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Algoma fire burns down house Sunday, rekindles Monday

A home along State Highway 42 in Algoma was destroyed and two house pets perished in a fire that took place Sunday and restarted again on Monday.

 

The initial fire started after 2 p.m. on Sunday at N8602 STH 42, sending the Algoma Fire Department to work before calling for assistance from the Kewaunee and Southern Door Fire Departments. When crews arrived, smoke and flames were already showing.  Algoma Fire Chief Tom Ackerman says they went to work right away, but it was too late to try and save the building.

The same three departments had to go back on Monday after 8 a.m. when the fire rekindled and started the house on fire again. Ackerman says the original fire likely started because of faulty wiring inside the home. He added that Monday’s fire is a good example of what can happen when homes get additions and other work is done.

Other than the pets that died in the fire, there were no other injuries to the homeowners or the responding firefighters.

COVID-19 community levels remain low for Door, Kewaunee counties

More of your neighbors may be testing positive for COVID-19, but it is not impacting Door and Kewaunee counties like other places in the state. As of last Friday, Door and Kewaunee counties were two of 27 counties listed in the low COVID-19 community level, which is measured by new hospitalizations for COVID-19, current hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients or hospital capacity, and new COVID-19 cases. Seven counties are in the high category, prompting the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to recommend residents there put on a face mask when exploring indoor spaces. Data released by the Kewaunee County Public Health Department showed 36 new cases of COVID-19 last week, 10 of which were still considered active. There were no recent hospitalizations or deaths recorded. In Door County’s Monday situation update, 61 of the almost 150 tests came back positive for COVID-19. Two more hospitalizations but no deaths were added to the ongoing tally. The death toll hit one million this weekend, over 740,000 of whom were over the age of 65. 

 

Door County COVID-19 Case Counts - May 16, 2022

Updated weekly on Monday when data available from the state. Case counts do NOT  include any at home testing results.  
Total Tests: 29,511 (+149)
Positive: 6,743 (+61)
Probable: 374 (+4)
Negative: 22,394 (+84)
Hospitalizations: 243 (+2)
Deaths: 61 
*Data regarding deaths may be delayed due to processing of medical reports at the state level.

 

 

 


Sarkis leaving Destination Sturgeon Bay

You may still see a familiar face walking around the city, but not in her familiar role with Destination Sturgeon Bay. The organization announced earlier this month that Carly Sarkis would be moving on from her role as Destination Sturgeon Bay’s Marketing and Events Coordinator. Sarkis has been in the role for the last three years, two of which has included dealing with the impact of the pandemic. Sarkis says she is going to miss talking to businesses about telling their stories and working with visitors to make their trips special, but she is proud of what she has helped accomplish during her tenure.

Sarkis says she will take the summer off to formulate the details of a project she is working with her mom on and to get married. Destination Sturgeon Bay also announced earlier this month that Rachel Malcore would take over the marketing coordinator position and Andrea Buboltz would handle the events director duties. The moves come ahead of Destination Sturgeon Bay’s first weekend as the operators of the Sturgeon Bay Farm Market.

Fire danger levels elevated in Door and Kewaunee counties

The combination of gusty winds, low humidity, and dry conditions are causing local fire departments to be on high alert. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources issued the elevated warning on Monday that put much of the state, including Door and Kewaunee counties, in the very high fire danger category. Although it is still a step below the extreme fire danger level, both Door and Kewaunee counties were at the high level entering the weekend. Permits are required if you plan on burning in a DNR-protected area. A property owner in the Town of Nasewaupee found out this weekend when the Southern Door Fire Department responded to a call of a brush fire on County MM on Saturday. The department was forced to put out the fire because the property owner did not have a permit.


Grants help local cheesemakers thrive

Thanks to a pair of grants, you will see more cheese churned out by a local cheesemaker. Renard’s Cheese, located in Sturgeon Bay and Algoma, was one of 19 Wisconsin dairy processors to receive a Dairy Processor Grant from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection earlier this month. The $24,000 grant will be used to develop a new Factory Equipment Grant to ease the physical demands of artisan cheese making and increase production capabilities. Renard’s Cheese produced over three million pounds of cheese last year but had to turn away orders for almost as much because of production limits. As they plan their expansion efforts in the future, owners Chris and Ann Renard say the grant dollars will go a long way.

Renard’s Cheese also received a separate grant that will be used to offset the investment in new packaging equipment. While the business invests in better equipment, they are doing the same for their employees. Renard’s Cheese recently honored Elijah Pinkert for bringing his interest in cheesemaking from his family’s stovetop to their operations, thanks to a partnership with the Ahnapee Youth Apprenticeship Program. 

 

Door Artisan Cheese in Egg Harbor also received a DATCP grant to help market its products to a wider audience.

Informative classes on life saving procedures taking place in Door County

If you wish to learn about CPR and AED practices you can join the Door County Fire Chief Association for their free classes. These procedures can be used to save a life if you were to find yourself in a situation where someone collapses and their heart stops beating. Chris Hecht, the fire chief for the Sister Bay - Liberty Grove Fire Department summarizes what people can expect to learn from these classes.

 

 

You can attend this educational opportunity on Saturday, May 21st at 9 or 11 am. Both sessions are open to the public for anyone who is 13 years or older. Each class is expected to last between 60 and 75 minutes. Pre-registration is required and details can be found here.

Youth Sports and Dance programs expanding 

From parades to baseball, the Door County YMCA will be offering more opportunities for kids to stay active and enjoy the outdoors this summer. YMCA Dance Instructor Amber Novotny says the youth workshops being conducted right now are themed with ballet, hip hop, and a “strength and conditioning” routine that is less formal. She says a first-ever dance summer parade workshop for kids 5-13 years old will start up in early June.

 


Youth and Sports Director Paul Briney will be heading up a host of activities this summer for kids, including coach-pitch baseball, sand volleyball program, tennis, and pickleball.

 

 

You can find out more about summer programs at www.doorcountyymca.org and listen to the Y Wednesday podcast at DoorCountyDailyNews.com here.  

State parks prepare for another busy summer

Door County’s state parks are preparing to welcome you for what expects to be another busy season. The pandemic has set off record years for attendance at Wisconsin state parks, thanks to people wanting to get outside and explore. The reopening of Rock Island State Park, the new Eagle Tower at Peninsula State Park, and Newport State Park’s International Dark Sky designation have only fueled the popularity of three of Door County’s selections. Park Superintendent Eric Hyde says final preparations are underway.

There are two things Hyde wants visitors to keep in mind this year. Road construction is expected to occur at Peninsula State Park in the late summer. There will be closures and detours throughout the park Monday-Thursday to get the work done but not interfere with the increased weekend traffic. The avian flu that has decimated domestic poultry flocks has also wreaked havoc on wild birds like seagulls, eagles, and ducks. Hyde reminds visitors to not feed the wildlife, especially in areas where birds congregate.

 

United Way expands FoodShare token program to Jacksonport

There will be a second Farmer’s Market in Door County where you can use your FoodShare dollars this summer.

 

The United Way of Door County announced this week that it would be offering its token program at the Jacksonport Farmer’s Market this year in addition to the Sturgeon Bay Farm Market. Foodshare/Snap beneficiaries can exchange their funds for one-dollar tokens that can be redeemed for eligible items at participating vendors. By increasing access to locally grown produce, Community Impact Coordinator Shauna Blackledge says the token program is a win-win for everybody.

Blackledge says to look for the United Way of Door County tent at the Jacksonport Farmers Market on Tuesdays beginning May 17th and the Sturgeon Bay Farm Market on Saturdays starting on June 4th. 

Pests challenge landscapers

You may find lots of unique creatures lurking in your yard this year. The late spring has already offered its own challenges to those looking to keep their yard nice and neat this year. It is even more pronounced in Door County, where the weather can be drastically different whether you are north or south and inland or along the shore. Kris Meissner from Meissner Landscape in Sturgeon Bay says they have also seen an uptick in the presence and the damage caused by pests this year.

For the do-it-yourself landscapers, Meissner encourages you to walk around your property to see what your yard is doing and to take a rake to some of it to stimulate the roots system and remove dead material from it. 

Scottie Rally celebrates "WOOFSCOT" and parade

You may see Scottish Terriers wearing love beads, bellbottoms, and tie-dye bandanas next weekend in Door County.  The Annual Door County Scottie Rally is returning to Baileys Harbor after a two-year hiatus.  The two-day event will include WOOFSCOT on Friday and the famous “Parade of Scots” on Saturday, May 21.  Organizer Michelle Geiger-Bronsky shares the activities and the fellowship that will be found among the Scottie owners.

 

 

The parade will start at about 11:30 am on May 21 with the rear brought up by a large group of Otterhounds.  The English hounds were bred for scent and are gathering in Door County for special training. The annual Scottie Rally raises funds for Scottish Terriers’ health research and rescue.  

 

 

 

(Photo courtesy of Scottie Rally)

Sturgeon Bay Historical Society Foundation celebrates 1923 Fund donation

The Sturgeon Bay Historical Society Foundation used the Door County Granary as the backdrop for a special donation presentation on a sunny and windy Friday afternoon.  The Sturgeon Bay Historical Society Foundation presented a $100,000 check from the 1923 Fund to help rehabilitate the historic Tewels & Grandeis Grain Elevator.  Executive Director Beth Renstrom shares some of the work currently being done on the granary.

 

 

Mayor David Ward, a 1923 Fund member, presented the check to SBHSF treasurer Jim Janning before dozens of supporters and community members.    The 1923 Fund has supported the Door County Maritime Museum, the Weidner Center and Cofrin Memorial Arboretum on the UW-Green Bay campus, and Crossroads at Big Creek, among other efforts.

 

 

Farmers making it through supply chain issues

While it may be frustrating on many fronts for farmers, at least you were able to see them get into their fields this week.

 

According to the weekly crop progress and condition report from the United States Department of Agriculture, Wisconsin farmers had 3.7 days suitable for fieldwork, a whole day more on average than last week. As a result, fields saw more significant week over week increases in spring tillage (29 percent now to 15 percent last week) and the planting of corn (seven percent to one percent), soybeans (six percent to three percent), and oats (30 percent to 15 percent). Farmers are still one-and-a-half to three weeks behind last year’s pace despite the gains. Supply chain issues have caused less product to be available and, in some cases, for it to be more expensive. Fertilizer prices, for example, are about double what they were a year ago.

 

Rio Creek Feed Mill agronomist Adam Barta said last week that they have still been able to service their customers.

President Joe Biden outlined ways his administration planned to help farmers this week. They include increasing the number of counties eligible for double cropping insurance, double funding for domestic fertilizer production, and cutting costs by increasing technical assistance for technology-driven precision agriculture. 

Pedestrian struck on Egg Harbor Road sidewalk

A 45-year-old Sturgeon Bay woman was taken to the hospital on Wednesday after being struck by a vehicle while riding her electric wheelchair scooter. Emergency personnel was called to the scene on Egg Harbor Road near 8th Avenue at approximately 1:45 p.m. when they found Erin Hilsabeck lying in the middle of the median. She was riding her electric wheelchair scooter on the sidewalk when she was struck by a sports utility vehicle exiting a parking lot of a local business. According to the police report, 55-year-old Randall Fike of Sturgeon Bay said he looked both ways before entering the roadway to make a left-hand turn onto Egg Harbor Road. After realizing he hit Hilsabeck and her scooter, Fike stopped across the street at another nearby business. Hilsabeck was transported to a nearby medical facility with a suspected serious injury. Fike was cited with failing to stop or yield coming out of an alley, causing great bodily harm.

Formula shortage hitting families

A staple of your family's diet may be getting harder to find.

 

Supply chain disruptions, Food and Drug Administration regulations, and product recalls are to blame for nearly 40 percent of the country's baby formula supply being out of stock. The conversation has made its way to Capitol Hill, where Republicans on Thursday demanded the Biden Administration do more to address the shortage. In response, White House officials said they are working with the FDA to cut some of the red tape limiting foreign products from being imported and working with domestic manufacturers to produce more. Door County Medical Center lactation consultant Jessica Skinner advises families who rely almost exclusively on formula to look into alternate brands not affected by product recalls and use social networks to track down excess supply.

For families who use formula as a supplement to breast milk or for expectant mothers on the fence about breastfeeding and formula, Skinner says there are more options.

Door County Medical Center opened its Baby Milk Depot over two years where close to 10 donors have donated over 3,000 ounces of milk to be distributed to local families and to members of the Mother's Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes. 

Construction projects progressing in Sturgeon Bay

The heavier traffic season is here, and roadway construction in Sturgeon Bay is making progress on all fronts.  The City’s 2022 street projects began this week in earnest with a six-block stretch on Michigan Street from 18th Avenue to 12th Avenue looking to finish up gas line replacement within the next couple of weeks.  

Another workaround for Sturgeon Bay includes adding new sidewalks on parts of Rhode Island Street and North 14th Avenue that should be finished by next week, if not earlier, weather permitting.  


Sidewalks and curbing on North 18th Avenue and West Walnut Drive are scheduled to be removed next week.  The complete Sturgeon Bay construction update from City Engineer Chad Shefchick can be found below. 

 

 

 

The City’s 2022 roadway projects started this week!  See below for updates on the various projects.

 

The following projects will be adding new sidewalks along:

  • Rhode Island Street (north side of the roadway between S 14th Ave & S 12th Ave)
  • N 14th Ave (west side of the roadway between Egg Harbor Road & Bluebird Street)

Currently the contractor has finished removing the topsoil and placing the gravel base for the new sidewalks on Rhode Island Street and should complete the same on N 14th Ave tomorrow or early next week.  If the weather cooperates the concrete should start to be poured next week.

 

Michigan Street (from 18th Ave to 12th Ave) along with S 16th Place (from Michigan Street to approx. 490’ to the south):  The contractor is continuing to work on the gas line replacements and is hoping to finish that work mid to late May.  After they finish, they will then move to N Geneva Ave (from W Juniper Street to the termination north of W Hickory Street) for gas line replacements on that roadway as well.

 

The following roadways are marked out and ready for removal of any curbing and/or sidewalk scheduled for replacement:

  • N 18th Ave (from Florida Street to Iowa Street)
  • W Walnut Drive (from S Duluth Ave to S Hudson Ave)

This work will begin next week and continue on to Michigan Street & S 16th Place after the gas lines are completed.

 

As a reminder, please use alternative routes when possible.  Reduced traffic within the project areas will result in a safer, more productive, and efficient project that will also allow for the earliest possible completion.

 

 

 

   

Ward tapped as new Gibraltar Elementary Principal

 

A face you might know will be the next principal of Gibraltar Elementary School. The Gibraltar Area School Board announced Lauren Ward as its new principal.

 

Ward previously served on the staff at Gibraltar before taking on the role as Managing Director for Write On, Door County. Ward said goodbye to supporters of the Juddville-based organization in its electronic newsletter sent on Thursday. In it, Ward said Gibraltar was her first home when she came to the area and expressed her excitement to go back to lead the elementary school’s teachers and staff and guide the area’s youngest learners. Along with artistic director Jerod Santek, she helped the organization’s construction of its Juddville campus which opened during the pandemic. 

 

Ward takes over for the current principal and Director of Pupil Services Lisa Wing. Serving a dual role for the past year, Wing will stay with the district as the Director of Pupil Services.

 

You can read Ward’s goodbye to Write On, Door County below.

 

When I came to Write On in July of 2019, I was drawn almost entirely by two things: the mission of the organization and its good people. 

The mission of Write On is inspiring and engaging writers and readers of all ages, at all stages. It struck a chord within me, and I recognized, as did our Founding and Artistic Director Jerod and our Founding Board of Directors, that Door County was the perfect place to create a home for writers. It has been a wonderful, beautiful three years, but it's time for me to move on. 

In a few short weeks, I'll be beginning the next chapter of my own life, as the Elementary Principal of Gibraltar Schools. Gibraltar was my first real home in this community, and I am proud to be going back to lead the incredible teachers and staff and to guide Northern Door's youngest learners. 

There's so much to be thankful for as the sun sets on my time here - almost definitely, I feel a deep gratitude for the relationships I've made, whether that was with our members, our visitors, our donors, or our friends, my time here was blessed by kindness. 

Write On's future is very, very bright. It is filled with good and gentle people who want nothing more than to share the beauty of words and language with all. I know that what first drew me here is still true: a worthy, solid mission being carried out by some of the most amazing people in Door County. I am grateful for my time here and for all of you. 

Warmly,

 

Lauren Ward

SS Badger sets sail towards brighter future

Before thousands begin to sail between Ludington, Mich. and Manitowoc, Wis. this summer, you may have already seen one of their big changes for the upcoming season.

 

The SS Badger opened its 2022 season on Thursday with a new paint job. The Lake Michigan car ferry spent several weeks at Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay for its quinquennial visit for maintenance when it also received a new paint job. The crew also received an upgrade on its quarters as well as new lighting installed on the ship. The visit came after its inaugural season under its new ownership, Interlake Holding Company. The season will begin with one roundtrip daily between the two cities before eventually expanding to two.

 

The new paint job was not the only big news shared on Thursday. According to the Ludington Daily News, Interlake officials are looking into converting the 70-year-old vessel from being powered by coal to one by natural gas.

 

The season runs through October 16th.

Griffon String Quartet performing inaugural Gala 

Midsummer Music's "Griffon String Quartet" is concluding its season with a special, one-of-kind inaugural Gala on May 29.  The unique performance will include a favorite piece from Beethoven's String Quartet No. 12 in E-flat Major.  The seven students who participated in the program will also play solo pieces along with a special collective selection performance.  Midsummer's Music Executive Director Allyson Fleck says the lesson program for the past two years has been able to keep the students actively engaged in multiple ways.

 

 

The Griffon String Quartet's Gala will be held at 3 pm on Sunday, May 29 at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor.  You can find out more about ticket information and Midsummer Music's scheduled concerts this season here.  

No new candidates join fall election races

 

You will not find any new faces running for state and federal office to represent Door and Kewaunee counties according to documents from the Wisconsin Elections Commission.

 

Nobody from an opposing party has registered yet to run against First District Assembly Rep. Joel Kitchens of Sturgeon Bay, but fellow Republican Milt Swagel of Kewaunee is signed up. Nobody so far is challenging First District State Senator Andre Jacque, a Republican from De Pere. Appleton’s Robin Kettleson (Democratic Party), Sturgeon Bay’s Jacob J. VandenPlas (Libertarian Party), and Luxemburg’s Robbie Hoffman (Environmental Party) are registered to run for the U.S. House of Representatives seat currently held by Rep. Mike Gallagher. Like what is being seen in the United State Senate race where Senator Ron Johnson (Republican) and some of the top Democrats have stated their intentions to run but have not submitted the initial forms yet, Gallagher has secured endorsements but he has not filed a campaign registration statement or declaration of candidacy yet.

 

None of the candidates listed above have filed their nomination papers, which are due back to the Wisconsin Elections Commission by June 1st.

Equipment fire causes damage at C & S Manufacturing

On Wednesday evening, a plastic coating machine was the origin of a fire at C & S Manufacturing in the Industrial Park in Sturgeon Bay.  The Sturgeon Bay Fire Department was dispatched shortly after 6 pm to the business when smoke and flames were reported.  Assistant Fire Chief Kalin Montevideo says no one was in the building at the time of the fire and that crews could contain the fire quickly.

 

 


The Sturgeon Bay Fire Department was on the scene for over two hours to ventilate and secure the building.  Door County Daily News will update this story when more information is released on Thursday.

 

 

Major three-vehicle accident on Highway 42-57 by Gordon Road

At least two people were transported to the hospital after a three-vehicle accident at an intersection in Sturgeon Bay on Tuesday afternoon.  A tanker truck and two cars were involved in the accident on Highway 42-57 at the Gordon Road intersection that has been the scene of numerous incidents in the past few years.  Northbound and southbound lanes of Highway 42-57 were closed for nearly one hour as emergency personnel dealt with the victims of the accident and cleared the debris from the vehicles.   The highway was reopened for traffic at about 3:15 pm.   Door County Daily News will update this story when more details are released on Thursday by the Door County Sheriff’s Department.  

 

 

 

 

Leave No Trace Tuesdays return to Door County

You can once again help clean up Door County with the Destination Door County’s yearly campaign to leave no trace in local green spaces. This campaign is a monthly mixer where volunteers go to various spots in Door County to take care of landscaping and general cleaning up. Morgan Rusnak the organizer of the program explains how this event came to be and how it helped the community last year.

 

 

May’s Leave No Trace Tuesday will be held on the 17th at the Birch Creek Music Center in Egg Harbor from 5 pm to 7 pm. This event is open to all community members who would like to spend some time taking care of their community while socializing with others. Each event will take place on the third Tuesday of each month.

Tax increase likely, but minimal due to jail project

You could see your property tax bill rise by approximately $40 on a $200,000 home in exchange for replacing the state’s oldest and smallest county jail. Members of the  Jail Planning Committee in Kewaunee County have spent the last two years paring down the project to differentiate the wants and the needs of the project. The third phase of the project has focused on the floor plans and the specifics of the building, making sure it was at its absolute lowest costs while not forfeiting operational effectiveness. Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski is proud of their work in the seven years they have spent looking at improving its public safety facility. He says it is important to have the backing of the community whether they take the project to a referendum or not.

Joski highlighted the May 17th and June 21st meetings as important ones for community members to attend to learn more about the future public safety building and make their voices heard. You can read a full update from Joski below.

 

 

FROM SHERIFF JOSKI

Over the past seven years of planning for our Jail project, I have provided numerous updates and overviews through these articles as well as at local meetings and events. The fact that I have not provided such an update in quite a while is by no means an indicator that we have not been actively submersed in this planning process. There has in fact been a great deal of work that has been going on and I would like to provide an update of where we currently are in this planning process.

         

Our last major benchmark was embarking upon phase three of this project which provided us the opportunity to focus on floor plans and operational implications of the various options. The main focus of our work has been refinement. This means that we have looked at this project from every perceivable angle, and when possible reduced the size and scope so as to arrive at the absolute minimum costs, while maintaining operational effectiveness. I want to thank our County Administrator Scott Feldt and our Finance Director Paul Kunesh for their tireless work in maintaining accurate and relevant financial data throughout this process. I would like to thank our County Board members who have dedicated so much of their personal time in reflecting the needs and concerns of those that they represent. And finally to the Command Staff here at the Sheriff’s Department, for continually thinking outside the box in how we can maintain operations given the financial limitations in this current time.

          

Approximately two years ago we came forward with the original plan for this project which included facilities for the Jail, Dispatch, Sheriff’s Offices, and Evidence/ Equipment storage. These are typically the functions that get included into a project of this type, however when the cost estimations came back, we quickly realized we would need to approach this project much differently than other communities have in the past. Much like everything we do in local government, we had to differentiate between what we wanted to have and what we needed to have. In the end, the pressing issue has been and continues to be the Jail and the associated Dispatch Center, so with that we removed everything that was not directly related to those two pieces of operations and came back with a cost reduction of over 10 million dollars.

         

It was at this time that we were able to work with our Architects and Consultants to arrive at a final floor plan which we could then base an accurate project cost from. After many meetings and extensive refinements, the Jail Planning Committee approved the proposed floor plan just this past week. We were also provided with the impact that this refined project would now have on our property taxes. As it currently stands the impact to the tax bill of a $200,000 property would approximately $40.00 per year. While none of us ever wants to see any increase in our taxes, this is a minimal impact for a project that has plagued our community for over 20 years, and will provide us with a facility that will serve not just our generation, but our children’s and grandchildren’s generations. It is a project that provides the foundation for future phased growth based on the needs of those future generations.

          

The next step in this process may be the most critical, as we must now focus on providing updated information to the overall County Board as well as to our community. We will be updating our Board members at the next County Board meeting which will be held May 17th at 6:00 pm. At this meeting they will be given an update on the overall process as well as the accepted floor plan and associated costs. We will then have another meeting on June 21st where the Architects and Cost Estimators will be there to provide information and answer questions. It will be out of these two meetings that the Board will need to make the decision of whether to move forward or place this item on a referendum in the fall. This is also the opportunity for all of us as community members to become more familiar with this project. I would invite anyone who has any questions, to please feel free to reach out to me and I will answer any and all questions that I can. We are now in the final stretch of a project that has been 20 years in the making, and I am encouraged by all of the great input we have gotten over the past seven years of planning from so many throughout our community. I truly believe this is a project that we will be proud of upon its completion and will serve to not only house our inmate population, but more importantly provide the facility and resources to change lives for the better. It is my hope that in the future those who find themselves as residents of our jail can say it was the turning point in their lives that provided the roadmap to make them better members of our community. I can be reached at (920)255-1100. Thank you!

 

BUG Fire battles third grass fire in three days -- UPDATED

An acre of land was torched by a grass fire in the town of Brussels on Tuesday.  Brussels-Union-Gardner Fire Chief Curt Vandertie says his department was dispatched shortly before 1 pm to County Road D in Brussels for a ditch fire.  The blaze spread quickly due to the high grass and took about 1,200 gallons of water to put out.  Vandertie says he suspects the fire was caused by a discarded item outside of a vehicle window since the blaze started near the roadside.

 

 

This marks the third consecutive day his crews have dealt with grass fires in the area. 

 

UPDATE:  The grass fire in a nearby wooded area reignited on Wednesday afternoon ut was quickly extinguished around 3 p.m., according to Vandertie.

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