It’s History in the making this week, as the first female appointed District Attorney will be sworn in.

DeShay Morrow

It’s been a little over a week since newly appointed District Attorney DeShea Morrow stepped into her new role as Marinette County’s District Attorney and I was fortunate enough to catch up with D.A. DeShay in between court cases Tuesday morning. 

Morrow says she is very honored to have the title as District Attorney and it’s a great responsibility.

Morrow says once she gets the lawyers on board she will proceed forward and execute a plan that she has in mind.

District Attorney DeShay Morrow is officially being sworn in as Marinette County District Attorney this Thursday at 3:45 p.m. by Judge Miron in Court Branch 1.

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One Marinette County Supervisor speaks out about other Wisconsin Counties passing resolutions opposing the Back Forty Mine.

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At Tuesday’s Marinette County Board of Supervisors Meeting I had the opportunity to speak with Chairperson Mark Anderson about Brown and Door County’s decisions regarding the Back Forty Mine. Anderson says the board should be pleased with Brown County’s decision to support the opposition of the mine.



Anderson says he is glad other boards across the State are starting to take notice.


Door County Board of Supervisors met Tuesday morning for their monthly meeting. There isn’t word yet what, if any, action is being taken against the Back Forty Mine.

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The debate over whether or not to advance Menominee County's Administrative Assistant to Interim Administrator is decided.

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At last night’s Menominee County Board meeting the board agreed to appoint Sherry DuPont as Menominee County’s Interim County Administrator but not after a lengthy discussion about DuPont’s proposal. Commissioner Bernie Lang says this is a package deal.


Board Chairperson Charlie Meintz says he thought the proposal went a little too far.


Ultimately, the board voted six to three in favor of DuPont serving as Interim County Administrator effective immediately.

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Beginning this fall Marinette students and staff will see a change to the code of conduct that will be enforced district-wide.

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At Tuesday night’s Marinette School Board meeting, Athletic Director Dean Furton furnished the amended code of conduct to the board. Furton says the code hasn’t been updated since 2012.



Furton says this past year the district followed their code in different situations and during that time they noticed that the consequences were varied; It was at that time they realized it needed to be rectified.



The Marinette School District followed their usual review process which included an extensive review of what is occurring in competing districts, what WIAA expects, and ultimately making sure it aligns with the Marine Way. Which the Board unanimously agreed and approved to begin in the 2017 – 18 School year.

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The First Edition of the M&M Collaboration. A conversation with Marinette Mayor Steve Genisot and City of Menominee Manager Tony Graff.

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The first of many conversations with Marinette Mayor Steve Genisot and City of Menominee Manager Tony Graff. In this edition we talk about the collaboration of the Fourth of July Fireworks, Cabela's Walleye Tournament, the controversial Back Forty Mine, and of course coffee.

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The man who allegedly stole an ATM and shot at authorities appears in Marinette County Court.

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27-year-old, Chad Michael Setunsky, of Marinette was to appear in Marinette County Circuit Court Tuesday morning for a status conference.  However, due to the amount of evidence that is involved in his case, Setunsky’s attorney requested that the court allow him the time needed to effectively go through the evidence.

Marinette County Assistant District Attorney DeShea (DEE-SHAY) Morrow says she’s been speaking with Setunsky’s attorney.


Setunsky is charged with 41 different offenses including his alleged involvement in the April burglary of the Corner Convenience store in Stephenson, Wisconsin that ultimately led authorities on a two-day man hunt in Marinette County. 

Setunsky’s next court appearance is scheduled for Monday, August 14th at 2:00 p.m in the Marinette County Court.

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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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The Marinette High School Class of 2017 Valedictorians are recognized as Best in Class.

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This past week nearly four-hundred students from more than one-hundred area schools traveled across Northeast Wisconsin for the 17th annual Best in Class held at Lambeau Field and three students from Marinette High School attended the event as the top of their graduating class. Valedictorian Michael Ebsch says it was a way for them to let us know that their proud of our accomplishments.



Ebsch has advice for those still in High School.



Marinette High School Graduation was held Saturday, May 27th at 1pm.

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Menominee Committee of the Whole will be held tonight...Public Comment is allowed.

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What was planned as a joint meeting of the Menominee and Marinette City Councils to hear information regarding the proposed Sulfide Mine will now just be a Committee of the Whole meeting of the Menominee City Council.

The meeting will remain at the Menominee High School Lecture Hall beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Al Gedics, a UW LaCrosse sociology professor will be speaking at tonight's meeting regarding the Back Forty Mine.

Public Comment is limited to three (3) minutes on the agenda item.

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You can HELP Stamp Out Hunger in OUR Communities!

stamp out hungerIf you’ve you checked your mailbox this week there’s a good chance that you’ve received a blue bag from your letter carrier and that means it’s the 25th annual National Letter Carrier Food Drive that is being held tomorrow, Saturday, May 13thIn 20-16, Marinette and Menominee had over 13-thousand visits made to local food pantries.

The Stamp Out Hunger campaign is one of the largest fundraisers in our community that supplies local food pantries with close to 15-thousand pounds of non-perishable food items.

If you would like to participate you simply need to leave your blue bag or any other bag with non-perishable food items by your mailbox for your letter carrier to pick-up.

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Meet Cash! Marinette County Sheriff Department's newest addition to the K9 Patrol Team.

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Approved this week at the Marinette County Law Enforcement Committee Meeting is the team of Deputy Spencer Elias and his K-9 Cash. Cash is an accepted donation to the Marinette County Sheriff’ Department by his handler Elias. Sheriff, Jerry Sauve says, they’ve worked through this plan with Corporate Council for some time.

According to his handler, Deputy Spencer Elias, Cash is an eight-year-old German Shepard who was previously used as a Patrol Dog in Crivitz.



While it’s not required in the State of Wisconsin to become certified both his handler, Deputy Elias, and K-9 Cash are certified every two-years with the National K-9 Association.

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Flying the friendly skies could be no more with the Menominee County Airport.

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Big decisions are ahead of the Menominee County Board after last night’s board meeting when commissioner Larry Schei addressed the board with financial documentation and what the future direction of the airport really means for the tax payers in the community.

Schei says, once they lost their sponsorship all grandfathering for the airport through the F-A-A and M-DOT AERO was lost.

Schei says there’s no economic development dollars being budgeted for the airport.


The County Board must decide and vote whether or not they want to continue operating as a County Airport. But first, they must hold a special board meeting for public input which is scheduled for Tuesday, May 23rd at 5 p.m. at the Menominee County Courthouse.

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Volunteers are needed for the Community Waterfront Cleanup.

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The Menominee River Citizens Advisory Committee is hosting a cleanup of the community’s waterfront Saturday, May 6th and in order to make it a success they are asking for the community for their help. Committee Co-Chair, Mark Erickson says the cleanup has been on-going for the past 35 years.


Erickson says Nest Egg Marine is again hosting this event.

Check in is at 9am at Nest Egg Marine located at 300 Wells Street in Marinette with clean-up to begin at 9:30am. Supplies will be included as well as a pizza lunch for all volunteers provided by the M&M Great Lakes Sport Fishermen.

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Construction begins at Marinette High School for the upcoming Community REC Center.

highschool overflow lotBeginning today the overflow lot at the High School will no longer be available for students or staff. District Facilities Director, Tom Tickler says the only change happening right now is the overflow lot and Pierce Ave exit.

Tickler says there will be a joined exit with the front loop and rear staff parking.

The Marinette School District appreciates everyone's patience during the transition and would like to remind everyone to use caution while dropping and picking up your children during school hours.

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The Couple who allegedly stole an ATM Machine and led authorities on a two-day man hunt appear in court.

Setunsky 1 127-year-old, Chad Michael Setunsky, appeared via video conference Wednesday morning from the Marinette County Jail for his preliminary hearing. However, Setunsky waived his rights to a preliminary examination and Judge James Morrison says he wants to make sure he understands he is charged with 41 different offenses.

Setunksy’s status conference is scheduled for June 20th at 10 a.m. in Marinette County Court.

Setunsky’s partner, 27-year-old, Ashley Niewieroski , also appeared via video conference WednesdayNiewierowski morning for her preliminary hearing where she waived her preliminary examination as well.

 

Niwieroski is scheduled for arraignment on May 25th at 8:30 am with a tentative status conference date for June 20th at 11 am in Marinette County Circuit Court.

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The man who murdered a woman and stuffed her in the trunk of her car is sentenced to prison.

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Yesterday in Menominee County Circuit Court, Judge Mary Barglind , sentenced 49-year-old Gregory S. Ihander of Menominee Township for the stabbing death of Jolene Eichhorn. Eichhorn’s body was found in the truck her car near the Cedar Rivers State Harbor in September of 2015. Judge Barglind says there is an extreme and utter lack of remorse by Mr. Ihander that's never been seen in her courtroom before.

Barglind says the guidelines in the State of Michigan is advisory with a sentence of 37 and a half years.

Ihander will receive credit for 600 days already served in the Menominee County Jail. He is also responsible for court costs, therapy costs for Jolene Eichhorn’s children, and the over $3,000 dollars in funeral expenses for Jolene Eichhorn. 

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Michigan and Wisconsin Motorists’ a local bridge will be closed through October.

hattie street bridgeOn Monday, May 1st, the replacement of the concrete bridge deck over the Menominee River will begin. Hattie Street will be closed between Riverside Ave and 10th avenue and Riverside Drive Intersection will be closed.

Kenny Construction, Operations Manager, Wade Hamacher  says the only access will be for emergency vehicles only.

Hamacher  says anyone that is found on the structure will be immediately removed.

Safety is the main priority during the bridge closure and the City of Marinette would like to remind its residents that if you see anyone fishing or wandering about to call the Marinette Police.

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Get ready to be Bamboozled by Da Yoopersville Hillbillies.

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The Kiwanis Club is doing another production of the Kiwanis Kapers which begins tonight at 7pm and runs through the weekend. Kiwanis Member, Brian Walters say is a local play that pokes fun at local events around town.


Walters says there isn’t anyone that doesn’t go unscathed in the production.

The Kiwanis Kapers are performing tonight and Saturday at 7pm and again on Sunday at 3pm in the Marinette High School Auditorium. Tickets are 15 dollars each and can be purchased through a Kiwanis member, at Brothers Three in Marinette, or at the door

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Menominee Students are Hittin' the Road!

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The Menominee High School Forensics team is heading to state. The maroons will be traveling to Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti. The maroons will be taking over 20 kids to the state competition who qualified at the U.P. regional at Westwood High School earlier this month.

They will be competing against numerous other class B,C,D schools from across the state. Forensics is comprised of public address speaking competitions and dramatic interpretation competitions.

The team will return from their 4-day trip Sunday Morning. (From Menominee High School, I’m Coleton Kotecki for Bay Cities Radio)

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The Marinette Couple who led authorities on a two-day manhunt face additional charges.

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27-year-old, Chad Setunsky now faces 19 felonies, including two counts of burglary while armed with a dangerous weapon, seven other counts of burglary, and 22 misdemeanors.

The charges result from alleged offenses spanning March 17th to April 9th. 27-year-ol Ashley Niewieroski faces seven felonies and five misdemeanor counts. 

The two are scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 9:30 am Wednesday.

The two were arrested earlier this month following a two-day manhunt after they broke into a convenience store and stole its ATM machine in the Town of Stephenson.

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