Menominee River

STEPHENSON, MI--   The Environmental Protection Agency has some objections to the issuance of a wetland permit for the Aquila Back Forty mine in Menominee County.

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI--   Divers have recovered the body of a Norway teen who drowned in the Menominee River trying to help another swimmer. 

The Iron Mountain Daily News says Bryan Stanchina, 17, was swimming with several others in the Twin Falls area of the river Tuesday afternoon when one of them began struggling in the heavy current.

Recent heavy rains had triggered a flood advisory earlier in the week.

DICKINSON COUNTY, MI--   The Department of Natural Resources has reopened part of a snowmobile trail in Dickinson County. 

The bridge over the Menominee River was repaired ahead of schedule, and riders can now use the trail between Pine Mountain Road in Michigan and Romitti Drive in Wisconsin. 

A recent analysis of the bridge determined the railings and decking were unsafe for snowmobile travel. Modifications were made to meet current safety standards, resulting in a narrower width and one-way designation. Future plans to install a new deck include a much wider surface.  

KINGSFORD, MI--   A man fleeing police drove his car into the Menominee River early Wednesday morning. 

WLUC-TV reports Kingsford Public Safety tried to stop a man on a traffic violation around 1:30 a.m., but he sped off.  Officers pursued the suspect through the city, but the subject drove into Aurora, Wisconsin.  Police continued to pursue the vehicle, which entered the Aurora boat landing and drove into the Menominee River.  The suspect got out of the vehicle through its sunroof.

MILWAUKEE, WI (AP)--   A Canadian company has renewed interest in developing an open-pit mine in the Upper Peninsula, not far from the Wisconsin border.  

Known as the Back Forty Project, Aquila Resources Inc. recently filed an application to build the mine along the Menominee River, which divides Michigan from northeastern Wisconsin and flows into Green Bay. Regulators in Michigan held their first public hearing on the application last week and the several hundred people attending were divided on their support or opposition to the mine.

NORWAY TOWNSHIP, MI--   State Police from the Iron Mountain Post are investigating an accidental death in Norway Township.  

Troopers responded Wednesday around 4:15 p.m. to a 911 call that a man was trapped underneath a riding lawn mower. 

Officials say Melvin Miner, 71, was operating the mower at his home near the Menominee River when the machine slid off the river bank and flipped over.  Miner became trapped under the mower in about two feet of water. 

Lifesaving measures were performed, but Miner was pronounced dead at the scene. 

DICKINSON COUNTY, MI--   Officials have released additional details regarding the death of a rafter on the Menominee River. 

The Dickinson County Sheriff’s Department says Mark Fackler, 59, of Mundelein, Illinois was with a group on Piers Gorge Tuesday afternoon.  His raft apparently hit a rock in some rapids and tipped over, throwing him and a woman into the water.  The woman was able to escape, but Fackler became trapped underneath.  His body was recovered around 4 p.m. 

The group was rafting through Northwoods Adventures out of Vulcan. 

DICKINSON COUNTY, MI (AP)--   Authorities say the body of a rafter has been found in the Menominee River along the Michigan-Wisconsin border. 

The Dickinson County Sheriff's Department says the 59-year-old man was part of a group rafting on Piers Gorge when the raft tipped over Tuesday afternoon.  Authorities say his body was found later in the day.

His name and hometown have not yet been released.


WALLACE, MI (WNMU) – Police have released the name of a man who went missing on the Menominee River last Thursday.

WLUC TV says Mark Geib, 48, of Wallace was apparently fishing from a bank on River Drive that night when he fell in after trying to retrieve a fish on his line.

Divers from the Michigan State Police and Marinette County, Wisconsin searched for Geib Friday morning through Sunday, but were unable to locate his body.

Officials are asking residents to keep an eye on the river, and the Menominee Marine Patrol says it will scan the area daily.