Former Manitowoc Doc Acquitted Of Over-Prescribing Narcotics

(Green Bay, WI)  --  A federal jury has acquitted a former Manitowoc doctor of charges he violated the Controlled Substance Act.  Prosecutors accused Doctor Charles Szyman of over-prescribing narcotic pain relievers.  Assistant U-S Attorney Matthew Jacobs told the court Szyman failed to protect patients when he prescribed increasing doses of the painkillers while not knowing the source of their pain -- or properly monitoring the way they were using the drugs.  The legal troubles aren't over for the doctor because he still faces a wrongful death lawsuit.

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Pedestrian in Fond Du Lac killed by suspected drunk driver

A pedestrian killed by a suspected drunk driver has been identified as 54-year-old Jeffrey Koenigs of Fond du Lac. He died early Saturday at a Fond du Lac intersection. Police say he was in a crosswalk when the driver of a pickup truck killed him. The driver -- a 51-year-old Fond du Lac man -- was not hurt. He's been booked into jail on possible charges of homicide by drunk driving and not having a valid driver's license.

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Deer Hunter Death

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Wisconsin recorded its first shooting death of a deer hunter in two years, and the fourth since 2012. It happened Saturday near Westfield in Marquette County, where Sheriff Kim Gaffney said a 57-year-old county resident somehow shot himself -- and his father found him dead in the town of Newton after hunting ended for the day. About ten miles away, a 62-year-old Shawano County man died from natural causes after his body was found in a tree stand 16 feet up. In Juneau County, sheriff's deputies say two hunters reported finding unidentified human remains in the woods near Lyndon Station late Saturday morning. Officials say three other hunters accidentally wounded themselves Saturday in Brown, Shawano, and Forest counties as 600-thousand hunters took to the woods throughout Wisconsin to begin the state's nine day gun deer hunt.  The Wisconsin DNR is expected to release numbers from the opening weekend on Tuesday, November 21st.

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Marathon County Mining

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At least one central Wisconsin county is in the process of setting up its own mining regulations, as the state is about to end a 19-year-old moratorium on sulfide mining. The Marathon County conservation department in Wausau is rounding up information for an ordinance to make sure taxpayers don't get left holding the bag for environmental damage once miners leave. Aquila Resources has been considering mines in Marathon and Taylor counties, but has not filed for state licenses -- and Taylor County has had a similar environmental protection ordinance since 2013. Governor Scott Walker is expected to sign a bill passed earlier this month which ends the state's mining moratorium and relaxes certain regulations. The bill's main author, Senate Republican Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst, says he did not seek to ban tougher local ordinances -- saying companies need some type of "social license" in order to conduct mining.

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Train derailment blocks Hall Avenue

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West Hall Avenue in Marinette was closed for over 12 hours Friday due to the derailment of a railroad car at the crossing on Hall Avenue near the intersection of Van Cleve Ave and Owena Street at about 10:45am.  The intersection remained blocked until nearly midnight before railroad crews could bring in equipment to clear the cars from the crossing. Marinette County Emergency Management reported that there was no danger to the public as no hazardous materials were involved.

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New Soldier Field dedicated to Menominee Veterans

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There was a good turnout Saturday, Veterans Day, for the dedication of the new Soldiers Field at Riverside Cemetary in Menominee. Reverend Dave Thompson of the Menominee Chapter 25 Disabled American Veterans fills us in… “Today what we did is dedicated the new Soldier Field for all veterans in Menominee. We presented the old flag to the mayor, we raised a new flag for today, and now the city of Menominee has a place for veterans to come to their final rest, which is pretty neat. It was a good day. It was a great turnout. Our next big event is on December 2nd. We lay wreaths at the old Soldier Cemetary as part of wreaths across America. A big thing about that is: Remember, Honor and Teach. We always remember those that gave the ultimate sacrifice, we honor their service, and we want to teach those who are younger the importance of what these valiant few did.”

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Theatre on the Bay premieres Menominee River Mysteries tonight

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It’s a big night tonight for a local playright… Menominee River Mysteries: The Summer of ’27, a new play written by Menominee resident Anthony LaMalfa, will run starting tonight through Sunday the 12th, and again the 17th thru the 19th at the Herbert L. Williams Theatre on the campus of UW-Marinette. Friday and Saturday performances will be at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. This Theatre on the Bay premiere is set during Prohibition in the 1920s. A murder mystery which sees Marinette County’s bootleggers making a name for themselves—until a corpse washes ashore on the bank of the Menominee River and they’re to blame! Local law enforcement takes sides, and unlikely heroes emerge. A free, opening night reception will be held tonight from 6:30 to 7:20 p.m., in the theatre lobby. A special exhibit featuring local historical photos displayed in the art gallery during this run. Tickets are $12 adults, $8 students, and free to current UW-Marinette students with ID. Tomorrow, On Veterans Day, veterans who show their ID at the box office will be admitted for free. Ticket info at Marinette dot uwc dot edu slash theatre, or at the Theatre on the Bay box office one hour before each show. Learn more online at Menominee River Mysteries.com.

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Old World Christmas Market moves to downtown Menominee

Old World Christmas Market is doing something new this year in Menominee – moving to downtown alongside the Downtown Holiday Open House at Great Lakes Memorial Marina Park November 17th & 18th. In its 4th year, the events will share a festive heated rectangular tent stretching from north to south in the park. Market hours are 5-8pm Friday the 17th for the holiday parade and tree lighting ceremony, and opens again 10am to 4pm Saturday the 18th. Admission is free. Inspired by European outdoor markets, experience hearty German food, mulled wine, a warming station, Christmas carols, outdoor lights and other delights to whisp you away to an old European city at Christmas time. With more time, space, and vendors, this year’s market will be the best yet. With a variety of gift and decorative items, like German Herrnhuter stars, ornaments, aprons, sweatshirts, quilts, art jewelry, Swedish-styled items, farm-fresh meats, syrups, honey, jam and of course wines. Old World Christmas Market in Menominee’s Historic Downtown District, Friday November 17th & Saturday the 18th. It’s a holiday season event not to be missed! For details, call Cody at 906-374-0408, or Lisa at 715-923-7801.

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Tri-City Area United Way Fall Fundraising Campaign is in full swing

Tri-City Area United Way has set a goal this year to raise $350,000 to help our neighbors in need. Often many of us are more likely to donate if we understand just how many ways United Way reaches out to help those in need. Tri-City Area Executive Director Jean Stegeman was recently a guest on our Thursday morning Public Affairs program, "Our Town". Click on the audio segments 1, 2 and 3 below to hear her response to these frequently asked questions:

  • What does United Way do in our Area?
  • How does United Way differ from city to city?
  • Who are your partner agencies?
  • Can you elaborate on the partner agencies?
  • What type of impact do you make in the community?
  • What are your “in house” programs?
  • What is your campaign goal this year?
  • How are the decisions made as to how the proceeds from a campaign are spent?
  • How does another nonprofit apply for a United Way grant?
  • How much does Tri-City Area United Way spend on overhead?
  • Do you pay fees to United Way Worldwide?
  • Why should I give to TCAUW?
  • Are dollars the only thing TCAUW needs from the community?
  • Is there a guideline for how much to contribute?

Hear Jean Stegeman's informative "Our Town" radio interview by clicking the 3 program segments below.

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Marinette Ice Rink NOW OPEN

The Civic Center Indoor Ice Rink is open for the season. Skates are available for rent, and skate sharpening is available. There will be no open skate the weekend of December 1-3 due to a hockey tournament being held at the rink. Open Skating Hours are as follows: Mondays 10:00 AM to 3:45 PM ; Tuesdays 10:00 AM to 3:45 PM; Wednesdays 10:00 AM to 3:45 PM and 5:45-7:45 PM; Thursdays 10:00 AM to 3:45 PM; Fridays 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and 7:00-9:00 PM; Saturdays 6:00-8:00 PM and Sundays 4:00-6:00 PM. Youth Admission is $2.50 and Youth Skate Rentals cost $1.00. Adult Admission is $4.00 and Adult Skate Rentals cost $2.00. Skate Sharpening is available for $3.00 per pair. In addition, Seniors ages 55 or better are encouraged to skate during Senior Skate from 10 AM to noon Monday through Friday to take advantage of $1.00 admission, which includes skate rentals. Noon Hour Skate is also offered, with $1.00 admission, inclusive of skate rentals, from noon to 1:00 PM. Senior Skate and Noon Hour Skate are held on conjunction with open skate. Season Passes are available for the rink. Rates are: Resident Youth $35.00 Non-resident Youth $60.00, Resident Adult $65.00, Non-resident Adult $95.00, Resident Family $100.00, and  Non-resident Family $155.00. For more information about the Civic Center Ice Rink, call the Recreation Department at 715-732-5222.

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UW Marinette student wins research award at international conference

Becky Berry, a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Marinette, won a $500 Armando Vega award for best undergraduate poster at the International BMAA Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, October 18 - 21. Berry’s entry outlined her research into cyanobacterial cells and their protective covering, called the exopolysaccharide sheath, and their ability to metabolize or absorb heavy metals. While research continues, cyanobacterial cells potentially could be used to remove harmful metals from water bodies. They also may create heavy concentrations of metals, resulting in potential health hazards related to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, ALS and Parkinson’s. Freshman Keifer Rasner, Wallace, Mich., and UW-Marinette alumni Cody Rasner and Christiana Kmechek also presented at the conference. Renee Richer, assistant professor of biology, has been assisting the students with their cyanotoxin research.

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Michigan gas prices up & down

Through the end of October, Michigan gas prices were up and down, dipping slightly lower the last week of the month. AAA Michigan's weekly gas gauge survey found the average cost of self-serve regular dropped 7 cents statewide to $2.51 per gallon, although prices have been a mixed bag overall due to declining inventories and delayed maintenance at refineries due to hurricanes. The third week of October, MI gas prices were the lowest in the Upper Peninsula, but as we closed out the month, U.P gas prices were the highest in the state.

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Wisconsin DHS names Paul Krupski Director of Opioid Initiatives

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today that Paul Krupski has been selected to serve as the new Director of Opioid Initiatives to coordinate the department’s efforts to end the state’s opioid crisis, effective yesterday. DHS Secretary Linda Seemeyer observed that Opioid overdoses and the misuse of opioids, either heroin or prescription pain medications, affects every corner of the state and is destroying families, and that we must do whatever we can to end the heartbreak affecting so many. She also noted that Krupski’s experience and skills support the efforts to make sure the response to this crisis is as aggressive and effective as possible. Krupski, a native of Brown Deer, Wisconsin, is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Change and Development. He has previously worked at DHS as a Prevention Coordinator with the Division of Care and Treatment Services and as Preparedness Training and Exercise Coordinator with the Division of Public Health Office of Preparedness and Emergency Healthcare. His career has centered on administering and implementing substance abuse policies and strategies. Krupski shared that almost every division in DHS is involved in some way with fighting the opioid epidemic, and that he looks forward to bringing all of those efforts together to meet this crisis head on and put an end to the devastation caused by opioid misuse. In September 2016, Governor Scott Walker issued Executive Order #214 that created the Task Force on Opioid Abuse, which is chaired by Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and Representative John Nygren. The governor also called on every state agency to take an “all hands on deck” approach to ending the crisis in Wisconsin.  Last week, DHS announced a $17 million investment to improve access to substance abuse and mental health treatment.

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Peshtigo Schools drop tax rate, Approve Tax Levy

Property owners in the Peshtigo School District got some good news at Monday night’s Annual Meeting. Superintendent Kim Eparvier says the tax rate is going to drop to $8.14 per $1,000.00, Ninety seven cents lower than last year.

(Eparvier Levy sound bite, Board Approval sound bite)

The Peshtigo Board of Education approved the 2017-18 Tax Levy, as well as the budget.

HEAR NEWS CLIP WITH SOUND BITES HERE  > >

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Menominee County Board weighing options for 911 operations

Would joining the State Police regional 9-1-1 dispatch be a better deal than continuing to operate its own 9-1-1 dispatch center?  Tuesday Night the Menominee County Board was presented with the reasons to consider that option, as J Walding reports..

At a presentation from the State of Michigan to The Menominee County Board Tuesday night regarding consolidation of 911 services, Brian McEachern from the State of the E-911 dispatch center outlined the options for Menominee County and proposed dispatching for the state out of Negaunee, from which 5 other counties are currently being dispatched. He said the myth of inability to smoothly dispatch services in a community that operators don't live in is impractical & outdated with today’s technology, and the E-911 center operates dependably every day for the 5 counties is serves. In review of preliminary numbers for handling the size of Menominee County, he says they can easily handle it. The state currently has five Motorola  MCC7500 consoles, operating 4 networked units with a 5th as a backup. Asked if there were any pitfalls with multiple counties usng one dispatch center, McEachern replied no, that this is simply a better system. Costwise, McEachern estimated a $200,000 a year contract for Menominee County.  Over a five year period, around 2 million dollar savings would be realized. Commisionner John Nelson had this to say:

“A 636 THOUSAND DOLLAR NUMBER WAS PASSED ON A PASSIVE EQUIVALENT, WITH NO ACCOUNTING, NO COST OVERRIDES INVOLVED. THIS HAS NOW OPENED PANDORA’S BOX, AND THAT’S WHAT IT’S DONE!!”

The County Board did not vote on any decisions regarding the purchase of a new 911 console, or the option of joining E-911 and having the state dispatch take it over. Commissioners were in agreement that a lot of research still needed to be done before any decisions were made. 

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Marinette County Highway Committee says NO to ATVs and UTVs on trunk highways

Faced with concerns expressed by the Marinette County Sheriff, the Marinette County Highway Committee yesterday voted 3-1 to rescind a recommendation made at their last meeting to open all county trunk highways to ATV’s and UTV’s.

(SOUND BITE: “BLOW TO TOURISM…”)

In a letter and sent to all 30 supervisors, Sheriff Jerry Sauve  called the recommendation to allow ATV’s and UTV’s on county highways poor public policy and a recipe for tragedy, multitude of complaints and enforcement concerns.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO FULL REPORT WITH SOUND BITE  > >

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Another U.P Spruce sent to Lansing as Official Michigan Christmas tree

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It was a proud day for the City of Stephenson and the U-P logging industry as the official Michigan Christmas tree was harvested and sent on its way to Lansing with hundreds of citizens, students, and officials looking on. The 60 foot spruce was donated by Alex Stevens and his Grandfather Bill Winters.  Each year the Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget, Michigan Association of Timbermen and Great Lakes Timber Professionals  team up to select the tree and get it to Lansing to stand near the State Capitol.  It’s the 31st year that an official Christmas tree has been sent to Lansing, and 23 of those have come from the Upper Peninsula. 

Denny Olson, a log trucker who emceed the ceremony noted the importance of the timber industry to our area….

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The tree has been named as a memorial to long time Menominee County logger Earl St. John who died in the past year.  Members of his family and company cut the tree.  The harvested tree was suspended from a 110 foot boom crane provided by Plutchak Crane and Fabricating.  Due to adjacent houses and power lines, the crane was necessary to move the tree from its location to the awaiting truck that hauled the tree to Lansing.  The tree will be lit during Lansing’s Silver Bells celebration on November 17th.

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Menominee Area Public Schools in deficit, pay increase for substitute teachers

The Menominee School Board approved the 2016-17 audit during Thursday night’s meeting. While Karen Kerber of Kerber, Rose & Associates S.C. said this year’s audit ran much more smoothly than last year, the district’s fund balance is in the red. Last year, Menominee Area Public Schools enlisted the help of the Menominee ISD after the business manager resigned, observing that this year’s audit was much smoother with the ISD handling those functions. Kerber noted that it’s never good to have a negative fund balance, which can leave you with cash flow issues. Also reporting that MAPS incurred a loss of about $79,000 this year. (Kerber sound bite) Kerber recommended MAPS obtain their financial reporting on a monthly basis to more efficiently monitor activity, adding that it’s important to have a trackable fund balance, so that when unexpected items pop up, available resources are accurate. While the district is in the red, Kerber said the measures taken to better the district from last year have been noteworthy. Superintendent John Mans noted that this year, the audit is on time and the bank reconciliations are complete. (Mans sound bite) Mans expects the budget and fund balance to improve because enrollment is higher than first projected, noting that everyone at MAPS has pitched in, thus more is getting done for less, thanks to a true team effort. In addition to audit approval, the board approved the motion to raise pay for all substitute teachers from $75 to $95 per day effective November 1st.

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Stegeman resigns position at United Way

The Tri-City Area United Way Board of Directors will begin a search for a new executive director after accepting the resignation of Jean Stegeman, who is currently serving in the role. The board says Stegeman cited her desire to pursue personal interests as one of the reasons in her decision to resign.  She will remain with the organization until Nov. 15 to ensure a smooth transitioning of duties.   The Tri-City Area United Way recently kicked off its 2018 fundraising campaign. Stegeman, who also serves as the Mayor of Menominee, took the United Way position earlier this year.  She announced at this month’s Council meeting she would be serving out the remainder of her term through 2019.

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Colton's Haunted House a screaming success

The Peshtigo Food Pantry weighed the food donated on Saturday October 21st for Coltons Haunted House it was 1301.43 pounds. On October 7th 943.31 pounds were collected. The combined total was 2244.74 pounds! Colton McKenney doubled the amount earned from last year. His original goal this year was to collect 1500 pounds. 440 people came through on October 7th and 619 on October 21st making it 1059 people that came through the Haunted House. Everything went perfect. The actors were phenomenal!! Colton stated "this has been fun and helping the community was even better. I will miss doing this but it was fun while it lasted." Colton pictured by the food collected on day two. Group picture of Colton and the volunteers - Back row from left: Greyson Jones, Kianna Kotecki, Alexis Witak, Lucy Rose, Emma Kobus, Kicca Lopez, Autumn Falk, and Meghan Finger. Middle row from left: Lorelei Maxwell, Mary Jo Seidl, Autumn Clement, Meiah Beck, Kayly Durocher, Lexi Tharp. Front row from left: Gabrielle Smith, Olivia Smith, Colton McKenney, Olivia Lewis, and Bryan McClury. THANK YOU ALL FOR A WONDERFUL LAST YEAR!
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