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Old February 27th, 2012, 10:09 PM   #7741
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I definitely wasn't knocking pelicans. I think they are great and it is cool that they hang out in Green Bay during the Summers. My "hmmmmmm" was an interested hmmmmm, not a bored hmmmmmmm.
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Old February 28th, 2012, 12:56 AM   #7742
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Pelicans have been coming around these parts for a while now. They usually hang out around Renard Island in the bay and over by the De Pere Dam. If you see a group of bigger white birds flying at a pretty high altitude in the summer months, odds are they're pelicans.

I love seeing them. They are starting to become one of my favorite things I look forward to when the summer months slowly creep around.
I was down at the mouth of the Fox River today and had my first sighting of the American White Pelican for the year. This is unusually early for their arrival to the bay, but with the unseasonable weather I don't put anything past them!
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... The one true solution is to be a whiner and blame someone else while promoting no plan to do anything about it!!! Awesome indeed!!!

While you wait for your brilliant strategy to play out, I've got a tip for how you can save money. Get a tent, "occupy" some park, and complain a lot without offering any alternatives! It's free, and you won't be alone! I'll just wait quietly and see how that works out for you, and if you have any actual ideas you'd like to discuss, let me know.

As for the downtown businesses. If you are in the business of selling sandwiches and drinks, then selling a lot of sandwiches and drinks is probably good for business. Then again, what do I know? Apparently if it doesn't fit in with your pre-exisitng belief that no businesses downtown are doing well, except for the ones that are, but they are only doing so because business owners and imported workers go there, then it must not be true, right? Your contradictions with yourself are so thick that my pea-brain is getting confused, so maybe it makes sense that a business selling their products in higher quantities isn't a good day of business.

...and yes, I realize exactly how condescending I'm being, but that seems to be a tone you know well.[/QUOTE]

Your emotional response to the facts that were presented clearly hit your nerve, Danillo. Your snotty reply was not helpful to, I suspect, anyone in this forum except to make yourself feel vindicated. I will refrain to stooping to an attack in reply. Good luck to you.

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Old February 28th, 2012, 09:28 AM   #7744
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Monday Update

Great Lakes. The U.S. Supreme Court will not order the closure of shipping locks on Chicago-area waterways to prevent Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes. The court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from Michigan and other Great Lakes states looking for immediate shutdown of the locks and a quicker timetable for other efforts at carp control. The states have a pending lawsuit that calls for permanently severing a man-made link between the Mississippi River and Great Lakes drainage basins. They had wanted a court order to close the locks while the case was pending. http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/140592763.html

Associated Bank. A regulatory order issued in 2010 by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago covering the operations of Associated Bank is expected to be lifted in March. The Federal Reserve has told Associated it has complied with terms of an April 2010 memorandum of understanding. The move ends special scrutiny of Associated by regulators stemming from the nation's financial crisis. An earlier order from the Officer of the Comptroller of the Currency was dropped last year, and Associated has repaid its $525 million TARP loan to the U.S. Treasury. Meanwhile, the Journal Sentinel reports Associated Banc-Corp CEO Philip Flynn was paid $5 million last year in salary, stock awards and other compensation, slightly less than he made in 2010. Flynn was brought in by Associated late in 2009 to help the bank recover from loan losses and other issues that arose when the economy went into recession. http://www.jsonline.com/business/ban...140639993.html and http://www.jsonline.com/business/ban...140651183.html

Green Bay Packers. The Green Bay Packers’ stock sale will end at midnight Wednesday. As of Feb. 14, the team had sold 263,000 shares at $250 each, raising $66 million for the $143 million expansion and upgrade of Lambeau Field now under way. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...text|FRONTPAGE

Downtown De Pere. A new hot dog and sausage restaurant called Wally Dogs has opened in downtown De Pere at 310 Main Ave. Meanwhile, the owner of Knights Pub & Club (formerly Knights on Main) at 401 Main Ave. has received a citation and admitted to refilling bottles of higher-end liquor with less expensive brands. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...e-s-Wally-Dogs and http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...sed-booze-swap

Welcome. To some brand new posters who have appeared in recent weeks: zinger423, 900, beerguru and lookingglass. Hope I didn’t miss anyone. And 900, thanks for everything you’re doing!


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I was down at the mouth of the Fox River today and had my first sighting of the American White Pelican for the year. This is unusually early for their arrival to the bay, but with the unseasonable weather I don't put anything past them!
Here are two photos of pelicans in the area. The first was taken by the Press-Gazette in 2009 near the De Pere Dam and the Claude Allouez Bridge. The second is said to show pelicans on or near Grassy Island last year near the mouth of the Fox River and was taken by a passing boater. Second photo from www.thelighthousehunters.com


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WOW!! Very Cool! And here I thought they were just semi-tropical birds. What do you know.
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Tuesday Update

Central Library. Proposed bonding of $1.5 million to finance civil, structural, HVAC, plumbing and electrical engineering services for the Central Library Repair and Renovation Project is expected to be discussed and decided at three upcoming meetings. They are the County Board's Education & Recreation Committee this Thursday at 5 p.m, the County Board's Executive Committee on March 12, and the full County Board on March 21. This from the latest edition of "What's Up Downtown." Rendering of the proposed renovated Central Library. http://campaignbox.imagedistillery.c...36C359EC0425C0 and http://campaign.r20.constantcontact....q-c3cnne27M%3D and http://www.co.brown.wi.us/department...t=72b7d6b798b9



Broadway District. The parent company of BMO Harris Bank - Bank of Montreal - saw profits rise 34% in the quarter ending Jan. 31 following its purchase last July of Milwaukee-based M&I Bank. Net income rose to a record $1.11 billion U.S. Bank of Montreal is Canada's fourth-largest lender. BMO Harris Bank is headquarted in Chicago and has among its Green Bay branches a four-story office building at 310 W. Walnut St. downtown. http://www.jsonline.com/business/ban...140730343.html

Wisconsin. Wisconsin's banking industry continued to recover in 2011, with only about 1 of 8 state banks finishing in the red, new data shows. That compares with about 1 of every 5 banks that were unprofitable in 2010. Total net income for 271 Wisconsin banks was $532 million last year, compared with a loss of $518 million in 2010. Among the highest 2011 earnings and losses for Wisconsin-based banks with branches in Brown County were the following. http://www.jsonline.com/business/few...140754643.html

• Associated Bank, headquarted in Ashwaubenon: $162.5 million
• Bank First National, Manitowoc: $9.3 million
• North Shore Bank, Brookfield: -$10.5 million
• Johnson Bank, Racine: -$17.2 million
• Bank Mutual, Brown Deer: -$47.2 million

Downtown. A rooming house for men called Transformation House operated by Faith Tabernacle Outreach Ministries has opened downtown at 436 S. Jefferson St. near St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter. The facility is designed for men with financial problems, addiction or other issues. Residents pay $75 a week to live there and can get help with addiction counseling, skills training, financial guidance and job searching. The facility also assists unemployed men who can't afford the rent. Now able to accommodate about 30 residents, Transformation House includes double-occupancy rooms, a dining area, laundry room, classrooms, a basement sanctuary offering church services, and other amenities. It provides a free daily lunch. The building had been vacant since a similar rooming house at this location closed in 2009. WGBA image. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...xt|FRONTPAGE|s and http://www.fox11online.com/dpp/news/...-shelter-opens and http://www.nbc26.com/news/local/140661003.html



Austin Straubel. A 44-year-old Green Bay man has been arrested in connection with recent bomb threats at Austin Straubel airport and the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center in Ashwaubenon. The Brown County Sheriff's Department and FBI arrested Daniel Larson on Monday. Investigators believe Larson called in a bomb threat to Austin Straubel on Feb. 18. He is also a person of interest in a bomb threat made to Walmart in Bellevue two days later. No bomb-making materials or devices were found and it is unclear why Larson allegedly made the threats. http://www.fox11online.com/dpp/news/...g-bomb-threats

Wausau FYI. A study into the possible opening of a $75 million medical school in Wausau has found that such a school is not feasible, one of the potential partners announced Tuesday. The school would have trained as many as 100 physicians per year. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...xt|FRONTPAGE|s
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Green Bay. Ice on Green Bay offshore from UWGB this week hosted nearly 75 iceboats competing in the DN Ice Yacht Racing Association's North American Championship. This year's races were supposed to be on Lake Champlain in Vermont, but a snowstorm there forced the change to lower Green Bay. With mostly glare ice a foot thick and a 25-mph wind Monday afternoon, boats easily topped 50 mph downwind on the marked course and some neared 60. But races were canceled Tuesday because of poor conditions. UWGB says a shallow area called University Bay offers an area roughly 3 miles long and 3 miles wide for iceboating, bounded by open water of the shipping channel on the west and open water of Point au Sable to the north. Press-Gazette photos. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...ext|GPG-News|s



KI Convention Center. Miss America Laura Kaeppeler, Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby and Gov. Walker are among speakers scheduled Sunday through Tuesday at the annual Wisconsin Governor's Conference on Tourism. The event will be held at the KI Convention Center, with nearly 1,000 tourism officials from around the state expected to attend. Featured educational topics include customer service, social media and economic forecasts. http://www.jsonline.com/news/wiscons...140850773.html

Meyer Theatre. The 2012 State of the City address will be given by Mayor Schmitt on Tuesday, March 27, at the Meyer Theatre at 4:30 p.m. A reception follows at the Children's Museum. http://www.facebook.com/events/249114301841983/



Stadium District. The Green Bay Packers are one step closer to razing two houses near Lambeau Field to make room for media parking. The Ashwaubenon Village Board on Tuesday unanimously voted to rezone nine properties along Stadium Dr. and June and Barberry lanes. The properties will be considered public use rather than single-family residence. The move allows Lambeau Field Redevelopment LLC to raze houses at 930 and 936 Stadium Dr. to make room for a paved, landscaped parking lot for mobile broadcast trucks. Work on the lot could begin April 1 to be completed for the Packers' 2012 season. The Packers own 10 properties between Barberry and June lanes and along Stadium Dr. Five of the nine properties rezoned Tuesday are undeveloped, and the remaining two have single-family dwellings. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...|text|GPG-News

Highway 41. The intersection of W. Mason and Taylor streets closes by 5 a.m. Thursday until Aug. 1 for the construction of a roundabout. The work is part of the Highway 41 reconstrucion project. http://www.wbay.com/story/17049291/2...way-41-project
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Friday Update I

Washington Commons. Crews from Veit & Company will spend most of March gutting the interior of the former Washington Commons. Plans then call for knocking down the mall’s exterior walls by mid-April plus demolition work on the former J.C. Penney store. By mid-May, remaining work is expected to include removing Washington Commons’ concrete floor and underground support beams before backfilling the site and completing the mall demolition project by the end of June. The city says crews anticipate recycling about half of the mall’s building materials. Press-Gazette photos of the mall and former Days Inn sites. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...ll-coming-down and http://www.wbay.com/story/17057163/2...ycle-materials





Central Library. The Brown County Clerk’s office says today the County Board’s Education & Recreation Committee last night approved as submitted an initial resolution authorizing general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $1.53 million. The bonding if approved by the County Board would be phase I of the Central Library Repair and Renovation Project and would fund civil, structural, HVAC, plumbing and electrical engineering services for the project.

Central Library. WLUK reports that if the Central Library Repair and Renovation Project is approved, the downtown library will need to find a temporary home during construction. Construction would be expected to last about 18 months. The cost to rebuild the library is projected at $32 million, while repairing and renovating the current building is put at $23 million, with $17 million of that work considered critical. “This plan is way past due,” says a spokesperson for the Brown County Central Library Repair and Renovation Task Force. “A lot of this work should have been done ten years ago.” Needs identified include electrical, plumbing and windows plus upgrades to meet disability codes. The task force says the library project would provide for 55% more public-use space, increased energy efficiency, expanding technology and a new drive-through pickup and drop-off window. The group also says it’s looking at naming rights, join ventures and available grants to help fund the project. http://www.fox11online.com/dpp/news/...county-library

Law Enforcement Center. David Lasee on Thursday was named Brown County’s new district attorney by Gov. Walker. Lasee, 34, has been an assistant district attorney for the county for six years and replaces long-time DA John Zakowski, who recently was appointed a Brown County judge. Lasee is a 1999 graduate of UW-Madison and received his law degree from the UW Law School in 2002. The Brown County Law Enforcement Center is located on Courthouse Square. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...ext|GPG-News|s and http://www.nbc26.com/news/local/141110913.html

Green Bay Police Department. Reported violent and property crimes in Green Bay totaled 2,864 in 2011. That compares with 2,986 in 2010, a four percent drop, and about 3,800 in 2002. Violent crimes include homicide and assault and property crimes include burglary. The statistics come from the FBI. The Green Bay Police Department is headquartered downtown at 307 S. Adams St. http://www.wbay.com/story/17061606/2...st-in-a-decade

Downtown. Twenty-nine pieces of art will be displayed this spring and summer downtown as part of the 10th year of the Einstein Project's Butterflies & Friends on Parade. New works will include bear, rabbit, deer, duck, fish, otter and pelican native to Wisconsin. Larger art pieces will be placed along and near the Fox River, including CityDeck, while smaller objects will be on display in nearby buildings. A panel of judges selected the 29 from about 50 submissions. The art will be displayed from early June through August and will be auctioned off Sept. 20. Last year's auction featured 32 pieces and raised more than $70,000, with the highest bid $8,000 for a pelican sculpture by Green Bay artist Michael Jakopovich. The nonprofit and Green Bay-based Einstein Project serves about 40 school districts statewide, providing science materials and training for some 85,000 students and teachers a year, pre-K through 8th grade. Einstein Project images of some of this year’s art. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...Friends-Parade and http://www.einsteinproject.org/



Downtown. The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade along the Fox River will be Saturday, March 17. Participants including Mayor Schmitt and Packers President Mark Murphy will gather at 9:30 a.m. at the new Admiral Flatley Park behind Breakthrough Fuel, 400 S. Washington St. The 12-unit parade starts at 10:30 and will proceed along the Fox River Trail to CityDeck, where there’ll be music, dance and a fireworks/smoke show. The parade includes the Shamrock Club of Green Bay, Heritage Academy of Irish Dance, Green Bay Notre Dame High School Band and miniature ponies. Three-hundred seats will be available for a non-perishable food donation to St. Patrick’s Food Pantry. Press-Gazette photo. http://www.stpatricksdaygreenbay.com/ and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YU6P_e34VMI


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More photos of the mall demolition (from the inside): http://interactives.fox11online.com/...e-destruction/
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Article about one of our regular themes....

Small-market label doesn't fit Green Bay Packers
Economics professor Kevin Quinn says team not only affects area economy, but also culture

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The Green Bay Packers play in the smallest of professional sports cities, but they should not be confused with being a small-market team.

There are several reasons for that, says Kevin Quinn, professor of economics and associate academic dean at St. Norbert College, who spoke on the team's impact on the area Wednesday at the Neville Public Museum of Brown County in Green Bay.

A major factor is the National Football League's revenue sharing, which last year provided teams with $160 million in revenue. Another is the Packers' marketability beyond its hometown. As an example, Quinn said the Packers' $3.5 million broadcast contract with Milwaukee's WTMJ is more than either the Indianapolis Colts or Buffalo Bills receive from their local outlets.

And the most recent revenue report ranked the Packers 11th of 32 teams.

"That's evidence the Packers are not really a small-market team," he said.

Quinn said Forbes magazine values the Packers at $1.1 billion, a 130 percent increase since 2002.

The Packers are not Brown County's largest business, but they do account for about 2 percent of the county's economy.

Because Green Bay is the smallest of professional cities, the Packers' relative impact is significant. A much higher percentage of the money spent at Packers games comes from outside the area than does spending at other professional venues, he said.

"You could take the Bears, Cubs, White Sox and Bulls out of Chicago's economy and you couldn't find (the impact)," he said.

Quinn said the Packers make Green Bay a big-league city and positively impact quality of life. If they left town, Green Bay would be Omaha, Neb.

"Omaha isn't that bad. Schreiber Foods would probably sell as much cheese, but there would be something missing," he said. "There's a certain civic pride. It's defining. It would have a much bigger effect on our culture."

Quinn said costs are difficult to measure, but include social impacts such as game-day drinking and other behaviors, traffic congestion, the crowding out of other entertainment options and additional costs to government.

Quinn frequently cited a 2009 economic impact study conducted by AECOM Technical Services of Chicago for the Green Bay/Brown County Professional Football Stadium District. That study concluded the team's direct and indirect economic impact was $282 million per year.

"The Packers have defined this area in all sorts of good ways," he said. "Most of us think of it as a public utility … but it is a business."

rryman@greenbaypressgazette.com and follow him on Twitter @pressgazetteBIZ.
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Green Bay Packers. The Packers’ just-completed stock sale was a big success, as the team took in about three times more revenue than it anticipated. The Packers say the major difference from past stock sales was the ability to sell online, with more than 90% of sales made over the Internet. Beyond that, on the field the team went 15-1 during the season and was driving for another Super Bowl title. Preliminary figures show the Packers sold 268,000 shares valued at $67 million, with half the shares bought by Wisconsin residents. Illinois and California residents accounted for 8.5% each, and Minnesota and Texas for 5% each. Canadian fans, who only had a couple days to buy, bought 2,000 shares. In all, the franchise added 250,000 new shareholders, bringing its total number to 360,000. Raising $67 million for the expansion project means the Packers can borrow less than expected, which the team says gives it flexibility with other development plans. Street & Smith reports the Packers have the most visited website in the NFL, averaging 1.25 million unique visitors per month from last August through December. The next closest was Dallas with 1.17 million. WLUK photo of Lambeau Field construction to date at the stadium's south end, as seen from the inside. http://packersnews.greenbaypressgaze...text|FRONTPAGE and http://www.wbay.com/story/17059788/2...oject-progress and http://www.fox11online.com/dpp/sport...hares-of-stock



Shopko. Has completed its acquisition of Pamida and will consolidate headquarters in Ashwaubenon in upcoming months. Pamida's headquarters are in Omaha. Shopko plans to convert Pamida stores to Shopko Hometown stores by the end of the year. Six Pamida stores, none in Wisconsin, will not be converted and are scheduled to close. Changes are not expected to Shopko's current 149 stores. Completion of the merger creates a company with about $3 billion in annual revenue, 350 locations in 22 states, and more than 20,000 employees. The merger is expected to create about 120 new positions in Ashwaubenon. Shopko is led by W. Paul Jones, its president, chairman and CEO. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...da-acquisition

Stadium District. The Press-Gazette says Bass Pro Shops has rejected locating at Highway 41 and Lombardi Ave. because of the past wetlands controversy at the 21-acre site. WBAY had reported last September two sources telling the station the company "remains the frontrunner" to build a large store on the property. The DNR approved a permit that would have allowed the filling of 1.65 acres of wetlands and requiring enhancement of another 7.6 acres. The Packers say they continue to look at developing the site, which the team owns and includes 12 acres that are not wetlands. This from an article about new legislation signed this week by Gov. Walker potentially making it easier for developers to build on wetlands in the state if certain requirements are met. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...nd-development

Highway 41. The first concrete abutments are going up at the big new Highway 41/29 interchange.

Green Bay. Below is a NOAA satellite image of ice on Green Bay on Monday. The Coast Guard says it’ll start breaking ice on the bay next week with the cutter Mobile Bay to help open shipping lanes. It’s been a warmer and less snowy winter this season, although right now we’re under a winter storm warning and expecting a half-foot of snow. Coast Guard photo of the Mobile Bay. http://www.fox11online.com/dpp/sport...y-march-5-2012


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Green Bay. Below is a NOAA satellite image of ice on Green Bay on Monday. The Coast Guard says it’lill start breaking ice on the bay next week with the cutter Mobile Bay to help open shipping lanes. It’s been a warmer and less snowy winter this season, although right now we’re under a winter storm warning and expecting a half-foot of snow. Coast Guard photo of the Mobile Bay. http://www.fox11online.com/dpp/sport...y-march-5-2012
Next WEEK? Normally, the shipping season doesn't start until early to mid April. I realize part of it is the warm winter (and relatively ice-free waters) but it is also a good sign for the economy: If the port terminals are asking to get the shipping lanes clear, that has to indicate there is strong demand...another good sign that the economy is improving.
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Next WEEK? Normally, the shipping season doesn't start until early to mid April. I realize part of it is the warm winter (and relatively ice-free waters) but it is also a good sign for the economy: If the port terminals are asking to get the shipping lanes clear, that has to indicate there is strong demand...another good sign that the economy is improving.
I read somewhere recently that the Port of Milwaukee is opening up earlier too for the shipping season.
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port terminals



link to port terminals

My guess as to the terminals looking to get moving this early in the season:

Noble Petro
US Venture
Fox River Dock

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Schreiber Foods. Mayor Schmitt says he's being kept up-to-date on Schreiber Foods' office plans. "We like the green space they have," he says. "And connectivity to KI and the Northland Hotel." At least some of the underground concrete at Washington Commons will be left intact for Schreiber to reuse. Schreiber hopes to break ground in July, after the city turns over the cleared mall and J.C. Penney properties by the end of June. Press-Gazette photos below of interior mall demolition and recycling work. Note, the media is now indicating 90% of the mall will be recycled, not 50%. http://www.fox11online.com/dpp/news/...all-demolition and http://www.wbay.com/story/17067406/g...n-commons-mall and http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...text|FRONTPAGE



St. Norbert College. Dedication was Friday at St. Norbert College for the $7.7 million Michels Commons, a remodeling of the former Sensenbrenner Memorial Union with space added. The new facility includes a ballroom, outdoor patios, dining areas and a two-level atrium. http://www.fox11online.com/dpp/news/...-at-st-norbert

Meyer Theatre. The folk rock band America, most popular on the pop music scene in the 1970s and '80s, performed Thursday night at the Meyer Theatre. The group's top-sellings songs included "A Horse with No Name,” “Ventura Highway” “Tin Man” and “Sister Golden Hair.” http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...-Meyer-tonight

Arena. One of the mainstays of the Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena for about two decades is in town for seven shows through Sunday. It's the three-ring Beja Shrine Circus. Among the circus' acts are 20 aerialists, 10 tigers, a 5-ton elephant, horses, a ringmaster, jugglers and a family of trampolinists. Press-Gazette photo. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...en-Bay-protest



Port of Green Bay. The Port of Green Bay and Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau are hosting their annual contest of guessing when the first ship arrives in port. The person who comes the closest to the date and time of the first arrival earns a prize package that includes two round-trip tickets on the Lake Express ferry between Milwaukee and Muskegon. The winner also receives a Lake Michigan Travel Guide. Guesses can be submitted to the convention bureau at www.greenbay.com. Click on "Contest." http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...-ship-win-trip

Food. Some local food coverage of late. Smurawa’s Country Bakery in Pulaski and its Polish pastry. http://greenbayhub.greenbaypressgaze...Bakery-Pulaski And the Booyah Shed & Grill in Ledgeview. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...losely-guarded
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Regarding Tower's mention of Bass Pro Shop in the Stadium District I am wondering about the current status of that. Several weeks ago Economic Director Greg Flisram mentioned that an announcement was to be made shortly regarding a site on Military Avenue. The past RDA minutes mentioned that this business would challenge the scope of Miltary Avenue plan. I listened to the most recent RDA audio and it was mentioned that the interested party decided that the Military Avenue Corridor didn't quite meet their needs and the city did not want to lose them and was trying find other parcels in the city. There was no mention of the name of this business other than it would be new to the area. This is purely speculation on my but I wonder if the business that was looking to locate on Military Avenue was Bass Pro Shops.

Also interesting with the green space on the mall site. I wonder if this changes the plan for green space next to APAC in which Danillo has alluded to many times on this board? Is the city marketing that parcel? I am also very curious if there will be another announcement for the 'waterfront office tenant' that Jeff Mirkes mentioned.
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Schreiber Foods. I went back and transcribed what Mayor Schmitt actually said in a television interview the other day about Schreiber Foods' new office plans. Here's the quote: "We like the green space that they have - it's both Schreiber, public space - (and) the connectivity (they) will have to KI as well as the Northland Hotel." So that means there'll be public green space (perhaps park space???) as well as Schreiber green space in the Schreiber project area. It's a distinction worth pointing out, I think. http://www.fox11online.com/dpp/news/...all-demolition

Green Bay Police Department. More details on Green Bay's crime report for 2011. Statistics released by the city show serious crime has declined nearly 25% in the past 10 years. In 2011, reported robberies dropped nearly 30%. The city for the year also recorded decreases in reported burglaries, thefts and sex crimes, while experiencing increases in aggravated assaults and arsons. Robberies dropped from 68 to 48, burglaries declined from 575 to 475, thefts fell from 1,920 to 1,898, and car thefts declined from 110 to 104. Aggravated assaults increased from 250 to 278, and the number of arsons went from 6 to 7. The city had 2 homicides last year, unchanged from the year before. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...|text|GPG-News

Brown County Jail. The number of juveniles admitted into the Brown County Jail's juvenile detention center has decreased 57% over the past five years as officials seek more counseling and treatment services for youths and less detention. The juvenile center is inside the jail and houses young people between ages 10 and 17. In 2006, 795 juveniles were admitted into juvenile detention; that number dropped to 342 last year. "I think the county is offering more programming for juveniles and trying to exhaust all options before settling on juvenile detention," says a county official. "They try to use this as a last resort-type of placement." One county judge estimates 50% of youth offenders need treatment for alcohol or drug abuse. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...text|FRONTPAGE

Baird Creek Parkway. The Triangle Sports Area at Baird Creek Parkway on the city's northeast side opened on Saturday for the first time this winter, the latest winter opening in recent memory. The city requires a four-inch base of snow at the hill - used by sledders, snowboarders, tubers and skiers - and the total from Friday and Saturday's snowfall was seven inches. The snow could be short-lived, however, as temperatures later this week could hit 50. The Triangle Sports Area at one time was known as "Little Switzerland" because of its rolling hills. A ski area was opened to the public in 1953, and operations costs were shared among Brown County, what was then the Town of Preble, and Green Bay. Thus the name Triangle. Press-Gazette photo from Saturday. http://www.wisconsinoutdoorfun.com/a...text|FRONTPAGE and http://www.ci.green-bay.wi.us/parks/...ion/index.html



Baird Creek Preservation Foundation. The 14th annual dinner meeting of the Baird Creek Preservation Foundation - “Memories of Baird Creek and Its Future as an Oasis in an Urban Landscape” - is tomorrow (Monday) at the Clarion Hotel downtown. Guest speaker is prairie ecologist Neal Diboll. Reception 5 p.m., dinner 6, program 7. Baird Creek Preservation Foundation photo. http://bairdcreek.org/ and http://www.facebook.com/BairdCreek



Radisson Hotel & Conference Center. New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult will perform a reading from her new book, "Lone Wolf," on Saturday at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center. She also will hold a question-and-answer session with the audience and a book signing. Picoult has written 20 novels, including best-sellers "My Sisters Keeper" and "Sing You Home." A capacity audience of 700 is expected. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...GPG-Life&Style
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Regarding Tower's mention of Bass Pro Shop in the Stadium District I am wondering about the current status of that. Several weeks ago Economic Director Greg Flisram mentioned that an announcement was to be made shortly regarding a site on Military Avenue. The past RDA minutes mentioned that this business would challenge the scope of Miltary Avenue plan. I listened to the most recent RDA audio and it was mentioned that the interested party decided that the Military Avenue Corridor didn't quite meet their needs and the city did not want to lose them and was trying find other parcels in the city. There was no mention of the name of this business other than it would be new to the area. This is purely speculation on my but I wonder if the business that was looking to locate on Military Avenue was Bass Pro Shops.

Also interesting with the green space on the mall site. I wonder if this changes the plan for green space next to APAC in which Danillo has alluded to many times on this board? Is the city marketing that parcel? I am also very curious if there will be another announcement for the 'waterfront office tenant' that Jeff Mirkes mentioned.
It's always great that you take the time, Morse, to listen to RDA audio and pass on what you hear. Sorry to hear about Military Ave. As for downtown green space, obviously something will be happening. People have been indicating some kind of downtown announcement(s) is around the corner for some weeks now, so we'll see what happens.
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Downtown. More on downtown-area bike lanes going up this year. The city plans by June to start painting new lane markings designating either bike lanes along the right-hand side of selected streets or sharrow lanes down the center, in which vehicles and bikes share the same lane. The sharrow traffic-lane concept was approved by the state in 2009. The new bike lanes will appear on parts of Washington, Crooks, Baird and Cherry streets plus part of Broadway and the Walnut St. and Nitschke bridges and bridge approaches. http://www.wisconsinoutdoorfun.com/a...|text|GPG-News

Austin Straubel. Here’s a new television commercial promoting MetJet. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyON3...ature=youtu.be Here are six 10-second television commercials promoting Austin Straubel. http://arketypeinc.com/campaign/aust...lygrb-campaign Below is one of several billboard designs Austin Straubel is now using.



Shopko Hall. An estimated 10,000 people attended the annual three-day Northeast Wisconsin Sport Fishin' Show this past weekend at Shopko Hall. Among features were 65 vendors with fishing equipment, boats, resort bookings and other offerings plus a trout pond where guests could catch a fish and keep it. http://www.wisconsinoutdoorfun.com/a...text|FRONTPAGE

Appleton FYI. The Post-Crescent says the new proposed regional transit bill is “all but dead in Madison.” The state legislation would have allowed for creation of a regional transit authority serving the Fox Cities. Valley Transit stands to lose as much as $1.5 million in federal transit aid next year. A new federal transportation bill could help but currently is tied up in Congress and its prospects of passing are unclear. http://www.postcrescent.com/article/...text|FRONTPAGE
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Downtown. City Planner Nic Sparacio says if the new downtown-area bike lanes work well, the city could look at creating similar bike and sharrow lanes elsewhere in the city. “The downtown is a great place to start adding more bicycle facilities to the community,” he says. “There are many bicyclists already present in and around the downtown." Sharrow video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXVppT9Djus More news coverage here: http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/lifestyle/141585613.html The Press-Gazette says in an editorial: "Bike lanes will contribute to the increased effort to develop a new downtown culture that will help re-establish the area as a destination location. City leaders are engaged in making downtown Green Bay visitor-friendly with the Fox River as an asset. Increased attention to the riverfront is designed to make use of the area's natural points of interest, with residences and trails already helping to bring more people to the area. The sight of more bicycles in the area, and slower traffic, can only help sustain this vision for downtown." http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...ealth-benefits

Green Bay. On its Facebook page, the city is asking for comments on the question "If you were to come up with a slogan for the City of Green Bay, what would it be?" Some past slogans have included Gateway to the Great Waterway, Better by the Bay and It's All Here. If interested, scroll down a bit. http://www.facebook.com/GreenBayCity

Green Bay. Green Bay area attractions will be featured on the half-hour show "Discover Wisconsin" this Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on WFRV. The "Discover" show has been on the air for 25 years and is seen in eight states but has its biggest audience in Wisconsin. The new host of the show says that before the upcoming Green Bay episode, she knew the city "through attending Green Bay Packers games and as a restroom stop on the way to Door County," the Press-Gazette says. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...-new-host-Fink

Wisconsin. Some statistics on the typical Wisconsin tourist. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...tter-marketing

• When visitors visit: January thru March (14%), April thru June (25%), July thru September (38%), October thru December (23%).
• Sixty percent make day trips, 40% stay overnight. Overnight stays account for 70% of tourism spending; day trips for 30%.
• Fifty-two percent of overnight visitors are from within the state. Twenty-two percent are from Illinois and 10% from Minnesota.
• Overnight visitors prefer outdoor recreation and special events. Water is a big attraction, including lakes, rivers and water parks.
• Day-trip visitors prefer shopping (25%), special events (20%), touring (16%), casinos (13%) and outdoors (13%).
• The typical Wisconsin tourist travels in a group, with a state average of four per group.
• Wisconsin sold more hotel rooms in 2011 than in 2008.
• One in seven jobs in the state are tourism-related.

Milwaukee FYI. BizTimes Milwaukee says the low-fare battle among three airlines for market share at Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport is over, with Southwest Airlines the clear winner. Of the other two, Frontier Airlines is significantly reducing flights and AirTran Airways has been purchased by Southwest. BizTimes says with the intense competition in Milwaukee ending, fares are likely to rise, the airport's days as a hub are over and passenger numbers will decline from record levels, with a drop of 10-15% anticipated this year. http://www.biztimes.com/news/2012/3/5/mitchell-reeled

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