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Sports Update 05/21/2019

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TUESDAY

HIGH SCHOOL TRACK AND FIELD YESTERDAY
MARINETTE QUALIFIED FOR SECTIONALS IN 14 EVENTS AND PESHTIGO IN 10 EVENTS AT THE DIVISION 2 REGIONAL AT OCONTO FALLS. THE MARINETTE GIRLS FINISHED 3RD OVERALL AND WERE LED BY SECTIONAL QUALIFIERS KIM CARIVOU AND KATELYN KITZINGER. ON THE BOYS SIDE, CARSON POLOMIS OF MARINETTE FINISHED FIRST IN THE 16 HUNDRED METER RUN. PESHTIGO’S MITCHELL VANVOOREN BROKE HIS OWN SCHOOL RECORD IN THE 110 METER HURDLES WITH A TIME OF 14.51 SECONDS, GOOD FOR FIRST PLACE.

IN DIVISION 3 AT OCONTO, BOTH THE CRIVITZ BOYS AND GIRLS TEAMS FINISHED SECOND AND ADVANCED NUMEROUS ATHLETES TO SECTIONALS. LENA/STAA, COLEMAN AND GILLETT ALSO HAD ATHLETES ADVANCE.

GOLF
COLEMANS KASEY CASPER IS THE M&O CONFERENCE BOYS GOLFER OF THE YEAR FOR THE THIRD TIME. THE COUGARS SENIOR CARDED A 36 AT PARKWAY GOLF CLUB. COLEMAN FINISHED FIRST AS A TEAM WITH A 193.

GIRLS GOLF
MENOMINEE WON A GNC MEET AT IRON MOUNTAIN WITH A 213. JOSIE HOFER PACED THE MAROONS WITH A 49.

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL YESTERDAY
CRIVITZ 7 XAVIER 6 JADEN WERNER GOT THE WIN FOR THE WOLVERINES WITH 10 K’S AND HELPED HIS CAUSE WITH 2 HITS INCLUDING A TRIPLE.
FREEDOM 7 COLEMAN 2

GOLF TODAY THE REGIONALS BEGIN
MARINETTE AND PESHTIGO BOTH AT BONDUEL AT GOLDEN SANDS GOLF COURSE AT 9
COLEMAN, CRIVITZ, WAUSAUKEE AND LAONA-WABENO AT MCCAUSLIN GOLF COURSE 9

GIRLS SOFTBALL TODAY – THE REGIONALS BEGIN IN WISCONSIN:
LUXEMBURG-CASCO AT MARINETTE
ONEIDA NATION AT WAUSAUKEE
CRIVITZ AT LAONA-WABENO
PESHTIGO AT TOMAHAWK
MANAWA AT COLEMAN
BONDUEL AT OCONTO ALL AT 4:30
REGULAR SEASON – STEPHENSON AT MUNISING DH 3

BASEBALL
MENOMINEE AT ESCANABA 3
STEPHENSON AT NORWAY DH 3:30
WAUSAUKEE AT OCONTO 4:30

TRACK AND FIELD
CARNEY-NADEAU AT BARK RIVER-HARRIS 2:30

Menominee Looks at Erosion Control Measures in Wake of Damaging Storm

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05/21/2019- High water levels and strong wave action this past weekend have caused damage along Menominee’s Green Bay Shoreline, and City Manager Tony Graff says the city needs to look at measures to reduce future problems. Lake Michigan is currently just 16 inches below the record level set int 1986, and the level is expected to rise another 4 to 16 inches this year depending on precipitation. Graff told the city council the wave action dumped debris including 20 foot long logs and large rocks along Harbor Drive. That road to the lighthouse is closed. Graff says the DNR will be assisting with equipment to clear the area, and he hopes the road can be open by Friday. Henes Park was scheduled to be open to vehicular traffic on Monday, but that opening will be delayed until Friday while crews clean up from the storm and wet areas dry off. The wave action has also washed the sand away from Victory Beach at Marina Park, leaving debris, rocks, and damage to the parking area and sidewalks at the shore next to the Zelm building.
Graff says the city is talking to the state about getting money from funds designated for Great Lakes Coastal Water improvements and erosion control. He’s looking for up to $100,000 for engineering costs. The city plans to meet with private property owners along the bay to include them in efforts to reduce erosion.
Graff also says the plans need to include protecting the lighthouse.

Council Signs Off on New Budget

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05/21/2019- The Menominee City Council unanimously approved the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1st. The $14.8-million general fund budget will not require a tax increase this year, but Finance Committee Chairman Frank Pohlman warns that the $700,000 deficit in this year’s budget and the projected deficit of $550,000 in the new budget will cut in half the city’s unassigned fund balance. He says there will be some tough choices to be made to get future budgets back into balance. City Manager Tony Graff says the city will need to consider others ways of generating revenue besides taxes, and become more efficient in it’s operations to save money in the future.

Sexual Assault Charge Against Vannieuwenhoven Dismissed

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05/21/2019- The man accused of killing an engaged couple more than four decades ago will not face a sexual assault charge in the same matter. Judge Jim Morrison ruled Monday that because the six-year statute of limitations that existed at the time of the alleged attack has run out, 82-year-old Raymand Vannieuwenhoven cannot be charged with the 1st Degree Sexual Assault of Ellen Matheys, whose body was found along with David Schuldes’ in McClintock Park in 1976. Marinette County District Attorney DeShea Morrow says the state still intends to present evidence of the assault during Vannieuwenhoven’s preliminary hearing next month to support the murder charges.
The DNA from the suspected assault is the most critical piece of evidence in this case. The defense argued the DNA lab analyst should be subpoenaed for cross-examination during the preliminary hearing to determine plausibility that the DNA recovered is Vannieuwenhoven’s. But, Judge Morrison says that will not be permitted at this time.
Vannieuwenhoven is facing two counts of First-Degree Murder. If convicted on either, he’d be sentenced to life in prison. His preliminary examination is scheduled for June 19th.

LCS 17 Builder’s Trials Begin

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05/21/2019- Builder’s trials began over the weekend for the LCS 17. The future USS Indianapolis headed out to the waters of Lake Michigan Saturday, assisted by a pair of tugs. These trials test the ship’s performance under a variety of operating conditions. Upon the successful completion of builder’s trials, the vessel will then undergo acceptance trials in preparation for delivery to the Navy. LCS 17 was launched in April of 2018 and is expected to be commissioned later this year.

Sports Update 05/20/2019

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MONDAY

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL TODAY
FREEDOM AT COLEMAN 4
PESHTIGO AT SOUHERN DOOR 5

GIRLS SOCCER
MARINETTE AT KINGSFORD 4:30

GOLF
MENOMINEE AT KINGSFORD 3

One Dead in Multi-Vehicle Accident Near Crivitz

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05/20/2019- One person died and several others were injured in a car accident on Highway 141 just south of Crivitz Friday afternoon. The Marinette County Sheriff’s Office believes 25-year-old Ryker Plosczynski of Wausaukee was traveling northbound when his car crossed the center line near East 26th Road and struck two other vehicles, one of them head-on. Plosczynski was the lone occupant of his vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. Two of the victims in the vehicle hit head-on are said to have suffered critical injuries. Two of the three people in the third vehicle involved were injured and one was transported to the hospital. No update on any of the victims’ conditions has been provided. The accident remains under investigation. This is the county’s second traffic fatality of 2019.

Harbor Drive, Red Arrow Park Closed Due to Flooding

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05/22/2019- High waters are causing some major problems along the bay in the Twin Cities. Following this weekend’s rainfall, Harbor Drive in Menominee was closed to traffic. Yesterday, the City of Marinette also closed Red Arrow Park and the road leading to it because of flooding. Residents and motorists are reminded to use extreme caution and heed warning signs and barriers in these areas and not to attempt to travel down any roadway that is under water.

OGJVA Introduces VA Community Care

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05/20/2019- Veterans will have a new option for urgent care treatment under a new initiative being rolled out by the Oscar G Johnson VA Medical Center. It’s called the VA Community Care Program and it’s part of the MISSION Act signed by President Trump in 2018. Brad Nelson is the Public Affairs Officer with the Iron Mountain-based VA. He says one of the biggest changes is, for the first time ever, vets will be able to seek urgent care at a non-VA facility.
To explain this new benefit and others, the Oscar G Johnson VA is holding a public presentation and question and answer session on Thursday, May 30th at Bay College West in Iron Mountain. For those that cannot attend in person, the presentation will be streamed live on the medical center’s Facebook page and will be available for later viewing. The presentation begins at 5:00 PM Central.

Letter Carriers’ Food Drive Brings in Thousands of Pounds in Donations

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M&M residents turned out in a big way to support families struggling with food insecurity. The Letter Carriers’ Food Drive, which took place Saturday, May 11th, netted just shy of 16000 pounds of non-perishable food donations from both Marinette and Menominee. These donations will benefit food pantries at St. Vincent de Paul in Marinette, NEWCAP, The Salvation Army, and St. Vincent de Paul of Menominee. It’s often the largest food drive of the year for these pantries, which meet the needs of thousands of people annually. Donations were collected by postal delivery workers, as well as the Knights of Columbus and Menominee High School baseball team.

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