Want to get involved in the Empty Bowls Event?

Usually at this time of year we’d be getting ready for an annual event to raise awareness and funds to combat hunger.

This year’s Empty Bowls fundraiser is being planned for the fall. The local United Way is taking the reins for the Empty Bowls event. Tri-City Area United Way Executive Director Philip Everhart.

Everhart says Empty Bowls will again raise funds for area food pantries.



The date for this year’s Empty Bowls has yet to be determined. Those interested in getting involved with this year’s Empty Bowls can contact the Tri-City Area United Way.

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BREAKING NEWS - A cut Fiber optic line in Oconto County may cause issues with 911 Calls.

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Oconto County area residents with a landline phone number beginning in 834 or 835 may be experiencing outgoing and incoming calling problems, including the ability to call 911. The Oconto County Sheriff’s Department has been informed of a fiber optic line that was cut and is causing the issue. If residents need to contact the Oconto County Sheriff’s Office try calling their non-emergency line at 920-834-6900 or they are encouraged to utilize their cellular telephone (If they have one) to call 911 in case of an emergency, as the cellular phones should not be affected by this issue. At this time the Sheriff’s communications center has not experienced any issues with outgoing or incoming phones calls.

 

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It's a safe and fun place for kids.

 salogo verticalThe Salvation Army of Marinette and Menominee Counties has opened a new Youth Center at its Russell Street facility in Marinette. Major Carol Lemirand with the local Salvation Army says this was a project they’d been eyeing for some time.

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Lemirand says the Youth Center’s activities all come from donations…and the center is geared for kids ages six-through-17.

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Lemirand says the Youth Center actually opened in June.but the Salvation Army will hold its grand opening celebration for the center this week Wednesday, March 22nd. Volunteers are also needed to help staff the new Youth Center.

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A U.P. man is sentenced to prison for a multi-state police chase.

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Last week in Marinette County Court…33-year old Robert W.Montey of Kingsford was ordered to serve three-years initial confinement and three-years of extended supervision after being convicted on his 5th Operating While Intoxicated charge.

Last June police were informed of a possible intoxicated driver at a Burger King in Iron Mountain. The officers caught up with the suspect vehicle and were then led on a high speed chase on Highway 141 into Marinette County.

Police report the vehicle eventually crashed in Niagara and the driver Montey was arrested. He had a blood alcohol level of point-one-seven-nine according to Michigan State Police testing. He’s also been ordered to serve a minimum of five-years in prison for Michigan charges stemming from the same pursuit.

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Jail time is ordered for a Wisconsin man who fled a DNR Warden.

Time in jail is ordered for a Wisconsin man charged with fleeing a DNR warden in Marinette County.
24-year old Cody-R-Trobridge of Greenville has been ordered to serve six-months in jail after entering a no contest plea to a count of Attempting to Flee or Elude a Traffic Officer in Marinette County Court. Trobridge allegedly fled from the conservation warden on a UTV in the Town of Stephenson last May. While the criminal complaint states he initially avoided capture. Trobridge was eventually identified through his Facebook page and arrested.

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The U.S. Navy will not disclose costs for a Marinette Marine built ship.

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The Trump administration Thursday proposed its plans to ramp up defense spending to expand the U.S. Navy’s armada but the long-term future of the combat shipbuilding program at Marinette Marine could hinge on cost-efficiency and performance of the Littoral Combat Ships. The Marinette built USS Milwaukee, USS Freedom, and the Alabama built USS Jackson have suffered multiple setbacks with repairs estimated in the millions of dollars, but the Navy says it believes in the small, fast vessels. Currently, nine ships are in production at Marinette Marine and work is expected to last through 2021.

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A national retailer is shuttering many of its stores and a Marinette location won’t be spared

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 JC Penney has announced it will close 138 of its stores across the U-S this year…and the list of closures includes the J-C Penney at the Pine Tree Mall in Marinette. The company is trying to improve its profitability in the era of online sales. Most of the impacted stores are expected to close by the end of June.

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Menominee County's unemployment rate is heading in the wrong direction.

The Michigan Department of Technology. Management and Budget reports Menominee County’s seasonally unadjusted jobless rate rose to six-point-one-percent in January…up from the four-point-six-percent recorded in December. Menominee County is now ranked as having the 31st lowest jobless rate out of Michigan’s 83-counties.

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Wisconsin Spring Turkey hunting permits are still available.

WI DNR wild turkey croppedThe 20-17 spring turkey permit drawing recently ended with just over 135 thousand applicants receiving wild turkey permits. A total of 240,768 permits have been made available for the spring turkey season, which leaves a little over 105 thousand available for purchase.

The leftover permits will be sold on a first come, first-serve basis beginning today (March 20th). Permits are issued by zone with one zone per day. Oconto County and Marinette County fall in zone 5. Permits can be purchased through GO WILD dot W-I dot GOV and all license agents.

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Jason Whitens - North Central Jets

jasonListen to my interview with Jason Whitens from the North Central Jets. Jason is a Michigan Mr. Basketball finalist this year. His team owns the longest winning streak in the nation.

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Menominee Maroons 1967

Listen tobbal all the details about Saturday's rebroadcast of the Menominee Maroons 1967 state basketball championship game!

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Menominee School district approves of interim superintendent

It's official--Menominee High School Principal John Mans will take over as the district's interim superintendent at the end of this school year. The temporary appointment was approved at Thursday's Menominee School Board meeting. Mans says he’s expecting a smooth transition. Mans will have the option to return to Menominee High as the principal if and when he chooses. Current Menominee Area Public Schools Superintendent Terri Mileski has announced she'll be stepping down from the position at the end of this school year. The Menominee School Board also accepted Mileski's resignation Thursday evening.

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Prison is a possibility for a Marinette County man.

Prison is now a possibility for a northern Marinette County man accused in a repeat drunk driving case. 36-year old Jonathan L. Wszelaki of Athelstane has entered a no contest plea to his 4th Operating while Intoxicated charge within Five Years--a felony. His sentencing is scheduled for April 28th in Marinette County Court. According to the criminal complaint, Wszelaki was pulled over by police in the Town of Silver Cliff in November for allegedly driving without a valid license. Police report he blew a point-one-nine-seven in a preliminary breath test.

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Marinette County's Unemployment rate is on the rise.

 department of workforce developmentAccording to the latest figures from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, Marinette County’s seasonally unadjusted jobless rate rose to 5.7% in January, up from the 5.3% recorded in December. The new January rate is still an improvement from January of 2016 when Marinette County’s unemployment rate came in at 6.3%. Marinette County is now ranked as having the 20th highest jobless rate out of Wisconsin’s 72-counties.

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Snapshot Wisconsin A volunteer-based project for wildlife monitoring

snapshot wisconsinLandowners in Marinette County who would like to play a key role in wildlife management are urged to check out Snapshot Wisconsin. The Snapshot Wisconsin project is a citizen science effort to capture images of all types of wildlife.

This project is led by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff in partnership with the University of Wisconsin – Madison and the UW-Extension. Snapshot Wisconsin offers an opportunity to view wildlife in their normal routines, in the wild, and data collected will help researchers better understand Wisconsin’s ecological landscapes.

To qualify, you must have access to at least ten acres of private land in Marinette County. For more information on how to sign up simply visit http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/research/projects/snapshot/

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New Hours for Marinette City Hall

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There’s new hours for Marinette City Hall. Effective Monday, March 20th, Marinette City Hall and the Marinette Police Department will have new office hours. The hours will now be Monday through Friday from 7:30am until 4pm. The Marinette Building Inspectors office hours will be Monday through Friday 8am until 3pm. If you have any questions pertaining to the new hours, you can contact Marinette City Hall at 715-732-5120.

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Two of Menominee's Annual Fireworks events are looking for approval.

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At this week’s, City of Menominee Public Safety – Public Works committee meeting the committee discussed the Fireworks displays that are scheduled for this summer. First, they discussed the newly formed partnership with the City of Marinette and their five-thousand-dollar contribution towards the Fourth of July fireworks, and while both communities have questions as to where they will be held, Menominee City Manager, Tony Graff, stated that Menominee and Marinette will hold a joint council meeting to discuss the future of the Fireworks, but for this year everything will remain the same. Secondly, was the consideration of obtaining a permit for the annual Waterfront Festival Fireworks and little discussion was needed for the already budgeted fireworks. Both events were universally approved by the committee and it now moves forward to council for final approval.

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Jimmy Nelson - Milwaukee Brewers

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Listen to my conversation with Jimmy Nelson of the Milwaukee Brewers as we talk about the upcoming season, the off-season, season goals, Brewers on Deck, and his new truck.

Full Interview Here

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Contractors learn about the bidding process for the new Community Sports & Events Center

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A contractors meeting is held for Marinette’s new Community Sports and Events Center.

Wednesday afternoon Marinette Mayor, Steve Genisot, Scherrer Construction Manager, Mike Murphy, and Sommerville Associates the architects of the new sports and events center held a meeting at Marinette City Hall for contractors to ask questions about the bidding process and what they can expect during the aggressive timeline. Construction Manager, Mike Murphy, says they are not bidding on the project, they are strictly the oversite for the project.

Murphy also says all bids will be sealed and bids must be filled out on a bid form as they are not allowing for bids on miscellaneous pieces of paper. Ground breaking for the over 114,000 square foot building is expected sometime in April with the project being completed in December.

Listen yesterdays contractors for the Community Sports and Events Center and learn about the bidding process  

If you or your business is looking to donate towards the center just follow the link provided to learn more Community Sports and Events Center Information

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Time behind bars is ordered for a Marinette man charged in a drunk driving crash that injured another person.

49-year old Fredrick A. Steppke had entered a no contest plea to a felony count of Injury by Intoxicated use of a Vehicle. Steppke allegedly crashed a motorcycle in the Town of Wausaukee last April. A female passenger on the bike sustained severe facial injuries in the accident. According to police crime lab result, Steppke’s blood alcohol level was at 0.194 following the crash. He’s been ordered to serve two-years initial confinement in prison and three-years extended supervision. As of now…Steppke is also responsible for over $2,700 in restitution and nearly $1,700 in fines, though he has a restitution hearing scheduled for May 3rd in Marinette County Court.

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