News Archives for 2016-11

Door CANcer's "Holiday Home Tour" Showcase Is Saturday Throughout Door County

By Paul Schmitt

Select homes around Door County will be featured as part of Door CANcer's "Holiday Home Tour" this Saturday.  Four private homes and one business decorated for the holidays will be showcased this year.  Barb Herdina from Door CANcer says the event is a great way to get ideas to decorate with one home offering unique furnishings.



The "Holiday Home Tour" is from 10am until 4pm Saturday.  Tickets are $30 and include admission to the Merry-Time Festival of Trees at the Door County Maritime Museum through December 13.



"Holiday Home Tour"

Al & Deb Stock 2071 South Road Brussels

Andy & Dina Boettcher 612 Louisiana Street, Sturgeon Bay

John & Joan Mahoney 1030 Louisiana Street, Sturgeon Bay

Gerald & Vickie Dassler 5259 South Lake Road (Clark Lake), Sturgeon Bay

Pine Crest Village 1241 North 18th Avenue, Sturgeon Bay

Tickets are available at the following businesses:

Bliss, Cut Hut, Nicolet Bank (Main Branch, Touch of Class, D.C. Coffee and Tea, Renard Cheese

Hatch Providing Much More Than Financial Backing To Boys & Girls Club Of Door County

By Paul Schmitt

The Boys and Girls Club of Door County has benefited much more than just the financial generosity of David Hatch to open the David G. Hatch Center in downtown Sturgeon Bay.  Executive Director Julie Davis says Hatch has been a great community member and resource to the club for its new commercial kitchen.



The kitchen, which was finished in October, is being used to teach the members of the Boys and Girls of Door County how to plan, prepare and serve meals with "teen cuisine" and "edible arts" programs.    The New David G. Hatch Boys and Girls Club Center was officially dedicated last June, for video of that event go to this story online.

Kewaunee County Human Services Keeping The Spirit Of Sara Malay Alive With Holiday Food Drive And Memory Tree

By Paul Schmitt

The Kewaunee County Human Services is working to keep the memory of Sara Malay alive with the annual Holiday Memorial Food Drive this December.  This is the fourth year of collecting and donating food to the Kewaunee County Food Pantry for the "Giving for Sara" Food Drive.  Organizer Kim Vandemoss, says the efforts are important to the community and remembering Malay, who served as the Aging Services Unit Director for Kewaunee County.



In the last three years, Kewaunee County Human Services has collected and donated more than four tons of food to the pantry.  Donors receive an ornament to place on the Christmas "Memory Tree" in the lobby of the Kewaunee County Human Services building.

Click below for more information:

Kewaunee County Memory Tree

Brussels Shining Stars 4-H Club Projects Include Community Service With "Breakfast For Santa" On December 17

By Paul Schmitt

The Door County Fair may be more than eight months away, but the Brussels Shining Stars 4-H Club is busy working on other community events as the calendar year comes to a close.  The Club is having the annual Breakfast with Santa at the Brussels Community Center on Saturday, December 17.  General Leader Marissa Norton says the breakfast is a community service event that is done at cost.  She says the club is doing something new this year as well.



The Brussels Shining Stars 4-H Club thirty members are busy all year long doing projects for the fair with entries in the beef, dairy, swine as well as small animals like rabbits and chickens.  For more information on the Breakfast with Santa being held from 8:00 until 10:30am on December 17.

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Deer Hunting Numbers Down Statewide But Comparable To Last Year In Area

By Paul Schmitt


The statewide gun deer season numbers are in and the kill and the number of hunters were down considerably.  According to the initial numbers released Tuesday by the Wisconsin DNR, a total of 196,785 deer were registered this year which is the lowest since 1982.  Conservation Warden Chris Kratcha says although area hunters reportedly saw less deer the numbers in Door and Kewaunee County were comparable to last year.



Kratcha says the new paper tagging system that was implemented during the deer hunt this year created some confusion and questions for some hunters. The number of hunters also fell below 600,000 for the first time since 1976, with 598,867 gun licenses.

Area Superintendents Embrace Competition As Federal School Choice Proposals Emerge

By Tim Kowols

Recent decisions by President-elect Donald Trump regarding education have only further emboldened area school superintendents. Part of President-elect Trump's education proposal includes $20 billion in federal money to allow low-income students to select private or charter schools. Last week, he nominated school-choice advocate Betsy DeVos to become his education secretary. Luxemburg-Casco School District Superintendent Glenn Schlender says he continues to embrace the competition between private and public schools in the area as long standards for both are the same.



Schlender also says accountability systems between the state and the federal government would have to be consistent to work properly. Both DeVos and the $20 billion for school choice reform will have to be approved by Congress.

Sincerity And Brevity The Key To Offering Condolences To Families At Funerals

By Paul Schmitt

Expressing condolences at a funeral or writing an appropriate sympathy card can be difficult no matter the circumstances.  Comforting someone in grief can present people with the challenge of saying the right thing.  Laurie Schinderle, funeral director at Schinderle Funeral Home in Algoma, says sometimes just a few words and or simple gesture is enough.

Not knowing what to say is okay, too.  Schinderle shares a personal story about seeing a friend who just lost a son in a car accident.

Schinderle  advises not to ask immediate family members how the loved one passed away and to avoid the temptation to say you know what they are going through.  Social media has changed the tradition of hand-written cards, but a special note even weeks after the funeral can be appropriate and appreciated, according to Schinderle.

Friends Of Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront Hope For Win/Win For Residents In Lawsuit

By Tim Kowols

Although they hope the judge rules in their favor in February if it goes that far, the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront hope the result of their lawsuit against the city ends in a win-win for everyone. The two sides have been locked in a lawsuit since the group sued the city over potential public trust doctrine issues with a west waterfront parcel slated for private redevelopment. Laurel Hauser from the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront was complimentary of city staff members during her work on other projects such as the skate park. She hopes the process will be worth it in the long run.



Oral arguments are expected to be heard in January if a prior agreement cannot be reached. Both the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront and the city have offered settlement agreements, but were denied. We have extended an invitation to Sturgeon Bay City Administrator Josh Vanlieshout and Mayor Thad Birmingham via email to explain the city's position. You can listen to the full interview with Hauser and Dan Collins from the Friends group online with this story.

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Door County Community Foundation's COIN Loan Program Gets An Additional $250,000 For Small Entrepreneurial Businesses

By Paul Schmitt

The Door County Community Foundation has made an additional $250.000 of business capital available to local entrepreneurs through an expansion of its COIN Micro-Loan Program.  COIN (Community Opportunity Investment Network) was formed to stimulate economic activity that creates new jobs in Door County.  President and CEO Bret Bicoy says COIN will benefit prospective businesses that may have been turned down by banks in the past.

Bicoy says although there is no minimum or maxim um request, the average loan will be between $15,000 and $25,000. During the first stage of the COIN loan program by Door County Community Foundation, two small businesses have already paid back loans in full with two others on schedule with their payments, according to Bicoy.  For more information on the COIN Micro-Loan Program, go to 

Local Law Enforcement Connects With All Generations And Communities While Helping Families During Holidays

By Paul Schmitt

The Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department is working to help families realize a brighter outlook for the upcoming holidays.  Sheriff Deputy and Luxemburg-Casco School Liaison Officer Nia Bongle says programs like the upcoming "Shop With A Cop" program is a perfect way for the community and her colleagues to connect as well as help out the less fortunate.

Brianna Bray, a third-grader at the Luxemburg-Casco Intermediate School who is spearheading a bake sale to raise funds again this year, explains why it's important to support local law enforcement.

For information on the 2nd Annual bake sale supporting the "Shop With A Cop", being held during the L-C Spartan girls game home opener tonight (Tuesday), go to the link below:

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Door County Habitat For Humanity Closing In On Land For 40th Homebuild

By Tim Kowols

The Door County Habitat for Humanity could be one step closer to acquiring the land it needs for its 40th home build. On Tuesday, the Finance and Purchasing Committee for the city of Sturgeon Bay will meet to discuss a counteroffer from Habitat for Humanity for property located in the old WireTech subdivision. Executive Director David Van Dyke says the land they are looking at would make for a great location for its next partner family.



The Finance and Purchasing Committee will take up the counteroffer during the closed session portion of their meeting on Tuesday beginning at 4:00 p.m.

Preparation For Paying For College Begins With FAFSA

By Tim Kowols

Students and their parents applying for financial aid for post-secondary education can get a head start on the process. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2017-2018 school year has been available online since October 1, two months earlier than before. Gay Pustaver from Money Management Counselors says a little guesswork is required because of tax returns not being available yet, but there is some benefit to sending in the paperwork ahead of time.



Pustaver warns students and their parents to be wary of the estimated family contribution number that comes weeks after filing.


According to FAFSA, the federal program is used by 13 million students, accounting for $150 billion in aid through grants, loans, and work-study options.




Rep. Kitchens Hopes City, Friends Group Reaches Compromise Over Waterfont Parcel

By Tim Kowols

Rep. Joel Kitchens would rather the conflict regarding a proposed west side hotel project in Sturgeon Bay be settled on the local level. The Wisconsin State legislator has talked with the city, the developer, and members of the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront group at different times over the last year while the case regarding the disputed parcels waits for its day in court. Rep. Kitchens suggests a mediator take over the discussions between the sides and hopes a compromise can be met before the case goes to trial early next year. He thinks it is up to the courts to decide where the Department of Natural Resources draws the Ordinary High Water Mark (OHWM), giving both sides a better idea of where the proposed hotel could go.



The Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront is suing the city, its Waterfront Redevelopment Authority, and the developer of the project for possible Public Trust Doctrine issues with the plan. If no compromise can be met, oral arguments are scheduled to be heard on January 10.

Two Programs Help Community Through Donated Deer Harvests

By Tim Kowols

Long after you harvest your trophy buck or doe, it can help area residents in need. In its 22nd year, the Hunt for Hungry program connects hunters with area food pantries with extra venison. The program collected 771 tons of wild game meat in 2015. In addition since 1988, the Wisconsin Lions Clubs has collected deer hides to help fund special projects and its camp located in Rosholt, Wis. Kewaunee Lions Club member John Mastalir says donations are up this year by 50 percent over 2015, when he collected over 700 hides.



Hunt for the Hungry donations are taken year-round while deer hide donations will be accepted by participating Wisconsin Lions Clubs until the middle of January. You can find donation information for both causes online with this story.

Florida Man Dies After Two-Vehicle Accident In Southern Door County

By Tim Kowols

A Florida man has died after a two-vehicle crash last Wednesday evening in southern Door County. On November 23, 81 year-old Van Roy Doxtator of Lake Mary, Florida, was struck by a northbound motorist as he tried to drive across the four-lane intersection at State Highway 57 and County Highway H. Doxtator was transported to a Green Bay hospital with life threatening injuries before passing away four days later. The other driver, 21 year-old Maggie Buckham of Sturgeon Bay, was also transported to a hospital with serious injuries. Her condition was not disclosed in a press release from the Door County Sheriff's Department. The Door County Sheriff's Crash Team, the Brussels-Union-Gardner Fire Department, and Door County EMS all responded to the scene.

Election Of Donald Trump Good For Gun Sales

By David Meyer

A local gun shop owner believes the election of President-elect Donald Trump is good for gun sales and the Second Amendment.  Trump had the backing of the National Rifle Association (NRA) during his presidential bid. Historically, the NRA throws its support behind the Republican candidate, but there was an increased discussion on what a Trump or Clinton presidency would mean for guns during this election cycle.  Scott Virlee owner of Virlee Gunworks describes what the election of Trump will mean for gun sales.



Virlee said that he had a steady flow of customers coming in on Small Business Saturday and that many people he has heard from are excited about what President-elect Trump means for the Second Amendment.

YMCA Hosts Open House To Celebrate Fish Creek Facility

By David Meyer

New improvements at the Door County YMCA's Northern Door location will be highlighted during next week's Open House celebration in Fish Creek.  From December 5th through the 10th the open house will allow locals to tour the buildings and meet the staff.  YMCA CEO Tom Beernsten describes what visitors will see once they enter the doors.



The week will also feature lots of free activities and membership specials.  To view the daily schedule of all the open house festivities please follow the link.


Electoral College Vote Features Sturgeon Bay Resident

By David Meyer

A Sturgeon Bay man will cast one of the five hundred and thirty-eight votes in this year's Electoral College.  Bill Berglund will travel to Madison on December 19th as one of ten Wisconsin voters selected by the Republican Party to vote for the winner of the statewide election, Donald Trump.  Because Wisconsin had voted for the Democratic candidate the previous seven presidential elections Berglund has never been an Electoral College voter.  And now that a Republican carried the state Berglund, chair of the Door County Republicans, is honored to cast his vote.



But Berglund reports that his vote has come with much more than he originally expected.  Over 4.6 million people have signed a petition on urging Electoral College voters to become "faithless electors" and flip their vote from Trump to Clinton.  And Berglund says he has not been immune from people targeting his vote.



Berglund concludes that he will cast his vote for Trump despite all of the drama surrounding his vote.  Wisconsin remains in the national political spotlight as Green Party candidate Jill Stein just filed for a recount within the state.

Feed And Clothe My People Prepares For Holidays

By David Meyer

The Sturgeon Bay food bank and thrift store Feed And Clothe My People is  expecting a busy  holiday season.  Food banks are typically busy during December and the thrift store just adds another reason why this unique organization will stay busy.  Nancy Skadden with Feed And Clothe My People discusses what their current food needs are.



A portion of the money raised by the Jacksonport Thanksgiving Parade will go toward helping two families associated with Feed And Clothe My People.

Migration Of Area Birds Vary As To Variety And Destination

By Paul Schmitt

Bird watchers will see far less of their feather friends this fall as many look to the south for warmer climates to avoid the harsh winter weather.  Rob Hults of the Open Door Bird Sanctuary in Jacksonport says although many birds migrate south, many do not travel that far to find their off-season habitat.



The Open Door Bird Sanctuary, which rehabilitates birds of prey like hawks, owls and turkey vultures, will again be open to the public on select weekends through the summer next year.  For information on the Open Door Bird Sanctuary, go to the link below:



Small Business Saturday Big For Local Economy

By David Meyer

Between the hubbub of Black Friday and Cyber Monday there is a day dubbed Small Business Saturday, but don't let the name fool you.  Lara Baker, manager of Door County Kids in Egg Harbor, discusses why Small Business Saturday is so important.



And Baker has a unique view of the big box versus small business experience because she worked at Shopko for 15 years before venturing into Door County Kids.



American Express launched Small Business Saturday in 2010 and the day (two days after Thanksgiving) became officially recognized by the United States government in 2011.

Warm Temps, Late Colors Aid High Ferry Numbers

By Tim Kowols

Warm temperatures and the late peak of the fall colors contributed to strong Washington Island Ferry ridership in the opening months of the offseason. The Washington Island Ferry's numbers on the long Columbus Day weekend were off the pace of last year's total because tourists and county residents were holding off to see the colors at their brightest. Ferry President Hoyt Purinton says the mild temperatures is keeping traffic brisk to and from the island.




The Washington Island Ferry has one more week of its fall roundtrip schedule before dropping to four daily trips on December 5 and just two beginning January 3. Vehicle reservations will be required for the ferry beginning December 19.

Egg Harbor Holly Days A Hit Amongst Kids

By David Meyer

Christmas was in the air in Egg Harbor where kids gathered to enjoy the Holly Days celebration. The carolers were an indication, even if the weather wasn't, that it is Christmas time again.  Some of the activities keeping kids busy on Saturday were; cookie decorating, letters to Santa, a village-wide elf scavenger hunt, and Santa Land.  James, one of the elves helping kids write their letters to Santa, says that he saw some quality letters being written.



And the event wasn't just a draw for local kids.  Twin sisters Keira and Kylie Doyne traveled, with their parents, all the way from Muskego to take part in the festivities.  For video of the twins designing their own Christmas cookies scroll just below the story.




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Red Cross Volunteers Have Chance To Help Locally And Beyond

By David Meyer

If you are looking to make a difference in the lives of other people, the Red Cross is looking for volunteers.  When disaster strikes the Red Cross has become synonymous with rapid response and support for those in need.  Rudy Senarighi, a local Red Cross volunteer, names the one reason the Red Cross typically is deployed locally.



But he also has had many opportunities to lend a helping hand outside the area.



The nearest Red Cross office is in Green Bay and you can learn more about volunteering by contacting Bob Mayer or by visiting

Safer Driving Advised With Holiday Weekend And Deer Hunter Traffic Today

By Paul Schmitt

The nine-day deer hunting season concludes today, but that does not mean drivers should be less vigilant when it comes to safely driving on the highways and county roads.  Door County Sheriff Steve Delarwelle says with the holiday weekend travel peaking again tonight, drivers should be extra cautious and drive defensively.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Wisconsin drivers had 20,000 collisions with deer during 2015, accounting for more than 16% of all vehicle accidents.  The average damage per vehicle was $4000, according to State Farm Insurance.



The University Of Wisconsin-Extension Has Two Educational Opportunities Coming Up In December

By Aerica Bjurstrom

The University of Wisconsin-Extension has two educational opportunities coming up in December.

On Thursday, December 1, UW-Extension has partnered with UW-Oshkosh for an Anaerobic Digesters/Biogas Systems Tour. UW-Oshkosh and partners have constructed the nation's first commercial-scale dry fermentation anaerobic biogas system on campus, and two biogas systems at local dairy farms. This one-day tour gives dairy industry members a behind-the-scenes tour of these three different biogas systems in Eastern Wisconsin. Contact Scott Gunderson with Manitowoc County Extension at 920-683-4175 for more information.

Tuesday, December 6 brings a seminar on Raising Quality Calves to Liberty Hall in Kimberly. This seminar will focus on feeding calves with automated feeders for labor reduction. University Extension specialists will share how to design automated calf barns, and the key factors associated with the successful use of automated feeders. Information on calf nutrition and implementation of the Veterinary Feed Directive will also be discussed. Contact Tina Kohlman at 920-929-3171 for more information.

Information can also be found on our website at

Area Farmers Preparing For Winter

By David Meyer

Just because you may not see Door and Kewaunee County farmers working in their fields does not mean winter is not a busy time of year.  As soon as the fall harvest ends farmers change their attention to making sure their animals will have a safe and productive winter.  Jim Wautier of Church-Site Farm in Brussels describes what that looks like on his farm.



Wautier adds that this year's harvest was a successful one despite the rain being a hurdle at times.  He also reports that milk prices are slowly starting to increase as we head into the winter months.

Power Of Attorney And Healthcare Important Choices In Your Estate Plan

By Paul Schmitt

When reviewing your family estate plan, it's important the person you choose will carry out your wishes for you and your estate.  Most people after naming their spouse for the documents opt for one of their children to oversee the executive power of health and power of attorney.  Attorney Stacy Vogeltanz from Ross Estate Planning says the eldest child is not always the best choice.

According to Vogeltanz,  that agent for the financial and healthcare can be the same person but usually is not.  It is recommended for people to revisit their documents every few years, because some banks may not accept the financial power of attorneys for being too old.  Vogeltanz also says rules and laws change that may make it necessary to update the documents.





Food Pantry Donations: Accepting Money, Non-Perishables, Both?

By Brandon Enroth

Food pantries at this time of year become rather busy places for those members of the community that are less fortunate than others. The 24/7 CARE Food Pantry in Fish Creek has accepted both non-perishable food donations and money donations as well. Steve Schultz of 24/7 CARE elaborates more on their policy.



Schultz says there is a list on their website that explains which food items the pantry needs at certain times. However, that list often changes depending on the time of year. This holiday season, Schultz talks about what the shelter has been receiving donation wise from the public so far.



The food pantry is currently run by volunteers from Stella Maris, and any Door County resident who is in need of food or toiletries are welcome to come to the shelter. Since the pantry wants to be available to any resident of Door County at anytime day or night, the shelter is open 24 hours, 7 days a week.





Christmas Trees Still Need Help After Successful Growing Season

By Tim Kowols

Families heading out to tree lots and farms this weekend to resume their holiday traditions will find a good harvest awaiting them. More than adequate moisture and sunshine in the late summer and early fall months helped area Christmas tree farmers have an exceptional crop this year. Ron Tillmann from Tillmann Trees recommends consumers keep a close eye on their trees so they keep their green through the season.


Tillmann Trees will also be one of several farms in the area donating trees to local active military personnel. According to the Wisconsin Christmas Tree Producers Association, over 1.8 million trees are harvested in the state while producing an economic impact of $50 million.

United Methodist Church Thanksgiving Meal A Success Yet Again

By David Meyer

For the 37th straight year, the Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church hosted a community Thanksgiving Dinner.  Between people arriving at the church to break bread and meals being delivered to folks that couldn't venture outside the house, over 350 people were served.  Leslie Youngsteadt, co-chair of the Thanksgiving Dinner, says the food preparation starts well in advance of Thursday in order to make the day successful.



In total, there were eleven turkeys made for the day.  Many food items were donated to the United Methodist Church.  And because of that, Youngsteadt credits the many volunteers and local businesses that allowed the annual dinner to be a blessing to so many people this year.

Walmart Traffic Lights Functioning Again

By Paul Schmitt

The traffic lights on Egg Harbor Road in Sturgeon Bay near Walmart have been reactivated.  The traffic signals were disconnected about a year ago.  Walmart, who contracted to install the lights, had contractors put them back into full operation this past Tuesday.   Sturgeon Bay Parking and Traffic Committee member Ron Vandertie said back in June that he was not sure the traffic lights were still necessary.



Sensors have been installed to keep traffic moving on Egg Harbor Road unless a vehicle is attempting to leave the Walmart parking area.  The city is advising drivers to be aware new driving patterns may take some time to develop since the traffic lights are fully operational again.

Jacksonport Thanksgiving Parade Brings Community Together

By David Meyer

Door County's only Thanksgiving parade drew a large crowd in Jacksonport yesterday.  An on-and-off mist didn't seem to deter many people, as locals lined the streets along the parade route.  The 20th annual parade also acts as a fundraising event and this year Marsha Wilson, a Jacksonport EMT, and two local families will be beneficiaries of the parade fundraiser.  Gibraltar DECA member Amber Kelly describes how the families will be impacted.



The grand marshals for this year's Jacksonport Thanksgiving Parade were Joe and Sue Jarosh. Full video of the nine-minute parade loop is just below this story.




Midsummer's Music Festival's Fleck Named Manager For Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra

By Paul Schmitt

Dr. Allyson Fleck, violist and Assistant Artistic Director for Midsummer's Music Festival, was named Orchestra Manager for the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra.  Midsummer's Music Festival Executive Director Russ Warren explains Fleck's new found responsibilities.



In addition to being named Orchestra Manager, Fleck was hired to the orchestra's viola section. Even with her new duties with the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Fleck will remain a violist and Assistant Artistic Director with the Midsummer's Music Festival.  Midsummer's Music Festival was founded in 1990 and has drawn on the extraordinary talent of professional musicians and faculty from universities throughout the Midwest to perform classical music around Door County.

Friends Of Door County Library Book Sale Coming Up Next Saturday

By Adele Douglas

Our big holiday book sale is coming up on December 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the basement of the Sturgeon Bay Library. A treat awaits all readers and shoppers. We all know it's time fill Santa's sack, and what better contents to consider than gently used books that will delight the children, the teens, and the adults in your life. We are featuring books that are in excellent condition and thus have the potential for gifting this season. The sale includes of all genres for all ages including many fiction titles and best sellers. It's an amazing opportunity to stock up on gifts knowing that the proceeds from the sale will help provide funding for about $20,000 each year for materials and programs at all eight Door County Libraries. Also, you might just find the perfect item for yourself to relax with in front of the fire when the first snowflakes begin to fall. Again, the big holiday sale is December 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sturgeon Bay Library. See you there!

Veterans Account For Millions In Federal And State Aid

By Tim Kowols

Federal and state aid for area veterans could potentially mean millions of dollars flowing locally every year. According to Kewaunee County Administrator Scott Feldt, aid to its 1,437 veterans reaches $10.3 million in benefits annually through the different programs available through the County Veterans Service Office. Feldt says even with the great work the county's CVSO Jane Babcock and secretary Tara LaCrosse do, many veterans are not getting the services they deserve.



The state of Wisconsin passed a law in 1946 requiring every county to have a veteran's service office. We have information on how you can find out more about your CVSO and the service they could provide online with this story.

Area Deer Harvest Numbers Down Due To Windy Weather Conditions On First Weekend

By Paul Schmitt

Weather conditions factored in a lower than usual deer harvest this past weekend.  Deer hunters in the state registered five percent less deer than the opening weekend of 2015.  DNR Warden Chris Kratcha says local hunters said the high winds were a major factor in Door County where 242 fewer deer were taken.

Kewaunee County registered only 23 fewer deer but 112 fewer bucks than last year.  Kratcha advises hunters to make sure they go through the three step process in electronically registering their deer and that they still have until 5pm the next day to register the buck or doe.  The only reported hunting-related injuries in Door County were a fall from a tree stand and a gun that misfired and injured the hunter's hand, according to Kratcha.

Potential Ice Breaking Operations Could Derail Winter Anglers

By Tim Kowols

The closure of a gas pipeline from Milwaukee to Green Bay could have unintended consequences this winter. Oil tankers have been shuttling through the Port of Green Bay with shipments since the pipeline was closed indefinitely in June. If ice breaking operations are needed on the bay this winter to keep oil imports flowing through the port, ice fishing guide JJ Malvitz says his business could take a hit because of safety concerns.



Malvitz is not just worried about his business either.



The United States Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw is the ship in charge of heavy ice breaking operations on the Great Lakes.

Rep. Kitchens Calls Biodigester A Step In The Right Direction

By Tim Kowols

Rep. Joel Kitchens says a plan to build a manure digester in Kewaunee County is a step in the right direction, but is not the final solution to solving the area's water issues. Gov. Scott Walker announced last week his directive to three state agencies to develop recommendations and a send a Request for Proposal for the biogas plant that could provide renewable energy for the region and manure spreading relief for farmers. The Sturgeon Bay Republican says more work still needs to be done to address the water issues in the karst regions of Door and Kewaunee County.



Project estimates for the manure digester in Kewaunee County is currently at $10 to $20 million with much of that money coming from the Public Service Commission's Focus on Energy program. The Request for Proposal is expected to be made public in January.

Deadline For Southern Door Athletic Hall Of Fame Nominations Due By December 1

By Paul Schmitt

The Southern Door Athletic Booster Club is still looking to the community to submit names of past graduates to be considered for the school's athletic Hall of Fame.  Member Tina Renard says the deadline to nominate someone for next year's Hall of Fame class is by next Thursday.




The induction to the Southern Door Hall of Fame will be held at a boys' basketball game in February, according to Renard.  Last year, Mimi Schmidt-Freeman, class of 1980 and Jared Spude, class of 2008 were inducted.

Menopause's Affect On Behavioral Health Focus Of Next DCMC Workshop

By Tim Kowols

Menopause could have additional impacts on a woman's life besides what is already happening inside her body. Door County Medical Center will host its final Living Room Series workshop next week and discuss how menopause can affect the mental health, mood, and well-being of a woman's life. DCMC behavioral health coordinator Barb Johnson-Giese says people often associate depression during menopause as being a natural part of the process, which it is not.



The free workshop on November 30 begins at 6 p.m. on the 2nd floor of the DCMC Women's and Children's Center. You can call the hospital to register as space is limited.

Algoma School District Bracing For Possible Impact Of Plant Closure

By Tim Kowols

The impact of the closure of Algoma Hardwoods could be felt in the classrooms located just a few miles away. Parent company Masonite International Corporation announced earlier this month that it would shutter the 100-plus year old architectural door factory, impacting close to 180 jobs in the process. Algoma School District Superintendent Nick Cochart says the impact is still unknown to the board and to him, but discussions are taking place just in case enrollment drops because of the closure.

The Bay Area Workforce Board has been working with employees at Algoma Hardwoods to update their resumes and help them find work as production at the plant is expected to begin slowing down in January.

Redistricting Reform Could Be On Horizon After Monday Decision

By Tim Kowols

Democrats scored a major victory in court Monday in its efforts to restore redistricting reform in Wisconsin. Federal judges voted 2-1 to declare the state's Republican-drawn maps unconstitutional, saying the legislative districts tilted in favor of the majority party. Twelve Democrats sued the state in July 2015, calling the 2011 district maps "one of the worst gerrymanders in modern American history" according to the Wisconsin State Journal.  State Senator Dave Hansen has introduced redistricting reform bills in the past and calls Monday's decision a great day for democracy in Wisconsin.

In a release from the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Attorney General Brad Schimel says they plan on appealing  the decision and the results of prior elections remain unchanged.

Determination From DNR On High Water Mark Key To Waterfront Lawsuit

By Tim Kowols

According to the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront, their action against the city could be solved with a single letter. The group is suing the city over the placement of a proposed west side hotel development, stating it is being partially built on filled in lakebed in violation of the Public Trust Doctrine. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is in charge of determining where the Ordinary High Water Mark (OWHM) is located, which could give more clarity to the case.  According to Dan Collins from the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront, only the city can ask for that determination to be made.



Phone calls to the city administrator's office were not returned Tuesday, but in a recent Letter to the Editor from Sturgeon Bay Mayor Thad Birmingham, the DNR has reviewed the development plan in relation to the OHWM and has not made any objections to it after significant adjustments were made. Birmingham and city administrator Josh VanLieshout were both invited via email to comment. The case could go to trial early next year. You can listen to the full interview with Dan Collins and Laurel Hauser from the Friends group online with this story.

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Back Alley In Algoma Getting A Much Needed Upgrade

By Paul Schmitt

The back ally in the city of Algoma will be much safer thanks to a construction upgrade.  City Administrator Jeff Wiswell says the work was needed to give better access to business and pedestrians.  Wiswell explains why the project was necessary.



Wiswell says the drainage was poor because when Fourth Street was re-done a number of years ago, the drainage was taken off the front of the buildings and sent to the backside causing water to pool.  The alley construction was engineered by Cedar Corporation and completed by contractors this fall, according to Wiswell.

Extra Heavy Travel Expected On Roads Today For Thanksgiving Day Weekend

By Paul Schmitt

The American Automobile Association expects the busiest travel season in nine years, with 1 million more Americans traveling this Thanksgiving compared with last year.  Locally, Door County Sheriff Steve Delarwelle says drivers should plan ahead and take their time as well as remember the basics.



Delarwelle suggests that you should be one car-length behind the vehicle in front of you for every ten miles per hour you are traveling.  For AAA Holiday Road-Trip Survival Tips, go to link:

UW-Extension, Kewaunee County Economic Development Team Up On Summit December 13

By Tim Kowols

Connecting education to business will the focus of a summit being hosted next month by the Kewaunee County UW-Extension and the Kewaunee County Economic Development Corporation. Highlighting the summit will be Marci Waldron-Kuhn and Sara Greenwood from Mishicot School District discussing their model for academic and career planning and the success they have had with their program. KCEDC Executive Director Jennifer Brown says connecting students with prospective employers is a huge benefit to the local economy.



Sarah Nelson from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College will also introduce the Ahnapee Regional Technical Academy, a new cooperative effort between Kewaunee County school districts allowing students to do coursework in software development (Luxemburg-Casco), agriculture (Kewaunee), and manufacturing (Algoma). The summit will take place in the Algoma Elementary School auditorium December 13 beginning at 8:30 a.m.

WBDK Celebrates 30 Years

By Tim Kowols

It has been slightly over thirty years ago since a dream in a small room in Algoma gave birth to one of the area's most enduring radio stations. Originally on the air as 96.5 WOMA by D & M Broadcasting, 96.7 WBDK has gone through only a couple ownership and format changes since 1986. Station founder Dale Eggert is now a pastor at Faith United Methodist Church in Brillion, but is proud of the tradition he started after dabbling in careers with other radio stations and Algoma Hardwoods.



Eggert owned the station until 1989 before selling it to Wheeler Broadcasting in Shawano in 1989. Nicolet Broadcasting, the owner of the radio stations of, bought WOMA in 1992 before changing the call letters to WBDK. You can hear Dale Eggert reflect on over 30 years of WOMA and WBDK history below.


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N.E.W. Industries Hopes Labor Market Keeps Pace With Manufacturing Growth

By Tim Kowols

Finding enough workers to meet the demand of its current customers and prospects is the only hurdle N.E.W. Industries has left to jump. The Sturgeon Bay manufacturer's business is keeping pace with the growth of its customers heading into 2017 and is getting stronger as its clientele gets more diverse. Owner Chris Moore says the continued tightening of the labor market remains its biggest challenge moving forward.



In addition to the company's training program, N.E.W. University, Moore applauds local schools for their efforts to get people interested in the work they do.



N.E.W. Industries manufactures the precision components often unseen in the heavy construction and military industries, but also parts found in elevators, escalators, kitchens, and more.

Sevastopol Leads Area In Recent DPI Report Cards

By Tim Kowols

Door and Kewaunee Counties can be proud of the report cards hanging on its refrigerators according to the Department of Public Instruction. All seven local districts met or exceeded expectations, part of the 91 percent of schools statewide meeting the standard on the 2015-2016 report cards. Leading the way was Sevastopol School District, which scored a 90.6 on the 100-point accountability scale that looks at student achievement and growth, college and career readiness, and educational equity. Superintendent Steve Cromell credits the overall culture at Sevastopol for reaching the milestone that ranked top 10 in the state.



Luxemburg-Casco received the highest marks in Kewaunee County, scoring an 80.6 on the 100-point scale. This is the first time the DPI has released report cards since the state first changed its achievement tests two years ago.


Other area scores

Algoma: 73.6
Gibraltar: 80.8
Kewaunee: 75.3
Luxemburg-Casco: 80.6
Southern Door: 75.7
Sturgeon Bay: 80.5
Washington Island: 71.5

Local Award-Winning Author Also Crafts Unique Handcrafted Wooden Paddles

By Paul Schmitt

Rudy Senarighi, an award-winning writer, is also known for crafting hand-made wooden canoe paddles that are displayed in galleries with some auctioned off for benefits.  Senarighi, who has made over 100 paddles, says he picked up his craft about ten years ago.

Spruce is the most popular type of wood Rudy uses to make the paddles which emulate those made by Native Americans.  Senarighi is currently writing his fifth book about northern Minnesota where he was raised on trout fishing and nature.

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Village of Sister Bay To Begin Recycling Transition Starting January 1st

By Brandon Enroth

The Village of Sister Bay is moving from a co-mingled/paper recycling system to a single stream recycling system starting in January 2017. The single stream system  essentially takes separating paper and plastic out of the equation. Residents can simply put all of their recycling into one bin, and they don't have to worry about any separation when disposing of recycling materials. Henk Wolst from Going Garbage & Recycling in Sister Bay elaborates on the single stream recycling system.



Wolst says that this single stream recycling systems has encouraged more people to recycle than ever before. The main reason is the convenience factor of not having to separate plastics and paper. Under the current recycling system, residents have to sort paper and plastic into separate bags.



Going Garbage & Recycling will work with the Village of Sister Bay to communicate to residents more information about the recycling transition. The new recycling system officially begins on January 1st, 2017.



High Fees And Lack Of Tracking Leave ATM Users Weary

By Tim Kowols

Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) are costing consumers more than just the money they withdraw. In addition to the average out-of-market ATM fee hitting an all-time high ($4.57 per transaction) according to, ATM card users could also forget to keep track of such transactions. Gay Pustaver from Money Management Counselors suggests paying closer attention to what you are spending and withdrawing by trying to keep cash on you when you go shopping.


Pustaver suggests planning ahead to make sure you have cash for the purchases you have control over so you can stick to your spending plan.

Southern Door School District To Plant Prairie

By Tim Kowols

Southern Door School District will add a prairie to its ecological portfolio when students begin planting next week. With an accredited school forest already to its name, students, parents, and volunteers have already started plotting the different areas of the prairie and preparing the soil for the seeds and plants. Superintendent Patti Vickman says the school prairie, with help from Chris Plzak from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, will give its students another hands-on outdoor learning experience.



The official planting of the two-acre prairie will take place on November 29. Volunteers are welcome to participate in the event.

Land And Water Conservation Committee Members Differ On Potential Kewaunee County Biodigester

By Tim Kowols

Members of Kewaunee County's Land and Water Conservation committee have differing views on a plan that could lead to more manure digesters in the area. Governor Scott Walker announced last week his direction of the state's Department of Natural Resources, Public Service Commission, and Department of Trade and Consumer Protection to make recommendations and request for proposals for the technology. Committee chairperson John Pagel has a digester on his farm, converting manure into cow bedding, fertilizer, and enough electricity to power Kewaunee and Casco. He was encouraged by the news following Gov. Walker's announcement.



Fellow committee member Lee Luft says more research on the technology and its impact on the area should be done so Kewaunee County can avoid a similar situation currently dividing a Colorado community.



A Request for Proposal is set to be sent in January for the public/private partnership that could cost between $10 and $20 million.

Upfront Costs Hinder Treatment Court Development In Door County

By Tim Kowols

The prevalence of drugs and alcohol in connection to crimes in Door County continues to be a surprise for Circuit Court Judge David Weber. Practicing mostly in civil law before his appointment to the bench earlier this year, Weber estimates that eight out of every ten criminal cases he hears involves either drugs or alcohol. With 74 fully operational treatment courts in the state covering drugs, alcohol, mental health, and other categories, Weber says Door County has some hurdles to jump before it establishes its own.



According to Weber, treatment courts are often cheaper in the long run, citing the high costs of incarceration and the programs available to those convicted.

Distracted Driving An Issue On Area Roadways

By David Meyer

Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski doesn't want to "paint too rosy of a picture" when it comes to road safety as distracted driving continues to lead to crashes.  October went in the history books as one of the safest months ever for Wisconsin drivers.  But, Sheriff Joski sees one area that drivers need to improve upon.



Joski claims that between increased seatbelt use and a decrease in drunk driving, the roads are continuing to be safer.  And if an increase in programs and awareness can deter distracted driving, Door and Kewaunee counties will be safer still.

Maintenance Work Will Continue on Bayview Bridge This Week

By David Meyer

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation says more time will be needed to complete maintenance work on Sturgeon Bay's Bayview Bridge.  According to a DOT press release,  crews will be back Monday through Wednesday finishing up work on Highway 42/57  from 9 AM until 3 PM each day.  Flagging operations could force motorists to go down to one lane at times during the maintenance.  The DOT advises motorists to slow down through the work zone and plan alternate routes if necessary.

Complete Transformation Of Little Lake Will Require Dredging

By David Meyer

Little Lake in Sturgeon Bay has quite the history of being a vibrant body of water.  The water in Little Lake used to be so clear that it was called Crystal Lake, that is until a sawmill started dumping its waste there.  Over time the fishing in Little Lake was negatively impacted and people started utilizing the area less and less.  Add to that, years of street runoff from about 260 acres and there is a large amount of sediment in the bottom of the lake.   Sturgeon Bay Rotary Environmental Protection Co-Committee Chair Roger Anderson explains why that is problematic.



The City of Sturgeon Bay, Sturgeon Bay Rotarians, and other groups involved in the restoration project continue to analyze the best way for Little Lake to be dredged.  Then grant writing and fundraising become essential as the dredging is expected to cost somewhere between $1.5 million and $4 million.

Students Have Taken On Large Role With Adopt A Soldier Door County

By David Meyer

Adopt a Soldier Door County is a concept that lots of people in the area have supported, but students have stepped into an especially large role.  A group of high school students assembled this year's Christmas packages that are being sent to area troops.  Nancy Hutchinson, founder of Adopt a Soldier Door County, says that is far from the only impact students will have on the newest care packages being sent out.



Hutchinson is grateful that everyone in Door County been so supportive of her organization and the military men and women it serves.  Adopt a Soldier is still looking for donations of snack foods to be sent in care packages before Christmas.

DNR Warden Discusses The Possibility Of A Doe Only Hunting Season

By David Meyer

As hunters continue to continue on the nine-day gun deer hunt, there is some concern that an antlerless season could be on the horizon.  Dick Baudhuin, a member of the Door County Deer Advisory Council made some comments earlier this month stating that unless more hunters harvest does, there could be a mandatory doe only season in the future.  Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource local warden Chris Kratcha speaks to the likelihood of this happening.



To read the full story that Kratcha is referencing follow the link.

Door County YMCA Will Be Open For Thanksgiving Morning Workout

By David Meyer

If you need to work out before you dig in on Thanksgiving there is no need to worry, the Door County YMCA will be open on the holiday.  The facilities will not be open the whole day, but all those morning workout warriors will get their chance to exercise.  Door County YMCA CEO Tom Beernsten describes the holiday hours.



The YMCA will return to holding regular hours after the holiday.  News reporter Brandon Enroth is launching a morning show on 105.1 WSBW.  His show will be recorded at the Fish Creek YMCA Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

City And Workers Strive To Rebound From Algoma Hardwoods News

By David Meyer

The workers at Algoma Hardwoods and the City of Algoma are rallying together to get through the reality of a factory closing.  When a large employer in a small city decides to close up shop, the ramifications can be enormous.  Algoma City Administrator Jeff Wiswell says there was a swift reaction to the shocking news.



The Bay Area Workforce Development Board will take a hands-on approach to helping the displaced workers find new jobs.  According to Wiswell, twenty-four years was the companywide average tenure of the one hundred and eighty factory workers who will be laid off.

Northern Door County To Debut Thanksgiving Interfaith Service

By David Meyer

At a monthly meeting of ministers from northern Door County, an idea for an interfaith Thanksgiving service was hatched.  That idea will become a reality on Wednesday evening when a service centered on Thanksgiving will feature lessons from multiple religions.  Rev. Dawn Volpe from Ephraim Moravian Church describes in greater detail what the service will be like.



The service will start at 7 pm in the Meadows Gathering Room at Scandia Village in Sister Bay.

Congress Member-Elect Gallagher Sees Brighter Future For Politics

By David Meyer

Newly elected Mike Gallagher believes bad blood and party affiliation can be put aside when it comes to issues like fixing the veterans administration and modernizing the military.  Gallagher, a veteran, is concerned by the problems that are currently facing military men and women at VA hospitals.  He believes that this is an American issue and not a political one and hopes that working together to solve this problem can help restore some civility to politics.  Gallagher opines on what role Republicans should embrace moving forward after their Election Day sweep.



Gallagher will assume the U.S. House of Representatives seat from Reid Ribble on January 3rd, 2017.

Incorrect Turkey Preparation Could Be Safety Issue

By Renee Koenig, Guest Reporter from UW-Extension

Perhaps the biggest holiday meal of the year is just around the corner. Thanksgiving brings families together from all across the state to share a meal that often centers on roast turkey and all the fixings. To help you prepare the holiday meal here are some helpful hints.


Whether you choose a fresh or frozen turkey is up to you. But for both fresh and frozen, allow one pound of turkey per person.


If the turkey is fresh, buy it only one to two days before you plan to cook it, and store it in the refrigerator until you are ready to place it in the oven. Place a fresh turkey in a pan or on a tray on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator; the pan will catch any juices that may leak. Do not buy fresh pre-stuffed turkeys.


If your turkey is frozen, keep it frozen until you're ready to thaw it. There are three ways to safely thaw your turkey: in the refrigerator, in cold water, or in a microwave oven. Plan ahead as thawing does take time.


We do not recommend washing a whole turkey before you cook your Thanksgiving meal. You are likely to spread germs around your kitchen if you do so. The only reason a whole turkey (or any meat or poultry for that matter) should be washed is if it was brined.


The University of Wisconsin-Extension has food safety information available at your fingertips 24/7 at or for more Thanksgiving meal tips go to

Christmas By The Bay Parade Marches Through Blustery Sturgeon Bay

By David Meyer

Many families braved the elements this morning for what turned out to be an eventful Christmas by the Bay parade.  Parade walkers and floats each had a hard time contending with the wind that was whipping through downtown Sturgeon Bay.  Hats and some float decorations could be seen flying down the street.  According to a group of kids on the Nicolet Bank float, there were highlights to being in the parade despite the weather.



In the end, only two floats could be awarded top prize by the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center.  "Best Non-Profit Float" was awarded to St. John Bosco Catholic School and "Best Business Float" was awarded to Selvick Marine Towing.  Full video of the parade is available below this story.


Deer Stand Safety Key As Gun Hunt Starts With 50 MPH Wind Gusts

By David Meyer

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource local warden Chris Kratcha cautions hunters to check and make sure their stands and trees are safe.  With wind gusts up to 50 MPH and the first winter storm of the year hitting as the nine-day gun deer hunt begins, deer stand safety is being addressed locally.  It is so windy today that the area is under a wind advisory until midnight on Sunday.  The high winds have caused Kratcha to issue a warning to hunters.



Typically firearm safety is the top concern among hunter, but Kratcha says nationwide study indicated 500-600 people a year die in tree stand falls.  Research also indicates that one out of every three hunters will fall out of a tree stand at some point in their life.  The annual gun deer hunt began this morning and runs through Sunday the 27th.

Causes Of Hearing Loss Differ Between Generations

By David Meyer

Past generations developed hearing problems on the job. Today, according to a local hearing aid specialist, the cause is music, iPods and ear buds.  Don Schroeder, owner of Zounds Hearing in northeast Wisconsin, comments on the trend which is equally as threatening to the ears.



While the advent of iPods has taken center stage regarding new causes of hearing loss, there are other more mundane things that could cause problems.  Schroeder says that they best way to protect your hearing is to take extra precaution when it comes to loud things.  He advises that even when mowing your lawn, a little hearing protection will go a long way.

Students In Kewaunee Excitedly Await New Playground

By David Meyer

Kids in Kewaunee are very excited about the new "all-inclusive playground" which is part of the school construction project. The design of the playground enables kids with disabilities to more easily play alongside their friends.  The children at the school have been excited to help unlock different levels of the $60,000 playground donation.  Kewaunee School District Superintendent Karen Treml details how the kids are helping in this process.



The school has raised about $70,000 for the new playground but must raise about $200,000 in total.

Kewaunee County Food Pantry Ready For The Holiday Season

By David Meyer

The shelves are completely stocked and the Kewaunee County Food Pantry is ready for the holiday season.  The pantry, which currently serves about one hundred and sixty families a month, has big plans for their December distribution dates.  Kewaunee County Food Pantry President Ken Marquardt explains that more than food will be given away next month.



Marquardt says over the last three to four months, there has been an increase in the amount of people using the food pantry.  He believes when Algoma Hardwoods starts with their layoffs that the pantry will continue to see an increase in demand.

Gibraltar and Sevastopol High School Students Team Up For Annual Thanksgiving Parade Fundraiser

For the past 20 years, individuals in the Gibraltar and Sevastopol communities have hosted a parade on Thanksgiving Day to raise funds to help their neighbors. This year, the fundraising event is headed by the members of the students of Gibraltar DECA & the Sevastopol Student Council. DECA member Amber Kelly explains who the recipient of the fundraiser will be this year.



In addition to helping Marsha Wilson, the students will also go shopping together to purchase gifts for families in need. This year the students will focus on two families in particular. They will receive items such as clothing, toys, and gift cards. Amber says although the two student groups work separately, they do come together frequently for coordination.



The parade will take place on Thanksgiving Day at 10:30 am and everyone in the community is encouraged to attend. The parade route will start at the Jacksonport Ballpark, continue on to 57, turn around at Mike's Port Tub and then will return on that same route to the ballpark.



Kewaunee County "Shop With A Cop" Program Bringing Officers And Community Closer

By Paul Schmitt

The Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department along with other law enforcement agencies in the area will be working outside their normal duties to help families during the holiday season.  The annual "Shop with a Cop" program will be again held on Saturday December 10 and Sheriff Matt Joski says the special day offers his staff a unique opportunity to connect with the public.




"Shop with a Cop" is an annual charitable program where the department reaches out to underprivileged children selected from area schools to match-up with a law enforcement officer to purchase gifts for family members at local stores.


White House Christmas Tree Hails From Oconto

By David Meyer

A local tree farm can proudly say that theirs is the official White House Christmas Tree.  After winning the state competition in four consecutive years Whispering Pines Tree Farm in Oconto took home the top prize at the National Christmas Tree Contest.  Their tree will be displayed in the Blue Room at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.  Owners Dave and Mary Vander Velden and two family members will arrive at the White House in a horse-drawn carriage to hand deliver the tree to first lady Michelle Obama.  Dave Vander Velden describes the process of the team from the White House and National Parks Service finding the perfect tree.



A tree cutting ceremony was held on Tuesday at Whispering Pines Tree Farm and was attended by locals and students who were able to go on a field trip to the ceremony.

New Designation Aids Loaves And Fishes

By Tim Kowols

The Door County Community Foundation will lend a helping hand to a new non-profit organization. The Loaves and Fishes of Door County, Inc. has been recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a public charity after being originally launched at a single church as a social outreach program in 2003. With the Door County Community Foundation shouldering the administrative side of the charity, President and CEO Bret Bicoy hopes it will allow Loaves and Fishes of Door County to expand its service of providing hot meals to hungry families in the area.




Anchored by a professional chef and volunteers, Loaves and Fishes of Door County has served over 40,000 meals since its inception.

Door County Land Trust and Lawrence University Reach Conservation Agreement

By Brandon Enroth

The Door County Land Trust and Lawrence University signed a conservation easement agreement today in Bailey's Harbor. The agreement will preserve more than 300 acres of the Björklunden Lodge from future development. Lawrence University President Mark Burnstein had nothing but praise to say about the signing of the agreement.



The Björklunden  campus is used by both Lawrence students and the general public for popular adult non-credit seminars. It is also a popular place for weddings, corporate retreats and business meetings. According to Door County Land Trust land protection specialist Drew Reinke, there are other inhabitants on the property that benefit from the agreement.



The Door County Land Trust will support the staff at the Björklunden Lodge and both groups will continue to make sure that the terms of the agreement are being honored protecting this property for those many generations to come.



State To Request Proposals For Digester Technology

By Tim Kowols

Governor Scott Walker announced Thursday that he has requested the Department of Natural Resources, the Public Service Commission, and the Department of Trade and Consumer Protection to work together on bringing manure digester technology to Kewaunee County. Standing inside a historic barn at the Heritage Farm Site in Kewaunee, Gov. Walker said the departments will work on recommendations for a private sector response to building manure digesters in environmentally sensitive areas before publically sending out a Request for Proposal in January. Gov. Walker called the news important progress towards addressing nutrient management and water quality in the region.

Costs for the project will depend on the Request for Proposal, but preliminary estimates from the PSC has it at $10-20 million. The PSC voted last month to include digester technology, rural broadband updates, and other renewable energy projects in its Focus on Energy programs moving forward.




October Was A Very Safe Month On The Road For Wisconsinites

By David Meyer

According to Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski seatbelt usage has been a major factor in Wisconsin seeing its third safest October for drivers since World War Two.  The Wisconsin Department of Transportation just released the encouraging stats that said the number of October traffic fatalities was 43.  Sheriff Joski comments on positive changes he has seen while patrolling the roads of Kewaunee County.



Joski also believes that great strides have been made in respect for and enforcement of drunk driving laws.  Joski is glad the roads are safer because of these changes, but he acknowledged that there is still plenty of work to be done in attempting to thwart distracted driving.

Kewaunee County Taking Applications To Recognize Century/Sesquicentennial Farms

By David Meyer

Your family farm may qualify for recognition at the Wisconsin State Fair. The Kewaunee County University of Wisconsin Extension has applications for farmers celebrating 100 or 150 years of operation.  Aerica Bjurstrom with UW-Extension describes how many farms currently hold this distinction.



To pick up an application please stop by the Kewaunee County UW-Extension office at 810 Lincoln St. in Kewaunee.  All applications are due by March 1, 2017.

Hearing Aid Company Offers Unique Solutions

By David Meyer

Hearing loss has silently become a big issue for many Americans but locally Zounds Hearing Aids have been well received by people in need of hearing assistance.  The company, new to the area, is making hearing aids more affordable than some may have thought possible.  Zounds Hearing Aids recently opened an office in Sturgeon Bay.  Don Schroeder, owner of Zounds Hearing in northeast Wisconsin, describes one of the many features that make these hearing aids unique.



Zounds Hearing was founded by Sam Thomasson who is an engineer and the father of a child who is hearing impaired.  Upon seeing some problems with the hearing aid industry, Thomasson was led to develop a better type of high-end hearing aid.   Stay tuned as this product will soon be featured on our Shopping Show.

City Of Algoma Budget Meeting

By David Meyer

You'll have a chance to sound off about spending when the City of Algoma holds a public hearing on its 2017 budget tonight. The city, which recently received a clean bill of health from auditors, has been working hard to make this budget work.  So city administrator Jeff Wiswell wants to make sure everyone who is interested has the chance to examine the budget before it is approved.



$4.5 million worth of taxes have been collected within the city and the 6 pm meeting will allow residents to examine how the money is being allocated.  The 2017 budget will be up for final approval in December.

Adopt A Soldier Door County Prepares For Holiday Season

By David Meyer

Adopt a Soldier Door County is looking for new ways to send some love to the men and women serving in the armed forces during this holiday season.  This year the goal for the organization is to send two different care packages to each service member from the area.  One hundred and eighty-eight packages with homemade tie blankets were assembled earlier this year, in an effort to personalize each box.  Nancy Hutchinson, founder of Adopt a Soldier Door County elaborates on what is still needed for the second boxes.



Hutchinson adds that the packages will also include items for service members with children.  Beanie Babies, Play-Doh, or little toys are some of the children's gifts that typically work well in the package.  Donation boxes for Adopt a Soldier Door County are scattered around the area, or you can come to the radio stations of if you have items that you would like to donate.

Frostman to Lead DCEDC


The Board of Directors of the Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) announced today that Caleb Frostman has been selected to be the next Executive Director of the organization, following a search throughout Wisconsin and surrounding states. Frostman will replace DCEDC founding Executive Director Bill Chaudoir, who retires next month. Frostman will assume his duties November 29th.


Caleb Frostman (LinkedIn Profile), a Green Bay native and graduate of the UW-Madison School of Business with a degree in Real Estate and Urban Land Economics, comes to DCEDC from a career in banking, most recently as Vice President, Commercial Real Estate with US Bank in Minneapolis. Prior to that post, Frostman was a Commercial Real Estate Analyst/Officer for M&I Bank. His volunteer engagement includes the Downtown Minneapolis YMCA, Minnesota Shopping Center Association and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities.


"I am honored to be selected for this prestigious position in the Door County community," said Frostman. "After 27 years with DCEDC, Bill Chaudoir leaves very big shoes to fill, but I am excited, energized and look forward to the challenge."


DCEDC Board Chair Mike Baudhuin (WireTech Fabricators and Door County Manufacturers Association) stated: "After 200 resumes, 22 screening interviews, 15 phone interviews and four in-person interviews, we are very excited to bring Caleb to Door County and DCEDC. His background and experience really impressed the search committee. Special thanks have to go to my fellow Board member and Personnel Committee Chair Patti Vickman (Superintendent, Southern Door School District) for leading the search and to Diane Biersteker from Human Resources Consultants LLC, who helped guide the process."

Martinez Studio Gallery Featured At Smithsonian Show In Washington, D.C. Again For 5th Year In A Row

By Paul Schmitt

Martinez Studio Gallery in Jacksonport will be celebrating jury notice of their 5th consecutive Smithsonian Show next April in Washington, D.C.  Last year, Wence and Sandra Martinez received the Silver Award from 2016 with their contemporary weave artwork.  The show is the most prestigious national juried show in the country for craft likes glass, ceramic, fiber, and jewelry.  Sandra explains how exclusive the show is for featured artists.

Wence Martinez shares the history of the weaving he brought from his roots in Mexico.

Over 30 works of the Martinez's Museum of Wisconsin Art exhibition will be back in their studio in Jacksonport for the Sturgeon Bay Holiday Art Crawl this weekend.

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Martinez Studio Sandra & Wence pic Martinez Studio Flat Weave2

Life After The Loss Of A Spouse Group Offers Program Related To Holidays

By David Meyer

Area residents who will be grieving the loss of their spouse during the holidays have the opportunity to find some help on Thursday.  Certified therapist Mandy Sarazen will lead a discussion called "Grieving During the Holidays" which offers practical tools for those whose holidays won't be quite the same this year.  Bay View Lutheran Church Parish Nurse LouAnn Brown says everyone should feel welcome to attend the program, despite its location.



Brown adds that she has heard from many people that often the second holiday season is more challenging for a widow or widower than the first.  The reason being, people tend to be less sensitive to the subject as time passes.  Meetings are typically on the 4th Thursday of the month, but Thanksgiving has caused this month's meeting to be moved to this Thursday.  "Grieving During the Holidays" takes place at Bay View Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay from 10-11 AM.

Gas Prices Drop Below $2.00 Per Gallon In Area

By Paul Schmitt

Drivers at the pump received good news this week as gasoline prices in the area dipped below $2.00 per gallon.  The average price of regular unleaded gasoline in the Sturgeon Bay has dropped about twenty cents in the past month with some stations showing $1.99 per gallon on their marquees.  Parv Jandu of Jandu Petroleum explains what he heard for the falling prices.

Jandu says lower prices for gas comes at a good time for deer hunters and holiday travelers in the next week. The average price per gallon in Wisconsin one year ago was $2.26, according to  This is the first time area gas prices have been lower than $2.00 per gallon since last April.

Egg Harbor Library And Community Center Project Gets A Name After Generous Donation

By Tim Kowols

The village of Egg Harbor received good news when the Door County Community Foundation announced earlier this week that it was nearing its goal for a new library and community center. Thanks in part to a $1 million match challenge by Campaign Leadership Team member Carol Kress and her husband Don and an anonymous $1 million donation, the total funds raised for the project now stands at over $5 million. Village administrator Ryan Heise says a lot of work still needs to be done before the project can break ground.

The Door Community Foundation and the Campaign Leadership Team is still looking to raise at least $1 million for the project. The newly named Kress Pavilion will house a state of the art library, business center, and event space.

City To Lose Design Review Board, Gain New Fire Truck

By Tim Kowols

The city of Sturgeon Bay's Waterfront Design Review Board is no more. The Common Council voted unanimously in consecutive meetings to amend Section 20.43 of the Municipal Code to include areas of redevelopment on the waterfront. The move may have eliminated the committee, but it will also allow for two new members to be added to the current Aesthetic Design and Site Plan Review Board.


The Common Council also approved the #JustFixItWI resolution, asking state officials to do more when it comes to finding sustainable transportation funding solutions. The Sturgeon Bay Fire Department will also be allowed purchase a new fire truck with additional equipment using budgeted dollars and proceeds from the sale of one of its current vehicles.

Groundwater Task Force's Work To Transition To Land and Water Conservation Committee

By Tim Kowols

After almost two years of being a subcommittee, the Kewaunee County Groundwater Task Force will fold with its work transitioning to the Land and Water Conservation committee. Kewaunee County Board Chairperson Robert Weidner is set to make the announcement during the November Task Force meeting on Wednesday, saying it has carried out its primary goal of becoming a "one stop source" for assistance with the area's ground and surface waters. Task Force chairperson and Land and Water Conservation committee member Lee Luft is proud of the group's accomplishments.

Meetings for the Groundwater Task Force will cease sometime early next year. Luft and Task Force member Ron Paider will continue their work on the Land and Water Conservation Committee.

Rep. Ribble To Continue Fight For Biennial Budget In His Final Lame Duck Session

By Tim Kowols

Rep. Reid Ribble hopes the federal government will emulate his home state when it comes to its budgeting process before the lame duck session of Congress ends in December. The Wisconsin 8th District Congress member has brought forth a bill once again that would move the federal budget to a biennial cycle and would conduct oversight of government agencies and programs during off years. Despite having the support of 236 bipartisan House cosponsors and eight watchdog groups, Rep. Ribble says it has been hard to even get a vote for H.R. 1869.

Rep. Ribble first introduced The Biennial Budgeting and Enhanced Oversight Act in 2013.


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Area Schools Celebrate American Education Week

By Tim Kowols

Door County schools are joining others across the nation to celebrate in American Education Week. The annual celebration began in 1921 when the National Education Association and the American Legion realized that 25 percent of soldiers coming back from World War I were illiterate. Ninety-five years later, Sturgeon Bay School District Superintendent Dan Tjernagel says a good education continues to be important for our children.

According to the Public School Review, there are 17 public schools across its five Door County districts, serving 3,536 students. An additional 316 students attend the four private schools in the area, according to the Private School Review.

Door County Land Trust Creates New Conservation Easement

By Paul Schmitt

A family has donated a 40 acre parcel of woodland as a new conservation easement to Door County Land Trust.  John and Ann Bladholm's donation is located along Claybanks Creek in Southern Door County.  Door County Land Trust Executive Director Tom Clay says the Bladholm family wishes to preserve the property they purchased over 50 years ago for future generations.

The conservation easement on the Baldholm property protects a mature white cedar swamp and 400 yards of Claybanks Creek which is one-quarter mile from Lake Michigan.  Door County Land Trust encourages landowners to consider using conservation easements as a tool to protect their natural area and farmland from development, according to Clay.

Maintenance Work To Take Place Wednesday And Thursday On Bayview Bridge

By Mark Kantola, Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Maintenance crews will be working on the Bayview Bridge (WIS 42/57) in Sturgeon Bay, Door County on Wednesday, Nov. 16 and Thursday, Nov. 17, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Motorists may encounter flagging operations in the southbound lanes of WIS 42/57 on the Bayview Bridge during maintenance work. All maintenance work is weather dependent, but maintenance operations are typically performed in spot locations in the project limits. Traffic impacts do not typically affect the entire highway limits of the maintenance project, or throughout the project's entire duration. Motorists are urged to slow down and be mindful of workers in close proximity on highways.



Kewaunee County Historical Society's History Center Working To Become A True Museum

By Paul Schmitt

The Kewaunee County Historical Society's (KCHS) History Center has evolved to a near-museum status by collecting genealogy items and over 50,000 pictures of its towns, villages, and cities.  Director and Treasurer Arletta Bertrand says one unique piece of political history resides inside at the center.

The History Center, located on Ellis Street in Kewaunee, is open Thursday and Friday from 10am until 4 pm and by appointment otherwise. The KCHS is planning a bake sale this weekend at the center which will include door prizes and free hot chocolate.  For more information on the Kewaunee County Historical Society, go to the link below:




Bay Shore Drive In Door County Attracts Bicyclists But Not Designated As A Bike Route

By Paul Schmitt

The newly resurfaced Bay Shore Drive, which winds north of Sturgeon Bay, is popular with many bicyclists and drivers in the area but that does not mean it is designated as a bike route.   Door County Highway Department Commissioner John Kolodziej clarifies the difference between a bike lane and a travel lane.

State code requires an eleven foot width of the white travel lane from the yellow center line.  Kolodzieg says the goal on road construction projects is to have a paved shoulder on roads to provide better safety for all vehicle traffic.

Algoma Hardwoods, Bay Area Workforce Development Board To Meet To Discuss Future Of Its Employees

By Tim Kowols

Company managers at Algoma Hardwoods will meet with Bay Area Workforce Development Board officials this week after its parent company announced the facility's closure. Approximately 180 employees will lose their jobs by the time the architectural door manufacturer closes for good next summer. Bay Area Workforce Development Board Executive Director Jim Golembeski says the conversations will center on the current needs of Algoma Hardwoods and the future for its employees going forward.

Golembeski credits their efforts in helping foster a strong and diverse economy in the region so there are jobs available when mass layoffs happen.  Extensive training in areas like computer literacy will have to be done so the new positions will be the right fit for the aging workforce.

Alternative Gift Giving Ideas To Help The Budget And Holiday Spirit

By Tim Kowols

With Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday on the horizon, shoppers are looking for ways to keep the holidays merry and bright while keeping their pocketbook intact. During this week's Money Management Monday interview, Gay Pustaver suggested several ways to shake up the traditional holiday shopping mindset. Pustaver reflected on one idea her family did, which was giving a gift everyone could enjoy along with smaller individual gifts.

Getting your kids involved in the holiday shopping season, whether it is learning about a family vacation or participating in a local children's Christmas store event, is another important idea to incorporate this year, according to Pustaver.



B.U.G. Fire Department Hopes For Spring Groundbreaking On Station Projects

By Tim Kowols

Plenty of work still needs to be done before the Brussels-Union-Gardner Fire Department can break ground on its $2.8 million station projects this spring. Detailed spec books are set to go out to contractors beginning in January after the B.U.G. Fire Department finalized details with its architect and agreements with Door County and the three towns it serves. B.U.G. Fire Chief Curt Vandertie says he is happy to see light at the end of a tunnel that has been over five years in the making.

Vandertie believes the new facilities will be open in the fall and hopes it is a driving force in its current recruitment efforts. Applications to become a B.U.G. firefighter are available at their stations.

Common Council To Vote On Resolution For Sustainable Transportation Solutions

By Tim Kowols

The city of Sturgeon Bay could be the latest municipality to demand the state to do more when it comes to its roads when the Common Council meets on Tuesday. On the meeting agenda is a resolution that has already been passed by over 520 county, town, village, and city governments asking the state to consider a more sustainable solution to pay for road repairs and improvements.  City Administrator Josh VanLieshout says the resolution is an act of support to the Transportation Development Association and government entities across the state.

Eleven different boards and councils have passed the #JustFixIt resolution in Door and Kewaunee Counties. The Sturgeon Bay Common Council will also hear second readings on ordinances involving the rezoning of a parcel and combining the Waterfront Design Review Board with the Aesthetic Design and Site Plan Review Board at the noon meeting.

Kewaunee County Food Pantry Also Has Furniture

By David Meyer

Looking to help out the community in multiple ways, the idea was spawned at the Kewaunee County Food Pantry to start selling furniture.  The furniture side of the pantry has been popular.  Ken Marquart with the Kewaunee County Food Pantry details the unique service.



The food pantry opens at 10 am Mondays and Wednesdays for furniture sales.  It is located at 1528 Sunset Avenue in Algoma.

Southern Door High School Student Publishes Book

By David Meyer

Austin Claflin isn't your ordinary high school student.  That's because he just published a fictional book titled "Rebel and Roman".  Austin has spent his whole high school career working on the book, which was just recently released.  It only makes sense that he was a featured attraction at the recent Southern Door Arts & Crafts Fair.  Tina Renard explained that his novel was going to draw a crowd at the fair.



If you missed out on the fair don't worry.  Claflin's book is available for purchase online, at Southern Door High School, or at Book World in Sturgeon Bay.

How An Ever-changing World Impacts Children

By David Meyer

With a vast increase in access to technology children growing up in 2016 have a much different reality than any generation before them.  One major negative ramification for this "technology generation" is cyberbullying.  Add to that current events and a political cycle that was overwhelmingly negative and kids are being forced to face a new set of challenges.  Door County Medical Center's Terry Lundahl details the impact this has on the kids.



Door County Medical Center recently hosted a forum for parents that provided insight on the new problems their kids are facing.

Veteran Gallagher On How His Service Will Impact His Politics

By David Meyer

During the campaign cycle many of Mike Gallagher's ads drew attention to the fact that he was a Marine.  In the 1970s over 70% of Congress members had served in the military but prior to Tuesday's election that number had fallen to 19%.  Gallagher believes that his path to politics will be very important when it comes to foreign policy issues.



Gallagher defeated Tom Nelson for the vacant 8th US House of Representative seat on Tuesday garnering 63% of the vote.

Veterans Honored During Sunday Service

By David Meyer

A jam-packed gymnasium at St. Paul's Lutheran School outside of Luxemburg turned out to celebrate veterans of the United States armed forces.  Faces young and old alike took part in saying thank you to the many veterans that attended the service.  From the sermon to the music, the whole program reflected an attitude of gratitude to the men and women who have served and are serving in the military.  For Nellie Debaker, a Navy veteran who served during Vietnam, the service brings one major thought to her mind.



There is a video of the veterans taking part in the recessional just below this story.


Sturgeon Bay Library To Host Survivors of Suicide Gathering

By David Meyer

Door County families dealing with suicide have an opportunity find support through an organization called "Survivors of Suicide." The grieving process can be complicated when death is a result of suicide.  That is one of the reasons why Survivors of Suicide (SOS) Door County will host a Saturday gathering in conjunction with International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day.  Jamie Sullivan, support leader for SOS, details some of the things she has witnessed when the group meets.



According to Sullivan, Door County has a high suicide percentage, over 16% per 100,000 population.  The event which takes place from 1 until 3 pm at the Sturgeon Bay Library on Saturday, November 19th will feature a video, crafts, food, and conversation.  For more information email

Northern Door YMCA Puts Finishing Touches On Renovation

By David Meyer

When the YMCA of Door County decided that it was time to renovate and expand the Fish Creek location, they knew it would be a long process.  From start to finish it took about five years but the northern Door County facility is now like new.  Door County YMCA CEO Tom Beerntsen details what some of the improvements were.



Completion of a 3,800 square foot lifestyle center this year enabled the YMCA to renovate the old lifestyle center.

Local Government Required To Pay For Newspaper Legal Notices

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By David Meyer

It is a tradition unlike any other, cities being required to pay to put legal notices in newspapers.  But, as the newspaper business continues to consolidate, just how much money are they making off of local governments?  According to Sturgeon Bay city administrator Josh VanLieshout the legal notices can be costly.



The city believes that despite the costs associated with legal notices, that they provide a worthwhile purpose in informing the public.

Boys and Girls Club Turned Summer Into Higher Test Scores

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By David Meyer

The goal at the Boys and Girls Club of Door County was to prevent summer learning loss.  That goal was surpassed easily, as the group of kids taking summer classes tested higher after the summer than they had before.  Summer learning loss is nothing new to those in the education system, as many students show up for the new school year having lost a little of their academic skill set.  Boys and Girls Club CEO Julie Davis details the findings of their test scores.



The Boys and Girls Club of Door County is currently serving over 200 kids per day between their two sites.  For more information visit

Deer Breaks Through Bank Window In Downtown Sturgeon Bay, Dies

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By David Meyer

Associated Bank in downtown Sturgeon Bay seemed like a better place than the woods for one local deer.  At around 9:30 this morning the animal broke a window at the bank, which was open at the time.  After visiting the bank the deer crossed the street and caused a disturbance at Younkers.  Courtney Peterson, who was working in cosmetics at Younkers at the time of the incident, describes the scene.



The deer reportedly did not make it very far after running into Associated Bank and Younkers.  Peterson believes that it ended up dying on 1st Avenue.

Kewaunee County Church Hosting Veterans Service

By David Meyer

Area veterans will have the chance to participate in a service hosted at St. Paul's Lutheran School in Luxemburg tomorrow.  The "Salute to Veterans" program has become an annual tradition at the church and will begin at 9:30 am.  All veterans or current service members are encouraged to gather in the hallway outside the gym, in order to march in together.  Nola Disher with St. Paul's Church says a lunch will be served following the service.



The service will feature special patriotic music from the Luxemburg-Casco Community Band and a children's choir.  St. Paul Lutheran Church and School is located at N4118 County Rd. AB in Luxemburg.

Weber Announces Run For Door County Circuit Court Branch II Judge

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By Tim Kowols

Circuit court Judge David Weber has announced that he will run for a full term on the bench in 2017. Appointed by Governor Scott Walker in June, Weber hopes to continue the role in Door County Circuit Court Branch II for the next six years. Weber says he has embraced the learning he has done on the job with the help of the staff, lawyers, law enforcement and fellow judges.

Voters will be able to decide on the circuit court judge race in a primary on February 21 and the spring election April 4. Weber was selected from a group of seven candidates this past summer, which included outgoing District Attorney Raymond Pelrine and Family Court Commissioner Jennifer Moeller.

Benefits Of Mowing Your Lawn In November

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By David Meyer

When the calendar flips to November it can be easy to cross mowing the lawn off your to-do list.  But, in the case of an unseasonably warm fall, a November mow can really benefit your lawn come spring.  Trevor Marin with Lawn and Landscape Specialists describes drawbacks to leaving your lawn long before the snow flies.



So, if you still have your lawn mower handy, Marin says one last mow would be beneficial on multiple fronts.  Your lawn will be healthier and you won't have to dread that first spring mow quite as much.

Kewaunee County Sheriff Joski To Re-enlist

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By David Meyer

On this Veterans Day, Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski is readying himself to re-enlist in the military, at age 47.  Joski, a Marine Corp veteran, is in the midst of finalizing his contract with the Army and hopes to be sworn in next week.  One key interaction helped lead Sheriff Joski to the realization that this re-enlistment would be a worthwhile decision.



The process has taken a lot of dedication from Joski, who has been waking up early to work on his conditioning.



He said that because of his service in the Marines, he lives his life by the rule that every day "is a bonus".  Once the process is finalized Joski plans to be attached to a Wisconsin National Guard unit in northeast Wisconsin.  For the full candid five-part interview with Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski please listen to the audio below this story.

City Of Sturgeon Bay Happy With What They Learned Wednesday

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By David Meyer

The City of Sturgeon Bay offered to host Wednesday evening's Climate Change Coalition of Door County meeting because it was interested in learning more.  League of Wisconsin Municipalities assistant director Curt Witynski spoke to city officials about Green Tier Legacy Communities prior to his presentation in the city hall chambers.   City administrator Josh VanLieshout said the he and his co-workers left with some key takeaways.



VanLieshout was encouraged by the discussion and says that the city will continue to move forward in its quest to become a greener city.

Judge Diltz Honored At Picture Hanging Ceremony

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By David Meyer

Exactly six months after he retired, Door County Circuit Court Judge Peter Diltz was honored as his picture was hung in Circuit Court Two to commemorate his service.  Judge Diltz was essentially the man that founded the Circuit Court Two branch at the Door County Justice Center.  At the ceremony today, Judge Diltz was able to reflect on what he hopes his legacy will be, now that he has put away his gavel.



Video of the full picture hanging ceremony is just below the article.


Financial Advisors Urge Investors To Stay Course During Times Of Uncertainty

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By Tim Kowols

Tuesday's election provided another example of how markets react to uncertainty. Much like this summer's Brexit vote, stock futures took a tumble as the selection of a new President looked murky in the early morning hours. The markets have since rebounded since Donald Trump was named the President-elect early Wednesday morning. Tara Pierre of Edward Jones Investments says when you have confidence in your long term plan, you can weather periods of doubt in the markets.

Pierre says any finance-related policies introduced during campaigns often take a long time to implement if they take shape at all. Since Trump was elected, the Dow Jones and Nasdaq indices have posted gains in consecutive days.

Southern Door Athletic Booster Club Adding High Tech Equipment To Help Sports Teams

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By Paul Schmitt

The Southern Door Eagles Sports Booster Club has invested in some new technology to assist the school's coaches and players to review games and practices.  Member Tina Renard explains the use of new field camera technology is leveling the playing field for Southern Door athletes.

Renard says hopes are that the new video resource will also help students gain more attention when it comes to college recruitment and possible athletic scholarship opportunities.  The Southern Door Eagles Booster Club has raised more than $20,000 for athletics at Southern Door over the years.





Victim Identified In Clay Banks Single-Vehicle Crash

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By Tim Kowols

The man involved in a fatal one-vehicle accident Wednesday has been identified. Kristofer M. Stitchman, 38 years old from Leopolis, Wis., died when his vehicle rolled over and struck a cement culvert and trees after entering a ditch. According to a press release from the Door County Sheriff's Department, the crash was caused by traveling too fast on a curve on County U south of Midway Road in the Town of Clay Banks. Toxicology reports are still weeks away, but the medical examiner determined that Stitchman died from injuries related to the crash.

"Winterizing" Your Vehicle: Everything You Need To Know

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By Brandon Enroth

A local auto service facility owner says the most important thing you can do to get your vehicle ready for winter is monitoring your tire pressure. Randy Sahs of Sahs's Collision and Auto Center has a checklist of what you need to monitor  when it comes to winterizing your car .


Good tires with above half-life thread depth is a "must have" before heading into the winter months. Sahs also says that having winter tires can make a big difference when it comes to stopping and turning. One of the most overlooked component during the process is tire pressure, which can drop in the winter two pounds per month.



For more information about winterizing your car, adding a winter safety kit, or Randy's thoughts on automatic car starters please listen to the full interview in the link below:



Sevastopol & Jacksonport To Hold Joint Session Meetings Addressing Clark Lake Problems

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By Brandon Enroth

The towns of Sevastopol and Jacksonport are holding a special joint on Thursday evening to discuss residential concerns involving Clark Lake. Sevastopol Town Chairman Leo Zipperer explains the reason for the joint session.



The meeting was requested by Jacksonport Town Chairman Randy Halstead. He expects a large residential turnout at the meeting and has an understanding about their main concern.



Sevastopol and Jacksonport will only be in joint session discussing and hearing concerns regarding Clark Lake. Then Sevastopol will move to two other items on the agenda involving the construction of a boat ramp in an area off of Haberli Rd, and the transfer of an unused alcohol license to a nearby business in the town of Egg Harbor.



Merry Time Festival Of Trees Opens This Weekend

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By Tim Kowols

A holiday tradition returns to the Door County Maritime Museum this weekend. In its fifth year, the Merry Time Festival of Trees brings 28 trees decorated by local businesses to the Sturgeon Bay museum's exhibit halls along with a series of holiday activities on the weekends. Door County Maritime Museum Executive Director Amy Paul says the Merry Time Festival of Trees has only improved since the event's inception.

Weekend activities include a holiday craft workshop, a day of children's activities, and Santa's annual visit to the Tug John Purves. The Merry Time Festival of Trees ends December 13.

Future Congress Member Gallagher Recaps Victory, Looks Ahead

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By David Meyer

After capturing 63% of the vote in Wisconsin's 8th US House of Representative district, Mike Gallagher will readily acknowledge that his work has only begun.  The Republican is happy to know that his message resonated with so many voters in the area.



And according to Gallagher, he is perfectly comfortable working across the aisle in order to best serve the voters that he represents.



As Gallagher prepares to take office, he expressed excitement over the new way that he will be able to serve the American people.

Door County Humane Society Hosting Shoe Drive

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By David Meyer

The Door County Humane Society has partnered with Funds2Orgs to collect gently worn shoes for people living in developing countries.  Through the partnership, the humane society will be given $0.40 for every pair of shoes collected.  April Delfosse, Door County Humane Society Communications and Development Coordinator says you need to hurry to be a part of this shoe drive, though.



In addition, Saturday will "Gift of Giving" day at Door County Nature Works.  20% of any purchase made at the store will benefit one of four local charities.  The four charities are; the Door County Humane Society, Door CANcer INC., Northern Door Children's Center, and the United Way of Door County.  Door County Nature Works is located in Egg Harbor.

Baileys Harbor Ranked 13 Most Comfortable City To Visit by Expedia

By David Meyer

The Town of Baileys Harbor just earned a comfy recognition from a popular internet travel site.  After compiling data from thousands of 2015 Expedia travel reviews, Baileys Harbor was voted the 13th most comfortable city for travelers nationwide.  Brynn Swanson, Marketing Coordinator for Baileys Harbor Community Association, elaborated on what makes Baileys Harbor so inviting for tourists.



Baileys Harbor was in fact, the only Wisconsin city to make the list.  Swanson adds that five local restaurants will stay open through the winter season and is very excited about what that will mean for the town.  To view the full list visit the following link

Algoma Hardwoods Set To Close Its Doors

By Tim Kowols

Architectural door and mineral core manufacturer Masonite International Corporation announced Wednesday that it plans to close its facility in Algoma. According to the company press release, Masonite will begin reducing its production at Algoma Hardwoods gradually beginning in January before ceasing operations in June. City administrator Jeff Wiswell calls this a big blow for the community.

Algoma Hardwoods employed approximately 150 to 180 people and has been making high-quality door products for over a century.  Wiswell says they have already reached out to local, state, and federal legislators to see what the next step will be.

Door County Looking To Begin Men's Anti-Domestic Violence Program

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By David Meyer

An anti-domestic violence program currently being run in the Fox Valley will be spreading to Door County if all goes according to plan.  HELP of Door County CEO Steve Vickman recently attended the "Voices of Men" breakfast in Appleton.  Vickman is putting in the legwork to bring that program to Door County, in hopes that it will help stop domestic violence locally.



Vickman currently is attempting to wrangle up enough community support to make the Door County version a reality.  The Fox Valley conference is attended by roughly a thousand men and was held on November 2nd at the Radisson Paper Valley.  The purpose of the breakfast to equip men with ways to own the domestic violence problem and stand against the culture that can lead to it, according to Vickman.

Door County Habitat For Humanity Holiday Tradition Continues With Fruit Cake Sale

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By Tim Kowols

A day of baking fruit cakes has helped provide the financial foundation for many homes for low-income families in Door County. Last week, volunteers for Door County Habitat for Humanity gathered to bake fruit cakes in a tradition as old as the organization itself. Door County Habitat for Humanity Board Secretary Kathy Sanden says the practice started with an idea from one board member.

The approximately 700 fruitcakes are sold at area churches and businesses annually to help support its home builds and Brush with Kindness programs. The Door County Habitat for Humanity hopes to celebrate its 25th year with its 40th home build next year.

Numerous Algoma Departments Still Impacted By Outage

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By David Meyer

The City of Algoma is asking that residents who need to contact any of the city departments do so in person today.  A single car crash yesterday knocked out phone lines and the city still does not have phone or internet capabilities.  At the moment the only way to get in contact with city hall, the fire department, or the library is by stopping in.


Gallagher Wins 8th Congressional Seat With Decisive Win over Nelson

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By Paul Schmitt

Republican Mike Gallagher defeated Democrat Tom Nelson to win a two-year term in Washington, D.C. representing Wisconsin's Eighth Congressional District.   Gallagher, a Green Bay native will replace current Congressman Reid Ribble who decided not to run for another term earlier this year.  Gallagher a retired marine celebrated with a party in Howard as he announced his victory to supporters late last night after getting more than 60% of the votes.  Nelson a past state legislator and is currently the Outagamie County Executive.  Gallagher will take office in January.



Kitchens Retains First District Assembly Seat

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By Tim Kowols

Rep. Joel Kitchens will keep his seat in Madison after defeating Democratic challenger Lynn Utesch.  The Sturgeon Bay Republican captured over 60% of the vote in First District Assembly precincts located in Kewaunee and part of Brown Counties, and just shy of 58 percent in Door County. Rep. Kitchens says it is gratifying to be re-elected by his constituents.

When the Wisconsin Legislature returns to Madison in the coming months for its next session, Rep. Kitchens hopes to continue his work in the areas of groundwater and education.



City Of Kewaunee Barely Passes Referendum For Tax Levy Increase

By Paul Schmitt

Kewaunee's referendum to raise the city's tax levy passed in a close vote Tuesday night. The referendum passed by a slim 690-649 margin and will allow the city to increase the levy for the 2016 tax bill by a total of 16.76 percent, or $175,000 per year. Kewaunee Clerk Jamie Jackson says voter turnout was softer than anticipated.



The levy increase to the City portion of the tax bill would mean an approximate $100 increase on a property valued at $100,000.


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By Paul Schmitt

Northern Door Children's Center Bucking Trend On Early Childhood Expulsion Rates

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By Tim Kowols

Pre-kindergarteners are more likely to be expelled from their schools and educational programs than their older peers according to a recent study. Dr. Walter S. Gilliam from the Yale University Child Study Center showed in 2015 that just over 10 percent of the nation's prekindergarten teachers had expelled at least one student in the previous 12 months and the overall expulsion rate at early childhood centers is 3.2 times higher than it is at K-12 institutions.  Expulsion for reasons such as developmental rates and staffing levels could leave some kids left behind. Northern Door Children's Center Executive Director Cindy Trinkner-Peot knows the statistics, but believes her educated staff and its tight knit community are reasons why they have never expelled a student under her watch.



According to the study, the expulsion rate per 1,000 prekindergarten students in Wisconsin is 7.34, which ranks 18th out of 40 states with programs. The staff members at the Northern Door Children's Center either have degrees in early childhood education or in the process of earning one.


Energy Efficient Home In Sister Bay Hosts Third Open House

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By Tim Kowols

Attendees to an in-construction open house in Sister Bay on Friday can learn why a quiet home is an energy efficient home. It will mark the third time people will be able to check in on the progress of the home located at 10204 Kinsey Bay Lane in northern Door County designed by architect Virge Temme. During the mini seminars, Temme says she, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program rater Tom Krawczyk, and John Hippensteel from Lake Michigan Wind and Sun will discuss the importance of checking for possible leakages in ductwork and solar electric and heating.

Open house hours are from 12-4 p.m. The final open house for the Sister Bay home will take place in May.

First Phase Of Kewaunee School District Improvements Nearing Completion

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By Tim Kowols

Phase 1 of the construction and renovation project at Kewaunee School District is nearing completion. The new auxiliary gym is set to host its first basketball tournament while its revamped fitness center is set to get its equipment on Wednesday. With the agriculture education center set to host classes starting after the holiday break and other parts of the building close to completion, Kewaunee School District Superintendent Karen Treml says students and staff are anxious to experience their new settings.

Kewaunee School District broke ground on the projects in April after passing a $16.2 million referendum in 2015. Phase 2 of the project will include the replacement of some of its mechanical systems and renovations to classrooms.

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Power Outage Impairs Voting At Algoma City Hall, Polls Still Open

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By Tim Kowols

Voters in Algoma had to deal with a little more than just long lines this morning after a single-vehicle crash knocked out the power and Internet to a polling site. After 8 a.m. Tuesday morning, a garbage truck knocked down a power line and Internet service line behind city hall near Algoma Elementary School. City administrator Jeff Wiswell says city crews, election workers, and staff members have been hard at work to get everything back online.

Wiswell hopes power and the Internet will be restored by this afternoon, but contingency plans are currently in place to allow residents to continue voting. No one was hurt in the accident and no additional damage was reported.

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Brussels Home Suffers Smoke Damage in Basement Fire

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By Tim Kowols

The basement of a Brussels home was damaged when a fire started Monday evening. The Brussels-Union-Gardner Fire Department reported to 9797 Cemetery Road just after 4 p.m. when the owner called in a report of smoke in the basement. Crews were able to see flames through the windows and were able to contain the fire to the basement before extinguishing it and leaving the scene at 6 p.m. B.U.G. Fire Chief Curt Vandertie says it was a good thing the owner was nearby.

Vandertie says the upstairs portion of the home only suffered smoke damage. No one was hurt in the blaze and the investigation into the exact cause of the fire is ongoing.

Polls Open For Voting Until 8PM Tonight---Area Election Results Coverage On WBDK 96.7FM Starts At 8 PM

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By Paul Schmitt

Election Day is finally here and polls will remain open until 8 p.m. tonight.   Any elector waiting to vote, whether within the polling booth or in the line outside the booth at the time the polls officially close are still permitted to vote.  Wisconsin now requires voters to have photo ID in order to vote.  Jay Heck of Common Cause Wisconsin clarifies what is needed at the polls.



Eligible voters must have one of nine different photo identification cards to participate, such as a passport, driver's license, or military ID. and WBDK will update the area election night races tonight starting at 8pm.


Eagle Tower Fund Receives $100,000 Matching Grant For Project

By Brandon Enroth


The Eagle Tower Fund received great news on Monday morning, as a local foundation has agreed to a matching grant of $100,000. Eagle Tower Fund Campaign Director Rachel Stollenwerk explains what this donation means to them.



The 75-foot tall observation tower has been a historic landmark in Peninsula State Park going back to its opening in 1932. The 101 step climb to the top of the observation tower gives breathtaking views of the bay of Green Bay, surrounding islands, and the upper side of the Michigan shoreline. Stollenwerk hopes that the news of the grant approval will help continue to spread the word about the project and increase the endless amount of community support.



The news of the grant arrives only weeks after an initial $100,000 donation was confirmed which allowed the project committee and state department to move forward with the selection of an architect/engineer. To follow along with the Eagle Tower project and to learn more about the Eagle Tower Fund, log onto



Body Of Green Bay Man Found After Seven Hour Search And Rescue Attempt

By Tim Kowols

The body of a Green Bay man was discovered shortly after 10:30 Monday morning after a seven-hour search and recovery in the Kewaunee Harbor.  According to Kewaunee County Police Chief Frank Salentine,  43-year-old Robert Umentum III's body was recovered by divers. The Door County Dive Team, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the US Coast Guard all assisted in the search that began shortly after 3 a.m. after a resident reported hearing someone cry out for help.  The man's fishing tackle and personal items were found in the water.    Also assisting in the search were officers from the Kewaunee County Sheriff Department and the Kewaunee Police Department. Kewaunee Public Works, Rescue and Fire personnel were also involved.  




Stress Rises With Increased Holiday Spending

By Tim Kowols

Santa Claus may be well over a month away, but consumers can start planning now on how to tackle their holiday shopping season. The National Retail Federation expects sales to increase 3.6 percent in November and December 2016, with American consumers earmarking an average over $935 for holiday shopping.  Gay Pustaver from Money Management Counselors says it is normal this time of year to have stress with the bills that come with shopping.

Pustaver suggests thinking outside of the box for gift giving this year such as memberships to area attractions and tickets to special events.



Luxemburg's Main Street Improvements Almost Complete

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By Tim Kowols

Within the next week, the redeveloped Main Street in the village of Luxemburg will be lit up, culminating the multi-month construction project. Crews have been working on the project since shortly after the Kewaunee County Fair ended as they replaced sewer pipes and improved sidewalks and curbs. Village President Ken Tebon says lighting and other aesthetic improvements should be done soon, which is impressive given the obstacles crews faced.

Tebon says the project has helped spur additional development in the village, including two new buildings near downtown on Commerce Drive.

City, Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront Reject Settlement Offers

By Tim Kowols

A plan to move a west side hotel away from the waterfront was nixed by the city of Sturgeon Bay earlier this year. According to the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront, the group and the developer were able to reach a possible solution, moving the building to closer to Madison Avenue in a spot now partially occupied by parking spots in front of the Door County Maritime Museum. The alternate plan could have potentially created a conservation easement zone for public, non-commercial use. Dan Collins, from the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront, says the compromise with the developer ultimately went nowhere.

In an email from city administrator Josh VanLieshout, he said he could not comment on the closed session deliberations of the Sturgeon Bay Common Council and Waterfront Redevelopment Authority, but confirmed both groups had turned down each other's settlement offers. The Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront is currently suing the city, the developer and the city's Waterfront Redevelopment Authority for what they call violations to the public trust doctrine in a case that could go to trial in February.

Proximity Of Partner Hospitals Advantage For Door County Medical Center

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By David Meyer

Door County Medical Center thought it would be nice to have a friend just down the road.  The decision to partner with Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) was driven in part because proximity.  While their partnership with Ministry continued the closest hospitals were just too far away.  Now, that the switch to HSHS has been made, Door County Medical Center will be able to provide better programming according to CEO and President Gerald Worrick.



Worrick adds that some current employees formerly worked at St. Vincent or St. Mary's Hospitals in Green Bay and are excited to join HSHS again

Hutchinson's Therapy Dogs Helping Veterans Heal

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By David Meyer

Some local therapy dogs are taking a short drive to Green Bay every week to make a world of difference.  Nancy Hutchinson, founder of Adopt a Soldier Door County, regularly takes her dogs to the VA in Green Bay.  And according to Hutchinson, some of the progress she has seen as a result of the dogs and veterans interacting has been very real.



Since the discovery of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) therapy dogs have become a large part of the healing process.

Door County YMCA Offers Array Of Programming For Wisdom Wednesday

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By David Meyer

The YMCA brings in local experts to talk about a wide range of subjects on Wisdom Wednesday.  That's why the Door County YMCA is much more than a pool and basketball courts.  The Wisdom Wednesday schedule for November will be full of insights that you should try to work into your Thanksgiving dinner conversation.  Door County YMCA CEO Tom Beerntsen elaborates on the upcoming class.



Topics include: talking to your animals, estate planning, and opportunities with Write On, Door County.  Wisdom Wednesday programs start at 9:50 AM at the Southern Door YMCA and 10:00 AM at the Northern Door YMCA.

Local Fire Chief Details "Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery"

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By David Meyer

Many people remember the phrase "change your clock, change your battery".  As we just changed our clocks, local fire departments are encouraging citizens to checkup on their smoke alarms.  But, Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Chief Chris Hecht says new technology has changed what that checkup entails.



Hecht encourages applying the same logic to carbon monoxide detectors.  Something he said tends to be overlooked but is equally important.

Pastoral Perspective On Political Divide Post Election

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By David Meyer

One local pastor has some advice on how to heal the political division caused by diverse opinions about Tuesday's election.  According to Pastor Cory Dahl of First Baptist Church in Sturgeon Bay, scripture tells us some countercultural things about healing the divide.  One of the examples Pastor Dahl provides can be applied to politics and beyond.



Beyond that, he says that Christians are supposed to pray for elected leaders, regardless of their party affiliation.

Proper High Beam Usage Critical For Road Safety

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By David Meyer

When daylight dwindles and deer start becoming more mobile, correct usage of high beams becomes an important practice.  In an effort to see more clearly, drivers should use their high-beam headlights when driving in darkness.  But, Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski has tips for what to do when you are sharing the road with someone who has forgotten to dim their lights.



In addition, during fog, rain, and snow it is harder for drivers to see when they have their high beams on.  The reason being, in those situations your lights will be reflected back and cause a glare.   So the use of low beams and/or fog lamps is recommended for drivers in fog, rain, or snow.

Climate Change Coalition Of Door County Finds Receptive Audience

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By David Meyer

As the national debate regarding climate change rages on, here in Door County the Climate Change Coalition has found some solid footing.  Because climate change or global warming has become such a major political talking point over the last decade, some counties have shied away from taking a firm stance.  But Virge Temme with the Climate Change Coalition of Door County discusses why the area has been so supportive of the coalition.



The group continues to put together thought provoking programs.  On Wednesday, Curt Witynski, assistant director of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities will speak at the monthly program.  His talk "Wisconsin's Most Innovative Local Governments:  Green Tier Legacy Communities" will start at 7 pm in the City of Sturgeon Bay Council Chambers.

Boys And Girls Club Of Door County Using Garden For More Than Food

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By David Meyer

At the Boys and Girls Club of Door County sometimes a tomato is more than a tomato.  That is because the organization has increasingly incorporated their garden into the programming.  Boys and Girls Club CEO Julie Davis describes why the garden has become such an asset for her program.



The garden has been a huge success with the kids.  It is ideas like this that enable Davis to say that her club is "more than babysitting".  For more information on the Boys and Girls Club of Door County, visit

Daylight Savings Reminder

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By David Meyer

This is a friendly reminder from the staff at and the radio stations, that tonight is the end of daylight savings time.  This means that we will "fall back" and gain an hour of sleep.  Please set your clocks accordingly.  The time switch will officially happen at 2 AM.



Eagle Tower Anticipates Selling Old Wood For Fundraising

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By David Meyer

You could own a piece of a Door County iconic history and by doing so be part of replacing the Peninsula Park Eagle Tower. Many people have expressed interest in owning part of the old tower.  As fundraising to replace the beloved structure continues, it appears that dream will become a reality.  Eagle Tower Fund Campaign Director Rachel Stollenwerk elaborates on the likelihood.



To stay updated on the latest news with Eagle Tower visit

Kewaunee County 4-H Award Winners

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By David Meyer

Two area high school students have earned a prestigious 4-H award.  Kayla Bosman of Luxemburg and Torie Benzshawel of Casco took home the 2016 Key Awards at the Kewaunee County 4-H banquet.  Jill Jorgensen, Kewaunee County 4-H Youth Development Educator details all the characteristics displayed by these two leaders.



Bosman and Benzshawel have each been involved in 4-H since they were in elementary school.  To win the Key Award a student is required to have been in 4-H for three years.  They must also serve as a youth leader for at least one year prior to being eligible.

Sturgeon Bay Rotary On A Mission To Transform Little Lake

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By David Meyer

Sturgeon Bay Rotarians are working hard to make sure big things happen at Little Lake.  Volunteers got down and dirty Saturday as around 90 trees and emergent plant plugs were planted around the water.  The Rotary club has teamed up multiple other organizations to try and bring new life to Little Lake at Sunset Park.  Sturgeon Bay Rotary Environmental Protection Co-Committee Chair Roger Anderson details the long-term plans for Little Lake.



The hope is that Little Lake will be able to recapture its glory days once the transformation is complete.  Video of the kickoff speech that was given to volunteers before the digging started is below this story.


Door County Sees Great Turnout For Hazardous Waste Collection

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By David Meyer

Door County families will have a lot less hazardous materials, thanks to a program sponsored by the county highway department today. Locals were arriving early and often to dispose of their hazardous waste.  But, the staff was prepared for the early onslaught, as the two vehicle lines were moving quickly.  Door County Highway Department Head John Kolodziej is proud of the turnout he has seen over the last two days.



Door County residents took full advantage of the events which allowed them to dispose of nearly any hazardous material.  The employees disposing of the waste were suited up as they sorted through the different waste materials.  Video of the disposal process is just below the article.



Planning Not Planting The First Step In A Farmer's Succession Plan

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By Paul Schmitt

Starting an initial conversation at home about turning over a family farm to the next generation is a good first step in a farmer's succession plan.  Attorney Stacy Vogeltanz of Ross Estate Planning says a farm should be treated like a business.



Vogeltanz says farmers need to evaluate if the farm is going to be inherited or sold to one child or more than one of their children.  The two biggest concerns Vogeltanz hears are that people do not know where to start and how to treat all their children fairly.  For the complete interview with Stacy Vogeltanz on Farm Succession, go to the links below:




Door County Medical Center Brings Top Notch Care To New Partnership

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By David Meyer

Door County Medical Center says their nationally recognized services will only improve as they transition to the partnership with Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS).  DCMC CEO and President Gerald Worrick says the general public shouldn't see any type of change in how the hospital is run.  Which should be pleasing to the ears of locals, as the hospital continues to function as a top notch rural health facility.  Here is Worrick commenting on some of the current accolades the hospital is celebrating.



Worrick adds that there is currently a safety streak of 313 days and counting without a patient fall.  On top of the continued dedication to patient safety, Worrick is grateful that Door County Medical Center will be less corporate.  He says that the new partnership will allow the hospital board to make more decisions, rather than an out of state health care corporation.

Group Accuses City Of Trying To Influence Public Trust Doctrine Discussions

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By Tim Kowols

A member of the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront group is charging the city with informally requesting elected officials in Madison to enact a state law impacting the development of a west side hotel. The legislation would exempt the parcel on Sturgeon Bay's west waterfront from current public doctrine laws, making the sale of it to a private developer possible. Dan Collins, from the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront, says city officials should not need a state law to change to justify their actions.

Senator Frank Lasee introduced legislation last year called the Private Property Rights Package that would have allowed some land currently protected by the public trust doctrine to be made available if it has been dry land for more than 40 years. The specific part of the legislation was removed from the overall bill before it was signed in April. You can read Collins' Letter to the Editor on our opinion page.

Door County Makers Space Offers Building For Artists – Series

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By David Meyer

Entrepreneurs, artists, musicians and anyone looking for space might find a solution in downtown Sturgeon Bay.  A unique, multipurpose facility open to artists and entrepreneurs of all varieties is called Door County Makers Space.  Operated by Kelly Avenson, Door County Makers Space will, for a small fee, provide meeting or performing space and also an opportunity to artists to connect with potential clients on an appointment basis.  Co-owner Kelly Avenson shares what's possible.



At the suggestion of her husband Elliot, the space has also started to be utilized for house style concerts.  So far the venue has hosted two intimate musical performances and has booked a third for November 26th.  The space will also be hosting a Holiday Pop-up Shop on November 18th from 5-9 PM.  The event will feature multiple local artists selling their artwork on the same night as the Sturgeon Bay Christmas Tree lighting.  This is the first story in a series highlighting the art culture in Door County.

37th Annual Southern Door Arts & Crafts Fair Featuring over 130 booths This Sunday

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By Paul Schmitt

Door County's Largest Craft Show under one roof is this Sunday at The Southern Door Schools.  Over 130 booths will be featured at the 37th Annual Arts & Crafts Fair.  The event is sponsored by the Southern Door Athletic Booster Club and will include more than just arts and crafts, according to member Tina Renard.



Admission to the 37th Annual Arts & Crafts Fair at Southern Door Schools is $2 and includes drawings for door prizes every half-hour from 9am until 3pm.   A free shuttle will be available for attendees.  All proceeds from the fair go to supporting Southern Door School Sports.   The Booster Club has raised more than $200,000 for athletics at the school over the years, according to Renard.


Kewaunee County, Bank Of Luxemburg Partner To Support Local Food Pantry

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By Brandon Enroth

Kewaunee County Residents will have the opportunity to recycle their old electronic equipment this coming Saturday in Casco. The Bank of Luxemburg is hosting this electronic drive, with a portion of the donations going to the LC Food Pantry. Kewaunee County IT Director Ross Loining shares what electronics are being accepted for donations.



According to Loining, the offices of Kewaunee County have already gathered up 55 PCs, 10 printers, and an assortment of keyboards and mice for their donation. Before donating your electronics, Loining recommends to check and make sure all personal information is removed from your devices.



For every pallet that is filled up with electronics, Cyber Green LLC of Green Bay will donate $10 to the LC Food Pantry. This fundraising event is open to the public on Saturday November 5th from 8:00 am till Noon at the Luxemburg Bank branch in Casco.



Door County YMCA Creates Day To Honor Military

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By David Meyer

The Door County YMCA is honoring area veterans by offering free admission to both facilities on Veteran's Day. The purpose for the day isn't to sell the YMCA, but just to thank the military and allow them to spend some family time at the Y.  YMCA CEO Tom Beerntsen describes what to expect on this great day.



This program will be happening at both the Southern Door and recently renovated Northern Door County YMCA sites.

Kewaunee County Prepares Citizens For Election Day

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By Brandon Enroth

With Tuesday's election being only five days away, Kewaunee County officials are making efforts to better prepare their citizens for when they come to cast their ballots. The county has been encouraging citizens to vote early through absentee voting. County Clerk Jamie Annoye says the turnout for absentee voter participants has been high so far this year.



Annoye reports that at least 7% of the eligible voters in Kewaunee County have already cast an absentee ballot with their municipal clerk. For those voters heading out to the polls on Tuesday, Annoye says there are some things to keep in mind when heading to the polling locations



The polls will be open from 7:00 am-8:00 pm on November 8th, and eligible voters in Kewaunee County will have the option to cast either a paper ballot or use a touch screen voting machine.


Cold Weather, Rising Costs Expected To Fuel Higher Heating Costs

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By Tim Kowols

With propane and natural gas prices on the rise and the Old Farmer's Almanac predicting a colder than average winter, consumers can expect to pay more to heat their homes. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel says homeowners and renters can expect to pay up to 30 percent more for heating this year. Jeff Blemke from Ultimate Air in Luxemburg says there are ways you can save your furnace and your pocketbook.

Blemke also recommends setting the thermostat back four degrees during the winter months and not turning the furnace off for long periods of time during spurts of extreme cold as other ways to get your home or business heated efficiently.

Door County Steering Away From Wheel Tax Idea

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By David Meyer

Door County has considered the pros and cons of a wheel tax like the one recently passed in Milwaukee County and are hoping to go in a different direction.  A wheel tax would charge driving residents more money when they renew their annual registration fee.  The implementation of wheel taxes has started across the country to generate money for road maintenance.  Ken Pabich, Door County Administrator says that after doing some research there seemed like better options for the area.



An option that gained a little more traction was a .5% sales tax increase, designated to help pay for road repair.  The thought being that it would even the playing field for residents and tourists who use the same roads.  But, it did not get into the legislator before they went on recess.

Sturgeon Bay Holiday Art Crawl Hopes To Capitalize On Creative Momentum

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By David Meyer

A popular local event is expanding its reach by lengthening their crawl.  Now in its tenth year, the Sturgeon Bay Holiday Art Crawl will expand to three days.  Sturgeon Bay artist Faith Frykman, who is one of the artists being showcased, elaborates on why the event has been so successful.



In total, 23 local artists will be displaying their art on November 19th and 20th during the art crawl.  Festivities begin with a reception, Friday evening at Popelka Trenchard Glass and Gallery where all the artists will have one of their pieces on display.  For more information about the crawl, and a printable map visit

Sturgeon Bay: The HeART of Door County

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Civil Discourse An Occasional Attempt To Restore Civility To Our Civic Discourse

By Roger Utnehmer

Civil Discourse

An Occasional Attempt To Restore

Civility To Our Civic Discourse



President and CEO

November 3, 2016

"Sturgeon Bay:  The HeART of Door County"


Sturgeon Bay has no problem listening to a local brain trust can't make better.

Retired  marketing genius Tom Jordon is an example.  His recent books, which are pictorial histories of Door County, show the rich traditions, personalities and natural resources that create character and charm.  During Tom's developing love affair with all things Sturgeon Bay and Door County he recognized the arts as a potential economic development turbo-charged engine of growth.


And now for the genius part.


Tom suggests that Sturgeon Bay be marketed as "Sturgeon Bay:  The HeART of Door County."  That verbal and visual image could unify every area arts organization and the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Bureau and make the county's largest city it's "Arts Heart."


After a thirty-year career, capped as CEO of one of America's best advertising agencies, Jordon has become an active contributor to a better community.  His first book, "The Secret Treasures of Door County: Sturgeon Bay," is available for purchase at the Door County Community Foundation, with all proceeds donated to the foundation. ( a copy for Christmas.). His second will be out soon.


To expand on the suggestion that Sturgeon Bay be marketed as "The HeART of Door County," the local arts community, comprised with a significant millennial component, does have potential to become an economic development turbo-charged engine of growth.


By working to foster celebration of artists, Sturgeon Bay can bring people together.

With a focus on becoming more millennial-friendly, young artists can be made to feel welcome and respected.


Just look to the recently-formed Steel Bridge Arts District.  Composed of Popelka Trenchard Glass, The Holiday Music Motel and Margaret Lockwood Gallery, these art entrepreneurs are generating tax dollars, creating jobs and becoming a tourist magnet.


Sturgeon Bay has an under-utilized band shell in Martin Park.  Making it available to near-adults and young adults for performances could foster a better relationship between a generation in Sturgeon Bay that often expresses a sense of estrangement from the power structure.  Creating an expanded role for city government to bring millennials into the fabric of our community can start with artists.


Other communities successfully reduced the paperwork and fees to rent facilities, promoted "plug and play" opportunities for musicians, welcomed young chalk artists with "ChalkFests," and promoted a "Year of the Arts."


What suggestions do you have to connect under-employed artists, ranging from poets and authors, to glass-blowers and painters, to song-writers and performers with the many under-utilized facilities available in what could become the HeART of Door County?


Visionaries like Tom Jordon see promotion of the arts as an economic development turbo-charged engine of growth.


That's my opinion.  I'd like to hear YOURS.

Highway Department Secures Grant For Hazardous Waste Collection

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By David Meyer

Hazardous waste is generated by countless sources and industries within Door County.  The ramifications of incorrect disposal of hazardous waste cause harm to humans, animals, and plants.  You will have the opportunity to dispose of items such as batteries, paint thinner, and rat poison, among other things, at a hazardous waste collection event in Door County.  Door County Highway Department Head John Kolodziej encourages you to take advantage of the event, as it doesn't happen every year.



The free collection event will be held on Friday in Sister Bay at the Fire Station from 3:30 to 5:30 PM.  The second hazardous waste collection will occur on Saturday morning in Sturgeon Bay, at the Door County Highway Department from 8 to 10 AM.

Ephraim And Gibraltar Fire Departments Save Kayaker

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By David Meyer

A man was rescued by the Ephraim and Gibraltar Fire Departments after two workers saw him hanging onto his kayak about 200 yards from shore.  The man in his 50s was in the water for about an hour before the call came in and was taken to Sturgeon Bay to be treated for mild hypothermia.  The incident took place in the Bay of Green Bay near North Shore Road in Ephraim on Tuesday.  Ephraim Fire Chief Justin MacDonald says the rescue was a true team effort.



Chief MacDonald said that there were around three foot waves when the kayaker either fell or rolled out of his vessel.

Deer Vs. Vehicle Accidents Continue To Rise

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By David Meyer

Kewaunee County is well on its way to setting a new record for deer vs. vehicle accidents.  In 2015 a new high mark was set, as 502 accidents involving deer were reported.  Through the first ten months of 2016 there have already been 391 reported accidents, putting it on pace to break that record yet again.  Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski comments on the unpredictability of deer that can frustrate even the most aware of drivers.



As deer hunting picks up so does the movement of deer.  Joski says that while everyone wants to avoid hitting deer, it is very important not to swerve out of your lane to do so.  He says applying your brakes as quickly and safely as possible is the best solution.

Door County Medical Center And Hospital Sisters Health System Officially Begin Partnership

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By Paul Schmitt

Door County Medical Center (DCMC) officially transitioned from its affiliation with Ascension-Ministry Health Care to its partnership with Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) on Tuesday. The new organizational structure, in which HSHS enters into a minority interest affiliation with DCMC, will allow DCMC to continue to operate as a locally led and controlled hospital in partnership with HSHS.  DCMC remains a Catholic institution and CEO and President Gerald Worrick says the new partnership will offer new opportunities while still being a continued source of trusted, expert health care in the region.



HSHS has 14 hospitals and more than 200 physician clinic sites in Wisconsin and Illinois. DCMC has five locations in Door and Kewaunee Counties, with a 25-bed acute-care hospital and outpatient medical center in Sturgeon Bay that offers a full range of services and specialties.

NWTC Progressing In Sister Bay

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By Tim Kowols

Work is moving forward on Northeast Wisconsin Technical College's planned facility in Sister Bay. While crews are taking measurements for remodeling to the former bank building, Town of Liberty Grove and NWTC officials are working together on what the campus should include. Town chairperson John Lowry is optimistic on what the new college campus will be able to provide to the community.



Lowry believes the Sister Bay campus will be open for students and community members in the spring.

Packers And "Hometown Huddle" Help Algoma Build New Ice Skating Rink's Warming House

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By Paul Schmitt

Three Green Bay Packers along with United Way volunteers and Algoma Wolves tech students worked together to put the finishing touches on the new warming house at Peterson Park Tuesday where the new ice skating rink will be featured.  Algoma Parks & Rec Director Sara Robertson says the city was approached by the Packers' outreach coordinator Amanda Wery to apply for a grant to help fund the project.



The NFL Play60 program has football players work on area community projects on their day off during the season.  Packer offensive lineman Jason Spriggs says it's important for him and histeammates to give back to the community.


Since 1999, NFL teams have participated in a variety of hands-on community service projects, known as the Hometown Huddle. The NFL-United Way Hometown Huddle is a league

wide day of service designed to bring awareness and impact to the issue of youth health and fitness.


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United Way Volunteers

Jason Spriggs, Makington Dorleant, and Christian Ringo Packers  Hometown Huddle

Green Bay Packers Jason Spriggs, Makington Dorleant, and Christian Ringo

City To Stop Snowblowing Downtown Sturgeon Bay Sidewalks

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By Tim Kowols

The Sturgeon Bay Common Council voted 5-1 Tuesday to eliminate snowblowing on downtown sidewalks.  Almost all of the Common Council members remarked during discussions that they had received phone calls from business owners and residents up until the meeting, causing District 4 alderperson Rick Wiesner to remove the measure from the consent agenda. Municipal Services Director Bob Bordeau said the city polled municipalities on their snow removal procedures after Egg Harbor businesses wanted their sidewalks to be plowed like those located in downtown. Ten responded and all said they did not provide the service, with one citing its legality.


District 1 alderperson Kelly Catarozoli was against the proposed elimination, stating she sees a very big difference between the habits of people visiting downtown businesses as opposed to those in other parts of the city like on Egg Harbor Road.


Administrator Josh VanLieshout told the Common Council that no snow removal agreement exists between the city and the downtown businesses and could not find when the practice first started.

Episcopal Churches To Install New Clergy This Weekend

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By Tim Kowols

Church of Christ the King in Sturgeon Bay and Holy Nativity Church in Jacksonport will install new clergy during a Celebration of New Ministries this Saturday. The Episcopal Diocese of Fond du Lac will install Reverend Olin K. Sletto as Vicar and Reverend John Koski as Deacon during the traveling event. Fr. Sletto is used to traveling, having been a missionary with his wife Connie in French-speaking parts of Africa for 15 years before settling down as pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Elgin, Ill. After retiring to Jacksonport in 2014, Fr. Sletto hopes to adapt to his new role.

Deacon Koski, ordained in Milwaukee, works in the special education department at Sturgeon Bay High School. You can help celebrate their installation as church leaders beginning at 10 a.m. at the Church of Christ the King in Sturgeon Bay before services continue in Jacksonport at Holy Nativity.

Healthy Door County Looks To Make Its Impact In The School Cafeteria

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By Tim Kowols

After finding out in a 2014 Door County Youth Risk Behavior survey  that only 41.4 percent of high school students ate fruit once or more in the past week, one organization looked to the flip the trend. Representatives from Healthy Door County have been meeting with area school district food service directors to try to incorporate a variety of different fruits and vegetables into a student's diet. Healthy Door County educator Sara Mckillop says being visible in school cafeterias has had a positive impact.

After their grant from the Center for Disease Control expired, Healthy Door County partnered with school districts, government entities, businesses, and local non-profits to help the program continue.


Algoma WolfTech Manufacturing Connections In The Community

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By Tim Kowols

Algoma WolfTech Lab is proving to be more than just an asset to students looking to find a new career. In addition to its role in Tuesday's Green Bay Packers Hometown Huddle service project, the Algoma WolfTech lab has invited community members to check out the facilities and even build something during their Fab Lab events. Algoma School District Superintendent Nick Cochart says it is just another way for his students to interact with the community.

Algoma Wolf Tech was formed in 2011 with help from local manufacturers and has the equipment to handle CNC machining, fabrication, and wood crafts. You can follow Algoma Wolf Tech on Facebook for updates on what they are building and upcoming Fab Lab events.

Climate Change Coalition Of Door County Presentation To Focus On Sustainable Communities

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By Tim Kowols

The Climate Change Coalition of Door County will host a presentation about creating sustainable communities next week. The focus of the talk will be on the Green Tier Legacy Communities program, a joint effort of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, the state Department of Natural Resources, 1000 Friends of Wisconsin, and other groups. LWM assistant director Curt Witynski says the purpose of the program is to foster sustainable practices to have a positive impact on the land and water.

According to Witnyski, no cities, towns, or villages in Door and Kewaunee counties are a part of the Green Tier Legacy Communities program. You can listen to the presentation on November 9 inside the Sturgeon Bay Common Council Chambers beginning at 7 p.m.

Plenty Of Work Remains For Local Area Orchard Owners

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By Brandon Enroth

Just because the fruit is off the trees at local area orchards, doesn't mean that there's no work left to be done. Local Sturgeon Bay orchard owner Steve Wood says one of the biggest challenges following the harvest includes mowing the entire property so they can eliminate the nesting of rodents in their fields during the winter.



Thanks to a successful harvest, Wood has a larger task in front of him: distributing the rest of his inventory.



Orchard owners hope to improve on last year's harvest of 51.9 million pounds which is down 5% from 2014, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

Little Lake Restoration Project Planting Trees And Shrubs Saturday Before Entering Dredging Phase

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By Paul Schmitt

The Little Lake Restoration Project in Sturgeon Bay is moving forward with a planting of 90 trees and shrubs this Saturday in the Engineered Wetland south of Little Lake.  Rotarians, Master Gardeners, and other volunteers planted 1,100 emergent plant plugs back in July as the first of three phases of the project is being implemented.  Rotary Environmental Protection Committee Co-Chair Roger Anderson says he will be meeting with the city this Thursday and explains the expensive next phase of dredging the lake.



Anderson says additional volunteer are welcome to help on Saturday morning for the planting of trees and shrubs and should be at Little Lake by 9:30am.  Little Lake is located by Sunset Park off of Third Avenue in Sturgeon Bay.  The planting should only take a few hours since pre-holes have been dug already, according to Anderson.


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