Advenovirus Hitting College Campuses Across Wisconsin


12/10/2019- The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is investigating multiple cases of Adenovirus infection on college campuses around the state. Adenovirus infections most commonly cause respiratory illness, and in rare cases, can lead to pneumonia or death. Representatives with the state Health Office say the infection is easily spread, which is why it tends to pop up in places where large groups gather, and that the virus can be especially hard on people with weakened immune systems or who have lung or heart problems. Adenovirus can be spread through the air or physical contact with infected materials or surfaces. Antibiotics do not work on the virus and the DHS is urging people with symptoms to see a doctor, stay home from work and school, and practice good health hygiene to avoid passing it on to others.

Prevent Holiday House Fires with Safe Decorating Tips


12/10/2019- Deck the halls, but do it safely- that’s the message from Wisconsin Emergency Management this holiday season. Christmas trees are a common source of fires in the home this time of year. In fact, there were an average of 160 home fires nationwide each year between 2013 and 2017 and Andrew Beckett with Ready Wisconsin says there are a few things to keep in mind to prevent those holiday decorations from becoming a holiday disaster.
“During the holiday season one of the biggest fire hazards that people bring into their home is a Christmas tree. We really want people to be taking steps in order to make sure that they’re being fire safe with where they place it, how it’s decorated, and what is near it. Live trees, especially, can dry out very easily. They should be watered daily and they should be kept at least three feet away from any source of heat or flame.”
And, being mindful of what you put on your tree is as important as what’s around it. Beckett says people should inspect their holiday lights each year and replace any strands that have worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.
“Look for things like frayed connections, bulbs that won’t stay lit even if you replace them- those can all be signs of electrical issues. Electrical problems are pretty much the leading cause of fires when it comes to trees, so they should be inspected yearly and if you notice problems with them, such as the wires getting hot when they’re in use, they should be thrown out. You also want to make sure that you never connect more than three strands of lights together unless the manufacturer’s specifications indicate that you can have more strands connected.”
Lastly, candles are another major source of holiday house fires and most home fires caused by candles occur on Christmas Eve, Christmas, and News Year’s Day. Burning candles should never be left unattended or in a place where children or pets could accidentally knock them over. Instead of lighting real candles, Beckett suggests residents consider using battery-operated flameless candles in their place.

CY 2020 Dog Licenses Available in Marinette


12/10/2019- Dog owners in Marinette are reminded to re-up their pet’s license tags. Dog licenses are now available at the City Clerk’s Office and are required under state law. When applying for a 2020 license, dog owners will need to present a certificate of current rabies vaccination, which can be obtained at a local vet’s office. Licenses for dogs over 5 months old that have been spayed or neutered are $5 each, while those that are not spayed or neutered have a $10 licensing cost. Residents should obtain their annual dog license tags prior to April 1st or a $5 late filing fee will be added to the cost of their license. Anyone with questions should contact the City Clerk’s Office at 715-732-5140.

Nygren Not Satisfied with Tyco’s Biosolids Investigation Work Plan


12/09/2019- Representative John Nygren is calling on Tyco to take a new approach toward investigating PFAS contamination impacting our area- and to do it quickly. The Marinette Republican sent a letter to company representatives saying he’s heard from residents who are disappointed the company’s submittal of a Biosolids Land Spreading Investigation Work Plan to the DNR came more than two months after the initial deadline and furthermore, that the proposed plan- which would have the DNR oversee the first phase of investigation into contamination on farm fields rather than Tyco- is “seemingly a written version of a concept DNR leadership summarily rejected during a conference call October 15th.” Nygren says Tyco’s insistence on this method is impeding on efforts to determine the extent of contamination. The DNR is still in the process of reviewing the work plan submitted to them last month, but Nygren holds little confidence the proposal will be approved, which he feels would create further uncertainty and delays surrounding PFAS remediation projects.

Genisot Says D.C. Round-table Sparked Discussion on Innovative Housing Solutions


12/09/2019- While affordable housing continues to be an issue plaguing the City of Marinette and surrounding area, it’s not a problem unique to this region. Marinette Mayor Steve Genisot recently traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in a round-table discussion with dozens of mayors from cities across the U.S. dealing with similar housing issues. Genisot reports the event gave a voice to local leaders who see the direct impact housing shortages have on their communities, particularly the ways in which it hinders workforce and overall economic development. He says, beyond just discussing what the issues are, the round-table also allowed these leaders to exchange and promote new ideas for solving them.
“So they had asked (about)…working on legislation not only locally, but statewide and federally to help speed this process up. And it wasn’t all about funding, but it was about unique opportunities that included building standards and different housing types- from tiny homes, different types of materials, to refurbishing housing.”
Genisot says Scott Turner, Executive Director of the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council, was also in attendance at the event. Turner toured Marinette recently to talk more about local Opportunity Zones and Genisot says he spoke on the same topic at the round-table and made mention of the collaborative efforts between Marinette and Menominee to resolve some housing and economic concerns as an example for other communities. Genisot says the discussion on affordable housing solutions remains “ongoing.”

Early Literacy Parent Program Benefits from MMACF Grant


12/09/2019- A $2500 grant will support reading basics for children in Menominee County. The Carney-Nadeau School District received the money from the M-and-M Area Community Foundation for their Early Literacy Parent Program. That program will be led by literacy coaches from the Menominee County ISD and is designed to teach parents the skills and strategies they need to help their children become better readers and writers. It’s being offered at no cost to all families in Menominee County with students in grades K through 3. Upcoming dates for the Early Literacy Parent Program include December 12th and 17th from 4 until 5 p.m. at the Carney-Nadeau School. For more information or to sign up, call 906-639-2171.

Break Out That Santa Hat- Da Santa Speedo 5K is Saturday


12/09/2019- Don’t be surprised if you spot a scantily clad Santa or two running through Marinette this weekend. Runners and walkers will hit the pavement Saturday for the second annual Da Santa Speedo 5K benefiting the River Cities Community Pool and the DAR Boys and Girls Club. Kasey Eisch-Ermis with the RCCP says it’s a precursor to the annual Da Yooper Plunge and both fundraisers are vitally important to keeping the doors at both agencies open to serve the community and residents of all ages.
“This is what keeps our pool operational. We have over 200 members that come and enjoy our pool and many of them receive free memberships through their insurance company, so this kind of offsets our costs. It also helps to give the DAR free swim lessons every summer. We’re looking at roughly 150 kids that we give free swim lessons to and it’s so important that kids are just familiar with water and know the safety. We really pride ourselves on giving great swim lessons at River Cities Community Pool.”
Before the run begins, a CardioStix warm-up class will be offered, and cookies, coffee, and Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be on site, as well. Eisch-Ermis says, as the name suggests, costumes are highly encouraged.
“We want people to get creative and show off their best holiday attire. Speedos are optional, but last year we had Christmas socks, garland tutus, ugly Christmas sweaters- you name it, we had it last year. So, yes, we’re definitely encouraging dressing up.”
Pre-registration for Da Santa Speedo 5K is $25 and can be completed by stopping in at the RCCP or emailing Day-of registration costs $30 and begins at 8:30 Saturday morning. Warm-up events start at 9 a.m. and the 5K kicks off at 10.

Marinette Avenue Lane Closures


The City of Marinette reports due to underground utility work, there will be temporary lane closures in the northbound and the southbound lanes of the 1500 block of Marinette Avenue beginning Thursday, December 5th. The lane closures are expected to impact traffic for one day. Motorists should use caution and reduce speed when traveling in the construction zone.


Deputy Investigated for Criminal Sexual Conduct


The Menominee Police Department received information from Michigan Child Protective Services regarding allegations of Criminal Sexual Conduct by a Menominee County Sheriff’s Deputy against a 16-year-old Menominee High School student.

The Menominee Police Department conducted an investigation and has submitted a warrant request to Menominee County Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey T. Rogg for review and the authorization of potential criminal charges.

The investigation remains ongoing, and the Menominee Police Department requests that anyone with further information about this incident, or potential victims or other such incidents, please contact the Menominee Police Department at (906) 863-5568.

The Menominee Police Department is being assisted in the investigation by the Michigan State Police and will release additional information at a later date, as the investigation continues.


Deer Kill Way Down in 2019 Hunt


The numbers are in for the 2019 Wisconsin Gun Deer season and the numbers are down significantly from 2018.

In Marinette County, hunters took 1340 deer during the 9 day hunt, a 43 percent drop from 2018 The antlerless number was 58 per cent lower than in 2018, the buck harvest was down only 35 percent.  Statewide the number of deer registered was down 25 per cent.

While opening weekend saw mild temperatures throughout the state with some snow in the north, hunting conditions deteriorated throughout the remainder of the season as heavy wind, snow and rain moved through the state. The largest declines in antlered harvest occurred in the northern forest zone, where blizzard-like conditions and significant snow accumulation hindered hunter access.

Wisconsin held the earliest possible deer season in 2018 followed this year by the latest possible season opener. When this occurred between the 2012-13 and 2007-08 seasons, there were similar declines in year-to-year registration totals.

Standing corn proved to be an additional factor that likely influenced success in the field. At the conclusion of the nine-day hunt, the harvest was 66% complete, 22 days behind the 2018 harvest.

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