Council Not in Favor of Pursuing Ella Court Closure

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01/09/2020- It doesn’t look like a request from Marinette County for the City of Marinette to vacate a portion of Ella Court will go very far. The City’s Common Council took up the matter Tuesday and heard from several residents and business owners who said they regularly utilize that passageway and closing off a portion of it would only create more congestion along the already-busy Hall Avenue. County Administrator John Lefebvre was seeking the roadway be vacated between Stephenson Street and Court Street to allow for more parking and handicapped access to the soon-to-be redesigned former law enforcement center, however, after discussion, the consensus of the council was that they were not in favor of initiating the formal process to close the roadway. Mayor Steve Genisot says the City will work with the County to explore other options for parking and accessibility.

Marinette City Dump Ends Saturday Hours for Winter

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01/09/2019- Marinette is dialing back its city dump hours for the remainder of the season. The dump site will be closed on Saturdays for the winter beginning January 11th, while Wednesday hours from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. will remain. An announcement will be made in the spring regarding when the dump will reopen on Saturdays. The city dump is available only to Marinette City residents who possess a valid City Services card. Anyone with questions should contact Marinette’s Department of Public Works at 715-732-5134.

Former Menominee County Deputy Charged in CSC Investigation

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01/08/2020- A former Menominee County Sheriff’s Deputy has been charged with two counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct. Brian Helfert posted a $5000 bond Monday after being arrested
Helfert was arrested on two counts of third degree criminal sexual conduct involving a 16 year old minor boy.
Helfert was a school liaison officer and county juvenile crime investigator until being terminated by the Sheriff’s Department on Dec. 19 for violations of department policies, procedures and rules of conduct.
Helfert’s arraignment has been scheduled for January 22nd.

Competency Exam Scheduled in Marinette County Double Homicide

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01/08/2020- The man accused of murdering an engaged couple in a Marinette County park more than four decades ago will undergo a competency exam. 82-year-old Raymand Vannieuwenhoven’s attorney Travis Crowell requested the exam for his client at a status conference held Tuesday. Vannieuwenhoven allegedly shot and killed Ellen Matheys and David Schuldes at McClintock Park in 1976, but wasn’t arrested until last year when new technological advancements matched his DNA with evidence recovered from the original crime scene. He’s facing two counts of 1st degree murder, and if convicted, will serve life in prison. A competency hearing for Vannieuwenhoven has now been set for February 21st.

City’s Tourism Committee Asks for $125000 from County for Tourism

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01/08/2020- There was a lot of talking, a little tension, but no decision from Marinette County’s Development Committee on a request from the City of Marinette for some additional tourism promotion dollars in 2020. A letter was sent from the City’s Tourism Committee to County Administrator John Lefebvre and the County Board asking for funding for the purpose of marking the City’s tourism assets in an amount equal to what was paid to the City under the 2019 co-op marketing agreement. That contract expired December 31st and had the County contributing up to $125000 for tourism promotion. The City’s Tourism Committee justified the request by pointing out that the City accounts for a large portion of the county’s sales tax, but under the County’s new tourism structure to market only county-owned assets, the City will see little to no representation. County Board Chairman Mark Anderson says he was initially opposed, but he’s come around to seeing it from the City’s point of view.
County Administrator John Lefebvre says the county will work with individual municipalities on joint marketing efforts for specific projects, but the county’s sales tax is already earmarked for debt repayment and he doesn’t feel the County can just go divvying money out haphazardly.
The Development Committee first attempted to forward the topic on to the Administrative Committee with no recommendation- a motion which failed on a two-to-five vote. The Committee did successfully pass the item along to the full County Board who will take up the request at their meeting next week.

2A Resolution Fails to Advance to Full County Board Vote

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01/08/2020- A resolution reinforcing residents’ right to bear arms in Marinette County was nixed at the committee level. After first hearing the proposal last month, the County’s Public Services Committee again considered a resolution Tuesday opposing the enactment of legislation that would infringe upon second amendment rights. It was a watered-down version of the original which would establish Marinette County as a sanctuary county if legislation were to ever be passed restricting private gun ownership, but the majority of the committee members and residents who spoke out during public comment agreed it was premature and unnecessary. Committee Chairman Ken Keller, citing a poll by the Marquette Law School, says most Wisconsinites are actually in favor of some sort of gun reform to help keep guns from falling into the wrong hands.
Supervisor John Guarisco introduced the measure to the county last month and said he felt it should be taken up by the full County Board, however, the Public Services Committee voted five to one not to forward the resolution on.

Ice Breaking Planned on Menominee River Ahead of Saturday’s LCS Launch

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01/08/2019- Ice breaking operations on the Menominee River will take place this week in preparation for the next littoral combat ship launch at Fincantieri Marinette Marine. Ice breaking begins Thursday and will be conducted by private contractors on tug boats in order to allow the ship to launch safely and accommodate ship movements. The affected area spans from the US 41 bridge downriver to the Ogden Street Bridge and operations run through Sunday. During this time, ice conditions will be unstable, and people are urged not to walk on the ice. Additionally, due to unusually high water levels, launch spectators on the Menominee side of the river should exercise extreme caution Saturday as the resulting wave from the launch could sweep that side of the river bank. It’s LCS 23, the future USS Cooperstown, that will splash down at the shipyard Saturday.

November Jobless Estimates Show Unemployment Holding Steady in Menominee County

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01/07/2020- The latest report from Michigan’s Department of Technology, Management, and Budget shows Menominee County’s unemployment rate holding steady. The local unemployment rate in November was at an even 3%, the same as it was in October. Those figures were down from the 3.4% unemployment recorded in November of 2018. The statewide unemployment average in November was 3.2%. That’s down from both October’s 3.5% and the 3.4% joblessness seen in Michigan one year prior.

Menominee County CASA Benefits from National Grant

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01/07/2020- Menominee County’s CASA program is the recipient of a national grant from the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association for Children to spread awareness about the important work they do. The funds will be used to tailor a national public awareness campaign about child abuse and neglect for our area. Faith Sandahl, Executive Director of CASA of Menominee County says while many people are familiar with the name, they don’t know the full extent of what CASA does or just how many local kids they serve.
CASA of Menominee County is run primarily by a group of specially trained volunteers who advocate for children who come under the jurisdiction the county’s family court. Now in their 16th year, Sandahl says the program is making a big difference in the lives of kids who’ve experienced abuse or neglect.
There are nearly 950 CASA or related programs nationwide. Those interested in getting involved locally can call 715-923-7250 for more information on upcoming training events.

Hansen Says Back Forty Opposition Letter to Gov. Whitmer

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01/07/2020- A Wisconsin legislator is reaching across state lines to communicate concerns about the proposed Back 40 Mine in Menominee County. Senator Dave Hansen sent a letter to Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer voicing his opposition to the open pit mine. He says the project’s proximity to the Menominee River, coupled with recent flooding patterns, threaten irreparable harm to the river, its resources, and all those who rely on it for their livelihood, recreation, and drinking water. In the letter, Hansen also states he feels approval of the mine would result in the loss of significant cultural resources of the Menominee Indian tribes of Wisconsin. Hansen says he’s heartened that Governor Whitmer will have the final decision over permits for the proposed mine. While Aquila has received some conditional permits for other aspects of the project, the company is expected to resubmit a dam safety permit application in 2020, which will restart the permit review process from the beginning, including new opportunities for public review and comment.

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