The Program that helps heat and cool homes just passed the federal budget, for now.

The Home Energy Assistance Program that helps hundreds of thousands of low-income families across the U.S. pay their heating and cooling bills is saved from elimination for this year. In March, President Donald Trump proposed cutting around 10 percent from the LIHEAP (LYE’-heep) budget. He also proposed to totally eliminating the program for the federal budget that begins October 1st which would include the 20-17 - 20-18 heating season. Congress restored funding for this year. However, the debate about funding the program for next year won’t be known until later this year.

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Gray Wolves in Michigan and Wisconsin could end up in the cross-hairs of hunters this fall.

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In January of this year Senators from Wyoming, Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin introduced a bill to legislation that would strip federal protections from wolves and allow trophy hunting and trapping of the species in four states.

A ruling is expected soon from the same appeals court that lifted protection for wolves in Wyoming.

Officials say that whether Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin can hold wolf seasons this fall would depend in part on how soon the court rules.

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WPS Foundation is offering grants to assist first responders in meeting safety needs.

Bay Cities Multi Media First RespondersTo show support for those who work to uphold public safety, the WPS Foundation is encouraging all emergency response agencies in northeastern and north central Wisconsin to apply for the “Safety – It’s Worth the Energy” grant this spring.

Grant applications are being accepted now through June 30th. In order to be eligible to receive the grant, emergency response agencies must demonstrate the equipment or training they wish to acquire is part of a well-detailed effort to improve public safety.

The grant can be applied for online at www.wisconsinpublicservice.com/business/worth_energy_grant.aspx

 

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is taking applications for bear and elk hunting licenses.

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The application period runs through June 1. A total of 200 elk and 7,140 bear licenses will be available for this year's seasons. Hunters can apply online, or at any authorized license agent or DNR Customer Service Center. Applications cost five-dollars.

A base license is not required to purchase an application. Only Michigan residents are eligible to apply for an elk license. Bear licenses are available for both residents and nonresidents. To learn more visit www.michigan.gov/dnr.

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Residents of Menominee construction will cause water shut offs in select areas.

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The City of Menominee would like to remind residents that due to the construction on 14th avenue, water will be turned off from 7am until 4pm today in the following locations: 14th Avenue from 21st Street to West Drive, 22nd Street from 14th Avenue to 15th Avenue, and 25th Street from 15th Street to 10th Avenue.

If you should have questions or concerns contact the City of Menominee at 906-863-2656.

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Volunteers are needed for the Community Waterfront Cleanup.

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The Menominee River Citizens Advisory Committee is hosting a cleanup of the community’s waterfront Saturday, May 6th and in order to make it a success they are asking for the community for their help. Committee Co-Chair, Mark Erickson says the cleanup has been on-going for the past 35 years.


Erickson says Nest Egg Marine is again hosting this event.

Check in is at 9am at Nest Egg Marine located at 300 Wells Street in Marinette with clean-up to begin at 9:30am. Supplies will be included as well as a pizza lunch for all volunteers provided by the M&M Great Lakes Sport Fishermen.

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Construction begins at Marinette High School for the upcoming Community REC Center.

highschool overflow lotBeginning today the overflow lot at the High School will no longer be available for students or staff. District Facilities Director, Tom Tickler says the only change happening right now is the overflow lot and Pierce Ave exit.

Tickler says there will be a joined exit with the front loop and rear staff parking.

The Marinette School District appreciates everyone's patience during the transition and would like to remind everyone to use caution while dropping and picking up your children during school hours.

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The Couple who allegedly stole an ATM Machine and led authorities on a two-day man hunt appear in court.

Setunsky 1 127-year-old, Chad Michael Setunsky, appeared via video conference Wednesday morning from the Marinette County Jail for his preliminary hearing. However, Setunsky waived his rights to a preliminary examination and Judge James Morrison says he wants to make sure he understands he is charged with 41 different offenses.

Setunksy’s status conference is scheduled for June 20th at 10 a.m. in Marinette County Court.

Setunsky’s partner, 27-year-old, Ashley Niewieroski , also appeared via video conference WednesdayNiewierowski morning for her preliminary hearing where she waived her preliminary examination as well.

 

Niwieroski is scheduled for arraignment on May 25th at 8:30 am with a tentative status conference date for June 20th at 11 am in Marinette County Circuit Court.

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Tyler Lund - Peshtigo Bulldogs

golfListen here to Eric Bergstrom's interview with Tyler Lund of the Peshtigo Bulldogs.

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It’s an EPIC evening for the City of Marinette.

All of the planning for the REC Center led up to last night’s City of Marinette Council Meeting when the council needed to make their final decisions as to whether or not they would approve the three resolutions needed to secure the additional funds for the new Center and the Pierce Ave Street Project. Mayor Steve Genisot says were moving forward with the Recreation Center. Overall the City of Marinette borrowed a combined total of almost 17.5 million-dollars for both of the projects. You can expect to see these projects beginning in late May early June.

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The Marinette County OWI Task Force nets three drug arrests.

The OWI task force was deployed in the Crivitz and Marinette area this past Saturday, April 29th. And between the two cities there were 17 Traffic Stops, 14 Citations, 16 Warnings, 5 Equipment Warnings, 3 Operating While Intoxicated Offenses which included one – third offense and two – first offenses. There were also three drug arrests during this deployment, with two possession of drug paraphernalia and one possession of marijuana.

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A town in Marinette County receives $75,000.

The Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Lands approved loans yesterday totaling slightly more than 2.5 million-dollars which includes the Town of Athelstane. The commissioners approved a State Trust Fund Loan totaling $75,000. to the Town of Athelstane to purchase a municipal vehicle. To learn more about the agency visit www.bcpl.wisconsin.gov

 

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Wisconsin's 16- and 17-year-olds wouldn't need to obtain permission from their parents to get jobs under a Republican bill moving through the Legislature.

The proposal is set to pass the Assembly Tuesday. The measure would eliminate the requirement that children 16 and older obtain work permits. The permits cost 10 dollars each and require a parent's written consent. G-O-P supporters say it'd make it easier for children without parents to find jobs. Democrats counter that it would cut parents out of the loop and decrease state and local revenues by 730-thousand dollars. If the measure passes the Assembly, it would still need to pass the Senate before it goes to Republican Governor Scott Walker's desk.

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An Athelstane man is sentenced to Prison for Drunken Driving.

36-year-old, Jonathan L. Wszelaki  is sentenced in Marinette County Circuit Court last week for repeated drunken driving. Wszelaki will serve one to 18 months in prison, followed by two years extended supervision for driving while intoxicated, his fourth offense within five years. He must also pay over Four-thousand-dollars in fines as well as having a suspended driver’s license and ignition interlock is ordered for three years.

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The Bissell Pet Foundations Empty the Shelter Event is a HUGE success.

The BISSELL Pet Foundation helped over 1500 pets from 66 shelters throughout the State of Michigan find their forever homes this past Saturday, April 29th. During the week prior to the event, nearly an additional 1,000 pets were adopted thanks to families visiting the shelters with a total of 22 shelters reported being mostly or completely empty. Locally, The Menominee Animal Shelter was able to adopt out 25 pets during the event. Empty the Shelters is a free adoption event made possibly by the BISSELL Pet Foundation.

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Residents who live near Red Arrow Park are concerned about upgrades.

At last night’s City of Marinette Parks and Recreation Committee Meeting the committee discussed with the City’s Superintendent of Public Works, Mike Swaitnicki, what improvements need to be immediately addressed at the park. While Swaitnicki suggested new bathrooms, and upgrading the current ones, committee member Ken Keller would prefer to see a loop be constructed at the park for people to drive on. Resident Daniel Johnson says the city is trying to sneak projects in under the radar. The committee agreed that any changes to the park should have a needs assessment survey driven by the community. Until then the committee did not agree with creating a driveble loop within Red Arrow Park.

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The hearing of the girl found naked in a field is now focusing on living conditions.

A preliminary hearing for Tammy Fryer and Micahel Lavoie in their civil neglect and abuse case took place last week in Delta County Court. Guardian ad litem, Jayne Mackowiak, filed a petition for the termination of Lavoie and Fyer’s parental rights of their two daughters. Portions of evidence were read by Judge Robert Goebel Jr. There were human feces spread on the wall and on the floor, it looked as if the children were left to eat in the room and use the same room as a bathroom, there were also signs of animal excrement throughout the house. The children and parents are to undergo an evaluation by the Child Trauma Assessment Center with test results to be in before it returns for trial in early July. This is still an ongoing investigation.

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Marinette County Court delays the placement of a sexually violent person.

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Yesterday a Marinette County courtroom was filled with residents of the Town of Pound along with Wisconsin Representative, Jeff Mursau, who are in opposition of 54-year-old, Jeffrey -W- Butler, who is to be placed in a house at N26-91 West Seventh Road in the Town of Pound.

What was to be a supervised release hearing for Butler was rescheduled due to requested information not being readily available for review. The next scheduled hearing is scheduled for June 21st in Marinette Count Circuit Court at 9am.

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The man who murdered a woman and stuffed her in the trunk of her car is sentenced to prison.

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Yesterday in Menominee County Circuit Court, Judge Mary Barglind , sentenced 49-year-old Gregory S. Ihander of Menominee Township for the stabbing death of Jolene Eichhorn. Eichhorn’s body was found in the truck her car near the Cedar Rivers State Harbor in September of 2015. Judge Barglind says there is an extreme and utter lack of remorse by Mr. Ihander that's never been seen in her courtroom before.

Barglind says the guidelines in the State of Michigan is advisory with a sentence of 37 and a half years.

Ihander will receive credit for 600 days already served in the Menominee County Jail. He is also responsible for court costs, therapy costs for Jolene Eichhorn’s children, and the over $3,000 dollars in funeral expenses for Jolene Eichhorn. 

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An Oconto County Judge blocks a Wisconsin State plan to locate a Violent Sex Offender in the Town of Pound.

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Judge, Michael Judge rejected the State's planned placement of 74-year-old convicted sex offender, Jerome Litscher, at the home on 7th Road in the Town of Pound. 

Neighbors objected to the placement since it would place the offender near residences where young children live. Although the placement met the guidelines of current state law, the judge agreed with the concern raised by neighbors.

Judge says, he received 90 letters in opposition to this placement, as well as a petition with 120 signatures. The placement of another offender at the same residence is scheduled to be heard in Marinette County Circuit Court on Monday, May 1st at 2pm.

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