Menominee Co BOC BUDGET APPROVED

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The Menominee County Board of Commissioners have voted to approve, as proposed, the 2017/2018 budget, on a 5-3 roll call vote. The amount approved towards the fund balance in the general fund was $743,733.00, which included 630,000.00 for a 911 console.. It was agreed that the budget needed to be approved now because if not done, money would have been lost as of October 1st. But it was also agreed that simply because things are proposed within the budget does not lock the county in to purchasing exact items. The question of what 911 console might be purchased will be decided later.

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MARINETTE COUNTY FATALITY

Marinette County recorded its second traffic fatality of the year in a Friday afternoon crash on Harbor Road in the Town of Peshtigo. Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve reports authorities were called to the scene at 3:25pm Friday where they found a vehicle with a lone male occupant had gone off the road and crashed to some trees. 70 year old Lawrence Schoen (Shane) of the town of Peshtigo was treated at the scene and taken to Bay Area Medical Center where he later died. Coroner George Smith says an autopsy conducted Saturday showed Schoen died of internal injuries as a result of the crash, which remains under investigation.

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USS LITTLE ROCK DELIVERED

 

 

Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine delivered the future USS Little Rock (LCS 9) to the U.S. Navy on Monday.

The future USS Little Rock, the fifth Freedom-variant LCS built by Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine, is scheduled to be commissioned in Buffalo later this year. She will be the first U.S. Navy ship to be commissioned next to her decommissioned namesake.

LCS 9 completed acceptance trials last month with the highest score of any Freedom-variant LCS to date, earning a “clean sweep.” During sea trials, the industry team also successfully demonstrated performance improvements, which will be incorporated into all future Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ships.

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PESHTIGO COMMITTEE LOOKS AT SCHOOL BUILDING

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After two failed referendum votes, it’s back to the drawing board for Peshtigo School District officials wondering what to do about the aging middle and high school building. Monday, representatives from Miron Construction and Somerville, Inc. presented the Middle-High School Citizen’s Building Committee with options to either expand and update the existing facility or construct an entirely new school, both of which would require the community to pass a sizable referendum, impacting local taxpayers. Matt Honold with Somerville says the plans address the issues most commonly voiced by staff and community members.

Renovating the current school is estimated to cost around thirty-point-eight million dollars, potentially increasing the district’s mill rate by one-dollar and-ninety-five cents, while new construction comes with a price tag just over 34-million-dollars, raising the mill rate by about two-dollars and thirty-one cents. Megan Prestebak with Miron says the final cost will ultimately be determined by what the community wants and what they’re will to pay for. 

Both new options for the middle and high school building will be circulated throughout the district for feedback and suggestions. The earliest voters could see a referendum question on the ballot would be in the Spring of 2018. (Written by Amber Myszka)  

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Interview with Jake Poetzl

Listen here to Eric Bergstrom's interview with Jake Poetzl of the Marinette Marines.

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Interview with Matt Eldredge

Listen here to Eric Bergstrom's interview with Matt Eldredge

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MENOMINEE CLOSURE OF THE NORTHBOUND US-41 ROADWAY LANES

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CITY OF MENOMINEE PUBLIC WORKS ANNOUNCES THEY ARE IN THE PROCESS OF WORKING WITH MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO SET UP A CLOSURE OF THE NORTHBOUND US-41 ROADWAY LANES FROM DUNKIN DONUTS TO THE NICOLET BANK AND HAVE BOTH DIRECTIONS OF TRAFFIC MAINTAINED IN THE SOUTHBOUND LANES FOR WORK TO REPAIR THE SINKHOLES. THESE SINKHOLES HAVE DEVELOPED DUE TO LEAKS IN THE SANITARY SEWER AND DETERIORATION OF THE MANHOLES. CREWS WILL BEGIN WORK ON MONDAY SEPTEMBER 18TH AFTER THE MORNING RUSH HOUR TRAFFIC HAS SUBSIDED AND WILL CONTINUE INTERMITTENTLY THROUGHOUT THE WEEK. EVERY EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO REOPEN THE LANES ON THURSDAY AFTERNOON SEPTEMBER 21ST. THE ELEVENTH STREET INTERSECTION WILL REMAIN OPEN AND TRAFFIC ACCESS WILL ALSO BE MAINTAINED TO ALL BUSINESSES LOCATED WITHIN THE WORK ZONE.

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MENOMINEE HYDRANT FLUSHING

The Menominee Fire Department will be conducting fire hydrant flushing to help maintain the water quality and to evaluate the amount of water available for fire fighting purposes. The flushing will be done South of 11th Avenue including all streets from 1st through 25th. Flushing will begin Monday September 18th and continue through Friday September 29th. Residents may experience some discoloration of water and possibly lower than normal water pressure. These conditions do not represent a health hazard. However, customers are cautioned to determine if their water is clear before washing clothes (or any other process) as staining may occur. If you experience discolored water, run the cold water in you faucets for approximately 5-10 minutes.

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THE MARINETTE MARINES ARE COMPETING WITH LUXEMBURG-CASCO TO HELP IRMA VICTIMS

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THE MARINETTE MARINES ARE COMPETING WITH LUXEMBURG-CASCO EVEN BEFORE KICKOFF FRIDAY AT NOON. AS A DISTRICT AND A COMMUNITY, MARINETTE IS FIGHTING TO RAISE THE MOST DONATIONS FOR THOSE IMPACTED BY HURRICANE IRMA. DONATIONS WILL BE GIVEN TO UNITED WAY BY BOTH SCHOOLS. ITEMS TO BE COLLECTED ARE SCHOOL SUPPLIES, NEW STUFFED ANIMALS, TOYS, BLANKETS AND HYGIENE PRODUCTS. PLEASE BRING ONLY THESE ITEMS, WITH NEW TAGS ATTACHED. OTHER ITEMS WON’T BE ACCEPTED. BRING YOUR DONATIONS TO ANY OF THE MARINETTE SCHOOLS BEFORE THURSDAY AT 430, OR DROP THEM AT THE TRAILER BY THE FOOTBALL FIELD DURING THE JV GAME THURSDAY BETWEEN 430 AND 8PM. THEY WILL THEN BE TAKEN TO THE VARSITY GAME AT LUXEMBURG-CASCO ON FRIDAY, AND SENT ON THEIR WAY TO HELP THOSE IN NEED. FROM EVERYONE AT MARINETTE SCHOOLS, THANKS FOR HELPING THE MARINES TO BENEFIT VICTIMS OF HURRICANE IRMA.

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MARINETTE HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION MEETING

EARLIER THIS WEEK THE MARINETTE HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION MET TO DISCUSS VARIOUS ITEMS, AMONG WHICH WAS THE PRESERVATION OF THE FOREST HOME CEMETERY CHAPEL. CURRENTLY THE COMMISSION IS SHOPPING FOR BIDS ON LABOR AND MATERIALS BEFORE APPROVING THE PROJECT. ALSO UP FOR DISCUSSION WERE THE PROPOSED SIGNS FOR THE RIVERSIDE AVENUE HISTORIC DISTRICT TO BE INSTALLED AT BOTH ENDS OF THE ROUTE, THOUGH AT THIS JUNCTURE THE TYPE OF POLES REQUIRED FOR THE SIGNS IS IN NEED OF CLARIFICATION. ONCE FINAL DESIGNS ARE CONFIRMED, THE PROJECT WILL MOVE FORWARD. ALSO ADDRESSED WAS A PROJECT FOR IDENTIFYING AND PRESERVING VARIOUS CITY CULTURAL OBJECTS, AND WHO MIGHT BE COMMISSIONED TO MAINTAIN THEM, SUCH AS THE HISTORIC MURAL, SCULPTURES, THE STEPHENSON BRONZE, THE MARKER FOR THE FIRST SAWMILL SITE, AND THE QUEEN MARINETTE MONUMENT. THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION MEETS NEXT ON OCTOBER SECOND.

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MARINETTE LAW ENFORCEMENT MEETING

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DURING MONDAY’S LAW ENFORCEMENT MEETING, PROGRESS WAS ANNOUNCED IN STAFFING AND REDUCTION OF INMATE OVERCROWDING. STAFF IS WITHIN ONE POSITION OF BEING FILLED AND INMATE POPULATION WAS ABOUT 108 IN AUGUST, 20 LESS THAN AUGUST OF LAST YEAR. A NEW CORRECTIONS OFFICER HIRE IS IN STAGE 2 TRAINING, AND INTERVIEWS WILL HAPPEN SOON TO FILL ANOTHER POSITION. ONE OF THE REASONS FOR THE JAIL STAFFING PROCESS IMPROVING COULD BE THE COUNTY BOARD’S APPROVAL OF THE CARLSON-DETTMANN WAGE STUDY EARLIER THIS YEAR THAT IMPROVED THE PAY OF SEVERAL COUNTY POSITIONS. REPAIRS TO & UPGRADES OF THE FLOORS IN TWO PODS ALSO UNDERWAY. ADDITIONALLY DISCUSSED AND MOVED FORWARD IN THE PROCESS IS A NEW DISPATCH CENTER, AS THREE NEW HIRES ARE IN TRAINING CURRENTLY, AS WELL AS IMPROVEMENTS AND BUDGETS FOR EMS AND VIDEO VISITATION SYSTEMS. THE PORT SECURITY GRANT CONSIDERATION HAS BEEN RESTRUCTURED AND WILL BE REPROPOSED NEXT YEAR.

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Marinette Salvation Army helps Hurricane Harvey victims

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The Marinette Salvation Army raised over $32,000 for the Hurricane Harvey disaster effort. In four short days area donors contributed $22,345.68 in the Red Kettles. Another $9,715.00 came in via the mail or walk-in donations. Major Carol Lemorand sends out a big thank you to those who contributed, for the volunteers who rang bells, to the managers and store staff for allowing them to make a presence for this effort. It's never too late to contribute to the Hurricane Harvey disaster and that of Hurricane Irma. 100% of the money collected goes directly to the affected area. You can go on The Salvation Army National website to see the impact of dollars raised. Every day thousands and maybe even millions of meals are being served by The Salvation Army personnel now in Texas, Florida and elsewhere.

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Sports Buzz with Ty Hanson

Listen here to this week's fishing report with Ty Hanson

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Sports Buzz with Jason Janquardt

Listen here to Sports Buzz with Jason Janqaurdt of the Menominee Maroons

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Sports Buzz with Dalton Weissgerber

Listen here to Monday and Tuesday's Sports Buzz with Dalton Weissgerber of the Marinette Marines.

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POW RECOGNITION DAY 9/11/17

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Each year, the third Friday in September is set aside to honor the commitment and the sacrifices made by the nation’s Prisoners of War and those who are still Missing in Action, as well as their families. Marinette American Legion Post 39 will hold an event for POW/MIA Recognition Day at 10:00am on Friday in the Marinette City Hall Council Chambers, 1905 Hall Avenue. You are invited to attend and reflect on the sacrifices made by military men and women who are recognized prisoners of war (POWs) or missing in action (MIA) from all war eras.

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The Milwaukee Symphony is returning to the Twin Cities -October 4TH

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The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra brings music to the Tri-Cities when they perform at the Blesch Auditorium in Menominee, October 4TH at 7:30. The next morning at 10, they’ll perform a youth concert at Menominee High for middle school students from OVER 20 regional schools.
This year’s theme is “Celebrate America in Music”. The concert will feature pieces by Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland. They’ll also perform Dvorak’s “New World” symphony. Experience the world-renowned Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in Menominee October 4th. Tickets are $25, $10 for students grade school through college and are available at the Marinette-Menominee Area Chamber of Commerce, Jack’s Fresh Markets, the Menominee County Library in Stephenson, VIA mail, OR at the door. For details call the Marinette-Menominee Area Chamber of Commerce at 715-735-6681. The ability to bring this world-class orchestra to the Tri-Cities is dependent on patron support. Don’t miss the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra at the Blesch Auditorium in Menominee, October 4TH at 7:30.

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Marinette District Attorney Funding

There could be help on the way for the backlogged Marinette County District Attorney’s Office.  State Representative John Nygren, Co-Chair of the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee announced the committee had included a provision in the budget that would provide additional funding for counties under 45,000 population with significant backlogs in their District Attorney Offices.  The funding would effectively make the part time assistant DA position fulltime for the next two years. 

The Joint Finance committee completed it’s work on the budget, which will be taken up by the Assembly next week.

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HOUSE PASSES SMALL SHIPYARD GRANT AMENDMENT

A budget amendment to increase funding for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration Small Shipyard Grant Program passed the House Wednesday. Northeastern Wisconsin Congressman Mike Gallagher was an original co-sponsor of the amendment. The program awards federal grants to small shipyards across the country to repair and modernize equipment, increase efficiencies and productivity, and compete in the global marketplace. Gallagher said the Small Shipyard Grant program is making sure our local shipyards are able to invest in modern equipment and a high-skilled workforce that supports thousands of good-paying jobs in Northeast Wisconsin.

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Drug Task Force Results

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The Marinette County OWI Task Force was deployed on Saturday.  The 4 Deputies and Officers made 31 traffic stops resulting in 9 citation, 14 warnings, and 7 equipment warnings.

There were no drunk drivers arrested during the deployment.  There were two drugs arrests made for  possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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