News Archives for 2017-04

Keep Safety In Mind With Farm Equipment On The Road


By Aerica Bjurstrom, Kewaunee County UW-Extension




Spring is slow to arrive this year, but that doesn't stop the need for field work and farm equipment on the roads. Because most of the roads in Kewaunee and Door Counties are rural, practicing patience and caution can prevent a serious accident.

 

Farm vehicles can be recognized by their size and slow moving emblems displayed. Be prepared to slow down when you see these vehicles. Some may also have flashing yellow lights. Dusk is a particularly busy time as farmers are returning from the fields this time of day.

 

Because some farm vehicles are not required to have turn signals and brake lights, it may seem as if the vehicle is stopping in the middle of the road, when in fact they are preparing to turn left. Please use caution and patience behind these vehicles; the most common accident occurs when a motorist thinks the vehicle is pulling over when in fact the farmer is swinging the vehicle wide to line up with a gate or driveway.

 

Farm equipment is commonly driven on the shoulder of the road to allow for better passing space for motorists. Although farm equipment operators are not required to drive on the shoulder, they typically do this as a courtesy for vehicle traffic. Be aware that farm implements driving on the shoulder may swing out into the road to go around a mailbox or other obstruction. Remember the farm implement is only on the road for a short period of time; following it on a highway is the equivalent of sitting at a stop light.

 

The keys to safety when sharing the road with farm equipment are care, caution, and patience. Have a safe spring and keep an eye out for your neighbors on the roads.

Egg Harbor To Add Farmers' Market Memorial Day Weekend


By Tim Kowols




You can add Egg Harbor to the growing list of Door and Kewaunee County farmers' markets this summer. The village approved an ordinance change in March to allow the farmers' market to take place on Fridays beginning at 8 a.m. starting May 26 and ending October 6. Deputy administrator Megan Vandermause says the Egg Harbor Business Association was excited to get started on the project.

 



 

Egg Harbor will become the ninth community in Door and Kewaunee Counties to host a farmers' market, joining Sister Bay, Jacksonport, Baileys Harbor, Sturgeon Bay, Fish Creek, Luxemburg, Kewaunee and Algoma.

Literacy Partners of Kewaunee County Help Residents Get On The Right Track


By Tim Kowols




By helping people learn to read and write in English, the Literacy Partners of Kewaunee County is giving some area residents a second chance. Volunteer tutors help students as old as 62 learn the language and inspire them to chase after an otherwise elusive high school diploma, GED certificate and or get a new job. Literacy Partners of Kewaunee County President Bob Garfinkel hopes to help low-income families get off on the right foot in August by partnering with the health department and UW-Extension's Back to School event in August.



 

Last week, the Literacy Partners of Kewaunee County celebrated the recognition of one of its tutors and board members Kate Phillips as the Adult Volunteer of the Year by the Volunteer Center of Brown County.

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Sunrise Ambassadors Making Impact On Community


By Tim Kowols




No matter how small or how young, students at Sunrise School in Sturgeon Bay are learning they can make big impact in different ways throughout the community. In recent months, elementary students have visited residents at the Door County Medical Center's Assisted Living Center and helped prepare Potawatomi State Park for the upcoming summer season. School District Superintendent Dan Tjernagel says the park clean-up was especially timely with Earth Week celebrations happening throughout the county.

 



 

The Sunrise Ambassador program works with the Volunteer Center of Door County to generate different service projects once a month.

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson On Board With President Trump's Deregulations In "First 100 Days"


By Paul Schmitt




With President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office officially marked yesterday, mixed reviews on his failures and accomplishments have been scrutinized.  U.S. Senator Ron Johnson in an interview last month with DoorCountyDailyNews.com says Trump is successfully spurring the economy by eliminating federal overregulation.

 



 

Johnson says it costs the country $2 trillion per year to comply with federal regulations that equate to $14,800 per year per household.   He says that overregulation is an enormous burden on Americans that average people feel in reduced wages, reduced opportunities, and higher consumer prices.

Groundbreaking For B.U.G. Fire Department's Projects Set For Wednesday


By Paul Schmitt




The Brussels-Union-Gardner Fire Department will break ground on its $2.8 million station projects this Wednesday.  A new fire station will be built near the Highway 57 and County C intersection in Brussels while B.U.G's other station in Gardner will be expanded and remodeled.  Fire Chief Curt Vandertie says he is excited to see the five years in the making projects get started.

 



 

The groundbreaking ceremonies will happen at noon for the North Station in Gardner and at 1 p.m. for the South Station in Brussels.   The plan is for the new facilities to be open in this fall, according to Vandertie.

"Best Of Door County" Winner Northern Territory Opening New Location Monday In Ephraim


By Paul Schmitt




Northern Territory in Sturgeon Bay won the "Best of Door County" for the Furniture & Mattress category last week.  Over 12,500 votes were cast and 6,751 nominations were received during the eight-week balloting on DoorCountyDailyNews.com.  Owner Kay Seitz says she credits her customer service as a reason her business was rewarded.

 



 

Seitz opens a second store location called Stone Cottage Interiors by Northern Territory in Ephraim on Monday.  She says the additional store opening was made easier with the help of her employees.

 



 

Northern Territory is located on South Madison Avenue on Sturgeon Bay west side.  The new Ephraim location is just south of Sister Bay on Highway 42.

Ag Heritage & Resources Center Celebrating "Spring Opener" Tonight (Saturday)


By Paul Schmitt




 

The Agricultural Heritage & Resources Center south of Kewaunee has their Spring Opener tonight (Saturday) night with Music on The Farm.  The first scheduled event of the year will have a well-known area band performing, according to executive committee member Sue Sevcik.

 



 

A "Music on the Farm" Polka Dance will be held next Saturday, May 6 from 1 until 4pm, according to Sevcik.  The Agricultural Heritage & Resources facility is located five miles south of Kewaunee on Highway 42 and is available to host activities that bring family and community together.  You can find contact information online with this story.

http://agriculturalheritage.org/?page_id=5

 

(photo from Agricultural Heritage & Resources, Inc.)

Climate Change Coalition Of Door County Fouth Annual Forum Set For May 20


By Paul Schmitt




 

The fourth annual Climate Change Coalition of Door County Forum will feature three notable speakers, all of whom have PhDs.  Dr. Steve Vavrus, Dr. Jeffrey Thompson and Dr. Sharon Dunwoody will address climate change and extreme weather and what to expect here and around the world, as well as why a cleaner environment offers better health and a stronger economy with lower costs.  Member of the Steering Committee and former co-chair of Governor Jim Doyles' Climate Change Task Force Roy Thilly explains the goal of the forum.

 



 

The Climate Change Coalition of Door County's Fourth Annual Forum will be held from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay on Saturday, May 20.  You can find the complete program and online registration for the event below.

 

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To register click here:  https://climatechangedoorcounty.com/4th-annual-forum/

Students Have Opportunity To Take On Roles Of Kewaunee County Elected Officials


By Paul Schmitt




21 high school students will have the chance to take on duties of Kewaunee County's nine elected officials next Wednesday.  Algoma, Kewaunee and the Luxemburg-Casco School Districts are participating in the 53rd annual "Youth Government Day".  Kewaunee County Clerk Jamie Annoye explains how the seven pre-selected students from the three schools will learn the inner workings of local government.

 



 

The Youth Government Day starts at 8:30 am and runs until a Student Certificate Presentation at 2:45pm.  The program is sponsored by several American Legion Posts in Kewaunee County.

 

Kewaunee County's Elected Officials

Judge – Keith A. Mehn

District Attorney – Andrew P. Naze

Clerk of Circuit Court – Becky Deterville

Sheriff – Matt Joski

Coroner – Rory Groessl

County Board Chairman – Robert Weidner

County Clerk – Jamie Annoye

County Treasurer – Michelle Dax

Register of Deeds – Germaine Bertrand

Town Of Gibraltar Holding Public Meeting On Fish Creek Watershed Project


By Paul Schmitt




The Town of Gibraltar Plan Commission is looking to create an improvement and protection plan for a creek known as Fish Creek and its watershed.  The town is holding the second of two public meetings on Thursday, May 11.  Town of Gibraltar Plan Commission Chair Linda Merline says the creek is significant to residents.

 



 

The Center of Watershed Science and Education at U.W. –Stevens Point, is assisting the town of Gibraltar in the creation of the plan funded through a DNR River Planning Grant.

Two Kayakers Die After Capsizing Off Of Cave Point State Park


By Paul Schmitt




Two Kayakers off Cave Point County Park in Sevastopol have died after their watercrafts apparently capsized 100 feet offshore Friday morning.  According to a Door County Sheriff's Department news release, at around 11:30 AM Friday the Door County Dispatch Center received a distress call.  Sheriff Steve Delarwelle explains the response.

 



 

The two men were taken to Door County Medical Center, and the Sheriff's Office was notified at 2 pm that both males were deceased, one a 21-year old from Clintonville and the other a 29-year old from Sturgeon Bay.  The water temperature was 43 degrees.  Neither men were wearing flotation devices.  Names are being withheld pending notification of family.

Still Too Wet and Cold For Planting Of Crops By Area Farmers


By Paul Schmitt




With still a couple days left in the month, April will go down as one of the wetter ones for area farmers in recent years.  According to envirorweather.com, Door and Kewaunee Counties have already received nearly four inches of rainfall this month.  Jim Wautier, owner of Church Site Farms In Brussels and a member of the DoorCountyDailyNews.com Ag Advisory Board says the fields remain too wet and cool to start planting corn and soybeans.

 



 

Wautier says normally the last week of April is when area farmers start planting corn while early May is the target for soybeans.  According to Wisconline.com, Door County averages 2.8 inches of rain for the month of April.

Kewaunee Chamber Sponsoring "Sip, Savor, & Support The Arts" Event This Saturday


By Paul Schmitt




The Kewaunee Chamber of Commerce is having a unique event to support the Kewaunee Artisan Center.  The first ever Sip, Savor & Support the Arts will be held Saturday afternoon and evening.  Chamber Administrative Assistant Molly Srnka describes what people can look forward to at Lakehaven Hall on Saturday.

 



 

A silent auction and live music will be provided as well, according to Srnka.  The Kewaunee Artisan Center on Harrison Street was formed in 2014 by 15 local art students.   Admission to the Sip, Savor, & Support the Arts event is $10 at the door and will be held from 2 pm until 8 pm Saturday.

City Of Sturgeon Bay Appeals Judge's Waterfront Decision


By Paul Schmitt




The City of Sturgeon Bay is appealing Judge Raymond Huber's ruling back earlier this year on the west side waterfront hotel development without City Council authorization.  Judge Huber had ruled that the City could not sell the Parcel 92 lot for commercial purposes.  The DNR had issued a preliminary ruling stating the footprint of the planned hotel was above the Ordinary High Water Mark (OHWM).   According to a social media post by Nancy Aten from the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront, Mayor Thad Birmingham and City Administrator Josh Van Lieshout filed to reserve the right to appeal on Wednesday.  The City of Sturgeon Bay has a scheduled Common Council meeting on Tuesday at noon in which resolutions will be brought to authorize the Mayor to negotiate a settlement of the lawsuit brought by the Friends group and a request for special legislation to describe OHWM at Parcel 92.  City Administrator Josh VanLieshout was not available for comment as of 2 pm Friday.




Below is the documents of appeals:

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Public Involvement Meeting Held For County Highway A Road Project As Federal Funding Is Persued


By Paul Schmitt




As part of a federally funded design project for road improvements on County A, the Door County Highway Department will be holding a public involvement meeting next Wednesday.   The meeting will discuss the planned resurfacing project that stretches five miles north on County A from County V to County E.  Highway Commissioner John Kolodziej says they are working through the different phases to receive the funding.

 



 

The construction would not start until 2020, according to Kolodziej.  There will be a presentation on the resurfacing project as part of the public meeting to be held at the Jacksonport Town Hall on Wednesday, May 3 starting at 5 PM.

Jeanne Kuhns' Painting Wins Award In Manhattan Arts International Online Gallery


By Paul Schmitt




Door County artist Jeanne Kuhns has received an Award of Merit for her painting entered in the online exhibition through the Manhattan Arts International.  The show opened Thursday and features Kuhn's painting, called "Anticipation".  Kuhns describes her water-color painting which was a significant personal memory.





Over 1,000 entrants from around the world submitted artwork for the online gallery to promote Women Artists. Kuhns was one of 63 women artists featured.  The online exhibit will stay up through June 27.  You can see a picture of Kuhn's award-winning painting and a link to the HER Story 2017 online exhibition below:

(photo of painting "Anticipation" compliments of  HER Story 2017 online exhibition)

 

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https://manhattanarts.com/herstory-exhibition-2017/

 

(Cover photo contributed)

Kewaunee County Schools Sign Official Charter For New Academy Partnership


By Paul Schmitt




High school students in Kewaunee County will now have access to more college credit courses thanks to a newly formed partnership between the schools.  Superintendents from each school were on hand Thursday morning for the official charter signing of the Ahnapee Regional Technical Academy (ARTA).  The Academy will allow students to explore hands-on experience in jobs that are especially needed in the area.  Algoma High School Principal and Superintendent Nick Cochart explains the biggest benefit that will be realized in the ARTA.

 



 

The Kewaunee County Economic Development Corporation (KCEDC) also assisted in the partnership between the schools.  The fall 2017 curriculum offerings include CNC, Machine Tool and Emergency Medical Technician programs at Algoma High School.  Kewaunee High School will offer Agriculture, Welding, and Electro-mechanical programs, while Luxemburg-Casco will provide classes for IT-Software Developer and AP coursework.

To watch the signing of the ARTA charter, click below:

https://www.facebook.com/DoorCountyDailyNews/videos/10155109300926083/

 

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Back row (L-R)  Algoma students Olivia Miller, Carly Baumann, Krista Smidt, Kyle Gau, Tori Schmidt, Julia Naze

Front row (L-R) NWTC President Dr. Jeff Rafn, Algoma Superintendent Nick Cochart, Kewaunee Superintendent Karen Treml,  Luxemburg-Casco Superintendent Glen Schlender, KCEDC Executive Director Jennifer Brown.

Interim Valuation Agreement Helps Kewaunee School District Get More State Aid


By Tim Kowols




An interim deal between the town of Carlton and Dominion Energy will give taxpayers some relief on their property tax bills as it relates to school funding. Officials from the town and the former power plant operators signed off on the deal in time for the Kewaunee School District to submit the updated property valuation to the Department of Public Instruction for state aid purposes. Kewaunee School District Superintendent Karen Treml says sorting out the difference between the $400 million and $15 million valuations should make a big impact.

 



 

Although the final number crunching is not finished, Treml expects taxes supporting the school district to still rise as it needs to pay Dominion Energy back for approximately $5.7 million due to overpayment.

Thompson Highlights Civility Matters Event


By Tim Kowols




Former pastor and school district superintendent Milton Thompson will be the keynote speaker when the Door County Civility Project hosts its Civility Matters event next week.  Author of the book "The Only One in the Room," Thompson will reflect on his experience living in Wisconsin as an African-American man during the Civil Rights movement and where the country has gone since then. Through his storytelling, Shirley Senarighi from the Door County Civility Project believes attendees to this year's event will be able to take away a lot from his presentation.



 

Civility Matters will take place May 3 at Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay beginning at 5 p.m.



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Door County Maritime Museum To Receive Aid For Collections Assessment


By Tim Kowols




The Door County Maritime Museum will be receiving some help in making sure their priceless artifacts remain preserved for generations to come. The museum was one of 75 institutions nationwide to be included in the Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program. The program will send two experts to survey the museum's collections and make an action plan on how to preserve the pieces even better. Executive Director Amy Paul says this is a big step to improve the status of the museum.

 



 

The CAP program is part of a collaborative effort between the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artist Works and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  The Door County Maritime Museum is also working with the county on current preservation efforts of the Cana Island Lighthouse and its surrounding area, which opens on Monday.

Kewaunee County Voices Concern With Potential Conservation Department Cuts Through Resolution


By Tim Kowols




The Kewaunee County Board sent a strong message to Madison this week supporting its conservation department. By a 19-0 vote, the board voted in favor of a resolution supporting keeping funding level or even increasing the budget for county conservation departments. The initial 2017-2019 budget has more dollars from the state leaving the department as it follows a downward trend that started over a decade ago. Kewaunee County Board and Land and Water Conservation member Lee Luft says protecting ground and surface water was a big focus of his at Door/Kewaunee Legislative Days earlier this month.



 

The current biennial budget has about $8 million going towards county conservation departments statewide, which is down from $9.3 million in previous budgets.

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


By Roger Utnehmer




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April 27, 2017

 

Sturgeon Bay's Missing Ingredient in Successful Waterfront Development

 

 

If ever a community seemed evenly split, it's Sturgeon Bay over the proposed west side waterfront development.  Yet, it's not too late to learn how to bring unity to a divided community.

 

The City of Eau Claire provides a positive example of how to balance development with community concerns.  Eau Claire today has a vibrant riverfront.  A former brownfield site is now the location a development that has added more than $50 million to the city tax base.

 

The lesson from Eau Claire that could bring Sturgeon Bay together is the process by which elected officials and the developer communicated.  And it's not too late for Sturgeon Bay.  Regardless of the outcome of litigation and the determination of the appropriate location of a hotel, much is to be decided about the Sturgeon Bay west side waterfront.

 

Eau Claire did it right and Sturgeon Bay can as well.  Eau Claire elected officials provided the leadership that earned the consent of the governed.  When the major developer, Royal Credit Union, heard objections to the location of their proposed headquarters on the riverfront they moved it back from the water.  A credit union spokesman said, "A happy community is good for business."

 

More than 57 public meetings with the developer and city officials were held.  Questions were answered, consensus was built and the public was educated.  It was a long process that paid off in public support.

 

The result in Eau Claire is a beautiful riverfront and thriving development.  More importantly, the community is at peace with the project and proud of its success.  No matter what happens to the hotel project in Sturgeon Bay, it's important for the public to be at peace when the disputes are over.

 

The one person in a position to bring peace to the proposed hotel project in Sturgeon Bay is developer Bob Papke.  Unlike officials from Royal Credit Union in Eau Claire, Papke has taken a very low profile and has let others do the talking for him.  His low profile and absence from public meetings have made him the missing man in a process that needs his participation.

 

Eau Claire's success stems in part from the willingness of their major developer to listen, answer questions and modify plans to earn the consent of the community.  Bob Papke is certainly wise enough to handle himself in the face of questions and opposing viewpoints.  By being brave and bold he can lead Sturgeon Bay in a process that can bring peace and unity to a divided community.

 

Sturgeon Bay may not need 57 meetings to accomplish what Eau Claire has done but it certainly is worth a few more with Bob Papke in attendance to someday share their successful outcome.

 

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

 

Additional information about the Eau Claire successful riverfront development is available at

www.centerlineforum.org.

 

 

Door County Habitat for Humanity Announces Partner Family


By Tim Kowols




Door County Habitat for Humanity has named the family of Kendra Bilodeau as its partner for its 40th home build this year.  During the long process, the Bilodeau Family had to show that there was a need for the help and they could pay for the home over time. Executive Director David Van Dyke says once they can show they can afford it, the family must be willing to work for it as well.



 

Van Dyke hopes to break ground on the home in the coming weeks, which is scheduled to be finished by volunteers in the fall.

Anna's Healthcare Voted "Best Of Door County" For Assisted Living


By Paul Schmitt




Anna's Healthcare in Sturgeon Bay won the "Best of Door County" for Assisted Living/Nursing Home category earlier this week.  Over 12,552 votes were cast and 6,751 nominations were received during the eight-week balloting on DoorCountyDailyNews.com.   Anna's Heathcare Owner Tammy Begley says what sets her facility apart from other assisted living places.

 



 

This is a first in a series of interviews with category winners from the "Best of Door County".  You can find the complete list of category winners with this story online.

 

  • Agriculture

    • Construction: Ahnapee Construction

    • Crop Insurance: Green Stone Farm Credit Services

    • Feed, Seed, Chemical: Tractor Supply

    • Implement Sales: Herlache Small Engine

    • Lending: Capital Credit Union

    • Tractor/Truck Parts: Tractor Supply



  • Family and Pets

    • Assisted Living/Nursing Home: Anna's Healthcare

    • Day Care: YMCA

    • Funeral Home/Services: Huehns Funeral Home and Cremation Services

    • Pet Grooming: Appletree Kennels

    • Photography: CRG Photography

    • Vet Clinic: Animal Clinic of Sturgeon Bay



  • Food and Dining

    • Bakery/Desserts: Scaturo's Bakery and Café

    • Banquet/Conference Facility: Stone Harbor Resort

    • BBQ: Casey's

    • Breakfast: Scaturo's Bakery and Café

    • Burgers: Red Room

    • Candy: Door County Confectionary

    • Catering: Scaturo's Bakery and Café

    • Dining View: Donny's Glidden Lodge

    • Fast Food: Culver's

    • Fine Dining: Donny's Glidden Lodge

    • Fish Boil: White Gull Inn

    • Mexican: Old Mexico

    • Most Romantic Dining: Donny's Glidden Lodge

    • Pizza: Wild Tomato

    • Subs: Fatzo's



  • Health and Beauty

    • Barber Shop/Beauty Shop: Clippers Mate

    • Chiropractor: Staudenmaier

    • Dentist: Olson Dental

    • Fitness Club: YMCA

    • Hospital: Door County Medical Center

    • In-Home Care: United Home Health

    • Massages: Saguaro Day Spa

    • Medical Equipment: Bayside Home Medical

    • Optometrist: Door County Eye Associates

    • Pharmacy: Bay Hometown

    • Physician:Dr. Richard Hogan

    • Rehab Services: Door County Medical Center



  • Home Services

    • Cleaning Services: Ahnapee Hill Cleaning

    • Construction and Maintenance: Buhr Construction

    • Electrician: Stauber Electric

    • Heating and Cooling: Eagle Mechanical

    • Home Improvement: Portside Builders

    • House Painter: Thiede Painting

    • Lawn and Garden: Ahlswede

    • Pest Control: Advanced Pest Control

    • Plumbing: Eagle Mechanical



  • Professional and Financial

    • Attorney: Dick Hauser

    • Bank: Nicolet National Bank

    • Computer Service: Quantum PC

    • Finance Company: Thrivent

    • Insurance Agency: Jilot Insurance

    • Investment Firm: RBC Wealth Management

    • Law Firm: Pinkert Law Firm

    • Lending Institution: Capital Credit Union

    • Real Estate Agency: ERA Starr Agency

    • Real Estate Office: ERA Starr Agency

    • Tax/Accounting Service: May Tax Service



  • Recreational

    • Best County or State Park: Cave Point County Park

    • Best Festival: Egg Harbor Pumpkin Patch

    • Event Center: Stone Harbor Resort

    • Family Entertainment: The Farm

    • Golf Course: Idlewild Golf Course

    • Performing Arts Facility: Peninsula Players



  • Retail

    • Antiques: Bayside Bargains

    • Appliances: Door County Cooperative

    • Art Gallery: Plum Bottom Pottery

    • Brewery: Door County Brewery

    • Clothing: Younkers

    • Convenience Stores: Jandu Petroleum

    • Farm Market: Sturgeon Bay Farm Market

    • Florist: Maas Floral and Greenhouse

    • Furniture and Mattress: Northern Territory

    • Jewelry: T. Simon Jewelers

    • Liquor Store: Econo Foods

    • Winery: Door Peninsula Winery



  • Transportation

    • Auto Parts: O'Reilly's Auto Parts

    • Auto Service: Kevin's Auto

    • Body Shop: Jim Olson Motors

    • Car Dealer (New): Jim Olson Chevrolet Buick Cadillac

    • Car Dealer (Old): Reliable Auto




 

 

Celebrate Earth Week Door County Working With High Schools To Replenish Trees For Arbor Day


By Paul Schmitt




Celebrate Earth Week 2017 continues in Door County this week with activities and area school projects.  Wayne Kudick of the Door County Celebrate Earth Week committee says involving the area schools the past two years teaches the younger generation an important lesson.

 



 

A public tree planting will be held at the Mink River Preserve in Ellison Bay this Saturday starting at 9 AM.  Celebrate Earth Week has a "Wild Ones at the Ridges" program Thursday at 1:30 PM at the Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor.  Karen Newbern will provide a power point presentation on native plantings in home landscapes with a walk and viewing of the Ridge's native garden area.

Door County Economic Development Corporation Honors Local Businesses At Annual Meeting


By Tim Kowols




Two businesses were named Door County's Industry and Entrepreneur of the Year at this year's Door County Economic Development Corporation Annual Meeting held Thursday at Sturgeon Bay's Stone Harbor Resort.


Sturgeon Bay's Pro Products, Inc. captured Industry of the Year honors while Sister Bay's Johnson Family was named the Entrepreneur of the Year


 

Door County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Caleb Frostman says there are a couple common traits both award winners share.

 



You can read the full releases for both award winners from the Door County Economic Development Corporation online below.


 

The Door County Economic Development Corporation announced today that Pro Products, Inc.  is the winner of the Door County Industry of the Year Award. The annual award recognizes a local construction, service or manufacturing business that has made a substantial impact on the community and enjoyed significant accomplishments during the past year. The announcement came during the DCEDC annual investors meeting today at Stone Harbor Resort & Conference Center in Sturgeon Bay.


Pro Products, Inc. was incorporated in the year 2000, making automotive aftermarket components. In 2006, they began manufacturing precision machined components for original equipment manufacturers. Today, the firm provides Computer Numerical Control machining, small fabrications and weldments, and part assembly services. Pro Products works with all types of steel, stainless steel, aluminum, brass, copper, plastics, castings and forgings.



This successful, family-run business, led by company directors Joseph Hurley, Sandy Hurley, Jonathan Hurley and Steven Hurley, have molded the company's marketplace well beyond Wisconsin: in 2013, 80% of their business was Wisconsin based; in 2016 80% of their business was nationwide. The company projects that a significant portion of future sales will come from overseas markets.



Pro Products, Inc. has invested significant resources in Door County, most recently in 2015 with a new 40,000 square foot manufacturing facility in the Sturgeon Bay Industrial Park, easily accessible for incoming raw materials and outgoing shipments of completed machined parts. In 2016, they added an additional 6,000 square foot warehouse space.



Considerable capital investment has also been made to acquire state of the art manufacturing equipment to be an industry leader of high quality machined goods. In addition to the facility and equipment, the company invests in their employees, providing opportunities for enhanced employment with high quality jobs, supporting families in Door County. In the past five years, Pro Products has grown from 22 employees to over 40.



A combined total of over 120 years of programming and machining experience has created a unique, skillful staff, capable of trouble-shooting and recommending creative solutions to manufacturing challenges. The long-tenured employees, coupled with the state of the art equipment, allow the company to efficiently produce each part they make, with the key focus and result being a high-quality, competitively priced part for the customer, while maintaining profitability for the company.



The management philosophy centers on creating highly skilled and challenging jobs providing employment opportunities to stimulate an individual's growth and development. They strive to identify an employee's strengths, evaluate their potential and provide relevant training to enhance their career path. The company recently utilized the Wisconsin Fast Forward Grant program for employer-led, customized worker training. The management of Pro Products Inc. has continued an ongoing endeavor in the community to create awareness about these highly skilled career opportunities.



Pro Products is dedicated to supporting the economic strength of the county and exhibits good corporate citizenship through local mentorship. The company also supports the technical education programs at Sturgeon Bay and Southern Door High Schools with donations, and directional and mentorship support .



"We are pleased to recognize Pro Products, Inc. as our industry of the year," said DCEDC Executive Director Caleb Frostman. "Their continued growth and investment in our community are welcome indicators of optimism and excitement for a bright future. We hope that will continue for many years to come."



This year marks the 44th year of the Door County Industry of the Year Award, first presented by the Door County Chamber of Commerce in 1973. Last year's award winner was Therma-Tron-X, Inc. Other recent winners of the Industry of the Year Award include Jim Olson Automotive Group, Hatco Corporation and Renard's Cheese Store & Deli.

 

 

 

The Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) announced today that The Johnson Family, owners of Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik, are the winners of the annual Door County Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The announcement came this afternoon during the DCEDC annual investors meeting at Stone Harbor Resort & Conference Center in Sturgeon Bay.


Founded by family patriarch Al Johnson in 1949, Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant has been a mainstay of success. The entrepreneurial spirit that began with Al continues in his children, Lars, Rolf and Annika Johnson, who have been able to find the appropriate blend of innovation and historic nostalgia that represents Door County extremely well.  Al's wife Ingert became a lifelong partner whose business and customer savvy matched Al's. With a flair for style and tradition, plus deep roots in Scandinavian heritage, Ingert lead the design and décor which is part of the company's unmistakable and unique brand.



Al Johnson was a larger than life individual who was loved by many in Door County, and who has been deeply missed since his death in 2010. The transition of the business to his children was rather smooth, mainly because they all have been working in the restaurant since they were children, and had such wonderful examples in their parents.



Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant and Butikhas firmly established itself as one of the most iconic and recognizable restaurants in Door County and the state of Wisconsin. Al Johnson's serves over 3,000 people per day July through October. They have been featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal and numerous restaurant magazines, travel magazines, newspapers, The Food Network and The Travel Network.



The place "with the goats on the roof" has become a treasured institution in Sister Bay that has seen exceptional business growth during its history. Experiencing 25% sales growth over the past three years, Al's now sells their famous lingonberries, pancake mix, cookies and more online, and are expanding that product line to grocery and retail shelf space across the Midwest. A new 5,000 square foot production and warehouse facility currently under construction will assist in expanding this part of their business. Their growth is also exhibited in a popular new outdoor serving space in a refurbished, authentic Scandinavian building.



This business directly influences positive economic development in Door County by their historical, yet innovative local, national and international presence. This business directly helped put, and keeps, Door County on the map.



The Johnson Family has also proven to be exceptional corporate citizens. Al Johnson's recently received Travel Green certification from the state of Wisconsin. Al's contributes more than $100,000 annually to non-profit groups, including the Go Bo Foundation, founded to help children with life-threatening medical conditions. They have also donated to many worthwhile causes, charities, schools and raffles both in and outside Door County with gift cards, gift baskets and certificates.



"It is our extreme pleasure to recognize The Johnson Family with the Entrepreneur of the Year award," said DCEDC Executive Director Caleb Frostman.  "Al Johnson and his family have built an indelible and iconic business. Their brand is famous to most everyone that knows of or has ever visited Door County. It truly is a story of American innovation, entrepreneurship and achievement like few others. We are excited to watch their company's growth and we wish them nothing but continued success."



The Entrepreneur of the Year Award celebrates those individuals who have taken the initiative to start and grow a successful small business in Door County. Eligible businesses include those with fewer than 50 full time employees, exhibiting exciting growth potential and that have at least three years of successful business experience. Last year's winners were David Eliot and Madeline Harrison, owners of Peninsula Publishing & Distribution.

Schinderle Funeral Home Hosting Open House After Four Month Renovation


By Paul Schmitt




Schinderle Funeral Home in Algoma has just finished a complete renovation of the interior of the funeral home.   Lori Schinderle says that the project which started last December went smoothly to update the facility.

 



 

Built in 1971 at its current location on Jefferson Street, the then Hauke-Schinderle Funeral Home was last remodeled in 1992 when it was renamed Schinderle Funeral Home.  A public open house is planned for this Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 PM.

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City Shares Reasons Why Dirt Piles Have Not Been Relocated Or Graded


By Paul Schmitt




The City of Sturgeon Bay has their reasons why the dirt piles on the Sturgeon Bay west side has not been moved or used.  Posting a message on social media Tuesday, the City outlined reasons why the fill piles are not being relocated or graded including cost and contamination.  City Administrator Josh VanLieshout explains the reasoning.

 



 

Also, distributing the fill on the site could add unnecessary costs if the west side improvements do not come to fruition, according to Van Lieshout.   The Lindgren hotel development project near the site is still in limbo as the final declaratory ruling on the ordinary high water mark for Parcel 92 takes its next step Thursday with a meeting.  The facebook post by the City of Sturgeon Bay is below:

 
















Over the past few weeks, renewed interest in the purpose of the fill piles on the former Co-Op site has been shared with several council and staff members. Below is information explaining where the material came from, why it is being stored, and the planned eventual use.

The piles are material salvaged from the construction of the storm water detention basin at Egg Harbor Road and 14th Avenue. At the time the fill was placed at the former Co-Op site, it was anticipated that construction of the improvements (park, parking lot, hotel and brewpub) would begin in the very near future.


The improvements and developments have been delayed, resulting in the fill piles staying in their current location much longer than anticipated. There continue to be several reasons not to relocate or grade the piles, inlcuding the following:

• Should the west side improvements (hotel, brewery, park and parking lot etc.) not come to fruition, the fill may not be necessary. Distributing the fill on the site may just add unnecessary cost.

• The City is in the process of obtaining a Voluntary Party Liability Exemption (VPLE) from the State of Wisconsin. The process requires a high level of environmental investigation and an approved remediation plan to be implemented. The approved remediation plan requires a cap of a certain thickness on portions of the site and the material used to create that cap must be "clean." The fill piles have been through a battery of tests and have been determined to be acceptable for placement on the site. Distributing or grading over the piles would mix the clean fill with the existing blacktop and contaminated soils. Also, if the piles were removed and placed at a different location they could pick up contaminants and not be suitable for use in the future. It can at times be very difficult and costly to obtain clean fill.

• New construction on the site is required to be above the flood plain elevation of 585.0' above sea level. The fill, besides serving as a cap, will also assist in bringing the site up to the required elevation. Given the uncertainty of final scope and location of the improvements (park, hotel, brewpub, etc.), hauling the fill off site or otherwise distributing the material could be a wasted of effort.

• There is value to the fill. The material is "clean" meaning that there aren't any contaminant constituents that make the material difficult to haul or otherwise dispose of. Unnecessarily distributing the material or mixing it with the existing soils may contaminate it and possibly make it difficult to sell or otherwise dispose of it if necessary.

• If the fill is distributed, the excavation for future development foundation installations would likely contaminate the cap and require removal and replacement of the cap.










 

Dr. Binard Honored With Award For Volunteer Work At N.E.W. Community Clinic


By Paul Schmitt




Dr. Joseph Binard of Brussels received the first-ever Aurora Health Impact Foundation Award on Saturday in Green Bay.  Binard was honored for his volunteer work with the N.E.W. Community Clinic at NWTC in Green Bay.  Dr. Binard shares his passion for volunteering and the impact of the services provided by the clinic.

 



 

About 150 people attended the award banquet at the Automobile Gallery in downtown Green Bay that raised $40,000 for the community clinic, according to Dr. Binard.  April 23-29 is National Volunteer Week.




(Contributed photo of Dr. Binard receiving award from Dr. Lineberry)

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photos from the Cause To Celebrate event:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/101035793@N06/sets/72157683020928195

Farmers Saving Landfills Through Agricultural Plastic Recycling Program


By Tim Kowols




Kewaunee County farmers are part of the 1.5 million pounds of agricultural plastic being saved from landfills after a recycling program began in the area last fall. The free program allows farmers to place their agricultural and silage plastic into an on-site container before being picked up by Revolution Plastics.  Kewaunee County UW-Extension Agriculture Educator Aerica Bjurstrom says the program has had a huge impact locally.



 

After more containers were made available to farmers in Tisch Mills earlier this month, approximately 100 bins have been distributed since last October.

Authors To Visit Through Write On! Door County, NDCC Collaboration


By Tim Kowols




Write On! Door County and the Northern Door Children's Center are collaborating to bring awareness to the importance of early literacy. As a part of the Week of the Young Child, the two organizations are bringing in authors all week long to talk about their writings and meet with some of their biggest fans. Write On! Door County Executive Director Jerod Santek says there is something magical that happens when kids get to meet authors.

 



 

As a part of the Week of the Young Child, Northern Door Children's Center will host a literacy breakfast for families to enjoy Thursday morning beginning at 7:30.

City, DNR, Friends Group To Work Together To Schedule Declaratory Ruling Public Hearing


By Tim Kowols




A final declaratory ruling on the ordinary high water mark for Parcel 92 takes its next step Thursday when the city of Sturgeon Bay, the Department of Natural Resources, and the Friends of Sturgeon Bay Public Water work to schedule a public hearing. A week and a half ago, the DNR issued a preliminary ruling stating the footprint of a planned hotel was above the OHWM, but the current granary slated for redevelopment rests below it. Dan Collins from the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront hopes everybody gets an opportunity to get their voices heard.

 



 

Collins says the public hearing could be scheduled for late May or early June, but is not sure of the timeline the DNR will follow after that.

Southern Door Fab Lab Receives $25,000 Grant From WEDC


By Tim Kowols




Southern Door High School's fabrication laboratory received a big boost when it received a $25,000 grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Tuesday. The grant was one of 21 different grants being awarded by the WEDC to school districts statewide on Wisconsin Fab Lab Day. WEDC Vice President of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Aaron Hager says he was impressed with the commitment the community was making for its area's kids.

 



 

Southern Door principal Steve Bousley says improving the fab lab will be great for its students and the local business community.

 



 

The evolution of the Southern Door Fab and Innovation Lab will take place over 15 phases, with the WEDC grant going towards new equipment. The lab currently houses a 3-D printer, laser engraver, and vinyl printer.

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Sturgeon Bay's Granary Awaits Its Fate As Two Others Thrive As Business Ventures


By Tim Kowols




While Sturgeon Bay's granary sits on the city's west side with its future in question, two other communities have seen similar buildings thrive as new business ventures

 

In Elkhart Lake, Wis. Steve and Julia Sutcliffe bought the local granary and turned it into the Feedmill Shops, which includes a trio of storefronts which now includes a brewery, coffee shop, and gift shop. The cost of converting the old building and meeting all the different regulations was higher than if they wanted to build new. However, Sutcliffe says restoring the historic character of the building was just as important.

 



 

Tony Schultz turned a granary on his family's homestead farm operation in Athens, Wis.  into a place where he creates Farm to Table pizzas at his community-supported agriculture business Stoney Acres Farm. Schultz believed it was important to incorporate the building's original intent into his plans.

 



 

Green Bay-based SMET Construction was given the rights to develop Sturgeon Bay's granary into a proposed brewpub. The site is now awaiting a declaratory ruling from the Department of Natural Resources after its preliminary determination showed the granary to be located below the ordinary high water mark.

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Kewaunee County Reduces Rates For Fairgrounds' Exhibition Hall


By Paul Schmitt




The Kewaunee County Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall in Luxemburg is looking to make the facility more user-friendly by reducing the rental rates.  The over 12,000 square-foot space is available for private and commercial events.  Promotion & Recreation Department Director Dave Myers says the facility is utilized widely by the community.

 



 

Rates are now $250 for residents of the county and $600 for publicly-held events.  The hall recently held the Lions Club's "Roar off the Shore" and will be used this Saturday for the "Hello Spring Trade Show".

 

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Door County High School Students Honored At Rotary Fine Arts Awards Program Sunday


By Paul Schmitt




23 area high school students were recognized Sunday at the Sturgeon Bay Breakfast Rotary Club's 16th Annual Fine Arts Award Program at Crossroads at Big Creek.  Four of the Door County School were represented in areas of instrumental music, choral music, journalism, drama, forensics and visual art.  Co-chair Greg Dietz says the students are nominated by their teacher for the well-deserved recognition.

 



 

You can find the complete list of 2017 Rotary Fine Arts Award of Excellence recipients from Sunday's program below:

 






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Kewaunee Pierhead Lighthouse Getting Work Done


By Tim Kowols




The Kewaunee Pierhead Lighthouse continues to get its long-needed makeover. Thanks in part to $206,000 in funding from a Harbor Assistance Grant and fundraising from the Friends of the Kewaunee Pierhead Lighthouse, the historic building is currently getting a new metal shingled roof as asbestos is removed from the inside. Kewaunee Lighthouse Committee Chairperson Robin Nelson says there is still plenty of work to be done before the building can be opened for visitors.



 

Nelson hopes the asbestos abatement and the roof will be finished by June.

 

Picture Courtesy of the Friends of Kewaunee Pierhead Lighthouse

Senior Citizens Continue To Be Target Of Scammers


By Tim Kowols




Scammers continue to negatively affect the financial well-being of senior citizens. The National Council of Aging says seniors are being targeted because it is thought they have a significant amount of money in their accounts and it is considered to be a low-risk crime for scammers. Gay Pustaver from Money Management Counselors says senior citizens need to keep in mind that a scam can happen at any time to anyone.

 



 

The Consumer Financial Protection has released a booklet outlining some of the practices you and your loved ones should implement to protect yourself from potential scammers. You can listen to the entire Money Management Monday with Gay Pustaver online with this story.











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Impact Expected After Company Announces Gas Pipeline Will Not Be Replaced


By Tim Kowols




The decision to not repair or replace the gas pipeline running from Milwaukee to Green Bay could cost you more money down the road. West Shore Pipe Line announced last week it would not replace the pipeline after they closed it last year due to fuel leaks. Jandu Petroleum owner Parvinder Jandu says motorists will continue to pay higher prices compared to the Green Bay market because of fuel transportation costs.

 



 

A plan to keep the Port of Green Bay open through the winter for petroleum shipments was eventually nixed, but ice fishing guide JJ Malvitz says it is something he has to keep in mind for next season.

 



Gas prices in the Green Bay metro area currently sit at $2.41 a gallon, which is up 18 cents from a month ago and up 26 cents from a year ago.

Administrator Believes Shift Of Focus To Childcare Would Be Positive For Community


By Tim Kowols




Sister Bay Village administrator Zeke Jackson believes more local attention should be focused on child care. For many families, good childcare is hard to find especially in an area where many residents are owners of their own businesses or work uncommon hours. Jackson says it is as much of a lifestyle and workforce issue as it is just finding someone to care for children.

 



 

Some childcare facilities such as the Northern Door Children's Center get no direct government funding, leaving some families relying on child care assistance from the state to afford services.

"Best Of Door County" Award Winners Announced


By DoorCountyDailyNews.com




Over the last two months, the radio stations of DoorCountyDailyNews.com has relied on our listeners and readers to tell us which businesses are truly the "Best of Door County." In the first month, the radio stations of DoorCountyDailyNews.com received 6,751 nominations, forming our ballot for the "Best of Door County." Over the last month, 12,552 votes were cast to name the best of the best. Below are the winners in every category. Congratulations to our winners and thank you for participating in this year's "Best of Door County" contest.

 

  • Agriculture

    • Construction: Ahnapee Construction

    • Crop Insurance: Green Stone Farm Credit Services

    • Feed, Seed, Chemical: Tractor Supply

    • Implement Sales: Herlache Small Engine

    • Lending: Capital Credit Union

    • Tractor/Truck Parts: Tractor Supply



  • Family and Pets

    • Assisted Living/Nursing Home: Anna's Healthcare

    • Day Care: YMCA

    • Funeral Home/Services: Huehns Funeral Home and Cremation Services

    • Pet Grooming: Appletree Kennels

    • Photography: CRG Photography

    • Vet Clinic: Animal Clinic of Sturgeon Bay



  • Food and Dining

    • Bakery/Desserts: Scaturo's Bakery and Café

    • Banquet/Conference Facility: Stone Harbor Resort

    • BBQ: Casey's

    • Breakfast: Scaturo's Bakery and Café

    • Burgers: Red Room

    • Candy: Door County Confectionary

    • Catering: Scaturo's Bakery and Café

    • Dining View: Donny's Glidden Lodge

    • Fast Food: Culver's

    • Fine Dining: Donny's Glidden Lodge

    • Fish Boil: White Gull Inn

    • Mexican: Old Mexico

    • Most Romantic Dining: Donny's Glidden Lodge

    • Pizza: Wild Tomato

    • Subs: Fatzo's



  • Health and Beauty

    • Barber Shop/Beauty Shop: Clippers Mate

    • Chiropractor: Staudenmaier

    • Dentist: Olson Dental

    • Fitness Club: YMCA

    • Hospital: Door County Medical Center

    • In-Home Care: United Home Health

    • Massages: Saguaro Day Spa

    • Medical Equipment: Bayside Home Medical

    • Optometrist: Door County Eye Associates

    • Pharmacy: Bay Hometown

    • Physician: Dr. Richard Hogan

    • Rehab Services: Door County Medical Center



  • Home Services

    • Cleaning Services: Ahnapee Hill Cleaning

    • Construction and Maintenance: Buhr Construction

    • Electrician: Stauber Electric

    • Heating and Cooling: Eagle Mechanical

    • Home Improvement: Portside Builders

    • House Painter: Thiede Painting

    • Lawn and Garden: Ahlswede

    • Pest Control: Advanced Pest Control

    • Plumbing: Eagle Mechanical



  • Professional and Financial

    • Attorney: Dick Hauser

    • Bank: Nicolet

    • Computer Service: Quantum PC

    • Finance Company: Thrivent

    • Insurance Agency: Jilot Insurance

    • Investment Firm: RBC Wealth Management

    • Law Firm: Pinkert Law Firm

    • Lending Institution: Capital Credit Union

    • Real Estate Agency: ERA Starr Agency

    • Real Estate Office: ERA Starr Agency

    • Tax/Accounting Service: May Tax Service



  • Recreational

    • Best County or State Park: Cave Point County Park

    • Best Festival: Egg Harbor Pumpkin Patch

    • Event Center: Stone Harbor Resort

    • Family Entertainment: The Farm

    • Golf Course: Idlewild Golf Course

    • Performing Arts Facility: Peninsula Players



  • Retail

    • Antiques: Bayside Bargains

    • Appliances: Door County Cooperative

    • Art Gallery: Plum Bottom Pottery

    • Brewery: Door County Brewery

    • Clothing: Younkers

    • Convenience Stores: Jandu Petroleum

    • Farm Market: Sturgeon Bay Farm Market

    • Florist: Maas Floral and Greenhouse

    • Furniture and Mattress: Northern Territory

    • Jewelry: T. Simon Jewelers

    • Liquor Store: Econo Foods

    • Winery: Door Peninsula Winery



  • Transportation

    • Auto Parts: O'Reilly's Auto Parts

    • Auto Service: Kevin's Auto

    • Body Shop: Jim Olson Motors

    • Car Dealer (New): Jim Olson Chevrolet Buick Cadillac

    • Car Dealer (Old): Reliable Auto




New Town Hall Being Discussed In Lincoln, Annual Meeting Tuesday


By Tim Kowols




The town of Lincoln is looking for a new home to conduct its business. The current town hall is not ADA compliant and does not even have running water. Town supervisors have been looking at alternative sites after a resident brought up the need for a new hall at last year's annual town meeting. Supervisor Nick Cochart says a new town hall would be a great way to bring the community back together.

 



 

Cochart says the town is not in a big rush, but hopes to have site selected and possibly have the foundation poured sometime later this year. The town of Lincoln will host their annual meeting at their town hall on Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. Residents and property owners are invited to bring comments and concerns to the town supervisors during the meeting.

"Eggy Bikes" Ready To Roll In Egg Harbor Memorial Day Weekend


By Tim Kowols




The village of Egg Harbor is ready to give residents and visitors a free ride around town this summer. Beginning Memorial Day weekend, the Eggy Bike Share program will feature 14 seven-speed bicycles at two centrally located racks in the village. Deputy administrator Megan Vandermause says the village was grateful to have such strong support from the business community for the program.

 



 

Egg Harbor will join Ellison Bay as the only two Door County communities with bike share programs. Sister Bay is also discussing creating its own system in the near future.

Rep. Gallagher Hopes To Continue Battle To "Drain The Swamp"


By Tim Kowols




After his first 100 days in office, Rep, Mike Gallagher hopes to continue his fight on how Washington does business. The freshman congress member from Wisconsin's 8th district has picked up on many of the reform policies his predecessor Reid Ribble championed during his six years of office including term limits and no budget, no pay. Rep. Gallagher says he knows his views are not popular among some of his fellow members, but believes those serving in the nation's Capitol need more urgency.

 



 

Ribble's Save the Bay Initiative is another cause Rep. Gallagher has taken up to bring stakeholders together to discuss issues concerning the area's water quality.

Get Started On Your Business Plan


By Claire Thompson, UW-Extension Kewaunee County




Are you thinking about starting your own business? Have you wondered: What is the best way to get started?

 

On May 3, UW Cooperative Extension in Kewaunee County is hosting a short and sweet workshop that covers the basics of business planning. Budding entrepreneurs will also get a host of other resources to help them with their new venture.

 

We are thankful to have two experts from the Small Business Development Center come to Kewaunee especially for this workshop. Dave Stauffacher and Tara Carr both have tremendous knowledge and resources to share with us.

 

The Introduction to Business Planning workshop will be held on Wednesday, May 3rd from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at the Kewaunee County Human Services building.

Go to http://kewaunee.uwex.edu/ to register.

Ephraim Residents Wonder What's Next For Alcohol-Related Licenses In The Village


By Tim Kowols




A year ago, Ephraim made headlines statewide after becoming the last community in the state to allow beer and wine sales within village limits. After the initial surge of licenses being granted before the official start last July 1, only the business owners at the new Trixie's Restaurant near Ephraim's village hall have applied for a license for a bricks and mortar location. Administrator Brent Bristol says now much of the discussion is on whether the village will open up to issuing other licenses.

 



 

This summer's Fyr Bal will mark the first time in that event's over 50 year history that beer and wine will be served.

Northern Door Children's Center Celebrates 30 Years Of High Quality Childhood Education


By Tim Kowols




Northern Door Children's Center celebrated 30 years of operation and highlighted its gold ribbon awareness campaign by welcoming the community in on Saturday. In conjunction with NDCC Radio Day on 105.1 WSBW, community members received tours of the facility and learned about the programming available year-round at the Sister Bay-based childhood learning center. With limited options in northern Door County, community relations director Karen Corekin knows the NDCC has to be the best that it can be.

 



 

Executive Director Cindy Trinkner-Peot has traveled the country working at different childhood centers, but says something is different about the NDCC that makes it so special.

 



 

Northern Door Children's Center hosts children as young as six weeks old up through elementary school. The funds raised during NDCC Radio Day on 105.1 WSBW went to center operations, which covers 25 percent of students' tuition.

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Green Door Legacy Roundtable To Be Held In Sevastopol Tuesday


By Paul Schmitt




The Celebrate Earth Week Door County will feature a Green Door Legacy Roundtable event Tuesday.  The event is open to the community and will call on four notable leaders in preservation, of Door County's Green Environment.  George Evenson, Charlotte Lukes, Carl Scholz and Jerry Viste will represent and Mike Madden will act as Moderator.  Wayne Kudick of Celebrate Earth Week Door County says each of the advocates brings a lot to the table.

 



 

The Green Door Legacy Roundtable is free and open to the public.  It will be held at the Sevastopol Town Hall on Tuesday starting at 7 pm.

Algoma Public Library Looking To Fill New Director Position By May 19


By Paul Schmitt




The Algoma Public Library is looking for a new director.  Interested parties can send an application to the Library Board by May 12.  Amanda Burns, the current director will be leaving her post on May 19 to work at the Milwaukee Public Library.  Her new position will be in Education and Outreach Services.  For a link to the Algoma Public Library's job posting and a description of the duties of the executive director position,  go to http://www.algomapubliclibrary.org/employment.html

Architectural Open House of First SAGE Built In Sturgeon Bay On Sunday


By Paul Schmitt




Celebrate Earth Week Door County continues this weekend with an open house at the first S.A.G.E. home in Sturgeon Bay.  An open house will be hosted from Noon until 1pm on Sunday.  Architect Virge Temme shares the energy-efficiency of the home.

 



 

SAGE stands for sustainable, affordable, green and expandable.  Temme will give a tour and overview of the 1030 square-foot home Sunday starting at noon.   You can find the complete list of the Earth Week events being held through Wednesday below:

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"Death Folk" Releasing First Album With A Blend Of Folk Music And More


By Paul Schmitt




A local band called "Death Folk" who has been playing music throughout Door County the last six years, are releasing their first album.  Jessica Holland and Nick Hoover make up the duet that blends a variety of music genres like folk music, rap, soul, and classic country to produce their own sound.  Holland shares what will be on the new album.

 

 



 

 

Hoover says the new album should broaden their appeal.

 

 



 

 

The new album with original music is being produced right now at Painted Recordings in Sturgeon Bay.  The unusual band name "Death Folk" came from joking about the joy in murder ballets, but did not play death metal, but rather death folk music, according to Holland and Hoover.  You can watch the video of Death Folk performing their original song "Light" in studio below:

 

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To order the new album go to:  www.deathfolk.com

(Cover photo contributed)

Luxemburg-Casco High School Displaying Artwork From Top Artists In Schools


By Paul Schmitt




The Luxemburg-Casco School District is celebrating the second annual L-C Fine Arts Showcase.  Opening night was held Friday evening with a visual arts awards ceremony.  The showcase features works of visual arts, literary arts, technical arts, culinary arts and musical art students of all ages.   Intermediate art teacher and coordinator Todd Pociask says the arts are a great learning tool for students.

 



 

The Luxemburg-Casco Fine Arts Showcase will run through Tuesday and is open to the public during school hours.  You can see images of some of the over 600 entries of artwork displayed below.

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Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding Rededication Of John G. Munson Held Thursday


By Paul Schmitt




Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding celebrated the re-commissioning of the Vessel John G. Munson Thursday afternoon.  Keystone Shipping Company and Canadian National (CN) were on hand as well.  The ceremonial attendees included managers and engineers from all their companies and celebrated the repowering of the John G. Munson from steam propulsion to diesel propulsion.  The John G. Munson was built in Manitowoc in 1952 and is one of the nine freighters from Canadian National's Great Lakes Fleet.

 

 

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Josh Juel,Manager of Great Lakes Fleet, Canadian National

 

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The ceremony ended with the presentation of the re-commissioning plaque to Scott McPherson & Captain Ron Buczkowski by Todd Thayse & Cheryl Arnott.

 

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Complete news release from Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding:

Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, along with Keystone Shipping Company and Canadian National (CN), celebrated the re-commissioning of the Vessel John G. Munson on Thursday, April 20th, 2017.

 

The ceremony, was held in Building 311 at FBS was attended by Don Kurz, President of Keystone Shipping; Josh Juel, Manager of Great Lakes Fleet-Canadian National; Mitch Koslow, Vice President of Engineering & Purchasing, Keystone Shipping Co.; Don Lindquist, Keystone Shipping; Scott McPherson, Chief Engineer of the John G. Munson and Ron Buczkowski, Captain of the John G. Munson.  In attendance from FBS was Stu Fett, Production Manager;  Cheryl Arnott, Project Manager and VP & GM Todd Thayse, as well as our FBS Production Crews.  (The Munson is managed by Keylakes, Inc. out of Duluth, MN, which is a subsidiary of Keystone Shipping Co.  Keystone Shipping Company, which part of Canadian National and the Munson is one of nine vessels of the CN Great Lakes Fleet.)

 

The ceremony was to celebrate the repowering of the John G Munson from steam propulsion to diesel propulsion.  Don Kurz and Josh Juel both spoke of the history of the Munson, FBS's successful and lengthy business relationship with Keystone, Key Lakes and CN has had and will continue to have with FBS and also to say THANK YOU to all of the men and women of Bay Ship who worked on the Munson for their quality and dedication.   Mr. Kurz said that it was that hard work and quality that has extended the life of the Munson by decades.   Mr. Juel also spoke of the thousands of jobs the Munson has provided since she was first commissioned back in 1952 by Manitowoc Shipbuilding; jobs for the ships captain and crew, jobs for the cities where they make and distribute her cargo, jobs here at Bay Ship where we have worked on this repowering and countless other jobs.   He spoke with pride stating that now that the Munson has been repowered that she will continue to provide thousands of jobs for decades and he again said Thank You to everyone involved.

President Trump "100 Percent" Behind U.S. Senator Baldwin's "American Bill"


By Paul Schmitt




President Donald Trump's visit to Wisconsin earlier this week found him backing a bill by U.S. Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin.  Trump was in Kenosha visiting Snap-On Tools and signing a "Buy American, Hire American" executive order.  When asked in an interview on WTMJ-TV about Sen. Baldwin's proposed bill that would increase requirements to use USA-made products in certain water drinking projects, Trump said he agrees "100 percent" with it.  In an interview with DoorCountyDailyNews.com last month, Baldwin says she is really focused in on the Made in Wisconsin economy including the agriculture and manufacturing sectors.

 



 

Baldwin also introduced another bill back in January designed to protect the labeling of milk for Wisconsin dairy farmers called the "Pride Dairy Act".

School District Uses Technology To Connect Students, Organizations With Volunteer Opportunities


By Tim Kowols




Southern Door School District is making it easier for its students to track their volunteer hours. Recently, the Southern Door School District Board of Education raised the graduation requirements to require graduates to accrue at least 40 hours of community service. Through the software program GetNvolved, students and local organizations can connect to find volunteer opportunities. Southern Door School District Superintendent Patti Vickman says they love this program.

 



 

In advance of National Volunteer Appreciation Week beginning on Sunday, six Southern Door High School students were honored for their impact on the community at Thursday's Golden Heart Volunteer Celebration.

YMCA Spring Programs Begin On Monday


By Paul Schmitt




The Door County YMCA will begin their spring programs this Monday.  Registration was last week for members and community members.  CEO and President Tom Beerntsen says the variety of classes and programs offer everyone young and old an opportunity to achieve physical fitness for the upcoming summer.

 



 

You can find the list of programs and lessons taught at the Door County YMCA centers in Sturgeon Bay and Fish Creek at www.doorcountyymca.org/programs/

Speaker Series Event On Working Poor Set For Saturday


By Tim Kowols




A look into the community's working poor will be the focus of a presentation being given by the League of Women Voters Door County on Saturday. In the first event of the League's Eileen Bohn Speaker Series, speakers from the United Way, Lakeshore CAP, the Door County Economic Development Corporation, and officials from the county's human services and health departments will discuss the 21 percent of residents considered to be asset-limited and income constrained, but employed. LWVDC President Nancy Fisher says the ALICE population in Door County is largely unknown and hopes the event shines a light on the issue.



 

The "ALICE in Door County" presentation will take place at 9 a.m. at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall. You can learn more about the speakers appearing online with this story.



Speaker Bios Courtesy Of League of Women Voters- Door County

 

Caleb Frostman, Executive Director of Door County Economic Development Corporation, a public-private partnership dedicated to improving the economic vitality of the County through a myriad of programs and initiatives. He will focus on the employment picture, the types of jobs available as well as the range of wages and benefits.

 

Carol Wautlet, Economic Support Manager for the Door County Department of Human Services, will describe the situation of citizens who are eligible for the county's various public assistance programs.

 

Public Health Nurse Mary Ellen Smith will explain the types of programs offered by the Door County Public Health Department and the people who need them.

 

Sandy Soik from Lakeshore CAP, a program committed to increasing economic self-sufficiency, will describe the housing and food situation in the county.

 

Amy Kohnle, Director of United Way of Door County, will complete the local picture by providing details on the availability of child care, alcohol and other drug abuse issues, and other challenges affecting this population.

 

No Timeline On DNR Declaratory Hearing On West Side Waterfront


By Tim Kowols




The city of Sturgeon Bay is waiting on the Department of Natural Resources to set a date for its declaratory hearing concerning the west side waterfront.  A week ago, the DNR gave its preliminary determination of the disputed Parcel 92 indicating a site slated for a planned hotel was above the ordinary high water mark while its neighboring grain elevator was not. City administrator Josh VanLieshout says they have kept contact with Green Bay's SMET Construction, the developer that was planning to turn the grain elevator into a brewery.

 



 

VanLieshout thinks the preliminary determination was a positive for the city and is grateful the Common Council approved the use of a special counsel familiar with these types of situations. He also understands that there is still a process ahead.

 



 

According to VanLieshout, SMET Construction has not given him any indications on their future involvement in the site after the determination and does not know when the declaratory hearing will take place. In a release from the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront, the group believes the DNR's analysis is not based on the natural changes of the shoreline and contradicts the court's decision earlier this year.

Golden Heart Volunteer Award Winners Announced


By Tim Kowols




The Volunteer Center of Door County and over 250 people honored its best community stewards Thursday night during the 15th Annual Golden Heart Volunteer Celebration in Sturgeon Bay. Award winners included Nancy Hutchinson from Adopt-a-Soldier Door County, Jane Whitney from Bjorklunden, Bill Freyman from the Door County Maritime Museum, Shelia Petroni from Neighbor to Neighbor and  the Door County Medical Center Auxillary. Executive Director Carrie Tjernagel said it was a truly special evening.

 



 

The Golden Heart Volunteer Celebration also honored three high school students with $500 scholarships based on their service to the community. The radio stations of DoorCountyDailyNews.com will profile all of the winners in the coming weeks.

 

Full List of Award Winners:

 
Adult:  Sheila Petroni, Neighbor to Neighbor

Arts & Culture:  Bill Freyman, Door County Maritime Museum

Environmental Stewardship: Jane Whitney, Bjorklunden

Group:  Door County Medical Center Auxiliary

Youth:  Kayla Marchant, Southern Door High School

              Paige Sullivan, Sturgeon Bay High School

              Julia DeMain, Sevastapol High School

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Recycling A Big Focus On Earth Day And All Year Round


By Paul Schmitt




Earth Day is Saturday and more than 193 countries will be celebrating it globally.  In Door County, the demonstration of support for environmental protection can be seen in many ways.  While Green Earth Day Clean Up will be held at the Ridges Sanctuary Saturday morning, Advance Disposal Door County General Manager Steve Estes emphasizes the importance of recycling every day.

 



 

Estes says almost all glass, paper, and plastic products are recyclable.  Earth Day was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin as an environmental teach-in first held 37 years ago.

City Of Kewaunee Appoints New Administrator


By Paul Schmitt




A new Kewaunee City Administrator has been appointed after an executive session Wednesday night.  Fred Schnook will take on the duties next month.  Schnook most recently served as the executive director of the Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin.  He also served as the Mayor of Ashland in the northwestern part of the state.  Current Interim City Administrator Art Osten will stay on for two weeks during a transitional period.  Schnook will start officially on May 1 as Kewaunee's administrator.

Buying Or Leasing A New Vehicle Depends On Personal Preference


By Tim Kowols




With the number of consumers leasing vehicles on the rise, potential buyers are wondering which option is right for them. According to Barron's, about one-third of all new cars in the first half of 2016 were leased, up from 18 percent just over a decade ago. Jim Olson from Jim Olson Motors says the right option for you comes down to personal preferences.



 

Leasing also gives you the option of buying the car at the end of the lease or be able to walk away and look into a different vehicle if the value drops. You can learn more about buying versus leasing with Jim Olson online with this story.

 

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LEAP Looks At "Power Of Community" In New Show


By Tim Kowols




Students from the county's four high schools will join once again to address the issue of social change. LEAP---The Human Kindness Project is in its third year of helping youth and adults learn to empower and appreciate all people through the Door County Medical Center-sponsored program. The students collaborate with local artists to identify an issue, which will be on display through four performances of the show's theme "Power of Community." LEAP producer Terry Lundahl says it still is amazing how the thirty-five students come together in November to put on the annual show.



 

"LEAP---The Human Kindness Project: Power of Community" will do performances for the public at the Southern Door Auditorium this Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. You can find ticket information online with this story.

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Kewaunee County High Schools To Sign Charter Next Week Forming Ahnapee Regional Technical Academy


By Tim Kowols




Eight different programs will be offered when Kewaunee County's three high schools join forces to provide more opportunities for its students. The groundwork for the Ahnapee Regional Technical Academy has been worked on for the last few years as schedules and logistics were figured out. Algoma High School's focus will be on CNC, machine tool, and emergency technician courses while Kewaunee will feature classes in agriculture, electro-mechanical programming, and welding. Luxemburg-Casco will host studies for those wishing to become an IT Software Developer or pursue AP credits. Sarah Nelson from the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Regional Center in Luxemburg  hopes parents and students will take advantage of the partnership.



 

NWTC and the three high school superintendents will officially enter the agreement with charter signing ceremony next Thursday at Algoma High School. Students will be able to attend the courses at the different high schools free of charge beginning this fall.

Next Week's 4-H Service Project Day Set To Benefit Several Local Non-Profits


By Tim Kowols




The Door County 4-H hopes several small projects will make a big difference when it hosts its Service Project Day next Saturday.  Rather than have all of its members focus on one large project, members and their families will be making bird feeders, fleece blankets, and treats while collecting items for such local non-profits like Adopt-A-Soldier, the Door County Humane Society, and Door County Habitat for Humanity. 4-H Youth Educator Dawn Vandevoort says this year's Service Project Day will also provide a learning opportunity.



 

The 4-H Service Project Day will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hope Church in Sturgeon Bay. You can learn more about the event, including registration information and a list of items you can donate to help Adopt-A-Soldier and HELP of Door County, below.

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Egg Harbor Road Becoming A Success Story After City's Infrastructure Investment


By Tim Kowols




The city of Sturgeon Bay's investment in Egg Harbor Road appears to be paying off dividends.  During the last several years, the city has invested $1.3 million into making improvement's to Egg Harbor Road's infrastructure including curbs, gutters, sidewalks, bike lanes and decorative lighting. Since 2012, nine new businesses have set up shop in the area. With eight sites still available for redevelopment, Sturgeon Bay Community Development Director Marty Olejniczak hopes the city has done enough to keep the positive momentum going.

 



 

Olejniczak says the city's finance committee has asked city staff to investigate whether it makes sense to create a tax increment district for a part of Egg Harbor Road.

Kinnard Farms Performs Experiment To Check Soil Health Ahead Of Planting


By Tim Kowols




Farmer Lee Kinnard has found several cotton diapers in his fields this week, but it is all part of an experiment he and his outdoor and agronomy teams took part in over the winter. The crew planted 10 cotton diapers in the fields of Kinnard Farms last November in areas with varying degrees of manure application, cover crop usage, and other soil conservation techniques. Kinnard has seen the "disappearing diaper experiment" done at other farms and says the soil that was healthiest did the best job with the decomposition because of its microbial life.

 



 

Final results will be determined by drying and weighing what is left of the diapers, which Kinnard says was between 30 to nearly 100 percent decomposed depending on the test field.  Test results will be released at a later date. You can learn more about the Kinnard Farms' experiment online with this story.

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Algoma Bird City Recognition Important To Community And Committe


By Paul Schmitt




As more and more birds migrate through the area, Algoma continues to proudly hold down the mantle of Bird City USA .  Cathy Pabich, a member of the Algoma Bird City nine-person committee says everyone can appreciate the significance of our aviary friends.

 



 

Communities must meet certain criteria and requirements to qualify for the Bird City USA status.  Algoma hosted their annual bird celebration early this month along the lakeshore.

Miller Art Museum Featuring Area High School Artwork With New Exhibit Starting Saturday


By Paul Schmitt




Door County students will showcase their best artwork at the 43rd annual Salon of Door County High School Art at the Miller Art Museum starting on Saturday.  Curator of the museum Deborah Rosenthal says the exhibit is one of the most popular and is reflective of the excellence in teaching art at the five Door County high schools.

 



 

A public reception will be held next Monday evening where five Awards of Excellence and five Honorable mentions which are cash awards will be presented at 7:30 pm.  The Salon of Door County High School Art exhibit will stay up until May 30.

 

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  1. Izzy Vreeke, Flower Tea Pot, ceramics (Sturgeon Bay)   mam1vreeke-izzy_flower-tea-pot_ceramics-sturgeon-bay

  2. Jayda Greenwood, Untitled, wood, acrylic (Gibraltar)  mam2greenwood-jayda_untitled_wood-acrylic-gibraltar

  3. Katie Peterson, Impressionistic Study, acrylic (Sturgeon Bay)  mam3peterson-katie_impressionistic-study_acrylic-sturgeon-bay

  4. Amber Kelly, Girl with Flowers, wire, paper (Gibraltar)  mam4kelly-amber_girl-with-flowers_wire-paper-gibraltar

  5. Isabelle Austgen, Untitled (cactus), pen and ink (Gibraltar)  mam5austgen-isabelle_untitled-cactus_pen-and-ink-gibraltar

  6. Lamyra Adams, Milkshake, acrylic (Sevastopol)   mam6adams-lamyra_milkshake_acrylic-sevastopol

  7. Sierra Sargent, Nothing Rhymes with Llama, acrylic (Sevastopol)  mam7sargent-sierra_nothing-rhymes-with-llama_acrylic-sevastopol


 



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Miller Art Museum Celebrates Young Peninsula Artists & Their Talent in New Exhibition


 


(Sturgeon Bay, WI) – April 14, 2017 — Once a year, the main gallery of the Miller Art Museum is transformed into an exhibition space for the students of the Door Peninsula. A keystone of the Museum's exhibit calendar, the "43rd Annual Salon of Door County High School Art" opens Saturday, April 22 with a public reception scheduled for Monday, April 24 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. The event is free to all – students, families, guests and the general public – and light refreshments will be served. Along with opening remarks and recognition of sponsors, art teachers will present Certificates of Participation to all participating student artists along with five Awards of Excellence and five Honorable Mentions, which are cash awards; this presentation is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

 

Visitors to the show can expect to see the walls of the museum brimming with the fruit of students' inspiration and hard work created during the 2016-17 school year.

 

"The show is a reflection of the excellence in teaching art seen in each of the five Door County high schools and features the inspired results created in the schools' classrooms," says Deborah Rosenthal, curator.

 

The museum is pleased to welcome one new teacher, Melanie Enger of Washington Island High School, who is participating for the first time this year.

 

"The art teachers introduce their students to a variety of techniques and art approaches and it is always exciting to welcome the inspiration that a teacher new to this project brings to the whole process," Rosenthal continued.

 

The eagerly anticipated exhibition includes works of art in the following media: painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, graphics, pastel, collage, and ceramics.

 

The Salon of Door County High School Art (SoHSA) is a tradition at the Miller Art Museum for more than 40 years. Museum founders Gerhard and Ruth Miller, who enthusiastically supported this endeavor, would be pleased to know that each and every spring we continue to celebrate the art that is being made and taught in our communities.

 

"The students are incredibly fortunate," says Elizabeth Meissner-Gigstead, executive director." "This opportunity doesn't exist in all communities. We have such a wonderfully abundant and supportive arts community here in Door County that embraces this and we are thrilled, with the support of our exhibition sponsors, to be able to present this celebratory arts event every year."

 

This exhibition, showcasing the work of 107 students, remains on view through Tuesday, May 30. Museum admission is free.

 

About the Miller Art Museum

The Miller Art Museum is a multifaceted nonprofit organization showcasing an array of visual art through ever-changing thematic, invitational and juried exhibits and houses a stunning permanent collection of Wisconsin art. The museum's rich legacy of serving the community was launched in 1975 and continues through its mission to foster and inspire the creative life of the community and to be a catalyst for enrichment through cultural, art appreciation, and educational programming for people of all ages. The museum is located in the Door County Library in Sturgeon Bay located at 107 S. 4th Ave. Free admission. Hours are 10 am to 8 pm on Mon. and 10 am to 5 pm Tues. through Sat. An elevator is available to access galleries in the mezzanine.  For more information visit www.facebook.com/millerartmuseum/or call (920) 746-0707.

Earth Week Celebration Includes Premier Of "Escarpment" Film By Roger Kuhns Saturday


By Paul Schmitt




The first film of a Door County natural landmark called the Niagara Escarpment is debuting this Saturday.  Local Geologist Roger Kuhns is the filmmaker of "Escarpment" which has been in the making for four years.  Kuhns shares what he hopes people will take away from his first-ever movie.

 



 

Kuhns says the Niagara Escarpment is a big economic draw for the peninsula and an important focus during Earth Week.  The 92-minute documentary drama has an element of storytelling as well.   "Escarpment" the movie will be released as a book soon, according to Kuhns.  The free film premiere will be 7 pm on Saturday at the Door County Community Auditorium.  You can find the schedule of Celebrate Earth Week events planned with this story online.

 

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


By Roger Utnehmer




Civil Discourse

An Occasional Attempt

To Restore Civility to Our Civic Discourse

 

By

 

ROGER UTNEHMER

President and CEO

DoorCountyDailyNews.com

 

April 19, 2017

 

 

 

Talking tough is often better politics than public policy.  Take taxes, crime, judicial pay and drug testing welfare recipients.

 

Few in state government today are bold enough to advocate a long-overdue increase in the state gas tax.  Like the minimum wage, the gas tax should again be indexed to inflation.   Doing so will avoid the bi-annual debates about crumbling roads and bridges while facing a billion dollar transportation fund deficit.  No Tax Increases pledges make for good politics and terrible public policy.

 

Legislators who are brave enough to support raising the minimum wage to a moral threshold of decency and index the gas tax to either the consumer price index or inflation are statesmen(and women.)  Unfortunately, in what has become a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Koch Brothers, The American Legislative Exchange Council and Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce formerly known as the State of Wisconsin, far too few politicians are "no tax increase pledge FREE."  As a condition of support, candidates promise to never vote for a tax increase.  Their power and influence as independent-thinking lawmakers is limited by such pledges.  It's part of why we are in the divide in which we find ourselves today.

 

For years politicians have demagogued criminal justice issues by exploiting prejudice and ignorance of facts.  True leaders are smart, not just tough, on crime.  Minimum sentencing has filled our prisons beyond reason and taxpayers' ability to pay.   But it was good politics.

 

Restorative justice, more funding for public defenders, higher salaries for District Attorneys, their assistants and judges and justices would be a good start to make Wisconsin smarter on crime rather than tougher.  Wisconsin circuit court judges and supreme court justices are among the lowest paid in America.  Assistant district attorneys are paid as low as $49,000 a year at a time when a typical law school graduate leaves school with more than $100,000 in debt.

 

A Department of Corrections commitment to vocational training, drug and alcohol counseling and greater prisoner access to families will reduce the cost of operating Wisconsin prisons.  When it costs more to run our prison system than our universities are spending priorities are distorted.

 

The most recent egregious example of political pandering is drug testing welfare recipients.  We have lost our sense of decency as a people when innocent children could be punished for the sins of their parents.  That is exactly what would happen if food stamps are denied because of the drug abuse of a mother or father.

 

Wisconsin faces a paucity of political leadership committed to the common good.  It takes money to educate our children, keep roads and bridges safe, rehabilitate offenders, attract law enforcement and judicial personnel and provide a safety net to the least among us.  Next time we look in the mirror a good question to ask ourselves is if we are more compassionate and decent than many of our politicians.  My guess is that with little reflection the answer will be yes.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

City To Hire Special Counsel For Declaratory Ruling


By Tim Kowols




The city of Sturgeon Bay will pursue legal counsel for its declaratory ruling to determine the ordinary high water mark for Parcel 92 on the city's west side. Mayor Thad Birmingham broke the 3-3 gridlock after several citizens voiced their concern for the city spending money they feel it does not have and paying multiple attorneys for a case decided in circuit court just a few months ago. First District alderperson Kelly Catarozoli said the council members are not being good trustees to the land as elected officials if they vote for the special counsel.



 

District 5 alderperson David Ward disagreed.



 

Catarozoli also questioned the role lobbyist John Gard might have in helping solve the dispute, but no further information was given during the meeting as it did not pertain to the agenda item. According to the memorandum sent by city administrator Josh Van Lieshout, the city will now hire attorney Paul Kent as a special counsel for the declaratory ruling which will go before the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. We have reaction to the announcement from the DNR from the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront posted online with this story.

 

FROM THE FRIENDS OF THE STURGEON BAY PUBLIC WATERFRONT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront Responds to DNR's Preliminary OHWM Determination for 92 East Maple Street

 

"The idea of a waterside hotel is throwback to the 80's, not economically sound, and is rejected by citizens in Sturgeon Bay.  This recent letter from the DNR seems engineered to fit that outmoded proposed hotel location and without any regard to the well documented historical circumstances" said Dan Collins of the Friends. "But it is helpful that the DNR has agreed to follow the normal declaratory ruling process, and it will be a transparent process that includes a DNR-administered public hearing in Sturgeon Bay."

 

"The Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront are pleased to learn that the Department of Natural Resources intends to grant their Petition for a Declaratory Ruling to formally determine the location of the Ordinary High Water Mark (OHWM) on 92 East Maple Street", commented Shawn Fairchild of the Friends. The OHWM delineates the line between uplands and the bed of Lake Michigan at the time of statehood .  Because of historic fill at the west waterfront, natural evidence of the OHWM was long ago obliterated, and therefore DNR utilizes maps and other historic documentation to approximate the location of that line. Fairchild continued, "The preliminary OHWM included in DNR's letter to Mayor Birmingham dated April 14th is drawn at right angles, and shows that DNR's analysis is not based on natural changes in the shoreline over time.  The DNR's preliminary OHWM is shocking in that it completely contradicts the circuit court's findings of fact and seems unsupported by any of the historical maps or physical evidence produced at trial, which were the subject of detailed expert testimony and cross-examination.   We look forward to the facts found at trial being central to the ultimate determination."

 

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Sturgeon Bay Common Council Scraps Bulk Of Statement Of Intentions For Harbor Assistance Program


By Tim Kowols




The Sturgeon Bay Common Council removed four of the five items listed on its statement of intentions for the 2017 Harbor Assistance Program. The item it did keep is slated to be used for improving the existing docking facilities for in the south yard at Bay Shipbuilding Company to increase the capacity and efficiency during its Winter Fleet period. Mayor Thad Birmingham said taking off the other items, which included the Festival Pier and dock improvements at three different locations, would be shortsighted.

 



 

Council members Barb Allman said if the city was going to be competing for a potentially smaller pool of money from the state that it should focus on one project with high importance.



 

Making a statement of intentions for harbor-related projects does not obligate the city to undertake any of the projects. The Harbor Assistance Program provides 80 percent of grant funding improvements and was a major topic of discussion at this month's Door/Kewaunee Legislative Days.

Baileys Harbor Brown Trout Provides Spring Boost To Local Economy


By Tim Kowols




The waters of Door and Kewaunee County expect to be full of anglers this weekend as one of the first fishing tournaments of the year kicks off. The Baileys Harbor Brown Trout Tournament starts on Thursday with over $7,000 in prizes up for grabs. Baileys Harbor Community Coordinator Brynn Swanson says with many anglers fishing in northern Door County, the tournament is a major boost for the local economy.

 



 

The Baileys Harbor Brown Trout Tournament runs through Saturday with the final weigh-in, awards, and live music taking place in front of the fire station on Sunday beginning at 9 a.m. Anglers have until April 21 to buy their tickets.

Old Meets New At Farm Technology Days


By Tim Kowols




While much of the Wisconsin Farm Technology Days will focus on the future of farming, Kewaunee County's Heritage Committee will take a deeper look into its past. Run by non-profit group Agricultural Heritage and Resources, Inc., over 200 tractors and other antique implements will be on display for attendees to look at over the course of the three-day event. Heritage Committee member Sue Sevcik says many of the pieces on display will have Kewaunee County agricultural or manufactured roots.



 

Sevcik says written or oral histories may be available at each display so attendees can learn more about the equipment. Wisconsin Farm Technology Days will take place July 11-13 at Ebert Enterprises in Algoma.

Ephraim Asks To Close Highway 42 For Annual Fyr Bal


By Tim Kowols




A pair of firsts will take place at the Ephraim Fyr Bal this summer pending approval from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. The Ephraim Business Council received permission from the village board last week to close down State Highway 42 for the first time in its history to accommodate the growth of the annual event. EBC Director of Tourism Rocky Marciano says the decision to sell beer and wine at the event for the first time in village history also played into the decision making process.

 



 

Marciano says the paperwork has been filed with the DOT with Moravia Road being designated as a possible detour route. The 53rd annual Ephraim Fyr Bal will take place June 17.

Kewaunee County Discussed In Potential Sites For New Jail


By Tim Kowols




Kewaunee County will weigh its options after it was included in the announcement of a new jail facility on Monday. To replace the aging Green Bay Correctional Institution in Allouez, Rep. David Steffen of Howard proposed a privately owned, state-run prison to be built elsewhere in the area. Kewaunee County Board Chairperson Robert Weidner was among the state and local officials present for the announcement. While the new prison could generate tax dollars and jobs for Kewaunee County, Weidner says they will try to do what pleases the most people.



 

The Kewaunee County Board will discuss the matter during its Tuesday meeting. A study committee made up of county board members and local officials will be created to look into potential sites for a jail and to collect citizen input.

Highway Department Crews Busy Fixing Roads As The State Debates Long Term Budget Solution


By Paul Schmitt




With transportation funding shaping up to be a battle in the state budget in Madison, area highway commissioners must find a way to do more with less on a local level as well.  The challenge is to pave, patch and reconstruct older roads that are in poor or fair condition.  Kewaunee County Highway Commissioner Todd Every explains what his department other departments must do if the funding is not there to replace roads.

 



 

Every says potholes this time of year are keeping his crews busy.  He says overall, asphalt design mix has not changed much over the years, but is still expected to last twenty to thirty years.

Door County Deer Advisory Council Decides Not To Recommend Anter-less Only Hunt


By Paul Schmitt




Over 200 Door County deer hunters showed up Monday and spoke out on the 2017 Antlerless-Only Seasons that was originally proposed for this fall. The Door County Deer Advisory Council decided against the measure after a public meeting at the Sturgeon Bay High School Commons. A 4-3 vote by the council Monday night reversed last month's unanimous recommendation. DNR Region Program Manager Jeff Pritzl says a lot has to be done to reduce the deer herd in the county to meet the desired quota.







Public comments prior to the decision ranged from bringing back the Earn-A-Buck to saying a doe-only hunt would force locals to hunt outside Door County to get a buck. The Wisconsin DNR will make a final decision on the recommendations made by the Door County Deer Advisory Council in May.  Door County would have been the only county in the state to have an antlerless hunt for all seasons. You can see the video of last night's meeting on DoorCountyDailyNews.com's facebook account.

 

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Sturgeon Bay High School Math Team Finishes Second In State Competition


By Paul Schmitt




The Sturgeon Bay High School math team finished tied for second at the Class B State Math Meet held at individual schools last month.  Advisor and Math teacher Cliff Wind says he was really proud of his students considering this year's test was much more difficult than past years.

 



 

Sturgeon Bay's math team consisted of seniors Sam Hargis and Nora Scheer, juniors Kekoa Bicoy, James Dickson, Liam Herbst, Jack Richard and Tom Renfrew and sophomore Emily Tess.  Richard and Herbst were first places all-state and Dickson and Scheer were second team all-state.  Southern Door in Class C had Karl Meier place first team and Deseree Dufek second team all-state individually.  You can find the complete 2017 state math team click on the link below:


http://www.wismath.org/resources/Pictures/2017%20%20State%20High%20School%20Math%20Contest%20Results%20(002).pdf

New York's Free College Tuition Program Could Become National Model


By Paul Schmitt




New York's first-in-the-nation free tuition for middle-class college students is a having other states possibly start similar programs.  According to the Associated Press, New York's plan would cover in-state public college tuition for students who are full time and whose families earn less than $125,000.  The program includes a restriction that requires recipients to live and work in the state for the number of years they receive the benefit or pay it back as converted loan.  Gay Pustaver from Money Management Counselors says this is a good step in the direction of addressing the issue of the high cost of education.

 



 

The undergraduate in-state tuition and fees per semester at the schools in the University of Wisconsin system range from a just over $2,500 to $5,208 at U.W.-Madison.

New Audio Tour App For Travelers Crossing "Death's Door"


By Paul Schmitt




You can listen to a free audio tour of the Death's Door crossing with a new app on your smartphone.  Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands developed the streaming and real-time service recently that gives the history of the islands and their historic structures.  Member Gordon Vieth says six points of interest will be detailed during the audio tour.

 



 

The audio descriptions automatically start when you use the GPS function on your smartphone.   A future audio tour for hikers on Plum Island is it the plans as well, according to Vieth.  Link to the free audio tour app:

https://izi.travel/en/app

After downloading the app, search on "Plum and Pilot Islands- From the Boat" to access the tour.

 

 

 

Civil Discourse--An Occasional Attempt to Restore Civility to Our Civic Discourse



By Roger Utnehmer

DoorCountyDailyNews.com

President and CEO




CITY OF STURGEON BAY DID EGG HARBOR ROAD RIGHT

The City of Sturgeon Bay's investment in Egg Harbor Road is paying off with positive development and attractive additions to the economic base of our community. Sidewalks and lighting make the growing business district more senior and pedestrian friendly. Bike lanes make it more cycler-friendly. Sewer and water improvements make the area more business friendly. These are all good investments made by the City of Sturgeon Bay.

It's always good to see government get something as right as Sturgeon Bay did on Egg Harbor Road.
The tax base is expanding. The good news starts on Jefferson Street where Bay Home Town Pharmacy opened in a vacant building. The former Lenny's Pizza at Georgia and Jefferson will soon become part of the growing Skaliwags and Algoma Burger Company Chris Wiltfang dynasty of restaurants.

Recent openings include Jimmy John's, Knight Barry, O'Reilly Auto, Door County Coop, Tractor Supply and Calvary Baptist Fellowship. Owners of the Best Western motel have invested in extensive renovations. Old Mexico is thriving under new ownership. Larger investments made in recent years on Egg Harbor Road include Wal-Mart, CVS Pharmacy and a neighboring mini-mall with several smaller shops. All expand the Sturgeon Bay tax base, support our schools, create jobs and make for a more thriving business district. The city council got this right and for that, they deserve to be commended.

Next on the good news agenda will be finding tenants for the old Hardee's facility and the neighboring former Pizza Hut, filling up the old K-Mart building and locating a tenant for the shuttered bank building across from the Cherry Point Mall.

GOVERNOR CUOMO KEEPING KIDS OUT OF PARENT'S BASEMENTS

The recent proposal by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to provide free college tuition will keep adult children from living in the basements of their parents. The recently-reached agreement between the governor and New York legislators has a means test that makes the program available only to families with annual incomes of $125,000 or less. It also requires the students to live and in New York after graduation or pay back the free tuition.

Legislators in several other states are considering similar tuition-free options. If Wisconsin lawmakers follow New York free tuition should also be extended to technical colleges where future employment opportunities abound. Wisconsin faces a serious shortage of technical trade job training. Far too many students are tracked into college courses with little hope for job placement after graduation. Offering free technical college tuition will help assure your toilet flushes, a trained EMT responds to an emergency, your lights go on when you flip the switch, your car starts in a Wisconsin winter, you find a building contractor when you need one and industry in need of welders can at least get some applicants.


LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS HAVE A RIGHT TO PRIVACY TOO

Congratulations and thank you to the men and women elected to school boards, city councils and town government in the recent election. Democracy only functions when people of good will come forward and put their names on ballots and run for public office.

Public service is not always easy. Far too often in includes giving up a right-to-privacy for families of those in office as well. There are a time and place to express an opinion. Let's make sure opinions are expressed with civility and in the appropriate location. That's not when an elected official is out for a Friday night fish fry with family and friends or at 11:00 PM after a few beers.

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

Sturgeon Bay Common Council Meets Tuesday With Two New Alderpersons On Board


By Paul Schmitt




The Sturgeon Bay City Council will have the addition of two new faces when it meets Tuesday.  Newly elected and sworn-in council members Barb Allmann from District 5 and Laurel Hauser from District 7 will be taking their respective seats on the common council.  The meeting's agenda will include the calling for considering legal counsel for the upcoming DNR declaratory ruling on the west side waterfront development site.  The meeting will also include an election of the council president and mayoral appointments.   A closed session is planned as well in regards to the deliberating or negotiating the purchase of public properties.  The Sturgeon Bay City Council meeting will be held in the council chambers at City Hall at noon Tuesday.

Door County Visitor Bureau Goes Social In Seasonal Workforce Recruitment


By Tim Kowols




The Door County Visitor Bureau is searching far and wide to make sure local businesses are getting the help they need before tourist season officially starts. In addition to the J-1 Visa Exchange program attracting students from overseas to spend the summer in Door County, the DCVB has been trying to set up a social media presence in Colorado and Florida to recruit seasonal workers that are currently unemployed where they live. Jon Jarosh from the DCVB says they are trying to make the most of the natural migratory patterns of some workers.

 



 

According to Jarosh, tourism helped support 3,110 jobs in 2015, providing $70.8 million in labor income.

Social Services, Education Among Budget Concerns


By Tim Kowols




Funding for social services and education are two of the major topics of concern residents have expressed to Senator Dave Hansen as state budget conversations continue. At a forum hosted by state Democrats last week, many residents are worried the state cannot make up the funding difference being created by cuts to agencies supporting the elderly, disabled, and poor in the proposed federal budget. Others expressed their concern for education funding, despite proposed increases for K-12 schools, colleges, and universities. According to Sen. Hansen, a cut in University of Wisconsin tuition may sound good to students, but may not matter much if they cannot keep qualified teachers.

 



 

Senator Hansen did applaud the Joint Finance Committee's removal of 83 non-fiscal proposals from Governor Scott Walker's budget. The JFC will host three more public hearings, including one in Marinette April 21, before state legislators return to Madison in May.

Gibraltar Baseball Honors Fall Classmate During Special Season


By Tim Kowols




You do not have to tell the Gibraltar Secondary School's baseball team about the emotional weight they will be carrying this season. Bo Johnson, an avid baseball player, would have most likely been a senior on this year's team if it was not for the leukemia that took his life in 2012. With the acronym for You Only Live Once emblazoned on its outfield walls and the team caps colored in GO BO Foundation orange, head baseball coach Jay Kita knows this will be a special season regardless of the wins they collect.

 



 

Kita says the baseball team will host special events throughout the season to support the GO BO Foundation, which has raised thousands of dollars for cancer-related causes.

Public Meeting On Algoma's Comprehensive Plan Monday Night


By Paul Schmitt




Algoma's vision for the future will be discussed Monday at a meeting held at the Algoma High School.  The City of Algoma will be holding a public meeting and discussion at 6 pm on the Algoma Comprehensive Plan Update.  City Administrator Jeff Wiswell says the meeting will cover economic factors impacting business and industry as well as the fundamental facilities and systems used in Algoma.

 



 

The state requires cities to renew their comprehensive plan after ten years. This meeting is one in a series of meetings the next several months to ensure a strong outreach to the community, According to Wiswell.

Baileys Harbor Project Spurs UW-Extension To Rural Partners Honor


By Tim Kowols




A UW-Extension project helping improve Baileys Harbor has received recognition from the Wisconsin Rural Partners. Along with the Village of Sister Bay, the UW-Extension Community Vitality and Placemaking Team earned the honor for identifying, highlighting, and sharing innovative ways they have had an impact on rural communities in the state. In Baileys Harbor, the program designed 20 posters depicting ideas on how to address the issues facing the town using existing assets and resources. These conversations spurred Baileys Harbor to create a town recycling station and new park space along the water and led to one building being converted into a community center. Wisconsin Rural Partners Executive Director Rick Rolfsmeyer says while the UW-Extension Community Vitality and Placemaking Team provided similar services for other communities, the Baileys Harbor project was truly unique.

 



 

The village of Sister Bay and the UW-Extension Community Vitality and Placemaking Team will receive their awards at a banquet held in Green Lake, Wis. next week.

New Permenant Bank Of Luxemburg Location In Kewaunee To Open April 24


By Paul Schmitt




The new Kewaunee Branch Office of The Bank of Luxemburg will be opening Monday, April 24.   After opening in a temporary location in February of 2016 on Marquette Drive, construction of the new facility, also on Marquette Drive, was started just down the road from the temporary office.  Bank President Tim Treml says that the finishing touches of the building are being completed.

 



 

The Bank of Luxemburg also has locations in Luxemburg, Green Bay, Dyckesville, Casco, Algoma, and Sturgeon Bay.

Hannah Mallien Finalist For Wisconsin Sports Award Scholarship


By Paul Schmitt




A Southern Door High School student athlete is one of four finalists for the fifth annual Wisconsin Sports Award Scholarship.  Senior Hannah Mallien was surprised at school on Wednesday by fellow students and her parents to find out that she will be receive either a $2,500 or $7,500 scholarship at the exclusive VIP Wisconsin Sports Awards banquet held in Madison on May 11.  As part of the scholarship application, Mallien was required to write an essay about her community involvement.  She shares her experience as a big sister for the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program.

 



 

Mallien played four years of basketball and softball for the Eagles.  She is the president of her class and also valedictorian with plans on attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the fall to study pharmacology and toxicology.

Door County Land Trust Seeks Volunteers As Weather Improves


By Tim Kowols




As sure as the plants grow on their thirteen different preserves, the Door County Land Trust needs the volunteers to help support the properties. The Door County Land Trust has been busy training volunteers to give guided hikes, provide much-needed maintenance, and monitor birds migrating. Executive Director Tom Clay says you can never have enough volunteers.

 



 

The Door County Land Trust has protected over 7,300 acres since 1986.

New Faces To Continue Wood Orchard Market Tradition


By Tim Kowols




Wood Orchard Market in Egg Harbor will feature some new faces running the store when its season opens in two weeks. Mark and Jacksonport native Crista Kochanski will join owners Steve and Janice Wood as managing partners of the 21-year old business. The Kochanskis moved back to Door County after living in Milwaukee for several years. Although she and her husband bring a wealth of experience to their new role, Kochanski says she is well aware of the high bar that has been set for Wood Orchard Market.

 



 

Kochanski says the Wood family will continue to supply the apples, cherries, and raspberries to the market and many customer favorite items will remain in stock.

Literacy Partners Of Kewaunee County Thriving In Algoma


By Tim Kowols




The Literacy Partners of Kewaunee County is thriving despite having to move its base of operations recently. The group had been using Hillcrest Elementary School in Kewaunee for its tutoring programs, but was forced to move the classes to Algoma in advance of the building's demolishment later this year. Literacy Partners President Bob Garfinkel says the move opened the organization up to a new market of tutors leading to more great success stories.

 



 

Literacy Partners of Kewaunee County expect to have helped at least three new people earn their diplomas this year.

Kewaunee County Strives to Be Dementia-Friendly



By Renee Koenig, UW-Extension



Nearly 2000 people living in Kewaunee County have some form of dementia according to estimates from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia.  The majority of people with dementia live in their own homes, drive and go shopping.

 

Earlier this month, Kewaunee County employees and board members attended dementia awareness training. The ADRC of the Lakeshore and UW-Extension presented the workshop.  The participants learned to recognize the top ten warning signs of memory loss and ten strategies to improve brain health.

 

The Kewaunee County Community Aging Coalition strives to make Kewaunee County a dementia-friendly community.  Education and awareness are keys to reducing the social stigma associated with memory loss and dementia.  This will ease fear and isolation so people can easily access local resources and live well with dementia.

 

"I am concerned about the wellbeing of our aging population.  We want to help businesses such as grocery stores, banks and even our county buildings to be dementia-friendly", says Renee Koenig, UW-Extension Family Living Educator and Community Aging Coalition member.

 

If your organization or business would like to learn more about how to become dementia-friendly, contact Renee Koenig, UW-Extension Family Living Educator, at renee.koenig@uwex.edu.

City To Consider Legal Counsel For DNR Declaratory Ruling On Waterfront Site


By Tim Kowols




The Sturgeon Bay Common Council will consider legal counsel in preparation for a declaratory ruling on a disputed parcel on the west side waterfront. According to a memorandum from city administrator Josh Van Lieshout, the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront filed for the declaratory ruling for the ordinary high water mark for Parcel 92, which is currently prohibited from being sold until a declaration can be made. The city felt it was in its best interest to acquire legal counsel while it waits for details concerning the Department of Natural Resources' declaratory ruling, which could begin in the next 30 to 60 days. The total cost to Tax Increment District #4 is unknown, but a letter from attorney Paul G. Kent at Stafford Rosenbaum LLP has quoted the city with hourly rates ranging from $110 an hour for clerks and paralegals to $275 an hour for partners and counsel. The action will be considered when the Sturgeon Bay Common Council meets in its chambers at noon on Tuesday.

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Continues Work On Pride Dairy Act


By Paul Schmitt




U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin is looking to protect Wisconsin's dairy farmers with the Dairy Pride Act.  The act aims to standardize the legal definition of "milk" to appear on labels of products that are "obtained by the milking of one or more hooved mammal".  With soy and almond milks growing in popularity, Senator Baldwin says dairy farmers are losing market share unfairly.

 





 

Senator Baldwin says dairy farmers came to her after the Food and Drug Administration was not responsive to their concerns.  The Pride Dairy act also notes that consumers would benefit from increasing their milk intake, noting that dairy intake is linked to lowered risk of diabetes and obesity.   You can find the link to the Dairy Pride Act with this story online.

 

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Sevastopol Annual Town Hall Meeting Being Held On Tuesdsay


By Paul Schmitt




Town of Sevastopol residents can voice their opinion at the Annual Town Meeting being held next Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Institute.  Town board members and officers, as well as guests, will have a meet and greet initially before a discussion will be held as well as updates on current projects and committee reports.  Sevastopol Town Clerk Amy Flok shares what else will be addressed at the town meeting.










Financial statements from last year will be shared by representatives of the accounting and auditing services.  The regular monthly town board meeting will be held after the town hall.  You can find a link to the agenda to the meeting online with this story.

www.townofsevastopol.com.

Family Handles Traditions And Trends At Pair Of Sister Bay Businesses


By Tim Kowols




The Neu family works together in Sister Bay to draw people looking for items on opposite sides of the time spectrum. While Steve and his wife's Judy focus on traditional pieces from overseas at Chelsea Antiques, his son Zac and his wife Beth turn their attention to what is trending in fashion and home décor at the Blue Willow Shop next door.  Steve says with his wife's design background, the two businesses have been able to mix and match pieces from both stores to show how one interacts with the other.

 



 

Zac says the different viewpoints the two couples bring to the stores make it a stop for everyone.

 



 

Chelsea Antiques and Blue Willow Shop, located on Highway 57, have been owned by the Neu Family since 2010. The two stores are participating in next weekend's Radio Day on 105.1 WSBW benefitting the good work being done at the Northern Door Children's Center.

Luxemburg-Casco Prepares For Third Community Conversation May 10


By Tim Kowols




It has been two years since Luxemburg-Casco School District first hosted a community conversation to learn more about it can be a better partner with the residents supporting it.  Recently, all students have received technology at their fingertips through the school district's 1 to 1 program and have seen improvements made to their technical education department among other changes. A possible referendum question and the future of its middle school in Casco expect to be major discussion topics at this year's annual community conversation according to District Superintendent Glenn Schlender.

 



 

The next Luxemburg-Casco School District Community Conversation is tentatively slated for May 10.

Two Door County-Related Projects Honored By Wisconsin Rural Partners


By Tim Kowols




Two projects in Door County received high praise from the Wisconsin Rural Partners Thursday when they were recognized as the state's top rural development initiatives. The University of Wisconsin-Extension Community Vitality and Placemaking Team's efforts in Baileys Harbor and the Village of Sister Bay's Marketplace Redevelopment Project were selected from 17 nominations identifying, highlighting, and sharing innovative ways they have had an impact on rural communities in the state. Turning a blighted, former refrigerator manufacturing site into a mixed use parcel with several different businesses had a lot of input according to village administrator Zeke Jackson after the lot was slated for a four-story hotel.

 



 

The Sister Bay Marketplace will have a new restaurant opening on the site in the coming weeks. Both projects will be honored by the Wisconsin Rural Partners at a ceremony in Green Lake, Wis. next week. We will take a closer look at the UW-Extension's Community Vitality and Placemaking Team's efforts in Baileys Harbor on Sunday.

 

Rep. Gallagher Visits Door County, Discusses Health Care


By Tim Kowols




Wisconsin 8th District Rep. Mike Gallagher believes controlling costs is an important part of the conversation regarding a new health care bill. Among Rep. Gallagher's stops in Door County earlier this week was at Door County Medical Center where the freshman congress member met with hospital officials on what is working and not working in the health care industry and the direction the discussion needs to go. While the tax credit structure and budget reconciliation process may have played a role in the American Health Care Act not going up for a vote last month, Rep. Gallagher says it is costs he hears the most about from constituents.

 



 

Transparency in pricing, rising drug costs, and hospital incentives for being innovative are just some of things Rep. Gallagher believes need to be addressed to bend the health care cost curve.



 

 

Picture Courtesy of Door County Medical Center

Pictured (L to R) Representative Mike Gallagher; Gerald Worrick, President/CEO of DCMC; Melody Hargis, Director, Inpatient Services; and Jody Boes, Vice President of Patient Care Administration. On April 12th, Rep. Mike Gallagher visited Door County Medical Center and the DCMC Dental Clinic to meet with senior leaders and learn about how DCMC invests in local programs to impact community health. Gallagher is seeking to understand the impact of health care reform on rural areas like Door County to inform his efforts as a newly-elected legislator.  Pictured (L to R) Representative Mike Gallagher; Gerald Worrick, President/CEO of DCMC; Melody Hargis, Director, Inpatient Services; and Jody Boes, Vice President of Patient Care Administration.

Four Sworn In As Members Of the Sturgeon Bay Common Council


By Tim Kowols




Surrounded by friends, family, and city staff members, Sturgeon Bay's newly elected Common Council members were sworn into office Thursday morning.

 

It was the second time for Kelly Catarozoli, having been re-elected to keep her seat representing District 1. Catarozoli called it a tremendous honor.

 



 

It has been several years District 5 alderperson Barb Allmann was sworn into office as a member of the Sturgeon Bay Common Council. Allmann said she has a better idea of what to expect from the position this time around.

 



 

The pomp and circumstance of the swearing-in ceremony was new for District 3 alderperson David Ward, he said he was previously sworn in by city officials to an empty room.

 



 

District 7 Laurel Hauser was grateful to everyone that helped her get sworn into office for the first time.

 



 

The Sturgeon Bay Common Council will next meet on April 18.

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Washington Island Vehicle Fire Controlled Before Possible Disaster


By Paul Schmitt




A potential tragedy was averted Wednesday afternoon on Washington Island when a vehicle at a gas station caught fire.  Bystanders acted quickly and prevented the fire from spreading or coming in contact with the nearby gas pumps.  Officer Gary Schultz of the Washington Island Police Department describes what happened.

 



 

Schultz says the whole ordeal lasted about one hour.   No injuries were reported and the vehicle is considered a complete loss, according to Schultz.

Emerge Wisconsin Encouraged By Progress, But Still Fighting For More Women In Government


By Tim Kowols




Emerge Wisconsin hopes to flip the script on the number of women currently involved in local politics. According to the Wisconsin Women's Council, 75 percent of town boards in the state do not have women on them, in comparison to 25 percent of village boards, 16 percent of city councils, and four percent of school boards. Emerge Wisconsin has worked since 2007 to increase the number of Democratic women in public office. Executive director Erin Forrest says she is encouraged by the number of women making it onto ballots.

 



 

Of the 13 towns in Door County, seven women sit on six different boards as supervisors. Many of the communities have women as elected town treasurers and clerks, which is often the case according to Mike Koles from the Wisconsin Towns Association.

Field Demonstrations Ready To Show Off New Implements At Farm Technology Days


By Tim Kowols




Ebert Enterprises in Algoma will not just be the host operation of this year's Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, but also a testing ground for up and coming pieces of equipment. The field demonstrations committee will show off how new technology can do everything from harvesting fields more efficiently to picking up pesky stones. Field demonstration committee liaison Dave LaCrosse says while the final lineup of what will be featured will not be finalized until closer to the event, there will still be plenty to see.

 



 

Field demonstrations will occur multiple times each day during the three-day event from July 11-13.

Kewaunee School District Plans For Busy Summer With Phase 2 Work Set To Begin


By Tim Kowols




The parking lots at Kewaunee School District buildings expect to be full once again this summer as planning is underway for Phase 2 of its renovations. Phase 1 of the projects, funded by a $15.2 million referendum approved by voters in 2015, saw a new agricultural sciences building, auxiliary gym, fitness center, and other facilities get built in 2016. School District Superintendent Karen Treml says most of the work this time around will provide some much-needed updates.

 



 

The spring and summer will also close the book on Kewaunee's Hillcrest School, which will be demolished to make way for a competition soccer field and other physical education-related areas.

Updated Ephraim Streetscape Drawings Expected Back Soon


By Tim Kowols




The village of Ephraim has sent engineering firm AECOM back to the drawing board regarding its streetscape plan. The original drawings featured a walking path, dedicated bike lanes, and storm water drainage solutions, but residents were uncomfortable with the plans' encroachment on their property and the $4.5-5 million price tag. Village administrator Brent Bristol describes what residents will likely see in the new scaled back conceptual drawings of the streetscape project.

 



 

The streetscape improvements in Ephraim would take place while the Wisconsin Department of Transportation project closes down Highway 42 for its road reconstruction project next year.

Door County Medical Center Earns Several Excellence in Healthcare Awards


By Tim Kowols




Door County Medical Center's focus on developing a positive culture in its hospital has been rewarded with 10 Excellence in Healthcare Awards. Given by healthcare researcher Professional Research Consultants, Door County Medical Center was recognized through data and patient surveys in several areas such as overall quality of care in the emergency department, the responsiveness of staff and care transition, and physician communication. Vice President of Patient Care Jody Boes says having a positive culture for its staff has translated to better patient care.

 



 

Door County Medical Center was also honored for its "Door Way to Excellence" culture initiative with the Platinum Achievement Award. The hospital will be formally presented with the awards in a ceremony held in Austin, Texas on June 22.

Door County Sales, Room Tax Collections Up In 2016


By Tim Kowols




Collections for both room tax and sales tax in Door County went up 2016 according to the Door County Visitor Bureau. In 2016, the county collected $327,045 more ($$4,457,872) in room taxes than it did in 2015 and $288,998 more ($3,914,091) in sales tax collections. Jon Jarosh from the DCVB says there was additional good news to come from the report.

 



 

2009 was the first year all 19 Door County municipalities collected a room tax to contribute to the Tourism Zone, which has seen a 47.33 percent increase in that time. The DCVB will release more information on what this means for the county when it celebrates National Tourism Week in May.

YMCA's Capital Campaign Helps Over 1200 Community Members Utilizing Facilities


By Paul Schmitt




 

The Door County YMCA is continuing its commitment to all area residents to make the YMCA accessible to all families through their annual campaign.   CEO and President Tom Beerntsen says the capital campaign which raises approximately $500,000 a year makes that possible.

 



 

The Door County YMCA has two locations in Sturgeon Bay and Fish Creek and currently serves over 8,000 members, of which about 1,200 benefits from the "membership for all" program, according to Beerntsen.    You can find information on program and services offered at the "Y", go to  www.doorcountyymca.org 

Algoma Community Celebrated 5 Major Contributors At Chamber Of Commerce BIE Awards Monday


By Paul Schmitt




Over 60 people were on hand Monday evening to recognize five significant contributors to the Algoma community at the annual Business Industry and Education (BIE) Awards Banquet.  The event was held at the Hotel Stebbins and saw North Water Street Bakery win for business improvements.   Algoma Lumber won the industry award. The education award went to Lori Miller from St. Paul School and the Live Algoma Coalition.  The aesthetic award went to Timber Trail Campground for their website design.  Algoma Area Chamber Executive Director Sara Krouse says the evening concluded with a special recognition for Algoma Motors.

 



 

Krouse says the annual BIE Awards Banquet is a special and emotional event that brings together the core people of Algoma that are working to make the community a better to live and work.


(Photo from Algoma Chamber of Commerce)
Jean & Jeff Rabas and Jim & Dori Rabas with family award

Shoppers Seeing Prices For Basic Foods Staying Lower In Stores


By Paul Schmitt




Lower prices at the grocery store have consumers saving money on food staples, according to the latest Wisconsin Farm Bureau Market basket survey.  The average cost of 16 basic food items used to prepare one or more meals is down $.72 from $48.98 compared to one year ago.  Econofoods Store Manager Jon Calhoun says he notices the lower prices impacting sales in certain areas.

 



 

One dozen large Grade A eggs averaged $0.96 per dozen compared to $1.34 last spring.  The survey also showed significant decreases in the strong supply of milk, beef, and cheeses.  The entire news release concerning the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Market basket survey is below.

 

 

 

 

MADISON – Shoppers are seeing lower costs at the grocery store according to the latest Wisconsin Farm Bureau Marketbasket survey of 16 basic food items used to prepare one or more meals. It showed that the average cost of these items was $48.98. That is $0.02 (or 0.04 percent) less than the same survey conducted last fall and $0.72 (or 1.4 percent) less than a year ago.

 

Prices of nine of the survey's 16 items decreased in price compared with the Wisconsin Farm Bureau's surveys conducted in the spring and fall of 2016.

 

"Strong supplies of milk, beef and eggs are having a beneficial impact for grocery shoppers," said Amy Eckelberg, spokesperson for the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation.

 

An over-supply of milk has had a dampening effect on the price Wisconsin dairy farmers receive for their milk. The reduced price has been passed on to shoppers. Shredded mild cheddar cheese decreased by 7.4 percent (from $4.35 to $4.03 per pound) during the past year while a gallon of whole milk dropped 2.1 percent (from $3.32 to $3.25) from last fall's survey.

 

One dozen large, Grade A eggs averaged $0.96 per dozen in this survey, compared with $0.98 last fall and $1.34 last spring.

 

"The outbreak of Avian Influenza in 2014 and 2015 was a huge disruption to the poultry industry and the price of eggs soared to historic levels," Eckelberg said. "As egg supplies have returned to more average levels, we see grocery shoppers benefiting at the checkout."

 

"The beef industry has also recovered after a period of reduced supplies and historically high prices worldwide," Eckelberg noted. "We see this reflected in our survey as the two beef items, ground chuck and sirloin tip roast, both saw price decreases of 5.8 percent and 6.4 percent, respectively, since last fall."

 

The survey items that have seen the greatest price increases since last fall were: a box of Cheerios, one pound of bacon, 20-ounce loaf of white bread and one half-gallon of orange juice.

 

WISCONSIN SURVEY PRICE IS LESS THAN NATIONAL AVERAGE
Wisconsin's $48.98 Marketbasket is $1.05 less than the American Farm Bureau Federation's national survey of the same 16 food items. AFBF's survey rang in at $50.03 (2.1 percent difference).

 

FARMER'S SHARE IS JUST $7.84
During the last three decades, retail grocery prices have gradually increased while the share of the average dollar spent on food that farm families receive has dropped. In the mid-1970s, farmers received about one-third of consumer retail food expenditures in grocery stores and restaurants. Since then that number has decreased steadily and is now about 16 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Using that percentage across the board, the farmer's share of this quarter's $48.98 grocery bill is $7.84.

 

Despite higher prices, the USDA says Americans will still spend approximately 10 percent of their disposable annual income on food, the lowest average in the world.

 

The Marketbasket survey is a quarterly look at the trends in food pricing in Wisconsin in relation to changing farm prices, weather and wholesale and retail food marketing. Members of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau collected price samples of 16 basic food items in communities across Wisconsin in March.

 

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The Marketbasket Survey is an informal measure of prices at grocery stores in Wisconsin. The prices reported reflect variations in communities and retailers. The prices reported are not validated by any outside source. Prices were collected for this survey in the communities of Ashland, Beaver Dam, Beloit, Black River Falls, Chilton, De Pere, Dodgeville, Edgerton, Elkhorn, Ellsworth, Elroy, Fond du Lac, Kewaunee, Lodi, Manawa, Manitowoc, Marshfield, Medford, Mequon, New London, New Richmond, Paddock Lake, Platteville, Plover, Richland Center, Saukville, Shawano, Sparta, Union Grove, Waterford, Watertown, Waukesha, West Bend and West Salem.

Gibralar Student Facing Two Felony Charges For Allegedly Setting Fire To Desk At School


By Paul Schmitt




A Gibraltar student faces multiple felony arson charges in connection with an incident of lighting a teacher's desk on fire last Tuesday, April 4 at the Gibraltar High School.  Michael Davis, 18 of Ellison Bay, was in Door County Circuit Court earlier this week.  Door County District Attorney Colleen Nordin explains the charges and possible sentences if Davis is found guilty.

 



 

Davis, a senior at Gibraltar High School, is also charged with five misdemeanors as well.  He is scheduled to appear in court for a status conference on May 3, according to Nordin.

Sturgeon Bay Common Council Winners To Be Sworn Into Office Thursday At 10:00 AM


By Paul Schmitt




Last week's four winners in the Sturgeon Bay Common Council election will be sworn into office tomorrow.  Incumbents Kelly Catarozoli of the first aldermanic district and David Ward, district three along with newly-elected members Barb Almann of district five and Laurel Hauser of district seven will take the oath of office.  The public is welcome to attend the ceremony which begins at 10 a.m. in council chambers at city hall.

Seven Area Teams Advance To Destination Imagination Globals In May


By Paul Schmitt




The area BayLake Regional Destination Imagination teams that competed at the Affiliate State Tournament in Stevens Point this past weekend fared very well.  BayLake Co-Regional Director Robyn Harper shares some of the impressive results by past and current teams.

 



 

A Sturgeon Bay elementary team also took first in the Scientific Challenge and will advance to the global competition in Knoxville, Tennessee next month.  Other team challenges included Technical, Improvisational, and Fine Arts. A total of seven area teams will now advance to the Global Finals.

 

The top three places in each Challenge at each level qualify to compete at the Global Finals tournament in Knoxville in May.

Here are the BayLake Regional DI WIDI Affiliate Tournament Results!

Challenge A: Show & Tech

Elementary Level

2nd. Brain Busters, School District of Denmark

8th tie Cotton Candy Monsters, Algoma School District

Middle Level

7th.tie ComDIans and DIziners, St. Mary School Algoma

7th.tie Sam and the Fam, Sturgeon Bay School District

Secondary Level

1st Famin' Hot Cheetos, Algoma School District

2nd Cheryl from Finance, Notre Dame Academy



Challenge B: Top Secret

Elementary Level

1st Sturgeon Bay D.I. sappearing Act, Sturgeon Bay School District

8th tie Koalafied For DI, Sturgeon Bay School District

Middle Level

14th Fantastic Bacon Incorporation, St. Paul's Lutheran School-Algoma

15th DI Double Crossers, St. Peter's Lutheran School



Challenge C: Vanished!

Elementary Level

4th No Name, St. Paul's Lutheran School Algoma

11th The Color Doctors, Algoma School District

Middle Level

5th tie Color Thieves, Sevastopol School District

Secondary Level

4th World Peace, Algoma School District

6th V Sobakians , Sevastopol School District



Challenge D: 3 Peat

Elementary Level

9th Amazing Wild Imagination Busters, Luxemburg-Casco School

Middle Level

9th Them, Algoma School District

15th Seven Sizzling Sisters, Algoma School District

Secondary Level

7th Benny and the Chicks, Southern Door School District

9th.tie Rebel Vikings, School District of Denmark

Challenge E: In It Together

Elementary Level

4th Wait 4 It, Sevastopol School District

Middle Level

2nd Tim and the Humans, Sevastopol School District

11th DI Dabblers, Notre Dame of DePere

Secondary Level

1st. Rabach Squared, Sevastopol School District



Project Outreach/Service Learning: Ready Willing and Fable

Elementary Level

2nd Project Super Heroes, Algoma School District

3rd Team OWSAM, Sevastopol School District

Middle Level

4th Operation Autism, Algoma School District

10th The Fast and the Curious, Algoma School District

Secondary Level

4th GALMEG Vikings, School District of Denmark

 

Kewaunee County Raises Awareness For Child Abuse, Sexual Assault In Hands Around Courthouse Event


By Tim Kowols




Advocates for child abuse prevention and sexual assault awareness are being asked to show their support by joining hands with their neighbors at an event Wednesday in Kewaunee. Held recently in other communities, Kewaunee County will host its first "Hands Around The Courthouse" event to draw attention to the 49 individuals the Violence Intervention Project (VIP) served in cases of sexual assault in 2016, along with the 79 children reported as victims of abuse and neglect to the Kewaunee County Department of Human Services. VIP advocate Samantha says both causes are important to support.

 



 

The public is invited to wear blue and hold hands with VIP and members of the Kewaunee County Department of Human Services and Witness Program around the Kewaunee County Courthouse beginning at 3:30 p.m.

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Easter Egg Hunts Dot Door County On Holiday Weekend


By Tim Kowols




Several Door County communities will welcome the Easter Bunny this weekend as colored eggs are hidden for children to find. Jacksonport, Sister Bay, Ellison Bay, Baileys Harbor, and Sturgeon Bay are slated to have Easter egg hunts at various locations throughout the area. Sister Bay Advancement Coordinator Chris Milligan says the annual event in the village is a great way for families to get outdoors and have fun.



 

The Easter egg hunts are free and open to the public, but other fees may be associated with other related activities. We have a listing of area Easter egg hunts available online with this story.

 

Baileys Harbor: Starts at 10am at Kendall Park by the Town Hall, and is for children 6 and under only.

 

Sister Bay: From 10:30 to 11:30am at Waterfront Park and is for kids from Pre-K through high school.

 

Jacksonport: From 11am to Noon at Lakeside Park.

 

Ellison Bay Noon at Fitzgerald Park at Noon for children ages 2 to 10 years.

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Smelt Make Brief Return After Years Of Poor Fishing


By Tim Kowols




It has been easier to find smelt at local restaurants than in Lake Michigan in recent years. An April tradition of casting nets into the harbors in Algoma to bring home countless buckets full of fish had seemingly gone to the wayside. The drop in the population led angler and local physician Dr. Rob Anderson believe people under the age of 30 had no clue what smelt fishing entailed. With that in mind, Anderson says it was shocked when a light on a pier late at night last week led to one of the most successful nights of smelt fishing he had witnessed in nearly 25 years.

 



 

Anderson does not know why the smelt population has dwindled in recent years and cannot explain his recent late night haul, but studies done by the U.S. Geological Survey, the Environmental Protection Agency, Purdue University, and the Indiana-Illinois Sea Grant program suggest invasive species like the zebra and quagga mussels have had a negative impact.

European Chafer Beetles Causing Harm To Door County Lawns


By Tim Kowols




Homeowners with dead spots and torn up lawns are being asked to wait it out until the treatment for suspected European chafer beetle infestations is more effective. The invasive species has been stateside since the 1940s but was only first found last in Door County last year. The European chafer beetle, currently in its immature or grub stage, feed on grass roots while animals like birds and skunks dig at the dead areas trying to get a meal. Annie Deutsch from the Door County UW-Extension office says the bulk of the damage is already done.



 

Deutsch says good lawn care during the late spring and early summer months should be able to help your lawn recover. We have more information on the European chafer beetle and the most effective treatment options for the infestation posted online with this story.

 

Release and Pictures By Annie Deutsch, Door County UW-Extension Agriculture Agent

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If you've driven anywhere around Sturgeon Bay the last couple weeks, you might have noticed significant damage to grassy areas. The grass may be completely torn up, have areas with some digging, or have large bare patches. Perhaps this describes your yard.

 

What is it and why have I never seen this before?

 

The damage is due to grubs (the immature stage) of the European chafer beetle. This is a new problem and it began last year. European chafer is an invasive species first found in the US in 1940, but the first time it was found in Wisconsin was last summer in Door County. According to UW Entomology Specialists, we still have the only report of it in the state.

 

European chafer grubs feed on grass roots which results in dead patches of grass. The areas that are torn up are due to birds, skunks, or other animals searching for and feeding on the grubs. And just because your yard may be torn up and your neighbor's yard looks fine, does not necessarily mean that they aren't there. This insect could be present in varying numbers in grass all throughout Sturgeon Bay and the surrounding regions.

 

Keep in mind that other things can damage grass, including salt from the winter, waterlogging, areas with too much shade, nutrient deficiency, disease etc. Before moving forward with any type of treatment, check to make sure it is grub damage: pull back the grass at the edge of a dead or dug-out patch in about a 1 foot square. Shake the clump of grass to free any grub that may be feeding in the root zone. Dig about two inches down into the soil and look for grubs there as well. Repeat this process about 5 times in other areas in the lawn. At this time of year, the grubs are mostly white, C-shaped, and about the size of a dime. Five to ten grubs in a one square foot area is enough to cause noticeable damage.

 

What can I do about it right now?

 

Unfortunately there isn't much to do about it right now; but things should start to look better in the next couple months. Immature insects go through different growth stages, and right now the European chafer grubs are fully mature: they are the largest that they will get, they are eating the most, and they are the least susceptible to insecticides. Additionally, the mature grubs spend the winter deeper in the soil and as temperatures warm, they move back up into the root zone of the grass and begin to feed. That means right now the grubs are at varying levels throughout the soil, so an insecticide application is not recommended because it will likely miss many of them and have inconsistent results.

 

Because the grubs are fully mature, they are going to feed until around May, descend into the soil to pupate (transform), and then emerge as adult beetles. From the time they pupate, are adults, and the next generation are eggs, they don't feed so the grass can begin to recover.

 

Right now, the best thing to do is to press down any patches of grass that have been dug out and wait. Once temperatures are warmer in the next couple weeks, you can spread grass seed to start to fill in bare patches.

 

What can I do in the long run?

 

While there isn't much to do about European chafer right now, insecticides are the main way to deal with the grubs. These products should be applied to the grass mid-summer. Not all insecticides will work, and even effective insecticides will not work well when used at the wrong time. A list of the most effective products are available in a publication posted on our website, http://door.uwex.edu/horticulture, or we have copies available at the UW-Extension office. Alternative-type products including nematodes have not been shown to be reliable. Also, milky spore only attacks Japanese beetle grubs, so it will not work against European chafer.  Over applying insecticides or using home-made concoctions may have detrimental effects to the grass or other organisms in/around your yard, so be careful and make sure to follow all label instructions whenever using any insecticide or related product.

 

Throughout the summer, good lawn care can help the grass grow well and tolerate more damage. Watering the grass, applying fertilizer, and cutting it at a longer height can all help. Beware that too much fertilizer may cause the grass to grow more leaves but less roots, meaning that grub feeding will kill the grass more quickly. Therefore, make sure to follow all label recommendations for fertilizer use and remember that more is not necessarily better.

 

Even with the correct insecticide and excellent lawn care, the European chafer is very hard to control. Since this is only the second year that European chafer has been present in Wisconsin, we have yet to see what are the long-term effects of this insect in our area.

 

If you would like more information, visit our website or call the UW-Extension office at 920-746-2260.

 

Photo #1: European chafer grubs dug up April 6, 2017, from a yard near Sturgeon Bay (photo: A Deutsch)

 

Photo #2: lawn damage due to European chafer grub feeding and animals digging for the grubs (photo credit: A Deutsch)

 

High Capacity Well Bill Awaits State Assembly


By Tim Kowols




The Wisconsin State Assembly will wait for its turn to debate a bill giving current high-capacity well owners an exemption from state oversight regarding repairs, replacements, and reconstructions without the need of a new permit. While environmentalists say it could lead to waterbeds drying up in some areas, agriculture producers believe the new rules give them the ability to be more productive. While much of the focus of the bill is on the Central Sands region of the state, Senator Dave Hansen says it could have an impact everywhere.

 



 

The number of high-capacity wells in Wisconsin has sky rocketed in recent years, including more than 2,800 in the Central Sands region according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Monthly Expense Worksheet A Window To Your Financial Future


By Tim Kowols




A monthly expense worksheet can help you in more ways than just seeing where your money is going and who is receiving it. Whether it is someone recently going through a divorce or a death and never handled the finances before or a newly wedded couple combining their money for the first time, the monthly expense worksheet is often used to help people move forward. Gay Pustaver from Money Management Counselors says either way, it is an eye-opening experience.

 



 

Monthly expense worksheets can also help people look at hypothetical situations such as buying a home, having a child, and entering retirement. You can listen to the entire Money Management Monday interview with Gay Pustaver online with this story.

 









Kewaunee County's Voluntary Well Testing Program Begins


By Tim Kowols




The Kewaunee County Land and Water Conservation Department is taking registrations for its voluntary well water testing program. Homeowners can purchase one or all three different testing options to see if their well has contaminants such as bacteria, nitrates, and herbicide. Although the county cannot make homeowners test their wells through the program, conservationist Davina Bonness says the spring is a good time to see where their water is compared to last year.

 



 

A recharge often refers to the snowmelt and storms in the spring and the rains in the fall. The first-come, first-serve tests range in price from $27 to $49 a piece, or $117 for all three different packages.

Tax Returns Can Provide Road Map For Charitable Giving in 2017


By Tim Kowols




It is too late to make a donation to impact your tax bill for this year, but Door County Community Foundation President and CEO Bret Bicoy suggests using this year's return to start a plan for next year. According to Consumer Reports, Americans wrote off $210.6 billion in itemized charitable donations in 2014, which was over eight percent higher than it was the previous year. Bicoy says filing your returns can give you and your accountant a chance to look at next year and learn how you could potentially lessen your tax burden.

 



 

As for this year's return, a notice of receipt is required for charitable donations above $250 in which you received no additional goods or services in order to be considered a write off on your taxes.

School Start Date Highlight Students, Staff Door/Kewaunee Legistlative Days Discussions


By Tim Kowols




A large number of high school students made the trip to Madison last week for Door/Kewaunee Legislative Days, including over 20 from Sturgeon Bay High School. The students were divided up into groups and met with legislators and state agencies to discuss the delegation's five key agenda items. One of those items was the opposition to repealing the statewide standard for a school start date, which provided interesting conversation for Sturgeon Bay School District Superintendent Dan Tjernagel.



 

Delegates also discussed various water quality concerns and requested adequate funding for harbor assistance programs and rural broadband Internet access. The next Door/Kewaunee Legislative Days will be in 2019.

Kewaunee County Committee Fights Back Against Proposed Cuts To Conservation Department


By Tim Kowols




The Kewaunee County Land and Water Conservation Committee is fighting back against the state's plan to cut the budget to local county conservation departments. In the upcoming state budget, counties could lose a portion of the funding they get for their land and water conservation departments, which could amount to thousands of dollars in lost wages for their staff members. Committee member Lee Luft says the timing could not be worse for these budget cuts.

 



 

The Kewaunee County Land and Water Conservation Committee passed a resolution asking the state to restore the funding unanimously, and hopes the county board will do the same when it meets later this month.

State Asks Researchers To Find More Uses For Milk


By Tim Kowols




State legislators have asked researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison to find more ways to use milk. Prices took a hit last week after Grassland Dairy terminated the contract of 75 of its producers due to a trade dispute with Canada, according to the Wisconsin State Farmer.  Legislators hope new ways of using milk can help drive prices up. Luxemburg farmer Dave Jauquet says expanding the usage of milk could be good for everyone, even those outside of the walls of a dairy farm.

 



 

According to Hoard's Dairyman, March Class III milk, often used for cheese, was down $1.07 per hundred weight over the previous month. That, however, is up over two dollars from a year ago.

DCVB To Host J-1 Visa Employer Program This Thursday


By Tim Kowols




The Door County Visitor Bureau hopes to get local businesses prepared for summer hiring when it hosts its J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program forum this week. The one-day forum helps business owners prepare for their new foreign employees and how they can make the transition easier for them as the season progress. Jon Jarosh from the Door County Visitor Bureau says it is great information for those who have never utilized the program before.



 

Jarosh estimates that over 300 J-1 Visa Exchange students will be working throughout Door County this upcoming season. You can still register for the forum which will take place this Thursday at the Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Department beginning at 1 p.m.

Live Algoma Garnering Worldwide Attention


By Tim Kowols




People are traveling far distances to see the good news coming out of Algoma School District. Recently, Algoma School District hosted representatives from Sweden as they learned more about the Live Algoma Initiative, which focuses on developing a healthier lifestyle for children, individuals, employers, and the community. Superintendent Nick Cochart says the opportunity came from its relationship with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, where the two sides met at a winter conference in Florida.



 

Live Algoma has caught plenty of attention stateside as well after being named a finalist for the Robert Woods Johnson Culture of Health prize for its accomplishments locally.

Northern Door Fire Departments Prepare For the Worst With Recent Trainings


By Tim Kowols




With the help of community partners, Northern Door fire departments are preparing for the worst when it comes to their training.  On Saturday, members of the Sister Bay/Liberty Grove, Gibraltar, Ephraim, and Egg Harbor Fire Departments worked on their school bus and vehicle extrication skills thanks to Five Star Training out of Idaho. Since large-scale emergency situations do not happen every day, Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Chief Chris Hecht cannot thank the community and other departments enough for the support they give to make sure their volunteer force is as prepared as possible.

 



 

Hecht says one of their upcoming training sessions will take advantage of upgrades planned at Scandia Village where they can work on their patient movement skills and large-area search and rescue.

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Prison Overcrowding Factors Into Future Kewaunee County Jail Planning


By Tim Kowols




The Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department is keeping a close eye on statewide prison overcrowding as it continues its preliminary studies into a new facility.  Last month, Brown County Sheriff John Gossage discussed the measures he has had to take with its overcrowded prisons while state legislators look at how to address a possible extra $22.7 million in expenses it may need for its inmate population according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.  Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski says a closer look at how criminals are incarcerated is needed.

 



 

Kewaunee County's 22-bed facility has been overcrowded for years according to Joski, who believes they need to look at the trends in the community before they commit to building a new jail in the upcoming years.

Bayview, Maple/Oregon Street Bridges Set To Close This Week For Maintenance And Inspections


By Tim Kowols




Two out of Sturgeon Bay's three bridges will close for at least one day this week due to routine bridge maintenance and inspections. The Bayview Bridge will be closed to traffic from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday and the Maple/Oregon Street Bridge will be closed during the same times on Wednesday. Mark Kantola from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation says crews are just getting ready for the summer.

 



 

The Michigan Street Bridge will not close this week because crews were able to do the inspections and maintenance it needed to do when it was closed for repairs in January.

 

Listen to what will be happening during those inspections and routine maintenance



Door County Deer Advisory Council Recommends Anterless Hunt For This Fall


By Paul Schmitt




Deer hunters in Door County will have their opportunity to speak out on the 2017 Antlerless-Only Seasons being proposed for this fall.  The Door County Deer Advisory Council will host a meeting at the Sturgeon Bay High School Commons Monday, April 17 at 7 p.m.  The Advisory Council voted unanimously last month to hold the antlerless only hunt.  Chairperson Dick Baudhuin says only seven percent of the Doe Bonus Tags distributed last year were redeemed.  He notes that the overpopulation of the deer herd is getting worse in Door County.

 



 

Baudhuin also encourages hunters to attend the Conservation Congress Door County that will be held at Sturgeon Bay High School tomorrow at 7 p.m where the Earn-A-Buck program will be discussed as an option for the advisory council for the following year.   You can find a link to the Wisconsin DNR website where you can provide feedback on the CDAC recommendations until April 13.

http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/cdac.html

Dry And Warmer Weather A Friend to Farmers As Planting Season Approaches


By Paul Schmitt




Area farmers are eagerly preparing for the upcoming planting season.  Recent warmer and drier weather has improved field conditions considerably, but Rich Olson of Olson Family Farm in Southern Door and a member of the DoorCountyDailyNew.com Ag Advisory Board says farmers are still about three weeks away from planting crops.

 



 

Olson says in the meantime, farmers are busy making mechanical repairs and maintenance to farm equipment.  According to Agriculture.com, soybean futures are at $9.45 a bushel and Corn futures are at $3.64 a bushel on the Chicago Board of Trade as of Thursday.

Country View Farms Place Third At Maple Syrup Fest In Phelps


By Paul Schmitt




With the maple syrup harvest coming to a close in the area, Ed and Debbie Staats from Country View Farms in Carlsville can take pride in placing third at the Maple Syrup Fest last weekend in Phelps.  Debbie Staats says they happened to come across the festival last year and that it comes at the prime harvesting time for maple syrup.

 



 

A total of 38 entries were sampled by judges.  Ken and Marjorie Staats also partnered in tapping the award-winning maple syrup.

Bruemmer Park Zoo Getting New Bobcat Exhibit This Summer


By Paul Schmitt




With funding for a new bobcat exhibit at the Bruemmer County Park Zoo completed, the popular Kewaunee County park is looking forward to a busy spring and summer season.  County Parks and Recs Director Dave Myer says the zoo and park offer visitors an opportunity to see wildlife animals up close and trails for the hiking enthusiast.

 



 

Bruemmer Park is Kewaunee County's largest park and is open from dawn to dusk every day.  You can find out additional information on the park and zoo by going to this story online.

http://www.co.kewaunee.wi.gov/category.asp?linkcatid=1590&linkid=2292&locid=195  

Build The Future Foundation's Kewaunee Wall Of Fame Banquet Sunday


By Paul Schmitt




The Build the Future Foundation will be honoring four outstanding Kewaunee High School graduates at the annual Wall of Fame Banquet Sunday night.  This year's class includes Dennis and Deb Shimanek, Jeff Kassner and Tom Kleiman.  Former member and secretary Jean Doell says the annual recognition of honorees every year goes back to 2001.  She explains the mission of the Build the Future Foundation.

 



 

Nominations are evaluated annually by the Build the Future Foundation board on graduates who have made significant contributions to their communities.   Plaques of Wall of Fame inductees are displayed in the Kewaunee High School halls.  The banquet will be held at JW's Place in Slovan beginning at 5 p.m Sunday.

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson Calls For Tax Simplification As Tax Reform Debate Heats Up


By Paul Schmitt




With the tax deadline coming soon and the national health care debate on the back burner, the Trump administration and some Republicans in Congress are looking to tax reform as the next legislative agenda item.  U.S. Senator Ron Johnson says the tax reform should be about making it simpler.

 



 

Johnson says another element of his proposal would have business owners pay the corporate tax rather than employees and consumers.   Simplifying the tax code would be pro-growth, according to Johnson.  Income tax returns must be completed electronically or postmarked by April 18th this year.

Federal Block Grant Program Cuts Could Impact Smaller Community Developments


By Paul Schmitt




The recently proposed budget cuts to the Community Development Block Grant Program by the Trump administration may have a bigger impact on smaller communities in the area.  According to the Office of Management and Budget, the current year funding is $3 billion nationally.  Algoma City Administrator Jeff Wisell says the funding is crucial to the city's plans for future projects.

 



 

Wiswell says many of the federal funds that are obtained are matching grants and would be difficult to replace through state and local resources.  Trump's budget proposal says the Federal Government has spent over $150 billion on this block grant since 1974, but is not well-targeted to the poorest populations and has not demonstrated results.

Door County Earth Week Celebration Expanding With Movies And Special Roundtable Event


By Paul Schmitt




Call it Earth Week plus.  With Earth Day two weeks away, the Celebrate Earth Week coalition in Door County is taking the nationwide observance a step further.  Coalition member Wayne Kudick says the response has been so great, more events were added.

 



 

Four movies are being premiered in Door County about the Niagara Escarpment and the issues of climate change.  A "Green Door Legacy Roundtable" will be offered on April 25.  Kudick says it will feature four notable local speakers who have special prominence in educating Door County on environmental issues.  The Conservation Congress Door County will be held at Sturgeon Bay High School this coming Monday, April 10 at 7 p.m.  For more information go to the link above the calendar of events listed.

https://www.facebook.com/Earthweekdoorcounty/

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Jim Olson Ford Celebrates New Facility With Special Ribbon Cutting Ceremony


By Paul Schmitt




The Jim Olson Ford/Lincoln Dealership in Sturgeon Bay celebrated their new store grand opening on Friday afternoon with a special ribbon cutting ceremony.  The 21,000 square foot facility located on South Duluth Avenue opened last December after moving from the old Green Bay Road location.  Sturgeon Bay Mayor Thad Birmingham who was on hand for the grand opening expressed his appreciation of Jim Olson's commitment and investment in the community.

 



 

Jim Olson has three auto dealerships on Sturgeon Bay's west side and an express location on Egg Harbor Road.  Over 100 employees are employed at the four Jim Olson owned businesses.

 

 

 

https://youtu.be/rW2ZHnRPSKA

 



 

Algoma Celebrating Bird City USA Status With Annual Event Saturday


By Paul Schmitt




The annual Algoma Bird Celebration will be held Saturday at the Algoma Youth Club.  The event is free to the community and will offer children activities and bird relevant programs.  Bird City Algoma committee member Cathy Pabich describes what is in store for visitors.

 



 

The Algoma Bird Celebration is from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday and includes programs by local nature photographer Robert Kuhn, an opportunity to meet a live red-tailed hawk presented by Kim Diedrich of the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary and presentation on "Birdscaping with Native Plants" by Karen Newbern.

Door/Kewaunee Legislative Days Experience Inspires And Impresses County Supervisor


By Paul Schmitt




Door Kewaunee Legislative Days just concluded in Madison this week and over 100 representatives from the two counties had a chance to meet with legislators about key issues facing the area.  District 11 Door County Supervisor Megan Lundahl shares what she took away her first-time experience at Legislative Days.

 



 

Lundahl says her main focuses with legislators were about water quality issues and the proposed changes to the school start dates.  She says the opportunity to meet with representatives from all across the state were invaluable.  The presentations from Wednesday morning at the Door Kewaunee Legislative Days would be a great resource for informational meetings back in Door County,  according to Lundahl.

 

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Preliminary Hearing Set For Two Men Facing Child Enticement Charges From Local Missing Teen Case


By Paul Schmitt




The two Brown County men charged with child enticement made their initial appearance in Door County Circuit Court Thursday.  The two men face charges in regards to the reported missing Sturgeon Bay teen last month who was later found in Chicago four days later.  Richard A Whiting, 33 of De Pere,  and  Zerie D. Baker, 40 of Green Bay were arrested on March 20 and are charged with one count of child enticement as a party to a crime.  Baker is also charged with one count of soliciting a child for prostitution.  The preliminary hearing is set for 2 PM April 13.

HOPE Agenda Bills Passed This Week By State Assembly


By Paul Schmitt




On Tuesday, the state assembly in Madison passed bills in the special session that is addressing the opioid and heroin epidemic.  First District Representative Joel Kitchens says the bi-partisan effort will go a long way in dealing with the growing addiction problem in the state.

 



 

Kitchens credits Rep. John Nygren of Marinette for taking a leadership role and building on the HOPE Agenda.  Hope stands for Heroin, Opioid, Prevention, and Education.  The bills will now go to Governor Scott Walker to sign into law.

30 Area Teams At Destination Imagination State Competition Saturday In Stevens Point


By Paul Schmitt




The BayLake Destination Imagination Region will be well represented at the State DI competition this weekend.  There are thirty area teams out of the 263 that will be at the U.W. - Stevens Point campus to compete at the Affiliate level on Saturday.  Region Challenge Master Sally Borkovetz lists the impressive list of Kewaunee and Door County schools competing.

 



 

Destination Imagination is open to all kindergarten through university level students worldwide.  Students form teams of up to seven members, select their preferred challenge and work together to develop a solution to the challenge.  The six challenge categories include science, technology, engineering, mathematics, fine arts and service learning.  A list of the area teams participating along with their level and challenge is below:

 

Challenge A:  Show & Tech

Elementary Level- Brain Busters, SCHOOL DISTRICT OF DENMARK

Cotton Candy Monsters, Algoma School District

 

Middle Level-       ComDIans and DIziners, St. Mary School Algoma

Sam and the Fam, Sturgeon Bay School District

 

Secondary Level -   Flamin' Hot Cheetos, Algoma School District

Cheryl from Finance, Notre Dame Academy

 

 

Challenge B:  Top Secret

Elementary Level - Koalafied For DI, Sturgeon Bay School District

Sturgeon Bay D.I.sappearing Act, Sturgeon Bay School District

 

Middle Level - Fantastic Bacon Incorporation, St Paul's Lutheran School-Algoma

DI Doublecrossers, St. Peter's Lutheran School

 

 

Challenge C:    Vanished !

Elementary Level - No Name, St Paul's Lutheran School-Algoma

The Color Doctors, Algoma School District

 

Middle Level -  Color Thieves, Sevastopol School District

 

Secondary Level - V Sobakians, Sevastopol School District

World Peace, Algoma School District

 

Challenge D:  3-Peat

Elementary Level - Amazing Wild Imagination Busters, Luxemburg-Casco School District

 

Middle Level - Seven Sizzling Sisters, Algoma School District

Them, Algoma School District

 

Secondary Level - Rebel Vikings, SCHOOL DISTRICT OF DENMARK

Benny and the Chicks, Southern Door School

Challenge E: In It Together
Elementary Level - Wait 4 It, Sevastopol School District

Middle Level - Tim and the Humans, Sevastopol School District
DI Dabbers, Notre Dame of DePere

Secondary Level - Rabach Squared, Sevastopol School District


Project Outreach/Service Learning- Ready, Willing & Fable
Elementary Level - Project Super Heroes, Algoma School District
Team OWSAM, Sevastopol School District

Middle Level - Operation Autism, Algoma School District
The Fast and the Curious, Algoma School District

Secondary Level - GALMEG Vikings, SCHOOL DISTRICT OF DENMARK

We also have a Rising Stars (Save The Day) Team: Ta Da Team Taddy! From the Algoma School District that will be attending.


The Affiliate Tournament will advance the 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Place Teams in each challenge and level on to Globals in Knoxville Tennessee, May 24th- 27th 2017.


 

Belgian Heritage Center Hopes To Expand On Progress In 2017


By Tim Kowols




The Belgian Heritage Center is preparing for its first full year operation. It has been close to seven years since the Namur Belgian Heritage Foundation acquired the former St. Mary of the Snows church to set up the museum and the focal point of local tours of the area. President Joe Alexander says the Belgian Heritage Center has attracted groups from around the country and even Belgium to check out the site and learn about the area's roots.

 



 

The Belgian Heritage Center hosts several events every year celebrating their culture, including the upcoming Booyah and Bread lunch on April 23. The center itself is set to reopen May 5.

Old Glory Honor Flight's 40th Mission To Cross Generations


By Tim Kowols




Veterans from possibly seven different war-time conflicts will fly together in an upcoming Old Glory Honor Flight mission. Designated as the "Generations Honor Flight," veterans from Operations Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and New Dawn will act as guardians for their counterparts from World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam. Old Glory Honor Flight President Drew MacDonald says it will be a unique experience for the veterans participating in the organization's 40th mission.



 

Veterans interested in participating in the Generations Honor Flight to take place on June 7 can apply at Old Glory Honor Flight's Web site starting April 10.

Installation Begins For Whole House Water System Pilot Study In Lincoln


By Tim Kowols




The town of Lincoln is moving forward with its whole house water system pilot study. Over the next few weeks, five homes will have the systems installed to help provide clean, safe water for the owners and valuable information on what is going in and coming out of the pipes. With representatives from Stonehouse Water Technologies traveling to the area three days a week to collect data, Town of Lincoln supervisor Nick Cochart believes residents are appreciative of their efforts.

 



 

The five homes with the installed whole house water systems will be monitored for the next six months, after which the town of Lincoln will consider the program's expansion.

State Legislators Begin Work On Bills To Tweak School Referendum Process


By Tim Kowols




Before Wisconsin voters approved $700 million in additional local school funding during Tuesday's election according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, state legislators in Madison have been working on bills tweaking the referendum process.  According to the Wisconsin State Journal, the six bills would limit when and how often referendums could be introduced, eliminate ones that would raise property taxes forever, and penalize school districts exceeding their revenue limits. While proponents say they are trying to keep taxes low, Luxemburg-Casco School District Superintendent Glenn Schlender says it takes away local control.

 



 

Luxemburg-Casco School District is in preliminary discussions about introducing its own referendum to help fund some upcoming improvements but needs school board approval to move forward. Southern Door, Sturgeon Bay, Sevastopol, Washington Island, Algoma, and Kewaunee School Districts have all gone to the voters with referendum questions over the last two-plus years.

Parents Turn To Summer Programs To Prevent "Brain Drain" Before New School Year


By Tim Kowols




Still months away from the end of the school year, preparing your children for success next fall could start in the summer.  Learning programs during the summer can  help fend off the "brain drain" many children experience when they are out of school. Karen Corekin from the Northern Door Children's Center says summer programs like their Camp Cool also provide other benefits to children as well.

 



 

This year's Camp Cool program at the Northern Door Children's Center will focus on space. You will be able to learn more about the Camp Cool program and the Northern Door Children's Center when 105.1 WSBW hosts its Radio Day at the Sister Bay campus on April 22.

Door/Kewaunee Legislative Days Concludes Today After Busy Wednesday


By Tim Kowols




After a day of meeting state legislators and agencies, delegates from Door/Kewaunee Legislative Days believe they are making headway with their agenda items. The delegates are focusing on five different items involving improving water quality, increasing funding for rural broadband and harbor assistance programs, and opposing the repeal of the statewide standard for a school starting date. One item Kewaunee County Board Supervisor Lee Luft said was addressed was the regulation of large farms in the area and if what is already being done is enough.

 



 

 

First-time delegate and Door County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Caleb Frostman is hopeful for the positive impact the over 120 attendees are having in their meetings.

 



 

Delegates are scheduled to have meetings in the morning with more state agencies and legislators before departing Thursday afternoon.

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YMCA Offering Kayaking and Log Rolling Classes In Spring Programs Starting Later This Month


By Paul Schmitt




The Door County YMCA is offering some interesting outdoor programs this spring as part of their 2017 Spring Session.  CEO and President Tom Beerntsen shares a couple of the more unique opportunities offered at the Y.

 



 

Beerntsen says exercise sessions include personal training for the focused individual looking to get in shape for summer is available as well.   The Door County YMCA spring programs begin on April 24 with member sign up beginning on April 17 and community members on April 19.

http://doorcountyymca.org/programs/

Door County Area School Board Results


By Paul Schmitt




Tuesday's election saw close races for Door County area school board seats.  In Sevastopol, Karen Brauer and Jay Zahn will serve as they were the top two finishers.  The Southern Door School Board race saw Pamela Parks and Christopher Jackson win in an extremely close election by 129 votes.  All four candidates received over 1100 votes.   Gibraltar School Board saw Fred Anderson and write in Stephan Seyfer win as Wendy Minten asked voters to not vote for her because of relocating outside the area.

Complete Results:

Sevastopol School Board Election:

Karen Brauer  562    Jay Zahn  544    Richard Weidman 525   John Beck 439

Southern Door School  Board Election:

Pamela Parks 1231   Christoper Jackson 1203  Kim Starr 1180   Kim DeGrave Nowikowski 1102

Gibraltar School Board Election:

Fred Anderson 989   Stephan Seyfer (write-in) 801  Wendy Minten  495

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

School Referenda Split, Egg Harbor Referendum Approved COMPLETE ELECTION RESULTS

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By Tim Kowols




Door County voters had the opportunity to decide on three referenda during Tuesday's election.

 

On Washington Island, voters approved its school district to exceed its revenue limits by over $500,000 each of the next two years by a 64 percent to 35 percent vote.

 

The village of Egg Harbor will have to go to a binding referendum for any project that would exceed $1.5 million in public funds. Voters approved that referendum by a 70 percent to 29 percent margin after a group of citizens petitioned the village to add the measure to the ballot over the winter.

 

Southern Door School District saw its referendum fail by just 24 votes. It was the second time in 4 years voters denied the school district the ability to exceed their revenue limits. Superintendent Patti Vickman says the school board will have to make some hard decisions moving forward.

 



 

State legislators are in discussions to change the referendum process for school districts after over 60 made it on spring election ballots.

 

For Complete Door County Election Results, click here.


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For Complete Kewaunee County Election Results, click here





Catarozoli And Ward Keep Seats As Hauser And Allmann Claim Seats On Sturgeon Bay City Council


By Paul Schmitt and Tim Kowols




The Sturgeon Bay Common Council will have two new members seated at the next meeting in two weeks.

 

Barb Allmann won her write-in candidacy for District 5 over Brian Peterson by a 55 percent to 40 percent margin. Allmann says she is happy her new constituents took the extra time to write in her name.

 



 

Laurel Hauser defeated Joe McMahon to win the District 7 seat by 54 percent to 45 percent margin. Hauser says she is excited for her new role on the Common Council.

 



 

Kelly Catarozolli won reelection over Dan Wiegand for District 1 with 66 percent of the vote. Happy she will get another term, Catarozoli was especially excited for the newest members to the council.

 



 

David Ward retained his seat of District 3 with a convincing 61 percent to 38 percent win over Martha Scully-Beller.  Ward says he is ready to get to work on some of the pressing issues facing the city.



 

Tonight's (Tuesday) winners will be sworn into office at the next Sturgeon Bay Common Council meeting.

Residents Voice Concern Over New Sidewalks Near Hospital


By Tim Kowols




Residents living near Door County Medical Center voiced their concerns about the possibility of a special assessment being levied against them to pay for new sidewalks at Tuesday's Sturgeon Bay Common Council meeting.  Door County Medical Center has already agreed to pay for the sidewalks to be installed around their immediate property, but the city would like to extend them to cover properties on 16th Place and 18th Avenue to connect them to the existing network of walkways. Residents like Stephen Johnson are worried about the future maintenance of the sidewalks and wondered who truly benefits from their installation.

 



 

The special assessments could cost the five affected landowners between $1,743 and $4,130.

Two Area Men Implicated In Burglaries Of Northern Door County Storage Units


By Paul Schmitt




A 37-year-old Sturgeon Bay man and a 29-year-old man from Algoma have been implicated in several storage shed burglaries which happened in northern Door County in the past six months.  Several thousands of dollars worth of collectibles including vintage toys, sporting goods, and tools were turned over to the Door County Sheriff's Department.  Investigative Sergeant Connie Schuster says the investigation continues to return the stolen items to the rightful owners.

 



 

Schuster says the two men apparently used bolt cutters to break in and will be referred over to the District Attorney's office for criminal charges.  The Door County Sheriff's Department is asking residents who rent storage sheds to check whether their units are secure and if any are missing property.

Door/Kewaunee Legislative Days Delegates Begin Their Work Wednesday


By Tim Kowols




Over 120 delegates from Door and Kewaunee Counties will visit with state legislators and agencies beginning on Wednesday discussing the important issues facing the area. The two-day event marks the biggest delegation the two counties have ever brought to Madison since they first organized Door/Kewaunee Legislative Days in 2003. Door County Administrator Ken Pabich says while there will be time to socialize with state officials, there are bigger reasons why they are in Madison.

 



 

Delegates are scheduled to begin meeting with state agencies Wednesday morning and legislators in the afternoon before the day ends with a reception featuring Door and Kewaunee County foods and Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch.

Door County Sister City Issues Invite For International Ceramics Festival


By Tim Kowols




Door County's sister city Jingdezhen hopes residents come to visit the Chinese city when its International Ceramics Festival begins in October. Through its Sister City fund, Jingdezhen officials are covering food, lodging, transportation, and museum expenses for any Door County resident that comes to attend. Mariah Goode from the Door County Planning Department says it is a great opportunity to visit the porcelain capital of the world.



 

Seven delegations from Door County have visited Jingdezhen since the two became Sister Cities. The International Ceramics Festival takes place from October 18-22.

Kewaunee County Cow Shows Moves On Madison Red Carpet


By Tim Kowols




Adorned with a top hat, one of the biggest reactions from a movie premiere in Madison over the weekend was triggered by an appearance by the film's bovine lead from Kewaunee County. Reaction, one of Ebert Enterprises' Holstein cows, walked the red carpet at Madison's Barrymore Theatre ahead of the world premiere of the movie "The Sixty Yard Line." It has been a year since Reaction filmed his thirty seconds of fame inside a house in the shadow of Lambeau Field, but Jordan Ebert says it was an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to promote agriculture and the dairy industry.



 

The film will hit the festival circuit later this year in hopes of being picked up by a distributor before the football season. You will be able to visit Reaction's home this summer when Ebert Enterprises hosts Farm Technology Days in July.

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Saturday Fire Puts Brotherhood Among Fire Departments On Display


By Tim Kowols




Saturday presented a unique situation for northern Door County firefighters, but also an opportunity to showcase the importance of the mutual aid their departments provide. In addition to supporting each other during fires, it is not rare for departments to cover for others when there are large social gatherings occupying their time. As Baileys Harbor Fire Department honored the life of its former assistant chief Willard Zak, other departments sprang into action when a structure fire started while firefighters were paying their last respects. Assistant Fire Chief Eric Peil says it goes to show the importance of working together.



 

As for Saturday's fire, Peil says no definitive cause has been determined, but it was likely an electrical malfunction at the home located on County A in Baileys Harbor that triggered the blaze. No one was hurt, but extensive smoke damage was found throughout the home.

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Sturgeon Bay Common Council Races, Referendums Highlight Election Coverage At 8 P.M. On 96.7 WBDK


By Tim Kowols




Door County and Kewaunee County voters will head to the polls today as local races and referenda dot the ballots.

 

As several towns, villages, school districts, and cities struggled to get more than one candidate running for different elected positions, the city of Sturgeon Bay will feature four contested elections for its Common Council. Other contested elections in Door County include the Southern Door School Board, Village of Egg Harbor trustee, Town of Baileys Harbor supervisor, and Town of Gibraltar chairperson and supervisor.  Kewaunee County has contested elections for Town of Montpelier treasurer, Town of West Kewaunee supervisor #1, Village of Luxemburg trustee,  and Denmark School Board.

 

Washington Island and Southern Door School Districts will ask their residents to be allowed to exceed their revenue limits, while Egg Harbor voters will weigh in on whether a binding referendum for any expenditure that costs more than $1.5 million for any publicly financed project.

 

Tim Kowols and Paul Schmitt will anchor election coverage on 96.7 WBDK beginning at 8 p.m. Updates and special reports will be included on DoorCountyDailyNews.com, Facebook (DoorCountyDailyNews.com) and Twitter (@DCDailyNews).

Marquette Professor Says Kewaunee County Needs Multi-Faceted Approach To Address Water Issues


By Tim Kowols




A Marquette University associate professor in biological sciences believes a multi-faceted approach is needed to help mitigate the concerns of contaminated water in Kewaunee County. Dr. Krassimira Hristova spoke at a presentation hosted in Algoma last week by environmental group Kewaunee Citizens Advocating Responsible Environmental Stewardship discussing her studies of waterways in Kewaunee County. During her study, she found the water to be dangerous to humans for recreational use due antibiotic-resistant bacteria and high levels of nitrates, E.Coli and other contaminants. Hristova says many of the issues facing Kewaunee County waterways sits in its sediment.

 



 

According to Hristova, cover cropping and a planned biodigester are nice ideas to help address water quality concerns, but only as a part of a multi-faceted approach to the issue. Her study is expected to be published this summer.

Churches Using Tech To Attract New Members


By Tim Kowols




You do not have to market God, but Friends Community Church Pastor Nancy Bontempo says He at least checks in on Facebook and other Web sites. The small Quaker congregation has seen itself grow from 13 members to more than 40 since Bontempo signed on as a pastor almost three years ago. By staying active on social media and updating their Web site with her weekly messages, Bontempo says her church has been blessed with being found.

 



 

According to the Pew Research Center one in five Americans are finding faith online while the number of people identifying with a specific denomination is dropping.

Private Student Loans Causing Problems For Cosigning Parents


By Tim Kowols




Parents could be on the hook for their children's private student loans if they are not paying close enough attention.  To keep their kids from drowning in debt, parents often agree to become a cosigner for the private student loan. Without some of the safety net features federal loans have, Gay Pustaver from Money Management Counselors says many parents do not know they are just as responsible as their children are to making sure the debt is paid off.



 

According to StudentLoanHero.com, nearly 1.4 million undergraduates borrowed private loans in 2011-2012, creating $5.5 billion in student loan debt. You can listen to the entire Money Management Monday interview with Gay Pustaver online with this story.

 









Shipwrecked Christmas Tree Ship Pulls Into Port For Historical Presentation


By Tim Kowols




One of Kewaunee County's most famous residents will be featured in a presentation this weekend in Kewaunee. Sponsored by the Kewaunee County Historical Society, author Rochelle Pennington will speak about Algoma native Captain Herman Schuenemann and his Christmas Tree ship. For years, Captain Schunemann would harvest trees from Upper Michigan and deliver them to communities along the Lake Michigan coastline until a massive storm claimed his vessel and his life in 1912. Pennington says Kewaunee County residents are familiar with the story and the capabilities the lake has for anyone traveling on its waters.

 



 

The shipwreck site, located near Two Rivers, would be included in the proposed Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary which Kewaunee County is petitioning the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to be included. The presentation will take place this Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Kewaunee County Historical Society's History Center.

 

Wisconsin Supreme Court Urged To Set Recusal Standards


By Tim Kowols




The influx of money going into elections ranging from federal to local races have some calling for judicial recusal standards for the Wisconsin courts. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, the Wisconsin Supreme Court voted last month to postpone an open meeting to discuss if judges should recuse themselves from a case if one of the parties had made large campaign donations to them. Setting a limit of $500 for municipal judges to $10,000 for state Supreme Court justices, Jay Heck from Common Cause Wisconsin says it is a reasonable amount to ensure an unbiased judgment.



 

In January, 54 retired judges asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to establish the judicial recusal rule according to the State Bar of Wisconsin. About one month later during his budget address, Governor Scott Walker announced his intention to move the state's Judicial Commission, which investigates ethics complaints within the system, to the control of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Academic Career Planning Goes Digital At Southern Door School District


By Tim Kowols




Southern Door School District is doing what it can to help its students prepare for life outside of its walls. Beginning last year, seventh and eighth graders were among the first in the district to take career exploration courses before some of this year's high school students got to use the software program called "Career Cruising in Wisconsin." Superintendent Patti Vickman says the program, developed by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, could be very useful down the road.

 



 

Students can also take an add-on module from the Door County Business and Education Partnership called "Inspire," a way to connect those kids to careers with local businesses.

House Trailer Destroyed By Fire In Little Sturgeon


By Tim Kowols




A house trailer in Little Sturgeon is a complete loss after a fire Sunday afternoon. Crews from the Brussels-Union-Gardner and Southern Door Fire Departments reported to the scene just after 12 p.m. after receiving the call. According to B.U.G. Fire Chief Curt Vandertie, the new owner of the property was burning scrap materials from recent renovation work when it is believed the embers helped ignite the blaze. The fire departments were able to prevent three other buildings from additional damage during the approximately 90 minutes they were on scene. No one was hurt during the fire, but the nearby buildings did suffer damage from the heat.

Public Hearing On Sidewalks Set For Tuesday's Sturgeon Bay Common Council Meeting


By Tim Kowols




Tuesday's Sturgeon Bay Common Council meeting will feature a public hearing on some upcoming improvements taking place on the city's east side.  The city is planning on making street improvements and installing sidewalks on South 16th Place and South 18th Avenue and could levy special assessments on the affected property owners. City engineer Chad Shefchik told the Common Council at its last meeting why the improvements are needed after Door County Medical Center requested sidewalks be installed on their property, which will be covered by the hospital.



 

Mayor Thad Birmingham mentioned at the last meeting that Tuesday could mark the introduction of a new committee designated to discuss the health of the city's roads and how to fund future improvements. Tuesday's meeting is set to begin at noon inside the council chambers at city hall.

Kewaunee County Sheriff Heads West For Army Reserves Training


By Tim Kowols




Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski will be pulling double duty this month as he heads off for training at Fort McCoy in western Wisconsin. Enlisting last fall, Joski will embark on his first initial training as a member of the Army Reserves after previously serving his country as a part of the United States Marine Corps 16 years ago. Counting himself lucky to have a great staff including David Cornelius as his Chief  Deputy Sheriff, Joski says he will still try to make time to check up on how things are going at home.

 



 

Prior to being sent to Fort McCoy for his initial training, Joski had participated with the Army Reserves with his unit located in Oshkosh.

Door County Resident Hopes To Go From Cheesemonger To Cheesemaker


By Tim Kowols




A Fish Creek resident is following her passion for cheese to the next level. After earning her culinary arts degree in Madison, Natalee Ihde followed her passion to Door County, where she became a professional cheesemonger, a technical term for someone who specializes in cheese tastings and pairings. After taking short courses in cheesemaking while working at a Sister Bay goat farm, Ihde is excited to begin the next phase of her career: acquiring her cheesemaker's license.

 



 

Wisconsin is one of the few states that require a cheesemaking license, making individuals take more coursework, participate in 240 hours of apprenticeship under a licensed cheesemaker, and passing a written exam. Ihde hopes to start her own goat farm one day where she could start a farmstead creamery.

Class Gives Unique Opportunity To Aspiring Boatbuilders


By Tim Kowols




On Fridays and Saturdays, a boat building exhibit at the Door County Maritime Museum comes to life as the centuries-old craft is practiced. Starting last October, Dave Ferguson, Terry Riker, David Morgan, and Jerry McNamara began work on the wooden vessel that takes months to complete before it can be paraded around the county. For the newcomer Riker, it is a unique opportunity to work on his other woodworking skills.



 

For Morgan, a class instructor for several years, it is just a fun thing to do during the winter months and a great way to meet new people.

 



 

Through raffle ticket sales, the wooden boat serves as not just learning opportunity for the boat builders and guests, but also as a fundraiser for the Door County Maritime Museum.

Farm Technology Days Reaching Out To Kids From Less Rural Backgrounds For Annual Event


By Tim Kowols




The Youth Committee of Wisconsin Farm Technology Days hosted by Kewaunee County this summer wants to make sure all kids, regardless of agriculture background, participate in the three-day event. The committee has reached out to invite youth from day cares, YMCAs and Boys and Girls Clubs in area counties, especially those living in more urban areas. Jill Jorgensen from the Farm Technology Days Youth Committee says it is a great way for youth from rural and urban backgrounds to learn how agriculture plays a role in their lives.

 



 

Children 12 and under are free during the event, which takes place July 11 to 13 at Ebert Enterprises in Algoma.

Help of Door County To Announce Anne Kok Social Justice Award Winner at Annual Meeting


By Paul Schmitt




Help of Door County is holding their 38thannual meeting tomorrow (Monday).  Help of Door County Executive Director Steve Vickman says a special presentation will be made during the program.

 



 

Anne Kok worked as the executive director and a board member for Help of Door County before her passing.  Her husband Paul Kok will make the formal presentation Monday night at the annual meeting.  Help of Door County provides services and programs throughout the Door County Peninsula to victims of domestic abuse.  You can find details about the annual meeting on the link below:

http://helpofdoorcounty.org/bloghelps-annual-meeting/

Voter ID Is A Requirement For The Spring Elections On Tuesday


By Paul Schmitt




Tuesday is the spring election throughout the state and voters are now required to have some form of ID to be able to vote.  The most commonly used form of identification is a Wisconsin driver license.  Voters looking to get their first Wisconsin ID should visit the Department of Motor Vehicle website for an overview.  There are documentation requirements, such as a birth certificate, proof of identity and Wisconsin residency, necessary to get an official Wisconsin ID card.  An ID Petition Process can be used to obtain a receipt valid for voting while the remaining documents are obtained, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.  The service and ID card for voting purposes is offered free of charge.  The polls will open Tuesday morning at 7 am and close at 8 pm throughout the state.

For more information on acceptable forms of voter ID go to the link below:

http://www.bringitwisconsin.com/do-i-have-right-photo-id

 

St. Peters Kindergarten Teacher Becky Thoma Receives National Award


By Paul Schmitt




Becky Thoma, a St. Peters Lutheran School kindergarten teacher from Sturgeon Bay, was named the National Teacher of the Month for March by Arts Attack.  Thoma who says she was honored by the award shares what she looks forward to in and outside the classroom.

 



 

Thoma graduated from Manitowoc Lutheran High School and Martin Luther College in Minnesota before first teaching in the inner-city of Chicago for two years before moving to Appleton to start a family.  She then moved to Sturgeon Bay where she started teaching kindergarten at St. Peters in 2006.  Arts Attack recognizes elementary and middle school teachers nationwide monthly for exemplifying an online curriculum while exhibiting out-of-the-box thinking with art techniques.

First-Time "Birding On The Bay" Experience Available In June On Plum Island


By Paul Schmitt




You can get an up close and personal birding experience in June on Plum Island.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service along with the Friends of Plum & Pilot Islands Green Bay National Wildlife Refuge are sponsoring the weekend event where visitors can observe professional techniques of capture, banding, and release of birds.  Park Ranger Dustan Hoffman says the public will see how mesh nets are used in the process.







The "Birding on the Bay" event will be the weekend of June 3-4.  Hoffman says bird books, binoculars and spotting scopes will be provided with hiking opportunities available as well.  Morning and evening trips of four hours are planned with free public boat transportation provided from Gills Rock and Washington Island.  To make reservations, you can go to contact information found with this story online.

www.shorelincharters.net   920-421-0922

Southern Door Hosting National STEM Camp In June For Area Elementary Students


By Paul Schmitt




Elementary students from Door and Kewaunee County have the opportunity to explore science, technology and their own creativity and inventiveness this June after school is out.  The Southern Door School District is again hosting the National Camp Invention Program.  Southern Door Elementary Teacher Jessica Meacham says the five-day camp is a great chance for students to challenge themselves by trial and error while honing their skills.

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Camp Invention will be the week of June 12-16 from 9 am until 3:30 pm and is open to all Door and Kewaunee County elementary students.  The camp is a nationally recognized, non-profit elementary enrichment program backed by the National Inventors Hall of Fame.  You can find registration information and details on limited partial scholarships with this link:  www.campinvention.org

or by calling 800-968-4332.  For a local contact call Jessica Meacham at 920-825-7321.

Kewaunee County Business Owner Understands The Need For 0.5% Sales Tax


By Paul Schmitt




Retailers and businesses in Kewaunee County are starting to collect the 0.5 percent sales tax this weekend after it was passed last fall by the Kewaunee County Board.  The funds will help offset the revenue the county lost when Dominion Power Plant ceased operations in 2013.  Jim Rabas, president of Algoma Motors, says he believes it will not impact negatively impact his business.

 



 

Rabas says if someone wants to buy a new car, a half-percent sales tax will not deter them from buying it.  The county sales tax is expected to raise $750,000 per year and is set to expire in 2021.

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson Shares Thoughts On Getting New Healthcare Plan Passed


By Paul Schmitt




One week after House Speaker Paul Ryan was forced to pull the American Health Care Act before it could be voted on in Congress, U.S. Senator Ron Johnson told DoorCountyDailyNews.com that the next step should have been the first step in replacing the Affordable Healthcare Act.

 



 

Sen. Johnson says Ryan's plan did not work because the process was artificially rushed.  He said it was time to regroup and focus on repairing the damage of high premiums and lost access caused by Obamacare.

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