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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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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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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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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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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A Walking Tour of the Maritime Center for Excellence.

Last week, Thursday, Bay Cities Radio had the opportunity to take a tour of the Maritime Center in Marinette and view the progress along with Representative, John Nygren, Marinette Mayor, Steve Genisot, and Ann Hartnell of the Marinette County Association of Business and Industry.  Ground breaking for the facility was in October of 20-16 with construction beginning shortly thereafter. The Maritime Center is expected to be complete in July with tenants moving in, in August.

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People Gather on Earth Day to protest the proposed Sulfide Mine.

People Gather on Earth Day to protest the proposed Sulfide Mine.

Menominee Sulfide Mine Protest 1Making their way over the Interstate Bridge, which connects Marinette and Menominee, Michigan were protesters saying the Aquila's Back Forty Mine Project should be stopped. Members of the Menominee Indian Tribe joined the protest and they say they are concerned about the effect the mine has on the water and on their sacred grounds.

Guy Reiter, a Menominee Tribe member, says the ancestors that are in the ground are extremely important to us.Menominee Sulfide Mine Protest 3Menominee Tribal Member - Guy Reiter

Retier says, everyone should be concerned.

Aquila Resources is currently in the process of obtaining the fourth and final permit which is needed to proceed with the sulfide mine.

Most recently, www.americanrivers.org listed the Menominee River as the tenth most endangered river in the United States.

 

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Thousands were in attendance for Wisconsin’s Last Public Budget Hearing.

It was a full auditorium Friday as the Wisconsin Joint Finance Committee of the Wisconsin Legislature held its final public hearing on the State budget at Marinette High School. More than one-hundred people spokPhoto 2017 04 21 13 55 42 1123e to lawmakers on the panel pushing for Education, Mental Health Services, and the effects of the proposed sulfide-mine.

Citizen Speaker, Laurie Keen, says she wouldn’t be standing here today if it weren’t for the Mental Health services provided to her forty-years ago.

Rural roadways and Transportation as well as cuts to tuition in the U-W System were also of concern by many of the individuals in attendance.

This could could slow down the two-year spending plan, but Lawmakers did say they hope their work is finished by June.

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The body of a missing man is found in Marinette County.

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Friday evening the Marinette County Sheriff’s Office and volunteers from the Michigan Back Country Search and Rescue found and identified the body of 78-year-old Andrew Michael Bray of Norway, Michigan near the Wisconsin shoreline, downstream from Bomber’s Golf Course in Niagara.

In January, Bray’s car was found near the river at Bombers Golf Course with footprints going down to the River Bank and onto a piece of ice. Bray is said to have been suicidal during the time of his disappearance.

Officials have ruled his death a suicide and no foul play is suspected.

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The Menominee River is ranked as one of the most endangered rivers in the United States!

MenomineeRiver TomYoung header 1600x629The environmental group American Rivers released its annual list Tuesday and coming in at number ten is the Menominee River. The group showcases what threats the open-pit sulfide mine might pose by having it located on the bank of the river.

The acid drainage from the mine could potentially cause irreversible harm to the Menominee Rivers clean water, fish, and wildlife. American Rivers Representative, Kathy Rousseau says they were contacted by the Superior Watershed Partnership to take a look at the Menominee River.

Currently, Aquila Resources is seeking permits for the open pit sulfide mine that would use cyanide to extract and process ore on site.

They’ve already secured three of the four permits needed for the mine with the Wetlands being the last one needed.

To read the full article click here https://www.americanrivers.org/endangered-rivers/menominee-river-mi-wi/

Download the 2017 Report Here

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The City of Marinette Goes All in for the Community REC Center!

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In a special City of Marinette Council meeting last night, the council needed to decide if the three-building structure is a possibility for the City to afford after hearing from Construction Manager, Mike Murphy, of Sherrer Construction that the total cost of the facility would be 16.1 million dollars. Council President, Dorothy Kowalski, says the only options is to borrow or fundraise to make this happen.

Kowalski says we go all in or it’s going to be tough to get it done.

After council spoke at length with their Financial Advisor and weighed out their options, Council took action and moved forward with the three-building concept and borrowing a total of ten point one million dollars. They did not remove any of the components from facility and will go forward with what was specified in the plans for the Community REC Center.

You can listen here to as I speak with Marinette Mayor, Steve Genisot, about the next steps for the REC Center 

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The couple who led local law enforcement on a two-day manhunt in Marinette County make an appearance in Court.

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An initial appearance for the two Marinette County burglary suspects was adjourned yesterday, Monday April 17th, and rescheduled for April 26th to allow for an attorney to be appointed for one of the suspects, Chad Setunsky.

Setunsky, along with Ashley Niewierowski are charged with felony burglary, fleeing an officer, and recklessly endangering safety, as well as misdemeanor charges of theft of moveable property and criminal damage to property. The two were arrested after a two-day manhunt in the Town of Stephenson.

On April 10th, Setunsky's bail was set at one-million-dollars, and Niewierowski's bail was set at $250,000.

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