Acclaimed film Toxic Puzzle exclusive free screeing at UW Marinette Tues 17OCT

Genetics are not the only cause of ALS, Lou Gherig's disease and other killer diseases. Listen to these 2 seven minute segments as aired on 103.7 FM and 1340 WAGN last Thursday morning, and you'll want to see this exclusive free screening of the highly enlightening film TOXIC PUZZLE this Tuesday evening at U-W Marinette. UWM's Rebecca Richer' gives us a preview...

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Bell Ringers needed for Salvation Army

The Salvation Army Bell Ringing season runs from November 3rd to December 23rd. Some groups and individuals have already chosen their times to ring, others are checking their calendars!  The Salvation Army invites you to help.  Accomplishments happen because we care and take action to provide for those who need the services of The Salvation Army.  The 2017 Bell Ringing shifts are posted online at S A Marinette dot org. If you've experienced the expression on the face of a child who receives brand new school supplies when the family can barely afford the every day living expenses, or a Christmas present for a family where one parent is extremely ill, or youth programs and camps for children who have few if any extra curricular activities, you know you can make a difference right here in Marinette and Menominee Counties! This year Salvation Army has set a milestone goal of $100,000 in hopes to expand services to those who show a need.  Last year you helped raise $80,601.11, and another $37,600 for hurricane relief this year, so if every bell ringing shift is "covered", this and more will be realized.  You can make the difference! Details are online at S A Marinette dot org.

 

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Empty The Shelter - take home a free pet!

IT’S TIME TO “EMPTY THE SHELTERS”! THE BISSELL PET FOUNDATION’S EVENT OF THE SAME NAME COMES TO THE MENOMINEE ANIMAL SHELTER THIS SATURDAY, FROM NOON TO 5PM. ALL DOGS OVER 5 MONTHS OR 5 POUNDS THAT HAVE BEEN SPAYED OR NEUTERED WILL BE FREE ACCORDING TO DIRECTOR NANCY HOLZBERGER. BISSELL WILL COVER THE ADOPTION FEES. SORRY, KITTENS DON’T QUALIFY. VISIT THE MENOMINEE ANIMAL SHELTER AT N184 HAGGERSON COURT, HELP BISSELL EMPTY THE SHELTER AND GIVE A PET A GREAT HOME. GETTING PRE-APPROVED HELPS TO SPEED UP THE PROCESS, ESPECIALLY IF YOU WANT TO TAKE A FURRY FRIEND HOME ON SATURDAY. GET YOUR APPLICATION IN NOW TO QUALIFY FOR THE BISSELL SPECIAL, WHICH MEANS FREE! THE MENOMINEE SHELTER HOUSES 29 CATS AND SEVEN DOGS. FOR EVENT INFO & TO PRE-QUALIFY, CALL 906-864-7297 OR VISIT M-A SHELTER DOT ORG. BISSELL’S “EMPTY THE SHELTERS”, AT THE MENOMINEE ANIMAL SHELTER THIS SATURDAY, NOON TO 5PM.

 

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Life Sentence for killer of Menominee Native

The man found guilty of stabbing Menominee native Drew Nesbitt to death last March in Nesbitt’s Madison apartment has been sentenced to life in prison. 24 year old Darrick Anderson was found guilty of first degree intentional homicide by a Madison jury last week, and Wednesday the same jury rejected Anderson’s insanity defense. Authorities say Anderson stabbed Nesbitt 76 times in the fatal attack.

 

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Cassandra Nygren arrest update

More details have been released about the events leading to the arrest of 28 year old Cassandra Nygren, daughter of State Representative John Nygren and her 33 year old fiance' Shawn Gray. Brown County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Todd Delain says the pair allegedly provided the drugs in the June fentanyl overdose death of a pregnant woman at the Allouez home.

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Delain says the Officers located and tried to stop the pair earlier this week.

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Nygren and Gray face homicide charges for the death of 31 year old Jennifer Skeen and her unborn child. Nygren's cash bond is set at $50,000.00 Formal charges are expected the week of October 16, 2017.

 

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Interview with Cody Kienitz of the Marinette Marines

Listen here to Eric Bergstrom's interview with Cody Kienitz

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Peshtigo Haunted House Food Drive

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It’s back – for its 6th scary year. Colton’s haunted house, Saturday October 7th and 21st, from 7:00 pm till 10:30pm, at 149 Northwood avenue, Peshtigo. Admission is a non-perishable food item for the Peshtigo food pantry. The goal this year is 1500 pounds. A tip jar is also available to offset expenses. Coleton McKenney has more… this weekend, we have to finish prep for my haunted house. A painless gift to the community, come and help out for our town! The admission is a non-perishable food item which is donated to the Peshtigo food pantry. That’s how we’re donating to them and last year we donated about 1200 pounds. Colton’s haunted house, Saturday October 7th and 21st, from 7:00 pm till 1030pm, at 149 Northwood avenue, Peshtigo.

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United Way Campaign Begins

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Tri-city United Way executive director Jean Stegman says it’s official – United Way’s annual fund-raising campaign is underway, with this year’s goal set to reach 350,000. United Way’s mission is to improve lives in the Tri-city United Way area by mobilizing the caring power of our communities to advance the common good, promoting educational success, financial stability and health & well-being of all our residents. Tri-city United Way has been helping our communities for over sixty-seven years. Donations from residents and businesses help united way’s ability to continue reaching these goals. No donation is too big or too small. Tri-city United Way also helps to raise funds for various local partner agencies because the need is so great in our area, such as big brother’s big sisters, catholic charities, goodwill industries, healthy youth coalition, Marinette county elderly services, rainbow house domestic abuse services, twin counties free clinic and many more. A transparent system of check & balances assures funds go locally to where the biggest needs are.

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Historic preservation commission update

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Monday afternoon, Marinette historic preservation commission members had many victories, and much progress was made. The preservation plan for the forest home cemetery chapel has made progress. Since the last meeting, the building has maintained, windows have been mounted, and for protection & preservation, plywood has been mounted to protect the windows. Grounds have been cleaned, and further maintenance & upgrades will continue. The historic preservation commission also noted that the riverside avenue historic district signs & signposts project budget has been doubled by the city, from the former $15,000 to $30,000. There was also discussion regarding identifying city cultural objects, cataloguing and preservation. The process of inventorying all items on city property will now begin. Also of note, a purchase has been approved for the properties at 2118 and 2120 hall downtown. Included in the façade improvement program, the storefronts of both properties will be cleaned and prepared for complete renovation.

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Menominee Co BOC BUDGET APPROVED

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The Menominee County Board of Commissioners have voted to approve, as proposed, the 2017/2018 budget, on a 5-3 roll call vote. The amount approved towards the fund balance in the general fund was $743,733.00, which included 630,000.00 for a 911 console.. It was agreed that the budget needed to be approved now because if not done, money would have been lost as of October 1st. But it was also agreed that simply because things are proposed within the budget does not lock the county in to purchasing exact items. The question of what 911 console might be purchased will be decided later.

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MARINETTE COUNTY FATALITY

Marinette County recorded its second traffic fatality of the year in a Friday afternoon crash on Harbor Road in the Town of Peshtigo. Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve reports authorities were called to the scene at 3:25pm Friday where they found a vehicle with a lone male occupant had gone off the road and crashed to some trees. 70 year old Lawrence Schoen (Shane) of the town of Peshtigo was treated at the scene and taken to Bay Area Medical Center where he later died. Coroner George Smith says an autopsy conducted Saturday showed Schoen died of internal injuries as a result of the crash, which remains under investigation.

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USS LITTLE ROCK DELIVERED

 

 

Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine delivered the future USS Little Rock (LCS 9) to the U.S. Navy on Monday.

The future USS Little Rock, the fifth Freedom-variant LCS built by Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine, is scheduled to be commissioned in Buffalo later this year. She will be the first U.S. Navy ship to be commissioned next to her decommissioned namesake.

LCS 9 completed acceptance trials last month with the highest score of any Freedom-variant LCS to date, earning a “clean sweep.” During sea trials, the industry team also successfully demonstrated performance improvements, which will be incorporated into all future Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ships.

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PESHTIGO COMMITTEE LOOKS AT SCHOOL BUILDING

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After two failed referendum votes, it’s back to the drawing board for Peshtigo School District officials wondering what to do about the aging middle and high school building. Monday, representatives from Miron Construction and Somerville, Inc. presented the Middle-High School Citizen’s Building Committee with options to either expand and update the existing facility or construct an entirely new school, both of which would require the community to pass a sizable referendum, impacting local taxpayers. Matt Honold with Somerville says the plans address the issues most commonly voiced by staff and community members.

Renovating the current school is estimated to cost around thirty-point-eight million dollars, potentially increasing the district’s mill rate by one-dollar and-ninety-five cents, while new construction comes with a price tag just over 34-million-dollars, raising the mill rate by about two-dollars and thirty-one cents. Megan Prestebak with Miron says the final cost will ultimately be determined by what the community wants and what they’re will to pay for. 

Both new options for the middle and high school building will be circulated throughout the district for feedback and suggestions. The earliest voters could see a referendum question on the ballot would be in the Spring of 2018. (Written by Amber Myszka)  

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Interview with Jake Poetzl

Listen here to Eric Bergstrom's interview with Jake Poetzl of the Marinette Marines.

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Interview with Matt Eldredge

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MENOMINEE CLOSURE OF THE NORTHBOUND US-41 ROADWAY LANES

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CITY OF MENOMINEE PUBLIC WORKS ANNOUNCES THEY ARE IN THE PROCESS OF WORKING WITH MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO SET UP A CLOSURE OF THE NORTHBOUND US-41 ROADWAY LANES FROM DUNKIN DONUTS TO THE NICOLET BANK AND HAVE BOTH DIRECTIONS OF TRAFFIC MAINTAINED IN THE SOUTHBOUND LANES FOR WORK TO REPAIR THE SINKHOLES. THESE SINKHOLES HAVE DEVELOPED DUE TO LEAKS IN THE SANITARY SEWER AND DETERIORATION OF THE MANHOLES. CREWS WILL BEGIN WORK ON MONDAY SEPTEMBER 18TH AFTER THE MORNING RUSH HOUR TRAFFIC HAS SUBSIDED AND WILL CONTINUE INTERMITTENTLY THROUGHOUT THE WEEK. EVERY EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO REOPEN THE LANES ON THURSDAY AFTERNOON SEPTEMBER 21ST. THE ELEVENTH STREET INTERSECTION WILL REMAIN OPEN AND TRAFFIC ACCESS WILL ALSO BE MAINTAINED TO ALL BUSINESSES LOCATED WITHIN THE WORK ZONE.

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MENOMINEE HYDRANT FLUSHING

The Menominee Fire Department will be conducting fire hydrant flushing to help maintain the water quality and to evaluate the amount of water available for fire fighting purposes. The flushing will be done South of 11th Avenue including all streets from 1st through 25th. Flushing will begin Monday September 18th and continue through Friday September 29th. Residents may experience some discoloration of water and possibly lower than normal water pressure. These conditions do not represent a health hazard. However, customers are cautioned to determine if their water is clear before washing clothes (or any other process) as staining may occur. If you experience discolored water, run the cold water in you faucets for approximately 5-10 minutes.

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THE MARINETTE MARINES ARE COMPETING WITH LUXEMBURG-CASCO TO HELP IRMA VICTIMS

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THE MARINETTE MARINES ARE COMPETING WITH LUXEMBURG-CASCO EVEN BEFORE KICKOFF FRIDAY AT NOON. AS A DISTRICT AND A COMMUNITY, MARINETTE IS FIGHTING TO RAISE THE MOST DONATIONS FOR THOSE IMPACTED BY HURRICANE IRMA. DONATIONS WILL BE GIVEN TO UNITED WAY BY BOTH SCHOOLS. ITEMS TO BE COLLECTED ARE SCHOOL SUPPLIES, NEW STUFFED ANIMALS, TOYS, BLANKETS AND HYGIENE PRODUCTS. PLEASE BRING ONLY THESE ITEMS, WITH NEW TAGS ATTACHED. OTHER ITEMS WON’T BE ACCEPTED. BRING YOUR DONATIONS TO ANY OF THE MARINETTE SCHOOLS BEFORE THURSDAY AT 430, OR DROP THEM AT THE TRAILER BY THE FOOTBALL FIELD DURING THE JV GAME THURSDAY BETWEEN 430 AND 8PM. THEY WILL THEN BE TAKEN TO THE VARSITY GAME AT LUXEMBURG-CASCO ON FRIDAY, AND SENT ON THEIR WAY TO HELP THOSE IN NEED. FROM EVERYONE AT MARINETTE SCHOOLS, THANKS FOR HELPING THE MARINES TO BENEFIT VICTIMS OF HURRICANE IRMA.

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MARINETTE HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION MEETING

EARLIER THIS WEEK THE MARINETTE HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION MET TO DISCUSS VARIOUS ITEMS, AMONG WHICH WAS THE PRESERVATION OF THE FOREST HOME CEMETERY CHAPEL. CURRENTLY THE COMMISSION IS SHOPPING FOR BIDS ON LABOR AND MATERIALS BEFORE APPROVING THE PROJECT. ALSO UP FOR DISCUSSION WERE THE PROPOSED SIGNS FOR THE RIVERSIDE AVENUE HISTORIC DISTRICT TO BE INSTALLED AT BOTH ENDS OF THE ROUTE, THOUGH AT THIS JUNCTURE THE TYPE OF POLES REQUIRED FOR THE SIGNS IS IN NEED OF CLARIFICATION. ONCE FINAL DESIGNS ARE CONFIRMED, THE PROJECT WILL MOVE FORWARD. ALSO ADDRESSED WAS A PROJECT FOR IDENTIFYING AND PRESERVING VARIOUS CITY CULTURAL OBJECTS, AND WHO MIGHT BE COMMISSIONED TO MAINTAIN THEM, SUCH AS THE HISTORIC MURAL, SCULPTURES, THE STEPHENSON BRONZE, THE MARKER FOR THE FIRST SAWMILL SITE, AND THE QUEEN MARINETTE MONUMENT. THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION MEETS NEXT ON OCTOBER SECOND.

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MARINETTE LAW ENFORCEMENT MEETING

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DURING MONDAY’S LAW ENFORCEMENT MEETING, PROGRESS WAS ANNOUNCED IN STAFFING AND REDUCTION OF INMATE OVERCROWDING. STAFF IS WITHIN ONE POSITION OF BEING FILLED AND INMATE POPULATION WAS ABOUT 108 IN AUGUST, 20 LESS THAN AUGUST OF LAST YEAR. A NEW CORRECTIONS OFFICER HIRE IS IN STAGE 2 TRAINING, AND INTERVIEWS WILL HAPPEN SOON TO FILL ANOTHER POSITION. ONE OF THE REASONS FOR THE JAIL STAFFING PROCESS IMPROVING COULD BE THE COUNTY BOARD’S APPROVAL OF THE CARLSON-DETTMANN WAGE STUDY EARLIER THIS YEAR THAT IMPROVED THE PAY OF SEVERAL COUNTY POSITIONS. REPAIRS TO & UPGRADES OF THE FLOORS IN TWO PODS ALSO UNDERWAY. ADDITIONALLY DISCUSSED AND MOVED FORWARD IN THE PROCESS IS A NEW DISPATCH CENTER, AS THREE NEW HIRES ARE IN TRAINING CURRENTLY, AS WELL AS IMPROVEMENTS AND BUDGETS FOR EMS AND VIDEO VISITATION SYSTEMS. THE PORT SECURITY GRANT CONSIDERATION HAS BEEN RESTRUCTURED AND WILL BE REPROPOSED NEXT YEAR.

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