News Archives for 2017-10

Toys for Tots looking for Kewaunee County families

By Tim Kowols

The United States Marine Corps Reserve is looking for few good families to support this holiday season. The group annually puts on the Toys for Tots program, a national initiative which locally collects from twenty-five businesses across Kewaunee County. Last year, the program served approximately 250 children from nearly 100 families. Along with the new faces signing up, Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski says a lot of good stories have come out of the families benefitting from the program.



Families have three different opportunities to register for the program, including this Saturday at the Kewaunee Public Library from 10 a.m. to noon. Gift collection for this year's Toys for Tots Drive starts in mid-November.



Saturday, Nov. 4
Kewaunee Pubic Library
822 Juneau Street, Kewaunee

Saturday, Nov. 11
Algoma Public Library
406 Fremont Street, Algoma


Saturday, November 18
Village of Luxemburg Municipal Building
206 Maple Street, Luxemburg


All registration runs from 10AM-NOON

Christmas Tree Ship presentation docks at Door County Maritime Museum Thursday

By Tim Kowols

The Door County Maritime Museum's Maritime Speaker Series begins this Thursday when author Rochelle Pennington visits to discuss "The Christmas Tree Ship." For years, Algoma native Captain Herman Schuenemann steered the Rouse Simmons from port to port with harvested Christmas trees from upper Michigan around the Great Lakes until a storm claimed the vessel and his life in 1912. While it rests near Two Rivers, Pennington travels across the area telling its tale, something she told earlier this year resonates with local residents.



Pennington's presentation at the Door County Maritime Museum begins at 7 p.m. A donation of $5 is suggested. The Maritime Speakers Series takes place the first Thursday of every month through March.

Washington Island looks to solve winter wastewater issues

By Tim Kowols

The town of Washington is looking into possible solutions for its wastewater and septic tank waste this winter ahead of its annual budget hearing. Most of the year, the town spreads its waste on designated fields on the island, something it is forbidden from doing when the ground is frozen and snow-covered during the winter months. The town is updating one of its current Fixed Activated Sludge Treatment (FAST) systems to get through the winter, but chairperson John Rader says a more costly solution could be down the road.




Rader says larger upgrades most likely would not be included in the upcoming 2018 budget, but reserved for 2019. The town is also working on eliminating some holding tanks on the island and switching to a mound septic tank system to address some of its wastewater issues.

Sturgeon Bay Historic Preservation Commission approves resolution saving granary

By Tim Kowols

The Sturgeon Bay Historic Preservation Commission passed a resolution Monday evening to support saving the granary building. Representatives from the Door County Historical Society and Sturgeon Bay Historical Society gave a presentation on the historic building that has sat on the west waterfront for over century. Commission member and Sturgeon Bay Common Council alderperson Barb Allmann says the commission does not want to get into the politics behind the granary, but the history and significance. She says the members of the group would like to see the engineers from the 2013 analysis of the building give it one more look.



During the meeting, Sturgeon Bay resident Chris Kellems pledged another $10,000 to save the granary, which recently received a $1.25 million commitment from an anonymous donor towards the cause. The city of Sturgeon Bay received a raze order from Fire Chief Tim Dietman October 17 and was still evaluating options to bring to the Common Council for its November 7.

Door County thriving with "world-class" smallmouth bass fishery

By Paul Schmitt

With the open water fishing coming to a close this year, area anglers can reflect on another banner season of bass fishing which started in early May.  Scott Hansen, fishery biologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says Door County can take stock in the fact that their smallmouth bass fishery rivals any in the world.



Hansen says Door County is fortunate to have a phenomenal fishery that has the environment and conditions that allows smallmouth bass to proliferate in the area.  Door County hosts two huge weekend bass tournaments every spring that brings in hundreds of anglers from all over the Midwest and Canada every May.

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

By Roger Utnehmer

I turned the last page of Marty Schreiber's book, My Two Elaines, with tears in my eyes and a much deeper respect and admiration for Wisconsin's thirty-ninth governor.

His book is an emotional love story about dealing with his wife's struggle with Alzheimer's disease and his as her caregiver. It is as much a must-read self-help book for those who care about caregivers as it is for caregivers themselves.

Schreiber displayed a sensitivity to senior citizens during his service as Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin in early 1970's. He brought a high profile to the office often considered a sinecure by advocating for the rights of nursing home residents. His compassion which raised the profile of his office long ago is evident in My Two Elaines.

With more than 5.2 million Americans age 65 and older diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, this book will have a dramatic influence on not only those who give care but those who care about those caregivers.

Schreiber describes in personal detail the chronic stress that shortens the lives and increases the medical expenses of caregivers. "No matter how much you love your partner, you cannot take care of him or her if you do not take care of yourself first," says Schreiber.

The book is replete with sageful advice titled "What I wish I'd known" and "What I wish I'd done." It is a quick read with valuable application.

Former State Senator Tiny Krueger once said that of all the governors under whom he served, Marty Schreiber was his favorite. When you read him describe his love for Elaine and say that the high of being a husband, father and grandfather surpasses any thrill of being in politics or business you'll understand Tiny Krueger's respect.

Facing the impact of Alzheimer's disease will inevitably touch all of us. This book will help you be a better caregiver, if that is your challenge. As important, it will move you to care for the caregivers with more presence, sensitivity, understanding and compassion.

Marty Schreiber has lived an enviable life in politics and government relations.


From a small home on Milwaukee's northwest side, he went on to govern Wisconsin, watch his wife dance in the White House with the President of the United States and lead one of our state's most effective government relations firms. Today I admire him most for the loving care he gives Elaine and the gift of guidance he gives to others by writing My Two Elaines.

LaSalle Park offers scenic upper and lower level picnic areas--Door County Parks Series 5

By Paul Schmitt

In the fifth of the series on the 19 county parks in Door County, Director of Door County Parks Eric Aleson highlights a quiet, yet romantic and popular destination.  Robert LaSalle County Park located along Lake Michigan in the southern region of Door County offers a unique split level of park amenities.  Featuring an upper and lower level picnic area, Aleson says LaSalle Park has been the site of many proposals and weddings.



LaSalle Park is located about 10 miles south of Sturgeon Bay on 23 acres of land with three-tier landforms including shore beach access of Lake Michigan.  The park, which was purchased by the county in1929, is named after French explorer Robert De LaSalle who landed at the site in 1679.  You can find a map and description of all 19 Door County Parks with the link below.

Building credit not an easy task

By Tim Kowols

Building up a credit score is not an easy or quick thing to do. According to,  credit scoring systems can take anywhere from one to two months or up to six months to build your score from nothing and even longer if it is bad, Gay Pustaver from Money Management Counselors says the first step is to look at your score to see what could be dragging your it down.



Pustaver says it is important to make sure you are always on time with your debts and set up an installment plan if you do fall behind.


Manure irrigation ordinance gets Kewaunee County joint committee hearing Thursday

By Tim Kowols

The Kewaunee County Land and Water Conservation and Public Health committees will meet in joint session on Thursday to discuss the fourth writing of its waste irrigation ordinance. It was sent back to committee October 17 after farmers present at the meeting asked for more time to review it. The original ordinance was introduced last spring to address possible techniques to spread liquid manure on fields in a safe matter. Kewaunee County Land and Water Conservation Committee chair John Pagel says it is important to get feedback from all parties on the ordinance.



The two Kewaunee County committees will host their joint meeting at 9 a.m. inside the 4-H Room at the fairground's exhibition building.

Parents get tips on difficult conversations with kids at Thursday panel

By Tim Kowols

Three Door County agencies hope parents walk away from their session this Thursday better equipped to talk with children about mental health and other issues. The session, "Teens and Complicated Conversations," is being co-hosted by the Door County Public Health Department, the Door County Department of Human Services, and the Door County Mental Health Focus Group. Public health nurse Katie VanLaanen says with many misconceptions out there about the issue following the release of the Netflix show "13 Reasons Why" and other conversations about the topic with their peers, she hopes the panel and discussion will help parents get the correct information they need for their children.



Former school principal Shirley Senarighi, Center for Suicide Awareness Executive Director Barb Bigalke and Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) counselor Brenda Franco will headline the panel discussion beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay.

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Hotel developer files civil suit against City of Sturgeon Bay

By Tim Kowols

Hotel developer Robert Papke and the City of Sturgeon Bay will have their day in court after the suit regarding the west waterfront project was filed in Door County Circuit Court last week. No court date has been set, but the move comes over a month after the Sturgeon Bay Common Council rejected Papke's claim against the city. Papke filed a lawsuit in June for $540,534 plus attorney fees, alleging the city was aware of the concerns about the location of the ordinary high water mark determining where the development could take place. City administrator Josh VanLieshout had no further comment on the case, only saying it was the next step in the process following the unanimous rejection of the plea by the Common Council.



February 10: Rendering a surprisingly swift decision, Judge Raymond Huber ruled Friday afternoon that the City of Sturgeon Bay cannot sell property on the west-side waterfront for development of a hotel.


March 16: A meeting to mediate a resolution to the Sturgeon Bay west side waterfront hotel project scheduled for Friday has been canceled.


June 9: The developer of the proposed Sturgeon Bay downtown waterfront hotel has filed a notice of claim for damages against the city.  Sturgeon Bay native Bob Papke is seeking $550,000 in damages for money he has already spent plus legal fees.


September 19: The Sturgeon Bay City Council came out of closed session and voted unanimously to reject the claim against the city by developer Robert Papke.  


October 26: Papke files civil case with Door County Circuit Court against the City of Sturgeon Bay


National Prescription Drug Take Back Day was October 28th but local sheriff offices take back every day

By Cynthia Germain

Door and Kewaunee County residents do not have to wait for one day a year to dispose their prescription drugs.  Although October 28th was National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, an annual effort of the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration, local citizens can take their unneeded prescriptions drugs to the county sheriff's offices at any time.  The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day was aimed to provide a safe, convenient, and anonymous means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse and medications.  Door County Sheriff Delarwelle notes that they can receive bagged prescription pills conveniently throughout the year.



Sheriff Matt Joski of Kewaunee County also encourages residents to bring prescription drugs, although no liquids or syringes, for disposal to their office at any time.  According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs, and the study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.  Proper disposal prevents drug addiction and overdose deaths.

Trick or Treating hours on Tuesday vary by city but safety stays the same

By Cynthia Germain


Trick-or-Treating time varies in the cities and towns of Door and Kewaunee Counties, and local sheriff offices want to remind the community that safety is paramount.  Steve Delarwelle, Sheriff of Door County, notes that being seen is the most important consideration when children go out to get their goodies.  



In addition to being visible, everyone should be sure to stay on the sidewalks and take care when crossing the streets.  Trick-or-treating in groups is encouraged, and certainly makes for more fun.  Some of the times for local trick-or-treating on Tuesday include: Sturgeon Bay 4:00-7:00 p.m., Kewaunee 3:30-6:30 p.m., Sister Bay 3:00-6:00 p.m., Bailey Harbor 5:00-8:00 p.m., and the town of Algoma 5:00-7:00 p.m.  Additional information can be found at

The Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association honors UW Extension Agricultural Agent and Kewaunee County Board Supervisor

By Cynthia Germain


The Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association has honored two local educators with the Next Generation Award.  This award recognizes those educating the next generation about the value of Wisconsin's private woodlands. Aerica Bjurstrom, Agricultural Agent for the University of Wisconsin Extension Office in Kewaunee, along with Chuck Wagner, Kewaunee County Board Supervisor, were announced as the recipients of this year's award at the Wisconsin Woodland Owners annual conference.  Their efforts were noted specifically for the Youth Conservation Day in Kewaunee County held in May.   Bjurstrom is pleased to be a part of this effort, providing all 6th graders of the county an opportunity to visit various sites and learn about important topics related to managing forestland.



Wagner is a long time member of the Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association and has made a presentation about woodlands each year for the last 20 years.  This unique educational experience has reached over 250 area kids annually.  Wagner received the award on Bjurstrom behalf at the annual conference, and Bjurstrom was presented with the plaque last week at the Kewaunee county board meeting.

The 500th anniversary of the Reformation is more than an annual recognition

By Cynthia Germain


Local Lutheran churches have held a number of activities leading up to October 31st, the date recognized as the sparking of Reformation.  It is the 500th anniversary of the day that Martin Luther nailed 95 statements for debate on The All Saints Catholic Church door, which prompted a religious movement that ultimately led to the establishment of the Protestant churches.  Carl Schroeder, a pastor of the St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay, shares the idea that this is not a once-a-year celebration but rather a reminder that reformation is an ongoing process of faith.  



The Reformation for churches of the Lutheran faith includes special worship services, bible studies and meals that center on the five Solas: grace alone, faith alone, scripture alone, to the glory of God alone, and Christ alone.  Parishioners rededicate to the Solas during this notable time, and local churches have additional opportunities this week for the ongoing study of the Reformation.

Sturgeon Bay is the launching point for Door County visitors and a successful tourism season

By Cynthia Germain

Door County tourism is up, according to room tax revenue, sales tax receipts and visitors to the Door County Visitors Bureau. Tourism is typically measured by a number of revenue numbers including room tax income and sales tax receipts.  However, other counts such as the number of visitors to the Door County Visitors Bureau are also considered.  Jen Rogers, Communication and PR Manager at the Visitors Bureau, has seen a dramatic increase in visitors to their office with over 1,000 more people in their lobby in July compared to last year.



Pam Seiler, Executive Director of the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center says that Door County Visitors Bureau does an amazing job of getting the word out and marketing the Door County brand to the world.  She sees the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center has the gateway to the Door County experience.



Seiler is not surprised by the numbers that are coming in, noting that business owners have expressed that they have had a record year.  The season was a bit rainy, putting a damper on some activities in the county but retail shops and dining establishments have benefited.  Figures for the remaining of the tourist season are expected in November.

Door County Veterinary Hospital's state-of-the-art facility showcased Saturday

By Paul Schmitt

Dozens of pet owners and their pets had the opportunity to tour the new Door County Veterinary Hospital in Sturgeon Bay Saturday during the grand opening celebration.  The clinic, which opened in June, featured a pet costume contest on Saturday.  Dr. Jordan Kobilca says the feedback on the new state-of-the-art facility has been very positive.



Dr. Koblica also runs the Luxemburg Pet Clinic with his wife Dr. Jennifer Kerley.  The new 4,000 square-foot Door County Veterinary Hospital building is located on Old Highway Road just north of Sturgeon Bay.   You can see photos and video of Saturday's grand opening below.



Door County Coastal By-Way 2nd in "Ultimate Drive Showdown"

By Paul Schmitt

The Door County Coastal By-Way recently placed second in "Ultimate Drive Showdown Contest" sponsored by  Great River Road National Scenic Byway along the Mississippi River in southeastern Wisconsin finished first.  State Secretary of Tourism Stephanie Klett says that even after the fall colors are past peak, Door County still has a lot to offer visitors and residents alike.



Klett advises drivers to explore the backroads and take in as much as you can.  She says Door County is a foodie destination as well with incredible opportunities during the shoulder seasons from November and April.  You can listen to the entire interview with State Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett below.


2018 Open enrollment for Affordable Care Act begins Wednesday

By Paul Schmitt


As the debate over national healthcare continues on Capitol Hill, the enrollment period for obtaining health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will begin this Wednesday, November 1.  Plans sold during Open Enrollment period which ends December 15 start on January 1.  Mike Walston of Robertson, Ryan & Associates says ACA looks at income level and ability to pay rather than the usual insurance metrics.



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

Area lawns recovering from wetter than normal summer

By Paul Schmitt

After a long summer of cutting lawns, most property owners are looking forward to putting their mowers away for the season.  Although it is never recommended to cut your lawn shorter than the top third of the grass blades, Trevor Marin from Lawn & Landscape Specialists explains what you can do now and some issues caused by a wetter than normal summer.



Marin says it is beneficial to apply a late dosage of fertilizer on your lawn now to help it get ready for next year.  You can find more tips on maintaining and keeping a healthy lawn this fall below.

Help of Door County improving outreach with new northern Door County office

By Paul Schmitt

The HELP of Door County has announced an expansion to improve outreach with regular business office hours in northern Door County.  Beginning November 8, Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay will be providing a physical presence for HELP of Door County in the northern part of the peninsula.  HELP Executive Director Steve Vickman says new office will help better serve victims of domestic abuse in the area.



Vickman says the new office will meet the needs of an aging demographic as well.



The HELP of Door County office hours at the Shepard of the Bay Church in Ellison Bay will be from 9:00 a.m. until 4 p.m. every Wednesday and as requested by appointment.  You can find contact information to schedule an appointment and services provided by HELP of Door County below.


For appointments call Anni at (920) 495-3038 or call the Sturgeon Bay office at (920) 743-8785



Housing options continue to grow in Sister Bay

By Tim Kowols

The village of Sister Bay continues to turn its blank canvas into more housing for the area. Officials gave final approval for plans for a hotel/condominium to be built on the northern edge of the village's downtown. Village Administrator Zeke Jackson says the village also approved a resolution paving the way for the development of its former quarry site.



The village signed an offer sheet from Premier Real Estate for the two-phase $4 million project on the quarry site in July. Both projects expect to hit full steam with its construction efforts in 2018.

Area Lutherans commemorate 500th anniversary of Reformation

By Tim Kowols

Lutherans around the world will take time during their services this weekend to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. According to the History Channel, Martin Luther tacked on the door of a German church his 95 Theses in 1517, attacking the Catholic Church for some of their practices at the time and started Protestant movement. Pastor John Moll of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Algoma says the most important aspect of what Luther brought out was the theology he wanted to bring to all people.



Lutheran churches across Door and Kewaunee County are hosting special events and services to commemorate the 500th anniversary including St. Paul's Lutheran Church, where they will continue their sermon series on the Reformation and host a special children's liturgy.

Gibraltar Fire Department open house comes as need for volunteers go up

By Tim Kowols

Fire department open houses often draw families to check out the station facilities and equipment, but it is proving just as much for the adults as it is for the kids. According to the National Volunteer Fire Council, nearly 70 percent of firefighters are volunteers, but it is becoming harder and harder to retain them. Numbers are on the way up in some areas nationwide, but the average age is climbing as well. Captain Bob Volpe is a member of both the Gibraltar Fire Department and Ephraim Fire Department and says the younger generation just is not signing up.


Volpe says open houses like Gibraltar Fire Department's on Saturday are good for outreach.



Featuring demonstrations, displays, kids games, and refreshments, the Gibraltar Fire Department's open house takes place at their Fish Creek station from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Convenience stores, gas stations building business with groceries

By Tim Kowols

Gas stations are becoming more than just a place to get gas and a quick bite to eat. According to the Food Institute, convenience stores saw their share of the grocery market double since 1988 as they have added food staples like produce, bread, and dairy to their shelves.  It is even more apparent in communities like Baileys Harbor, which does not have a grocery store within 10 minutes of its downtown. By adding more grocery items including a produce cooler and a small deli, Baileys 57 manager Kari Baumann says they have seen foot traffic in the store grow.



Grocery stores are also seeing increased competition from big-box stores as well as their own share of the market drop a percentage point each of the last five years, according to the Food Institute.

City may not be able to take advantage of $1.25 million commitment to save granary

By Tim Kowols

A donor family's commitment of $1.25 million to save the former granary building on the Sturgeon Bay west waterfront might be a gift the city cannot use.  City administrator Josh VanLieshout says the commitment being facilitated by the Door County Community Foundation is substantial and certainly inspiring that someone would do that for Sturgeon Bay. However, the city still has a lawfully issued raze order in front of it because of its threat to public safety. VanLieshout says it has to weigh the options available to them before it can decide the granary's fate.



No special session of the Sturgeon Bay Common Council is being scheduled before its regular meeting on November 7. The city's historic preservation committee will discuss the granary at its Monday meeting at 7 p.m.

Door-Kewaunee Demonstration Farms Network hosts second field day November 9

By Tim Kowols

Soil will be the focus when the Door-Kewaunee Demonstration Farm Network hosts its second field day in November.  Hosted by Great Lakes Restoration, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Peninsula Pride Farms, and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection, attendees will see how farmers can use the NRCS to map their land so they can learn about the sensitive areas, yield potential, and fertility needs of their soil. Agronomist and Peninsula Pride Farms board member Zach Sutter says the field day will also focus how the private sector is helping farmers address their soil needs.



Low-cost cover crops and low disturbance manure application are also on the agenda for the Door-Kewaunee Demonstration Farm Network field day, which will take place November 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cycle Farm Holsteins in Sturgeon Bay.



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Creativity, pavilion taking shape in Egg Harbor

By Tim Kowols

It is hard for the imagination to not run wild for Egg Harbor Village Administrator Ryan Heise and event manager Jess Reinke when walking through the Donald and Carol Kress Pavilion. The future home for the Egg Harbor Historical Society, the village's branch of the Door County Library, and countless events, the building is set up for high-tech equipment in areas like its business center and creative talents in their planned maker's space. Reinke says the Kress Pavilion has been getting rave reviews as people are already looking at dates to rent it.



Heise says as the building has gone up, so has the enthusiasm.



The Kress Pavilion expects to be completed by the end of December with events occurring inside as soon as January.

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Door County Habitat for Humanity dedicates 40th home in Sturgeon Bay

By Tim Kowols

After 23 Tuesdays and 24 Thursdays, Kendra Bilodeau and her two children finally have a home to call their own. Door County Habitat for Humanity dedicated its 40th home Thursday evening in front of friends, family, and volunteers. Project supervisor Chuck Stone says the dedication is a bittersweet day as the volunteers and the partner family grow close throughout the months on the job site.



After 343 sweat equity hours between her and her children, Bilodeau says she is blessed to have such support from the community.



Door County Habitat for Humanity continues to look for more volunteers and a partner family for its 41st home build next year. During the dedication, Bilodeau and the volunteers remembered Roger Nulton, a 23-year veteran of Door County Habitat for Humanity home builds who died earlier this year.


Sturgeon Bay Library mixing up "slime" for fun and education this Saturday

By Paul Schmitt

The Door County Library is mixing science with fun in celebrating Halloween in Sturgeon Bay this Saturday morning.    Children are invited to the Sturgeon Bay Library to participate in a "Weird Science Make Green Slime" experiment.  Youth Services Director Beth Lokken says the event is a perfect educational opportunity for kids to have fun while learning some chemistry.



The free "Make Green Slime" event is for all children and will be held from 9 until noon Saturday morning in the downstairs of the Sturgeon Bay Library.  The Boys and Girls Club of Door County is also hosting a "lights on after school" program and a teen haunted house from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday morning at their location on South Third Avenue prior to the "Thrills on Third" event in downtown Sturgeon Bay, according to Lokken.

Bank of Luxemburg hires Rehn as new V-P of Commercial Lending


By Paul Schmitt

The Bank of Luxemburg has a new assistant vice president of commercial lending.  Ken Rehn has been hired to work at the Luxemburg main branch and oversee business loans for the entire footprint of Bank of Luxemburg locations in the area.    Chief Lending Officer Darren Voigt, says Rehn brings experience from two important areas that will benefit him in his new position.



Rehn owned and operated grocery stores in upper Michigan and has been in retail banking and commercial lending over the last 15 years.  The Bank of Luxemburg has nine banking offices in Kewaunee, Door and Brown Counties.


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Donor commits $1.25 million to save granary building

By Paul Schmitt

The Sturgeon Bay Historical Society (SBHS) announced Thursday that a donor family has committed $1,250,000 to repair and restore the historic Teweles & Brandeis grain elevator on Sturgeon Bay's west side waterfront.  Sturgeon Bay Fire Chief Tim Dietman had declared a raze order last week deeming the old granary building a public safety hazard.  Dan Collins of the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society says the donor has chosen to remain anonymous.



Collins says his organization has made the City of Sturgeon Bay aware of the donation.



The $1.25 million commitment, facilitated by the Door County Community Foundation, also includes money set aside in an endowment for the granary's ongoing care.  The granary was placed on the Wisconsin Registry of Historic Places back in August.

Fire destroys combine in Luxemburg cornfield

By Paul Schmitt

A fire south of Luxemburg late Wednesday afternoon damaged a farm combine and required two Kewaunee County fire departments to extinguish the blaze.  The farm machinery was far in a cornfield between Luxemburg Road and Valley Road about three miles south of Luxemburg when it was engulfed in flames, according to Fire Chief Lew DeChateau.  He says the fire spread into the corn field and required assistance from the Kewaunee Fire Department.



No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is not known at this time.  The combine is probably a complete loss, according to DeChateau.  He says more details will be made available later this week.

Investors advised to "stay the course" as stock market continues to surge


By Paul Schmitt

Despite a slight drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) on Wednesday, the stock market continues to soar in 2017.  The Dow Jones closed at 23,320.70 yesterday after eclipsing the landmark 20,000 back in late January.  Casey St. Henry, a financial associate with Thrivent Financial in Sturgeon Bay, says a long-term strategy is needed no matter how the stock market is fairing.



St. Henry says although people may naturally want to get into the stock market when it is surging, he recommends that you meet with a financial professional for a well-thought plan and strategy.  The Dow Jones has experienced 18 percent growth since the first of the year.

St. Luke's Episcopal Church helping hurricane victims with special benefit concert

By Paul Schmitt

The St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Sister Bay is hosting a Hurricane Relief Concert Sunday, November 5.  The benefit concert will feature pianist Sue Ray Hughes and violinist Beth Chafey-Hon playing light classical music.  Pete Thelen from the Outreach Committee at St. Luke's Church says the free concert will include a free-will offering to help make a difference in hurricane-effected areas.



A reception will be held immediately after the concert which will be from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 5 at St. Luke's Episcopal Church on Canterbury Lane in Sister Bay.

Business as usual for UW-Extension...for now

By Tim Kowols

More changes are in store for the University of Wisconsin-Extension just months after some of the operations of the state's 72 county offices were consolidated into several integrated areas. In a cost-cutting move, a new proposal would merge the UW-Extension Cooperative with the University of Wisconsin-Madison. According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, opponents to the measure say the UW-Extension services are more cost-effective than private consultants and are worried a distance could grow between the offices and the communities they serve. UW-Extension Area Director for Door, Kewaunee, and Manitowoc Counties Rob Burke does not see that happening in the near term and says there could be some benefits to the move.



The UW-System Board of Regents will weigh in on the matter in November. If approved, the changes would be implemented by July 2018.

People changing Door County: The Purinton Family

By Tim Kowols

Over the last 43 years, it would have been quite difficult to get to Washington Island without the help of a Purinton. Dick Purinton and his wife moved back to Door County in late 1974 after being stationed in California with the U.S. Navy to help his in-laws with the Washington Island Ferry operation they bought into in 1940. Over the years the Washington Island Ferry upgraded from two wooden ferries to its current Coast Guard-approved vessels, which Purinton says is just part of the evolution the company has made.



Purinton credits the economy, active marketing, and the county's growth for the Washington Island Ferry's recent success, but is quick to also thank the local community for their role as well.



A 2016 Door County Maritime Museum Mariner Award winner, Purinton currently helps as a Cherry Train operator and Rock Island Ferry captain after years of holding just about every job with the Washington Island Ferry, including company president. His son Hoyt carries on the Purinton tradition as the current president of the Washington Island Ferry.

Hatch Distilling Company involving local organic farmers in its future success

By Tim Kowols

Local farmers and fans of spirits will benefit when Hatch Distilling Company opens next year in Egg Harbor. Hatch Distilling Company earned a conditional use permit from the Egg Harbor Plan Commission last month for its new distillery, which at 7,800 square feet will house its production and barrel aging facilities, event space, and tasting room. Beekeepers and organic farmers will also benefit from the aspirations of Hatch Distilling Company owner Chris Roedl, who says he is working hard to have a little Door County in every sip.



Roedl is excited to bring the "grain to glass" concept to Egg Harbor, saying he believes the community is ready to have a place like this near its downtown to draw more people. Hatch Distilling Company is shooting for a summer 2018 opening date.

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Fisheries cast net of community service during spawing season

By Tim Kowols

For some local food pantries, animal rehab centers and an Algoma company, the end of a salmon's life is good news for the people they serve. For the last four years, salmon collected during the fall spawning at Department of Natural Resources fisheries, including the Strawberry Creek Chinook facility in Sturgeon Bay and the C.D. Besadny Anadromous Fish facility in Kewaunee, are donated to different non-profit organizations or to fertilizer manufacturer Dramm Corporation depending on size. This program has redirected thousands of pounds of salmon from area landfills.  Hatchery supervisor Jesse Landwehr says everyone benefits from the naturally occurring event.



Currently, Lakeshore CAP is the only non-profit organization in Door and Kewaunee County benefiting from the DNR program, which also collects fish from its hatchery in Wild Rose. Landwehr says they are always looking for new organizations to partner with in the future.

Local enviromental concerns increase as pollution is named number one killer in world

By Paul Schmitt

A recent global study published last week in The Lancet medical journal shows that pollution is the largest environmental cause of disease and premature deaths in the world.  According to the USA Today, the Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health blames an estimated 9 million premature deaths on pollution.  In 2015, pollution accounted for three times more deaths than AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined.  Door County environmentalist Wayne Kudick says current pullbacks on environmental regulations are not helping the situation in Wisconsin and United States.



Kudick says there seems to be an emerging and growing separation of science from environmental policy.  He says Door County was able to control the era of cherry tree poisoning that was a problem for many years.  The capacity to follow all current policies being set by the Department of Natural Resources and the new emerging technologies in chemistry is more difficult due to staffing cutbacks, according to Kudick.  The Lancet study concludes that much of the pollution that the world faces can be eliminated with better science-based regulations, policies, monitoring, and enforcement.


Map from Clean Wisconsin of Toxic Air Protection Rollbacks is below:



"Healthy Living Fair" draws hundreds to Door County YMCA Tuesday

By Paul Schmitt


Hundreds all local residents and visitors attended the Door County YMCA's annual Healthy Living Fair Tuesday.  The free event included a record 40 booths, and services like flu shots and blood pressure screenings.  YMCA Senior Program Director Mary Claire McHugh says community members were amazed at all the health information made available Tuesday morning.



The Healthy Living Fair was sponsored by the Door County Medical Center and Prevea Health.  You can find video from Tuesday's Healthy Living Fair below.

Joski attends police chief conference to discuss 21st century policing

By Tim Kowols

Fifteen law enforcement agencies from across the country including the Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department attended the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference in Philadelphia to give them update on their work with the President's Task Force on  21st Century Policing. It was an opportunity for the agencies to present on the aspects they have incorporated in their communities as a result of the year-long initiative. Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski says there is a real desire to look at change among law enforcement.



Building trust and legitimacy, policy and oversight, technology, community policing, and education are part of the building blocks Joski hopes to roll out in Kewaunee County when he receives the final report on his department in the near future.

Ghost Ship docks in Sturgeon Bay Friday

By Tim Kowols

The United States Coast Guard is turning one of its docked ships in Sturgeon Bay into a haunted attraction. The annual event held at Sawyer Park Pier turns the USCG Mobile Bay into a floating haunted house, better known at the Ghost Ship, for the community to enjoy. Luke Stocker from the United States Coast Guard says it is a unique way to show off the vessels before it enters its busy season of ice-breaking missions.



The Ghost Ship is free to attend but members of the Coast Guard will be collecting non-perishable food items to donate to local pantries.  Lights-on tours begin at 5:30 p.m. while the scarier, lights-off tours begin at 6:45 and run until 9:30.

Newer cars present different challenges during Northern Door Fire Department training

By Tim Kowols

Northern Door firefighters received an opportunity to work through some of the new challenges presented when rescuing motorists from newer cars. The construction of cars has changed drastically over the last few years with new metals and technology being instituted in the process. Firefighters from Sister Bay/Liberty Grove, Gibraltar, Egg Harbor, and Baileys Harbor got a chance to practice on these cars, providing invaluable experience according to Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Chief Chris Hecht.



Hecht says even trainers are learning on the job as new construction techniques get introduced. An additional training on the crash-tested New Vehicle Technology cars donated by Volvo will most likely take place in 2018.

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Algoma celebrates Culture of Health Prize Saturday

By Tim Kowols

A day of celebration is planned for Saturday to honor the City of Algoma's recent recognition as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize recipient. Algoma was one of just eight communities in the county to earn the award, which took into account the large strides the community has taken to improve the health of its citizens. Algoma Superintendent Nick Cochart says members of the Live Algoma Initiative have worked hard over the last two years to make a difference in the community and want to thank everyone for their role in the program's success.



The free event, which includes free food, family activities, and entertainment, runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Algoma High School and its Community Wellness Center.

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Murphy County Park offers swimming, boating and more---Door County Park Series 4

By Paul Schmitt

In the fourth of the series on Door County Parks, we travel to the town of Egg Harbor.  Frank E. Murphy County Park is about 14 acres of land along Bay Shore Drive where Horseshoe Bay Road or County Road G intersects.  Door County Parks Director Erik Aleson says Murphy Park is one of the few county parks with sandy swimming beaches.



The other two county parks with swimming beaches are Ridges County Park in Baileys Harbor, Percy Johnson Park on Washington Island.  Murphy Park also features docking and a boat launch, playground, volleyball courts, and picnic area with a pavilion.  The annual Door County Triathlon is based at the park in late July every year, according to Aleson.  You can find a map and description of all 19 Door County Parks with this story online.

Help of Door County's "Walk with Me" honors survivors of domestic abuse

By Paul Schmitt

The Help of Door County's signature event "Walk with me" is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon at Martin Park in Sturgeon Bay.  The event is in conjunction with October's 30th annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Executive Director of Help of Door County Steve Vickman shares the meaning behind "Walk with Me".



The "Walk with Me" program will begin at 4 pm Wednesday with a walk across the downtown bridges and a return to Martin Park via South Third Avenue.  You can find more information about services offered by Help of Door County below.




Utesch calls NR-151 changes "a good starting point"

By Tim Kowols

Farmer and Kewaunee CARES founder Lynn Utesch believes changes to the manure handling rules for areas with karst geology are just a starting point towards getting real improvement for Kewaunee County's groundwater issues. The amended NR-151 rules for areas of karst geology include new standards for where and when manure can be spread on fields for all farmers. Utesch says these were the minimum standards outlined by the Kewaunee County Safe Water Drinking Act workgroups and believes more could have been done to have a bigger impact.



As a member of Clean Wisconsin, Kewaunee CARES was a part of a motion to intervene in a lawsuit between the Dairy Business Association and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources earlier this month. Since then according to the U.S. News and World Report, the DBA and the DNR have settled, with the state agency agreeing with farmers that recently installed vegetation patches were valid pollution control systems while the association dropped claims of its members were illegally required to obtain pollution permits.

Payment with plastic making it harder to teach kids about cash

By Tim Kowols

With seventy-five percent of consumers opting for credit and debit cards over other payment options, it is becoming harder for younger people to learn about the value of money. More and more youth are just seeing the adults in their lives spending money without seeing them wrestle with budgets, bills, and donations. Gay Pustaver from Money Management Counselors says you do not have to be a financial expert to have an honest conversation about money with your kids.



Pustaver says her envelope system helps kids see the money they are saving and watch those amounts grow. You can listen to the entire Money Management Monday interview online with this story.

Millienials in government aiming to end "politics as usual"

By Tim Kowols

Millennial members of state and federal legislatures are hopeful they can change the script on politics in the country. The Millennial Action Project has produced caucuses in 18 states including Wisconsin and the Future Caucus in the United States Congress. As one of three millennials in Congress and the vice-chair of the Congressional Future Caucus, Wisconsin Rep. Mike Gallagher says people of his generation are noticing that the "politics as usual" approach is not working for anybody.



Rep. Gallagher admits the barrier of entry is hard for many, which is why he has focused on reforms such as term limits to make it easier for people who do not come from politics to participate in the process. Student debt and job training are among the many issues members of the Millenial Action Project caucuses hope to address.

Hit and run incident in Casco still under investigation

By Paul Schmitt

The Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department is still investigating a hit and run incident that occurred early Saturday morning at a business establishment in Casco.  According to the news release, a vehicle struck the emergency exit door in the restaurant area of Moxie's Supper Club at about 1:45 a.m. Saturday and sped off.  Owner Doug Delebreau says the bar was still open at the time and that the perpetrator was apparently arriving.



The investigation to this point indicates that the vehicle, which apparently backed into the building, was a Ford model and dark in color.  Delebreau estimates that there was about $1,000 worth of damage to the door and building.  Evidence at the scene indicates that the vehicle will have tail lights with a flare and one of the tail lights will be missing.  If you have any information regarding the incident, you are asked to contact the Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department.

Downtown Sturgeon Bay hosts their annual Thrills on Third

By Cynthia Germain

Thrills on Third, a Halloween event held on Saturday, October 28th in Sturgeon Bay will be a big hit for the whole family.  The celebration day will have a number of activities on Third Avenue including a haunted house at the new Boys and Girls Club facility,  children's face painting on the street as well as slime making at the Sturgeon Bay Library.  Pam Seiler, Executive Director of the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center, is excited about these fun offerings as well a parade which will kick off at 1:00 p.m. at Martin Park.



A costume contest with adults, children and pets in costume will launch the parade which will be led by the Sturgeon Bay Fire Department.  Costume contest winners are then announced at the Clock Tower after the parade.  This event is sponsored by the Sturgeon Bay Third Avenue businesses and other area organizations and has been enjoyed over the years by resident and visitors alike.

Jack O'Lantern Days kicks off this Friday in Fish Creek

By Cynthia Germain

Local residents and visitors are sure to enjoy Jack O'Lantern Days in the unique town of Fish Creek this weekend. The festivities start with adult fun on Friday night and leads into many family activities on Saturday.  Digger Degroot, Office Manager for Fish Creek Visitor Information Center, says that this celebration is fairly new, having just begun 5 years ago in an effort to gather the community to celebrate Halloween.  Degroot is excited about the number of activities on Saturday which include free mask making, an open house with games for the kids at the Gibraltar Fire Station and a parade in downtown Fish Creek.  



After the parade, there will be a costume contest at Clark Park and then a party at the Old Town Hall with more games, prizes and treats.  The Great Pumpkin Lighting will begin at 6:00 p.m. at Hands-on Art Studio, where 100 pumpkins will be carved and lit.  The weekend is a big hit for people of all ages in a town that boasts walkable shopping and a number of arts venues including the Peninsula Players, the Door Community Auditorium and the Peninsula School of Art.

Kewaunee County is helping children with trauma

By Cynthia Germain

The Kewaunee County University of Wisconsin Extension Office has recently started a unique educational series aimed at providing skills and hope to parents with children who have experienced trauma.  The 16 hour series was developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and is taught by the UW Extension Family Living Coordinator, Renee Koenig, and  Carol Stuebs of the Kewaunee County Human Services Department.  They both serve on the Hope committee, Helping Outreach Preventing and Educating, and assist families that have experienced trauma in all of its forms.  Koenig indicates that it is important to teach not just parents but professionals caring for children in the community so that children can get past traumas and become more resilient.



The series has begun and meets on three Saturdays for four hours and two Thursday evenings for two hours.  There are currently 21 people attending this series, and the Thursday evening sessions include a meal and child care. The next series will be offered after the first of the year and those interested can call the extension office to reserve a seat.

Peninsula State Park receives a Gold Seal award

By Cynthia Germain

Peninsula State Park is one of the busiest parks in the state so it is no surprise that they received a Gold Seal award from the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks.  The park boasts a number of recreational activities including camping, hiking, swimming and biking over the three seasons and has over 1 million visitors annually.   Brian Markowski, Park Superintendent, is pleased the Peninsula State Park has been honored by the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks with the 2017 Gold Seal Award for Best State Park System Property for a Short Hike with Children.  Markowski notes that contributors to the effort, including the Friends of Peninsula State Park,will be attending the annual awards banquet to be held on November 4th at Heritage Hill State Historical Park in Green Bay.



The Peninsula State Park also includes its partners, the Northern Sky Theater, Peninsula Golf Course and the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, which offer additional recreational opportunities for visitors.  Now that the fall colors fade, park staff will begin to prepare for winter and other outdoor activities such as snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

Sturgeon Bay lights the streets but not the sky

By Cynthia Germain

New light fixtures throughout the city of Sturgeon Bay offer not just energy efficiency but reduction in night sky light pollution. Jim Stawicki, General Manager at Sturgeon Bay Utilities, oversees the the efforts of placing and replacing street light fixtures and notes the changes in the two styles of light fixtures in the city.  The cobra head LED fixtures, typically at intersections and on residential streets, began being used two years ago.  The lights are far more energy efficient and have a complete top cut off so there is no light bleeding into the night sky. In the downtown area, approximately 40 decorative LED light poles have been replaced on Madison Avenue.  Previously, the decorative light fixtures around town were clear globes that cast light in all directions. Representatives from the city and Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center worked with SBU to determine a style that kept the character of lights throughout the city.  These new lights have one-quarter of the top cut off so they throw less light into the night sky.   Stawicki is pleased that the new LED light fixtures also save on on both maintenance and energy.



Stawicki notes that SBU will do additional ornamental lights along Maple street to Lansing, then up Jefferson Street as well as portions of Kentucky and Louisiana.   The cost of the new fixtures is approximately $3,000 each so there is a schedule over the next five years for replacement before existing lights become problematic.  Other work that SBU expects over the coming months include underground work to replace overhead service on the South Lake Michigan Drive area, reducing issues of tree trespass and saving utility and ratepayers in the long run.  In addition, they continue to work through the pole replacement program.  There are approximately 9000 poles in the system, some 40-50 years old, and over time these poles are tested and replaced on a schedule, with current work including the entire length of Shiloh Road.

Sister Bay enjoys the fruits of their labor

By Cynthia Germain

The rejuvenation of the Sister Bay community has translated into increased tourism as well as new business and housing development. David Lienau, President of the Village of Sister Bay, knows that the last 3-5 years has been challenging with the major reconstruction of the entire downtown. The revitalization began eight years ago with the purchase of key waterfront property providing a large sweeping waterfront access and the removal of old piers and buildings. In the last couple years, the city has relaid sewer and water lines and done away with overhead electrical lines. In addition, the Department of Transportation has done major work on Highway 42 leading into and through the downtown area. Lienau says that Sister Bay now boasts a lakefront park, a beautiful beach as well as new businesses and sites.



This summer saw first influx of people and reaction. The village anticipated some issues through the transition such as parking with the expansion of the beach and downtown businesses. They also look to further collaborations and new projects with their neighbor town of Liberty Grove, which they currently share a library, a fire system and a sewer and water plant. The tremendous increase in tourism this year has shown in the room tax revenue numbers which are up by 14% in records released thus far. Sales tax reports that are coming out expect to further reflect the high level of visitation. Going forward, the village of Sister Bay looks to develop a quarry which they have purchased and also see a new 12 unit condo/hotel open next spring. It all looks promising for people wanting to move residence or relocate businesses to the area.

Manufacturing Days showcases the Sturgeon Bay Industrial Park--VIDEO

By Paul Schmitt

The Sturgeon Bay Industrial Park played host to hundreds of interested visitors on Saturday as part of the Manufacturing Days sponsored by the Door County Economic Development Corporation.  With the advent of more high-tech requirements, industries are looking to automation increase their production but workers are still in huge demand for manufacturing jobs.  DCEDC Executive Director Caleb Frostman says the day highlighted a potential career that is sometimes overshadowed.



Eight businesses participated in the Manufacturing Day on Saturday for the general public while the four mainland schools in the county experienced the opportunity last Friday.   You can watch a video tour of NEW Industries with this story online.

Delay in Foxconn incentives vote sends red flag for state senator

By Tim Kowols

A delay in the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation's vote on its nearly $3 billion incentive package with electronics manufacturer Foxconn has some legislators worried about what the state could be giving to the company. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, the WEDC and Foxconn began negotiating on the deal after the state Legislature approved the incentives in September. The deal currently includes $2.85 billion in refundable tax credits and a sales tax exemption from the state in addition to millions more from Racine County in exchange for bringing a $10 billion plant and potentially 13,000 jobs to the state. State Senator Dave Hansen says given the WEDC's track record, any contract signed between the group and Foxconn should be approved by the state Assembly and Senate.



Hansen says Senate Democrats tried to amend the original Foxconn legislation to include the provision that any contract with Foxconn be approved by the Joint Finance Committee, but it failed along a party line vote. The vote on the Foxconn contract is expected to take place in November.

Kewaunee schools implements new literacy and writing approach for staff and students

By Paul Schmitt

The Kewaunee School District is putting an emphasis on literacy and writing by giving their teachers some homework.  The staff and students are doing work as part of the implementation of the Lucy Calkins' Teachers College Reading and Writing Project.  Kewaunee School Administrator Karen Treml says the commitment this summer by the staff is paying off in the classroom.



The new reading and writing project is designed to develop, pilot, revise and implement state-of-the-art curriculum in writing.  Treml says the new strategies and techniques allow both Kewaunee teachers and students to become even more proficient in literacy and writing.

Area late season farm crops benefiting from a warmer fall

By Paul Schmitt

A warmer and dryer autumn has area farmers making up for lost time.  Above average rainfall this summer had many farmers anxious and worried about the fall harvest season, but Rich Olson from Olson Family Farm in southern Door County says the crops, especially the corn, have rebounded well.



As for the corn fields that are still standing, Olson notes that not all corn is harvested for silage.  He says some corn is left to go to more maturity where farmers will harvest the grain for what is called shelled corn.  That corn is harvested about a month after the silage corn.

Pets are not out of the woods for ticks and fleas this fall

By Paul Schmitt

As outside activities continue through the fall, pet owners may want to take extra precautions for their dog or cat before venturing out into the woods.   Dr. Jordan Kobilca from Door County Veterinary Hospital says the flea and tick season is still around.



Dr. Kobilca recommends checking your pet thoroughly after being outdoors until the first deep frost of the season.  He says there are topical applications that can be applied to your pet to prevent and control ticks or fleas.  You can find ways to protect your pet from fleas and ticks below.

Kewaunee County half percent sales on target to raise over $1 million

By Paul Schmitt

The half-percent county sales tax in Kewaunee County that was implemented earlier this year is on target to raise the projected revenue it was designed to garner.  Kewaunee County Board Chair Bob Weidner shares how much money the sales tax is expected to bring in this year.



Weidner says the debt load for Kewaunee County is between 13 and 14 million dollars but is manageable being that the allowable debt load is up to $80 million.  The county is receiving reimbursement from the closed Dominion Power Plant for the lost revenue which will eventually go away causing another hole in the budget, according to Weidner.  He adds that future expenditures for the county include a possible new jail construction.

Door County tourism on track for strong finish this year


By Paul Schmitt

With the last of the huge festival weekends of the fall completed in Door County last week, the 2017 tourism season looks for a strong finish in the next few months.  Wisconsin's State Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett says Door County ranks in the top ten for tourism dollars spent year after year.



Klett says there is evidence that the 2017 tourism numbers have been strong to date and were buoyed by one of the best 4th of July weekends ever.  Wisconsin's tourism reached $20 billion in 2016 which was up $700 million from 2015.

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Door County Medical Center Dental Clinic earns statewide recognition


By Paul Schmitt

The Door County Medical Center Dental Clinic has received the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) Foundation's 2017 Global Vision Community Partnership Award.  The annual competitive grant award is presented to a community health initiative that successfully addresses a documented community health need, according to the WHA Foundation.  Door County Medical Center Dental Clinic Manager Tanya Fischer says the clinic has recently added a fourth treatment room to meet the ever-growing demand in the area.



The dental clinic is staffed with two dentists, as well as dental hygienists and assistants who offer oral health care to underserved adults and children in Door and Kewaunee Counties.  Founded in 1999 and underwritten by Door County Medical Center, the clinic provided care to over 3,000 people in one year.




(Pictured L to R:  Tanya Fischer, Dental Clinic Manager, Dr. Patti Sigl and Dr. Gene Allen)



Raze order throws off fine arts center plans

By Tim Kowols

The exploratory committee for a planned Sturgeon Bay Center for the Arts hopes structural engineers are called to the former granary building for one last look before its demolition is scheduled. A restored granary was to be used as a three season multipurpose space for exhibits, speakers, and events under the plans discussed with city officials Thursday afternoon. CFTA member Hans Christian says the raze order is sudden and also a little problematic.



Christian says if the granary is found unsafe and beyond repair after structural engineers make a final review, the CFTA exploratory committee would have to go back to see what changes are needed to be made to their plans. The CFTA is slated to also include a second location for the Miller Art Museum, a theater, and a large outdoor public space. Structural engineers last did a comprehensive report on the granary in 2013.

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The CFTA Exploratory Committee has worked diligently over the past four months to develop plans for a new community and arts center on the westside waterfront that would consist of four elements:


  1. A "Modern Miller" wing as a second location for the Miller Art Museum

  2. A 125-150 seat theater for Third Avenue Playhouse

  3. A large multi-use public space with free exhibits and community events

  4. A restored, cleaned up and structurally secured Granary that can also be used as a flexible three season space for events, exhibits, and lectures about our city's history.


Our committee believes that the Granary is a treasure to our community because it symbolizes the proud efforts of past generations to till the land and distribute the fruits of their labor around the country. It symbolizes the agricultural foundation of our community, and with it the spirit of the people that settled this land. We feel indeed fortunate to have such an iconic structure right in our midst and believe that thorough efforts should be taken to protect, restore, and preserve the granary.


Our plans for a possible CFTA in this particular location were inspired by the opportunity to celebrate history through creativity. Our motto is "...where community and creativity meet..." and to celebrate creativity and community with a restored historic icon in our midst would indeed raise Sturgeon Bay to another level.


If this unique building is found to be unsafe and beyond repair than we have missed out on our responsibility to preserve and honor our community's history. Our committee urges all parties involved to examine the structure of Teweles & Brandeis Grain Elevator with expert help and determine its condition.

Peak colors hit Door and Kewaunee County

By Tim Kowols

The fall colors are hitting their peak locally, giving more good news to area businesses. Even with some green on the trees in some areas, TravelWisconsin's Fall Color Report says Door and Kewaunee County are at 100 percent peak color. A wet summer followed by a cool start to September started the process a little bit earlier than usual, but mild temperatures halted the progress until now. Washington Island Ferry Captain and Townliner Motel owner Joel Gunnlaugsson says it makes for a busy month.


Although it no longer keeps track of direct spending, Jon Jarosh from the Door County Visitor Bureau says when they did keep count, the fall represented nearly a third of all the business done in the area.

Sturgeon Bay School District explores Montessori concept

By Tim Kowols

Sturgeon Bay School District is exploring the addition of the Montessori concept of learning at Sunset School. According to the American Montessori Society, teachers guide their students through activities designed to meet each individual's interests, needs, and developmental level. Since last May, a committee has been working on studying the concept along with visiting Montessori programs to see if it would fit in with district's 4K program. Superintendent Dan Tjernagel says the next steps for the district depend on what the committee is able to find during their study.



Tjernagel says there is no discussion on opening a separate space for a Montessori school and expects to get an update from the committee on their findings at their December board meeting. You can voice your opinion on the idea taking a survey available online with this story.

Sheriff's Corner: Drivers need to be more vigilant with deer on the move


By Tim Kowols and Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski

Wisconsin is moving up the list of the states with the most car versus deer accidents. At a rate of one out of every 72 drivers, Wisconsin ranks fifth when it comes to the likelihood a vehicle will hit a deer or another large animal while on the road according to a national insurance company deer claim study. Counties have tried to combat the problem by keeping ditch lines clear of tall plants to improve the visibility of deer for motorists. Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski suggests following too closely is another cause of so many accidents involving deer.



Joski says limiting the distractions in the car while driving can also help save you some possible damage to your car.




For many, autumn is one of the best seasons we get to enjoy here in Wisconsin. The changing colors, the crisp clean air, and the preparation for the upcoming deer season. Unfortunately there are many who have contact with the elusive white tail not in the woods or from their tree stand but rather with their motor vehicle. We have seen the number of car deer accidents increase over the years, but having dug deeper into the statistics it is alarming just how much of an increase we have experienced.


Our current record management system dates back to 2000. In that year we documented 268 car deer accidents. In 2016 we had a total of 533, and these are just the accidents which were reported to us. Many times for various reasons deer are struck by motor vehicles however the drivers decide not to report these accidents and we are aware of these due to the deer carcasses which remain at the scene. Those accidents are not counted in this data.


On a good note, by last year at this time there were 350 car deer accidents while this year so far there has only been 312. Let's all try to keep this year's total lower than last year. We can do this in many ways.


First, let me say that I have no idea about deer populations or trends. That is information that the DNR keeps track of and while it may have some bearing on our growing number of car deer accidents, I also believe we have developed some bad habits over the past 17 years which has also led us to aid in the increase.


The biggest contributor I see is inattentive driving. Although inattentive driving has been around since the dawn of the automobile, the presence of electronic devices is something new, and with it has emerged a new method of communication, Texting. We have all heard of or may even have witnessed the dangers that texting while driving poses on our roadways and I have no doubt that there are more than a few car deer accidents which could have been avoided had the driver been paying closer attention to the road.


Distracted driving is a danger throughout the year, but if there was ever a time to put your phones away it is in these next few weeks and months. As a driver your focus needs to be on your primary mission and that is driving. Many accidents could be avoided by an increase in vigilance on the road edges and ditch lines. Most of the ditches on the Town, County and State Highways have been cleared for this very reason, providing drivers with an additional field of vision so as to prevent such tragedies.


As I stated earlier, we have seen the increase in car deer accidents. Please take your time and be watchful especially in the evening and morning hours. This includes allowing additional space between your vehicle and the vehicle traveling in front of you. Following too closely is always unsafe, but more so in this time of year when that vehicle in front of you may have to take evasive maneuvers and you are too close to effectively react.

Kewaunee County sends manure spreading ordinance back to committee

By Paul Schmitt

An agricultural ordinance that would regulate the way farmers spread liquid manure on their fields was delayed by the Kewaunee County Board Tuesday.  The Waste irrigation Ordinance will now go back to the Land and Water Conservation Committee.  The ordinance, which was drafted back in May has provisions that require farmers to use only low-pressure methods of manure spraying underneath the canopy formed by the crops.  Don Niles of Peninsula Pride Farms says he appreciates the Kewaunee County Board working with farmers to run a more sustainable operation that reduces their environmental footprint but would like more time to make sure the ordinance gets done right.



Niles says farmers are excited about the access to new technologies because they are focused on proving that they can have both clean, safe water and thriving agriculture.  He says farmers have been too busy the last five months to research the topic and bring back meaningful feedback to the county.  The Kewaunee County Board was to vote on the Waste Irrigation Ordinance Tuesday after it had been read at last month's meeting.

Obesity epidemic continues to grow

By Paul Schmitt

The rate of obesity in the United States continues to climb as health experts look for solutions.  According to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics, obesity in American adults has risen thirty percent in the past fifteen years.  That translates to four out of ten people being considered obese.  Registered nurse and health coach Jody Anderson says the obesity epidemic is caused by many factors.



Anderson says better education is an important aspect to tackling the obesity problem in the country.



Young people are affected as well, as nearly one in five youths two to nineteen-years-old were considered obese in 2016, according to the USA Today.

Luxemburg veteran takes Honor Flight

By Tim Kowols

Luxemburg resident and Vietnam veteran Chuck Wagner got the experience of a lifetime Thursday as a passenger of the 43rd Old Glory Honor Flight. Joining other northeast Wisconsin veterans, Wagner flew out of Appleton in the early morning hours for a day trip to Washington, D.C. before returning home to a packed airport with friends and family. Emotions were riding high as Wagner paid tribute to four friends and a distant relative from Egg Harbor at the Vietnam War Memorial, but says tissues were needed as he read letters from loved ones on the trip home.



Wagner remarked on the stark contrast between the celebration waiting for his fellow veterans at the airport Thursday and his homecoming from the Vietnam War itself when many soldiers were insulted and ridiculed when they came home. Old Glory Honor Flight has flown over 3,500 veterans to see the memorials in Washington D.C. since the program's inception in 2009.

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Ukulele Society of Door County keeps strumming along

By Tim Kowols

What started as a decoration to commemorate his trip to Hawaii has turned into a passion for Bruce Hake. The Door County resident picked up the ukulele as his latest piece of art from Hawaii to hang on his wall. Under the encouragement of his wife, Hake took ukulele lessons and eventually joined the Ukulele Society of Door County, which meets twice a month on Sundays at the Door County YMCA's Fish Creek facility. Hake says most people joining the club have never played an instrument before and find it easier to play than guitar.



The Ukulele Society of Door County will host Milwaukee-based musician Lil Rev in Egg Harbor on October 29 beginning with a workshop for players at 3:30 p.m. and a concert at 7 p.m. You can learn more about the events online with this story.

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Fire Chief: Decision to raze granary is final

By Tim Kowols

Wednesday's raze order of the granary building was a long time coming according to Sturgeon Bay Fire Department Chief Tim Dietman. During a Thursday morning news conference, Dietman cited two separate 2013 engineering studies from Meyer, Borgman, Johnson and Michael J. Till Associates that determined the structural integrity of the building was in question and was a hazardous health risk as well as a public safety concern. The city, which has owned the property since 2012, has done little to no structural maintenance to the building in the years since.  Dietman says his decision to have the building razed within the next 30 days is final.



City administrator Josh VanLieshout says he is still looking at what the next step is from the city's standpoint.


The Sturgeon Bay Common Council voted in August to not obtain demolition bids for the granary until January 1, 2018, allowing other proposals to reuse the building to come in. You can visit to hear reaction from two groups trying to save the granary.

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Local groups still fighting to save Sturgeon Bay granary despite raze order

By Tim Kowols

Two local groups hope they have not missed their chance to save the granary in Sturgeon Bay. The Sturgeon Bay Historical Society and the Sturgeon Bay Center for the Arts exploratory committee were both surprised Wednesday afternoon when Fire Chief Tim Dietman issued a raze order for the granary a week after receiving complaints about the building potentially shifting. The CFTA was scheduled to meet with city officials Thursday about their proposal, which would include a living museum, space for the Miller Art Museum and Third Avenue Playhouse, a brewpub, and other amenities. Hans Christian from the CFTA exploratory committee says they need a sign from the city that they are in support of the project.



The Sturgeon Bay Historical Society stated in a Thursday morning release that they have the $150,000 necessary to aid in the stabilization and repair of the granary to be used for future projects. Laurel Hauser from the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society says they are also asking for an 18-month period to solidify and present a plan that follows the Public Trust Doctrine and the building's recent inclusion on the State Register of Historic Places.



The SBHS is requesting a more thorough study to be conducted before committing to demolish the building, which is requested by Dietman through the raze order to occur within the next 30 days.

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Documents from the City of Sturgeon Bay

letter from Dietman to Birmingham

Raze order_Oct 18, 2017

20170530110656458 No Entry Order

Door County Co-op analysis - Mike Till proposal 05 17 13

structural report

Chapter 101 Wis Stats

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Full Release from the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society

For immediate Release – October 19, 2017

City prepares to tear down Historic Grain Elevator without proper study


The Sturgeon Bay Historical Society was surprised to learn Wednesday that, on October 17, Fire Chief Dietman issued an immediate Raze Order with few other details to the City of Sturgeon Bay for the Historic Grain Elevator on Sturgeon Bay's West Waterfront. The Raze Order is to be completed within 30 days, on the basis of inspection by the Fire Chief.


The Teweles and Brandeis Granary was officially listed on the Wisconsin Registry of Historic Places on August 18, 2017. It is expected to be added to the National Registry of Historic Places within the coming weeks. The fate of a historic, 116-year old icon of Sturgeon Bay should not be decided over a weekend.


The Sturgeon Bay Historical Society announced today that it has raised the required $150,000 in private funds, which are in-hand and ready to spend immediately on stabilization and repair of the Granary. The successful fundraising occurred in the short time since a City Council resolution on August 1, 2017, instructed the City to secure bids for demolition "not to occur before January 1, 2018," unless a group came forward with a plan for future use.


Over the past two weeks, SBHS has had preliminary conversations with City staff and officials communicating their efforts, along with SBHS's sincere commitment to the Granary's stabilization and repair in preparation for a new future use. On October 19th, SBHS submitted an official letter to the Common Council stating that funds had been raised and are immediately available for use in stabilization. In the letter, SBHS also asked for an 18-month period in which to solidify and present a community-devised proposal that adheres to the Public Trust Doctrine and State Historical Society and outlines a clear plan and timeline for implementation and funding. SBHS and granary supporters are disheartened that SBHS's offer to the City of private funds for restoration seems coincidental with the raze order.


On Friday, October 13, the Fire Chief sent a letter to Mayor Birmingham stating that a complaint had been received that the Granary may have shifted in recent strong winds. The Fire Chief noted that he'd instructed City staff to "shoot some elevations at certain locations on the building" and indicated readings would be repeated "next week." The Fire Chief stated in his letter, "We cannot determine if the Granary has moved to date as we have no prior readings that we know of." The Fire Chief's order to raze the grain elevator was dated four days later.


It is not true that the City has no prior readings to refer to. In 2013, the City of Sturgeon Bay hired Meyer Borgman Johnson (MBJ), a professional structural design and engineering firm, to conduct a thorough structural analysis of the granary's superstructure. After taking measurements, the firm stated, "a detailed computer analysis model was constructed to capture the elevator behavior. The model includes over 1,000 pieces, over 700 plates, and over 1,200 connections.  Twenty-six different load combinations of wind, self-weight, and live load were considered... The computer analysis was supplemented by hand calculations and MBJ analysis spreadsheets to determine loads and to confirm the computer results."


In summarizing its findings, MBJ goes on to state, "Based on the information gathered during the site visit report and the subsequent calculations, it is our conclusion that the existing elevator is in generally good condition and retains sufficient capacity to support this intended use, with some modifications." The firm's report is publicly available and can be seen on the Friends of Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront website.


Yesterday, Alderwoman Hauser spoke with engineer Dave Holten of MBJ, who had signed off on the 2013 report. Holten had not been contacted by the City or the Fire Chief regarding these latest concerns. Holten was able to identify prior measurements from the 2013 report that may be helpful as baseline. Holten mentioned that it is not unusual for contractors and others to be concerned about suspected movement that, in some cases, has not occurred. The only way to assess movement is to work off of baseline measurements and utilize expert analysis in interpreting results. Holten suggested that, in addition to looking at the 2013 measurements, a local surveyor could take current position measurements and monitor the situation for three months to access exactly how much shift is happening and where.


SBHS requests a thorough study be conducted. Should findings bear out the need for demolition, the group requests that a plan be made to salvage the interior beams, working mechanisms and grain bins.


The Sturgeon Bay Historical Society's offer to the City of Sturgeon Bay is attached. SBHS hopes that the City Council, Mayor Birmingham, and the Fire Chief will allow our historic Teweles and Brandeis Granary to be saved, restored, and become again the West Waterfront's iconic hub.

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CFTA site plan

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Floorplan dimensions

Jackson steps away from Village of Sister Bay Administrator post

By Tim Kowols

Village Administrator Zeke Jackson has announced his resignation from his post in Sister Bay to take on a similar challenge in Racine County. Jackson started with the Village of Sister Bay as its administrator back in 2013 and oversaw the Highway 42 reconstruction project as well the creation of several developments throughout the area. He will get a chance to do it all over again as the administrator for the Village of Waterford, which is expected to grow itself over the upcoming years because of the arrival of Foxconn in the region. Jackson says he is proud of what they have been able to accomplish in Sister Bay.



Through mid-December, Jackson will stay on to help in the transition process and will assist the village as needed for other special projects.

Sturgeon Bay Fire Chief issues raze order for granary

By Tim Kowols

The former granary building on Sturgeon Bay's west side may be coming down quicker than previously agreed to following an order from Fire Chief Tim Dietman. The order comes less than a week after Dietman received complaints about the building possibly moving and metal siding bulging after recent heavy winds. According to a letter from Dietman to Mayor Thad Birmingham and City Administrator Josh VanLieshout, collapse zones were set up around the building as a safety precaution. The raze order, which was issued to the city on Tuesday, states the building must come down by "virtue of its dilapidated condition and location as it is so situated to endanger other buildings, persons or property." The city has 30 days to raze the building so the area is "made safe and not detrimental to the public health and safety." On August 1, the Sturgeon Bay Common Council voted 4-3 to not seek bids for razing the structurally challenged building before January 1, 2018. Dietman was not available for comment.


Other city-related documents

20170530110656458 No Entry Order

Door County Co-op analysis - Mike Till proposal 05 17 13

structural report

Chapter 101 Wis Stats

State transportation issues impacting Door and Kewaunee Counties

By Paul Schmitt

With the concerns over long-term transportation funding in the state remaining an issue, advocates for improving the roads for the benefit of the commercial business as well as the general public are speaking out.  Craig Thompson, executive director of the Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin, shares what he believes is the near-long term solution.



Thompson says that Wisconsin has the second most transportation-dependent economy in the country behind only Indiana.  He says Door and Kewaunee Counties has uniquely important transportation challenges.



Thompson advises the state to take a much broader approach to the transportation funding shortfall and road improvements than a using what he calls, a "band-aid" solution.

Healthy Living Fair hosting record 40 booths at YMCA next Tuesday

By Paul Schmitt

The Door County YMCA is hosting a Healthy Living Fair next week.  The annual free event will be offering over 40 booths, including seven new participants.   President and CEO Tom Beerntsen says the no advance scheduling is needed other than for two services being provided at the fair.



The Healthy Living Fair is sponsored by the Door County Medical Center and Prevea Health.  It will be Tuesday, October 24 from 8:30 am until noon at the Sturgeon Bay Program Center.  You can find more information on the health fair below.


Wal-Mart suing Sturgeon Bay over property assessment

By Tim Kowols

Sturgeon Bay is joining a growing list of Wisconsin municipalities being challenged by big-box retailers over their property assessments. In September, the Wal-Mart Real Estate Business Trust filed a suit against the City of Sturgeon Bay in Door County Circuit Court for a money judgment in regards to their property assessment, which according to Door County Land Records has an estimated fair market value of $7,480,000. According to the USA Today-Wisconsin Network, other big-box stores like Menards, Walgreens, and Target have sought lower assessments across the state through the "dark-stores theory," which argues their locations are similar in value to vacant stores.  City administrator Josh VanLieshout says big box stores have had mixed results in the 200 cases filed against Wisconsin communities.



The City of Sturgeon Bay and the Wal-Mart Real Estate Business Trust will meet in court on November 13 for a scheduling conference. Republican State Representative Rob Brooks and State Senators Roger Roth and Duey Stroebel have proposed a bill that would make it harder for retailers to win "dark-stores" lawsuits by requiring assessors to determine assessments using similar stores in the same market and at its highest and best use.

Help of Door County working to curb increase of domestic violence

By Paul Schmitt

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the Help of Door County is trying to raise community awareness about the pervasiveness of the problem in the county.  In Wisconsin last year, 73 people lost their lives to domestic violence compared to 56 the previous year.   Executive Director Steve Vickman puts the impact of domestic violence in perspective.



Vickman says the signature event for Domestic Violence Awareness Month is a "Walk with me" program at Martin Park in Sturgeon Bay starting at 4 pm on Wednesday, October 25.  The public is invited to participate in a walk that will traverse the downtown bridges and back to Martin Park on South Third Avenue, according to Vickman.

Kewaunee County Board addresses pay increases and 2018 budget

By Paul Schmitt

The Kewaunee County Board moved forward on their 2018 budget Tuesday night while addressing concerns made some county officials about a pay increase for Administrator Scott Feldt.  Kewaunee County Board Chair Bob Weidner explains the earlier process and rationale behind the administrators pay increase that five county officials questioned.



The board after much discussion approved a resolution to trim Feldt's salary from the initial level six to level five, reflecting a $100,555 annual salary rather than the original proposed $103, 771.  The finance committee will make a few other revisions in the 2018 budget suggested by the county board before it will come back for a final vote on November 7, according to Weidner.  You can find the complete comments made by Kewaunee County Board Chair Bob Weidner regarding the next year's budget below.      

DCMC's Dental Clinic adds fourth room to meet demand this year

By Paul Schmitt

The Door County Medical Center's Dental Clinic in Sturgeon Bay has added an additional treatment room this year to keep up with the patient demand.  Manager Tanya Fischer says the fourth treatment room gives the clinic more flexibility in serving the public.



The dental clinic serves Medicaid participants and low-income individuals with no dental insurance.  The clinic is open 8:00 am until 4:30 pm Monday through Friday and has served more than 3,000 children and adults in a year.  The clinic was founded in 1999 and is located across from the Door County Medical Center campus on South 18th Avenue.

Cave Point County Park known for cliffs and weddings--Door County Parks Series 3

By Paul Schmitt

In the third in a series of the 19 county parks in Door County, Director of Door County Parks Eric Aleson highlights one of the more scenic and famous parks in the area.  Cave Point County Park is located along Lake Michigan and adjacent to Whitefish Dunes State Park.  Featuring shoreline cliffs by the lake, Cave Point County Park is a photographer's attraction.  It has also become a venue for engagement pictures and weddings, according to Aleson.



Cave Point County Park is on about 19 acres of land in the town of Sevastopol and offers one-half mile improved hiking trail that connects to the state park that has more extensive trails.  You can find a map and description of all 19 Door County Parks with the link below.

Kewaunee County groups to host presentation on pop-up shops

By Tim Kowols

Pop-up shops present an opportunity for municipalities to fill vacant storefronts and entrepreneurs to take a deeper dive into the business community. Often seen in bigger cities, communities like Viroqua, Wis. are using the pop-up shop concept as an economic driver to stimulate growth. Kewaunee County UW-Extension Community Development Educator Claire Thompson says the concept is not new thanks to the holidays, but efforts are being made to broaden its scope.



The presentation featuring the Viroqua Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Nora Roughen-Schmidt will take place October 24 at Moxie's Supper Club beginning at 5 p.m.

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Sister Bay Historical Society capturing village's past through scanning project

By Tim Kowols

The Sister Bay Historical Society wants your help to preserve some of the village's past. With help from the Sister Bay Branch of the Door County Library, members of the Sister Bay Historical Society will help residents scan personal photos and documents to enter into their archiving system. Following the success of their 2012 scanning project to commemorate the village's centennial, Sister Bay Historical Society President Fred Johnson says the service provides a helpful link to the past.



Residents can bring in their historical photos and documents every Wednesday to the Sister Bay Branch of the Door County Library between 10 a.m. and noon through December 6 and have the images burned to a CD free of charge if requested.

UPDATED: Names released in Saturday night vehicle accident fatality in Sister Bay


By Tim Kowols and Paul Schmitt


The occupants of the vehicle from the October 14 incident at the Sister Bay Marina have been identified. The deceased occupant was 24 year-old Victoria Burger from Sobieski. The surviving occupant was 24 year-old Jennifer Drewski from DePere.


This investigation remains open and the Door County Sheriff's Office is following up on new information.



The Door County Sheriff's Department is investigating why two women and their vehicle was driven into the water at the Sister Bay Marina Saturday night, ending in one death. Deputies arrived within a minute after the car submerged in the water near the boat launch area shortly before 10 p.m. Door County Emergency Services were able to rescue a 24-year-old DePere woman before learning of a second victim, a 24-year-old Sobieski woman, was still in the car. Chief Deputy Pat McCarty says the water temperature played a factor in the recovery efforts.



The Sobieski woman was pronounced dead at Door County Medical Center after being transported via ambulance. The other victim was treated for injuries at the hospital. McCarty says the accident remains under investigation. The fire departments of Ephraim, Sister Bay-Liberty Grove, Baileys Harbor, and Gibraltar, Northern Door Fire Responders, Door County Emergency Services, the Door County Sheriff's Department, and the Door County Dive Team all responded to the call.

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Personal fight with heart disease inspires others through WomenHeart

By Tim Kowols

Whether it was her own family history, the seven stents put into her heart after she suffered minor cardiac arrest three years ago or her triple-bypass surgery last year, Marcia Kritzler-Egeland knows what it means to live with heart disease. Kritzler-Egeland now serves as one of 749 WomenHeart champions nationwide, trained by the Mayo Clinic to be a Support Network Coordinator and Community Educator for the 43.8 million women living with some kind cardiovascular disease. She thanks her doctors at Bellin Health and Door County Medical Center for getting her to where she needed to be physically, but the emotional support was just as important.



WomenHeart Door County, one of the 110 support networks across the country, meets on the second Thursday of the month at the Door County YMCA in Sturgeon Bay beginning 10 a.m.

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Community gets to witness the "new" state of the manufacturing industry during weekend event

By Tim Kowols

Hundreds of residents and visitors are expected to see the Sturgeon Bay Industrial Park in a new light this weekend when the Door County Economic Development Corporation hosts its Manufacturing Days. Gone are the days of dirty, low paying and low skilled jobs as manufacturing companies adapt to more high-tech and more automated ways of producing products. DCEDC Executive Director Caleb Frostman hopes people get a chance to see what it is often an undermarketed and underexposed field in Sturgeon Bay.



Students from the four mainland schools will be placed in groups on Friday to check out some of the nine different businesses participating in Manufacturing Days. The general public is invited to check out the facilities for free for themselves on Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon.

Plum Island moving along on huge maritime restoration project

By Paul Schmitt

Plum Island in Door County is undergoing a preservation and restoration of old and historic maritime structures.   The maritime structure sets being restored are from the 1896 era and have been out of commission since the 1960's and 1990's, according to Dustan Hoffman, a Park Ranger with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.  Hoffman says the nearly $7 million project includes the Plum Island keepers quarters next to the range light and a life-saving station that has a unique historical significance.



The Green Bay National Fish & Wildlife Service has been in control of Plum Island the past ten years and Hoffman says the Friends of Plum and Pilot Island organization has spearheaded the fundraising efforts to get the projects completed.


(photo by Jim Robinson)

Rep. Genrich pushing Badger Care buy-in solution for upcoming health insurance premium spike

By Paul Schmitt

With projected health insurance premiums on the Affordable Care Act exchange increasing an average of 36 percent in Wisconsin as announced last Thursday, state lawmakers are looking for a solution to a potential crisis.  Citizen Action of Wisconsin released numbers on Friday that showed health insurance premiums and cost sharing would decrease from 2017 to 2018 if the state adopted reforms Governor Scott Walker and the Legislature have so far refused to consider, according to Rep. Eric Genrich (D) of Green Bay.  Genrich believes the health insurance increases can be avoided by implementing a Badger Care buy-in.



Genrich, the ranking Democrat member of the Assembly Insurance Committee, is calling on his Republican colleagues to support the Badger Care alternative as a constructive solution to the looming skyrocketing cost of health insurance premiums.

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Southern Door preparing for the worst with emergency plans

By Tim Kowols

Active shooter incidents across the country in recent years have forced local schools to look at their own safety plans. At Southern Door School District, a response team featuring local law enforcement, fire departments, and other emergency personnel was developed to meet on a regular basis to discuss "what if" scenario like active shooter incidents. Last year, Superintendent Patti Vickman says the district instituted a program known as "run, hide, fight" and installed a gun safe on campus to address some of the team's concerns.



With an average response time of 10 to 12 minutes for law enforcement to respond to a rural school like Southern Door, Vickman says she hopes the proactive measures are never needed.



Kids, adults losing value of money relying on plastic

By Tim Kowols

As society becomes more and more cashless, it is becoming harder to teach children and adults the value of a dollar. According to a recent article in USA Today, 24 percent of Americans indicated they do not use cash to make purchases, with 75 percent preferring to use credit and debit cards over other forms of payment. Gay Pustaver from Money Management Counselors says even the Tooth Fairy leaving money under the pillow gives kids the wrong idea about the topic.


Pustaver recommends using little pieces of paper and involving kids in the discussion when it comes to expenses to discuss how to deal with money.


Kewaunee to update its Request for Proposal for harbor site

By Tim Kowols

The city of Kewaunee is fine-tuning its Request for Proposal (RFP) for development of its newly revamped harbor. The Kewaunee City Council asked for the RFP to be pulled back to get more pictures that better reflect the completion of the harbor development area. Kewaunee Mayor Sandi Christman says the council wants to make sure it markets the property well for prospective developers.



Christman says the updated RFP for the 3.2-acre site will be released in the near future. The restoration of the Kewaunee Harbor was recently completed thanks in part to a $4 million grant from the state.

FULL AUDIO: Southern Door Superintendent talks school safety, author visit, and upcoming events

By Tim Kowols

Once a month, Southern Door School District Superintendent Patti Vickman stops by the radio stations of to share the good news of Southern Door School District along with other topical subjects.


In the first clip, Vickman discusses the steps Southern Door School District has taken to be safer for the sake of their staff students. The second clip features an author and poet visit happening this week thanks to Write On! Door County. The fine arts take center stage in the third clip as Vickman previews the fall musical, "Into the Woods." Finally, Vickman covers the upcoming events occurring at Southern Door School District, including a busy week of athletics, their Halloween family night, and their arts and crafts fair.


You can listen to the interview by clicking on the links and on 103.3 beginning at 11 a.m.



UPDATE: More information on Sister Bay fatal accident released

By Tim Kowols

The Door County Sheriff's Department released more information later today on a fatal Saturday night car accident in Sister Bay. Two women plunged off the docks at the Sister Bay Marina at around 10 p.m.  when their vehicle was driven into the water. One of the passengers, a 24 year old Sobieski woman drowned while the other, a 24-year old DePere woman was able to escape from the vehicle and was treated at Door County Medical Center.  You can read the full release from the Door County Sheriff's Department below.

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Sturgeon Bay streets needing new approach and funding

By Cynthia Germain

The City of Sturgeon Bay had appointed a committee this year to look at issues and funding of local streets as well as paths and sidewalks.  David Ward, District 3 Alder, and seven private citizens representing the districts served on the committee and spent much time and effort to come to recommendations for addressing the conditions of streets and how to finance future work.  Currently, resurfacing of roads are done every 55 years, and the committee recommends that this be reduced to 25 years.  In addition, Ward notes the need for a preventative maintenance schedule on existing good roads.



To finance the projects and work, the committee has offered a recommendation for a premier resort area tax, similar to what other communities such as the Dells and Rhinelander has done to fund road maintenance. This is a sales tax on consumables and Ward indicates that this is aimed to increase tax income by not just residents but tourists coming to the area.  



The committee did not note specific road projects but took a global approach to maintenance activities for better roads.  The city engineer and the Board of Public Works currently has a list of needed work, and Ward also indicated the need for some short-term borrowing for immediate resurfacing needs.   Also to be considered are sidewalks for major heavy traffic streets and safer pedestrian rights of way.  The committee will continue to be active in promoting its recommendations that, without action, may lead to some roadways to deteriorate beyond repair.

City looks to final step to revitalize Little Lake

By Cynthia Germain

Little Lake has been the focus of city attention and dollars over the years, and the City of Sturgeon Bay is now considering the final activity to renew the water area.  Little Lake, also known as Bradley Lake, is located in Sunset Park and was once the hub of fishing and enjoyment in the community.  The pond has nutrified over time, requiring steps to reverse its aging and bring it back to a viable part of the park.  Josh VanLieshout, City Administrator, is pleased with efforts to date and recognizes the need to fund the final phase of this project.



A 2018 capital expenditure is currently being considered by the city and common council to complete the project.  Sunset Park has a boat ramp, a children's playground and a number of paths.  The cleaning out of the pond would complete the revitalization of this area which is used often for community events.

Area smallmouth bass fishing to be discussed this week at Crossroads

By Cynthia Germain

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will be hosting a public meeting on Wednesday, October 18th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Lecture Hall at Crossroads at Big Creek to discuss the smallmouth bass fishery in waters surrounding Door County.  The meeting is intended to share management information and engage stakeholders on the topic.  Information has been collected over the last few years, and Scott Hansen, DNR Fisheries Biologist, is pleased with the success of their efforts with the smallmouth bass in the area.



The meeting will include information on fishery sampling and the sport survey.  Management plans with respect to smallmouth bass going forward will also be discussed.  Those interested in hearing about the current issues and future plans as well as voicing their satisfaction of area smallmouth bass fishing are encouraged to attend.  

"Umbrella" insurance policies protects you against major liability claims

By Paul Schmitt

Umbrella insurance policies are options many people may not have explored in their insurance portfolio.  Umbrella policies are usually written as a $1 million minimum over the coverage of a regular policy.  They are designed to protect your assets and your future against major claims and lawsuits.  Mike Walston from Roberston Ryan & Associates explains how an umbrella policy works.



Walston says there are still litigious people and lawyers looking to settle for large sums for their clients, so he does recommend it as an option for the highest qualified limits.  Insurance providers usually require a minimum of a $300,000 underlying liability policy that is separate from the umbrella policy.

Chinook salmon comes to Strawberry Creek

By Cynthia Germain

Strawberry Creek in Sturgeon Bay is home to a unique site that contributes to the well-being of salmon in the lake.  The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has set up an egg collection facility for stocking Chinook salmon and collecting data on their health.  Nick Legler, Fisheries Biologist for the Wisconsin DNR, oversees the activities which typically occur during the first three weeks in October.  They work year round at this facility beginning with imprinting the salmon to this stream.  In the spring, approximately 120,000 young salmon are placed in the pond at Strawberry Creek for the process of imprinting.



The salmon eggs are collected here and then taken to the Wild Rose Fish Hatchery where they will be incubated and hatched.  The process of capturing and processing the salmon is a remarkable sight with multiple steps to collect data and prepare the eggs.  Once the salmon is processed, some are shipped out to make organic fertilizer while others are sent to a local food kitchen.  Visitors can see the final week of processing on Monday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon, and are welcome anytime to learn more about the facility.

Manure handling rules may change

By Baxter Colburn

Pagel's Ponderosa Dairy owner and Kewaunee County Board member John Pagel hopes farmers take seriously what the Land and Water Conservation committee is trying to accomplish with its new manure handling rules. In 2018, farmers can voluntarily keep track of where, when, and how much manure is being spread on their fields in efforts to help protect the area's groundwater. Pagel says one of the goals is to get Land and Water Conservation Department Director and "Plan B" author Davina Bonness more information.



The plan is an alternative to the original draft ordinance requiring manure haulers to install special equipment to keep track of how much manure was being spread, which could cost operators thousands of dollars. Pagel says there is a check and balance to the process with the voluntary reporting.



If the voluntary reporting system is unsuccessful in 2018, the stricter ordinance could be enacted for 2019.

72nd annunal Fall Fest draws thousands to Sister Bay

By Baxter Colburn

Thousands packed the streets of Sister Bay Saturday to celebrate the season of Fall. People from Minnesota, Illinois and all throughout Wisconsin enjoyed live music, pumpkin pie in a cup and fresh apple cider. For some fest goers this was their first time enjoying the rejuvenated area of Sister Bay. For others, Fall Fest has become a tradition to escape big city living. Amber Carstens & Lisa Bowman live in Milwaukee and have come to Door County for Fall Fest for the last five years. They say the ability to get away from all the big city is what draws them to Sister Bay each year.



Sister Bay Fall Fest draws thousands of people each year and continues growing as the town continues to expand its footprint on the peninsula. Fall Fest wraps up on Sunday with the Adult Big Wheel race down Highway 42, more live music, screenings of the Packers game and the Arts & Crafts show.

Algoma High School band bringing local community together

By Baxter Colburn

One Kewaunee County high school band program is bringing the community together in a big way. The Algoma High School band program is a driving force behind the love of music in the city of Algoma. Under the direction of band director Jennifer Massey, the band program has forged invaluable partnerships with the Algoma Community Band to aid in the growth of music city-wide. Massey says just the ability to be able to get out and engage the community is one monumental asset for the program.



With over 100 students participating in the band program at the high school level this year Massey says she owes all the success from the past 14 years to the community.



The next chance to catch the Algoma band in action will take place later this year for the school's annual winter concert series at the Algoma Performing Arts Center in mid-December.


Pruning of trees and shrubs should be done in spring rather than fall

By Paul Schmitt

Yard owners may want to wait until the spring to get some of their outdoor work done this fall.  Although trees and shrubs may have some wayward branches growing, Trevor Marin from Lawn and Landscape Specialists in Door County says the spring is still the best time to prune younger trees and shrubs.  He says it is best to leave your pruning tools in the garage this fall.



Marin says light pruning and removal of dead wood can be done anytime, but for flowering trees that bloom in the spring, you should prune when their flowers fade.  Trees and shrubs that flower in mid- to late summer should be pruned in winter or early spring, according to Marin.  Tips on pruning are below.

Door County Veterans are in good hands

By Baxter Colburn

Door County Veterans are in good hands. The Door County Veterans Service Office is reporting that over 2,700 veterans currently live on the peninsula. Veterans are able to come to the Sturgeon Bay office and bring their challenges to people like service officer Scott MacFarlane. MacFarlane says there is no one major issue affecting local veterans and that is something to celebrate.



After reports came out last month regarding uncomfortably high veteran suicide rates the county the DCVSO has done their part to provide mental health services for area veterans dealing with mental health issues.


Veterans are encouraged to stop by the Door County VSO. They are located on the second floor of the Government building in downtown Sturgeon Bay.


Southern Comfort is back in business in Algoma

By Tim Kowols

Two weeks in has been well worth the wait for Nana's Southern Comfort Restaurant owner Denise Stoller. Taking over the former Breakwater location on Fourth Street in downtown Algoma became a bigger bargain than she asked for after closing her previous location near the marina. Years of neglect inside the building led to months of cleaning and rehab work before the restaurant could even be opened. Stoller says not once during the process did she think about taking the restaurant and its Texas-inspired dishes from Algoma.

Nana's Southern Comfort Restaurant is open every day and Stoller hopes to make more improvements to the space in the months to come.

Hispanic Heritage Night celebrated Sunday in Kewaunee

By Tim Kowols

The Hispanic culture will be celebrated Sunday night when three Kewaunee County organizations and the area's English Language Learner teachers host Heritage Night at Kewaunee School District. The evening will include a potluck meal and a variety of activities celebrating the Hispanic culture. Nora Zavala from the Violence Intervention Project says the event is to provide outreach to the Hispanic community who might otherwise not know of the help available locally.



Hispanic Heritage Night, which is also being put on by the Literacy Partners of Kewaunee County and the UW-Extension office, runs from 4 to 7 p.m. inside the Kewaunee School cafeteria.

Sheriff's Corner: Civil discourse needed in flag protest discussions

By Tim Kowols

Kewaunee County Sheriff and member of the Armed Forces Matt Joski is calling on those protesting the flag during sporting events to follow through on their actions to start a more meaningful dialogue. Joski himself could not imagine doing anything to disrespect the American flag he served for as a member of the United States Marine Corps and Wisconsin National Guard. While he says there is an obligation to allow for that expression, Joski just hopes the message does not stop at the protest.



You can read Sheriff Matt Joski's complete comments on the issue in his Sheriff's Corner below:



Since I began writing these articles, I have always tried to avoid any reference to current events which have any possible tone of political divisiveness. I would ask that you indulge me and allow for me to share some insight into my thoughts regarding civil discourse, specifically at public events.


There are actual law and guidelines which articulates how we as citizens pay respect to our flag whether it is how we fly it in our yards, or how we dispose of it once it is no longer serviceable. Having served in the United States Marine Corp and now serving with the Army National Guard, you can imagine that I have some very distinct views on what is transpiring at sporting events around our country. I have also served my community for close to 25 years with the purpose and mission of protecting each and every person's constitutional rights. My emotions have ranged as I have reached within myself to make sense of it.


I should disclose that I am not a big fan of football. I have never played the sport as I was too busy on the farm to engage in any sport. I last saw a Packer game in its entirety in 1996. I know they are all great teams and provide a much needed past time for our communities. I honestly can't sit still that long and can't justify spending time on something I cannot impact. My project list is just too extensive.


While I feel with every fiber of my body that our flag deserves the upmost respect as it represents the sacrifices of the many men and women who fought under it throughout our nation's history, it is history that has provided me with another perspective.


America as a Democratic Republic was established by using many of the principles and foundations given to us by ancient Rome. The Roman Empire was one the world's first true democracies. At its pinnacle, it was the most powerful country in the world, much like our own. It provided it citizens with great privileges and luxuries much like our own. They reveled in games played in some of the largest coliseums ever built. The game's gladiators where heroes to many. The Roman Empire's demise did not come from an outside force invading its walls, at least not initially. It was first weakened from within. As the decades passed, the government became despondent to its citizens and the citizens became apathetic to their government. As this disconnect grew laws were made that undermined the very fabric of the democracy. While all this was happened the games played on as a distraction to what really mattered; The Republic.



To the best of our knowledge, no gladiator of this era called attention to the issues that impacted their society. The games played on. In fact, the games became more elaborate to further distract and fill the need to escape the ever declining state of the nation. Eventually, the government structure evolved to where civil discourse was no longer a right or an option.


We are now and I hope that we always will be the greatest nation in the world representing all that is good in mankind. Whether it is a football player, college student, or any other member of our country calling attention to what they perceive is an injustice, we have an obligation to allow for that expression. I do not condone violence as any part of this expression, nor do I feel it productive to destroy the dignity of anyone just because we are on different sides of an issue. Those who would protest now have a greater obligation to follow through on their actions and take part in meaningful dialogue, and actual sacrifice on their part to move these various social issues forward.  We have an amazing system of government that allows for any adult citizen to put their name on a ballot and join in on this wonderful experiment called democracy. It is ours to sustain or destroy. Let's all work to sustain it for sake of our children and their future.

Dairy farmers worried about potential changes in immigration

By Tim Kowols

Dairy farmers across the country are still expressing their concern about what could happen to their immigrant workforce if reforms are not enacted. According to the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, more than half of dairy farm workers nationally are immigrants at a time when rural populations are dropping. With changes to federal immigration policies looming, Haberli Farms owner and Ag Advisory Board member Joe Haberli hopes considerations are made so he and other farmers can keep their trained employees from spending thousands of dollars in lawyer fees trying to become naturalized or getting deported.



Senator Ron Johnson introduced a state-run guest worker program in May allowing states to manage visas and allocate them to industries like agriculture in need of help; an approach Haberli calls a Band-Aid for a bigger problem.

Kewaunee County 4-H hosts open house Saturday in Luxemburg

By Tim Kowols

Kewaunee County 4-H will be celebrating its 13 clubs and over 500 members while looking for future participants this Saturday with their open house in Luxemburg. The annual event not only gives families something fun to do on a fall day but puts on full display the different activities 4-H members participate in from taking care of animals to working science projects. Kewaunee County 4-H Youth Educator Jill Jorgensen says over the last year she has been constantly reminded of the great community leaders the organization is churning out.



The free open house at the Kewaunee County Fairgrounds runs from 1 to 3:30 p.m.  Later this month, the Kewaunee County 4-H will announce their Key Award recipients, Teen Award winners, and Spirit of 4-H honoree.

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Sturgeon Bay breaks ground on new housing development

By Tim Kowols

The city of Sturgeon Bay took another step forward in addressing its housing crunch with the groundbreaking of four apartment buildings Friday morning. Developer S.C. Swiderski LLC has already begun the excavating of the site, which will be home to 56 units on the city's west side. Sturgeon Bay Mayor Thad Birmingham told attendees of the groundbreaking that the project is a part of the city's efforts to address the housing shortage it has been well aware of over the last four to five years.



Jacqui Miller from S.C. Swiderski says even though they do work yyear-roundon projects like this, a construction timeline will not be set until crews are able to pour the foundation for the buildings. The city is in talks with property owners to the north and east of the build site at the corner of Grant Avenue and Sycamore Street to develop the necessary roads to comply with a memorandum from the Department of Transportation addressing safety concerns for the area, according to city administrator Josh VanLieshout.

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Northern Sky Theater's planned facility getting closer to being funded

By Tim Kowols

A new performing arts campus in Fish Creek for Northern Sky Theater is nearly 80 percent funded. The $6.7 million facility would move all of the theater's operations under one roof and provide a 244-seat venue for its fall and winter season and rehearsals. With an October 31st deadline to reach a potential $100,000 matching gift and commitment to being 90 percent funded before shovels go into the ground, artistic director Jeffrey Herbst says Northern Sky Theater hopes to get at least a little bit closer to their goal.



Northern Sky Theater, which uses facilities in Fish Creek, Egg Harbor, Ephraim, and Baileys Harbor for their operations, is currently in the final shows of its fall season performances of "Naked Radio."

Highway 57 re-opens from Baileys Harbor to Sister Bay for busy weekend

By Paul Schmitt

With one of the busiest weekends of the year in Door County starting today, Highways 57 between Baileys Harbor and Sister Bay re-opened on Wednesday after being closed since early September.  Sister Bay's Fall Festival brings in thousands of people to the northern parts of the county and Door County Sheriff Steve Delarwelle cautions drivers to be extra patient when traveling area roads and streets this weekend.



The resurfacing project on Highway 57 is an eight-mile stretch between Bailey's Harbor and Sister Bay.  Road construction will continue into the spring of 2018 with lane closures with flagging operations until winter shutdown, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

Fall Tree Care Workshop offered in Algoma Saturday

By Paul Schmitt

The City of Algoma Tree Management Committee is offering a free Fall Tree Care Workshop this Saturday at the Algoma City Hall.  The workshop will feature Arborist and forester Dan Traas who will teach how you can promote tree health and protect them during the winter.  Traas says although most trees are still covered with leaves yet, now is a good time to know when and which trees should be pruned.



The Fall Tree Care Workshop will begin at 9 AM inside Algoma City Hall and last about two hours, according to Traas.

Sales tax success eases planning for Door County budget

By Tim Kowols

Door County is closing in on approving its 2018 budget. The finance committee will meet October 17 to put final touches on the budget before it is published ahead of its expected date with the full Door County Board in November.   Helping plan the budget has been the county's increased sales tax revenue, which hit the $500,000-plus mark in a month for the first time since its institution in 2003. Door County Administrator Ken Pabich says generating that kind of revenue from 0.5 percent tax helps in the planning process.



Pabich says the 2017 sales tax collection is on target to finish just above what it was projected to meet for the budget.  A public hearing on the budget will take place in November.

Astronomy interest growing in Door County post-eclipse

By Tim Kowols

Interest is growing locally in astronomy thanks to this summer's solar eclipse. Even though Door County was not in the path of totality, hundreds of residents and visitors took part in viewing the eclipse at the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society's Stonecipher Center and Everson Observatory on the grounds of Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay. John Beck from the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society says interest and attendance usually goes up when newsworthy events occur, and this year has been no exception.



Beck says Newport State Park's designation as an International Dark Sky Park earlier this year was also instrumental in gaining the interest of those who enjoy looking up to the skies. The Door Peninsula Astronomical Society will host Astronomy Day at its center this Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.

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Algoma receives Culture of Health Prize

By Tim Kowols

The city of Algoma is planning a community-wide celebration for the end of October after receiving one of eight Culture of Health prizes awarded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  The city was recognized by the foundation for its efforts through the Live Algoma initiative for pursuing innovative ideas to improve the overall health of the community. Prior to attending Wednesday's ceremony in New Jersey, Algoma Superintendent Nick Cochart says the award is something the entire community can get behind.



The city and Live Algoma will host a celebration in honor of the recognition from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 28 at the high school.

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Kewaunee County manure haulers can choose voluntary tracking in 2018

By Tim Kowols

Kewaunee County haulers will be given a year to voluntarily track their manure spreading before a stricter ordinance is enacted. The proposed ordinance would have required manure haulers to install equipment onto their trucks to digitally track where, when, and how much manure was being spread in the county. The high initial costs of installing the equipment, which could run some operators thousands of dollars, caused many farmers and contractors to balk at the idea. Kewaunee County Land and Water Conservation committee member Lee Luft says its "Plan B," allowing operators to keep track of their manure spreading via a spreadsheet, was a reasonable compromise for 2018.



Luft says if voluntary measures are unsuccessful, the proposed ordinance could be enacted for 2019.

Rep. Gallagher defends J-1 Visa program as immigration policies get discussed

By Tim Kowols

Rep. Mike Gallagher and other congressional members have let President Donald Trump know they would like the J-1 Student Visa program exempt from proposed immigration changes. Under the President's Buy American/Hire American initiative, it could eliminate or drastically change an important employee source for many areas across the country, including in Door County where the tourism industry led to 440 students being hired this summer. Rep. Gallagher believes the J-1 Student Visa program is a critical element of the local economy and American workforce.



According to the U.S. State Department, around 300,000 foreign visitors participated in the J-1 Student Visa program in 2016, including 10,136 in Wisconsin.

Tornado Memorial Park has distinction of being the oldest park---Door County Parks Series 2


By Paul Schmitt

In our second in a series of the 19 county parks in Door County, Director of Door County Parks Eric Aleson shares the history of the oldest park established back in 1927.



The fire's 166th anniversary was last Sunday.  Tornado Memorial County Park offers a historical marker, picnic area, wayside park, and restrooms.  It is located about 10 miles southwest of the Sturgeon Bay on County Road DK in a once-called community of Williamsville back in 1871.

Door County YMCA looking to future with new strategic plan

By Paul Schmitt

The Door County YMCA is working on a crucial aspect of the YMCA's future going forward.  Strategic Planning may not be an exciting topic for people but it is an important part of sustaining the largest organization that has a $4.2 million budget.  CEO and President Tom Beerntsen explains the goal of the strategic plan.



The strategic planning program, which has been in the works in the past six months, was spearheaded by Glenn Timmerman and board member Jackie Kane.  For more details on the new strategic plan, you can contact Tom Beernsten directly at the Door County YMCA.

New Egg Harbor Library and Community Center on schedule for completion by new year

By Paul Schmitt

The new Donald and Carol Kress Pavilion and Village of Egg Harbor Library is on target to be completed by year's end.  The new facilities will house a state of the art library, business center, and event space.  Event Director & Property Manager Jessica Reinke says the new building should be ready for opening sometime in January.



The second-floor porch which overlooks Egg Harbor and the bay of Green Bay will have a memorial featuring personalized engraved pavers to honor loved ones.   The 18 x 18-inch cement pavers are available for pre-opening donation until October 15 at a lower price and are designed as an opportunity for the community to become a part of the project, according to Reinke.

Kewaunee County Senior Resource Fair is Thursday in Luxemburg

By Paul Schmitt

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle will be the focus at the Kewaunee County Senior Resource Fair that will be held this Thursday in Luxemburg.  The free event is sponsored by the Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of the Lakeshore.  Older Americans Act Manager for the ADRC of the Lakeshore Wendy Hutter says there will be vendor exhibits, screenings, and special presentations.



The fair will also include free tetanus shots, flu shots, chair massages, blood sugar testing, along with other screenings.  The Kewaunee County Senior Resource Fair will be from 9 am until about 2 pm at the Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall in Luxemburg.

Kewaunee County officer-related fatal shooting ruled Justified

By Paul Schmitt

The four law enforcement officers from Kewaunee County will not face charges from an officer-involved shooting incident back in August.  Kewaunee County District Attorney Andrew Naze announced the decision Tuesday afternoon at a news conference at the Kewaunee County Administration Center in Kewaunee.



Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department Deputies Jamie A. Tlachac and Jordan D. Salentine along with Dustin E. Smidle have been on paid administrative leave since the officer-related shooting led to the death of Tyler Whitmire on August 21.  The other officer, Kewaunee Police officer Brian Gale returned to duty a few weeks ago.  District Attorney Naze says no charges are being filed against the officers after reviewing information gathered by the Wisconsin Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigations.



Video released  Tuesday showed Whitmire running towards Officer Salentine with a knife raised, Officer Tlachac seeing immediate and substantial risk to Deputy Salentine used justified force, according to Naze.



The four officers were responding on August 21 to a call in which Whitmire was threatening a woman and nearby residents in the town of Franklin with a knife.  Officer Tlachac fired shots that resulted in Whitmire's death.  Sheriff Matt Joski says no decision has been made when the three officers who were on paid administrative leave will resume their duties with the Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department.


You can find the investigative report and synopsis done by the Wisconsin Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigations below:

Sister Bay Fall Fest adds two new events for 72nd edition

By Tim Kowols

Sister Bay is introducing new events to the granddaddy of Door County festivals this weekend. In addition to the traditional events such as the classic car show and the Saturday morning parade on Bay Shore Drive, the Sister Bay Advancement Association has introduced Touch-a-Truck and the Adult Big Wheel Rally to its Fall Fest lineup of activities. Sister Bay Advancement Association Coordinator Louise Howson says Saturday's Touch-a-Truck event gives kids and adults a chance to interact with vehicles that provide a lot of service to the community.



Howson says Sunday's Adult Big Wheel Rally will allow the business community to act like big kids as they try to tackle a hill climb course.




Sister Bay Fall Fest runs Friday through Sunday at several locations across the village. You can find a complete schedule of events online with this story.

Businesses feel boom of summer travel on Washington Island

By Tim Kowols

Ferry boat captain and Townliner Motel owner Joel Gunnlaugsson quit trying to figure out the traffic patterns to Washington Island this season at the end of May for good reasons. Traffic has not slowed down since the Memorial Day holiday, making it a banner year not just for the Washington Island Ferry but for the businesses benefitting from the service. Gunnlaugsson says his motel improved on its business every month this summer compared to last year, something he says is hard to figure out.



The late arrival of peak colors on the trees has Gunnlaugsson and other Washington Island business owners excited for what is still to come this fall. The Washington Island Ferry runs 11 round-trips daily from the mainland to the island through October 29 before it cuts service in half for the following five weeks.

B.U.G. Fire ready to show thanks with Gardner station open house Sunday

By Tim Kowols

The Brussels-Union-Gardner Fire Department will cap off Fire Prevention Week on Sunday by showing off their newly improved station. The B.U.G. Fire Department's Gardner station now includes new apparatus bays, an improved electrical system, a gear closet, and more. Fire Chief Curt Vandertie says he cannot thank the community enough for their support for the improved station they now call home.



The station improvements were a part of a $2.8 million referendum approved in 2016 that will include a new facility in Brussels slated to open in the spring. The open house of the Gardner station will run from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday.

Jirikovec proving polka is here to stay


By Tim Kowols, Photo Courtesy of Mark Jirikovec Band

For polka band leader Mark Jirikovec, October means his schedule picks up tempo. The Denmark-based Mark Jirikovec Band performs between 100 and 120 shows a year, with many of those shows being held locally for community Oktoberfest celebrations. Jirikovec says despite the changing tastes in music, polka maintains its staying power.



Having performed across the country over the last three decades, Jirikovec is happy younger generations are giving polka a try.



There are plenty of opportunities to catch the Mark Jirikovec Band including this Friday at Lakehaven Hall in Kewaunee and soon on television after filming a show in Kaukauna later this month.

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Kewaunee County officer-involved shooting decision comes today

By Tim Kowols

The future of four officers will be discussed when the Kewaunee County District Attorney announces his decision on possible charges in an officer-involved shooting today. Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department Deputies Jamie A. Tlachac and Jordan D. Salentine along with Sgt. Dustin E. Smidle have been on paid administrative leave since the officer-involved shooting led to the death of Tyler Whitmire on August 21. Another officer involved in the incident, Kewaunee Police officer Brian Gale, has since returned to duty.  According to a release from District Attorney Andrew Naze, the announcement of a decision regarding the four officers comes 11 days after receiving materials from the Wisconsin Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigations. A news conference is planned for 2 p.m. at the Kewaunee County Administration Center.

Farm-to-School initatives connecting students with healthy local food options

By Tim Kowols

Schools in northeast Wisconsin are connecting students with farmers during their lunch hours. Farm-to-School programs help get fresh, healthy food to students from local producers. At the Sturgeon Bay School District, the food service department uses a portion of their funds to buy locally grown apples, pears, potatoes, and other produce items. Sturgeon Bay School District Food Service Director Jenny Spude says not only are farm-to-school initiatives good for developing healthy eating habits and good relationships with farmers, it is good for the local economy as well.



Spude hopes the department will be able to use greens grown in a planned, on-campus greenhouse sometime next year. This Thursday, schools in Door and Kewaunee County will celebrate National Farm to School Month with the Great Lakes Apple Crunch when students will bite into apples grown at local orchards.

Vehicle purchases could rev up debt without planning

By Tim Kowols

Dedicating too much of your monthly income to car payments can throw your budget out of whack. says experts recommend not spending more than 20 percent of your after-tax income on vehicle-related expenses, which includes fuel, maintenance, insurance, and monthly car payment. Gay Pustaver from Money Management Counselors says not considering those factors in addition to your credit score when you get a loan could spell trouble.



Pustaver recommends forming a budget plan before you start shopping around for vehicles and car loans so you know what you can afford.

Kewaunee awaits environmental analysis of Marquette School site

By Tim Kowols

The city of Kewaunee is still waiting to see what is in store for the site of the former Marquette School. The phase one environmental analysis of the site is in its final stages as the city learns more about the extent of contamination on the property before it presumes ownership. Following their lawyer's advice, Kewaunee Mayor Sandi Christman says the city will learn even more about the issues the site might have when the phase two environmental analysis takes place.



Christman says the city is putting the final touches on a grant request for up to $150,000 that is earmarked for blighted property and areas of contamination. The final environmental analysis report is expected by the end of the year.

Kinnard Farms harvesting crops, conversation during fall season

By Tim Kowols

Kinnard Farms in Casco is taking people along for the ride of their hectic fall harvest via social media. The warmer and drier weather at the end of September forced the crews to cram their usual 21 days of harvesting corn into 14 days, which is no small task for a farm producing nearly 150,000 tons of silage from 6,700 acres of corn. Kinnard Farms is using technology like aerial drones and Facebook to give followers a look at goes into their harvest season. Owner Lee Kinnard says in between the 12 to 15 hour days he and his crews have putting in to finish the harvest, he enjoys interacting with people online by answering their questions.



Kinnard says they are using seven choppers, 33 semi-trucks, and eight packing machines to hopefully finish the harvest by Wednesday while also planting cover crops for the winter.

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Door County Economic Development Corporation opens business planning class registration

By Tim Kowols

Budding entrepreneurs can learn the tools they will need to succeed when the Door County Economic Development Corporation hosts its Annual Business Planning Course beginning January 22. The eight-week course takes aspiring business owners through a step-by-step approach which includes deep dives in networking in the area, understanding business financials, and organizing and managing your operation. Door County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Caleb Frostman says the program has something for every business.



Nearly half of the participants (48 of 108) in the Annual Business Planning Course have gone onto start a business in Door County since 2004. You can register now for the $750 course and learn about the Wisconsin Economic Development Entrepreneurial Training Grant by contacting the DCEDC.

City of Sturgeon Bay work through 2018 budgets

By Cynthia Germain

The City of Sturgeon Bay is currently in the throes of setting 2018 operating and capital budgets. Although the operating side from a cost perspective is generally fixed, the variability in the budget is how things get done and typically on the capital side.  Where and how much will be allocated to reconstruction activities are closely considered, this year's projects include the Bradley Lake revitalization.  Initial budgeting efforts actually begin in the spring.  As the process progresses, the city utilizes a unique system of peer review.  Josh VanLieshout, City Administrator, is a proponent of this approach as the departments get to know each other's dollars and issues.



After the reviews are done, the budgets go in front of the city council.  In a series of meetings, the council members hear first hand from the department heads based on budgets previously provided to them.  Final recommendations are then put in place in preparation for a public hearing which is currently scheduled for November 6th at the Sturgeon Bay City Hall.

Miller Art Museum to host jurors panel discussion this week

By Cynthia Germain

Door County community members will have an opportunity to hear directly from the panel of jurors for the 42nd Annual Juried Exhibition which opened in September at the Miller Art Museum. This exhibition features 47 works by regional artists in a variety of mediums.  On October 12th at 12:00 p.m., the jurors will have a panel discussion that offers a unique view of the reasons why they chose the art exhibits and gives background for their qualifications to be a juror.  Elizabeth Meissner-Gigstead, Director of the Miller Art Museum, is looking forward to again providing an opportunity to get an inside perspective to the jurying process.  



The museum is pleased to be soon recognizing their anniversary in November.  Over the years, the museum has grown and is known for its innovative exhibitions.  In concert with their mission, they boast over 1000 works in their permanent collection plus seven changing exhibits that rotate throughout the year.  In addition, they continue to do travel exhibitions and fill their niche in the community as they expand programs and improve their space. Strategic plans are currently underway to further engage all ages and new art mediums.  

Local event showcases powerful stories for National Disability Employment Awareness Month

By Cynthia Germain

A local event is being held in Sturgeon Bay in recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month .  An awareness showcase entitled More than Meets the Eye includes photographs of seven individuals who have disabilities and their stories about work and life. Jess Holland, Disability Specialist at the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Door County served on the committee that put together this awareness event with the idea in mind that we don't always see the challenges and triumphs of another individual.  



Holland tells of the polarizing sentiments of disability and employment as people feel like they are seen only for their disabilities and are capable of so much more than what others may expect from them.  In addition, those applying for disability may be frustrated if denied, seeing others in their community that have been approved but with seemingly no outward disability.  Awareness of these issues is at the forefront of this powerful show.  An opening reception is being held in the Makers Space in Sturgeon Bay on October 12th, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Friends of Egg Harbor Library looks to 2018 opening and final fundraising efforts

By Cynthia Germain

Judy Ortiz, head of the Friends of Egg Harbor Library, is pleased that the project is on track and looks to finalizing fundraising efforts.   It is expected that the building construction will be done mid-December and occupancy at the start of the new year, beginning library functions shortly thereafter.  A special fundraiser is currently being held to put the finishing touches on the project that entails memorial cement pavers.  The 18"x18" pavers will be on the outside deck and allow for memorial writings, up to six lines of text.  A sample can be seen at the local community center.  The deadline for the opportunity to create a customized memorial for the initial installation is October 15th.



The fee for a memorial paver is $1000 at this time but will increase after the deadline as removing blank pavers that will be placed on the deck will add to the cost of a custom memorial.  There are a total of 200 pavers, 50 of which are already engraved with many others now in process.  The proceeds of this endeavor will go towards the building's furnishings and the little details, electronic and otherwise, that will make the facility stand out in the community.

Luxemburg/Casco School District improves academic numbers

By Cynthia Germain

The Luxemburg/Casco School District received some good news about the academic strides being made in their district.  The scores from the  Forward exam, the state of Wisconsin's standardized achievement test,  have been released which compares regional academic assessment data.  The state is divided into 12 regions known as CESAs,  Cooperative Education Service Agencies.  Luxemburg/Casco School District is in CESA7, a large region covering Door, Kewaunee, Brown and areas along the lakeshore into Sheboygan county and includes 37 school districts.  Luxemburg/Casco moved up to 4th position out of the 37 in English language/arts and 5th in reading, a significant increase over previous years.   Glen Schlender, Superintendent of the District, attributes the success to the teachers, principals and other district staff aligning better curriculum efforts.



Schlender now looks to the continued referendum planning, finalizing the scope of the project and pinning down the size and location of rooms and gym for main campus facilities.  As a part of this endeavor, The Greater Green Bay YMCA is exploring the opportunity to put a facility in Luxemburg.  A survey of district residents with demographics of school-age children will be conducted to gauge the level of interest in the programs provided by the YMCA.  Schlender is hopeful of the YMCA presence and partnership on the referendum.


Local apparition site hosts many during annual celebration

By Cynthia Germain

The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help located at the door to the Door is celebrating a special anniversary this week.  There has been a series of presentations and activities leading up to the apparition anniversary day celebration of October 9th. The Shrine is the only national apparition site approved in the United States by the Catholic Church, and many come from here and abroad to pray and experience the healing in the apparition oratory. Corrie Campbell, Communication and Events Coordinator for the Shrine, has observed many graces in response to visiting the site.



158 years ago, Adele Brise, a Belgian immigrant, was said to be empowered by the Virgin Mary's appearance to teach area children of Catholicism, and in doing so, became a hub of faith's activities.  In 1871, Adele was the center of the first miracle at the site, having led prayers with community members during the Peshtigo fire, witnessing the fire subside and area remaining unburned. Many of the over 200 volunteers are descendants of those who experienced this historic event.   This year, the staff and volunteers of the Shrine have seen 150,000 visitors, receiving 4-5 busloads a day.  They expect a half million people to come to the Shrine over the next five years. The Door County Visitors Convention Bureau continues to assist them in providing housing options for the pilgrimage participants.

Unpredictable weather does not spike Pumpkin Patch attendees

By Baxter Colburn

The unpredictable weather did not deter faithful fest goers from attending Egg Harbor's 33rd annual Pumpkin Patch Fest on Saturday. While a fierce wind whipped through downtown Egg Harbor fest goers danced and partied the day away. Attendees hailed from all over the midwest and several even embraced the Halloween aspect of Pumpkin Patch. Courtney Chavez has been coming to Pumpkin Patch with the same group of friends for the past eight years. She says there is so much to do each year and her and her friends just cannot stay away.



Day two of Pumpkin Patch begins on Sunday at 10:00 am and runs till 4:00. Those interested in attending should plan to park at least a half mile away from the city center due to roads closed near Stella Maris Catholic Church.


Kewaunee County farmer named "Persons of the Year" for MRSA work

By Baxter Colburn

A local farmer is being heralded as the Persons of the Year, a part of the Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA Survivors Network. Lynn Utesch, a local farmer and member of Kewaunee Cares, received the award for his work with battling MRSA. Utesch outlines how his research led to the receiving of this prestigious award.



MRSA is a gram-positive bacterium that is genetically different from other strains of Staphylococcus aureus. MRSA is responsible for several difficult-to-treat infections in humans.  The MRSA Survivors Network is an organization that represents the survivors of MRSA and continues to advocate for ongoing education and awareness of the issue in both hospitals and through the community.


Extracurricular activities are slowly dropping Algoma band numbers

By Baxter Colburn

Extracurricular activities are leading to lower participation in the Algoma High School band program. Algoma continues to pull over 100 students each year into their acclaimed program, however, band director Jennifer Massey is seeing an even bigger drop this year. Massey believes the drop in numbers is due to the catalog of opportunities students have to choose from in today's academic landscape.



Massey says the addition of new school committees and the increased push to bring more events to the Algoma Performing Arts Center has also played a role in the programs recent dip in overall production.


With 14 years of working experience inside the Algoma School District, Massey believes that the partnership between the school and the Algoma Community Band has become the largest blessing for program stability.


Sturgeon Bay Library ready for busy October


By Baxter Colburn

The Door County libraries are offering families the opportunity to stay active this fall. During the month of October patrons of the Sturgeon Bay library will experience everything from a yarn exchange to a storytime field trip to the fire station. Beth Lokken, of the Sturgeon Bay branch, says a majority of the events are geared towards families and book lovers.



Lokken anticipates that the storytime read on October 10th will draw a large crowd due to the field trip to the Sturgeon Bay Fire Department. Children will enjoy a short book about firefighting then spend several hours exploring and learning the ins and out of the local fire department. A full list of upcoming events at the Sturgeon Bay Library can be found by visiting HERE

Three members of Door County 4H program to receive Key Award

By Baxter Colburn

Three members from Door County 4H clubs will be honored next weekend as part of the 4H kickoff party. Receiving the Key Award this year are Emily Guilette, Meghan LaCrosse, and Carmen Jorns. 4H youth development educator for the Door County UW System Dawn Vandervoort explains why having three winners from the area is such a great accomplishment for the Door County 4H program.



There are eight different 4H clubs in Door County, seven on the mainland and one on Washington Island. The 4H kickoff party will take place this coming Saturday, October 14 from 11-1 at the Junior Fair Building at the Sturgeon Bay fairgrounds.


Egg Harbor Pumpkin Patch Festival this weekend in Door County

By Paul Schmitt

The streets in Egg Harbor will be packed this weekend as the annual Pumpkin Patch Festival will be held downtown.  The popular fall event is celebrating its 33rd year and brings visitors from near and far.  Festival chair Debra Merkle-Schubert says there is a lot for families to enjoy together all weekend long.



The Pumpkin Patch Festival is sponsored by the Egg Harbor Business Association. You can find their schedule of events for the weekend with this story online.


October 7-8, 2017

Fun-filled weekend! Free admission. Live music, carnival rides, arts & crafts vendors, face painting, pumpkin & scarecrow displays, roaming magician, kids games & activities, silent auction, food and fun!

Tentative Schedule, subject to change.

Saturday, October 7

Modern Day Drifters  |  Live Music  |  Harbor View Park

Carnival Rides  |  Egg Harbor Marina
Inflatables  |  Nicolet Bank

Silent Auction  |  Harbor View Park

Face Painting  |  Nicolet Bank & Harbor View Park

Juried Arts & Crafts Vendors  |  Nicolet Bank

Food and Beverage Tents  |  Harbor View Park

Roaming Magician

Children's Musician  |  Egg Harbor Marina

Mango Brothers  |  Live Music  |  Harbor View Park

Sunday, October 8

Big Mouth  |  Live Music  |  Harbor View Park

Carnival Rides  |  Egg Harbor Marina
Inflatables  |  Nicolet Bank

Face Painting  |  Nicolet Bank and Harbor View Park

Book Signing: Patricia Skalka  |  Cinnamon Windmill (Main Street Shops)

Juried Arts & Crafts Vendors  |  Nicolet Bank

Kid's Games & Activities  |  Egg Harbor Marina

Big Mouth & The Power Tool Horns |  Live Music  |  Harbor View Park

Door County's K-9 dog "Gent" going through formal training in Arizona

By Paul Schmitt

Door County Deputy Matt Tassoul and his trusty companion "Gent", a two-year-old German Shepherd, are in the midst of their seven-week training at K-9 Services in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  "Gent" became a member of the Door County Sheriff's Department this past summer and went through initial training in Menominee before heading out west with Deputy Tassoul, according to Chief Deputy McCarty.



When "Gent" returns to Door County at the end of October, he will allow the Sheriff's Department to have quicker response times by not having to rely on K-9 services from Brown or Kewaunee County offices, according to McCarty.

Gallagher sees border security as step to help stem opioid crisis

By Tim Kowols

United States Rep. Mike Gallagher hopes his vote to advance the Border Security for America Act from the House Homeland Security Committee to the full house will a positive impact on northeast Wisconsin. The act worth up to $10 billion in aid would provide the deployment and construction of border infrastructure and technology, target illegal immigration and drug trafficking, identify visa overstays, and provide additional staffing. After serving for the Drug Enforcement Agency along the southern border as a member of the U.S. Marines, Rep. Gallagher says securing the border could help eliminate the drug and opioid issues plaguing the country, especially in northeast Wisconsin.



Rep. Gallagher says while some areas of the border need either new or updated infrastructure, using natural barriers could make the task of securing the area more cost-effective

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Farm Technology Days lighthouse finds home in Luxemburg

By Tim Kowols

Luxemburg resident Chuck Wagner has used the death of a beloved black walnut tree as an opportunity to a shine a light on one of his most gratifying times living in Kewaunee County. Recently Wagner reconstructed the lighthouse tower that stood tall over Innovation Square during this year's Wisconsin Farm Technology held at Ebert Enterprises in Algoma.  Wagner, a tree farmer and Kewaunee County Board supervisor, sat on the executive board for the event during the three years countless volunteers helped plan and execute the event. As much as he fondly looks back at the ill-fated black walnut tree he planted over 20 years ago on his property, Wagner wakes up looking at the tower now with proud memories of what Kewaunee County accomplished just over two months ago.


Wagner has since installed vents and a new LED light so the lighthouse shines brightly for years to come. Wisconsin Farm Technology Days attracted close to 30,000 people over the three-day event, raising thousands of dollars for local causes while introducing the state to new innovations in agriculture.

Ultimate Air, Synergy Heating and Cooling look to warm hearts and homes Saturday

By Tim Kowols

Local heating and cooling companies will be making a difference in the area on Saturday when equipment manufacturer Lennox hosts its annual Heat U.P. Wisconsin campaign. Luxemburg's Ultimate Air and Sturgeon Bay's Synergy Heating and Cooling are among the Lennox dealers in Wisconsin and upper Michigan donating a furnace and their time for two families going through hardships in their own life. In his fourth year participating, Ultimate Air owner Jeff Blemke and his crew will be installing a furnace for a Green Bay widower still committed to helping out his son who is dealing with the loss of his own wife. Blemke says Heat U.P. Wisconsin provides an opportunity for his company to give back.



Through the program, Lennox has provided more than $2.2 million dollars in support through providing hundreds of free, high-efficiency furnaces since its inception in 2010. Blemke says the hardest part is getting enough qualifying nominations to read through, which are accepted throughout the year.

Door County Senior Center looks to possible early December opening

By Tim Kowols

Construction of Door County's new senior community center and central emergency management services building is ahead of schedule.  The former highway shop is now completely enclosed as crews begin drywalling and other projects inside of the building. Favorable site conditions and the hard work of their contractor helped the project move along. Door County Administrator Ken Pabich says when you walk through the building, it is hard to believe it used to be the highway shop.



Pabich says partial occupancy of the building, which is most likely to occur in the senior center, is most likely to occur in early December. The county hopes its other new EMS site, which is part of the new Brussels-Union-Gardner Fire Department station in Brussels, will open in spring after wet weather delayed that project.

Heavy traffic expected in Door County the next two weekends

By Paul Schmitt

With the next two festival weekends bringing heavy traffic on area roads, Door County Sheriff Steve Delarwelle is reminding drivers to allow for added time in getting where they need to go.  With fall colors nearing the peak and an increase in visitors to Door County, Delarwelle says you should take notice of vehicles around you and be wary of distracted drivers.



Delarwelle says area traffic, especially in northern Door County, the next two weekends will rival that of the fourth of July weekend.  The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) indicated earlier this month that 41 people died in Wisconsin traffic crashes in September.  Traffic fatalities were six fewer than September of 2016.  A total of 438 people have died in traffic crashes in the state so far this year.

Honeycrisp apples still leading the way for area orchards

By Paul Schmitt

The Door and Kewaunee County Apple Orchards are battling to keep up with the demand of the popular apples this harvest season.  Steve Wood from Wood Orchards in Sturgeon Bay and Egg Harbor says when it comes down to the most popular apple in the area, the Honeycrisp still tops the other apples.



Honeycrisp apples are known for their sweetness, firmness, and tartness as well as a long shelf life when stored in cool and dry conditions, according to Wood.  First released in 1991, Honeycrisp apples were first developed by the University of Minnesota back in 1974.

Premier Resort Area Tax a possibility for Sturgeon Bay roads funding

By Tim Kowols

Sturgeon Bay could become the seventh community in the state to enact a premier resort area tax to address the city's roads and sidewalks. The tax, which is already used in places like the Wisconsin Dells, Rhinelander, and Eagle River, is one of the principal recommendations made during the listening session being held on October 10 by the Ad Hoc Committee on Funding for Local Streets and Infrastructure. Committee chairperson David Ward says it is part of a draft of the final report that will be presented during the meeting.



Ward says if adopted, the city tax on tourist related-expenditures such as meals and lodging could raise as much as $500,000 a year to provide aid for Sturgeon Bay streets and sidewalks. The public listening session, which will also feature a discussion on city sidewalks, begins at 6:30 p.m. inside the Sturgeon Bay Common Council chambers.

Egg Harbor farmer believes new manure handling rules could drive out smaller operators

By Tim Kowols

Last week's 3-2 vote by the Door County Land Conservation Committee to voice support for changes to the state's manure handling rules known as NR 151 has some farmers worried about the industry's future in the area. Some of the changes focus on areas like Door and Kewaunee County where its karst geology affects the soil depth and limits how much manure can be spread there. Haberli Farms co-owner and Ag Advisory Board Member Joe Haberli believes it is a band-aid approach to the problem.



While his farm was recently designated as a confined animal feeding operation (CAFO), Haberli says it is the small family farms that will be the most affected by the changes because of a lack of money and a lack of time for the additional paperwork.



Proponents to the changes say this is a good start to addressing groundwater issues in the area and there are programs available to help take on the extra expenses. The Natural Resources Board will meet to discuss the possible rule changes before forwarding them to the governor for his approval.

Algoma High brings inspiration to "Focus Fridays"


By Tim Kowols

Algoma High School and the Live Algoma Initiative hope to be able to inspire its students before they head out for the weekend. Last month, the speaker series known as "Focus Fridays" was introduced with different speakers highlighting a specific topic each week. In the spirit of the popular TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) talks found online, the presentations are relatively short at 30 minutes but cover civic responsibility, goal setting, physical well-being, and other areas of emphasis. Algoma School District Superintendent Nick Cochart says the program has been well received by staff and students.


Focus Fridays take place at 3:05 p.m. inside the high school's Little Theater. Although the presentations are only open to Algoma High School students and staff members, you can find a full schedule and video of the previous speakers online on the district's website.

Talking To Children About Tragedy

By Renee Koenig, Kewaunee County UW-Extension Family Living Educator

When tragedy occurs, it is important for parents to talk to their kids about what happened. This gives children the chance to express their feelings and their understanding of what happened. For many parents, this can be a difficult task. There are some guidelines for parents when talking to their child about a tragedy:


Adapt your conversation to your child's age and level of understanding. The most important thing to keep in mind when talking to your child about a tragedy is the age and development of your child. Some children have more intense reactions to situations. This might determine the explanation or the amount of detail you give.


Encourage expression of feelings. Ask children to share their thoughts and feelings.  Help young children express feelings through play, drawing or telling a story. Tell them it is alright to feel scared, angry, or confused. It is important not to dismiss your child's feelings. Discuss how to think about tragedies and ways to be empathic for people affected by tragedy.


Remain calm. Generally children look to adults in times of tragedy and may mimic or pick up on the emotions of adults around. Your child will look to you to see how you react to the situation. Take time to get control over your own emotions before you talk to your child. This video clip from Mister Rogers may give parents some helpful ideas.


Limit media exposure. Exposure to media coverage of the event should be limited especially for young children. Avoid constant and harsh exposure to images of violence or disaster through television or other media.  Repeated exposure to images of violence can lead to trauma, anxiety or unhealthy responses.  Be available to discuss what your children see and help them make sense of disturbing images.


You don't need to give a reason. Many times youth may ask why an event happened, and adults may feel obligated to answer. Many times there is no known reason. Be careful not to blame a cultural, racial, ethnic, religious or another group. Teach children that alternatives to violence are available and discuss peaceful methods of action.


Reassure children about their safety. Explain what you, as a parent, and others will do to provide security. However, do not ignore the terror associated with events. Acknowledge children's concerns for others.


Engage children in activities that relieve stress. Suggestions might include walking or other types of exercise, listening to music or engaging in spiritual activities.


Overall it is important for parents to talk to their child when tragedy strikes, even if the task is difficult. It is important for your child to feel that they are supported and safe, especially in a difficult time.


For more guidance on talking with your children, contact Renee Koenig, Family Living Educator, University of Wisconsin-Extension, Kewaunee County

Civilian Response Active Shooter Event shows importance of "exit plan"

By Paul Schmitt

The public had a chance to learn what to do during an active shooting situation on Wednesday in Sturgeon Bay.  Sturgeon Bay Police Captain Dan Brinkman, who is one of about 80,000 people trained in the United States to teach active shooter training did an eighty minute presentation that included audio and video from past mass shootings in the last fifteen years.  Capt. Brinkman says a  situation like the one that happened earlier this week in Las Vegas can happen anywhere in the country.



Sue Tong-Fredickson of Sturgeon Bay shares the most important information she gained from the presentation.



You can see the video of Wednesday's "Civilian Response Active Shooter Event Presentation" that was held at Sonny's Italian Kitchen with this story online.

Providing voice for Washington Island worth the travel for Gunnlaugsson

By Tim Kowols

Over 100 miles round trip plus a ferry ride for his several meetings can make for a long day for Door County Board Supervisor Joel Gunnlaugsson, who has represented Washington Island over the last decade. Bad roads and trimmed down ferry schedules turn winter meetings into overnighters for the ferry captain, Townliner Motel owner, and family man. Gunnlaugsson says while technology could allow him to be more flexible by being able to video conference into meetings, it would create other problems.


Gunnlaugsson is reimbursed for the travel per statute and often tries to schedule meetings around other ones to be even more efficient when he is gone from his other jobs on the island.

Gibraltar living in the now thanks to band program

By Baxter Colburn

One in three students at Gibraltar High School is playing a vital role in keeping a school staple flourishing. Gibraltar's 2017-2018 enrollment is 194 students and a reported 75 of those students participate in high school band. Charlie Eckhardt, the instrumental music teacher, says playing in the band is a timeless act that many students never forget.


Because of the transcending skill and emotion music has on people, Eckhardt calls it one of the purest forms of being "in the now" we have in today's society.



With the battle against technology posing as the largest threat to music programs, nation-wide Eckhardt is confident his students will continue to learn valuable skills in music that will last a lifetime.


Door County YMCA forms character development program

By Baxter Colburn

The Door County YMCA is launching a new program thanks to a generous national grant. A grant of $23,000 will go to developing a character development program geared towards growing the swim team. Door County was one of 32 programs nationwide selected as part of a larger donation to the YMCA. Door County YMCA CEO and President Tom Beerntsen explains what the new program aims to accomplish.



Beerntsen continued on by stating how proud he is with the growth of the Door County YMCA in order to receive this grant. The YMCA has over 800 locations in the United States. Beerntsen continues to thank those who support the two Door County locations that made receiving this grant possible. More information about the Door County YMCA swim program can be found online with this story.

Jacksonport vote puts United to Amend over 50% mark

By Baxter Colburn

A resolution supporting the statewide campaign and election finance reform passed in Jacksonport last week. Jacksonport became the 10th of Door County's 19 local municipalities this year to pass a resolution supporting the reform. The resolution asks county boards to support a statewide referendum which would allow residents to vote 'yes or no' in order to have Wisconsin become the 20th state to call for an amendment to combat unlimited outside money in elections. Door County United to Amend organizer Dan Powers says the vote by Jacksonport is another monumental step for the resolution.



The amendment is needed to clarify that 'only human beings –not entities like corporations, unions, or super PACs- should have individual constitutional rights and that money is not 'speech.' The goal of the resolution is to overturn the 2010 supreme court ruling referred to as 'citizens united'. That ruling made these entities 'people', and said money is speech. According to Powers, no further votes are scheduled at this time to continue moving the resolution process forward.


Kewaunee County part of new expansion for veterans services

By Baxter Colburn

The Green Bay Department of Veterans Affairs is playing a major role in bringing better healthcare services for veterans to Door and Kewaunee County. All of Kewaunee County and parts of Door County will receive options to provide new services to area veterans, including hearing aids for just $100. Jane Babcock, Kewaunee County veterans service officer, says as the local VA continues to enroll more veterans, even more, options will become available.



Babcock says recent changes to the VA healthcare system is ultimately a benefit for those looking to receive proper care.



More information on how you can get in contact with the Kewaunee County Veterans Service Office can be found online at the Kewaunee County VA website.


BUG Fire Department battles biggest grass fire of the year by Highway 57


By Paul Schmitt

The BUG Fire Department was able to contain a grass fire on the Brussels hill in southern Door County Tuesday and prevent any damage to structures.  The fire was reported about 3:20 pm near the southbound lane of Highway 57.  Assistant Fire Chief Jim Wautier describes what firefighters from both departments that were deployed encountered.



The cause of the fire is unknown, but Wautier believes something had to spark from the road into the grass in the ditch to start it.  The scene was cleared at about 4:30 pm after traffic on the southbound lane was blocked off for a brief time.  Wautier says it was the biggest grass fire the department had dealt with this year.


(photo by Nate Alberts)

Herbicide-resistant weed found in Door County

By Tim Kowols

Farmers are being asked to double check their fields after an herbicide-resistant weed was found in southern Door County. A waterhemp plant was discovered to be glyphosate-resistant, which is the active ingredient found in common herbicides used to protect fields from weeds and pests.  Extensive crop rotation in Wisconsin had warded off the resistant weed in the past compared to other parts of the country but is now found currently in 17 counties. Door County UW-Extension agriculture agent Annie Deutsch says this case provides a good example why farmers and gardeners should periodically reexamine their weed management strategies.



While resistance over time is natural, Deutsch recommends avoiding factors that can cause poor herbicide performance including poor mixing, unfavorable environmental conditions, and using the herbicide rate at below the recommended level. So far there have been no confirmed cases of the glyphosate-resistant waterhemp in Kewaunee County. You can learn more about pesticide-resistance management and what to do if you find it on your property online with this story.

Accessory dwelling changes takes next step in Sturgeon Bay

By Tim Kowols


The Sturgeon Bay Common Council took another step forward Tuesday to allow accessory dwelling units on select city lots by a 4-3 vote. The proposed amendment to the current ordinance sets up a number of requirements principal property owners holding a conditional use permit would have to abide by, including living in at least one of the residences, not allowing short-term rentals, and making sure the accessory dwelling followed standard city housing code. District 4 alderperson and City Plan Commission chairperson Rick Wiesner explained why the measure was worked on for over a year.



District 2 alderperson Ron Vandertie told the Council he could not support the measure because of what it could mean to neighborhoods specifically zoned for single-family homes.



Alderpersons Barb Allman and David Ward joined Vandertie with no votes, while Kelly Catarozoli, Stewart Fett, and Laurel Hauser registered yes votes with Wiesner. The amendment change is still subject to a public hearing and two ordinance hearings before it is officially enacted.

High schoolers building skills, home during opening weeks of class

By Tim Kowols

Students from Door County's four mainland high schools have been busy over the last few weeks building their skills as well as a Sturgeon Bay home. Following some introductory coursework going over safety techniques and learning how to read a blueprint, the students have been busy at the worksite putting their lessons into action beginning at 10:30 a.m. every school day. Door County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Caleb Frostman says this year's students are strong academically but are also getting a unique perspective on where this possible career can take them.


Frostman says with the foundation and concrete walls poured, he expects framing to occur in the coming weeks. The home built by the class will provide an affordable housing option in Sturgeon Bay, course credit for the students, and revenue for future home build projects.

Sevastopol Education Foundation supporting school programming


By Madeline Estes, Sevastopol Student Newspaper

It is the last week to donate to the Sevastopol Education Foundation's annual pay it forward campaign. Winners of the alumni challenge will be announced at halftime of the homecoming football game on October 6, 2017.


The Sevastopol Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization that raises money to fund projects at Sevastopol School.


SEF President Steve Rabach says the fund has a huge benefit for students.



The annual pay it forward challenge targets alumni for donations and promotes healthy competition between classes.


According to Rabach, this is a fun way to spread school spirit and raise money that goes directly back into the school. You can donate in honor of someone, as an alumnus of your graduating class, or as a business.


Currently the funds go towards grant requests submitted by teachers. Since 2016 SEF has donated $5,700 to the students of Sevastopol helping to fund things like elementary playground equipment and a camera for the journalism department along with contributing to help send Destination Imagination teams to the global competition in Tennessee and the fifth graders to their annual Trees for Tomorrow trip.


Last year's pay it forward challenge raised over $3,000 with the class of 1972 winning the alumni competition. If you would like to get involved or contribute, you can like them on Facebook, visit their website, or pick up an SEF pamphlet in the high school office.

Haunted Mansion looks to spook visitors for 12th time

By Tim Kowols

It takes a lot of bodies to run Northeast Wisconsin's top haunted attraction. The Southern Door Haunted Mansion kicks off this weekend at Quietwoods South Campground in Brussels for the 12th time, including the last seven as a award winner. Not only do volunteers earn valuable service hours, Southern Door School District Superintendent Patti Vickman says the funds raised by the event go a long way in supporting children involved with activities at school and with local organizations.



The Southern Door Haunted Mansion runs every Friday and Saturday through the month of October. You can find more information on the event and how to volunteer online with this story.

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Chaudoir's Dock County Park an angler's refuge and more--Door County Parks Series 1

By Paul Schmitt

Door County maintains 19 different and distinct county parks around the entire peninsula.  In a weekly series with Door County Parks & Airport Director Eric Aleson, we will feature each park and their unique aspects.  Number one on the list is Chaudoir's Dock County Park which is located on the waters of Green Bay in southern Door County.  Aleson says Chaudior's Dock is one of seven county parks with boat launches that have become more and more popular recently.



Chaudoir's Dock has a three-lane boat launch with harbor refuge and is located at the west end of County N in the town of Union.  The five-acre park has picnic areas, parking, and restrooms.  You can find more information on all 19 Door County Parks with this story below.

(Photo compliments of Door Count Parks)

Gifts give stress to the financially unstable

By Tim Kowols

Consumers give gifts but receive stress in return if they are not prepared financially. While some people buy gifts year round to take advantage of sales or are in a constant saving mode with special accounts, others are often thrown off when a surprise wedding or the holidays come around. Gay Pustaver from Money Management Counselors says it takes courage for a family member to take a stand during the gift-giving season.



Pustaver says the gift-giving season can also provide great lessons to kids and other family members about how to give from a place of financial security. You can listen to the entire Money Management Monday interview with Gay Pustaver online with this story.


Civilian Reponse Active Shooter Event presentation scheduled for Wednesday

By Tim Kowols

In the wake of Sunday's mass shooting in Las Vegas, Captain Dan Brinkman of the Sturgeon Bay Police Department is hosting a Civilian Response Active Shooter Event Presentation Wednesday evening. Having gone through the training to teach the course two years ago, Brinkman has presented the information to prepare businesses in the Sturgeon Bay Industrial Park for such incidents. Citing the importance of Avoid, Deny, and Defend, Brinkman says the approach to active shooter events has changed a lot since the 1999 Columbine shooting.



Only 80,000 people across the country are trained to teach active shooting training to public and private groups. Brinkman will host a 90-minute Civilian Response Active Shooter Event Presentation in the downstairs area Sonny's Italian Kitchen in Sturgeon Bay beginning at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

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Local officials weigh in on Las Vegas mass shooting

By Tim Kowols

The deadliest mass shooting in modern United States history is providing the background for tough discussions occurring across the country, including Door and Kewaunee Counties. During a country music festival Sunday night in Las Vegas, a gunman killed over 50 people and wounded more than 400 people from the 32nd floor of a nearby hotel. Lieutenant Bob Lauder from the Door County Sheriff's Department says no matter how much you train for an active shooter situation, no one is ever going to be 100 percent prepared.



Kewaunee County Behavioral Health Manager Sue Norton hopes survivors of the mass shooting go through some kind of critical incident debriefing and realize they are not alone.



Norton suggests parents keep an open discussion with their children about what they have heard and see how they perceive the event without going into the grisly details.

Accessory Dwelling Unit ordinance amendments, increased fees headline Sturgeon Bay Common Council meeting Tuesday

By Tim Kowols

The city of Sturgeon Bay takes another step towards addressing its housing shortage Tuesday when new amendments on its accessory dwelling zoning ordinance hit the Common Council agenda. The city plan commission most recently voted 5-2 to approve the proposed amendments, allowing property owners to apply for conditional use permits for accessory dwellings, known by some as "granny flats" and "mother-in-law suites."  According to the staff report included with the common council agenda, accessory dwelling units could help address the shortage of affordable housing in the area and allow Sturgeon Bay's aging population to live independently but near family members.


Other agenda items slated to be discussed during Tuesday's noon meeting include increasing the solid waste user fee three percent annually over the next five years and borrowing up to $300,000 for 2017 road projects and maintenance.

Kewaunee County accident reiterates importance of farm safety

By Tim Kowols

A Saturday accident resulting in five injured in the town of Luxemburg is another example of the importance of farm safety. Shortly before 3:30 p.m., Noah Vanenkevort of Michigan, was towing a forage wagon with a tractor when failed to stop at the stop sign on the corner of County Highway H and Northbrook Road, striking a car. The car's occupants, Adam Leroy, Erica Sampo, Charlotte Fleissig, and a 3-month old child, were transferred to Green Bay hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski says farmers and motorists need to be more careful as the fall harvest ramps up.



Joski says motorists should be aware of the blind spots and varying stopping distances farmers have to deal with while operating their equipment. The tractor driver also suffered minor injuries as a result of the crash and was ticketed.

Besadny station hosts open house for salmon run

By Cynthia Germain

The Department of Natural Resources Besadny station on the Kewaunee River will be hosting their annual open house on October 7th featuring fun activities and a demonstration of salmon spawning and egg collection for the next generation of fish.  The event has been held for the last seventeen years on the first Saturday in October in line with the fall trout and salmon run.  Fish printing, fly tying and casting and other activities begin at 9:00 a. along with an all day demonstration of how station staff spawn and process the fish. Mike Baumgartner, Facility Manager of the Besadny station and other staff and volunteers will collect and return adult trout and salmon, harvest and fertilize eggs and then distribute those eggs to other hatcheries.  Baumgartner is excited about the event as it allows the community to learn more about this DNR station and its important role in the future of salmon in local waters.



Also during the event, as a part of a rehabilitation project to increase sturgeon population in Lake Michigan, participants will have an opportunity to adopt a sturgeon and release it. The station is responsible for a number of other activities including work with the steelhead trout in the spring and fall as well as rearing great lakes spotted muskies for stocking the Fox River and Green Bay area.

Local children's education the focus of Fire Prevention Week

By Cynthia Germain

Brussels-Union-Gardner and Southern Door fire departments will be educating local children in various settings beginning October 8th through the 14th for Fire Prevention Week.  Fire department personnel will be visiting area classrooms, kindergarten through 4th grade, and other local child care centers to teach them safety tips and fire prevention activities.  Curt Vandertie, Fire Chief of Brussels-Union Gardner Fire Department, believes that bringing these teaching opportunities to young children is important to build relationships and help them better respond to fire personnel.



Vandertie is pleased to  end the week with an open house at Station #2 at 3116 N. Stevenson Pier Road.  This station recently had a building addition as well as improvements to vehicle exhaust systems, apparatus bays and specialty storage rooms.  This is a result of several years of planning, and Vandertie is especially appreciative of the support received that led to these improvements for this station and looks forward to further engaging the community in the future.

Kewaunee County Harvest Fest is all about the polka

By Cynthia Germain

Harvest Fest in Kewaunee is a must for polka enthusiasts as well as those who want to learn.  Sue Sevcik, volunteer at the Heritage Farm who, among other activities, helps coordinate the upcoming Harvest Fest, is excited about this year's event being held on October 8th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The day begins with a polka mass where all music and responses are set to polka music or a polka theme.  The mass is followed by a brunch, then music and dancing through the afternoon.  Sevcik knows that many come, young and old, to enjoy this unique dance event.



The Heritage Farm is a modern facility, with air-conditioning and good acoustics, hosting many public and private events.  The next  major event at Heritage is Christmas on the Farm on November 18th and 19th, part of the Christmas Stroll in Kewaunee County.   This event has  many local vendors from Door and Kewaunee County with arts, crafts and other items ideal for holiday gift-giving.


Pumpkin Patch event coming up in Egg Harbor

By Cynthia Germain

The 33rd annual pumpkin patch festival, a family-friendly event with entertainment, vendors and activities begins on  Saturday, October 7th, at 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and continues through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.  The festival has its roots as a fundraising event that brings awareness to businesses in Egg Harbor, and now provides monies for a number of other events in the area, including 4th of July fireworks, Wine Fest and others.  The festival gets its name from the pumpkin decorating contest among Egg Harbor business, and festival chair Debra Merkle-Schubert touts the wonderful participation from local businesses.



The pumpkin decorations at each business are judged the evening before the event and the first, second and third place winners are awarded the morning of the first day of the festival.  Entertainment on Saturday includes the Modern Day Drifters as well as a variety of music on Sunday at Harbor View Park.  Food, children's activities and concessions will be available throughout the town with the help of the Egg Harbor Business Association and volunteers from various Door County organizations, high school bands and choirs and other area nonprofits.


Apple varieties, old and new, come to harvest at local orchard

By Cynthia Germain

The season for apples is here and local grower Bill Roethle, owner of Hillside Orchard, has the usual varieties plus a couple new ones to the area.  Honey Crisp, Cortland and Macintosh have been coming in the last two weeks and Empire and Haralson apples are now being picked.  Red Delicious and Golden Delicious will be making their appearance around the 10th followed by the Jonagolds later in the month. The orchard also boasts some newer varieties, such as the Snow Sweet which will be available in limited quantities.  Roethle takes advantage of unique varieties that are introduced to growers by universities around the country.



Hillside Orchard celebrates the harvest with an on-site festival this weekend.  The Orchard also looks forward to offering other decorating produce and pumpkins throughout the Fall.  One sight to see there for the next few days is a 570 pound giant pumpkin provided by a local grower in Algoma.

DOT warns drivers to be vigilant as deer activity increases

By Cynthia Germain

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation urges motorists to slow down and be alert as deer activity increases.  The DOT notes that deer/vehicle crashes typically peak during October and November as bucks pursue potential mates.  Randy Sahs of Sahs Auto in Sturgeon Bay has seen a steady increase of deer strike damage since July.  Sahs expects the deer hits to continue to rise through the fall, with high-cost repairs.  Vehicles may incur mostly cosmetic damage from a deer strike.  However, newer models having expensive headlights and other front end high technology can be particularly costly.



David Pabst, Director of the WisDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety says that deer can be spotted any time of day, but are most active at dusk and dawn. He warns that if you see one deer cross your path, expect more to follow. Pabst suggests that if you can't avoid a deer in your path, the safest option is to hit the brakes and the deer.  If you swerve suddenly, you can lose control and then you risk a more serious collision with another vehicle or a stationary object such as a tree or utility pole.  The only exception to this are motorcyclists, who should slow down, brake firmly and swerve if necessary to avoid hitting the deer.  Last year, Wisconsin law enforcement agencies reported 20,413 crashes between deer and motor vehicles. A county-by-county breakdown can be found on the Wisconsin DOT website.

Community gathers to support Eagle Tower fundraiser

By Baxter Colburn

Large crowds filled the grounds of White Cottage Red Door in Fish Creek Saturday afternoon to show support for the acclaimed Peninsula State Park Eagle Tower. In conjunction with the first annual Southwest Florida Fest, attendees could choose from a live auction of pieces made from the tower by local artists, a silent auction of donated goods or sign up to participate in an extra online auction. All proceeds from the auctions go directly to the Friends of Peninsula State Park and the Eagle Tower Fund. Rachel Stollenwerk, Campaign Director of the Eagle Tower Fund, outlines how the event concept evolved into such a grand event.



While the auction took place attendees of the event had the opportunity to take in live music and enjoy draft beer. Paula Cummings, head of Southwest Florida Fest says her long love for Eagle Tower is why she had to get involved with the fund.



Voting closes October 9th for the three proposed designs of the Eagle Tower. More information for how you can cast your vote for one of the three proposed designs can be found at the survey link below. 

Take the Eagle Tower Survey

Local Boy Scout nears elite Eagle rank

By Baxter Colburn

A local Boy Scout will soon join the ranks of the Boy Scouts of America elite. 14-year old Thomas Benzshawel is months away from becoming an Eagle Scout, a feat that only an incredibly small portion of those who join Boy Scouts ever achieve. As part of his progression to Eagle Benzshawel must complete the project phase. His project, planting trees and building benches at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay. Benzshawel says this project holds important significance for developing future leaders.



Once Benzshawel completes planting six trees and building two benches he will have only have to arrange his Eagle Court of Honor. The ceremony where Benzshawel can officially become an Eagle Scout. Over the summer Benzshawel also completed the final steps of acquiring all the needed merit badges to become an Eagle Scout. If all goes according to plan, Benzshawel predicts that he will become an Eagle Scout by early December.


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