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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The 2017 Summer Concerts in the Park music series kicks-off tonight in Marinette.

Stephenson IslandStephenson Island will be rockin’ to the sounds of ‘Boilerplate’ beginning at 6:30pm. Marinette Welcome Center Manger, Judy Alwin says tonight begins a summer long music series for the communities.

Alwin says there is one concert per month on Stephenson Island.

The Concert in the Park series begin tonight at 6:30pm at Stephenson Island and tomorrow The Sapphires will kick off the Bands at Badger summer concert series at 6pm.

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The Marinette County Chairman of the board urges the Board to reach out to Brown County regarding the Back Forty Mine.

At last week’s Marinette County Board Meeting, County Board Chairman Mark Anderson updated the board regarding the Brown County Board picking up the resolution regarding the opposition of the Back Forty Mine. Anderson says, he attended a land conservation meeting in Brown County in May

The Brown County Board will be meeting this Wednesday, June 7th at 6pm

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Brad Neumann - Finding Acceptance

brad1Listen to Eric Bergstrom talk with former Peshtigo Bulldog and current Minnesota Golden Gopher, Brad Neumann about growing up in Peshtigo, Wi and his life now at the University of Minnesota.

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A FREE Family event is being held tomorrow at Marina Park.

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Grey skies and the potential for rain can't stop the crowds from coming out for the third annual Family Recreation Day in downtown Menominee. Tomorrow’s event emphasizes the importance of family as well as local business.

Area non-profit organizations team with those businesses to provide numerous family-friendly and pet-friendly activities during the event.

The Event runs from 9am until 3pm at Marina Park in Menominee with the Grand Finale of thousands of ping pongs being dropped from an actual helicopter.

       

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The Menominee County Administrator search carry's on.

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In a special County Board meeting yesterday morning, the board discussed the only candidate, Irina Rivard, who was present and interviewed for the position. Larry Phelps Third District Commissioner says the board came to a mutual decision regarding the candidate.


As of yesterday morning, the board has yet to hear from the other candidate, Anthony Person, who missed his interview. The board agreed to will be meeting sometime in the next week to determine what their next course of action will be.

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The City of Menominee approve their Capital Improvement Program.

Menominee City HallIn a Special City Council meeting last night, the council approved the City’s five-year Capital Improvement Program which is a part of the budget process. The CIP identifies the potential cost for major improvement items within the City. City Manager, Tony Graff says the total amount of the plan is five point two-million-dollars over a five-year period.

Graff says this year they did receive public input that community members would like to see on the plans.



This year the City reduced the capital program to a little over five-hundred-thousand-dollars. However, they will be replacing snowplows in their aging fleet, updates to the library, complex updates for City Hall, as well as updates for the Police and Fire Department.

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Marinette County selects ,Greg Cleereman, to fill the Land Conservation Director position.

Marinette County Administrator, John Lafabvre (LA-FAVE) is now able to put forth all his efforts by strictly being the County Administrator... At this week’s, Marinette County Board Meeting County Administrator and Land Information Director John Lafabvre announced to the board that he recommends Greg Cleereman to fill the Land Conservation Director positon. LaFave says Greg has been with the county for 20 years.

Lafabvre says Cleerman served underneath him as Land Information Director.

The County Board unanimously approved Cleerman to fill the position as the new Marinette County Land Information Director effective Sunday, June 4th.

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Marinette County will be the lead county for the Community Development Block Grant – READI program.

At this week’s Marinette County Board meeting, Jamie Johnson from NEWCAP addressed the board with a proposal for Marinette County to be the lead county for the Rural Economic and area Development Initiative (READI) grant program. Johnson says there is certain programs that can come out of the READI program.



Johnson says that NEWCAP is one of only six community development agencies in the State of Wisconsin.

The board unitedly approved the READI program and availability of the funds are a first come, first serve basis. If you should have questions regarding this program you’re asked to contact NEWCAP of Marinette for more information.

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A Crystal Falls man who led authorities in a high-speed chase through two states in 2015 is sentenced in Marinette County Court.

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Yesterday, 52-year-old, Michael John Santi appeared with his lawyer in Marinette County Court to receive his sentence for the 2015 incident in which he led authorities on a high-speed pursuit that began in Middle Inlet and ended on the Northside of Iron Mountain, Michigan.

Santi, at the time, believed demons were chasing along with an arch angel. Judge James Morrison says that Santi not only put his own life at risk but he also put the lives of officers, rescue workers, and pedestrians at risk in two states.



Judge Morrison says his conduct was grossly reckless.



Santi was sentenced to six-months in jail with credit for the 223 days already served. He is also ordered to pay $36.83 for the Officers car mirror that he sideswiped during the incident.

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Marinette Market opens Friday, June 2nd!

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The Marinette Market formerly Marinette Farm Market opens TOMORROW, June 2nd. The market will feature a variety of homegrown products from produce to non-profit groups and musicians.

The Market is located on Stephenson Island every Friday from 2pm until 6pm.

If you would like to be a vendor applications can be picked up at the Marinette Welcome Center next to the Stephenson Public Libarary. For more information contact Marinette City Hall at 715-732-5139.

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Menominee School District could be facing deep cuts to their 2017 - 2018 Operating Budget.

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At last week’s Menominee School District Board meeting I had the opportunity to ask the incoming Superintendent John Manns how the school’s finances are looking for the next school year. He says he has been working with Diana Howell from the I-S-D and has worked through the budget line-by-line but hasn’t released anything to the School Board at this time.



Manns says he does not want to say anything publicly where he’s at with the finances.



As of now Mans continues to work through the school’s finances and is hoping to release them to the Board in the very near future.

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A Marinette man strung out on Meth is sentenced to prison for head-butting an officer.

25-year-old, Trevor John Phelps, of Marinette is sentenced to maximum allowed for the battery of an officer. In the Town of Peshtigo in January of this year, law enforcement officials were called after a bystander from a nearby business witnessed a man jump out of a moving vehicle. Officials attempted see if Phelps was okay when he became agitated and began to head-butt an official. Phelps is sentenced to three-years initial confinement, three-years extended supervision, and up to ten-thousand dollars in fines.

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The Sturgeon Bay Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance of a stolen item.

On the evening of May 17th a 12-foot Silver Triton brand utility trailer with a ramp on the back was stolen. The trailer is valued at approximately four-thousand-dollars and the trailer was specially made with an extended two-foot front hitch. If anyone has information on this trailer your asked to contact Officer Andrew Crabb of the Sturgeon Bay Police Department at 920-746-2450

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UW Tuition Will Stay Frozen, Not Cut…

It appears that tuition for in-state residents at the University of Wisconsin will stay frozen for two more years, instead of being cut by five-percent in that second year. The Republican chairs of the Joint Finance Committee said Thursday the panel would reject Governor Scott Walker's proposed tuition cut and 35-million dollars in extra spending to make up for the lost revenue. A number of Republicans opposed the tuition cut, with the Assembly Speaker saying it would be better to dole out more financial aid to students who need it. Finance chairs John Nygren and Alberta Darling also say that their panel will go along with making U-W schools follow performance benchmarks to get part of a 42-million-dollar pot for state aid. But instead of following the governor's specific benchmarks, the panel would name four areas, and the U-W Regents would lay out the details for meeting them.

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