Hear 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.
It might’ve... taken three rounds of votes, hours of discussion between the 31-member board of supervisors, the Mayor of Marinette, and the county administrator but an agreement is made by Marinette County Board of Supervisors at yesterday’s Marinette County Board Meeting.
County Administrator, Jon Lafabvre says the county wants to be a partner to the towns, villages, and cities throughout Marinette County and if this project does not move forward, it will only put a road block between the county and the city.
The Marinette County Board voted in favor of loaning seven point five million dollars to the City of Marinette for the sports and event center.
Jeff Zeratsky Recreation Center Committee Member
The City of Marinette is currently in the beginning stages of the bidding process for the project. More about the project will be announced at next month’s City Council Meeting.
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.
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.
If 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
It's celebrated on March 14th, in honor of the number itself, which is rounded up to about 3.14159.
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.
Jacks 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 fruit 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.
Changes 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.
Last 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.
Graff says this is the ideal time.
This 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
The 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.
Listen to the full interview with Judy Alwin here
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.
The 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.
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.
At 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
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.
Each week we highlight an Individual or Organization in our Community. A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of speaking with the 108th District Representative, Beau LaFave, about what he is doing in Lansing and how he is enjoying his time serving as a Michigan State Representative. As most of you are aware, LaFave, replaced termed out Representative, Ed McBroom, last November in a close race with Sheriff Scott Celello. Beau LaFave represents Menominee, Dickinson, and Delta Counties and is a resident of Iron Mountain, Michigan.
Listen here as we speak about what's happening in Lansing.
Town Hall meetings are being held at two VFW locations for Veterans Tuesday.
The Oscar G. Johnson VA medical center is holding two town hall meetings for Veterans on Tuesday, March 7th,2017. The first location will be held at the VFW Post 2063 in Crivitz at 1pm; while the next meeting will be held in Menominee at the American Legion Post 146 at 5pm. VA Public Affairs Officer, Brad Nelson, says the meetings are open to all Veterans and their families.
Nelson says this is a good time for the VA to talk one-on-one with the Veterans to really know how they feel about the VA care.
Nelson mentions that if you haven’t been to a town hall meeting and would like to learn more or cannot attend either of these meetings, you can contact him, Brad Nelson, at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain at 800 – 215 – 8262 extension 32001.
We have to find a better way! It was heard many times throughout this week’s Marinette County Board meeting.
Only this time it was expressed by Interim County Administrator, John Lefebvre, as he spoke about the Carlson – Dettman Wage Study. Currently, the County is about three weeks behind schedule with the study but March will more than make up for the delay, when the County Board decides on a step or merit pay structure for its employees. Lefebvre says, currently the county is based on a merit pay structure but it isn’t being utilized.
LeFebvre says, he wants the county board members to understand that he does not want to use the existing investments to pay salaries.
During this time, all department heads will be reviewing the hierarchy of their staff and Interim Administrator Lefebvre and Human Resources will be looking at the County as a whole. A Carlson – Dettman representative will also be on hand to assist and address any pay structure concerns.
The loss of good employees, employee wages, and an overpopulated county jail are at the forefront of Marinette County Sheriff, Jerry Sauve’s, concerns. Sauve says they are taking extreme measures in making sure that other options are being utilized, other than sending individuals directly to jail, such as drug court, sober link, and electronic monitoring.
While the jail is overcrowded, Sheriff Sauve says, he’s facing a very serious reality and that’s with the staffing of the facility.
Sauve goes on to say that the County needs to compensate the employees fairly and there needs to be some sort of recruitment set in place to obtain employees and not lose them to other counties once they’ve got some time on the job in Marinette County.