Human trafficking impact part of local presentation

Human trafficking is the subject of a presentation put on by the Kewaunee Rotary Club to highlight the issue in Wisconsin. The presentation will be on Thursday at 12:30 PM at The Grove in Kewaunee. Dawn Heath will be the presenter. She is the founder and president of Join the Movement Events, an organization that aims to stop human trafficking. A big topic Heath will be talking about is how human traffickers use social media to find their next victims. Heath says human trafficking is a major issue in Wisconsin.



The presentation is free and open to the public.

Local stores passed the test

Stores that sell tobacco in Kewaunee County were tested on Saturday. Six stores throughout the county were tested to see if they would check an I.D of a minor before the purchase of tobacco could be made. Kewaunee County Sheriff, Matt Joski, was pleased to hear that all six stores checked the I.D and refused to sell tobacco products to the minor. Joski explained that the program is ran by the Wisconsin Win Initiative and that results are then shown to local law enforcement. Joski made it clear that although the sale of tobacco products to youth has gone down, law enforcement still has to be on their toes. It was also mentioned that the goal of the initiative is to help direct minors towards a non-tobacco addicted lifestyle. 



If a minor is to be caught purchasing or in possession of tobacco products Joksi says that a citation could be given. He said that in the state of Wisconsin it is a violation for a minor to use or possess tobacco. The whole initiative was pleased with the results from this years test and they believe they were better than years past.

Heritage Village event looks at the realities of restoring historic buildings

Some Door County men who've bought and restored historic buildings in Door County will share their restoration realities with people who dream of doing the same thing.  White Lace Inn owner Dennis Statz and architect Henry Isaksen will host a “Restoration Roundtable” at the Heritage Village at Big Creek June 29th.   The open discussion is designed to answer questions from those attending.  Isaksen says anyone who buys a historic property and wants to put on an addition matching the time period should learn that honesty is the best policy, especially if their plan is to eventually sell it.



While the goal of restoration is to keep a property as true to its original construction as possible, buyers need to consider utility upgrades as a natural progression for the structure.  Dennis Statz also says when budgeting for the project expect the unexpected.



The “Restoration Roundtable” will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, June 29th at Heritage Village at Big Creek on Michigan Street in Sturgeon Bay.

Summer hearing protection just as important as sun protection

An area audiologist recommends hearing protection when using power tools for yard work, power boating on Lake Michigan, or attending summer concerts outdoors.  Studies show that sounds registering over 80 decibels can put people at risk of hearing loss.  Noise from landscaping equipment, fireworks and concerts can reach levels ranging from 90 to 140 decibels.  Dr. Cassandra Bedore, an audiologist with Prevea Health, says effective hearing protection can be simple and inexpensive.  She also recommends getting tested if you notice you have trouble understanding people nearby or you have pain in your ears.



Dr. Bedore says other ways to reduce risks of hearing loss include stepping away from loud locations after 15-minutes or so just to give your ears a break. 

App revealing Sturgeon Bay's history underfoot has new additions

An app that reveals some historic sidewalk stones around Sturgeon Bay is now offering a couple of more history lessons.  The Door County Historical Museum last year teamed up with website to create a smartphone app which lists 18 of Sturgeon Bay's sidewalk stones.  Street names at corners in the early 1900s were printed in the newly poured concrete sidewalks.  Some homeowners and businesses also paid to have their names put in concrete.  The app shares the history of those property owners and Assistant Curator Ginny Haen says two more stones now have stories to tell.


Haen says some historical sidewalk stones have been demolished while being replaced by new concrete.  She hopes property owners who don't want to keep the stones will let the museum know so they can preserve them.

Fr. Schmitt celebrating final mass as Sturgeon Bay pastor this Sunday

After 11 years as a pastor for two Door County parishes, Father Carl Schmitt will be leaving the Sturgeon Bay area to serve at the Holy Spirit Parish in Kimberly and Darboy starting on July 1.  Ordained as a priest in 2005, Fr. Schmitt was assigned to Corpus Christi Church and Holy Name of Mary Church in Maplewood in 2008 after being an associate pastor in Oshkosh for three years.  He shares what he will miss most about his time in Sturgeon Bay and his parishioners.



A celebration of Fr. Schmitt’s time in Sturgeon Bay will be held after the 10:30 mass this Sunday morning in Corpus Christi Social Hall.  Fr. Ryan Krueger who was at Good Shepherd Parish in Chilton will be the new pastor for Corpus Christi Parish and Holy Name of Mary Church in Maplewood.  


(photo courtesy of Corpus Christi Parish)

Bank of Luxemburg cites "positive impact" in claiming Best of Kewaunee County

Having a positive impact on the lives of its members is how the Bank of Luxemburg is measuring its success in the community.  President Tim Treml says it is also the reason the Bank of Luxemburg was voted the top financial institution in the recent Best of Kewaunee County poll earlier this month on  Treml gives an example of how the bank’s employees positively impact the lives of their customers.  [TREML] Treml says another big factor in accounting for the Bank of Luxemburg being recognized in the “Best of Kewaunee County” is the longevity of their employees and being an independent bank.  The Bank of Luxemburg has six branch locations in Kewaunee County as well as one in Green Bay and Sturgeon Bay.


Door County Board sends pay options back to committee

Two options on how the Door County Board of Supervisors will be paid in the future were discussed during Tuesday’s board meeting at the Door County Government Center.  The board is currently being compensated by per diem of $50 for the first meeting hour and then $25 per hour for every additional hour of meeting time.  The Administrative Committee has proposed another option of a traditional salary being $6,500 a year or the equivalent of $542 a month, according to Administrator Ken Pabich.  He says the discussion Tuesday was productive.



Pabich says either payment method will not impact the county’s budget one way or another.



The final proposal is expected to be voted on at the Door County Board of Supervisors meeting in August.  $$   


Ephraim off to strong start

Even with road construction slowing it down a little bit, the tourist season in Ephraim is off to a strong start. The village’s main corridor was virtually cut off for much of the spring due to extensive work on State Highway 42. Upon the end of its hard closure, visitors were welcomed to Ephraim with new wide sidewalks and hanging streetlights. Ephraim Tourism Coordinator Lane Methner says business and tourists alike have given the street improvements high marks.

Methner also believes some businesses are continuing to see the benefits of the village allowing some alcohol sales at restaurants after ridding itself of its title of the state’s last dry municipality in 2016.

Car-deer collisions keeping highway departments busy

You do not have to travel far in Door and Kewaunee Counties to see deer carcasses on the side of the road. Right now is the second highest period of activity for deer in the state as does look for places to give birth and fawns scramble to look for their mothers. Door County Highway Commissioner John Kolodziej says this has been a busy time like it is every year as crews remove deer during their four-day, 10-hour summer work week.

Kolodziej estimates the Door County Highway Department removes approximately 400 deer from area roadways every year.

Shopko leaves void in communities

Communities like Sister Bay and Kewaunee are now left with big storefronts after Shopko finished the last of its closings on Sunday. Only the optical side of the business will remain when the last racks are removed after Shopko sold off its pharmacy operations months ago. The city of Kewaunee and the Kewaunee County Economic Development Corporation has been working to find a new tenant for the former Shopko Hometown location since even before it closed in early May. Kewaunee County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Richard Baker says they are still trying to find the right fit.

Much like Sister Bay, Baker is happy Hometown Pharmacy will expand into the region with an opening date slated for some time in August.

Ephraim fire boat makes two rescues in 18 hours

UPDATE: According to photographer Tad Dukehart, the Ephraim Fire boat responded to its second incident Tuesday after a boat capsized near Egg Harbor. Ephraim Fire Chief Justin MacDonald has not yet responded to our call about this incident, but we will update as information becomes available.


The new Ephraim Fire Boat got its first action Monday evening when it rescued two kayakers off its shores. The Ephraim Fire Department responded to the pair 150 yards off shore near North Shore Road at approximately 7:30 p.m. One kayaker flipped its vessel and was in the water while the other was trying to do the rescuing ahead of emergency personnel. Ephraim Fire Chief Justin MacDonald says while the wind pushed them closer to shore, Monday’s rescue was a reminder to always check the forecast before your head out.

MacDonald says once the kayakers warmed up with help from Door County Emergency Services that they were released.

Jacksonport campground request on town board agenda

A Jacksonport resident wants to throw up a stop sign on plans affecting travel patterns near a campground currently slated for development.  The Jacksonport Town Board will weigh in on a proposed ordinance forbidding left-hand turns onto Bagnall Road from the campground being developed by the Lauritzen family. Local residents like Gay Pustaver have been fighting the campground since the town and county board approved the plans over the winter. Pustaver questions the ability to enforce the ordinance.

The Jacksonport Town Board will also discuss the sale of property on County Road T when it meets tonight at 7 p.m.

Bridge rebuild in Algoma starts in July

The City of Algoma is working on the infrastructure approaches to the 2nd Street Bridge in Algoma this week as demolition and rebuild of the bridge will start in July. Public Works Director Matt Murphy says Pfeiffer Brothers Construction from Neenah is the contractor for the bridge work which will close the stretch from Navarino Street to North Water Street for about four months.



Murphy says detours will be posted to take the Fourth Street Bridge and Highway 42 to the Door County line.  He adds that the second phase of the project will begin the third week of August.  Stormwater and wastewater relays are planned with newly installed street lights and sidewalks from Navarino Street south to the Steele Street intersection.  


Ephraim History Speaks series starts in July

A bit of Door County history will seem to come alive on Tuesday evenings in Ephraim during the month of July.  A free lecture series called “History Speaks” will be held on each Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm in the Ephraim Village Hall.  Emily Irwin, Ephraim Historical Foundation outreach director and curator, shares details of the series that begins next Tuesday, July 2.



The Ephraim Historical Foundation is also holding Schoolroom Lessons on Tuesdays in July.  Visitors can experience class in a one-room classroom at the Pioneer Schoolhouse Museum starting at 11 am.   




Media release: 


2019 Summer Programs at the 

Ephraim Historical Foundation



Summer brings a variety of free Ephraim Historical Foundation programs, including Sunday SingAlongs, History Speaks, Schoolroom Lessons and Child's Play.


Sunday SingAlongs: A local and visitor favorite, Sunday SingAlongs bring families and friends together in the Ephraim Village Hall (9996 Water Street) for an hour of music and song.  SingAlongs are held at 7:30 p.m. each Sunday beginning June 16 and continuing through July 14.


History Speaks: This free lecture series is held the first four Tuesdays in July at 7:30 p.m. in the Ephraim Village Hall (9996 Water Street).  Topics include:

July 2 - The Life of Simon Kahquados with Dave Lea

July 9 - Rock Island Insights with Richard Purinton

July 16 -? The Knudson House with Linda Carey

July 23 - An Evening with Jens Jensen by Roger Kuhns

Schoolroom Lessons: Visitors will experience class in a one-room schoolhouse during the 1920s and 1930s, complete with reading, writing and arithmetic.  This free program is open to all ages and will be held on Tuesdays, July 2-July 23.  Schoolroom Lessons begin promptly at 11 a.m. and last for 30 minutes in the Pioneer Schoolhouse Museum (9988 Moravia Street). Tardiness is not allowed!


Child's Play:  With a craft, a story, and a snack, Child's Play offers a fun and educational program for children ages 4-10. Space is limited for this free program, and registration is recommended online at or by calling (920) 854-9688. Child's Play is held in collaboration with the Door County Library, Ephraim Branch. The program runs from 10 - 11:15 a.m.  This year's dates, topics, and locations include: 

June 27 - Superheroes and Hometown Heroes with special guest, firefighter Mike McCutcheon - at the Anderson Barn Museum (3060 Anderson Lane)

July 11 - Animal Heroes with special guests, Therapy Dog Nellie Bly and Maggie Peterman at the Anderson Barn Museum (3060 Anderson Lane)

July 18 - Lighthouse Hero with special guest Sue Jarosh at the Pioneer Schoolhouse Museum (9988 Moravia Street)

July 25 - Birthday Party at the Anderson Barn Museum (3060 Anderson Lane)

While all Ephraim Historical Foundation programs are free, donations are greatly appreciated.  For more information, please contact Emily Irwin at or (920) 854-9688. 



Record 40 teams participate in "Queen For A Day" golf outing

Over 140 women participated in the 12th Annual Queen for a Day Golf Outing at Idlewild Golf Course on Monday afternoon.  A record 40 teams hit the links to enjoy a nine-hole scramble with a dinner after the round under a huge tent.  Committee member Barth Guilette explains what the day is all about. 



Guilette says the golf outing has raised about $350,000 over the past eleven years.  You can find video and photos from Monday’s event with this story below.








Door County Board looks at flat salary versus per diem

A relatively light agenda for the monthly Door County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday will focus on how board members will prefer to be paid for their service.  Currently, all representatives are getting a per diem of $50 for the first meeting hour and then $25 per hour for any additional hours including committee meetings.  Salary is being proposed at a flat $6,500 per year or the equivalent of  $542 a month. Door County Administrator Ken Pabich explains the two options that are being discussed. 



Pabich says he expects a decision to be made by the August meeting so anyone taking out papers in November will know how they will be compensated if they are elected.  He adds from an administrative standpoint it would be ultimately easier to do a salary rather than a per diem but neither would be overly burdensome. 


Egg Harbor Library sees rise in use

Credit the new facilities at the Kress Pavilion for an uptick in usage at the Egg Harbor Library. Circulation numbers in 2018 went up almost 48 percent from 2017 with over 23,500 items check out or renewed. The jump in the number of people visiting the library was even more, reaching more than 48,600 visitors in 2018 for a 137 percent increase over 2017. Village administrator Ryan Heise says the numbers prove the Kress Pavilion is being the building it always thought it could be.

Electronic access and connected devices at the Egg Harbor Library also saw triple-digit percentage increases over 2017 numbers in 2018. 

Manure digester plans to reach Lincoln Board

The Town of Lincoln Board could approve the plans for a renewable energy plant Kinnard Farms in Casco as soon as Tuesday night. The town’s plan commission has also already recommended the conditional use permit for its livestock siting ordinance be approved and it is likely it will give the thumbs up for Kinnard Farms to install four manure digesters and a gas compression plant. Similar to a project being done at Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy in Kewaunee, Kinnard Farms is working with DTE Energy to capture the methane to be used for lucrative alternative fuel markets in California. Plan Commission Chairperson Mick Sagrillo says the town’s residents are primarily concerned about a couple things when it comes to the proposed plant.

The plan commission held three public hearings in past weeks ahead of Tuesday’s meeting at the Lincoln Town Hall at 6 p.m. The Lincoln Town Board will convene immediately following the conclusion of the plan commission meeting.

Granary returns to west side

After a 15 month vacation approximately a half mile away, the Teweles and Brandeis grain elevator has returned to its home on the west side. The journey across the Maple/Oregon Street Bridge began at about 5:30 a.m. before arriving to the former Door County Cooperative property before 9 a.m. Shawn Fairchild of the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society says he is happy to see the granary make the trip back.

Christie Weber from the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society says there are still some steps to be taken before the granary can begin a more permanent residency.

Weber is hopeful the granary will be placed on a new foundation this fall. The pair of moves was partly funded by an anonymous donation to the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society for its restoration and future upkeep.



Krohn captures blue ribbon

When it comes to mozzarella, Agropur master cheesemaker Roger Krohn is the top of his class. His low moisture, part skim mozzarella edged out the fresh mozzarella from Waterloo-based Crave Brothers by just a tenth of a point with a score of 98.4. Krohn, who celebrated his 45th year at the Luxemburg plant earlier this year, explains how cheese entries can win by such razor-thin margins.

Krohn credits good quality milk from area farmers, great starter cultures from the Madison and Milwaukee, and experience for being able to win the mozzarella division. Agropur also had winning entries from its other Wisconsin plants in the mild cheddar, aged cheddar, and feta categories.



Weather has positive effects on golf courses

 The weather has been a hole in one for golf courses in Door County this season. Although not so great for golfers, the weather has helped improve golf course conditions during the rainy spring and early summer seasons. Jon Martell, owner and general manager at Cherry Hills Golf Course, believes that the weather has helped get his golf course in great shape. He thinks that although it has restricted golfers from getting out every day, the rain has helped make the course better to play on when golfers can play. Martell was willing to go as far as saying the course is in the best shape it has been for a long time. 


Location plays a big factor in how the course is able to handle water, according to Martell. Because the course is placed on a high point in the county, it is easier for it to dry off and handle the water. Cherry Hills Golf Course is open daily for play, even if weather thinks otherwise. 

Granary move closes bridge

UPDATE: The granary is now being prepared for its placement on the west side in a temporary spot while discussion on a final resting place is decided.




The encore of a once-in-a-lifetime event is forcing traffic through Sturgeon Bay to the Michigan Street Bridge and the Bayview Bridge Monday morning.


The Teweles and Brandeis grain elevator began its trek across the Maple/Oregon Street Bridge just after 5:30 a.m. with crews from DeVooght House Lifters and members of the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society assisting. 


The Maple/Oregon Street Bridge will be closed for much of the morning as the granary moves across the bridge to a temporary pad on the city's west side. 


We will have updates throughout the day posted on and our social media channels.



Educators and artists support legislation to report student arts participation

A bill approved by the Wisconsin State Assembly would require school districts to report the percentage of students involved in the arts.  Under Assembly Bill 67 that information would be part of a school district's annual accountability report card.  Sturgeon Bay School Superintendent Dan Tjernagel says arts participation is needed to give students a complete education.



Assembly Bill 67 is getting enthusiastic support from Door County's art community.  Mona Christensen, Executive Director of the Birch Creek Music Performance Center, says student involvement in the creative arts brings employees into the workplace with a better mindset for facing challenges.


Assembly Bill 67 was introduced by State Representative Joel Kitchens of Sturgeon Bay.  It's now being sent to the state senate. If passed there it would go on to Governor Tony Evers for approval.

Southern Door gets help updating gym equipment

Updates to gym equipment could be coming to Southern Door thanks to the Jandu Petroleum Pride Pumps. The physical education program was the recipient of May’s Pride Pump donation for Southern Door. Pete Claflin, PE teacher in the middle school and high school, says that donation will help update some of the gym equipment that needs to be replaced. 



The Pride Pump promotion is a joint effort of Jandu Petroleum and The promotion raised over $11,000 for Door and Kewaunee County school districts for the 2018-2019 school year.

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