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Door County receives about 30 percent of requested vaccine

The Door County Public Health Department received less than half of the COVID-19 vaccines than they had requested for this week.   Joe Krebsbach, Health and Human Services Director, says the county was disappointed to find out that they were getting only 120 of the 300 requested Pfizer vaccines. He shares the reason behind the shortfall in vaccines that will be delivered this week from the state’s greater rollout.

 

 

The vaccine drive-thru clinics are scheduled for this Thursday and Friday. Since Door County scheduled vaccinations this week based on the requested amount, individuals with scheduled appointments that need to be canceled will receive an e-mail and be placed on a waiting list. Monday was the first day that people 65 years of age and older were eligible in the state to receive the vaccine. You can read the complete news release here.

Vacation home renters question "six-night stay minimum" ordinance

Some people who rent out homes for short-term stays in the Town of Sevastopol are concerned about a proposed ordinance heading to the Town Board next month.  The Sevastopol Plan Commission approved a draft of a Short-Term Rental of Residential Dwelling Ordinance last Thursday.  Matthew Horton of Sister Bay, who owns four vacation rentals in Baileys Harbor, questions why the ordinance would require rentals for six consecutive nights or more. He believes that would impact where many visitors would choose to vacation in the future.

 

 

Horton adds that the six-night minimum would kill many of the vacation rental industry in Door County that provides secondary income for many people and ultimately impact real estate values.

 

 

 

The current draft of the ordinance classifies "short-term rental" as any stay of fewer than 29 days.  Any property owner or resident agent who manages a Short-term Rental for more than ten nights each year would be required to be abiding by the ordinance.  The Town of Sevastopol will review the Short-Term Rental of Residential Dwelling Ordinance draft at its next meeting on February 15.   

Area recoveries up for COVID-19 cases

Door County saw recoveries outnumber positive cases of COVID-19 since Friday. On Monday, Door County Public Health reported 11 new coronavirus cases with 37 recoveries noted.  Active cases decreased by 21 to 259, which is the lowest in several weeks.  No additional hospitalizations or deaths were reported in Door County.

 

Kewaunee County Public Health disclosed 20 more COVID-19 cases on Monday with 24 new recoveries.  Exactly 2300 people reportedly have now recovered from coronavirus in Kewaunee County since the beginning of the pandemic.  The number of active cases in Kewaunee County went down by four to 86.   The hospitalizations in Kewaunee County decreased by two, with two people remaining hospitalized and no recent deaths reported.  Due to this week’s vaccine rollout, Kewaunee County Public Health’s next COVID-19 update will be this Thursday.  

 

Wisconsin Department of Health Services confirmed less than 1,000 coronavirus cases on Monday, reportedly the lowest daily count in over four months.   Hospitalizations for COVID-19 in the state went up by 56, and eight deaths were recorded.

 

 


Door County Short Film Festival goes virtual

You’ll have the opportunity to watch more movies over a longer period of time during this year’s Door County Short Film Festival.

 

Like many other events, the Door County Short Film Festival has opted to go virtual with its offerings due to the pandemic. As a result, the 12th edition of the event will take place over the course of 10 days and offer access to four feature films created in the state, as well as 30 short films produced from around the world. While it certainly will not be the same experience, Louise Howson from the Sister Bay Advancement Association is excited about what the virtual option will allow film lovers to enjoy.

You can buy tickets online for the Door County Short Film Festival, which runs from February 12th-21st.

 

Picture courtesy of the Sister Bay Advancement Association of the 2021 Juried Golden Mug Award will be presented to the film that a four-person jury selects as the “best of the Fest,” while the 2021 People’s Choice Mug Award will be presented to the film that receives the most votes from attendees. 

Ephraim puts PRAT on April ballot

Ephraim residents will decide on April 6th if an additional 0.5 percent sales tax should be placed on tourism-related purchases within the village. The Village Board approved the decision to put the Premier Resort Area Tax on the ballot as a referendum question as a way to raise the necessary funding to address the community’s infrastructure needs. Administrator Brent Bristol said back in October that nailing down the details of the village’s ten-year plan sped up the conversations to potentially add the PRAT.

 

 

If approved by voters, Ephraim would become the second Door County community to enact the PRAT, following Sister Bay’s lead in 2018. The two communities got a special exemption from the state to allow the PRAT, which is typically reserved for communities like Wisconsin Dells and Rhinelander, where tourism-related businesses account for at least 40 percent of the equalized assessed property values.

Sturgeon Bay Historical Society Executive Director named

Beth Renstrom has been tapped as the person to lead the efforts to restore the Teweles and Brandeis grain elevator for future generations.

 

The Sturgeon Bay Historical Society announced the selection on Monday as it works with the city to develop the granary building into a three-season event space. Once completed, the 75-foot structure would help anchor the city’s west waterfront redevelopment while housing a catering kitchen, a public restroom, and interpretative displays. Renstrom is tasked with being the point person for the architectural and construction teams as well as telling the story of the granary.

 

She and her husband Jay moved to Sturgeon Bay to become full-time residents in 2016 after almost two decades working for the global software company Oracle. In the release, Renstrom stated she has been a supporter of the granary for a long time and appreciates the community’s value of history.

 

We will have more with Renstrom later this week.

 

FULL RELEASE FROM THE STURGEON BAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

The Sturgeon Bay Historical Society Foundation is pleased to announce that Beth Renstrom has been engaged as acting executive director in charge of the group’s efforts to convert the historic 1901 Teweles and Brandeis Granary to a three-season event space as part of the City of Sturgeon Bay’s west waterfront redevelopment plan.

 

The Historical Society Foundation is working to fulfill an agreement with the City of Sturgeon Bay to provide a gathering space for both private and public events – family reunions, art fairs, weddings, small business meetings, etc. – as part of a waterfront park. The finished structure will house a catering kitchen and a public restroom and include interpretive displays sharing the granary’s unique role in the settlement the City’s westside, once called Sawyer, and the greater Sturgeon Bay area.

 

Christie Weber, SBHSF president, says, “We are incredibly fortunate to have someone of Beth’s experience, passion and dedication. She will act as the point person for all aspects of the project, connecting our architectural team (LaDallman), the construction team (SMET) and the many volunteers who are engaged in the success of this effort. She will also help facilitate our fundraising efforts and communicate our progress and needs to the greater community. This is a huge and important project, and we have faith that Beth, with her professional experience, natural enthusiasm and love of history, is the right person to lead it.”

 

Renstrom worked for the global software company Oracle, Inc. for nearly two decades and retired as director and senior product manager. She was responsible for guiding major initiatives from concept to resolution and led teams in marketing strategy, sales and partner relationships. Her areas of expertise include communication, team building and problem solving.

 

Renstrom and her husband, Jay, have long ties to Door County and moved to Sturgeon Bay full-time in 2016. They are active in many community organizations.

 

“I’m thrilled and honored to accept this position,” said Renstrom. “I’ve been a supporter of the Teweles and Brandeis Granary for a long time and am proud to live in a community that values its history. More and more people are realizing the importance of saving the authentic structures that illuminate aspects of our past. Making the granary relevant for the present and sustainable into the future is a challenge I look forward to. We have a great, creative team working on this.”

 

The Teweles and Brandeis Granary is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is believed to be one of the last remaining grain elevators of its kind on the Great Lakes. The 75-foot tall structure (when restored) includes 19 wooden bins for grain storage on its second floor. The 20th bin space housed a manlift that allowed a worker to pull himself up to the headhouse to control a manually-rotated grain diverter. Farm families throughout the region brought harvested grain to the Teweles and Brandeis elevator where it could be stored until it was loaded onto a boat or railway car for shipment to the Milwaukee or Chicago markets.

 

One of Renstrom’s priorities will be communicating the granary’s story and restoration progress with the public and donors. “So much has been happening behind the scenes – design work, cost estimating, lease negotiations, etc. To the average person, it looks like nothing is happening. We’re excited to start sharing the project and engaging with the community more broadly.”


Packer fans share Lambeau experience

The season ended for the Green Bay Packers Sunday evening in bitter fashion, but loyal fans from Sturgeon Bay who attended the NFC Championship game say the memories will still be happy ones.  Brent Wiegand and Danielle Stahl were two of the 8,578 in attendance at Lambeau Field on Sunday.  With the capacity of the stadium able to hold over 80,000 people, Stahl, who is a season ticket holder, says the atmosphere was very different than the games she went to in the past.

 

 

Experiencing his first Packer game at Lambeau Field, Weigand says fans did their best to make as much noise as possible to distract Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

 

 

Although the tickets for the NFC Championship game were over $200 apiece and the Packers lost 31-26, both Wiegand and Stahl agreed that just being able to attend a Packer game this season made it all worthwhile. 

 

(photo contributed)

School districts continue summer sports league founded during pandemic

The summer softball league founded by several local school districts during the COVID 19 pandemic will return for another season.  The Lakeshore Softball League fielded teams from Sevastopol, Algoma, Southern Door, and Kewaunee to give youths a summer sports outlet.  There have been discussions of possibly offering another sport this summer.  The league followed all public health advisors and recommendations.  Tom Ash, Board President of the Mighty Pioneers of Sevastopol, says that will continue this season.

 



The Lakeshore Softball League allows players of different age groups to take part. Ash also says there is hope that the league will expand.
 


Ash says there has been no discussion as to whether players will be required to be immunized before playing.

 

(photo courtesy of Mighty Pioneers Sports Club)

City clearing trees from Sunset Park

Sunset Park in Sturgeon Bay will have a more spacious look this spring due to the removal of diseased trees.  Sturgeon Bay Municipal Services Director Mike Barker says the mild winter has allowed city crews to work on clearing dead Ash trees from the park impacted by the Emerald Ash Borer.  He says several dozen trees have already been taken down.

 

 

Barker estimates that the Emerald Ash Borer wiped out 75 percent of Sunset Park trees.  High water levels within the park also contributed to killing several other species of trees near Little Lake in the past year.  Barker says plans are to plant several trees this spring and summer. 


Teachers, like students, adjusting to synchronous learning

As teachers and students continue to adapt to the challenges brought about by remote learning, many are adjusting to the hybrid of having students trying to learn in-person and virtually. 
Cliff Wind, a math teacher at Sturgeon Bay High School, says this has been the most challenging year in his career.  He says the students and staff are doing their best with all things considered.

 

 

Wind notes that the one problem with synchronous learning is that some attention is being taken away from children in the classroom. The disruption caused by quarantines and isolations periodically adds to the challenges of a consistent learning environment.  He hopes the school year can return to more traditional learning methods when the next school year comes in the fall.   

FYRE program brings light to teen dating violence

The youth advocate for Help of Door County's FYRE program, forging youth relationships and education, brings light to a problem that has alarming statistics concerning teenagers.  Karla Romero says that one in five teens experience dating violence while in a relationship.  Of those victims, only one in three will ever tell anyone, according to Romero.  She says parents need to know if their child is in an abusive relationship.

 

 

Romero notes that parents and friends should watch for signs that a teen may be facing a form of dating violence.  FYRE has weekly virtual meetings with the teen members running the group.  Romero says the interaction helps to empower them to use their voice.  Teens may not confide in their parents about dating violence, fearing that future dating won't be allowed.  You can listen to the entire conversation with Karla Romero on the podcast page

Families preparing to act on immigration reform efforts

Some Door County families are preparing to take action under President Joseph Biden's proposed U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021.  The plan would help an estimated 11-million undocumented immigrants and family members through an eight-year pathway to U.S. Citizenship.  Imelda Delchambre, with the Hispanic Resource Center of Door and Kewaunee Counties, says such action will help reunite some local families whose parents are undocumented while their children were born in the U.S.
 



If enacted, the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 would also improve screening technologies used for border security and provide assistance to Central American nations to address the root causes of issues that contribute to migrations north.


Some Door County families are preparing to take action under President Joseph Biden's plan to help undocumented immigrants and family members obtain U.S. Citizenship.  Imelda Delchambre, with the Hispanic Resource Center of Door and Kewaunee Counties, says such action will help reunite some local families.


Pandemic still making spring and summer planning tricky

Even the wider spread of the vaccine rollout this month may not help save some popular events from being postponed or canceled. Door County Public Health Manager Sue Powers told viewers during Thursday’s joint Facebook Live session with Door County Medical Center that her department has received lots of questions on whether or not they could start planning festivals, sporting events, or other large gatherings. She advised organizers to hold off because if anything has been learned during the pandemic over the last year since the first recorded case of COVID-19 occurred in the United States, it is that you never know what can happen from one day to the next. Even with the vaccine available to Phase 1A and 1B individuals, there are still a lot of things that are unknown.

Even after getting vaccinated, Powers and Door County Medical Center Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jim Heise recommends people still practice the same mitigation strategies they have been for the last several months. There has been no word as of yet that any of Door County’s annual spring festivals have been canceled for 2021, but the Door County Hog Wild Run, traditionally held in June, announced earlier this week it was canceling this year’s race because of the “many unknowns still up in the air.”

Broadband, jail projects give updates

The Kewaunee County Board will get updates on two major projects happening in the area when they meet on Tuesday. Bug Tussel Wireless has been working on acquiring sites for new or existing towers to build a strong broadband network within the county. New grant funding should be announced in the coming months for the nearly $960,000 fixed wireless project. John Cain from Venture Architect is also expected to speak about the proposed public safety building which will include a jail, 911 center, and shared lobby. The pandemic forced other features of the project to be stripped from the plans. The discussion precedes a vote by the board to proceed to the third phase of the project, which would include the design portion of the building. The Kewaunee County Board will also honor the memory of former supervisor Gordon Prahl and juvenile clerk Candi Lynn Brown when they meet on Tuesday beginning at 6 p.m.

Sturgeon Bay seeks ATV trail link with Town of Nasewaupee

Demand from ATV/UTV vehicle owners is prompting the City of Sturgeon Bay to ask the Town of Nasewaupee to create a trail link.  Sturgeon Bay is requesting the township open County Highway C between Park Drive and North Duluth Avenue.  Sturgeon Bay would then open the section of North Duluth to Bullhead Point.  Sturgeon Bay City Council member Gary Nault says that would give ATV users easier access to fishing areas and the Potowatomi State Park area.

The request to the Town of Nasewaupee will be taken up when Sturgeon Bay's Parking and Traffic Committee meets January 25th at 4:30 PM at city hall.

 

Picture Courtesy of the City of Sturgeon Bay

Area legislators hope to push across lost bills

Rep. Joel Kitchens and State Senator Andre Jacque each have a number of bills they would like to see addressed when the Wisconsin Legislature returns to work later this month. Both legislators reintroduced a number of bills that were in line to move forward before the pandemic canceled the rest of their floor period. Kitchens would like to see his bill making it easier to get birth control to help reduce unplanned pregnancies get passed.  He said earlier this month his challenge is to get some of the same legislators back on board.

One of the bills Jacque will be pushing for would guarantee insurance coverage for pre-existing conditions. He said earlier this month it has strong bipartisan support, especially as the pandemic continues.

Both the Assembly and the Senate left Madison earlier this month without coming to an agreement on a COVID-19 relief package. The Senate passed their own version of the Assembly bill and drew praise from Governor Tony Evers. That is expected to be one of the topics discussed when the Assembly returns to the floor on Tuesday.

Digital age brings wrinkles to child porn investigations

Investigators have been kept busy over the last year at the Kewaunee County Sheriff’s Department, but the uptick in Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) is concerning to Sheriff Matt Joski. The Wisconsin State Journal reported in November that the state’s Department of Justice’s ICAC Task Force has seen a 13 percent increase in the number of tips they have received through its Cyber TipLine in 2020. Joski says an alarming trend they have seen is children “sexting” each other. Both kids may not see it as a crime, but in essence, they are creating and distributing child pornography. It is something Joski says could stick with them for the rest of their life because of the digital age we live in.

Joski says it is just one example of the complex nature some investigators have to consider when taking on a case. You can read more about the department’s investigators below.

 

FROM SHERIFF JOSKI

While some of the duties here at the Sheriff’s Department are in the public’s view and receive a great deal of attention, there is a division of the Sheriff’s Department that works tirelessly each and every day behind the scenes. As I reported in an earlier article regarding the response of our patrol Deputies to calls of a criminal nature; many of these calls are dealt with by those Patrol Deputies when the evidence for an arrest is clearly present. Not all crimes that are committed provide clear evidence of responsibility or even a clear picture of what actually occurred.

          

When a given call presents the need for evidence gathering, and in depth follow up, we rely on the members of the Investigation Division to apply their expertise in the pursuit of a successful outcome. This division is comprised of three Deputies, each of them skilled in various facets of investigative work. While they may receive preliminary information from the initial responding Deputy, their work requires them to look at each and every case with a fresh perspective and recreate the events of the incident through extensive interviews, forensic investigation and follow through on each and every piece of information available.

          

A great deal of resources is expended in our constant vigilance against drug activity within our community as well as assisting adjacent counties and municipalities in their efforts. We continue to see the emergence of heroin along with methamphetamines in our communities along with the alarming abuse of prescription drugs which have impacted too many families and friends. The knowledge and intelligence gathering which is done on a daily basis by our Investigators has proven successful in many convictions pertaining to all criminal activity throughout this past year.

          

Some of the common calls which we may request their assistance are burglaries, sexual assaults, and criminal damage to property. Some unique calls which this division has handled in this past year include the crime of sexting and related ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children). As with many crimes based in technology, there may be a limited awareness on the part of those perpetrating the crime, as well as those who are potential victims of the crime. sexting is when sexually explicit photos are taken by an individual and then shared electronically. A truly alarming trend which we have been seeing is the sexting which is going on among children in our community. While the young person taking the photo may not see it as a crime, or the young person who receives or shares the photo on their electronic device may not see it as a crime, it is in fact a serious offense. The real danger is the lasting damage that such activity causes in that these photos never go away and will last for perpetuity. The plain fact is that anyone taking such photos is in essence creating child pornography, and anyone with such an image on their electronic device is in possession of child pornography. Furthermore, anyone who shares these images is actually distributing child pornography. All of this demonstrates the complexity of the work which these Investigators must do and the sensitivity and professionalism which they must exercise in the investigations of such crimes.

        

Of the many ways we use in calibrating our success, one tool is the Incident Based Reporting system to which all Law enforcement agencies submit their data. A key area we look at is our ability to solve or clear cases. Historically, the Kewaunee County Sheriff’s Department has maintained clearance rates higher than that of our state average. This again is due to the diligent and hard work of our entire staff as well as the many leads we receive from our community.

        

Thank you to our Investigators for the thorough and methodical manner in which you do you jobs each and every day! 

Restaurants continue to adapt amid pandemic

Restaurants in Door and Kewaunee counties are continuing to find ways to stay open despite COVID-19 concerns and restrictions. Delivery, drive-thrus, and curbside pickup continue to be popular options for patrons looking for a meal without having to dine-in if they do not feel safe. It is backed up by a QSR Magazine report showing off-premises sales remain 15 percentage points higher at the end of 2020 than it was earlier in the year before the pandemic. Restaurants in larger, urban areas have also been able to lean on food delivery services like EatStreet and DoorDash for additional help, though neither service is available in Door or Kewaunee Counties. Culver’s in Sturgeon Bay had its dining room closed for long periods of time in 2020 and currently has no plans to reopen it in the immediate future. In the meantime, they have added a second drive-thru location and adopted the company’s “curdside pickup” feature. Owner Austin Hildebrand says it has been important to find ways to keep their customers happy and their team members employed.

Hildebrand is thankful for the drive-through options as he understands not all restaurants are lucky enough to be in that situation to serve their customers.

Crossroads gets new ventilation system

Although the Collins Learning Center located within Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay has been closed to the public since the beginning of the pandemic, it is getting a powerful ventilation system upgrade.  Program Director and Naturalist Coggin Herringa notes that three new industrial-strength furnaces, equipped with UV lights and filters, were installed earlier this month with a new air conditioning system planned for spring.  She says the organization followed research about virus spread and took into account a robust air exchange system that would improve indoor guests and staff safety.

 

 

The Tom and Marsha Kerley Fund of the Door County Community Foundation, the Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Foundation, and the Raibrook Foundation provided the project's necessary funding.  Herringa says Crossroads at Big Creek will follow public health officials' recommendations in deciding when the doors to the Collins Learning Center will be open for lectures and gatherings.

 

 

This weekend at Crossroads at Big Creek:

 

Saturday, January 23

10:00-12:00 noon  and 2:00-4:00

Wildflower Seed Give-Away

The Door County Seed Library in partnership with Wild Ones of the Door Peninsula and Crossroads at Big Creek will be giving away free wildflowers seeds, plus informational materials and seed catalogs.  Free and open to the public.  Masks required.  Tables will be set up on the porch of the Collins Learning Center at Crossroads at Big Creek  2041 Michigan St. Sturgeon Bay.

Recoveries outpace new COVD-19 cases Friday

Door County saw recoveries outnumber positive cases of COVID-19 on Friday.  Door County Public Health reported just six new coronavirus cases with 12 recoveries and active cases decreasing by six to 280.   No deaths or hospitalizations were reported in Door County on Friday.
 
Kewaunee County Public Health reported its 2,400th positive test for COVID-19 as 14 more positive tests were confirmed.   The number of active cases in Kewaunee County went up three to 90 with 11 new recoveries noted.   The hospitalizations in Kewaunee County remained at four, and no additional deaths were reported.

On the day that Wisconsin surpassed 500,000 COVID-19 recoveries, the Department of Health Services announced 2,177 more positive test results with 91 additional hospitalizations and 36 new coronavirus deaths. 

 

 

 

Short-term rental ordinance moves forward in Sevastopol

An ordinance on short-term rentals in Sevastopol took another step forward Thursday evening.  The Town of Sevastopol Plan Commission approved a draft of the Short-Term Rental of Residential Dwelling Ordinance at its meeting on Thursday evening.  The draft will now go before the Town Board of Supervisors on February 15 for review.  Plan Commission Chair Linda Wait explains the purpose behind the proposed ordinance.

 

 

The regulation would require rental owners to obtain a short-term rental license through the State of Wisconsin and the Door County Tourism Zone Commission.  According to Wait, the initial short-term rental application fee would be $500 to pay for administrative and monitoring costs.  A “short-term rental” is classified as any stay of 30 days or less, and the drafted ordinance would require a minimum of a six-nights.  Wait adds that a public hearing would be scheduled sometime in spring to give residents a chance to voice their opinion.  You can read the proposed draft of the ordinance here.

 

 

 

(submitted photo)

Casco to host first threshery

The Town of Casco will be the site of another opportunity for Door and Kewaunee counties to see how agriculture used to be done in the area.  Located between County C and County E on Crevice Road, the first annual Casco Threshery will focus on Massey Ferguson and Massy Harris tractors. The event will also have a tractor pull, threshing and sawmill demonstrations, and a car show. Organizer Luke Michalski says he has always been interested in preserving the area’s local farming culture. He hopes people come to learn and have a little fun.

Michalski says he has received a lot of early support for the 1st annual Casco Threshery is scheduled to take place August 27th-29th. Pending pandemic precautions, antique agriculture enthusiasts will also be able to look forward to Agricultural Heritage Days in Luxemburg on September 25th and 26th and the Valmy Thresheree during the third full weekend of August.

 

Picture courtesy of Luke Michalski

Washington Island School ready to get back

Monday will mark the first day of in-person learning for Washington Island School in over a month. The school has been in remote learning since the beginning of 2021 because of a rise in COVID-19 cases on the island during that time period. It came at a time of excitement inside the building as its academic decathlon team had success and it captured honorable mention status in this year’s Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest. Principal Michelle Kanipes says all-school virtual learning was not what anyone wanted, but she commended students and staff for making the necessary adjustments to make it work until they could come back to school.

The Washington Island School Board will meet on Monday to discuss a number of items, including the possible approval of a resolution authorizing the school district budget to exceed the revenue limit. The virtual meeting begins at 6 p.m.

 

Picture from Washington Island School District

Over 3,500 residents on DCMC vaccine waiting list

You were not alone in Door County if you tried to get your spot in line for a COVID-19 vaccine this week. Door County Medical Center Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jim Heise said during its regular joint Facebook Live session with Door County Public Health on Thursday that over 3,500 people signed up to get their first doses of the vaccine since they opened up registration earlier this week. It is expected to take a while to work through the list. Door County Medical Center can handle approximately 500 vaccinations per week while Door County Public Health Department can do around 700. Those numbers could grow to as much as 1,000 once they start administering second doses. People wishing to get vaccinated will be contacted directly once their application is received and it is time for them to get the shot. Heise reminded viewers that this is one of the first times in the country’s history that there has been such a vaccination effort.

Even more people could be eligible next week when the Department of Health Services is expected to decide if the current phase should be expanded. In addition to those over the age of 65, teachers, daycare workers, public transit workers, food chain employees, utility workers, mink farmers, and select people could also get vaccinated if a proposal made by the State Disaster Medical Advisory Committee is approved. The Wisconsin State Journal says that would make nearly half of the adult population of Wisconsin eligible for the vaccine, even though there is not currently enough on hand to vaccinate everyone.

 

 

Friends of the Forestville Dam sues Door County

An opposition group against the drawdown of the Forestville Dam filed suit against Door County this week.  According to a statement released by the Friends of the Forestville Dam, the lawsuit is related to the temporary drawdown that began in November of 2019.  Members of the Friends of the Forestville Dam were opposed to the drawdown, when the Door County Board approved of the measure, citing concerns that the procedure would not be effective.  The lawsuit seeks an injunctive relief requiring Door County to cease the drawdown and maintain the water levels traditionally enjoyed and relied upon.  The Door County Board approved the drawdown two years ago as a way to improve the overall health and water quality within the Millpond.  The temporary lowering of the pond levels, by opening the gate at the Forestville dam on the Ahnapee River, is scheduled to be completed by September 1.

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