Manitowoc's spring cleanup starts next week. Here's what to know about parking and where to put debris. | Monday dose

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1. Manitowoc's spring cleanup starts next week

A seagull is perched upon rubble on the old Mirro factory site as seen, Thursday, March 17, 2022, in Manitowoc, Wis.
A seagull is perched upon rubble on the old Mirro factory site as seen, Thursday, March 17, 2022, in Manitowoc, Wis.

Spring cleanup will begin April 4 in Manitowoc.

The first two weeks will be for brush only and the second two weeks will be for yard waste only.

Here’s the schedule:

  • Starting April 4, brush pickup will begin south of the Manitowoc River.

  • Starting April 11, brush pickup will begin north of the Manitowoc River.

  • Starting April 18, yard waste pickup will begin south of the Manitowoc River.

  • Starting April 25, yard waste pickup will begin north of the Manitowoc River.

All work is dependent on the weather. Updates will be posted at or call 920-686-6550.

During the cleanup, a parking ban will be in place on city streets. No parking will be allowed near garden waste, brush and/or leaf and raking piles on city streets during the week of pickup between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Vehicles parked near any debris piles will be ticketed.

Some things to know about the pickup:

  • All material must be placed on the terrace (between the sidewalk and the curb) by 7 a.m. on the specified Monday of the scheduled week, but not more than two weeks prior to the scheduled pickup week. There will be a minimum $100 charge for material picked up after the initial pickup on your street.

  • Pick up on each street will be one time only for brush and one time only for yard waste.

  • Bagged materials will not be picked up.

  • Crews will not pick up the following: lumber, garbage, animal droppings, broken concrete, refuse, fill, demolition material, edgings, yard debris greater than 6 inches in diameter or longer than 5 feet in length, including stumps, roots or shrubs with intact bulbs, or debris in bags, buckets or garbage cans.

Street sweeping parking ban also taking effect: The city also announced its street sweeping parking ban will take effect April 1. To avoid being ticketed during the ban, people should learn the day of their street sweeping by visiting the city’s website to view the Street Sweeping District Map. People should only park on the street after the posted time on the street sweeping sign.

2. Chess tournament coming to Manitowoc

Manitowoc-Two Rivers Chess Club and Terran Chess Federation are inviting all interested chess enthusiasts to attend the Manitowoc Minute Tornado, a chess tournament at the Holiday Inn, 4601 Calumet Ave., in Manitowoc on April 9.

The U.S. Chess Federation event welcomes all players and spectators. Player registration starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 9:30 a.m. Rounds begin at 10 a.m. and 1, 3:30 and 6 p.m. All players must have USCF membership. Information about USCF membership is online.

Unrated players choose to participate in either the open or reserve section and pay a $30 or $20 tournament entry fee, respectively.

Players with a USCF rating under 1,600 play in the reserve section.

The 10 cash prizes depend on performance and sections and range from $30 to $200.

Those interested in playing are asked to email Tournament Director Steve Erbach at

The Manitowoc-Two Rivers Chess Club meets from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday mornings at Jenn’s Java, 1124 Washington St., Manitowoc.

3. Manitowoc's Boys & Girls Club holding open house April 6

Manitowoc Boys & Girls Club cafe
Manitowoc Boys & Girls Club cafe

The Boys & Girls Club of Manitowoc County will hold an open house and ribbon-cutting from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 6 at its facility, 3651 Dewey St., Manitowoc. Those attending can check out the newly renovated facility and speak with staff about the club.

The club is the first Boys & Girls Club in Manitowoc and opened earlier this year after years of planning and a $2 million fundraising campaign.

The Dewey Street facility has multiple learning centers, an art room, STEM lab, game center, café and gym.

The club is open every weekday from 3 to 6 p.m. for kids 6-12, with additional hours for teens ages 13-18 coming soon. Those interested in registering can do so online. The club can be reached at 920-470-8063.

Annual membership is $15 for each child 7 or older, not to exceed $35 per family. Children must be enrolled in full-day schooling to attend. All memberships run for one year and are renewed annually.

4. Two Rivers Fire Department’s annual fish boil is April 15

Two Rivers Fire Department’s 10th annual fish boil will be from 3 to 7 p.m. April 15 at the fire station, 2122 Monroe St., Two Rivers. Dine in and carry-out are available.

Cost is $14 for the adult meal (cod, carrots, potatoes, onions, bread and butter) and $6 for the kids’ meal (small portion, or a hotdog and chips). Drinks and desserts will also be available.

Tickets are available at the fire station, at the event or online through the Two Rivers Fire Department’s Facebook page. Proceeds support local charities, including youth sports teams, school groups, non-profits and food pantries.

5. Second annual suicide awareness convoy coming in May

One of the largest semi convoy events for suicide awareness in the nation will be held in Sheboygan and Manitowoc counties in May.

The second annual Suicide Awareness Convoy will begin at noon May 7. The convoy will include more than 175 semis and vehicles traveling along Interstate 43 from Master Gallery Foods, 621 N. Business Park Drive, in Oostburg, to Kellnersville Bar & Banquet, 1233 Main St., in Kellnersville.

These are the best places to view the convoy in both counties:

  • Sheboygan — Racetrack Road, east of I-43 (in front of Van Horn); Sauk Trail Road, east of I-43 (north of Oostburg); Acuity flag pole; the old Menard’s parking lot; and the old Plank Road Trailhead.

  • Manitowoc — County Road F (east of I-43); County Road CR in Manitowoc (east of I-43, north of C); the AMC parking lot; and Hillside Lane (north of Francis Creek Travel Center).

The event is in memory of Nicole Warner of Sheboygan Falls, who passed away at age 19 in September 2019. Her obituary states that the following day, her grandfather, Dennis Teetzen, 77, of Sheboygan, “was suffering from a broken heart of losing his granddaughter and passed away from an automobile accident.”

Dennis Teetzen and his granddaughter, Nicole Warner.
Dennis Teetzen and his granddaughter, Nicole Warner.

On May 7, people are invited to “come together as a community to bring awareness to suicide” and to watch the convoy of vehicles and then meet for food, drinks, raffles and music at Kellnersville Bar & Banquet. Proceeds from the event go to Mental Health America in Sheboygan County. Call 920-458-3951 for more information.

Where to get help: If you or someone you know needs information about suicide prevention, here are some resources: National Suicide Hotline (call 800-273-8255 or text 741741), Manitowoc County crisis line (920-683-4230 or 888-552-6642 after hours), Prevent Suicide Wisconsin-Manitowoc County (920-901-0779), call 211 for mental health support (non-crisis) or call 911 in an emergency.

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Your weather forecast

  • Monday: High 29, low 28, mostly cloudy and cold

  • Tuesday: High 33, low 32, cold; a shower in the p.m.

  • Wednesday: High 39, low 34, cloudy with snow showers

  • Thursday: High 36, low 28, cloudy, some snow; chilly

  • Friday: High 40, low 26, remaining cloudy and windy

  • Saturday: High 40, low 31, times of clouds and sun

  • Sunday: High 42, low 31, plenty of sunshine

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