Rescue Squad Organization Plans to Add New Location in Menominee County

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01/06/2020- The Hermansville Rescue Squad is reportedly looking to add a second location in Menominee County. The organization has purchased a facility in Spalding where it plans to move one of its two ambulances this spring, while its other rig will remain at their current location in Hermansville. The move will allow volunteers to respond more quickly to calls throughout all of Northern Menominee County. The Hermansville Rescue Squad is non-profit and member-owned and currently has seven active members.

Wisconsin’s Border Counties Seeing Increase in Pot Activity

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01/06/2020- The laws have changed in Michigan and Illinois, but recreational marijuana remains illegal in Wisconsin: that reminder from Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve who says his department has seen an uptick in the use and trafficking of pot through the area over the past year. While the offenses are sometimes unintentional with users crossing the border not understanding Wisconsin’s legal position on pot, Sauve says more often than not, these people know exactly what they’re doing and officers aren’t turning a blind eye to it.
One issue in particular that law enforcement is dealing with is an increase in drugged driving. Sauve says that’s putting additional strain on his department and others in the county and it’s one of the biggest reasons he feels Wisconsin should maintain the existing ban on recreational marijuana.
11 US states have now legalized recreational marijuana and while some Wisconsin lawmakers are proponents of doing the same in the Badger state, any such proposals aren’t like to get far in the current Republican-controlled legislature.

Gypsy Moth Population Took a Hit During 2019 Cold Snap

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01/06/2020- A common Wisconsin pest was a little less common in 2019. The state’s Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer protection reported a notable decline in the number of gypsy moths caught over the summer. There were about 30% fewer of the invasive insect trapped in 2019 than in 2018 and the number was less than half of what was captured in 2017. Experts says the bitterly cold temperatures in the early part of last year likely contributed to the decreased population. Wisconsin is part of a multi-state effort being led by the USDA to curb the spread of gypsy moths, which feed on and kill hundreds of tree and shrub species.

Man Arrested in Colorado for December Assault in Marinette

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01/03/2020- An arrest has been made in the aggravated assault that occurred in Marinette last month. Authorities arrested 32-year-old Jonathan Maxson in Colorado December 30th for the attack that happened December 11th on Stephenson Street. The victim was shoveling snow at the time when Maxson confronted him and, after a brief conversation, Maxson began punching the victim and hit him with the shovel. That victim had to be taken to the hospital for his injuries, which included a small brain bleed. Maxson, who has family in Marinette, was identified as the attacker using surveillance footage from a nearby bank. He’s being held in Colorado awaiting extradition back to Wisconsin and is facing charges of 1st degree reckless injury, aggravated battery, and disorderly conduct.

New Provident Health Foundation Supports Local Health Initiatives

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01/03/2020- A new organization is offering critical financial support for existing and new initiatives that bolster health outcomes in Marinette and Menominee Counties. Through a $25-million contribution from Advocate Aurora Health, the Provident Health Foundation was formed earlier this year following Advocate’s assumption of full ownership of the local hospital. John Hofer now serves as the Foundation’s Executive Director and says their mission is two-fold.
Although Provident Health Foundation is a private foundation, Hofer says they don’t intend to run their own programs. Rather, they’re working with other community agencies who’ve already identified the top health needs for the area.
In addition to Hofer’s leadership, the Provident Health Foundation has oversight from a six-member governing board, which has the capacity to as much as double in size. All of the money awarded by the Foundation will benefit programs in Marinette and Menominee Counties. The Foundation made their first donation last month to the Twin Counties Free Clinic.

Future Fund Ceremonies Take Place in January

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01/03/2020- School districts throughout Marinette and Menominee Counties will spend January celebrating a new M&M Area Community Foundation project benefiting area kids. The Future Fund begins this academic year, automatically establishing a long-term savings account for every kindergartner across the two counties. The Future Fund is designed to assist with post- high school training or educational expenses and begins with a $50 initial deposit by the Community Foundation. The first Kick-Off Ceremony for the Future Fund will take place at the Goodman-Armstrong Creek School District January 13th and will be followed by ceremonies at other schools throughout January, ending at Menominee Area Public Schools January 24th. In addition to the first $50 deposit, Future Fund accounts will also grow by additional deposits from the Foundation during the students’ K-12 school career as well as interest earned on the accounts.

Menominee Bulk Collection Schedule Posted

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01/03/2020- The City of Menominee has released their bulk pickup schedule for the next couple of months. Residents whose waste is collected Tuesday and Wednesday will have bulk items picked up January 8th and February 12th. Thursday and Friday trash routes have bulk collection scheduled for January 22nd and February 19th. Anyone with questions can contact Menominee City Hall.

Housing Development Proposed for Wausaukee’s Ranger Hill

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01/02/2020- As many as twenty new families could be moving into the Village of Wausaukee under a new proposed housing development plan. The project comes following months of discussion between inVenture North and community leaders on how to bolster the local housing market to attract and retain residents. Roberta Davis is inVenture’s Director of Marketing and Community Development and says developing new housing options has been identified as a top priority by both their organization and communities and industries across the county.
Davis says people are commuting from as far away as Appleton for jobs in Marinette County and the economic and community benefits of bringing these families in to stay will reach well beyond Wausaukee’s village limits.
Smet Construction, in partnership with inVenture North and the Village of Wausaukee will host meetings on the new development on January 8th at the Wausaukee Village Hall and on January 15th at inVenture North, both from 5:30 until 7:00 p.m. There, people can speak with project representatives, check out available floor plans, and meet with mortgage officers. If all goes well, these new homes could be move-in ready by the summer of 2020.

PHDM Offering Radon Test Kits This Month

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01/02/2020- January is National Radon Awareness Month and Public Health Delta and Menominee Counties wants to help keep your family safe. The agency is offering free radon test kits to Menominee County residents throughout the month to test for the radioactive gas. Radon is a tasteless, odorless, colorless gas that is naturally occurring in soil and rock. It can sometimes seep into a home and, at high levels, can cause serious health issues including lung cancer. Test kits can be picked up at the Menominee County Public Health Office and are hung in the lowest livable level of a home for three to seven days. After that time, the kit is sealed and mailed in for analysis. If unsafe levels of radon are detected, residents can then take proactive steps to mitigate the problem and bring the gas levels to a safer concentration.

Child Sex Conviction Nets Nearly a Decade in Prison for Former Volleyball Coach

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12/31/2019- The former JV volleyball coach for Coleman High School will serve more than nine years in prison for carrying on a sexual relationship with one of his former players in 2018. 42-year-old Jason Nieminski was sentenced to a total of 9 years 9 months in prison followed by ten years of extended supervision for convictions on counts of sexual intercourse with a child over 16, exposing a child to harmful descriptions, and causing a child to view sexual activity. It’s the maximum sentence allowable and Marinette County District Attorney DeShea Morrow says it’s appropriate considering Nieminski took advantage of a student who originally came to him to confide prior trauma she’d experienced.
Nieminski’s attorney Brian Maloney argued Nieminski does not pose a threat to the public and that lengthy incarceration is unwarranted. He instead suggested a brief stint in Marinette County Jail or prison be followed by considerable extended supervision so that Nieminski could maintain a relationship with his young son. However, Judge David Miron says his concern lies with the impact the offense had on the victim and her family, not with Nieminski and his.
Nieminski resigned from his coaching position with the Coleman School District in February of last year. He will receive credit for seven days already served and will also have to comply with all the requirements of the Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry.

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