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Brussels readies for 61st annual Belgian Days

You can enjoy a tradition that goes back six decades this weekend at the Town Park in Brussels. The 61st Annual Belgian Days will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Brussels Lions Club Secretary Penny Wautier says the weekend will start with a free concert by Boogie and the YoYo’z and the beginning of a youth baseball tournament.

 

 

Other events throughout the weekend include the Belgian Days Run/Walk on Saturday and the parade on Sunday at 10:30 am. Through the money raised from the event, Wautier says the Brussels Lions Club has been able to purchase and install over $40,000 of playground equipment at the Town Park. The Brussels Lions Club has served 11,530 people through 88 service activities in the past year, with over 2700 volunteer hours donated. You can find more information on the Belgian Days celebration here.   

Sturgeon Bay settles with Wal-Mart, gives raises to Community Service Officers

The Sturgeon Bay Common Council moved on a couple of recommendations from the Personnel Committee on Tuesday evening while also ending the City’s legal battle with Wal-Mart. 


The City moved on a recommendation to have Community Service Officers receive an immediate increase in wage ranges from $17-$19 per hour, with no budget impact for 2022 since hours will be adjusted accordingly.  


The Council then voted unanimously in favor of an agreement between the City and the Sturgeon Bay Professional Police Association Local 449 and Wisconsin Professional Police Association/LEER Division Local 449.  A Memorandum of Understanding on lateral entry consideration was also approved by the City, allowing the police chief to slot personnel to open positions considered lateral moves.

The Sturgeon Bay Common Council then went into a closed session to discuss a proposed mediated agreement with Wal-Mart, which was suing the City in Door County Circuit Court, contesting the 2021 property assessment in which Wal-Mart paid over $135,000 in property taxes.  After 30 minutes of closed session discussion and reconvening in open session, the City voted to approve the Wal-Mart Property Assessment Settlement, which will assess 2021 at $60 per square foot and $57 in 2022.   City Administrator Josh VanLieshout told Door County Daily News that Wal-Mart initially sought $38 per square foot, with the City at $66 per square foot.


Before the business meeting, the Door County YMCA gave a presentation update on the Capital Campaign and Building Addition that is expected to begin construction later this summer and total $9.9 million.


Missing Casco boy found safe

The Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department thanks you for your help locating a Casco teenager Tuesday. Fifteen-year-old Adrien J. Hockenstock was reported missing after leaving his Casco home on his bike on July 4th at 2:30 p.m. He was located at a nearby residence about an hour after the Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department issued the runaway juvenile alert early Tuesday afternoon. 

COVID cancels upcoming Northern Sky Theater performances

Saturday will be the next chance you will be able to catch the musical stylings of Northern Sky Theater. The Fish Creek-based performing arts organization alerted visitors on July 4th that it would be forced to cancel its performances at its outdoor Peninsula State Park amphitheater and indoor Gould Theater due to multiple cases of COVID-19 within the company. Holly Feldman from Northern Sky Theater says the affected members are doing fine, but they are bummed they are not able to perform.

Northern Sky Theater is contacting those who may have tickets for the canceled shows this week. Ticket holders will be able to pick another date this season, receive a voucher for a future show, get a full refund, or donate the value of the ticket to Northern Sky Theater. Regular programming is expected to return to Peninsula State Park with “Fishing for the Moon” on July 9th and to the Gould Theater on July 11th featuring “Dad’s Season Tickets.” 


Better safe than sorry during busy holiday weekend

The sight of sirens and emergency personnel was likely a common one if you visited Door County this past weekend.

 

According to Door County Dispatch records, 237 incidents were reported from July 1st to 7 a.m. July 5th. 

Nearly 20 of those calls were related to fireworks being shot off. Gibraltar Fire and Rescue responded to two fires during the weekend. The first occurred on Friday when a plug connected to a touring bus at the Door Community Auditorium shorted out. The second was a small grass fire on Sunday that got away from the homeowner who was on the scene with a limited amount of water with him at the time. In both cases, Gibraltar Fire Chief Andy Bertges says he appreciated the fact that they were called before things got out of hand.

Emergency personnel also responded to three water rescue calls over the weekend in Egg Harbor, Liberty Grove, and Baileys Harbor. Baileys Harbor Fire Chief Brian Zak and Egg Harbor Fire Chief Justin MacDonald could not be reached for comment on their towns’ incidents. Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Chief Chris Hecht said the water rescue call they had near Sand Bay Lane was more of a miscommunication among family members than an emergency. He did add that it brought up the importance of having a float plan and a way to communicate with friends and family if you are going to be out on the water.

Door and Kewaunee counties remain at low COVID community level

Door and Kewaunee counties received a much more positive outlook regarding their COVID-19 levels on Tuesday.

 

In Door County, 66 of the 136 total tests for COVID-19 came back positive. While that accounts for almost half of the total tests reported, it did not result in additional hospitalizations or deaths.

 

Last week, the report showed one death and four hospitalizations. Kewaunee County officials shared their COVID-19 for the first time in a few weeks before the holiday weekend. They received only 22 new cases over the previous seven days with no new deaths or hospitalizations.

 

The lack of deaths and hospitalizations kept Door and Kewaunee counties as two of the 52 counties in the low community level. By comparison, two counties are at the high level and 18 are at the medium level.

 

As of July 1st, the seven-day average for new COVID-19 cases was 1,377, 87 less than what it was the week before at the same time.

 

Door County COVID-19 Case Counts - July 5, 2022 

Updated weekly on Monday when data available from the state. Case counts do NOT  include any at home testing results.  
Total Tests: 30,407 (+136)
Positive: 7,104 (+66)
Probable: 401
Negative: 22,902 (+70)
Hospitalizations: 250
Deaths: 62 
*Data regarding deaths may be delayed due to processing of medical reports at the state level. To see the timeline of when deaths occurred in Door County, follow the link below and use the filter to select Door.
https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/county.htm

 

 

Sturgeon Bay cancels fireworks, three others reschedule for tonight

Just because it will not be the Fourth of July does not mean you will not be able to catch fireworks to celebrate Independence Day. Rainy weather wrecked fireworks displays across northeast Wisconsin, including Door County.

 

Communities like Baileys Harbor, Gills Rock, and Washington Island waited as long as they could before eventually deciding to postpone their fireworks shows. All three will host theirs at the same time, but just a day later, on July 5th.

 

In Washington Island’s case, they will still hold its bike parade at 8:15 p.m. leading up to the display at the Washington Island ballfield.

 

Sturgeon Bay pulled the plug earlier on July 4th, canceling the Sturgeon Bay Celebrates event and fireworks show. Those fireworks will not go to waste, as they plan to use them as a part of the city’s Maritime Week festivities.

 

Picture courtesy of Destination Sturgeon Bay

Fourth of July parades line the streets of the peninsula

On the Fourth of July, you could have seen people lined up along two of the main thoroughfares in Door County. The first parade occurred in Baileys Harbor for the first time since 2019. Attendees were already finding their spots along State Highway 57 well before the parade began at 10 am. Area veterans kicked off the procession, followed by a Door County Sheriff’s car and the Baileys Harbor, Ephriam and Southern Door fire departments. A line of colorful and American themed floats followed.  After the parade, many viewers made their way down to Egg Harbor, where the second parade of the day started at 1:30 pm. This celebration included a special viewing of the University of Wisconsin marching band. The Egg Harbor route ran south along State Highway 42.

 

Community joins together to celebrate Michigan Street's birthday

If you were wondering why people were on the Michigan Street bridge on the 4th of July, the answer is a 91st birthday celebration. The Bridge Walk event held by the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society takes place annually to celebrate the structure’s age and significance to the city. The Michigan Street Bridge was built as the first mode of crossing the Sturgeon Bay canal. This year, attendees gathered at Stone Harbor before heading over the bridge at noon to pay tribute to the bridge’s original dedication at noon on July 4th, 1931. The walk was led by Sturgeon Bay Historical Society board member Anni Lampert.

 

 

Sister Bay Kite Day event ready to take flight

You can see colorful kites take to the sky this month in Sister Bay. This day will be filled with family fun outdoors. Sister Bay will be hosting the Wisconsin Kiters club at this event, where they will be flying their display kites and answering questions you may have about kiting. There will also be free kite-making kits for the first 100 kids who attend. This event will take place at the Sister Bay Sports Complex from 10 am until 3 pm on July 16th. Admission is free to all who would like to attend and participate. Kite flying will be dependent on weather conditions, and the village will be posting updates on the day of the event here.

"Touch of the World" brings Asia to Sturgeon Bay

A new retail store in Sturgeon Bay with a long history of handcrafted imports from around the world opened this past weekend in Sturgeon Bay. A Touch of the World is a retail shop with a history of 47 years. Owner Marty Biebel first brought back treasures from the Himalayan Mountains after climbing Mount Everest in 1975. He shares some of the unique items he has brought back from Southeast Asia over his yearly visits.

 

 

Biebel recently closed the Fish Creek business location after 27 years and simultaneously operated seven stores in the Green Bay, Appleton and Wausau areas before that. He hopes visitors and customers will appreciate the different cultures that are reflected in his one-of-a-kind inventory. Touch of the World is located at 823 Egg Harbor Road and is open daily from 9 am until 9 pm.

Door County reacquaints itself with dairy at annual breakfast

Thousands came to Cherryland Dairy in Sturgeon Bay for a plateful of pancakes, eggs, and Door County staples, but it meant so much more to Sevastopol FFA members and alumni. It was the first time the Sevastopol FFA was able to host the event since 2019 because of COVID-19 concerns. It has been since 2018 when it was last held on a working farm since the Valmy Thresheree grounds hosted the 2019 event. For Brittney Larsen of Ephraim and her kids Argo, Agnes, Kiel, and Fredde, seeing the animals and hopping on farm equipment were highlights.


For Sevastopol FFA Advisor Dale Carlson, the event means the organization will be able to fund some of the activities they like to do during the year and scholarships for future graduates.


Carlson thanked all of the visitors and the over 200 volunteers for their support of this year's event. Cherryland Dairy also raises pigs, collects sap for maple syrup, and cuts wood for its sawmill.

 

 

 

Holiday blood donations needed this time of year

You have a chance to help area doctors and patients by donating blood near the holiday weekend. It is known that the American Red Cross sees a decline in the amount of blood supply available during the holiday seasons. Justin Kern with the American Red Cross explains why this decline happens.

 

 

Kern urges you to take this opportunity to donate blood, whether you are a long-time donor or a first-timer. Because of the shelf-life of blood, having donations throughout July will help keep the shelves stocked in case of an emergency. There are several donation opportunities during July in Door County.

 

Egg Harbor

7/22/2022: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Village of Egg Harbor Bertschinger Center, 7860 Hwy 42

 

Sister Bay

7/13/2022: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., First Baptist Church, 2622 S Bayshore Dr

 

Sturgeon Bay

7/5/2022: 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Bay View Lutheran Church, 340 W Maple St.

7/15/2022: 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., YMCA Door County, 1900 Michigan St.

 

Community Spotlight: Sara Miller

Without Sara Miller, you would not be enjoying the articles on our website as much as you might be right now.

 

Miller joined NEW Radio as a Kewaunee High School student as a part of the Ahnapee Youth Apprenticeship program. She contributed news articles virtually before transitioning to the office during the summer. She quickly picked up other tasks, including billing, traffic, and sales, in addition to news. Miller says she was nervous at first but quickly grew into the position that earned her respect from her peers at the office.

Miller says the biggest takeaway from her apprenticeship at NEW Radio were the basic life skills she learned, like time management and communication. She advises other students to take that first step and talk to their youth apprenticeship coordinator to see if an opportunity is right for them. Miller graduated from Kewaunee High School in May and will attend UW-Oshkosh this fall to study journalism.

 

Click here for our full interview with Sara Miller featuring the whole news team

Birch Creek welcomes symphony session

You will be able to catch the sounds of strings, winds, and brass walking through the campus of Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Egg Harbor over the next two weeks. Less than 12 hours after it said its final goodbyes to its percussion and steel band students, it began welcoming the first students for the symphony session. They will not have much time to get used to their surroundings as they open the season with the traditional Fourth of July concert before performing six more days over the next two weeks. It will be fast-moving for the students according to Birch Creek Music Performance Center Executive Director Mona Christenson.

As of this writing, there were still general admission tickets available for the Fourth of July concert on Monday. You can listen to our podcast with Christenson to learn more about the symphony session, which runs through July 16th.

Plans revealed for old Woldt's Corner location

The former Woldt’s Corner Pub property in Sturgeon Bay will be redeveloped into a three-tenant strip center.  Located on the corner of Highway 42/57 and Duluth Avenue, the Shoppes at Sturgeon Bay, will be a 5,600-square-foot building, will have national coffeehouse chain, a national mobile phone provider, and a Door County Medical Center clinic. According to Door County Medical Center CEO Brian Stephens, “We are very excited to provide services on the west side of Sturgeon Bay for the first time. This clinic will also be ideally located to serve visitors since every visitor who travels north of Sturgeon Bay passes through that intersection.” The developers, First & Main Properties, LLC and Illuminate Real Estate, LLC, are making efforts with local parties to preserve and move the Woldt’s Corner Pub building, as well as the six cottages behind the structure.  Construction of the new strip business center will start in late July with completion by the end of the year. 

Keep invasive species from spreading this summer

As you may be heading out on the water, it is important to avoid accidentally spreading invasive species. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources defines these species as “nonnative plants, animals and diseases that cause great ecological, environmental or economic harm.” We spoke with Jeanne Scherer, the Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist from the University of Wisconsin Madison Extension Program on the harm that invasive species can potentially cause.

 

 

In Door County there are stations located at Carmody and Pinney parks to help you clean off your boats, personal watercrafts and trailers. These are called CD3 stations and they are solar powered and equipped with the necessary tools to clean off your water vehicles. Simpler stations are also located at Chaudior and Murphy Parks. The Door County Invasive Species Team urges all water enthusiasts in Door County to be mindful of what you might be bringing to the dock and follow the proper procedures after coming in.  When you are out on your boat, personal watercraft or docking, there are a few tips from the DNR to help prevent invasive species from getting a hold. 

 

  • Inspect your boat, trailer and equipment
  • Remove all attached plants or animals
  • Drain all water from boats, motors, livewells and other equipment
  • Never move live fish away from a waterbody
  • Dispose of unwanted bait in the trash
  • Buy minnows from a Wisconsin bait dealer, and use leftover minnows only if you will be using them on that same waterbody or if no lake or river water or other fish were added to the container

 

Visit the DNR’s website on invasive species here.

 

Pilot OK after rough landing at Cherryland Airport

A pilot arriving at Door County Cherryland Airport in Nasewaupee Friday morning is doing fine after his airplane flipped while he was landing.

 

Southern Door Fire Chief Rich Olson said the wheels of the single-seat biplane clipped the outer edge of the paved runway, causing an uneven landing for the pilot. The plane skidded to a stop after flipping over and the pilot was able to walk away from the incident. He was outside of the plane when the first crews arrived.

 

Emergency personnel was able to treat the pilot for minor injuries, but he did not need to be transported. The plane was later removed to reopen the runway and to prevent further damage to the aircraft itself. 

Door and Kewaunee counties experiencing huge tourism growth

Both Door and Kewaunee counties have experienced considerable tourism growth in the last year and expectations are high for the remaining 2022 summer season.  Double-digit growth was experienced by all 72 counties in the state in 2021, according to the Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s economic impact data released in early June.  Kewaunee County Tourism Coordinator Jennifer Gonzalez says despite higher gas prices, there is optimism that 2022 will be a strong tourism year as well.

 

 

In Kewaunee County, Direct Visitor Spending increased over 25 percent to $27.7 million in 2021, while Door County saw a 39.1 percent increase netting $432 million last year.  You can see the “Tourism Impact” report by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism from Tourism Economics here

United Way of Door County adopts anti-racism statement

You will soon see the United Way of Door County become even more active in its quest to become more inclusive and welcoming. The United Way of Door County Board of Directors announced its adoption of an anti-racism statement on Thursday, recognizing its role in making its community “a place of inclusion and welcome for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) in a community that is overwhelmingly white.” The statement commits the organization to leverage its assets and work with its partners “to co-create solutions so that everyone has the resources, support, opportunities, and networks they need to thrive.” Executive Director Amy Kohnle says the statement is just the first step toward bigger plans in the future.

The United Way of Door County adopted its diversity statement last year and followed it up with participating in equity challenges with other United Ways across the state and contributing $7,775 to the County of Door to support their work in developing a “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan of Action.”

Sturgeon Bay welcomes cruise ship passengers

Not every day a cruise ship drops anchor in Sturgeon Bay, but that is exactly what happened Friday afternoon at Graham Park.

 

Approximately 130 passengers were on the Ocean Navigator when it sailed into Sturgeon Bay on its way from Green Bay. At least that many people were enjoying the sunshine and the scenery in Graham Park as they got to see the five-story cruise ship slide into the shore to dock for the day. Guests slowly filed off the ship to either walk around Sturgeon Bay or hop on a bus where they would then be driven to the Door County Maritime Museum and a winery.

Tourism officials greeted the passengers with a gift bag full of information and special offers to officially welcome them to the city. Destination Sturgeon Bay Executive Director Cameryn Ehlers-Kwaterski says it was a tremendous opportunity to show off the city and the county to dozens of people from across the country.

Guests coming off the five-floor cruise ship remarked how warm of a reception they received and how beautiful of an area it was compared to other spots where the boat docked earlier in the cruise. The guests were expected on board by 6 p.m. before they headed off to Muskegon, Mich.

 

 

Blessing of the Fleet in Algoma returns for the 5th year

This weekend you have the opportunity to see a parade of boats make their way out of the canal in Algoma to receive a blessing for the fifth year. The vessels will be led by a United States Coast Guard ship under a water fountain from one of the Algoma Fire Rescue trucks in a water salute. Pastor Brian Pursley from Lakeside Church in Algoma will perform a blessing on the ships for a safe and plentiful season. Pursley describes what the blessing will include this year.

 

 

You can join in to witness this event at the Algoma marina, where the ceremony will begin at 6:15 pm. If you own a vessel and want to receive the blessing, you can line up on the Ahnapee River near the marina at 6 pm. All boats and community members are invited to view and participate in this event.

 

Photo courtesy of Algoma Chamber of Commerce and Josh Kohanek

Four arrested in check cashing scheme

Three men from Georgia and another from Green Bay were arrested Thursday afternoon in Kewaunee County for trying to cash a fraudulent check.

 

The Bank of Luxemburg-Dyckesville Branch made the initial call to Kewaunee County Dispatch just before 2:30 p.m. about a man attempting to cash a fraudulent check. He was gone by the time law enforcement showed up, but bank employees called again when the man came back. He left again and was seen entering a sports utility vehicle parked on the road.

 

Members of the Kewaunee County Sheriff’s Department and Wisconsin State Patrol were able to find the vehicle and arrested Raymond D. Crowe, 63, of Green Bay, Laquentin Q. Kerbo of Hampton, Ga., Dennis D. Nelson of Atlanta, and Terrance L. Austin of Hampton, Ga. Crowe, Kerbo, Nelson, and Austin have all been under investigation for at least the last two weeks as they have attempted these acts before.  All four have charges related to fraudulent check writing. Kerbo was also charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and a full extradition warrant. The investigation is ongoing.

Krohn retires as a chip off the old cheese block

You will still see his name out front, but not the man himself making the cheese at Agropur’s Luxemburg plant and Krohn Cheese Store. After nearly 50 years of cheese making, Roger Krohn called it a career on Thursday. A third-generation cheesemaker, Krohn started as a teenager alongside his father when the family business was nowhere near the size the plant is today. He has since become one of over 60 Master Cheesemakers in the state, staking mozzarella and provolone as his claim to fame. In 2020, he was the recipient of the Wisconsin Cheesemaker’s Association Life Member Award, which is the organization’s highest honor. Speaking to Door County Daily News last year, Krohn called cheesemaking a passion and gave a lot of credit to Agropur’s member farms for the high-quality milk they produce.

Krohn’s final entries to contests this year certainly did not disappoint judges. He won the Wisconsin State Fair Dairy Products Contest for his smoked provolone and provolone cheese entries. His mozzarella took second place in the World Championship Cheese Contest in March. The family tradition will continue at the Luxemburg plant where Krohn’s nephew and Master Cheesemaker Pat Doell also works. 

 

You can listen to our full interview with Krohn from last year here

Tooley ready for Kids from Wisconsin encore

For the second summer in a row, you will see a familiar face when Kids from Wisconsin takes the stage across the state this summer, including this Sunday in Egg Harbor. Southern Door alum Brady Tooley is back for his second season with the performing arts troupe that features dozens of other young singers and dancers from around Wisconsin. Tooley got a second crack at joining Kids from Wisconsin last year after the pandemic canceled the 2020 season. He joined last year as the new kid on the block, only to play the role of the experienced veteran on this year’s cast. Tooley says that has made this year a lot different.

Tooley and the rest of the Kids from Wisconsin wrapped up their two-week camp earlier this week ahead of their season opener on Friday. Their performance Sunday at the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center in Egg Harbor will be the troupe’s third of the year. Tooley says it was a unique experience last year performing in front of the home crowd.

Kids from Wisconsin’s Big Bang Boom Tour will crisscross the state through July before taking up residency at the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds on August 4th. Their performance on Sunday starts at 6 p.m. Door County Daily News was Tooley’s Hometown Sponsor.

 

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