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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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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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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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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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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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 Menominee County Airport could be looking for alternative uses.

twin county airportFor nearly two years the Menominee County Airport has been working on bringing in new business to the airport. However, some airport committee members believe they have a dead horse on their hands.

In a presentation, last night to the Menominee County Airport Committee by Business Partner, Christian Perreault  of Explorer Solutions, the Committee learned what steps they would need to take in order for the airport to pursue becoming a helicopter flight training center.

Economic Development Director, Nancy Douglas says there are things locally that they need to get a hold of first.

Chairman, Larry Schei says he thought it would take a year to turn the airport around.

For now, the committee requested that Explorer Solutions expand their scope and focus on the alternatives uses for the land at the airport and how they can generate revenue.

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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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A Michigan Representative proposes Dark Store payback into the Millions.

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State Representative, Beau LaFave is getting ready to introduce legislation that would require the State of Michigan to reimburse local governments and municipalities that lost money to big box stores in rulings by the Michigan Tax Tribunal. LaFave says what’s a good way to get a politician in Lansing to care about an Upper Peninsula problem? Make them pay for it!


LaFave says his colleagues will say they can’t afford it.

Currently, there’s a tax loophole that big box stores have been using to have their stores appraised as if they were dark and vacant. LaFave says the state should take ownership of the problem they’ve been unable to address. The bill is still about two weeks away from being introduced in the house.

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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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Would you like to file a nomination for Menominee City Council?

Tomorrow is the last day to file nominating petitions for the City of Menominee City Council at four p.m. The First, Second, Third, and Fourth Wards are to be filled with each being a four-year term. For more information regarding the City of Menominee Council seats you can contact the City of Menominee at 906-863-2656.

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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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A Michigan Representative weighs in on the proposed Sulfide Mine.

backforty 1Bay Cities Radio recently had the pleasure of speaking exclusively with Michigan’s 108th district representative, Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain about the proposed mine that is wanting to set up along the Menominee River in Stephenson, Michigan. LaFave says Michigan has the most stringent rules in the country when it comes to mining.


LaFave says he simply does not have the power to put a stop to the mine getting through the permit process.



Beau LaFave is a lifelong resident of the Upper Peninsula that advocates for Dickinson, Delta, and Menominee Counties. If you would like to contact Representative Beau LaFave regarding the Back Forty Sulfide mine view below:

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Anderson House Office Building
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Lansing, MI 48933

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Lansing, MI 48909

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The Menominee City Council is asked to pass a resolution opposing the proposed Sulfide Mine.

backforty 1At last night’s City of Menominee Council Meeting several men and women took turns speaking to the council members during the evenings public comment session. The individuals urged the Council to help the residents of Menominee by joining in their fight against the Sulfide Mine that would be placed on the edge of the Menominee River. Menominee Resident Pat Johnson says she would like the council to consider the people of Menominee and help keep their water safe.

Listen to Resident Pat Johnson Here 

Water quality is the main concern for everyone, others such as Menominee Tribal Member Jaywin Zoyer have their ancestors that they are thinking of.

Listen to Tribal Member Jaywin Zoyer Here

Currently Aquila Resources has obtained three of the four permits needed.They are waiting for the Wetlands permit which is the final permit needed for the Sulfide Mine.

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The City of Menominee is bringing a new look to the Historic Downtown District.

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Last week, the Menominee Downtown Development Authority finalized the design of their new banners that will direct visitors and community members to the various attractions within Menominee’s Historic Downtown Area. The Forty plus banners will be located beginning on tenth street and going along first street in Menominee.

The highly-visible banners will also offer the universal symbols for gas, food, lodging and more. Be on the lookout for the newest banners highlighting Menominee’s Downtown in late May.

Pictured with the new banners is Menominee DDA Chairperson Zach Aubret.

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Aquila Resources acquires another permit.

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Aquila Resources announced yesterday that they have received the third of four necessary permits from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) for it's zinc-and gold-rich Back Forty Project. 

The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Permit (NPDES Permit) was issued by the MDEQ on Wednesday following a public commentary period that ended on November 3rd including a review by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency completed on February 24th.

The NPDS permit regulates the effluent limitations and monitoring requirements of water discharged to the Menominee River during mine operation.  Aquila resources received their Mining Permt and Air Use permit on December 28th, 2016 and is currently working with the MDEQ to finalize the Wetlands Protection Permit expected later this year.

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