Forcing insulin prices down

Senator Dave Hansen hopes Wisconsin follows Colorado’s lead when it comes to keeping insulin affordable for its users. According to a 2016 medical journal piece, insulin prices have nearly tripled since 2002. As a result, one in four insulin users have asked their doctors for cheaper medication or have tried to ration their supply to get by. A Democratic-led bill would follow in the footsteps of a law passed in Colorado earlier this year capping the price at $100 a month. Senator Hansen says for some, it is the matter of life or death.

The Green Bay lawmaker has also reintroduced a revised bill to allow college students to refinance their debt and allow people with bad or no pension program to buy into the state’s. In both cases, he says Republicans need to sign on for them to have a chance of passing.

Tentative contract between Door County and EMTs

A tentative three-year contract between Door County and Door County Emergency Services is on its way to the Board of Supervisors.  The county's Joint Negotiating Committee and Administrative Committee approved the deal with International Association of Fire Fighters Local 4982.  County Administrator Ken Pabich says the tentative pact provides a modest pay increase for EMTs and allows the county to better track overtime costs.


If approved by the board of supervisors next week, the pay increase will be retroactive to January 1st.

Door County concierge for babies

You can leave the strollers and pack-and-plays at home the next time you have infant travelers coming to Door County. BabyQuip connects with local residents to form the country’s largest baby gear rental service with everything from cribs, booster seats, and other items too cumbersome to pack for a visit to the area. Carrie Tjernagel and her cousin Renee Sauer are the local baby concierges for Door County, handling the delivery, set-up, and pick-up for the items. Tjernagel says it is a trend that is picking up nationally.

Services catering to parents with young kids like BabyQuip could grow even more popular as millennial families are touring places together in record numbers according to the Family Travel Association.

Agronomists struggle with advice

The effects of tough grain markets and fickle weather have made life tough for agronomists like Rio Creek Feed Mill’s Adam Barta. Farmers got a late start to planting this year, with some crops no less than two weeks off of last year’s pace. That is coupled with prices for wheat and corn taking a hit last week due to a higher than anticipated supply of the crops despite the rain making some fields unplantable. Barta says it has been tough recommending ways to make the numbers work, especially for dairy farmers dealing with deflated milk prices.

Despite the challenges, Barta says the season is still going well thanks to some recent warmer weather. He also hopes the late-season frost that can come in stays away for as long as it can. 


Sturgeon Bay physician narrowly approved to ethics committee

Dr. Joan Wake was appointed to the newly-formed city ethics committee Tuesday by a vote of four to three. Wake’s appointment was opposed by council members David Hayes, Kelly Avenson and Seth Wiederanders. Hayes cited Wake’s involvement appealing the ordinary high water mark ruling on the westside waterfront. 

 Council member Kirsten Reeths suggested Wake’s appointment be put on hold until the ordinary high water mark ruling appeal is completed. Wake was nominated for the position by Mayor David Ward.

Suicide prevention walk provides education and HOPE

A local organization will be hosting a walk to remind the community of the struggles that come with suicide and suicide prevention. According to the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention suicide is the 10th leading cause of the death in the U.S. but even with it being one of the leading causes of death not much is talked about it. To have more known about suicide and suicide prevention Prevent Suicide Door County - Nathan Wilson Coalition is holding their 4th Annual Walk for HOPE on September 7th at Martin Park. The organization started the event as a way to educate the community on the signs and risks that go along with people who are considering suicide. Board of director’s member Monica Nelson says the name of the event is meant to be a reminder.



The Walk for HOPE is open to the public and will begin at 5 P.M. There will be counselors at the event for anyone who would like to speak with one and there will also be the opportunity to purchase a t-shirt for $10 with the proceeds going towards the organization’s educational endeavors. If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide the Door County Crisis/Suicide Intervention 24/7 Hotline is (920) 746-2588 and the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is (800) 273-8255.

Healthy Way Market gets city financing

A Sturgeon Bay health food store is getting a $250,000 loan to expand at a new location on Third Avenue. Healthy Way Market will move into a now-empty building at 142 S. Third Avenue.

The money comes from a revolving loan fund. Owner Adam Goettelman told city council members Tuesday he hopes to hire an additional twenty-five to thirty employees.


The interest rate is 4% for a five-year term amortized over twenty-five years.
Goettelman will make interest payments only until June 1, 2020.

Wisconsin Governors found Door County escapes

Although Jacksonport is a small town, it can claim to have three governors of Wisconsin who still have strong family roots to Door County.  The Jacksonport Historical Society is hosting a special program next month that features members of the Reynolds, Lucey and Doyle families sharing memories of their times in Jacksonport.  Paul Lucey, the son of the late Governor Pat Lucey will be one of four presenters.  He says the family has been coming up every year to their Jacksonport cottage in the summers since 1957.



Lucey will be a panelist along with Molly Reynolds and her first cousin Kay Noel and Governor Jim Doyle’s sister, Catey Doyle.  The “Jacksonport:  Great Escape for Governors and Their Families” program will be held at the Jacksonport Town Hall starting at 7 pm on Thursday, September 12.  


Pantry growing as need stays high

When families struggle to afford the necessities in life, a local organization is stepping up big time.  With the help of additional volunteers, the Kewaunee County Food Pantry is positively impacting over 150 families a month, according to President Ken Marquardt.  He explains the amount of support the organization is providing for families in need every month.


Marquardt adds that the pantry recently expanded hours and is open on the third Wednesday of the month from 4:30 until 7 pm besides Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 until 1. The Kewaunee County Food Pantry is holding their annual Fall Rummage and Bake Sale this weekend from 8 am until 6 pm through Saturday. 



Stuck campaigns in Door County

8th District Congressional candidate Amanda Stuck was in Door County campaigning on Thursday.  Stuck was in Sturgeon Bay for the annual Potluck Picnic held by the Door County Democratic Party.  In an interview with, Stuck shared the issues that are being brought up to her consistently on the campaign trail.


State Rep. Stuck announced her candidacy last month and is currently serving in the State Assembly for the Fox Cities in District 57.  She will face the incumbent, Republican Mike Gallagher, in the 2020 election.  You can listen to the entire interview with Amanda Stuck below.





Bill makes birth control easier to get

Sturgeon Bay Republican state Representative Joel Kitchens hopes a bill he introduced earlier this year helps curb unplanned pregnancies. Under the bill, pharmacists would be able to prescribe birth control pills, something that currently needs a doctor’s approval. Rep. Kitchens understands the opposition many social conservatives may have with the idea, but he says it could potentially save the state money down the road.

The bill received a hearing last week and picked up several Republican co-sponsors, including Assembly Speaker Robin Vos. Rep. Kitchens hopes the bill receives a vote later this fall. 

Pot penalty shrinks in Sturgeon Bay

The Sturgeon Bay city council voted Tuesday to eliminate a fine for possession of marijuana on private property and to make penalties for possession on public property the same as those for open intoxicants.

Council member Seth Wiederanders has been a proponent of decriminalizing marijuana possession since being elected.

Sturgeon Bay voters narrowly approved an advisory referendum in April supporting recreational use of marijuana. The vote to approve medicinal use was passed overwhelmingly.

Gary Nault was the only council member to vote against the resolution.


For the reductions to become effective a majority of city council members at  two consecutive meetings must now approve the changes.


Picture courtesy of the City of Sturgeon Bay

Vehicle ordinance gets tweaked

Kewaunee County is one meeting away from allowing some new vehicles on area roadways. The first reading of the Chapter 25 All-Terrain Vehicles and Snowmobile ordinance passed the Kewaunee County Board on Tuesday night with one minor change. Under the proposed ordinance, ATV and UTV riders would need to carry liability insurance with them if they were going to be using county roadways. Kewaunee County Board Chairperson Robert Weidner says it comes down to safety.

The ordinance would become law if the Kewaunee County Board approves it again at their September meeting. Weidner says communities that have already passed ATV/UTV ordinances would be able to amend theirs to fit the county standards.

CPR program exceeding expectations

The success of its CPR education program continues to boggle the mind of Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Department Chief Chris Hecht. When the department decided to host the course a few years ago, they set a benchmark of four classes held a year to consider the program a success. In June alone the department offered seven different classes. Hecht says local businesses and the community as a whole are buying into the importance of knowing CPR.

Upcoming class dates are September 19th and October 17th, but larger groups can also request their own scheduled time. The $30 fee covers books, materials, and CPR masks to earn the two-year certification.

4-H keeps dog tails wagging

Dogs got treats and Kewaunee County 4-H members got ribbons at a recent state dog show. The Kewaunee County 4-H Dog Project combined to bring home seven first-place medals and several top-five finishes at the Wisconsin 4-H State Agility Show held in Middleton. 4-H Dog Project president and Casco Comet member Macey Ledvina brought home five such awards with her dogs Trixie and Denver.  Ledvina says there is a little more to preparing for a show with her dogs than there is for exhibiting other animals.

She hopes other kids with pets in Kewaunee County join her in the 4-H Dog Project, saying it is a great way to strengthen your connection with them. Ledvina and other project members are looking to next compete with their dogs at upcoming American Kennel Club events.


Photo by Lisa Cochart

Half Century Club celebrates reunion

If you graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School 50 or more years ago, you are invited to the Women’s Half Century Club luncheon coming up next month.  The 36th annual reunion is being hosted by the Class of 1967.  Julie Johnson Gebauer, one of this year’s organizers, says the oldest class represented this year is the Class of 1943 with three alumni coming as guests.  She says the afternoon is filled with reminiscing and nostalgia.



Gebauer says about 140 graduates participated in the last few years and this year’s class of 1969 attended at the current Sturgeon Bay High School location.  You can find more information about this year’s Women’s Half Century Club reunion below.


(PHOTO submitted)  The Class of 1967 is hosting the 36th Annual Women’s Half Century Reunion Luncheon this year.  Committee members from left to right include:
Front Row:  Sally Schlise, Sally Brotcke, Selene Gilbert, Julie Pinney
Back Row:  Judy Leonhardt, Suzanne Maddox, Julie Gebauer
Not Pictured:  Nancy Robillard, Kathy Anderson, Candy Daoust



Press Release
Women’s Half Century Club of Sturgeon Bay High School Luncheon

Women’s Half Century Club of Sturgeon Bay High School will meet for a luncheon on September 6, 2019.  The women will gather at 11:30 am, at the Lodge at Leathem Smith, 1640 Memorial Dr, Sturgeon Bay, WI.  The 36th Annual Reunion is open to all women who graduated or attended SBHS, 50 or more years ago.  Invitations are sent to those who attended the luncheon in the last two years and to all women graduates of the Class of 1969.
If any women graduates/attendees would like to attend or know of others who are not aware of this event, please share this information, or call Julie Gebauer, 920-743-7749.  Reservation payment is due by August 26, 2019, in the amount of $28.00, including tax and tip.
The luncheon-buffet menu, served at 12:30 pm includes salad and rolls, honey baked chicken, beef tips, garlic mashed potatoes, grilled vegetables, a vegetarian pasta option and slice of cherry pie with whipped topping.
If you have any questions, or if you would like to be included in future mailings, please call Julie.  This year’s event is hosted by the Class of 1967 committee.

Kewaunee County fills backpacks for kids

Over 15,000 donated school supplies were distributed to children last week at the annual Back to School Program in Kewaunee.  The event, organized by the Kewaunee County Public Health Department, saw about 300 kids pick up needed school supplies at Lakehaven Hall.  Director Cindy Kinnard says the community support continues to grow by leaps and bounds each year.



Kinnard adds that one person unanimously donated more than $1,000 worth of supplies as well as a couple who collected supplies at their wedding and shopped for more items with their wedding gift money.  


Milwaukee e-scooters problem unlikely in Door County

E-scooters, like e-bikes, are becoming more popular and are also creating more problems but are not as likely in Door County. The scooters are available at docking stations in big cities and can be rented out just like an e-bike. In Milwaukee, three tourists reportedly rode e-scooters onto the very busy Interstate 94 causing a dangerous situation. Sahs Auto Collision and Service Center owner and frequent bicyclist Randy Sahs says while the e-scooters could work in some areas of Door County he believes the roads here are too rough for the tiny vehicles.



Sahs adds that e-bikes would work better in Door County as they can be operated by both electricity and peddles which makes them safer and more efficient.

Washington Island hosts premier culinary event Saturday

The 8th annual Death's Door BBQ ignites on Saturday on Washington Island. The event is a rare "double header" featuring a private competition the night before for vendors and judges already on the island. Once the public hits the grounds on the 24th, the barbecue train takes them straight to the food. Each vendor prepares chicken, pork ribs, pork and beef brisket. The meat is turned in as Saturday afternoon progresses for evaluation by Kansas City Barbecue Society certified judges. There are 30 vendors this year, which Chairman Dick Jepsen says is right in the normal range:


Jeff Vanderlinde of Shiggin' and Grinnin' Restaurant says he has come to Death's Door BBQ three times now and returns because of the great hospitality. He says Washington Island thinks it's a treat to host the participants, but really it is the participants receiving the treat.


Powell named new director at Northern Door YMCA

The Northern Door YMCA in Fish Creek has a new executive director.  Tyler Powell was promoted to his new position on Monday after serving as the youth director at the Sturgeon Bay YMCA.  Powell’s father Dan was the previous Executive Director at the main YMCA location in Sturgeon Bay when Tyler was still in college.  He says following his father’s footsteps could not have worked out any better.



The 32-year-old Powell grew up in Janesville and graduated from Luther College in 2013 before attending law school.  While he attended school Powell worked in the YMCA aquatic department for five years.  He says he has no regrets in not pursuing his law career and loves working for the non-profit organization.  


(photo submitted)


Grant moves Dunes Lake restoration forward

Restoration of Dunes Lake in the Town of Sevastopol will be half-way to completion with help from a Wisconsin Coastal Management Program grant.  Some restoration work on the 48-acre lake has already been completed. The $100,000 grant will fund Phase II of dredging needed to help restore waterfowl and fish habitat.  Greg Coulthurst, with the Door County Soil and Water Conservation Department, says the grant will allow them to build on past successes.



Coulthurst says the total cost of restoring Dunes Lake is expected to run about $1.2-million.  The lake is home to threatened or endangered bird species like the osprey, the Caspian tern and the grey egret.

Fundraising on target for Pebble Beach

Fundraising to buy Pebble Beach between Ephraim and  Sister Bay is picking up momentum through local and federal fundraising.  The 600-foot beach and 17-acres of adjoining land are being purchased for $2.5-million dollars.  Sister Bay Village President Dave Lineau met with Wisconsin Department of Administration officials who informed him that local fundraising efforts will get a big boost in the form of a federal grant.



Lineau believes the Pebble Beach purchase will close well before the September 30th deadline.  He also expects an additional grant to come from the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund after the purchase. Those funds will go toward repaying the loan through the Village of Sister Bay.

Affordable housing beats ballpark

Sturgeon Bay city council members voted to move forward on a 40-unit apartment complex located in part on what is now the west side ball field Tuesday.


Council members debated the importance of affordable housing versus a ball field many in the community support preserving.


Northpoint Development of Oshkosh has proposed turning the west side school into ten apartment units and constructing a thirty-unit addition on what is now the ball field. The 30-unit addition would be affordable housing. The ten units in the former school building would be rented at market rates.


Carl Brindenhagen told council members that losing the west side field will mean the end of softball in Sturgeon Bay.



Mayor David Ward predicted that if the resolution supporting Northpoint Development is not approved the school will be torn down.


The vote to move forward in support of the Northpoint Development project passed by a vote of five to two with council members Kirsten Reeths and Gary Nault voting in opposition.

Micro-surfacing of streets begins this week

The City of Sturgeon Bay will be resurfacing streets this week with a micro-surfacing mixture that efficiently extends the life of asphalt pavements.  Five stretches of roadway in Sturgeon Bay will be closed to traffic and parking this week as work is completed.  City Engineer Chad Shefchick explains what the new resurfacing means to the streets.



Shefchik says the streets are only closed for two hours to allow the mixture to dry.  He adds that the resurfacing does not serve as repairing or repaving of roadways.  You can find the list of streets that will be closed for micro-surfacing this week below.



N 7th Ave – from Jefferson Street to Louisiana Street
N 5th Ave – from Jefferson Street to Michigan Street
S Hudson Ave – from W Pine Street to W Spruce Place
S 10th Ave – from Michigan Street to Superior Street
Rhode Island Street – from S 8th Ave to S 12th Ave

Door County gets three Wisconsin coastal grants

Wisconsin Department of Administration Secretary Joel Brennan was at Pinney County Park Tuesday afternoon to announce three coastal grants to county government programs. Brennan handed two checks to the Door County Soil and Water Conservation Department: $100,000 for the Dunes Lake Restoration Phase II project and roughly $46,700 for integrated invasive species education and outreach. The Facilities and Parks Department got $104,636 for the Door Bluff Headlands Hidding Acquisition project. The Wisconsin Coastal Management Program gives out $1.6 million annually. Door County got about a fifth of that Tuesday. 

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