Driver Crashes Vehicle in Walmart, Arrested for OAWI

04/06/2020- One person is in custody after crashing their minivan into the Marinette Walmart yesterday. The incident happened just before 4 p.m. when the vehicle struck near the store’s grocery entrance. The Marinette Police Department reports the driver, a 24-year-old male, was arrested for operating auto while intoxicated, 2nd offense. A pedestrian had to be treated for injuries they sustained as a result of that crash, but the extent of those injuries was not released.

Marinette County is “Still Open,” but Travel to the Area is Not Advised

04/06/2020- There are no formal travel restrictions in place for Marinette County, but seasonal residents are being asked to consider limiting their visits to the area and to exercise the same isolation practices that are mandated statewide if they do. It’s the time of year when people who own secondary homes in the County are itching to get out and check on their properties, but health officials warn that increases the risk of community to community spread of the coronavirus. Highway Commissioner and Administrator of Emergency Management Eric Burmeister says if you are visiting, don’t expect a typical trip up north.
If visitors need to head out and get food and supplies for their cabin, they should adhere to six-foot social distancing guidelines, but Burmeister encourages them to come prepared instead to avoid putting additional unnecessary burden on local resources.
Everyone- whether a resident or visitor- is reminded to continue to practice good hygiene habits to lessen the likelihood they contract or spread COVID-19. That includes washing or sanitizing hands thoroughly and often, cleaning commonly touched surfaces, and avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Auto Credit Center Cease and Desist Issued by Mistake

04/06/2020- The Menominee County Prosecutor is offering an apology after Menominee’s Auto Credit Center was apparently mistakenly issued a Cease and Desist order by the Prosecutor’s Office and the Michigan Attorney General last week. Auto Credit Center was one of three businesses to receive such a letter after it was believed they were operating beyond the limitations laid out in Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order. Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey Rogg now says that further investigation shows Auto Credit Center did in fact curtail their business to “minimum basic operations” and was in compliance with the statewide mandates.

Executive Committee Okays Pay Hike for Some Elected Officials

04/06/2020- A considerable bump in pay has been approved for three Marinette County elected positions. The Administrative Committee forwarded a recommendation to the County Board in March to set the 2021 salary for the County Clerk, Register of Deeds, and Treasurer at about $66000. That amount would then increase by $1600 annually through 2024, landing at just under $72000 The recommendation that came out of the Administrative Committee was higher than the initial increase proposed by County Administrator John Lefebvre, but Committee members agreed they wanted to bring the pay for these individuals in line with what other counties were paying the positions, as well as compensate them comparably to non-elected county roles with similar duty levels. The Executive Committee met in place of the County Board last week and signed off on the increase.

Auto Credit Center, Grow Masters, & Holy Smokes Hit with Cease and Deist Letters from Michigan AG

04/03/2020- Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office, in partnership with Menominee County Prosecutor Jeffrey Rogg, issued cease and desist letters yesterday to three Menominee County businesses for failing to comply with Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order. The letters were sent to Auto Credit Center, Grow Masters Indoor & Outdoor Gardening Supplies and Holy Smokes Tobacco Shop. None of the businesses is considered critical infrastructure under the Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order and none should be maintaining on-site operations, but reports indicated they remained open. Upon receiving the letters, all three businesses agreed they would immediately comply with the executive order. Willful violations of the Stay Home, Stay Safe order can result in a $500 fine and/or 90 days in jail for each offense. Any suspected violations should be reported to local law enforcement.

Marinette County Unemployment Numbers Dipped in February, but will Spike in the Coming Months

04/03/2020- Unemployment numbers in Marinette County ticked down in February, but that was well before the coronavirus pandemic hit our region. The County’s seasonally unadjusted jobless rate in February was at 5.8%, down slightly from the 6.1% recorded in January, but up from the 5.2% unemployment seen one year prior. The statewide rate in February was at an even 4%. That’s just under January’s 4.2% joblessness, but above the February 2019 unemployment rate of 3.8%.

County Adapts to New Normal Under Coronavirus Guidelines

04/03/2020- Marinette County is staying the course when it comes to their strategy for fending off the spread of coronavirus. County Administrator John Lefebvre gave an update to the Executive Committee this week on courthouse operations following the outbreak. He says while employees have implemented important social distancing practices, they’re doing everything they can to maintain the essential services residents still rely on.
Some departments or divisions, like the county’s Library System, have been forced to suspend operations during this time, but Lefebvre says they have kept as many of those employees on the job as they can, even if that means temporarily assigning them new responsibilities.
While day-to-day activities are still being carried out, Marinette County has limited public access to the majority of their facilities, including the courthouse and law enforcement center. Residents needing assistance are encouraged to conduct as much of their communication with county personnel as possible via phone or email.

Nygren Backs Out of Senate Race in Wake of Coronavirus Pandemic

04/03/2020- Following months of consideration, Representative John Nygren of Marinette has announced he won’t seek the 30th Senate District seat in November’s election. Nygren, who currently serves as co-chair of Wisconsin’s Joint Committee on Finance credits his decision to forgo the race largely to the COVID-19 pandemic, stating he feels his role as co-chair of the Committee will be more important than ever when dealing with the severe financial impacts of the outbreak. He says he will run for reelection this year for the 89th Assembly District- a position he was first elected to in 2006. Senator Dave Hansen announced in January his intention to retire from his 30th District seat and will step down at the end of the year.

“Look for the Helpers” Series: Peshtigo Edward Jones Office Chips in for Workers Impacted by COVID-19

04/03/2020- One local business leader is supporting those out of work due to the coronavirus and boosting other businesses in the process. Justin Oberg is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones in Peshtigo and tagged his office door with dozens of gift cards to area restaurants this week. They were there for the taking, no questions asked, to any of his clients or residents who had been laid off or had their hours cut during this pandemic. Oberg says in a time when nearly every industry is taking a hit, he hoped his small gesture might provide a little bit of relief.
Oberg had a stockpile of gift cards and replaced the ones that were taken from his business while his supplies lasted. He said all of the certificates were claimed in about two days.

Dr. Alexander Named UWGB Chancellor

04/03/2020- The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has named their newest chancellor. Dr. Michael Alexander, current provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs at UW-Green Bay, has been named the University’s seventh chancellor. His appointment was confirmed Thursday by the UW System Board of Regents, following the recommendation of a selection committee. Alexander has served as provost and vice chancellor at UW-Green Bay since July 2019 and succeeds Chancellor Gary Miller, who left the University in September of 2019 to serve as president at the University of Akron. Alexander begins his new leadership role May 1st.

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