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Plaza Ace Supports Community with Round Up/Step Up Program

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08/14/2018- Collecting change to create change: it’s the idea behind the partnership between the M&M Area Community Foundation and Plaza Ace Hardware in Menominee. The store’s Round Up program allows customers to round up to the nearest dollar on their purchase, with the extra change being donated to the Community Foundation’s Philanthropy Fund. Keith Killen, owner of the Plaza Ace Hardware says while it’s not the first year they’ve offered a Round Up option, it is the first time they’ve partnered with the Community Foundation and that’s helping the money have a broader reach.
A secondary aspect to the Round Up program is the Step Up feature, which supports other community nonprofits. When a customer chooses to contribute their change through the Round Up program, Plaza Ace will then “step up” and donate 2% of that purchase price to a store credit account for one of four participating organizations: the DAR Boys and Girls Club, the YMCA, the Salvation Army, or the Abundant Life Mission. Rich Crevier with the DAR says the contributions from Plaza Ace have a significant impact on the programming they’re able to offer.
Killen adds, beyond the financial aspect, the program is helping to strengthen the sense of community between participating organizations. In 2017, Plaza Ace’s Round Up program generated more than $10-thousand in donations.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Begins Friday

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08/14/2018- Local law enforcement and agencies across the state will be stepping up their efforts to crack down on impaired driving in the coming weeks. The annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign kicks off August 17th and while drunk driving remains a significant problem, officials say a growing concern is the number of drugged drivers they are seeing. During the 17-day initiative, officers will patrol in greater numbers and for longer hours to help prevent the injuries and deaths impaired drivers can cause on the roadways. In 2017, alcohol-related crashes resulted in 161 deaths and over three-thousand injuries in Wisconsin. Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over runs through September 3rd.

Peshtigo Man Charged with Recklessly Endangering Safety

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08/14/2018- Charges are filed against a Peshtigo man accused of leading police on a brief chase in May. 19-year-old Dylan Riedy made his initial appearance in Marinette County Court Monday. He’s facing one felony count of 2nd Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety after he was allegedly caught driving nearly 90 miles an hour along Highway 180 in the Town of Wagner. When the officer attempted a traffic stop, Riedy turned off of 180 and increased his speed to up to 100 miles an hour. Riedy eventually pulled over and the officer could smell intoxicants on him. He blew a 0.192 in a preliminary breath test. Riedy had a passenger in the vehicle at the time. That passenger also agreed to a preliminary breath test and blew 0.00. Riedy is due back in court for an adjourned initial appearance September 18th.

St. Vincent de Paul Back to School Distribution

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08/14/2018- The St. Vincent de Paul of Marinette is making sure every child in our area is prepared to head back to school. The organization will distribute backpacks full of school supplies to families in need in the Marinette and Peshtigo School Districts tomorrow at their Thrift Store on Main Street in Marinette. To receive supplies, families must be registered with St. Vincent de Paul and have scheduled a pickup time. Those who have not made an appointment to pick up supplies should call 715-732-0147. More than 100 local families will benefit from the school supply donations given by area residents and businesses this year.

Gov. Walker Attends Winsert Groundbreaking

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08/13/2018- Around two dozen new jobs could be coming to the area under an expansion project at Winsert that broke ground Friday. Governor Scott Walker was in town for the event. He says the state has seen five consecutive months of unemployment below 3%, but that’s presenting a new challenge: in Marinette County and statewide, there are more job openings than people to fill them. Walker says the solution is three-fold.
Two sectors of eligible workforce Walker says the state needs to focus on attracting and retaining: millennials and servicemembers preparing to separate from the military.
The planned 20-thousand square foot expansion at Winsert will accommodate the manufacturing of a new generation of alloys entering the global marketplace. The project is expected to be complete early next year.

Wisconsin Primary is Tuesday

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08/13/2018- Officials across Wisconsin are urging residents to get out and vote in tomorrow’s primary election. In what will likely be the most closely-watched race locally, Fred Popp challenges Incumbent Jerry Sauve for the Republican spot for Sheriff. Voters will also decide between Carrie Brazeau and Sheila Dudka for Clerk of Circuit Court.
In statewide contested races, Incumbent Scott Walker will face off against Robert Meyer for the Republican gubernatorial slot, while voters will choose from among ten gubernatorial candidates on the Democratic side. It’s Jay Schroeder versus Spencer Zimmerman for the Republican Secretary of State candidacy and Doug La Follette faces off against Arvina Martin for the Democrats. Democrats Kurt Kober and Mandela Barnes are both vying for the Lieutenant Governor position and there’s a Democratic race for State Treasurer, as well.
Contested Congressional races include that for United States Senator.
Marinette County Clerk Kathy Brandt reminds voters tomorrow’s election is a partisan primary, meaning you may only vote in one party’s primary. If you choose a party, votes cast in that party will be counted and votes cast in any other party will not be counted. If you fail to choose a party and vote in more than one party, no votes will be counted. Polls will be open from 7:00 AM until 8:00 PM.

BAMC Preps for Move

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08/13/2018- It’s crunch time for Bay Area Medical Center as they head into their final week of operation at the current hospital. The new facility will begin accepting patients at 8:00 AM on Thursday, August 16th. BAMC’s Director of Marketing and Foundation John Hofer says crews are already hard at work transferring equipment from the existing building to the new one on University Drive.
Of course, the most critical move is that of the hospital’s patients. Hofer says hospital staff has a well-rehearsed plan for that, as well.
Although it hasn’t been much of an issue up to this point, drivers should keep in mind there is the potential for increased traffic along University Drive next week as the hospital transition nears completion.

DNR Board Makes Emergency CWD Ruling

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08/13/2018- Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources Board okays an emergency rule to require deer farms to upgrade their fencing in an effort to slow the spread of chronic wasting disease. The ruling mandates the installation of a second fence or solid barrier at farms that have tested positive for the presence of CWD. CWD- free farms can add a second fence, a solid barrier, or an electric fence. Additionally, the rule also enacts a ban on the movement of deer carcasses from CWD-affected counties, which includes Marinette County. Thirteen farms in the state have tested positive for CWD. Those farm owners have one year to comply with eh new regulations.

Queen Marinette Nominations Open

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08/13/2018- Nominations are open for the fifth annual Queen Marinette Award. The award, established by the M&M Area Community Foundation’s Women’s Giving Circle, recognizes area women who work to have a positive impact on the lives of other women and girls by helping them achieve personal and professional goals. To be eligible, a woman must live, work, or volunteer in Marinette and Menominee Counties and members of the Women’s Giving Circle Steering Committee or the Grant Committee cannot be nominated. The deadline for nominations is Saturday, September 1st, and a link to the nomination form can be found on the Women’s Giving Circle’s Facebook page. The next Queen Marinette will be named at the organization’s Annual Meeting and Grant Ceremony on Thursday, September 20th.

County Looks to Extend Tourism/Marketing Contract

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08/10/2018- It looks like Marinette County is hoping to continue their partnership with the City of Marinette for Tourism and Marketing Services for a little bit longer. Tuesday, the Development Committee authorized County Administrator John Lefebvre to work with Corporation Counsel and the City of Marinette to draft an extension to the existing contract for Tourism and Marketing services to the county. Lefebvre says the current agreement that shares a Marketing/Tourism Director with the city 50-50 is set to expire in January, but he wants to retain those services through the end of 2019. However, Lefebvre adds, despite the potential extension, the shared position is still only a temporary solution for the county’s needs.
The current contract allows for either party to withdraw with 60 days’ notice. Lefebvre says he wants to keep that option in a new contract in the event the county is able to establish their own tourism and marketing program in 2019.

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