12/13/2017 Closings

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 12/13/2017

 School Closings 

  • Marinette School District  - Closing at 1:00 pm - Afternoon 4K Cancelled - As well as all after school activities  (Merryman's singalong will be rescheduled for Friday 12/15 at 1:30 pm 
  • NWTC -Marinette Campus is closing at 12:30 today.  All afternoon and evening classes are cancelled. 
  • Peshtigo Public Schools are closing at 1pm
  • UW-Marinette classes and activities are canceled today beginning at 1 p.m. because of the inclement weather.  The UW-Marinette campus will remain open for employees. 

 

 Business/Church Closings

  • The Dar Boys and Girls Club will be closing at 5:30 tonight.
  • St. John Lutheran Church of Peshtigo, Advent Supper & service is cancelled tonight
  • Majestic Rubies and Roses Red Hat's have cancelled their gathering tonight
  • Marinette Welcome Center- is closed today
  • Little Nugget- is closed today
  • Marinette Senior Center will be closing at 1pm. No afternoon or evening programs.
  • The YMCA is open , but YMCA After School Programs at Trinity Lutheran, First United Methodist Church, Marinette Middle School and Peshtigo Elementary are canceled. Unless, Menominee Schools are canceled, the Central Elementary site will remain open.
    • M&M Glider Gymnastics team practice is canceled.
    • M&M Stingrays swim team practice is canceled.
  • Holy Family Parish - Marinette - Faith Formation Classes & Christmas Play Practice are cancelled tonight.
  • Good Shepard Fellowship Church is canceling their evening service.
  • Stephenson Public Library in Marinette will be closing at 4:30pm today, the branch in Crivitz will be closing at 4pm.
  • City of Marinette Redevelopment Authority Committee meeting tonight at 4pm has been cancelled.
  • Indulgence Salon in Peshtigo is closing for the day
  • Faith Lutheran Church in Marinette has no activities today.
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints the family history library is closed as well other activites are cancelled.
  • Lee’s Family - Closing at 7 pm 

 

 

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City of Marinette -Sex Offender to be Released

 

 

Sex offender to be released in the city of Marinette

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TOWN OF PESHTIGO WELLS TO BE TESTED

 

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Test borings done over the past two weeks have identified an area in the Town of Peshtigo where wells need to be tested for compounds that have been spreading in the ground water from the Johnson Controls/Tyco Test Field in Marinette. 

The compounds, PFOA’s and PFOS’s have been common in many products, including food wrappers, Teflon pans, and stain resistant carpeting. They also have been used in Fire retardant foams manufactured by Tyco.  But EPA has issued a health advisory level for the compounds in drinking water. 

Recently the company became aware that the compounds were showing up in the groundwater beyond their test field in the southeastern part of Marinette.  The company contracted a national environmental testing firm, Arcadis to conduct test drillings to see the extent of the migration of the compounds. 16 locations were tested, and Mike Bedard of Arcadis says the compounds showed up in some of the locations at some depths.  Some readings were over the EPA limit, others were detectible but below the limit, and some showed no detectible levels.  

Jim Cox of Johnson Controls says while there may a few wells within the city limits affected, the area of greatest concern is in the Northeastern part of the Town of Peshtigo, south of the Marinette City limits.

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( where the wells are used for drinking water.)

64 parcels have been identified where there could be contamination of wells.  Owners of those properties were invited to a meeting Monday night at the Town of Peshtigo Hall to learn about the situation, and to request sampling of their wells.   While the testing is done, they are being offered bottled water for drinking. 

If some wells are found contaminated, there are a number of options that could be available, including using bottled water, filters, or drilling new, deeper wells, depending upon the situation.  Johnson Controls is working with the Wisconsin DNR and Wisconsin Division of Public Health to first  determine the scope of the problem and then develop solutions should affected wells be found.

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MARINA IS FINANCIALLY IN GOOD SHAPE

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The Menominee Marina had another strong financial showing in 2017.  In his annual report to the Harbor and Industrial Commission, Jim Kudlicki of the Marina Management group reported net income of $190,500 in 2017. Kudlicki says over the years, the Marina’s revenues have been able to fund several millions of dollars in projects at the marina without taxpayer dollars.  In 2018, 11 new 72 foot slips will be opened on the south end of the Marina off the swimming pier.  Kudlicki says that will probably be the last addition of docks to the facility.   

The Marina Management Group is proposing the construction of a new ADA Accessible bathroom facility at the south end of the Marina that could be used by both the Public and Boaters. It’s just in the planning stages, and would not likely be open until 2019.    The cost is estimated at $250,000.

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MENOMINEE COMMITTEE DISCUSSES MINE

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For the first time, a Menominee City Committee Tuesday night  discussed the issue of the Back Forty Mine.   Mine opponents have urged the City to adopt a mine opposing the mine for months, but the Council never even put the topic on its agenda, although at the last council meeting it was agreed to refer it to committee. Last night it was The Public Safety/Public Works committee that took up the topic, and the discussion focused on what the city could do protect the safety of it’s residents. Committee Chairman Doug Robinson, a retired environmental engineer said while he did not want the mine, it was likely the mine would be approved, and wanted to focus on  how the city could influence the terms and conditions of the mine’s permit. Some topics discussed including having an independent third party a the mine to do sampling and monitoring of the mine’s operation, having a trust fund set up to cover costs of cleanup if needed, ensuring that only materials from the local mine be processed at the mine, requiring stringent security measures to prevent terrorist attack and to ensure hazardous materials stored on site were secure, and a request the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to be additional regularlatory agencies in addition to the Michigan DEQ.  After a lengthy discussion, the committee decided it would be helpful to try to reach out to Aquila Resources to talk about their concerns, as well as do some additional research.  The committee decided to table the discussion for a month.  The committee then heard from mine opponents for over an hour during a public comment period.  

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Marinette County Software

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The Marinette County Finance and Law Enforcement Committees yesterday both recommended to the County Board that new Software be purchased for Public Safety.  The current software package dates back to 1985, runs on old hardware, requires significant down time for crashes or updates, and is extremely inefficient, requiring multiple hand entry of the same data.  The recommendation is to purchase software from Spillman Technologies, which is used in 28 other counties in Wisconsin,  including Oconto and Door Counties.  The new package would greatly expand the availability of data to users either in the field or at their desks and allow easier sharing of data with other agencies.   The cost to the County would be $716,000.  The City of Marinette would also use the system, with their cost at 190,000.  Other public safety organizations in the county would also be able to use the system if they purchased the necessary software.  The full County Board will vote on the recommendation Tuesday. If approved, it will take a year to implement the new software.

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MARINETTE COUNCIL PASSES MARIJUANA ORDINANCE

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The public consumption, sale, or manufacturing of marijuana won’t be allowed in Marinette, even if Wisconsin joins the dozens of other states easing restrictions against the drug. Tuesday, Marinette’s common council approved an ordinance recommended by the city’s Public Safety and Code Enforcement committee that bans both using and selling pot within city limits. Although marijuana remains illegal under the federal Controlled Substance Act, several states, including neighboring Michigan have rolled out regulations allowing for the legal use of the drug, be it for medicinal or recreational purposes. Marinette City Attorney Jon Sbar does note that the new ordinance could be challenged in a higher court if pot is legalized in Wisconsin, as it is not always clear when local law or state law take precedence. (Written by Amber Myszka)

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Marinette Planning Commission Approves Conditional Use Permit for Assisted Living Facility on Cleveland Avenue

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Following a public hearing with no comments from the public,  the Marinette Plan Commission approved a conditional use permit requested by The Cottages at Lake Park Trails, which plans to build an assisted living facility specializing in dementia residents at the corner of Cleveland Avenue and Lake Park Drive.   The company will next present a site plan for the commission’s approval. 

The Plan Commission also approved a site plan for an expansion at Inspectech located at 3960 Parsek Street and recommended the city council sell a 10 foot wide strip of land to Inspectech to allow the required setback for the expanded building.

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Marinette City Council 12/05 Meeting Update - Menekaunee Docks, Fire Department EMT Services, Collaboration of Tourism Director with Marinette County

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Larger watercraft will soon be moving about in the Menekaunee Harbor. Tuesday, Marinette’s Public Works committee held a special meeting to approved an amended agreement with  AYRES Associates. City Engineer Brian Miller says the amendment allows AYRES to begin design work for two additional transient docks funded largely by a Wisconsin D-N-R Boating Infrastructure Grant.

The total amount of the grant project is estimated to cost just under 23-thousand dollars and Marinette’s share of the work would come from 2018 TIF district 3 funds. The Public Works committee forwarded the amendment on to the city’s full common council, which was ultimately approved later the same evening. (Written by Amber Myszka)

In other action, the council approved a memorandum, of understanding which will allow the Marinette Fire Department to provide emergency medical services to the entire City of Marinette. Up to now, the  Fire Department only responded to medical emergencies within a one-mile radius of the fire station or when they were requested by other responders. 

The council also approved the concept of a sharing a tourism director with Marinette County.  The city has been looking at ways to market the city, and particularly the new REC center that will open next year. The county’s tourism director position is currently open.

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2 Additional Transient Docks added to the Menekaunee Harbor

 

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Larger watercraft will soon be moving about in the Menekaunee Harbor. Tuesday, Marinette’s Public Works committee held a special meeting to approved an amended agreement with originally established with AYRES Associates in 2015. City Engineer Brian Miller says the amendment allows AYRES to begin design work for two additional transient docks funded largely by a Wisconsin D-N-R Boating Infrastructure Grant.

The total amount of the grant project is estimated to cost just under 23-thousand dollars and Marinette’s share of the work would come from 2018 TIF district 3 funds. The Public Works committee forwarded the amendment on to the city’s full common council, which was ultimately approved later the same evening. (Written by Amber Myszka)

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AURORA TO MERGE WITH ADVOCATE HEALTH

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(Milwaukee, WI) -- A merger of Wisconsin-based Aurora Health Care and Illinois-based Advocate Health Care would create one of the largest non-profit health care systems in the country. Merger plans were announced Monday. When it's final, the newly-named Advocate Aurora Health would serve almost three-million patients each year, would operate more than two dozen hospital and have more than 73-thousand employees. Advocate and Aurora would maintain their current headquarter locations. Federal and state regulatory agencies still have to give their approval. With no interruptions, the deal should close by the middle of next year. 

(From Wheeler News)

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120917- Marinette Moose Lodge to Hold NWT Fish Fry to Benefit Marinette Rec Center

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The Marinette Moose Lodge will hold a city wide fish fry open to all featuring Walleye from the Cabela tournament. Saturday from 5 to 8pm. The menu will be Walleye, french fries or baked potato, beans, cole slaw and rye bread. It’s a free-will offering event, but suggested donations are $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and younger.  All donations received will go to the new Marinette Rec Center.

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DCHS SIGNS LETTER OF INTENT WITH BELLIN

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Dickinson County Healthcare System (DCHS) announced yesterday that its board of directors has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Bellin Health to explore the possibility of being acquired by Bellin.

By joining forces with Bellin, DCHS will be able to fund improvements and expand its services that will enhance its ability to meet the needs of patients, while maintaining its strong local culture. The two entities have a long history of collaboration and both organizations are looking forward to full integration for the benefit of the community.

The LOI means the two entities will now work toward an agreement for Bellin to acquire the assets of DCHS.

It is anticipated that a purchase agreement will be worked out during the coming months and finalized during the second quarter of 2018. The agreement will have to be approved by both the Bellin and DCHS Boards and will also go to the Dickinson County Board of Commissioners for approval.

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Fatal Officer Involved Shooting Shuts Down Hwy 64

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Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve says an investigation in underway into a fatal officer-involved shooting early this morning. 

At a press conference this morning, the Sheriff detailed the chain of events…

The incident began at 12:10am with an incident involving a male suspect and a handgun at a motel in Marinette.  Sauve says at this point in the investigation, it is unclear whether this was some type of robbery attempt or a domestic incident.  

Sauve says using cell phone tracking Investigators determined the suspect was at or near a residence on Highway 64 in the Town of Peshtigo, and upon arrival at that location, officers saw a male suspect come from the residence, enter a vehicle and leave westbound on Highway 64.  Officers attempted to stop the vehicle at Schact road where it went partially into the ditch. The male suspect then exited the vehicle armed with a handgun, placing the officers in danger.  The suspect was shot and killed by the officers.  None of the two city police officers or two sheriff’s deputies at the scene were injured.)

Sauve says at this point they are not sure of the dead man’s identity. He says the individual was not familiar to them. Sauve says he’s a white male in his 30’s.

The Wisconsin State Department of Justice is investigating the officer involved shooting.  He says it’s yet to be determined which officers fire their weapons.  He says both long guns and handguns were used.

The officers involved will be placed on paid administrative leave as the investigation continues.

Sauve says Highway 64 is expected to remain closed from County T to County RW well into the afternoon as the investigation of the scene continues.

Highway 64 will remain closed from County T to County RW for several hours while the Wisconsin Department of Justice conducts their investigation.  No names have been released so far. 

Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve says an investigation in underway into a fatal officer-involved shooting early this morning. 

The incident began at 12:10am with an incident involving a male suspect and a handgun at a motel in Marinette.  Sauve says at this point in the investigation, it is unclear whether this was some type of robbery attempt or a domestic incident.  

Investigators determined the suspect was at or near a residence on Highway 64 in the Town of Peshtigo, and upon arrival saw a male suspect enter a vehicle and leave westbound on Highway 64.  Officers attempted to stop the vehicle  at Schact road where it went partially into the ditch. The male suspect then exited the vehicle armed with a handgun, placing the officers in danger.  The suspect was shot and killed by the officers.  None of the two city police officers or two sheriff’s deputies at the scene were injured.

Highway 64 will remain closed from County T to County RW for several hours while theWisconsin Department of Justice conducts their investigation.  No names have been released so far. 

The School District of Marinette also has released a notice that any students that were impacted by the interruption to busing or unable to get to school due to the closure the students will  be excused. 

 

Bay Cities Radio will update you following the 11am press conference.

 

 

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12/08 & 09 -Christmas at the Movies - Theatre on The Bay

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The Children’s Theatre program and the Continuing Education Department at the University of Wisconsin-Marinette will present a concert of Christmas songs featured in classic and popular holiday movies. Songs have been selected from a variety of family favorites, such as White Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, and Polar Express.
This two-night concert features singers of all ages, and is sure to appeal to the whole family. Performances are on Friday, December 8 and Saturday, December 9 at 7 p.m. at UW-Marinette’s Theatre On the Bay. Concessions will be provided, and there will be a special appearance by Santa Claus at the end of the concert! Children are invited to take pictures with St. Nick following the performance.
“Christmas at the Movies” is directed by Brittany Welch. The cast includes Marie Arnold, Kim Behrendt, Hannah Behrendt, Gabe Behrendt, Kaylee Behrendt, Melissa Behrendt, Blake Bourion, Miranda Cunningham, Holly Dellisse, Maggie Fernandez, Marin Fernandez, Tracy Fernandez, Hannah Fields, Chase Grabowski, Cerina Grawey, Jasmine Grotto, Andrew Halfmann, Emily Halfmann, Lauren Halfmann, Kloey Hammons, Galen Hodlofski, Barbara Karnopp, Lacy Kirschner, Kendra Krouth, Leah LaMalfa, Andrea LeBeouf, Lisa LeBeouf, Lydia LeBeouf, Annalisa Mines, Laurana Mines, Patrick Mines, Ana Morrison, Karah Nelson, Anna Nerat, Scott Nowakowski, Ashlynn Pattison, Lily Pompun, James Porras II, Kenan Pulver, Keegan Retlick, Leah Rose, Katie Schneider, Kate Schwaba, Bryeli Smith, Gabrielle Smith, Rebecca Stone Thornberry, Betsy Stuck, John Thornberry, Bethany Welch, Brittany Welch, Connor Whisler, Karen Woods, Madalyn Zelm, Daniel Zuehls, Henry Zuehls, Johanna Zuehls, Jonah Zuehls. Musicians include Anthony Cardella, Sam Hart, Bailey Whisler, and various members of the cast.
Tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for children, and may be purchased at the theatre upon arrival, or purchased in advance by visiting http://marinette.uwc.edu/community/continuing-ed/theatre, or by calling 715-735-4300 ext. 4342.

 

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USS LITTLE ROCK ARRIVES IN BUFFALO FOR COMMISSIONING

 

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The U-S-S Little Rock, LCS-9, arrives at Buffalo, New York, today. The 360-million dollar littoral combat ship will be commissioned December 16th on the Lake Erie waterfront at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park. Ship was built at Marinette Marine and was delivered to the Navy at the end of September.

 

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Menominee-Delta-Schoolcraft Food Distributions Schedule this Week

 

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The Menominee-Delta-Schoolcraft Community Action Agency Emergency Food Assistance Program (quarterly distribution) has been scheduled for this week. The program is for residents who qualify with household income below $2,010 per month for one person, or $2,707 per month for a two-person household.

All food items are available on a first come, first serve basis. List of items to be distributed is not available.

Menominee County distributions are scheduled for:

Wednesday at the Mid County Senior Center in Daggett from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Friday at the Menominee Senior Center, 8-11 a.m. 

And Friday at the Hermansville Senior/Community Center, 9-noon, and 1-2.

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LAFAVE BILL ON AIR TRANSPORT COSTS

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The Michigan House Insurance Committee Thursday unanimously approved legislation authored by State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain which requires air ambulance operations to give nonemergency patients a notice to be signed before sending an air ambulance, to discuss all methods of transportation and costs. Many times, patients are transported to hospitals by air ambulance without having a say and without knowing the costs.  LaFave says a lot of times, Yoopers are airlifted to Green Bay or Milwaukee for surgeries.

 Air ambulance companies currently participate in “balance billing” where the patient’s health care provider will pay for a portion of the bill, but not its entirety. This leaves patients with medical bills in the tens of thousands of dollars.

LaFave says nothing is more devastating to patients and families of patients when that $17,000 medical bill from being airlifted to the hospital shows up at the doorstep. He says his bill will allow nonemergency patients to be informed of the costs of medical transportation before they are transported, giving them the option to consider being transported by a cheaper method.

 House Bill 5219 now moves to the full House for consideration.

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SHOP WITH A COP

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There were plenty of smiles at Pine tree Mall Saturday morning as the 17th annual Shop with Cop paired local law enforcement officers and local disadvantaged children for Christmas shopping spree.  About thirty-five children were paired with members of the Menominee and Marinette Police Departments, Sheriff’s Departments and Auxiliaries, and Michigan State Police. After a breakfast together, the Cops and Kids headed to the stores in the Mall to buy gifts for the kid’s families.  Volunteers were on hand to wrap the presents before the kids headed home. 

Sergeant Brian Helfert of the Menominee County Sheriff’s Department is a veteran of many Shop with a Cop events, says the event gives Law Enforcement an opportunity develop a positive relationship with the kids…

Contributions from area businesses and fundraisers supply the shopping allowances for the kids. Shop with a Cop is organized by Bay Cities Multimedia Center.

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WALLEYE ON DISPLAY AT SPIES LIBRARY

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During the month of December, the Spies Public Library will be exhibiting 26 painted walleye in the Library Art Gallery. The walleye fish were sold by Rusty’s Antique Mall last summer to commemorate the Cabela’s Walleye Fishing Tournament in Marinette. The walleye were cut from mild steel, by Wildlife Décor. Local businesses and community members purchased the walleye and had them painted. The painted walleye were displayed throughout the Marinette/Menominee during the Walleye Tournament in August. Pictured above is the fish designed by our own "Stephanie Edge" for Bay Citites Radio that took 2nd place in the business division.  A reception for the Painted Walleye Exhibit will be held on Tuesday, December 12th from 4:00-5:30 PM. Refreshments will be served.

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