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LCS 21 Launched

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06/17/2019- There was a definite Minnesota presence on Saturday as LCS 21, the future USS Minneapolis-St. Paul was christened and launched into the Menominee River at Fincantieri Marinette Marine.

A sizable contingent of guests and media made the trip from Minneapolis-St. Paul for the ceremony and launch. The ship’s sponsor who did the christening was Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy for Policy Jodi Greene, a Minnesota Native. The principal address was delivered by Congresswoman Betty McCollum whose district includes St. Paul.

It was the 11th of the Freedom Class ships to be launched at the shipyard. Marinette Marine has delivered eight LCS’s to the Navy, and eight others are in various stages of production and test.

Joe DePietro, Vice President Small Combants and Ship Systems for Lockheed Martin says Lockheed Martin will be supporting Finantieri with their entry in the competition to build the next generation Navy Frigate. Lockheed Martin also had submitted a design based upon the Freedom Class LCS, but withdrew that design from the competition in May, leaving Fincantieri and three other competitors.

MI Legislators See High Water Level Issues Up Close

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06/17/2019- With the level of Lake Michigan and Green Bay approaching record highs, the City of Menominee and its residents are facing problems on multiple fronts. On Saturday, at the invitation of City Manager Tony Graff, State Representative Beau LaFave and former State Senator Tom Casperson, now on Senator Ed McBroom’s field staff toured the city’s waterfront to see the issues up close.
They toured the area near the lighthouse where an April storm displaced much of the rip rap, causing the road to flood regularly during storms. Access to the lighthouse for tours and the boat landing there has been restricted by the road closures.
La Fave says the state needs to address that area soon.
They also met with Jim Kudlicki of the Marina Management group who told them the high waters caused some damage to the piers last winter, and he fears the problems could be much worse next winter. First Street resident Tom Kuber showed the officials the problems he and neighbors are having as the waters are coming over the rip rap on their shores during storms. Kuber would like to look at placing large boulders off the shore to reduce the wave action by the time they reach the shoreline.
Graff says the representatives did suggest some additional source of funding that may be available to the city to work on the issues due to the high water levels.

Great Start Collaborative Receives Grant

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The Great Start Collaborative of Menominee County received two grants from the Youth Advisory Committee of the M&M Area Community Foundation. They awarded Great Start $500 to support literacy programs throughout Menominee County and $2,500 to help with the construction of a play area at the Menominee County Intermediate School District.

One of the state directed outcomes the Collaborative focuses on is helping Menominee County students become proficient readers by the end of third grade. The Collaborative’s Early Literacy Council partners with Spies Public Library and the Menominee County Library. The play area will serve the children who utilize the ISD services or for the public visiting the ISD.

For more information, please contact the Great Start Collaborative at 906-863-5665 ext. 1028.

Logging Festival Parade Coming

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We’re just weeks away from one of Marinette’s biggest celebrations of the year. The 9th annual Logging and Heritage Festival runs July 12th through the 14th and the city is still accepting entries from businesses and organizations for that Sunday’s parade. That parade begins at noon with line-up on Riverside Avenue in the Kimberly Clark parking lot. Forms and applications to take part can be found on Marinette’s website, or you can get more information by calling 715-732-5141.

SUAMICO MAN CHARGED WITH CHILD PORN POSSESSION

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A Suamico man was charged Tuesday in Brown County Circuit Court with five counts of possessing child pornography. 

The Green Bay Press Gazette reports 63 year old Bryan C. Boettcher, was arrested Monday at his home on suspicion of child porn possession according to a criminal complaint.  

The Brown County Sheriff’s Department received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in April. Subpoenas of the IP address came back for Boettcher and his home. 

Authorities searched his computer  and allegedly found several images on it.

He is currently out on a $5,000 bond and is scheduled to return to court for a preliminary hearing Monday. 

June is Home Ownership Month

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JUNE IS HOME OWNERSHIP MONTH  061419

 

Home ownership numbers are declining across the US, but resources from the USDA are working to turn that around. June is Home ownership Month and Jason Allen, State Director for USDA Rural Development in Michigan, says the agency hopes to use this time to increase awareness about the three main programs they have available that can make the dream of home ownership a reality for more people in rural Michigan and Wisconsin.

Allen says when it comes to the M-and-M area specifically, a major hurdle in the path to home ownership is simply a lack of availability. Allen says the USDA also finances new construction, but more needs to be done to create additional build-able lots for this.

Last year alone, the USDA assisted more than 5000 families with purchasing a home or performing needed repairs. More information about these programs can be found on the USDA’s Rural Development website.

Baldwin Questions Trump Deal with Mexico

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Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin is asking for details on President Trump’s recent announcement that Mexico has agreed to immediately begin buying large quantities of American agricultural products as part of an agreement on Immigration negotiated last week. In a letter to the president, Baldwin says the Mexican Foreign Minister denied the existence of an agricultural element to the agreement, and U.S. trade staff told the House Agricultural Committee they had no details on the agreement.  Baldwin says she doesn’t understand the secrecy if indeed was an agreement reached…

Baldwin says if the agreement guarantees Mexican purchases, that information ought to be available publicly so that Wisconsin farmers can factor that into their production decisions.  She says retaliatory tariffs imposed by the Trump administration have hit dairy farmers particularly hard, with over 1500 daily farms going out of business since President Trump took office.

United Way Supports St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry

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St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marinette announced that it was awarded $8,500 through Tri-City Area United Way to help support its food pantry in Marinette. The St Vincent de Paul food pantry located at 1619 Main St in Marinette meets the needs of more than a 1,000 visits over the course of one month.  The cost of maintaining the food pantry is approximately $3,000 each month.

Sarah Sheraski, CEO/Executive Director of the Tri-City Area United Way says the food pantry is one of 19 programs who share in the $155,000 granted by Tri-City United Way’s Community Fund.

Community Leadership Class Sponsors Collection

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The 2018-2017 Community Leadership Class of the Marinette-Menominee Area Chamber of Commerce is working with the Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul to collect personal hygiene items to be distributed to students in Marinette, Menominee, Peshtigo, and Porterfield this fall.  Through this month they will be collecting shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant, feminine care, bars of soap, shaving cream, and razors.  The supplies can be dropped off at Farmers and Merchants Bank and Trust, Stephenson National Bank and Trust, or any Jack’s Fresh market location.

Coming to the REC Center

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Now that the Marinette REC Center is open, city staff are busy creating events for the new venue.  Marketing Director Melissa Ebsch told the Parks and Recreation Committee that a number of events are already on the schedule for the rest of the year, and into 2020.  The calendar includes a Health and Wellness Expo September 25th, an indoor Antique and Flea Market October 19th, the Colossal Fossils exhibit November 9th, the Christmas in Marinette Craft Show December 7th, a formal New Year’s Eve Party, an Everything Outdoors Show January 17th and a Home Show April 3rd.   The city plans to partner with the Eagle Herald and Bay Cities Radio for some of the larger shows, as they did with the Care Expo this past spring.

Ebsch says they also have brainstormed a list of over 50 other ideas.

In additional to the city’s own events, they hope there will be many other events sponsored by other organizations who will rent the facility.  A criteria the city is using when creating their own events is not to duplicate events that already exist in the community.

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