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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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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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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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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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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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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A Wisconsin Representative accuses a fellow Republican of bloviating.

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Representative, John Nygren and co-chair of the Wisconsin legislature’s budget committee is accusing Republican Steve Nass of bloviating and issuing meaningless press releases.

Nass criticized Nygren in a press release for saying that he was open to allowing tuition to increase at the University of Wisconsin, ending a five-year freeze and rejecting Governor Scott Walker’s cut to tuition.

Nygren took to twitter in a series of tweets in reaction to Nass’ by tweeting while Nass focuses on press releases, he and others on the budget committee are focused on governing and not meaningless press releases.

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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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Meet the people building Ships in our Community!

An amazing look at the people who build our Navy's ships including interviews with the workers at Marinette Marine, the City of Marinette Mayor Steve Genisot, and more!

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Rue21 to close in Marinette.

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Teen retailer Rue21, has decided to shutter 400 stores nationwide, including the Marinette store on Roosevelt Road and put more of its attention to online sales.  Rue21 announced over the weekend that it had the "difficult but necessary decision" to close hundreds of stores.

The closures represent more than a third of the Pennsylvania-based chain's 1,100 locations in malls, outlets, and strip centers across the U.S.

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Charges are filed in Marinette County against the couple who led law enforcement on a two-day manhunt.

ashleychadChad Setunsky and Ashley Niewierowoski both 27-years-old of Marinette are charged with Burglary of a Building or Dwelling and 1st degree recklessly endangering safety, these are both Class F Felonies which hold a max of 12 1/2 years in prison each. As well as 1st degree fleeing and eluding and officer, a Class I Felony which is maximum of 3 1/2 in prison. They’ve also been charged with two misdemeanors of theft and damage to property. A court date has yet to be determined.

Both burglary suspects in Marinette County were taken into custody Sunday after two days of extensive searching… According to the Marinette County Sheriff, Jerry Sauve, Ashley Niewierowski was arrested shortly before 1:00 p.m. Sunday near County Road “C” in the town of Athelstane.

At 4:35 p.m.Chad Setunsky was arrested in a cabin south of County Road “C.”No officers or either suspect were injured during the arrests. Setunsky and Niewierowski were wanted for burglarizing the Corner Convienence Store in Stephenson early Saturday Morning leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase Saturday. The suspects shot at authorities, crashed their vehicle, and then took off on Saturday according to officials.

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Gas Prices are on the rise...again!

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According to Triple A’ Michigan, statewide gas prices have risen by about 15 cents per gallon in the past week. On Monday, the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about two-dollars and forty-five cents per gallon.

That’s about 36 cents more that it was at this time last year.  

Wisconsin’s current statewide average is at two-dollars and thirty cents per gallon, up from two-dollars and one-cent from last year.

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HARIBO, the Germany gummy bear company, is making a home in Wisconsin.

haribo gold bear original gummi bears 3lbHARIBO announced this past week that they will open their first North American manufacturing facility right here in Wisconsin.

The company’s $242 million-dollar investment is expected to create 400 good-paying jobs. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker says this project will mark one of the largest investments in new operations by an overseas company in Wisconsin history.

Walker says the investment by HARIBO is evidence that Wisconsin’s economy and workforce are strong.

Construction of the 500,000-square foot facility is expected to start next year.

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Wisconsin’s Economy is in the Best Shape since 2000

scott walkerIn February, Wisconsin’s unemployment rate went down to 3.7%and according to estimates Wisconsin added over 7,000 jobs. Wisconsin Governor, Scott Walker says without a doubt, we are working and winning for Wisconsin.
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Walker says job creation is strong and wages are up.
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Walker goes on to say this is all great news for working families across the State of Wisconsin but he won’t be satisfied until everyone who wants a job, has a job.

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Michigan's Forest Legacy Applications are now being accepted.

MIDNRThis program protects private forest land from conversion to non-forest uses. The legacy program provides an opportunity for private forest land owners to ensure that their forestland continues to provide critical wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities. Applications to nominate forest land for enrollment in Michigan’s Legacy program must be received by June 16th. Apply online at www.michigan.gov/privateforestland 

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Wisconsin area Public School Libraries will receive funds.

Over 32 million dollars is donated towards Wisconsin’s Public School Libraries

The Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL) announced today that all K – 12 public school libraries throughout the State of Wisconsin will receive funds thanks to the earnings from the Common School Fund investments. School Librarians use the funds to provide a myriad of learning opportunities for students. Locally, Marinette School District will receive over $77-thousand dollars in funds. Other area schools include Crandon, Crivitz, Oconto, Oconto Falls, Peshtigo, and Wausaukee receiving funds up to 30-thousand dollars.



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Blood Donors are needed throughout Wisconsin.

The Blood Center of Wisconsin says donors are urgently needed.give blood marinette menominee

The center provides blood to 56 hospitals and it's been getting fewer donations because the flu season is running longer than normal, and heavy snow earlier this month kept people from getting out. As a result, the Blood Center has had less than a one day supply of "O" negative blood for about the past week. If you would like to donate blood locally, you can do so  on April 7th at Bay Area Medical Center in Marinette.

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The U.S. Navy will not disclose costs for a Marinette Marine built ship.

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The Trump administration Thursday proposed its plans to ramp up defense spending to expand the U.S. Navy’s armada but the long-term future of the combat shipbuilding program at Marinette Marine could hinge on cost-efficiency and performance of the Littoral Combat Ships. The Marinette built USS Milwaukee, USS Freedom, and the Alabama built USS Jackson have suffered multiple setbacks with repairs estimated in the millions of dollars, but the Navy says it believes in the small, fast vessels. Currently, nine ships are in production at Marinette Marine and work is expected to last through 2021.

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