News Archives for 2017-02

Peninsula Pride Farms Hopes Well Data Gives Them Direction


By Tim Kowols




Members of Peninsula Pride Farms are calling the recent findings made by the United States Department of Agriculture's Mark Borchardt as a great starting point to shape their actions to address ground and surface water concerns. Of the 82 randomly selected wells during three different test periods, 26 wells were found to be contaminated by bovine sources, while 18 were affected by human contamination. Peninsula Pride Farms President Don Niles says the hard data gathered in the study so far gave great insight into what farms can do better, especially during times of groundwater recharge.

 



 

Peninsula Pride Farms, made up of 42 different operators and 48,000 acres of land, will enter into multi-year study programs with UW Discovery Farms and Natural Resources Conservation Service Demo Farms to learn more about best land management practices.

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Ice Fishing Season Coming To An Arupt End


By Tim Kowols




Area ice anglers are finding that their season is quickly coming to a close. Recent warm temperatures, strong winds and rain have taken its toll out on the ice, even on smaller bodies of water in Little Sturgeon and Sawyer Harbor. Ice fishing guide JJ Malvitz says while some anglers have found it hard to drop their pole, you have to take the proper precautions.



 

Even with open water season weeks away, Malvitz says some anglers have turned their attention to Algoma in search of brown trout. You can listen to the full ice fishing report online with this story.

 



 

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Cupboards Bare For Adopt-A-Soldier Door County


By Tim Kowols




Adopt-A-Soldier Door County is running out of supplies to support local troops stateside and overseas. The cupboards were almost completely bare just 20 boxes into a packing event at Sturgeon Bay's Crossroads Church with another 80 to 90 that still needed to be packed. Founder Nancy Hutchinson says she has not seen it this bad in the six years she help provide care packages for soldiers.



 

Items are being accepted so Adopt-A-Soldier Door County can send out Easter boxes by the middle of March. You can drop off items at select locations such as EconoFoods, Stodola's IGA, local banks, and the radio stations of DoorCountyDailyNews.com.

 

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Immigration Actions Worry Local Dairy Farmers


By Tim Kowols




Recent actions in federal immigration policies have some local dairy farmers concerned about their workforce. President Donald Trump issued executive orders last month increasing the number of immigration officers and deportations for undocumented immigrants. Haberli Farms in Egg Harbor relies on an immigrant workforce to help with its over 600 cows and 5,000 acres of land. While dairy manager and DoorCountyDailyNews.com Ag Advisory Board member Mark Haberli knows his employees are covered with the necessary I-9 form, he knows it weighs on them heavily.

 



 

A 2009 University of Wisconsin study showed that an estimated 40 percent of workers on the state's dairy farms were immigrants.

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YMCA's Youth In Government Students Have Impressive Showing In Madison


By Paul Schmitt




Thirteen student delegates from The Youth in Government program at the Door County YMCA successfully participated in the annual Youth in Government weekend in Madison recently.  Youth and Teen Development Director Tyler Powell says he was really proud of the group of students who participated.

 



 

Students signed up for branches of the government and worked through legislation just like what is done at the state's capitol.  The Youth in Government program, which is for students from grade 7 through 12, started at the beginning of the school year and concluded with the Madison experience February 18-19. Students were from Sevastopol, Sturgeon Bay, and Southern Door schools.

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Sturgeon Bay High School Seniors Exceeding High Standards In The Classroom And Community


By Paul Schmitt




Most high school students would be more than happy with a 4.0 GPA, but Sturgeon Bay High School has 10 high honor students going above and beyond that threshold to achieve greater success.   Mariah Graul and Jenna Seiler were recently announced as the valedictorian and salutatorian of the 2017 class.  High School Principal Bob Nickel shares how the students recorded the higher than perfect GPAs.

 



 

Nickel says this class has amazed him with their community service beyond the minimum school requirement of 40 hours needed for graduation.

 



 

The high school graduation ceremony at Sturgeon Bay High School will be Sunday,  June 4.   The junior class has their ACT testing this week, according to Nickel.

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Door County Officials Express Concern Prior To DNR Hearing


By Tim Kowols




The Door County Board will submit a letter of concern to the Wisconsin Department of Resources Thursday when the government body holds a public hearing for a permit for a farm expansion. According to the DNR website, S&S Ag Enterprises, owned by the Schmidt family in Sturgeon Bay, applied last fall for the reissuance of its state pollutant discharge permit which could affect ground and surface water in the Ahnapee River Watershed. During a joint committee meeting hosted by the board of health and the soil and water conservation department, county administrator Ken Pabich says it drafted a letter that will be submitted as public comment during the hearing.

 



 

The practice of measuring soil depth and the karst features of the county were some of the concerns listed in the letter, which will be read at the hearing being held at the Forestville Town Hall Thursday beginning at 9 a.m.

 

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Know Where Your Money Goes By Developing A Spending Plan


By Tim Kowols




Developing a spending plan could help you keep more of your money in your pocket. According to the Pacer Center, the average family loses 30 percent of their money due to careless spending. Developing a spending plan can show you where your money is coming from and where it ends up in the long run. Gay Pustaver from Money Management Counselors says after awhile, people get frustrated with not having money when they truly need it.



 

According to the St. Louis Federal Reserve in 2016, the personal savings rate is just 5.7 percent, which is half of what it was 50 years ago.

 

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Investigation Into Door And Kewaunee County Drug Dealers Continues


By Tim Kowols




The Door-Kewaunee Drug Task Force has been able to take more than 30 people off the street because of their recent investigations. Raids began last Monday when the task force made 19 arrests through three search warrants and one probation search in Door County. One day later, the Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department announced it had made six arrests of its own. As both counties continued to add names throughout the week, Door County Chief Deputy Pat McCarty says this is one of the biggest drug busts he has ever been a part of thanks in part to its relationship with other agencies.

 



 

Based on information gathered from suspects throughout the week, McCarty says the task force executed one additional search warrant on Saturday in the town of Nasewaupee, but no arrests were made.

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Sister Bay Uses TIDs To Its Advantage


By Tim Kowols




Tax Increment Districts (TIDs) have been a mixed bag for some communities, but it has been almost all good news for one northern Door County community. TIDs act as a financing tool to help fund redevelopment or infrastructure improvements by borrowing against the growth of a tax base. The village of Sister Bay has used TIDs to create public spaces like its beach. Village administrator Zeke Jackson says residents and businesses bought into what Sister Bay officials were trying to sell and it has worked well for the community.

 



 

The village of Sister Bay replaced much of its infrastructure and completed its beach while the Wisconsin Department of Transportation worked on its reconstruction of State Highway 42 in 2015 and 2016.

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Weekend Snow a Good Thing for Local Farmers


By Brady Haupt




While most of us may not have been happy to see winter weather back in the area after last week's warm temperatures, the snow is giving farmers a helping hand. DoorCountyDailyNews.com Ag Advisory Board member 520Rich Olson of Olson Family Farms in southern Door County explains how the snow coverage can be of benefit to farmers.

 



 

Temperatures are expected to vary this week but farmers can look forward to more snow in the forecast.

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Tax Season Prime Time for Scammers


By Brady Haupt




As more and more people file their taxes this tax season, more and more people are getting phone calls from scammers trying to cash in. Tax scams are being reported throughout the area, with scammers often claiming to be members of the IRS. Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski says that not releasing information over the phone is vital.

 



 

Anyone who receives a phone call that they feel is suspicious or has already done and fears that they may have fallen victim to a scam should contact their local law enforcement agency immediately.

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Former "National Teacher of the Year" Wessling Speaks in Sturgeon Bay; Advocates Public Education


By Brady Haupt




The 2010 National Teacher of the Year, Sarah Brown Wessling, recently spoke in Sturgeon Bay on behalf of the Door County Reading Council. Wessling, who is from Iowa, says that like in her home state, Wisconsin's value on public education can be an "equalizer" for all students.

 



 

Wessling, Laureate Emeritus for the Teaching Channel, has upwards of 250 presentations over 30 different states and has also spoken internationally.

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Sturgeon Bay High School Math Team Looking To Bring Home State Title


By Brady Haupt




While the Sturgeon Bay High School Math Team are  Conference Champions for the 16th consecutive year, they have their eyes on a bigger prize in 2017. The State Math Meet will be held next week. While the Math Team is very skilled, Coach Cliff Wind says that it takes a certain amount of luck to take home the State Title.

 



 

The State Math Meet is to be held from March 6th until the 10th.

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Coast Guard to Conduct Ice Breaking Mission In Bay Of Green Bay


Release from the US Coast Guard




February 27, 2017 the U.S. Coast Guard will conduct ice breaking operations in the bay of Green Bay west of Sturgeon Bay, WI.

 

USCGC MOBILE BAY http://www.uscg.mil/d9/cgcMobileBay/ is scheduled to depart Sturgeon Bay, WI and transit to and from the bay of Green Bay.  Monday morning. the cutter will embark scientists from NOAAs Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL https://www.glerl.noaa.gov/) and transport them to the ice west of the ship canal to document ice thickness and ice formations in conjunction with a satellite flyover.  The ice sampling operations will likely occur in areas traditionally used by recreational users such as, but not limited to the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal and central areas of Green Bay, north of Peshtigo Reef LT but south of Chambers Island.  Every effort will be made to minimize the cutter's wake and subsequent impact on the ice field.

 

Recreational users of the ice should plan their activities carefully, use caution near the ice, and stay away from shipping channels and the charted Lake Carriers Association (LCA) track lines as the ice is already in an advanced stage of deterioration due to above average temperatures, rain and fog.

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European Chafer An Unwanted Spring Guest


By Brady Haupt




With springtime approaching, many are looking forward to revitalizing their lawn after the long winter months. However, pests such as the European Chafer grub may have other ideas. A release from the University of Wisconsin Extension Office says that these recent arrivals to Door County can be very harmful to your lawn. UW Extension Agriculture Agent Annie Deutsch says recognizing this invader is key to treatment.

 



 

The grub is most active between March and May during the thawing stages and also feeds heavily from August to November. For more information on the European Chafer, click this link to the UW Extension page.

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Bank of Luxemburg Branch Office in Kewaunee Close to Opening Permanent Location


By Brady Haupt




The new Kewaunee Branch Office of The Bank of Luxemburg is nearly finished. After opening in a temporary location last February on Marquette Drive, construction of a permanent facility, also on Marquette Drive, was started not far from the temporary office. Recently named Bank President Tim Treml says that they're getting close to a finished product.

 



 

Construction on the new branch office is expected to be complete by April.

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Standard of Excellence at Gibraltar Schools is Recognized Statewide


By Tim Kowols




Two counselors at Gibraltar School District in Fish Creek have earned statewide recognition for excellence. Chelsea Roberts and Brooke Peterson recently earned the Program of Promise award from the Wisconsin School Counselor Association. Through the selective process, the WSCA gave Roberts and Peterson an extensive audit of the programming and services they were providing to Gibraltar. Secondary school principal Gereon Methner says it speaks to the commitment the two have to its students.

 



 

The Wisconsin School Counseling Program Accountability Report is a way for school counselors to take a look at their individual programs to make sure they continuously improving and getting results.

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Tall Ship Experience Focus Of Final Maritime Speakers Series Presentation


By Tim Kowols




Being the captain of 1,600-ton power and sail boats had nothing on the 500 miles Mike Peters got to experience as a crew member of the tall ship Pride of Baltimore II last summer. His journey will be the focus of the final presentation of the Door County Maritime Museum's Speakers Series next week in Sturgeon Bay. Peters finally got to live a dream of working on a tall ship after filling out a crew position application when the Pride of Baltimore II pulled into port in Sturgeon Bay on its way to the Tall Ships Festival in Green Bay. According to Peters, you get a new appreciation for the ships when you are out on the open water.

 



 

The Maritime Speakers Series will take place on March 2 beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but a non-perishable food item donation is encouraged.

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Winter Weather Tough on Outdoor Pets


By Brady Haupt




After a nice preview of Spring, colder temperatures are back with a vengeance.  While there are many ways for us to escape the cold, outside pets could be at risk. Dr. Jordan Kobilca of Luxemburg Pet Clinic on how to make sure your pets are well shielded from the cold.

 



 

At or near freezing temperatures are expected throughout the next week.

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Press Release: Kewaunee Co. One Vehicle Accident


By: Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department




 

MEDIA RELEASE

 

Incident: 17- 01403        Media Release #1

 

(Luxemburg, WI) -  On February 24, 2017 at approximately 6:19 P.M. The Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department received a call of a one vehicle accident with injuries involving a motor vehicle and a utility pole.

 

Upon arrival Deputies determined that the vehicle a 1996 Ford Ranger operated by a 36 year old female subject from Algoma was traveling westbound on STH 54 just east of Hillview Road when it left the roadway due to the snow-covered road surface and struck a utility pole. Both the driver and passenger were transported by Luxemburg Rescue to a medical facility in Green Bay with non- life threatening injuries.

 

Due to the accident, STH 54 from Hillview Road to CTH H is closed and will remain closed until further notice as WPS repairs the utility pole.

 

The accident remains under investigation by the Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department.

 

 

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Huge Local Drug Bust A Team Effort


By Paul Schmitt




The Door Kewaunee Drug Task Force had one of their busiest weeks ever.  30 individuals were arrested in five separate search warrants issued in the last six days in Door and Kewaunee County.  Door County Sheriff Department Chief Deputy Pat McCarty says that the D/K Drug Task Force is not a big agency so with an operation of this scope, reaching out to other agencies for assistance is a requirement.

 



 

McCarty says the Drug Task Force is still compiling the numbers on the amount of drugs seized and that the photos of the mug shots posted on the Door County Sheriff Department's facebook account was warranted and important to get information out to the public.

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Former Door County Highway Shop Getting New Life


By Tim Kowols




The Door County Board of Supervisors has awarded the sale of close to $10 million in general obligation bonds being used to fund the renovation of the county's old highway shop. With help from municipal financial advisory company Ehlers and Associates, the county was able to save taxpayers approximately $400,000 in the sale. Administrator Ken Pabich says the county's good financial standing was key.

 



 

Work on the old highway shop to turn it into a central ambulance station and senior center began earlier this month. It is expected to be completed early next year.

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Kewaunee Co. Well Prepared for Upcoming NOAA Meeting


By Brady Haupt




As a March meeting to discuss the disputed status of Kewaunee County's inclusion in the proposed National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Lake Michigan Marine Sanctuary rapidly approaches, Kewaunee County officials believe that they are ready to state their case. Kewaunee County Board Member Lee Luft says that public awareness and support for the Sanctuary continues to grow.

 



 

The meeting with NOAA is scheduled for March  13th at Knudson Hall in Algoma from 6:30 until 8:30pm. For more information on the proposal, click here.

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Southern Door FFA Alumni To Host Wine and Cheese Gala March 10


By Tim Kowols




Forty different cheese varieties and six different wineries will be featured when the Southern Door Future Farmers of America Alumni hosts their annual Door County Wine and Cheese Gala on March 10. The annual event has raised thousands of dollars for scholarships for FFA students and helps defray the costs to attend leadership conferences and different competitions. Rich Olson from the Southern Door FFA Alumni says its members have gotten to take part in some different opportunities that they might not get anywhere else.

 



 

Olson estimates the organization raises close to $12,000 over three different events throughout the year to help support its current and graduating members. You can find information on the event and learn about one member who benefited from the generosity of the Southern Door FFA by clicking here.

 

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Baileys Harbor Woman Rescued After Falling Through The Ice Late Thursday Afternoon On Kangaroo Lake


By Paul Schmitt




A 19-year-old Baileys Harbor woman was rescued by fire department personnel late Thursday afternoon after she fell through the ice on Kangaroo Lake.  Mary Harty was conscious and up to her waist in the water around 5 pm when rescue personnel showed up, according to Baileys Harbor Fire Chief Brian Zak.

 



 

Zak estimates that the woman was in the water for about 15 minutes and did not need to be transported after receiving medical assistance at the scene.  The Baileys Harbor Fire Department had just conducted ice water exercises two days prior to Thursday's rescue.

(Photo by  provided by Baileys Harbor facebook)

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Door/Kewaunee Legislative Days To Host Informational Sessions Next Week


By Tim Kowols




Three sessions are planned for next week to recruit delegates for Door/Kewaunee Legislative Days and discuss their role in helping form policy for the area. The sessions will cover what the biennial program has been able to accomplish and what to expect when they find themselves in Madison talking with legislators and other state agencies April 5-6. Door County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Caleb Frostman says even though he has never attended because of being new to the area, he is already impressed with the impact residents have made in the past.

 



 

Door County residents can attend one of two sessions on February 28 beginning at 1 p.m. at the Nasewaupee Town Hall and 4 p.m. at Liberty Grove Town Hall. Kewaunee County residents can learn more about the event at the Algoma Public Library beginning at 4 p.m.

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Sturgeon Bay Schools' Youth Options Program Connecting Students With Opportunity


By Tim Kowols




Sturgeon Bay School District is doing its part to help its students find careers after they leave their doors. The school's youth apprenticeship program connects students with careers in manufacturing while others can choose one centered on becoming a certified nursing assistant. While partnering with local technical schools and businesses, Superintendent Dan Tjernagel says the district's implementation of its youth options programs has provided lots of opportunities beyond the traditional classroom setting.

 



 

Tjernagel credits staff members Seth Wilson and Brian Paul for their efforts for developing an innovation center and helping move the programs forward into the future.

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Weather Cancels Events, Closes Schools Down Early For the Weekend


By Tim Kowols




A winter storm that could drop as much as 10 inches in some parts is leading to some school cancellations. Sturgeon Bay School District students already had the day off due to a scheduled in-service day for staff. No word on how the storm will affect WIAA regional basketball matchups in this area tonight after forcing Friday games in the northwest Wisconsin to be moved to yesterday. Keep it right here for an updated list of school closings and delays.

  • Gibraltar public: Closed

  • St. Peter's Lutheran-SB: Closed

  • Northern Door Children's Center: Closed

  • Kewaunee County Meals On Wheels will not be delivering or hosting site meals

  • Luxemburg Knights of Columbus has cancelled their fish dinner

  • Algoma Knights of Columbus has cancelled their fish dinner

  • Southern Door's girls basketball regional matchup has been postponed to Saturday.

  • Kewaunee girls basketball regional matchup has been postponed to 7:00pm Saturday.


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Midwest Environmental Advocates Calls Kewaunee County Well Testing Results A Red Flag


By Tim Kowols




An environmental public interest organization says Wednesday's test results from Kewaunee County wells is more proof that more needs to be done to protect the area's groundwater. Midwest Environmental Advocates first petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency in 2014 on behalf of Kewaunee County residents to request federal action on area groundwater contamination concerns. The MEA said in a press release that even though testing funded by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources showed wells were contaminated by both bovine and human sources, industrial-scale farms must still take responsibility for the large amount of manure they spread on their fields. Staff attorney Sarah Geers says officials at the state and federal levels need to use this report as a red flag.

 



 

Three rounds of testing in Kewaunee County has generated 44 positive tests for contamination out of 82 randomly selected wells, with 26 linked to bovines and 18 to humans. Another 30 wells will be randomly selected next month to conclude the over year-long study.

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Winter Weather Advisory In Effect From 3am Friday Through Saturday--Travel May Be Hazardous


By National Weather Service




A winter storm will take aim on the northeastern Wisconsin tonight into Saturday. A wintry mix of precipitation is expected, with mainly snow over northern Wisconsin and a wintry mix for the rest of the area.

Storm total (tonight - Saturday) snowfall totals will range from 4-10" across most of Door and Kewaunee Counties. Lower totals are possible near Lake Michigan. Minor icing is also possible overnight into Friday.  Travel may be hazardous.

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Purchase Of Land For Field Spreading On Washington Island Annual Meeting Agenda


By Tim Kowols




Washington Island officials hope its electors will approve the town's purchase of land to be used for spreading septic and holding tank waste. With a limited tax base to draw from, Washington Island town chairperson Jim Hanson says it simply cannot afford to build and maintain a traditional wastewater treatment plant. The purchase of the property, which according to town meeting minutes could handle 400,000 to 500,000 gallons of waste, would be an important step for the island to take according to Hanson.



 

The town board has contacted land owner Lonnie Jorgenson about its interest in the property, but the sale must be approved by the electors at its 2017 annual meeting in April

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Door County Silent Sports Alliance Hopes "Trail Vision" Becomes A Reality


By Tim Kowols




The Door County Silent Sports Alliance is laying out its plan to help outdoor enthusiasts enjoy the county even more. Called the "trail vision," the DCSSA is working with private landowners and officials at state, county, and local parks to upgrade current trails and expand the offerings if possible. Using the improvements made to Marquette, Mich.-area trails as a model, Randy Sahs from the DCSSA hopes its quality of trails will help bring more residents and tourists to the outdoors.



 

The DCSSA has been working with the International Mountain Biking Association to help learn more about trail building and maintenance to benefit bikers, hikers, runners, and other silent sports enthusiasts.

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Algoma Elementary To Host Open House March 8


By Tim Kowols




After construction delays and the natural "feeling out period" by students and teachers, Algoma School District officials are ready to show off the improvements made to its elementary. Close to $5 million were spent on a variety of different projects inside the aging building, which included mechanical upgrades as well new spaces for the arts, library, child care, and 4K classes. Superintendent Nick Cochart says it was a massive undertaking.

 



 

The open house will take place March 8 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the elementary school. Administrators will be on hand to answer questions while guided tours are taking place.

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Sap Getting Ready To Flow For Maple Syrup


By Tim Kowols




A maple syrup producer in Door County says he has taken advantage of the warm weather to check his equipment, but will wait for more cold weather before he starts tapping. Ed Staats and his family has been tapping maple trees for sap at Country View Farms near Carlsville for close to 60 years. Using a vacuum to harvest his sap, Staats says he actually needs temperatures to dip to ensure a tight seal and a high yield.

 



 

According to Staats, the moisture available for maple trees is also an important factor for sap production. Syrup production is expected to begin on time at Country View Farms, which is usually at the beginning to middle of March.

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More Development On The Way In Sister Bay As New Project Breaks Ground


By Tim Kowols




The village of Sister Bay continues to grow both with commercial and residential properties within the downtown. In addition to the ongoing work going on at the Braun property, Packerland Builders of DePere broke ground on a $2.5 million mixed-use development off of Mill Road. Two residential condominiums and two commercial condominiums will be a part of the project, which may already be sold according to Sister Bay Village Administrator Zeke Jackson.  The rise of mixed use development in the village's downtown is good news for Sister Bay according to Jackson.

 



 

New development is nothing new in Sister Bay with $27 million in planned starts on tap for the village.

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Human Waste, Cow Manure Trigger Contaminated Well Test Results In Kewaunee County


By Tim Kowols




The latest round of testing of wells in Kewaunee County shows human and bovine populations have played in role in water contamination in the area. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 wells have been traced to bovine contamination and 18 wells have been affected by human contamination out of the 82 that were tested over three different time periods in 2016. Kewaunee County conservationist Davina Bonness says while manure could do its damage during wet conditions, human waste from leaking septic tanks could do as much harm during dry times. It is why, according to Bonness, both sides need to work together on a common solution.

 



 

More test results from random well owners in Kewaunee County are still to come as officials wait to get more word on January's round of testing and another is set to begin next month. Bonness says mapping where the affected wells are located will take place at the conclusion of the study.

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Video Streaming Becoming A Big Factor In Marketing For Tourism


By Paul Schmitt




The Door County Visitors Bureau has embraced the new phenomenon of live streaming video to showcase Door County around the world.  Director of Communications and PR Jon Jarosh says that videos are a crucial tool for tourism.

 



 

The DCVB also has an "Our Door County" series which is a pre-recorded format talking about the people and places around Door County.  Jarosh says that the last initiative included launching 360-degree videos of key attractions in Door County including Cave Point and the Cana Island Lighthouse.

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Door County YMCA Over Half Way To Goal In "Membership For All" Annual Campaign


By Paul Schmitt




The Door County YMCA is about halfway through their annual campaign to help all individuals have the chance to be a member.  CEO and President Tom Beerntsen says a familiar face is leading the way again this year.

 



 

Beerntsen says the program is called "Membership For All" that works to guarantee that any person wishing to join the YMCA is given that opportunity.  The Door County YMCA attempts to raise over $500,000 each year through the end of May and is a little over half way to that goal, according to Beerntsen.

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Southern Door Hosting Listening Session With First Representative Joel Kitchens Thursday


By Paul Schmitt




With the state budget addressing key educational issues, area residents are invited to a listening session at the Southern Door High School on Thursday evening.  First Representative Joel Kitchens will be on hand and Southern Door School Superintendent Patti Vickman says it is a great opportunity for people to voice their opinion and any concerns they may have regarding the state budget and education.

 



 

Kitchens previously held listening sessions in Sturgeon Bay and Kewaunee this last Monday.  According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,   Governor Scott Walker's budget plan would put $509 million more into a relatively new form of school aid that would not account for the poverty of school districts or their students.

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Drug Investigation Nets Three Search Warrants, 21 Arrests In Door County-- Names and Mug Shots Released


By Tim Kowols




Eight months of investigation by the Door/Kewaunee Drug Task Force climaxed Monday with the execution of three search warrants and several arrests throughout the area. The investigation focused on the sale and delivery of illicit drugs such as heroin, methamphetamine, ecstasy, LSD, cocaine, marijuana, and prescription drugs. With help from the Door County SWAT team, police departments in Kewaunee and Sturgeon Bay, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Wisconsin State Patrol, and the Brussels Fire Department, the Door/Kewaunee Task Force has arrested 21 people, according to a press release from the Door County Sheriff's Department. The task force also executed two search warrants in town of Nasewaupee and one in Brussels. A probation search was also done in the town of Sevastopol.

14 of the people arraigned in court on drug charges on Tuesday morning.

Lucas Ansel, 31, of Nasewaupee,

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Devin Bowers, 22, of Sturgeon Bay,

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Ruthann Dachelet, 55, of Sturgeon Bay,

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Kayla Henderson, 19, of Forestville,

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Megan Perez Jorns, 23, of Sturgeon Bay,

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Montana Gunnlaugsson, 18, of Sturgeon Bay,

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Anthony Isherwood, 33, of Clay Banks,

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Christopher Kannal, 27, of Nasewaupee,

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Anthony McKeever, 24, of De Pere,

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Andrew Mullins, 26, of Sturgeon Bay,

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Brittany Fox-Brianne Nareski, 19, of Gladstone, MI,

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Alexis Stahl, 25, of Sturgeon Bay,

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Timothy Stahl, 40 of Forestville,

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Ashley Tipler, 24, of Sturgeon Bay.

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(photos submitted by Door County Sheriff's Department)

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More Arrests Made By Door/Kewaunee Drug Task Force On Tuesday


By Paul Schmitt




The Door/Kewaunee Drug Task Force is continuing the crackdown on in the area.  According to a news release by the Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department Tuesday, six more arrests were made in the sale and delivery of prescription medication, heroin, and marijuana within Kewaunee County.  Arrests included maintaining a drug trafficking place and delivery within 1000 feet of a school and/or park.  More information and specifics will be available after completion of the investigation by law enforcement.  More arrests are expected, according to the news release.

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Paintings Of Three Fallen Marines From Luxemburg Unveiled And Presented To Families And Friends Monday


By Paul Schmitt




Dozens of community members gathered at the Luxemburg Village Hall Monday evening to attend an emotional special unveiling of artwork.  American Legion Post 262 invited the families and friends of three fallen soldiers from the Luxemburg-Casco community and presented painted portraits of Jess Thiry, Dean Opicka and Luke Zimmerman.  All three marines died in action fighting the war against terror in Iraq between 2004 and 2008.  American Legion Post 65 Commander Paul Kahr from Nekoosa thanked the families for making the sacrifice of letting their sons serve our country.

 



 

The paintings were done by 94-year old World War II veteran from Pennsylvania.

Dean Opicka painting

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Jesse Thiry painting

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Luke Zimmerman painting

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https://youtu.be/M_EWmY2_xWQ

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Live Algoma Shares Success Of Health Initiatives At National CJA Conference In San Antonio


By Paul Schmitt




Live Algoma was represented well at the Communities Joined in Action national conference in San Antonio, Texas last week.  Jody Anderson from Succeed Health and Claire Thompson from the UW-Extension Office in Kewaunee County presented a breakout session titled "Developing Collective Impact from Grassroots".  Anderson says the opportunity to share the story of the Live Algoma initiative and what it is dong for the community was special.

 



 

Live Algoma just completed the "freeze the gain" challenge earlier this year.  A community conversation is planned for March 22 that will highlight a lot of the bright spots of activities that are going on in Algoma and hopefully spark interest in improvement projects, according to Anderson.

 

photo submitted:  Claire Thompson (L) Jody Anderson (R)

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No Tools Required For Many Volunteer Opportunities At Door County Habitat for Humanity


By Tim Kowols




Working a couple days a week to help build a home is not the only way Door County Habitat for Humanity is finding volunteers these days.  Whether it is their recently held Furniture Blitz or an average day at the ReStore, Door County Habitat for Humanity has been able to attract volunteers that do not necessarily know how to swing a hammer.  Executive Director David Van Dyke knows how busy people can get during the summer, which is why recruiting is a constant when it comes to his organization.

 



 

With the groundbreaking on the Door County Habitat for Humanity's 40th home build a couple months away, you can learn more about volunteer opportunities by contacting the organization directly. You can also learn more about other volunteer opportunities in the area by contacting the Volunteer Center of Door County.

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City To Look Into Potential Local Vehicle Registration Fee


By Tim Kowols




The Sturgeon Bay Common Council voted unanimously to allow city administrator Josh VanLieshout to draft an ordinance concerning a local vehicle registration fee.  VanLieshout discussed options for financing road maintenance in the city during the Common Council's meeting on Tuesday. To close a $490,000 gap in roads being maintained, VanLieshout gave options of an increased tax levy, debt financing, special assessments, and registration fees. Alderperson Ron Vandertie told the council that he knows what he and others will hear from constituents.

 



 

No timeline was set at the meeting for a possible introduction of the proposed ordinance. VanLieshout said roads in the city get reconstructed every 62 years, twice of its normal usage life. You can listen to the full discussion of the agenda item concerning road maintenance funding online with this story.

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Door County Land Trust Excited To Introduce New Opportunites At Bjorklunden


By Tim Kowols




The Door County Land Trust hopes more people experience the beauty of Bjorklunden through its agreement with Appleton's Lawrence University. Back in November, officials from the university and the Door County Land Trust signed a conservation easement agreement to protect more than 300 acres of the campus located in Baileys Harbor from future development. With preliminary training of tour guides of Bjorklunden already underway, Door County Land Trust Executive Director Tom Clay is excited for what the organization can help provide.

 



 

The Door County Land Trust has already protected 7,600 acres of land in Door County and hopes to announce more preserves in the coming months.

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Questions Remain For Proposed Biogas Plant


By Tim Kowols




County leaders and residents will have to wait until Request for Proposals are turned in before they find out what a potential biogas plant could mean for their area. Over 100 people attended the state biogas project meeting in Luxemburg Monday afternoon to learn more about the projected $20 million investment Governor Scott Walker introduced in the county in November. Co-hosted by the Department of Natural Resources, Public Service Commission, and Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection, Russ Rassmussen from the DNR says many of the details will not be sorted out until bidders turn in their RFP later this spring.

 



 

Many of the questions and comments from the audience were based on concerns for the project, ranging from air and water quality to a timeline for when local officials could weigh in with their opinions. Algoma resident Dick Swanson believes the biogas plant is not the solution for the area's water concerns.

 



 

RFP bids are due back May 1 with the final selection being chosen in the summer. You can learn more about the state biogas project online with this story.

 

 

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Free Well Water Testing Being Provided By Local Water Conditioning Business


By Paul Schmitt




With continuing concerns over well water quality in Door and Kewaunee Counties, one local business is offering a five minute water test to check for impurities in the water.  Jeff Tebon, owner of Culligan Water Conditioning in Sturgeon Bay explains what the free water test checks on.

 



 

People interested in checking their water quality can bring in a small sample of their water to Culligan for testing.  Additional testing for bacteria can cost about $25 and should be done at least once a year for well water, according to Tebon.

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City Council Meeting To Address Refinancing Of West Side Waterfront Development District #4


By Paul Schmitt




The Sturgeon Bay City Council will meet Tuesday and consider the recommendation of the Waterfront Redevelopment Authority to proceed to refinance debt from the fourth Tax Incremental District.  TID #4 encompasses the West Waterfront Area Redevelopment.  Approval will give the city up to $3,350,000 to cover $3.1 million of short-term notes plus interest from 2015.   The common council will also meet in closed session to address Police Union Contracts and confer with legal counsel regarding the Friends of Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront lawsuit that ruled against the city in Door County Circuit Court on February 10.  The Sturgeon Bay Common Council will meet at noon Tuesday in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

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Career Opportunities For FFA Students Highlighted During National FFA Week


By Paul Schmitt




As National FFA Week is being recognized around the country, area schools are working to provide a path of achievement and leadership for students.  Southern Door School Superintendent Patti Vickman says opportunities for FFA students extend well beyond the typical agricultural careers.

 



 

Vickman salutes the current Southern Door FFA president who recently received national recognition.

 



 

Southern Door Schools will have activities during FFA Week featuring a milk mustache contest and the calf bottle chugging contest.

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A Big Tax Refund Check Usually Means W-4 Forms Need Adjusting--"Money Management Monday"


By Paul Schmitt




Getting a huge tax refund check from the IRS every year may not be good news.  As people are starting to file and receive tax refunds into the spring, Gay Pustaver from Monday Management Counselors recommends making an adjustment on your W-4 form.

 



 

Pustaver says putting any money you receive from a tax refund into a savings account for emergencies is always a good idea.  For the complete Money Management Mondays interview with Gay Pustaver, go to the audio links below:

 



 



 



 



 

 

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Langenberg Retiring As Middle School Principal At Southern Door After 30 years


By Paul Schmitt




Southern Door Middle School Principal Gary Langenberg will be retiring at the end of the school year.  Langenberg, who had previously taught for 14 years in the Howard-Suamico School District, before becoming the middle school principal at Southern Door 30 years ago, says his duties as the curriculum coordinator for the school district gave him the opportunity to connect with students at all grade levels.

 



 

Langenberg says he plans to remain in the area in retirement and possibly work in a part-time capacity.  Southern Door School District has posted the middle school principal position and it will be open until  April 1.

(photo submitted by Southern Door School District)

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Sturgeon Bay's First Environmentally-Friendly SAGE Home Nearing Completion


By Paul Schmitt




The first SAGE (Small, Affordable, Green, Expandable) home built in Sturgeon Bay held a tour on Sunday for a focus group consisting of people ranging from their mid-20s to their 70s that gave input last year to the home build.  The 1,030-square foot house on South 15th Avenue which began construction last November expects to be completed by May.  Architect Virge Temme explains the energy efficiency of the home.

 



 

The SAGE House will cost a little more than $150,000 when finished and allows for future expansion while remaining environmentally friendly.  Scott Stang is the owner of the new house.

 

https://youtu.be/D-1UzEdIHOw

 

 

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Experienced Consultant With Sturgeon Bay Ties Weighs In On Ideas For West Side Waterfront Development


By Paul Schmitt




A former Sturgeon Bay resident who is a private consultant and lives in Portland, Oregon believes that tourism attractions that use the heritage and maritime history can transform Sturgeon Bay's west side and the community.  Samuel Shogren, who has 30 years of experience in leading museums and working with some of the largest museums in the United States, shared his ideas in a letter to the editor submitted to DoorCountyDalyNews.com.  Shogren says behind the recent legal confrontation of the Westside, lies a "perfect storm" of unrecognized shared interests and development plans.  He cites co-location of attractions as an example of proven success.

 



 

Shogren says he does not side with either the City or the Friends of Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront but rather would like the community to see the "big picture" in developing a cultural attraction that will drive tourism and expand the workforce in the community.  For the entire interview with Samuel Shogren go to the audio links below:

 



 



 



 



 

 

Letter to the Editor submission by Shogren:

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Door County YMCA's Day Camps Making A Great Impact On Youth--Registration Begins In March


By Paul Schmitt




The Door County YMCA just finished their "My Y" Week in celebration of their 30th Anniversary, but one special programming that is a staple of the YMCA is day camp. CEO and President Tom Beerntsen says the impact of day camps on the youth is great every year.

 



 

Day camp registration begins in March, according to Beerntsen.  Go to this story for more information on day camps and other programs offered at the Door County YMCA locations in Sturgeon Bay and Fish Creek.

www.doorcountyymca.org

 

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Phone Scammers Continue to Pick up New Tricks


By Brady Haupt




Identity theft is a problem that won't be going away anytime soon as phone scammers continue to develop more advanced ways to steal your personal information. One of the most recent scams to hit the area is being coined the "can you hear me" scam and according to Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski, all it takes is one word.

 



 

Citizens are reminded to never give out any personal or financial information over the phone. If you receive a suspicious phone call you are urged to contact your local law enforcement office immediately.

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Proposed Fee Increase at State Parks Would Not Affect Specific Projects


By Brady Haupt




Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is giving the Department of Natural Resources free reign to hike camping fees and other maintenance costs in his proposed budget as the DNR looks to raise revenue. Among the DNR's most recent recommendations is a raise in camping fees based on park popularity, meaning substantial increases at Peninsula State Park.  Rachel Stollenwerk, Board Member of the Friends of Peninsula Park, says that the increases would mean more revenue for parks statewide, but would not affect specific projects for the higher traffic parks.

 



 

The proposal calls for expansion of electrical sites on campgrounds and would also allow the DNR to sell naming rights to park facilities.

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Investors Advised To Stay Consistent As Stock Market Continues To Set Records


By Paul Schmitt




The Economic indicators in the stock market continue good news for investors.  The Dow Jones finished up the week with another record weekly high of 20,624.05 on Friday.  The Dow Jones eclipsed the 20,000 on January 25 and shows no signs of regressing.  Casey St. Henry of Thrivent Financial in Sturgeon Bay says despite the growing markets, investors should be consistent regardless of a bull or bear market.

 



 

The Dow Jones, S & P 500 and the Nasdaq all finished at record highs on Wednesday for five straight days for the first time in over 25 years.

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Heat Can't Beat Sturgeon Bay Fire and Ice Celebration


By Brady Haupt




While the mid 50-degree temperatures didn't do any of the ice sculptors invited to downtown Sturgeon Bay for yesterday's Fire and Ice Celebration any favors, the steadfast sculptors were still able to create some marvelous works of art. Two of the artists, Maria Genesse and Jon Merrill, both students at Fox Valley Technical College, stressed that patience was the key.

 



 

Genesse and Merrill were awarded 3rd place in the intermediate category for their sculpture, a breaching whale.  1st place winners included Team Frozen in the "Beginners" category, Tina Gohr and Tracy Robinson in the "Intermediate "category and Gary Richter in the "Advanced" category.

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Recruiting Volunteer Firefighters a Constant Struggle


By Tim Kowols




For the Sister Bay-Liberty Grove Fire Department, recruiting is a multi-front approach. Like many volunteer fire departments across the country, Sister Bay/Liberty Grove struggles to have enough firefighters ready to go in the case of an emergency. Fire chief Chris Hecht says they are blessed to have multiple generations join the department, but admits they need to do an awful lot to get other volunteers into the fold.

 



 

Volunteer fire departments had a sigh relief recently when a first responder class at Gibraltar was almost full, which is relatively rare occurrence.

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Kewaunee County Turns to Civic Support as the County Looks to Keep Their Chances of Becoming a Marine Sanctuary Alive


By Brady Haupt




With a March meeting with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration looming, Kewaunee County officials want to be sure that they are doing everything they can to keep their chances of becoming a Marine Sanctuary alive. Kewaunee County Board member Lee Luft says that an open-to-the-public informational meeting to be held Monday at 7:00 pm in Algoma City Hall will be used educates citizens on just how much the Marine Sanctuary could mean to Kewaunee County and prepare them for the meeting with NOAA.

 



 

NOAA proposed the Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary along Wisconsin's Lake Michigan coastline over a year ago but the original concept covered only Ozaukee, Sheboygan and Manitowoc Counties. The meeting with NOAA officials, which will also be open to the public, has been scheduled for Monday, March 13 at Knudson Hall in Algoma beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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Ice Fishing Anglers Being Warned To Be Careful With Thawing Conditions This Weekend


By Paul Schmitt




The United States Coast Guard is warning that the warmer temperatures this weekend can pose safety concerns for those planning to recreate on or near ice. Fishing Guide and voice of the DoorCountyDailyNews.com Ice Fishing Report JJ Malvitz says to use extreme caution if you plan on venturing on the ice.







Malvitz says no fish is worth falling through or being stranded on the ice. The U.S. Coast Guard warns that ice is unpredictable and the thickness can vary, even in small areas. Warm temperatures and currents, particularly around narrow spots, bridges, inlets and outlets, are always suspect for thin ice.

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Food Pantry Donations Can be More Than Just Food


By Brady Haupt




Donating to food pantry's is a great way to help out in your community, but it's the things that we don't think to contribute that may be most appreciated. Heidi Penchoff of Door of Life Food Pantry in Sister Bay says that donations of things like toiletries and cleaning supplies are just as important to their mission.

 



 

Door of Life Food Pantry is located inside the foyer of the Door of Life Christian Church in Sister Bay. The food pantry is open 24/7 for both donations and to those in need.

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Sturgeon Bay Mayor Charged With Misleading Public With Utility Bill Insert


By Roger Utnehmer




Sturgeon Bay Utility customers have been seeing an explanation of the city's position on the west side waterfront development by Mayor Thad Birmingham showing up in their monthly statements. That, says a member of the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront, should require "equal time" so both sides of the hotel development controversy can be explained.

 

Dan Collins says Birmingham's comments in the insert are "misleading."

 

"The issue could all be behind us and we could be working together on the Sturgeon Bay brand, 'the best waterfront in the Midwest' if the mayor would just let it go," said Collins.

 

A spokesperson for Sturgeon Bay Utilities told DoorCountyDailyNews.com the city will reimburse the utility for the cost of inserting the information in monthly statements. Several members of the Friends group have stated that taxpayers should not be picking up the tab for using a city-owned utility to distribute a one-sided information piece on the development. The total cost of the insert has not been determined.

 

The utility bill insert defended the city position on a hotel development project that was stopped when a court case was won by Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront February 9th.

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Eagle Tower Design Contest Moves Landmark Toward Completion


By Brady Haupt




Eagle Tower in Peninsula State Park is nearing a rebirth thanks to community support. The historic landmark was closed to the public and eventually deconstructed last fall amid safety concerns. With help from donations, a campaign to rebuild the tower is nearing the halfway point in their fundraising goal of $750,000. Rachel Stollenwerk, Campaign Director of the Eagle Tower Fund looks toward the completion of a concept design as a huge milestone and possible boost to funding.

 



 

Ayers and Associates of Eau Claire were designated as concept designer by the DNR. For more information on the project and fundraising, head to the Eagle Tower Fund website.

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Local Schools Wait For State's Cue On Starting Dates

The Gibraltar Area School District will play the waiting game when it comes to proposed legislation that could change the start date for classes. Rep. Jim Ott is making his fourth attempt to reverse a 2000 state law prohibiting schools from starting before September 1.  According to the Wisconsin State Journal, the state's Association of School Boards supports the move citing flexibility, while tourism officials say it could hurt their industry. Gibraltar Secondary School principal Gereon Methner says they want to see how it works elsewhere first.

 



 

The state of Michigan, also known for tourism, enacted a similar law in 2006. According to MLive.com, at least 53 school districts received waivers to start earlier than Labor Day because of exemptions such as a year-round schedule, summer learning options, and partnerships with post-secondary institutions.

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Sturgeon Bay Alderperson Calls For Negotiation In Wake Of Judge's Written Ruling


By Tim Kowols




Alderperson Will Gregory believes negotiation is the best route for the city to take after losing its bid to sell land on Sturgeon Bay's west waterfront last week. According to Dan Collins from the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront, efforts are starting to be made to set up mediation with the city, developer Bob Papke, and Wisconsin Assembly member Joel Kitchens. City administrator Josh VanLieshout told the USA Today Network- Wisconsin that its options moving forward include appealing Judge Raymond Huber's ruling, negotiating with the Friends group, and asking the state Legislature to rule on what is considered to be public land. Gregory is worried an appeal would take too much time and going to the Legislature would be a "Hail Mary pass."

 



 

Judge Huber ruled in favor of the Friends group last week, stating the city could not sell parcels 92 and 100 for commercial purposes due to issues with the Public Trust Doctrine. A phone message was left for VanLieshout Friday afternoon and was not returned.

 

Written Ruling: 61-transcript-ruling

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Anchors Away Garden & Gifts Moving To New Location In April


By Paul Schmitt




Anchors Away Gardens and Gifts in Sturgeon Bay will be opening at a new location in April in time for the spring season.  Owner Jessica Markham says the new business setting will offer more than the usual handing baskets, perennials and annuals.

 



 

Anchors Away Gardens and Gifts new greenhouse and garden center will now be located just off Highway 42-57 near Grant Street on Sturgeon Bay west side.  Markham hopes to be open sometime in late April depending on the weather.

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Friends Group Forbidden To Speak To Developer Before Potential Mediation Takes Place


By Tim Kowols




Stakeholders in the west waterfront dispute are working to secure a date for possible mediation. A scheduling conflict has prevented at least one potential sit-down meeting with the city of Sturgeon Bay, the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront, and developer Bob Papke.  In the meantime, Dan Collins from the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront says the city has forbidden the group from talking to Papke despite several appeals to officials. Collins hopes a compromise can still be reached.

 



 

The Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront still asks for the Department of Natural Resources to make a determination of an ordinary high water mark before an appeal or legislative action takes place.  A phone call to Sturgeon Bay Mayor Thad Birmingham has not been returned.

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Radio is Changing Before Your Very Ears

DoorCountyDailyNews.com recently added the first commercial HD radio station in northeast Wisconsin.  You can listen to WBDK at digital channel 1 at 96.7FM and a new classic country format on digital channel 2, also at 96.7FM.  The classic country format is being rebroadcast on 103.3FM.Ron Hawkins, General Manger of Jim Olson Motors Ford store in Sturgeon Bay, comments on the superior signal quality of HD radio.

 



 

Technology is always moving forward and radio refuses to be left behind. Much like Hi-Definition Television, the technology to harness a clear digital radio signal instead of the standard analog signal is becoming commonplace.

 

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Lighthouse Inn Makes Its Move As Work On New Library Is Set To Begin


By Tim Kowols




It is not every day you see an entire building being towed down a street, but that is exactly what happened in Egg Harbor Thursday afternoon. The Lighthouse Inn, the bed and breakfast owned by Claire and Frank Murphy for 15 years, was moved down Church Street to a village parking lot to make way for construction crews for the planned Egg Harbor Library and Community Center.  Village administrator Ryan Heise says work will start right away.



 

The Lighthouse Inn will be on the move again in the near future as the village waits to have utilities moved so the building can cross County E.

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New Veterinary Hospital Opening in Sturgeon Bay In March


By Paul Schmitt




Dr. Jordan Koblica and his wife Dr. Jennifer Kerley will be opening the new Door County Veterinary Hospital next month in Sturgeon Bay.  The new 4,000 square-feet building is located on Old Highway Road just off Highway 42-57.  Dr. Koblica, who will continue providing services at the Luxemburg Pet Clinic, says the new facility is closer to home and will be a tag-team effort with his wife.

 



 

Dr. Koblica says the Door County Veterinary Hospital will have state-of-art equipment including digital x-ray, digital dental, and ultra-sound machines along with more exam rooms.  The new veterinary hospital is expected to open some time in March with a planned grand opening later.

 

Door County Veterinary Services Building

 

 

 

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Door County Highway Safety Committee Stands By Decision to Place "No Parking" Signs Near Richard's Pub and Grill, Citing Safety Issues:



By Brady Haupt

A recent decision by the Door County Highway Safety Committee is ruffling at least one set of feathers in Maplewood, but county officials are calling safety first. Richard's Pub and Grill owner Richard Bowen says that a pair of "No Parking" signs placed along stretches of County Highway H and Highway 42 adjacent to his building is costing him parking spaces and could cost even more.

 


According to County Highway Commissioner John Kolodziej, the decision to place the "No Parking" signs was made due to visibility and safety issues.

 



 

The signs were placed earlier this week.

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Local Author Explores Indian Warfare In Gills Rock


By Tim Kowols




You can add author to the resume of commercial angler and Gills Rock business owner Matt Velguth. His book, "The Gills Rock Petragraphs: Archives of Stone" tells the true story of a 1600s-era battle between the Anishinabe and Iroquois Federation tribes. Told now only through the Pottatomie oral tradition and by faded rock paintings found near the water, Velguth says the preservation of these stories of Indian warfare is important for future generations.

 



 

The book is available at select northern Door County businesses and online. Velguth says efforts are underway to build a dock to provide educational tours and help protect the area to preserve its history.



Cover Art from Amazon

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DCEDC Hopes Students Stick Closer To Home For Career


By Tim Kowols




The Door County Economic Development Corporation hopes their recent investments will help keep a younger population at home to begin their careers. Last year, the DCEDC received a grant for a software platform called Inspire, designed to help connect area students with local businesses through its Door County Business and Education Partnership. DCEDC Executive Director Caleb Frostman says it is important recruiting tool as students decide to enter the workforce.

 



 

Frostman says there are currently 12 businesses signed on to be a part of Inspire. The Door County Business and Education Partnership works with area schools to set up job shadowing programs, group tours with different businesses, and career exploration activities.

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Proposed Biogas Plant Meeting Set For Monday


By Tim Kowols




State officials will hold court in Kewaunee County on Monday with various stakeholders and the public to discuss the proposed biogas plant that could be built in the area. Elected leaders from Brown, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, and Calumet counties will learn more about the Request for Proposal process, water quality, and nutrient management from officials from the Department of Natural Resources, Public Service Commission, and the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection. Kewaunee County Board chairperson Robert Weidner says many questions have been asked since Governor Scott Walker introduced the idea of the biogas plant back in November.

 



 

Monday's meeting will take place at the Kewaunee County Fairgrounds in Luxemburg beginning at 1 p.m. Although the meeting is primarily for county leadership, the public is invited to attend and ask questions after the meeting has concluded.

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Warm Spell Worries Orchard Owners


By Tim Kowols




A mild winter might be a saving grace for orchard owners this weekend when temperatures are expected to hit the 50s. The warm spell will cause temperatures to be at least 20 degrees warmer than average according to data from the Midwestern Climate Center. While the weather may give apple and cherry trees the wrong idea much earlier than expected, it could have been worse according to Wood Orchard owner Steve Wood.

 



 

According to Wood, trees are beginning to hit the critical time of their development with temperatures expected to go back to the upper 30s next week.

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Door County Habitat For Humanity Closing In On Partner Family Choice


By Tim Kowols




Door County Habitat for Humanity is trying to narrow down its choice for a partner family for its 40th home build this year. Of the 30 applications it sent out, Door County Habitat for Humanity only had four to six of them returned. Executive Director David Van Dyke says it is sometimes just part of the process, but is hopeful one lucky family will be chosen soon.

 



 

Door County Habitat for Humanity hopes to break ground on its 40th home in Sturgeon Bay's Sunset Hills subdivision this spring.

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Kewaunee County Officials To Ask DNR To Make DNR Aquatic Life Survey A Priority


By Tim Kowols




Recent test results from the East Twin River has caused the Kewaunee County Land and Water Conservation committee to ask the Department of Natural Resources to place the aquatic life survey of the waterway as a priority. The Kewaunee County Board unanimously approved the aquatic life survey of the East Twin River back in October following the DNR's approval of a permit for the Agropur cheese plant in Luxemburg to increase the amount of chloride they are allowed to discharge. Committee member Lee Luft says new information gathered downstream from the plant showed acute chloride levels in the water where aquatic life could not survive. He says that triggered a new letter to the DNR to be written.

 



 

There are over 1,000 impaired waterways in the state of Wisconsin, including four in Kewaunee County.



DRAFT LETTER FROM KEWAUNEE COUNTY LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION MEETING

 

Mr. James Zellmer, Deputy Administrator Environmental Management Division

State of Wisconsin

Department of Natural Resources

101 S. Webster Street

Box 7921

Madison, WI  53707-7921

 

Dear Mr. Zellmer,

 

Thank you for your timely reply to our Kewaunee County Resolution Requesting the Wisconsin DNR to Immediately Initiate A Water Quality/Aquatic Life Survey of the East Twin River and Unnamed Tributaries To The East Twin River In Kewaunee County (Kewaunee Water Quality Survey Resolution).  Mr. Zellmer, in your November 30th response to this unanimously approved Resolution from the Kewaunee County Board of Supervisors; you indicated that the Wisconsin DNR "will nominate the East Twin River as a potential monitoring project for the 2017 field season."  Today, we as the members of the Kewaunee County Land and Water Conservation Committee would like to reply to your letter and offer our rational for the very near-term monitoring of the East Twin River and its Tributaries.

 

Mr. Zellmer, while we appreciate having our one-time Cold Water Community- Class I, Class II Trout Waters, and Exceptional Resource Waters e.g. the East Twin Watershed, as a nominee for a potential monitoring project, we are hereby formally requesting a true commitment to an immediate aquatic life survey and the establishment of the appropriate EPA-approved TMDL.  Please allow us to present the reasons for this request for immediate action on the part of the Wisconsin DNR:

 

  1. In the Wisconsin DNR's "Water Report to Congress – 2016" the DNR notes that only about half of the State's waters have been assessed for water quality. Of the one-half of the waters that have been assessed, the State's Report to Congress indicates that "1,321 waters were found to not meet water quality standards and are included on the Clean Water Act Section 303(d) list (i.e., impaired waters list)."  Of the state's [1,321] impaired waters, 134 (10%) have EPA-approved TMDLs.  Therefore, in Wisconsin we have 1,187 waters that do not have a TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Limit) and are known to the DNR not to meet the current Clean Water Act standards.  Zellmer, based upon your letter of November 30th, we cannot be certain if your proposed nomination will place us as number one in the queue for testing or at one thousand, one hundred and eighty-eight (not including all the waters yet to be assessed).  For all the reasons that now follow below, we find this uncertainty to be unacceptable.

  2. Also included in the DNR's "Water Report to Congress – 2016" is the attached chart (page 87) which clearly indicates Kewaunee County is experiencing major increases in Chlorides, Nitrates and Phosphorus. This DNR report supports the findings we cited in our Kewaunee Water Quality Survey Resolution indicating a major increase in contaminants to our already impaired waters.

  3. In the Wisconsin DNR's "Water Report to Congress – 2016" the DNR rightly highlights the work of the Water Action Volunteers ("WAVs") and we are proud to note that Kewaunee County has a very active group of WAVs. We ask that you please note the very recent testing of the East Twin waters by our Kewaunee County WAVs (significant tabulated data are attached).  These WAV data were analyzed by Dr. Gerald Pellett who is a NASA Environmental Scientist (DRA) who resides in Kewaunee County during a good portion of each year.  Please note that Kewaunee County's 2016 WAV data for Chloride and Total Phosphorus have already met the DNR's data requirements for inclusion in Wisconsin's 2018 water quality assessment cycle for a biennial report to Congress and uploading to the DNR's SWIMS data base.  Zellmer, as you will see from the data and the resultant attached chart, the Chloride concentrations downstream from the Agropur cheese plant you cited in your letter to us are beyond the acute levels.  As you know, freshwater aquatic life cannot survive for any length of time in waters with this kind of acute toxicity.  These data further support the anecdotal evidence being presented by Kewaunee County citizens who have lived for many years along the banks of the East Twin River and its tributaries.  Clearly the need to act now to understand the scope of the on-going Phosphorus and Chloride contamination of the East Twin waters is critical.  While we await your decision to act, aquatic life in these waters is being damaged and destroyed.

  4. In your letter of November 30th, you mentioned the trout survey of the East Twin River of 2015. As you may know, this survey was taken JUST PRIOR to the DNR's permit approval to allow the Chloride inputs from the cheese plant into a tributary of the East Twin River to increase by 252% or up to 599 tons per year.  This is the equivalent of one 40,000 lbs. semi-trailer truck of Chloride being placed into this small East Twin River tributary every 12 days.  While we agree as you indicate in your letter that the DNR may have "followed the law and regulations governing development of these limits", can there be any doubt that this kind of additional Chloride contamination of a waterway already impaired by Phosphorus is causing significant damage to what remains of the aquatic life downstream of the cheese plant?

  5. In granting the approval for this massive increase in Chloride effluent into an already impaired waterway, the DNR based its assertion that the "The permitted chloride mass limit (for the Agropur Cheese plant) was calculated in accordance with our regulations to prevent a significant decrease in water quality." While this may be true under some conditions, the water flow in the East Twin River and its tributaries is known to vary widely based upon seasonal weather conditions.  What might possibly be a safe level of Chloride in rainy periods, may be wholly unsafe in times of dry weather.  Yet, no matter what the weather conditions, 1.64 tons (3,282 lbs. of Chloride can be added to this once Exceptional Waterway every day and the Kewaunee County WAV testing and a good deal of anecdotal evidence clearly indicate that this level of contaminant effluent is NOT able to prevent a significant decrease in water quality.

  6. In our Kewaunee County Land and Water Conservation Committee meetings with Agropur, we learned that the DNR has not required any third party testing of the effluent entering the East Twin River and its tributaries from the Agropur plant. It is therefore entirely the responsibility of the entity that could be required to reduce the flow of contaminants into these waterways to report on these releases into the waters of the State.  For verification purposes alone, there is a clear need for the DNR to conduct the requested water quality and aquatic life survey.


 

Mr. Zellmer, based upon the above information, we as the Kewaunee County Land and Water Conservation Committee, acting on behalf of the entire Kewaunee County Board, hereby ask you to complete the requested aquatic life/water quality survey of the East Twin River in Kewaunee County and its tributaries before the end of 2017 and subsequently to establish a TMDL for these waters with a schedule of compliance and enforcement steps.  We want to be able to assure our Kewaunee County citizens that the damage being done now, (thoroughly documented by our WAV's) will cease and all reasonable efforts to restore this compromised waterway to its former Exceptional status will begin in earnest before the end of this year.

 

We look forward to your timely and affirmative response to this request.  Thank you again for your earlier (November 30th 2016) response.

 

Very Sincerely,

 

Kewaunee County Land and Water Conservation Committee Members

 

 

 

Cc's to all parties who received the Kewaunee County Water Quality Survey Resolution

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Special Portrait Paintings Of Area Fallen Soldiers To be Presented On Monday By Luxemburg American Legion Post


By Paul Schmitt




The American Legion Post 262 in Luxemburg is having a special presentation Monday night for the families of the three fallen soldiers from the community that were killed in the Iraq War.  A 94-year old World War II veteran from Pennsylvania painted portraits of Jesse Thiry, Dean Opicka and Luke Zimmerman who were all Luxemburg-Casco graduates that died serving our country fighting the war on terror.  American Legion Commander Dennis Langteau says it will be a special night of remembrance for family and friends receiving these paintings done by an accomplished artist.

 



 

Yawor, the artist of the portraits will not be present so American Legion Post 65 Commander Paul Kahr from Nekoosa will do the presentation, according to Langteau.  The oil paintings will be draped with an American flag prior to the presentation that will be held next Monday night at the Luxemburg Village Hall beginning at 6 pm.  The public is welcome to attend.



Presentation from Monday night:

https://youtu.be/M_EWmY2_xWQ

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Door County YMCA Celebrates 30th Anniversary With Community Breakfast At Stone Harbor Wednesday


By Paul Schmitt




Over 300 attendees packed the Door County YMCA annual community breakfast Wednesday morning at Stone Harbor Resort.  CEO and President Tom Beerntsen shared  the state of the "Y" and their future plans this year.  Beerntsen says the YMCA's success nationally and locally comes from the commitment to values.

 



 

Beerntsen says the 30 years of the Door County YMCA is a testament to the.  The YMCA is celebrating 30 years in Door County with activities and programs during "My Y Week". 

 





https://youtu.be/MA1VHEt4EE4

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Sturgeon Bay Math Team Continues Packerland Conference Dominance With 16th Consecutive Championship


By Paul Schmitt




The Sturgeon Bay High School math team clinched their 16th consecutive conference championship Monday night.  The fifth and final Packerland Conference Math Meet was held at Southern Door with N.E.W. Lutheran winning with 299 points, but Sturgeon Bay finished second and captured 96 total league points to claim the championship.  Sturgeon Bay High School math team coach Cliff Wind credits the students for the math dynasty at the school.

 



 

The high school state math meet will be held in the first week of March and Sturgeon Bay will also compete at an academic competition at Green Bay Preble later this year, according to Wind.

 

 

Results of the 5th and final Packerland Conference Math Meet @ Southern Door, Feb 13, 2017

Seniors:

1.  Connor Moore, Gib, 38

Tie  2.  Brennan Zahm, O, and Matt Zahm, O, 34

4.  Andy Kline, NEW, 31

5.  Giang Nguyen, Gib, 28
Juniors:

1.  Sandy Zhang, NEW, 40 (perfect score)

2.  Liam Herbst, SB, 34

3.  Kekoa Bicoy, SB, 34

4.  Balin Welch, O, 32

5.  Nolan Torres, NEW, 31
Sophomores:

1.  Emily Tess, SB, 34

2.  Krystal Gao, NEW, 33

3.  DJ Reichel, SB, 29
4.  Evan Stock, NEW, 25

5.  Emily Ellis,  NEW, 24
 

Freshmen:

 

1.  Simon Kopischke, Gib, 28

2.  Jay Kim, NEW, 25

3.  Caden Kacmarynski, Sev, 18

4.  Robin Gu, NEW, 17

5.  Nick Herbst, SB, 16
Varsity Team Results:
1.  NEW, 299 points
2.  SB, 286
3.  O, 237
4.  Kew, 190
5.  SD, 185

6.  Gib, 183

7.  A, 142

8.  Sev, 139


Junior Varsity (14 total teams)
1.  SB #2, 212 points
2.  NEW #2, 174

3.  O #2, 127

4.  SB #3, 116

 

 

 

FINAL Results:

 

Varsity

 

1.  Sturgeon Bay 96 league points

2.  NEW, 92

3.  Oconto, 82

4.  Kewaunee, 59

5.  Southern Door, 56

6.  Gibraltar, 50

7.  Sevastopol, 49

8.  Algoma, 36

 

 

 

Junior Varsity (14 total teams):

 

1.  SB #2, 150 (undefeated season) league points

2.  NEW #2, 136

3.  O #2, 129

4.  SB #3 119

 

 

 

ALL CONFERENCE RESULTS:

 

Seniors:

1.  Brennan Zahm, O, 154

2.  Matt Zahm, O, 142

3.  Noah Roubal, NEW, 137

4.  Connor Moore, Gib, 134

5.  Andy Kline, NEW, 130
Juniors:

1.  Sandy Zhang, NEW, 143

2.  Liam Herbst, SB, 140

3.  Jack Richard, SB, 136

4.  James Dickson, SB, 134

Tie 5.  Kekoa Bicoy, SB, and Xialoin, Ni, NEW, 131

 
Sophomores:

1.  Emily Tess, SB, 136

2.  Krystal Gao, NEW, 131

3.  DJ Reichel, SB, 107
4.  Evan Stock, NEW, 105

5.  Emily Ellis,  NEW, 101
 

Freshmen:

 

1.  Simon Kopischke, Gib, 92

2.  Robin Gu, NEW, 17

3.  Jay Kim, NEW, 82

Tie 4. Madelyn Jeanquart and Marina Jeanquart, SB, 78

 

 

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Door County Reading Council Features 2015 National Teacher Of The Year At Presentation February 23


By Paul Schmitt




The 2010 National Teacher of the Year will be the speaker at an upcoming Door County Reading Council presentation.  Sarah Brown Wessling from Des Moines, Iowa will be featured at Stone Harbor Resort on February 23 with a program called "Creating Student-Centered Conversations and Discussions".  Wessling, a 17 year veteran of the high school English classroom, says the approach is to get instructors to think about designing learning experiences for students rather than the teacher.

 



 

Wessling, Laureate Emeritus for the non-profit Teaching Channel, has given over 250 talks and workshops in 39 different states as well as internationally.  She has taught courses ranging from at-risk to Advanced Placement. The "Creating Student-Centered Conversations and Discussions" presentation will be from 5:00 - 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 23 at the Stone Harbor Resort and Conference Center with doors opening at 4:30 pm. For more information on this Door County Reading Council program and to pre-register for this event, go to link below.

http://dcreadingcouncil.wixsite.com/dcrc/events

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Sturgeon Bay Waterfront Redevelopment Authority Met In Closed Session To Consider Settlement Offer on Lawsuit--No Action Taken


By Roger Utnehmer




The City of Sturgeon Bay Waterfront Redevelopment Authority went into closed session at 3:45 PM Tuesday to consider a settlement offer drafted by city attorney Randy Nesbitt over a lawsuit won last week by Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront.

 

The authority went behind closed doors over the objection of member Will Gregory who said, "We are repeating history."

 



 

Gregory argued several times that it might be prudent to wait for a written decision from Judge Raymond Huber who ruled last week that the city cannot develop property on the city's west side waterfront.

 

Gregory also argued that people want transparency, not closed meetings where decisions are made outside the view of the public.

 

The vote to go into closed session was four to one with Rick Wiesner, John Asher, Cindy Weber and Ryan Hoernke voting to close the meeting and Gregory voting to discuss the settlement agreement in open session.

 

City Administrator Josh Van Lieshout advocated for closing the meeting to the public.  He said the judge's verdict was not a pure victory for either side and any continued negotiations and consideration of options should be done in closed session.

 

Community Development Director Marty Olejniczak announced before the closed session that "we have an offer of settlement our attorney drafted."

 



Upate at 5:30PM February 14, 2017
The Redevelopment Authority took no action in closed session.

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Door County Visitor Bureau Disagrees With School Date Bill


By Tim Kowols




Legislation adjusting the starting date for schools in the state is meeting some resistance by those in the tourism industry. Republican Rep. Jim Ott is circulating a bill that would reverse a 2000 state law and allow schools to start before September. While the Wisconsin Association of School Boards applauds the move, Jon Jarosh from the Door County Visitor Bureau says it would have a negative impact on area tourism.

 



 

According to the Wisconsin State Journal, August is only second to July in total tourism spending. This marks the fourth time Rep. Ott has brought the bill up for discussion.

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Friends Group Still Hopes For "Win-Win" For Both Sides on West Waterfront Redevelopment


By Tim Kowols




The Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront hope a "win-win" solution is still possible when it comes to the west side redevelopment. Before its case went to trial, the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront were able to reach a compromise on a location with the same Tax Increment District (TID) for the hotel with developer Bob Papke. That compromise was rejected by the city. Carri Andersson, a plaintiff in the case, says the group offered several other settlement offers as well, only to have them meet the same demise.

 



 

Judge Raymond Huber ruled last week that the City of Sturgeon Bay could not sell the two disputed parcels of land protected by the Public Trust Doctrine. We have the audio from our conversation with Carri Andersson concerning the court decision posted online with the story and have offered the same opportunity to Mayor Thad Birmingham.

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Kewaunee Young People's Theater Hopes To Match Last Year's Donation Total With "Hooray For Hollywood"


By Tim Kowols




A long-running event in Kewaunee returns this weekend to make a positive impact on 26 different local organizations. The Kewaunee Young People's Theater's "Hooray for Hollywood" production will feature three nights of close to 20 short skits performed and produced by local actors and residents. Kevin Dax from the Kewaunee Young People's Theater says while it is a lot of work, it is made easier through the support they get from local businesses and community members.

 



 

Last year's "Hooray for Hollywood" production raised $45,000 for local Kewaunee County groups. You can still buy tickets for this year's Friday and Sunday night shows. You can find more information about the event online with this story.

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Residents Responding To Challenge Made By Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Department To Learn CPR


By Tim Kowols




The Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Department has seen an uptick in interest for its CPR classes since it introduced its AED challenge at the beginning of the year. With help from Door County North, the Sister Bay Advancement Association, and the AED Superstore, the fire department is giving local businesses a chance to win a free defibrillator by simply taking one of its community CPR classes. Fire Chief Chris Hecht says it is great to see the entire community be so proactive in potentially helping save a life.

 



 

Hecht says over 300 residents have completed their training since they started offering the course in 2015. To help your favorite northern Door County business win a defibrillator for their operation, you must complete a CPR class with the Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Department by June 1. We have a schedule of courses and contact information posted online with this story.

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Courts Allowing Live Video Streaming In Courtroom Can Have Unintended Consequences


By Paul Schmitt




The popularity of Facebook Live is causing concerns in the courtroom around the country.  Last week, a request was made and later withdrew in the circuit court of Door County to stream video live during the waterfront trial in Door County.  Branch 2 Circuit Court Judge David Weber says he is not a fan of the idea because the first amendment right must be balanced with two concerns.

 

 

 

Weber says in some cases witness are sequestered so they are not influenced by prior testimony, but with more social media and live streaming video out there, the challenge to oversee a fair and impartial trial becomes greater.

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Pagel Named One of the Three Finalists for Top Ag Producer of the Year


By Paul Schmitt




John Pagel of Kewaunee was honored as the 2017 Top Producer of the Year finalist at a Bayer CropScience and Case IH seminar held in Chicago recently.  Pagel owns Pagel's Ponderosa Dairy in Kewaunee County and serves as the CEO of the largest single-family-owned diary operation in the state.  Pagel says the honor encompassed all aspects of agriculture.

 



 

According to the Farm Journal Media release, Pagel's operation includes 5,300 dairy cows, 8,500 crop acres and a digester that produces enough electricity for the entire town of Kewaunee. The Top Producer of the Year contest is in its 18th year and bases the selection on entrepreneurial originality, financial and business progress, and industry and community leadership.

 

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Local Law Enforcement Warns of Potential IRS Scams


By Paul Schmitt




With the tax season here, law enforcement is reminding people to be vigilant in protecting their identity from fraud and scam artists.  State and federal tax authorities are finding more and more criminals filing fraudulent tax returns using other people's personal information.  Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski says scammers can trick you into giving out your social security number over the phone.

 



 

Victims of tax fraud can deal with long-delayed returns and concerns about who has their personal information and if they may use it again illegally.  You are urged to report any suspected tax identity theft to the IRS and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue as well as local law enforcement.

 

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Know Your Financial Ramifications Before You File


By Tim Kowols




With over 150 million tax returns filed in 2016, tax preparers are beginning to hit their busiest time of the year. With forms such as W-2s and W-4s being exchanged and 401Ks and IRAs being cashed out, many people are hoping not to have any surprises when they do file. Gay Pustaver from Money Management Counselors advises those getting ready to prepare their taxes l to make sure they understand the financial ramifications their decision in the past year may have had.

 



 

Pustaver recommends talking to certified public accountants or investment strategists if you have any questions on where your money might be heading in advance of the tax filing deadline on April 17. Taxpayers get an extra two days due to April 15 occurring on a Saturday and Washington D.C.'s Emancipation Day on the following Monday.

 









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Disc Golf Courses Head To Full Board In Egg Harbor, Baileys Harbor


By Tim Kowols




Disc golf courses are one step closer to becoming a reality in two communities. The Baileys Harbor Plan Commission and the Egg Harbor Parks and Public Works Committee gave their initial support to installing disc golf courses, sending it to their full boards for final approval. After knocking down potential knowledge barriers about the sport, Julie's Park Café and Motel owner and Door Disc Golf founder Shane Solomon says much of the discussion is now centered on funding the courses.

 



 

Solomon says it is his goal to privately finance the courses through the group's GoFundMe page so it does not put stress on the tax base. The village of Sister Bay will begin installing its own disc golf course as soon as the ground thaws.

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School Officials "Cautiously Optimistic" About Governor's Education Budget


By Tim Kowols




Local superintendents are beginning to weigh in more on Governor Scott Walker's budget after additional details were released. In addition to the more than $400 million in funding for K-12 institutions, Gov. Walker's budget includes initiatives to improve broadband Internet, extending the life of a teacher's license, and improving training programs. Sturgeon Bay School District Superintendent Dan Tjernagel says his colleagues remain cautiously optimistic about the weeks and months ahead.

 



 

While listening sessions will be occurring around the state in the meantime, the Wisconsin Legislature is not due back on the floor of the state capitol until March 7.

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Winter Weather Playing Games With Area Farmers


By Tim Kowols




The freezing and thawing temperatures in the area this winter have not been popular with area farmers. While the snow cover has been good to protect the fields, warmer temperatures are causing root systems to push out of the ground, only to get damaged when freezing temperatures return. Rich Olson from Olson Family Farms in Sturgeon Bay says the fluctuating temperatures are causing other problems as well, especially with his dairy cattle.

 



 

Olson says keeping the barn at a constant temperature and in some rare cases using antibiotics are just some of the ways he is using to keep his herd healthy.

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News & Opinion: Thomas "Cap" Wulf Keeps Comments Coming Despite Sordid Legal History


By Roger Utnehmer




While the City of Sturgeon Bay is considering options and Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront celebrate their Friday court victory, a disgraced former member of the Waterfront Redevelopment Authority is predicting significant cost to the taxpayers.

 

Thomas "Cap" Wulf, a former member of the Sturgeon Bay City Council and the Waterfront Redevelopment Authority, posted a comment on DoorCountyDailyNews.com predicting "a hotel will most certainly not be built along Madison Avenue" and that funding for rehabilitation of a grain elevator on the waterfront property "will never be raised."



Wulf also stated that "some people will get their way"  and went on to say "it will prove very costly in several ways to the citizens of S.B."



Wulf has been an outspoken critic of the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront in disparaging public comments while he served on the Waterfront Redevelopment Authority and in numerous social media postings.  That, in spite of Wulf having been removed from the Sturgeon Bay City Council and ruled guilty of using his position of public trust, as a council member, for personal financial gain.  Wulf owns Wulf Brothers, Inc.



Wulf was also charged with disorderly conduct and had a restraining order in effect based on verbally confronting former mayor Dennis McIntosh at a downtown retail store.  Witness statements from the incident quoted Wulf using vulgar, crude language directed at the former mayor in front of store employees and customers.  Wulf was also the subject of a Madison Capital Times news report about lying to a legislative committee during his testimony on tort reform legislation.  Wulf has consistently claimed his innocence and says he is the victim of a corrupt court system.



The comments from the same email address as that used by Wulf have been refuted on DoorCountyDailyNews.com.  You can see his postings and responses by going to DoorCountyDailyNews.com and reviewing the story posted Friday, February 10, 2017 "Judge Blocks Land Sale in Swift Decision:  Friends Win."

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Kewaunee County Looking To Federal Agriculture Department To Set New Perimeters For Surface Water


By Paul Schmitt




As the Environmental Protection Agency's future is in doubt with a U.S. House Committee bill calling for its elimination, Kewaunee County still has the involvement of federal department to help in taking steps to improve the groundwater in the area.  Kewaunee County Board member Lee Luft explains the future guidelines being set.

 



 

Luft added that the report from last year's well testing in Kewaunee County conducted by U.W. Oshkosh and the U.S.D.A. will not be released until all data is completed in its entirety.

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Climate Change Coalition Of Door County Focusing On Bigger Projects In 2017


By Paul Schmitt




The Climate Change Coalition of Door County will be focusing on bigger projects in 2017 as they make changes to the frequency of their speaker programs this year.  Member Dick Smythe explains the new strategy for the organization.

 



 

Smythe says plans are being made for an all-day program in September featuring a coalition of faith communities.  The Climate Change Coalition is also heavily engaged in being in part of "Earth Week" activities between Earth Day and Arbor Day in April, according to Smythe.

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Governor Walker Visits Door County Saturday To Take In Some Ice Fishing With JJ Malvitz


By Paul Schmitt




Governor Scott Walker visited Door County on Saturday afternoon to enjoy some outdoor activities on the Green Bay away from the politics of Madison.  The governor was the guest of Fishing Guide Pro JJ Malvitz for some ice fishing near Sherwood Point on Larson's Reef.  Malvitz says they did not talk much about politics but Governor Walker did have some luck catching whitefish.

 



 

Malvitz had been organizing the ice fishing venture with the governor since last fall and was extremely honored to guide for him.

 



 

Governor Walker was with a group of friends and ice fished for a few hours in the late morning and early afternoon.  Malvitz reports that Ice conditions remain good with between 14 to 16 inches of ice on the bay and good catches of whitefish.

(Photos contributed by JJ Malvitz)

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Door County YMCA's Annual Community Breakfast Part Of "My Y Week" And 30th Anniversary Celebration


By Paul Schmitt




Door County YMCA will be holding their annual community breakfast on Wednesday morning at Stone Harbor Resort.  CEO and President Tom Beerntsen says this year's community breakfast is extra special.

 



 

Beerntsen says the breakfast is open and free to the public, but reservations are necessary by calling the YMCA.  The Door County YMCA community breakfast will begin at 8:30 am Wednesday and last one hour.  For more information on the community breakfast and services offered by the YMCA, go to www.doorcountyymca.org    

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HELP of Door County Trying To Combat The Many Forms Of Elder Abuse In Area


By Paul Schmitt




One form of domestic abuse that is believed to be under-reported yet can be devastating to the victim is elder abuse.  Steve Vickman, executive director of HELP of Door County explains what elder abuse can entail.

 



 

All 50 states in the U.S. now have laws on the books against elder abuse.  Vickman says many cases can go unreported because of the feeling of embarrassment or not wanting to get family members in trouble.  Other cases can make it difficult to follow up due to the reduced capacities of victims suffering from dementia, according to Vickman.  For more information on HELP of Door County and their services, go to www.helpofdoorcounty.org 

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Small Independent Banks Look To Revitalizing Communities As Regulations Present Challenges


By Paul Schmitt




The banking industry has been facing consolidations and buyouts in the last decade that has made independent banks the exception rather than the rule in Wisconsin.  New President and CEO of Bank of Luxemburg Tim Treml says through independent bank's community involvement, special loan programs for businesses has been recently expanded by the Bank of Luxemburg in the area.

 



 

Treml says that community banks face challenges with new government regulations, but with the flexibility offered by smaller community banks, the future looks bright.  A community bank is a depository institution that is typically locally owned and operated.

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Sturgeon Bay Man Makes Initial Court Appearance For Sexual Assault Of A Child


By Paul Schmitt




The man charged with first-degree sexual assault of a three-year-old child will face an initial appearance in Door County Circuit Court Monday morning.  Robert Gerdeen, 64, of Sturgeon Bay faces three felony charges including child enticement with sexual contact and exposing intimate parts to a child.  According to a Sturgeon Bay Police criminal complaint, Gerdeen was arrested on February 3 after police responded to a call of a sexual assault.  At a bond hearing last Tuesday, a cash bond was set at $15,000 for Gerdeen.  He can not have any contact with the victim or the victim's family and anyone under the age of 18.  The initial court appearance begins at 10 AM Monday.

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State Tourism Secretary Credits Door County's Creativity In Boosting Visitors Numbers In Winter


By Paul Schmitt




The creativity of promoting weekends during the winter months for get-a-ways is getting Door County high marks by the state tourism officials.  Wisconsin Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett says there are plenty of things to do in the area in during the winter.

 



 

Klett says Door County offers the best value in tourism this time of year and that destinations and area businesses have also done a great job marketing the opportunities available to visitors and tourists to experience.

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Boy Scouts, Boys And Girls Club Of Door County Work Together On Opportunities For Youth


By Tim Kowols




Two local organizations have teamed up to give more opportunities to area youth. Groups from Bay Lakes Council make at least 12 visits a year to the Boys and Girls Club of Door County to assist with programming. Voyageur District Scout Executive Christopher O'Brien says it has been a partnership that has worked out well for both organizations.

 



 

Saturday marks the end of National Boy Scout Week, celebrating 107 years of existence.

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Superintendents Worry About More Winter Delaying End Of School Year


By Tim Kowols




Even though no major snow events are in sight, local school administrators are still keeping their eyes out for potential winter events that could delay the end of the school year even longer. Door and Kewaunee County school districts have had to shut their doors twice so far this year due to winter weather and unsafe travel conditions. Algoma School District Superintendent Nick Cochart says the closures have already pushed out the end of their year four days and fears more are to come.



 

Cochart says high seniors are often not affected by snow days due to their set graduation date.

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Register Now for 2017 Door Kewaunee County Legislative Days


By Claire Thompson




Delegate registration is now open for the Door/Kewaunee County Legislative Days event, scheduled for April 5-6, 2017. The deadline for registration is March 1st. We aim to have over one hundred adults and youth of Door and Kewaunee Counties attend as delegates.
Legislative Days is a biennial trip to the state capitol in Madison where delegates bring issues of local concern directly to state elected officials and government agency leaders.
The steering committee is still finalizing the agenda, and two items to be discussed will be Rural Broadband Access, and issues pertaining to surface water in our region. The delegation will split into teams and meet with all Representatives at the State Capitol. Delegates will also make visits with State Agency leadership to discuss other issues of concern to our region.
For more information and to register, go to http://www.dklegislativedays.com

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Food Lovers To Get A Taste Of Kewaunee County At Farm Technology Days


By Tim Kowols




Attendees to Farm Technology Days in Algoma this summer will get more than a taste of Kewaunee County at food tents. Kolaches from a local baker, cheese curds, and hamburgers made with beef raised by host farm Ebert Enterprises are just some of the menu options being served up by hundreds of volunteers during the three-day event. Food committee co-chairperson Sue Sevcik says she joined the team because she wanted to make sure the menu items were made with locally produced ingredients as much as possible.



 

Sevcik says local groups can still volunteer at the food tents on site and earn money for their respective causes. Farm Technology Days will take place July 11 to 13 in Algoma.

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Delegate Registration For Upcoming Door/Kewaunee County Legislative Days Now Open Until March 1


By Claire Thompson--Guest Correspondent




Delegate registration is now open for the Door/Kewaunee County Legislative Days event, scheduled for April 5-6, 2017. The deadline for registration is March 1st.  We aim to have over one hundred adults and youth of Door and Kewaunee Counties attend as delegates.

Legislative Days is a biennial trip to the state capitol in Madison where delegates bring issues of local concern directly to state elected officials and government agency leaders.

The steering committee is still finalizing the agenda, and two items to be discussed will be Rural Broadband Access, and issues pertaining to surface water in our region. The delegation will split into teams and meet with all Representatives at the State Capitol. Delegates will also make visits with State Agency leadership to discuss other issues of concern to our region.

For more information and to register, go to http://www.dklegislativedays.com

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Local Clean Water Advocates Take Their Cause To Madison For Citizens Lobby Day


By Tim Kowols




About forty residents from northeast Wisconsin, including Door and Kewaunee County, ventured to Madison earlier this week for the Citizens Water Lobby Day. Organized by grassroots environmental groups across the state, citizens were charged with talking to as many members of the legislature as possible about their water concerns. Even though their efforts were interrupted when assembly members and senators were called into session, environmental advocate Lynn Utesch says it was good to get their stories heard.

 



 

Clean water advocates did receive some good news from Madison. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Governor Scott Walker's budget will not involve breaking up the Department of Natural Resources as suggested by one legislator and will allocate funds to look into a major change to help prevent agricultural pollution from potentially affecting water supplies.

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Lighthouse Next Topic Of Kewaunee County Historical Society History Presentations


By Tim Kowols




The Kewaunee Pierhead Lighthouse is the next topic in a series of presentations on Saturdays in February focusing on the county's history. Mike Kostka, Jim Schaller, and Dr. Robin Nelson will be the main speakers during the presentation as members of Kewaunee's lighthouse preservation committee. In the midst of $300,000-plus campaign to restore the lighthouse, Nelson told DoorCountyDailyNews.com earlier this year how the structure could tie together the rest of Kewaunee.

 



 

All February history presentations will be held at the Kewaunee County Historical Society Center on Ellis Street in Kewaunee beginning at 1 p.m Saturday. Upcoming topics in the series include a look back at local Belgians that served during the Civil War and the 150th anniversary of St. John Lutheran Church.

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Judge Blocks Land Sale in Swift Decision: Friends Win


By Roger Utnehmer


 



Rendering a surprisingly swift decision, Judge Raymond Huber ruled Friday afternoon that the City of Sturgeon Bay cannot sell property on the west-side waterfront for development of a hotel.

 

The case was brought by the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront who argued that the proposed hotel was located on filled, former lake bed property that is protected from development by Wisconsin's constitution.

In making his decision, Judge Huber said both lots the city is attempting to sell were under water, filled subject to natural accretion.  "The court is convinced the law is clear.  A riparian owner cannot obtain title by filling property and that is what happened on parcel 92,"  Judge Huber said.

He enjoined the sale of one lot waterward of the ordinary high-water mark as determined by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and a second lot until the OHWM can be established.

The judge made clear that his decision prohibits the sale of the properties for commercial purposes.

The hotel proposed by local developer Robert Papke could be relocated to adjoining parcels of land that are not inside the OHWM but attempts to reach a compromise to accomplish that have been rejected by Mayor Thad Birmngham.


Comments by Dan Collins of the Friends Group after trial:



 


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Kewaunee Interim Administrator Osten Jr. Makes Habit Of Filling In For Communities In Need


By Tim Kowols




Art Osten Jr. has almost made a career out of helping cities get back on track after the departure of an administrator. Osten Jr. recently joined Kewaunee as its interim city administrator, marking the fourth time he has filled such a role for a community. With 30 projects on his to-do list including the harbor restoration project and a new server system, he just hopes he can leave the city in a good place once the permanent administrator is in place.

 



 

Osten Jr. expects to fill the role of interim administrator in Kewaunee for the next three to four months while his replacement is found.

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Allman To Join Race For Sturgeon Bay's District 5 Seat As Write-In Candidate


By Tim Kowols




A familiar face from the Sturgeon Bay Common Council's past may make her comeback to city politics.  Barbara Allman told DoorCountyDailyNews.com during Thursday's trial proceedings that she would run for the District 5 aldermanic seat as a write-in candidate. Allman was a part of the council and different committees when the city discussed the construction of a new bridge and Wal-Mart. She says compromise and openness has disappeared in the years since.

 



 

Allman enters the race to face newcomers Brian Peterson and Judy Dobbins. Incumbent Jerry Stults decided to not run for re-election.

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Day Two Of Trial Underway: LIVE FEED


By Roger Utnehmer




The Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront rested their case at 4:30PM yesterday and the defense is calling on their witnesses. The crowd is significantly smaller than yesterday. Three witnesses are expected to testify today on behalf of the City of Sturgeon Bay.

1:35 P.M.

Judge Raymond Huber has told the courtroom that at the conclusion of the trial that he is prepared to rule on the case today. He simply asked for a 45-minute recess to review his notes, after which he will announce his decision.

 

1:30 P.M.

 

Carrie Webb, a water management specialists with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, is testifying on behalf of the defense by telephone. She has confirmed that she declined to compose a letter requested by City Development Director Marty Olejniczak that would have made it possible to obtain title insurance for property under consideration for hotel development. She said the reason she could not write the requested letter is because the property in question is considered by her to be below the Ordinary High Water Mark.

Her responsibilities with the DNR include regulation of properties that are located inside the OHWM.

She is expected to be the last witness. The defense has concluded questioning the witness and the plaintiff did not engage in cross examination.

Her testimony has concluded.

 

12:00 P.M.

DNR Carrie Webb will be testifying by telephone on behalf of the City of Sturgeon Bay at 1:00PM.

 

10:57 A.M.

 

"It's ironic we're being sued for trying to create more public access to the waterfront."
That was just stated by Sturgeon Bay Community Development Director Marty Olejniczak.

The attorney for the Friends group is now starting their cross-examination of Olejniczak.

 

10:26 A.M.

Sturgeon Bay Community Economic Development Director Marty Olejniczak is now testifying about communications with the Department of Natural Resources about where the proposed Lindgren hotel could be located. He stated that he was informed by a DNR attorney in 2013 that the department determination of the location of the ordinary high water mark was different from that of the city. Olejniczak commented on maps shared by the DNR indicating where development could take place and where it would be prohibited.

 

City Community Development Director Marty Olejniczak just testified that he met with Department of Natural Resources Department Secretary Cathy Stepp asking that she accept the city determination of the location of the ordinary high water mark. That request, Olejniczak, said was flatly rejected, forcing the city to either sue the DNR or revise development plans.

Olejniczak testified that some local elected officials regret the decision to not sue the DNR over the determination of the OHWM location.

 

10:02 A.M.

 

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Marty Olejniczak has just taken the stand. He stated that he believes the allegations of the Friends group are inaccurate.
He summarized his understanding of the case by stating it is his belief the lawsuit is attempting to prevent the sale of property on Sturgeon Bay's west-side waterfront for the construction of a hotel because the property is located within the ordinary high water mark.

 


He is now reviewing his employment history up to the time of his hiring by the city as community development director.

 

Olejniczak started his current position with the city of Sturgeon Bay in 2002.

 

He is testifying now about initial plans for the former Door County Cooperative property that was considered for construction of a resort hotel. The development company that proposed the original resort hotel failed and plans were dropped. Olejniczak is now reviewing aerial maps of the Sturgeon Bay waterfront that depict the site of the hotel project that has prompted the current lawsuit.

 

In this clip, Olejniczak summarizes the goals of the west side redevelopment.

 



 

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9:02 A.M.

The State of Wisconsin cartographer, Howard Veregin, just testified that maps introduced as evidence by the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront should not be used alone to determine the ordinary high water mark. That determination is the issue in the lawsuit between the Friends and the City of Sturgeon Bay. The proposed hotel, the Friends contend, is located inside the OHWM. The city maintains it is not. Property that was former lakebed located inside the OHWM is held in public trust by the State of Wisconsin and cannot be developed.

In further testimony, Veregin is bringing into question the value of map overlays that were also introduced into evidence yesterday by the Friends group.
Veregin is engaged in a very technical discussion about control points to assure the validity of maps when overlaid on another, suggesting the quality may not be very high if significant controls are not exercised by the process.
Two other witnesses are expected to be called today with one scheduled by telephone at 1:00PM. City of Sturgeon Bay attorney Randy Nesbitt predicts that the closing arguments by both sides will be submitted to the judge in writing and not presented orally. That would mean the trial will come to its conclusion several hours earlier than if oral closing remarks were made in court.

 

 



Earlier this morning, Dan Collins from the Friends of Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront stopped by the radio stations of DoorCountyDailyNews.com to talk about how Day 1 went. An invitation to visit the stations to talk about Thursday's proceedings was extended to Sturgeon Bay Mayor Thad Birmingham.

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Friends of Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront vs. City of Sturgeon Bay Trial--NEWS FEED DAY 1


By Roger Utnehmer




Updates from the courtroom will be posted here as they become available and posted on the DoorCountyDailyNews.com Web site, Facebook, and Twitter.

 

4:15 PM


The expert witness testifying on behalf of the Friends group just stated that "There is no uncertainty, even from the report from the city's consultant, that this is fill down to 13 feet across the entire site." She was referring to the proposed location of a hotel.



4:09 PM


The geologist testifying on behalf of the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront just stated that there are chemical contaminants on the property of the proposed west side hotel. Lauri Huntoon just told the court soil borings not only include cinders, glass, wood, sand and gravel but also chemical contaminants. Huntoon has been on the witness stand for more than an hour. She is now being cross-examined by attorney Remzy Bitar who is representing the city of Sturgeon Bay.



3:28 PM

Laurie Huntoon just testified that soil borings done by the City of Sturgeon Bay consulting firm Ayers and Associates show that up to 10.5 feet of fill was placed under the site of the proposed hotel. Borings indicate that sand, gravel, silt and wood were discovered when the soil borings were conducted on behalf of the City of Sturgeon Bay.

3:16 PM

In addition to Mayor Thad Birmingham, city attorney Randy Nesbitt, Council Members Jerry Stults and Kelly Catarozoli, Administrator Josh Van Lieshout, Planner and Zoning Administrator Ryan Kernosky and Community Development Director Marty Olejniczak are sitting in on the trial. Olejniczak is expected to be called as a witness either later today or tomorrow.

Council candidates Joe McMahon and Laurel Hauser are also attending. Geologist Lauri Huntoon is continuing to testify as a witness called by the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront. Several of the plaintiffs are sitting in the front row of the spectator section of the courtroom together. The crowd has fluctuated from close to fifty observers at the start of the trial earlier this morning to approximately twenty-five as of 3:15PM.

The trial is scheduled to conclude tomorrow afternoon.

2:52 PM

Geologist Laurie Huntoon just testified that the two proposed lots for the Lindgren Hotel are located entirely on land that was filled above lake sediment. She is a geologist with more than 25 years of professional experience and is testifying on behalf of the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront.

During a break in the proceedings former Sturgeon Bay City Council Member Barbara Allman told DoorCountyDailyNews.com she is running as a write-in candidate for the council seat she represented several years ago.

Several other write-in candidates are expected to come forward in the days ahead, according to members of the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront.

DoorCountyDailyNews.com will invite both a representative from the Friends group and Mayor Thad Birmingham, who is attending the trial, to join a discussion about their views on how the case is proceeding during the morning show on WRLU 104.1FM tomorrow. Mayor Birmingham told DoorCountyDailyNews.com he's "thinking about" accepting the offer.

2:26 PM

Nancy Aten has just concluded her testimony on behalf of the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront. She confirmed the validity of several newspaper articles, maps and a book being entered as evidence that would support the case being made by the Friends group that the location of the proposed Lindgren Hotel is filled lakebed. Aten was asked by the attorney for the city of Sturgeon Bay if she was related to a plaintiff. She stated she is married to Dan Collins. She was also asked if she has contributed financially to Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront and how much that contribution was. Over the objection of the Friends attorney, Judge Huber ruled that Aten must answer the question. She stated that her personal contribution was approximately $20,000.

The trial is recessed for a ten-minute break.

1:58 P.M.

Former Department of Natural Resources staff member Heidi Kennedy just completed nearly an hour of testimony.
Kennedy testified about how the DNR determines the ordinary high water mark for the properties involved in this litigation.
She was responsible for drafting an opinion about what parcels in the area of the proposed hotel development were filled lakebed and where the ordinary high water mark is located.

Nancy Aten has now taken the stand and is also testifying about the authenticity of maps used by Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront.

 

11:57  A.M.

The trial has adjourned until 1 p.m. after the attorney for the city of Sturgeon Bay cross-examined the first witness for the Friends group.
During earlier testimony, the Friends introduced an exhibit showing a 1925 Army Corp of Engineers map depicting approximately two feet of water at the site of the proposed hotel. If the validity of that map is affirmed, it would support the claim of Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront that the hotel is being proposed on land that was once lakebed.

The trial will resume this afternoon with a former Department of Natural Resources employee testifying as a witness for the Friends.

 

10:41 A.M. 

Chains of title, mortgages and maps dominated testimony from the first witness called in this morning's trial in the case of Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront versus the City of Sturgeon Bay.  

Surveyor Donald Chaput started testifying just before 10 a.m. and is still being questioned by Friends attorney Mary Beth Peranteau.  Fourteen exhibits have been introduced since the start of the trial earlier this morning.  Most deal with maps dating back as far as 1891, mortgage documents and extensive chains of title to the property located on Sturgeon Bay's west side waterfront.


 

9:56 A.M.

The lawsuit brought by Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront against the City of Sturgeon Bay got underway in Door County Circuit Court this morning with social media technology creating the first request for streaming of the proceedings. Christie Weber, a plaintiff in the case, asked Judge Raymond Huber for permission to stream the court proceedings on Facebook. Attorneys did not object but did express concern about the impact watching the case might have on potential witnesses. Weber withdrew her request before the judge ruled. A group of fifty citizens watched the case get underway at about 9:40AM. The first witness called by the Friends group is Donald Chaput, a land surveyor, who is testifying now about aerial photos of the Sturgeon Bay waterfront. He was asked by the plaintiff to overlay photos of the waterfront onto maps in order to determine the location of the overall high water mark. The case hinges on whether a proposed hotel development is located on land that had been lakebed in the past. The state constitution prohibits the use of former lakebed for private purposes. The trail is scheduled to conclude tomorrow.

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Boys And Girls Club Of Door County Celebrated Community Contributions With Stewardship Breakfast Thursday


By Paul Schmitt




The Boys and Girls Club of Door County recognized two local organizations and two of its members on Thursday as part of the annual Stewardship Breakfast held at Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay.  The Elementary Youth of the Year was Isabella Jiminez-Seyfer who shared her future plans.

 



 

Teen Youth of the Year member Bryce LeGrave shared how the Boys and Girls Club made a difference for him at school.

 



 

Triangle Distributing was awarded the Business Partner of the Year and the UW-Extension was named the Community Partner of the Year.  Jeff and Brenda Lange received the Volunteers of the Year award from the Boys and Girls Club of Door County as well.



Presentation video at Stewardship Breakfast:


https://youtu.be/YrbcHRfn_9U

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Kangaroo Lake Homeowners Lay Fish Sticks For Third Straight Year


By Tim Kowols




For the third straight year, the Kangaroo Lake Association will head out onto their frozen waters this weekend in hopes they can help restore the habitat for fish, birds, and other forms of wildlife. With help from The Nature Conservancy, volunteers will be attaching harvested trees to the shoreline and dragging them out to the lake so they can sink in the spring. Kangaroo Lake Association President Tom Schneider says with 92 percent of life in a lake originating from the shoreline according to the University of Wisconsin, placing the "fish sticks" in the water is a worthwhile endeavor.

 



 

The Kangaroo Lake Association has also planted bulrushes near the water as a part of a three-year Shoreline Preservation and Restoration Planning grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Schneider hopes the program goes on past this year with support from his fellow Kangaroo Lake homeowners.

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Board Of Health, Land Conservation Committee To Host Joint Session Regarding CAFOs


By Tim Kowols




Door County's Board of Health and Land Conservation Committee will host a joint session on Monday to address potential issues surrounding concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). The meeting follows a letter sent in November by the Door County Soil and Water Department to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources regarding the permit request of S&S Ag Enterprises in Sturgeon Bay. Board of Health chairperson Helen Bacon says the meeting is to get the information needed to make sound decisions on the topic moving forward.

 



 

Officials from the county's soil and water conservation and health departments are expected to speak during the joint session. Monday's meeting will take place inside the Council Chambers at the Door County Government Building beginning at 4 p.m.

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Rep. Kitchens Calls Gov. Walker's Budget "A Great First Step"


By Tim Kowols




First District Assembly member Joel Kitchens sees the impact the hard decisions made in past budgets have created on this biennium plan addressed by Governor Scott Walker on Wednesday. The governor introduced his two-year, $76.1 billion budget plan to the full Legislature, highlighted by increased spending in education, tax cuts for the poor, and a stoppage on major road projects in southeast Wisconsin. As Vice-Chair of the Assembly Committee on Education, Rep. Kitchens is happy this budget invests more into K-12 education than any other in history.

 



 

Rep. Kitchens did express concerns about Governor Walker's plans regarding transportation funding and health insurance coverage for public employees.  Both houses of the Wisconsin Legislature will meet multiple times for floor periods before an estimated budget passage in June.

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Growing Older In Door County Forum Set For May 9


By Tim Kowols




Residents and visitors will soon learn about what it means to grow older in the area when the Door County Community Foundation concludes its months-long journey with a forum on May 9. "Growing Older in Door County" was an initiative started by the foundation to get people of different ages and backgrounds together to talk about the future they want for their community. Door County Community Foundation President and CEO Bret Bicoy says during the many listening and sharing sessions, people expressed their desire to stay connected with one another.

 



 

Interested poets and artists can submit their pieces for the "Growing Older In Door County" report that will be released in conjunction with the forum. As an award for being chosen, the Door County Community Foundation will donate $250 to the charity of the artist's choice and put the pieces on display.

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City Of Sturgeon Bay vs Friends of Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront Trial: Day 1 Feed


By Roger Utnehmer




Updates from the courtroom will be posted here as they become available and posted on the DoorCountyDailyNews.com Web site, Facebook, and Twitter.

 

3:28 PM

Laurie Huntoon just testified that soil borings done by the City of Sturgeon Bay consulting firm Ayers and Associates show that up to 10.5 feet of fill was placed under the site of the proposed hotel. Borings indicate that sand, gravel, silt and wood were discovered when the soil borings were conducted on behalf of the City of Sturgeon Bay.



3:16 PM

In addition to Mayor Thad Birmingham, city attorney Randy Nesbitt, Council Members Jerry Stults and Kelly Catarozoli, Administrator Josh Van Lieshout, Planner and Zoning Administrator Ryan Kernosky and Community Development Director Marty Olejniczak are sitting in on the trial. Olejniczak is expected to be called as a witness either later today or tomorrow.

Council candidates Joe McMahon and Laurel Hauser are also attending. Geologist Lauri Huntoon is continuing to testify as a witness called by the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront. Several of the plaintiffs are sitting in the front row of the spectator section of the courtroom together. The crowd has fluctuated from close to fifty observers at the start of the trial earlier this morning to approximately twenty-five as of 3:15PM.

The trial is scheduled to conclude tomorrow afternoon.

2:52 PM

Geologist Laurie Huntoon just testified that the two proposed lots for the Lindgren Hotel are located entirely on land that was filled above lake sediment. She is a geologist with more than 25 years of professional experience and is testifying on behalf of the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront.

During a break in the proceedings former Sturgeon Bay City Council Member Barbara Allman told DoorCountyDailyNews.com she is running as a write-in candidate for the council seat she represented several years ago.



Several other write-in candidates are expected to come forward in the days ahead, according to members of the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront.

DoorCountyDailyNews.com will invite both a representative from the Friends group and Mayor Thad Birmingham, who is attending the trial, to join a discussion about their views on how the case is proceeding during the morning show on WRLU 104.1FM tomorrow. Mayor Birmingham told DoorCountyDailyNews.com he's "thinking about" accepting the offer.


2:26 PM

Nancy Aten has just concluded her testimony on behalf of the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront. She confirmed the validity of several newspaper articles, maps and a book being entered as evidence that would support the case being made by the Friends group that the location of the proposed Lindgren Hotel is filled lakebed. Aten was asked by the attorney for the city of Sturgeon Bay if she was related to a plaintiff. She stated she is married to Dan Collins. She was also asked if she has contributed financially to Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront and how much that contribution was. Over the objection of the Friends attorney, Judge Huber ruled that Aten must answer the question. She stated that her personal contribution was approximately $20,000.

The trial is recessed for a ten-minute break.

1:58 P.M.

Former Department of Natural Resources staff member Heidi Kennedy just completed nearly an hour of testimony.
Kennedy testified about how the DNR determines the ordinary high water mark for the properties involved in this litigation.
She was responsible for drafting an opinion about what parcels in the area of the proposed hotel development were filled lakebed and where the ordinary high water mark is located.

Nancy Aten has now taken the stand and is also testifying about the authenticity of maps used by Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront.

 

11:57  A.M.

The trial has adjourned until 1 p.m. after the attorney for the city of Sturgeon Bay cross-examined the first witness for the Friends group.
During earlier testimony, the Friends introduced an exhibit showing a 1925 Army Corp of Engineers map depicting approximately two feet of water at the site of the proposed hotel. If the validity of that map is affirmed, it would support the claim of Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront that the hotel is being proposed on land that was once lakebed.

The trial will resume this afternoon with a former Department of Natural Resources employee testifying as a witness for the Friends.

 

10:41 A.M. 

Chains of title, mortgages and maps dominated testimony from the first witness called in this morning's trial in the case of Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront versus the City of Sturgeon Bay.  

Surveyor Donald Chaput started testifying just before 10 a.m. and is still being questioned by Friends attorney Mary Beth Peranteau.  Fourteen exhibits have been introduced since the start of the trial earlier this morning.  Most deal with maps dating back as far as 1891, mortgage documents and extensive chains of title to the property located on Sturgeon Bay's west side waterfront.


 

9:56 A.M.

The lawsuit brought by Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront against the City of Sturgeon Bay got underway in Door County Circuit Court this morning with social media technology creating the first request for streaming of the proceedings. Christie Weber, a plaintiff in the case, asked Judge Raymond Huber for permission to stream the court proceedings on Facebook. Attorneys did not object but did express concern about the impact watching the case might have on potential witnesses. Weber withdrew her request before the judge ruled. A group of fifty citizens watched the case get underway at about 9:40AM. The first witness called by the Friends group is Donald Chaput, a land surveyor, who is testifying now about aerial photos of the Sturgeon Bay waterfront. He was asked by the plaintiff to overlay photos of the waterfront onto maps in order to determine the location of the overall high water mark. The case hinges on whether a proposed hotel development is located on land that had been lakebed in the past. The state constitution prohibits the use of former lakebed for private purposes. The trail is scheduled to conclude tomorrow.

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Mental Health Awareness Focus of Kewaunee County Sheriff Presentation


By Tim Kowols




Cases involving people with mental health challenges continue to be growing problem for caretakers and emergency personnel called in to help. Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski has noticed the rise in such cases during his 20-years of law enforcement, especially among young people. During his presentation at the St. John Lutheran Church's Caring and Sharing Meeting in Luxemburg tonight, Joski says he hopes families attending learn how important it is to keep the lines of communication open between them and law enforcement.

 



 

Joski commended the efforts of the Kewaunee County Sheriff and Human Services Departments for sharing information that could be crucial when approaching a situation. The Caring and Sharing Meeting begins at 6 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Luxemburg.

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Sturgeon Bay Resident Objects To City's Use Of Mailing Waterfront Redevelopment Fliers


By Tim Kowols




A Sturgeon Bay resident believes it was wrong for the city to spend taxpayer dollars and use public utility bills to spread its side of the west side waterfront dispute. The city of Sturgeon Bay placed a flyer in with the bills from Sturgeon Bay Utilities last month, touting the accomplishments of the redevelopment of the west side already made and the costs it was incurring due to its current lawsuit with the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront.  Bruce Joffe voiced his displeasure with the move to the Common Council during its meeting Tuesday afternoon, saying he knows it costs time and money to do something like that from his years running a public relations firm outside of Washington D.C.

 



 

An email to city administrator Josh VanLieshout requesting a final estimated cost of the mailing was not returned. Today marks the first day of the trial between the city and the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront. We will post updates from the Door County Justice Center throughout the day.

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Help Of Door County Reaching Out During "National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month"


By Paul Schmitt




Breaking the cycle of domestic violence is an important first step in curbing teen dating violence.  HELP of Door County Executive Director Steve Vickman shares some startling statistics as February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness month.

 



 

Vickman says dating abuse can happen to anyone regardless of sexual orientation, socio-economic class, ethnicity or religion.  HELP of Door County encourages anyone who may be a victim of abuse to reach out and call them anytime on their 24-hour domestic abuse hotline.  For contact information and services provided by HELP of Door County, go to this link:

 

http://www.helpofdoorcounty.org/

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City Of Algoma Allowing Dogs On Crescent Beach And Boardwalk During Winter And Spring Months


By Paul Schmitt




The City of Algoma become more pet-friendly along the lakeshore Monday after the City Council approved an ordinance to allow dogs on public portions of Cresent Beach and the boardwalk.  City Administrator Jeff Wiswell explains the details and the reasoning behind the ordinance.



 

Wiswell says that dogs will be allowed year around but must be leashed on the public portions of the boardwalk only.  Mayor Wayne Schmidt also appointed Harold Nell to replace Terry Jorgenson on the Zoning Board of Appeals at the council meeting Monday.

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Wisconsin Catholic Conference Asking For Action With Temporary Travel Ban Impacting Refugees


By Paul Schmitt




Bishops in Wisconsin are seeking a change to the Executive Order by President Donald Trump that issues a temporary travel ban. The Wisconsin Catholic Conference through the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and its immigration advocacy partner, Justice for Immigrants, are asking Catholics to contact President Trump and their members of Congress and urge them to support the U.S. refugee system and reevaluate the Executive Order.  Wisconsin Catholic Conference Executive Director Kim Wadas says the hope is to reach out to the Trump administration and balance national security with the unintended consequences.

 



 

Wadas says the Wisconsin Catholic Conference efforts to stand up for refugees and the life-saving resettlement program is consistent with American and Catholic values.  The Executive Order by President Trump halts refugee arrivals for 120 days and includes those who have already gone through up to two years of vetting, according to Wadas.

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Luxemburg-Casco Makes The Grade Again For AP Coursework


By Tim Kowols




Luxemburg-Casco School District has earned its place on the Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Roll for a second straight year. It was among 433 school districts to earn the distinction and one of only three in the region to do so. With 11 AP courses available to students, Superintendent Glenn Schlender says it is a great sign for the future.

 



 

Scores are tabulated based on increasing participation in AP courses, increasing or maintaining the number of minority students scoring a three or higher on an exam, and an improved number of students reaching a high performance standard. Last school year, 125 students took 239 AP tests at Luxemburg-Casco with 70 percent of those scoring a three or higher.

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Egg Harbor Receives $1.5 Million State Loan To Finance New Library And Community Center


By Paul Schmitt




 

The Village of Egg Harbor received good news on Tuesday regarding a State Trust Fund Loan allocation for the new library and community center that is being built.  The Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL) approved a loan of $1,507,500 to finance the construction of the building. Village Administrator Ryan Heise says the loan was needed to help finance a generous donation it received for the project.

 



 

The BCPL operates on program revenue, without taxpayer money and distributes more than 96 cents of every dollar of interest earned from the loan to Wisconsin's public schools.  Egg Harbor expects to begin site work at the new library and community center location later this month with completion by late fall, according to Heise.

 

 

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City Of Algoma Preparing For Farm Technology Days


By Tim Kowols




The city of Algoma is preparing for an influx of visitors this summer when Farm Technology Days takes place just west of its downtown. Church groups are lining up to volunteer with food service while the city's emergency services personnel are expected to be on site for the three-day event. Mayor Wayne Schmidt says having Farm Technology Days so close by gives Algoma an opportunity to show itself off to the rest of the state.

 



 

Schmidt says the only hiccup the city has had since the event's announcement was the development of a new hotel, which has been in a standstill over the last few months despite some recent encouraging conversations with developers. Farm Technology Days will take place at Ebert Enterprises July 11 to 13.

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Sturgeon Bay Common Council Reserves Future Liquor License For Planned Hotel


By Tim Kowols




If the Hotel Lindgren becomes a reality, it will have a liquor license to go with it. The Sturgeon Bay Common Council voted 5-2 to reserve a liquor license in the premier economic development district (PEDD) for the planned west side waterfront hotel, provided there is a valid development contract and plans are submitted to show the proposed rooftop restaurant and bar. District 1 alderperson Kelly Catarozoli, who had her motion to table the discussion voted down, said she could not vote for the approval because she had not seen the plans from the developer.



 

District 3 alderperson David Ward confirmed with city attorney Randy Nesbitt that nothing is set in stone, especially when considering the length of the trial the city is facing regarding the west waterfront.

 



 

The Hotel Lindgren is part of the site currently involved in a lawsuit between the city of Sturgeon Bay and the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront, which goes to trial on February 9.

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Bay-Lakes Council Aims To Improve Sturgeon Bay Campground


By Tim Kowols




Through the sale of 20 acres of its land last fall, Bay-Lakes Council hopes it is able to renew its Jax Camp for future scouts and scouters to enjoy. Located just northeast of Sturgeon Bay, the Jax Camp provides a chance for the council's troops, packs, and crews to escape for a nearly private camping experience without traveling very far. Voyageur District Executive Christopher O'Brien says proceeds from the $85,000 sale will go towards some much-needed updates.



 

Improvements to the Jax Camp are included in Bay-Lakes Council's ten year strategic plan known as Imagine 2024. Bay-Lakes Council, including its 15 Door County units, is celebrating National Boy Scout Week through the Scout Sabbath on Saturday.

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Local Farmers Get Behind DAIRY Pride Act


By Tim Kowols




Dairy farmers are happy legislators in Washington D.C. are doing their part to protect their industry. Spearheaded by Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin, the DAIRY Pride Act aims to require the Food and Drug Administration to do a better job enforcing the identity of milk, which would force plant-based alternatives such as almond and soy to relabel their products. Rich Olson from Olson Family Farms in Sturgeon Bay says he has no problem with almond or soy "juice," but believes any confusion should be eliminated.

 



 

The DAIRY Pride Act comes at a time where milk prices have plunged while their plant-based equivalents sales have risen by as much as 250 percent over the last five years according to the Huffington Post. In a letter written to the United State Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, American Soybean Association President Ron Moore says the legislation is unneeded because no confusion between the products exists.

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Door County Economic Development Corporation Hopes To Attract Housing Development To Area


By Tim Kowols




In order to attract some new businesses to the area, the Door County Economic Development Corporation hopes it can do the same for people in the housing industry. The housing vacancy rate in Sturgeon Bay stands at just three percent, which means prospective employees are struggling to find a place to live before they even commit to a position. DCEDC Executive Director Caleb Frostman says he has high hopes on the number of calls he has received over the last month inquiring about building multi-family housing developments in the area, especially since many of them have local connections.

 



 

Frostman says the strong workforce is another factor many developers are considering when planning their buildings in Door County.  One of the new developments, the Bay Lofts apartments, is expected to be open for occupancy May 1.

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City Council Member Refutes Disgraced Development Proponent


By Roger Utnehmer




Will Gregory, a member of the Sturgeon Bay city council, has refuted claims made by a former member of the Waterfront Redevelopment Authority, Thomas "Cap" Wulf. Wulf also was a former member of the city council who was found guilty of using his position of public trust for personal gain. As a member of the Waterfront Redevelopment Authority Wulf was a vocal critic of opponents of a controversial west-side hotel and their organization, Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront. A lawsuit challenging the legality of the hotel development by the Friends group is scheduled in Door County circuit court starting Thursday.

Wulf was also accused by some members of the "Friends " group of inappropriately using his position on the redevelopment authority to promote a west-side apartment and retail complex on property he owned.

Wulf again criticized a group taking the city to court over the development in a recent letter to the editor published in The Door County Advocate. In a letter shared with DoorCountyDailyNews.com, Gregory says Wulf "uses phrases such as 'deception and misleading and falsely accuse' with very little context to support those accusations."

On the other hand, Gregory cites the detailed supporting documents provided by the group challenging the city. According to Gregory, Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Waterfront have provided maps, pictures, newspaper articles and correspondence that point to the conclusion that the city is in probable violation of the state constitution.

Wulf resigned from the Waterfront Redevelopment Authority in 2016.

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Ehlers Will Retire As Executive Director Of Miss Door County Scholarship Program In July


By Paul Schmitt




After 21 years as the executive director of the Miss Door County Scholarship Program, Shirley Ehlers announced Saturday night that she will be retiring.  Ehlers whose passion and love for the program has been unwavering, says it is time for someone else to take over the reins.

 



 

Ehlers says her retirement will take effect at the end of July after newly crowned Miss Door County Susan Fochs and Miss Outstanding Teen Emma Jeanquart compete at Miss Wisconsin Scholarship Pageant Week in Oshkosh in June.

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Bankruptcy Decisions On Mounting Debt Should Be Done Sooner Than Later--"Money Management Monday"


By Paul Schmitt




Bankruptcy is usually the last resort for those facing financial difficulty.  Gay Pustaver from Money Management Counselors says people that wait too long to make decisions on mounting debt only limit their options.

 



 

According to the American Bankruptcy Institute, there were 1,052 total bankruptcies filed last month in Wisconsin.  For the complete Money Management Monday interview with Gay Pustaver on bankruptcy and credit card debt, go to the audio below:

 



 



 



 



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Kewaunee County Food Pantry Looks To Cash In On Over 1,000 Books Donated From An Estate


By Paul Schmitt




The Kewaunee County Food Pantry recently received a unique donation that will potentially make a big impact for the pantry that helps local families in need.  President Ken Marquardt explains the donation made and how it will be utilized.

 



 

The Kewaunee County Food Panty is located on Sunset Avenue in Algoma and is open for food pick-up on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 am until 1 pm with furniture sales from 10 am until 1pm.  For more information on making donations to the pantry, go to their website link below:

 

http://www.kcfpantry.org/

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Sturgeon Bay Common Council Addresses Liquor License For Disputed Hotel And New Sale Of City Property At Meeting Tuesday


By Paul Schmitt




The Sturgeon Bay City Council will meet Tuesday to approve the a recommendation from the Community Protection & Services Committee to have the City issue a Premier Economic Development District "Class B" Liquor License to the Hotel Lingren.  The hotel project is facing litigation that will start on Thursday when the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront and City go to court.  Other agenda items for Tuesday's meeting include a resolution authorizing the execution of the Department of Natural Resources Principal Forgiven Financial Assistance Agreement.  The Sturgeon Bay City Council will also go into closed session to discuss the sale of city property on Sycamore Street.

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Woman Dies From Snowmobile Accident near Casco Saturday Night--Name Released


By Paul Schmitt




A snowmobile accident in the township of Casco late Saturday night caused the death of a 47-year-old Casco Woman, according to the Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department.  The accident occurred around 11 pm Saturday night at E2745 Pheasant Road.  Kelly Giese was a passenger on a 1997 Yamaha snowmobile driven by Adam Wanta, 35, from Luxemburg. Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski says they are still investigating.







Eagle Three helicopter transported the woman to a Green Bay medical facility where Giese died from her injuries.  The accident remains under investigation by the Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department.

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Door County Land Trust Coming Off A Successful Year Of Transition And Acquisition


By Paul Schmitt




The Door County Land Trust had a year of success and succession in 2016.  The organization had a transition from the past executive director Dan Burke to its new executive director Tom Clay in mid-September.   Door County Land Trust Board President Jeff Ottum shares the successes of last year.

 

 



 

 

Ottum says one of the exciting new protective land projects was working with Lawrence University where over 300 acres of land was protected at Bjorklunden near Baileys Harbor.  Over 2500 members belong to the Door County Land Trust.  For more information on the Door County Land Trust, go to

http://www.doorcountylandtrust.org/

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League Of Women Voters Of Door County Holding Sturgeon Bay City Council Candidate Forum February 27


By Paul Schmitt




The League of Women Voters of Door County has announced a forum for candidates running for the Sturgeon Bay City Council to be held on Monday, February 27.  The Candidate Forum will feature District 1 Incumbent Kelly Catarozoli and challenger Dan Wiegand, District 3 incumbent David Ward and challenger Martha-Scully-Beller, District 5 candidate Brian Peterson, and District 7 candidates Laurel Hauser and Joe McMahon.  League of Women Voters of Door County member Helen Bacon explains how the forum will work.

 



 

Bacon notes that Dan Wiegand will be out of town but will provide a written statement for that evening.  The Candidate forum will start at 7 pm on Monday, February 27 and be held in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. The forum will also be videotaped and aired on the local public access channel in Sturgeon Bay and available for check-out at the Sturgeon Bay Library, according to Bacon.  To submit questions in advance for the forum, email  lwvdcprez@gmail.com.

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Susan Fochs Crowned Miss Door County 2017 Saturday Evening


By Paul Schmitt




The new Miss Door County and Miss Door County Outstanding Teen were crowned Saturday night before over 400 attendees at the Southern Door Community Auditorium.  Susan Fochs of Egg Harbor won the Miss Door County 2017 while Emma Jeanquart from Sturgeon Bay came away with the Miss Door County Outstanding Teen title.  Executive Director Shirley Ehlers describes the atmosphere of the evening.

 



 

Susan Fochs attends UW-Oshkosh and is the daughter of Donald and Barbara Fochs.  Emma Jeanquart is a student at Southern Door and is the daughter of Joel and Nanine Jeanquart.  Other Miss Door County awards Saturday night included the evening gown award which was a tie between Ashton Spritka and Rachel Coulthurst.  Miss Congeniality went to Ashley Kinnard-Carstens.  In the Outstanding Teen program, Jeanquart won the evening gown award while Lexi Henkel won the "Spirit of America" award.

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2017 Contestants


Teens:

Alexis Lessman  (1)

Gibraltar High School

Jason & Laura Lessman

Sponsor---J.F. Construction, Inc

Talent: Musical Theater Voice Solo "Getting to Know You" from The      King and I

 

Emma Jeanquart (2)

Jr Southern Door High School             

Joel Jeanquart & Nanine Jeanquart

Sponsor---Sonny's Italian Kitchen & Pizzeria

Talent: Monolgue

Platform: After a Night on the Town, Put the Keys Down; Drunk Driving

 

Zoe-Rose Kuehn  (3)

Sevastopol          

Bryan & Jamie Kuehn

Sponsor---Bay Property Services

Talent: Do It Yourself Project

Platform: Longier, Happier,Healthier with Water

 

 

Lexie Henkel (4)           

Sevastopol           

Eric & Tammy Henkel

Sponsor---Sunnypoint Vacations LLC

Talent: Classical Voice Solo "Ave Maria" by Charles Gounod

Platform: The Awareness and Understanding of Organic Foods





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Miss Door County Contestants:

 

Ashley Kinnard-Carstens (1) 

NWTC      

Jessica Ebel & Bob Carstens

Sponsor---Greystone Castle

Talent: Monologue

Platform: H.O.P.E.  Hold On, Pain Ends, Suicide Awareness

 

Susan Fochs   (2)           

UWOshkosh          

Donald & Barb Fochs

Sponsor---Door County Coffee & Tea

Talent: Irish Dance – The Cry of the Celts"

Platform: "Operation Not Alone"-Supporting Our Troops

 

Ashton Spritka  (3)    

Sturgeon Bay High School      

Wayne & Naomi Spritka

Sponsor---Cornucopia Kitchen Shop

Talent: Piano "One More Day" from the Broadway Musical Les Miserables

Platform: Read, Lead, Succeed; Promoting Literacy in our Communities

 

Rachel Coulthurst  (4)     

Senior  Southern Door High School    

 Greg & Christine Coulthurst

Sponsor---ESTR

Talent: Flute – Don't Cry Argentina" from the Musical Evita

Platform: Be You Beautiful



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11 Area Youth Advance In Wisconsin Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship


By Paul Schmitt




Five boys and six girls from Door and Kewaunee County will advance to the diocesan level of the Wisconsin Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship after competing at the district level at St. John Bosco Gymnasium in Sturgeon Bay.  District Deputy for District 4 of the Wisconsin Knights of Columbus Bill Hitt says the sharp-shooting contest was very competitive.

 



 

The free competition was open to all boys and girls ages nine through 14 that had won at their respective councils in Door and Kewaunee County.  Thomas Stangel from Kewaunee made an impressive 24 of his 25 free throw attempts to claim the ten-year-old boys division.

 

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Girls Division

Age 9 Andie Schar of Sister Bay  20/25

Age 10 Ashlyn Delfosse of Brussels 26/35*

Age 11 Hanna Nell of Algoma 19/25

Age 12 Betsy Lecy of Fish Creek 16/25

Age 13 Sage Krause of Fish Creek  19/30*

Age 14 Elizabeth Rohr of Kewaunee 14/25

 

Boys Division

Age 9  Aaron Greene of Fish Creek

Age 10 Thomas Stangel of Kewaunee 24/25

Age 11 Theo Goode of Baileys Harbor 17/25

Age 13 Spencer Krause of Fish Creek 25/30*

Age 14 Alex Laughlin of Ellison Bay 20/25

*includes tiebreaking round(s)

 

 

https://youtu.be/uUwo9pZ4Frs

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Sturgeon Bay Council Member Blames Birmingham for Lawsuit


By DoorCountyDailyNews.com




A member of the Sturgeon Bay city council blames Mayor Thad Birmingham for a lawsuit going to court Thursday over the development of the west side waterfront. Will Gregory, in a letter to the editor, says,

"All of this could have been avoided had the mayor listened to the hundreds of people who packed council & planning commission meetings to the point they were held in the truck bay of the firehouse. After petitions with thousands of names were ignored. It happened after repeated attempts to reach a compromise proved fruitless even though the Friends group, the developer and State Rep. Joel Kitchens were involved. As a city, we've been let down and our leaders must accept the blame that is on their shoulders."

Gregory also states in his letter "Whenever I'm anywhere in the county, the question that folks inquire about more than anything else is what's happening with those giant eyesore of dirt piles between our two bridges. Unfortunately, I have to tell them that, as near as I can tell, those eyesores aren't going anywhere soon".

Sturgeon Bay Mayor Thad Birmingham has declined comment citing the impending lawsuit, which is scheduled in Door County court this Thursday.


Gregory's Letter To The Editor:


Subject: Opportunity Lost
Despite efforts to avoid the court room, the trial over the plans for the development for Sturgeon Bay's westside waterfront is about to commence. The lawsuit is in regards to whether the city is in violation of the constitution of the State of Wisconsin. In my short experience as a council member, nothing has proven itself more of a disappointment than this issue. An inexcusable amount of time & opportunity has been squandered. This plot of land sits on what should be our showcase development, a potential crown jewel in the center of our town. It's eventual development is on our single greatest resource which is our waterfront. Whenever I'm anywhere in the county, the question that folks inquire about more than anything else is what's happening with those giant eyesore of dirt piles between our two bridges. Unfortunately, I have to tell them that, as near as I can tell, those eyesores aren't going anywhere soon. In my opinion, we are at this point because Sturgeon Bay has been failed by its leaders.
As the plans for this parcel of land were first disclosed in local media in 2014, a substantial portion of our community began seeking answers to a laundry list of questions & concerns. Here in the first months of 2017, questions regarding the "when, where, what & how" of this development still have not been resolved. I have to honestly answer when asked that I have no idea when it will be resolved. Unfortunately, the only question that I can generally give answers to is "why".
Case in point is the letter from Cap Wulf that appeared in the opinion section of local media. His letter uses words & phrases such as "deception & misleading & falsely accuse" with precious little context to support these accusations. The group of residents who have brought this suit have provided a wealth of supporting documents. Maps, pictures, newspaper articles, and correspondence all point to a conclusion that the plan was in probable violation of Article 9, section 1 of the Wisconsin constitution. This is the portion that deals with the Public Trust Doctrine. To the lay person, this means that land that used to be part of a body of water, in this case the bay of Sturgeon Bay, can not be developed by private parties. This is not a "fabricated rationale", it's a stance stated quite clearly in our state constitution. It protects the average citizen of our state from more powerful interests who would fill in bodies of water for their own personal use.
Cap freely & accurately stated that the city purchased this property. When it did so, it now has to follow the law as written in Article 9. Anyone saying that since the land had previously been privately owned before city's purchase seems to be saying that this constitutional law no longer needs to be followed. The law doesn't say that. It's like if you were pulled over for speeding and you tell the officer "How can you give me a ticket now? I've been speeding my whole life"! That's not how our laws work.
Emails recently released show that the city's law firm was informed by city staff as far back as 2013 that the plan would meet a road block in this section of Wisconsin's constitution. Furthermore, additional emails record conversations between the city & First American Title Insurance discussing their refusal to grant title insurance because the company "could not get a comfort level" with the proposed plan. These are crucial points of information which I, as a duly elected & sworn city council member, had every right to know. It's troubling that this was kept from me, that I needed to be informed thru local media.
So, here we are now. We need leadership from Mayor Thad Birmingham. This year's building season has been lost and appeals most likely will remove next year's as well. All of this could have been avoided had the mayor listened to the hundreds of people who packed council & planning commission meetings to the point they were held in the truck bay of the firehouse. After petitions with thousands of names were ignored. It happened after repeated attempts to reach a compromise proved fruitless even though the Friends group, the developer and State Rep. Joel Kitchens were involved. As a city, we've been let down and our leaders must accept the blame that is on their shoulders.
-Will Gregory
Alderman, District 7


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BUG Fire Department Project Bids Open For Spring Construction


By Tim Kowols




Another milestone for the improvements slated for the Brussels-Union-Gardner Fire Department district was reached as bids were opened for various parts of the new south station project. A total of $3 million is budgeted for the project and a renovation at their north station, with up to $2.2 million approved by the three towns during an advisory referendum last year and $800,000 from the county for the on-site ambulance facility at the south station. B.U.G. Fire Chief Curt Vandertie says now they are just waiting for the bids.

 



 

Work on both B.U.G. Fire Department station projects is slated to begin in the spring.

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Head Brewmaster Takes Over Ahnapee Brewery


By Tim Kowols




A familiar face at Ahnapee Brewery in Algoma is now its new owner. Head brewmaster Nick Calaway took over ownership of the brewery after Aric and Brad Schmiling revived it in 2013. Calaway buying the brewery was always in the plans, but it was not until talk about bottling and expanding operations that action started to take place. Even with his new duties, Calaway hopes to run like it has been over the last four years.

 



 

Calaway hopes to expand their reach into the Fox Valley in the coming year while still brewing unique styles for their tap room.

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Community Support Key To Sucess At Northern Door Children's Center


By Tim Kowols




The community has stepped up big for Northern Door Children's Center in the months following the cancellation of one of its marquee winter events. In addition to money raised through a variety of different fundraisers, local businesses have offered up their facilities to support the Sister Bay-based child care center. Creating a new Web site and hosting swimming lessons and a bowling event are just some of the ways northern Door businesses are making community relations director Karen Corekin proud of the place they call home.



 

Northern Door Children's Center is celebrating 30 years of being a non-profit child care facility. On April 22nd, the radio stations of DoorCountyDailyNews.com will host their WSBW Radio Day with 100% of advertising sales during the 12-hour event going to support Northern Door Children's Center. To be a part of the WSBW Radio Day, contact Karen Corekin at the Northern Door Children's Center.

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Winter Fun Takes Over Door County


By Tim Kowols




After a challenging winter for many outdoor enthusiasts, residents and visitors alike were treated to a beautiful Saturday full of activities across Door County.

 

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In Fish Creek, the annual Winter Fest brought out many who wanted to participate in some of the quirky events people have grown to love over the last 30 years. Taylor Jorgenson from Sturgeon Bay volunteered at his first Winter Fest manning the toilet seat toss area. Jorgenson, representing the Door County YMCA, said it was great to see the support for all the local organizations.

 



 

 

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In Baileys Harbor, players went back to the roots of their sport during the Door County Pond Hockey Tournament. Steve, playing for Hamm's Hounds from Madison, said it was a great to be back for the tournament after taking 2016 off.

 



 

 

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In Sturgeon Bay, about 100 fat bike riders took to the trails at the Snowkraft Nordic for the third annual Koldwave ride. Snowkraft Nordic owner Tom Parsons says it was a great day for riders to be on the trails.

 



 

The Fish Creek Winter Festival concludes Sunday morning with the annual Fruit Loop Run beginning at 10:30 a.m. outside the tent in Clark Park. We will have results posted on our sports page as soon as results are available.

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Cold Temperatures Improve Ice Conditions For Anglers


By Tim Kowols




Ice conditions are beginning to improve for anglers after a mild start to the year. A recent cold snap has helped ice depths in some areas reach as thick as 18 inches. Fishing guide J.J. Malvitz still warns anglers to watch out for thinner spots and areas with broken up ice.

 



 

Malvitz says perch, walleyes, and whitefish are all biting well depending on the location and depth of water you are fishing. You can get the full fishing report online with this story.

 

FULL FISHING REPORT



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Meeting Minutes Could Go Out Of Print In New Bipartisan Proposal


By Tim Kowols




Governmental bodies could stand to save thousands of dollars if a bipartisan proposal to eliminate the requirement that meeting minutes be published in local newspapers is passed in the Wisconsin Legislature. According to the Associated Press, the bill would allow school districts, municipalities, counties, and technical colleges to simply post their meeting summaries on their respective Web sites. Kewaunee County Administrator Scott Feldt says the bill is good news for municipalities that already post their minutes online.

 



 

The proposal, sponsored by Democratic Rep. Jason Fields and Sen. Lena Taylor and Republican Rep. Jeremy Theisfeldt and Sen.  Duey Stroebel, would still require meeting agendas and other legal notices to be printed in the newspaper. Kewaunee County spent $7,729.12 in 2015 and $5,330.18 between January and November of 2016 on publishing legal notices.

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Bids Out For B.U.G. Fire Department Projects


By Tim Kowols




Another milestone for the improvements slated for the Brussels-Union-Gardner Fire Department district was reached as bids were opened for various parts of the new south station project. A total of $3 million is budgeted for the project and a renovation at their north station, with up to $2.2 million approved by the three towns during an advisory referendum last year and $800,000 from the county for the on-site ambulance facility at the south station. B.U.G. Fire Chief Curt Vandertie says now they are just waiting for the bids.

 



 

Work on both B.U.G. Fire Department station projects is slated to begin in the spring.

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Sevastopol School District Hopes To Begin Superintendent Interviews At The End of February


By Tim Kowols




The Sevastopol School Board met in executive session Thursday to screen potential candidates for its open superintendent position and create the questions to be asked during its first round of interviews. Steve Cromell has served in his current interim role since its former superintendent Linda Underwood resigned from the district in July. The superintendent search has included enlisting the help of CESA 7 and asking residents to participate an online survey. Cromell says parents, staff, and community members have played a big role in helping the district find the right person.

 



 

Sevastopol School District plans to begin interviews at the end of the month with hopes to make their selection in the middle of March.

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Innovation Square To Put Kewaunee County On Display At Farm Technology Days


By Tim Kowols




Visitors to Innovation Square at this year's Farm Technology Days will get to experience a little bit of Kewaunee County in the middle of a farm field at Ebert Enterprises in Algoma. A replica lighthouse and a man-made water feature will highlight the area's proximity to Lake Michigan while a pop-up farmers market will put Kewaunee County's products in the spotlight. Innovation Square chairperson Bill Roethle says it is all about helping the expected 40,000 attendees get a better idea of what is in the county they are visiting.

 



 

Innovation Square made its Farm Technology Days debut during the 2015 event in Dane County. Kewaunee County will host this year's edition of Farm Technology Days July 11 to 13.

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No Winter Hibernation For Local State Parks


By Tim Kowols




Despite the cold temperatures, Door County's five state parks are giving visitors an opportunity to check out what they have to offer. While campers have been sparse, state parks have been busy with visitors participating in winter programming while hikers, snowshoers, and skiers explore the trails. Erin Brown, a supervisor at Potawatomi and Whitefish Dunes State Park, says no matter the season, people just seem to like getting outside as long as the weather permits.

 



 

One popular winter activity at many Wisconsin State Parks is the annual candlelight ski, which was canceled at Whitefish Dunes last week but still taking place at Peninsula State Park (2/4) and Newport State Park (2/11) this month. You can see other upcoming events at the Web sites of Peninsula, Potawatomi, Newport, Whitefish Dunes, and Rock Island State Parks.

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Maps, Aerial Photos Give Insight To West Waterfront's Past The Week Before Trial


By Tim Kowols




Dozens of maps from as far back as the 1830s could be the answer the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront feels they have against the city's plan to redevelop the west waterfront. Nancy Aten from the Friends group looks at historical maps and land surveys a lot for her ecological restoration business, leaning on the state historical society and the University of Wisconsin Library system for their materials. Aten says she has to rely on a lot of different sources to draw her conclusions.

 



 

As for the parcels of west waterfront property entangled in the lawsuit between the city and the Friends group, Aten believes the docks that have been extended into the water over time does not extinguish the Public Trust Doctrine.

 



 

The Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront sued the city of Sturgeon Bay for potentially violating the Public Trust Doctrine as it relates to the area's ordinary high water mark after some of the land was sold for private development. The case goes to trial February 9.

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Pictures of maps provided by Nancy Aten

 

List of maps Aten has used



1835 U.S. Government PLS Original Meander. In this part of Sturgeon Bay it has 1/16 section lines (40 acres), and bearings/lengths for shoreline meanders.  http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/SurveyNotes/. Also at County records.


1863-1864 US War Dept Engineers Lake Survey map. Scaled and includes street grid. UW-Milwaukee AGS Map Library. High resolution scan available.


1873 Village of Bay View Plat Map. Door County Land Records.


1888 Harris First Addition to Bay View Surveyed Plat Map. Door County Land Records.


1891 Sanborn Fire Insurance map, including street grid. Wisconsin Historical Society.


1893 birds-eye map. Door County Historical Museum.


1901-1904 US Army Corps of Engineers Lake Survey map, to low water datum. Scaled and includes street grid. UW-Milwaukee AGS Library. High resolution scan available.


1904 Sanborn Fire Insurance map, including street grid. Wisconsin Historical Society.


1906 Sturgeon Bay west waterfront photograph by C.R.Blood. Door County Historical Museum.


1908 US Army Corps of Engineers Lake Survey map, to low water datum. Scaled and includes street grid, topographic elevations and lat/long. Wisconsin Historical Society WHS-113293. High resolution scan available.


1908-1914 US Army Corps of Engineers Lake Survey map, to low water datum. Scaled and includes street grid, topographic elevations and lat/long. UW-Milwaukee AGS Library. High resolution scan available.


1919 Sanborn Fire Insurance map, including street grid. Wisconsin Historical Society.


1925 US Army Corps of Engineers Lake Survey map, to low water datum. Scaled and includes street grid, topographic elevations and lat/long. Private owner of original map. High resolution scan available.


1928 Sanborn Fire insurance map, including street grid. UW-Milwaukee AGS Library.


1930 Sturgeon Bay photograph (both west and east side waterfronts). Door County Public Library 1930 Sturgeon Bay High School Yearbook.


1938 USDA Aerial photograph. Door County Soil & Water Conservation Dept and also Wisconsin Digital Collections. (different prints). Also http://www.sco.wisc.edu/whaifinder/whaifinder.html


Circa late 1930s - early 1940s, a few airplane photographs of Sturgeon Bay waterfronts, by Wilmer Schroeder, Door County Historical Museum. Can be dated by status of constructing west side coal dock (1938-1940) and also by Teweles & Brandeis dock 1944 warehouse fire.


1940 census map. National Archives.


1942 US Army Corps of Engineers Lake Survey map, to low water datum. Scaled and includes street grid, topographic elevations and lat/long. UW-Milwaukee AGS LIbrary. High resolution scan available.


1942-1944 Bordner survey maps for Sturgeon Bay. Wisconsin Digital Collections.


1928-1944 Sanborn Fire Insurance map, including street grid. UW-Milwaukee AGS Library.


Late 1940s color airplane photograph of Sturgeon Bay west waterfront, at WDOR offices in Sturgeon Bay.


1950 US Army Corps of Engineers Lake Survey map, to low water datum. Scaled and includes street grid, topographic elevations and lat/long. Wisconsin Historical Society. High resolution scan available.


1953 Bay View Plat map. Door County Land Records.


1955 Bulkhead map, WDNR Green Bay office.


1958 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map. City of Sturgeon Bay Phase I Environmental Assessment.


1963 US Army Corps of Engineers Lake Survey map, to low water datum. Scaled and includes street grid, topographic elevations and lat/long. UW-Milwaukee AGS LIbrary. High resolution scan available.


1969 plat map. City of Sturgeon Bay. Includes surveyed 1835 US Govt Original Meander line overlayed.






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Board Member Fears EPA Shakeup Could Affect Its Role Addressing Water Concerns In Kewaunee County


By Tim Kowols




A bill in the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources aiming to eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency has a Kewaunee County Board member worried about its future commitment to help the area with its water concerns. According to the Pensacola News Journal, U.S. Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida has garnered the support of three of his Republican colleagues to eliminate the agency and turn over those duties to individual states. The EPA's willingness to support Kewaunee County's efforts to address surface and groundwater issues in the region was a step in the right direction according to board member Lee Luft. Now with the agency awaiting the appointment of a new director, Luft is worried about the future of its role.

 



 

Luft says Kewaunee County has been in correspondence with the EPA, but there has been no face-to-face meeting with its officials since Senator Tammy Baldwin organized a roundtable discussion on water concerns last fall.

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Town Of Liberty Grove Disputes Sister Bay's Claims Regarding Wastewater Treatment Plant


By Tim Kowols




Town of Liberty Grove Chairperson John Lowry calls claims made in a release from the village of Sister Bay regarding ownership of the area's wastewater treatment plant "erroneous at best." The village announced on Tuesday that it would seek a declaratory judgment regarding the ownership of the Sister Bay Waste Water Treatment Plant, stating the town of Liberty Grove only obtained ownership of the facility's "capacity" and not its physical assets. Lowry says the town wants to protect the $250,000 in investments it has made in the plant along with making sure future boards do not have to deal with decisions that occur without their input.

 



 

In the years since the two sides agreed to a successor agreement, the town of Liberty Grove has had one new member added to the Utilities Commission, giving them three representatives on the six-person committee. The village will continue to provide town residents utility services during the impasse.

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Governor's Education Proposals Aim To Help Rural School Districts


By Tim Kowols




Rural school districts across the state received a boost of hope for the upcoming legislative session when Governor Scott Walker introduced part of his education budget proposals earlier this week. Governor Walker's plan includes increasing sparsity aid by $20 million and transportation funds by $25.4 million while renewing the state's commitment to help with broadband Internet infrastructure and fabrication laboratory upgrades. Despite Southern Door School District being too big to qualify for the additional sparsity aid and too efficient in its transportation costs to receive extra help, superintendent Patti Vickman says many of the governor's proposals are good news for the community as a whole, especially for technology.

 



 

Governor Walker's budget proposal, which will be released in its entirety next week, also includes increased opportunities to recruit and retain teachers and the flexibility for school districts to share staff members in some specialized roles.

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Treml Promoted To President At Bank Of Luxemburg


By Paul Schmitt




The Bank of Luxemburg is under new leadership in 2017.  Tim Treml, who was the vice president and chief lending officer, was promoted to president/CEO at the beginning of the year.  John Sladky who served as the president/CEO for 23 years will remain on the staff until his planned retirement in June.   Treml says he has big shoes to follow but the transition has been a very smooth one.

 



 

Treml has been with the Bank of Luxemburg for almost 22 years and has been active in the community as a president of the Luxemburg Chamber of Commerce and as treasurer to the Kewaunee County Economic Development Corporation.  The Bank of Luxemburg has locations in Luxemburg, Green Bay, Dyckesville, Casco, Algoma, Kewaunee and Sturgeon Bay.

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Phone Scammers Finding Success By Getting A Simple "YES" To "Can You Hear Me?"


By Paul Schmitt




Phone scammers are coming up with more creative ways to get people to authorized charges during their sales call.  Several states including Wisconsin have consumer advocates reporting suspicious calls where the simple question of "Can you hear me" is being used to get unsuspecting victims to simply say "yes".  The taped conversation is then used to make changes or charges to various utility accounts or credit cards.  Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski says this scam differs from other ones.

 



 

Sheriff Joski notes that if the call is delayed a few seconds when you answer the phone it is probably an automated call.  Many telemarketing services use cloning numbers that reflect a local number to legitimize the call, according to Joski.  If there is any question to who may be calling it is best to just hang up.  Although there is not much recourse if you are scammed on the phone, still report it to local authorities, Joski recommends.

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Kewaunee Community Getting Behind All-Inclusive Playground


By Tim Kowols




Support continues to grow in the Kewaunee area over its school district's plan to build a new all-inclusive playground. Kewaunee School District has raised over $100,000 for the equipment needed to allow kids with disabilities play alongside their able-bodied friends. Whether it is local groups hosting fundraisers, being allowed to "dash for cash" during a hockey game, or residents stopping by to donate in person, the generosity of the community is not lost on superintendent Karen Treml.

 



 

The playground is expected to cost over $200,000 to build after it was not included in a $15.2 million referendum passed in 2015.

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Fish Creek Readies For 30th Winter Fest


By Tim Kowols




A tradition created to address winter boredom by Fish Creek businessmen and civic leaders reaches 30 years this weekend when the Winter Fest kicks off on Friday. Highlighted by quirky games like the toilet seat toss and the Sunday Fruit Loop Run, the Fish Creek Winter Fest has remained a constant on the calendar while its activities continue to evolve. Jackie Campbell from the Fish Creek Civic Association says even though kickball had to be cancelled due to ice conditions, many of their favorite events will be back.

 



 

The Fish Creek Winter Fest runs through Sunday with many of the events taking place inside the main tent at Clark Park. You can see a complete schedule of events online with this story.

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LeGrave, Seyfer Named Boys and Girls Club Members Of The Year


By Tim Kowols




Bryce LeGrave and Isabella Jimenez Seyfer were honored as the Boys and Girls Club of Door County Members of the Year during a ceremony held Wednesday afternoon. The youth were recognized for being among the most improved members throughout the year before going through an interview process with people from the Boys and Girls Club Board and the community. Sturgeon Bay High School sophomore and teen youth award winner LeGrave says he has enjoyed the opportunities of working with the other kids in the club.

 



 

A fourth-grade student at Sunrise School in Sturgeon Bay, elementary youth award winner Seyfer says the biggest difference the Boys and Girls Club has made in her life is letting her be herself.

 



 

LeGrave and Seyfer will also be honored at the Boys and Girls Club of Door County Stewardship Breakfast next Friday at Stone Harbor Resort.

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Rep. Novak Lone Republican Signed On To Support Non-Partisan Redistricting Bill


By Tim Kowols




Only one Wisconsin Republican has signed on to support a bill that would turn redrawing district boundaries over to a non-partisan body. Rep. Todd Novak of Dodgeville has joined 45 Democratic legislators in Madison as a sponsor of Senate Bill 13, which would have a non-partisan, professional state agency draw the district maps following certain criteria. Rep. Novak says he has constituents in parts of five different counties. That is something he believes could change.

 



 

In contrast to Rep. Novak, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting plans by other Wisconsin Republicans to hire two law firms to fight last week's ruling by a judicial panel to redraw district boundaries by November.

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B.U.G. Fire Goes To School For New Recruits


By Tim Kowols




In an effort to step up recruitment for volunteer fire fighters, three Southern Door High School juniors began training this week for a possible opportunity in the field. Austin Vandertie, Nathan Lenius, and Jared Baudhuin have added trainings and meetings at the Brussels-Union-Gardner Fire Department and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College to their slate as students. B.U.G. Fire Chief Curt Vandertie says conversations on the program started a few months ago as they focused on how to make it work instead of reasons to not follow through on the idea.

 



 

Vandertie says the program is similar to other Door County departments' use of Explorer posts to introduce young adults to possible careers in firefighting or other areas of public safety. Interested students can contact Vandertie if they would like to enroll into the program.

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Sister Bay, Liberty Grove Dispute Over Wastewater Treatment Plant


By Paul Schmitt and Tim Kowols




Two northern Door communities will be heading to court in a dispute over who owns its local wastewater treatment plant.  The Sister Bay Board of Trustees has started the process of filing a lawsuit against the Town of Liberty Grove seeking a declaratory judgment regarding ownership of the Sister Bay Wastewater Plant.  The plant was built back in the 1970's off Autumn Court in Sister Bay and still operates today.  The village claims that the plant was built with the understanding that Liberty Grove owns the "capacity" in the plant, but Sister Bay has the ownership of the physical assets.  The two sides have spent the last two years discussing the dispute before Sister Bay officials sought a declaratory judgment. Village Attorney Randy Nesbitt says despite it not being a money making entity, the judgment is still needed to determine who is responsible for costs related to upgrades or enlargements of the plant.



 

The Town of Liberty Grove met in closed session last night to discuss the lawsuit with their legal counsel during its regularly scheduled board meeting.

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"Little Free Pantry" Not In The Plans Yet For Kewaunee County Food Pantry


By Paul Schmitt




"Little Free Pantries" are springing up around the country as a more convenient complement to traditional food pantries.  The idea originated in Fayetteville, Arkansas in May of 2015 and is similar to the little free libraries that are in many communities.  The simple concept is that people can place and take items inside the pantry at any time.  Kewaunee County Food Pantry President Ken Marquardt says the pantry recently discussed implementing a "little free pantry" but decided against it at this time.

 



 

Marquardt says concerns over extreme weather temperatures would pose challenges to food inside the oversized cabinet-like structures.  A church in Green Bay recently implemented a "Little Free Pantry" inside the building which works well, according to Marquardt.  For information on starting up a "Little Free Pantry", go to this link:  http://www.littlefreepantry.org/frequently-asked-questions/ 

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Rotary Club Of Sturgeon Bay Looks To Award Over $20,000 in Scholarships To Area Students Again This Year


By Paul Schmitt




The Four-Year Scholarship Committee from the Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay has announced the opening of the application process for Door County Class of 2017 students.  Committee Chair Jeff Ottum says all students in the top half of their high school class are encouraged to apply for the scholarships.  Last year over $20,000 was awarded to eight recipients.

 



 

Scholarships range from $1,500 to $2,500 and applications must be turned in by March 15.  The committee will decide by April 15 on the scholarship recipients and formally recognizing the students with at a Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay program on May 11.

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Door County YMCA Planning The Special "My Y" Week In February


By Paul Schmitt




The Door County YMCA will be celebrating a special "My Y" week later this month as part of their annual campaign.  CEO Tom Beerntsen shares the variety of activities planned for members and the community happening from February 13 through the 17th.









For more information on The Door County YMCA "My Y" week and programs offered at the YMCA, go to www.doorcountyymca.org

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Drug Bust Executed on Baileys Harbor Residence with SWAT Team


By Paul Schmitt




A Baileys Harbor residence was part of a search warrant executed Monday night by the Door-Kewaunee Drug Task Force and Door County Sheriff's Department SWAT team.  Sheriff Steve Delawelle says the SWAT team was called in after receiving a tip from Homeland Security.

 



 

Delarwelle says no arrests were made as of yet and the investigation continues.

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Whitetails Unlimited Specialty License Plate Becomes Available Today in Wisconsin


By Paul Schmitt




One of the two new designs of specialty license plates being offered by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) starting today features Whitetails Unlimited.  State Representative Joel Kitchens authored the bill creating the new plate back in March of last year.  Program Services Director at Whitetails Unlimited Russ Austad, who helped make the plate a reality, says Whitetails is excited and feels fortunate that it happened.

 



 

The plan is to expand the specialty license plate program to other states, as Whitetails Unlimited has over 100,000 members in 24 states, according to Austad.  Whitetails Unlimited was founded in 1982 and continues to run its world headquarters in Sturgeon Bay.

For information on how to order the new specialty plate click here:

http://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/dmv/vehicles/title-plates/whitetail.aspx

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Neighbor To Neighbor Helped Door County Residents Save Over $400,000 In Medical Expenses Last Year


By Paul Schmitt




The Neighbor to Neighbor program in Door County helped residents save over $400,000 in medical expenses in 2016.   Neighbor to Neighbor announced their community impact numbers Tuesday which also showed that 103 volunteers donated over 3,200 hours to the organization.  Executive Director Ann Bennett explains the importance of Neighbor to Neighbor.

 



 

Neighbor to Neighbor serves residents through their medical equipment loan program in three locations in Sturgeon Bay, Northern Door, and on Washington Island.  Volunteer visits also allow for a short break for a family caregiver, according to Bennett.

www.neighbor-to-neighbor.org

Neighbor to Neighbor 2016 Statistics

 

We served 1582 clients in 2016 (up from 1278 in 2015)

(Medical Equipment Loan Program 1511 (up from 1200 in 2015), Peer Companion/Respite Care Programs 51, and Lemonade Club 20)

 

Medical Equipment Loan Program: Served 1511 Clients

Male 583/Female 906/Unknown 22; Age Ranges: 0-5 – 3, 6-11 – 11, 12-17 – 16, 18-30 - 34, 31-59 – 293, 60+ - 1032, Unknown – 122; Race: White – 1215, Black – 4, American Indian – 6, Asian – 3, Hispanic – 13, Multi-Race – 4, Unknown – 266; Ethnicity: Non-Hispanic – 1232, Hispanic – 13, Unknown – 266; From Zip Codes: 54202 – 65, 54204 – 32, 54209 – 57, 54210 – 35, 54211 – 11, 54212 – 39, 54213 – 27, 54226 – 0, 54234 – 84, 54235 – 1004, 54246 – 48, 54201 – 32, 54205 – 3, 54216 – 4, 54217 – 6, Other – 19 Unknown – 45

15 volunteers/758 volunteer hours

 

Peer Companion/Respite Care Programs: Served 51 Clients

Male 13/Female 38; 18-30 – 1, 31-59  – 2,  60+ years of age - 48; All White/Non-Hispanic; From Zip Codes: 54204 – 3, 54212 – 2, 54234 – 9, 54235 – 33,  54246 – 3,  Green Bay, formerly lived in Forestville – 1

26 volunteers/822.25 volunteer hours

 

Lemonade Club: Served 20 Clients

Male 3/Female 17; 31-59 years of age – 6, 60+ years of age – 14;  White 19, Asian 1; Non-Hispanic 20; From Zip Codes: 54235 - 16, 54202 – 1, 54209 – 1, 54213 – 1, former Door County resident - 1

 

Office:  8 volunteers/226.5 hours

 

Meetings/Trainings: 30 volunteers attended/164 total hours

Topics of volunteer meetings included: Statistics, Serving Clients with Respect & Dignity, Civility, and the United Way Update.

 

Special Events:  76 volunteers/558.5 hours

 

Volunteers: We had 103 volunteers who shared 3273.25 volunteer hours with us.

 

Community Presentations: 24

Community Presentations included: Door County Women In Business Update – 28 people, Home Health Professional Advisory Committee 3 Updates – 23 contacts, Northern Door Health Fair – 40 people, Sturgeon Bay Health Fair – 232 people, Leadership Door County Human Services Day – 15 people, Caregiver Luncheon - 82 people, Door Community Non-Profit Group meetings – 10 updates – 207 contacts, Rehab Department presentation – 24 people, Craft Event – 8 people, (3) Learning in Retirement Presentations – 39 people, PEO Sisterhood Presentation – 36 people.

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