News Archives for 2018-07

Author sees similarities between California fires and those that struck Peshtigo and Door County

By Terry Kovarik              

As fire crews from all over the nation battle wildfires out west, news reports have shown pictures of so-called "Firenadoes" fast moving funnel clouds of fire that devastate wooded areas and communities. A Wisconsin fire fighter and author says that phenomenon is well known to people in Northeast Wisconsin. Green Bay Metro Fire Fighter David Siegel wrote a book on the changes made in local fire fighting strategies from 1836 through 1895. Wild fires in 1871 destroyed Peshtigo and Door County communities such as Williamsonville near Brussels. Siegel says video of the current California fires are strikingly similar to the 1871 Northeast Wisconsin fires.



Tornado Memorial Park along County Highway DK commemorates the Williamsonville disaster. 60 of the community's 77 residents sought refuge in an open field only to be incinerated where they stood by a fiery tornado.

Kewaunee County progressing with Ahnapee Trail repairs

By Terry Kovarik              

Bikers and other users of the Ahnapee Trail between Kewaunee and Luxemburg are finding the going a bit smoother. A late winter storm left portions of the trail soft and difficult to maneuver through. Kewaunee County Promotions and Recreation Director Dave Myers says resident's patience and diligent efforts by work crews are paying off.


Myers says trail users will be able to make full use of the trail well before Labor Day.

Western wildfires are a training ground for WI DNR Firefighters

By Terry Kovarik              

Fire fighters battling wildfires in California and other western states and in the Province of Ontario are getting some help from Wisconsin. Currently there are 34 Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources fire fighters aiding in fire control efforts. The wildfire response is at Planning Level 5, which is one of the highest response levels and involves calling in support from other states. Catherine Koele, Wildfire Prevention Specialist with the DNR says such fires provide a classroom for those called up to respond.

Coele says those who respond work 14-days, most of them with shifts of 12-hours or more as needed.

Dead Zones sticking around in Green Bay

By Tim Kowols       

Despite the efforts of local groups, dead zones are showing no signs of leaving the Bay of Green Bay. Dead zones develop when excess nutrients enter the bay from watersheds and cause algae to bloom. This takes away critical oxygen from the water to help sustain other forms of life. Efforts from the Save the Bay Initiative and other groups have helped stir up conversation and institute new practices like buffer zones between farm fields and water streams. Clean Water Action Council Wisconsin Executive Director Dean Hoegger says something more drastic needs to occur before more progress can be made.

Oxygen levels in the water take a particular beating during the summer according to the USA Today Network- Wisconsin. Days of depleted oxygen levels have jumped to 23 percent recently compared to statistics from the 1980s and 1990s where it stood at just 13 percent.

Family donates 19th century lifesaving medal to Door County Maritime Museum

By Tim Kowols       

The family of a Door County lighthouse keeper donated his lifesaving medal to the Door County Maritime Museum last week, adding to its collection of artifacts celebrating the occupation. Martin Knudsen earned the award while operating the Pilot Island Lighthouse in 1892. He is credited with single-handedly saving crews from the Gillmore and the Nichols as they traveled through Death's Door. Knudsen received the award in the mail from the Live Saving Benevolent Association of New York. Door County Maritime Museum Executive Director Amy Paul says it is a great honor to add such a piece to its collection.

Paul says the museum is still trying to determine the best possible way to display the medal for the public to see.

Board member does not see stricter manure handling ordinances coming to Kewaunee County

By Tim Kowols       

Kewaunee County Land and Water Conservation Committee member Lee Luft does not see their local townships following the lead of others in the state when it comes to stricter manure spreading practices. The town of Liberty Grove could join municipalities like Nashotah and Delafield on Wednesday with stricter spreading regulations, including banning manure not produced within its boundaries. Luft says many farms straddle township lines based on where the home farm is located and where they own or lease land. With other regulations already in place in Kewaunee County like the ban on spreading in the winter months and the new NR-151 rules, Luft says farmers should have the opportunity to be able to stick to their nutrient management plans.

Luft believes farms would likely have to scale back their size if new ordinances were enacted due to land restraints.

Senator Johnson likes what he sees from Supreme Court pick

By Tim Kowols       

He has not officially given his full support of President Donald Trump's second Supreme Court pick, but Senator Ron Johnson is complimentary of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Members of the Senate have been meeting with Kavanaugh ahead of his confirmation hearings that are likely to take place this fall. Similar to Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, Senator Johnson says even if he does not like every decision Kavanaugh makes, it is because he is applying and not altering the law from the bench.

Senator Johnson does not draw any comparisons to the timing of Kavanaugh's confirmation process to that of former Obama Supreme Court pick Judge Merrick Garland. He points to precedents set by Senator Harry Reid and the confirmation hearings for Judge Robert Bork and Justice Clarence Thomas to the partisanship that has developed around the selections.

After a soggy start Ahnapee Trail extension work picks up

By Terry Kovarik              

Our late winter snow storm put many spring projects on hold. The extension of the Ahnapee Trail between Michigan Street and Utah Street is no exception. That left the ground too wet to begin construction. So the contractor, Omni Associates, had to move on to other project until conditions improved. Door County Facilities and Parks Director Wayne Spritka say conditions are right and work is now progressing.



Once completed, the Utah Street to Michigan Street section will give bikers an uninterrupted connection to the Bayview Bridge and the west side of Sturgeon Bay.

An Evening with Jens Jensen brings Kuhns close to his hero

By Paul Schmitt    

Geologist, filmmaker, and author Roger Kuhns is bringing audiences back in time with his characterization of Jens Jensen at the Clearing Folk School in Ellison Bay.  Jensen, the father of native plant landscape architecture, founded the Clearing in 1935 and was a leader in the preservation and environmental movements in the early 1900's.  Kuhns explains why he wrote the monologue he performs on stage in full costume including Jensen's signature mustache.


Kuhns, who does regular shows at the Clearing, just performed "An Evening with Jens Jensen" in Milwaukee and will be performing in Baileys Harbor on August 29.  He calls Jensen the Aldo Leopold and Mark Twain of Door County.  You can find a schedule of Kuhn's upcoming performances with this story online.


(photo courtesy of Roger Kuhns)

Door County Habitat for Humanity seeking applicants for 42nd Home Build

By Paul Schmitt    

With the current Door County Habitat for Humanity home build in process, the organization is already looking forward to finding a partner family for next year.  The Purdy family was named the2018 partner family this past May with the ground being broke on May 30.  Executive Director David Van Dyke says hopes are for a qualifying family to be found sooner this time around.


Van Dyke says a qualifying partner family must have resided in Door County for the last 12 months and have a family home income at or below 60 percent of the median family income.  They cannot be a current homeowner and must also have been denied a conventional home loan.  You can find more information on applying for a Habitat home on the link below.   

Deer damage causing orchard owners to invest in fences

By Paul Schmitt    

Area orchard owners are taking precautions to prevent deer from damaging their young trees that will produce future cherry and apple crops.  Steve Wood of Wood Orchard in Egg Harbor and Sturgeon Bay is in the process of building a deer fence around 80 acres of land on Sturgeon Bay's northeast side.  He says his orchard had suffered extensive damage last winter and required some action taken.


Wood says there are many different types of fences that can be constructed, but he is choosing an eight-foot-high woven-wire deer fence on wooden posts.  He estimates that the cost will be $50,000 for the fence that will protect his apple and cherry orchard business.

Milk Prices continue to stay low for area dairies

By Paul Schmitt    

Area dairy farmers are hoping that milk prices make a comeback later this year.  According to Hoard's Dairyman, the price of August Class 1 fluid milk is at $14.15 as announced on July 18.  The price reflects a $1.21 decrease from June.  Rich Olson of Olson Family Farm and a member of the Ag Advisory Board, says he and other area dairy farmers are hopeful of a bounce in milk prices.


Milk prices this year have been as high as $16.50 in May.  The national weighted average price of a half-gallon of conventional milk is $2.07, according to the USDA.

College student loan options can be confusing-- Money Management Mondays

By Paul Schmitt    

With students heading off to college in the next few weeks, Gay Pustaver from Money Management Counselors is offering some basic information about student loan debt and parent PLUS loan.  Making decisions on financing college can be a stressful and confusing time for all concerned, according to Pustaver.  She says Money Management Counselors can help weigh through the pros and cons of financial aid packages.


Pustaver says direct loans can be federally guaranteed and be subsidized or unsubsidized.  Parent PLUS loans are under the parent's name to help pay for their child's education with payments immediately starting at the time they are taken out.  You can listen to the entire Money Management Counselors interview with Gay Pustaver below.


Algoma Soar on the Shore looking to add wind to kites and event this year

By Paul Schmitt    

The Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce is adding more children activities to attract visitors for the annual Algoma Kite Festival "Soar on the Shore" on August 18.  Executive Director Sara Krouse says regardless of the wind conditions, there will be plenty to do during the event.


Beach Mosiacs, Rock Painting, and a Kite Candy Drop are planned for the fourth annual event.  The Algoma Kite Festival Soar on the Shore is organized by the Friends of Crescent Beach as well as the Chamber of Commerce.  You can find more on the planned activities for this year's Soar on the Shore with the link below.

UW Professor shares health dangers of pesticide exposure

By Paul Schmitt    

A UW-Madison professor of Integrative Biology and Environmental Toxicology, who presented Monday morning in Door County, says we risk our overall health if we continue to use pesticides for crop or lawn care. Dr. Warren Porter spoke at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Ephraim for fifty minutes Monday and shared a study he conducted that showed that agricultural chemical concentrations found in our groundwater can significantly influence one's health. Dr. Porter says Door County faces even more health concerns with pesticide usage with the limited topsoil on the bedrock of the peninsula.


Dr. Porter says studies show that our reproductive systems, nervous systems. immune systems and genetics are being negatively impacted by the use of pesticides. In offering alternatives, Dr. Porter says organic lawns can be less expensive and more efficient in water and fertilizer requirements.

Orthober mounting new specimen for Door County Historical Museum Saturday

By Paul Schmitt    

The Door County Historical Museum will have master taxidermist Mike Orthober make his final appearance of the season this Saturday.  Orthober has been adding to the "Season of Life" exhibit for over twenty years and will be mounting a new bird for the nature diorama this weekend.  He explains what visitors will see in the exhibit.


Orthober, who has won national and worldwide awards, will be at the Door County Historical Museum on North Fourth Avenue in Sturgeon Bay from 10 am until 4 pm this Saturday.  Admission to the demonstration is free.

(photo courtesy of Door County Historical Museum)

Making sure pain is not an obstacle to walking

By Terry Kovarik              

Getting around without pain gets more challenging as we get older. What may seem like just simple back or leg pain could actually be muscles that are tightening or loosening. If you like to go for long walks, Dr. Keith Fischer of Northern Door Physical Therapy and Wellness says your body could be adjusting itself to accommodate muscle changes which could create more pain when you walk. But Dr. Fischer, who has worked with athletes including pro golfers and Olympic-caliber triathlon runners, says relief is possible without medication or surgery. One local man is proof of that.



Dr. Keith Fischer will be sharing his insights through a program he calls "Do You Want to Keep Walking or Is Pain Getting in the Way?" It's sponsored by Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry. It's set for 4 PM August 12th at First Baptist Church in Sister Bay.

A film about father and son bonding shows Hollywood just can't best Wisconsin

By Terry Kovarik              

Baileys Harbor hosted a special showing of the film "Waterwalk" on Sunday. It's based on the book of the same name. A father and son bond while following Marquette and Joliet's Mississippi River discovery route in an aluminum canoe. The bulk of the film was shot in Wisconsin and many local actors were cast. Roger Rapoport, the film's producer and co-writer, says what Wisconsin and the Great Lakes region have to offer just couldn't be done by Hollywood.


Rapoport says the unpredictability of the water adds to "Waterwalk's" authenticity. One scene showing the father and son getting swamped on Lake Michigan actually took place, unscripted. It was so good that it was left in the finished film.

1st District Senate Candidates on Kimberly Clark Incentive Package

By Terry Kovarik              

The Wisconsin State Senate is currently reviewing a 100-million-dollar incentive package designed to save 610 jobs by keeping two Kimberly Clark plants in Wisconsin open. K-C announced in January it was closing its Neenah and Cold Springs plants as part of a company-wide workforce reduction. The Wisconsin State Assembly approved the plan in April. But it's facing slower action in the state senate. Senators from both parties have questions about the cost of wage incentives to be covered by the state. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation says those incentives could cost taxpayers between 101-million and 117-million dollars over 15-years. The two candidates for Wisconsin's 1st Senate district have differing views on the package. Republican Andre Jacque says he stands by his vote in the Assembly.


Incumbent senator, democrat Caleb Frostman wants more answers.


For now, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has not set a date for a vote on the Kimberly Clark Incentive package.

A convenient way to let military service members know someone cares

By Terry Kovarik              

With 11-years behind it, Adopt a Solider Door County is a success. The program sends care packages to local men and women in uniform who are serving away from home. Adopt a Soldier wants to build on that success. Its biggest fundraiser is coming up on August 4th at Martin Park in Sturgeon Bay. This year people who want to help, but don't have the time to get the goodies to put in the care package have a more convenient option. Director Nancy Hutchinson explains how "Adopt a Box" works.


"Adopt a Soldier" spends about $10,000 yearly to send care pages to about 193 service members from Door and Kewaunee Counties. So no donation is too small.

The Fish and Wildlife Services new research vessel allows multiple fish surveys

By Terry Kovarik       

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Researchers will be going further out on Lake Michigan and the bay of Green Bay. That will be possible via the new 57-foot research ship Stanford H. Smith. Operating out of the vessels home port of Kewaunee, the Smith allows researchers to net larger catches and operate in a wider variety of weather and lake conditions. Ted Treska of the Fish and Wildlife Service office in Green Bay say the Smith will allow research on multiple fish species at one time.

Treska says that something that just wasn't possible with smaller boats used previously.

Slower start to Marquette Middle School demolition saves tax dollars

By Terry Kovarik              

The first start of the demolition of the former Marquette Middle School in Kewaunee has been long in coming. But that's also helping save tax dollars. The presence of asbestos and lead required contractors to start demolition last week from the inside out. That process helps prevent contaminants from spreading outside of the demolition zone, reducing public health risk. Kewaunee Mayor Sandi Christman says meeting federal asbestos and lead remediation requirements has also helped the city's bottom line.


Current projections call for the former Marquette Middle School to be razed by the end of October and full site restoration by years end.

Personal stories wanted to try and sober up drinking drivers

By Terry Kovarik              

Wisconsin Courts have various options when it comes to dealing with people caught driving under the influence. Those range from interlock devices to license suspensions to jail time. But one approach is in short supply: People willing to share their stories of how impaired drivers have upended their lives. Victim Impact Panels bring victims fact-to-face with violators to show the impact of reckless behavior. But Door County Circuit Judge D. Todd Ehlers says the panels need a few more people willing to share their stories.



Ehlers says one of the most persuasive people to step forward was a woman who drove under the influence....and killed one of her children. He said her account brought tears to the eyes of some of the offenders.

Wisconsin D.A.R.E. Officers Association president sees success daily in Door County

By Terry Kovarik              

Door County Sheriff's Department Juvenile Investigator Chris Neuville was recently elected President of the Wisconsin D.A.R.E. Officers Association. The association meets annually and D.A.R.E officers use it as a chance to network and share ideas on what's working in their communities. Neuville has served as head of Door County's program for the past 15-years. He says one of the program's biggest successes is the ability to break down barriers and to develop trust between youngsters and police officers.

Chris Neville says he understands how relationships between young people and officers develop through school visits. It was a regular visit to his school by a retired police officer that led him to a law enforcement career.





An Oconto County crash leaves one man dead

By Terry Kovarik              

One man is dead following a single vehicle accident in Oconto County. The accident took place at 1:34 Sunday morning. The Oconto County Sheriff's Department says the vehicle was driving north on Klatt Road near County Highway V when it left the road and struck a tree stump. The driver, a 54-year-old male was airlifted to a hospital by Eagle III. Sheriff's Deputies say a passenger in the vehicle, a 54-year-old man, died at the scene. Investigators say speed appears to be a factor in the crash.

Southern Door School District to feel out possible referendum at upcoming meeting

By Tim Kowols       

A community listening session planned for August 8 at Southern Door School District could open the door for a new facilities referendum. The session will focus on the future of the District's buildings by focusing on its long-range facilities plan in several different areas. With debt falling off the books in the near future, Superintendent Patti Vickman says now is a good time to discuss the possibility of the district's first facilities referendum since 2001.

The community listening session will take place inside the elementary/middle school cafeteria beginning at 6 p.m. Vickman says the board will consider the feedback at its August 13 meeting before deciding on a possible facilities referendum on the November general election ballot.

Kewaunee County GOP, League of Wisconsin Conservation Voters spar over well numbers

By Tim Kowols       

The Republican Party of Kewaunee County expects a misleading statistic to take center stage again when the State Senate campaign heats up this fall. During the special election campaign, the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters ran advertisements against State Rep. Andre Jacque and his record on water issues. A statistic used during their campaign was that more than 60 percent of the wells in Kewaunee County had traces of feces in it. While the number was correct, it was based on wells that had previously tested positive for high levels of contamination and had a second test. The initial tests performed by United States Department of Agriculture microbiologist Dr. Mark Borchardt showed roughly a third of Kewaunee County wells were polluted. Borchardt also says those numbers could be even higher at different times of the year. Kewaunee County GOP chairperson Ron Heuer says the lie cost Jacque the election and hurts the area.

Matt Dannenberg of the WLCV admits there was a mistake and that the organization stopped using the 60 percent number after they learned about its nuances. However, Dannenberg says it does not take away from their view of the record of Rep. Jacque and Governor Scott Walker when it comes to the issue.

Heuer says they plan on countering the claim during the fall election campaign. The WLCV recently announced they are endorsing Democratic State Senator Caleb Frostman and Republican Assembly member Joel Kitchens to keep their seats.

Egg Harbor to host small community forum

By Tim Kowols       

Egg Harbor will be one of four regional sites used for a series of workshops focused on small communities next month. Presented by six different statewide organizations, the small community forums bring together elected officials, local business owners, and others for a conversation focusing on the unique challenges towns and villages with populations under 2,500 face. Village administrator Ryan Heise says he is excited to host community leaders in Egg Harbor but is also looking forward to learning from them as well.

New Glarus, Pepin, and Hurley will also host workshops through the middle of September. Egg Harbor kicks off the series August 9 at the Kress Pavilion beginning at 11 a.m.

Olson, Parks prepared to blaze new path at Door County Fair.

By Tim Kowols       

While other counties have had similar programs for years, Claire Olson and Helen Parks are excited to be the first Fairests of the Door County Fair. The pair will help promote the Door County Fair through a number of different avenues as they develop youth leadership skills. A student of the agricultural education program at UW-River Falls, Olson hopes her role helps the fair continue to thrive.

A senior at Southern Door High School, Parks says going to the Door County Fair has always been one of her favorite things to do.

Olson and Parks will be announcing musical acts and handing out ribbons all fair long when it runs from August 1 to August 5 at John Miles County Park.

Emotion outweighs logic in scams

By Tim Kowols       

Criminals know no season when it comes to scamming unsuspecting victims. Whether it is a phone call from the Internal Revenue Service or an email from a credit card company, scammers rely on people's emotions to get their desired outcome. Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski says while every scam is different; they always share the ability to elevate your emotional state of mind.

Since scammers are often hard to track afterward due to their ability to manipulate technology in their favor, Joski recommends people bring in others who are not emotionally attached to the situation to help determine if they are being subject to fraud. On Friday, the Door County Sheriff's Department alerted residents to fraud occurring with residents' emails. You can read the rest of Sheriff Matt Joski's thoughts on scams and learn more about the one the Door County Sheriff's Department shared online with this story.


Although I have made the issue of frauds and scams the topic of many articles, there seems to be an increase in the number of calls we continue to receive, and unfortunately there continues to be honest people falling victim to these types of crimes. While I could fill pages of this paper describing the various types of scams and stories of those who have been victimized, I would rather focus on the basic human trait that each and every one of these scams feeds upon for their success.

Whether the scam involves the potential to win a great deal of money in a lottery that you had never entered, or receiving a large sum of money from a relative you have never met, these possibilities raise your emotional state of mind. Although the emotions generated from these types of possibilities may be emotions of jubilee and happiness, they are still just that; emotions. On the flip side when you receive a call from what you believe is the IRS or law enforcement you experience emotions such as anxiety, fear or guilt. We can add to this list the calls from that you believe are family or friends requesting money because they have found themselves in a tragic set of circumstances and desperately need your help immediately creating emotions of sympathy, compassion and obligation.

Each and every one of these circumstances is very different, but there is one distinct shared feature and that is the ability of the caller to elevate your emotional state of mind.

This is no accident in fact it is essential to the success of their twisted endeavor because by elevating your level of emotion they are diminishing your level of logic.  This mathematical equation of : Emotions High=Logic Low is not just related to the perpetration of scams, it follows us every day of our lives and each of us can find numerous times when we made decisions and fought our own battle between emotion and logic. It could be as simple as a purchase of shoes that we really didn't need and maybe have yet to be worn as they sit piled in our closet. It could be the purchase of a home that was well above our means and caused financial stress in our lives. To a greater extent, it could be that relationship we stayed in even though we knew it was not healthy and was keeping us from true happiness. Ultimately many of the choices we make from childhood into adult life are made in the balance between emotion and logic.

As parents we watch as our children navigate through their own young lives and learn the importance of good decisions. We cheer them as they experience the joy and satisfaction of good decisions and feel their pain and frustration of consequences from not so good decisions. Each and every one of these a lesson which we hope will continue to build their understanding of when to follow emotion and when to follow logic.

In regards to scams and frauds, our ability to follow up and bring justice to victims once money is sent or vital personal information is shared remains very limited. These crimes are perpetrated many times from overseas and the technology they utilize eliminates our ability to investigate effectively. Our best defense remains our own logic and when possible the logic of those around us. If you are contacted with an opportunity that seems too good to be true or a call which causes you a high level of anxiety, take a moment to contact a family member or friend. Create an environment where someone other than yourself who is not emotionally attached to the event can review the situation and hopefully bring a more logical perspective. Also, please share your experiences with others. Your close encounter with a scam may make the difference for the next person on the receiving end of a call or email.

Donations coming in for Habitat's Vintage Home and Garden Fair

By Tim Kowols       

Donated items are getting a new lease on life as artists and do-it-yourselfers complete their projects for September's Vintage Home and Garden Fair. Organized by Door County Habitat for Humanity, people can pick items for free from the ReStore and either refinish it or give it an entirely new look and use. ReStore manager Megan Dietz says all you have to do is be creative.

Items are due back to the ReStore by August 15 in advance of the Door County Habitat for Humanity's Vintage Home and Garden Fair on September 1. During the organization's most recent audit, the organization had saved 20 tons of building materials, furniture, and appliances from landfills while raising money for its home build and improvement projects.

Cherry harvest looking good in Door County

By Paul Schmitt    

Cherry picking season is in full mode throughout the Door Peninsula.  The cherry crop harvesting in orchards is about halfway through the season, according to Steve Wood from Wood Orchards in Sturgeon Bay and Egg Harbor.  He shares an update of the tart and sweet cherries in Door County.


Wood categories the cherries as "above average" quality with no weather issues affecting the crop.  He forecasts a possible increased volume as well for sweet and tart cherries.

Dairy group wants a chance to let manure spreading reforms work

By Tim Kowols       

Members of Peninsula Pride Farms hope they are given a chance to let a number of new regulations and changes to their manure spreading practices work before more ordinances are enacted. The town of Liberty Grove could vote on a measure next week that would put strict limits on manure spreading, including not allowing farms from outside the township spread there. Farmers in northeast Wisconsin were already put under stricter guidelines on July 1 that forbids them from spreading on land with extremely thin soil. Peninsula Pride Farms President Don Niles says unintended consequences could arise if other townships follow suit, some of which are not even environmental in nature.

Niles also fears ordinances like those already passed in Nashotah and Delafield, Wis. could lead to nearby agricultural land being overtaxed by nutrients or developed. Door County residents were expected to speak in favor of such rules to the Land Conservation Committee and the Town of Gibraltar board during their July meetings.

City of Kewaunee prepares for round two of road work Wednesday

By Tim Kowols       

After a brief break, road construction season continues in the city of Kewaunee on Wednesday. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation begins its $1.9 million road improvement project, which stretches from Miller Street to Duvall Street on State Highway 42. The city's bridges over the Kewaunee River and Ahnapee State Trail will be rehabbed as the highway gets resurfaced. One lane of traffic will remain open while flagging operations and temporary lights help direct vehicles. When it comes to major thoroughfares through a city's downtowns, Mark Kantola from the DOT says they try to be as quick as possible without getting too much in the way.

Kantola expects work to be finished in October. The city of Kewaunee started work on the one-mile stretch July 10 to upgrade its sanitary sewer, potable water, and stormwater infrastructure.

Summit Players brings Shakespeare State Park tour to Whitefish Dunes

By Tim Kowols       

For the fourth season in a row, the Milwaukee-based Summit Players will visit Door County as a part of its 17-stop Wisconsin State Park tour. At each stop, the seven-member troupe will engage with the audience in a 45-minute workshop to get people familiar with the artistic stylings of William Shakespeare before performing "The Twelfth Night." The Summit Players' A.J. Magoon says the idea of taking actors to tour the state parks actually started with a visit by executive director Hannah Klapperich-Mueller to Potawatomi State Park with her family.

The performances are free with state park admission. The Summit Players make their Door County stop on August 5 at Whitefish Dunes State Park. The workshop begins at 1 p.m. with the performance starting at 2:30 p.m.

Contractors head to the sky for granary restoration

By Tim Kowols       

Crews from Drury Designs have headed to the roof to begin the restoration work on the former Teweles and Brandeis grain elevator. The granary has spent much of its time on the east side of Sturgeon Bay untouched, but work began this week to install temporary windows and repair the roof to close in the building. Contractor Pat Drury says the biggest challenge right now is simply moving around the structure at such a high elevation.

Once the entire building is enclosed at the top, Drury says crews will head inside to power wash the interior's walls. The former grain elevator was moved to property owned by developer Peter Moede on March 29.

Duluth Avenue sidewalks a win for outdoor enthusiasts

By Tim Kowols       

Sidewalks and bike lanes may not seem like a big deal, but it is for those who use public roads to recreate. The Duluth Avenue/County Highway C reconstruction will include new bike lanes and sidewalks when it is finished later this summer. Since the project used federal funds to complete, the installation of the sidewalks, which go the entire length of the roadway, was mandatory. Bicyclist Paul Anschutz applauds the new addition, saying it represents the city of Sturgeon Bay's comprehensive plan recommendation.

Anschutz says the sidewalks will also make it safer for area kids to walk to school and improves access to the Ice Age Trail. The Duluth Avenue/County Highway C project is expected to conclude by the middle of August.

Good Soybean Forecast Being Offset by Tariffs

By Terry Kovarik              


Recent rains have aided area soybean growers and agriculture agents expect a good yield because of it. But the Trump Administration's tariffs on China and other trading partners could be an obstacle to some area growers' bottom line. U-W Extension Ag Agent Aerica Bjurstrom says growers have seen prices for their crops drop to between seven and nine-dollars a bushel. That's nearing the break-even point Bjurstrom says China's responses to U-S tariffs are being felt in our area.



The soybeans turned away by China were then sold at lower prices and diverted to other countries while shipping costs increased. But with two more months before the harvest, Bjurstrom says there's still time for a turn around.

LWV Door County looks ahead to fall elections with release of forum schedule

By Tim Kowols       

There is still a primary between now and the fall general election on November 6, but the League of Women Voters of Door County has already set the dates for its candidate forums. The organization will host three separate events in September in consecutive weeks. The Door County Sheriff candidate forum will be on September 13, Wisconsin Senate District 1 on September 22, and Wisconsin Assembly District 1 on September 27. League of Women Voters of Door County member Barb Graul says they announce the dates well in advance so people can mark the events on their calendars and they host the forums early so people can have the information they need quicker.

Graul says more details on the forums including how to ask questions will be released after the primary election on August 14. All forums will be recorded for people who either miss it or want to watch it again.


Forums will be held at the following dates, times and locations:

Door County Sheriff:  Thursday, September 13, 6-8 PM at the new

Door County ADRC/Community Center, 916 N. 14th Avenue, Sturgeon Bay


WI Senate District 1:  Saturday, September 22, 9:30-11:30 AM at the

Southern Door Community Auditorium, 2073 County DK (just off Hwy 57), Brussels


WI Assembly District 1:  Thursday, September 27, 6:30-8:00 PM at the

Sturgeon Bay City Council Chambers, 421 Michigan Street, Sturgeon Bay

Color Brave Photo Exhibit being shown in Door County

By Paul Schmitt    

A traveling racial literacy exhibit to help spur local conversations on promoting inclusion for people of color is coming to Door County.  The FIT Oshkosh exhibit called "Color-Brave Photo Project: Black and Brown Faces, A New Narrative" will be displayed at Hope United Church of Christ in Sturgeon Bay for three days in August.  Shirley Senarighi of the Door County Civility Project shares what the traveling exhibit all entails and the organizations responsible for bringing it to Door County.


The Color-Brave Photo Project will be displayed August 24 through August 26 at Hope Church and include a special reception and viewing on that Friday at 6:00 pm.  A community conversation with will follow at 7 pm and be facilitated by FIT Oshkosh.

(photo submitted)

Color-Brave Photo Project - Poster-FINAL (1)

Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center has Kewaunee County ties

By Tim Kowols       

The Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center may be located in Manitowoc, but its neighbors to the north in Kewaunee County helped make sure the new museum was a reality. The 29,000 square-foot facility includes interactive exhibits, a birthing center, and an opportunity to visit a nearby farm. At least six Kewaunee County farm operators have contributed to the project, some of which donated more than $10,000 to see the building rise from the middle of a cornfield. The family of Carlton-born agricultural pioneer Norval Dvorak has also donated thousands of dollars to the $13 million facility. Dale Bogart of Deer Run Dairy in Kewaunee says supporting the industry's education efforts is important.

The Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center officially opens its doors this weekend.

Door County Juvenile Investigator Name President of Wisconsin D.A.R.E. Association

By Terry Kovarik              

A school visit from a police officer led Chris Neuville to a law enforcement career. When the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program was first established, Neuville, who serves as a Door County Sheriff's Department Juvenile Investigator, became part of it. 15-years later, Neuville has now been elected President of the Wisconsin D.A.R.E. Officers Association. He says he's honored to head the state-wide organization of a program that he knows is very effective. Neuville saw that when a woman reported to him about being sexually abused.



Neuville says his new role as President of the Wisconsin D.A.R.E. Officers Association won't get in his way of visiting local schools. And he reminds people that the key to ensuring D.A.R.E.'s continued success is through donations that pay for its operations.

Washington Island School District hosts meet and greet for new leadership

By Tim Kowols       

Washington Island residents can meet the new leadership team behind its school district at a meet and greet event this Saturday. On July 1, the Washington Island School District Board split the role of superintendent into three separate positions. Two out of the three are familiar faces with Sue Cornell being promoted to business manager and Michelle Jordan to special education director. Michelle Kanipes left her position as dean of students and activities director at Southern Door School District to become the island's middle and high school principal. Board President Amy Jorgenson told earlier this month that they wanted to take a different path after three superintendents resigned in approximately eight years.

The meet and greet event will take place at Washington Island School from noon to 2 p.m.

"Escarpment" movie to be featured at Crossroads Saturday--VIDEO

By Paul Schmitt    

A documentary film about the Niagara Escarpment that received national acclaim will be shown this weekend in Sturgeon Bay.  Roger Kuhn's movie "Escarpment", which debuted in April of 2017 and received an award at the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Film Festival last year, will be shown at Crossroads at Big Creek on Saturday afternoon.  Kuhns, a geologist as well as a writer and moviemaker, describes what the audience will experience while viewing the western shoreline of  Door County's landscape.


Kuhns says he made the movie because he hoped that by an understanding of what was here before us, we can better stewards of the land today.  The free documentary showing will be at 1 pm with Kuhn's introduction and then an answer and question period after the showing.

Editorial Comment: Before city settles lawsuit the public deserves to know who made promises to Papke

By Roger Utnehmer, President and CEO

The Sturgeon Bay city council is soon to settle a pending lawsuit filed by developer Robert Papke for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Before that settlement takes place, taxpayers who ultimately foot the payout bill are entitled to some answers.

How was Robert Papke misled and by whom? The answers to those questions are just as important as any provision in a settlement agreement with Papke.

He claims to have had rose petals thrown at his feet. If he was misled, lied to and kept in the dark about the ability to build the proposed Sawyer Hotel on the west-side waterfront, courts will probably rule against the city and in favor of Papke. Sturgeon Bay taxpayers will be footing the bill for those rose petals thrown at Papke's feet. The cost will be in a settlement for several hundreds of thousands of dollars and higher insurance premiums for the city's future coverage. Before the money flows questions should be answered.

Who in city government and the office of Door County Economic Development said what to Papke and when? As the city council continues to mull over settlement discussions in closed session after closed session one wonders if the names of those making promises to Papke will be disclosed with the same transparency as his incurred expenses for which he demands reimbursement.

The settlement talks are taking place behind closed doors in secret. The very least the public deserves when this is resolved is to know who in city government and the office of Door County Economic Development is responsible for another big dollar lawsuit and stain on the reputation of Sturgeon Bay. Who said what to Papke and when did they say it?

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

Knorn to represent Wisconsin in national dairy judging contest

By Tim Kowols       

After proving she knows a thing or two about showing dairy cows at last weekend's Kewaunee County Fair, Casco's Mikayla Knorn will show the country how much she knows about judging them. Knorn, a member of the fourth place winning Kewaunee County 4-H Dairy Judging team, will represent Wisconsin in the national dairy judging contest this fall in Louisville, Kentucky. Competitors work on identifying the positives in a cow's frame, dairy strength, rear legs, and udder and see how they compare with a judge's point of view. Whether it is showing or judging, Knorn loves the competition.

Knorn finished sixth overall in the individual competition, helping her earn the spot on the ten-member Wisconsin team.

Horseshoe Bay Cave Tours Offer Rare Look At A Geological Gem

By Terry Kovarik              

If it's August in Door County then it's time for the Horseshoe Bay Cave Tours. The cave is normally off-limits to people because of ground water conditions and because the prime tenants, four species of endangered bats, like their privacy. Door County Parks Superintendent Ben Nelson says August is an ideal time for people to see the cave. Groundwater levels are down and the bats are spending more time feeding and flying. Tour goers will also get the chance to see a nature-made art show.



The Horseshoe Bay Cave's geological attributes make for an ideal wildlife preserve.



The one hour tours of Horseshoe Bay Cave run August 4th and 5tth from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Reservations are recommended by contacting the Door County Parks Department.

Door County Parks Department (920) 746-9959 or

Washington Island Music Festival begins Monday

By Tim Kowols       

Two weeks of music kicks off Monday when the Washington Island Music Festival returns to the Trueblood Performing Arts Center. For over 25 years, classical musicians from across the country including the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra have come to Washington Island to perform a series of concerts and speak at a number of lectures. Highlights in past years have included the Under the Big Top concert and the children's music camp. Festival manager Liz Pratt says it is a unique experience for Island residents and visitors.

Some of the events held during the Washington Island Music Festival are free to attend, but donations are encouraged. You can see the full schedule for the event online with this story.

Horseshoe Bay Cave Tours Offer Rare Look At A Geological Gem

By Terry Kovarik              

If it's August in Door County then it's time for the Horseshoe Bay Cave Tours. The cave is normally off-limits to people because of ground water conditions and because the prime tenants, four species of endangered bats, like their privacy. Door County Parks Superintendent Ben Nelson says August is an ideal time for people to see the cave. Groundwater levels are down and the bats are spending more time feeding and flying. Tour goers will also get the chance to see a nature-made art show.


The one hour tours of Horseshoe Bay Cave run August 4th and 5tth from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Reservations are recommended by contacting the Door County Parks Department.

Door County Parks Dept.  (920) 746-9959  or

Tribute to lost Door County sailors highlight United States Coast Guard cutters visit

By Tim Kowols       

Two United States Coast Guard cutter ships will dock in Sturgeon Bay next month for Maritime Week celebrations. The USCG Cutter Escanaba will arrive August 5 and the USCG Cutter Neah Bay will arrive August 6 for a few days for public tours. The original Escanaba was sunk by enemy forces during World War II, claiming the lives of four Door County men with it. The Door County Maritime Museum will host a public memorial service and wreath presentation in honor of Maplewood's Leonard Delsart, Sturgeon Bay's Clarence E "Bud" Christensen and Victor J. Londo, and Ellison Bay's George W. Larson on August 6. Carrie Dorski from the Door County Maritime Museum says it is important to link the past and the present during Maritime Week activities.

Maritime Week in Sturgeon Bay officially runs from August 4 to 12. You can learn more about the visiting Cutter Escanaba and Cutter Neah Bay below.



USCGC Escanaba (WMEC-907) is a 270-foot United States Coast Guard medium endurance cutter based in Boston, Massachusetts.  The cutter is named for her predecessor, USCGC Escanaba (WPG-77). The original Cutter Escanaba was named for the river and city of Escanaba, located on Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Cutter Escanaba is tentatively scheduled to open for tours on Monday, August 6 from 9:00 to 12:00 am and 1:00 to 4:00 pm.  Cutter Neah Bay is tentatively scheduled to open for tours on both Wednesday, August 8 and Friday August 10 from 10:00-12:00 am and 2:00 to 5:00 pm.

More information about the Cutter Escanaba and her predecessors can be found at:

More information about the Cutter Neah Bay and the Bay Class icebreaking tugs can be found at:

Finishing touches are underway for the County Highway C-Duluth Avenue project in Sturgeon Bay

By Terry Kovarik              

New sidewalks and driveway aprons have been completed along County Highway C-Duluth Avenue south of West Oak Street. Similar work is underway south of West Oak Street to Highway 42 and 57. And Sturgeon Bay City Engineer Chad Shefchik says a final key portion of the project is nearing completion.

Shefchik says contractors have been able to keep the County Highway C-Duluth Avenue project on time, despite a later winter storm in April. While it's looking like the project is almost done, he urges people to be patient when driving through the area. But by mid-August everything should be done.

A new building option for Sevastopol Schools

By Terry Kovarik

Voters could soon decide whether to pay for upgrades to the Sevastopol School buildings. The district last night heard presentations by Bray Architects and Miron Construction for an addition to the 1965 section of the building. Superintendent Kyle Luedtke says that addition would replace the two older sections of the building.


The estimated costs for the project would be $25.1 million.  The recommendation will be taken up by the full school board next month. If approved, the plan could go before voters in November

Farmers head to fields for summer harvest

By Tim Kowols       

The time is now for many farmers to head to their fields to harvest some of the first crops of the season. According to the Wisconsin AgConnection, corn and soybeans are progressing ahead of schedule while oats and wheat are at about the same point as they were last year. About a quarter of the winter wheat crop in the state has been harvested, which Adam Barta from Rio Creek Feed Mill says is important as prices remain tight.

According to Successful Farming, dry weather in Europe is to thank for the highest prices corn and soybean farmers have seen in about two weeks. Barta says waiting on harvesting crops could leave it susceptible to disease and damage.

Liberty Grove officials look to put strict limits on manure spreading

By Tim Kowols       

Out-of-town liquid manure haulers will have to go elsewhere if the Liberty Grove Town Board approves a new ordinance next week. Under the proposed ordinance, liquid manure spreading would essentially be eliminated and any type of fertilizer would have to originate within the town's border in order to be spread. The village of Nashotah and the city of Delafield passed similar measures earlier this year, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Town chairperson John Lowry says the action is meant to protect the area's groundwater, which is susceptible to contamination due to its thin soils.

Lowry says the board could vote on the ordinance at its meeting next week if lawyers say it is within the town's means to place the restriction.  County citizens were also expected to bring up the cause to the Town of Gibraltar and the Door County Land Conservation Committee at meetings held earlier this month.

Southern Door School District receiving improvements thanks to state programs

By Tim Kowols       

Southern Door School District is benefiting from two state programs to help improve its energy efficiency and security. Crews have been on site for most of the summer working on a number of different projects including the replacement of parts of the roof and upgrading light fixtures. Superintendent Patti Vickman says the district is able to make these improvements thanks to a state program that allows them to exceed local revenue limits to put in energy efficiency measures.

Southern Door School District also became the latest locally to receive funds from the Department of Justice as a part of its School Safety Grant Program. Business Manager Mark Logan says the nearly $64,000 received will go towards a digital notification system, video monitoring, and other security-related projects.

Former Sturgeon Bay School Board member sees finances as key issue

By Paul Schmitt    

John Hauser, who stepped down as a long-time member of the Sturgeon Bay Board of Education, says finances continue to be the biggest challenge facing schools.  Having served 20 years on the Sturgeon Bay School Board including a term as president, Hauser stepped down last month after taking a new job in the Milwaukee area.  He says Sturgeon Bay schools are like others that are trying to do more with less.


Hauser says he would give the state legislature a "C" for a grade on their current education policies.  He adds the average is not good enough and more has to be done for schools at the state level.  Mike Stephani was selected as Hauser's replacement this week on the nine person Sturgeon Bay school board.

Local Farmers prefer federal trade over aid

By Paul Schmitt    

At least two local farmers would like the federal government to focus on improving trade relations with other countries rather than issuing additional aid.  According to the USA Today, The Trump administration announced a $12 billion package of agricultural assistance to farmers and ranchers on Tuesday.  Rich Olson of Olson Family Farm says he prefers a focus on the tariffs that is hindering trade.


Jim Wautier of Church-Site Farms in Brussels says federal aid is just a temporary fix.


The United States Department of Agriculture will send payments to producers of dairy, hog and certain crops.  Commodity surpluses of fruits, nuts, rice, beef and pork will be purchased and distributed to food banks and nutrition programs.

World War I Doughnut Girls and Their Contributions to Women's Rights Remembered

By Terry Kovarik

Tom Mulinix's father was a World War II veteran who always told Tom's mother to never pass a Salvation Army kettle without giving a few coins. That was in gratitude for the help of the Salvation Army's Donut Girls. Mulinix, who lives in Door County, began hearing more stories about the Donut Girls and how they helped soldiers with a simple pastry during lulls in the action and a simple smile. But Mulinix learned that the World War I Donut Girls were right in the thick of battle and provided an incentive for the fighting men.

Mulinix says word of the Donut Girls' contributions to the war effort played a role in helping pass the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. Mulinix will be sharing more about the Donut Girls July 28th at the Door County Historical Museum in Sturgeon Bay.

Realistic fiction books popular with area teens

By Paul Schmitt    

Realistic fiction books popular with area teens

With studying from school text books still over a month away, some area teenagers are using the extended break for more casual reading.  Beth Lokken, Youth Services Director at the Sturgeon Bay Library says teens have gravitated to more realistic fiction books and away from fantasy novels like Harry Potter.


Lokken says more books are being published with a diversity of backgrounds and cultures.  You can find more information on the Door County Library branches below.

A Film About Retracing the Voyages of Marquette and Joliet Features Local Actors

By Terry Kovarik 

Wisconsin's role in the discovery of the Mississippi River and a father and son bonding trip are the subject of the film "Waterwalk". It's based on a true story of a man who decides to retrace Marquette and Joliet's route along the Mississippi by canoe with his son. Most of the film was shot in Wisconsin and features a number of Wisconsin actors, including Mary McDonald Kerr, Deborah Staples, John McGivern and Richard Riehle. Roger Rapoport, the producer and co-writer of "Waterwalk", says the film strives for authenticity. That's evident in the Wisconsin, Great Lakes and Mississippi locations and the use of a 16-foot aluminum canoe. Rapoport admits he, the film crew and the actors got more authenticity than they bargained for.


Rapoport says many people who are not familiar with Wisconsin, the Mississippi River or the Great Lakes are stunned that this is based on a true story.


You can see "Waterwalk" at Bjorklunden in Baileys Harbor July 29th. An introduction session with Rapoport and some cast members is set for 12:30 with the screening to follow at 1:00.

New Challenges Found With Marquette Middle School Demolition

By Terry Kovarik

It may not look like it outside but the former Marquette Middle School in Kewaunee is undergoing demolition. The contractor, Dakota Intertek, began the initial demolition work on the inside. That involves finding and removing asbestos and lead from the building. But Kewaunee Mayor Sandi Christman says deterioration of the building is forcing demolition crews to move cautiously.

Mayor Christman says she's been told by the project engineer that further contaminants may not be so easily found.

Mayor Christman says once all asbestos and lead have been removed Dakota Intertek will begin tearing down the structure. That process could take until late October with site restoration finished by years end.

Whitetails Unlimited still calls Sturgeon Bay home after 35 years

By Paul Schmitt    

A worldwide organization that has over 107,000 members has their headquarters located in Door County.   Whitetails Unlimited is a national conservation non-profit that was founded in 1982.  Jeff Davis, manager of communications and magazine editor, shares why Whitetails Unlimited built in Sturgeon Bay.


Davis says chapter banquets are held all over the Midwest to raise money for conservation projects.  Whitetails Unlimited publishes a quarterly magazine that is sent to all their members.  You can find more information on Whitetails Unlimited membership with this story online.

Washington Island's Julian Hagen musical roots run deep

By Paul Schmitt    

A Washington Island musician is spreading his talents around Door County.  Julian Hagen, who has been playing guitar for over four decades, passes his time on the Island performing and working at his stone quarry where he says he "makes little rocks out of big ones".  Hagen comes from five generations of Islanders who have made music an important part of their daily lives.  He shares how his family's love for music impacted his youth.


Hagen says he began writing music at the age of sixteen and categorizes his music as folk-based.  James Taylor, John Denver and Bob Dylan are musical performers that influenced his music.  The Hagen Family Christmas has been performed over the past twenty years in Sturgeon Bay.  Hagen will be performing this Thursday evening at the Woodwalk Gallery in Egg Harbor for a "Concert with a Cause" benefiting the Door County Land Trust.


(photo submitted)

Stephani chosen to fill seat on Sturgeon Bay School Board

By Paul Schmitt    

The Sturgeon Bay Board of Education has selected a new member to serve on the board.  On Monday the Sturgeon Bay School Board chose Michael Stephani to fill the seat held previously by John Hauser.  Stephani will serve on the school board through April of 2019.  Plans are for Stephani to be sworn in at the next regular school board meeting set for August 15.

Getting a Better View of Fish Stocks Through a New Research Ship in Kewaunee

By Terry Kovarik      

The research vessel Stanford H.

Smith makes its home port in Kewaunee. But the new 57-foot ship will give the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service a better assessment of white fish, lake trout and other fish stocks. The Smith is more suited to the waters of Lake Michigan and the bay of Green Bay than the 22-foot boat previously used. Ted Treska, from the Green Bay Fish and Wildlife Service office says the Stanford H. Smith provides a much larger work area while under sail.

Treska says the research finding during spring and fall assessments will provide a data base for researchers in other states and provinces.

Short term pain for long term gain not cutting it for Senator Johnson

By Tim Kowols       

After hosting farmers, manufacturers, and other business owners in Milwaukee last week, Senator Ron Johnson is turning up the pressure on the Trump administration to bring certainty to the ongoing trade war. New tariffs from Europe, Canada, Mexico, and China are taking thousands of dollars out of business owners' pockets daily, whether it is a soybean producer or an auto parts manufacturer. Senator Johnson says the longer it goes on, the more difficult it will get for industries like agriculture.

With stemming the immediate damage a focus, Senator Johnson hopes the Trump Administration uses their leverage to conclude the trade deals to bring certainty and enthusiasm back to the economy. According to Senator Johnson, Wisconsin currently has a trade surplus with Canada and Mexico, especially when it comes to its dairy products.

Wednesday night service brings God to the docks

By Tim Kowols       

For the eighth year in a row, local ministers are bringing the Good Word along with great music to Ephraim on Wednesday nights. Anderson Docks-ology, which began earlier this month, features a different leader from six different congregations as they lead a sunset service complete with musical accompaniment. Pastor Dawn Volpe from Ephraim Moravian Church says the ecumenical program has been a great way to reach out to the community.

The next service takes place at Anderson Dock beginning at 7:30 p.m. and will feature Rev. Joel Rose from Ellison Bay's Bethel Baptist Church and its praise band. The Anderson Docks-ology series concludes on August 15.

Gibraltar Schools Get State Money For A Video Surveillance System

By Terry Kovarik

The Gibraltar School District is one of 67 Wisconsin districts to receive safety grants from the Wisconsin Department of Justice. The district received $60,000 as part of a $4.9-million grant program. Gibraltar School Board President Mark Weborg says that will allow the district to install a more comprehensive video surveillance system.

Weborg says the video camera system was already budgeted for Gibraltar School. The $60,000 grant will help pay for the majority of the $100,000 price tag.

Kewaunee County merges Zoning with Land and Water Conservation Department

By Tim Kowols       

The retirement of a long-time administrator created an opportunity for Kewaunee County to merge two departments Tuesday. The zoning department will merge its services with the land and water conservation department after Director of Zoning Glenn Selner retired after nearly 40 years of service to the county. The zoning department had been in charge of septic inspections, shoreland permits, and building questions. Kewaunee County Administrator Scott Feldt says the merger will not only save the county money but also help the department be more efficient moving forward.

Beginning Wednesday, zoning questions will be directed to the Land and Water Conservation Department offices located at the Kewaunee County Fairgrounds in Luxemburg.

New hearing loss support group established in Door County

By Tim Kowols       

Door County residents with hearing issues will soon have a new group to lean on for support. The Hearing Loss Association of America recently announced its plans to establish a chapter in the area called the Door Advocates for Hearing Impaired. During its Wednesday organizational meeting in Sturgeon Bay, the HLAA will provide assistance and resources for people dealing with life with hearing loss. According to Door County Aging and Disability Resource Center Activities and Volunteer Coordinator Cathy Keller, joining a support group like the DAHI can give a lot of information.

The DAHI and the HLAA will host their meeting at the Door County Community Center in Sturgeon Bay beginning at 11 a.m. You can find more information about the two groups and the meeting itself online with this story.

Door Advocates for Hearing Impaired


Organizational Meeting

Wednesday, July 25, 2018



Do you have a hearing loss? Does someone close to you have a hearing loss? According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 48 million American adults (20%) have some degree of hearing loss. HLAA provides assistance and resources for people with hearing loss and their families and co-workers to learn how to adjust to living with hearing loss.


DCHI is in the process of forming a new chapter of HLAA in the Door County community to develop a program for advocating for individuals who are hearing impaired.


Please join us at the Aging and Disability Resource Center at 11:00 a.m. on July 25th for an organizational meeting and introduction to the Hearing Loss Association of America.



Wednesday, July 25, 2018

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


Aging and Disability Resource Center at the Door County Community Center

916 North 14th Ave.

Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235


Educational material will be provided.


People of all ages and all degrees of hearing loss are welcome.

 A hearing loop system will be provided to ensure full communication access for all attendees.




For more information about Door Advocates for Hearing Impaired, please call 920-868-2997.

For more about the Hearing Loss Association of America go to

Algoma area tourism off to a good start this summer

By Paul Schmitt    

Coming off the hosting of Farm Technology Days last year, Algoma businesses and tourism seems to be benefiting from another strong summer.  Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce Director Sara Krouse says signs so far this summer have been positive.


The Algoma area has a couple bigger annual events planned for August including Soar on the Shore and Shanty Days, according to Krouse.  The 36th Annual Kewaunee-Door County Salmon Tournament is also currently going on through this Sunday as well.

The Forestville-Maplewood Lions Club "eyes" on impacting world at Door County Fair

By Paul Schmitt    

A local organization will be helping eye care missions throughout the world with a special promotion during the Door County Fair.  The Forestville-Maplewood Lions Club is asking customers to bring old pairs of prescription eyeglasses to help their worldwide campaign to reduce visual impairment.  For each donated pair, the customer receives a free burger.  Member Tom Mueller explains what is done with the glasses from there.


The eyeglasses are provided free of charge when they go overseas, according to Mueller.  The Forestville-Maplewood Lions Club has 30 members currently and will feature one of the main food booths at the Door County Fair from August 1st through the 5th.

Door County Land Trust connecting nature trails on Washington Island

By Paul Schmitt    

The Door County Land Trust is busy maintaining and marking trails throughout the many nature reserves this summer.  Next Tuesday, July 31, the stewardship group will be working on the Detroit Harbor Nature Reserve. Development Director Cinnamon Rossman says volunteers will be connecting two trials with the cooperation of the Town of Washington.


A crew from Washington Island will start early while others will travel the ferry to help out during the day, according to Rossman.  She says that the stewardship group tries to meet on a monthly basis through the summer to stay ahead of invasive species like garlic mustard that can infiltrate areas.

Marijuana debate picking up steam in Wisconsin

By Tim Kowols       

More counties across the state are taking up advisory referendums regarding marijuana usage in Wisconsin. Brown County became the latest last week to approve an advisory referendum for this fall asking voters if they would be in favor of legalizing marijuana for medicinal uses. A "yes" vote would not change current laws, but only ask the Wisconsin Legislature to consider it in an upcoming session. The Boards of Supervisors for Door County and Kewaunee County have not considered their own measure on it yet. Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski says the debate should move cautiously as communities deal with addiction issues with other drugs.

The counties of Dane, La Crosse, Milwaukee, Rock, and Sauk will all have marijuana-related referendums on their ballots this fall.

Christmas shopping plans start earlier to save up

By Tim Kowols       

It takes longer than just the couple weeks before Santa's arrival to prepare for an expensive Christmas shopping season. The American Research Group estimates shoppers around the country spent an average of $983 on Christmas gifts last year, up over $50 from 2016. Being able to save up or spread out your purchases before the holidays could you help out your bottom line at the end of the year. Gay Pustaver from Money Management Counselors suggests saving year round.

Pustaver says spending ahead of time can also help you save money so you are not rushed in to buying something above what you budgeted. You can listen to the entire Money Management Monday interview with Gay Pustaver online with this story.


Art and Nature Center offers something for everyone on Washington Island

By Tim Kowols       

From looking at paintings to holding snakes, there is plenty of variety to go around at the Washington Island Arts and Nature Center. The ANC is the site of several pieces of art done by Washington Island artists, covering paintings, photography, and fiber arts. Director Laura Waldron says the ANC can also get people up close to nature.

A recent grant allowed the ANC to install a pollinator garden and improve its native plantings around the building. Open every day, the last day of the ANC's season is September 16.

Electric line break comes at an opportune time for Washington Island

By Tim Kowols       

It has not been the most convenient situation for Washington Island, but the break of their electric cable in June could have an unintended benefit. Door County is partnering with Nsight to earn a grant that would help make the installation of an underwater fiber optic cable to the island from the mainland more feasible. The goal would be to replace its current microwave signal service with replace it with a more reliable source. It had been considered before, but the costs were considered to be too high. Door County Administrator Ken Pabich says replacing the electric line is good timing for a project like this to be done.

Nsight announced earlier this year it had completed a fiber route on the mainland that would help improve phone and internet service in the county. Fixing the electric cable could cost more than $3 million to fix, but a state of emergency declaration by Governor Scott Walker recently could make the project eligible for state and federal funds.

Keep your estate plan paperwork close by--VIDEO

By Paul Schmitt    

Having an organized estate plan with all your important documents readily available is important when the information is needed quickly, according to attorney Bob Ross of Ross Estate Planning in Sturgeon Bay.  Ross shares some of the key paperwork that should be found in your estate plan.


Your estate plan should be in one place and easily accessible, according to Ross.  He says in the event of an emergency, you want it found quickly by family members, so action can be taken right away.

Just Like Family providing help to aging and disabled

By Paul Schmitt    

A relatively new non-profit organization in Algoma is reaching out and helping people stay in their own homes.  Just Like Family Diversified Services provides personal care and maintenance services to the elderly and people with disabilities. Adam Feest, founder and CEO, explains the most satisfying accomplishments achieved by the organization to date.


Feest came up with the idea to start the Just Like Family non-profit organization last September and is in the process of getting a 501 c 3 status approved by the IRS.  You can find the contact information below.


Kewaunee Public Library presents Libraries Rock

By McKenzie Konop       

The Kewaunee Public Library is holding a program to encourage children to read over the summer.  The reading program is a nation-wide event with this year's theme being "Libraries Rock."  The theme mixes music and reading with fun learning programs, materials and activities for the kids, teens and adults.  The goal of the program is to keep children from falling behind on their reading skills.  Kewaunee Public Librarian Linda Aulik :: ALL-ick ::says the most popular event is the family game night.


The next Libraries Rock session will be on July 25 at the Kewaunee Public Library.  The program is available to all ages.

Kewaunee County girl found safe

By Tim Kowols       A Kewaunee County girl that went missing Sunday has been found safe. Audrianna "Audrey" Kuhn, 12, was last seen at 8 a.m. before being reported as a missing person/runaway according to a release Sunday afternoon. Kuhn was reportedly on her way to Newfane, New York, which is located northeast of Niagara Falls before she was found.

Kewaunee County Fair brings positive impact to Luxemburg

By Tim Kowols       

Even after the last exhibits were removed from the Kewaunee County Fairgrounds on Sunday, Luxemburg officials hope the village leaves a lasting positive impression on its visitors. Thousands of people come to the Kewaunee County Fair's four-day run with exhibitors first entering the fairgrounds on Monday. Village President Ken Tebon says hosting the fair every year provides a boost, even if the impact is not felt immediately.

The  Kewaunee County Fair returns to Luxemburg July 25-28, 2019.

Nature Center at Ridges Sanctuary receives sustainability awards

By Paul Schmitt    

The Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center at the Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor was honored in Milwaukee recently by the U.S. Green Building Council Wisconsin (USGBC Wisconsin).  The Nature Center was recognized with the Transformation Awards.  Ridges Sanctuary Executive Director Steve Leonard shares the work done that was instrumental in winning the awards.


The Cook-Alberts Fuller Nature Center opened in 2015 and is the first LEED Certified Commercial building in Door County.


(Submitted photo)

Quality Child Care Is a Challenge in Door County

By Terry Kovarik  

Working parents need daycare in Door County, just like other communities. But it's a challenge to find daycare that's affordable. The Door County Y operates the only state-certified daycare center serving Sturgeon Bay and the central Door Peninsula. The Barker Childcare Center on Egg Harbor Road has a capacity of 92 children and vacancies are few. Chief Executive Officer Tom  Beerntsen says the need for additional child care will grow as younger families move into the workforce. And that will require specially trained staff.

Beerntsen says despite that demand starting a new daycare center can be an expensive proposition. He estimates building a facility similar to the Barker Childcare Center would cost at a minimum one-million dollars.  And Beerntsen says that leaves families with few viable alternatives.

Adopt a Soldier seeking support as special salute is planned for August 4

By Paul Schmitt    

The biggest Adopt-A-Soldier local event of the year is planned for Saturday, August 4 at Martin Park in Sturgeon Bay.  The all-volunteer organization sends care packages to local troops serving all around the world.  Director Nancy Hutchinson says she is appreciative of the community support that is given.


Hutchinson began the Door County Adopt-A-Soldier program eleven years ago and expanded into Kewaunee County.  Over $10,000 is spent every year shipping packages to about 193 servicemen and women from Door and Kewaunee counties.  You can find more information on the August 4th event and the Adopt A Soldier program below.

Local health director recommends vaccines for children before school

By McKenzie Konop       

Many families are focused on summer vacation, but it's also time to think about school vaccinations.  Director of Kewaunee County Public Health Department Cindy Kinnard advises that families vaccinate their children as soon as possible to prevent spreading diseases to their classmates in the fall.  Kinnard says the misconceptions of immunizations being harmful are false.

Kinnard says every child, no matter what age, should receive a vaccination.  Overall, Kinnard suggests making an appointment before September, that's when spots tend to fill up.

Aging and Disability Resource Center provides for community's elderly

By McKenzie Konop       

Door and Kewaunee County senior citizens and their families can get help with difficult choices from a government agency.  The Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) offers the public information on finding solutions for long-term care issues.  This includes living arrangements, health, employment and training for seniors.  Director for Door County ADRC Jake Erickson says providing enough services with the elderly population increasing have been difficult.

Erickson says the ADRC also needs volunteers to help provide their services.  More information on how to volunteer is available with this story at

Door County offers absentee voting at end of July

By McKenzie Konop       

Voting in the upcoming primary election can be done easily and early in Door County.  Voters who are unwilling or unable to show up to the polls on Election Day can start casting their ballots on July 30.  Door County Clerk Jill Lau explains how voters can vote by absentee ballot.

Lau suggests anyone interested in absentee voting should request a ballot as soon as possible.  Early voting ends on August 10.  After that ballots can only be cast in person on August 14.

Fit Families Program aims to keep children healthy

By McKenzie Konop       

A local organization wants to help keep children happy and healthy.  The Women, Infant and Children Program (WIC) in Kewaunee County is providing the Fit Families Program to fight childhood obesity.  According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), obesity has been affecting 12.7 million children and adolescents for the past decade.  The program gives children the framework to eat more nutritional meals and snacks, get out and play more and make healthier choices.  WIC Director Rachel Bauer explains how the program reaches the framework for the children.

Bauer says the Family Fitness Program runs for a year and includes regular checkups with families on their child's progress.

Little Lake Restoration Project future plans on hold

By McKenzie Konop       

The first phase for restoring Little Lake in Sturgeon Bay has been completed but no decisions regarding the dredging of the lake have been made.  According to the Sturgeon Bay Rotary's website, the next phase of the project proposes a channel being dug to connect the lake to the bay.  The channel will let dredging equipment remove soft and hard sediment to deepen and improve the fish habitat in the lake.  Rotary Member of the Environmental Protection Committee Roger Anderson says the project idea sparked from community members complaining about the poor condition of the lake.

Anderson says the Rotary Club is patiently waiting to move onto the next restoration phase.  The Rotary Club dedicated their time to restoring the lake including collecting $100,000 in funds for the project.

Miller Art Museum displays local artist's work

By McKenzie Konop       

The Miller Art Museum is holding an art exhibit on July 21 called "Captured Moments" to showcase well-known Door County artist James Ingwersen and his portraits.  Ingwersen is known for his ability to create lifelike portraits while capturing the essence of his subject through painting.  Miller Museum Art Curator Elizabeth Shoshany Anderson says the art displayed shows Ingwersen's intimacy while painting his close friends and family members.

The event will be held in the museum which is located within the Door County Library.  Admission is free and the display will be available to the public until September 11.

Kewaunee Public Library presents Libraries Rock

By McKenzie Konop       

The Kewaunee Public Library is holding a program to encourage children to read over the summer.  The reading program is a nationwide event with this year's theme being "Libraries Rock."  The theme mixes music and reading with fun learning programs, materials and activities for the kids, teens and adults.  The goal of the program is to keep children from falling behind on their reading skills.  Kewaunee Public Librarian Linda Aulik says the most popular event is family game night.

The next Libraries Rock session will be on July 25 at the Kewaunee Public Library.  The program is available to everyone of all ages.

Youth see their hard work pay off at Kewaunee County Fair

By Tim Kowols       

The payoff may have come on the opening days of the Kewaunee County Fair, but the work that went into the hundreds of exhibits started long before that. Judging animals and other projects began Wednesday afternoon and continued through much of the day Thursday and Friday. Marie Prodell says showing her beef cattle every year is a great experience.

Megan Salentine has displayed her rubber stamping, sewing, and cake decorating skills in recent years inside the fairgrounds' exhibition hall. The former Junior Fairest of the Fair says she is proud of all the kids that participate.

The Kewaunee County Fair runs through Sunday.

It's Mid-Summer Kayak Thoughts

By Bill Schultz - Guest Correspondant       

It's the middle of the summer, can you believe it?  For me chasing those big Door County smallmouth bass has slowed somewhat, so, now's a great time to do some recreational kayaking.


Just about every inch of Door County shoreline is so beautiful and worth seeing from the water.  But, here are a few you don't want to miss.  Cave Point is one of the most popular spots in the county and with a great launch about a mile south at Schauer Rd. it's an easy paddle.  Just be careful and don't go on a day when the wind's blowing.


Tennison Bay in Peninsula Park has one of the best kayak launches in Door County and going north has you paddling by the bluffs and the Peninsula Park lighthouse.  Back to the lakeside, launching your kayak at the launch at the end of County T puts you on Lily Bay and just south only 50 yards offshore is half of the City of Glasgow that sunk on October 6, 1917.  You'll be amazed at this very large wreck in only a few feet of clear water.


Google maps is a great tool to identify great kayaking spots and launch locations as you prepare for your time on the water enjoying the incredible beauty of Door County.  And, as always, if you have any kayak fishing or kayaking questions, please email me at

Leveled dirt piles get seeded on Sturgeon Bay's westside

By Paul Schmitt    

The sight of huge dirt piles on Sturgeon Bay's west side has been leveled and seeded with grass.  After the Sturgeon Bay Common Council unanimously approved a plan to allow volunteers to plant a cover crop called annual ryegrass on the site of the leveled dirt piles, Nancy Aten of Sturgeon Bay and her husband Dan Collins went to work.  They donated the ryegrass and planted it on Friday afternoon.  She says the idea of planting grass came naturally after waiting a long time for the dirt piles to go away.


Aten says about two hundred pounds of the ryegrass was planted over the parcel of leveled dirt.  She says the quick-growing grass should fill quickly and rise within the next few weeks.

Special Mars viewing night set for July 31 in Sturgeon Bay

By Paul Schmitt    

The Door Peninsula Astronomical Society will be holding a special viewing of the planet Mars on Tuesday, July 31.  Mars will be the closest it has been to Earth in the past fifteen years.  Gary Henkelmann, president of the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society, says it will be another rare chance to view the red planet at the Stonecipher Astronomy Center.


Mars is about 35 million miles away from the Earth, according to Henkelmann.  He says Venus, Jupiter and Saturn will also be visible on the evening of July 31 as well. The public is welcome to view starting at 8 pm at the Stonecipher Astronomy Center located at Utah Street and Cove Road in Sturgeon Bay.

League of Conservation Voters endorses Kitchens and Frostman

By Paul Schmitt    

An American environmental advocacy group is throwing their support behind two local politicians on opposite sides of the aisle.  The League of Conservation Voters (LCV)  has endorsed 1st District Representative Joel Kitchens (R) and newly elected State Senator Caleb Frostman, a Democrat.  Matt Dannenberg, program director, explains the why Kitchens and Frostman have earned the backing of the LCV.


Dannenberg says the League of Conservation Voters prides itself on being non-partisan.  He adds that the LCV has a vision where hopefully, someday, partisan politics does not affect our land and water environment.

A Democratic Colleague Remembers Former Republican State Senator Mike Ellis

By Terry Kovarik   

Former State Senator Mike Ellis, whose tenure included serving as Senate majority leader and president, died this morning.  The Neenah Republican was 77-years old.  Ellis spent 44-years in the Wisconsin legislature including 32-years in the Senate.  Democratic State Senator Dave Hansen of Green Bay recalled Ellis as someone he butted heads with on many occasions.  But Hansen said Ellis helped both sides come together on key issues.



Hansen believes that Ellis's approach to governing is an example that current and future lawmakers should emulate.



In written statement, Governor Scott Walker said ...(Ellis) was a giant in the Legislature and a bigger-than-life personality in Wisconsin politics. I enjoyed serving with him as a lawmaker and as governor. We were just on the radio together recently and I love his wit and passion. He will be missed by so many of us. Funeral services for former Senator Mike Ellis are pending.

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Sturgeon Bay Wal-Mart gets reassessed in dark store case

By Tim Kowols       

The city of Sturgeon Bay and Wal-Mart will head to mediation this fall to discuss the store's current property assessment. Last September, the Wal-Mart Real Estate Business Trust filed a suit against the city in Door County Circuit Court regarding their property assessment, which at the time had a fair market value of close to $7.5 million. Over 200 cases have been filed against Wisconsin communities by big box stores by using the "dark store theory." It allows businesses to argue their locations should be similar in value to a vacant store. City administrator Josh VanLieshout says decisions have an impact on the taxpayers.

VanLieshout says Wal-Mart is in the process of being reassessed and expects the mediation session to be scheduled for September. The League of Wisconsin Municipalities was unsuccessful in their attempt last session to get the Wisconsin State Legislature to act on dark store legislation.

Union Supper Pub giving Sturgeon Bay a new spin on two classic dining experiences

By Tim Kowols       

A cross between a neighborhood bar and a classic supper club is what Wendi Carter envisioned when she opened the Union Supper Pub last month. Before the renovation, Union Supper Pub was known as Andre's, a popular supper club on Sturgeon Bay's west side. Diners will be able to find the usual supper club staples like fish frys, prime rib, and classic cocktails, but also an assortment of sandwiches and gourmet pizzas as well. Carter hopes Union Supper Pub's casual atmosphere is inviting to everyone.

Carter is no stranger to the dining scene in Sturgeon Bay, holding ownership stakes in Crate and Brick Lot Pub and Grill. Union Supper Club is open Tuesday-Saturday for dinner and Sundays for brunch.

Picture courtesy of Union Supper Pub

Sturgeon Bay School District breaks ground on greenhouse

By Tim Kowols       

Students at Sturgeon Bay School District could be tasting the fruit of their labor as soon as this fall after ground was broken on its greenhouse project earlier this week. The project was fully funded by private donations and will be used for classes spanning the spectrum of subjects. Teacher Natalie Townsend says the greenhouse led to the development of her new sustainable living class.

Food service director Jenny Spude believes the students' pride in their work will have a ripple effect in the cafeteria.

The completion date for the new greenhouse located in front of Sturgeon Bay High School is expected to be in mid- to late September.

Fairests of the Fair begin their busy weekend

By Tim Kowols       

The social calendar for the Kewaunee County Fairests of the Fair is daunting enough the other 51 weeks of the year, but it reaches its peak this weekend in Luxemburg for the Kewaunee County Fair. Fairest of the Fair Charlene Robinson and Junior Fairest of the Fair Macy Ledvina have been visiting local events since they earned their crowns in January. Robinson has been through it before when she was the Junior Fairest of the Fair in 2011 and is excited to help promote the fair again this year.

Ledvina, a Luxemburg-Casco Middle School student, says she has enjoyed her reign thus far.

There will be plenty of opportunities to see Robinson and Ledvina during the Kewaunee County Fair including awarding ribbons to exhibit participants throughout the weekend, Saturday's Crown and Sash Dash, and Sunday's parade.


Picture courtesy of Kewaunee County Fairest of the Fair

Local party chairs sound off on election impact from summit

By Paul Schmitt    

With the controversial Helsinki Summit between President Donald Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin still causing a national stir, local political party chairs are weighing in the impact the fallout may have on the upcoming fall elections.  Will Gregory, the new chair of the Door County Democratic Party, says these type of events tend to trickle down to local politics.


Kewaunee County Republican Party chair Ron Heuer firmly believes that Trump made a mistake in what he said in Helsinki but says it was blown out of proportion and will not impact the fall elections.



Trump has since stated that he misspoke on the Russian election meddling.  The fall election will be on Tuesday, November 6.

Live Algoma goes to Washington

By Paul Schmitt    

Representatives from the Live Algoma initiative were able to travel and meet with Wisconsin political leaders in Washington, D.C. this past week.  As a partner with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Live Algoma participated in what is called a "connect" program.  Algoma High School Principal and Superintendent Nick Cochart along with Cory Zimmerman of WS Packaging had a chance to meet with U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a staffer from Sen. Ron Johnson's office and Rep. Mike Gallagher.  Cochart shares what was discussed.


Cochart says connecting with the legislators will hopefully go a long way in sustaining all the programs Live Algoma has implemented in the community.  Live Algoma is an organization that promotes health and fitness in all aspects of life for students and community members, according to Cochart.  You can see a video about Live Algoma with this story below.

(Photo compliments of Live Algoma)

Belgian Heritage Center adding to visitor's experience

By Paul Schmitt    

The Belgian Heritage Center is making improvements as well as enhancing the story of the Belgian settlement in southern Door County. The mission to preserve and promote the area's unique culture, history and architecture is on display at the old St. Mary of the Snows Church in Namur. Co-president Joe Alexander shares some of the recent work done this year to the building.


The Belgian Heritage Center holds events throughout the summer including a traditional fish boil this Saturday evening. You can find more information on the Belgian Heritage Center and the fish boil with this story online.


Trout Boil Fundraiser

Press Release

There will be a traditional Door County trout boil at the Belgian Heritage Center on Saturday, July 21 with the first boil at 5:00 PM and the last at 6:30 PM.  Proceeds from this event will help support the Belgian Heritage Center and its mission of preserving and promoting the unique history of this area.

The meal will feature trout, potatoes, onions, coleslaw, dessert and coffee for $14.  Beer, wine and soda will be available for purchase.

The center's exhibits, which tell the story of the Belgian settlement in Wisconsin, will be open for viewing.  


The Belgian Heritage Center is located at 1255 County Road DK, Brussels (the former St. Mary of the Snows Church in Namur).  You can find out more about the Belgian Heritage Center at

Apple crops look to rebound in Kewaunee County

By Tim Kowols       

As cherry season hits its peak in Door County, orchard owners in Kewaunee County hope they are just as successful with their apples. Last spring's wet weather took its toll on the apple crop, forcing orchards like Hillside Apples in Casco to stop their pick-your-own schedule much earlier in the season. Hillside Apples owner Bill Roethle says even with a late start due to Winter Storm Evelyn, he is hopeful for a return to normal.

Fans of apples still have some time to enjoy other in-season fruits like cherries. Apples are usually ready to be picked in late September to early October.

Champeau takes on new challenge with young cast in "Story Theater"

By Tim Kowols       

Even though the source material may be familiar, Rogue Theater's production of Paul Sills' "Story Theatre" is not child's play for Stuart Champeau. Using mostly college-aged actors, Sills' Story Theatre meshes modern music with the tales of Aesop and Brothers Grimm in a play that earned a Tony Award nomination in 1971. Champeau had to teach the young cast techniques they were unfamiliar with, but he says it has been rewarding work.

Sills' "Story Theatre" opens this Friday and has weekend performances through July 29.

Liberty Grove supervisor enjoys lack of political labels at local level

By Tim Kowols       

Lou Covostos' first introduction to local politics may have been partisan-led, but that has not been his experience in the years since. Covostos was appointed to the Liberty Grove Town Board after his predecessor stepped down due his disappointment that his area had voted to re-elect then President Barack Obama to a second term. In the years since, the former law professor and firm administrator has enjoyed working with his fellow supervisors, constituents, and town staff. Even as the national and state debate grows more partisan, Covostos believes that is not the case locally.

Having been re-elected in the years since his appointment, Covostos is proud the town of Liberty Grove will be debt free in 2018 for the first time in several years and that local community groups are stepping up to make the area a more beautiful place.

Committee Plan for Westside Waterfront Development moves forward

By Terry Kovarik

An effort to define redevelopment of Sturgeon Bay's Westside waterfront is moving forward. The city plan commission voted 3-2 to recommend the creation of an ad hoc committee to address future use for the West side riverfront. Plan Commission Chair Laurel Hauser says despite the close vote, there was agreement that Sturgeon Bay needs a clear effort to determine the best use for the area.




The ad hoc committee plan must be approved by the full city council and is expected to be on the August 7th agenda.

Waterfront Committee Plan Would Include Non-Voting Members

By Terry Kovarik

A proposed ad hoc committee for Sturgeon Bay's West side waterfront development would include some non-voting members. They would be non-residents with the expertise needed to help put together future development plans. Plan Commission Chair Laurel Hauser says the use of outside experts is not uncommon among municipalities.

The proposed ad hoc committee would be made up of 10-12 members. The proposal is expected to be on the Sturgeon Bay City Council's August 7th agenda.

Kewaunee County Jail planning moving forward in phases

By Tim Kowols       

Kewaunee County is making sure it is taking its time when it comes to developing its new jail. Sheriff Matt Joski first started the process close to three years ago by asking the National Institute of Corrections for help planning for an updated facility. Currently, the county is undergoing a Request for Qualifications process where it will consider the future facility's needs, operational and architectural program, and schematic design. Joski says they are being deliberate to make sure they are doing it right the first time.

The RFQ draft could be approved later this fall by the Kewaunee County Board if it makes it through the Law Enforcement and Personnel committees. You can read the first in a series of Sheriff's Corners with Joski concerning the future Kewaunee County Jail online with this story.



Over the past year I have written articles regarding some preliminary efforts related to the eventual update of our Jail facility, and wanted to share where we are from a planning perspective. In the fall of 2015 I had contacted the National Institute of Corrections to request assistance in the planning of an updated Jail facility. This organization is a federal entity that offers assistance at no cost to local communities related to justice system analysis and planning coordination.

In April of 2016, we were provided assistance through this organization to conduct a Justice and Jail Analysis. This process involved a thorough review of all components of our criminal justice process along with an evaluation of our current jail facility. The next step was our involvement in what is known as a "Planning of New Institutions" workshop. This workshop took place in January of 2017 and provided an opportunity to look at the various stages and considerations when planning for an updated correctional facility. Both of these efforts were valuable in setting the groundwork for consideration of next steps here in Kewaunee County.

As a result of the work we had completed, the recommendation was to develop an RFQ (Request for Qualifications) which specifies the scope of work which would be conducted on our behalf by a professional consultant.  This RFQ will be separated into three phases. While there are numerous reasons for creating a phased approach to this project, the main one is to allow for a distinct pause at the conclusion of each phase so that a full report of findings can be given by the consultant. Also sufficient consideration can be given to the information provided from that specific phase before moving forward to the next phase which includes providing updates to the community and to allow for feedback.

The three phases of the RFQ are:

  • Needs Assessment

  • Operational and Architectural Program

  • Schematic Design

Although there will be a vast number of considerations we will have to consider at each and every decision point, the issue of community support and awareness is by far one of the most vital. Regardless of what the data tells us or the information we gain by looking at trends and current legislation, the input we receive from our community is just as important as this facility will ultimately belong to the citizens of Kewaunee County and we want it to be something we can all be proud of.

Currently the draft for the RFQ is under review and will be brought before the Law Enforcement committee in August. Once approved by the Committee it will be sent to the Personnel Committee for their consideration and ultimately will come before the County Board. Again this is a request for qualifications which will ultimately result in the selection of a consultant who will guide us as we begin the planning process.

Over the next few weeks, I will go into more detail as to what each phase consists of. If you would like to review the report which resulted from the Justice and Jail analysis, it can be viewed on our website at

I will continue to add documents and information to our website under the "Updates on Study for New Jail Facility" link, and welcome any questions you may have.

Diploma crucial to getting a better job

By Tim Kowols       

Not having your high school or general education diploma can cost you money down the road. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, diploma holders not only experience a higher likelihood of getting employed, their median weekly salary improves by over $100. Northeast Wisconsin Technical College GED instructor Nancie Brennan says many students even take their education further after going through the free program.

Brennan says GED students are always accepted and come from all walks of life. NWTC's Luxemburg and Sturgeon Bay campuses had 25 graduates from their GED classes.

Door County Land Trust reaching out to landowners for the birds

By Tim Kowols       

Even with 8,000 acres of land to care for, the Door County Land Trust is not afraid to answer questions from their neighbors. Invasive species like buckthorn and honeysuckle can pop up just about anywhere and often leaves landowners baffled with what it is and how to handle it. Executive Director Tom Clay says it can be even worse for other parts of nature like the area's bird population.

Clay says landowners can ask for help from members of the Door County Land Trust staff, who can help them by giving them background information on what they are dealing with and offer remediation steps.

Area Farmers Face Good to Marginal Corn Crops

By Terry Kovarik

Inconsistent rainfall in Door and Kewaunee Counties could mean mixed corn yields for area farmers. That's the assessment from an area U-W Agriculture agent. Corn crops are reaching the point where tassels should begin forming. That means rain is needed to aid in pollination. Aerica Bjurstrom from the Kewaunee County Extension Office says most area corn corps should be good. But the elements have not been kinds to selected areas.


But Bjurstrom adds farmers overall have had good silage from past years to make up for shortfalls in this year's crop.

Help Wanted But Few Applicants

By Terry Kovarik

Now Hiring signs and banners are a common sight throughout Wisconsin. But workforce development leaders say few employers are in a position to say no applications being accepted at this time. Wisconsin companies are having a difficult time finding applicants with the needed skill set for the jobs they have open. Bay Area Workforce Development Board Executive Director James Golembeski says that's where Fast Forward Wisconsin is making a difference.


Golembeski says it's been hard to place some unemployed workers because they have transportation, daycare or substance abuse issues to overcome.

Ad Hoc Committee Considered for Waterfront Development

By Terry Kovarik      

The Sturgeon Bay Plan Commission is preparing to move forward on West side waterfront development after all legal matters are settled. The commission will discuss the formation of an Ad Hoc Committee for West Side Waterfront Development. Commission Chair Laurel Hauser says much has been learned with past efforts to come up with a development plan. Hauser says an ad hoc committee would likely include between 10 and 12 members with various backgrounds.

Hauser says any committee would still seek public input for any potential development efforts on the Westside waterfront.

Door County Historical Society gives barn tours for residents

By McKenzie Konop       

Door County residents are being welcomed to experience some history through barns.  The Door County Historical Society is presenting the community with a seven-site bus tour on July 21 to view unique barns throughout the area.  The tours were inspired by Bernal Chomeau whose passion was to take pictures of the barns to preserve the memory of their historical value.  A volunteer from the Door County Historical Society Mary Gilbert says the tours are a way of keeping Chomeau's mission alive.

Gilbert also says there are spots still available for the tour.

East Shore Industries provides help for disabled

By McKenzie Konop       

Kewaunee County residents with disabilities are receiving help to make their lives a little easier.  East Shore Industries is giving the disabled resources and other life skills to help them live within the community.  East Shore Industries has been improving the quality of life for the disabled since 1973.  CEO of East Shore Industries Tracy Nelson says the greatest challenge for the organization is having access to transportation and resources in a rural area.

Nelson says reliable transportation gives the disabled freedom to be more productive throughout the day.  She is proud of the positive impact the organization has provided for the disabled community.

Annual KD Salmon Tournament Starts Saturday and offers economic boost

By Paul Schmitt    

The 36th Annual Kewaunee Door Salmon Tournament starts this Saturday and local businesses can expect an economic boost.  The largest summer fishing tournament on the Great Lakes attracted over 3,000 anglers last year, according to co-organizer Kevin Naze.  He says fishing offers a huge boon to the area economy during the summer months.


The nine-day tournament runs until July 29 and includes over $50,000 in prize money including a first place $10,000 cash prize and mounting of the winning salmon.  You can find more information about the 36th Annual K-D Salmon Tournament with this story online.

Sturgeon Bay City Council Delays Decision on Terminating Administrator

By Roger Utnehmer

The Sturgeon Bay City Council put off discussing the employment status of City Administrator Josh VanLieshout for at least two weeks.

Council Member Kelly Catarozoli asked that VanLieshout's position, contract and terms of employment be put on Tuesday's agenda and said earlier she would introduce a motion to terminate his employment.

The meeting started with Catarozoli asking that, out of respect for VanLieshout and his family, the discussion be held in closed session. Her motion carried with all council members with the exception of David Ward voting for the delay. That means the action is put off until the next council meeting on August 7.

Several speakers supported VanLieshout, including his wife, Teri, who said people on both sides have behaved badly and need to stop.

VanLieshout's performance was also criticized. Hans Christian said he filed a formal complaint against VanLieshout Monday.

According to Christian, VanLieshout has not responded to council members in a timely manner. Christian also accused VanLieshout of undermining efforts to develop a $10 million performing arts facility on the west side waterfront.

Mayor Thad Birmingham defended VanLieshout, saying he is not aware of any investigation into criminal behavior or misappropriation of funds. Birmingham said he wants people to know VanLieshout has performed admirably. Birmingham also pledged to look into every grievance, including a list of complaints given to him by Council Member Laurel Hauser. He concluded by saying to VanLieshout, "My hat's off to you."

The council went into closed session after a two-hour open meeting to discuss pending litigation with Sturgeon Bay developer Robert Papke and The Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront.

Bed and Breakfast businesses helping guests and each other out

By Paul Schmitt    

With tourism season in high gear, fewer and fewer vacancies in Door County are being found in the lodging industry.  Bed and breakfasts in Door County are a unique niche of business owners that, when booked up,  have no reservations in referring other places to stay in the area, according to Kelly Catarozoli from the Fox Glove Inn of Sturgeon Bay.  She says it is good business to refer people to other B & B's that offer similar experiences.


Catarozoli adds that B & B owners are like an ambassador to the city.  Dennis Statz from the White Lace Inn says referring other hospitality businesses is important and hopes it is reciprocated.


Statz also suggests visitors check out the Sturgeon Bay Information Center because it is a good reference for central Door County lodging.


(photo compliments of White Lace Inn)

State parks sees increase in attendance

By McKenzie Konop       

Attendance rates are up in Door County state parks and one park supervisor credits a particular hiking trail.  Potawatomi State Park in Sturgeon Bay is attracting more visitors because of the Ice Age Trail.  Tourists from all over come to hike the long, winding trail.  Supervisor of Potawatomi State Park Erin Brown Stender gives a brief history on the origins of the Ice Age Trail.

Brown Stender says visitors also come for the campgrounds and other various outdoor activities offered at the park.  The Potawatomi State Park is open Monday through Sunday.

WIC program provides nutritional needs for families in Kewaunee County

By McKenzie Konop       

Families in need of nutritional care can get a helping hand from the Kewaunee Public Health Department.  The Women, Infants and Children Program, also known as WIC, promotes the nutritional health and well-being of breastfeeding and postpartum women.  WIC also offers free healthy food, education and referrals to social services.  Kewaunee County WIC Director Rachel Bauer says the greatest challenge is making the program known to residents in rural areas.

Bauer encourages the women in the community to take advantage of this unique opportunity.  More information on how to join this program is available with this story at

Heritage Farm presents agricultural history tours

By McKenzie Konop       

Kewaunee County is giving its residents a glimpse of some farming history.  The Agricultural and Heritage Resource organization in Kewaunee has bus tours available traveling throughout Wisconsin to showcase hidden agricultural gems.  The next bus tour will feature John Deere equipment originally made in Horicon on display at the Dodge County Fairgrounds in Beaver Dam on July 27.  Heritage Farm Tour Coordinator Jerry Sinkula says he hopes the tours will help the community appreciate the state's rich farming background.

Sinkula says there are still seats available to reserve for the upcoming tour.  The next bus tour will be leaving from Heritage Farm in the morning.

Luedtke still proud of Sevastopol Citizen Facility Advisory Committee despite survey results

By Tim Kowols       

Even after a series of open houses, tours, and meetings, the Sevastopol Citizen Facility Advisory Committee will head back to the drawing board. The group suggested two options in the $45 million to $57 million range, but survey results showed residents would be unlikely to support a referendum for either plan. The school district's architect recently showed the committee four other trimmed down proposals, reducing potential costs to between $24.5 million to $37 million. Sevastopol Superintendent Kyle Luedtke says the findings do not take away from the work the CFAC did to get to this point.

The committee will meet again on July 25 to discuss the trimmed down proposals and develop a new timeline. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. inside the high school library.

Jordan continues to find hidden treasures in Door County

By Tim Kowols       

Whether traveling with his wife or by himself, author and photographer Tom Jordan is hardly ever without his camera. Since 2016, Jordan has compiled countless photos and essays documenting spots in Door County that often go without fanfare. Some of his favorite spots have included local bed and breakfasts and places off the beaten trail. Jordan says people know their area well, but encourages them to travel to find their own hidden treasures.

When he is not working on other projects like his upcoming book celebrating 100 years of the Milwaukee Athletic Club, Jordan periodically shares his newfound hidden treasures with You can find Jordan's past Hidden Treasures photo essays online with this story.

Girl Scouts introduce 30 new badges addressing STEM, environmental stewardship

By Tim Kowols       

Local girl scouts will have plenty of options to choose from after the Girl Scouts of the USA rolled out 30 new badges and two journeys on Tuesday. Environmental advocacy, robotics, and college preparation highlight the new slate of badges. New STEM journeys show girls how science, technology, engineering, and mathematics can help them explore new careers by thinking like a programmer or engineer. Melissa Loest from the Girls Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes says new badges and journeys help their members to explore science and the environment in an all-girl, girl-led atmosphere.

Even though many local girls are away at camp for the summer, Loest says the new badges and journeys are available now through the Girl Scouts of the USA by contacting area volunteers.

Technology aids more than just production for area farmers

By Tim Kowols       

Tom Cornette had more than just milking to worry about when Kewaunee County received over two feet of snow last April. Digging out feed piles and the milk house became paramount. Cornette reflected on the experience as hundreds came to his Luxemburg operation over the weekend to see the robotic milking equipment he installed in a new barn thanks to Abts Lely Center. With a tightening labor market, Cornette says installing the equipment was the best decision for his cows.

Abts Lely Center owner Greg Abts says the technology they are installing at area dairy operations also helps provide farmers with clean, consistent milking and plenty of data about their cow's health.

Area youth prepare for busy week at the Kewaunee County Fair

By Aerica Bjurstrom, Kewaunee County UW-Extension       

It's fair week in Kewaunee County. If you're a fan of livestock shows, they kick off on Wednesday, July 18 at 4:30 PM with the Llama and Alpaca show, followed by the Goat show.

Thursday, July 19 opens with the Sheep show at 8:30 AM, the Junior Rabbit show at 9:00 AM and Beef show at noon. Always a big crowd draw, the hog show at 6:00 PM on Thursday.

Friday, July 20 brings the Dairy show starting bright and early at 8:00 AM, Poultry show at 9:00 AM, and Round Robin Showmanship at 6:30 PM.

Saturday, July 21 will host the Livestock Auction at 1:00 PM, and will top off the night with the glamourous Dairy Futurity at 7:30 PM. Junior and open horse events happen every day of the fair.

After the parade on Sunday, stick around for Kiddie Showmanship at 2:00 PM.

Many more events are happening at the 101st Kewaunee County Fair. Come and see all the happenings this week in Luxemburg. For more information visit

Georgia Street near Egg Harbor Road getting upgrade including needed sidewalk

By Terry Kovarik

Repaving work Georgia Street to Egg Harbor is set to begin this week. Contractors will begin several days of asphalt removal, re-grading the road surface and putting down new asphalt. Work crews will also add an extension to the sidewalk that previously ended at Egg Harbor Road. Sturgeon Bay City Engineer Chad Shefchik says that will bring some long needed sidewalk access for pedestrians.



Shefchik says students at Sturgeon Bay High School will finally have a direct route to Egg Harbor Road's business district, without any detours.

Kewaunee County Food Pantry Gets Feasts For Pocket Change

By Terry Kovarik

The Kewaunee County Food Pantry is in good shape at mid-year. But some foodstuffs and cash donations are always welcome. Pantry President Ken Marquardt says canned soups and canned fruits are constantly in demand. Marquardt says the pantry has adequate cash on hand to buy needed supplies from Feeding America and other programs. But he says even a little pocket change can go a long way to helping hungry neighbors.


Marquardt adds if you spend a hundred dollars at the grocery store think also about a one-time gift of the same amount to the Kewaunee County Food Pantry because it can make a big difference.

The Door County Fair Online Registration Is a Learning Process

By Terry Kovarik

The 2018 Door County Fair is just weeks away from opening day. While registration is closed for this year's exhibitors, the registration process went online for the first time. Door County Fair Educational Liaison Dawn VandeVoort says help sessions were offered to answer questions and get help. But she calls the first online signs a good start for the future.


VandeVoort says she noticed a number of first-time exhibitors signing up. But it's too early to credit online registration.

Classic rock band Head East plays Sturgeon Bay on July 25

By Paul Schmitt    

One of the legendary rock bands of the 1970's and 80's is coming to Martin Park in Sturgeon Bay later this month.  Head East will be performing at the Harmony by the Bay concert Wednesday, July 25.  The free music concert is part of a series all summer long provided by the city of Sturgeon Bay.  Head East keyboardist and original band member Roger Boyd says that the band's first Door County performance ever is at the perfect venue.


Head East was formed in 1969 and has had three top 100 hits in the late 70's including "Never Been Any Reason" and "Since You've Been Gone". Boyd adds that the band will be sticking around after the 90-minute concert to meet with those in attendance and sign autographs.  The Head East concert at Martin Park is set for 7 pm on July 25.


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There are ways to lower prescription drug costs -- Money Management Monday

By Paul Schmitt    

The sticker shock from prescription costs at your local pharmacy may be keeping people from taking medications that they need, according to Gay Pustaver of Money Management Counselors.  She says people can get control of what they pay for prescription drugs by addressing it with their doctor before going to the pharmacy to pick up medications.


Pustaver says if you need help making your prescription needs fit your budget, contact Money Management Counselors in Sturgeon Bay.   You can listen to the entire Money Management Mondays interview with Gay Pustaver below.


Luxemburg-Casco School District busy with improvements beyond referendum

By Paul Schmitt    

The Luxemburg-Casco schools are still weeks away from being in session, but the school district is working on many improvements outside of the referendum that was passed earlier this year.  The construction and activity around the intermediate school have little to do with the referendum, according to Glenn Schlender, the school administrator.


The Luxemburg-Casco School District partnered with Nexus Solutions the past two years to take advantage of Wisconsin Act 32 that spreads up to $8.5 of facility improvements and energy savings out over 20 years without going through the referendum process.  The school year begins on September 4.

City administrator position discussion at Sturgeon Bay City Council meeting Tuesday

By Paul Schmitt    

The Sturgeon Bay City Council will be considering the city administrator position contract and terms at the regular meeting Tuesday night.  Josh Van Lieshout has been in that position since replacing Steve McNeil in August of 2015.  At the last meeting, council member Kelly Catarozoli called for an agenda item be placed discussing the employment status of Van Lieshout with intentions of introducing a motion to terminate Van Lieshout.  Other agenda items for Tuesday's meeting, include consideration of the seeding of dirt piles and convening in closed session to discuss lawsuits resulting from the west side waterfront development issues with developer Bob Papke and Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront.

Schmidt named as Shanty Days honoree

By Michael Novak-- Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce  

Paul Schmidt has spent over a half century living in, working for, and serving the city of Algoma. For his dedication and service to his community, he has been chosen as this year's Shanty Day honoree. But if you ask him why he's being honored, he'll jokingly tell you it's "just because they were scraping the bottom of the barrel to find someone."  However, if you look at his life in Algoma, you can see why he has been given this honor.

Born in Algoma in 1939, Schmidt developed a strong work ethic early, working summers with Krueger

Construction at age 14.  "When all the other kids were off playing for the summer, I was working with the men", he recalls laughing.  He was driving truck for the company before he even had a driver's license.  Hard to imagine in todays world, but the 14 year old Schmidt was occasionally sent to the tavern to pick up pitchers of beer for the men at the end of a long day.  During the school year in high school, Schmidt worked for at the grocery store as well, making 50 cents per hour.

Upon graduating from Algoma High School in 1957, Schmidt started full time at Krueger's

and worked there for the next 8 years.  "Everyone had fun working, and the boss was good to the guys," he recalls of his time.  Then in 1965 he began working for the city of Algoma street work crew, a job which included garbage pickup, snow removal, sewer and street work.  During one particularly bad storm in the winter of 1968, as the only snow plow operator in the city, he signal handedly plowed all the streets of the city, working for 46 hours straight.  He says his wife called herself a "snow widow" in the winters, as he was often away keeping the streets cleared for the town.  Schmidt worked for the city works for 38 years.

Also in 1965, Schmidt began his work with the Algoma Fire Department.  As far as he knows, he is the only person in Algoma who has held every position within the Department, starting as firefighter, working his way up to Fire Chief, from which he retired in 2004.  As Chief, Schmidt stressed teamwork and that we are all in it together.  "I saw other Chiefs from around the state that would talk about what "I did", never mentioning others in their departments.  When I took over as Chief, I told the officers that this department is a "we" operation."

In addition to working for the city and the Fire Department, Schmidt also was a charter member of the Algoma Jaycees Club in 1961, at age 22.  At the time, the Jaycees ran the Toys for Tots charity and burned the Christmas trees for the city.  "We had a competition with the Kewaunee Jaycees to see who could pick up the most Christmas trees.  Whoever lost, had to pay for the luncheon for the day we burned the trees."  While still in high school in 1956, he joined the Army reserves, serving in Battery B, 887 Field Artillery, and the unit still has reunions that he attends.  He laughs, "It was fun, we'd go to parades, drink beer, talk smart.  Not a lots changed."  Since retirement, he has been active with the Algoma Am Vets, and the Honor Guard.

Schmidt has been an active member of St. Johns Church, teaching Sunday school and serving as superintendent of the Sunday school for over 25 years.  He was also a chairman at the church for 3 terms.  When talking about the all years of service for the community, Schmidt says" I don't keep track of it all."  One can't blame him, as his lifetime of work is extensive.  Speaking to him at the Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce, where he volunteers, he says that nowadays it seems that "volunteerism is dead."  He hopes that he can be an example to others.

Schmidt has been married to his wife, Juanita since 1965.  He laughs when he tells people that "We've been married for 53 years.  To each other still!"  He says that his wife's family didn't really kid around like he does, and at first, they took him seriously when he made jokes.  "But now, after 53 years, they're starting to get my sense of humor." Together they have 4 children, 3 sons and 1 daughter that all live in the area. Sons Phillip and Tim have been trustees and members of various boards at St. Paul Church.  Tim also works for the high school maintenance department. Youngest son Peter teaches at Algoma, and is a coach of the girls' basketball team.  Daughter Tricia works for the county sheriff's department.  Schmidt says laughing, "Some people say "oh, you're so lucky that your kids are so close."  Sometimes I wish they were 500 miles away."  Schmidt is a proud grandad of 8 kids as well.

Schmidt still is making jokes, telling people he meets at the Chamber that his last name is an Irish name(despite it being quite German), just to see their reaction.  He recently had a surgery, and while being prepped, he handed the surgeon a business card for the local funeral home, jokingly saying "in case you're not as good as you think you are, you know where to send me."  It's this sense of humor that keeps him young at heart.

Mayor Wayne Schmidt, Paul's half-brother, says that "The tradition of the Shanty Days Honoree is someone that gives back to the community, someone that's involved, and has gone above and beyond, and I think that Paul fits that very well.  He's the type of individual that goes out of his way to help people."

For his lifetime of service to the community, Schmidt will have a prominent part in Saturday's Shanty Days parade, as well as being hosted at the Mayors Honoree luncheon.  The luncheon will be held at Hotel Stebbins on Friday, August 11 at noon, where Paul will be given a key to the city of Algoma.

Fishing charters booming from tourism

By McKenzie Konop       

Fish catches are up in Door County and a Sturgeon Bay guide credits hungry salmon.  Local fishing charters are obtaining more clients curious about the rise in recent large fish catches.  Owner of Door County Charters in Sturgeon Bay Andy Stuth says his clients are using fishing charters more due to all the large salmon being caught this year.

Stuth also says he notices more people from other states coming to fish in Door County.  He hopes people from all over continue to come and enjoy fishing in the area.

Lion's Club presents Belgian Days to the community

By McKenzie Konop       

An annual event held in Brussels is celebrating Belgian heritage within the community.  The Belgian Days festival was hosted on July 15 by the Brussels Lion's Club with sunny weather and a large crowd in attendance to partake in ethnic festivities.  President of the Brussels Lion's Club Kelly Tassoul says the festival has been a huge success in the community every year.

Tassoul also says the proceeds from this fundraiser go towards supporting school programs, loaning out medical equipment for people in need of it and park maintenance.  Belgian Days was held in Brussel's town park on July 14-15 with the gates opening at 7 a.m.

Humane Society merger showing positive results

By McKenzie Konop       

The newly organized Wisconsin Humane Society's Door County Campus in Sturgeon Bay is benefiting the community in more ways than one.   Vice President of Communications Angela Speed says adoption time-frame after the merger have sped up significantly.

The merger included the former Door County Humane Society along with the Bay Area Humane Society in Green Bay which combined with the Wisconsin Area Humane Society in January.  Overall, Speed says she hopes the merger will continue to benefit all the shelters and possibly increase more pet adoptions in the future.

Volunteer firefighter talks basic safety tips

By McKenzie Konop       

A local fire chief shares basic safety tips everyone should utilize.  Egg Harbor Fire Chief Steve Schopf recommends people maintain smoke and carbon monoxide detectors including changing the batteries twice a year.  Schopf also advises people on how to stay safe while out on the water.

Schopf says this time of year is when the fire department uses their water rescue service the most.  He encourages people to follow these tips to keep you and your family safe.

Electronic books replacing traditional bound books

By McKenzie Konop       

Door County library readers are making the switch from bound books to electronic devices.  Beth Lokken of the Sturgeon Bay Library reveals the usage of traditional bound books is slowly being overshadowed by electronic books in the county.  Research suggests the most popular device used for people to read books on is the Amazon Kindle.    Lokken says people are using bound books less because of their inefficiency and cost.

Lokken says the library is keeping up with the technological advances in reading.  The Sturgeon Bay Library is open Monday through Saturday.

Local good government group advises on how and where to vote

By McKenzie Konop       

A local group active in fostering good government is telling Door County residents how and where to vote but not for whom, in the upcoming primary election held on August 14.  The League of Women Voters of Door County has prepared an online voting guide that can be helpful locating polling places.  It also contains voter registration information and background summaries for candidates who will be on the primary election ballot.  Voter Service Chairman Barbara Graul says one of the reasons the League of Women Voters prepares the guide is to help clear up questions about the electoral process and increase voter turnout.

The League of Women voters guide is available online at or with this story at

Door County delegates take on the conference on national affairs

By Delilah Rose       

Each year, the YMCA program hosts a US level of Youth In Government for all state
Delegations to come together. This year, three delegates from Door County were represented in
Wisconsin's Delegation.
Delilah Rose, Grace Alberts, and Madeline Blahnik were all elected for a bid to the 2018
Conference On National Affairs during last years Model Government in Madison. CONA was
hosted in North Carolina from June 30th to July 5th.
Madeline Blahnik, incoming Junior at Sturgeon Bay, was in the Legislative Branch. Her proposal
was on providing a 2.5% general tax break for people raising a substantial amount of bees. This
only would affect small beekeepers, not commercial owners. Lastly, 5% of the bees go to Colony
Collapse Disorder research.
Grace Alberts, incoming Junior at Sturgeon Bay, was also in the Legislative Branch. Grace's
proposal was on mandating schools to teach the federal laws of sexual assault and harassment.
They would be able to apply to any curriculum; it would be as simple as teaching the civil rights
act or the constitution.
Delilah Rose, incoming Junior at Southern Door, was in the Media. She worked on a series of
stories, in all different forms of media. While in CONA, Delilah ran and was elected for the
Social Media Manager position. Along with running all social media accounts, she also wrote a
number of stories. One of her pieces was on a delegate from her own delegation, Wisconsin.
Throughout the week, Delilah profiled this individual to create a story through videography.
The week of CONA was said to be stressful, nerve-racking, exciting, and enlightening. All three
of the Door County, delegates expressed that they would love to go back and that it was an
overall great experience.

24-7 Care Food Pantry impacting families in need

By McKenzie Konop       

A Fish Creek food pantry has made a difference for families in the Door County community.  Stella Maris 24-7 Care Food Pantry drives its name from being open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.  The pantry lets people shop for what they need without the burden of worrying about passing financial background checks.  Volunteer Ben House says the pantry is having a positive impact on families, not only in Fish Creek but also by drawing visitors from throughout Door County.

House cites the feedback he receives from families using the food pantry as the affirmation volunteers need in order to know their efforts have positive outcomes for families.  Monetary and food donations can be dropped off at the Stella Maris church in Fish Creek.

Town of Egg Harbor looks to turn over keys to donated Soviet Tank

By Tim Kowols       

It may not be located within its limits, but the Town of Egg Harbor still has a say when it comes to a tank from the former Soviet Union. The Cold-War era tank donated by Bob Costa in the 1990s was supposed to go into a planned veterans museum in Egg Harbor, but for several years has resided in the Military Veterans Museum in Oshkosh. The town still has the breech ring and the machine gun for the tank, items supervisor Dale Wiegand says will be out of their hands soon once they are disabled.

Wiegand believes the tank is the only one in the United States that was gifted by the former Soviet Union. The full update of the Soviet tank's breech ring will be discussed at the Egg Harbor Town Board meeting at 7 p.m. in Carlsville.

Habitat volunteers digging deep for partner family

By Tim Kowols       

Even for an experienced core of volunteer Door County Habitat for Humanity home builders, you will have something new come up every year. In addition to an attached garage, the homebuild will include the construction of an eight-foot-high basement for the first time in several years. Crews have poured walls for four-foot crawlspaces in the past, but the size of the Purdy family required more space for the home. Construction supervisor Chuck Stone says the higher walls add about two weeks to the project.

Stone says he would appreciate more volunteers for the organization's weekly build days on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Sturgeon Bay. This marks the 41st time Door County Habitat for Humanity has built a home for a deserving family.

Excitement building for LEGO event in Sister Bay

By Tim Kowols       

Sister Bay will be a haven for LEGO lovers next weekend when the village hosts its first Brick Party by the Bay. The family-friendly event will allow people to create their own designs while watching unique creations being built by the Wisconsin LEGO Users Group. WiSLUG primarily keeps their love for brick building to the Madison and Milwaukee metro areas, but Sister Bay Advancement Association coordinator Louise Howson is happy an exception is being made for Sister Bay.

Sister Bay's Brick Party by the Bay party will take place July 21 and 22 at the Sister Bay Village Hall between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Controlling self-doubt a key to resiliency

By Tim Kowols       

To be in control or be controlled is the aspect of life many people question about themselves every day. Resiliency can help lower the anxiety you may face leading up to a particular situation. Proving negative thoughts false, applying optimism, and using perspective are all steps one can use to put a positive spin on a stressful event. Having gone through resiliency training himself, Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski says he likes this skill for its ability to build determination.


Joski suggests instilling resilience while in the moment could be the difference between success and failure. This is a continuation of Joski's series reflecting on resilience during his weekly Sheriff's Corner column, which you can read in its entirety below.



I hope that my articles on Resiliency have been helpful. I want to thank all of those who have contacted me throughout the last few months stating they have enjoyed reading them and that they have drawn some lessons from the articles. So far many of the skills I have shared have been those that you can use when an issue has either passed or is somewhat out in the future, providing time for reflection and/or preparation. The skill that I am going to discuss today is a bit different in that it is meant to be applied in the moment, or in the immediate time leading up to whatever challenge it is you are about to face. These situations are not always negative, but for a variety of reasons are causing you some level of anxiety. A good example is getting ready to teach a class, or take a test. So many times we allow self doubt to invade our thoughts and create even greater anxiety which can affect us mentally and even physiologically. Just like so many other aspects of our lives we can either control or be controlled and stress is no different.

The first step to apply when insecurity or thoughts of doubt begin to surface is to counter them with facts which prove those negative thoughts as false. A good example is getting ready to run a race. If you start to think that you are not going to be successful, remind yourself that you have trained and prepared and that you will be successful in the run. The next step is to apply optimism. In this example you may have a negative thought about your run, but you counter it with an optimistic thought such as "I may not finish first, but I will finish strong". The third step is to apply perspective. In this example of doubting your performance in a run, you counter it with a positive thought of perspective such as "Regardless of the outcome there will be other races".

The purpose of this skill is to build confidence and lower stress so that you are better prepared for the task at hand. It is not meant as a means to minimize our faults or make excuses for poor performance. This skill also allows us to remain undaunted in the face of what others may see as substantial odds against us.

What I like about this skill is its ability to form in each of us a sense of determination. When I look at so many of the men and women who are successful in their lives and the vast diversity and backgrounds which they come from, there is one characteristic which they all share; perseverance. If we look back over our history as a nation we can see so many examples of leaders who faced what seemed like insurmountable odds. From the Revolutionary War to the Great Depression we as a nation have overcome so many challenges. If you were to interview those caught up in the events you would likely see some common traits one of them being perseverance.

As a parent I can think of no other skill I would want to equip my children with than that of resilience. Whether they use it to prepare for test, or a job interview or facing what they may think at the time is a battle they cannot win, the ability to remain resilient in the moment could make the difference between success and failure. Even more importantly to help them understand that even in failure there is growth and the ability to stay positive will make all the difference in the world!



Armyworms threaten some crops in Kewaunee County

By Tim Kowols       

Some fields in Kewaunee County could use a little extra care in addition to rainfall. Recent scouting reports performed by Rio Creek Feed Mill suggests some corn, oats, and wheat crops could be affected by armyworms, a pest that takes advantage of plants near field edges, grassy areas, or were put into the ground late. Adam Barta from Rio Creek Feed Mill says armyworms do not invade the area every year, but wind direction makes their arrival unpredictable.

Barta says pesticides and specialized equipment is the best way to treat the affected crops. Farmers can usually locate the armyworms by inspecting their own fields or looking for large groups of blackbirds that enjoy eating the larva.

Ephraim Moravian Church attacks "hateful rhetoric" with Islam documentary series

By Tim Kowols       

Ephraim Moravian Church hopes to give people a new look at the Muslim faith when it begins its Thursday "Discover Islam" Series on August 2. The five-week course uses the award-winning documentary series to take a deep look at the Muslim faith and respond to questions and perceptions of Christians. Ephraim Moravian Church Pastor Dawn Volpe hopes the film and discussion clear up concerns people have about a religion they know very little about.

The programs begin at 8 a.m. and are free to attend. Each session will cover a portion of the film before breaking out into a discussion.

Ordinance looks to keep truck traffic to just local deliveries on Sturgeon Bay's 3rd Avenue

By Tim Kowols       

The Sturgeon Bay Parking and Traffic Committee hopes to make more headway to keep truck traffic on one of its busiest streets to a minimum. On Tuesday, the committee will look to approve an ordinance limiting trucks on 3rd Avenue to only those making local deliveries. Committee chairperson Kelly Catarozoli feels they addressed what they could without getting the state or county involved.

The Parking and Traffic Committee will also consider concerns at a pair of intersections, a recommendation to update the city bike map, and the closure of a street near Door County Medical Center when it meets at 4:30 p.m. in the council chambers.

New distillery hatches in Egg Harbor

By Tim Kowols       

Hatch Distilling Company poured its first drinks Friday after breaking ground on the project just five months ago. That was enough time for owner Chris Roedl to produce enough vodka for its opening weekend and be a week away from having a gin and their own version of rum ready to sample. Made with their own locally produced honey, Roedl and the rest of his family are excited to have everyone try it out for themselves.

Its whiskey is still about two years away from being ready, but Roedl is excited about the distillery's upcoming limoncello release. Hatch Distilling Company becomes the 27th distillery in the state and the second one in Door County.

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Schuessler ready to lead the DCEDC starting Monday

By Paul Schmitt    

The newly announced executive director of the Door County Economic Development Corporation will be taking over the position on Monday.  Jim Schuessler, who was named as the new leader of the DCEDC on June 29, will be coming from his role of Business Development Manager for the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation.  Schuessler says he is looking forward to working with manufacturers in the area and implementing a program he initiated in Sheboygan.


Schuessler duties in Sheboygan County included business retention and expansion, entrepreneurial development, non-traditional finance, and workforce development solutions.  Housing and the food sector are two other important areas he plans to focus on in Door County.

Luxemburg Casco design phase for new gym progressing slowly

By Paul Schmitt    

The Luxemburg-Casco School District is still in the design phase for the new high school gymnasium that is to be built as part of a referendum that was passed in April.  Superintendent Glenn Schlender says many meetings and discussions about floor plans have been taking place this summer.  He says one aspect of the referendum that is moving forward more quickly than the new gym and fitness center is the primary school improvements.


The groundbreaking for the new gymnasium was initially expected this fall, but now might be later, according to Schlender.   The Luxemburg-Casco School Board will be meeting this coming Wednesday to address some of the decisions concerning the design phase.   $15.9 million for building improvements at the primary, intermediate and high schools was approved in the April referendum.

New Jacksonport Town Hall and Fire Station construction begins

By Paul Schmitt    

The construction of a new town hall and fire station in Jacksonport is starting in earnest. Residents approved $1.5 million for the remodel and renovation last year. Town Chair Randy Halstead shares the recent work done this past week.


Halstead says the new fire department will feature four brand new bays. The two old bays will be remodeled into a meeting area with a new fire chief office and town clerk office provided. Due to the building construction, the town hall will be unavailable for meetings and events after the primary election on August 14. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of the year, according to Halstead.

Washington Island weighs cable options as Governor declares emergency

By Paul Schmitt    

The Washington Island Electric Cooperative is looking at getting two electrical cables to replace the repaired one that restored electricity to the island in late June after a two week outage.  According to a communication sent out recently, Washington Island is working with the US Fish and Wildlife to gain permission to cross Plum Island.  The cable route would be buried deep enough to avoid ice shoves, which damaged the currently repaired cable.  A special permit is required by the Wisconsin Department of Resources as well as from the Corps of Engineers for the water crossing.  Bob Cornell, manager of the Washington Island Electric Cooperative, explained the cost of getting the new cable replaced in an interview earlier this month.


The manufacturing company informed the cooperative that the two shorter cables of 8500 feet each could complete the route by the first week in November.  While a single 20,000 foot cable route would not leave manufacturing until sometime in January.   Late Friday afternoon, Governor Scott Walker declared a State of Emergency in response to the June power loss, which may qualify Washington Island for additional resources.

Frelich to lead exploration hikes at Newport State Park

By Tim Kowols       

Before there was even a Newport State Park, Lee Frelich could be found exploring its forested area. Frelich credits the summers as a young boy looking for trees, plants, and wildlife in northern Door County for leading him to his current job at the University of Minnesota Center for Forest Ecology. During the upcoming hike he is leading near Europe Bay as a fundraiser for the Climate Change Coalition of Door County, Frelich hopes people see what the future has in store for the area.

Frelich will host the hikes at Newport State Park on July 27 and August 18. We have information on how you can sign up for the hikes online with this story.

Sturgeon Bay farmer named to Dairy Task Force 2.0

By Tim Kowols       

Moriah Brey of Brey Cycle Farms in Sturgeon Bay is one of 14 farmers on a newly formed committee hoping to have a positive impact on the dairy industry. Governor Scott Walker used the main stage at this year's Wisconsin Farm Technology Days in Wood County to introduce the 31 members of the Dairy Task Force 2.0, which is made up of farmers, milk processors and marketers, and allied organizations.  As a farmer, agricultural lender, and a mother, Brey hopes she can play a role in helping keep Wisconsin "America's Dairyland."

It marks the second time in 33 years the state has established a dairy-focused task force and hopes to begin meetings in August. Brey Cycle Farms, owned by Brey and her husband Tony and her in-laws Jacob and Lauren, is a member of Peninsula Pride Farms and the Door-Kewaunee Demonstration Farm Network. The two groups are working on ways to develop conservation practices that can be used across the area.

Schommer Luxemburg's first full-time police officer hire in 24 years

By Tim Kowols       

Inspired by the stories of her father, Brianna Schommer saw her dream come true earlier this week when she was sworn in as Luxemburg's newest full-time police officer. The promotion comes three-months after joining the Luxemburg Police Department as a part-time officer and a year after graduating from the Criminal Justice Law Enforcement program at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. Schommer says becoming a police officer was something she always wanted to do.

Schommer says even though she is from the Kaukauna area, she enjoys working in a tight-knit community like Luxemburg.

City administrator's wife asks Sturgeon Bay Common Council to reconsider possible termination

By Roger Utnehmer

The wife of Sturgeon Bay city administrator Josh VanLieshout has written an open letter to members of the common council asking to save her husband's job.  Next Tuesday's city council agenda includes a discussion of the position.  Council member Kelly Catarozoli told she intends to introduce a motion to terminate VanLieshout.  You can read the letter from Teri VanLieshout to council members with this story at

Home builders challenged by tightening job market

By Paul Schmitt    

The rebounding of the new home and remodeling market has put builders in the challenging position of meeting the demand this summer.  According to the National Association of Home Builders, 82 percent of their members believe the cost and availability of labor are their biggest current issues.  Craig Vandenhouten, one of the owners of Van's Lumber and Custom Builders in Dyckesville and Egg Harbor, says his company has had success reaching out to area high schools.


Vandenhouten adds that the technical colleges are another resource for employers and that some of those students hired by Van's Lumber have worked out very well in the past.

Fire department in need of volunteers

By McKenzie Konop       

The Ephraim Volunteer Fire Department is looking for enthusiastic people to make a difference, perhaps as important as a life and death difference.  Ephraim Fire Chief Justin MacDonald told people's conflicting schedules make it hard for them to have time to volunteer.

Ephraim is not the only department in need of volunteers.  Fire departments in smaller communities lack volunteers due to people's drive to their occupation and a complicated work schedule.   MacDonald encourages people to contact their local fire department and join the team.

Bob Schlicht remembered for his community and youth involvement

By Paul Schmitt    

A former long-time Sturgeon Bay city council member and American Legion baseball coach is being remembered for his many community works.  Bob Schlicht, 68 of Sturgeon Bay, passed away this past Tuesday.  Schlicht served 14 years as the 7th District Alderperson.  Coaching and umpiring for many youth baseball leagues, Schlicht also coached many years with the Sturgeon Bay American Legion.  George Husby who coached with Schlicht says he had a huge impact in the program over the years.


Schlicht also worked at and announced the radio broadcast of Sturgeon Bay Clipper Sports on WRLU 104.1 FM for several years.  He is survived by his wife, Johnny, three daughters and a son.  A memorial service will be held on July 23 at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay.  You can read the complete obituary for Bob Schlicht below.


By Forbes Funeral Home

Robert J. Schlicht Jr., 68, of Sturgeon Bay, was called home to heaven on July 9, 2018.  He was born on June 22, 1950, in La Crosse, Wisconsin.  Robert was the oldest of five children born to Robert and Viola (Exley) Schlicht.  He attended Mt. Calvary Lutheran Grade School and graduated from Logan High School in 1968 where he was active in sports. On January 9, 1971, he married Johnita 'Johnny' McBain in La Crosse, WI at Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Throughout his life time, Bob held a variety of jobs.  He was most recently employed by G4S, working as a security guard at Bay Shipbuilding Co. and at Door County Medical Center.  He was also working part time for the Door County Park System.

Bob enjoyed baseball, hunting, golf, bowling, and was an avid Packer fan. He was an active member of his community, coaching and umpiring for Little League, Babe Ruth, and Legion Baseball.  Bob was also involved with radio broadcasting, announcing high school football and basketball games. He served as an alderman in the 7th district of Sturgeon Bay for 14 years.  During his tenure, Bob was council president, and a member of the Police and Fire Commission and served as president of the Utility Commission.

His main passion in life was his faith.  He was a very active member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church where he served as congregation president, trustee, council member, communion assistant, usher, taught Bible class, and was active in prison and visitation ministries.

He is survived by his wife, Johnny, of Sturgeon Bay; three daughters, Stephanie Schlicht (Tim LaVine) of Forestville, WI; Amanda Schlicht of Rochester, MN; and Danielle Stahl of Algoma, WI; one son, Robert J. Schlicht III (Linda Wong) of Portland, OR; one daughter-in-law Stacey Schlicht of West Allis; four grandchildren, Elijah LaVine, Ethan Stahl, Adeline Schlicht, and Gabriel Schlicht.  He is also survived by two sisters, Evelyn (Michael) Riordan and Sally (Larry) Ewing, both of Onalaska, WI; and a brother, Christopher (Linda) Schlicht of La Crosse, WI; and mother-in-law, Burness McBain of West Salem, WI.

He was proceeded in death by his parents, Robert and Viola; his stepmother, Margaret; brother Jeff; his son Ryan, and his father-in-law, Clive McBain.

Memorial services for Bob will be held at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay, WI on Monday, July 23, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. with the Rev. Carl Schroeder officiating.  Friends may call at the church on Monday from 2:00-4:00 pm.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.

DCMC breaks ground on new Skilled Nursing Facility

By Paul Schmitt    

Cloudy skies and a little rain did little to dampen the spirits of about 100 people who gathered outside the Door County Medical Center Thursday afternoon for a special groundbreaking ceremony.  A new 25,000 square foot Skilled Nursing Facility and Hospice Center will be built in the next year and be officially called the Pete and Jelaine Horton Center.  President and CEO Jerry Worrick stated that the new facility would never been built at this time without the generosity of the Horton's $2 million gift.  Peter Horton says he and his wife wanted to support something that was truly needed in Sturgeon Bay.


Mike Herlache, executive director of the Door County Medical Center Foundation, says $4.7 million has been raised to this point for the new state-of-the-art facility with a goal of $5 million.  The Pete and Jelaine Horton Center, which will be located at the corner of South 16th Place and Rhode Island Street, will have 30 rooms with two separate neighborhood-like settings, according to Herlache.  You can find a video of the groundbreaking ceremony below.

Fishing luring visitors to Kewaunee

By Tim Kowols       

Sometimes it is the tiniest of things that can make a difference, and for Kewaunee and its fishing industry, it is the alewife. The alewife population is booming again in Lake Michigan, providing an important food source for trout and salmon. Charter anglers are catching some of the biggest fish they have caught in years, creating a buzz being felt across the region. Accurate Marine owner Tom Kleiman says his business and others are feeling the positive effects.

Kleiman says communities like Kewaunee and Algoma rely on a strong tourism season and is appreciative of how fast word spreads about the good fishing happening right now on the lake.

Rural areas make homeless count a challenge in Door, Kewaunee counties

By Tim Kowols       

Lakeshore Community Action Program has never found a homeless person during their semiannual Point-In-Time Street Count, but that only makes their work even more important. July 25 marks the second time this year Lakeshore CAP will conduct the search through Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, and Sheboygan counties as they hope to find people in need of help. Lakeshore CAP Supportive Housing Supervisor Kate Markwardt says the data they are able to collect could go a long way to helping communities dealing with homelessness.

Markwardt cites low volunteer turnout for possibly leading to homeless people not being found during their counts. You can learn more about how you can volunteer with the count, which will take place during the overnight hours of July 25 and July 26, online with this story.

Olson, Parks named Door County's first Fairests of the Fair

By Tim Kowols       

For the first time in the event's over 140-year history, local royalty reign over the Door County Fair. Claire Olson was crowned Door County Fairest of the Fair and Helen Parks was named Junior Fairest of the Fair during a ceremony Wednesday evening. A total of 10 applicants vied for the inaugural title and will hold onto the title for an entire year.  Olson says it is a great way to give back to the Door County Fair after attending it for so many years.

Olson and Parks' first royal duty will be riding in Sunday's Brussels Belgian Days Parade. The Door County Fair takes place August 1 through 5.

Loan decision renews senator's criticism of WEDC

By Tim Kowols       

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation decision to write off a $1.1 million loan to a jailed De Pere businessman is not sitting well with Democratic State Senator Dave Hansen. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Green Box owner Ron Van Den Heuvel was put behind bars last week for defrauding investors and failing to repay creditors. He also awaits trial for 14 other federal counts of fraud against other investors including the WEDC. Senator Hansen questions if taxpayers can trust the state with the billions of tax dollars in waiting for Foxconn if WEDC cannot get paid back for a $1.1 million loan.

WEDC spokesperson Mark Maley told media members yesterday writing off the loan does not mean they cannot still get money from Van Den Heuvel and that several safeguards have been added to the application process since the original loan was approved.

Student mentoring program at Algoma gets boost from grants

By Tim Kowols       

Students from Algoma High School are making sure their new mentoring program gets the help it needs to last. Wolf Den, which pairs high school students with elementary-aged children, received a $91,000 grant earlier this month from the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation for further program development. Led by students Abigail Robinson and Madison Robertson, the Wolf Den boasted over 20 pairs of students as they worked together on homework and social activities. The fact the organization is student-led from getting the funds necessary to thrive to pairing kids together makes Algoma High School Principal Nick Cochart very proud.

The Wolf Den mentoring program enters its second year this fall.

Tourism hitting its stride in northern Door County

By Tim Kowols       

If the number of visitors to its information booth in Ellison Bay is any indication, there are plenty of people visiting the very tip of Door County looking for something to do. Door County North, the business association representing the communities within the town of Liberty Grove, says traffic through the area is up over last year and had an even earlier start this year. Door County North community coordinator Mickie Rasch says businesses are extremely happy.

Rasch says July is a busy time for the area with special events, including this weekend's Liberty Grove Historical Society Barn Door Flea and Vintage Day in Ellison Bay and Rutabega's 15th annual Door County Sea Kayak Symposium in Rowleys Bay.

New book dives into "Hidden History of Sturgeon Bay"

By Tim Kowols       

From the story of former slave Peter Custis forging a new life in the area to the tale of what a one bridge city does when its only route across the ship canal is compromised, "Hidden History of Sturgeon Bay" unearths history not well known. Publishers originally wanted author Heidi Hodges to do a book about Sturgeon Bay's different neighborhoods, but it took a turn when it was realized the city was not big enough for the types of stories the book wanted to tell. With help from co-author Kathy Steebs, the pair researched and wrote about 20 stories covering Sturgeon Bay's notable shipwrecks, local achievements, and other events lost in time. Hodges says the people they learned about stuck out to her.

Steebs says researching about the women of Sturgeon Bay was especially difficult.

The book will be released on July 16 with an official launch party slated to take place on August 9.

Sturgeon Bay surveyor dies in traffic accident UPDATED WITH NAMES

By Tim Kowols       

A 66-year-old Sturgeon Bay man died Wednesday morning after being struck by a vehicle while he was working outside. Door County Sheriff's Department deputies along with Door County Emergency Services and the Sturgeon Bay Fire Department reported to the scene located on Mathey Road just south of County Highway TT just before 9 a.m. where they found private surveyor Steven J. Schmelzer. The initial investigation indicated that 71-year-old Dennis M. Connolly struck Schmelzer with his vehicle as he was driving north on Mathey Road. The investigation is ongoing with the help of the Wisconsin State Patrol.

Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay offers student exchange program

By McKenzie Konop       

The Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay is leading a student exchange program for Door County schools. The Rotary Youth Exchange Program involves exchanging three students from other countries to come attend Door County schools and sending three other students from the local schools to foreign countries. President of the Rotary Club, Mark Jinkins, says the reason for supporting this program is so the students participating can gain new, cultural experiences.

The Rotary Youth Exchange Program offers a long and a short-term exchange that can last up to a year.  More information on this program can be found posted online with this story.

Veteran car show to take place in Kewaunee

By McKenzie Konop       

Veterans are serving the community with a local event in Kewaunee to bring car enthusiasts together.  The American Legion Post 29 is holding the annual car show on July 14 to celebrate and bring together car fanatics from around the state. Coordinator for the Kewaunee Veterans Car Show, Jerome Liebherr, says the event is popular with the community and its businesses.

The Kewaunee County Veterans Car Show will run through downtown Kewaunee and is free to the public. The event will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with a D.J., a raffle, food and door prizes available.

Washington Island, Kewaunee School Districts earn safety grants

By Tim Kowols       

Washington Island became the second Door County school district to earn a safety grant from the state of Wisconsin on Tuesday in a ceremony held at the Notre Dame Academy in Green Bay. Over $2.8 million was awarded to 40 school districts, with Washington Island School District earning $36,760 for security upgrades. Kewaunee School District also earned a grant of $64,677 to address new security features and practices in their buildings, a first for a Kewaunee County school since the grants first started to be awarded. Last month, Sturgeon Bay School District was awarded over $100,000 for security updates at its different buildings. Tuesday's ceremony was another round of grants award by the state Attorney General's office as a part of the $100 million Keep Kids Safe Initiative.

Historical artifacts added to Kewaunee Fire Museum

By McKenzie Konop       

A local museum in Kewaunee has obtained several new pieces of history. The Fire Museum has gained four new types of equipment to add to their collection of artifacts relating to the history of Kewaunee's fire department. Capt. of the Kewaunee Fire Department, Jim Kleiman, says the community has contributed to the museum by donating many items.

The museum is located in downtown Kewaunee by the clock tower at the beginning of the Ahnapee Trail. It is open 24-7 to the public.

Help of Door County gives support to victims of abuse

By McKenzie Konop       

Help of Door County is reaching out to victims of domestic abuse.  The organization offers support groups for victims of domestic violence to help them navigate through a traumatic experience according to Steve Vickman, executive director of Help of Door County.   Vickman says the groups provide victims with an opportunity to share their experiences with others in a safe and positive atmosphere.

Vickman adds some people who move on from a domestic abuse incident still continue to attend these groups for support afterward.  The free group sessions are open to abuse victims and meet every other Tuesday night in Sturgeon Bay.

Ethics code added to Sturgeon Bay Community Protection and Services Committee agenda

By Paul Schmitt    

Sturgeon Bay Community Protection & Services Committee will be discussing the possibility of setting up an "ethics code" for council members and people serving on committees this week.  Chair Barbara Allmann, who is the 5th District representative on the city council, says many other communities have some type of ethics code in place.


She says the idea is to help prevent actions taken by council members or committee members that may cause a conflict of interests.  The Community Protection & Services Committee will meet at 4:30 on Thursday afternoon at the Sturgeon Bay City Hall.

Popular pickleball game offers social aspect

By Paul Schmitt    

One of the fastest growing sports in the country is making an impact in Door County.  Pickleball is being played at the Door County YMCA and the game is catching on big time.  The sport combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping pong while using a paddle and a plastic ball with holes.   Bonnie Ripp of Sturgeon Bay, who took up Pickleball seven months ago, says she loves the social aspect of the game.


Ripp adds that two or four players can play pickleball and that the games can range from being very social to very competitive.  The Door County YMCA offers courts for beginners, intermediates and advanced levels, according to Ripp.  You can find out more about the sport of Pickleball below.

New plans for old Farm Market Kitchen location

By Paul Schmitt    

The city of Algoma is making the redevelopment of a vacated building possible this summer.  Jeff Wiswell, the city's administrator, says the plan commission is in the process of rezoning the property where the old Farm Market Kitchen was located.  The Farm Market Kitchen closed two years ago when the Living Lakes' Heritage board of directors voted to dissolve the organization.  Wiswell explains the upcoming plans.

The city of Algoma is also working on multiple housing projects this summer, according to Wiswell.

Gay Pustaver retiring from Money Management Counselors

By Paul Schmitt    

The familiar voice of Money Management Mondays will be stepping down as the executive director of FISC Consumer Credit Counseling of Door County.  Gay Pustaver , who has served as the organization's leader for almost 23 years, announced that she will be retiring by the end of the year.  She shares why the timing is right for her to step aside.


Pustaver says the plan is to find her replacement by December 31 or sooner.  She says with the help of the Executive Committee a detailed written succession plan for the transition period has been in the works for the past several months.  The Money Management Counselors Board of Directors was informed of her retirement plans last fall.

Special Olympics Door County provides opportunities for local athletes

By Tim Kowols       

There have been plenty of smiles over the years from the athletes of Special Olympics Door County. The agency boasts two basketball teams and a track squad with students from across southern Door County. Sturgeon Bay teacher and Special Olympics coach Shannon Wautier says even she was surprised by the level of competition available to their athletes.

Valmy Happy Hour recently raised $6,000 for Special Olympics Door County through its annual ladder golf tournament, raffle, and silent auction. Wautier says the funds are crucial to help cover uniforms and travel costs for their athletes.

Group willing to wait to do escarpment discovery center right

By Tim Kowols       

The Niagara Escarpment has been a work in progress for over 400 million years, bringing into perspective the wait for a planned interpretative center in Ellison Bay. The Greater Escarpment Organization Discovery Center bought the land it needed in 2017 and has been working towards its $1.4 million goal to build and outfit a facility ever since. The mission is to have interactive exhibits to put the history of the over 1,000-mile geologic formation on display. GEO-DC board member Lou Covotsos says they want to make sure they make a great first impression on day one, even if that means missing their 2019 goal of opening.

The Escarpment Discovery Center would be the second such facility in North America. The Bruce Peninsula in Ontario has its own escarpment interpretative building, which opened in the 1990s.

Road construction begins in Kewaunee

By Tim Kowols       

Tuesday marked the first day of extensive road construction work for a portion of Highway 42 in Kewaunee. From July 10 through July 23, the city will begin maintenance work of its sanitary sewer, potable water, and stormwater infrastructure below Highway 42 between Miller and Duvall Streets. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will take the reins August 6 to complete the project, which will include road resurfacing. Kewaunee Mayor Sandi Christman says despite the inconvenience the project is good news for the city.

At least one lane of traffic will be open during the entire road reconstruction project, which is slated to be finished on August 27 barring any setbacks.

Gibraltar residents reject bathhouse plan

By Tim Kowols       

By a nearly three to one margin, the town of Gibraltar will have to go back to the drawing board for a bathhouse on its popular Fish Creek beach. Of the 211 attendees to Monday's special meeting of the electors at the Gibraltar High School gym, 153 said no to building an approximately $850,000 bath house. The project would have been part of an over $2 million project that includes a pier and costs associated with site preparations and engineering. The town bought the property adjacent to the current Fish Creek Beach in 2016 with elector approval for $1.4 million.

Door County cherry crop ahead of schedule this summer

By Paul Schmitt    

The cherry picking season is starting early this summer in Door County.  According to Steve Wood from Wood Orchards in Egg Harbor, the heat is bringing on cherry crop sooner than expected.  Wood says he has heard that southern Door County orchards have begun picking operations.   He says his orchard has fortunately avoided any wind or hail damage to this point of the season.


Wood says the cherries are about one week ahead of schedule and appear to be on target for a great crop.


Pick-your-own cherry orchards in Door County according to

  •  Alexander's Cherry Orchard - Brussels, WI

  • Cherry Lane Orchards - Sturgeon Bay, WI

  • Choice Orchards - Sturgeon Bay, WI

  • HyLine Orchard - Fish Creek, WI

  • Kielar Akers Orchard - Sturgeon Bay, WI

  • Lautenbach's Orchard Country Winery & Market - Fish Creek, WI

  • Meleddy Cherry Orchard - Sturgeon Bay, WI

  • Paradise Orchard - Brussels, WI

  • Robertson Orchards - Sturgeon Bay, WI

  • Schartner's Farm Market - Egg Harbor, WI

  • Zettel Farms - Bailey's Harbor, WI

Search for missing Kewaunee boater transitions into recovery mission

By Tim Kowols       

Almost a week after a Kewaunee angler went missing in Lake Michigan, the focus of the mission has changed into one of recovery. Mark Wautelet, 38, went missing on July 4 after leaving Kewaunee Harbor to go fishing. Rescue operations continued for over 20 hours and 425 square miles before the search was suspended on July 6. According to a release from the Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department, search efforts will now be based on recovering Wautelet by using sonar scanning equipment when conditions allow. In addition to the United States Coast Guard, County Rescue of Brown County, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department is asking boaters to report any suspicious objects they may observe in Lake Michigan, including Wautelet's clothing.


Incident: 18-05051         Media Release #3


(Kewaunee, WI) On July 4th, 2018 at 10:49 pm, the Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department received a call for a missing boater who had gone fishing out of Kewaunee Harbor.


The Operator of the boat in this incident has been identified as Mark A. Wautelet age 38 of Kewaunee.


Assisting in the search has been resources from the United States Coast Guard, County Rescue of Brown County and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.


While initial efforts focused on rescue operations, those operations have since been concluded with the focus transitioning to sub-surface recovery operations. Currently the Department of Natural Resources will continue to conduct sub-surface sonar scanning when conditions allow and resources are available.


The Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department is asking that boaters be aware and report any suspicious objects they may observe while out on the waters of Lake Michigan. The boater in this incident was wearing a lime green shirt with blue denim jeans along with a red and white Wisconsin Badgers base ball cap and brown crocs footwear.


We appreciate all of the support and resources we have received thus far as well as those in the future to help bring closure to the victim's family in this tragic incident.

Hot, humid weather can be dangerous to your pets

By Paul Schmitt    

With temperatures expected to be above normal with high humidity levels the next several days, pet owners should take note of the exposure their dog has to the sun and heat.  Dr. Jordan Kobilca of Luxemburg Pet Clinic and the Door County Veterinary Hospital shares some of the signs if your pet is suffering from heat stroke.


Dr. Kobilca says you should take your pet to a veterinarian if they experience any symptoms of heat stroke.  You can find a list of tips on summer pet care with the link below.

Caves offer different challenges

By Paul Schmitt    

With the ongoing rescue of 12 soccer players and their coach in a Thailand, an area caver is giving a unique insight to the situation.  Gary K. Soule of Sturgeon Bay, a member of the Wisconsin Speleological Society who is on rescue call-out for this area, says the caves here offer more danger if you become stranded.


Soule says when he explored Horseshoe Bay caves north of Sturgeon Bay in the past it was done in the dead of winter because there would be no change in water levels.  He says people need to be aware of their limitations when considering cave exploration.


Soule believes that the Door County caves at Horseshoe Bay have the potential for tourism appeal and educating local residents.  He says the first 370 feet of the cave could be excavated to create a walking passageway to allow people to see where contaminants enter the ground from above.  Thus showing how pollution impacts an underground cave system.

(photo submitted by Gary K. Soule)

Cathy Grier and The Troublemakers featured at Summerfest

By Paul Schmitt    

Local musician Cathy Grier and her band The Troublemakers returned to play last Friday at the "world's biggest music festival".  Performing at Summerfest in Milwaukee last week on the US Cellular One stage, Grier and her band jammed out numerous original blues songs for over 90 minutes.  Grier says the crowds and atmosphere at Summerfest were amazing.


Grier, a native of New York who moved to Door County two years ago, says the only stage she has performed on that was larger was in France.  This was the second year in a row that Grier and The Troublemakers have performed at Summerfest.


(Photo by Ty Helbach)

Kewaunee County Republicans focusing on outreach

By Tim Kowols       

Republicans in Kewaunee County are hoping to reach more potential voters this summer and fall with different outreach efforts. The party is hosting more summer meetings, candidate meet-and-greets, and social media postings to get people more educated about whom to vote for in the upcoming election. Kewaunee County Republican Party chairperson Ron Heuer says they have great candidates running on the state and federal level.

Heuer is hopeful Republicans will have an edge heading into the fall election where Kewaunee County residents voted for Governor Scott Walker by a nearly 40 percent margin in 2014.

Cash a lost art in financial management

By Tim Kowols       

Carrying cash in your wallet may get you out of a bind on an occasion, but it could also be a great way to have a better handle on your finances. Millennials are beginning to trend more towards cash and debit cards with only one in three carrying a credit card. That is a good thing according to Gay Pustaver from Money Management Counselors, who says cash is the best way to be conscious of where your money goes.

Pustaver recommends people who do rely heavily on credit and debit cards or more digital methods of payment to check your accounts on a regular basis. You can listen to the entire Money Management Monday interview online with this story.


Baudhuin part of youth movement at BUG Fire Department

By Tim Kowols       

Jared Baudhuin and three of his Southern Door High School classmates are a part of a trend more volunteer fire departments hope to see.  Volunteer fire departments across the country have seen their stable of firefighters get older as they try to recruit new members. According to the National Fire Protection Association, over half of volunteer firefighters are above the age of 40. Baudhuin, 18, says he joined the Brussels-Union-Gardner Fire Department because of the great feeling he gets serving the community.

Baudhuin will serve on the department until he goes off to school this fall, but plans on being on call when he is back home for holiday breaks.  Gibraltar Area School District and Southern Door School District offer joint programs with their respective volunteer fire departments to take their usual course load but also learn what it takes to be a firefighter.

Frostman named to WEDC Board of Directors

By Tim Kowols       

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation will have a new but familiar face on its board of directors when the organization hosts its annual meeting this week. State Senator Jennifer Shilling named newly elected State Senator Caleb Frostman to the post recently after he served as the executive director of the Door County Economic Development Corporation for over a year. Frostman says he is looking forward to the opportunity.

The WEDC is responsible for economic development in the state and has been a major force in helping attract Hari-bo and Foxconn to Wisconsin as well as other businesses and employees.

Literacy Door County gives adults in community an education

By McKenzie Konop       

While everyone should have access to a proper education, some people are not able to receive one.  Literacy Door County is providing adults classes on basic reading, writing and math skills so they can further strengthen their education.  President of Literacy Door County, Peggy Sankey, says the program gives adults all the tools to succeed in obtaining an education.

The program is affordable and is open to all adults.  More information on how to sign up for classes can be found posted online with this story.

City of Sturgeon Bay controls geese population

By McKenzie Konop       

The City of Sturgeon Bay is keeping the geese population at bay.  Every year, the city tries to keep the geese population to a minimum for the community.  Sturgeon Bay City Manager, Josh VanLieshout says the reason for trying to control the population is because of the annoyance geese cause for the community.

VanLieshout adds parks are where geese usually nest.  He says the city is and will continue to keep the geese population down in local Door County parks.

Superintendent talks about BB gun incident aftermath

By McKenzie Konop       

A superintendent talks about the lessons learned after a BB gun incident.  The situation involved staff calling law enforcement to Sunset Elementary School in Sturgeon Bay after seeing a boy pull out a BB gun.  Superintendent of Sturgeon Bay Schools, Dan Tjernagel, says the response after the situation has been positive with schools and their safety protocols.

Tjernagel advises people to follow up with law enforcement if they suspect someone might be carrying a gun in the community.

Dry spell affects crop growth this year

By McKenzie Konop       

Farmers are in a bind when it comes to crop growth this year.   While the crops look healthy, a dry spell has hit Door County and is slowing down the growth of crops this year according to Rich Olson, owner of Olson Family Farms.  Olson says not only is the crop growth slow locally, but the dry spell is affecting other surrounding areas.

Olson adds the lack of rain takes a financial toll on farmers everywhere.  Overall, He hopes to see rainfall soon to speed up crop growth.

Kewaunee County Historical Society preserves community's past

By McKenzie Konop       

One local organization is focusing on sharing Kewaunee County's history with its residents.  The foundation is dedicated to collecting and preserving artifacts relating to the history within Kewaunee County.  Director of the Kewaunee County Historical Society, Richard Dorner, says the foundation's greatest achievement is building up a sizeable collection of artifacts to show the community.

The Kewaunee County Historical Society is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays in Kewaunee.

Airport in Rio Creek holds annual festival

By McKenzie Konop       

A local airport in Rio Creek held their yearly Fly-In event on July 7.  The event was sponsored by the Rio Creek Aviation Foundation with sunny weather and plenty of people in attendance to celebrate the history of the airport being built in the community.  President of the Rio Creek Aviation Foundation, Brian Dauck, says the event is very popular with the community.

The event ran from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. with breakfast and lunch being served in the morning.  The event also had a polka band playing in the afternoon along with antique car displays, a silent auction, airplane rides and plenty of activities for the kids.

Forestville Lions Club provides services for the blind

By McKenzie Konop       

One organization is focusing on helping out the blind in the community.  The Forestville Lions Club has been concentrating on providing services for people in the Door County community who have a problem with their vision.  The club has services including an eyeglass recycling program where they collect used eyeglasses and give them out to the people in need.  Tom Mueller, a member of the Forestville Lions Club, says their dedication to helping the blind is what distinguishes them from other organizations the most.

Mueller also adds the Lions Club is in need of donations.  You can send donations in the mail or through their website.

Saint Vincent de Paul provides clothing for community

By McKenzie Konop       

Saint Vincent de Paul in Algoma is helping out Kewaunee County residents in need.  Saint Vincent de Paul has a thrift store where people can drop off their donated items of clothing, furniture or other antiques.  The store is open to the public and donations can be dropped off at their location in Algoma.  Gayle Krueger, a manager at Saint Vincent de Paul's clothing store, says she has noticed an increase in customers coming to the store.

Krueger adds with the store being so popular, they are in desperate need of volunteers.  More information on how to become a volunteer is posted online with this story.

Past education foundation created local nature preserve

By McKenzie Konop       

A past non-profit organization has fulfilled its purpose in giving the community a local nature learning center.  The Sturgeon Bay Education Foundation envisioned bringing Door County residents together to improve their overall quality of life.  From this vision, the foundation created what the community now knows as the nature preserve, Crossroads at Big Creek.  Steve Kase, former president of the Sturgeon Bay Education Foundation, says another member named John Collins was the main source of funding for the nature preserve to be built.

Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay offers environmental, educational and other recreational programs for the whole community along with the trails being open daily to the public.

Resale store gives back to senior center

By McKenzie Konop       

A local resale shop in Sister Bay is helping out the elderly in the community.  Bargains Unlimited is a place where people can donate their gently used furniture, clothing and household items.  The proceeds collected from the sales go towards and benefit the residents of a senior living community in Sister Bay called the Good Samaritan Society.  Kristine Kordon, a manager at Bargains Unlimited, says the store proceeds also go towards helping the employees at the senior living center.

Donations for Bargains Unlimited can be dropped off Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their location in Sister Bay.

Brewing boom ferries to Washington Island

By Tim Kowols       

Three friends are bringing their love of beer to Washington Island as a new nanobrewery. Erika Gonzalez, Diego Anderson, and Alex Anderson were all frequent visitors to Washington Island growing up and last year created the idea to start Brews on the Rock. A production brewer for Appleton's Stone Arch Brewery, Gonzalez hopes Brews on the Rock can work with a number of different businesses to bring a flavor of the town to their beer.

Two of the special beers Gonzalez says the nanobrewery will produce will include a pair of island staples: lavender and bitters. After kicking off their Kickstarter campaign on Saturday, Brews on the Rock hopes to open their tap room in May 2019.

Northern Door Children's Center fulfills community's need for childcare service

By McKenzie Konop       

For parents, sometimes finding a reliable and affordable childcare center in the area can be hard.  Northern Door Children's Center in Sister Bay is a local, non-profit childcare center dedicated to caring for parent's children year-round while they are at work.  For over 30 years, the center has been accepting and caring for children starting from the ages of six weeks old to 11 years old.  Community Relations Coordinator of Northern Door Children's Center, Karen Corekin, says the center is distinguished from other organizations by being one of the only childcare facilities in Northern Door.

Corekin adds there are programs available for the children over the summer to entertain them.  There is more information on the programs posted online with this story.

Paddle vs. Pedal Fishing Kayaks--Kayak Fishing Series III

By Bill Schultz- Guest Correspondent

I've always enjoyed paddling my sit-on-top fishing kayaks.  I've especially liked the exercise aspects of paddling. Over the past few years self-propelled fishing kayaks have become extremely popular.  I'm seeing a place for the self-propelled boats, especially when having to cover several miles to get to a favorite spot, fishing a variety of locations and when dealing with a stiff wind, which I do often in Door County.


For me this point was made very clear a week ago fishing with a friend on Green Bay with strong winds.  I'd catch a nice smallmouth bass and while landing and releasing it got blown a ways away and each time had to paddle back into the wind.  My friend had a self-propelled kayak and was able to hold in the wind with minimal effort, much like you can do in a boat with a trolling motor.  Later that day in another location I found smallies not far from my launch point, but, it wasn't fun paddling a half mile back into strong winds and two to three-foot waves.


Later this month I'll be bringing a Jackson Coosa Flex Drive kayak to Door County and am very excited at the flexibility it will give me to more easily get to more locations, deal with the wind and the ability to fish while moving, again, much like I do in my boat with the trolling motor.  Self-propelled fishing kayaks are both more expensive and heavier than normal sit-on-top fishing kayaks, so do your research and make sure you can easily transport one. As always, if you have any questions, you can email me at


Help of Door County offers visitation and exchange program

By McKenzie Konop       

Help of Door County in Sturgeon Bay is giving families chances to safely reconnect.  The organization has a program where parents are allowed to have supervised visits or exchanges with their children.  The visits and exchanges happen on-site at the Help of Door County's location.  Executive Director of Help of Door County, Steve Vickman, says the reason for the program is to help families going through a difficult transition.


According to the Help of Door County's website, the problem with keeping this program afloat is funding.  Monetary donations can be made through the organization's website.

Lakeshore Community Food Pantry in need of gas cards

By McKenzie Konop       

The Lakeshore Community Food Pantry in Kewaunee is asking for donations from the community for gas cards.  The pantry is hoping to be able to put the donations towards people who are in need of gas to fill their cars up.  Becky Paplham, a volunteer at the Lakeshore Community Food Pantry, says customers need the gas to make it to important appointments on time.

Paplham adds the pantry is also in need of hygiene products.  Food, money or other item donations can be brought to the basement of Holy Rosary Church in Kewaunee.

Lions Club presents Belgian festivities

By McKenzie Konop       

Brussels Lions club is hosting an annual event to celebrate Belgian heritage.  Belgian Days is a community festival held every year on the second weekend in July with ethnic food, entertainment, and other activities.  Secretary of the Brussels Lions Club, Penny Wautier, says the low prices for the event are the reason many families attend.

Belgian Days is scheduled to begin on July 14 and end on July 15 with the gates opening at 7 a.m. on both days.  We have more information on the festivities posted online with this story.

Door County Wine Fest response turns sour in Sturgeon Bay

By Paul Schmitt    

A recent wine festival held in a Sturgeon Bay city park is being criticized as a disaster and threat to local tourism. Hans Christian recently addressed a meeting of the Sturgeon Bay city council, calling the Door County Wine Fest experience at Martin Park a disaster.


Christian told council members some of those attending the wine festival said they would never come back to Sturgeon Bay again.


The Door County Wine Fest was sponsored by the Door County Wine Trail with assistance from the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center and was held in Egg Harbor the previous two years.  Sturgeon Bay City administrator Josh VanLieshout says the city hosts several big events each year and expects organizers will sort out their issues if the event returns to Sturgeon Bay next year. Pam Seiler, executive director of the Sturgeon Bay Visitor and Convention Bureau, referred to Carrie Lautenbach representing the Door County Wine Trail.  Lautenbach did not return a phone call for comment.

Renown taxidermist featured at Door County Historical Museum

By Paul Schmitt    

Master taxidermist Mike Orthober will be showcasing his skills at the Door County Historical Museum next Saturday, July 15. The "Season of Life" exhibit at the museum has been growing over the past twenty years. Orthober has mounted a variety of specimens including birds and mammals. He will be mounting a new bird and talking about the art and science of taxidermy. Well known for his work in taxidermy, Orthober has won national and world-wide awards, including the "Best in World" for warm-water fish. He shares some of the more challenging subjects he has worked on in the nature diorama.


Orthober will be at the Door County Historical Museum from 10 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. next Saturday with another planned demonstration later this summer on August 4. Admission is free to the museum which is located on North Fourth Avenue in downtown Sturgeon Bay.

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Residents requesting more street lighting in Sturgeon Bay

By Paul Schmitt    

The City of Sturgeon Bay's Community Protection and Services Committee will be considering the current Street Light Policy next Thursday.  Chair Barbara Allmann says some residents have recently come forward with concerns about the street lighting in their neighborhood.  She says the city decided to reduce some of the lightings as a cost-savings measure back in 2012.


Allmann says at this point any additional street lighting in the city is at the expense of the property owners. The current city lighting calls for "a light be provided at every road intersection and at locations approximately 500 feet from each intersection and near schools, churches, and public gathering locations." The Community Protection and Services Committee will be meeting at 4:30 pm on Thursday at City Hall.

Washington Island School separates duties for leadership positions

By Paul Schmitt    

The Washington Island School hopes a new approach to filling the principal and superintendent positions will lead to a more stable staff.  The challenge of being the smallest school district in Door County and off the mainland presents challenges for recruitment and retention.   Board of Education President Amy Jorgenson says the decision was made to take a different path to fill the leadership positions and the special education director job that was held by one person in the past.


Jorgenson says the new special education director, Michelle Jordan, was already taking up a huge part of the special education department.  Sue Cornell, who was the business manager, is finishing up her licensing for being the new superintendent.  The principal vacancy for the Washington Island Middle and High School has been filled by Michelle Kanipes who was the dean of students and activities director at Southern Door School.  She will begin her new position on Monday and work 30 days to get acclimated before the new school year begins in September, according to Jorgenson.

Fish Creek Beach bath house project waits for Gibraltar electors' approval

By Tim Kowols       

Electors in the town of Gibraltar will meet Monday to discuss the construction of a bathhouse at Fish Creek Beach. The new facility would be built on the land acquired by the town in 2016 for $1.4 million. Buildings that were originally on the site have been moved in recent weeks to Sturgeon Bay. The expansion allows the town to double the size of the popular destination as well as address stormwater concerns. Electors will be asked to approve the construction of a bathhouse and an estimated budget for the project. The meeting of the board of electors will meet inside the Gibraltar High School Gym at 7 p.m.

Summer Foods Program expands with popularity

By Tim Kowols       

The Door County YMCA is doing its part to make sure area kids regardless of income level have a healthy meal.  During the summer months, kids 18 years and younger can get a free lunch from one of the 20 different locations across Door and Kewaunee counties thanks in part to the YMCA's Summer Foods program. Amy Mueller from the Door County YMCA says the program fills a void left when school is out of session.

Northern Door County is the newest recipient of the Summer Foods program, which served over 25,000 meals last year. You can follow this story online to learn more about the Summer Foods program and hear the entire monthly Door County YMCA interview.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidates getting their feet wet in Door County

By Tim Kowols       

Ten candidates remain in the crowded Democratic field for the Wisconsin governor's race with many traveling to Door County weeks before the August primary. Kelda Roys, Matt Flynn, Paul Soglin, Kathleen Vinehout are among the current hopefuls who have visited Door County for different events this year, while Tony Evers, Mahlon Mitchell, Josh Pade, Dave Heaster, Mike McCabe, and Ramona Whiteaker round out the field looking to face Governor Scott Walker in November. Door County Democratic Party chairperson Will Gregory says it is a dream field for progressives with a focus on a couple key issues.

Gregory says whoever gets out of the August 14 primary will get the organization's full support. The Door County Democratic Party will host their annual picnic on August 23.

Progress being made on Marquette School demolition

By Tim Kowols       

The beginning of the end for Kewaunee's Marquette School is getting closer as hazardous material removal is set to begin in the coming weeks. Demolition contractor Dakota Intertek Corporation acknowledged an amended agreement approved by the city council recently further protecting Kewaunee with the removal of the hazardous materials. Mayor Sandi Christman says people will start seeing some action in the building.

Dakota Intertek Corporation has 120 days to complete the approximately $1.1 million project, over half of which is being covered by grant funds received by the city.

Midsummer's Music Celebrates Bastille Day

By Russ Warren     Performing a program on Bastille Day cries out for an all-French program. Midsummer's is featuring two well-known Parisian composers and two who are not so well known, including the very talented female composer, Cecile Chaminade, and the rock star pianist of his age – deemed equal to Franz Liszt – Charles-Valentin Alkan.

Chaminade was the first woman composer to win the Légion d'Honneur and among the first musicians to record her piano pieces via the gramophone. Today, these are highly sought after. Alkan wrote mostly piano pieces, which he used in his extensive concertizing. Alkan was of Jewish heritage, which he valued highly as revealed by the Jewish melodies he incorporated into his works. Fluent in Greek and Hebrew, he devoted much of his time to a new French translation of the Bible. Since the second half of the twentieth century, concert pianists have been working to restore Alkan's music to its rightful place before the public. The Trio in G Minor is a rare ensemble work by him.

Fauré's late Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano is his only chamber work including a wind instrument. It is also known in a version he made substituting the violin for the clarinet to increase the likelihood for sales, but the clarinet version is how it was conceived. Ravel's Jeux d'eau for solo piano is one of many works depicting water in different aspects by French impressionist composers. Ravel chose to focus on the way water can delight as in the bubbling of a fountain or the spray of waves. In this dimension it is our Bastille Day Celebration's contribution to the Celebrate Water initiative.

The Bastille Day Celebration program premiered on July 5, and the concerts play three more times: 7:00 pm July 13 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship; 7:30 pm July 14 at Björklunden; and 7:00 pm July 15 at St. Luke's Episcopal Church.

Dinner concerts are a favorite of Midsummer's Music audiences. By popular request Midsummer's returns to the Fireside Restaurant in Ellison Bay on July 23 at 5:00 pm and presents the fifth concert series, Bach at 333. This series will also have a performance at Woodwalk Gallery at 7:00 pm July 18 where a new work of art created specifically for this program will be unveiled; 7:00 pm July 20 at Sister Bay Moravian Church; and 7:00 pm July 21 at the Old Gibraltar Town Hall. The program is all Bach and includes his Brandenburg Concerti Nos. 3 and 5, a harpsichord concerto and Concerto for violin and oboe.

  1. S. Bach was fascinated by numbers. He may have been a mathematical – as well as musical – genius. Particularly in the later part of his life, he worked numbers of significance to him into works like The Art of the Fugue, his B Minor Mass, and the Goldberg Variations. It was not difficult enough to write a complex four-part fugue; Bach enjoyed the challenge of throwing in inscrutable number puzzles to make a real challenge. He often focused on his name. In German, the note B-flat is symbolized by the letter B. The note a half step higher, B-natural, is symbolized by H. Therefore, his name could be spelled out in music as B-flat, A, C, B-natural. In addition, he might use the number 14 which was the sum of the alphabetical ranking of each letter in his name – B [2], A [1], C [3], H [8] = 14. Thus, a theme might have 14 notes, or a whole passage, its inverse, 41.

As a good Lutheran inheriting sacred traditions going back to the Renaissance and Middle Ages, he knew that the number 3 was of divine significance. It symbolized the trinity. Ancient musical forms like the Kyrie and Agnus Dei of the Mass were made up of three parts. Triple meter was deemed more appropriate than duple meter for sacred music. Triptychs had three panels for the same reason. It was ingrained, and Bach responded appropriately but at a higher level than anyone else. Therefore, a birth year of 250 or 400 wouldn't be as significant to J. S. as 333. Triple 3s – how appropriate for this very religious musical numerological genius!

Most concerts are $29 for adults, $10 for students, and children 12 and under are free, and concerts are usually followed by a reception to meet the musicians. The July 23 dinner concert is $75 for adults and $56 for students. Woodwalk Gallery invites concertgoers to bring their own picnics at 5:00 and requests picnic table reservations by calling 920-629-4877. Subscriptions consisting of four concert tickets and flex-packs of six or eight tickets are available. Tickets, subscriptions and flex-packs can be ordered online at or by phone at 920-854-7088.

Midsummer's Music was co-founded in 1990 by Jim and Jean Berkenstock, long-time Door County summer residents and principal orchestral players with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. The concert series has drawn on the extraordinary talent of professional musicians and artist/faculty of universities throughout the Midwest. Offering chamber music for winds, strings, and piano performed in intimate and unique settings throughout Door County, venues include art galleries, churches, and private homes. From such masters as Mozart, Schubert, and Dvo?ák to some lesser-known but very accomplished composers, each concert is an unforgettable musical experience.

Symphony Session In Full Swing At Birch Creek

By Emily Maher    Music is in the air at Birch Creek. String, Wind, Brass, and Percussion players have arrived on campus for the 2018 season of the Symphony Session at Birch Creek. Each day, students and faculty are working on perfecting their technique in sectional instruction throughout practice rooms and rehearsal halls.


The Birch Creek Symphony program is unique in orchestral and chamber music education in that it incorporates a student/mentor approach in virtually every aspect of training. Students rehearse and perform alongside their teachers, receiving an abundance of personal attention. In such a nurturing environment, students progress at an amazing rate. Seven public performances of five completely different orchestral programs are given over the two-week session. Consequently, students develop excellent practice habits and rehearsal skills.


All of this hard work and talent is on display for audiences during every Symphony concert presented on July 4-7 and July 12-14. This year, Birch Creek has programmed all of the Symphony concerts to include water-themed music in support of Celebrate Water Door County. Concertgoers will hear music ranging from classical favorites to popular Broadway musical numbers: from Handel's "Water Music" and Strauss's "Blue Danube" to Henry Mancini's "Moon River" and selections from South Pacific and Showboat.


Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling (920) 868-3763. Birch Creek's box office is open from 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM on concert nights and from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on Monday-Tuesday.


Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Egg Harbor, WI, is a residential summer music academy for advanced young musicians. With a performance emphasis, students are taught by nationally known performers and educators during the day, and perform alongside them in concerts at night. Four sessions focus on Percussion & Steel Band, Symphony, and Big Band Jazz. 2018 concert and session dates are posted at

Kewaunee boater remains missing as Coast Guard suspends search

By Tim Kowols       

Emergency personnel from eight different agencies in the United States and Canada searched 425 square miles over the course of 20 hours Thursday but still came up empty in their search for a missing Kewaunee boater. The Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department received the initial call just before 11 p.m. Wednesday night that 38-year-old Mark Wautelet had gone missing after leaving Kewaunee Harbor to go fishing earlier in the day. The United States Coast Guard was able to locate the missing boat with help from its helicopter, but Wautelet has yet to be found. He is described as he being six feet tall, 270 pounds, and has light brown hair.  Police departments from Algoma and Kewaunee, the Eagle III helicopter, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Door County Sheriff's Department's K-9 unit, and even the Royal Canadian Air Force joined in the search before the Coast Guard suspended operations after 5 p.m. Thursday. There was no set time on when the search would continue according to a press release from the United States Coast Guard.

New DCEDC leader looks to attract housing developments

By Paul Schmitt    

The new Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) executive director will be looking to address the affordable housing issue facing the area when he takes his new position.  Jim Schuessler, who will take over the organization on July 16, says he hopes to implement a similar plan used by his last employer, Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation, which added over 1,000 new units of housing.


Schuessler, an Oconto County native, is replacing Caleb Frostman who left the DCEDC in April to run for the 1st District Senate seat.  He was announced as the new executive director last week and says he is in the market for housing for himself and wife, Karla, as they relocate to Door County from Sheboygan.

League of Women Voters asking for people to check registration status

By Paul Schmitt    

Although the primaries are more than a month away and the general election is not until November, voters are encouraged to check their registration status before heading to the polls.  The League of Women Voters are reminding people that the Wisconsin Elections Commission mailed out postcards to those they determined are no longer registered.  League of Women Voters co-chair Barb Graul explains who will need to re-register before the next election.


You can information on how to easily check your registration status by clicking on the link below.

Rendezvous of Luxemburg upgrading bowling lanes

By Paul Schmitt    

Bowlers in Kewaunee County can look to better their scores this fall without even improving their game.  The Rendezvous of Luxemburg has invested over $20,000 in new synthetic overlay covers for their bowling lanes.  Owner Kelly Froehlich says the improvements to his lanes will ideally lead to higher scores for bowlers.


All eight lanes will also have newly installed bumper gutters to accommodate young children.  The Rendezvous has leagues every evening, Tuesday through Friday when the season begins in September.  In the meantime, the Rendezvous has two lanes open to bowlers so they can still work on their game during the summer.   Froelich expects the refurbished lanes to be completed by the end of this month.

Help of Door County shares signs of elder abuse

By Paul Schmitt    

Research suggests that between one and two million elders in the United States are victims of various types of abuse.  Locally, Steve Vickman, executive director of HELP of Door County, says seniors are not always able to communicate incidents of abuse or sometimes unwilling to talk about it.  Vickman shares some of the signs that elder abuse may be occurring.


Vickman says if you suspect abuse of any kind, you should report it to local authorities or the Door County Human Services Adult Protective Services.

ADRC bringing brain enrichment course to Door County

By Tim Kowols       

A ten-week course aimed at helping seniors build their cognitive skill set begins next week in Sturgeon Bay. The Aging and Disability Resource Center in Door County will offer the BE! Brain Enrichment course, which targets reaction time, automatic responses, attention span, and listening skills. ADRC activity coordinator Cathy Keller says the Dr. Linda Sasser-developed course can help benefit brain health.

BE! Brain Enrichment takes place at the Door County Community Center in Sturgeon Bay on Wednesdays beginning July 11 at 10 a.m. You can find registration information online with this story.



BE! Brain Enrichment will take place on Wednesdays, from 10:00am-11:30am, starting July 11th thru September 12th.  The cost for this 10 week course is $20 and includes a workbook.  Please call 920-746-2372 to register for this class, or register in person at the ADRC.  The ADRC is located at the Community Center, 916 N. 14th Avenue, Sturgeon Bay.

Door County Land Trust places focus on land restoration

By Tim Kowols       

With over 8,000 acres of land under its direction, the Door County Land Trust is placing a big focus on land restoration efforts in 2018. Invasive species like glossy buckthorn and bush honeysuckle are choking off native plants in some of the land trust's most popular areas. Executive Director Tom Clay says land restoration is a job that is never done.


Clay says they have also worked hard to engage community members near their properties so they can help battle against invasive species on their own land. We have information on how you can help volunteer with the Door County Land Trust posted online with this story.

Boater missing in Kewaunee County; Coast Guard releases name--UPDATE

By Tim Kowols and Paul Schmitt

The search continues for a boater gone missing off the shores of Kewaunee County Wednesday evening. According to a release from Lt. Jason Veeser, the Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department was called just before 11 p.m. for the missing boater, identified as Mark Wautelet by the U.S. Coast Guard,  who had left Kewaunee Harbor earlier to go fishing. The Coast Guard was able to locate the missing boat with help from its helicopter, but not Wautelet, who is 38 years old and described as six foot and 270 pounds with light brown hair.   The Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department, Kewaunee Police Department, and the U.S. Coast Guard continue to look for Wautelet.

Wiz Tech sold to Door County Broadband

By Tim Kowols       

Door County Broadband announced earlier this week it will acquire Kewaunee County-based Wiz Tech as it looks to expand its services to cover the entire peninsula. Owned by Pagel's Ponderosa Dairy, Wiz Tech was part of a vision of John Pagel and Jason Guinn to bring the Internet to rural Kewaunee County. With new FCC regulations coming and Door County Broadband earning grant money for expansion in Kewaunee County, JJ Pagel from Pagel's Ponderosa Dairy says it was going to be hard to be able to provide the type of service its customers needed.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but Pagel says Door County Broadband will begin rebuilding towers and upgrading people's Internet services.

Dirt piles, WRA and city administrator could all be gone from Sturgeon Bay soon

By Roger Utnehmer

Action at Tuesday's meeting of the Sturgeon Bay city council could mean the end of the west-side waterfront dirt piles, the controversial Waterfront Redevelopment Authority and the employment of city administrator Josh VanLieshout.

The council voted six to one to direct city staff to spread the dirt piled on the property of the proposed Lindgren hotel.  Sturgeon Bay developer Robert Papke claims ownership of the dirt piles even though he has abandoned his plans to build a hotel on the site.  He is suing the city for more than $500,000 claiming he was misled by Sturgeon Bay officials.  The city owns the property but Papke has a development agreement which remains in effect through June of 2019.  All council members voted to remove the dirt piles with the exception of David Ward.

By the same six to one vote council members agreed to begin the process of abolishing the Waterfront Redevelopment Authority. The WRA negotiated hotel development plans with Papke that have resulted in the litigation between the city, WRA, and Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront.  Council members instructed staff to consult with legal counsel and develop steps to abolish the WRA with its responsibilities to be assumed by the council itself.

Council member Kelly Catarozoli asked that a discussion about the employment status of city administrator Josh VanLieshout be placed on the agenda for the next common council meeting in two weeks.  She told she intends to introduce a motion at that meeting to terminate VanLieshout's employment with the city of Sturgeon Bay.

The council went into closed session to discuss lawsuits resulting from the west side waterfront development issues with Papke and Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront.

Holiday parade gives community sense of patriotism


An annual parade held in the community is getting people into the 4th of July spirit.  The weather was at a toasty 90 degrees with lots of sunshine in Egg Harbor and also with a large crowd of enthusiastic citizens in attendance.  One person who attended the event, Katherine Johnson, says she has been enjoying the local Door County parade.

The parade started at 1:30 p.m. and ran through downtown Egg Harbor.

Historical walking tour for Kewaunee lighthouse underway

By McKenzie Konop       

A new tour will let residents get a glimpse of Kewaunee's past.   A grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council was given to the Lighthouse Preservation Committee to fund a potential historical walking tour dedicated to delving deeper into the history of Kewaunee and its lighthouse.  The walking tour will be featured in the Kewaunee Pierhead Lighthouse which was recently restored after receiving a $4.2 million grant from the state.  Lighthouse Committee Chairperson, Robin Nelson, says she hopes people can gain a greater perspective of the community and its rich history from the tour.

You can find more information on the tours and the lighthouse, on the City of Kewaunee's website.

June rainfall much better for farmers this year

By Paul Schmitt    

Area farmers are finding the occasional rains this summer far better than what was experienced last year.  The overabundance of rain last year by this time caused some crops to be damaged.  A record 14 inches of rain fell in some parts of Door County last year but this year is a different story. Dan Barnard of Healthy Ridge Farm in Sevastopol says his crops are doing better with less moisture this year.


This June, most parts of Door County received just over three inches of rain with the average rainfall being 3.2 inches, according to

Statue unveiling honors area's fishing industry

By McKenzie Konop       

A statue dedication ceremony was held today to commemorate Northern Door's fishing commerce and traditions.  The unveiling of the statue occurred at Gills Rock on July 4 with a presentation from speakers about the relationship between the area's fishing business and the recently renamed Death's Door Maritime Museum.  Mark Weborg, a member of the Board of Directors for the Death's Door Maritime Museum, says this museum represents the generations of fishing his family was involved in around the area.

The event went from 2 p.m. to 5p.m. with free admission to the museum.

Kewaunee County gets families ready to get back to school

By Tim Kowols       

Students still have time to enjoy the summer, but the Kewaunee County Public Health Department is making sure their parents are getting ready for school this fall. For the fourth year in a row in conjunction with United Funds of Kewaunee County, the Public Health Department is sponsoring the Back to School Program for families eligible for free and reduced lunch in the area on August 15. Preparations are already underway as the department works to register families while its partners continue to collect school supplies and other items to give. Cindy Kinnard from the Kewaunee County Public Health Department says the program is an important undertaking.

Over 340 kids every year benefit from the program. Participants are encouraged to register for the Back to School Program before August 6. We have information on how to sign up for the Back to School Program set to take place on August 15 at Lakehaven Hall in Kewaunee online with this story.

Boater safety tips essential for summer

By McKenzie Konop       

A local boat tour employee shares advice on boat safety for this summer.  Collin Duffy, scenic boat tour guide at the Sister Bay Marina, advises people taking their boats out on the bay should be aware of smaller boats, including kayaks.  Duffy also says people driving motorized boats should also avoid getting to close to other boats.

Duffy adds people need to take a boater safety course before taking their boats out on the water.  You can sign up for the course on the DNR's website.

Ridges Sanctuary presents family hikes for summer

By McKenzie Konop       

A local nature sanctuary is offering a way to get families outside and active this summer.  The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor is hosting guided hikes for families of all ages to learn about the history of the Midwest's most biologically diverse properties.  Steve Leonard, executive director of the Ridges Sanctuary, says the family hikes are successful, especially with children who attend them.

Leonard adds the hikes are also a great way for kids to connect with the outdoors.  For more information on other summer activities, you can visit the Ridges Sanctuary's website.

Farmers hope new rules do not push out smaller operators

By Tim Kowols       

Members of Peninsula Pride Farms see changes to the state's NR-151 manure spreading rules as an opportunity to improve their practices, but hope all operators can stay in business. The changes prevent farmers in 15 Wisconsin counties including Door and Kewaunee from spreading manure on land that has less than two feet of soil to bedrock. Peninsula Pride Farms has provided farmers with the tools needed to be better stewards of their land in the future as technology improves. Don Niles hopes none of the organization's members finds themselves without room to operate.

Peninsula Pride Farms has been organizing tours and "field days on the fly" this summer to display the progress being made at members of the Door-Kewaunee Watershed Demonstration Farms Network.

Tourism season brings an increase in calls for local public safety

By Tim Kowols       

More people often mean more problems to tend to for local public safety personnel. For the Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Department, the summer brings more calls on incidents like bike accidents and water emergencies than other times of the year. Fire Chief Chris Hecht says many of the calls they get are because people get caught up in the fun they can have in Door County and are not necessarily prepared.

Hecht advises people to be safe and think about what types of obstacles they might be putting themselves through depending on the activity they choose.

St. Paul Lutheran Church celebrating new playground on July 15

By Paul Schmitt    

The St. Paul Lutheran Church congregation in Juddville will be dedicating a special playground the entire community and visitors can enjoy.  Church member Karen Peterson, says the playground is open already and the dedication on July 15 will be honoring the generous donor who made it possible.  She says "Fred's Place" will be memorializing Fred Weber.


Peterson says Weber was a Sunday school teacher who always availed himself and is actually played professional baseball and was inducted in the Wisconsin Baseball Hall of Fame.  St. Paul Lutheran Church is located on Juddville Road between Egg Harbor and Fish Creek just east of Highway 42.  The "Fred's Place" playground celebration will be held after the 10 am church service.  You can see pictures of the new playground compliments of the church's Facebook page below.



Sturgeon Bay's The Farm provides another secret treasure of Door County

By Tom Jordan

The best time to come to The Farm is the moment they open. That's when the baby goats are hungry and will climb all over you to get your baby bottle filled with milk. They usually reserve the bottles for the smaller children because it's one of those incredible experiences children will remember forever.

Of course, everyone can buy the small bags of corn and work their way around the forty plus acres that house roosters, chickens, ducks, pigs, Brouma bulls, Shetland bulls, sheep, and goats, lots of goats (Some of them you can milk.) The animals, except the horses, will eat the corn right out of your hand.

The Farm was started over forty-two years ago by Ruth and Carl Scholz, along with several friends, on the property that was the first commercial orchard in Door County. Today it is owned by the Tanck family.

Open from Memorial Day until mid-October, seven days a week, The Farm is a must-see for anyone visiting Door County. And if you pay the equivalent of two day passes, you can have a season pass. Which really works out well because if you come here're coming back.

Written comment period opens for Kewaunee County Human Services public hearing

By Tim Kowols       

Kewaunee County residents can weigh in on the programming they would like to see added or maintained ahead of the Human Services Department's August public hearing. The department is gathering the input before they begin their annual planning and budgeting process. Transportation, hospitalization, community support systems, outpatient clinics, and services related to work and families are among the areas expected to be covered. Kewaunee County Human Services Director Bob Mattice says it is great to hear feedback on the services provided.

Pending the public hearing, Mattice expects most of their county services will be maintained for the upcoming budget year. Residents wishing to voice their opinion can either submit written comments until July 20 or attend the hearing on August 1 at the Kewaunee County Human Services Department building in Kewaunee beginning at 4 p.m.

Midsummer's Music crescendoes in 2018

By Russ Warren

Midsummer's Music is growing in more ways than one in its 28th season. Eight new musicians will join the ensemble this summer, including second-generation Midsummer's Music cellist Zachary Preucil. His parents Walt and Stephanie have been a part of traveling chamber music ensemble since Midsummer's Music began touring Door County's collection of churches, galleries, and other unique venues in 1990. At over 30 scheduled performances this season, Executive Director Allyson Fleck says Midsummer's Music keeps putting together strong programs.

Midsummer's Music will kick off a series of Bastille Day Celebration concerts on Thursday beginning at 7 p.m. at Egg Harbor's Kress Pavilion with additional performances next weekend in Ephraim, Baileys Harbor, and Sister Bay. You can read more about Midsummer's Music's newest members online with this story.


Jeremiah Frederick is a Chicago-based horn player and is currently a member of the Lake Forest and the South Bend Symphonies and the IRIS Orchestra. He has also played with other ensembles including the Lyric Opera, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Chicago Philharmonic, the Grant Park, Elgin, Rockford and Omaha Symphonies, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Joffrey Ballet and the Philly Pops Orchestra. He is a member of the Millar Brass Ensemble and has played with the Chicago Chamber Musicians, and he is a founding member of Quintet Attacca, a wind quintet and winner of the 2002 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition's Grand Prize. Jeremiah graduated from Northwestern University in 2000 with a Master's Degree in horn performance and received his Bachelor's in performance from Lawrence University.

Blakeley Menghini is a recent graduate of the UW-Madison Mead Witter School of Music, where she studied viola with Midsummer's Sally Chisholm. While earning her Doctor of Musical Arts, Blakeley was a member of the Hunt Quartet, a competitive graduate group that focused on both formal performances and educational concerts for children through the Madison Symphony Orchestra's Up Close and Musical program. During her studies, she held a private studio in Madison and served as adjunct professor of viola and violin at Beloit College. Blakeley has performed in masterclasses with Alban Gerhardt, Nobuko Imai, Laurie Smukler, the St. Lawrence Quartet, and the Arianna Quartet. She has participated in the Arianna Chamber Music Festival, the Northern Lights Chamber Music Festival, and the Token Creek Chamber Music Festival.

Roy Meyer began violin studies at 4 years old with Kyoko Fuller at the American Suzuki Talent Education Center (ASTEC) in Stevens Point, WI. Roy went on to pursue a Bachelor of Music in violin performance at University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI, and continued his education with a M.M. at USF in Tampa, FL, and at NYU, to pursue a certificate in advanced string studies in New York City, before settling in Chicago. Roy's primary teachers have included Midsummer's David Perry. Roy has been Concertmaster of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra since 2015 and is a frequent substitute violinist with the Sarasota Orchestra and Chicago Philharmonic. He enjoys maintaining musical relationships with friends and performing at Apollo Music Festival in Houston, MN, and at the Illinois Chamber Music Festival in Bloomington, Il. Roy has conducted violin master classes at Apollo Music Festival, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Virginia Tech, SUNY New Paltz, Indiana State University, and the Aber Suzuki Center on campus at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Roy also served as visiting professor of violin at Illinois Wesleyan University in 2018. Film credits include: Amazon Prime's "Mozart in the Jungle."

Susan Platts brings a uniquely rich and wide-ranging voice to the concert and recital repertoire. She is particularly esteemed for her performances of Gustav Mahler's works. She is a Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative Fellow, which gave her the opportunity to study with world-renowned soprano Jessye Norman. Ms. Platts has performed with, amongst others, the Philadelphia, Cleveland and Minnesota Orchestras, Orchestre de Paris, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Montreal, Toronto, Detroit, Milwaukee, Baltimore and Houston Symphonies, as well as the Los Angeles and St. Paul Chamber Orchestras. Ms. Platts' recent highlights include her Royal Opera House debut in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, John Adams' Nixon in China for BBC Proms, Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde and the premiere of a new work by Howard Shore with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Elgar's Dream of Gerontius with the Vancouver Symphony, and Mahler's Third Symphony with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

A native of Minnesota, Cellist James Waldo leads a musical career marked by diversity and adventure. James performs regularly around the U.S. with his wife, pianist Alyona Aksyonova, as A.W.Duo, and the two completed their first tour of China in 2017. A specialist on baroque cello and viola da gamba, Waldo has collaborated with violinist Monica Huggett and lutenist Ron MacFarlane, and will debut with the Madison Bach Musicians in fall 2018. Waldo is a co-founder of Listen Closely, an uptown Manhattan chamber music collective now in its sixth season. Waldo serves as principal cellist of the award-winning Cecilia Chorus of New York, performing in Carnegie Hall each winter and spring. Waldo is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree under the tutelage of Uri Vardi at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Mead Witter School of Music. He received his Master of Music and Artist Diploma with Timothy Eddy at Mannes College, where he was recipient of the Gregory Award for Excellence in Performance.

Hailed as a "splendid harpsichordist" (Chicago Tribune) and praised for his "supportive style" and "breathtaking, rapid-fire passagework" (Chicago Classical Review) Mark Shuldiner maintains a rigorous and varied performance schedule. A continuo specialist, Mark has played with such high level ensembles as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Music of the Baroque. In 2014 Mark appeared as the harpsichord soloist in the CSO's performance of Bach's 5th Brandenburg Concerto, conducted by Nicolas Kraemer. Most recently, Mr. Shuldiner could be heard playing harpsichord for Lyric Opera of Chicago's production of Orphée et Eurydice.

Heather Zinninger Yarmel is Assistant Principal Flute of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Before coming to Milwaukee, she performed for five seasons as Principal Flute of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans. She was featured as a soloist with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra on several occasions, most recently performing Christopher Rouse's Flute Concerto in April 2017. She has performed as a guest with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and New World Symphony. She has been a prizewinner in several national competitions, including the National Flute Association's Orchestral Audition Competition where she was awarded first prize. Heather earned a Master's Degree from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music and a Bachelor's Degree with highest distinction and a Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music.

Cellist Zachary Preucil has literally grown up with Midsummer's Music, having been seven months old in 1991 while his father, Walt, performed in Midsummer's inaugural concerts. In the intervening years, he has served the festival variously as composer, cellist, and administrative intern. Currently, Zachary is a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Cello Performance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his M.M. in Cello Performance and an Arts Leadership Certificate from the Eastman School of Music as a Pi Kappa Lambda inductee, and his B.M. in Cello Performance with Academic Honors from the New England Conservatory of Music. He has served on the faculties of the Music Institute of Chicago (MIC), Kanack School of Musical Artistry, Music for Youth of Arlington Heights, and as a teaching assistant at the Eastman School of Music. He has also been invited as guest improvisation clinician at MIC and the Wheaton College Community School for the Arts and served as a coach for the Schaumburg Youth Orchestra's chamber music program.

Allies contribute in PFLAG conversation

By Tim Kowols       

"Allies" of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and questioning communities in Door County play an important role in the ongoing conversation at PFLAG meetings. PFLAG, or Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, meet monthly year-round in Sturgeon Bay and from September through May in Sister Bay to discuss issues they are facing and the stories of the day. Shirley Senarighi says members of PFLAG come from all walks of life, whether they are gay or straight. She believes she and husband Rudy can be personal advocates for the LGBTQ community and their families.

Senarighi says all are welcome and meetings are confidential. You can learn more about PFLAG Door County by visiting this story online.

Fireworks can be stressful to pets

By Paul Schmitt    

The evening skies may be filled with beautiful arrays of fireworks this week to celebrate Independence Day, but the noise generated could pose stressful to animals. Pets often become frightened or disoriented by the sounds of fireworks.  Dr. Jordan Kobilca of Door County Veterinary Hospital says the best thing to do is to leave your furry friends at home before heading out to enjoy the fireworks.  If you need to bring your pet along, Dr. Kobilca has some advice.


Dr. Kobilca says if you are entertaining at your home you should keep your pets away from the actual fireworks.  He says in additional to the burns and trauma that fireworks cause, the chemicals in the fireworks are harmful as well.

Man rescued from water near Ephraim

By Tim Kowols       

A Green Bay man had to be pulled back in from the waters of Green Bay Monday afternoon after jumping overboard for another family member near Ephraim. According to a release from the Ephraim Fire Department, it responded to a call just after noon and arrived on scene to find the unnamed man rescued by family members in their pontoon boat. Door County Emergency Services treated the man on board the pontoon boat before transporting him to the Sister Bay Marina where an ambulance was waiting for him for further treatment. Fire Chief Justin MacDonald says it is another example of how unpredictable the water can be.

Gibraltar Fire and Rescue, Wisconsin DNR, Door County Sheriff's Department, and the United States Coast Guard all responded to the incident with fire crews clear the scene by 1:20 p.m. MacDonald expects an update on the rescued man later Tuesday morning.

STUDIO 330 celebrates 10 years of music and productions

By Paul Schmitt    

Local musician and producer Hans Christian of STUDIO 330 celebrated his tenth anniversary of opening his musical studio in Sturgeon Bay last week.  Christian has been working on local, regional, national and international projects in the past decade.  He says that he loves producing all types of music and does not have a favorite.


Christian worked with Jeanne Kuhns and other local musicians in releasing new CDs in the past month.  He will be performing his only planned solo concert in Door County this Saturday with his cello in Egg Harbor.  You can find details of his upcoming performance and a video of his cello playing with this story below.

Algoma community access director receives state recognition

By Paul Schmitt    

The man behind the camera of the Algoma city council meetings won the 2018 Friend of Access Award for the Wisconsin Community.  Al Reinhart of Algoma was recognized by the Midwest Community Media and the Wisconsin Community Media for his work in public access television and radio, according to City Administrator Jeff Wiswell.  Wiswell says "TV Al", as he is affectionately known, received quite an honor in Oshkosh last month.


Wiswell says the city plans on updating all of their digital television cameras and switchers in city hall.  The Algoma City Council meets on the first Monday of every month.

(photo courtesy of Wisconsin Community Media)

Heavy holiday traffic expected in area all week

By Paul Schmitt    

The July Fourth holiday can be one of the busiest travel periods of the year.  The Door County officials along with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (Wis-DOT) are asking for drivers to anticipate higher traffic volumes and plan accordingly.  Sheriff Steve Delarwelle shares tips on driving safer this week.


Road work on most highway construction projects will be suspended at noon on Tuesday and will resume on Thursday, according to the Wisconsin DOT.  You can find other traffic safety reminders with this story below.


Other important traffic safety reminders:


  • Posted speed limits apply to ideal travel conditions. Drivers are required to slow to a "reasonable and prudent" speed based on weather and traffic conditions.


  • Except for emergencies, it is illegal in Wisconsin for drivers to use a handheld mobile device in work zones. Texting while driving is prohibited at all times.


  • The state's Move Over law requires drivers to slow down or shift lanes when coming upon emergency response vehicles stopped along a roadway with warning lights flashing. This includes police and fire vehicles, ambulances, tow trucks and highway maintenance vehicles.


  • Stopping along a highway and getting out of your vehicle can be dangerous, increasing the chances of being struck by another vehicle. If you become stranded, it's generally safest to stay buckled up inside your vehicle and call for help.

Washington Island back on electric power; cable replacement next step

By Paul Schmitt    

Washington Island is back on electrical power this week.  The electrical cable that was apparently damaged by ice shoves during the early spring has been temporarily repaired and now awaits an expensive replacement.   Electrical power was lost on June 15 with diesel backup generators being used to maintain power on the Island until the cable was repaired.  The damage was done underwater near Plum Island and required splicing about 150 feet of new cable last Thursday.  Washington Island Electric Cooperative Manager Bob Cornell says the community was without power for only a few hours and that the crisis would have been far worse if it had occurred earlier.


Cornell says the electrical cable, which was installed in 1981, usually has a lifespan of 40 to 60 years.  He says the replacement of the electrical cable will have to come before the next ice and will cost over $2.5 million based on quotes received in 2013.

Statue commemorating commercial fishing to be dedicated Wednesday

By Tim Kowols       

The Door County Maritime Museum will recognize a Northern Door tradition Wednesday when it dedicates a statue honoring the area's commercial fishing industry at its Gills Rock campus. The commercial fishing industry has longed partnered with the newly renamed Death's Door Maritime Museum since it opened in 1975 by donating artifacts and helping curate exhibits. Executive Director Amy Paul says the statue created by Mary Ott Davidson is a fitting tribute.

The museum's renaming and statue unveiling ceremonies start at 2 p.m. with speakers set to present beginning at 3 p.m.

Picking financial tools that work for you

By Tim Kowols       

People looking to get a firm grasp on their finances can rely on a number of tools to help reach their goals and change their behaviors. Checking accounts offer one opportunity for consumers to get in touch with their spending habits. Gay Pustaver from Money Management Counselors says people come to her when people's self-guidance comes up a little short.

Debt management plans, financial calculators, and spending worksheets are just some of the tools Money Management Counselors recommends to help learn more about your habits. You can listen to the entire Money Management Monday interview with Gay Pustaver online with this story.



Rio Creek Airport celebrates 45 years

By Tim Kowols       

A field in Kewaunee County celebrates a special milestone Saturday when the Rio Creek Airport hosts its annual fly-in event. Opening in 1973, the Rio Creek Airport has rebounded from a 15 year period where visiting aviators were greeted with nearly empty and aging hangars from the mid-1980s to the late 1990s. Starting in 1998, improvements were made to the airport including a new clubhouse and activities building that led a group of Rio Creek aviators to welcome the community and pilots back to the airport in 2000. Entering the airport's 45th year of operation, Rio Creek Aviation Foundation chairperson Brian Dauck says the fly-in event has had a great turnout of pilots over the last two years.

The Rio Creek Fly-In runs from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. with proceeds from food sales and plane rides going to support the Rio Creek Aviation Foundation's efforts.

Sister Bay PRAT in effect

By Tim Kowols       

Village officials hope the newly instituted Premier Resort Area Tax in Sister Bay helps alleviate some of the burden from its property owners.  Residents approved the PRAT in February to add a 0.5 percent tax on tourism-related expenditures beginning on July 1. The hope is the influx of an expected $180,000 in revenue will help address the village's future infrastructure needs. Sister Bay Finance Director Tasha Rass says businesses worked with the Wisconsin Department of Revenue to get into compliance.

Sister Bay is the fifth Wisconsin community to add the 0.5 percent PRAT to their rolls while Wisconsin Dells and Lake Delton charge 1.25 percent for tourism-related expenditures. The city of Sturgeon Bay will have to wait until the Wisconsin Legislature is back in session to learn if its request for PRAT designation is approved.

Door County YMCA summer classes booming in community

By McKenzie Konop       

The classes offered by the YMCA in the summertime are becoming popular around the community. The YMCA offers classes for everyone of all ages with classes including swimming lessons to various fitness services. Amy Jacobs, a fitness instructor at the Door County YMCA, says people from all over come to take these classes.

The YMCA offers other seasonal classes all year round. You can register for classes on the YMCA's website.

Crews feeling safer on County C

By McKenzie Konop       

Crews working on the County Highway C/Duluth Avenue project on Sturgeon Bay's west side are feeling safer after a significant reduction in the amount of traffic going through the construction zone. Early in the project crews had dealt with drivers not obeying "No through traffic" signs and traveling at high speeds. Chad Shefchik, Sturgeon Bay City Engineer says that the current state of the road is a large factor in cars avoiding the area.

Shefchik adds that an increased police presence in the early stages of the project may have influenced the decrease in traffic as well. The project is slated to be completed in mid-August

Fire chief talks summer safety tips


A local fire chief gives tips on how to stay safe during the summer.  Gibraltar Fire Chief, Jerrad Anderson, advises water or some type of fire extinguisher should be on hand at all times while making fires.



Anderson advises before lighting any sort of campfire, people should watch out for dry areas which are more prone to spreading fires.  Find out where you can get your burning permit from your local fire station.


Literacy Partners Program in need of tutors

By McKenzie Konop       


With an increase in attendance for students at the Literacy Partners Program, this leads to a need for more educators. The influx of adults seeking one-on-one tutoring to improve their reading, writing and English speaking skills leaves a shortage of tutors for this program.  The Literacy Partners Program trains teachers based on their mission to establish a framework to provide literacy education to Kewaunee County residents.   Bob Garfinkel, President of Literacy Partners, says the main problem on why tutors are so hard to find is the conflicting schedules between students and teachers.

Garfinkel adds places that offer literacy programs in the area are hard to find.  For more information on how to apply to be a tutor, check out the Literacy Partner's website.

Gasoline prices predicted not to affect summer travel

By McKenzie Konop       

Travel in Door County increases during the summer, but gasoline station prices are staying the same.  Dave Lienau, the owner of Sister Bay Mobil, recognizes gas prices are not increasing during the summertime. Lienau adds travelers don't seem to be affected by the gas prices this summer.

With gas being low, travelers can use their money on other fun summer activities.  For information on events and festivals in Door County, you can click on the link.

Fire Chief talks summer safety tips

By McKenzie Konop       

A local fire chief gives tips on how to stay safe during the summer.  Gibraltar Fire Chief, Jerrad Anderson, advises water or some type of fire extinguisher should be on hand at all times while making fires.

Anderson advises before lighting any sort of campfire, people should watch out for dry areas which are more prone to spreading fires.  Find out where you can get your burning permit from your local fire station.

Indivisible Door County protests to keep families together

By McKenzie Konop       

A national rally and protest against Donald Trump and his administration has made its way to Door County.  Indivisible Door County held a rally on Saturday in Sawyer Park to speak up against separating immigrant children and other family members from each other.  They formed the three Door County Chapters after Trump was elected and was based on the strong progressive values of the national Indivisible Movement.  Mike Brodd, one of the Coordinators of Indivisible Door County, says the people participating in the march came together to fight against what they called these corrupt actions.

The group started out with 32 people in February 2017 and now has over 350 members in Door County.  For information on how to join this organization, visit the Indivisible Door County's website.

Door County Library system not pulling Wilder's books

By Eric Fischer  

Despite the controversy around the country surrounding former Wisconsin native Laura Ingalls Wilder, the Door County Library will be keeping her works on the shelves.  Earlier this week the American Library Association decided to rename a significant children's literature award named after Wilder to the Children's Literature Legacy Award after the group decided her books had strong racial insensitivities.  Beth Lokken, Youth Services Librarian for the Door County Library system explains the books have historical significance and what the future of the award will be.

Lokken adds the library doesn't condone the language of the books but recognizes that they were written to reflect Wilder's experiences.  You can check out your favorite books at any of the Door County Library's eight locations.

Organization provides community medical equipment

By McKenzie Konop       


Medical assistance is being provided to people in need with the help from a program created by Neighbor-to-Neighbor. The program is a short-term loan with durable medical equipment given to individuals having trouble with severe or minor physical and medical disabilities. The equipment is loaned out for up to six months to people in need of it at no charge. Executive Director of Neighbor-to-Neighbor, Ann Bennett, says the program has become the organization's greatest accomplishment with serving many people in the community.

Cash donations are essential to keep the program running and can be made at the Neighbor-to-Neighbor front office in Sturgeon Bay or mailed to the address listed on their website.

Breakfast on the Farm showcases future of agriculture

By McKenzie Konop       

An annual event showcased the future of farming Sunday morning.  Door County Breakfast on the Farm is hosted annually by FFA and the event offers fresh farm food and other agricultural activities.  Ed Staats, Owner of Country View Farms, says his farm was selected to host Breakfast on the Farm through the volunteer process done by the FFA.

Staats adds his family has owned Country View Farms since 1883.  The FFA hosted its 37th year of Breakfast on the Farm and all the money made from the breakfast will go to scholarships for FFA students.

Door of Life Food Pantry in a pinch for items

By McKenzie Konop       

While Door of Life in Sister Bay is attracting customers, the attention is also creating a problem for the food pantry.  Donations of hygiene products and dry pantry items used to make easy meals would be beneficial in continuing to help people in need.  Door of Life Food Pantry is open 24/7 and is available to the community year round, regardless of financial status, no questions asked. Heidi Penchoff, a volunteer at Door of Life, says she has noticed the high demand for products this season has left the shelves a little empty.

Penchoff adds the pantry could also use meat, fish and other freezer items.  Food donations can be dropped off by the entryway of the church where the food pantry can be found.

Cherries could be ready by mid-July

By Tim Kowols       

Cherry lovers in Door County will not have to wait much longer to get their summer fix. Trees at local orchards are beginning to bear ripening fruit after cherry blossoms bloomed in the middle of May. Steve Wood from Wood Orchard says the weekend heat could help the cherries ripen even quicker and into markets faster.

As for his apple trees, Wood says they have had to rely on irrigation to make sure they are getting plenty of water at this time of the year.

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