News Archives for 2016-12

Sanitation Policies Play Key Role In Preventing Germ Spreading At YMCA

By Brandon Enroth


Members of the YMCA are required to abide by a certain list of sanitation guidelines in order to prevent the spreading of germs throughout their workout facilities. A recent report released by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services stating 161 cases of the flu have been reported so far this season, and 95 of those cases required hospitalization. According to a recent article released by Fitness Magazine, some of the "germ hot spots" gym-users should be aware of are the free weights, weight machines, and medicine balls.  Northern Door County YMCA Executive Director Heidi Erickson talks about their expectations when it comes to equipment sanitation.



Erickson says with the expected increase of member activity at the YMCA beginning on January 1st though the end of February, the staff is asking members to be diligent about following these guidelines. Erickson recommended that out of common courtesy for other members if a member is feeling feeling sick or has flu-like-symptoms to stay home and recover instead of coming into the facility and potentially spread more germs.



Local Classic Guitarist George Sawyn Playing Variety Of Music For Over 50 Years

By Paul Schmitt

Music has always been a big part of local musician George Sawyn's life going back to his early teens when Rock 'n Roll was coming to age in the early 1960's.  Sawyn , a classic guitarist who moved to Door County from Illinois seven years ago, says his mother's love for Chet Atkins songs was a major influence in his early music years as well.



Sawyn says he later was influenced by Jazz musicians.



Sawyn, who performs for mostly private parties and weddings, has played with other local musicians like Jeanne Kuhns, Hans Christian, Katie Lott and Pat Judy.  For the complete interview with George Sawyn featuring his classic guitar playing from his new CD "You've Got a Friend", click on the link below:

Egg Harbor Ringing In The New Year Again With 35th Annual Parade On Sunday

By Paul Schmitt

The village of Egg Harbor will be celebrating its 35th annual New Year's Day parade again this year on Sunday.  Although no formal registration is required, participants will not be lacking imagination when it comes to float entries.  Egg Harbor Marketing and Events Coordinator Alyssa Rasmussen says new additions are welcome every year.



The New Year's Day parade begins at 1 pm and runs through downtown Egg Harbor starting with the lineup at Stella Maris Parish parking lot on the south side of the village and ending at the intersection of County Road E.

Temme's SAGE Home Shows What's Possible

By Tim Kowols

A blossoming home on 15th Avenue in Sturgeon Bay is showing less can actually mean more to a homeowner and the environment. In 2015, architect Virge Temme was challenged to design a small, affordable home that could be expanded over time and was environmentally friendly. Work started on the SAGE (small, affordable, green, expandable) home in early November and Temme says early signs show that it is right on track to be on budget and LEED-Platinum rated.



Ideas for the SAGE home were gathered from a focus group consisting of people ranging from their mid 20s to their 70s.  The 1,030-square foot house expects to be move-in ready by May.

Algoma School District Excited For End To Construction Projects

By Tim Kowols

The missing cacophony of construction at Algoma School District buildings will be music to the ears of Superintendent Nick Cochart. Algoma School District is wrapping up construction at its elementary school and auditorium after delays pushed the $4.86 million project into winter. This project was preceded by another multi-million dollar project that improved the athletics and technical education facilities at the high school. With no other major construction projects on the horizon, Cochart says he and others can put even more focus on what makes Algoma great.



Cochart said the growing success of their Live Algoma Initiative, Pathfinder Academy, and cooperative technical program were also bright spots in 2016.

New Drunk Driving Laws Begin January 1 With Possibly More On The Way

By Tim Kowols

The headlights will shine on drunk driving in Wisconsin a little bit brighter in 2017. Beginning January 1, stiffer penalties will be assessed for drivers receiving their fourth or more operating while intoxicating offense. In addition, Brown County recently passed a resolution to ask the state legislature to allow judges to order the seizure of vehicles of repeat drunken drivers. Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski says it should not even get to that point.



Currently, OWI is not a felony in the state until the fourth offense and ignition interlock device have been used in vehicles to deter drunk driving.

County To Present Series On Raising Children Dealing With Traumatic Stress

By Tim Kowols

The Door County Department of Children and Families is reaching out to parents and caregivers raising children from traumatic backgrounds through a series of classes. The free series with span five weeks beginning January 21 will help adults learn about the effects of traumatic stress on a child and the skills to help them cope. McKenzie Erickson from Door County Human Services says the course provides important help to those who are currently struggling in their own situation.



The sessions include lunch and dinner and free childcare is also provided. You must register by January 6, and we have information on how to do just that posted online with this story.



State Senator In Disbelief Over DNR Web Site Changes Concerning Climate Change

By Tim Kowols

State Senator Dave Hansen calls the latest decision to remove language about climate change from the Department of Natural Resources' Web site a continuation of a lack of transparency that has been occurring since 2011. According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the DNR changed the wording on its Web site concerning climate change from emphasizing human activity causing heat-trapping greenhouse gases to stating that academic institutions outside of the DNR are researching and debating the topic. Considering the number of scientists that believe in human involvement playing a role in climate change, the edits to the Web site without any discussion irk the Democratic senator.



Sen. Hansen compared the decision to make the edits to an attempt to remove the "Wisconsin Idea" from the UW System Mission Statement almost two years ago during budget discussions.

Door County Habitat For Humanity Looks To Have A Positive Impact On An Entire Neighborhood

By Tim Kowols

Door County Habitat for Humanity is looking to expand on its impact in the community even beyond its 40th home build next year in Sturgeon Bay. Much like its successful Brush with Kindness program, Door County Habitat for Humanity is looking for a neighborhood of homes in need of a "hand up" with some of their home maintenance. Executive Director David Van Dyke says it hopes embark on the project next year.



Door County Habitat for Humanity recently chose its site in the Sunset Hills subdivision for its 40th home build and hopes to break ground on the project in the spring. Volunteers, sales from the ReStore, and fundraisers like their upcoming bowling event and their recent fruit cake sale help make their efforts possible.

Sturgeon Bay Mayor Thad Birmingham Named "Newsmaker Of The Year"

By Roger Utnehmer has selected Sturgeon Bay Mayor Thad Birmingham as the 2016 Newsmaker of the Year.  Birmingham made news when he was re-elected to a third three-year term by just 52 votes in April.


He led efforts to develop the west side waterfront with a controversial hotel project.  Birmingham also welcomed Gov. Scott Walker to Sturgeon Bay for the dedication of an expansion at Pro Products, was featured at a ground-breaking for a $7.7 million apartment complex on Madison Avenue and saw Cadence complete construction of a new 63,000-foot facility in the city's industrial park.


Birmingham also supported the purchase of former Palmer Johnson Yacht properties by Bay Shipbuilding Company and the closure of portions of Jefferson Street and First Avenue.


In December, Birmingham was accused by his opponent in the spring election of promising developers in private that views would not be obstructed by construction on a city-owned parking lot on Madison Avenue.  Laurel Brooks questioned Birmingham's verbal commitments that may prevent the city from developing the parking lot or obstructing the view from the Bay Loft apartments on Madison Avenue.


1st District Assembly Representative Joel Kitchens Recaps This Year's Legislation That Benefited Area

By Paul Schmitt

Wisconsin's 1st District Representative Joel Kitchens reflected on his major accomplishments in the state assembly the past year in a recent interview with  Kitchens is most proud of the impact some of the legislation had locally.



Kitchens was re-elected to the assembly in November when he defeated Democrat Lynn Utesch in last month's general election.

New Senior Center, Central Ambulance Could Open By Winter 2017

By Tim Kowols

The transformation of the old highway shop in Sturgeon Bay into Door County's new senior center and emergency medical services building could be complete by this time next year.  Plans on what could be included in the senior center and central ambulance station site was a major discussion point in county committees since the Door County Board approved the move in February. Door County Administrator Ken Pabich says they are currently waiting for bids.



Pabich believes the newly renovated building could be open for use as soon as November 2017.

Michigan Street To Close For Over Two Weeks For Repairs Starting Tuesday

By Tim Kowols

The Michigan Street Bridge in Sturgeon Bay will be closed for over two weeks for repairs beginning on Tuesday at noon. The repairs have been needed since beams on the historic bridge were struck by a backhoe back in April. Mark Kantola from the Wisconsin Department of Transportations says in addition to the timing of the project to not interfere with heavy marine and tourism traffic, the beams had to be recreated using three-dimensional imaging technology.



The bridge will be closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic until Friday, January 20. The driver of the semi towing the backhoe will be responsible for the approximately $200,000 repair bill.

Dworak, Stults, Gregory Declares Non-Candidacy, Former Kewaunee Mayor Takes Out Papers In Election Update

By Tim Kowols

Former Kewaunee mayor John Blaha is looking to get back into city government as a member of its council. Blaha and incumbent Arthur Schiller have taken out nomination papers to run for the city's 1st aldermanic district. No one currently is in the running for Kewaunee's 2nd aldermanic district after incumbent Jeff Dworak returned his Declaration for Non-Candidacy. Incumbents John Griffith and David Kuehl have taken out nomination papers for their seats in the 3rd and 4th aldermanic districts respectively.

In Sturgeon Bay, Jerry Stults and Will Gregory have filed their papers for non-candidacy in 2017, while Dan Wiegand (District 1), Joe McMahon (District 7), Laurel Hauser (District 7) and David Ward (District 3) have turned in their nomination papers.

In Algoma, only Bruce Charles and Lee Dachelet have turned in their nomination papers.

Potential candidates have until 5 p.m. on January 3 to file the necessary paperwork to be on the ballot.

Ice Anglers Catch A Break With Fuel Shipments Ending On The Bay By January 20

By Tim Kowols

The conclusion of commercial fuel shipping activity into the Port of Green Bay is good news for area ice anglers. The U.S. Coast Guard announced that the shipments into the port at the southern tip of the bay will conclude by January 20, which will signal the end of local navigation season and close the area to shipping as well. Originally slated for routine ice breaking operations throughout the winter, ice fishing guide J.J. Malvitz says it is a relief to the anglers he takes out.



The northern portion of the bay will still experience some ice breaking operation throughout the winter season. The U.S. Coast Guard will announce their intent to break ice 72 hours ahead of schedule to pave the way for any commercial carriers still out on the water.

Former DNR Official To Give Presentation On Effects Of Industrial Agriculture

By Tim Kowols

A possible expansion of a concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) in Door County is the focus of a presentation being hosted tonight in Sturgeon Bay by the newly formed Protect Our Water (POW!) group. Earlier this year, S&S Ag Enterprises filed for a permit with the state's Department of Natural Resources that would ultimately expand its herd to over 10,000 animals by October 31, 2021. Former DNR Chief of Runoff Management Gordon Stephenson will explain during his presentation the effects this could have on taxpayers, tourism, property values, roads and more. POW! member Lynn Utesch says people have the right to know what this expansion could mean for them.



POW! is a coalition of environmental groups in Door and Kewaunee County with a focus on protecting area waterways for future generations. The presentation begins at 7 p.m. at Door County Fire Company.

Removed Fresnels Lenses Could Shed Light On Maritime History

By Tim Kowols

The proposed removal of the final Fresnel lenses protecting the shores of Lake Michigan could provide a vital link between now and maritime history. The United States Coast Guard announced last week that it plans on removing the Fresnel lenses from nine different lighthouses on the Great Lakes, including those in Algoma and Kewaunee, by 2018. Door County Maritime Museum curator Adam Gronke says with the lack of care they receive, it is a good idea to remove the fragile beacons.



The United States Coast Guard plans on replacing the Fresnel lenses with new LED lanterns, which they say are more dependable and energy efficient. Gronke says keeping the Fresnel lens at a museum in a controlled environment will extend its lifespan.

HELP of Door County Offering Alternative To Violence Course To Make A Positive Impact In Community

By Paul Schmitt

HELP of Door County is using a program to help curb abuse in the community with the Alternative To Violence (ATV) course.  Director Steve Vickman says the 26 week course is for men who are either court-ordered or self-referred.



Vickman says the program is an opportunity for the participants to reintegrate with the community and to pick up their relationships with family members and their significant others.  For more information on HELP of Door County services, go to

Adopt-A-Soldier Brings Holiday Cheer To Troops Around The World And Home For Christmas

By Paul Schmitt

Door and Kewaunee County Adopt-A-Soldier has delivered 188 tie fleece blankets with a personal care package to troops serving around the world who are home for the holidays.  Director Nancy Hutchinson shares the items that were included and still needed for future packages.



Hutchinson says Adopt-A-Soldier likes to include items for any children if the soldier has a family.  For more information on how you can donate to the Adopt-A-Soldier program, go to this link:

Westwood Shores Resort Evacuated Wednesday Morning After Mixture Of Hazardous Chemicals--Two Taken To Hospital

By Paul Schmitt


Westwood Shores Waterfront Resort north of Sturgeon Bay was evacuated this morning (Wednesday) when pool chemicals were combined and caused a dangerous reaction.  At about 8 o'clock the Sturgeon Bay Fire Department and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the resort and arrived within fifteen minutes, according to Fire Chief Tim Dietman.



20 to 24 rooms that had been occupied were evacuated at Westwood Shores.  Ten people were treated at the scene with the two maintenance people that mixed the chemicals being transported for breathing issues to the hospital as a precaution, according to Door County Emergency Services Director Dan Williams.  People staying at the resort were able to return to their rooms shortly after 10 am when monitoring showed the air to be safe.

Rep. Kitchens Appointed Chair Of Children & Families Committee In Assembly

By Paul Schmitt


1st District State Representative Joel Kitchens has been appointed to numerous committees in the assembly for the legislative session of 2017-2018.  Kitchens will chair a committee for the first time in the assembly as he heads up the Children & Families committee and also be a co-chair again on the education committee.  Rep. Kitchens says he is excited to take on the newly added leadership role.



The Assembly Committee on Children and Families covers legislation that affects social service programs such as W-2, child abuse prevention efforts and effort to prevent identity fraud and abuse in current welfare programs.  Other committees that Kitchens will continue to serve on are Agriculture, Environment and Forestry, Tourism and Financial Institutions.

Door County Board Amends Shoreline Ordinance Prior To DNR Certification

By Brandon Enroth

The Door County Board adopted a shoreline ordinance this past September however, this ordinance has yet to be certified by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. According to Door County Planning Department Director Mariah Goode, certain changes were needed to be made to this ordinance at their meeting on Tuesday before the ordinance could be presented to the DNR.



Goode went on to elaborate that all counties were supposed to file these ordinances by October 1st and said some are even farther behind Door County due to the addition of complicated new shoreline provisions which have impacted many state statutes. Goode believes that the board will hear back from the DNR either by the end of this week, or the first week in January regarding their certification.





One Vehicle Rollover Accident Monday Night in Southern Door Sends Driver To Hospital

By Paul Schmitt

A one-vehicle roll-over accident occurred Monday evening on County Road N north of Namur sending a Brussels man to the hospital.  According to Door County Sheriff Deputy Pat McCarty, the accident happened about 6 pm Monday with the vehicle landing upside down in standing water by the ditch.  The driver the of the 2003 Olds Alero, Philip Hanson was taken to the hospital for exposure-related injuries.  The accident report noted that the vehicle was southbound on County N near the intersection of Ledge Road when it lost control and entered the ditch and then flipped on its roof.  Hanson could not explain the crash and was cited for Operating a vehicle Under the Influence (OUI).

Sturgeon Bay Musician's Album Named One Of The Year's Best

By Tim Kowols

Sturgeon Bay musician Hans Christian has received high praise in the recording music industry with a recent album named one of the best in 2016. His album, Moments of Grace, was named by Lloyd Barde Productions as the eleventh best in 2016 in the healing arts music category. Recorded with his cello during his residency at France's Chartres Cathedral, Christian says it is a real honor to have the recording named to the list.



According to Christian, healing arts music is often soothing and plays during yoga, spa, and meditation sessions. Christian is currently working on a new album he hopes will be released soon.

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Towns Wrestle With Decision Of Transferring Liquor Licenses

By Tim Kowols

Former Sister Bay Village Administrator and current Jacksonport Plan Commission Chairperson Bob Kufrin says communities need to be careful when it comes to selling off assets like extra liquor licenses. Both town boards in Jacksonport and Sevastopol have been approached by Door Artisan Cheese Company owner Mike Brennenstuhl to transfer their Class B liquor license to the town of Egg Harbor, where the on-site cheese plant and restaurant is being built. Kufrin says the Jacksonport Plan Commission has been appointed to bring business to the town and believes transferring an asset like a liquor license would be short sighted.



The liquor license and the impact the Jacksonport Plan Commission has had since it was created in 2015 will be among the topics discussed when the town board meets January 9. The town of Sevastopol recently voted to set the price for its currently unused liquor license at $100,000.

Boy Scouting Grows In Northeast Wisconsin In 2016

By Tim Kowols

More young men turned to Boy Scouting in 2016 over the last year in northeast Wisconsin. Scouting numbers in Bay-Lakes Council's Voyageur District, which covers Brown, Door, and Kewaunee Counties, grew 1 percent over 2015 to 3,151 scouts. The number of Eagle Scouts also rose in 2016, with over 70 boys earning the highest honor a Boy Scout can achieve. Voyageur Senior District Executive Christopher O'Brien hopes to continue that trend in the coming year.



Work also continues on Bay-Lakes Council's Imagine 2024, a 10-year strategic plan focusing on the future of its organization in areas such as membership, fundraising, and programming.

2016 Full Of Positive Changes at Sturgeon Bay School District

By Tim Kowols

Sturgeon Bay School District experienced more turnover in 2016 than it had in recent memory. In addition to the usual changes in teachers and support staff, three new people joined the district in administrative roles (Jenny Spude in Food Service, Mark Smullen as T.J Walker Middle School Principal, Jacob Holtz as Business Manager) and a new member (Jessica Holland) was appointed to the school board. Amid these changes, Sturgeon Bay School District Superintendent Dan Tjernagel says one thing did not change dating back to last winter's board retreat.



Tjernagel says the biggest and best news this year to affect the district was the passage of its operational referendum in April.

Egg Harbor Selects Projects To Focus On In 2017

By Tim Kowols

The village's parks and recreation board has given its recommendations for what they would like to see work begin on in the New Year, paving the way for major changes in Egg Harbor. The Donald and Carol Kress Pavilion along with improvements to Highway G and the village's beach and Harbor Park highlight the list with some of the work expected to begin early next year. With so many projects on the docket, village administrator Ryan Heise says one of his focuses will be on how to relay on what it is going in Egg Harbor to its residents.



The Donald and Carol Kress Pavilion, a multi-use facility that will house the village's public library, reached a major milestone this month and is now less than a million dollars away from its goal.

Kewaunee Harbor Seawall Project On Track

By Tim Kowols

The restoration of the Kewaunee Harbor seawall is on track to finish on time. Crews working on the seawall will take a couple weeks off for the holidays before coming back in late February to install approximately 65 tiebacks. Once that is completed, Mayor Sandi Christman says crews begin other aspects of the project.



Christman says this portion of the restoration project must wrap up by June 1 under the terms of the state's Department of Transportation Harbor Assistance Program. The city of Kewaunee and the Kewaunee County Economic Development Corporation are working together to find suitable developers for the site once the project is completed.

FICO Score Provides Important Insight Into Credit History

By Tim Kowols

Keeping track of your "adult report card" is one way you can keep your credit history and your financial well-being in check. According to, your score takes into account your amounts owed, your payment and credit history, and the mix of the credit you currently carry. Gay Pustaver from Money Management Counselors says it is important to have a score, especially if it is positive.



Pustaver recommends starting to accumulate credit responsibly when you are 18 as you take out small loans for cars, college, and other major purchases. This is the second in a series of reports with Gay Pustaver focusing on your credit history. You can listen to the entire Money Management Monday segment online with this story.





Gregory Will Not Run For Re-Election To Sturgeon Bay Common Council

By Tim Kowols

Alderperson Will Gregory will not be running for re-election to his post on the Sturgeon Bay Common Council. Gregory was elected to the District 7 seat in 2015 as a write-in candidate over incumbent Bob Schlicht. Two years later, Gregory says spending more time with his family is one of the reasons why he is not running again but has enjoyed his time on the common council so far.



Joe McMahon and Laurel Hauser have taken out nomination papers to replace Gregory on the Sturgeon Bay Common Council, but have yet to turn them in as of last Tuesday. Potential candidates for elected positions need to have their nomination papers filed by January 3 at 5 p.m.

Algoma Working With Bay Area Workforce Development Board, Others In Advance Of Hardwoods Closure

By Tim Kowols

The city of Algoma is working with area businesses and local officials to lessen the impact of the closure of Algoma Hardwoods in 2017. Mayor Wayne Schmidt formed a task force earlier this month to work with the Bay Area Workforce Development Board and government officials on job placement and training opportunities for the 180 employees expected to be affected by the plant's closure. City administrator Jeff Wiswell says Algoma will continue to be strong, especially in its manufacturing sector.



Wiswell says businesses in Algoma employ over 1,100 individuals. Work at Algoma Hardwoods is expected to slow down next month before it ultimately closes in the summer of 2017.

Door-Tran To Benefit From Recent Transportation Aid Announcement

By Tim Kowols

Recent grants announced by Governor Scott Walker earlier this week are good news for seniors and disabled residents in Door County looking to get around. Over $4.4 million in state and federal funds were awarded to assist local public bodies and private non-profits in funding their various mobility programs. Door-Tran mobility manager Pam Busch says it is great news for the hundreds of residents that depend on them for transportation.



First initiated in the 1970s, the federal and state program has helped fund the purchase of more than 2,200 vehicles in Wisconsin, with many of those making a positive impact on smaller communities in rural areas.

Gibraltar Schools Welcomes Step Afrika In January

By Brandon Enroth

The Friends of Gibraltar has announced that the famous step dance group Step Afrika based out of Washington D.C is going to be coming to perform for the students at Gibraltar Schools during the last week in January. Friends of Gibraltar Executive Director Vinni Chomeau talks about what the students will experience during the performance.




The performances from Step Afrika include several African dance customs, which will overlap with the student's curriculum for the upcoming quarter. The group will not only perform for the students but also for the public at the Door County Auditorium the last weekend in January.





Food Pantries Continue To Serve & Provide For Less Fortunate Through Holiday

By Brandon Enroth

The Care 24/7 Food Pantry in Fish Creek continues to support those who are less fortunate within the community by continually update their donation request list for the pantry. The pantry is open 24/7 and has an abundance of both perishable and non-perishable food items. Steve Schultz who runs the pantry talks about the different kinds of donations they have continued to receive over the last month or so.



The pantry is available for any resident of Door County who needs it, and is run by volunteers from Stella Maris Catholic Parish. For a full list of items that the pantry is requesting for their shelves, please check out their website online at



Exciting Winter Events In Bailey's Harbor Kick Off 2017

By Brandon Enroth

Bailey's Harbor has some exciting events upcoming to kick off the New Year in 2017 beginning in late January. Kangaroo Lake will be the venue for a drag racing event in late January, and will also host the annual pond hockey tournament in February. Bailey's Harbor Tourist Center Coordinator Bryn Swanson says that these are the events that people get excited for especially the hockey tournament.



Bailey's Harbor has seen more development recently with plenty of winter properties listed for rent along HWY 57. According to Swanson both of these events brought the community together thanks to the support of several local area businesses and the turnout is supposed to be even larger than last year.





Sister Bay Putting On Their Own Fireworks Show This Poppin' New Year's Eve

By Tim Kowols

The village of Sister Bay is planning on a bigger fireworks show this New Year's Eve for just pennies on the dollar that it did it for last year. The second annual event boasts the only fireworks display in the county to ring in the New Year. Village administrator Zeke Jackson says they were able to cut the costs of the production without skimping on the display.



Sister Bay's New Poppin' Eve will take place December 31 near the village's ice rink. Concessions will be sold to help support the ice rink and fireworks will start at approximately 8 p.m.

Year-End Giving Good For Organizations, Your Tax Returns

By Tim Kowols

Potential donors of charitable causes have just under a week to make sure their donations are in. Postmarking the donation before the end of the year can help an organization not only fulfill their mission, but potentially help you lower your tax bill. Door County Community Foundation President and CEO Bret Bicoy says you should think about what you care about before you donate.






Bicoy says donor-advised funds are an even better way to reap the benefits of a large donation to a charitable cause, but be able to pay for it over a longer period of time.

Climate Change Coalition Issues Carbon Footprint Challenge To Local Businesses

By Tim Kowols

The Climate Change Coalition of Door County is challenging residents and businesses to reduce the impact they have on the environment in an initiative set to begin January 1. The Footprint Challenge is designed to help people understand the amount of carbon dioxide they release into the atmosphere due to energy consumption and offers ways to reduce that number.  Virge Temme from the CCCDC says the challenge is a great way to promote action to minimize the affect people have on their environment and protect the earth for future generations.



Businesses   can sign up by emailing the organization and calculating their current carbon footprint online. From there, businesses can set a goal to achieve in 2017 with tips from the CCCDC available on how to reduce their carbon footprint.

Fire Safety Tips When It Comes To Christmas Decorations

By Brandon Enroth


As Christmas decorations become more extravagant every year,  so does the chances of potential risk in your home if your electronic decorations aren't taken care of correctly. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, Some type of electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in one-third (35%) of the reported home Christmas tree fires in a study conducted between 2010-2014. Town of Liberty Grove/Village of Sister Bay Fire Chief Chris Hect says it is easy to forget about these safety tips around the holidays given everything that is going on.





According to the National Fire Prevention Association, candles start 38% of home decoration structure fires. Hect recommended along with monitoring decorations in the house, residents should also get their carbon monoxide and smoke detectors checked as well. Candles are always forgot about when people are heading to bed, and can catch on to anything flammable such as tinsel, or holiday curtains. Many retailers sell light timers that have become popular, so that the lights can be shut on and off automatically. These timers can be used for both outdoor and indoor lighting as well.




Irrevocable Trusts Can Be Best Option For Gifting Assets To Children

By Paul Schmitt


Gifting your home to your children while you are still living in it, may not be a good idea.  Irrevocable trusts can be a valuable tool in an estate plan while protecting your home.   Attorney Stacy Vogeltanz from Ross Estate Planning says irrevocable trusts gives you more control than just gifting away to your children.



Vogeltanz says that because your children would own it, that house or asset is subject to their creditors, their bankruptcy lawsuits and divorces.  Life estates are an option that also gives up control when assets are placed under other people's name, according to Vogeltanz.


Full interview with Stacy Vogeltanz:






COIN Program Creates Jobs, Success Stories For Door County Community Foundation

By Tim Kowols

You can find examples of success within the Door County Community Foundation's COIN Micro-Loan program all around the peninsula. COIN, which stands for the Community Opportunity Investment Network, provide loans to aspiring entrepreneurs with sound business plans but had struggles when it came to lending from financial institutions. Door County Community Foundation President and CEO Bret Bicoy says the best anti-poverty program his organization can provide is help to create jobs.



One of those success stories is Dogma Diggs and Grooming Studio in Sister Bay. Owner Kathy Enquist says her COIN loan helped her business expand to include retail space and hire additional staff so she could concentrate more on grooming.



The Door County Community Foundation recently announced that it would expand its COIN micro-loan program with $250,000 in additional business capital available to local entrepreneurs. You can learn more about the program and see how you can apply by visiting this story online.

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Kewaunee County Farm Takes Food From Cows To Countertop

By Tim Kowols

With cheese consumption on the rise nationwide according to the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, a Kewaunee County farm is using his operation as an outlet for people to learn more about where their food comes from. Pagel's Ponderosa Dairy in Kewaunee began producing cheese in its on-site plant just over a year ago with milk that comes straight from the parlor next door. In addition to the beef cattle his farm raises for a variety of different products, owner John Pagel says the production of their farmstead cheese shows what it takes to go from the cows to the countertop.



According to the USDA, farmstead cheese is growing faster than any other category in Wisconsin, accounting for more than 20 percent of the state's production.

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Walking Strong: Digital Dermatitis Seminar Offered in Kewaunee County

By Aerica Bjurstrom

When it comes to health issues on a dairy farm, lameness is usually a main concern along with mastitis and reproductive issues. Lameness includes any abnormality which causes a cow to change the way she walks. It can be caused by a range of foot and leg conditions including foot rot, digital dermatitis, laminitis, and claw disease. Lameness can be influenced by nutrition, disease, genetic influences, management, and environmental factors.


Not only does lameness cause pain and distress for dairy cattle, but it also has a large economic impact on the dairy operation.


A seminar on digital dermatitis (hairy heel warts), one of the most common foot diseases of the dairy cow, is being offered on Wednesday, January 18, from 10:00AM to 12:00 noon at the Kewaunee County Fair Grounds, 625 3 rd St, Luxemburg.


Presenter Dr. Dorte Dopfer from the UW-School of Veterinary Medicine will share effective practices to manage and reduce the spread of digital dermatitis within the herd. Dr. Dopfer is a leading authority on dairy cattle hoof health.


Aerica Bjurstrom, UW-Extension Kewaunee County Agriculture Agent will present field survey results of the prevalence of digital dermatitis on Eastern WI farms, and the practices farms are using to manage the disease.


There is no fee for this program, although pre-registration is encouraged by January 16 to ensure materials and refreshments. To register, or for more information, please contact Aerica Bjurstrom at or 920-388- 7138.

Polar Bear Plunge Returns To Jacksonport's Lakeside Park January 1

By Tim Kowols

A family dare turned Jacksonport tradition returns next Sunday when the 31st annual Polar Bear Plunge takes place at Lakeside Park. After jumping into Lake Michigan in the dead of winter following a loss to his father in a 5K run, founder J.R. Jarosh has turned the Polar Bear Plunge from a small group endeavor into an annual rite of the New Year for hundreds of people every year. Jarosh says the recent addition of adding themes to the frozen swim just adds to the experience.



The 80s-themed Jacksonport Polar Bear Plunge takes place at noon on January 1, with registration for the free event beginning at 10:30 a.m. Swimmers and spectators are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to benefit local food pantry Feed my People. You can see a video from last year's swim online with this story.

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B-U-G Fire & Community Supports Four Families Of Union Fires

By Brandon Enroth


The Brussels Union Garden Fire Department held a special event on Friday to show their care and support for four local families whose apartments were considered a total loss back on December 18th. The families lost everything in the fire, and the community led by the B-U-G Fire Department has responded in a big way. The community was able to produce over $10,000 dollars in goods that was collected for the families in under two and a half days. Many of these donations were clothing, blankets, and other essential items for the families to help get them back on their feet. The other donations made to the families were cash donations from surrounding and local area businesses.  B-U-G Fire Chief Kurt Vandertie reflected on an emotional night and the support from the community for these families.



Heather Hamilton, who was a member of one of the families who lost their apartment the night of December 18th, was presented with a heroism award by the B-U-G Fire Department for her actions that night in which she helped dress & lead other children in the complex away from the flames to safety. The B-U-G Fire Department also used some of the cash donations that they received to replace the Christmas gifts that were lost in the fire leading to several smiles and a couple shedding tears across the gathering within the Brussels Community Center.



Photographer Discusses His Favorite Photo Of The Year

By Tim Kowols

A single oak tree in a crowded forest of pines has generated the most feedback for Door County photographer Tom Jordan's favorite picture of 2016. The photograph, taken in the fall during a walk through Whitefish Dunes State Park with his dog, has generated over 10,000 likes and 600 shares on Facebook since Jordan first posted it. Jordan says it has resonated with a lot of people nationwide.



His two books, "Secret Treasures of Sturgeon Bay" and "Secret Treasures of Door County" are on sale now with proceeds going to benefit the Door County Community Foundation. You can see Jordan's picture online with this story.

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Bay Shipbuilding Company To Institute No Smoking Policy

By Tim Kowols

A recent decision to go smoke-free at Bay Shipbuilding Company has some residents near the facility worried about its consequences. A letter was given to Bay Shipbuilding Company employees earlier this month letting them know of the new policy that will be effective in the imminent future. Sturgeon Bay alderperson Will Gregory commends Bay Shipbuilding on the new policy for being something that will promote a healthier lifestyle but has concerns about where the workers will have to go for their breaks if they can not smoke on company property.



Gregory says he was not given any other specifics on the policy. Bay Shipbuilding Company General Manager Todd Thayse declined comment for this story.

Proposed DNR Split Worries Kewaunee County Board Member

By Tim Kowols

A proposal from a Wisconsin legislator to split the Department of Natural Resources into two distinct units has a Kewaunee County Board member worried about the environmental issues in his area. According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, state Representative Adam Jarchow (R-Balsam Lake) has proposed to Gov. Scott Walker a plan that would split the DNR into two separate departments including fish and wildlife and environmental protection. Kewaunee County Board and Land and Water Conservation committee member Lee Luft says he is worried that the split could cause turmoil when the two separate departments need to collaborate on a specific issue, like the impaired waterways in his area.



Luft is also concerned with the aspect of no citizen board being formed for the proposed Department of Environmental Protection. The DNR announced reorganization plans earlier this month that would rely heavier on the private sector to fulfill some of the duties of the department, including helping to write manure handling permits for large-scale farms.

Cause Of Nasawaupee Fire On Monday Still Not Determined

By Paul Schmitt

The cause of a house fire on Monday in the town of Nasawaupee has not been determined and may not be solved.  Southern Door Fire Chief Chuck Cihlar says the house was totally down by the time the fire department was on the scene.



A call reporting the fire came in at about 8:30pm by someone across the water by the quarry.  The secluded home located on Cabots Cove off County M was unoccupied and the owner from Milwaukee was in the process of remodeling the older home, according to Cihlar.




Weber Only One To Take Papers Out So Far For Door County Circuit Judge Position

By Paul Schmitt

With less than two weeks for nomination papers to be submitted for the Door County Circuit Court Judge Branch 2 election in the spring, only incumbent Judge David Weber has taken out papers.  Weber was appointed by Governor Scott Walker to the bench in June and commented back in August when he was sworn in as the district judge.



Weber had 350 valid signatures on his nomination papers that were approved on December 16.  Those seeking public office must turn in nomination papers by January 3 in order to be on the ballot in the spring election.

Winter Weather Advisory In Effect For Door, Brown, and Kewaunee Counties

By News Team

The National Weather Service in Green Bay has issued a winter weather advisory for Door, Kewaunee, and Brown Counties from December 23rd beginning at 12:00 PM through to 12:00 AM on December 24th.


Snow will begin to accumulate by early afternoon and continue into the evening. Some freezing drizzle is also possible late in the evening. Around 3 inches of snow is expected for the surrounding areas.


A winter weather advisory for snow means that periods of snow will cause some travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibility. Use caution while driving.




All Snowmobile Trails Closed In Kewaunee County While Door County Closes Only The Southwest Section

By Paul Schmitt

The Kewaunee County snowmobile trails that opened earlier this week closed this morning at six o'clock due to poor trail conditions.  Kewaunee County Parks & Recreation Department Director Dave Myers says most of the four sections in have deteriorated considerably in the past couple days.



The southwest section of the Door County snowmobile trail system all closed this morning at 6am as well, while the southeast, central, and northern sections remain open at this time, according to Door County Parks.

Northern Door County Groups Send Aid To Madagascar

By Tim Kowols

The kindness of northern Door County hopes to be felt by people half a world away. Recently, the Rotary Club of Door County North and Immanuel Lutheran Church in Baileys Harbor sent 50 electric beds and two dental clinic chairs to Ohio, where they will be transported to medical facilities in Madagascar. The two groups also coordinated with the Northern Door Children's Center to send books to kids in that country as well. Rotarian Cynthia Crock says it is good to give back to the community whether it is in your own backyard or in a different country.


The beds are expected to be delivered to the people of Madagascar in March.

Kewaunee Continues Search For City Administrator

By Tim Kowols

The city of Kewaunee has been getting by despite not having a full-time city administrator since John Kolata resigned from the post in September. Mayor Sandi Christman and Algoma city administrator Jeff Wiswell have helped fill the void in the meanwhile with assistance from other Kewaunee employees. Christman says they have also relied on staff members from Kewaunee County and the city of Algoma for additional support.



While the city continues its search for a full-time city administrator, two interim candidates will be interviewed for the position next week.

Southern Door County Community Bands Together To Support Union Fire Victims

By Tim Kowols

The aftermath of a fire earlier this week in the town of Union is serving as a beacon of community pride this holiday season. Since a fire destroyed an apartment complex early Monday morning, local businesses and the Brussels-Union-Gardner Fire Department have been collecting donations and trying to replace what was lost in the blaze. B.U.G. Fire Chief Curt Vandertie says it is just another example of how this community comes together  when one or many of their own are in need.



The B.U.G. Fire Department will host a Christmas gathering for the four families affected by the fire at the Brussels Community Center Friday evening beginning at 6:30.

Doctor Gives Advice On How Trump Can Improve VA

By Tim Kowols

A retired U.S. Navy captain says a fresh set of eyes on a regular basis at Veterans Administration (VA) medical facilities might be just what the doctor ordered to change things around for the ailing system. The VA has been a lightning rod for controversy over the last few years with overmedication at some facilities and long waits at others. Dr. Joe Binard says it would take a long time to share all of his ideas with President-elect Donald Trump on how to improve the VA, but a rotation of directors through different facilities might be a good first step.



Binard says the VA does exceed the quality of care in several areas such as rehabilitation and spinal cord care, but also believes it should strengthen the power of programming directors

Luxemburg-Casco School District To Turn Energy Savings Into Facilities Upgrades

By Tim Kowols

Count Luxemburg-Casco as one of the many of school districts who have been able to take advantage of Wisconsin Act 32 to pay for facilities upgrades. The law allows school districts to exceed spending limits on projects that could result in energy savings without going to referendum. While working with Madison-based Nexus Solutions to find ways they could save energy, in combination with a small tax increase and contributions from the district, Luxemburg-Casco can do up to $8.5 million in facilities upgrades over the next 20 years without having to go to referendum. Superintendent Glenn Schlender says they still have to make their intentions known to the public and allow petitions to take place before moving ahead with any projects.



Luxemburg-Casco is beginning to form its facilities improvement plan and hope to begin work with some of the projects in 2017.

Door County Habitat For Humanity Secures 40th Home Build Site

By Tim Kowols

The site for the Door County Habitat for Humanity's 40th home build has been selected. The organization approved the purchase of the parcel on 6th Avenue in Sturgeon Bay after the city approved its counteroffer for the vacant lot near the former WireTech facilities. Door County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director David Van Dyke says its volunteers like to build in common neighborhoods.



Groundbreaking for the 40th home build will take place in the spring.

Milwaukee Author Expresses Door County Love In Book Series

By Tim Kowols

With every stroke of the keyboard, Milwaukee-area writer J.F. Riordan dreams of her time in Door County. Her first trip on the Washington Island Ferry through Death's Door 25 years ago inspired her North of the Tension Line series of books, which includes the title of the same name and ­"The Audacity of Goats." Originally from the East coast, Riordan says there is something about Door County, particularly Washington Island, that seems magical to her.



Riordan is currently working on the third book in the North of the Tension Line series, which is expected to be at independent booksellers and online in 2017.


Listen to selections from her books

North of the Tension Line

The Audacity of Goats


Podcast with J.F. Riordan

Local Sculptor Featured On "Fearless Dreamers" National Ad Campaign

By Paul Schmitt

Algoma sculptor Bren Sibilsky is fearlessly pursuing her dream and is receiving national exposure in an advertising campaign.  Sibilsky was nominated and selected for an American Family Insurance campaign called "Fearless Dreamers" on digital and social media advertising.   Bren describes the type of medium she sculpts.


Algoma Library Offering New Fun Programs Between The Holidays To Help Relieve Stressful Time

By Paul Schmitt

Algoma Public Library has come up with some bright and new ideas to keep community members young and old engaged during the holidays.  Adult Services Librarian Katie Haasch says a "Drop in Coloring Days" on December 28th and 30th can offer a great holiday stress relief for visitors.



The library is also collecting yarn as part of the Yarn Exchange which is coming in a couple weeks.  Knitters can bring in any excess yarn now and exchange or take yarn for their projects on January 7 from 11:30 until 1:30 pm.  The Algoma Library will feature a Lunch and a Movie on Friday, December 30th at 1 pm featuring the Suicide Squad movie.  Popcorn will be provided.

Sturgeon Bay's Bill Berglund And Other Delegates Unanimously Vote For Trump Despite Protests In Madison Monday

By Paul Schmitt

Despite protests outside and inside the state capitol building, Wisconsin's ten Electoral College members unanimously voted Monday as Donald Trump officially became president-elect.  It was the first time since 1984 that a Republican won Wisconsin.  Door County Republican Chair and Vice-Chair of the 8th Congressional District Bill Berglund says describes the moments before and after Republican Party of Wisconsin chair Brad Courtney announced the final vote.



Berglund says at-large delegate member Steve King was the only delegate present Monday that had voted back in 1984 for Ronald Reagan in the state Electoral College.

Recent Area Fire Response An Example Of MABAS Program Helping Local Fire Departments Be More Proficient

By Paul Schmitt

With two big damaging fires this past weekend in Door and Kewaunee County, cooperation between area fire departments is huge in effectively fighting blazes.  The apartment fire in the town of Union, which saw 27 crews from three counties respond, was a prime example of the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) program.  BUG Fire Chief Curt Vandertie says in this case MABAS helped to supply much needed additional resources.



MABAS, is a pre-planned coordinated effort and is used anytime a fire department requires more than a single resource from a single department.  It allows better proficiency that helps in using it for larger incidents like Sunday night's fire in Union, according to Vandertie.

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PEDD Passes Sturgeon Bay Common Council Despite Opposition

By Tim Kowols

Mayor Thad Birmingham and alderperson Kelly Catarozoli sparred with each other over an amended proposal for a Premiere Economic Development District on Sturgeon Bay's west side during Tuesday's meeting. Catarozoli made a motion to the Common Council to accept an amended map of the PEDD, which included land slated for future development in a 2014 concept plan presented by architectural firm Vandewalle and Associates. Birmingham told the Common Council that current agreements with businesses like Sonny's, the Door County Maritime Museum, and others would not make the development likely due to possible litigation.



Catarozoli says depending on the result of the city's pending lawsuit with the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront, the PEDD maps would have to be amended anyways.



The Common Council rejected Catarozoli's amendment by a vote of 5-2 margin. It passed the original plan for the PEDD by the same margin.

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Races For City Council Seats Forming As Nomination Papers Continue To Circulate

By Tim Kowols

City council races are beginning to form across Door and Kewaunee County as the deadline looms for nomination papers to be turned in.


In Algoma, the incumbents Bruce Charles, Jacque Wiese, Mitch Groessl, and Lee Dachelet have taken out nomination papers. Charles remains as the only one to have turned his nomination papers into Algoma city hall.


Incumbents could see challenges in the spring election in Sturgeon Bay. In District 1, incumbent Kelly Catarozoli and former alderperson Danny Wiegand have taken out nomination papers. District 3 alderperson David Ward is the only candidate to have returned his nomination papers. While incumbents Jerry Stults (District 5) and Will Gregory (District 7) have not taken out their nomination papers yet, Judy Dobbins (District 5), Laurel Hauser and Joe McMahon (both District 7) currently have theirs in circulation.


The Kewaunee clerk was out of the office on Tuesday and could not be reached.


Prospective candidates for the city councils have until 5 p.m. January 3 to turn in their nomination papers.

Local Band Going Old-School Vinyl For Their New Christmas Album

By Paul Schmitt

A local musical group is going retro with their new Christmas album.  WIFEEand the HUZzBAND came out with a clear red vinyl 45rpm just in time for the holidays.  Vocalist Ruby James who wrote the music for the A side on the record explains the two songs.



The band consists of from nine to thirteen musicians that perform around the area.  Saxophonist Stephen Cooper, known as Coop, says the band has a nostalgic flair to it and wanted to do something to stand out.



To listen to the song "Everywhere it's Christmas Time Again" click here:



For information on ordering the Christmas album, go to 


(cover art for album in photo compliments of Doug P'Gosh)



Kewaunee Students To Be Greeted By New Facilities In 2017

By Tim Kowols

Kewaunee School District staff members and students expect to be able to use some of its newest facilities on its first day back after winter break. Finishing up the first phase of its $16.2 million facilities improvement project, the new agricultural science building and maintenance shed are completed. Staff members got a chance to see the new district office Monday while equipment and files are transferred from its old home at the former Hillcrest Elementary building. Kewaunee School District Superintendent Karen Treml says it has been exciting to see the buildings rise and rooms transform after breaking ground earlier this year.



Hillcrest Elementary will be demolished next year after asbestos abatement takes place to make room for the district's new soccer fields. An open house to check out the improvements, which also include a new fitness center and auxiliary gym, is being tentatively scheduled for February 22.

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Snowmobile Trails Open, But Need Help To Keep Them Maintained

By Tim Kowols

Door and Kewaunee County snowmobilers can finally hit most of the trails after significant snowfall over the weekend made them passable.  In Kewaunee County, the entire system is open with extra caution being urged near the Black Ash Swamp. In Door County, the northern zone remains closed while the areas in the central and southern part of the peninsula are open. Door Pioneer Trailblazers Snowmobile Club President Doug Schopf says it is not often the trails are open for the holidays.



Groomers will be on the trails to prepare for an influx of riders. Snowmobilers can visit the parks department Web site for Door and Kewaunee County for updated trail conditions.

Egg Harbor Library Project Reaches Fundraising Milestone

By Brandon Enroth

The Village of Egg Harbor has announced a fundraising milestone for the new library and community center that they are attempting to build. The Donald and Carol Kress Pavillion Leadership Team announced the project has accumulated over $5.5 million dollars for the pavilion. Village Administrator Ryan Heise reflected on the milestone and the people heading the fundraising duties.



The estimated cost of the total project is $6 million dollars according to the Pavillion Leadership Team. The Pavillion would not only serve as a state-of-the-art business center and library but also serving other functions as well. It also will have an upper-level event space for meetings, conferences, library activities, children's programs, movie nights, card clubs, and family and business gatherings. The Kress Pavilion will also have a kitchen unit as well







Old Concept Drawing Center Of New PEDD Questions By Friends Group

By Tim Kowols

The Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront wants to know why a section of land near Madison Avenue is not being considered in the drawing of the maps for the Premiere Economic Development District. According to concept drawings from architectural firm Vandewalle and Associates presented to the Waterfront Redevelopment Authority in April 2014, there are two areas marked for being for future development located near Madison Avenue and Maple Street. One of those sites is similar in location to an alternative plan laid out by the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront that was later rejected by the city. Dan Collins from the Friends group says he wonders why the city strayed from this vision and why the areas of future development were excluded from the PEDD.



Collins says the ordinary high water mark, another contested issue in the Friends group's lawsuit against the city, must also be considered when drawing the maps for the PEDD.  The city and the group will enter mediation at the end of December, less than month before initial hearings on their lawsuit takes place.

Your Credit Report And Score: What Is It?

By Tim Kowols

Knowing where your credit score comes from is the first step to understanding how it can affect your finances. A credit report provides a detailed history of your borrowing and is rated on a scale of 300-850 points. With three credit bureaus working to gather the data, Gay Pustaver from Money Management Counselors says many lenders subscribe to a tri-score service that takes a balanced look at all of them.



To see where your credit score is and to look at a detailed look at your history, you can access a free report at This is the first part of three-part, in-depth series on your credit report and score.


Southern Door Dancers Earn Trip To Citrus Bowl

By Tim Kowols

A trip to dance at the Citrus Bowl did not seem possible just a few short years ago for Southern Door seniors Heather Buth and Rachel Coulthurst. Buth approached Southern Door Principal Steve Bousley a few years ago about resurrecting the program, even speaking to the merits of the program in front of the school board. After performing at a variety of school events and attending dance camps, Southern Door School District Superintendent Patti Vickman says the opportunity to perform in Orlando came.



The game takes place on December 31.

Sturgeon Bay PEDD Ordinance Gets Second Reading Tuesday

By Tim Kowols

An ordinance that would place most of Sturgeon Bay's west side business corridor into a Premier Economic Development District (PEDD) will get its second reading in front of the Common Council on Tuesday. By establishing near 40 acres of the west waterfront as a PEDD, it would grant the area two additional liquor licenses in accordance with a recently passed state statute. During the ordinance's first reading earlier this month, Community Development Director Marty Olejniczak told the Common Council that as far as he could tell, there would be no repercussions against the city if the PEDD was established and it did not reach the state's benchmark of $20 million in estimated value of new construction.



In a recent letter to the editor, Nancy Aten from the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront challenged the placement of the PEDD as it relates to potential public trust doctrine issues that are a part of its litigation against the city. Tuesday's meeting begins at noon inside the council chambers at Sturgeon Bay City Hall.

Twenty-Seven Fire Crews Required To Put Out Apartment Fire In Union

By Tim Kowols

It took 27 crews from Door, Kewaunee , and Brown Counties and an all-night effort to extinguish a fire inside an apartment building in the town of Union early Monday morning. The Brussels-Union-Gardner Fire Department was called to scene just after 8:30 p.m. Sunday night after residents called to report a fire near the building's furnace. After several attempts to enter the basement of the converted building failed, firefighters had to handle the blaze outside once it spread to the roof.  B.U.G. Fire Chief Curt Vandertie says the conditions for fighting the fire were unfavorable to the firefighters and their equipment.



No injuries were reported. but the four apartment units within the building are considered a total loss. Firefighters cleared the scene just before 7 a.m. after nearly 12 hours of work.

Whitefish Populations Are Spiking Around The Area, Could Impact Ecosystems & Local Buisness

By Brandon Enroth


Over the course of the last decade, there has been a large increase in the population numbers of the Whitefish who have now migrated into the Bay of Green Bay and have inhabited other areas of Northern Door County. The Whitefish migrated into the Bay of Green Bay since their ecosystem in Lake Michigan was dwindling. According to J.J Malvitz, this migration has sparked the interest of scientists and biologists from the DNR who will begin to study the Whitefish in their new habitat.



Malvitz says that with this increase in population, this could potentially attract more ice fisherman since the Whitefish is the most abundant species of fish living in the Bay of Green Bay. He says that fishing for Whitefish has become so popular that lodging businesses have extended their hours for the winter and that this "Whitefish Boom" can create a economic stimulus in the coming months.



3rd Alarm Fire Destroys Luxemburg Residence Saturday

By Brandon Enroth


A home in Luxemburg is considered a total loss after firefighters attempted to put out the 3rd alarm fire for almost four hours on Saturday. The Luxemburg Fire Department along with the Casco Fire Department were dispatched to a 2-story single family residential home at 1:00 am on Saturday.



Due to a pipe failure, firefighters had to shuttle water from the Algoma City water supply while setting up a fill site at the creek in Casco as well. No injuries have been reported, while the cause of the fire is still under investigation.



Children's Book Drive Collects Over 600 Books For Door And Kewaunee County Pantries

By Paul Schmitt

The 2016 Children's Book Drive collected more than 600 books this year for underprivileged kids throughout the area.  Saturday was the final day books were collected at sponsoring Kewaunee and Door County outlets.  Kewaunee County Food Pantry Director Ken Marquardt explains the importance of the campaign every year.

Books were dropped off at Craig's Piggly Wiggly in Algoma, Bayside Home Medical in Sturgeon  Bay and Sister Bay Mobil in Northern Door County.  The Kewaunee County Food Pantry, Feed My People in Sturgeon Bay,  Door of Life Christian Church Food Pantry and Koinonia Kupboard at First Baptist Church in Sister Bay will distribute the books to Children throughout the holidays and into the new year. 






Southern Door Senior Reveals Inspirations Behind Release of First Novel

By Brandon Enroth

Austin Claflin isn't your average high school student. Claflin is a senior at Southern Door High School and has recently just published his first novel Rebel and Roman. Claflin says that the story of two brothers pinned against one another fighting for their homeland on one side, and fighting for the Roman Empire on the other came from some blockbuster inspirations



Claflin released the novel in October and says that he is currently taking a break from writing after spending most of the year working on Rebel and Roman. However, he did say that once Christmas and New Years have passed, he will start working again on a new trilogy he will be releasing called Companions based off of the Macedonian army unit that he shares with readers throughout the three books.

More Project Developments Coming To Algoma In Spring Following Successful End Of 2016

By Brandon Enroth


The city of Algoma has successfully finished several development projects over the course of the fall. Many of the highlights include new homes, a fantastic elementary school, and even an ice rink awarded to the city by the Green Bay Packers organization through their  Hometown Heroes program sponsored by the National Football League. City Administrator Jeff Wiswell says for new projects are in store for the spring.



Although he couldn't confirm any details about what the projects will be, Wiswell says that it has been a joy all year long seeing the development of these projects, and how they will impact the commerce of the city and the people who live there.



HELP of Door County Awarded Grant From Aurora Health Care Systems For Programming

By Brandon Enroth

HELP of Door County has received a $60,000 grant from Aurora Health Care Systems for one of their special programs. Aurora Health Care Systems awarded the grant through their "Better Together Grant" that will directly support the Visitation and Exchange program. Executive Director Steve Vickman explains what the program includes.



Vickman went on to elaborate that this program is special to families that have been separated because it re-establishes the parent to child relationships in a safe environment. During 2016 alone, Vickman says that the program has had over 500 successful visits so far this year.





Wind Chill Advisory In Effect Until Monday 10:00 AM

By News Team


The National Weather Service in Green Bay has issued a Wind Chill Advisory until Monday morning at 10:00 AM for Door, Brown, and Kewaunee counties. Winds will produce some blowing and drifting of newly fallen snow early today, while very cold temperatures will combine to produce bitterly cold wind chills.


Wind chills are expected to reach somewhere between 15 & 25 degrees below zero during the day and can drop to as much as 30 degrees below zero overnight Sunday into Monday morning. These frigid wind chills can cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 20 minutes or less.





Door County Visitors Bureau Enters 6th Year Of Big Bundle Up Warm Clothes Campaign

By Brandon Enroth

The Door County Visitors Bureau is entering its 6th year of running the Big Bundle Up Warm Clothes Campaign in which they collect donated winter items to be distributed to local organizations and charities who will then pass those along to families in need this holiday season. Jon Jarosh from the DC Visitors Bureau says that this campaign is meaningful and he loves running it every year.



Jarosh says that the campaign has multiple different drop-off locations scattered throughout the county and that this is a collective effort by various tourist information centers who will continue to collect items until January 2nd, 2017. Up to this point in the campaign, Jarosh says that over 3,000 items have been donated thus far.





Sister Bay Board Approves Sale of Two Lots

By Brandon Enroth

The Village of Sister Bay has continued to expand and develop recently, and now even more changes are coming. The Village Board of Sister Bay has approved the sale of two lots to local business owners. These lots were originally a part of the Brown property that was approved by the board earlier this year to divide up and make available for purchase. Village Administrator Zeke Jackson, explains which lots will go to which business.



With the recent additions of other businesses to Sister Bay, Jackson added that the economy of the village has benefited from this development and these additions should add to the various varieties of restaurant options that the village already offers.


Village of Forestville Able To Get Improvements Done Despite Budget Crunch

By Paul Schmitt

The village of Forestville took advantage of mild weather this late fall before the recent snow storms to take care of needed repairs around the community.  Village President Terry McNulty says that the Fire Board increase levy created budget challenge but the village was able to make some much needed late season improvements.



McNulty says his goal is to do five percent of the necessary road work every year so the cycle is repeated every 20 years.





Door County Featured On Upcoming Discover Wisconsin TV Programs Over Next Two Weekends

By Brandon Enroth

Door County has been heavily featured recently on the program Discover Wisconsin. This weekend, the program will air two episodes that were shot in Door County. Jon Jarosh from the Door County Visitors Bureau talks about what is to be featured specifically during the show.



Jarosh went on to say that another set of episodes will air the following weekend covering Washington Island as well as Rock Island State Park, the most remote state park within the state of Wisconsin as well as the oldest lighthouse. To find out if you can watch these programs on Discover Wisconsin, please check your local listings.

Remote Car Starters: Is Warming Up Your Car Worth The Potential Damage To Your Engine?

By Brandon Enroth

Remote car starters have become increasingly popular over the last couple years. According to over a million are sold every year in North America alone and that number continues to grow. The real question is if these expensive devices are worth having in your car during the winter months? Randy Sahs of Sahs Auto Inc. says that they can be helpful, but there are some downsides to having them.



New studies have come out saying that leaving your car running to warm the engine up can hurt the life of the car, which can have an effect on the life of the car. According to an article from Road and it is better for the engine to warm up in motion rather than sitting parked and running instead.


Sahs did go on to say that the remote starter will only be as good as the battery of the car. If you choose to install a remote car starter, it is important to find the correct kit for the make and model of your vehicle and to have a professional install it correctly.

UUFDC Set To Screen "A True Cost" Documentary On Tuesday

By Brandon Enroth

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County is holding a screening of the documentary True Cost on Tuesday, December 20th.  This documentary exploits the working conditions of garment workers overseas. With 97% of fast-fashion garments made overseas and 80 billion garments consumed every year, this situation has turned into not only an environmental issue but a human rights issue as well. Sara McKillop from UUFDC explains why the church decided to show the film.




The film is part of UUFDC's monthly Movies That Matter series that examines a wide range of issues. This program is run by the congregation's Social Reasonability Committee, and the members are prudent in their movie research and selection. Creating awareness of The True Cost supports UUFDC's mission to pursue equality and justice for all people and to practice stewardship of the earth.  The film will start promptly beginning at 4:30 pm running till 7:00 pm on Tuesday from the UUFDC in Ephraim.




Jim Olson Would Have Trump Lower The Corporate Tax To Encourage More Businesses To Expand

By Paul Schmitt

With Donald Trump one month away from taking the oath of office as the 45th President of the United States, Jim Olson from Jim Olson Motors in Sturgeon Bay says if he was an adviser to the president, lowering the corporate tax on small businesses would be a step in the right direction to creating new jobs.

Olson, who owns the three car dealerships in Sturgeon Bay, cites an example when he opened the quick—lube business on Egg Harbor Road a few years ago.  Jim Olson Ford just moved in to a 21,000 square foot facility behind the Jim Olson Chrysler dealership on South Duluth Avenue in Sturgeon Bay.





Algoma School District Considering Expansion Of Pathfinder Academy

By Tim Kowols

The success of Algoma School District's Pathfinder Academy has officials thinking about its future. Housed in a former bank in the city's downtown, the Pathfinder Academy has given children that may have struggled in a traditional classroom new hope through different experiences and settings. Superintendent Nick Cochart says school officials have discussed expanding the program, but not at the expense at the kids already thriving in it.



Students enrolled in the Pathfinder Academy typically want to pursue online coursework, require more one-on-one attention, and want to collaborate with other students and community members.

Winter Advisory For Door and Kewaunee Counties: POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS UPDATED

By Tim Kowols

Heavy snow and high winds are expected for most of the area today, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a winter storm warning for Door and Kewaunee Counties until midnight Sunday. A total snowfall of eight to twelve inches is expected by the time Winter Storm Bailey starts to ease up this afternoon. Door County Sheriff Steve Delarwelle says crews will continue to monitor area roadways non-stop, but urges motorists to stay home if they do not have to go outside.



Winter will continue to have a tight grip on the area even after the storm passes on Sunday with temperatures not expected to reach the double digits. You can see updated postponements and cancellations online with this story.


Northern Door County Closures Or Postponements:


The Town of Liberty Grove Library has been closed for today.


Bay View Lutheran Church has canceled all activities & events today and tentatively has rescheduled the Christmas program for Sunday 12/18 beginning at 3:00 pm





  Southern Door School Activities           



  • The Grade 8 Boys Basketball Conference Tournament has been cancelled and rescheduled for Tuesday, December 20 beginning at 4:00 pm

  • The High School Wrestling tournament at Kewaunee has been cancelled - reschedule pending

Saturday and Sunday

All Southern Door Buildings and facilities will be closed.
Door County YMCA: SUPER KIDS FUN NIGHT scheduled for 6pm tonight, Friday, December 16th at the Sturgeon Program Center has been CANCELED. The JINGLE BELL SWIM MEET scheduled for all day, Saturday, December 17th is still going to be held regardless of weather.


Kewaunee School District: All after school activities canceled, no weekend events, and all buildings will be closed for the weekend.

The Boys and Girls Club of Door County will be closing at 5:30 pm Friday.  Parents should make arrangements to have their children picked up at either David G. Hatch Center or Sawyer School locations.

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Door Artisan Cheese Expects Production To Start In February

By Tim Kowols

Door Artisan Cheese is getting closer to being able make cheese in its new facility in Egg Harbor. The exterior walls are near completion with work on the cheese aging caves, production facilities, on-site store and restaurant on track to start before the end of the year. It has been a long eight years since owner and master cheesemaker Mike Brennenstuhl first started the process to make Door Artisan Cheese a reality. With his cheese making equipment expected to be installed by February, Brennenstuhl is excited to start making his unique artisan creations.



Brennenstuhl says they will continue to make cheese even if the rest of the 18,000 square-foot building is not yet open to the public, which general manager Mary Beth Hill says is expected to happen in April.

Tug Operation To Tie Up City Bridges This Afternoon

By Tim Kowols

Motorists traveling through downtown Sturgeon Bay early this afternoon should expect some delays while tugboats maneuver a barge in the canal. Selvick Marine Towing Company will be moving the 480-foot barge in between the city's two downtown bridges after it finishes work at Bay Shipbuilding Company. Tug boat captain Don Sarter says with just 560 feet to operate with, both bridges will have to be up.



No exact time of the operation was given. The Bayview Bridge will be open for traffic for those needing to get around town.

Tugs used were Jimmy L., Susan L., Sharon M. Selvick, and Cameron O. from Selvick Marine Towing, and tug Bay Ship from Bay Shipbuilding Corp.  (photo by Matthew Moellendorf)

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Video from Friday afternoon at 3:00pm

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Algoma Tops Safest Wisconsin Cities List

By Tim Kowols

Three of the top 30 safest communities in the state of Wisconsin are in Kewaunee County according to a home security web site. took into account statistics from the FBI and the Census Bureau along with other factors to develop the nationwide rankings, which declared Wisconsin the 11th safest state in the country. The city of Algoma grabbed the top slot with a violent crime rate of 0.3 per 1,000 people and a property crime rate of virtually zero. City administrator Jeff Wiswell says it is a testament to the police officers and sheriff's deputies that do their job on a daily basis.



The village of Luxemburg (0.0 violent crime rate, 4.3 property crime rate) was ranked the 9th safest community according to the list, while Kewaunee (1.7 violent crime rate, 6.2 property crime rate) came in 25th. Sturgeon Bay was ranked 79th.

Quality Childhood Care Focus Of Gold Ribbon Campaign

By Tim Kowols

Northern Door Children's Center in Sister Bay hopes to make more people aware of the importance of high-quality early childhood care during its upcoming Gold Ribbon campaign. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, consistent, developmentally sound, and emotionally supportive care has a positive effect on children and their families. Executive Director Cindy Trinkner-Peot says their looping program, which puts children together for activities as early as six weeks old, has played a major role in their success at the NDCC over the last 15 years.



Parents can learn more about the NDCC's Gold Ribbon campaign, "Change A Child Forever: Support Excellent Early Childhood Education, online at their website. The non-profit early childhood education center has been in operation for more than 30 years.

Winter Storm Warning In Effect

By News Staff

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning from 3:00 pm this afternoon through Saturday evening. Periods of heavy snow expected this afternoon through Saturday evening, followed by another round of bitterly cold temperatures for Sunday.


Winds expected to be increasing from the north-west Saturday afternoon, and evening will produce blowing and drifting snow. Cold temperatures combined with gusty north-west winds that will produce bitterly cold wind chills Sunday through to Monday.


Hazardous travel is expected this afternoon and tonight as significant winter storm tracks from the central plains toward the Great Lakes region. The heavier snows are expected to arrive later this afternoon and evening. The snow will become heavy at times tonight.


Much of the area will receive 6-12 inches of snow by Saturday afternoon into the evening.



Good Snow Plowing Efficiency Means Peace Of Mind For Residents In Northern Door County

By Brandon Enroth

In northern Door County, clearing roads and neighborhoods after heavy snowfall has continued to help communities function and go about daily life no matter what the weather conditions are. At the YMCA in Fish Creek, it is important for the facility's parking lot to be clear so that patrons can walk into the facility without slipping on ice and risk injury. Director Heidi Erickson says that snow plows did a good job not only when plowing the Y, but also the surrounding area highways as well following the recent winter storms.





According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the timing of when snow plows begin plowing can vary depending on the strength of the winter storm. There are over 1,500 county highway department employees that are licensed to operate a snowplow. Approximately 770 of them are permanently assigned to the state maintained highway system.





Bay Shipbuilding Planning On Utilizing Old Railroad Depot Building In 2017

By Paul Schmitt

Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding which purchased the old former Ahnapee & Western Railroad depot in downtown Sturgeon Bay has no plans on tearing down the vacant building.  Vice-President and General Manager Todd Thayse says the company realizes the historic significance of the building and is looking into initial plans to utilize in the next year.  1st District Sturgeon Bay Common Council member Kelly Catarozoli says the structure is important to the community.



The former Ahnapee & Western Railroad depot was built in 1912 before ceasing activity as a train station in 1968.  The building was used for several businesses before being purchased by Bay Shipbuilding last April.

Hall Of Fame Collector Heads Up Farm Technology Days Toy Commitee

By Tim Kowols

When it came to developing the commemorative toy for the 2017 Farm Technology Days, Kewaunee County turned to its hall of famer. Dale Swoboda of Two Rivers was inducted into the National Farm Toy Hall of Fame in 2014 after 60 years of collecting model farm implements and working with companies on what to develop next. Swoboda says there were multiple reasons why his commemorative toy committee chose the Gehl 800 Forage Harvester, produced from 1975-1985 but never as a model.



The limited edition commemorative toys have been a part of Wisconsin Farm Technology Days celebrations since 1994. You can see the toy and a video featuring Swoboda and the Kewaunee County Farm Technology Days on July 11-13 online with this story.

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Improving Other Factors Could Contribute To Job Growth, Better Economy

By Tim Kowols

The answer to helping employers create more jobs and people getting employed could be hiding in other areas. President-elect Donald Trump is meeting with the CEOs of some of the country's top companies to develop ideas on how to improve the economy and help more people find work. We Are Hope, Inc. CEO Sandy Duckett helps run the Door County Job Center located in Sturgeon Bay. Duckett says trade agreements and the health care bill are impeding small business owner's opportunities to grow and hurting students afford higher education.



Addressing job growth in areas dealing with infrastructure like utilities is another focus Duckett hopes the Trump administration looks at in the future.

Motorists Urged To Travel With Caution After Recent Accidents, Impending Storm

By Tim Kowols

An impending storm this weekend and a surge in cars going into ditches has area law enforcement reminding motorists to drive safer on roadways. A Sturgeon Bay woman was transported to the hospital Wednesday evening after her car ended up in a ditch near Highway 42/57 and Tacoma Beach Road. No known cause of the crash was noted on the Sturgeon Bay Police accident report, but snow and ice were noted as highway factors. Door County Sheriff Steve Delarwelle says if you need to be on the road, drive with extra caution.



Delarwelle is urging drivers to stay home if they do not have to be out when Winter Storm Bailey hits Friday afternoon so snowplow drivers can concentrate on the roads.

Obamacare Future Leaves Insurance Agencies, Customers With Questions

By Tim Kowols

The uncertain future of "Obamacare" has insurance agencies and its customers left in limbo. President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican-held Congress plan to phase out six-year-old Affordable Care Act by repealing certain parts of the law including penalties for the uninsured and non-complying companies. Pete Stoneman from Stoneman-Schopf Agency in Sturgeon Bay says there is no way to predict what will happen next, causing some companies to drop out.



People are still signing up for health insurance through the federal exchange. According to the USA Today, more than four million people have chosen 2017 plans before the January 31 deadline.

Carlsville Mobile Home A Total Loss After Fire

By Tim Kowols

A mobile home is considered a total loss after a Wednesday afternoon fire in Egg Harbor.  Crews from Egg Harbor, Sturgeon Bay, Jacksonport, Baileys Harbor, and Ephraim along with the Door County Sheriff's and Emergency Services departments responded to the fire just before 4 p.m. at 5693 West Carlsville Road. Egg Harbor Fire Chief Steven Schopf says another battle firefighters had to face was the cold.



The scene of the fire was cleared by 7 p.m., but the cause is still under investigation.

DeKeyser Honored With "Golden Axe" During B.U.G. Fire Awards Banquet

By Tim Kowols

The Brussels-Union-Gardner Fire Department honored some of its longest tenured members earlier this week.



Galen DeJardin (34 years) and Bruce Alberts (15 years) are both retiring while 32-year veteran Captain Mark DeKeyser was honored with the Golden Axe Award for going above the call of duty. Between his involvement in various committees, equipment maintenance, and fundraising, BUG Fire Chief Curt Vandertie says the department would not be the same without DeKeyser.



The BUG Fire Department also honored Caleb Bakee, Jason Monfils, Larry Madsen, Russ Kalin, and Phil Simon with 10-year service pins.




Ryan Wery, Josh Kipp, Tracy Koontz, and Pat O'Hern were recognized for their CPR skills with "I Saved A Life" Awards.

Kewaunee County Winter Park Area Planning On Opening December 28 After Making Snow This Week

By Paul Schmitt

The Kewaunee County Parks and Recs Department took advantage of the recent colder weather to make snow and get the Winter Park Ski Area ready for opening later this month.  Winter Park began making snow on Monday evening and Kewaunee County Parks Director Dave Meyer says the tubing is the most popular with families but the new bunny hill will help the novice skier.



The Winter Park Association maintains a Heating Chalet that offers a concession stand for warm drinks and food for visitors. Meyer says the plan is to groom the hills and trails and open the Winter Park Ski Area after Christmas on December 28.

YMCA Open House Food Drive Benefits 24/7 Care Food Pantry

By Brandon Enroth

Both YMCA members and potential new members alike made donations throughout the YMCA Northern Door Facility Open House last week. Any attendees could contribute perishable, or canned food items given to the 24/7 Care Food Pantry of Fish Creek. Executive Director Heidi Erickson says that the support from the community was excellent.



The donations were collected all week long through Sunday, and were then delivered. Erickson also said that the donation bins in the front of the facility always seemed to be overflowing with items every time she would walk by them. If you want to make a donation to the 24/7 Care Food Pantry, please see the link to their website attached with the story.

Help of Door County Offering Adult Services For Seniors Facing Any Type Of Abuse

By Paul Schmitt

With Door County having one of the oldest populations of any county in Wisconsin, the needs and advocates for seniors are on the increase.  HELP of Door County Executive Director Steve Vickman says they provide an outreach program for the elderly who may be victims of abuse.



The HELP of Door County provides a 24-hour hotline seven days a week.  For more information on services provided by HELP of Door County, click on the link below.

Delegate Bill Berglund Not Persuaded By Calls To Change His Electoral College Vote

By Paul Schmitt

Vice-Chair of the 8th Congressional District Bill Berglund of Sturgeon Bay who will travel to Madison on December 19th  to vote as one of ten Wisconsin voters selected by the Republican Party to vote for the winner of the statewide election, Donald Trump says he been inundated with letters and feedback since the election.



Berglund, who will cast one of the five hundred and thirty-eight votes in this year's Electoral College, says he discredits most of the letters since they appear to be form letters.  Berglund says he does not see changing his vote for Trump despite all of the drama surrounding the president-elect.  Wisconsin just concluded the recount of the election paid by the Green Party that found Trump actually gained 131 additional votes.

Village of Egg Harbor Adds Referendum Vote To Spring Ballot

By Brandon Enroth

The Village Board of Egg Harbor held a meeting based on the recent filing of a petition for direct legislation by referendum over some of the planned capital improvement projects in the village. According to Village Administrator Ryan Heise, the meeting went "fine." Various options were presented to the Village Board of Trustees, either to adopt the referendum as presented or to place it on the spring ballot. Heise says that they came to a decision rather quickly.




According to Heise, there will be no public hearing regarding the referendum held by the Village Board since that "isn't a part of the process." Heise also believes that there will be discussion amongst residents at both trustee meetings and through community conversations regarding the pros and cons of the referendum, so that voters will have the necessary information available to make their decision when they head to the polls. Voters will have the opportunity to vote on the referendum during the spring elections.

Investors Should Stay The Course As Stock Market Continues To Soar Near 20,000

By Paul Schmitt

The stock market is setting records and approaching 20,000.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) has registered record of 16 all-time finishes since Donald Trump's presidential election.  Being coined the "Trump Bump" by some investors, Casey St. Henry a financial associate with Thrivent Financial in Sturgeon Bay says a long-term strategy is needed for investors whether they are buying or selling stocks.



St. Henry says although people may naturally want to get into the stock market when it is surging, he recommends that you should meet with a financial professional and have a well-thought plan and strategy and stick with it no matter the swings in the market.   The Dow Jones closed up again at 19,911.21 on Tuesday.

Fire Department, Gibraltar Schools Team Up For First Responder Training

By Tim Kowols

A near-death experience at a basketball game in Two Rivers is providing a good example for the importance of CPR training at schools and local businesses.A referee collapsed with a heart attack while refereeing the game and was saved by school officials and on-site first responders.


The Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Department has been working with the Gibraltar Area School District on training their faculty for such an occasion for over the last year. Fire Chief Chris Hecht says it is great to work with a group that is so proactive.



In the New Year, Hecht and the Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Department hope to expand their partnerships to Northern Door businesses in need of first responder training.

Evolving Rules and Regulations Hamper Small Business Owner

By Tim Kowols

The constant changing in rules and regulations is one item Sister Bay Mobil owner Dave Lienau hopes President-elect Donald Trump and others are able to address in the recently formed President's Strategic and Policy Forum. Operating a gas station and a restaurant means things are always changing in hallways of state and federal legislative buildings, which has turned out to be burdensome for Lienau.



Recent infrastructure changes nationwide at gas stations at the cost of thousands of dollars before implementation are causing Lienau the most headaches now as a small business owner. President-elect Trump developed the President's Strategic and Policy Forum to ask some of the country's most successful business leaders their thoughts on how to create more jobs and make the economy better.

Alderperson Hopes To Help Relieve Stress For Jefferson Street Property Owners With Rezoning Push

By Tim Kowols

Sturgeon Bay alderperson Kelly Catarozoli hopes rezoning a portion of Jefferson Street will give property owners a little more flexibility in the future. Currently zoned as C-2, property owners that wanted to convert their buildings from 50 percent to 100 percent residential would have to go through a costly zoning board of appeals process or spend even more money in renovations to keep it in compliance with current codes. By rezoning the area to become C-5, Catarozoli hopes the new zoning code would give property owners more flexibility without some of the costs and red tape.



Catarozoli says a drawback would be the potential for the area to become less commercial. The topic has been brought up before, according to Catarozoli, but she says it most likely fizzled out because of a desire to keep the area mostly commercial.

Schools Statewide Struggling With Staffing Technical Education Classrooms

By Tim Kowols

The struggle to find qualified technical education teachers in Wisconsin continues to be a problem for school districts. According to WBAY, the shortage of teachers is forcing some to go back to school to take on an extra discipline while 80 percent of manufacturers polled by the Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance say they cannot find the talent they need. Sturgeon Bay School District Superintendent Dan Tjernagel says while Sturgeon Bay has been blessed to fill those positions, he says there is one tool his colleagues have relied on to fill the void.



Tjernagel says the concern also covers other career education courses like marketing, consumer sciences, and agriculture. Algoma, Kewaunee, and Luxemburg-Casco School Districts are joining forces to address their educational voids with the Ahnapee Regional Technical Academy, where students can take coursework in manufacturing, agriculture, and software development at any of the three high schools.

City Of Algoma Able To Deal With Snow Removal Even With Equipment Failure

By Paul Schmitt

Area communities had to deal with the first substantial snowfall of the season on Sunday and the City of Algoma had issues with a snow removal equipment.  City Administrator Jeff Wiswell explains what happened and how the street department will explore options with the tough circumstances.



Wiswell says the city of Algoma hopes to purchase a new road grader in the future.  Some areas in Kewaunee and Door County reported up to six inches.  Another five to eight inches of snow is forecasted for Friday this week.

North Shore Healthcare's Sturgeon Bay Health Services Takes Over Golden Living Center-Dorchester

By Paul Schmitt

The Golden Living Center-Dorchester in Sturgeon Bay has been bought by North Shore Healthcare.  The official transition took place on December 1 and the new name of the facility is Sturgeon Bay Health Services.  North Shore Health Care partner and administrator at Shawano Health Services Paul Peshek says care and services offered will remain the same even though the Dorchester name will not.



Peshek says that North Shore Healthcare is a Wisconsin-based company that has locations in Shawano, Randolph, Wisconsin Dells, Superior, Ashland, Tomahawk, Rib Lake and Marshfield.

Panic Can Set In As Holiday Shopping Crunch Time Approaches

By Tim Kowols

According to the National Retail Federation, 40 percent of the season's sales happen in the ten days leading up to Christmas, leaving some panicky shoppers with impulse buys and blown budgets. Retail analytics firm ShopperTrak even shows the Saturday before Christmas as being even busier than Black Friday according to the Wall Street Journal. Gay Pustaver from Money Management Counselors says last-minute shoppers need to keep their cool as they head into the aisles.



Pustaver also suggests consumers keep track of their purchases this year and use that to form a plan for next year based on what went right and wrong during this season.


Partial Term A Learning Experience So Far For Ward

By Tim Kowols

Serving as Sturgeon Bay's District Three alderperson has been a learning experience for Dr. David Ward. The semi-retired economic consultant and former interim university chancellor took on the role after Ed Ireland resigned in June. Ward says the experience has confirmed in his eyes what the state's policies of limiting revenue have done in terms of the city ability to do programs.



Ward wants to do more for the city in the future as he hopes to file his nomination papers for a full term on the Sturgeon Bay Common Council in the coming week.

Peninsula Pride Farms Plant 4,000 Additional Cover Crops During Challenge

By Tim Kowols

The snow may be covering it up now, but a contest among Peninsula Pride farmers is looking to do more to address soil and water quality in the region. Through a cost share opportunity for its members earlier in the fall, Peninsula Pride Farms challenged farmers to plant crops for the winter after it was finished harvesting for the year. Peninsula Pride Farms president Don Niles says 4,000 additional acres were planted in addition to other farms' cover crop strategies as a part of the challenge and believes it will help farmers do their jobs better.



Cover crops usually include grasses, legumes, and small grains that are planted during off-season production that can help prevent soil erosion and reduce phosphorus loss. According to Peninsula Pride Farms conservation resource manager Dennis Frame, fields with cover crops experienced 55 percent less water runoff and 50 percent less soil loss than land that was uncovered.

Sister Bay To Feature Trolley As Public Transit In 2017

By Tim Kowols

Looking to alleviate parking concerns in its downtown during peak times, the Village of Sister Bay will introduce a trolley service as a mode of public transportation next year. Born out of the village's new parking committee, the trolley would service Sister Bay's hotels, downtown, and the Country Walk Shops on an approximately 30 minute loop during its busiest weekends. Village Administrator Zeke Jackson says the idea came out of conversations with local officials and area businesses.



The village is currently looking for drivers for the free trolley service that will run from June 30 to August 18. The parking committee is also looking into ordinances and other ways to alleviate parking concerns in the village.

Toys for Tots Drive In Kewaunee County Enters 25th Year

By Brandon Enroth

Kewaunee County is holding its 25th year of the "Toys for Tots" program in 2016. Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski is in charge of the program and has been for the past 25 years. Joski says that he got his start originally in Door County with the program, and talks about the different organizations involved this year.





Kewaunee County is just one one of the thousands of locally sponsored campaigns of the national Toys for Tots Foundation. Over its life span, the Toys for Tots Program distributed over 512 million toys to over 237 million less fortunate children nationwide.


According to Joski's Facebook post, distribution for Kewaunee County will be on December 17th at the Kewaunee grade School Cafetorium. Participants must be pre-registered.



Used Car Sales Expected To Hit All-Time High In 2016

By Brandon Enroth

Used car and truck purchases across the nation have been hitting new record highs in sales throughout 2016. According to Cox Automotive, almost 41 million used vehicles are expected to have been purchased. Jim Olson of Jim Olson Motors, says that he has had success with both new and used cars this year.



Olson elaborated saying that people are more likely going to more comfortable spending money on a car if they feel they have a secure job. According to Experian Automotive, the average loan borrowed for a used vehicle hit a record high during the third quarter of this year at $19,227. This projected number currently will most likely increase over the course of the month, as Olson says December is a pretty successful month when it comes to used and new car sales.

School Board & Municipal Board Potential Candidates: Information To Consider Before Running For Office

By Brandon Enroth

Serving on a school or municipal board can mean a lot of work, but can also prove to be a rewarding position to hold. The  League of Women Voters of Door County has already begun to remind citizens about important information to consider before running. With every other district within Sturgeon Bay being up for election, Board of Service Coordinator Barb Graul gives some specific information regarding those two positions.



The League will conduct a candidate forum for contested seats upon request from a candidate or citizen. However, the League will proceed ONLY if the position is contested (i.e., more than one candidate) and at least two candidates agree to participate. Requests must be made on or before January 17th to be considered. The goal of League of Women Voter candidate forums is to inform citizens about candidates and their stands on issues.





Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski Heads "Shop With A Cop" Campaign In Kewaunee, Algoma, & Luxemberg

By Brandon Enroth

Law enforcement officials from Kewaunee, Algoma, and Luxemburg teamed up with local families in need on Saturday to shop for families in need this holiday season. The campaign was widespread all throughout the state of Wisconsin on Saturday. Kewaunee County Sherriff Matt Joski said that this experience was humbling due different decisions made by kids when shopping.



Joski also mentioned that he has some incredible deputies that have taken over leadership of this program and his main job during the event was to participate with his assigned child.


This year's event was able to sponsor five kids from the Luxemburg School District, five from Kewaunee and five from Algoma. Those 15 kids met a law enforcement officer who became their shopping buddy to purchase gifts for family members at local stores.


This year's event was able to sponsor five kids from the Luxemburg School District, five from Kewaunee and five from Algoma. Most of the day was spent shopping locally in Algoma to purchase gifts for those select families so they could enjoy a special Christmas this year.


Birch Creek Music Performance Center Featured In Emmy Award Winning WPT Program

By Brandon Enroth

The Birch Creek Music Performance Center's Percussion and Symphony sessions were the main feature of a recent television show on Wisconsin Public Television. That show was awarded a Midwest National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Emmy Award. Birch Creek Executive Director Mona Christensen says that the Center found out about the news the same night as their Holiday Concert on Dec 3rd.



The show consisted of hour-long segments covering sessions of Birch Creek's Symphony and Percussion members over the course of summer in 2015. The show earned the Midwest Emmy for Best Arts/Entertainment Programming for a Special Series. Details about those summer class sessions are available to read online on Birch Creek's website.


To view some of the footage from the show, please follow the link posted with the story below:




What You Should Have In Your Car To Be Prepared For Driving In Winter Weather Condtions

By Brandon Enroth

Driving in winter weather conditions can be very dangerous at times. Depending on the conditions, roads can become slippery, visibility can become limited, and accidents can occur quickly before drivers have the appropriate time to react. In case of an emergency, Randy Sahs of Sahs Auto Inc. believes there three main items should be kept in the car at all times.



Sahs also mentioned that florescent road warning markers can also be helpful in case you need to mark your vehicle to other drivers so they are aware of its positioning to prevent further damage. According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Wisconsin has suffered 18,000 motor vehicle crashes during the winter months when roads are covered with ice, snow or slush over the past 5 years.





Winter Weather Advisory In-Effect

By Staff

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Brown, Kewaunee, and Manitowoc counties until 9:00 pm Sunday, while the winter weather advisory for Door County will be in effect until 6:00 am Monday morning.



Snow is expected throughout the day with the heaviest snowfall coming between  the hours of 10:00 am - 8:00 pm Sunday. Snow accumulation is expected to be somewhere between 5-8 inches.



Most roads across the area were reported to be snow covered and slippery. Travel conditions are likely to worsen as the snow increases and overspreads the remainder of the area. If you are traveling across the area this morning, use extra caution and be sure to allow for extra travel time to reach your destination.





Door County Sheriff's Department Hosts 14th Annual "Chop & Shop With A Cop" Event

By Brandon Enroth


Law enforcement officers throughout Door County came together on Saturday for the 14th Annual "Chop & Shop with a Cop" Event hosted by the Door County Sherriff's Department. This morning, the different members of law enforcement teamed up with families in need this holiday season and shopped at Target for Christmas presents. The department was also able to secure Christmas dinners for the families as well as a full-sized Christmas tree which should make the holidays for those families very special. The event was started originally by Lieutenant Tammy Sternard of the Door County Sherriff's Department, who talked about what the event means to her and why law enforcement officers come back every year



The families gathered at the Knights of Columbus building in Sturgeon Bay after the shopping spree at Target. Hundreds of items were being wrapped by both law enforcement officials and families alike, engaging in fun conversation which created a special atmosphere. The gifts will be taken home with the families this week to be put underneath the Christmas tree waiting to be opened on Christmas Day.



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Village of Egg Harbor Residents "Want A Voice" Involving Capital Improvement Projects

By Brandon Enroth

Residents in the Village of Egg Harbor has filed a petition for direct legislation by referendum over planned capital improvement projects in the village. T.C Johnson organizer in the making of this petition and former teacher, says that the reason behind the petition is because residents deserve to have a voice when it comes to discussing expensive projects.





Johnson mentioned also that during the first two hours of searching for signatures for the petition, 80 residents signed up right away, with more attempting to contact him so that they could find the opportunity to sign as well. Egg Harbor trustees will have the opportunity to either adopt the referendum or place it on spring ballot during the next village meeting scheduled for tomorrow night.





Door Artisan Cheese Company Hopeful For Class B Liquor License From Sevastopol

By Tim Kowols

The owner of Door Artisan Cheese Company in Egg Harbor hopes to come to an agreement with the Town of Sevastopol over its spare Class B liquor license. Master cheesemaker and Door Artisan Cheese Company owner Michael Brennenstuhl envisions guests being able to have a drink while dining at their on-site restaurant or sipping on a beverage during a taste testing while watching cheesemakers perfect their craft in a viewing area. Brennenstuhl says they are going through the process with Sevastopol town leadership and are hopeful they will be able to acquire a Class B license.



The Sevastopol Town Board delayed its decision on transferring the license until its next meeting on December 19.

New Peninsula State Park Signage To Be Made From Eagle Tower Remnants

By Brandon Enroth

Some remnants of the iconic Eagle Tower will remain within the property of Peninsula State Park. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has already started looking through the wood that remains from Eagle Tower after it was torn down earlier this year. According Rachel Stollenwerk campaign director for the Eagle Tower Fund Committee, the DNR wishes to use the old wood from the tower to create more signage within the park, since they will not be using it to help rebuild the tower.



This is a win-win situation for both Peninsula State Park and the Eagle Tower Fund Committee. The park will be able to keep the wood that has been on the property for years, to use not only for signage but also for educational purposes, teaching visitors more about the history of Eagle Tower and its legacy.

New Jim Olson Ford Building Ready To Open Soon

By Paul Schmitt

The New Jim Olson Motors Ford Dealership is within days of opening on Sturgeon Bay's west side.  The ground was broken on the Ford/Lincoln dealership back in April and the finishing touches of clean-up are being done.  The new facility will include a quick lane lube center and some of the newest technology in car maintenance.  Owner Jim Olson says the new building will be more efficient for customers and employees alike.



The new 21,000 square foot facility is located behind Jim Olson Motors' existing Chrysler dealership on Duluth Avenue.


Moving day was Friday at the old location on Green Bay Road.


Students Give Back To Clinical Residents During DCDN's Project Poinsettia

By Tim Kowols

Students from all three Kewaunee County high schools spent a portion of their Friday afternoon bringing joy to the residents at the Algoma Long Term Care Unit. Assisting with the radio stations of's Project Poinsettia, the students distributed over 40 flowers from Stodola's IGA to the very residents they worked with during their clinical studies with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College's Luxemburg Regional Center.  ALTCU Recreation Director Melissa Yedica says the residents enjoy having visitors.



Luxemburg-Casco senior Christine Magnin says it was a great experience to see the residents she helped when she performed her clinical there.



The radio stations of will also distribute hundreds of more poinsettias in the coming days to residents at Door County Medical Center and Anna's Healthcare thanks in part to the kindness of local businesses.

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Egg Harbor Residents File Petition To Limit Village Spending

By Tim Kowols

A group of Egg Harbor residents has submitted a petition for direct legislation by referendum over some of the planned capital improvement projects in the village. The group wants to limit the amount of money the village can contract or spend to $1.5 million. If approved, any project cost overrides would need to go to the village residents for a vote.  Village Administrator Ryan Heise says this is a great example of democracy in action.



This will mark the first time village residents have petitioned for direct legislation by referendum since they voted on improvements to its marina. Egg Harbor trustees will have the opportunity to either adopt the referendum or place it on spring ballot during its meeting on Monday.

Door County YMCA's "Angel Tree" Making Christmas Gifts Possible For Less Fortunate Families In Area

By Paul Schmitt

The Door County YMCA is making Christmas a little brighter for over 100 disadvantaged children throughout Door County.  The YMCA put up an "Angel Tree" in its facilities to encourage community members to pick up the ornament and return a gift for the selected child.  CEO and President Tom Beerntsen says the response has been great.



The Door County YMCA is located on Michigan Street in Sturgeon Bay and on Highway 42 North in Fish Creek.  For additional information on programs offered at the Door County YMCA click on the link below. 

LIVE Algoma Helping Community Keep The Weight Off For The Holidays With "Freeze The Gain"

By Paul Schmitt


LIVE Algoma is doing a healthy community challenge called "Freeze the Gain".  The challenge is designed to empower people to make healthy choices during the holidays.  Community Nurse Activator and Health Coach Jody Anderson says the over 100 participants receive support during the weight-control campaign.



The program is a partnership between LIVE Algoma, The Algoma Chamber of Commerce and Bellin Health.  Initial weigh-ins started in November and continued this week with the final weigh-in being held the week after New Year's Day.  For more information on the "Freeze the Gain" challenge, click on the link below.


Tom Jordan's New Book "Secret Treasures Of Door County" Selling Fast Throughout Door County

By Paul Schmitt

Local author and photographer Tom Jordan's new book "The Secret Treasures of Door County" is flying off the shelf of local outlets.  According to Jordan, 400 books have been published and one outlet has sold out already.  Jordan describes his book on Door County as a labor of love.



According to Jordan, some people who have purchased the book are going around and getting signatures from the people featured in the book.  Profits from the book go towards benefiting the Door County Community Foundation.

Door County Veterans Officer Shares Thoughts On Pearl Harbor Anniversary And Free Christmas Dinner For Veterans

By Paul Schmitt

This past Wednesday marked the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor and Door County Veterans Service Officer Scott McFarlane shares his thoughts on the ceremonies commemorating what then President Franklin D. Roosevelt called "a date which will live in infamy".



McFarlane says a free Christmas dinner for all veterans and their immediate family members will be available at 1:00 p.m. on Christmas Day at the VFW Post 3088 clubhouse on Delaware Street in Sturgeon Bay.  The dinner will be donated by a local family and McFarlane asks for people to reserve ahead of time by calling the Door County Veterans Service Office.

League Of Women Voters Of Door County Featuring Program To Address The Working Poor

By Paul Schmitt

The League of Women Voters of Door County is holding an important conversation next Tuesday about the economic difficulties faced by working families in the area.  Amy Kohnle of the United Way will present the new initiative called ALICE, which stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.  League of Women Voters of Door County President Nancy Fisher says the program addresses a true need in the community.

The ALICE event is free to the public and will be held in the Community Room at Sturgeon Bay City Hall next Tuesday, December 13 at 11:30 am.  Attendees can bring a bagged lunch if they like and the program will run from 11:45 until 12:30.  For more information on ALICE, go to the link below.

Door County Board of Supervisors Looking To Fill Vacancy In District 9

By Paul Schmitt

The Door County Board is looking to fill the District 9 Supervisor seat left vacant due to the passing of Supervisor Richard Haines on November 30.  District 9 encompasses Wards 5, 6, 22, 23 and 24 in the city of Sturgeon Bay.  Door County Board Chairperson Dave Lienau explains what the board is looking for in a candidate.



Letters of interest are due by January 6.  After a vetting process and a nomination by Lienau, the County Board will confirm the choice and the successful nominee will serve out the unexpired term until April of 2018.

Kewaunee County Schools Excited For Tech Ed Partnership

By Tim Kowols

Students in Kewaunee County are close to being able to get the hands-on technical training they need regardless of which school district they call home. First introduced last August, the Ahnapee Regional Technical Academy will allow students to participate in a cooperative program involving Kewaunee's new agricultural center, Algoma's Wolf Tech Lab for manufacturing, and Luxemburg-Casco's facilities for software development.


Algoma Superintendent Nick Cochart says the program addresses the problems many of the local school districts are facing.



Luxemburg-Casco Superintendent Glenn Schlender calls it a tremendous opportunity for students.



The Ahnapee Regional Technical Academy will be part of the discussion at the next Kewaunee County Business and Education Summit in Algoma on December 13 beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Overturned Vehicle On HWY 57 South

By Brandon Enroth

A vehicle overturned on the southbound lane of Highway 57 in Door County just south of Highway C at about at 9:15am Thursday morning, causing traffic to be re-routed but apparently not resulting in any serious injury.  According to Door County Dispatch, authorities responded to the scene of a single-vehicle  crash and found the car resting on the centerline of the state highway. Law enforcement detoured traffic until the scene was cleaned up and cleared at 10:56am, according to Lt. Bob Lauder of the Door County Sheriff's Department.





History Focus Of Maritime Museum's Speaker Series

By Tim Kowols

The line-up for this winter's Speakers Series at the Door County Maritime Museum is set to give guests a glimpse of history during its four presentations. Created as an educational way to get people out of the house during the winter months, the free DCMM Speaker Series has covered a wide range of topics with back stories to the museum exhibits it houses and the industry that passes by its doors every day. Event coordinator Jon Gast says the Speaker Series has been well-received.



The Speaker Series kicks off tonight with former Executive Director Bob Desh discussing the loss of the "Palace Steamer" Niagara beginning at 7 p.m. If you cannot  attend tonight's event, the Speaker Series will take place on the first Thursday of the month in January, February, and March. Future topics include the Selvick Tugs and the tall ship Baltimore.

Trend In Milk Prices Providing Hope For Dairy Farmers

By Tim Kowols

The futures markets are giving dairy farmers hope for the New Year. Oversupply and the growth of plant-based milk alternatives have caused dairy farmers see the cost of the product drop dramatically from record highs just a few years ago. With cheese consumption in the United States reaching record highs in 2015 according to the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Rich Olson from Olson Family Farms in Sturgeon Bay remains optimistic that things will turn around for the industry.



Milk prices have shown an increase in just the past month with both Class I (fluid milk) and Class III (cheese) milk prices up nearly two dollars per hundredweight.

Senior Center Project Close To Being Open For Bidding

By Tim Kowols

The Door County Property Committee got to see the final drawings for the future senior center and EMS station on Wednesday, marking one of the final steps before putting the project out to bid.  Door County Administrator Ken Pabich hopes the bids for the multi-million dollar project at the old highway shop in Sturgeon Bay go out as soon as next week so the board can take a look at them at their next meeting. Pabich says it is all about finalizing the details.



Early estimates for the project were slated at just over $10 million, with some of that money coming from private donations.

Possible Deregulation Good News For Community Banks

By Tim Kowols

President-elect Donald Trump's plan to dismantle some of the financial reforms made in 2008 could be good news for community banks. According to, low-interest rates, extra compliance costs, and additional regulations have made it hard for smaller banks to be profitable and to make loan decision. Bank of Luxemburg President and CEO John Slatky says they know they have to be prudent with their loans because of the effect it could have on the community. Loosening some regulation could help them serve their customers better.



Slatky says the biggest challenge his bank faces now under current rules is lending to farmers with projected incomes that swing in either direction every year.

Sister Bay Building Up Its Housing Supply

By Tim Kowols

The village of Sister Bay is working hard to meet the housing needs of its community. Located near the water tower, the Niagara Ridge apartments will feature 36 luxury units while the early phases of the Stony Ridge and Harborview developments are under construction elsewhere in the village. Paired with the success of its growing downtown and other development in the area, Village Administrator Zeke Jackson says Sister Bay is close to being built out.



The business community is also growing in Sister Bay, with several groundbreakings and renovations already underway.

Interim Manager To Head Up Door County's Emergency Services

By Paul Schmitt

Door County is planning on bringing in an interim manager to take the place of the current Emergency Services director Dan Williams who will be leaving the post in January.  Jeff Roemer from a consulting firm in Waukesha will take over for Williams temporarily and Door County Administrator Ken Pabich says the decision was done because of the big projects with the new BUG Fire Department facility being built in Brussels and the new EMS building in Sturgeon Bay.



Roemer's duties for the next year as the interim manager will include managing the department, the finishing of projects, and the recruitment for the future permanent director.

Area Deer Hunters Get A Second Hunt With Anterless Deer T-Zone Starting Thursday

By Paul Schmitt

The regular deer gun hunting season closed on November 27 but area hunters get another chance to break out the blaze orange again for the four-day T-Zone hunt this weekend.  Conservation Warden Chris Kratcha says hunters have a couple more opportunities to harvest a deer.



The statewide muzzleloader season just concluded with the archery season ending on January 8.  According to the DNR, a total of 834,092 gun, archery, and crossbow licenses were sold in the state this year which reflects about a 15,000 decrease from 2015.

Wisconsin Facing Huge Challenge In Funding Maintainence Of Highways And Interstates For Next Decade

By Paul Schmitt

More than 40 percent of State and U.S. highways will be deemed in poor condition within the next ten years if Wisconsin does not find the funding or answers soon.  According to the Milwaukee-Journal Sentinal, state Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb told lawmakers that the state highways that are in poor condition will double by 2027 with debt payments continuing to grow.  Governor Scott Walker has vowed not to increase the gas tax or license fees, but 1st District Representative Joel Kitchens says borrowing the money cannot be the only solution.



Kitchens says although some cost-cutting measures are possible for the state after an upcoming audit, new revenue sources are needed to ensure the safe maintenance of Wisconsin's highways and interstates.

City Moving Forward In Seeking Grant Funds For Little Lake Restoration And Dredging

By Paul Schmitt

The City of Sturgeon Bay approved the seeking of state grant funding to begin to help offset the cost of improvements for Bradley Lake, more commonly called Little Lake, in Sturgeon Bay.  Sturgeon Bay Municipal Services Director Bob Bordeau told the common council that plans are possible to connect the lake back to the bay if two grants are received.  Phase I of the Little Lake restoration started in 2009 and Roger Anderson, co-chair of the environmental committee with the Sturgeon Bay Rotary Club shares the next big phase of the project.



Phase I of the project was the engineered wetland for Little Lake and volunteers planted 90 trees and shrubs last month.  Little Lake is located by Sunset Park off of Third Avenue in Sturgeon Bay.

DOT Announces Michigan St. Bridge Repairs On Dec 12th

By Brandon Enroth

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation announced on Monday maintenance work for the Michigan Street Bridge. Maintenance crews will be replacing a radar magnetron and conducting camera maintenance between 9:00 am and noon on Monday December 12th. Northeast Bridge Maintenance Engineer Dale Weber explains why these unscheduled repairs are occurring.



Weber says that the dome camera in need of repair on the bridge "goes out" from time to time. These cameras usually last from 5-10 years however The Department Transportation monitors them and usually schedules a maintenance checkup during the spring every year to tend to them and ensure they are functioning properly.


Creating Production Jobs Key To Improving Economy

By Tim Kowols

Kewaunee County farmer John Pagel hopes President-elect Donald Trump keeps up with his efforts to keep jobs stateside. The newly elected President-elect has formed a 16-member Strategic and Policy Forum to gather the minds of the country's business executives to discuss ideas to help bring jobs back to America and to improve the economy. Pagel says the country needs to get back to making products here instead of relying on service jobs.



As one of the largest employers in Kewaunee County, Pagel says the country also needs the people to help fill the jobs being created in the process.

Common Council Approve Three Measures Affecting West Waterfront Redevelopment

By Tim Kowols

The future of the west waterfront was the main focus of three votes made by the Sturgeon Bay Common Council on Tuesday. First, the council voted 5-2 to extend its Planned Unit Development (PUD) agreement with hotel developer Bob Papke for another two years. It then designated 39.7 acres of the west side as part of a new Premier Economic Development District, which would create two additional Class B liquor licenses for an area expected to hit $20 million in value if it is developed as planned. The council finally voted to perform a redetermination of the tax increment base of Tax Increment District #4 after a fire that destroyed the former Harbor Place Shoppes altered its outlook. District 1 Alderperson Kelly Catarozoli voted against the redetermination, citing the lost value in the land in efforts to make the TID look better.



Community Development Director Marty Olejniczak told the council approving the measure could result in a short-term hit, but could also make for a long term gain.



An actual project plan amendment and resolution for the TID redetermination will now be formed for final approval from the Common Council, the Plan Commission, and Joint Review Board. The PEDD will receive a second ordinance reading at its next meeting.


Only Minor Changes In Vote Totals After Recount Concludes In Door County

By Tim Kowols

The recount of Presidential ballots in Door County is now complete. Other than a few votes changing hands, President-elect Donald Trump still carried the county. Praising her workers that finished the recount in just four days, county clerk Jill Lau says discrepancies in the final count were not caused by machine errors.



The cost to the county for the recount expects to be less than originally forecasted because it was finished three days ahead of schedule. Green Party candidate Jill Stein called for the recount to begin last week, alleging possible discrepancies in the votes tallied during this past November's Presidential election.

With Support Growing, Kewaunee County Awaits DNR Decision On Aquatic Life Survey

By Tim Kowols

Support is growing for the Department of Natural Resources to conduct an aquatic life study of the East Twin River. After the DNR approved a permit for the Agropur cheese plant in Luxemburg to increase the amount of chloride they are allowed to discharge earlier this year, the Kewaunee County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to have the department look into the quality of the impaired waterway and the ecosystem surrounding it. After recently garnering the support of United States Senator Tammy Baldwin in the form of a letter, Board Supervisor Lee Luft says it is encouraging to have the support of both U.S. Senators and other federal representatives.



Luft says the DNR has mailed its decision on whether or not it will conduct the aquatic life survey and it should be known in the coming days.

Speed Listed As Possible Factor In Monday Crash

By Tim Kowols

Speed too fast for conditions is to blame for a Monday morning crash on the Bayview Bridge that sent five people to the hospital. At 7:37 a.m., units from the Sturgeon Bay Fire and Police Departments reported to the scene after 51-year-old Kathryn Nichols of Sturgeon Bay lost control of her vehicle before colliding with the sidewall on the bridge and a minivan driven by 40-year-old Craig Kiekhaefer, also of Sturgeon Bay. According to the accident report, the officer noted the highway conditions to be "snow, ice, or wet," though no exact cause is known. The current condition of the five people involved in the crash is unknown.

Eagle Tower Fundraising Update: Holiday Campaign Ends Soon & Request For Proposal Sent

By Brandon Enroth

The Eagle Tower Fund Committee has been impressed with the amount of participants in their holiday campaign this season. All proceeds of the campaign go to the Eagle Tower Fund which has had continued success since a local foundation agreed to a matching donation of $100,000 back in the first week of November. Campaign Director Rachel Stollenwerk says the committee has seen great results from the holiday campaign thus far.



Stollenwerk says that just this week, the committee has sent out a request for proposal for the architects and engineer to be selected for this project and that the committee is excited about this step for one important reason.



The deadline for requesting gifts for the holiday campaign ends on December 12th, but Stollenwerk believes that this news will keep donors interested in the project, and could potentially attract new donors in the process. The fundraising goal that the committee has set for Eagle Tower is July 1st, 2017







Adopt-A-Soldier Care Package Stolen Off Porch In Luxemburg

By Paul Schmitt

A care package intended for a member of the United States military was apparently stolen recently in Luxemburg.  Area Adopt-A-Soldier Director Nancy Hutchinson explains what happened the Tuesday before Thanksgiving when she decided to hand deliver a box for Joey Paider.



Hutchinson says the care package included a unique handmade fleece tie blanket that cannot be replaced.  She is asking the responsible party to return the care package with no questions asked.  The Door-Kewaunee County Adopt-A-Soldier program sends packages during the year to over 180 local men and women serving in the Armed Forces.

Credit Reports, Background Checks Providing Help For Landlords And Their Tenants

By Tim Kowols

Landlords are using different tools to protect themselves from prospective tenants wishing to rent at their properties. Credit reports and criminal histories are among the pieces of information landlords are using to learn more about the people they will be housing. Gay Pustaver from Money Management Counselors advises renters to keep an eye on those reports for any surprises that may pop up before signing day.



Pustaver says if you have an error on your credit report and it might have an effect on your ability to buy or lease, there are letters you can send credit bureaus requiring them to investigate and get the mistakes resolved. Landlords can contact the Federal Trade Commission for documentation to help them get the information they need. You can listen to the entire Money Management Monday online with this story.


Low Labor Participation Rate Causing Stress On Employers As Unemployment Drops

By Tim Kowols

A historically low labor participation rate could be the reason why unemployment rates look better than they seem. Wisconsin's unemployment rate currently sits at 4.1 percent according to the Department of Workforce Development, its lowest level since 2007. While the state's labor force participation is 5.6 percent higher than the national rate, the number is still hovering at its lowest level since the 1970s. While the President's Council of Economic Advisers pointed to aging trends and business cycles for the decline, N.E.W. Industries owner Chris Moore suggests there are other factors causing a tightening in the labor market.



N.E.W. Industries offers training programs at its facility in Sturgeon Bay and other education assistance programs to help attract new workers to the manufacturer. Moore says this has been the most difficult time in hiring people for his business in the 16 years he has owned N.E.W. Industries.

Highway Departments Prepared For Winter Weather

By Tim Kowols

Sunday's Winter Weather Advisory was a reminder to motorists to prepare for slippery spots and plow trucks on area roads  this season. The storm featured between one and three inches of snow in Door and Kewaunee Counties, making it one of the first accumulating snowfalls of this season. With its trucks ready for another busy winter, Door County Highway Commissioner John Kolodziej says its salt supplies are in excellent shape.



The National Weather Service has two chances of snow possible for later this week. Kolodziej says it has room in the budget still for the end of the calendar year just in case it is a busy and snowy month.

Common Council To Vote On Two Key Items Regarding West Waterfront

By Tim Kowols

Two major votes are expected to take place during the Sturgeon Bay Common Council meeting Tuesday regarding the future of the west waterfront project. First, the council will vote on developer Bob Papke's wish to extend his Planned Unit Development (PUD) agreement another year in hopes his possible hotel could be built. The council will then have the opportunity to vote on the creation of a Premier Economic Development District (PEDD), an approximately 40-acre area that can be created under state statute and yield the city an additional two liquor licenses. City administrator Josh VanLieshout said in an interview last week regarding the ongoing litigation with the west waterfront that the plans are good for the city.



Each of the three proposed PEDD's located within the Tax Increment District (TID) #4 would include The Bay Lofts mixed-use building, the Hotel Lindgren, a proposed brewpub, and a planned apartment complex on East Maple Street. The Sturgeon Bay Common Council will meet Tuesday at noon inside its chambers at city hall.

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Door County Habitat For Humanity Looking For Room To Grow

By Tim Kowols

The Door County Habitat for Humanity is looking to acquire more land for its home build programs. The non-profit organization's board of directors recently voted to set up a task force to look for buildable lots in the county. Executive Director David Van Dyke says they are currently working with many municipalities including the city of Sturgeon Bay to find cost-effective parcels for the organization.



Van Dyke hopes the Common Council will approve its counter offer for a Sturgeon Bay parcel near the former WireTech site for its next home build, which would mark its 40th house in its history.

Rep. Ribble Prepares For Final Weeks In Office

By Tim Kowols

With less than 10 days remaining in his final term as a United States Congressperson, Rep. Reid Ribble is preparing to say goodbye to the Capitol building. The Sherwood Republican has already moved out of his Washington, D.C. office and into a cubicle inside the Capitol basement as he prepares to go back home. Rep. Ribble says life going back to normal is a good feeling.



The last day of Rep. Ribble's lame duck session is December 16. Newly elected Congress member Mike Gallagher will take over the post representing Wisconsin's 8th District officially on January 3.

Enrollment Period Still Open For Affordable Care Act

By Paul Schmitt

The enrollment period for obtaining health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues through the end of January, even as its future is in question with the upcoming presidential administration change.  Mike Walston of Robertson, Ryan & Associates says ACA looks at income level and ability to pay rather than the usual insurance metrics.




Walson says for individual insurance you can only register in November and December for a January start. Changes can only be made during the year if you have a qualifying event such as  losing your existing coverage because of a job loss, losing eligibility for your Medicare or Medicaid, change in your marital status,  and children turning 27 years of age and going off their parent's coverage.



Birch Creek Music Performance Center Welcomes Renowned Musicians For 1st Holiday Concert Series

By Brandon Enroth

Saturday marked the first annual holiday concert series at the Birch Creek Music Performance Center. The Hand Bell Choir of Moravian Church in Sister Bay, the Birch Creek Symphony Session Brass, and world-renowned Percussionist and the Director of Percussion at the University of Iowa Dan Moore headlined the event. Executive Director Moana Christensen explained her reasoning behind putting on this event.



Several musicians had to travel many miles to perform on Saturday. Some from Northern Iowa and others from Northern Illinois. Christensen said that she wanted to have this concert early in the holiday season because so many of the performers are music teachers and would have to conduct holiday concerts of their own in the coming weeks. For photos and audio clips of the concert please see the attached links below.


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To see the full gallery of pictures and videos from the concert, please follow this link to Birch Creek Music Performance Center Facebook gallery:



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Suicide Prevention Training Will Be Offered Tuesday To Combat High Rates Of Suicide In Area

By Paul Schmitt

A special program addressing suicide prevention will be held at the Bayview Lutheran Church on Tuesday from 6:00-7:00pm.  Parish Nurse LouAnn Brown says research by the Door County Public Health Department shows that the need for suicide prevention training in this area is seriously needed.



QPR stands for Question, Persuade, Refer.  The training will include how to recognize the warning signs for suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.  Nationally, there is one suicide every 12.3 minutes.  For more information on Tuesday's free training workshop, contact LouAnn Brown at (920) 74-4705 .

Winter Weather Advisory In Effect


The National Weather Service in Green Bay has issued a Winter Weather Advisory until 9:00 pm CT this evening for the following counties: Door, Kewaunee, and Southern Oconto.


Snow is expected for the remainder of the day, with the heaviest amount of snowfall expected to be from mid-afternoon into the early evening. Snow accumulations should be in the 2-4 inch range but amounts could be lower near the Lake Michigan shoreline.



A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibility. Use extra caution while driving.  Air travel delays are also possible.



Holiday Donations: What You Should Research Before Donating This Holiday Season

By Claire Thompson


As the year comes to a close, you may want to contribute to a cause you believe in. Nationally, individuals contribute $75 billion dollars between Thanksgiving and the New Year. When you make a donation there is a difference between a great and worthy cause, and a great and worthy organization. You will want to do your homework and make sure your contribution is spent wisely.

I recommend a simple internet search. If the organization has appeared in the paper for any negative reason, you will be able to quickly learn and make an informed decision. Internet web sites like GuideStar or Charity Navigator provide free financial and programmatic information, and whether or not the organization has proper IRS tax-exempt designations. Finally, you can get directly involved by volunteering or talking to others in the organization.

A small bit of homework will help you feel confident that your hard earned dollars are getting put to work in all the right ways.



Sevastopol Town Chairman Leo Zipperer Has Chosen Not To Run Next Election

By Brandon Enroth

Sevastopol Town Chairman Leo Zipperer has decided not to run during the next election cycle after serving in multiple leadership positions within Door County over the past 20 years. Zipperer, now 75, reflected on his time serving as chairman, specifically the people he came in contact with.


Looking back at his career, Zipperer said he was proud to have been involved with the acquisition of land and building of the Sevastopol Town Hall located on State Highway 57.



Hansen Hopes His "Higher Ed, Lower Debt" Bill Can Address Issue On College Debt

By Tim Kowols

Even with college costs increasing nationwide, borrowing for higher education is dropping. According to the College Board, tuition and fees increased between 2.2 and 3.6 percent, but borrowing is off pace from the highs of 2009 through 2011 for reasons it calls "extreme economic circumstances."  With Wisconsin students carrying an average debt of $29,460 after schooling according to the Institute for College Access and Success, State Senator Dave Hansen hopes his "Higher Ed, Lower Debt" bill can begin addressing the issue.



The data from the College Board, which is included with this story online, does show that borrowing is up for graduate students after four years of decline.

Rep. Kitchens To Host Local Area Listening Sessions On Monday

By Tim Kowols

Members of the Wisconsin Legislature are looking at a $693 million shortfall in the 2017-2019 biennial budget when they return to Madison next month. According to the USA Today-Wisconsin Network, the state expected its tax projections to grow in the fiscal year by 3.6 percent, not the 2.3 percent that it actually did. With state departments having already submitted their budget requests, Rep. Joel Kitchens says it is time for the Legislature to sort things out.



Rep. Kitchens will host a pair of listening sessions on Monday in Sturgeon Bay (2-3 p.m. at the library) and Algoma (4-5 p.m. in the Council Chambers at city hall) to discuss possible questions about the budget and other concerns in the state and First District.




Door & Kewaunee Counties To Begin Recounting Presidential Votes

By Tim Kowols

Recounts are underway in counties across the state after Green Party candidate Jill Stein asked for a recount of the Presidential election. County clerks, poll workers, and other staff members are putting in long hours over the next week to beat the December 12th deadline. Kewaunee County Administrator Scott Feldt says different ordinances and the decision to do a machine recount instead of doing it by hand is keeping the cost much lower than other counties.



The over $12,000 the county expects the recount to cost does not factor everything, according to Feldt.



The recount in Wisconsin is expected to cost Stein and her supporters between $3.5 and $3.9 million dollars. Actual costs will be determined after counties turn in their "bill" to the Wisconsin Elections Commission.




What You Need To Know About Adopting Pets This Holiday Season

By Tim Kowols

There is a lot more to consider than just the cost of giving a pet as a Christmas gift this holiday season. Pets given as gifts often find themselves back at a shelter or worse after the novelty has worn thin and the actual commitment of the animal is realized. April Delfosse from the Door County Humane Society advises gift seekers realize the expectations of being an owner.



Delfosse added that adopter should do research into the breeds they are interested in and visiting a shelter to meet the animal before making a final decision. The Door County Humane Society is hosting an open house today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can find out more information about this event on our Web site.




Village Of Ephraim Continues To Make Progress Regarding The "Streetscape" Project

By Brandon Enroth

The Village Board met in Ephraim on Wednesday and continued its ongoing discussions regarding their "Streetscape" Project, which involves the implementation of sidewalks throughout the community on the non-bay side. The plan has been divided into three sections, the first of which was covered during Wednesday's meeting according to the Village administrator Brent Bristol.



Sections 2 of the project will include the areas between the Firehouse Dock up to the Visitor Center and Section 3 covers the area from the Visitor Center up to the Anderson Dock. Bristol says that the discussions between the Village and the public have gone well and that the overall feeling is that the public is on board with the project.



The discussions will continue at the next meeting of the town board which will take place in January.

Counihan Sentenced To Nine Months In Jail And Restitution For Theft From Door County Humane Society

By Paul Schmitt

The former Executive Director of the Door County Humane Society was sentenced Thursday to nine months in jail, fined $2,500, and pay full restitution by Door County Circuit Judge David Weber.  Carrie Counihan was originally facing twelve felony charges for spending nearly $23,000 of the Door County Humane Society's money for personal use over the ten years she was with the organization.  Door County District Attorney Ray Pelrine explains the plea arrangement that was agreed to back in October.

Judge Weber threw out a joint agreement that called for sixty days of jail time stayed.  Counihan received nine months of incarceration for each of the five counts of misdemeanor theft in a business setting that will run concurrently and she needs to report within 60 days.

Dairy Just Part Of The Overall Focus Of Kewaunee County Farm Technology Days

By Tim Kowols

Even though dairy will be on full display during the three-day event, the Kewaunee County Farm Technology Days in July will also shine a light on the area's other agricultural attributes. From Christmas tree farms to the orchards of wineries, there is more diversity in the agriculture-related products produced in Kewaunee County than people realize. Terilynn Hastreiter from Kewaunee County Farm Technology Days says they have been working hard to make sure no one is left out.



Kewaunee County Farm Technology Days will run from July 11-13 at Ebert Enterprises in Algoma. Hastreiter says the committee is actively looking for exhibitors and volunteers to help make the event a big success. You can see a video previewing the show online with this story.

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Environmental Advocates Concerned With DNR Staffing

By Tim Kowols

A Department of Natural Resources plan to allow private consultants of farmers and business owners to play a bigger role in the permitting process has some environmental advocates on high alert. Budget cuts and staffing shortages has forced the DNR to rely on the private consultants to provide the technical information needed to write the final permits after going through assurance programs. Dean Hoegger from the Clean Water Action Council of Northeast Wisconsin says there is a lot of reason for concern.



Farmers call the move a good idea, saying the DNR will still retain the oversight it needs to be effective.

Area School Districts Invite Their Communities Over For The Holidays

By Tim Kowols

Area school districts are reaching out to the community this holiday season with a series of different events. In addition to the annual musical performances, some are hosting special events like this weekend's Holiday Extravaganza at Kewaunee School District and Southern Door School District's Holiday Party for Senior Citizens December 14. Southern Door School District Superintendent Patti Vickman says the activities act as an important outreach to the community supporting them.



You can find information for some of the different upcoming holiday events at area school districts online with this story.


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Bill Aims At Making High Education More Affordable In The Long Run

By Tim Kowols

Even with college costs increasing nationwide, borrowing for higher education is dropping. According to the College Board, tuition and fees increased between 2.2 and 3.6 percent, but borrowing is off pace from the highs of 2009 through 2011 for reasons it calls "extreme economic circumstances."  With Wisconsin students carrying an average debt of $29,460 after schooling according to the Institute for College Access and Success, State Senator Dave Hansen hopes his "Higher Ed, Lower Debt" bill can begin addressing the issue.



The data from the College Board, which is included with this story online, does show that borrowing is up for graduate students after four years of decline.

Climate Change Coalition of Door County To Host Screening Of "Before The Flood"

By Brandon Enroth

The Climate Change Coalition of Door County is hosting a movie screening on Wednesday, December 7th. The documentary they are screening is the recently released environmental documentary directed by Martin Scorcese, starring Leonardo Di Caprio. Coalition member Katie Krouse explains why the public should be interested in the screening.



The CCCDC has joined forces with the Stella Maris Catholic Parish's Care of Our Common Home Committee and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship for the screening. The screening will be shown starting at 7:00 pm within Unitarian Universalist Fellowship located at 10341 Water St./Highway 42.

Traffic Fatalities In November Tie July For The Second Deadliest Month Of The Year

By Paul Schmitt

November tied July as the most deadly month on the Wisconsin roads this year.  62 people were killed in traffic crashes last month, according to preliminary statistics from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT). Traffic fatalities last month were 13 more than November 2015.  Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski says the milder weather might have contributed to more and faster driving on the roads.  With shorter daylight hours, Joski gives a reminder to drivers at night on the use of hi-beam lights.



Joski says it is perfectly okay to flash your lights at an oncoming traffic if they fail to dim their bright lights.  In Wisconsin, five people died in crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday period from last Wednesday evening to midnight on Sunday.

DNR To Rely On Private Consultant Help On Environmental Permitting

By Tim Kowols

The Department of Natural Resources will rely more on private consultants when it comes to environmental permitting, including how large farms handle their manure. According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the DNR will still write the final permits but rely heavily on consultants hired by farmers and business owners for accurate information based on assurance programs.


Based on the recent cuts to the DNR's budget and workforce, Peninsula Pride Farms president Don Niles says this plan will allow the department to do their core function and place some more responsibility on the farmer as well.



The news comes months after the state's Natural Resources Board voted to hire additional personnel to keep a closer eye on Wisconsin's large livestock farms while cutting the DNR's budget by two percent.

Circulation Of Nomination Papers For Municipal, School Board Posts Begins

By Tim Kowols

Interested candidates for municipal and school board seats can begin circulating their nomination papers in advance of the spring primary and election.  In Door County, the head of 13 different towns and villages will be up for a vote along with numerous seats on area school boards. Town of Liberty Grove Clerk Janet Johnson advises interested candidates to make sure they have all of their forms filled out ahead of time and the 20 signatures required to run.



Prospective candidates have until January 3rd at 5 p.m. to submit their nomination papers, which can be picked up at your local municipal office. The spring primary is scheduled for February 21 before the election takes place on April 4.

New Spaces Being Used As Algoma Elementary Construction Wraps Up

By Tim Kowols

Although a little bit behind schedule, construction at Algoma Elementary School will be ending soon. Child care is already in its new area as library goers and band students are getting used to their new spaces as well. Algoma School District Superintendent Nick Cochart says they only have a few small details to finish before the project is officially complete.



Renovations at the Algoma Elementary School were part of a recently approved $4.86 million referendum. An open house will be held after the project's completion.

Site Change In Alternate Waterfront Plan Led To City's Denial Of Compromise

By Tim Kowols

Sturgeon Bay officials believed the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront did not offer as much a compromise as they did a completely different site plan and design according to the city administrator. According to a recent Letter to the Editor from Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront supporter Dan Collins, the group and the developer of the hotel agreed to a plan that would move the building away from the possible public trust doctrine issues on the waterfront and closer to Maple and Madison Streets. City administrator Josh VanLieshout says the alternate site was not much of a compromise and feel they could do better in circuit court.



The city's compromise to the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront in June included reducing the footprint of the hotel and making the first floor more of a public space.

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Church Attendance Adjusts With The Seasons

By Tim Kowols

Area churches are finding out they are just seasonal as many of the local businesses. Attendance at some churches often drops in the late fall and early winter as the influx of tourists goes away. It has been an issue local clergy members have discussed together, but Friends Community Church pastor Nancy Bontempo says different churches have different experiences.



Bontempo says it is a balance between her championing the church and her congregation promoting themselves to the community to help increase attendance. Six Door County churches adjust their service schedules seasonally.

County Clerks Prepare For Presidential Recount

By Tim Kowols

County clerks across the state will conduct recounts of the over 2.9 million votes cast for United States President beginning today. Green Party candidate Jill Stein paid the $3.5 million fee to pay for the recount, despite calling it an exorbitant amount and losing her bid to require counties to hand count the ballots. Kewaunee County Clerk Jamie Annoye says it will cost them  $12,400 to complete the recount. With at least two staff members dedicated to the recount over the next few days,  Annoye is happy to have the support needed to keep things running smoothly in the County Clerk's office.



County clerks have until December 13 to finalize tallies. Recounts are also underway in Michigan and Pennsylvania.

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