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Menominee seeks new assessor

City council slated to meet as committee of whole tonight By PENNY MULLINS EagleHerald news editor/digital director

MENOMINEE – The Menominee City Council will meet as a committee of the whole tonight to discuss how it will replace its current assessor, Mari Negro. Negro is leaving less than three months after council renewed a one-year contract with her that started July 1. City Attorney/

Interim Manager Rob Jamo shared Negro’s brief resignation letter with members of the Judicial & Legislative/Personnel & Labor Committee Tuesday. He said Negro told him she was leaving for personal reasons. Several members of the committee asked Jamo about the effect Negro’s resignation will have on the city’s ongoing tax and assessment issues, since the city has

not yet received the 2015 tax roll seized by the State of Michigan Department of Treasury earlier this year. To compound that, the city’s 2016 roll will be examined by the Michigan State Tax Commission in an AMAR (Audit of Minimum Assessing Requirements) review yet this fall, council members said, and there are pending petitions with the Michigan Tax Tribunal. They asked if Negro, who gave Oct. 31 as her last contract day, would be available, and Jamo said he was not sure. Thursday, Jamo was asked by Finance Committee Chairman Frank Pohlmann at a meeting if

there was any new information available on the status of the seized 2015 tax roll. Jamo said there was not. Also pending are 12 petitions filed with the State Tax Tribunal over changes made to the 2016 assessments. While the city has hired Stephanie Simon Morita of the firm of Johnson, Rosati, Schultz & Joppich PC, Farmington Hills, Mich., to respond to complaints filed by Sears Holding Corp. (Kmart); Great Lakes Acquisitions Group LLC; and Fibrek Pulp Recycling US Inc., which will be dealt with by the full Michigan Tax Tribunal. Negro, as the contracted city assessor, handled the remain-

ing complaints, all of which were brought first before the City of Menominee Board of Review. A date has already been set for a prehearing general call in Lansing, Mich., for June 16-30, 2017, in the Sears Holding Corp. case. Dates for the two other major cases have not yet been scheduled. One of the 12 complaints against the City of Menominee has already been resolved, as parties agreed to a stipulation in the case of 2014 taxes on the Lloyd House LTD project, which should have been subject to an MSHDA PILOT See ASSESSOR, A3

USS Wichita launched

Stabbings probed as possible terror act Attacker killed after wounding 9 people in mall

By JEFF BAENEN and AMY FORLITI Associated Press

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The USS Wichita (LCS-13) is launched sideways into the Menominee River Saturday at Marinette Marine. Watch for the video of the launch on

Maiden splash made amid thunderous applause

By EMMA KUHN EagleHerald staff writer

MARINETTE — The industry team behind the Freedom-class variant of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program in Marinette, Lockheed Martin and Marinette Marine Corp., launched the newly-christened USS Wichita (LCS-13) into the Menominee River to thunderous applause on Saturday.  The traditional champagne bottle shattering was preceded by a ceremony at the Marinette Marine Corp. shipyard where the vessel was built. Visitors from the ship’s namesake city, naval officials and Marinette Marine employees filled the shipbuilding warehouse where the ceremony was held to listen to several high-profile speakers and get a glimpse at the boat’s maiden splash. Those in attendance included Marinette Marine CEO Jan Allman; Fincantieri CEO Francesco Valente; U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis.; Lockheed Martin’s Joe North, vice president of Littoral Ships & Systems; Jeff Longwell, mayor of Wichita, Kan.; and the ship’s sponsor, Kate S. Lehrer, wife of novelist and journalist Jim Lehrer and nov-

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Navy. She was especially excited to announce that a future LCS, the LCS-25, would be christened the USS Marinette in honor of the City of Marinette’s contributions to the Navy. Also in attendance at the ceremony was U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble, R-Wis., who spent a good deal of his time in Washington gunning for a ship named after the city.  “Secretary Mabus was getting



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elist and essayist in her own right. “It is thrilling to join the designers and builders and engineers and artisans and contractors and you in the project that is the cutting-edge vessel of the United States Navy and of the world,” said Kate Lehrer to the crowd. LCS-13 is the third ship to be named the USS Wichita: Previous ships bearing the name included a World War II heavy cruiser (CA-45) and a Wichita-class Replenishment Oiler (AOR-1).  The primary speaker at the event, Sen. Baldwin, renewed her statements from the launch of the USS Sioux City (LCS-11) in February, when she said she planned to stand by the LCS program and the jobs it provides for Wisconsin workers.  “I take great pride in representing Wisconsin’s shipbuilding industry in Washington because our workers have helped sustain American security for generations,” she said. “I’ve been always proud to fight for the LCS precisely because of the program’s success.”  Baldwin also thanked Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus for his support of the program and his tenure in office, which she said brought several positive changes to the U.S.

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“It is thrilling to join the designers and builders and engineers and artisans and contractors and you in the project that is the cutting-edge vessel of the United States Navy and of the world.” Kate S. Leher wife of novelist and journalist Jim Lehrer and novelist and essayist

tired of seeing me,” he said. “Every meeting I had with him it was the first thing out of my mouth.” Ribble said that even though he was leaving office after this year, he felt more optimistic about the future of the LCS program than he ever had.  “Each of these ships are being built with fewer man-hours, they’re being built with less taxpayer money and they’re being built better,” he said. “This is exactly the prototype of Navy shipbuilding program that actually works correctly where the prices are going down, the quality is going up and the lethality and survivability is getting better. I feel pretty good about this program, if anything they should make it bigger.”  From here, the USS Wichita will continue to undergo construction at Marinette Marine until its expected commissioning next year. Marinette Marine is planning to commission two other ships in the meantime, the USS Detroit (LCS-7) on Oct. 22 in Detroit and the USS Little Rock (LCS-9) sometime before the end of the year. The shipyard currently has six ships undergoing construction and has three more in long-lead material procurement stages. 

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ST. CLOUD, Minn. — A man in a private security uniform stabbed nine people at a Minnesota shopping mall, reportedly asking one victim if he or she was Muslim before an off-duty police officer shot and killed him in an attack the Islamic State group claimed as its own. None of the nine people who were stabbed in Saturday night’s attack received life-threatening wounds, St. Cloud police Chief Blair Anderson said. He said it doesn’t appear that anyone else was involved in the attack at the Crossroads Center in St. Cloud, which began at around 8 p.m. and was over within minutes. At a news conference Sunday, FBI Special Agentin-Charge Rick Thornton said the attack was being investigated as a possible act of terrorism and that agents were still digging into the attacker’s background and possible motives. Authorities were looking at social media accounts and the attacker’s electronic devices, and talking to his associates, Thornton said. An Islamic State-run news agency, Rasd, claimed Sunday that the attacker was a “soldier of the Islamic State” who had heeded the group’s calls for attacks in countries that are part of a U.S.-led anti-IS coalition. It was not immediately clear if the extremist group had planned the attack or even knew about it beforehand. IS has encouraged so-called “lone wolf” attacks. It has also claimed past attacks that are not believed to have been planned by its central leadership. Authorities didn’t identify the attacker, but the Star Tribune of Minneapolis said the man’s father identified

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