred grounds.
Guy Reiter, a Menominee Tribe member, says the ancestors that are in the ground are extremely important to us.Menominee Tribal Member - Guy Reiter
Retier says, everyone should be concerned.
Aquila Resources is currently in the process of obtaining the fourth and final permit which is needed to proceed with the sulfide mine.
Most recently, www.americanrivers.org listed the Menominee River as the tenth most endangered river in the United States.
It was a full auditorium Friday as the Wisconsin Joint Finance Committee of the Wisconsin Legislature held its final public hearing on the State budget at Marinette High School. More than one-hundred people spoke to lawmakers on the panel pushing for Education, Mental Health Services, and the effects of the proposed sulfide-mine.
Citizen Speaker, Laurie Keen, says she wouldn’t be standing here today if it weren’t for the Mental Health services provided to her forty-years ago.
Rural roadways and Transportation as well as cuts to tuition in the U-W System were also of concern by many of the individuals in attendance.
This could could slow down the two-year spending plan, but Lawmakers did say they hope their work is finished by June.
State Representative, Beau LaFave is getting ready to introduce legislation that would require the State of Michigan to reimburse local governments and municipalities that lost money to big box stores in rulings by the Michigan Tax Tribunal. LaFave says what’s a good way to get a politician in Lansing to care about an Upper Peninsula problem? Make them pay for it! LaFave says his colleagues will say they can’t afford it. Currently, there’s a tax loophole that big box stores have been using to have their stores appraised as if they were dark and vacant. LaFave says the state should take ownership of the problem they’ve been unable to address. The bill is still about two weeks away from being introduced in the house.
Representative, John Nygren and co-chair of the Wisconsin legislature’s budget committee is accusing Republican Steve Nass of bloviating and issuing meaningless press releases.
Nass criticized Nygren in a press release for saying that he was open to allowing tuition to increase at the University of Wisconsin, ending a five-year freeze and rejecting Governor Scott Walker’s cut to tuition.
Nygren took to twitter in a series of tweets in reaction to Nass’ by tweeting while Nass focuses on press releases, he and others on the budget committee are focused on governing and not meaningless press releases.
Friday evening the Marinette County Sheriff’s Office and volunteers from the Michigan Back Country Search and Rescue found and identified the body of 78-year-old Andrew Michael Bray of Norway, Michigan near the Wisconsin shoreline, downstream from Bomber’s Golf Course in Niagara.
In January, Bray’s car was found near the river at Bombers Golf Course with footprints going down to the River Bank and onto a piece of ice. Bray is said to have been suicidal during the time of his disappearance.
Officials have ruled his death a suicide and no foul play is suspected.
Tomorrow is the last day to file nominating petitions for the City of Menominee City Council at four p.m. The First, Second, Third, and Fourth Wards are to be filled with each being a four-year term. For more information regarding the City of Menominee Council seats you can contact the City of Menominee at 906-863-2656.
The environmental group American Rivers released its annual list Tuesday and coming in at number ten is the Menominee River. The group showcases what threats the open-pit sulfide mine might pose by having it located on the bank of the river.
The acid drainage from the mine could potentially cause irreversible harm to the Menominee Rivers clean water, fish, and wildlife. American Rivers Representative, Kathy Rousseau says they were contacted by the Superior Watershed Partnership to take a look at the Menominee River.
Currently, Aquila Resources is seeking permits for the open pit sulfide mine that would use cyanide to extract and process ore on site.
They’ve already secured three of the four permits needed for the mine with the Wetlands being the last one needed.
In a special City of Marinette Council meeting last night, the council needed to decide if the three-building structure is a possibility for the City to afford after hearing from Construction Manager, Mike Murphy, of Sherrer Construction that the total cost of the facility would be 16.1 million dollars. Council President, Dorothy Kowalski, says the only options is to borrow or fundraise to make this happen.
Kowalski says we go all in or it’s going to be tough to get it done.
After council spoke at length with their Financial Advisor and weighed out their options, Council took action and moved forward with the three-building concept and borrowing a total of ten point one million dollars. They did not remove any of the components from facility and will go forward with what was specified in the plans for the Community REC Center.
You can listen here to as I speak with Marinette Mayor, Steve Genisot, about the next steps for the REC Center