News Archives for 2017-03

Cut Fiber Optic Line Cause For Phone/Internet Outage Friday Morning

By Paul Schmitt

Businesses and customers of Charter Communications experienced life without the internet, phones and cable television on Friday morning.   A fiber optic line in Fond du Lac was cut at 7:00 AM causing an outage that lasted over three hours in Door County.  Bayside Home Medical Manager Eric Hagen says they were able to serve their customers despite the phone and internet outage.



According to a Charter Communications news release, the fiber was cut by an unaffiliated company doing roadwork.  Service was restored shortly after 10 AM Friday in Door County.

Simonar Planning "Hello Spring" Trade Show To Help Area Food Pantries

By Paul Schmitt

The Luxemburg Fairgrounds building will be busy on Saturday, April 29 with a "Hello Spring" vendor and trade show to benefit area food pantries.  Over 60 small businesses and crafters have signed up already to participate.  Organizer Danee Simonar explains what motivated her to provide a unique and diverse event and at the same time give back to the community.



"Hello Spring" at the Luxemburg Fairgrounds will be from 9:00 AM until 3 PM on April 29.   Admission is $1 or one non-perishable food item.  All profits from the event will go towards purchasing additional items for area food pantries.  You can find the list of exhibitors and more details on the "Hello Spring" event with this story online.

Roundabouts Providing Safer And More Efficient Intersections In Sturgeon Bay

By Paul Schmitt

After nine months of having the two roundabouts in Sturgeon Bay operating, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation reports little if any difficulties or accidents at the new intersections.  The roundabouts on Highway 42/57 north of the Bay View Bridge opened last July.  DOT Region Communication Manager Mark Kantola says the feedback so far has been very positive.



Kantola says roundabouts are designed to reduce serious crashes and keep traffic moving efficiently.  The Wisconsin State Patrol Law of the Month for April is "Roundabout safety:  Yielding to large vehicles"   Kantola says drivers must yield the right away by providing enough space to large vehicles that are 40 feet long or 10 feet wide who may need to use more than one lane to navigate the roundabout.  You can find information and videos about roundabout safety with this story online.

City Of Algoma Moving Forward On Wastewater Facility Upgrades

By Paul Schmitt


Plans by the City of Algoma for improvements of the wastewater treatment and sanitation facility continue to move ahead.  The city council is in the process of approving financing to get clean water funds from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Wisconsin Department of Administration.  Administrator Jeff Wiswell explains the how the cost of the projects will be defrayed.



Wiswell says that the upgrade in the wastewater treatment plant will allow the city of Algoma economic development and potential growth in housing with a state of the art facility.  The actual hardware, installation, and construction will occur in the next two to four months, according to Wiswell.

Area Dairy Farmers Less Optimistic As Milk Prices Remain Lower Than Projected In 2017

By Paul Schmitt

Flat milk prices so far this year has left some area dairy farmers less optimistic about the 2017 outlook.   With initial estimates calling for a possible $2 increase for this year, Rich Olson from Olson Family Farm and a member of the Ag Advisory Board says the market has been flat in the first quarter of the year.



Olson says the upward swing in milk prices in 2016 has stalled and that the slight increase in supply and the less than optimum demand has kept prices at or below $18 per hundredweight.  The good news for dairy farmers is that the demand for cheese and other dairy-related products remain strong, according to Olson.

Selvick Tugs Towing The Line For Maritime Industry In Sturgeon Bay

By Paul Schmitt

Despite the uncertainty surrounding the future location of the Selvick Tugs currently docked on the west side waterfront, its business as usual, this spring for the Selvick Marine Towing employees.  The dependence of tugboats to move barges and ships in and around the area waterways is crucial to the maritime industry in Door County.  Captain Rob Leonard who was on the William C. Selvick moving two dry docks at Fincantaeri Bay Shipbuilding on Wednesday says the work calls for a collaborative effort to get the job done.



Leonard estimates that about three-fourths of the work done by in the area is with the shipyard.  Selvick Marine Towing operates seven tugs that travel throughout the Great Lakes.  You can watch the video below from Wednesday's tugboat operation.


Deadline For Nominations Of Algoma Chamber's Business Industry And Education Awards Is Today

By Paul Schmitt

Today is the last day for nominations to be submitted for the Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce's annual Business Industry and Education (BIE) Awards.   Director Sara Krouse explains the five different categories which will be considered.



The BIE awards banquet will be held at the Hotel Stebbins on Monday, April 10.  To make nominations and to reserve a table for the dinner banquet, go to the Algoma Chamber's contact information with this story.

Kewaunee County Sales Tax Goes Into Effect Saturday

By Tim Kowols

Kewaunee County will begin collecting its 0.5 percent sales tax beginning on Saturday. The Kewaunee County Board approved the sales tax last September as a way to make up funds lost when the Dominion Power Plant ceased operations in 2013 and other expenses continued to rise. Kewaunee County Economic Development Corporation Chairperson Lonnie Vincent says it is unfortunate the county had to enact the tax, but is hopeful for the future.



The county sales tax, expected to raise $750,000 per year, is set to expire in 2021.

Kewaunee County Sends Honor Guard To Pay Respects To Fallen Officer

By Tim Kowols

Four officers from the Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department represented the area Wednesday when Everest Metro Police Detective Jason Weiland was laid to rest. In their first action as a unit, the Kewaunee County Honor Guard participated in the funeral procession that saw hundreds of law enforcement officers from around the country and even Canada pay their respects. After volunteering and participating in training in Oak Creek just months ago, Deputy Rick Karman says the experience was eye-opening.



There are over 80 honor guards in Wisconsin, including units with the Door County Sheriff's Department and Sturgeon Bay Police Department.

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Recent Presidential Executive Orders Disappoint Environmental Groups

By Tim Kowols

Recent executive orders by President Donald Trump are being viewed by environmentalists as blows to their fight against climate change. According to the Los Angeles Times, President Trump's orders puts an end to former President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan which forced electricity companies to reduce their emissions along with lifting some regulations at the country's coal mines and oil and gas drilling sites. Dick Smythe from the Climate Change Coalition of Door County says the new policies are short sighted.



Proponents of the new measures say it will get people back to work in those industries. The Climate Change Coalition of Door County will host a screening of the new Charles Ferguson documentary on the subject called "Time To Choose" at Crossroads at Big Creek on April 5 beginning at 7 p.m.

Groups Begin Push To Have 911 Dispatchers Trained To Give CPR Instructions Over The Phone

By Tim Kowols

A push is being made by the American Heart Association to ensure that 911 dispatchers are trained and able to provide CPR instructions over the phone. According to the American Heart Association, heart attack victims' chance of survival drops ten percent with each passing minute. Door County Medical Center Emergency Chairperson George Gorchynsky says although it does not replace the certification process for someone, it could be very important information to give in a time of need.



An estimated 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac events happen every year in the United States, often with tragic consequences if CPR and defibrillation are not used.

Researchers Unveil Kewaunee County Waterway Test Results At Presentation In Algoma Tonight

By Tim Kowols

Researchers from a world-renowned university will present their findings from Kewaunee County waterways at a presentation tonight in Algoma.  Sponsored by environmental group Kewaunee Citizens Advocating Responsible Environmental Stewardship (CARES), the presentation will cover data collected from Kewaunee County's four impaired waterways. Bill Iwen of Kewaunee CARES says the information impacts everyone who chooses to live and recreate in the county.



The presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. inside the Algoma Performing Arts Center.

Door County Shows Commitment To Conservation During Recent Meeting

By Tim Kowols

Door County Administrator Ken Pabich calls three actions approved by the board earlier this week another example of its commitment to protecting the environment and groundwater resources. The Door County Board formally accepted $40,000 in grants for two different programs, one  that would evaluate at the mill pond at Forestville Dam County Park and another aimed at promoting wetlands management and enhancement. Pabich says introducing new conservationist Erin Hanson was another sign of what the county has down to align its environmental efforts with its core values and strategic vision.


The Door County Board also asked the state legislature through a resolution it approved to seek more funding to support its Soil and Water Conservation Department so local efforts would not go wasted.

Kewaunee County Ranked As 2nd Healthiest County In The State

By Paul Schmitt

Kewaunee County is one of the healthiest counties in the state of Wisconsin.  According to the seventh annual County Health Rankings released Wednesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, Kewaunee County ranked second out of 72 counties in the state.  Kewaunee County Public health Director Cindy Kinnard comments on what she believes are the key factors to the high ranking.



Kewaunee County has ranked as high as second in the past but has not been able to top Ozaukee County for the number one spot as the healthiest county in the state.  Door County ranked 26th in the County Health Rankings.  You can find the complete rankings for Wisconsin online with this link.

Battery Testing A Good Start For Your Spring Car Care

By Paul Schmitt

Driving in early spring can create some challenges on area roadways with changing weather conditions.  Randy Sahs from Sahs Auto Collison and Repair in Sturgeon Bay says you will be putting a different type of demand on your vehicle this time of year but making sure your battery is up to speed is important.



Sahs warns that an overworked battery can cause alternator stress.  Interior detailing and inspection of your vehicle which may help detect corrosion or rust issues with your car or truck are also recommended, according to Sahs.

Other tips:

Check vehicle exterior for leftover salt or sand

Inspect wiper blades

Change oil and check fluids

Check Tire pressure and condition

Inspect Brakes

Inspect Suspension and allignment



Rotary Club Shipyard Tours Adding More Locations This Year

By Paul Schmitt

The opportunity to take an insider's view of shipbuilding industry will again present itself with the Sturgeon Bay Shipyard Tours on Saturday, May 6 this year.  Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay, the event will include more than shipyard tours with an additional bus running to shuttle guests between the different waterfronts.  Co-Chair Kevin Mutchler says the event has expanded to other maritime locations.



This year, visitors will be able to tour the US Coast Guard cutter Mobile Bay at Graham Park along with the Emergency Rescue boat and the Sturgeon Bay Police boat.  You can find ticket information on the Shipyard Tours coming in May with this story online.   Proceeds benefit the Door County Rotary Youth Interact.


Tickets will be available at both shipyard entry gates and the Museum on the day of the event, and will be available for purchase prior to the event at both the Door County Maritime Museum and the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center.  Ticket prices are $15 per adult and $6 for students ages 11-17. Guests ages ten and under are free.




Celebrate Earth Week Expanding With More Activities In Door County This Year

By Paul Schmitt

The Earth Week celebration in Door County in April will expand to include additional days before and after the week this year to incorporate more events and a special roundtable discussion.  Wayne Kudick from the Celebrate Earth Week coalition says the idea started out as a tree-planting project.



Kudick says because of the successes in the inaugural Celebrate Earth Week in 2016, the calendar will expand to include more this year in Door County.  Earth Day is Friday, April 22 and Arbor Day is Saturday, April 28.   You can find a tentative schedule of Celebrate Earth Week(s) 2017 activities with this story online.



Short Supply Of Older Used Cars For Buyers This Spring

By Paul Schmitt

Budget-minded used car buyers may find it a bit more challenging to find a pre-owned vehicle this spring when trading in their old car or truck.  A combination of fewer older model vehicles as a result of the recession of 2008 and a lack of new car sales has caused a shortage nationally according to some automotive consultants.  Jim Olson, owner of the three Jim Olson car dealerships in Sturgeon Bay says the demand is always high but the quality of trade-ins locally is really good.



According to the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), retail used car sales were up 4.2 percent last year with many industry experts anticipating another strong year in 2017.

New Legislation Would Make Sure "Parents Who Host, Lose The Most" With Underage Drinking

By Paul Schmitt

Possible new state legislation is being reintroduced to clarify the existing law regarding hosting underage drinking and where it takes place is being discussed the in Madison.  The law on the books currently prohibits adults 21 years old or older from allowing people under the legal age to drink on premises they own or control.  Interpretations of the wording "premises" have left questions to enforcing it only in a setting of bars and liquor stores with alcohol permits.  Door County Sheriff Steve Delarwelle agrees with the newly proposed law and says his department will investigate and cite any party that entertains underage drinking and leave it to the courts to rule accordingly.



The new legislation would have penalties beginning with a $500 fine for violations.  Providing or supplying alcohol to a minor is typically punished as a misdemeanor offense.  However, the crime may also be considered a felony depending on the circumstances of the case.

Parking Lots, Trolley Among Transportation-Related Improvements For Sister Bay

By Tim Kowols

The village of Sister Bay is working on a multi-phased approach to address traffic congestion in its downtown. In the immediate future, two parking lots will be created to generate at least 90 spots and a goat-themed trolley will be traveling between the village's downtown and different hotels on summer weekends. Village administrator Zeke Jackson says Sister Bay officials have also contacted civil engineering firm Robert E. Lee and Associates to conduct a comprehensive traffic study to see what other improvements can be made.



Jackson hopes to add another trolley if the program is successful and implement its own bike sharing system in the future.

Washington Island School District Set For Spring Voyage

By Tim Kowols

Washington Island School District is preparing its students for its annual spring voyage. The spring voyage, an experiential learning experience for the entire school, will turn its focus to sustainable living by looking at how earthworms have a positive impact on the soil and introduce students to gardening. Superintendent Mati Palm-Leis says this is another opportunity for its students to interact with each other, whether they are in kindergarten or a graduating senior.


In addition to the spring voyage, the Washington Island School District has also been focusing on its upcoming referendum vote, which will ask residents to allow it to exceed its revenue limit by $1.1 million combined over the next two school years.

Sturgeon Bay Housing Development Set To Be Built

By Tim Kowols

The housing crunch in Sturgeon Bay expects to get a little bit of relief in the near future. The city and S.C. Swiderski LLC have an approved development agreement that will build a 56-unit multi-family housing development on Sturgeon Bay's west side. With a housing vacancy rate of around three percent, Door County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Caleb Frostman says it is no secret the building is important.



According to the DCEDC, the city of Sturgeon Bay is in discussion with other developers to build additional multi-family housing developments.

State Legislators Discuss Possible Constitutional Convention

By Tim Kowols

State legislators met in Madison Tuesday to discuss the possibility of doing something that has not been done since 1789. Wisconsin is joining other states about possibly calling for a federal constitutional convention to discuss adding a balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution. If approved, only six more states would need to sign onto the measure in order for the convention to take place for the first time since the Constitution was written. Common Cause Wisconsin Executive Director Jay Heck says his group opposes the vote because of its weariness over what else could be discussed once a Constitutional Convention commences.



The creation of a Constitutional Convention is allowed under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, which also allows amendments to be passed by a two-thirds vote in the U.S. House and Senate and its ratification by 38 states.

Baileys Harbor Interviewing This Week To Fill Deputy Town Clerk Position

By Paul Schmitt

The Town of Baileys Harbor is going through the interview process this week to fill the position of Deputy Clerk.  Town Chair Don Sitte explains the scenario.



The position of Deputy Clerk will be about 32 hours a week and include benefits.  Duties will include accounts payable, payroll, budgeting and assisting the Town Clerk in all functions in the administrative office.   Sitte says there were several applicants for the position and that the initial interview process will conclude on Wednesday.

Kewaunee County Food Pantry's Rummage Sale Helping Supply Food And More To Those In Need

By Paul Schmitt

The Kewaunee County Food Pantry in Algoma goes beyond supplying food to people in need on a weekly basis.  President Ken Marquardt says that personal care products which are not covered by the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are always in demand.





The Kewaunee County Food Pantry is holding their annual Spring Rummage/Bake Sale this Thursday Friday and Saturday from 8 am until 6 pm daily.  Proceeds from the sale go toward the cost of operating and maintaining the food pantry which is an all-volunteer run organization located at 1528 Sunset Avenue in Algoma.

(photo contributed)

First-Time Home Buyers Have A Lot To Consider Before They Purchase

By Tim Kowols

First-time homebuyers do not have it go it alone when they decide to make the plunge into the housing market. There are multiple different programs designed to help you get low-interest loans depending on your eligibility. Gay Pustaver from Money Management Counselors warns that prospective homebuyers need to consider a lot more than just the difference between buying and renting.



Pustaver recommends saving money to place a down payment on a home so you can develop more equity faster. You can listen to the entire Money Management interview with Gay Pustaver online with this story.


Door County United To Amend Continues Fight For Campaign Finance Reform

By Tim Kowols

Door County United to Amend hopes more communities join the city of Sturgeon Bay in its efforts to introduce a constitutional amendment regarding campaign finance reform. In a unanimous vote, the Sturgeon Bay Common Council approved a resolution last week supporting a measure flipping a Supreme Court decision that allows some to make unlimited campaign contributions. Dan Powers from Door County United to Amend says he has talked to more people in the area than he has in the 20 years he has lived here, but is encouraged by the response he has received.



United to Amend Door County will host an informational session April 11 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County in Ephraim beginning at 5:30 p.m.  The Wisconsin United to Amend group has been able to recruit 106 Wisconsin communities to join their efforts to introduce the constitutional amendment, joining 18 state legislatures and more than 730 towns, villages, cities, and counties nationwide.

Candidate Profile: Cultural Attractions On The West Waterfront

By Tim Kowols

The west waterfront in Sturgeon Bay could provide a wealth of opportunities for the city, but candidates running for the four seats up for election on April 4 are divided on what should be done. Last month, consultant and former Sturgeon Bay resident Samuel Shogren wrote a letter to the editor detailing what he has been able to accomplish in other cities with the co-location of cultural attractions and his ideas for the city.


First District alderperson and candidate Kelly Catarozoli believes Shogren has a firm handle on what would work well for everyone in Sturgeon Bay, whether it develops a tax base or not.



Third District Alderperson and candidate David Ward says they are good ideas, but it does not explain how it would help pay for the improvements already made to the Tax Increment District.



Candidate for District 5 Brian Peterson had not yet read the proposal when he spoke to earlier this month, but believes a strong tax base is needed to redevelop the west waterfront.



Write-in candidate for District 5 Barb Allmann says the cultural attractions should be included to celebrate the area's history, but the finances need to be considered.



District 7 candidate Laurel Hauser believes Shogren's proposal should be taken seriously as an idea for the west waterfront.


Candidates Dan Wiegand and Joe McMahon did not respond to phone calls made by, while Martha Beller would not consent to being recorded. You can listen to the full interview with the other candidates by reading this story online.

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Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department Looking For Damaged Vehicle In Hit-And-Run Incident

By Tim Kowols

The Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department could use your help finding a driver involved in a hit-and-run incident Sunday afternoon. According to the Kewaunee County Sheriff's Facebook page, a silver Pontiac Grand AM was traveling on State Highway 42 just north of the city of Kewaunee when it drove through two different yards while also hitting a tree. It is suspected the car might have roof damage in addition to causing harm to its driver's side mirror and its undercarriage. We have information on how you can help the Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department posted below.



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Algoma Working With Ahnapee State Trail On Future Improvements

By Paul Schmitt

The city of Algoma and other areas in Kewaunee County are looking to make pathways to the historic Ahnapee trail more diverse and accessible.  Algoma City Administrator Jeff Wiswell says there is a renewed interest in making the Ahnapee trail even more meaningful.



Wiswell says the very preliminary plans would offer double trailing for bikes and pedestrians with a potential upgrade to asphalt in the future.  The Ahnapee State Trail spans about 50 miles between Kewaunee, Casco, Algoma and Sturgeon Bay.  The current eight to 10-foot wide trail has a firm surface for hiking, trail bikes, and horseback riding.

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New Home Construction Looks To Be Staying Strong In 2017

By Paul Schmitt

The strong new home building statistics from last year looks to be carrying over to the first quarter in 2017.  According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the annual rate of single-family housing starts from June of 2015 to December of 2016, increased over 100,000 from 694,000 to 795,000.  Jim Thibodeau of Stony Creek Builders says the trend is continuing this year for his business.



New home sales reported a big increase as well in 2016.  The total new homes for sale rose 20,000 to 259,000 in December, according to the NAHB.  First quarter home sales for 2017 will be available early next week.

Annual Senior Health & Wellness Day Coming April 4 At Door County YMCA

By Paul Schmitt

The Door County YMCA will be celebrating the annual Senior Health & Wellness Day on Tuesday, April 4.  CEO and President Tom Beerntsen says the day includes great information and services for senior citizens.



The event is free for all seniors and is co-sponsored by the Door County Medical Center and will be from 9 am until 1:15 pm on April 4.  Preregistration is recommended and can be done by contacting the Door County YMCA.  You can find details on the Senior Health & Wellness Day by going to  


Selective Pruning Is The Best Start To Landscape Care In Early Spring

By Paul Schmitt

Although the early cold spring weather has not offered opportunities for property owners to get their yards and lawns in shape yet, preparation and evaluation can still be done.  Trevor Marin of Lawn and Landscape Specialists in Door County says you should keep a close eye out on your landscape to make sure plants are greening up and budding out properly.



Marin says early spring watering of new shrubs is not necessary since the ground has a lot of moisture from melting snow and spring rains.

State Tourism Secretary Shares What Makes The Door Peninsula A Unique Vacation Destination

By Paul Schmitt

With the start of the main tourism season a couple months away, State Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett highlights some of the area's major assets in attracting visitors.  In an interview earlier this year with, Klett shares what she thinks makes the peninsula so special.



Klett says Kewaunee County is similar to Door County but has its own niche.



This year's Governor's Conference on Tourism held in Milwaukee two weeks ago launched the Wisconsin Department of Tourism's newest creative efforts including three new commercials featuring summer and fall tourism in the state.

Door County Lighthouse Festival Introduces New Tour, Schedule

By Tim Kowols

The Door County Lighthouse Festival will feature some minor changes when it returns this summer. In addition to some schedule adjustments, the annual event has added a new water based tour cruising near the Range Lights and the Bird Cage Lighthouse in Baileys Harbor and a number of different shipwrecks. Door County Maritime Museum Special events coordinator Mary Stephenson says the Door County Lighthouse Festival still gives guests amazing access to some of the area's treasured spots.



The Door County Lighthouse Festival runs from June 9 to 11. Door County Maritime Museum members can buy tickets now, while the general public will have to wait until April 3 to buy theirs. You can learn more about this year's festival online with this story.



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Former J-1 Visa Students Continue Love Affair With Door County As Inn Owners

By Tim Kowols


For Vilius and Alma Vaicekauskas, the thirst for experiencing a new culture through the J-1 Visa program over 10 years ago has led to a new life in Door County. The two Lithuanian sweethearts first came to the area in 2004 with the J-1 visa and worked at several businesses before returning a few years later to complete an internship in the lodging industry. Other than a plane, Vilius says the kindness of the people brought him back to Door County.



Now the owners of the Sister Bay Inn, Alma says she hopes to extend the same opportunities to international students that were afforded to her.



The Vaicekauskas family says Bridges, a Door County cultural program for international students , has been great for those adjusting to the American culture.

Lundahl Happy To Be Part Of Growing Diversity In Local Politics

By Tim Kowols

District 11 Supervisor Megan Lundahl is a part of a changing face in local politics. Elected just last year, Lundahl is one of just seven women on the Door County Board of Supervisors and also one of its youngest. Lundahl says she has taken a lot away from her experience thus far and has learned a lot from others on the board who have been involved for decades.



Changing the diversity on the board is a good thing according to Lundahl.



The Door County Board meets this Tuesday morning where they will introduce its new conservationist Erin Hanson and potentially approve resolutions supporting the closure of commercial property assessment loopholes and a lake planning grant for the Forestville Mill Pond.

4-H Event Supports Yearround Programming For Kewaunee County Youth

By Jill Jorgensen

At the end of February, approximately 100 participants took part in Kewaunee County 4-H Project Day. During this fun filled day of hands-on learning, youth (both 4-H and non 4-H members) participate in up to four project classes. Youth could choose from the eighteen available classes based on their interests. Older 4-H youth members and adult volunteers conducted classes on topics ranging from wildlife and forestry activities to wacky science and rabbit hopping. This low cost program provides a safe, fun, and interactive day of activities where both the older youth presenters and youth participants build new life skills. One goals of the day for the 4-H Leaders Association is to keep the event low cost and accessible to all kids. For example, the low price includes all four classes for the day and lunch. The Leaders Association covers the remainder of the supply and meal cost that is not covered by registration fees. However, that would not be possible without the fundraisers that the Leaders Association conducts throughout the year.


One of fundraisers that supports programs like 4-H Project Day is the  Time and Talent fundraiser happening this Sunday,  March 26th from 10:30am -2:00pm at the Luxemburg Sportsmans Club at Highway 54 in Luxemburg.



This is one of the main Kewaunee County 4-H Leaders Association fundraisers and supports the great activities and programs 4-H provides for Kewaunee County youth. This fundraiser helps support Kewaunee County 4-H activities such as Project Day, project and club support, county fair, camps, animal judging teams, leadership conferences, national trips, 4-H literature purchases, scholarships, and many other opportunities. We make these experiences available to all youth in the program regardless of financial situation. The majority of programs and activities are made possible through fundraising efforts like this one.


Public Arts Initiatve Of Egg Harbor Puts Out Call For Sculptors

By Tim Kowols

A new public arts group wants to do its part to beautify the village of Egg Harbor. The Public Arts Initiative of Egg Harbor (PAI) recently obtained their non-profit status and has already made plans to display pieces of art across the village. Egg Harbor Village Administrator Ryan Heise says he is excited the group is so eager to get to work.



The Celebrate! Wisconsin Sculptors public art exposition will be displayed from Memorial Day to October 15. Sculptors have until March 31 to submit their pieces. You can learn more about PAI online with this story.

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Road Funding Among The Issues Likely To Be Discussed As Legislators Head Back To Madison

By Tim Kowols

Funding for road projects in Wisconsin figures to continue to be a hot topic as state legislators continue to work on the budget. Toll roads, tax increases, and loans have been some of the ideas floated by state leaders since the Legislative Audit Bureau announced the possibility of a $1 billion shortfall over the next two years if revenues and spending do not change. State Senator Dave Hansen says the answer should not be with the general fund either with so many other projects in need of financial support.



Wisconsin State Legislature members are back in session for almost two weeks beginning on Tuesday.

Ag Sciences Building Providing Memorable Experiences For Kewaunee Students

By Tim Kowols

Kewaunee School District is providing unique opportunities for its students and the entire region with its new agricultural sciences building. Part of the $15.2 million referendum plan that has seen its campus undergo several changes, Kewaunee's agricultural sciences building brings farming and gardening straight to its students. District superintendent Karen Treml credits agriculture teacher Randy Charles and the school's Future Farmers of America club with providing a special experience for its students.



The agricultural sciences building plays a big role in the planned Ahnapee Regional Technical Academy, which allows students from Kewaunee County's three school districts to take courses at each other's campuses in specific areas.

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Farmers Need To Plan Ahead For Succession As Well As Upcoming Planting Season

By Paul Schmitt

Finding the right way to keep the family farm going another generation can be challenging.

Farmers should look at a succession plan as being as important as looking ahead to the next planting season, according to Attorney Stacy Vogeltanz of Ross Estate Planning in Sturgeon Bay. Vogeltanz says a farm should be treated like a business.



Vogeltanz says an important conversation to start with family members is to see if any of the siblings have an interest in continuing the farm.

Questions regarding the purchase or inheritance of the family farm estate should be addressed as well.  Answers to those and other questions are not required before seeking consultation with an estate planning attorney, according to Vogeltanz.

Door County Silent Sports Alliance Seeing Growth With Seasonal Visitors

By Paul Schmitt

The Door County Silent Sports Alliance is growing in popularity and it's not just from the locals in the area.  Randy Sahs, current member and past president of the DCSSA, says visitors tend to join in the activities as well during the later spring and summer months.



Sahs, who has been involved with the DCSSA for the past six years, says the chance to socialize while getting great exercise is what makes silent sports a healthy and fun recreational activity.  Popular silent sports include cross-country skiing, mountain biking, hiking, running, rowing, kayaking and other outdoor ventures where you can enjoy the peace and quiet of nature.  You can find out the area opportunities available with the Door County Silent Sports Alliance with the link below.    

Do-It-Yourselfers Can Reclaim For A Cause, Support Door County Habitat For Humanity

By Tim Kowols

In addition to saving hundreds of tons of items from area landfills, the Door County Habitat for Humanity is providing new life to furniture as well. According to Hardware Retailing magazine, the popularity of do-it-yourself television shows and social sharing site has more people trying to refinish the old rather than replace with the new. In the same spirit, Door County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director David Van Dyke says its Reclaim for A Cause event hopes to capitalize on the trend with craftsmen donating refinished items from the ReStore back to support the organization.



Interested participants can pick up pieces for free from the Door County Habitat for Humanity ReStore to refinish before June 8. The items will go on the silent auction block June 22 with all proceeds going to support Door County Habitat for Humanity.

N.E.W. Plastics Thriving In Luxemburg

By Tim Kowols

N.E.W. Plastics in Luxemburg is continuing to mold a better future for the environment, employees, and its clients. Since 2008, N.E.W. Plastics has won three Green Bay Chamber of Commerce awards and has been nominated for the Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year honor five times. Vice President of Sales and Marketing Lonnie Vincent credits the success to making sure people are "on the right seats on the bus," allowing him and his brother Vern to do what they love to do and having its president, Mike Rekitzke, execute the company's vision and strategy.



N.E.W. Plastics, which makes containers, plastic lumber, and other components from recycled materials, expanded their operations to Minnesota last year and looks to add more equipment to its Luxemburg facility.

Learn To Turkey Hunt Class Scheduled For April 1 In Sevastopol

By Tim Kowols

The National Wild Turkey Federation, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and the Door County Fish, Farm, and Game Club are teaming up to introduce turkey hunting to area youth. Turkey hunting is gaining popularity in the state, with less than 2,000 permits remaining from the original 12,000 allocated for the 2017 season. Hunting aficionado Dick Baudhuin says turkey hunting offers a different experience to those who participate in the sport during the big game seasons.


Youth hunters that are at least 10 years old can take part in the Learn to Hunt class on April 1 at the Sevastopol Town Hall beginning at 8 a.m. The free program includes classroom instruction, lunch, and fieldwork in advance of the turkey hunting season, which begins April 8.

Egg Harbor Grass Fire A Reminder Of Drier Weather Ahead

By Tim Kowols


A grass fire in Egg Harbor Thursday evening served as another reminder for what the changing seasons mean for the area. The Egg Harbor Fire Department, Door County Sheriff's Department, and Door County Emergency Services responded to the grass fire just after 6:30 p.m. after a homeowner's disposed embers from a wood stove ignited the ground. With winds hovering at 20 m.p.h., the little moisture on the ground was what kept the fire manageable for crews. Egg Harbor Fire Chief Steve Schopf says it is another reminder for residents that drier weather is approaching and with that is a higher risk for fires.



Units were only on the scene for about 20 minutes, but the fire did claim about 200 square feet of grass.

Law Enforcement Facing Shortage Of Qualified Recruits

By Paul Schmitt

Law enforcement agencies across the country are finding it difficult to find recruits.  The shortage is affecting smaller as well as larger cities.  Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski says a reduction in benefits and the critical public sentiment shown in the national media are creating challenges for recruitment.  Joski is confident that the rewards of a local law enforcement career definitely outweigh the perceived drawbacks.



Nationally, nearly four in five law enforcement departments reported that a shortage of qualified candidates has made filling vacancies difficult, according to the RAND study.  The Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department filled a deputy position last week that was open since last fall.

Gibraltar High School Senior Putting On A Local Talent Show

By Paul Schmitt

A Gibraltar High School Senior has come up with a project to involve all Door County and discover talent.  Hadley Reetz created an on-stage talent show that will take place next month to raise funds for the school's Arts Programs.  Reetz explains how she came up with the idea.



Reetz says the event is open to anyone with any type of talent.  Every Gibraltar senior is required to do a project that benefits the community.    The talent show will be held on Saturday, April 15 at 7 PM at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall.  You can find contact information on entering the talent show online with this story.

(photos submitted)


Residents Say TMDL Studies Good For Long Term, But Area Waterways Need Immediate Attention

By Tim Kowols

While obtaining important information from Total Daily Maximum Load studies could be good for area waterways in the long term, some Kewaunee County residents are worried about what will happen while they wait for their completion. Department of Natural Resources officials met with Kewaunee County residents at an informational session earlier this week in Algoma to discuss the proposed TMDL program for the region, which would look at how much pollutants can end up in a waterway before its quality begins to diminish. Town of Lincoln resident Jodi Parins says the studies could take up to four years to complete while waterways like the Ahnapee River need help now.



Parins is calling on the state to have a moratorium on farm expansions until after the TMDL studies are completed. If approved, the studies of the Lake Michigan tributaries in Kewaunee, Manitowoc, and Sheboygan Counties would be the state's fifth TMDL region.

Kewaunee County Farm Technology Days Hopes To Keep A Family Focus

By Tim Kowols

Kewaunee County Farm Technology Days committees are hoping to make their three-day event as family friendly as possible. In addition to free admission for kids 12 and under, committees like Family Living are scheduling entertainment and hosting an educational booth for people to learn more about farming and Kewaunee County. Family Living Committee co-chairperson Judy Malcore says special arrangements are also being made to make it comfortable and stress-free for families attending.


Farm Technology Days will take place July 11 to 13 at Ebert Enterprises in Algoma.

Agenda Set For Door/Kewaunee Legislative Day's Largest Contingent

By Tim Kowols

Over 100 delegates from Door and Kewaunee Counties are preparing to make their voices heard when Legislative Days kicks off next month in Madison. Officials announced their agenda items earlier this week, placing a focus on improving rural broadband, protecting the public's drinking water and the county's rivers, opposing new legislation regarding a new school start date, and providing adequate funding for harbor assistance programs. Door County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Caleb Frostman says over 30 ideas were collected in the lead up to Door/Kewaunee Legislative Days, but they had to adhere to three standards to be considered.



Frostman says this year's contingent of delegates is the largest Door/Kewaunee Legislative Days has ever had in its program history. Door/Kewaunee Legislative Days takes place April 5 and 6.

Live Algoma Announces "Community Give Back Dollars" To Support Local Initiatives

By Tim Kowols

The Live Algoma Initiative hopes to continue to make progress in its mission to improve the community in several different areas. Live Algoma members provided updates on their progress during their second community conversation Wednesday evening inside the Algoma Performing Arts Center.  With plenty of projects to partake in and Community Give-Back Dollars available for qualifying initiatives, Algoma Superintendent Nick Cochart says their work is not done.



Live Algoma was recently named one of 11 finalists for the Robert Wood Johnson Culture of Health Prize for its focus on sustaining positive change in building a culture of health.

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Has Grave Concerns Over Trumpcare

By Paul Schmitt

As House of Representative Republicans work to agree on the new proposed healthcare plan, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin says she is concerned the new legislation could harm individuals struggling with an opioid use disorder.  Senator Baldwin says repealing the Affordable Care Act could strip health care coverage from 2.8 million Americans suffering from a substance use disorder.  In an interview with last week, Baldwin shared her ideas of what she would like to see done.



Baldwin says assistance to those who cannot afford their premiums and protection of insurance abuses.  Prescription drug costs and insurance deductibles are also issues to be addressed, according to Baldwin.  House Republicans released their new healthcare to dismantle the current Obamacare plan earlier this month.

State Representative Offers Possible Solutions To Address State Prison Overcrowding

By Tim Kowols

A state representative from Milwaukee hopes to take a more proactive approach to controlling the state's prison population.  According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin's prison population stands at 22,959 adults with over 25,000 estimated to be behind bars by 2019. Rep. Evan Goyke hopes his plan to close the Lincoln Hills School Juvenile Prison in Irma, Wis. and turning it into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center for inmates could help reverse the drinking culture that sends people to prison time after time.



Rep. Goyke says following Minnesota's lead on incarceration, which emphasizes more on community corrections like probation and parole, could also be something the Wisconsin Legislature looks at to address prison overcrowding.

Candidate Profile: Current Issues Facing The City

By Tim Kowols

The Sturgeon Bay Common Council will look different no matter what happens on April 4, but the current issues the city faces now could stay the same. Five of the eight candidates running for office visited with to discuss which key issues they would like to tackle.


District 1 incumbent Kelly Catarozoli says the unique combination of heavy industry and residential areas in her part of the city bring different challenges but believes the quality of roads needs to be addressed.



District 3 incumbent David Ward says the city needs to pay attention to its population, which has dropped 500 residents in recent years and is only getting older.



District 5 candidate Brian Peterson believes the west side waterfront redevelopment could lead to more city growth and jobs in the future.



Write-in candidate for District 5 Barbara Allman says the city needs to do more to attract and retain a qualified workforce to fill the available jobs.


District 7 candidate Laurel Hauser believes the focus should be on the waterfront and how the city can heal after a tenuous time.


Candidates Dan Wiegand and Joe McMahon did not respond to phone calls made by, while Martha Beller would not consent to being recorded. You can listen to the full interview with the other candidates by reading this story online.

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Help Of Door County Starts New "Voices Of Men" Initiative To Improve Treatment Of Women

By Paul Schmitt

Help of Door County is starting a new initiative program called "Voices of Men".  Executive Director Steve Vickman says the goal is to invite the community to join in with Help of Door County to change the conversation on what it means to be a man.



Vickman says by not calling out inappropriate and crude comments, you are condoning sexism in the community.  He says the program is designed to engage men in a conversation on how to treat women, and everyone else for that matter better.  To find information on the "Voices of Men " program and services offered by Help of Door County, go to the link below:

City Of Algoma Named Tree City USA Again

By Paul Schmitt

The City of Algoma was named a 2016 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.  The honor is bestowed on communities throughout the United States that commit to effective urban forest management.  Algoma Mayor Wayne Schmidt says the recognition shows the investment Algoma has made to be environmentally conscious.



To achieve Tree City USA status, Algoma had to meet four requirements including a tree board, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance.

Former Cherry Point Mall Manager Reflects As JC Penney Stores Plan More Closures

By Paul Schmitt

Facing retail and industry challenges, J.C. Penney Company announced last week that they were planning to close 138 department stores nationwide.  The four Wisconsin stores in Marinette, Marshfield, Richland Center and Wisconsin Rapids are scheduled to close by June.    J.C. Penney was one of the first stores in the Cherry Point Mall in Sturgeon Bay when it opened in 1981.  Bob Johnson, who managed the Cherry Point Mall from 1986 to 1996 says he remembers a vibrant store but realizes that the retail environment has changed drastically.



J.C. Penny closed its Sturgeon Bay department store in the mid-1990's and continued to operate a catalog store in the mall for several years after, according to Johnson.  JC Penney still operates 900 stores around the United States.

Bay Shipbuilding Receives State Safety Award

By Paul Schmitt

Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay won the 23rd Annual Wisconsin Corporate Safety Award, according to a release issued by the company.  Bay Shipbuilding competed against over 100 other companies to garner the award that is given by the Wisconsin Safety Council and the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.  The award honors leaders in the state's business community for achieving excellence in safety and health.  Vice-president and General Manager Todd Thayse was out of the office this week and was not available for comment.  Bay Shipbuilding is a subsidiary of Fincantieri Marine Group.

Washington Island Ferry Service Expands Friday

By Tim Kowols

A sign of spring comes this Friday when Washington Island Ferry service expands. Ferry service will expand from two roundtrips daily to six and the requirement to reserve space for your vehicle disappears until next winter. Washington Island Ferry boat captain Joel Gunnlaugsson says that is good news for residents and visitors alike.


The schedule will change again in just over a month when the Washington Island Ferry expands its service to 11 roundtrips in advance of the summer season.

Artists Answer Guest Curator's Challenge In Most Recent Miller Art Museum Exhibit

By Tim Kowols

The newest exhibit at the Miller Art Museum challenged artists to turn the ordinary into something extraordinary. "The Garden: An Artist's Interpretation" will include 40 artists in an exhibition that forced them to think outside the box in the middle of winter with a changing season approaching. Issuing a challenge to artists to create something beautiful has been a tactic guest curator Michael Nitsch has used before in his 36-year career, often with great results.



The exhibit runs at Miller Art Museum until April 17.


1.     Bridget Austin, "Garden Dreams" watercolor

2.     Liz Maltman, "Over the Fence" pastel

3.     Rebecca Venn, "Secret Garden, Under the Lilacs" ink

4.     Lynne Laluzerne, "Wall Platter" ceramics

5.     Joseph Kaftan, "Beets" glass mosaic


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City Of Sturgeon Bay To Create Commitee Concerning Road Quality And Funding

By Tim Kowols

The city of Sturgeon Bay will create a new committee aimed at helping find a solution to its road funding concerns. Earlier this year, city engineer Chad Shefchik told the Common Council that streets are on 60-year replacement cycle, approximately twice the recommended life. During his comment portion at the end of Tuesday's Common Council meeting, Mayor Thad Birmingham announced his intention to create the committee with alderperson David Ward one of its co-chairpersons and private citizens representing each of the seven districts. Birmingham hopes it will address the city's issues.



According to Birmingham, more details on the committee will be available when the committee is in place at the Sturgeon Bay Common Council's next meeting in April. In other business, the Common Council awarded the contracts for two project concerning concrete and asphalt replacement for city streets and sidewalks.

Kewaunee County Residents Learn More About Possible Total Maximum Daily Load Study For Region

By Tim Kowols

Kewaunee County residents filled Algoma City Hall Monday to discuss what a Total Maximum Daily Load study would mean for their communities. Organized by Rep. Joel Kitchens and the Friends of Crescent Beach, officials from the Department of Natural Resources discussed efforts to study Lake Michigan tributaries in Kewaunee, Manitowoc, and Sheboygan Counties.  Don Niles from Peninsula Pride Farms says the session gave farmers a firmer grasp on the program and ideas for continuous improvement, even if it comes at a price.



TMDL plans are developed after considering all sources of pollution a waterway may be subject to and what it can handle before water quality standards significantly deteriorate. According to the DNR, there are four TMDLs ongoing in the state.

Friends Group Wants To Reach Out To Mayor Regarding West Waterfront

By Tim Kowols

A chance to move forward is what the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront would like to do with Mayor Thad Birmingham if given the chance to speak with him. A second mediation session between the city of Sturgeon Bay, the Friends group, and hotel developer Bob Papke was canceled last week after a compromise could not be reached. When asked by what he would say to the mayor if given the opportunity, Dan Collins said he would ask the floor be opened up for comment to the community.



Hans Christian said he believes the mayor still has time to right his legacy.



The Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront, the city of Sturgeon Bay, and Papke are all waiting on the Department of Natural Resources to issue their determination of an ordinary high water mark for the disputed parcel on the west side.

Sevastopol Schools Will Close at 11:30 A.M. Today Due To Additional Water Pressure Issues

By Paul Schmitt

UPDATE: Sevastopol principal Adam Baier has announced that the school will close at 11:30 a.m. as more water pressure issues have occurred. Baier told that the district has good contractors on site to make the necessary well repair. No word definitively on whether school will resume tomorrow.

Parents and caretakers of students had to scramble Monday morning as Sevastopol School District cancelled a full day of classes due to water issues.  Interim School Superintendent Steve Cromell made the decision shortly after 7 AM when school employees noticed that there was no water pressure in the second level bathrooms.  Cromell says a quick decision had to be made.



Cromell shares what some may not realize about the situation.



Comell says the water sample needs to set for 18 hours before being retested Tuesday morning.  The school has had water issues in the past but never had a problem with the water being clean after a restart.   Comell says an electrical surge by a lightning storm Sunday night knocked out the water pump.  Sevastopol Schools will resume today with contingency plans in place.

Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department Hires Reimer As New Deputy

By Paul Schmitt

The Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department has added a new sheriff's deputy to the force.  Brent Reimer was sworn in last Friday.  Sheriff Matt Joski says Reimer has a local law enforcement background.




Joski says Reimer will start off in the jailer/dispatch position for the department with opportunities available in transport, court security and the area SWAT team after his training is complete and probation period is over.  The hiring fills a vacancy that was open since last fall.


(Photo courtesy of Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department)

Smartphone Apps Aim To Help Track Changing Financial Picture

By Tim Kowols

Your handheld device could help you find a clearer financial picture. Apps like Mint and Mvelopes are designed to help you have a firmer grasp on the money coming in and going out. Gay Pustaver from Money Management Counselors says while the number of apps and Web sites may seem endless, it is important to find the one that is right for you.



In a USA Today poll of 3,600 smartphone users using their device to bank or shop, only 18 percent have an app to help with budgeting and spending.


Write On, Door County, Southern Door School District Partnership Continues With Author Visit

By Tim Kowols

A partnership with Write On, Door County has created an opportunity for Southern Door School District students to interact with a published author this week. Poet and fiction writer Naomi Shibab Nye will visit Southern Door School District along with other stops during her two-day visit to the county as a part of the Writings on the Door Poetry Conference March 23 through 25. Superintendent Patti Vickman says it is a tremendous opportunity for students to learn about a creative path.



This marks the second year in a row Write On, Door County and Southern Door School District have partnered together to bring an author to meet students, which led to Cameron Rass joining the non-profit group as its first student on the board of directors. Nye will also host a public reading at the Door Community Auditorium on Thursday beginning at 7 p.m.

Candidate Profiles: Qualifications For Office

By Tim Kowols

Four contested races for the Sturgeon Bay Common Council will highlight the ballots when residents head to the polls on April 4. Six of the eight candidates talked to staff about the experience they would bring to the office when they start their two-year term if elected.


First District alderperson and candidate Kelly Catarozoli is running for re-election and says her accessibility is what qualifies her for a second term.



District 3 alderperson David Ward says his experience as an economist and the interim chancellor for two University of Wisconsin campuses have provided him opportunities to work with small and large organizations.



A candidate for District 5, Brian Peterson says his career as a businessman in Sturgeon Bay for over 30 years qualifies him for the seat.



Write-in candidate for District 5 Barbara Allman says her time in the medical field and on the council has instilled in her the belief that you have to do right by the people you serve.



District 7 candidate Laurel Hauser looks at her history of community involvement as several reasons qualifying her for the role.



Candidates Dan Wiegand and Joe McMahon did not respond to phone calls made by, while Martha Beller would not consent to being recorded. You can listen to the full interview with the other candidates by reading this story online.

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Sturgeon Bay Common Council To Consider Resolution Regarding Campaign Finance Reform

By Tim Kowols

The Sturgeon Bay Common Council will vote on a resolution Tuesday lending their support to a constitutional amendment to allow limits on campaign contributions. The measure would ask the state legislature to conduct a non-binding referendum to allow voters to voice their beliefs on the issue. Dan Powers from United to Amend Door County pleaded with the Common Council at its meeting earlier this month to include the resolution as other communities from around the state join the effort.



Sturgeon Bay would be one of close to 100 governments to join the cause if the resolution is approved. The Sturgeon Bay Common Council will also celebrate its designation as a Bird City and consider contracts for the upcoming replacement of sidewalks and asphalt in the city. Tuesday's meeting begins at noon inside the council chambers at city hall.

Sevastopol Classes CANCELLED Due To Water Issues

By Tim Kowols

Students in Sevastopol School District will get an extra day off due to no water at the building. School officials made the call this morning after discovering they did not have water. No cause to the water issues is known at this time.

Door County Habitat for Humanity Looking for Volunteers

By Brady Haupt

The Door County Habitat for Humanity is growing, and that means great things for the community, as well as opportunities to volunteer. Along with their upcoming "Rock-the-Block" which will see volunteers working on 4th, 5th, and 6th avenues for a day of goodwill centered around much-needed home improvements, there is no shortage of need for volunteers elsewhere, according to Door County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director David Van Dyke.



Van Dyke says that without volunteer workers, the Habitat for Humanity wouldn't be able to make the impact it does in the community.

Wisconsin's Road Quality, Both Present and Future Could Depend on Tax Hikes

By Brady Haupt

While politicians debate on and deconstruct Governor Scott Walker's Biennial budget plan, one thing remains clear; the state's roads are getting worse. A report from a Legislative Audit Bureau audit released in January shows that only 41 percent of the Wisconsin's highways were in good condition in 2015, down from 53.5 percent in 2010. Governor Walker's proposed budget allocates $6.1 billion to be spent on transportation; however, the state would need to borrow $500 million dollars to get there. Sam Caravana of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes that instead of borrowing the money from a federal source "legislature needs to get creative in its funding and to consider increasing the fees of those who use the roads." Caravana suggests increasing vehicle registration and driver's license fees by $1 dollar, raising the gas tax and possibly converting the state's 875 miles of interstate into toll ways, although that would take federal approval. To meet the state's budgetary cycle, the budget should be signed and effective July 1, 2017.

We Are Hope Providing More Than Just Job Fairs

By Brady Haupt

We Are Hope Held their Annual Job Fair recently but the organization is looking to provide more than just employment. The non-profit works with the community to try and provide year-round employment for those seeking jobs, but CEO Sandy Duckett says that We Are Hope does a whole lot more.



We Are Hope hold seminars and meetings throughout each month. For more information on the organization, click on the link.

Luxemburg Home To Top Cheeses In Recent Championships

By Tim Kowols

Cheese aficionads from across the country and around the world are learning that Luxemburg is making some of the best. Master cheesemakers Terry Lensmire and Roger Krohn of Agropur captured best in class awards at last week's U.S. Cheese Championships in Green Bay for their provolone and part-skim mozzarella entries. This is in addition to an aged cheddar made by Lensmire that captured second place overall at the championships.  Krohn Dairy Store manager Heather Weisspeters says it speaks to the commitment to quality its cheesemakers have for their craft.



Luxemburg cheesemakers captured five medals at the U.S. Championships, adding to their hauls at the biennial world championships and the Wisconsin State Fair.

Indivisible Door County Looks to Provide a Local Voice in both State and Federal Government

By Brady Haupt

A new group in Door County is trying to make sure that a local voice is heard in both Madison and Washington. The group is called "Indivisible" and has chapters all across the country, including three Door County chapters. Judy Brodd of the Northern Door Indivisible Group, on what the group would like to accomplish.



Brodd says that the group will be meeting in Ephraim on Monday, March 20th. The meeting is open to the public. For information on the meeting, listen to the audio below.


Team Dietz Wins 14th Annual Sturgeon Bay Breakfast Rotary Trivia Night

By Brady Haupt

The 14th Annual Sturgeon Bay Breakfast Rotary Club Trivia Night came down to the last round and Team Dietz won the contest for the third time with a winning score of 78.  Twelve teams of up to eight players competed Saturday night at the Jaycee Clubhouse with five teams finishing with over 70 correct answers out of 100.  Team Dietz aced "Environmental" and "Food for Thought" going a perfect ten for ten in each category. Event coordinator Paul Schmitt says it was a fun evening, and a productive one, too.



The proceeds from the Trivia Night benefit local and youth programs sponsored by the Sturgeon Bay Breakfast Rotary Club.  Members of Team Dietz included Greg Dietz, Megan Dietz, Bill Rehman, Missy Forry, Ed Evenson, Diane Evenson, Henk Wolst and Pete Devlin.




Highway Departments Dealing With Frost Damaging Roadways In Early Spring

By Paul Schmitt

The freezing temperatures and recent sleet and ice storms can cause havoc not only to drivers but to the long-term condition of roads this time of year.  Door County Highway Commissioner John Kolodoziej says underlying moisture can really cause deterioration of roadways.



Kolodoziej says if some roadways look to be in a distressed situation, the highway department will post weight limits on those roads in the spring to eliminate damage to the blacktop.

Total Maximum Daily Load And Its Relationship To Waterways Subject of Monday DNR Session In Algoma

By Tim Kowols

The Department of Natural Resources will provide information to concerned residents about Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) at a session on Monday in Algoma. A TMDL is a regulatory term in the U.S. Clean Water Act used to determine how much pollutant can be in a body of water and still meet quality standards. The DNR will introduce a study that will cover waterways in Kewaunee, Sheboygan, and Manitowoc Counties. Rep. Joel Kitchens says it is a great way for people to learn more about what is being done and how to get involved.



The informational session will take place from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. inside council chambers at the Algoma City Hall. Four Kewaunee County rivers are currently on the DNR's impaired waterway list.

Workshop On Tuesday To Address Elder Abuse Awareness In Community

By Paul Schmitt

Help of Door County is holding a special program next week on elder abuse awareness.  A free workshop will be offered Tuesday from 1 pm until 4pm at Hope Church in Sturgeon Bay.  Executive Director of Help of Door County Steve Vickman explains what will be covered on Tuesday afternoon.



The program is also sponsored by the U.W. Extension and End Abuse Wisconsin.  If you are interested in attending the free elder abuse awareness workshop, RSVP with Help of Door County or the U.W. Extension Office prior to Tuesday.

Sturgeon Bay High School Students Doing More Community Service Than Just For Graduation

By Paul Schmitt

Most high schools require students to perform a certain amount of community service hours in order to graduate.  The requirement at Sturgeon Bay High School is 40 hours but Principal Bob Nickel says many students go above and beyond the minimum.



Nickel says the school is involved in a program in which the Sturgeon Bay Breakfast Rotary Club honors students for their community involvement every month during the school year.  According to the Education Commission of the States, the local school board may require students to "participate in community service activities" to earn a high school diploma.

Former Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton Endorses Four Women Running For City Council

By Paul Schmitt


Former Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Barb Lawton who now resides in Door County has publicly endorsed the four women running for seats on Sturgeon Bay's city council.  Lawton says this is a historic opportunity to positively impact local politics.   She says statistics show women govern differently by working more by consensus and collaboratively.   When considering the impact of decisions, women take a more long range view, according to Lawton.



Lawton says the four candidates for Sturgeon Bay city council, Kelly Catarozoli, Laurel Hauser, Martha Beller and Barb Allman individually and collectively bring diverse experience and polished resumes to make government serve all its constituents and shape a prosperous future for all families.  Incumbent Catarozoli will face off with Dan Wiegand in District 1.  Martha Scully Beller in District 3 squares off with incumbent David Ward.  Barb Allman is a write-in candidate for District 5 against Brian Peterson while Laurel Hauser will be opposed by Joe McMahon in District 7.  Election day is April 4.

Business Owners Ponder How To Pick Up Winter's Pace On Washington Island

By Tim Kowols

Business owners on Washington Island would like to create new ways to increase the activity they get during the winter months. A change of pace for residents and visitors was last month's week-long Washington Island Lions Club Ice Fishing Derby, which saw double the attendance and the continued success of a party out on the frozen waters of Detroit Harbor. Door County Board Supervisor and new lodging owner Joel Gunnlaughsson says the community needs to partner together to figure out to drum up more business in the winter months.




Even though winter traffic is not what it used to be, Gunnlaughsson was encouraged to see more seasonal residents keep their homes open and visit Washington Island with friends and family during the colder months.

Friends Group Calls Dirt Piles "Propaganda," Wants To See Them Disappear

By Tim Kowols

Two members of the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront accuse the mayor of using large dirt piles as propaganda to draw negative attention to the group. The dirt piles have been located on the former Door County Co-op parcel since the city of Sturgeon Bay created a retention pond over a year ago. The fill was expected to be needed once construction of a planned hotel for the site began, but now that it could be on hold indefinitely, Hans Christian says it is time for dirt piles to go.



Christian says the dirt piles should be moved for the short term and let volunteers make the space beautiful again if the mayor allowed.



Mayor Thad Birmingham has been contacted this week regarding the recent developments in the west side waterfront dispute, but has not yet returned our calls. You can listen to the full interview with Dan Collins and Hans Christian below.

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Door County Habitat for Humanity Hopes To "Rock The Block" In Sturgeon Bay

By Tim Kowols

The Door County Habitat for Humanity would like to improve homes on three city streets in Sturgeon Bay through its new Rock the Block program. The non-profit group has contacted homes on 4th, 5th, and 6th avenues for a day of goodwill centered around much-needed home improvements. Door County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director David Van Dyke says he is still looking for applicants to participate in Rock the Block.



Van Dyke says it is also waiting to pick its partner family for the 40th home build for Door County Habitat for Humanity, which hopes to break ground in the late spring.

Sevastopol Names New Superintendent

By Tim Kowols

Sevastopol School District has named Kyle Luedtke its new superintendent of schools. Currently the superintendent of schools in Benton, Wis. in the southwest corner of the state, Luedtke comes to Sevastopol with 24 years of educational experience in a variety of different roles. Sevastopol School Board President Sue Todey says that Luedtke's experience makes him a home run hire.



Luedtke, who was hired at Thursday's school board meeting, will replace interim superintendent Steve Cromell on July 1.

DNR Adds East Twin River Aquatic Life Survey to 2017 Work List

By Tim Kowols

The Department of Natural Resources will conduct an aquatic life survey of the East Twin River in 2017. The action was placed on the agency's to-do list after the Kewaunee County Board unanimously approved the survey of the impaired waterway, but no timeline was given. Land and Water Conservation Committee member Lee Luft says they ramped up the pressure on the DNR because of the importance the survey would have on the area.



The request for the aquatic life survey was made by the Kewaunee County Board back in October after 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.

Missing Door County Teen Found In Chicago

By Tim Kowols

A Door County teenager has been found safe in Chicago after going missing earlier this week. Louis Amelinckx, 17, was found just before 1 a.m. Friday morning in the city's Englewood neighborhood before being taken to a local hospital for evaluation. Sturgeon Bay Police Captain Dan Brinkman says it was a happy conclusion for everyone involved.



After resting following his ordeal, Brinkman hopes Amelinckx will speak to officers about what happened and why.

Home Builders Optimistic About Sales Prospects As They Look For More Workers

By Paul Schmitt

Homebuilding has jumped to the highest levels since June of 2015.  According to the National Association of Home Builders, the building index released this week registered 71 and reflected a six-point increase over last month.  A number over 50 indicates that builders view sales conditions as good rather than poor.   Jim Thibodeau of Stony Creek Builders in Door County says that the housing boom includes remodeling as well.



Thibodeau says the biggest challenge facing builders is the labor force pool and finding quality laborers to keep up with the increased demand.

Disc Golf Could Be The Cure To Some Off-Season Business Blues

By Brady Haupt

The state of Wisconsin is the country's biggest disc golf destination, and Door County is looking to join the fun. Shane Solomon, owner of Julie's Motel and Café in Fish Creek and avid disc golfer, is spearheading a movement called "Door Disc Golf" to bring several disc golf courses to Door County. Earlier this year a 9-hole course in Sister Bay was approved, and Egg Harbor recently came aboard, approving a four hole "chip and put" course. Solomon says that the continued success in bringing disc golf to Door County could be a boon to business year round.



Solomon says that the plan is to eventually be able to build a championship course in Door County. The Sister Bay and Egg Harbor courses will begin taking shape as soon as the ground thaws during the spring.

Foundation Supporting Door County Sheriff's Department Formed

By Tim Kowols

Reestablishing the K-9 program is the first goal of a joint effort between the Door County Sheriff's Department and the Door County Community Foundation. The two organizations worked together to form the Door County Sheriff's Office Crime Prevention Foundation. With an anticipated cost of over $24,000 to restart the K-9 program, Sheriff Steve Delarwelle says partnering with the Door County Community Foundation was a wise decision.



The K-9 unit is expected to be trained for both tracking and drug enforcement missions. You can learn more about the goals of the Door County Sheriff's Office Crime Prevention Foundation by visiting

Full Interview With Friends Of The Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront

Here is the audio of a 30-minute interview with Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront conducted Wednesday, March 15, 2017 by Roger Utnehmer with Don Collins and Hans Christian. Mayor Thad Birmingham has a standing invitation to visit and be given an opportunity to answer questions and make comments. He has not accepted that offer. Also phone calls asking for comment to the mayor and Robert Papke have not been returned.

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Bike Share Program Coming to Egg Harbor

By Tim Kowols

Residents and visitors to Egg Harbor will be able to borrow a bike while they cruise around town. The Village Board approved a new bike share program to be implemented this summer. Fourteen seven-speed bicycles with baskets and adjustable seats will be able to be picked up at two locations within the village. Administrator Ryan Heise expects the bike share program to be a nice addition to Egg Harbor.



The village will sell sponsorships through decal and license plate sales to defray the cost of the $7,000-plus program.

Youth Providing Valuable Input For Kewaunee County Farm Technology Days

By Tim Kowols

The Wisconsin Farm Technology Days being held in Kewaunee County will tread new ground this summer with youth playing a role in planning the three-day event. In addition to the youth committee, kids are helping plan and execute ideas other groups hope to accomplish when over 45,000 people are expected to visit. Kewaunee County 4-H Youth Development Educator Jill Jorgensen says the event is continuing a great tradition of youth and adult partnership.



As a result of its own success, Youth Committee Chairperson Tasha Schlise says upcoming Farm Technology Days in Wood and Jefferson Counties have added similar groups to their planning efforts. Kewaunee County will host Farm Technology Days from July 11-13 at Ebert Enterprises in Algoma.

We Are Hope Job Fair Aims To Put Door County To Work

By Tim Kowols

The We Are Hope Organization looking to put Door County to work. The group held a job fair inside the Cherry Point Mall on Wednesday, drawing 25 local businesses and hundreds of job seekers looking for a potential match. Sandy Duckett, CEO of the We Are Hope organization, says that while the upcoming tourist season brings opportunity, the goal is to match job seekers with long-term positions.



Duckett says that the We Are Hope organization holds sixteen workshops and seminars each month, with many aimed at training job skills and other employment-based training.


Interview With Friends of Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront Recorded Before Developer Pulled Plug To Air on 103.3FM At 4 p.m. Today

A thirty-minute interview with two members of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront, Dan Collins and Hans Christian, will air today at 4pm on 103.3FM in its entirety.

In the interview, Collins claims that State Rep. Joel Kitchens "threatened" the Friends with legislation that would overturn a recent court decision prohibiting hotel development on Sturgeon Bay's west side.

The interview was recorded yesterday before Kitchens informed Collins that developer Robert Papke said he was "done" with the project and a meeting schedule for tomorrow was cancelled.  Kitchens has attempted to negotiate among parties involved and had one meeting on Monday with a follow-up session set for tomorrow.

According to Collins, Kitchens informed The Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfont that after Monday's meeting Papke walked the area of the proposed hotel with his builder and informed Kitchens that if he could not build in the original location he was finished.

A recent court case supported the Friends and prohibited the city from selling property for private development that is located inside the Ordinary High Water Mark.  According to members of the Friends organization, Kitchens negotiated a compromise location on Madison Avenue that was acceptable to Papke but rejected by Mayor Thad Birmingham.

The city has not stated its intentions to appeal the judge's ruling, however, city administrator Josh Vanlieshout has said alternatives include an appeal or "a legislative solution."

Kitchens told that he has not threatened the Friends group with legislation, but only saying there might be people interested in introducing it. He reiterated that he will not introduce legislation and believes it is not in the best interest of the community.

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Sturgeon Bay Hotel Project Dead---UPDATED WITH REACTION

By Roger Utnehmer

A meeting to mediate a resolution to the Sturgeon Bay west side waterfront hotel project scheduled for Friday has been cancelled. has learned from a source involved with a group opposed to the proposed hotel location that developer Robert Papke is "done" with the project. According to the source, Papke reviewed the site after a mediation meeting coordinated by State Representative Joel Kitchens on Monday and said that if he could not build on the original location he was finished. As a result of that comment, the Friday mediation session has been cancelled.


Papke began development plans for a west side waterfront hotel but was stopped when the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront took the city of Sturgeon Bay to court. A judge ruled earlier this year that part of the proposed hotel location was on filled land and could not be developed.


Reactions by Tim Kowols

Rep. Joel Kitchens believes the hotel project is not dead, saying neither side would budge on where an ordinary high water mark (OWHM) could be placed, something he hopes comes in the near future.



District 1 Alderperson Kelly Catarozoli was shocked to hear the news and does not understand why the OHWM has not been obtained for the site.



District 7 alderperson Will Gregory was more surprised it took Papke this long rather than the actual decision to potentially pull out of the project if he could not build on the original site.



Phone calls placed to Robert Papke, Sturgeon Bay Mayor Thad Birmingham, and Sturgeon Bay City Administrator Josh Vanlieshout have not as yet been returned.  Their comments will be reported when they respond.


Search For Missing Door County Boy Ramping Up

By Tim Kowols

The Sturgeon Bay Police Department is working with multiple law enforcement agencies statewide to find a boy who went missing on Monday. Louis Amelinckx, 17, was reportedly picked up by two men after leaving his home early Monday morning. After texting with a Sturgeon Bay police officer late Tuesday in Oshkosh, Amelinckx has not responded since and is now believed to be in the Milwaukee area. Captain Dan Brinkman says the case has been picking up speed since last night.



The Sturgeon Bay Police Department is working with local law enforcement agencies, the state's Department of Criminal Investigations, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Amelinckx is 5'8", weighs 120 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes. If you have any information, please contact the Sturgeon Bay Police Department.

U.S. Senator Baldwin Helps Get Low Interest Loans For Area Residents With Well Water Issues

By Paul Schmitt

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Great Lakes Rural Community Assistance Program will be providing low-interest loans to homeowners for well replacement, well rehabilitation, or the installation of water filtration systems.  U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin says that although it is only a loan, the program is a step in the right direction in addressing water quality issues.



In March of 2016, Senator Baldwin did press USDA and the EPA to give immediate attention to groundwater contamination and the need for safe drinking water in Kewaunee and Door County.  Federal and local officials were brought together to work a solution to water quality problems back in August of 2016 at the request of Senator Baldwin.

pat mAcdonald Passions Run Deeper Than His Music

By Paul Schmitt

Music and Door County has been two of pat mAcdonald's passions throughout his five decades of singing and songwriting.  mAcdonlad, who received a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1987 as a member of Timbuk3, says his mother got him interested in music at very young age and played with three bands during his high school days.



mAcDonald also toured Europe for seven years in the 1990's.  After Timbuk3 broke up,  mAcdonald and his sister Christie Weber founded the Steel Bridge Songfest in 2015 to save the Michigan Street Bridge.  He used that motivation to write a song.



mAcdonald and singer melaniejane operate the Holiday Music Motel in downtown Sturgeon Bay which features a Thursday night Writer's Night to showcase local talent and the Love on Holiday event every year.  mAcDonald says he'll never forget his roots and love for the area as well as the music since his great-grandfather Joseph Zettel was one of the first orchard owners in Door County.


Full Interview with pat mAcdonald and melaniejane




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Gibraltar DECA Students Go Seven For Seven In State Competition

By Paul Schmitt

Gibraltar High School was perfect at State DECA Career Development Conference in Lake Geneva last week.  The event saw over 1,300 marketing students compete in 46 different events.  Gibraltar who had seven students compete in nine different events is believed to be the only school in Wisconsin to achieve 100% in the earning awards, according to DECA advisor Mary Witteborg.  Topher Anderson, who along with Nathan Surges, presented and placed second with their e-tailing business proposal for an Entrepreneurship Innovation Plan which simulated the popular TV show Shark Tank explains what impressed the judges.



Four Gibraltar students will now move on to the International Competition that will be in Anaheim, California at the end of April.





Four Advance to International Competition


Over 1,300 Marketing Education Students were involved in 46 different competitive events at the State DECA Career Development Conference in Lake Geneva last week.  Gibraltar had seven students competing in nine different events.  All seven students earned state awards, which is belived to be the only school in Wisconsin to achieve 100% earning awards.


Freshman Brandon Stillman earned was a medalist in the Principles of Hospitality and Tourism role play event.  Senior Brandon Emery-Janzen earned a medal in the marketing exam and placed in the top 10 for his Advertising Campaign.  Nathan Surges earned a medal for his role play in Apparel and Accessores.  Two students competed in Business Finance; Connor Moore earned a medal in one of his role plays and Topher Andersen earned a medal in a role play and place in the top ten in Business Finance Series.


Four students advance to the International Competition the last week in April.  Amber Kelly and Alexis Schnick documented the Jacksonport Thanksgiving Day Parade & Benefit for their Community Service Project.  Their 30 page manual details the planning, organizing, implementing and evaluating process of project management.  Their oral presentation, along with the written event, earned them 3rd Place in the State of Wisconsin in the Community Service Project event.


Topher Andersen and Nathan Surges presented an e-tailing business proposal for their Entrepreneurship Innovation Plan earning 2nd in the State of Wisconsin.  Similar to Shark Tanks, they presented a business proposal seeking investment capital for a share of the business.


In addition to individual and team champions, the Gibraltar DECA Chapter earned six state awards in Community Service; Acts of Kindness, 100 Hours, Trick or Can, MDA, Make a Wish and an overall Diamond Award for outstanding commitment to community.


Special thanks to local mentors Lynn Herman, Christine Salman, Claudia Scimeca, Teri Berndt and Mert Larsen for helping students prepare their projects and presentations. Gibraltar continues to provide business experiences for students in marketing, entrepreneurship, and management through their GBAY school store operation, leadership development conferences, business involvement and competition experiences.  Advisor, Mary Witteborg, applauds her students for their commitment and knows these young people will continue caring and giving back to the community, as so many businesses and individuals do in Door County.


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Photo: Front L-R:  Alexis Schnick, Amber Kelly and Nathan Surges.

Back:  Connor Moore, Brandon Emery-Janzen, Topher Andersen and Brandon Stillman

Algoma Selected As One Of The 50 Most Beautiful Towns In U.S. By Expedia

By Paul Schmitt

The city of Algoma was recognized as one of the most beautiful towns in all 50 states by a national travel website. chose one community in each state as they set their sights on scenic cities across the nation.  Algoma City Administrator Jeff Wiswell says it's quite an honor to be chosen and shares why Expedia selected Algoma.




Expedia also noted Algoma's Crescent Beach and the red pierhead lighthouse as sights that caught their eye.  For a link to Expedia's travel blog of the 50 most beautiful towns in the United States, go to this link:

Action Steps Can Help Provide Cyber Security

By Paul Schmitt

Cyber security is more important than ever in protecting your personal data.  The WikiLeaks dump of stolen documents last week showed that the CIA might be able to break into smartphones and computer networks.  Sturgeon Bay Police Digital Forensic Officer Chad Mielke says most people are not targets of intelligence agencies but it is a good reminder to stay vigilant in upgrading and protecting your mobile devices.



Mielke says for safety it is always a best practice to layer your security with a good, sound anti-virus program, a firewall, and backups.  It is also important to secure your wireless services and use strong passwords to prevent hacking of your online accounts, according to Mielke.

Liberty Grove Will Have Stone Fences Remain Along Roadsides

By Paul Schmitt

The Stone fences and stone piles which were possibly going to be removed for road repairs along Highway 57 in Liberty Grove will stay put.  Town Chairman John Lowry, says the Wisconsin DOT confirmed after a meeting last week that they would honor the town's wishes to leave the stone fences and piles in place.



The Roadside Design Guide defines a clear zone as the total roadside border area, starting at the edge of the traveled way, available for safe use by errant vehicles.  Lowrey says many residents had contacted the DOT about the stone fences and asked them to leave what the Door County Coastal Byway called "part of the historic and heritage culture".

Bipartisan Bill Aims To Show Role The Arts Could Play In Wisconsin Economy

By Tim Kowols

A recently introduced bill in the state capitol could help Wisconsin grow economically with help from the arts. The bipartisan effort is known as "Wisconsin Creates," which encourages public and private partnerships to develop workforce opportunities and expand innovation practices throughout the state. Birch Creek Music Performance Center Grants and Development Manager Kate Rericha says this bill would have a large impact on an area like Door County.



The bill is included in the 2017-2019 biennial budget, which will be voted on later this year.

Shepherd Of The Bay Church Members Serving Guatemalan Communities On Mission Trip

By Tim Kowols

Four members of Shepherd Of The Bay Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay are currently Guatemala to participate in their annual mission trip. For the last three years, church members John and Nora Zacek have led groups to the Central American country to build and maintain houses, provide stoves, and give water filters to families in need. Even though her husband will not be making the trip this year, Zacek says it is great to be able to help so many people during their mission trip.



Zacek hopes to schedule next year's mission trip around local schools' spring breaks so more people can participate. The group, which also includes church members from Antigo, Wis., will return from Guatemala at the end of the month.

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Career Days A Growing Importance For Area Youth

By Tim Kowols

Career days at local schools have changed a lot over the years. Rather than learning about what a child's parents do for a living, school districts like Sturgeon Bay are partnering with the Door County Economic Corporation to provide an experience for eighth graders to learn more about local careers. District Superintendent Dan Tjernagel says the event is important because of growing issues like student debt and skills gaps at area businesses.



The career day for eighth-graders from across the county will take place March 21 at Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay. The Door County Economic Development Corporation also arranges job shadows and business tours for area youth.

Kewaunee County Shows Its Support For NOAA Sanctuary

By Tim Kowols

Kewaunee County residents hope their efforts Monday evening will be enough to influence the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to extend the boundaries of its planned Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary. NOAA officials were greeted by a full Knudson Hall in Algoma with artwork decorating the walls and residents voicing their support for the expansion. While concerns with the region's fishing and shipping industries were addressed, Kewaunee County Board member Lee Luft hopes its visitors walked away impressed.



Luft believes Kewaunee County will learn if it will join the counties of Ozaukee, Sheboygan, and Manitowoc in the Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary next year.


Pictures Courtesy of Kewaunee County

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Door County Roads Will Stay Paved As Other Areas Go Gravel To Save Money

By Paul Schmitt

Some roads less traveled in Wisconsin may not look the same in the next few years.  Substantial budget cuts in the state government and higher construction costs have caused smaller communities to convert roads with blacktop to gravel roads.  Door County Highway Department Commissioner John Kolodziej says, fortunately, Door County does not have to resort to that drastic action.



Kolodziej says the commitment by the Door County Board has allowed the roads to be funded properly and remain in relatively good condition.

Independent Bank's Lower Fees and Small Business Loans Help Compete With National Banks

By Paul Schmitt

With continued mergers and consolidations of banks in the past decade, independent banks are looking to their strengths to stay relevant. Customers of community banks may not find their bank any more convenient than larger national banks, but many say the advantages of more favorable fee structures like less checking account fees and lower overdraft fees make community banks more attractive, according to a survey by Pew Charitable Trusts.   Bank of Luxemburg  CEO and President Tim Treml says impacting the local economy is another key to independent banking.



Treml says the revitalization loan program is an offshoot of what the village of Luxemburg did in 2016 to give small businesses low-interest loans for capital improvements.  According to researchers at the Harvard Kennedy in 2015, over half of all small business loans come from community banks.

Candidates Differ On Forming Ethics Committee

By Tim Kowols

Two more Sturgeon Bay Common Council candidates have weighed in on whether or not the city should develop an ethics committee. In a recent opinion poll, 74 percent of respondents said they would be in favor of an ethics committee to review potential conflicts of interest in elected and appointed positions in city government.



District 5 candidate Brian Peterson says he would have to see issues and reasons an ethics committee would be needed in addition to the ones that already exist.



Candidate and current District 1 alderperson Kelly Catarozoli says the creation of an ethics committee would give everyone a little more peace of mind when it came to city business.



In a previous story, candidates Laurel Hauser and Barbara Allman told they would welcome an ethics committee, while District 3 alderperson David Ward believes full disclosure forms for council members and appointees to fill out would be a better option. Candidates Danny Wiegand (District 1), Martha Scully-Beller (District 3) and Joe McMahon (District 7) did not respond to requests to set up an interview.

Forecasting Periodic And Unforeseen Expenses Key To Developing Spending Plan

By Tim Kowols

Putting money aside for periodic or unforeseen expenses could put you ahead of the curve when it comes to developing your spending plan. According to, only 37 percent of Americans are able to cover an unexpected expense of $500 or more.  Gay Pustaver from Money Management Counselors says to start planning your monthly expenses on a worksheet by grabbing a pencil and considering every purchase you make or plan to buy, right down to the postage you get to mail back your bills.



Pustaver says walking through your monthly expenses worksheet can be a fun, educational experience and, more importantly, bring you peace of mind. You can find the forms and listen to the entire Money Management Monday interview with Gay Pustaver online with this story.


Kewaunee School District Success A Collaborative Effort

By Tim Kowols

Kewaunee School District Superintendent Karen Treml credits its working relationship with area businesses for some of its recent success. Treml received the Vocal Local Award from the Kewaunee County Economic Development Corporation at its annual meeting last week for her role in helping improve the quality of life, strengthening bonds with local businesses, and keeping dollars and jobs local in the area. Treml says with academic and career planning becoming a part of the state curriculum for the 2017-2018 calendars that it was important to reach out and see how Kewaunee Schools could do their part.



Kewaunee School District is partnering with Algoma and Luxemburg-Casco School Districts to form the Ahnapee Regional Technical Academy, which will allow students to take courses at the different campuses in the areas of manufacturing, agriculture, and software development.

Weather Slows Beginning Of Egg Harbor Library Project Construction As Court Date Looms

By Tim Kowols

Winter weather, not a lawsuit, will delay some of the work slated for the Egg Harbor Library and Community Center. Concrete was expected to be poured for the estimated $6 million project late last week, but was delayed due to cold temperatures. Village Administrator Ryan Heise says despite the temporary work stoppage, the new building would not be possible without its generous donors.



The village of Egg Harbor will, however, have to keep its portion of building costs to a million dollars due to a lawsuit brought against it by a group of full-time and part-time residents. The group is charging the village with not agreeing to a 2008 ordinance tying it to a spending limit without a referendum.

School Start Date Legislation Remains a Concern

By Brady Haupt

While the legislative battle over a law that would see earlier starting dates for Wisconsin schools continues, the Door County Visitor's Bureau is asking for continued support towards keeping the start date in place. Republican Rep. Jim Ott has pushed a bill that would reverse a 2000 state law, allowing schools to start before September. The move has the support of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards, however many believe that it would harm tourism throughout the state. Jon Jarosh from the Door County Visitor's Bureau says that local support is needed if the law is to remain unchanged.



The school start date change is one of the main items on the agenda for the upcoming Door/Kewaunee County Legislative Days, which will see local constituents take local issues to Madison to try and gain lawmakers support.

Kewaunee County Officials to Meet With NOAA

By Brady Haupt

Kewaunee County officials have been waiting for months to plead their case toward becoming part of a proposed Marine Sanctuary, and now they'll have their chance. An open-to-the-public meeting will be held Monday night at 6:30 pm at Knudson Hall at 620 Lake Street in Algoma, where representatives from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will hear Kewaunee County's case for being added to their proposed plan that would create a National Marine Sanctuary along the coastlines of Manitowoc, Sheboygan, and Ozaukee counties. The Sanctuary would help conserve significant shipwrecks and Algoma City Administrator and Clerk Jeff Wiswell believes that Kewaunee County's coast has their fair share.



Following the meeting, NOAA will consider the public comments that it receives before making their final decision; a process that could take up to two years.

14th Annual Sturgeon Bay Breakfast Rotary Trivia Night Set For Saturday, March 18

By Brady Haupt

Trivia buffs throughout the area will again test their knowledge at the annual Sturgeon Bay Breakfast Rotary Club Trivia Night next Saturday at the Jaycee Clubhouse in Sturgeon Bay.  The competition features teams of up to eight players that submit answers throughout the three-hour contest starting at 7 pm.  Event organizer Paul Schmitt explains the format for the trivia night.


Between ten and 15 teams have competed every year since 2004.  The evening includes hot appetizers provided by Econofoods and door prizes from area businesses.  All proceeds from the event goes towards local Rotary youth and community projects  For more information on entering a team for the 14th Annual Sturgeon Bay Breakfast Rotary Club Trivia night next Saturday, go to this story online.


14th Annual Sturgeon Bay Breakfast Rotary Club Trivia Night

10 categories/ 100 questions

6:30 Registration


JayCee Clubhouse in Sturgeon Bay


Winners receive framed certificates!

TEAMS of up to 8 people

Admission Ticket:  $15 per person

Call for more information and to reserve table

Limited to the first 20 teams

Call Paul Schmitt at (920) 493-6635 to reserve a table before Thursday, March 16.

Rock Fences Will Stay Put in Liberty Grove

By Brady Haupt

After years of debate, it appears that the historic rock fences along State Highway 57 in Liberty Grove are safe. A release from Liberty Grove Town Clerk Janet Johnson posted Friday afternoon stated that after "a phone conversation on March 10th with the D.O.T. the rock fences and stone piles which were at risk of being removed for road repairs along Hwy 57 will not be removed." A letter written by the Door County Coastal Byway states that the rock fences and stone piles are part of the area's "historical and cultural heritage" and need to be preserved. The Department of Transportation have used the fences in the past as filling to level the road bed.

Eagle Tower Design Concept to be Unveiled

By Brady Haupt

Getting a concept and design set for the Eagle Tower is a big step toward rebuilding the northern Door County landmark, and it's a step that is nearly complete. The structure's design has been placed in the hands of the Eau Claire headquartered Ayers Associates, and Eagle Tower Fund Campaign Director Rachel Stollenwerk says that they are ready to present their work.



The Eagle Tower, which stood in Peninsula State Park for 101 years in two separate forms, was closed to the public in May of 2015 amid safety concerns and dismantled in September of 2016.

Kewaunee County Rollover Injures Two

By Brady Haupt

Two are recovering after a rollover wreck near Luxemburg. According to a release from the Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department, the accident happened Friday afternoon on State Highway 54 near Rockledge road when an eastbound vehicle left the roadway and overturned. The report states that the driver of the vehicle, a 52-year old Luxemburg woman, and her passenger, a 66-year old Casco woman were both transported to a Green Bay medical facility with substantial, but non-life threatening injuries. The accident remains under investigation and alcohol is believed to have been a factor.

Southern Door High School Students to Teach Tech Class

By Brady Haupt

Southern Door High School Students are getting their turn to do the teaching with an upcoming Tech Class. The Tech Class will be held in the Southern Door High School Library, where Southern Door School District Superintendent Patti Vickman says that students will be on hand to help out with just about any question pertaining to personal technology that you may have.



Vickman says that the class helps the community be able to better understand what students are learning in the school.

Door County Neighbor to Neighbor Program Looking for Volunteers

By Brady Haupt

The Door County Neighbor to Neighbor Program is trying to make an even bigger impact on Door County, but they need your help. The program helps get at home medical equipment to those who need it, but cannot afford the cost.  Ann Bennett, Executive Director of the Neighbor to Neighbor program says that recent growth in what the program can accomplish has also come with a need for more helping hands.



The Neighbor to Neighbor program serves residents in Northern Door, and on Washington Island as well as southern Door through the Sturgeon Bay site. For more information on the Neighbor to Neighbor Program, go to

Egg Harbor Historical Society To Highlight Transformation From Farm To Performing Arts Venue

By Tim Kowols

History buffs will be able to take a trip back to Tishler Farm when the Egg Harbor Historical Society presents its winter program next week. Fran Dutton and Bill Tishler will be on hand to tell the story on how it went from being a family farm to becoming the Birch Creek Music Performance Center, one of the premier performing arts venues and educational facilities in Wisconsin. Myles Dannhausen from the Egg Harbor Historical Society says it should be interesting to those who are not familiar with the history of the property.



The free winter program will take place March 26 at Birch Creek Music Performance Center beginning at 1 p.m.

Door County YMCA Making it Easy to Become a Member

By Brady Haupt

The Door County YMCA is always looking for ways to become more affordable and more accessible to everyone in Door County. The Door County YMCA's "Membership for All" program is designed to get people into the YMCA's facilities where President and CEO Tom Beernsten says that the opportunities to experience what they Y has to offer are more manageable than you may think.



For information on promotions, you can contact either the Sturgeon Bay or Northern Door program centers.

The Annual Sturgeon Bay St. Patrick's Day Parade Draws a Crowd Despite Cold Temperatures

By Brady Haupt

The winds blowing in off the bay made an already chilly morning feel even colder, but it didn't stop people from enjoying the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Sturgeon Bay. Parade-goers of all ages lined up along Madison and Third Avenues as the parade made its way north. Downtown businesses also provided to the atmosphere, with some playing traditional Irish music and opening their doors to customers in need of services, or just a break from the cold. The St. Patrick's Day festivities will continue at some businesses until St. Patrick's day on the 17th.


Door County Community Foundation Previews 2017 In Florida Next Week

By Tim Kowols

The Door County Community Foundation is heading south for the last week of winter to spread the good news of what is going on in the area. Preview Door County in Bonita Springs, Florida gives the foundation a chance to connect with residents and visitors in the area to talk about what will be going on in 2017. President and CEO Bret Bicoy says it also serves as a reminder as to what it takes to make Door County so special.



The Door County Community Foundation has also released its list of endowed charities in the area so residents and visitors can learn more about the good work they can support.

Spotlight Shines On Kewaunee County's Three School District At Upcoming Forum

By Tim Kowols

The three superintendents of Kewaunee County School Districts will come together March 23 to address their cooperative efforts and the challenges they face in education. The forum is part of a series created by the Kewaunee County Democratic Party as a non-partisan way to promote public issues going on in the area. Kewaunee County Democratic Party chairperson Mary Ellen Dobbins says there are a lot of good things happening at Algoma, Kewaunee, and Luxemburg-Casco School Districts that people may not notice otherwise.



The forum, entitled "Choices and Challenges: Kewaunee County K-12 Public Education," will begin at 7 p.m. inside the Luxemburg-Casco High School Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Fire Department Improvements Could Lead To Lower Insurance Costs

By Tim Kowols

You could potentially see a little savings on your tax bill thanks to the efforts of the Sturgeon Bay Fire Department.  After having an Insurance Service Office (ISO) score of four just over 20 years ago, the Sturgeon Bay Fire Department has been able to lower it down to a level two thanks to improvements in its practices and a plan to build a training facility. Fire Chief Tim Dietman told the Sturgeon Bay Common Council Tuesday that joining the top two percent of fire departments in the entire country is an honor for his firefighters and good news for businesses and homeowners.



Dietman thanked the Door County Sheriff's Department, the utility companies, firefighters, and the community for their support in reaching this milestone. The ISO rating will take effect for insurance holders to take advantage of on June 1.

Kewaunee County Fair Grabs Two National Acts For 100th Anniversary

By Tim Kowols

Two major recording bands will be making stops in Luxemburg this summer for the 100th Kewaunee County Fair. Country acts Diamond Rio and Ricochet will be headlining the midway stage on Friday and Saturday nights respectively during the four-day event. Al Hoppe from the Kewaunee County Fair says months of hard work goes into booking major acts for people to enjoy.



Hoppe says the tractor pull and enduro race will return as grandstand entertainment for the Kewaunee County Fair, which runs July 20 to 23.

State Senator Hopes Fight Against Redistricting Reform Stops

By Tim Kowols

Democratic State Senator Dave Hansen hopes his colleagues on the other side of the aisle join his view of the debate on redistricting reform. His bill, SB13, would mimic the Iowa model of redistricting and turn the process over to an independent board instead of allowing politicians to draw the maps. With citizen action groups supporting the measure and higher courts ruling the older maps were unconstitutional, Senator Hansen hopes Republicans stop spending money trying to defend it.



Of the 46 names that have signed onto SB 13, Rep. Todd Novak of Dodgeville remains the only Republican to support it. Attorney General Brad Schimel officially appealed November's decision last week and the case will now wait to be heard by the United States Supreme Court.

Friends Group Hopes Community Moves Forward Together After Written Ruling Is Released

By Tim Kowols

Progress is being made on meetings to discuss the future of Sturgeon Bay's west side. No additional details were given, but Dan Collins from the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront told that the city, the group, and hotel developer Bob Papke have set a schedule for meetings after Judge Raymond Huber signed his official written ruling this week. Judge Huber ruled that parcel 92 is in the public trust and cannot be sold for private development. Collins hopes the discussions help the community move forward.



The Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront have filed a Petition for Declaratory Ruling for an ordinary high water mark determination on parcel 92 in hopes to set a line for where a hotel or other development could be built.

Sturgeon Bay Math Team Just Misses Finals In Academic Competition At Green Bay Preble

By Paul Schmitt

The Sturgeon Bay High School Math Team came in fifth place at an academic competition at Green Bay Preble on Tuesday.  Sixteen schools competed with Southwest, Ashwaubenon, West DePere and  DePere reaching the finals.  Sturgeon Bay High School Math Teacher Cliff Wind says the Clippers struggled in the first round but bounced back in the second.



Wind says although the team was disappointed by not reaching the finals, they took consolation in losing by only two points to the eventual champion Southwest and competing well against schools with much larger enrollments.  Sturgeon Bay, which won their 16th consecutive conference championship last month, also participated in the state math meet on Wednesday.  Results were not available as of Friday since all schools have until the end of this week to take and submit the state test.

Eagle Tower Fund Gets Help From State Grant

By Brady Haupt

A long-time Northern Door County landmark is nearing a rebirth with a little help from some friends. The Friends of Peninsula State Park were recently named as recipients of the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Grant. The $20,000 dollar boost, awarded by the state of Wisconsin, will go toward the Eagle Tower Fund, where Rachel Stollenwerk, Campaign Director for the Eagle Tower Fund, says it will be put to good use.



The grant puts the Eagle Tower Fund at around $400,000 dollars toward their ultimate goal of $750,000, which they hope to have collected by July 1st.

Boys And Girls Club of Door County Celebrates 3rd Annual World's Fair

By Paul Schmitt

The Boys and Girls Club of Door County held their 3rd annual World's Fair at the David G. Hatch Center in Sturgeon Bay Thursday afternoon.  Executive Director Julie Davis says the month-long planning of the fair is a great learning experience for the members.



Davis says that the event offers the community to find out what happens inside the walls of the Boys and Girls Club.



The exchange students programs have been helpful to share cultures from countries like Brazil and Italy so the Boys and Girls Club members can better understand the diversity in the world, according to Davis.

DNR To Make Decision On Door County Farm Permit In April

By Tim Kowols

The future of a large Door County farm will soon be in the hands of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Thursday marked the last day the DNR would accept comments on the renewal of a state pollutant discharge permit for Jerseyland Dairy, LLC., which has also listed the request to increase its herd size to over 10,000 animals by 2021. Organizations like the Door County Environmental Council and Door Property Owners have voiced their concerns over the request, citing what increased manure spreading over shallow soil cover and fractured bedrock could do to the area's water supply. DCEC President Steve Eatough says that could be bad news for area bodies of water, including the expanding dead zones in the bay of Green Bay.



Jerseyland Dairy, LLC owner Randy Schmidt could not be reached for this story, but the farm's Web site states that it works with the Door County Soil and Water Department and the Natural Resources Conservation Service to evaluate the fields they rent and own. A decision is expected in April.

Kewaunee County Aiming To Keep Future Generations Close to Home

By Tim Kowols

The Kewaunee County Economic Development Corporation is depending on its young people to return home after they go away for school. While surrounding counties have experience growth, Kewaunee County's population has actually dipped since the turn of the 20th century. Combined with the county's population aging, Kewaunee County Economic Development Corporation Board Chairperson Lonnie Vincent says events like last fall's manufacturing day at NEW Plastics and D&S Machine Service in Luxemburg help show future generations that the area is attractive to stay to live and work.



Vincent hopes the manufacturing day becomes a semi-annual event, opening doors to other businesses to high school students in Kewaunee County.

Crews Investigating Cause Of Baileys Harbor Fire Wednesday Night

By Tim Kowols

A Baileys Harbor home is considered a total loss after a wind-aided fire ripped through the home Wednesday evening. Crews reported to the scene along Kangaroo Lake at approximately 6:17 p.m. The unoccupied home is considered to be a complete loss after members of the Egg Harbor, Ephraim, Sister Bay-Liberty Grove, Jacksonport, and Gibraltar fire departments provided support for Baileys Harbor. Baileys Harbor Assistant Fire Chief Eric Peil says the wind provided a challenge, but also relief for other nearby structures.



Peil says the scene was cleared just before 3 a.m. Thursday morning. Crews were back on the scene investigating the blaze later in the morning to determine a cause of the fire., Local Businesses Team Up To Support Adopt-A-Soldier

By Tim Kowols


Following last week's news that Door County-based charity Adopt-A-Soldier had to stop packing boxes late last month due to a lack of supplies, three local businesses are teaming up with the radio stations of to be drop off sites for items and donations today.


Scaturo's Baking Company will begin the day from 8 - 10 a.m. with patriotic pancakes as a special breakfast item. Bayside Home Medical will take the baton from 10-11 a.m. before ending at Econo Foods with a brat fry and food drive between 11 AM and 1 PM. Brats are just two dollars and all the proceeds go directly to Adopt-A-Soldier.


Donations of items to fill the boxes and monetary donations to help send the packages to members of the military from Door and Kewaunee Counties will be accepted at these locations and at the offices of


(Jon Calhoun Econofoods Manager; Nick Freimuth WRLU; Dennis Ott, Nancy Hutchinson Adopt-a-Soldier Director)



Finding Experience For Prospective Jobs Often Hard To Find For Some

By Tim Kowols

Getting the necessary experience to acquire a new position is often easier said than done for many job seekers.  According to, employers often will pass on people without experience if they are not given a reason to take a chance on them and because a bad hire could be an expensive mistake. Sandy Duckett from We Are Hope, Inc. says her organization is working hard to help job seekers who want to work get the experience they need to succeed.


We Are Hope, Inc. helps run the Door County Job Center, which will host a job fair March 15 at its location at the Cherry Point Mall in Sturgeon Bay. This is part of a series of stories with Sandy Duckett helping young people find employment.

Local Organizations Team Up On Workshops Aimed At "Raising A Thinking Child"

By Tim Kowols

A collaborative effort between state and local agencies will introduce skills to parents wanting to help their kids become thinking children. The UW-Extension, Door County Partnership For Children and Families, the Boys and Girls Club of Door County, University of Wisconsin Partnership program, and the Door County Public Health Department will team up to present an eight-week series of workshops designed to help parents teach their children how, not what, to think. Door County UW-Extension Family Living Educator Tenley Koehler says parents can learn a lot not just from the speakers, but from each other as well.



The workshops will take place every Monday from April 3 to May 22 at the Boys and Girls Club of Door County with a free family meal and child care offered beginning at 6 p.m. You can find registration information with this story online.

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Maple Sryup Starting To Run In Northern Door County

By Paul Schmitt


Maple syrup producers in Door and Kewaunee County are starting to tap into the harvest this week.  Recent temperatures of warmer days and cooler nights have helped start the sap flowing, according to Deb Staats of Country View Farms near Carlsville.  Staats expects the running of maple syrup to last a few weeks but there is no exact time frame.



The Staats family has been operating Country View Farms and harvesting maple syrup for almost 60 years. A Maple Syrup Fest will be held at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center in Madison on Sunday, March 26 from 1-4pm.

Sturgeon Bay Expecting A Chilly Day For Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade Saturday

By Paul Schmitt

Sturgeon Bay will be turning green a week early this year for St. Patrick's Day.  The Annual St. Patrick's Day parade will be a held this Saturday even though St. Patrick's Day is Friday, March 17.    The parade route will begin at the Sawyer Park on the city's west side and proceed over the Maple-to-Oregon Bridge and down Third Avenue.  Entries are still being taken and certificates will be awarded to the Best Irish Entry and three other categories.  Parade goers enjoyed unseasonably warm 60 degree temperatures last year.  The weather forecast is calling for partly sunny skies and a high temperature of 25 degrees Saturday.

Sturgeon Bay's New Special Olympics Basketball Team Wins Regional In Sheboygan

By Paul Schmitt

Sturgeon Bay students won first place in a Special Olympics Regional Basketball Tournament in Sheboygan last weekend.  A team of middle school and high school students won both games to claim the regional championship.  Middle School Special Education teacher Shannon Wautier says basketball was added this year to the student's activities.



The Sturgeon Bay students won their first game by three points and won the deciding game by one point on a last-second shot by Nathan Klaubauf.  Sturgeon Bay will now travel to Stevens Point for the sectionals on March 19 with the opportunity to go to the State Special Olympics in Oshkosh in April.




Back Row: Shannon Wautier, Coach Becca Conoley, Issac Abrahamson, Anna Edges, Savannah Alberts, Nathan Klaubauf, Soren Anderson, and Coach Joann Hathaway

Bottom Row:  Tony Hoffman, Lydia Greenlaw, David Gulseth, and Alec Evenson


Live Algoma Coaliton Among 11 Finalist Nationally For Health Prize

By Paul Schmitt

Live Algoma is one of 11 finalists for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize.  Over 200 community entries focused on six aspects of sustaining positive change in building a culture of health.  Live Algoma Community Nurse Activator Jody Anderson shares the uniqueness of their coalition.



Winners of the health prize receive $25,000 which will be announced in September.  Last month, Anderson and Claire Thompson had the opportunity to present on behalf of the Live Algoma Initiative at the Communities Joined in Action national conference in San Antonio, Texas.

Algoma Looking To Fill District 3 Seat On Council After Resignation Of Barlow

By Paul Schmitt

The City of Algoma has a vacancy to fill on the common council after James Barlow resigned his position as alderperson for District 3.  Mayor Wayne Schmidt says Barlow is leaving the area to be by his mother in Oshkosh and that the appointed position will serve a term until April of 2018.



Interested parties have until April 3 to send a letter of interest for the position.  The newly appointed candidate will be sworn into office at the Tuesday, April 18 council meeting.

For a map of District 3 in Algoma go to the link below:



Farmers Finding Tranisitioning Operations To Next Generation To Be Difficult

By Tim Kowols

Farmers are getting older as money and interest in the field continue to be obstacles for transitions to future generations of family members. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average age of a farmer is 57 years old, a number that is only increasing with each passing month. Paul Wallace, Jr. is in the middle of taking over ownership of his parents' 100-milking cow operation in Forestville. As he slowly buys the cattle and equipment, Wallace, Jr. says he is seeing the struggles many families face when it comes to passing farms down from generation to generation.



Wallace, Jr. says he wants his two high school-aged children to make the decision for themselves on whether or not they would like to take over the farm in the future.  Wallace Dairy Farm will be hosting the Kewaunee County Breakfast on the Farm June 11.

Mayor Spars With Council Member, Audience At Sturgeon Bay Common Council Meeting

By Tim Kowols

Sturgeon Bay Mayor Thad Birmingham found himself defending the city and his leadership throughout a contested meeting Tuesday, leading to a call for a five-minute recess and a police officer. Before the Sturgeon Bay Common Council approved $3.15 million in borrowing for Tax Increment District #4, Birmingham and District 1 alderperson Kelly Catarozoli sparred over having a plan for the area proposed for the west side redevelopment. Catarozoli told the council she does not want to borrow money that may go unused, while Birmingham said he could not see into the future.



During the public portion of the meeting, Carri Andersson, a plaintiff in the lawsuit against the city regarding the west waterfront, accused the mayor of not taking responsibility for his role in the lawsuit and for not following the law. Birmingham said at no time did the city violate the law before the meeting was forced to go into recess.



Fish Creek resident Don Freix, who asked for the point of order, was escorted out of the chambers by a Sturgeon Bay Police officer under the direction of Birmingham after he felt the meeting was being interrupted. You can listen to the audio from the discussion concerning the borrowing for TID #4 and the public comment portion online with this story.

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Proposed Cuts To EPA Spell Trouble For Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

By Tim Kowols

Proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency made by President Donald Trump could have a drastic consequence for the Great Lakes. According to the Detroit Free-Press, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a program designed to combat invasive species and clean up toxic messes, could have its budget trimmed from $300 million to just $10 million. It is especially alarming to Lakeshore Natural Resources Partnership Executive Director James Kettler, who says the bipartisan initiative had been a great step forward to protecting the Great Lakes.



The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has conducted 3,426 projects in the region since it was launched in 2010, providing over $1.7 billion in funding.

Emergency Personnel Keep Busy With Water Rescues And Training

By Tim Kowols

Fire departments across the county are taking advantage of the weak ice and changing weather conditions to work on water rescues. While the Gibraltar Fire and Rescue Association worked on their water rescue protocol in the friendly confines of the Northern Door YMCA pool, multiple agencies put their practice to work Saturday afternoon when four individuals from Green Bay fell through the ice near the Town of Gardner. Brussels-Union-Gardner Fire Chief Curt Vandertie says this is the time of the year when they often find themselves in water.


Despite the recent water rescue, Vandertie says the BUG and Southern Door Fire Departments will still practice their techniques this Saturday to prepare future emergencies.

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Sturgeon Bay School District Uses Greenhouses As Means For Other Studies

By Tim Kowols

Sturgeon Bay School District is proving a greenhouse can be so much more for students than a place to grow plants. Students are using small, single-board computers called Raspberry Pis to create small greenhouses where temperature and light can be controlled. Superintendent Dan Tjernagel believes this is just the start of something special for students and teachers alike.



The eventual goal of the program is to be able to grow fruits and vegetables to be enjoyed by students in the school's cafeteria. Donations are currently being accepted for a planned greenhouse facility.

High Winds Causing Power Outages Across The Area

By Tim Kowols

High winds are being blamed for power outages across Door and Kewaunee County this morning. As of 6 a.m., close to 350 customers of Wisconsin Public Service are affected power outages. According to Wisconsin Public Service, crews have been out for the last eight hours making the necessary repairs to get power back on for 12,000 customers in the state. The National Weather Service has the area under a wind advisory until 6 p.m. today.


Map courtesy of Wisconsin Public Service. You can keep up to date on your area here.

Help Of Door County Educating Families On Signs Of Teen Dating Violence


The warning signs of domestic violence can come in many different ways.  Steve Vickman, director of HELP of Door County, says when it comes to teen dating violence the red flags of an abusive relationship can show up at school as well as at home.



Vickman says other signs of an abusive relationship can be excessive texting, phone calls or visiting with the boyfriend or girlfriend.   One in three teens in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, according to   For contact information for HELP of Door County services and options available to those in a violent relationship, go to

Placement Of Politcal Lawn Signs Must Meet City Rules

By Paul Schmitt

With Election Day exactly four weeks away, city officials want to remind property owners that political lawn signs can only be displayed on private property.  Political signage is not permitted on the "tree lawn" which is the green space between the road curb and the sidewalk.  Sturgeon Bay City Planner and Zoning Administrator Ryan Kernosky says that property is technically owned by the city and that bigger signage must comply with the city's sign code that addresses vision intersection safety.




Kernosky adds that if you do not have a sidewalk on your property, placement of a sign should be 12 feet from the edge of the street.  If you have any questions, Kernosky says you can contact him at City Hall in Sturgeon Bay.

(Photos compliments of City of Sturgeon Bay Facebook account)



Kewaunee County Emergency Management Seeking More Ham Radio Operators For Communication Programs

By Tim Kowols

Ham radio operators in Kewaunee County are proving to be indispensable when it comes to helping with emergency response. Five operators in the county help with public service communication support through the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES) programs. Emergency Coordinator Dan Heinrich, operating under the handle of W9JFM, says even though the number of ham radio operators is dwindling, they still provide an important service to the counties they serve.



Licensed and trained ham radio operators are invited to join Kewaunee County ARES/RACES and attend an informational meeting at the fairgrounds on March 18 beginning at 10:30 a.m. You can learn more about the meeting online with this story.

Spending Plans Start At The Ground Floor

By Tim Kowols

Starting with the little things when it comes to a spending plan may be the best way to get you out of debt.  A written plan with insight on the money coming in and going out on a monthly basis can give you an idea of what your spending habits are and how to make adjustments where needed. Gay Pustaver from Money Management Counselors suggests couples start at the ground floor and find ways to make monthly expenses like heating and water bills get paid at better times for them.



Pustaver recommends couples setting up a system, whether it is cash in envelopes or separate accounts for different expenses you are planning, that will work best for their spending plan. You can listen to the entire Money Management Monday interview with Gay Pustaver below.


Fish Creek Beach Hopes To Be Expanded By This Summer

By Tim Kowols

The town of Gibraltar hopes a newly expanded Fish Creek Beach will be able to greet residents and visitors alike once summer comes. Last month, town officials and residents walked the site of 4108 Main Street to discuss future plans for the beach. While creating permanent bathhouse space is one of  the aesthetic changes that were discussed, the town must first have the property rezoned and have different variances approved so additional work can be done. Supervisor Brian Hackbarth says the goal is to have one contiguous beach for people to enjoy.



The property was purchased by the town of Gibraltar last August for $1.4 million after getting approval to do so during a special meeting of electors.

Southern Door Fifth Graders Raise Over $51K For Cerebral Palsy

By Tim Kowols

For the 36th straight year, Southern Door 5th graders were at the center of a huge day to support those suffering from cerebral palsy. Students raised $51,360 for Cerebral Palsy through a number of different efforts, ranging from writing letters and selling pies to participating in a local television broadcast. Southern Door Elementary School principal Laurie Connell says it is always a very proud day for her.


In the 36 years Southern Door students have participated in this service learning project, over $800,000 has been raised to support cerebral palsy.

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"Comprehensive Plan" Will Move Algoma Forward

By Brady Haupt

The City of Algoma is considering a new "Comprehensive Plan" to help guide the city into the future on all fronts. The process will encompass all aspects of city infrastructure, but City Administrator and Clerk Jeff Wiswell says that there are three key elements that the city is looking at.



The state requires cities to renew their comprehensive plan after ten years. A series of meetings will be set up in the next several months to ensure a strong outreach to the community. A survey is available online. For further information, head to the "Comprehensive Plan" page on the Algoma City website.

Sturgeon Bay Common Council to Address TID Refinancing, Zoning

By Brady Haupt

The Sturgeon Bay City Council will meet Tuesday to consider the recommendation of the Waterfront Redevelopment Authority to refinance debt from the fourth Tax Incremental District. TID #4 covers the West Waterfront Area Redevelopment. Approval would give the city up to $3,350,000 to cover $3.1 million of short-term notes plus interest from 2015. The move was recommended by the council at last month's meeting. Also addressed will be several zoning ordinances. The Sturgeon Bay Common Council will meet at noon Tuesday in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

Cows Struggling With Fluctuating Temperatures

By Tim Kowols

The fluctuating temperatures in recent weeks have been not good for human or bovine populations. After a couple days near 0 degrees with the windchill, the National Weather Service is forecasting temperatures to hit as high as 51 on Monday. That is bad news for Haberli Farms owner and Ag Advisory Board member Mark Haberli, who says he has had to take extra precautions to make sure his herd does not get sick and force him to use antibiotics.



Haberli says he has had cows with pneumonia in facilities that never experienced such issues in the nine years he has owned the farm.


For Local Environmental Groups, Aldo Leopold Days Have Become A Team Effort

By Brady Haupt

The first weekend of each March in Wisconsin is designated "Aldo Leopold Day" as many across the state remember Leopold's legacy of environmentalism.  Several local environmental groups have set out to make sure that Leopold's message is still heard. Coggin Heeringa, Director of Crossroads at Big Creek on how "Aldo Leopold Day" became a team effort in Door County.



Leopold's posthumous release, "A Sand County Almanac" was read in sections at each location over the weekend. The book, centered in Wisconsin, has become a landmark in American Conservation.

Farmers Play the Waiting Game as Planting Season Approaches

By Brady Haupt

The light at the end of the tunnel is nearing for local farmers. As winter begins to draw to a close, farmers are beginning to make their first steps toward a successful season. Jim Wautier of Church-Site Farms in Brussels and a member of the Ag Advisory Board, says that now is the time to start thinking about what the upcoming year holds.



In spite of what has been a mild winter in the area thus far, Wautier doesn't believe planting season will be affected.

Destination Imagination BayLake Regional Gives Local Students Chance to Put on a Show

By Brady Haupt

Fifty-one Destination Imagination teams descended on Sturgeon Bay High School for the BayLake Regional and a chance to flex their minds. The Destination Imagination program is a fun, hands-on system of learning that fosters students' creativity, courage, and curiosity through open-ended academic Challenges in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, fine arts and service learning. The participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem-solving process. Lilly Schumacher of the Green Bay Notre Dame Academy High School team known as "Cheryl, from Financing" says that the program offers things that a regular classroom can't.



Tournaments like BayLake are happening simultaneously across 45 states and in more than 15 countries and include students from elementary, middle and high school levels.  Top teams from our area will advance to a statewide tournament, at the Stevens Point Campus, and teams that advance beyond the state level will compete in the DI Global Finals in Knoxville later this year.

Door County YMCA Thinking Ahead to Summer

By Brady Haupt

While there may be snow on the ground, it's a good time to start thinking about summer, especially for parents in need of childcare. The Door County YMCA is opening up registration for their summer
Day Camp programs, which are open to children from ages 4 all the way up to those in Jr. High. Tom Beernsten, CEO and President of the Door County YMCA on what makes the Day Camp Program special:



Registration for the 11-week Day Camp program will open to YMCA members on March 13th and opens to non-YMCA members on March 15th.

Southern Door School District Looking to Maintain Programs with Referendum Vote

By Brady Haupt

The Southern Door Board of Education is asking voters to help maintain current programs in the school district with a referendum on the April ballot. The referendum will ask voters permission to exceed a state-imposed revenue limit for the funding of annual school operations. Southern Door School District Superintendant Patti Vickman says that the formula the state uses for determining school funding makes the referendum necessary.



The referendum is non-recurring and will cover only operational costs for educational programs. The funds generated will not be available construction or remodeling. A series of informational meetings will take place across southern Door County throughout the month of March. For more information on the referendum, click on the link.

A Better Night Sleep Might Be Just One Green Plant Away

By Paul Schmitt

A very natural and green addition to your bedroom could be the solution to a better night's sleep.  Certain house plants have been known to help with breathing problems and reduce anxiety.  Larry Maas from Maas floral and Greenhouse in Sturgeon Bay says a variety of plants can help you sleep better.



Maas says those plants are considered to be air purifiers.  Other plants that emit oxygen and can help in a more restful sleep are the Spider Plant, Aloe Vera, Jasmine, and the English Ivy Plant according to Maas.

Agenda Taking Shape for Door/Kewaunee County Legislative Days

By Brady Haupt

With the Door/Kewaunee County biennial Legislative Days trip to Madison approaching, the local agenda that will take center stage is taking shape. A delegation of residents, elected officials, business owners and others will bring a locally agreed upon agenda of Door and Kewaunee County specific issues directly to state elected officials and government leaders. Caleb Frostman of the Door County Economic Development Corporation on what the agenda looks like thus far:



More items are expected to be added to the agenda before the event, which is to take place on April 5th and 6th.

Local Police Chiefs Speak Out On Roles Of Immigration Enforcement

By Paul Schmitt

More and more law enforcement leaders around the United States are speaking out on keeping local police out of enforcing the immigration laws of the federal government.  Reportedly several police chiefs in Northeastern Wisconsin have sent signed letters to Congress urging "a constructive immigration enforcement approach that prioritizes criminals and not peaceful residents."   Kewaunee Police Chief Frank Salentine says he agrees with them.



Although local law enforcement does not enforce federal immigration laws, Salentine says federal authorities should be contacted if an illegal immigrant is arrested for a serious offense.  The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has been holding hearings this past week in Washington, D.C. discussing immigration enforcement.

Norovirus Hitting Its Peak In Door County

By Tim Kowols

A stomach bug is the culprit for many students staying home from school in recent weeks. The Norovirus is peaking in Door County, leaving many with flu-like symptoms in addition to diarrhea and vomiting.  Door County Medical Center nurse practitioner Nicole Welter says she has seen plenty of cases at the Southern Door Community Clinic in Brussels and advises that you should take it easy if you have it.



Over 20 million cases of the Norovirus are reported each year in the United States and there could be 50 percent more cases in years when a new strain is introduced. Welter recommends not going back to work or school until 48 hours after symptoms disappear.

Sturgeon Bay Common Council Candidates Offer Differing Opinions On Ethics Committee

By Tim Kowols

Some of the candidates running for the Sturgeon Bay Common Council would be in favor of the city creating an ethics committee. In a opinion poll, 74 percent of respondents would be in favor of an ethics committee to review potential conflicts of interest in elected and appointed positions in city government.


Laurel Hauser, a candidate for District 7, says she is in favor of creating the committee so alderpersons can have a check and balance for particular votes.



David Ward, seeking re-election to his seat representing District 3, is not in favor of creating a committee but would rather see council members and appointees fill out full disclosure forms similar to ones he filled out when he was a high-level state employee.



Write-in District 5 candidate Barbara Allman says an ethics committee would be a good resource to have during meetings.


Allman's opponent in District 5, Brian Peterson, was unable to speak with this past week. First District candidates Danny Wiegand and Kelly Catarozoli, Third District candidate Martha Scully-Beller, and Seventh District candidate Joe McMahon did not respond to requests to set up an interview.

Scrap Metal Prices On The Upswing

By Tim Kowols

The scrap metal in your home could be worth big bucks thanks to a jump in prices. According to the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, scrap metal prices are on the rise for the first time in five years thanks to a stronger U.S. dollar and manufacturing industry. Steve Estes from Advanced Disposal says it is good news for local manufacturers and for people who have been holding onto scrap metal for a long time.



Estes says the price of copper is the highest it has been in three years while aluminum and some steel are as high as they have been in over 12 months.

Kewaunee Harbor Restoration On Track; Set For Restart Monday

By Tim Kowols

The Kewaunee Harbor restoration project expects to be finished on time. Construction crews will head back to the site on Monday to begin work after taking time off for the weather and finish up some other projects. Approximately 70 percent of the seawall's tiebacks need to be installed before work can begin on the upland portion of the project. Kewaunee Public Works Director Matt Murphy says that is the point when residents and visitors will notice the positive changes being made.



Work is expected to be finished by June 1, which is when the harbor assistance grants making the project possible expire. Other improvements associated with the Kewaunee Harbor restoration include a boardwalk, parking lot, and walking trails through a newly developed park.

Recent Door County Deaths Cause Concern For The Elderly

By Tim Kowols

Recent deaths of two older Door County residents have renewed the call for family and friends to check in on the elderly. Last Saturday, a 69-year-old Sturgeon Bay woman was found dead in her driveway and covered in snow just weeks after an 87-year-old Sister Bay man died in a car on private property. While the exact cause of each death is still unknown, Rachelle Gramann from the Door County Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) says it is another reminder that this is the time of year when you should pay extra attention to your older family members.



The ADRC checks in on its clients for its meals on wheels program while Gramann also recommends out-of-area family members form a relationship with neighbors of their loved ones to keep an eye on them as well.

Investment Strategy Should Be Consistent As Dow Jones Surges Over 21,000 This Week

By Paul Schmitt

As investors responded favorably to President Donald Trumps address to a joint session of Congress earlier this week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped to over 21,000 to continue a record-setting trend.  Although the Dow Jones dipped on Thursday over 112 points after surging 300 points on Wednesday, Casey St. Henry from Thrivent Financial In Sturgeon Bay still says a consistent investment strategy is the best plan no matter the ups and downs of the market.




St. Henry recommends that people consult with a financial advisor to map out a well thought out investment plan before investing money in the market.  The Stock Market closed at 21,002.97 at the bell yesterday.

Students Encouraged To Start Job Prospecting Earlier

By Tim Kowols

While things are getting better for recent college graduates, the gap between graduation day and the first day of a new job remains wide. According to the Chicago Tribune, 33 percent of recent graduates did not have jobs that required a college education, down from 53.6 percent in 2011 who were underemployed or worse. Sandy Duckett from We Are Hope, Inc. says students need to be starting to think about their future as early as a freshman in high school.



Duckett says jobs and internships, no matter the position, could potentially lead to something else down the road. This is the first in a series of stories with Sandy Duckett helping young people find employment.

Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department Taking A Close Look At Their Jail

By Tim Kowols

The Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department is asking for community feedback on the future of its jail. The current facility was built in 1968 and has seen its maximum capacity of 22 inmates stretched at times over the last 50 years. Sheriff Matt Joski says the current facility does not meet the current needs of people who find themselves in unfortunate situations.



The Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department hopes to post additional information about their current facility, including the results of a 2016 Justice and Jail Analysis, on its Web site in the coming weeks.

Nature Put To The Test During Warm, Wet Winter

By Tim Kowols

Door County Land Trust Executive Director Tom Clay is confident that nature will find a way despite the weather being anything but normal. After near record highs at the end of February, snow and cold has returned before another possible warm-up next week.  Clay believes things will hopefully stay relatively normal for plants and animals despite the constant changes in the forecast.



According to the National Weather Service, temperatures in the Green Bay area were as much as ten degrees above normal in February. The area's meteorological winter, which concluded February 28, was the fifth warmest on record and the eleventh wettest.

Sturgeon Bay Seeks Feedback On Bicycling In the Community

By Tim Kowols

The city of Sturgeon Bay is turning to its residents and visitors for help on understanding current bicycle conditions in the area it could potentially improve. The survey is part of the city's reapplication to be considered as a Bicycle Friendly Community, which it has been a bronze level member of since 2013. City engineer Chad Shefchik says the data collected will help see if the improvements made over the last four years have been beneficial and if some other changes made have hurt bicycling in the area.



Shefchik says improvements to bicycle lanes throughout the city and its efforts to help extend the Ahnapee State Trail have played a role in crafting Sturgeon Bay's master plan over the next few years.

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Luxemburg-Casco School District Weighs Options For Future Of Its Middle School Building

By Tim Kowols

Luxemburg-Casco School District is working on balancing the new needs of the community with a promise made almost 50 years ago. In addition to exploring a referendum, community members have requested that seventh and eighth graders be moved from the district's middle school in Casco to buildings in Luxemburg. Complicating the move was an agreement made that the Casco school would never close before the two districts merged in 1968. District superintendent Glen Schlender says he has talked to many local businesses, educational institutions, and other stakeholders about the possibilities for the building.




Some of the ideas discussed at a meeting held in February included high school and post-secondary education opportunities, research spaces, community-focused facilities and business incubators. Schlender hopes to have a timeline for potential changes available in time for the district's community conversation sessions in May.

The Ridges Sanctuary Set To Open New Exhibits

By Tim Kowols

One of the biggest exhibit upgrades in the history of The Ridges Sanctuary will be open to the public on Saturday. Supported by the town of Baileys Harbor and the Federal Highway Administration's Scenic Byways program, the new exhibits will focus on the history of The Ridges Sanctuary and the land that it occupies. Development Director Drew Richmond says after being closed for nearly two weeks to allow for the installation of the new exhibits, he is excited for the visitors to experience something that has been five years in the making.


The new exhibits will feature hands-on exhibits and videos featuring Wisconsin's oldest non-profit nature preserve.

Dairy Farmers Looking For Milk Prices To Stay Up After Two Tough Years

By Paul Schmitt

Dairy farmers in Door and Kewaunee County are optimistic that milk prices will continue the upward trend that began last year.  Milk prices that fell as low as $15 per hundred-weight the past two years have bounced back nicely, according to Jim Wautier of Church-Site Farms in Brussels and a member of the Ag Advisory Board.



Wautier says dairy farmers will likely wait for stability in milk prices before investing in new equipment on the farm.  The USDA lowered its milk production forecast for 2017 as slower growth in cow numbers more than offsets slightly higher growth in milk per cow, according to dairy

Door County YMCA Annual Campaign Dinner Makes Membership Possible For Many

By Paul Schmitt

The Door County YMCA will be having their annual campaign dinner Sunday, March 19 to help support the "membership for all" initiative.  CEO and President Tom Beerntsen says the goal behind the fundraising dinner is to help make the "Y" accessible to those that have financial limitations.



The Door County YMCA has locations in Sturgeon Bay and Fish Creek.

Drivers Reminded To Slow Down As Wintry Weather Returns To Area

By Paul Schmitt

Wintry weather conditions returned on Wednesday causing area roads to be snow covered and slippery.  Door County Chief Deputy Pat McCarty says the highway department crews are doing their best to keep roads clear, but extra caution is needed during storms.



McCarty reported that a two-vehicle accident near Forestville Wednesday morning occurred when a driver tried passing another car.  Both vehicles had severe damage but no serious injuries were sustained by either driver.  Travel is not recommended unless absolutely necessary, according to McCarty.


Candidates Shared Their Vision For City At Monday's LWV Voter's Forum

By Paul Schmitt

With election day less than five weeks away, candidates for the Sturgeon Bay Common Council participated in a forum at City Hall Monday evening.  The forum which was sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Door County afforded candidates the opportunity to address audience questions ranging from property taxes and the west side waterfront.  League of Women Voters of Door County member Helen Bacon says the forum came at an important time for the community.



Participants in the forum included District 3 incumbent David Ward and challenger Martha-Scully-Beller, District 5 candidate Brian Peterson who will face write-in candidate Barb Allmann, District 7 candidates Laurel Hauser and Joe McMahon, and District 1 Incumbent Kelly Catarozoli and challenger Dan Wiegand, who was out of town and unable to attend the forum.  The spring election will be Tuesday, April 4.

Door County Short Film Festival Sees Record Crowds And Awards Sweep

By Paul Schmitt

The 8th Annual Door County Short Film Festival saw a sweep of the awards and near-sold out sessions last weekend.   Sponsored by the Sister Bay Advancement Association, the festival features international competition from around the world.  Sister Bay Civic Organization Coordinator Chris Milligan says the event added a local flavor last Friday evening.



A total of 21 short films were shown Saturday with "Shimmer", a film directed by Komin Lee of Taiwan, winning both the People's Choice Award and the Jury Award at the festival.  Over 80 hours of short films were entered, according to Milligan.  The films will be provided an additional forum by being shown at   Sister Bay Pavilion this summer as an abbreviated film festival.

Heroin Supplying Case From 2013 Death Goes To Trial In Kewaunee County Court

By Paul Schmitt

The trial of a Green Bay man accused of supplying heroin to a Kewaunee County man that died as a result of an overdose is being heard this week in Kewaunee County Court.  According to the criminal complaint, Charles Carthage is facing charges of being party to first-degree reckless homicide by delivering drugs to Andrew LeFevre of Casco who died in 2013.  Carthage, 44, is currently in prison serving a five-year sentence for heroin trafficking in Brown County.  The trial is scheduled to wrap up on Thursday this week.  Brown County Circuit Judge Donald Zuidmulder is presiding over the case in Kewaunee County Court.

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