Marinette County Emergency Management has issued a River Safety Alert for Marinette County…

Menominee River FloodingPhoto Courtesy of Luna Luiz: Flooding of the Menominee River.


Due to the heavy amount of rainfall over the last few weeks, especially the severe storms affecting the area since Sunday, Marinette County is experiencing minor flooding on the Peshtigo River in Porterfield and the Menominee River in McAllister.

Potato Rapids Dam on the Peshtigo River north of the City of Peshtigo has reached peak flow. Marinette County Parks Department is pulling docks from boat launches on the Menominee River affected by the high flow and the boat launches are open at this time. River 1Photo Courtesy of Luna Luiz: Flooding of the Menominee RiverCitizens are reminded to use extreme caution.

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The City of Marinette is delaying the reconstruction of the Cleveland Avenue – Pierce Avenue Intersection.

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Due to heavy amounts of rain in the last week the project will begin on Monday June 26th.  The City of Marinette will be installing underground utilities and reconstructing the intersection.

This closure will require a traffic detour which will be posted for motorist to move around the construction zone.

The work is scheduled to be completed within three-weeks and the City is asking that motorists be patient and reduce speeds when traveling the detour route.

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Could Menominee County finally be making progress in their search for a County Administrator?

Menominee County CourthouseIt looks as though Menominee County is taking the steps necessary to find the right fit for the County Administrator Position. At yesterday’s Menominee County Personnel Committee meeting the committee heard from various county employees and board members as to how it’s internally affecting Administrative Assistant Sherry DuPont. Recently Dupont addressed the County with an offer to step in as Interim Administrator until the board could decide their next course of action. Commissioner Bernie Lang says it seems as though each commissioner has their own agenda.

Lang says they should accept Sherry’s proposal in total, establish a wage, and hire a search firm to initiate the hiring process of the administrator.


After much discussion, the committee agreed to forward to the county board a motion to propose the hiring of Sherry as interim administrator and the hiring of an outside firm to search for a County Administrator.

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Wondering when your utility service will be restored?

WPSSince Sunday afternoon Wisconsin Public Service Crews have been working around the clock to restore service to its many customers and as of yesterday, WPS restored service to over 100-thousand customers and has coordinated all of their available resources, including numerous employees, contractors, and utility crews from outside the service area.

WPS Representative Matt Cullen says crews are repairing the damage from multiple rounds of severe storms.

Cullen says if you happen to come upon downed wires to stay away.

WPS expects to have electric service restored in the Marinette, Menominee, Wausakee, and Wabeno area soon.

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What’s at stake for the Twin Cities Airport?

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At last night’s Menominee County Board Meeting commissioners addressed the harsh realities of the ailing airport. Commissioners expressed their concerns with funding the airport and are looking to the City and others to come forward to help if they want the airport to remain.

While several people addressed the board it was Representative Wayne Beyer of the Menominee County Pilot Association that says the industry needs the airport...Menominee would be a ghost town without it.

The Menominee County Commissioners are urging the community to submit their concerns, thoughts, and suggestions about the airport.

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Sunday’s storm swamped local law enforcement and emergency responders.

At Tuesday afternoon’s Marinette County Law Enforcement Committee meeting, the committee received an update from Marinette County Emergency Management about the storm that thrashed through the County Sunday afternoon. Emergency Management Director Eric Burmeister says the initial damage assessment paints a very clear story of what happened.

Burmeister says after speaking with the National Weather Service the storm did NOT appear to be a tornado.


Marinette County Emergency Management estimates that at the majority of residents and business will have power by sometime tomorrow. However, due to last night’s storms rolling through it has caused even more outages and possibility of a longer delay in restoring services.

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Due to the recent storm, the City of Marinette Chipper will be operating as time permits.

The City of Marinette Public Works department is reminding its residents that they may drop brush and yard waste off 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week. This area is located outside the fenced area on the west side of the public works garage. Residents can dump grass clippings, leaves and branches at the Cleveland Ave location.

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A fatal motorcycle crash occurred yesterday afternoon in Menominee County.

 Menominee County Sheriff Deputies were dispatched to a report of a crash that occurred at 1:58 p.m. in the Town of Spalding just east of Pine Street on HWY US-2. The motorcycle was driven by 53-year-old, Keith Andrew Guzek, of Ontonogon, Michigan was eastbound on HWY US-2 when a deer ran into the roadway and jumped into the driver. The deer knocked Guzek off the motorcycle and both Guzek and the motorcycle came to rest in the ditch on the south side of the roadway. Lifesaving efforts were exhausted before Guzek was pronounced dead on scene. Investigation shows Guzek was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

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Hours long meeting in the City of Marinette ends with more information requested from the Council regarding Aquila's proposed sulfide mine.

back forty meetingIt might’ve taken three-hours and numerous opinions but everyone had the opportunity to have their voice be heard regarding the proposed sulfide mine.

Marinette City Council Chambers was bursting at the seams as the line of anxious people waiting to speak to the council swirled outside the chamber doors into the hallways of City Hall at last night’s Special Council Meeting. Wisconsin State Representative Jeff Mursau was in attendance says all of his constituents are in the area that this project is being proposed, including the Menominee Nation Tribe.

Marinette Mayor Steve Genisot says rather than pass a resolution, the council has asked to come back and get more information from both sides and presented to them as question and answer.

If you would like to submit questions to the Council you can do so by contacting the Mayor’s office at 715-732-5139 or stopping by Marinette City Hall. 


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Menominee Residents road repairs will begin tonight.

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The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is applying crack seal treatment to 1.8 miles of US-41 from 10th Avenue to 38th Avenue in Menominee.

This is part of a $500,000 MDOT investment to treat 226 lane miles on various routes in the southwestern Upper Peninsula.

The project will require night work, from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. each day. Motorists should expect lane closures with traffic shifts.

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Hot weather increases chances for pavement buckling…

Drivers are asked to be alert for potential pavement problems, traffic slow-downs, and to Move Over for roadside workers including highway repair crews. A heatwave forecast through much of the state could create conditions for pavement buckling. Motorists are asked to take extra caution. Report serious pavement issues by calling 9-1-1.

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New data shows Wisconsin's wolf population is approaching 1,000 animals.

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Monitoring figures from the Department of Natural Resources show between 925 and 952 wolves roam the state. That's up from last year’s record high of 866 to 897, the current population could be higher. Volunteer trackers counted wolves during the winter, when the population reaches its lowest point before pups are born.

Online DNR records show that so far, this year there's been 15 confirmed wolf attacks on livestock and one confirmed attack on a hunting dog. The state has paid out over $190,000 in wolf damage compensation so far, this year. It paid out over $200,000 in 2016.

To learn more visit the DNR's website found here .

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Kids are out of school; hot weather has arrived and the kids are already bored! What to do?

civic center poolPhoto Courtesy of Marinette Recreation Department Facebook.
The Marinette Recreation Department is happy to say the pool will OPEN today! Recreation Director Kent Kostelecky says there’s a brand-new look to the pool when they come in.


Kostelecky says the three supervised playgrounds open today and are free to anyone in the area.



To learn more about the summer activities being held through the Marinette Recreation Center you can contact them at 715-732-5222.

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32nd Annual Kids Fishing Derby is Saturday, June 10th.

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The 32nd Annual Kids Fishing Derby is open to children 13 and under. Registration begins at 8:00am and ends at 10:00 am at the American Legion in Menominee, Michigan.

Fishing is from 8:00am until 11:00am. Free lunch is provided along. 

Two bikes will be awarded to all children who are fishing as well as over 100 fishing rods and reels, must be present to win.

For additional information contact John Krueger at 715-587-9098.

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Free fishing weekend in Michigan is this weekend June 10th & 11th.

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Michigan is making it easy to enjoy the outdoors all weekend long...Grab a fishing rod and enjoy a FREE fishing weekend this Saturday and Sunday, June 10th and 11th. Michigan DNR Representative, Elyse Walter says residents and non-residents alike can fish without a license.

During Michigan’s free fishing weekend, State Park passes and ORV passes are also waived so you can enjoy a full weekend of fun. To learn of events in our area visit www.michigan.gov/freefishing

 

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If you support or oppose the Back Forty Mine you'll want to attend this meeting.

Menominee RiverPhoto Courtesy, Brittani Mai, Save the Menominee River Facebook Page

 


The City of Marinette is holding a special City Council on Monday, June 12th at 6:30 p.m. in the City of Marinette Common Council Chambers located at City Hall at 1905 Hall Ave.

 

Discussion and possible action regarding the proposed resolution opposing the Aquila Resources Back Forty Proposed Mine is the only agenda item and citizens who wish to attend and comment will be allowed five minutes on this agenda item only.

 

 

Additional links for alerts, articles, and information regarding the proposed Back Forty Mine.

SIGN UP for Back 40 action alerts--> http://bit.ly/2qoxMkm

Videos of the Back 40 Mine  --> https://www.wisconsinrivers.org/noback40mine

Menominee Nation Tribe http://nativenewsonline.net/currents/menominee-files-petition-stop-back-forty-mine-cites-sacred-sites/

Aquila Resources Back 40 Mine Project --> http://www.aquilaresources.com/projects/back-forty-project/

 

 

 

 


 

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The UW Marinette LGBT Center is holding a fundraising Art Auction this evening.

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Tonight, beginning at 6pm local, regional, and national known artists are participating in the first annual LGBT Center Art Auction that is being held in the UW Marinette Art Gallery. Amy Reddinger Director of the LGBT Center says the proceeds help fund the LGBT Center at UW Marinette.


Reddinger says the event is open to the public beginning at 6pm.



More information about the LGBT Center’s Fundraising Art Auction can be found online on their Facebook page located here

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Did you know that the oldest written account of Bigfoot was recorded by the well-known explorer Leif Erickson in 986 A.D.?

bigfootPhoto Courtesy of The Hyden AdventureStories of hairy monsters, skunk apes, and medieval Wildman have been circling the globe since 500 B.C. ...which includes stories of sightings in Marinette and Menominee County in 19-79 and 20-15. Craig Sulk of the Hyden adventure is a co-host of the bigfoot convention being held this weekend and he says they’ll have scientific facts that bigfoot does exists.

Saulk says a paranormal investigator will also be speaking.

For those who are interested or skeptical that Sasquatch exists and would like to see the factual evidence...the first annual Bigfoot Convention is being held this Saturday, June 10th at the Little Nugget Golf Course in Wallace beginning at 9am.

Listen to Newscast here

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Telling friends and family that your gay is scary at any age but what do you do if you’re a Middle or High School student living in a small town?

brad neumannThe LGBT Community has made great strides over many decades but unfortunately the subject is still considered taboo and in many cases people are shamed by how they identify...and yet one Peshtigo native, who not long ago was a high school student, decided to take a stand for himself... but most of all he decided to share his story. Fifth year Senior at the University of Minnesota, Brad Neumann, says he wants kids that are like him to know there is SO much more to life after high-school and life outside of a small town.


Neumann says no matter how you identify they should and can reach out to him.



If you would like to reach out Brad Neuman you can message him on Facebook or you can email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and locally you can contact the U-W Marinette LGBT Community Center on Facebook (link found here ) or at the Marinette Campus.

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One of Michigan’s TOP 50 companies to watch is expanding their Menominee operation.

northern fabIn a special Menominee City Council meeting last week, the council heard from Northern Fab and Machine owner Sandra Difka about their need to expand. Difka says they expanded in 20-14 and are in process of another expansion.

Difka says the projected cost of the expansion is estimated at five-hundred-thousand-dollars ($500,000).

Menominee City Council agreed to accept the request for the Industrial District and will be hold Public Hearing that will be held later this month.

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