News Archives for 2018-08

Municipalities, businesses butting heads over "dark stores"

By Tim Kowols       

The battle over so-called "dark stores" is creeping into more Wisconsin communities like Sturgeon Bay. According to the Wisconsin Policy Forum, 79 Wisconsin communities had appeals of their property taxes filed against them in 2017, which was 16 more than the previous year. Big-box retailers are some of the biggest culprits of the actions against municipalities, arguing their location's property value should be judged against all similar properties whether they are vacant or in use. Sturgeon Bay is currently reassessing the property Wal-Mart sits on after the company's real estate business trust filed suit against the city in Door County Circuit Court. City Administrator Josh VanLieshout credits the League of Wisconsin Municipalities for their fight for closing the loophole because of the financial hardships it causes.



VanLieshout expects its case with Wal-Mart will be settled this fall and that the Wisconsin Legislature will take up the issue in its spring session.

Why be a volunteer emergency medical responder? Series on Careers

By Tim Kowols       

Riding in an ambulance to become a volunteer emergency medical responder was just part of the natural progression for Curt Vandertie. The chief for the Brussels-Union-Gardner Fire Department, Vandertie found himself working side by side with members of the Brussels-Union Emergency Medical Responders on several calls. EMRs go through extensive medical training for times when they are first on the scene. Going through their equipment and their training is why he was passionate about B.U.G. Fire and Door County Emergency Services share a facility.



Coordinating schedules for coverage can be a challenge since Vandertie says many of its members cross over from the fire department to volunteer as EMRs and vice versa. This is a part of a continuing series on career and volunteer opportunities available in the area.

 

Picture courtesy of Brussels-Union EMR Facebook page

Boy Scout troops preparing to welcome girls

By Tim Kowols       

As recruiting efforts start to ramp up in Door and Kewaunee counties, it will be in February when Boy Scout troops can really start turning the page in the organization's history. Now known as Scouts USA, chartering organizations will be able to begin welcoming girls to join their ranks. That is not a problem for Luxemburg Troop 1042 Scoutmaster Jason Miller, who says they already coordinate some events with the co-ed Venturing Crew 9042.  Miller has not had girls specifically inquire about joining but says they are going to start preparing for the possibility this fall.



Miller encourages families join Scouts USA as it teaches general life skills and give members a chance to participate in activities they otherwise might not have an opportunity to do. He also adds that Luxemburg Troop 1042 tries to organize their activities around school schedules so members can participate in a variety of things without getting overwhelmed.

Sturgeon Bay men injured in Tuesday car crash

By Tim Kowols       

A Sturgeon Bay man blamed the glare of the sun for causing a crash Tuesday near the corner of Duluth Avenue and State Highway 42/57. The accident occurred just before 8:45 a.m. when Sturgeon Bay resident Merle Rasmusson struck the van of Gary Henkel, also of Sturgeon Bay as he was traveling north on Duluth Avenue. According to the police report released Friday morning, Henkel told the responding officer he could not see that the light had turned due to the sun and it was too late to stop when he noticed the light was red. The collision caused Henkel's van to roll over and Rasmusson's vehicle to spin out in the middle of the intersection. Traffic was forced to be rerouted for about an hour while crews cleared the scene. Rasmusson was transported from the site of the accident for his injuries while Henkel was treated on the scene. Henkel was cited for a failure to yield to the right of way and for not wearing a seat belt.

 

Photo Credit to Chris Ranly

Scrutinize candidates on openness


Your Right To Know / Bill Lueders


     


Perhaps no other political issue receives so little attention, relative to its importance, as open government. Elections come and go without candidates addressing this fundamental tenet of a democratic society.


 

That's because virtually all candidates, when asked, will say they are big fans of transparency. It's an easy position to take, a harder one to live up to.


 

But in Wisconsin's fall elections, fidelity to open government has come up in several races, for governor, attorney general and U.S. Senate.


 

Two former state officials have accused Gov. Scott Walker's administration of dodging the open records law. Former Corrections Secretary Ed Wall and former Secretary of the Department of Financial Institutions Peter Bildsten both allege being advised to not create records that would be subject to release. (Wall was fired in 2016, purportedly for urging another state official to violate the records law by destroying a letter.)


 

Three state advocacy groups — Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, Center for Media and Democracy and One Wisconsin Now — recently urged the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council to rescind the award it gave Walker in March for issuing executive orders directing state agencies to improve their performance on open records requests. They noted other occasions in which Walker has failed to release information, and dinged him for signing a 2015 bill ending the requirement that donors of more than $100 to political campaigns identify their employer.


 

The council declined to rescind its award. As the group's president, I agree that Walker's record on openness has been mixed, but his executive orders provided some welcome clarity and direction on the law.


 

Similarly, even though we think Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel also has a mixed record on openness, we welcomed the recent announcement that his office, in response to "a noticeable and concerning increase of inquiries" regarding high records fees, would slash what it was charging and urged other government officials to do the same.


 

Schimel is up for re-election this fall. His Democratic challenger, Josh Kaul, says Schimel "waited until the middle of his re-election campaign to take action that he could have taken much earlier." Kaul says that, if elected, he would keep the lower fees.


 

Meanwhile, Republican state Sen. Leah Vukmir's ill-considered effort to evade the records law became an issue during her successful bid for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. In that 2014 case, taxpayers got stuck paying $15,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by the Center for Media and Democracy.


 

In advance of the Nov. 6 election, the Council is surveying all candidates for state Legislature, as well as state Senators not up for reelection. We're asking a small number of transparency-related questions, like whether respondents think legislators should follow the same records retention rules as all other state and local government officials. (Right now, lawmakers legally can — and some do — destroy records at will.) We'll publicize the results.


 

Open government is not the only standard by which public officials should be judged. But it is among the most important.


 

 

Your Right to Know is a monthly column distributed by the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council (www.wisfoic.org), a group dedicated to open government. Bill Lueders, managing editor of The Progressive, is the group's president.


 

Civil Discourse: An Occasional Attempt to Restore Civility to Our Civic Discourse--WMC Evers attack ad disgraceful distortion of the truth

By Roger Utnehmer

The Wisconsin Association of Manufacturers and Commerce is running an ad attacking gubernatorial candidate Tony Evers that is a disgraceful distortion of the truth.

WMC should be ashamed of lowering the political discourse in Wisconsin to a low level.

The WMC-paid ad claims Evers spent money on pay raises for his staff rather than raises for teachers, saying in the commercial, "That's almost 400 grand that went to bureaucrats instead of teachers."

The fact is that when the legislature appropriates money for the Department of Public Instruction staff it simply cannot be used to pay teachers. WMC is smart enough to know that. Wisconsin voters deserve better from what has been a respected voice for business and commerce. This kind of negative advertising is lowering the quality of civic discourse by distorting facts for political advantage.

Former WMC leaders like Paul Hassett and Jim Haney, both Republicans, led an organization that was respected by members of both political parties.

Distorting the truth damages the legacy great leaders like Hassett and Haney have left. WMC should pull the ad and offer an apology to not only Tony Evers but to the people of the State of Wisconsin.

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

Should your college student be taken off your auto insurance policy?

By Paul Schmitt    

As area college students settle into their dorms and start their academic year at their respective universities, parents are reminded to check with their insurance agents on auto policies.  While many students may plan not to take a vehicle or drive at college, many experts suggest keeping your child active on your policy.  Mike Walston from Robertson Ryan & Associates in Kewaunee says you should still contact your insurance agency because you may qualify for a discount.



 

Other reasons to keep your adult child under your auto insurance policy are that the student will be covered when driving on a return to home and if they drive a friend's car while away at school.

Local Apples going to market this weekend

By Paul Schmitt    

The area apple orchards are getting ready for another successful harvest this fall.  Despite a six percent decline in production nationally compared to 2017, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, local orchard owners are optimistic about this year's harvest.  Steve Wood of Wood Orchard in Egg Harbor and Sturgeon Bay says he will have apples going to market this weekend already.



 

Wood says the area orchards missed out on the more severe weather lately and that the apple crop should remain good for the season.

Door County artists continue making big money for the economy

By Terry Kovarik              

A musical at Northern Sky Theater, jazz or classical music at the Birch Creek Music Performance Center, a performance at Midsummer's Music, and an exhibition at the Hardy Gallery share one thing in common. They're big money makers for Door
County. An economic impact study released last summer found the arts generated nearly $25-million in business annually. That generated a lot of publicity in outside publications. Mona Christensen, Executive Director of the Birch Creek Music Performance Center, can't say whether those articles have attracted more people. But she says some recent jazz concerts have become increasingly popular.

 



 

Those concerts were free. But according to the Arts and Economic Prosperity Study", each person attending such events spent an average of $77 each on meals, lodging and souvenirs and gifts.

Search underway in Alaska for a missing Algoma man

By Terry Kovarik              

The search is underway for a missing Algoma angler on the Kenai River near the Moose Meadows area of Alaska. The Anchorage Daily News reports that 68-year-old Daniel Hass was fishing with 68-year-old Charles Bohman and 64-year-old Lawrence Paul, all from Algoma Monday evening, when the boat they were in flipped over. Another boater responded and rescued Paul and Bohman who were hanging on to the boat. Hass was last seen floating further down river.

Parents need to prepare for the first day as much as their children

By Tim Kowols       

Parents in Door and Kewaunee counties may have been doing their part to help kids get ready for the school year, but it might be wise for them to do their own preparation too. The process is even harder for parents who are sending their first-borns to school and past another milestone. Karen Corekin from Northern Door Children's Center in Sister Bay says the first days are tough, but it gets better through routine.



While some area parochial schools are already back in session, the peninsula's eight public districts head back to class on Tuesday. Stay tuned this weekend with a report from the Kewaunee County UW-Extension about families developing back to school routines.

Why be a water quality specialist? Series on Careers

By Tim Kowols       

While local homeowners and businesses battle issues with their water in areas like Kewaunee County, water quality specialists are on the front line looking to help them find solutions. Water quality specialists like Jim Simonar from Lemens WaterCare in Luxemburg not only tests people's water but installs equipment like reverse osmosis systems and UV lights in hopes of making it better. Simonar says he understands the importance of water quality in Kewaunee County, which is why he takes his role seriously.



After walking into the career himself, Simonar says companies like WaterCare offer training opportunities throughout the year. This is a part of a continuing series on local jobs available in the community.

 

Photo Courtesy of Lemens WaterCare

Door County angler testifies in front of Senate Panel

By Tim Kowols       

Forestville angler Patrick Neu knows his way around local fishing spots and hopes his actions earlier this week in Washington D.C. makes it stay that way for years to come. Neu testified in front of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard about the dangers of doing nothing to address algae blooms and what is causing them. As the Executive Director of the National Professional Anglers Association and the President of the Future Angler Foundation, Neu focused on the negative effects algae blooms could have on the Wisconsin fishing tourism industry. He hopes the monitoring included in the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia  Research and Control Amendments Act of 2017 goes a long way to addressing the growing concerns.



Neu urged local anglers to contact their representatives about their support for the bill, which has already passed the Senate but is waiting on the House to approve before September 30. Algal blooms occur when there is an excess amount of nutrients in the water that helps green plants grow and take away the oxygen supply below them.

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Door County Public Library offers Labor Day visitors a chance to stock their book shelves

By Terry Kovarik              

If you're down to the last summer novel to read on the beach at White Fish Dunes State Park or at your campsite, the Door County Public Library is offering a chance to update your reading selection. Librarian Laura Kayacan says starting Friday you can get some good reads at good prices.

 



 

The "Shop the Shelves" sale offers adult hardcover books for a dollar, paperbacks are available for between fifty-cents and a dollar and children's books cost 25-cents. All proceeds go to the Friends of the Door County Public Library to pay for
programs at all library branches.

Southern Door School Board approves resolutions for two referendum questions

By Tim Kowols       

Southern Door voters will see two questions on their ballot this fall concerning the future of the district. The first referendum question is for $6,270,000 to pay for building upgrades.  With debt falling off, taxpayers would not see an increase on their bills. The second question is a one-year, $450,000 operational referendum that would help maintain  its current services. Southern Door is one of seven school districts in the state with a frozen revenue limit due to having a failed referendum in the last three years. Superintendent Patti Vickman says the district has a history of strong support from the community.



Southern Door School District will host open houses on October 11 and 22 to allow community members to learn more about the referendum questions and tour the building. It is the third area school district to add a pair of referendum questions to the fall ballot, joining Gibraltar and Sevastopol.

Local law enforcement says Labor Day visitors tend to be soberer

By Terry Kovarik              

Door and Kewaunee County law enforcement officers will be on the look-out this holiday weekend for speeders and drunk drivers. But Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski says he's noticed that LaborDay visitors tend to be soberer than during other summer weekends.

 

 



 

Joski adds that doesn't mean his department and others are letting up on their efforts to find and stop those driving under the influence. A conviction can be costly from 150 to 300 dollar fines and up to a nine-month drivers license suspension for a first offense. Fourth-time offenders could get between 60-days to a year in jail, fines from 300 to 2000 dollars and a loss of driving privileges for up to three years.

Marina Fest the last hurrah of summer for many in Door County

By Tim Kowols       

Sister Bay marks the unofficial end of summer with their annual Marina Fest this weekend. Originating as a celebration to commemorate the village's rebuilt marina in 1993, the Labor Day weekend event now includes food, entertainment, and a Saturday night fireworks display. Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Chief Chris Hecht has helped organize the event this year with other non-profits and hopes they can carry on the tradition.



You can find a full schedule of events for this year's Marina Fest online with this story.

 

Saturday, September 1, 2018

7:00 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. – Pancake Breakfast

8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. – Vintage Boat Show & Ice Cream Sales

8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. – Door County Maritime Museum Wooden Boat Raffle

8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. – Used Book Sale Village Hall

9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. – Farmers Market & Craft Fair

9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. – Stained Glass Mosaic Kids/Adult Workshop

10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. – Kid's Boat Building

10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. – Kid's Carnival/Bouncy Houses

11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. – Performance by "Last Man Standing"

11:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. – Food Court at Marina & Pavilion

11:00 A.M. Dinghy Poker Run- Sister Bay Marina- REGISTER IN THE MARINA OFFICE

1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. – Performance by "Mistrial"

5:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. – Performance by "Big Mouth & Power Tool Horns"

7:45 Fireworks Music Cruise on double decker "Norra Dorr" (call 920-421-4444)

7:45 Tall Ship Fireworks Cruise (call 920-495-7245)

8:30 P.M. – Fireworks

Sunday, September 2, 2018

9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. – Farmers Market & Craft Fair

10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. – Used Book Village Hall

10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. – Door County Maritime Museum Wooden Boat Raffle

10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. – Kid's Carnival/Bouncy Houses

11:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. – Food Court at Marina & Pavilion

12:00 P.M. – Corn Hole Tournament Marina Park- REGISTER IN THE MARINA OFFICE

3:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. – Performance by "Conscious Pilot" (Paul Lent)

Monday, September 3, 2018

9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. – Farmers Market & Craft Fair

10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. – Kid's Carnival/Bouncy Houses

10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. – Food Court at Marina & Pavilion

1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. – Performance by Gibraltar's Very Own Band "Stick Bag"

Heavy rainfall much needed for area farm crops

With southern Door County receiving upwards of six inches of rain in the past few days, area farmers are benefiting from a late but heavy August rainfall.  Jim Wautier of Church-Site Farm in Brussels says the rain came at an opportune time.



 

Wautier says the crops had been showing signs of dryness and stress before the rain and is now ready for harvest in the next week or two.  he says the rains probably saved his crops and help them finish out rather than dying off.   The average rainfall for Door County in August is 3.3 inches, according to willyweather.com.

The challenge of helping Door County workers move up from entry-level jobs

By Terry Kovarik              

Door County, like other Wisconsin counties, faces the double challenge of finding people to fill entry-level jobs as well as skilled positions. Manufacturers have a limited pool of potential skilled employees while many entry-level workers are limited in their efforts to move up. They're referred to as "ALICE" employees or the "Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed". These full-time workers are just barely getting by. A 2014 United Way study says that includes 33-percent of Door County employees. Jim Golembeski of the Bay Area Workforce Development Board says one of his clients illustrates the challenges all employers and workers face.

 

 



 

The United Way's "ALICE" survey finds that about 42-percent of Wisconsin workers wages are below the cost of basic necessities.

Door County moves toward a referendum on legalizing marijuana

By Terry Kovarik              

Door County will be taking the first step on whether to hold an advisory vote on legalizing marijuana. The Door County Board of Supervisors Legislative Committee will discuss the possibility of holding a non-binding referendum. The proposal is set to go before the committee September 11. County Supervisor Megan Lundahl says should county supervisors decide to hold a referendum it won't happen this year.

 



If county supervisors should decide to hold a non-binding referendum on legalizing marijuana Door County would join Brown, Dane, Milwaukee, LaCrosse, Rock and Sauk counties in putting the matter before voters.

Preserving past Door County school days for the future

By Terry Kovarik              

The Door County Historical Museum says don't throw out great-great-grand father's old math book from Ephraim or the class photo of forgotten students in Northern Door County. The museum would like those items for it's School Days program. It's a continuing effort to preserve what's left of now-defunct schools. Curator Nyla Small says there's no such thing as insignificant school mementos.

 



 

To learn more about donating to the Door County Historical Museum School Days collection you can visit the museum at 18 North Fourth Avenue in Sturgeon Bay.  Small says if you don't want to give up your photographs, the Historical Museum will have them scanned for their collection and return the originals to you.

Door County could get a nice boost if national Democrats come to Milwaukee

By Terry Kovarik              

Door County has seen additional visitors when major sporting events take place in Wisconsin. The Door County Visitors Bureau believes something similar could happen if Milwaukee is chosen for the 2020 Democratic National Convention. Director of Communications Jon Jarosh says August, which is when the convention would be held, is always busy in Door County. But he believes tourist traffic will increase just a bit more with such a big convention.

 



Milwaukee makes its' bid for the convention next week. It's competing with Miami Beach and Houston.

Former Packer Marcol shares journey of his life in Luxemburg

By Paul Schmitt    

Green Bay Packer Hall of Famer Chester Marcol was the guest of the Luxemburg Chamber of Commerce Tuesday night.  Marcol, 68, shared his story of overcoming drug and alcohol addiction as well as a suicide attempt after his playing days in the late 70's in Green Bay.  Speaking for nearly one hour, Marcol says he is enjoying living a quiet life in Luxemburg the past few years.  He hopes his role as a counselor is making a difference in the area.



 

Marcol works as a counselor at Libertas Treatment in Green Bay.  A Polish Immigrant who could not speak English when he relocated to Michigan as a 15-year-old, Marcol found fame as one of the greatest kickers in the game before addiction took over his life.  You can find the video of Marcol's program at the Luxemburg Chamber of Commerce meeting below.

 

https://www.facebook.com/DoorCountyDailyNews/videos/537972459975499/?t=2116

Storms come during lull period for the Washington Island Ferry

By Terry Kovarik              

The severe thunderstorms and heavy rains didn't keep the Washington Island Ferry from moving "full speed ahead", in the words of company President Hoyt Purinton. He says the rains came during a what's a traditional lull time for the ferry line. But Purinton says that will change come Labor Day weekend.

 



 

Purinton says the lull days have some of the fleet's captains doing maintenance work on their ships so they're ready for the rush.  For more information http://www.wisferry.com/

Wagner named to Wisconsin Coastal Management Council

By Paul Schmitt    

Kewaunee County Board member Chuck Wagner will have the distinction of serving on an important state council dealing with water issues. Wagner, a representative for Red River, was appointed by Governor Scott Walker to the position on the Wisconsin Coastal Management Council last week.  He says he feels honored and well-suited to serve on the council.



 

Wagner says the Wisconsin Coastal Management Council works on coastal management grants for funding that preserves and improves access to shorelines along Lake Michigan and Green Bay.  He says the council meets about three to four times a year.  The next meeting planned is scheduled in Sturgeon Bay on September 20th.

Why be a grocer? Series on Careers

By Paul Schmitt    

Grocery stores play a crucial role in rural communities, providing vital sources of nutrition, jobs and tax revenue, and the Luxemburg area is no different.  Alex Stodola, the owner of Stodola's IGA in Luxemburg says he enjoys the interaction with customers and employees on a daily basis as well as providing an important need.



 

Stodola says no two days are the same in the grocery business.  He adds that the local grocery store acts like a social hub for customers to meet up with old friends and neighbors and stay connected in the community.

Local teens still reading good old fashion paperbacks

By Paul Schmitt    

In this day in age of iPads, iPods, computers, and smartphones, local children are still enjoying paperback books this summer.  Beth Lokken, youth services director at the Sturgeon Bay Library, says even with all the new technology consuming the public, she still sees teens picking up a traditional book for leisure reading.



 

Lokken says audiobooks are a great resource and alternative for active youngsters on the move who may not be able to pick up a book while mowing lawns or traveling.  Most local children will be trading in their summer reads for textbooks next week when area schools resume classes on Tuesday.

Door County Democratic Chairman says a national convention for Milwaukee is good for Door County

By Terry Kovarik              

Door County would get an economic boost if the Democratic National Committee selected Milwaukee to host the 2020 national convention. That's what Door County Democratic Party Chair Will Gregory believes. The Wisconsin bid committee will make its' case to the national party this coming Tuesday and Wednesday. Gregory believes delegates might be convinced to stay longer to enjoy a milder summer than some southern cities.

 



 

Milwaukee is competing against Houston and Miami Beach for the convention which would cost an estimated 70-million dollars to host.

"An Evening with Jens Jensen" at Baileys Harbor Wednesday night

By Paul Schmitt    

Roger Kuhns will be playing his familiar role as Jens Jensen Wednesday evening in Baileys Harbor.  The program called "An Evening with Jens Jensen" will have Kuhns depicting Jensen's life in his later years.  Kuhns explains what audiences will experience during his monologue while he is in full character. [KUHNS] Jensen founded the Clearing in Ellison Bay as a folk school back in 1935.  Kuhn's characterization of Jens Jensen will begin at 7 pm at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall.  The program is hosted by the Baileys Harbor Historical Society, the Ridges Sanctuary, and the Friends of Toft Point.

(photo submitted)

Door County EDC wants to join forces with Wisconsin's "Hire a Veteran" program

By Terry Kovarik              

Keeping Coast Guard members in Door County at the completion of their service has been a significant resource that might get a boost with a new state program. The Door County Economic Development Corporation wants to link up with Wisconsin's new "Hire a Veteran" program which was announced this week. That program will visit military bases and set up a link to the Wisconsin Workforce Development website tailored to veterans. EDC Executive Director Jim Schuessler says the EDC wants to ensure that Door County stands out as a post-military home.

 



 

 

Many who've served at Coast Guard Station Sturgeon Bay have made Door County their home. Notable former coasties include Door County Facilities and Parks Director Wayne Spritka and former Door County Maritime Museum Executive Director Bob Desh.

The Fiddlers Farm in Sturgeon Bay combines a love of music, horses and weddings

By Terry Kovarik              

Imagine getting married to the traditional Nashville sound while riding on horseback in Door County. The Fiddlers Farm in Sturgeon Bay can make that a reality. Teri Rass and her husband, Dan, are country and bluegrass music fans and had dreamed of having their own place to perform. Their daughter, Hana, wanted a place to raise horses and found a farm on County Road C, near the airport. Teri Rass saw all of their dreams coming true in one location.

 



 

 

The Fiddlers Farm has been open since Spring and will be hosting "An Evening of Bluegrass, Classic Country and Western Swing" Sunday, September 2nd.

Bank of Luxemburg says strong lending equals strong earnings

By Terry Kovarik              

The Bank of Luxemburg is showing strong earnings for 2018 because of a growth in lending. That follows the trend for banks all over Wisconsin, which saw a combined profit of nearly 700-million dollars. Bank of Luxemburg President and CEO Tim Treml says his bank's growth has come in commercial lending.

 



 

Treml says the Bank of Luxemburg has already reached its' loan growth budget for 2018, which he says is unusual for any bank.

Food trucks give new spin on dining

By Tim Kowols       

Scat's Got Your Tongue may not move as much as some food trucks, but it is still giving the same unique experience for diners in Sturgeon Bay. This summer marks the first full season for the food truck operated by Rob Scaturo of Scaturo's Baking Company and Cafe, who debuted Scat's Got Your Tongue last July. The food truck offers different menu items than its bricks and mortar counterpart and changes with its customer's tastes. Scaturo says any business selling food is competing with each other but believes he has been sensitive to other competitors.



Other than its Wednesday residency at Martin Park for city events, Scat's Got Your Tongue is open Thursday-Sunday on the corner of Michigan and 2nd Avenue.

North Carolina gerrymandering decision gives hope for Wisconsin redistricting reform

By Tim Kowols       

After having their case dismissed by the United States Supreme Court, Wisconsin Democrats are looking to a recent North Carolina decision as new life for their partisan gerrymandering battle. According to the Washington Post, a panel of three federal judges ruled North Carolina's congressional districts were drawn to unfairly benefit Republicans over Democrats and suggested new boundaries should be established before the November elections. It is familiar territory for Wisconsin Democrats as this happened with their case in 2016 before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the plaintiffs had not proven their case this past June. Jay Heck of Common Cause Wisconsin says the North Carolina decision does give hope that fairly drawn maps are still possible.



According to the Brennan Center for Justice, nine states are looking to address redistricting reform through either ballot initiatives or legislative efforts.

Sturgeon Bay pharmacy joins effort to fight opioid crisis

By Terry Kovarik              

Bay Hometown Pharmacy is helping fight the opioid crisis by making it easier to destroy unused medications. The Sturgeon Bay pharmacy will be offering the Deterra Drug Deactivation System to customers. It's part of a joint effort between the Hometown Pharmacy chain and the Wisconsin Department of Justice. Bay Hometown Pharmacy owner Jake Blazkovec says the Deterra system uses a chemical solution to destroy unused medications in a convenient manner.

 



 

And it only takes about 30-seconds to neutralize unused medications. According to Verde Technologies, the maker of the Deterra system, one pouch can destroyup to 45 pills, six-ounces of liquid medication or six medicated patches.

Utility crews making progress restoring electricity to Door County customers

By Terry Kovarik              

The severe weather left some Door County electric customers in the dark Monday night and Tuesday morning. Electrical outages in Sturgeon Bay left nearly 600 customers without power, in Egg Harbor 144 customer have been affected while 26 customers in Fish Creek are without electricity. WE Energies spokesman Matt Cullen says the storm that moved through Door County created conditions that spawned the outages.

 



 

With more severe weather in this evening's forecast, further outages remain a possibility. But Door County's outages were not as severe as those in neighboring Marinette County where several hundred customers have been without power.

 

For current outages click here  https://accel.wisconsinpublicservice.com/outagesummary/view/outagegrid.aspx

Door and Kewaunee County dairy farms may benefit from new federal program

By Terry Kovarik              

Help is on the way for dairy farmers in Door and Kewaunee Counties facing low milk prices. The Dairy Revenue Protection program allows farmers to establish a guaranteed revenue on a set amount of milk. Farmers can then collect money if their revenue doesn't meet the set level. Kewaunee County U-W Extension Agent Aerica Bjurstrom calls it a good thing for local dairy farmers.

 

 

 



 

 

Bjurstrom expects a total of about 150 small and medium farms to benefit from the Dairy Revenue Program.

Gibraltar introduces new hands-on courses in upcoming year

By Tim Kowols       

Gibraltar Secondary School staff members are excited to see what students think of the new exploratory courses they have developed for the upcoming school year. Seventh and eighth graders will be able to take classes in shop and robotics to get familiar with a new field. Principal Gereon Methner says teachers have been working really hard to get the new course offerings off the ground.



Gibraltar students return to school on September 4.

Attention turns to what's next for former Younkers store

By Tim Kowols       

The last shoppers in Younkers history in Sturgeon Bay walked away with deals for 50 cents Sunday, but also ushered in thoughts of what is next for the 3rd Avenue storefront.  The store was an institution for the better part of a century before Bon-Ton stores announced all of its stores would close nationally by August 31. Sturgeon Bay resident Will Gregory says the mood was subdued on the store's final night.



Gregory hopes the vacancy allows the city to reimagine what the space could be instead of pegging it for more retail. Members of the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center, Door County Economic Development Corporation, and the city have been meeting since April discussing the site's future. SBVC Executive Director Pam Seiler says they have reached out to retailers like Kohl's, Dillard's and Duluth Trading Company to take a look at the property.



Seiler says the group plans on updating the Sturgeon Bay Common Council on their progress at an upcoming meeting.

 

Picture by Will Gregory

Overnight outages in Door, Kewaunee counties after storm comes through area

By Tim Kowols       

A small number of Door and Kewaunee county homeowners are waking up without power Tuesday morning after Monday night storms.

A handful of homes in Baileys Harbor, Egg Harbor, Ellison Bay, Fish Creek, Forestville, Kewaunee, and Sturgeon Bay representing 98 customers total. According to the Wisconsin Public Service Web site, crews are waiting to be sent to the area to fix the outages.

Click here to see power outage map

The National Weather Service has canceled its flash flood warning but says more severe weather could be in store for Tuesday with chances for other storms coming later in the week.

Sturgeon Bay's most famous Coastie applauds a new hire the vet program

By Terry Kovarik              

The man responsible for getting Sturgeon Bay named a U.S. Coast Guard city likes a new program designed to attract military veterans to Wisconsin. Bob Desh of Luxemburg, a U.S. Coast Guard veteran himself, applauds the goal of the nearly two-million-dollar recruiting campaign. State officials and business representatives will visit military bases and summits for veterans about how to transition out of military life. Desh says such programs can help veterans and potential employers alike.

 



 

The new program also includes a new military occupation code search tool on the state Department of Workforce Development's jobs website to help veterans match their skills to job openings.

Governor Walker on how he and Tony Evers have worked well together

By Terry Kovarik              

Governor Scott Walker claimed during a recent visit to DoorCountyDailyNews.com that he has had a good working relationship with his opponent in the November election, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers. Despite party differences, Governor Walker says he and Evers came together to craft an education budget.

 



 

The Tony Evers campaign has also invited to an in-studio interview with DoorCountyDailyNews.com.

Why be a Musician and an Artist? -- A Career Series

By Terry Kovarik              

Jeanne Kuhns has what some may consider a dream career. She's a singer-songwriter and painter, who owns Door County's Lost Moth Gallery. Jeanne Kuhns's family fueled her artistic side. Her grandmother, who knew Georgia O'Keefe, inspired her to paint. Her parents were folk music fans who played and listened to songs by Peter, Paul and Mary, Joan Baez, Pete Segar and others. Kuhns has had to put aside her artistic pursuits to meet life's challenges. But she adds that's what's great about having artistic abilities.



 

Jeanne Kuhns's career path started at art school, changed to zoological studies and finally ended in nursing school to support her family but art and music remain her life's passions.

Kewaunee County looks for consultant for planned jail

By Tim Kowols       

Kewaunee County is looking for outside help on a planned jail for the area. The county approved the Request for Qualifications during its board meeting last week to address the 50-year-old Safety Building in Kewaunee. The facility routinely holds almost twice its capacity on a daily basis and is considered to be inefficient and in need of significant improvements. Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski says more than just the building itself will be studied during this RFQ process.



Joski hopes a consultant will be selected before the start of the new year as the county kicks off the study which will include a needs assessment, operational and architectural program, and a schematic design for a new or improved facility. No timeline for its completion has been set.

School supply shopping provides a teaching moment

By Tim Kowols       

Before many students in Door and Kewaunee counties return to class in the next week, parents can provide them a teaching moment while filling their backpack. Even with lower costs expected for this school year, the Huntington Backpack Index estimates families will spend between $637 and $1,355 for supplies and other fees depending on their age. Gay Pustaver from Money Management Counselors suggests showing your kids the receipts and educate them on what it means.



Pustaver also recommends last-minute school supply shoppers check their old stuff to see what they already have and do a little price comparison work before hopping in the car.











Why be on a wait staff? Series on careers

By Tim Kowols       

Being a member of a restaurant's wait staff is a lot more than just writing orders and cleaning up after customers.  A drive around Door and Kewaunee counties can yield dozens of help wanted signs for such positions. Wisconsin state law allows the minimum wage to be lower than other jobs, but can be more than made up for through tips. Chris Jacobs from the Village Kitchen in Casco says she has had waitresses with her since the restaurant opened more than 20 years ago. She believes people need to look at the good that comes from being a part of the wait staff.



Jacobs says patience, friendliness, and flexibility are good attributes to have for wait staff personnel. This is part of an ongoing series on career paths available locally.

Jumping Worms hit Door County

By Terry Kovarik              

Home gardeners and landscapers beware: Jumping Worms have been found in Door County. The Jumping Worm is an invasive species first discovered in Wisconsin in 2013 but up until two weeks ago had not been detected in our area. U-W Door County Agriculture Agent Annie Deutsch says the Jumping Worm resembles an earthworm used for fishing bait. But it is an aggressive decomposer that can be transported with plants and certain mulches.

 



 

Jumping Worms are about five inches long, they're not slimy, they move like snakes and jump. Deutsch says if you see any worms like these contact U-W Extension offices or the Department of Natural Resources.

Cities and villages at most risk of flash flooding in Door and Kewaunee Counties

By Terry Kovarik              

Door and Kewaunee Counties are under a flash flood watch through Tuesday morning. Drivers and homeowners in Kewaunee, Sturgeon Bay and all towns and villages are at the most risk during heavy rains. Door County Highway Department Patrol Superintendent Thad Ash says any street with curbs needs to be watched.

 



 

Ash says there are lower risks for flooding in rural sections of the area because they're able to handle heavier rains but caution is still needed when approaching streams and creeks.

Michigan family saved in water rescue near Strawberry Island

By Tim Kowols       

For the second time in a week, four people were rescued from the water by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources after their sailboat began sinking near Strawberry Island in the Bay of Green Bay. The accident was reported to the Door County Sheriff's Department after 9 a.m. Friday, when a Michigan family hit some shoals south of Adventure Island and their boat, began taking on water before eventually sinking. The United States Coast Guard provided support during the rescue. DNR Warden Mike Neal says it is a reminder for boaters to follow their navigation charts to help get through the waters.



Nobody was hurt because of the accident and local contractors were able to remove the boat from the water on Sunday. Four people were rescued near Alibi Dock near Fish Creek when their sailboat ran into its own issues on Wednesday.

Flash flood issued for Door, Kewaunee counties through Tuesday morning

By Tim Kowols       

Up to another inch of rain is possible in the area Monday, forcing Door and Kewaunee counties into a flash flood watch through Tuesday morning. Severe thunderstorms began hitting the area between 5 and 6 p.m. Sunday and continued through the evening. The National Weather Service in Green Bay estimates up to 1.5 inches of rain fell during that time. Flooding is possible on small streams, city streets, and other urban areas. It starts a wet week in Door and Kewaunee counties where a chance of rain exists through Wednesday evening.

Sturgeon Bay nature preserves success in saving a threatened plant could help around the Great Lakes

By Terry Kovarik              

The 445 acre Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Nature Preserve has helped restore an endangered native plant from invasive weeds. The preserve founded by the Door County Land Trust has brought back the Pitcher's Thistle in large numbers. Kayri Havens of the Chicago Botanical Garden believes that success could be repeated throughout the Great Lakes.

 



 

It's a priority for the Door County Land Trust to preserve and restore such native plants through the 8000 acres of property the trust has acquired over several decades.

Teen classical music composer writes for Door County listeners

By Terry Kovarik              

SISTER BAY, WI (Terry Kovarik) -- Jacob Beranek :: buh-RON-neck :: has accomplished much in 19 short years. The composer in residence at the Midsummer's Music Festival in Sister Bay has written and published eight original compositions. A new composition debuts at Midsummer's Music's "A  Czech's Life" concert series. The Oconomowoc-native says when he writes a piece he has listeners in Sister Bay or wherever he's performing close to his heart.

 



Beranek is in his second summer as the composer in residence at Midsummer's Music Festival and will return for two more seasons. He'll also be performing at Prague Castle in Prague with the Band of the Castle Guards & Police of the Czech
Republic on November 18, 2018.

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.

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.

Teen classical music composer writes for Door County listeners

By Terry Kovarik              

A 19-year old composer is accomplishing much more at the Midsummer Music Festival in Sister Bay than many will do in a lifetime. Jacob Beranek is the festival's composer in residence. He has written and published eight original compositions. A new composition is being performed at Midsummer's Music's "A Czech's Life" concert series. The Oconomowoc-native says when he writes a piece he has listeners in Sister Bay or wherever he's performing close to his heart.

 

 



 

Beranek is in his second summer as the composer in residence at Midsummer's Music Festival and will return for two more seasons. He'll also be performing at Prague Castle in Prague with the Band of the Castle Guards & Police of the Czech Republic on November 18, 2018.

Sturgeon Bay nature preserves success in saving a threatened plant could help around the Great Lakes

By Terry Kovarik              

The 445 acre Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Nature Preserve has helped restore an endangered native plant from invasive weeds. The preserve founded by the Door County Land Trust has brought back the Pitcher's Thistle in large numbers. Kayri  Havens of the Chicago Botanical Garden believes that success could be repeated throughout the Great Lakes.

 

 



 

 

It's a priority for the Door County Land Trust to preserve and restore such native plants through the 8000 acres of property the trust has acquired over several decades.

Reworking emergency responses since the Tornado of 1998

By Terry Kovarik              

Those who've called Door County home for twenty years or more cannot forget the tornado of 1998. It left $7-million
dollars in damages to homes, farms and businesses. Emergency management officials now prepare regularly to react to a similar destructive storm. Door County Emergency Management and Communications Director Daniel Kane is new to the area. But he met with emergency service agencies throughout the county to be ready to respond when needed.

 

 



 

 

Kane says Door County has improved efforts to alert people when severe weather is about to strike. The Code Red system, which residents can sign up for online, already sends alerts to the cellphones for those who sign-up. Emergency
management is also preparing to set up a Facebook page to expand the ability to send out warnings.

Seeing Eagle Bluff Lighthouse from a tall ship

By Terry Kovarik              

Tall ships were the way to get around Door County, the bay of Green Bay and Lake Michigan when Eagle Bluff Lighthouse went into operation 150-years ago. Those taking part in the 4th annual Door County Lighthouse Festival have the chance to see how the historic light appeared to those sailing by. The Sail Door County Schooner Cruise is a two-and-half-hour twilight adventure aboard the 65-foot schooner Edith M. Becker.  It'll sail from Sister Bay down toward Peninsula State Park and past the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse. Carrie Dorski, of the Door County Maritime Museum, says those on the cruise will see the light in operation and learn more about its' history.

 



 

At the conclusion of the Sail Door County Schooner Cruise, the Becker's crew will strike the sails and fire a cannon salute. The Door County Fall Lighthouse Festival take place October 6th and 7th. For information on tickets  click on to  http://www.dcmm.org/exhibits/featured-secondary/fall-lighthouse-festival/

Gov. Walker makes a case for re-election to Door and Kewaunee County families

By Terry Kovarik              

Governor Scott Walker says he has designed economic policies to help young people from Door and Kewaunee counties stay closer to home. Governor Walker was asked during a visit to DoorCountyDailyNews.com to make his case for re-election. Walker says when first elected he became committed to keeping young adults from leaving the Badger state by creating living wage jobs.

 



 

The Tony Evers campaign has also invited to an in-studio interview with DoorCountyDailyNews.com.

Check out the seed library in Door County

By Terry Kovarik              

You can read up on organic gardening and get the seeds to start your garden. Door County Public Library is offering a seed library for aspiring gardeners. While seed libraries are already being offered in other Wisconsin communities, the concept is new to Door County. Adult Services Librarian Laura Kayacan says the idea is to use seeds without chemical treatment and that have long links to Wisconsin's agricultural past.

 



 

A seed library planning meeting is scheduled for August 29th at 2 p.m. at the Sturgeon Bay Branch of the Door County Public Library at 107 S 4th Avenue.

Door County caver learns about new ground to cover underground

By Terry Kovarik              

Gary Soule of Sturgeon Bay always learns something new when he meets up with other cavers. A recent caver's convention in Helena, Montana was no exception. Soule and other cavers learned of new areas for exploration beneath South Dakota and getting there is similar to climbing Mount Everest.

 



 

 

Soule says the discovery of the underground lakes at Jewel Cave, South Dakota shows that there are many things humans have yet to learn about the earth from the inside.

Pet owners reminded to keep up on flea and tick prevention

By Paul Schmitt    

Pet owners should remain vigilant about protecting their furry friends from the hazards of certain insects in the outdoors this summer.  Dr. Jordan Kobilca from Door County Veterinary Hospital and the Luxemburg Pet Clinic recommends that heartworm prevention is done year round and that flea and tick prevention is done through the late fall.  He suggests some tips on keeping your pet safe.



 

Common signs of flea and tick presence on your pet can include excessive scratching, licking or biting at the skin, hair loss, scabs, and pale gums.  You can find more information on recommended Flea and Tick Prevention below.

https://www.doorcountyveterinaryhospital.com/flea-and-tick-prevention.pml  

Crops needing rain for strong harvest finish

By Paul Schmitt    

The expected rains this weekend will make an impressive corn crop even better, according to one local farmer. Rich Olson of Olson Family Farm in southern Door County and a member of the DoorCountyDailynews.com Ag Advisory Board says harvesting should begin soon.



 

Olson says his crops have made an impressive comeback considering the later than normal planting season earlier this spring. He says green beans that were planted are now blossoming and can use another dose of rain.

Hiker's statewide trek ended at Rock Island Friday

By Paul Schmitt    

Six years and 66 state parks later, an outdoor enthusiast made Door County's Rock Island State Park his final destination this weekend.  Josh Werner, 33, of Waupaca has made a personal mission to camp and explore all of Wisconsin's state parks.  He says he saved Rock Island as the last one for a special reason.

 



 

Werner, who does IT work for the City of Waupaca as well as DoorCountyDailyNews.com, adds that the state parks in Door County are second to none.

Werner adds that the State Parks do a nice job of protecting and highlighting the unique beautiful landscapes throughout Wisconsin.  He says he usually spends his time hiking and biking.  As far as what is next on his "bucket list", Werner says he would like to revisit many of the state parks again in the future.

Why be a pharmacist? Series on Careers

By Paul Schmitt    

Long hours and hard work are never a deterrent for Jake Blazkovec of Bay Hometown Pharmacy in Sturgeon Bay to combine his two careers as a pharmacist and as an attorney.  Blazkovec is not only a pharmacist but also an attorney at the law firm of Blazkovec, Blazkovec & Downey in Algoma.  He explains why he became a pharmacist.



 

Blazkovec opened Bay Hometown Pharmacy in 2015.  He says balancing the two challenging careers can be difficult at times, but he enjoys the flexibility they offer when serving, what he calls, the two "jealous mistresses".

Waterfront offer best biking routes around Sturgeon Bay

By Paul Schmitt    

Cycling in the area is growing in popularity as membership in the Door County Silent Sports Alliance increases and riders discover their favorite routes. Member Randy Sahs shares some of the more scenic and safer local routes for bicyclists.

 



 

Sahs says wearing a helmet is a must and that lights on your bicycle along with wearing bright color clothing can make riding safer even during the daylight hours.

County C/Duluth Avenue could be open by Labor Day

By Paul Schmitt    

Sturgeon Bay's largest construction project of the summer could be completed by Labor Day weekend. The new sidewalks, driveway aprons, storm sewer improvements and pavement resurfacing on County C/Duluth Avenue are done and now await the finishing touches, according to City Engineer Chad Shefchick.



 

If the weather cooperates next week, the roadwork on County C/Duluth Avenue should be finished by Labor Day weekend, according to Shefchick.

Door County Children of Hope looks for funding as other pieces fall into place

By Tim Kowols       

With a wait list of 40 kids and a potential building already in place, Door County Children of Hope just needs the funds to make it happen. Door County Children of Hope was established earlier this year to address affordable child care in the area. The organization has even secured space near a Sturgeon Bay assisted living center where it could care for kids and collaborate with the building's residents for different programming. Ryan Zahler of Door County Children of Hope says the feedback has been great, but the funding so far has not.



Zahler is still hopeful they could get the program running by the end of September. You can learn more about Door County Children of Hope online with this story.

City of Algoma working on capital improvement plan

By Paul Schmitt    

As the city of Algoma continues to prepare for putting their new budget together for next year, capital improvements on their properties are moving forward. City Administrator Jeff Wiswell says bid contracts were just approved earlier this month on needed improvements around city hall.



 

Wiswell says upcoming upgrades at the city parks and playing fields include a new scoreboard and restroom facility improvements at Peterson Park.

Kewaunee and Door Counties Annual Corn Dry Down

By Aerica Bjurstrom, Kewaunee County UW-Extension Agriculture Agent      

Kewaunee and Door County UW-Extension will be holding the annual Corn Dry Down on Wednesday, August 29 at Door County Co-Op on Hwy 42/57 in Sturgeon Bay, and Tuesday, September 4 Rio Creek Feed Mill at the Luxemburg site.

Samples will be collected from 9:00am-12:00pm on both days. Samples will be delivered to Dairyland Labs, and results will be available within 24 hours.

For testing, please bring 4-5 stalks of corn with you, bundled and tagged. Please include the variety, relative maturity, and planting date of each sample. Samples delivered the day before will not be tested.

Thanks to our generous sponsors, each farm can submit two samples at no charge. Any additional samples will be charged $12 per sample. It has been a very dry summer, so nitrate analysis will also be available for a charge of $9. Payment for additional samples and nitrate testing is due upon sample delivery.

For more information regarding the corn dry down testing, contact the Kewaunee County UW-Extension Office at 920-388-7138 or the Door County UW-Extension Office at 920?746?2263. More information can be found at kewaunee.uwex.edu.

Class available to help spot mental illness in youth

By Paul Schmitt    

A special class is being offered in the area to help people identify signs of mental illness that may be affecting children. the eight-hour course is called "Youth Mental Health First Aid". Renee Koenig, Family Living Educator for the  U.W.-Extension Office in Kewaunee County, explains how the certified first aiders will be able to make a difference.



 

Koenig says the classes will be offered six to seven times a year throughout Door and Kewaunee counties. The national program is a collaborative effort between the local public health departments, community groups, schools and sheriff departments. You find class information about the Youth Mental Health First Aid online with this story.

 

https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/take-a-course/course-types/youth/

Northern Door YMCA adding new cancer support program

By Paul Schmitt    

The Door County YMCA in Fish Creek is introducing some brand new specialty programs this year. April Clark, Human Resources and Financial Development Associate at the YMCA, says one of the programs helps adults suffering from cancer.



 

Clark says it also focuses on the emotional well-being of participants and families by creating a supportive community. You can find more information about the new specialty programs available at the Northern Door YMCA below.

www.doorcountyymca.org

Why be a farmer? Series on Careers

By Paul Schmitt    

The changes in farming over the past few decades have one local farmer expressing satisfaction and optimism for future farmers in the agricultural field of work. Rich Olson of Olson Family Farm says it is a challenging job, but he takes pride in the difference farmers make in the world.



 

Olson says he doesn't know if there is a harder job because as a farmer you rely on the weather and other considerations that are out of your control. He says that with all the new technological advances in agriculture in recent years, the only thing that is the same in farming since he was a child is that the seed comes out of the ground.

Orchids Symposium coming to Baileys Harbor

By Tim Kowols       

The greatest minds in botany research will come to Baileys Harbor next month to the Orchid Symposium being held at The Ridges Sanctuary. Researchers from the Smithsonian, Illinois College, University of Minnesota, and UW-Green Bay will discuss their findings in helping restore the orchid to the natural landscape. The Smithsonian has recognized The Ridges Sanctuary as an expert when it comes to the Ram's Head Lady's Slipper orchid, one of the 25 different species located on the property. Land manager Matt Peter says many of the species they have found have never been researched before.



The Orchid Symposium at The Ridges Sanctuary begins at 8:30 a.m. on September 14. You can find registration details, including the September 7 deadline, online with this story.

 

The Ridges will host an Orchid Symposium at the Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center on Friday, September 14th from 8:30 – 4:00. This full-day event will feature presentations by leading experts in the field, including The Smithsonian, Illinois College, University of Minnesota, and University of Wisconsin Green Bay. Following the presentations will be an orchid focused guided hike through The Ridges Sanctuary. Continental breakfast and lunch included. Register by calling The Ridges at 920.839.2802 or online at ridgessanctuary.org. Registration deadline is Friday, September 7th. Limited space available.
$60 per person.

Wisconsin Poet Laureate writing in Door County

By Tim Kowols       

The Wisconsin Poet Laureate is calling Door County home this week as she gets away to do a little writing of her own. Karla Huston of Appleton led a poetry workshop at the Sister Bay Library earlier this week during her residency at Write On, Door County's headquarters in Juddville. The Wisconsin Poet Laureate is selected for a two-year term to be the voice of poetry in the state. One of the projects Huston is most proud of is her work with memory cafes, which helps keep Alzheimer's patients in tune through poetry.



Though her residency ends Sunday, she is already looking forward to coming back when National Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith visits Door County for an event October 11.

 

Photo courtesy of the Wisconson Poet Laureate Commission web site

Referendum project planning in various stages at Luxemburg-Casco School District

By Tim Kowols       

The status of Luxemburg-Casco School District projects made possible by the approval of a $27.8 million, two question referendum earlier this year depends on which building you ask. Work to flip the intermediate school office to make a more secure entrance is already finished. The primary school is getting a new playground to make room for an expansion of its kindergarten wing. The high school, however, is behind on its planning for the building's new gym, wrestling room, cafeteria, and fitness center. Superintendent Glenn Schlender says the struggle is making sure they include everything they can while sticking to their budget.



Schlender says the district is preparing to start working on plans for the new middle school building in Luxemburg after approving its move from Casco in the spring election. Community members can get project updates and give their opinion during upcoming school board meetings.

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Northern Door Children's Center's Camp Cool lemonade stand makes a difference

By Tim Kowols       

With every glass of lemonade and bag of popcorn on Thursday, members of the Northern Door Children's Center's Camp Cool hoped to make their mark. It was the first time the educational summer program at the Sister Bay-based learning center held a lemonade stand to cap off the end of the season before school starts. Some of the funds raised went towards a brick in the center's Walk of Fame to commemorate their 2018 class. Another portion went towards a scholarship fund in honor of some of the students' father who had died recently. The money will help people who are unable to afford different things according to camper Aaron Brey.



In six hours, the students raised $650 for their causes. Northern Door Children's Center's Camp Cool serves kids ages 5-11 all summer long with themed activities and trips.

Color Brave Photo Exhibit shown this weekend in Door County

By Paul Schmitt    

A traveling racial literacy exhibit designed to promote social inclusion for people of color is on display now through Sunday in Door County.  The "Color-Brave Photo Project:  Black and Brown Faces, A New Narrative" exhibit is at the Hope United Church of Christ in Sturgeon Bay this weekend.  Fit Oshkosh put together the traveling display that Shirley Senarighi of the Door County Civility Project describes.



 

The Color-Brave Photo Project will offer a special reception on Friday evening at 6 pm with a community conversation to follow at 7 pm.

The Door County Historical Museum ready to display Sidewalk Block project

By Paul Schmitt    

After months of researching and locating cornerstones on Sturgeon Bay's sidewalks that had the labeling street names, the Door County Historical Museum is opening the exhibit.  The museum furnishes an accompanying map to allow visitors to take a nearby walking tour to see the 18 historic stamped stones that have been located and photographed. Assistant Curator Ginny Haen explains the confusing pre-1943 system of naming streets.



 

An app is being developed and should be done soon so that the tour can be followed on a smartphone.  The Door County Historical Museum is open daily from 10 am until 4:30 pm and is located on the corner of Fourth Avenue and Michigan Street in downtown Sturgeon Bay.

 

photo submitted--corner of Maple and Joliet on the west side of Sturgeon Bay

Door County personally warning people about severe weather and other emergencies

By Terry Kovarik              

The Door County Emergency Management and Communications Department is now able to personally warn people of emergencies like the powerful tornado that struck Door County 20-years ago. Early warning systems of the time are credited with preventing any loss of life from the twister. Since 2015, the county has had the Code Red system which sends out alerts via landlines and cell phones. Emergency Management and Communications Director Daniel Kane says efforts are underway to send alerts through social media.

 



 

Kane also urges people to get a NOAA weather radio that sounds an alert when severe weather is approaching.

Adopt a Park Program moves forward in Sturgeon Bay

By Terry Kovarik              

An Adopt a Park program is a step closer to reality in Sturgeon Bay. The city's Parks and Recreation Committee Wednesday night approved a plan for a formal Adopt a Park program. Families or neighborhood groups could each adopt one of nine or ten city parks. Parks and Recreation Committee Chair Laurel Hauser says groups that adopt a park would save the city money by helping maintain their park.

 



 

 

The Adopt a Park proposal will go before the Sturgeon Bay City Council on September 4th.

Town of Carlton chair does not like state open meetings law

By Roger Utnehmer



The chair of the Kewaunee County township of Carlton used a four-letter word to describe the state open meetings law that requires government officials to notify the news media in advance of meetings.


Dave Hardtke responded to a request to notify DoorCountyDailyNews.com about town meetings and the matters to be discussed, calling the requirement "just wrong."  Hardtke said the law that is designed to keep the public informed about the activities of local government is "ridiculous."


Legislators who passed the open meetings law, Hardtke said, don't know what's going on in local government.  The requirement to post agendas of town meetings and notify the media, he claims, keeps people from running for local office.


He told DoorCountyDailyNews.com that he's trying to get rid of the job as town chair but no candidates have come forward to replace him.  Hardtke was even more graphic in the use of an adjective to describe the open meetings law.  He said the requirement to inform the public keeps people from running for office.

Town of Carlton chair does not like state open meetings law

By Roger Utnehmer         



The chair of the Kewaunee County township of Carlton used a four-letter word to describe the state open meetings law that requires government officials to notify the news media in advance of meetings.

Dave Hardtke responded to a request to notify DoorCountyDailyNews.com about town meetings and the matters to be discussed, calling the requirement "just wrong." Hardtke said the law that is designed to keep the public informed about the activities of local government is "ridiculous."

Legislators who passed the open meetings law, Hardtke said, don't know what's going on in local government. The requirement to post agendas of town meetings and notify the media, he claims, keeps people from running for local office.

He told DoorCountyDailyNews.com that he's trying to get rid of the job as town chair but no candidates have come forward to replace him. Hardtke was even more graphic in the use of an adjective to describe the open meetings law.

Why be an HVAC technician? Series on Careers

By Tim Kowols       

Even as the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning industry becomes more high-tech, there are still things a person has to do. Technology has allowed units to run more efficiently and give owners more control about when and how long they can run. This also forces HVAC technicians to continuously improve on their skills, a reason why Ultimate Air in Luxemburg has its employees put in 100 hours of training every year. Owner Jeff Blemke says working in the field as an HVAC technician can be very rewarding.



Blemke says being mechanically inclined and personable are important traits for HVAC technicians.  According to GlassDoor, the average salary for an HVAC technician in Wisconsin is around $39,000. This is part of a continuing series on careers available in Door and Kewaunee counties.

Door County Master Gardeners continues to grow its membership

By Tim Kowols       

The Door County Master Gardeners added nine new members to its organization earlier this month. Kris Lewis, Karen Newbern, Annette Heck, Lonnie Vitse, Sue Kunz, Shawn Mathys, Dan Waszak, Marty Ross, and Jeanine Brennan were inducted as the newest Master Gardeners into the 100-plus member organization. The new members had to go through 36 hours of classroom work and put in at least 24 hours of volunteerism before being admitted. DCMG Board member Carrie Sherrill says Master Gardeners are important resources to the community.



Master Gardeners have to put in 10 hours of education and 24 hours of volunteerism to keep their status. People can already start signing up for next year's Master Gardeners class, which begins in January.

 

Picture submitted by Door County Master Gardeners

Governor Walker promotes using more milk from farms in Kewaunee and Door Counties to make cheese

By Terry Kovarik              

Local dairy farmers struggling with lower milk prices are not being left behind as Wisconsin lawmakers work on aid for Foxconn and Kimberly Clark. That's Governor Scott Walker's view. The governor talked about aid to farmers during an interview with Door County Daily News-dot-com. Governor Walker says N.R. 151, which covers manure management and storage to prevent groundwater contamination, includes state funding to help local farmers implement changes under those regulations. Walker also points to state requirements that cheese producers use more milk made on farms in Door and Kewaunee Counties and other Wisconsin farms.

 



The Tony Evers campaign was also invited to an in-studio interview with DoorCountyDailyNews.com.

Law enforcement prepares students, drivers with safety tips

By Tim Kowols       

It will not be long before buses begin dotting roadways in Door and Kewaunee counties with the school year beginning in September. Bus stops can often be dangerous for students crossing the road to hop on and motorists trying to keep moving. Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski says everyone needs to show a little extra patience as the start of the school year draws near.



Joski also encourages parents dropping off students to abide to new safety procedures being put in place, some of which were made possible thanks to grants from the Wisconsin Department of Justice. You can read the rest of Sheriff Joski's article online with this story.

Memories from World War II Door County shipyard employees are being saved online

By Terry Kovarik              

Descendants of World War II Door County shipyard employees might find some old newspapers being preserved by the local library to be important parts of family history. The Door County Public Library's "Port Light" news archives will be available online. Librarian Laura Kayacan is in charge of having the "Port Light" newspaper collection
scanned and digitized so people will soon be able to read some forgotten war
stories from the home front.

 



 

 

Kayacan says the high-resolution scanning is helping restore the "Port Light" to an easier-to-read condition. It's also preserving history by saving newspapers that deteriorate over time.

Sevastopol School District heads to referendum

By Tim Kowols       

Sevastopol residents will have two additional questions on their ballot after the school board voted in favor of a pair of resolutions looking to maintain programming and improve its facilities. The $25.1 million building referendum will allow the district to replace the structures in the poorest condition with modern facilities that address educational and safety needs. Superintendent Kyle Luedtke told DoorCountyDailyNews.com prior to the Tuesday's board meeting that the recommendation from the Citizens Facilities Advisory Committee came after almost a year of meetings and studies.



A $2 million operational referendum will also be on the November ballot. In a statement from Sevastopol School Board President Lisa Bieri, she says they take "the balance of student need and its responsibility as stewards of the community's tax dollars seriously" and find that the building plan will "serve the district well over the course of this anticipated obligation."

Governor Walker says Door and Kewaunee County schools are getting more state funding

By Terry Kovarik              

State funding is at an all-time high for schools in Door and Kewaunee Counties and statewide. That's Governor Scott Walker's assessment. Governor Walker visited Door County Daily News.com to talk about education and other issues this week. With the state spending 11-billion dollars on public schools over the past two years, Governor Walker says school funding has improved since he first took office.

 



The governor continues to credit Act 10, which limited public employee unions collective bargaining rights, with giving local school districts more flexibility at budget time. The Tony Evers campaign has also been invited to an in-studio interview with DoorCountyDailyNews.com.

Moving day for the Door County Community Foundation

By Terry Kovarik              

Construction work continues at the Door County Community Foundation  Community Center, but that hasn't stopped foundation employees from setting up shop. The foundation's offices and reception area opened for business Tuesday as work continues on the community rooms that will be open for use by charities and the community at large. President and CEO Brett Bicoy says opening the new office has the foundation looking to future use for the Community Center. But right now he says it feels a bit like Christmas morning.

 



Bicoy says the community rooms at 222 North Third Avenue are expected to open to the public by the end of September or early October.

An in-depth view of a lighthouse keepers life at the Fall Lighthouse Festival

By Terry Kovarik              

Ticket sales are underway for the 4th Annual Door County Fall Lighthouse Festival. There are several boat tour options available. One travels around Baileys Harbor, another to Plum Island and a third to Chambers Island while the fourth tour aboard a 19th-century tall ship will sail toward Eagle Bluff light. But for those who want the point of view of a lighthouse keeper, Carrie Dorski of the Door County Maritime Museum says there's a land tour of the nautical sights around Baileys Harbor.

 



 

The 4th Annual Door County Fall Lighthouse Festival is set for October 6th and 7th. For more information check out the Door County Maritime Museum's website at dcmm.org.

A Door County caver goes underground

By Terry Kovarik              

Gary Soule of Sturgeon Bay spent a lot of time out west and underground. Soule is a member of the Wisconsin Speleological Society, which caters to cavers. He met up with fellow cavers from around the world at a conference in Helena, Montana to talk about issues involving caving. Topics discussed included white-nose syndrome which has killed a large portion of North America's bat population. The disease is believed to have been started in caves in New York and Vermont where people have visited regularly. Soule says white-nose syndrome has not affected bat caves out west and that could offer some hope for the future.

 



 

 

Soule says he visited three western states. But unlike many other tourists, he and other cavers saw those states from the inside out.

Door County's plan for picking up road kill much clearer than other counties

By Terry Kovarik              

Car-deer accidents are all-too-common in Wisconsin and Door County, especially in November during hunting season. So who's responsible for deer carcasses left along roadways? It depends on where an animal carcass is left. There is no standard removal plan in Wisconsin. Door County Highway Department Patrol Supervisor Thad Ash says each county can have its own method of dealing with road kill.

 



If you see a deer carcass along a roadway in Door County you can notify the Door County Highway Department and they'll handle removal.

Why be a food pantry volunteer Ken Marquardt has some answers

By Terry Kovarik              

The Kewaunee County Food Pantry serves several hundred people monthly who struggle to keep food on the table. Those who come to the pantry at 1528 Sunset Avenue in Algoma will likely meet Ken Marquardt. He's the pantry's president. It's become Marquardt's second career. After 25-years in Paper Converting in Green Bay, he retired and was persuaded by his wife to volunteer at the pantry. Marquardt started stocking shelves and worked his way up to president of the pantry. He says it's easy to see that his efforts and those of other volunteers and donors are making a difference.

 



 

Feeding America estimates one-out-of nine Wisconsinites struggle with hunger. If you'd like to volunteer to help Ken Marquardt and others make a difference through the Kewaunee County Food Pantry, you can log on to kcfpantry@gmail.com or call (920) 487-3663.

Levy limits and lawsuits discussion make meeting as much a civics lesson as a council meeting

By Roger Utnehmer

The seven members of the Sturgeon Bay City council got a civics lesson on levy limits and lawsuits Tuesday from administrator Josh VanLieshout. Responding to a request to explain the impact state-imposed levy limits have on the Sturgeon Bay budget, VanLieshout shared a detailed explanation of pros and cons of levy limits. He also detailed the timeline of the lawsuit that's held up development of a west-side waterfront hotel for several years. After VanLieshout's presentation, the council went behind closed doors to discuss settlement of the suit.

Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront prevented the private development of the property when a circuit court judge ruled in 2017 it was located on the former lake bed and must be used for public purposes. The Friends group were plaintiffs in the case.

Sturgeon Bay Public Utilities General Manager Jim Stawicki informed council members that a lead reduction program in the city water supply has been successful.

The council unanimously approved charging property owners on North 12th Avenue a special assessment for sidewalk installation but only after hearing from two citizens who did not agree. City resident Scott Moore said that sidewalks benefit the entire city much more than an individual property owner. He suggested action on the assessment be delayed until the city implements a proposed Premiere Resort Area Tax to pay for streets and sidewalks. Steve Ehlers, a North 12th Avenue property owner, said he believes that the assessment should be applied to taxpayers on both sides of the street because both benefit.

Former city council member Will Gregory used the public comment period to say the biggest problem in Sturgeon Bay is that some people have been mad at each other since the playground.

 

 



 

 

Hayes has asked Birmingham to appoint him to the commission as a city council representative.  Gregory also questioned why the agenda for the last council meeting included a vaguely-worded discussion of the Teweles and Brandeis granary, now located on the east-side waterfront. According to Gregory, placing the granary on the council agenda created turmoil in the community. He said those requesting a referendum on what should happen to the granary need to recognize a referendum already has been held. Gregory said the referendum on the granary was held in spring elections that replaced council members who created the mess.

Future items council members asked to be placed on meeting agendas include city residency requirements for serving on committees and commission placed council member Laurel Hauser, cafe permits if they include music performances on city sidewalks by council member Kelly Avenson, an update of the dissolution of the Waterfront Redevelopment Authority by David Hayes and a look at open records requests regarding electronic devices, also by Avenson.

 

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Monarch Tagging Day set for Sunday at Crossroads

By Paul Schmitt    

The public is invited to participate in a monarch butterfly tagging event this Sunday in Sturgeon Bay.  Crossroads at Big Creek will be hosting the annual Monarch Tagging Day with Guest Naturalist Karen Newbern.  After a short program, attendees will be able to spread out through the Big Creek Preserve to capture, tag and release monarch butterflies.  Director Coggin Herringa says every year some families even bring monarchs they capture at home to be tagged at Crossroads.  She says a lot can be learned from the migration of the butterflies.



 

Newbern's brief program will be held at 2 pm Sunday at the Collins Learning Center followed by the netting and tagging of Monarchs by anyone who wants to participate.

Registration for Door County YMCA fall classes this week--community members today

By Paul Schmitt    

The Door County YMCA in Sturgeon Bay and Fish Creek started their fall registration this week.  Registration for members began on Monday and community members could start on Wednesday.   CEO and President Tom Beerntsen shares some of the opportunities for young and old to stay or get into shape.



 

The first fall session of classes begin on September 4 and run through the end of October.  You can find more information on registering for the Door County YMCA fall classes with the link below.

www.doorcountyymca.org

Several Door and Kewaunee town government officials could be in hot water soon

By Roger Utnehmer

Actions taken by several Door and Kewaunee County townships could be declared null and void if votes are taken at meetings without proper advance notice to the news media. Not only can the actions be nullified, the town boards can also be liable for payment of legal fees incurred by the news media attempting to enforce the state open meetings law.DoorCountyDailyNews.com has asked municipal officials in both counties to provide advance notice of meetings, agendas and minutes. One clerk replied by saying "we operate informally and really don't bother with agendas and notices." Bill Lueders, President of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, says that could land a local official in hot water.



 

https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/statutes/19/V/81

 

 

More on this story is available at DoorCountyDailyNews.com including a link to the state statutes that require governmental bodies to notify the news media of meetings.

DoorCountyDailyNews.com will attempt to get the cooperation of local officials a third and final time before filing a complaint. Lueders said that in addition to nullifying action taken at illegal meetings and governmental bodies being required to pay the legal fees incurred by the news media, local officials can also be fined to failure to comply.

About a dozen townships in Door and Kewaunee Counties have not provided the information about upcoming meetings after being requested to do so on two occasions.

Lueders says informing the media builds trust with the public.

 



 

 

Several municipal officials in both counties have been cooperative, providing notices of upcoming meetings, detailed agendas as required by law and the minutes of those meetings after they occur.

 

 

The Kewaunee County Food Pantry is in good shape heading into the Fall

By Terry Kovarik              



People needing help to get kids to school with a good meal and clothing will find it at the
Kewaunee County Food Pantry. Pantry President Ken Marquardt says the food shelves are well stocked and back to school supplies and clothing are available at good prices that help the pantry serve others.

 



Marquardt says the pantry benefits from a supportive community which makes sure the pantry stays stocked for those who need a little help.

Governor Walker says Door County schools would see costs rise by revamping Act 10

By Terry Kovarik              

Governor Scott Walker says schools in Door County and throughout Wisconsin are doing well under Act 10. That comes as some Door and Kewaunee County school districts are holding referendums to make up for budget shortfalls. Those same districts also face challenges in finding teachers to fill vacant positions. During a visit with Door County Daily News.com, the governor was asked whether Act 10 should be modified to meet those challenges. Mr. Walker said that would be counterproductive.

 



 

Governor Walker stopped in Fish Creek to meet up with friends and family he has in the area and as part of his re-
election campaign.

Why be a volunteer firefighter? --- Series on Careers

By Tim Kowols       

While the median annual salary of a firefighter in Wisconsin is $36,580 according to a BusinessInsider.com report, many residents from Door and Kewaunee counties do it for the love of public service. Most fire departments in Door and Kewaunee counties are made up of part-time and volunteer members who are on-call between shifts at their full-time job. Despite the time commitment required, Brussels-Union-Gardner Fire Chief Curt Vandertie says some of the most rewarding moments include saving someone's house and personal property from fire, performing CPR on someone and saving their life, and building relationships based on trust.



You can contact your local fire department to see if there is room for you to join and get a schedule of upcoming meetings and training. Vandertie's other jobs in the public safety field, which include Door County Sheriff's Deputy and member of the Brussels-Union Emergency Medical Responders will be featured in future "Why Be A..." segments.

Egg Harbor farmer says township manure rules could break local industry

By Tim Kowols       

Haberli Farms owner Joe Haberli says he does not know what farmers would do if more townships follow the lead of Liberty Grove officials in banning manure produced outside of the township. The farm sits in the town of Jacksonport, but Haberli owns land in two other municipalities to spread the manure produced by his over 300-cow dairy operation. Recently designated as a confined animal feeding operation, Haberli Farms has a nutrient management plan registered with the state. Haberli believes farmers being squeezed on where they can spread manure could push many out of the business.



Three communities in the state including Liberty Grove have enacted ordinances banning the spreading of out-of-town manure within the last year in response to residents wanting to protect their water. Clean Water Action Council Executive Director Dean Hoegger spoke in favor of communities enacting similar ordinances last week in a story you can find by clicking here.

Kewaunee School District looking towards implementing three year future plan

By Tim Kowols       

The 2018-2019 school year is just under two weeks for many students, but Kewaunee School District is looking ahead further than that. Various stakeholders met over the summer to discuss a three-year future plan focusing on academic achievement and programming. Superintendent Karen Treml says with help from the Department of Justice, addressing safety is also important.



School starts in Kewaunee and many other local schools on September 4. We will preview the upcoming school year with other administrators in the coming days.

Door County nature preserves rescued from invasive weeds aid birds worldwide

By Terry Kovarik              

Nature preserves in Door County are going to the birds and that's a good thing for the world. The Door County Land Trust has successfully acquired, maintained or restored the natural habitat in preserves covering nearly 4000 acres. Invasive weeds have been removed from some to allow native plants to return. That's made them more attractive to wild birds. Craig Thompson of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources specializes in migratory bird conservation. He says such preserves have a worldwide impact.

 



 

The Door County Land Trust says once invasive plants are removed it can take an area several years to recover. But once the native plants so do the birds.

Sturgeon Bay man arrested in Kewaunee County on drug charges

By Tim Kowols       

An Operating While Intoxicated citation is just one of the charges a Sturgeon Bay man picked up earlier this month while driving through Kewaunee County. According to a release from the Luxemburg Police Department, officers assisted the Door-Kewaunee Drug Task Force and Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department in the investigation of drug trafficking in the village. Cory Hembel of Sturgeon Bay was stopped just off of State Highway 54 in a pick-up truck that was a part of the investigation. Hembel was arrested for OWI and will also face charges on Operating a Motor Vehicle after Suspension, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and bail jumping.  Luxemburg Police Chief Chris Gulbrand could not be reached Tuesday morning for additional comment.

Door County Habitat for Humanity wants you and no special skills required

By Terry Kovarik              

Nobody is too skilled or too inexperienced to help Door County Habitat for Humanity. The organization is committed to building quality, affordable homes for low-income people. While professional craftsmen would be welcome with open arms, Habitat for Humanity ReStore Manager Megan Dietz say all that's needed is a willingness to work.

 



 

If you'd like to volunteer, you can pick up an application at Door County Habitat for Humanity offices located at 410 North 14th Ave, Sturgeon Bay.

12 Hour shifts not practical for Door County officers but could be

By Terry Kovarik              

Brown County Sheriff's deputies save the county money by working twelve-hour shifts but that's not an idea that has been very popular in Door County. Door County Sheriff Steve Delarwelle says the concept may not work well here. That's because Door County has faced challenges keeping patrols staffed right now. But Delarwelle says the addition of part-time officers in the jail is making it easier to fill patrol positions and make 12-hour shifts possible in the future.

 



 

Sheriff Delarwelle is not running for re-election and says the 12-hour shift idea would be up to his successor. He says a 12-hour shift proposal was brought up when he was a deputy but it was not well received at the time. But he adds the idea has become popular in other communities, with employees saying they like
the idea of more time off for working longer days.

Door County preserve could help a threatened plant and fruit growers thrive

By Terry Kovarik              

Some waterfront land saved by the Door County Land Trust could be the key to survival for the Pitcher's Thistle, also known as the Dune Thistle. The ship canal preserve is allowing the Pitcher's Thistle to thrive. That's because the site is free from invasive plants and insects. Kayri Havens, with the Chicago Botanical Garden, says the Land Trust property could help the species survive and thrive throughout the Great Lakes and that would be beneficial for fruit growers and gardeners.

 



 

 

Havens spoke at the Door County Land Trust's 20th Annual Gathering of Friends this past weekend.

Composer to debut original piece at Midsummer Music in Sister Bay

By Terry Kovarik              

Visitors to Midsummer's Music in SisterBay will hear the world premiere of a classical music piece this weekend. It's written by Midsummer's Music's composer in residence, Jacob Beranek. "Partita melodica" will be part of the "Czech Life" performances. If you attend the concerts and think it sounds like something written by Anton Dvorak during his 1893 visit to Iowa, Beranek admits it was part of his inspiration.

 



 

Beranek himself will be heading to the Czech Republic in November. He'll be performing at Prague Castle as part the 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia.

Local gas stations avoiding card skimming ring

By Paul Schmitt    

With the reported skimming devices found on gas pumps throughout Wisconsin in recent months, local operators are not finding the issue happening in the area.  Dave Lienau, the owner of the Sister Bay Mobil, says his pumps are designed to make it very difficult for skimmers to be fitted over existing credit card readers.



 

Lienau says he believes most pumps in northern Door County fit the design that happens to deter skimming.  He says he has not heard of any area gas stations having any credit card skimming attempts on their gas pumps this summer.

Sturgeon Bay City Council to address hiring of interim finance director

By Paul Schmitt    

A relatively light agenda for Tuesday's Sturgeon Bay Common Council meeting includes a consideration to authorize the hiring of an interim Finance Director.  Val Clarizio left her position of twenty years as the City Treasurer/Finance Director on August 10 to take a position with the city of Little Chute.  Tuesday's agenda items include a public hearing on the special levy assessment for property along North 12th Avenue for the improvements of the roadway and new sidewalks that were installed earlier this summer.  Council members will also meet again in closed session to discuss the lawsuit against the city by the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront.  The Sturgeon Bay City Council meeting will begin at 7 pm at City Hall on Tuesday.

UPDATE: Sister Bay drowning victim identified

By Terry Kovarik              

The Door County Sheriff's Department has now identified a Chicago who drowned Saturday in Sister Bay. The man is 36-year-old Jose Ortiz.  Sheriff Steve Delarwelle says Ortiz had been swimming with friends at a sandbar near Sand Bay in Liberty Grove park when he went missing.

 

 



 

Ortiz was taken to Door County Medical Center and airlifted to St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay, where he died Sunday.

2017-18 DCEDC high school home build closes with success

By Paul Schmitt    

Two of Door County's newest residents purchased this past year's High School Construction Home Monday.  The project is sponsored by the Door County Economic Development Corporation with help from the Door County Home Builders Association and NWTC.  The four bedroom, three bathroom home was constructed by eleven students from Door County high schools.  DCEDC Executive Director Jim Schuessler says the program really helps students learn valuable high-wage earning skills while addressing the need for more housing in the area.



 

Five former students, who also lent assistance the past year, participated in the program while in high school and are currently working in the construction field.  Proceeds from the sale will go towards this upcoming year's project which will be located in the Evening Shadows subdivision in Sturgeon Bay with a planned groundbreaking next Monday.



 

 

Release by DCEDC:

Sturgeon Bay - Join DCEDC in a warm welcome to Peg and Mary, two of Door County's newest residents. They purchased the 2017-18 High School Construction Home; closing was Monday. High School Home Construction Project is sponsored by the DCEDC, with additional help from the Door County Home Builders Association and NWTC. Employees from PortSide Builders and Van's Lumber supplied additional assistance in the planning and construction phases of the project.

Construction financing was arranged through Bank of Luxemburg.



This year's Home Construction Project featured a custom four-bedroom, three-bathroom home, with a walk-out basement, three-stall garage, and has 2,770 total square feet of living space; all backing up to YMCA Peterson Park. Sale proceeds are going towards this upcoming year's project, located in the Evening Shadows subdivision of Sturgeon Bay. This program helps students learn valuable high-wage earning skills, and also adds to our much-needed housing inventory.

The eleven students that participated in this year's Construction Project include Caleb Diller, Elijah Heimbecher, Erik Escalera, Jason Claybaugh, Jaeger Brusky, and Peter Anschutz from Sturgeon Bay High School, Eli Zielke and Tylor Dvorak from Sevastopol, Jared Delwiche and Caleb Buchberger from Southern Door, and Ben Desotelle from Gibraltar. These students worked under the very capable supervision of Sturgeon Bay Technology Teacher, Seth Wilson.

Lending additional assistance and experience from PortSide Builders, was Paul Shefchik, Joe Porten, Joel Daoust, Glenn Pieschek, and Dave "Pee-Wee" Michiels. Also joining the crew were five former students that participated in the program while in High School, and are currently working as professionals in the construction field. DCEDC thanks Fran at PortSide Builders as well as his talented team led by Joel Daoust; former DCEDC team member Korey Mallien, and of course congratulations to the students on a job very well done.

Both Peg and Mary are very pleased with their new home.


 

Algoma upgrades safety equipment in city

By Paul Schmitt    

The city of Algoma has made a big investment in keeping their community safer.  In the past few months, the city rescue service has purchased a new ambulance and upgraded their other ones, according to City Administrator Jeff Wiswell.  He says a safer way to transport people has been added to the ambulances.



 

Wiswell says new state-of-the-art defibrillators were also purchased for the marinas and fire department that totaled $54,000.

Door County Catholic retreat center adds a solar array for economic and environmental benefits

By Terry Kovarik              

A Catholic youth retreat center in Baileys Harbor is using a commitment to cleaner energy to cut its power bill. The Catholic Youth Expedition Center now operates a 20-kilowatt solar array to supplement its' electric power needs. The solar array will give the expedition center an additional and more sustainable source of energy. C-Y-E Executive Director Father Quinton Mann says it will pay for itself in the short-term and the long-term.

 



 

The solar array is not taking the Catholic Youth Expedition Center completely off of the grid. But once it's at the break-even point Father Mann referred to, C-Y-E will get credits from the main electrical provider for adding power to the grid.

Celebrating Open Spaces with the Door County Land Trust

By Terry Kovarik              

The fight to stop invasive plants, preserve Door County beachfront and improve bird habitation is being celebrated by the Door County Land Trust. As part of its' 20th Annual Gathering of Friends, The group took to the trails and the retired Chicago fireboat Fred Busse to show visitors that preservation efforts are paying off. Land Trust Development Director Cinnamon Rossman calls it a chance for people to see progress for themselves.

 

 



 

 

Rossman says helping native plants return also attracts birds to the restored area and gives them room to thrive.

Door County moving forward on an interpretative center for Cana Island Lighthouse

By Terry Kovarik              

An interpretative center at the Cana Island Lighthouse is currently in the planning stages. But that process is taking some key steps forward. Survey work has been completed and soil borings have been taken. Door County Facilities and Parks Director Wayne Spritka says from there, the next step will be coming up with designs that will work at the site and
starting some cost estimates.

 



 

While Cana Island is a county park, the planned interpretative center is being built and paid for through fundraising efforts by the Door County Maritime Museum.

 

The Door County Business Development Center looking for a few good start-up businesses

By Terry Kovarik              

The Door County Economic Development Corporation wants you if you've dreamed of starting your own business or expanding your current business. The Door County Business Development Center has successfully helped entrepreneurs get their businesses started, off the ground and move on to other locations. Now E-D-C Executive Director Jim Schuessler says those successes have created an opportunity for business start-ups or expansion.

 



 

The business development center also can help potential tenants save money on start-up costs with access to equipment ranging from forklifts to copiers to high-speed internet services.

Door County supervisor says other states actions to decriminalize marijuana could force action by Wisconsin counties

By Terry Kovarik              

The Door County Board of Supervisors has not looked at an advisory referendum to see how voters feel about legalizing marijuana for medical or recreational uses. Other counties including Dane, Milwaukee, Rock, LaCrosse Brown, and Outagamie are considering holding non-binding referendums. Door County Supervisor Megan Lundahl believes other counties may find themselves having to seek public input. She bases that belief on the actions of neighboring states.

 



 

Lundahl says there are currently no plans to pursue a referendum in Door County. But she believes the public should be heard on the matter one way or another.

Sturgeon Bay looks for people with parks experience to help develop a formal Adopt a Park program

By Terry Kovarik              

The City of Sturgeon Bay is looking for your help if you've worked with other people to help maintain parks. The city's Parks and Recreation Committee is looking to develop a formal Adopt a Park program. And City Council member Laurel Hauser the says the committee would like to get some advice on how to proceed from people in the know.

 



 

Hauser says initially any Adopt a Park program would be limited to nine or ten city parks. The parks and recreation committee will discuss the idea at its' regular meeting Wednesday, August 22.

Cardy exhibit opens at Door County Historical Museum

By Tim Kowols       

It may be the newest exhibit at the Door County Historical Museum in Sturgeon Bay, but its contents are anything but. Darrel Cardy, who found some of the first Paleo-Indian artifacts on the site in 1959, was on hand Saturday to answer visitor questions and even admire a few arrowheads that were brought in by others. What was once his family's farm is now known as the Cardy Paleoindian Campsite, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a designated archeological preserve by The Archaeological Conservancy. It took 44 years for scientists to take the site seriously as the past home of people dating back to at least 9000 B.C. Cardy is happy people will be able to see the artifacts in a museum for many years to come.



Cardy also gave a presentation about the artifacts Saturday afternoon at Crossroads at Big Creek before packing them up one last time before they stay on permanent display at the Door County Historical Museum.  Click here for information on the Cardy Paleoindian Campsite.

 

Bay Ship's Ahlswede, Croy part of lost art of longevity in the work place

By Tim Kowols       

With millennials sticking around almost a third less of the time at a single employer than their parents or grandparents, Sturgeon Bay residents need to look no further than the shipyard for a little inspiration. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median tenure of a 25-34 year old at a single job is 3.2 years, a far cry from the 10.2 years a person 65 years or older might do. Brian Croy of Algoma has been at Bay Shipbuilding for over 30 years, now serving the role of a journeyman painter. He knows the job is not for everyone but says it can be worth your while if you stick with it.



Lee Ahlswede of Little Sturgeon has been an electrician at Bay Shipbuilding for almost 44 years. He almost left the yard forever after his first day but continues his motto of "why can't we be better" nearly 16,000 shifts later.



Over 60 employees celebrated their 20th or more year working at Bay Shipbuilding on Saturday, which marked its 50th anniversary of operation this summer.

Kewaunee County Board gets first hearing of agricultural performance standards changes

By Tim Kowols       

After receiving approval from the Land and Water Conservation Committee earlier this month, the Kewaunee County Board will have its first discussion on new agricultural performance standards for the area. Changes to Kewaunee County's Chapter 39 ordinances would mimic the state's new NR-151 rules, which went into effect on July 1st. Land and Water Conservation Chairperson Chuck Wagner says the new standards will not be any stricter than the state's but help the county respond to the issues as they occur.



A final vote on the ordinance changes will not occur until the next meeting. The Kewaunee County Board will consider four resolutions when they meet Tuesday in Kewaunee at 6 p.m., which include decisions on purchasing new highway equipment and urging the state for a sustainable funding solution for the state's transportation system.

Safe Kids Door County connects families with well-being

By Tim Kowols       

With an exhibition hall full of activities and vehicles from several different agencies at the Door County Fairgrounds, families had a chance to connect with safety personnel and each other on Saturday. Organized by the Door County Public Health Department, Door County Cradle to Career, and Door County Partnership for Children and Families, Safe Kids Day Door County gave attendees tips on how to protect themselves in various situations. The event also allowed children to have a hands-on experience inside vehicles from local fire departments, the Door County Sheriff's Department, U.S. Coast Guard, and more. Chelsea Smies from Door County Public Health says families were excited about the different activities.



Chad Holmes from Marshfield brought his wife and three kids to the event. He says it is important for his kids to learn safety skills first hand.



This marked the second year of Safe Kids Day Door County, which was preceded for several years by the Emergency Vehicle Fun Day.

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Schools look to creative ways to keep budgets in check

By Tim Kowols       

Sturgeon Bay Superintendent Dan Tjernagel is well aware of the creative ways  school districts across the country are using to keep their finances in order. Recently, a Colorado district approved plans to switch to a four-day school week to help them save close to $1 million annually in expenses such as busing and food service. Tjernagel does not see anything that drastic coming to the area due to tighter geographic boundaries, but Sturgeon Bay School District has done things like sell its fleet of buses to save a couple bucks. He says it is important to always be looking for ways to be creative with the dollars they have available.



Tjernagel points to the community support as being crucial for the district to be able to meet the educational needs of its students, which is something to remember as the school board begins discussing a possible April operational referendum.

Beneficiaries for community projects are getting harder to find

By Tim Kowols       

The need is there, but local businesses and organizations are struggling to find those who need it the most. Sometimes it is the qualifications hindering organizations from finding a perfect match as it was for Door County Habitat for Humanity earlier this year. Potential partner families were found to be either too well off or in too dire of financial straits until the Purdy's were named as recipients of a new home in May. It has been slim pickings in recent years for Jeff Blemke as Ultimate Air in Luxemburg looks for a deserving homeowner to receive a free furnace through Lennox's Feel the Love program, formerly known as Heat U.P. Wisconsin. Blemke believes many people are just too proud to ask for help.



You can register yourself or someone you know for a free furnace through the Lennox Feel the Love program online through September 5.  Door County Habitat for Humanity is always accepting applications for partner families.

Clean Water advocate hopes momentum builds for stricter manure transport laws

By Tim Kowols       

A decision by the Liberty Grove Town Board to effectively ban out-of-town unmanipulated manure earlier month is giving clean water advocates hope similar rules spread elsewhere. The board voted 4-1 to prohibit spreading manure if it did not originate within the town's limits. Clean Water Action Council Executive Director Dean Hoegger believes this is one of only a few ways local townships can control what is being spread in their area.



Liberty Grove joined Nashotah and Delafield as the only municipalities in the state with such ordinances. Hoegger says as of right now, organizations like the Dairy Business Association have not challenged municipalities on the rule changes. We will have an opposing viewpoint featured next week.

Kewaunee County working together to use trauma-informed care

By Tim Kowols       

The Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department, Kewaunee County Human Services, and other local entities are working together to ask the right questions when it comes to addressing trauma. The strategy, known as trauma-informed care, emphasizes the physical, psychological, and emotional safety of the service providers and the affected person when approaching a situation. Kewaunee County currently uses TIC for its endangered child protocol and crisis plans. Sheriff Matt Joski says using TIC has been helpful for all parties involved.



Joski says the collaboration is especially crucial when approaching individuals that may have a history they are unaware of when they arrive on the scene. You can read the rest of Sheriff Joski's article on TIC online with this story.

 

 

I had the opportunity to attend a seminar on Trauma Informed Care. The seminar was well attended with members from various disciplines such as Law Enforcement, Educators, Healthcare workers and both local and national politicians. For those that are not aware of what Trauma Informed Care is all about, it is a new way of looking at the factors that affect those whom we come into contact with not just as clients, patients, inmates, or students, but rather looking at them from a humanistic perspective with respect to their unique personal experiences.

The actual definition of Trauma Informed Care is as follows: "TICP is a strengths-based framework that is responsive to the impact of trauma, emphasizing physical, psychological, and emotional safety for both service providers and survivors; and creates opportunities for survivors to rebuild a sense of control and empowerment."

In listening to the many presentations, there was a powerful statement made as to how we interact with those suffering from emotional trauma and that is to ask "What Happened to You?" rather than" What's Wrong With You?" This is an important distinction as we so often forget that those who are struggling in school, at home, or in their relationships many times are facing many more challenges than what we may see on the surface and that only by taking the time to understand their history can we truly begin to help them move forward.

Throughout the seminar there were many strategies and experiences shared from the various jurisdictions represented as to how they are approaching these challenges. I would like to share just a few that we have been doing here in Kewaunee County.

The first is our Endangered Child Protocol which is merely a process where we in law enforcement share information with our educators in the various schools to assist them in responding to a child's behavior. In the past, a disruptive child may have been dealt with as just that, a child who is being disruptive for no apparent reason other than to gain attention. By sharing information with Law Enforcement it may now become apparent that this same child is acting out due to trauma from events outside the school of which they have no knowledge. You can only imagine what emotions and feelings a young person may be going through if there was a domestic in the home the night before, or if one of the parents were recently arrested in their presence. We have already seen the benefit of sharing information in these instances for both the staff as well as for the children involved.

Another initiative we have been involved in for the past few years is our sharing of information with Human Services. In the past we operated in what we call "Silos of Information" This is where we in Law enforcement have our records and Human Services have theirs. This is an unfortunate reality in so many areas of our systems, and one that can be corrected without spending a great deal of money. We have entered into an MOU with Human Services where they are now able to provide our agencies with "Crisis Plans". These "Plans" contain general information regarding a client they may be working with and although they cannot share specific information, we can share enough to allow our responding officers critical details that may aid us in how we interact upon responding to a call for help from the individual.

There were so many great ideas being implemented throughout our state and I was very honored to be part of the conversation. In the end our goal should be as stated by Dr. Stuart Shanker: "See a Child Differently, You see a Different Child"

Town of Gibraltar now allowing alcohol in some public areas and rentals

By Paul Schmitt    

People visiting the Fish Creek beach and Clark Park or renting the Gibraltar Town Hall will now be able to enjoy an alcoholic beverage legally.  The Gibraltar town board, through a recommendation by the Parks and Lands Committee, approved at their August town meeting that alcohol will be permitted in the future.  Committee chair Brian Hackbarth says many residents requested the change.



 

Hackbarth says the new rules will eliminate the issue of some people breaking the alcohol ordinance in the past.

Future Crescent Beach plans to be discussed Monday in Algoma

By Paul Schmitt    

The city of Algoma will be having a citizen engagement meeting on Crescent Beach this coming Monday.  The project engineer, JJR Smith, will be on hand to look at a larger beach vision, according to Algoma City Administrator Jeff Wiswell.  He shares some of the ideas being put forward.



 

Wiswell says discussion will also center on the stormwater runoff concerns affecting the southern part of Algoma and the lake.  The meeting will take place at City Hall at 1 pm on Monday.

Joe Knaapen brings Edward Minor to life with special presentation

By Paul Schmitt    

The only Door County man ever elected to Congress will be featured at a presentation next Saturday in Sturgeon Bay.  Edward S. Minor served in the Wisconsin Assembly and State Senate in the late 1800's.  Joe Knaapen, a member of the Door County Historical Society, will be in character and costume as Minor during the Civil War in the 2nd Wisconsin Cavalry and his time in Congress.  Knaapen, who was editor of the Door County Advocate for many years where he learned about the Civil War while compiling the Traveling Back section, shares some of the more interesting history that will be at the presentation.



 

Knaapen, who also does civil war reenactments, will be presenting "Congressman Minor" at 1 pm Saturday, August 25 at Vignes School in the Heritage Village at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay.

 

(Photo submitted) Retired newspaper reporter Joe Knaapen portrays Edward S. Minor, the only Door County man ever elected to Congress. As Minor, he greets visitors on a tour of historic homes at house Minor built in 1885. Minor's wife bequeathed the home to the Christian Science church upon her death. The church remains active.

More and more kayaks in Door County-- Series VI

By Bill Schultz -- Guest Correspondent    

As I'm driving around Door County going to or coming back from a day of fishing, I'm seeing more and more kayaks on the tops of those cars and SUV's being driven by all the visitors.  And, when I'm on the water, I'm seeing more and more kayakers each year. It's great that so many visitors and locals are taking advantage of our beautiful waters for sightseeing and fishing.

If you've thought about getting a recreational or fishing kayak, this is a great time to do your shopping.  Most of the kayak tour companies will sell some of their kayaks, paddles and PFD's at the end of the season, and, at big discounts.  Also, the outdoor stores in the county will also be putting discounts on their remaining gear.

My neighbor down the lake from me got a great deal on a tandem kayak, paddles and PFD's last fall from one of the tour companies.  A tandem kayak is something I haven't talked about in the past. This can be a great choice if you have a child who'd like to kayak, dog you'd love to take out, or you'd like to kayak with a spouse or friend who just isn't as comfortable on the water.

If you want a new kayak, do some research as a number of the top companies have tandems, including the Jackson Tripper Tandem, a sit-in kayak offering the very comfortable Elite seats, a wide open cockpit that's easy to get in and out of, as well as being a great fishing platform for two people.  Also, at just under 15', seats can be adjusted to make it a great one-person as well. For a child, dog or someone not as comfortable on the water the sit-in will give a feeling of security with the higher sides, compared to a sit-on-top kayak.

As always, do your research, and, you can always email me at kayakfishingwisconsin@gmail.com with your questions.

Local beach advisories and closures should be taken seriously

By Tim Kowols       

The closure of Otumba Park Beach in Sturgeon Bay Thursday and advisories at four other beaches locally are reminders to take proper precautions if you are thinking about going in for a swim. The beaches were flagged for having elevated counts of bacteria, specifically E.Coli. Sue Powers from the Door County Health Department says it is safest for you to not even wade in the water if there is an advisory.



Regardless of water conditions, Powers reminds swimmers to wash their hands if they come out to eat something and to shower when they are done recreating in lakes and rivers. No beaches in Kewaunee County are currently in a health advisory, but you can find a full listing of beaches around the state and their conditions online with this story.

Food Waste topic of Kewaunee County Home and Community Education presentation

By Tim Kowols       

A free presentation in Kewaunee County that takes a deep dive into food waste Tuesday could save you money in the long run. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, 31 percent of food is wasted, accounting for approximately 133 billion pounds of product and $161 billion being thrown away every year. Hosted by Kewaunee County Home and Community Education, the presentation hopes to give people tips on how to keep food out of the trash and money in your wallet. HCE member Judy Oftedahl says she expects the program to be very useful.



The food waste presentation will take place at the Kewaunee County Highway Department building in Kewaunee beginning at 6 p.m.

Ephraim Fire Department gets a new rescue boat

By Tim Kowols       

The Ephraim Fire Department will hit the water next year with a new rescue boat.  The village's community protection committee approved the purchase of a 2006 29-foot Metal Shark Defiance from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources earlier this month after using a 30-year-old rescue boat for several years. Fire Chief Justin MacDonald says the new vessel will help the department in several ways.



The boat was purchased with funds from the village's Capital Improvement Fund and donations to the Ephraim Fire and Rescue Association. MacDonald expects it will be able to help stressed boaters in their surrounding waters for the next 25 years.

Sevastopol School District looks to put two referendum questions on the November ballot

By Tim Kowols       

Two different referendum questions addressing revenue limits and facility improvements will be discussed when Sevastopol School District holds a special board meeting on Tuesday. One question would authorize the school district to exceed its revenue limits by $2 million per year for two years for the non-recurring purpose for its budget. The second question addresses the $25.1 million plan to overhaul the aging building by demolishing some of its oldest sections and replace it with a new two-story addition. Superintendent Kyle Luedtke says the proposed facilities plan is a good option.



Sevastopol School District has had four successful operational referendums in years past. The special Sevastopol School Board meeting will take place inside the high school library at 6:30 p.m.

Thirty-year-old truck being auctioned off by Sister Bay Liberty Grove Fire Department

By Paul Schmitt    

The Sister Bay Liberty Grove Fire Department is retiring a vehicle from its fleet that served the community for over 30 years.  The 1988 F-350 truck that was used for Brush 20 only has just over 16,000 miles on it and is being auctioned off online the next two weeks.  Fire Chief Chris Hecht says as great as the vehicle was, it was time for an upgrade.



 

Hecht says Sister Bay Liberty Grove Fire Department purchased a brand new 2018 F-550 truck with a chassis that was purchased locally at Jim Olson Motors in Sturgeon Bay.  Bidding for the 1988 Truck will end on August 30.  You can find a link to the auction site below.

www.wisconsinsurplus.com   search item: 45386

 

(photo courtesy of Sister Bay Liberty Grove Fire Department Facebook page)

Why be an attorney?—Series on careers Part I

By Paul Schmitt    

Working in a smaller community and rural area can make the job of being a lawyer very appealing, according to one local attorney that practices law in Door and Kewaunee counties.  Jim Downey of Blazkovec, Blazkovec & Downey explains why being an attorney in a smaller community is attractive to him.



Downey, whose father was also a lawyer, says he knew early on what career he was pursuing when in first grade he wrote on the chalkboard that he was going to be an attorney.  Lawyers can realize a lucrative income in rural areas even though they may not be as specialized as they are in bigger cities, according to Downey.

Algoma sculptor to use her love of nature to judge works from around the world

By Terry Kovarik              

Algoma's Bren Sibilisky brings nature to life through her sculptures. Her works appeal to those who call Wisconsin and the Great Lakes home. Soon, Sibilsky will use her talents to help judge works from around the world. She's been selected as a juror for the Manhattan Art International online exhibit "Our Bond with Nature". Sibilsky says the timing is perfect.

 



 

The "Our Bond with Nature" online exhibit runs from October 25th through Christmas Day.

Door County Sheriffs deputies are on the lookout for drugged drivers through Labor Day

By Terry Kovarik              

Door County Sheriff's deputies will join all law enforcement agencies to crack down on impaired drivers. Starting Friday through Labor Day road patrols statewide will step up enforcement efforts through the "Stay Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. In addition to stopping those who may drink and drive, patrol officers will be looking for those who may abuse illicit or prescription drugs while driving. Door County Sheriff's Lt. Bob Lauder says patrol officers are now more skilled in determining who's buzzed behind the wheel.

 

 



 

Wisconsin has 276 highly-trained Drug Recognition Experts. Two of them work in Door County. Lt Lauder also says if you're arrested and convicted of driving under the influence, you can be fined up to $10,000.

Soar on the Shore this Saturday in Algoma

By Paul Schmitt    

Crescent Beach in Algoma will be the site for the 4th annual Soar on the Shore Kite Flying Event this Saturday.  Professional kite flyers from Unique Flying Objects of Two Rivers and the Wisconsin Kiters Club will be soaring their kites all along the lakeshore.  Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sara Krouse says the family-friendly event will include more than kite flying.



 

Besides the Giant Kite Shows, the festival will include kite and windsock making for kids, beach mosaics, and rock painting.  The Soar on the Shore in Algoma will be from 11 am until 4 pm Saturday.

A Kewaunee County domestic violence prevention organization meets its mission with strong community support

By Terry Kovarik              

The Violence Intervention Project is nearing 30-years of aiding all victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. That's made possible by a very supportive community. The organization has gone from working out of volunteers' homes to its own facility in Kewaunee. Laura is Agency Advocate and she says support from the community allows V-I-P to accomplish its' mission.

 

 



 

 

The Violence Intervention Project programs are aided by fundraisers like the V-I-P Annual Poker Run, which is taking place August 18th in Luxemburg.

High voter turnout statewide excites local Democrats

By Tim Kowols       

The highest partisan primary turnout since at least 2002 is giving Door County Democrats a reason to smile heading towards November. According to Reuters, about 22 percent of the state's voting population headed to the polls on Tuesday, exceeding the turnout in 2014 and 2016 by eight percentage points. Competitive races for the Democratic nomination for governor and the Republican nod for U.S. Senate led the way on the ballot. Door County Democratic Party Chairperson Will Gregory says the numbers of votes for each primary is not a surprise.



Over 1 million votes were cast during Tuesday's election in Wisconsin, including 7,016 in Door County. According to the USA Today Network- Wisconsin, nearly 20 percent more votes were cast for the Democratic governor's race than the contested Republican U.S. Senate election.

Lions Club continues 100-plus year tradition with Island Fair

By Tim Kowols       

The Washington Island Lions Club hosts one of the last major events of the season in the town when it hosts its Island Fair this weekend. Since at least 1903, the Island Fair has provided visitors and residents with the joys of a carnival including rides, games, and a noon parade. Lions Club member Jeff Heal says all the money raised from the event stays local.



The Island Fair is Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. on the Washington Island School grounds.

Local Coast Guard veteran speaks at Sturgeon Bay High School Reunion and meets a relative of a cutter Escanaba crew member killed in action

By Terry Kovarik              

The guy who played a major role in designating Sturgeon Bay a U.S. Coast Guard city got a little bit of a history lesson himself about a Sturgeon Bay High School graduate who was killed on the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Escanaba. Bob Desh, a U.S. Coast Guard veteran himself, spoke at a recent 50th reunion of Sturgeon Bay High School. At the event, Desh met the nephew of Bud Christenson, who was one of two Sturgeon Bay High school graduates to die aboard the Escanaba. After his address, Desh visited with Christenson's nephew, Dennis.

 



 

 

Bud Christenson and Victor Londo Junior, both graduates of Sturgeon Bay High School, along with Leonard Delsart of Maplewood and George Larson formerly of Ellison Bay were among the 103 crew members killed when the Escanaba exploded and sank off of Newfoundland in 1943.

Door County EDC has a job opening for someone to connect employers with entry level workers statewide

By Terry Kovarik              

Door County's unemployment rate is at an all-time low, three-point-one percent. But that's created a bit of a challenge for businesses looking for entry-level workers. There are more jobs than workers to fill them. So, the Door County Economic Development Corporation is now looking for a Workforce Development Project Manager. E-D-C Director Jim Schuessler says the project manager would build upon efforts to attract local candidates and others who may not know what Door County employers have to offer.

 



 

Schuessler also says another attraction for those willing to come to Door County are the new apartment buildings in search of new tenants.

Literacy Door County in search of more tutors

By Tim Kowols       

With the number of students growing, Literacy Door County is recruiting more tutors to help meet the demand. Organized three years ago, Literacy Door County partners its over 30 tutors with adults looking to acquire basic reading and writing skills. By helping the adult students learn English they can be well on their way to earning their citizenship or General Education Diploma. Peggy Sankey from Literacy Door County says there are a lot of positive qualities that stick out with their tutors.



Literacy Door County will host a pair of training sessions at Sturgeon Bay's Hope Church on September 11 and 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. You can learn more about the program and how you can volunteer online with this story.

Town of Jacksonport to use church for temporary home

By Tim Kowols       

Town business in Jacksonport will be conducted at an area church while its new facility is being built. The town board recently approved the move to the parish hall of Zion Lutheran Church on County Road T in Jacksonport via a resolution. The new site will also be the town's polling place for the November elections. Town chairperson Randy Halstead says you will have to plan ahead if you need to get something from the clerk's office.



The town hall is expected to be finished this winter while its new fire department facility could be completed in September.

Haen having a ball as Wisconsin Fairest of the Fair

By Tim Kowols       

Over 30 county fairs and the Wisconsin State Fair later, Isabella Haen is not slowing down as the summer draws to a close. The former Kewaunee County Fairest of the Fair has been crisscrossing the state since June as the Wisconsin Fairest of the Fair as she promoted agriculture at multiple stops each weekend. Citing bringing the state fair to kids at a Milwaukee-area children's hospital and hopping on rides with the state's governor and Alice in Dairyland as among her many highlights, Haen cannot wait to bring home some new ideas to Kewaunee County.



Haen says she has about 8-10 fairs remaining over the next couple weeks before she trades her crown for her job back at Kinnard Farms in Casco.

 

Picture Courtesy of Wisconsin Fairest of the Fair Facebook page

Ceremony for disposal of unserviceable flags Monday in Luxemburg

By Paul Schmitt    

A respectful and dignified way to retire a worn-out American Flag is by burning it.  The American Post 262 in Luxemburg will be conducting a flag burning ceremony next Monday.  Jerry Simonar, a Legionnaire for 65 years, describes the proper way the flags will be retired.



 

Simonar says the public ceremony will be at the Fireman's Park next to the Village Hall in Luxemburg.  The official burning of flags will begin at 6:30 pm.  Over 350 flags have already been collected, according to Simonar.  He adds that tattered flags may be dropped off at any time in a collection box that is located in front of the Bank of Luxemburg on Main Street.

Door County YMCA offering alternative to tackle football

By Tim Kowols       

Parents worried about their kids and serious concussions from playing tackle football can look to the Door County YMCA for safely teaching the sport. Returning this fall is the Door County YMCA's flag football program, which is aimed at kids ages four to fifth grade at both the Sturgeon Bay and Northern Door program centers. Youth Director Tyler Powell says its flag football program puts an emphasis on the fundamentals.



Sign-up is going on right now for flag football and other youth athletics opportunities including swimming, karate, gymnastics,  and the after-school sports program.

Political bigwigs with Door County ties talk about primary election results

By Terry Kovarik              

Former Republican State Representative Dave Hutchinson of Dyckesville and former Democratic Lt. Governor Barbara
Lawton, who now lives in the Town of Clay Banks, are assessing the two gubernatorial candidates. Incumbent Republican Governor Scott Walker is now being challenged by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers, who won the Democratic nomination. Lawton believes Evers has the right management skills to be governor.

 



 

 

Hutchinson believes the race for governor will be close. But he believes Walker will prevail.

 



 

 

The general election push has already made it's way to Northeast Wisconsin. Governor Walker made a campaign stop in Green Bay on Tuesday. Tony Evers will be in Green Bay on Thursday.

 

Summer Reads Program finishing up with special Instrument Petting Zoo in Sturgeon Bay

By Paul Schmitt    



The Sturgeon Bay Library is offering a free Instrument Petting Zoo this Thursday.  Children will have the opportunity to explore, hands-on, the many different musical instruments.  Sturgeon Bay High School Band Director Heidi Hintz will be at the library to educate children on the instruments.  Youth Services Librarian Beth Lokken shares how Hintz will introduce the youngsters to musical instruments big and small.



 

The Instrument Petting Zoo at the Sturgeon Bay Library will be from 1:30 until 2:30 Thursday afternoon.  It is a part of the Summer Reading Program provided free to the public by the Door County Library.

A sign is stirring up some heat in Sturgeon Bay

By Terry Kovarik              

A proposed electronic variable message sign in front of the Sturgeon Bay United Methodist church has some neighbors complaining. The church would like the lighted sign in order to better inform the public about services and activities but neighbors object. Sturgeon Bay Planning and Zoning administrator Chris Sullivan-Robinson said a permit for the sign has been denied by the city because of concerns voiced by neighbors.



 

Pastor David Leistra says the church is taking the concerns of neighbors seriously.

 



 

 

Leistra also said the church is working to find a sign design on which everyone can agree.

Door County supervisor with a healthcare background wants a referendum on legal weed

By Terry Kovarik              



A Door County supervisor believes the time has come to give residents a chance to vote on legalizing marijuana. Counties throughout Wisconsin are considering non-binding referendums on whether the medical or recreational use of marijuana should be legal in Wisconsin. Door County's Board of Supervisors has not decided whether to hold such an advisory vote. But Supervisor Megan Lundhal, who has a background in health and wellness, believes the time has come to gauge public opinion.

 



 

Lundahl says with neighboring states, such as Michigan, looking at making marijuana legal the pressure is on county supervisors and state lawmakers to determine public opinion on the matter.

A Sturgeon Bay church plans an electronic variable message sign but neighbors say thou should not

By Terry Kovarik              

Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church is currently building a lighted parking area. Church leaders also want to let pedestrians and drivers on Michigan Street know what's happening at the church through an electronic variable message sign. City ordinances prohibit such signs in residential neighborhoods. So the church modified its' plan designed a smaller electronic variable message sign in order to get a waiver. The city denied that request. Planner/Zoning Administrator Chris Sullivan-Robinson says that was based on neighbors complaints.

 



 

But Reverend David Leistra, Sturgeon Bay United Methodist's pastor, is certainly taking neighbors' concerns seriously. The church is reducing the number of parking lot lights and says the sign the congregation is looking at won't run 24/7.

 



 

Church members are reaching out to neighbors to hear more about their concerns. Reverend Leistra says church leaders are also looking to see if there are other types of signs that everyone might agree on.

 

Races set for Wisconsin Governor and 1st State Senate District

By Terry Kovarik              

The November general election will see a rematch of the June special election for the 1st State Senate seat.  Republican State Representative Andre Jacque won Tuesday's GOP primary.  He defeated fellow Republican Bill Nauta of Washington Island 11808-3674.  Jacque will face incumbent Democratic Senator Caleb Frostman, who was elected to the state Senate over Jacque in a June 12 special election.  In the race for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination,  State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers easily outdistanced seven other challengers to win the nomination.  Evers took 42% of the vote.  He'll face incumbent Republican Governor Scott Walker in November.

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

By Roger Utnehmer

The Door County Community Foundation recognizes philanthropists with an annual award. Today, I nominate a soon-to-be Sevastopol eight grade student to be the next recipient of that recognition.

Lindsay Schuh entered her Red Angus calf in the Door County Quality Animal sale during the recently-concluded fair. The sale of her calf, Teo, raised $5,000. Instead of calculating how many new video games or music downloads Lindsay could buy with her $5,000, she donated the entire amount to one of Door County's most impressive non-profit organizations, DoorCan.

DoorCan provides service and assistance to area residents dealing with cancer. The organization guarantees that 100% of donations are used to assist those with cancer and their immediate families. Lindsay's mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. The family connection to DoorCan taught a valuable lesson to a daughter with an exceptionally big heart and admirable sense of generosity.

To those who complain about today's young people not having the ethics and values of previous generations, I simply suggest that you get to know Lindsay Schuh. She is an impressive example of philanthropy and deserves to be commended.

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

 

Hear more from Lindsay Schuh at the Door County Daily News YouTube page

https://youtu.be/QUWGwt-OPTg

Developer pulls out of west side housing plan

By Paul Schmitt    

A developer has withdrawn their application for a 134-unit housing complex for Sturgeon Bay's west side.  According to Marty Olejniczak, community development director, Duquaine Development of Green Bay told the city that they withdrew the application after being unable to negotiate a lower price from the owner for the property located on the corner of Tacoma Beach Road and Clay Banks Road.  The Sturgeon Bay Plan Commission decided in May not to approve the project because of it not being in line with the city's comprehensive plan as well as traffic concerns expressed by citizens.  Olejniczak says the city has not received any new applications for that site and that the owner has put for sale signs back up.

City of Algoma using educational campaign to achieve residential code compliance

By Paul Schmitt    

Algoma is trying look at ways to enforce life safety home improvement issues before coming down on residents who are not complying with city codes and ordinances.  City Administrator Jeff Wiswell explains how the city is taking a proactive approach for the fall.



 

The city of Algoma has arranged to finance for people through programs with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the State of Wisconsin Block Grant Program for Housing, according to Wiswell.  Interested residents may contact the city of Algoma for more information regarding the available financing for life safety home improvements.

A new effort to help local banks prevent elder financial abuse

By Terry Kovarik              

The president of the Bank of Luxemburg is making sure staff members are trained to detect abuse of older customers and protect them from fraud. A Wisconsin Department of Justice training video is the latest tool to help banking professionals spot older customers who may be potential victims of elder financial abuse. Bank of Luxemburg President and CEO Tim Treml :: trem-UHL :: says tellers and others continually listen for keywords to spot efforts to defraud elders. [TREML]

 



 

The True Link Report on Elder Financial Abuse 2015, reveals that seniors lose nearly $36.48 billion yearly to elder financial abuse. Treml says accounts requiring signatures from an elderly customer and one of their adult children for certain transactions is one way to reduce the threat of fraud.

A Shawano County Harley-Davidson dealer and Algoma native not seeing a tariff backlash

By Terry Kovarik              

Some Harley-Davidson motorcycle owners have threatened to boycott the Milwaukee-based company if it follows through on plans to ship some production overseas. The company announced that plan after the Trump Administration put tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum. The European Union responded with tariffs on the U.S. made motorcycles. President Trump says he'll support Hog owners if they boycott. But Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker says he doesn't want to see a boycott. Steve "Doc" Hopkins, an Algoma native and owner of "Doc's Harley-Davidson" in Bonduel says he's not hearing anything from customers about the boycott.

 



 

But Hopkins says he expects to hear more about the tariffs, the threatened boycott and other matters when Harley-Davidson dealers meet in San Diego next week.

Fire Department finds silver lining in increased calls

By Tim Kowols       

Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Chief Chris Hecht does not like seeing emergencies occur in the community, but he is trying to take away some positives from the situation. According to Hecht, first responder and fire calls are up over last year at this time, following a trend that has been consistent over the last decade. Hecht says it keeps his department busy, but it just speaks for the growing popularity of the area.



According to Hecht, their busiest times are still to come with popular weekends like Labor Day and Fall Fest on the horizon.

Door-Tran helps keep the county moving

By Tim Kowols       

For the last 10 years, Door-Tran has been a pivotal piece in solving transportation issues in the county. The non-profit organization serves over 500 people annually with services like vehicle loan and repair programs, gas and travel vouchers, and volunteer transportation. Last year, Door-Tran provided close to 3,500 trips for people traveling as far as Milwaukee and Green Bay to their appointments at Veterans Affairs clinics. Door-Tran Mobility Manager Pam Busch says community support is a big reason why they are able to provide the services they have available.



Busch encourages people who think they might qualify for their services to call or stop by their offices. You can learn more about Door-Tran and their upcoming Fun Event in Egg Harbor during Ask the Expert this Saturday morning at 7:30 on 96.7 WBDK.

Valmy Thresheree returns this weekend

By Tim Kowols       

Even with its heavy emphasis on all things agriculture, you do not have to have a farming background to enjoy the Valmy Thresheree this weekend. Entering its 36th year, the Northeastern Wisconsin Antique Power Association has hosted the three-day event to show off farming practices of yesteryear. The weekend also includes live music, tractor pulls, and the Sunday mud pig wrestling competition. Thresheree founder Ralph Bochek says the event is great for families, especially on Sunday for the kids.



The Valmy Thresheree runs this Friday through Sunday. You can learn more about the entire event by following this story online.

 

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Field days giving farmers useful tools to improve

By Tim Kowols       

Talking about soil health may not be the most exciting way to spend an afternoon for many, but it is providing useful information for farmers to improve their operations. In collaboration with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and Peninsula Pride Farms, the Door-Kewaunee Watershed Demonstration Farm Network has hosted a number of field days for area farmers to learn about new techniques to handle soil erosion and control phosphorus run-off. Attendance has been high at the field days, which is something Peninsula Pride Farms President Don Niles is happy to see.



Farmers will be able to get an update on the recently installed tile line bark bed filter at Kinnard Farms in Casco this Thursday from 1-3 p.m.

Sturgeon Bay Adopt a Park plan gives you a voice in what happens to your park

By Terry Kovarik              

Sturgeon Bay wants you to have a voice in how your favorite city parks should be run and future improvements. The city's Parks and Recreation Committee meets next week to consider a plan for a formal Adopt A Park program. Initially, the program would involve nine or ten of the city parks. Council member Laurel Hauser says the idea is for people who regularly visit certain parks to have a sense of ownership by being involved in getting amenities for those parks.

 



 

The Adopt A Park proposal will be on the Parks and Recreation Committee agenda for the Wednesday, August 22nd, meeting in the Community Room at Sturgeon Bay City Hall.

Door County room tax receipts bouncing back after a slow start

By Terry Kovarik              

Tourism bookings in Door County have more than regained some of the losses from earlier this year. That's reflected in room tax revenue. Sturgeon Bay, in particular, saw business drop for the first four months of the year. But Door County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Jim Schuessler says as warmer temperatures moved in, so did visitors.

 



 

Overall, Door County is enjoying a great year for lodging. For the first half of 2018, the county room tax collections are up three-point-eight percent, and June alone was up five-point-two percent.

You can still vote in the Wisconsin partisan primary by applying for an ID on Election Day

By Terry Kovarik              

Wisconsin voters are required to have a photo identification card when they arrive at the polls. But those who don't have a driver's license or other photo ID can still cast their ballots. You can apply for a state-issued ID at a Department of Motor Vehicles office on Election Day. You'll need a birth certificate or other proof of identity and proof of Wisconsin residency. While you won't get a picture ID right away, DMV Administrator Kristina Boardman says your application will buy you some time.

 



 

Boardman says the D-M-V initially issued picture ID's for voting at DMV office. Now all ID's are mailed to applicants.

Door County Land Trust celebrates 20-years of successful land protection

By Terry Kovarik              



Some Door County waterfront remains in its natural state while songbird habitat is now successfully restored thanks to the efforts of the Door County Land Trust. Those successes will be celebrated at the Trust's "Celebrating Open Spaces Weekend and Gathering" on August 18th and 19th. The event includes kayaking and boat tours and hikes around some of the areas now under protection. The 20th annual event, "The Gathering", celebrates the "Year of the Bird". Door County Land Trust Development Director Cinnamon Rossman says birds are a great indicator of habitat restoration efforts.

 



 

Many events for Saturday, August 18th are free except for small fees for boating and kayak tours. Tickets for "The Gathering" on Sunday, August 19th cost $40 per person.

Door County tables request for rumble strips on road near Kangaroo Lake

By Terry Kovarik              

A request from the Town of Baileys Harbor for rumble strips on County Highway E has been put on hold by the Door County Highway Committee. The request came before the highway committee Monday morning. Township officials had requested rumble strips after some people who fish along the causeway complained about near hits from vehicles on County Highway E. The rumble strips are similar to those used to warn drivers when they're crossing the center line on a road or approaching a stop sign. Highway Committee Chair John Neinas :: NINE-us :: says the committee wants other options considered.

 



 

Town of Baileys Harbor officials say traffic on County Highway E is increasing and they believe more safety measures are needed.

New Northern Sky Theater facility taking shape

By Tim Kowols       

Northern Sky Theater's new facility is still expected to open in time for 2019's fall season. After breaking ground on the two-building campus in May, crews have been working hard to complete its production and storage facility in time to be a staging area for winter work. Artistic Director Jeffrey Herbst says it has been a long time since something of this scope has been built in northern Door County and believes people are excited for the progress being made.



The other building, which will house the administrative offices and a 250-seat theater, is expected to be open in time for the cast and crew to begin working on its fall 2019 shows next summer. Northern Sky Theater still has two weeks of shows at its stage inside Peninsula State Park before heading inside for its fall and winter season.

 

Picture submitted by Northern Sky Theater

Separating money and emotion

By Tim Kowols       

A bad day at work or a fight with your spouse could carry through to your bank account if you are not careful. According to Gay Pustaver from Money Management Counselors, negative events can cloud your judgment and possibly lead to more impulse buying. She says it can be even worse for women, who often feel emotions more deeply than men do.



Pustaver recommends recognizing what you are feeling and why you are feeling it so you can identify your triggers and build your financial self-esteem. You can listen to the first part of our series on Money and Emotion online with this story.

 









Casco Lions bring smiles to community's faces

By Tim Kowols       

The organization's annual weekend event is not the only thing the Casco Lions Club do to help support their community. The Casco Lions Club helps support youth in several different ways ranging from sponsoring baseball teams and back to school events as well as offering scholarships to deserving students. Casco Lions Club President Chris Vandenhouten got involved by talking with other members at his kids' games. He says it is pretty easy to see why he loves being a part of the organization.



The Casco Lions Club's 38 members meet on the first Wednesday of every month. The organization will host its annual Casco Lions Days, which includes a softball tournament and parade this Friday through Sunday.

Agriculture fighting employment crunch

By Tim Kowols       

Farmers are not exempt from the hiring crunch many industries are facing this year. Wisconsin's unemployment rate has been below three percent since the spring, making businesses across the board try to find employees from a shrinking pool. Farmers like Joe Haberli from Haberli Farms in Egg Harbor have struggled to find employees for his operation, offering pay above the minimum wage and free housing. He says he fights the same battles other employers do.



Haberli says he is currently working with the federal government to legally bring another guest worker to his operation, a process he says could take up to 10 weeks.

Ahnapee Trail surfacing underway

By Terry Kovarik              

Surfacing work for the Ahnapee Trail extension between Michigan Street and Utah Street is underway. Northeast Asphalt has begun laying asphalt on the bike and pedestrian trail way. Door County Facilities and Park Director Wayne Spritka says once that work is finished the project will nearly be completed.

 



 

The Ahnapee Trail extension will provide a long desired bike and pedestrian link from Michigan Street to the Bay View Bridge.

Work on S. Duluth Avenue in Sturgeon Bay nears completion

By Terry Kovarik              

Homeowners and drivers who use South Duluth Avenue are closer to not having construction work getting in their ways. Construction crews are currently doing milling work between Highway 57 and Oak Street. That's in preparation for paving work. And Sturgeon Bay City Engineer Chad Shefchik says that means the project is now almost complete.

 



 

Shefchik also says sanitary and storm water sewer system work on Texas Street between South Ninth Avenue and South Tenth Avenue is expected to be finished by mid-week.

Bringing rangers back to state parks makes practical and economic sense

By Terry Kovarik              

The 2018 summer vacation season is nearing an end. But the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is already looking to 2019 operations at state parks, including the five in Door County. After putting conservation wardens in charge of law enforcement in the parks, the D-N-R is bringing back park rangers to handle those duties. The shift of conservation wardens was initially expected to be more cost effective. But Director of Parks and Recreation Management Ben Bergey says when that move was reassessed; it was decided to restore the rangers' positions.

 



 

The D-N-R found that shifting wardens to various state parks many times involved extensive driving and overnight accommodations. So reauthorizing the rangers' law enforcement credentials just made sense.

Farm to table restaurants can have limited menus

By Terry Kovarik              

Farm to table restaurants are a new and increasingly popular concept. But even in areas like the Door Peninsula, where farming is big business, such eateries can be limited in number and menu. Kate Sheperd Utziner is co-owner of Kick Coffee in Sturgeon Bay. She's offered locally made cheeses, locally raised beef and locally grown produce at the restaurant this season. But unlike other restaurants that bring in produce grown nationwide, local farm to table eateries and their customers need to go with what's seasonal.

 



 

Utzinger has contracts with three community supporter agriculture suppliers for produce. She also works with locally raised meat and locally produced cheeses, which allows for consistency on her menu offerings.

Simple steps people can do help bats bounce back

By Terry Kovarik              



The world's bat population has been decimated by white nose syndrome. The fungal growth was first found on hibernating bats' muzzles and wings in 2006. It's been responsible for the death of millions of bats. White nose syndrome has been found in soil from caves where the bats live or hibernate and have been visited by people. Visitors to Horseshoe Bay Cave in Door County last weekend learned more about the bats' plight from Jennifer Redell. She's a conservation biologist and cave and mine specialist with the Bureau of Heritage Conservation. Redell says researchers working to help bats need people to report where they're finding bats.

 

 



 

Bats are vital in controlling insects and other pests. Bats can live up to 30-years. So the loss millions of adults to white nose syndrome can take years to recover from. That's led some researchers to call for limits on caving to reduce the risk of spreading white nose syndrome.

Local elections officials are already preparing for general election voting security

By Terry Kovarik              

Wisconsin's primary election is set for Tuesday. But local elections officials won't end efforts to ensure secure voting once all of the ballots are counted. The Wisconsin Elections Commission held training sessions on election security for county and election officials last May. Door County Clerk Jill Lau says election security will be an ongoing effort. That includes a meeting among all municipalities in the county before the November 6th general election.

 



 

 

The May training sessions held by the WEC followed training sessions between federal and state officials at Harvard University earlier this year.

What sheriffs deputies and police officers consider before issuing tickets

By Terry Kovarik              

Any driver who has ever been pulled over by state troopers, police officers or sheriff's deputies usually has one question on their minds: Am I going to get ticketed? The short answer: it depends. Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski says, contrary to popular belief, ticketing decisions are not made based on quotas or a community's need for revenue. Joski says all decisions are intended to educate drivers. The final decision by the officer is based on the driver's action.

 



 

Joski says patrol officers do take into account other factors before writing citations. A single mother or father working multiple jobs, who's driving to one of them, is a better candidate for a warning than fast driving joy riders.

Helping Door County women Invest Dream and Achieve

By Terry Kovarik              

Women who've put off their own goals to raise their kids or who've been left on their own have a way to take on life's challenges and succeed. The Women's Fund of Door County has started a program called "Invest, Dream, Achieve". The program helps women to invest in themselves through education or job training, set a timetable to reach that goal and then become comfortable making financial decisions. It's run through Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. And Student Support Specialist Katie Smullen says it sets goals beyond graduation day.

 



 

This is the first year of "Invest, Dream, Achieve". 14 women are now in the program. The Women's Fund of Door County also gives each participant a three-hundred dollar check at the end of each successfully completed semester.

Door County light houses go from navigational to living historical aids

By Terry Kovarik              

Eagle Bluff Light House has served as a beacon to navigation through rough surf and dangerous shoals since the State of Wisconsin was only 20-years old. Like all light houses, it's long been automated. But visitors to Eagle Bluff and other Door County light houses come to learn more about the days when men and their families tended the light houses. Door County Maritime Museum Marketing and Events Coordinator Carrie Dorski says people just love to wonder what stories light houses, like those at Eagle Bluff and Cana Island, could tell.

 



 

The Door County Maritime Museum's Light House Festivals have become a prime event for Door County. The spring festival nearly sold out. The fall light house festival runs from October6-7. Tickets are on sale now.

Smart phones can help people and communities make smart decisions on invasive weeds

By Terry Kovarik              

The Door County Soil and Water Conservation Department has been reaching out to property owners to make them more aware of invasive weeds. Those include Phragmites, Japanese knotweed and Wild Parsnip. Now joggers, bikers and others can help track the invasive plants through a smart phone app. It's called the "Great Lakes Detection Network" or "GLADEN" app. Conservationist Krista Lutzke says that helps pinpoint and control invasive plants where people live.

 

 



 

In the past, soil and water conservation personnel could only treat invasive weeds along public roadways, parks and municipally-owned properties. Reaching out to private property owners is helping them extend treatment efforts.

Madden Tool Museum dedicated at Heritage Village at Big Creek Saturday--VIDEO

By Paul Schmitt    

A unique museum of tools was formally dedicated Saturday afternoon in Sturgeon Bay.  The Door County Historical Society hosted a dedication at the Heritage Village at Big Creek of the new Madden Tool Museum.  The museum was named after two brothers, Mike and Pat Madden, who also provided a "Logging Tools of the Past" program following the dedication.  Mike Madden says it was quite an honor to have his name associated with the new museum.



 

Pat Madden says tools have been an important part of his family for years.



 

The Madden Tool Museum and other village buildings are open to visitors from 10 am until 3 pm daily.  You can see pictures and video from Saturday's dedication and program below.

 

https://www.facebook.com/DoorCountyDailyNews/videos/10156471613151083/?t=38

 





 

Check rental car insurance coverage before traveling

By Paul Schmitt    

With families vacationing around the country before school starts up in a few weeks, insurance agents are reminding drivers to make sure their policies cover rental car usage.  Mike Walston of Robertson Ryan & Associates says when you rent a car the liability insurance primary is with the rental company.  He says rental companies have restrictions on the physical damage portion which is the collision and comprehensive.



 

Walson adds that some car rental companies may want to hit your credit card with $5,000 before you leave until they get your payment.  He recommends that if you rent a car you should make sure to read the fine print on rental car agreements to clarify any restrictions.

 

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City of Sturgeon Bay looks to fill finance position

By Paul Schmitt    

With Finance Director-City Treasurer Val Clarizio 's last day on the job having been Friday, the city of Sturgeon Bay is busy looking for a replacement as they prepare to draft the city budget.  City Personnel Committee Chair David Ward says it will be challenging to fill one of the most important positions at City Hall.



 

Ward says the personnel committee is in the process of finding a temporary replacement until a full-time Finance Director-City Treasurer can be hired.   Clarizio is leaving Sturgeon Bay to take a position for the city of Little Chute.

Maritime Week wraps up with Maritime on Madison and Classic and Wooden Boat Festival-- VIDEO

By Paul Schmitt    

The 28th annual Door County Classic & Wooden Boat Festival along with the Maritime on Madison is bringing hundreds of visitors this weekend on Sturgeon Bay's west side.  The celebration of the maritime history in Sturgeon Bay caps off what was a week-long of activities throughout the city's waterfront.  Door County Maritime Museum Executive Director Amy Paul says the Sikaflex Challenge is one of the favorites attendees look forward to every year.



 

The Sikaflex Challenge will be held at noon Sunday.  Sturgeon Bay's Maritime Week included dinners, picnics, movies, concerts, and fireworks this year.  Coast Guard personnel were honored with a Person of the Year and Mariner Award Dinner earlier in the week.  The public also had the opportunity to tour the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba last Monday.

 

https://youtu.be/GtBYmzyT7D4?t=4

DCEDC working to fill void of workers in industrial park

By Paul Schmitt    

The ever-competitive job market is impacting the way employers and organizations find help. Jim Schuessler, the new Door County Economic Development Corporation executive director, says there are at least 100 jobs available in the industrial park at this time.  He says the DCEDC's role is to attract potential workers to the area.



 

Schuessler says Door County is internationally renowned as a great place to recreate and has world-class facilities. He says the many innovative companies in the industrial park offer great opportunities for family-sustaining wages.

Storywalk added to Algoma boardwalk

By Paul Schmitt    

People taking a leisurely walk on the Algoma boardwalk along Crescent Beach in Algoma can enjoy a good read while enjoying the outdoors and lakeshore.  Thanks to a "Storywalk" installed last Monday by Sammy Jackson of the Algoma Public Library, families will have the resources to read a book along the boardwalk.  Jackson says it is already being utilized.



 

The "Storywalk" is located on the north end of the boardwalk on Crescent Beach extending from the Youth Club to the intersection of 3rd Street, according to Jackson.

Spaying and neutering help to keep pets healthy

By Paul Schmitt    

The health benefits for your pets being spayed or neutered cannot be overstated, according to Dr. Jordan Kobilca of Door County Veterinary Hospital and Luxemburg Pet Clinic.  Dr. Jordan says the cost of the procedure is well worth the investment.



Dr. Jordan says typically dogs and cats should be neutered between the age of five months and a year depending on their size.  According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast tumors, which are malignant or cancerous in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats.

"Jumping Worms" presentation coming to Peninsula State Park August 25

By Paul Schmitt    

You don't have to dig in the dirt to learn about a very unique earthworm.   The Friends of Peninsula State Park are sponsoring a free program called "The Secret Life of Jumping Worms" on Saturday, August 25.  Bernadette "Bernie" Williams, a Plant Pest and Disease Specialist in Forest Health for the Wisconsin DNR, will reveal the secrets of the invasive "jumping worm".  Steve Strucely of the Friends of Peninsula State Park says people who come to the family-friendly event in a couple weeks will learn a lot about the impact worms have on the environment.



 

Strucely says the annual meeting for the Friends Group is prior to the presentation which will be at 1 pm in the Weborg Shelter in Peninsula State Park.

Egg Harbor booming with activity this summer

By Paul Schmitt    

The Village of Egg Harbor is finding the business environment in the downtown growing with the additions of new restaurants and breweries in the past few months.  Village Administrator Ryan Heise says all signs are showing for a strong summer and fall.



 

Heise says the village of Egg Harbor is currently working on their budget process for next year in preparation of having it completed by October.

Corn crop thriving in southern Door County

By Paul Schmitt    

Ideal weather conditions have area farmers enjoying a great growing season to this point, according to Jim Wautier of Church-Site Farms in Brussels.  Recent hot temperatures and occasional rains have led to a corn crop that has tasseled out in most areas.  Wautier says his corn fields are really doing well.



 

Wautier marvels that the corn silage is on target to mature and be harvested by early September considering the later-than-normal spring planting.

Art of Blacksmithing featured at Noble Square later this month

By Paul Schmitt    

The Gibraltar Historical Association is bringing history alive with a special demonstration on August 22 at a very appropriate location.   The Noble Square in Fish Creek will play host to horse shoeing performed by the Door County's Thumbs Up Riders.  Alexander Noble was Fish Creek's blacksmith back in the late 1800's.  Heather Richard will demonstrate the art of horse shoeing with live horses, the bending of metal and the proper fitting of the shoes.  Krissy Bergwin, president of Thumbs Up Riders, shares the historical significance of the blacksmith.



 

The Living History: Blacksmithing at Noble Square will be from 10 in the morning until 3 pm on Wednesday, August 22 behind the historic Noble House in downtown Fish Creek.

 

https://www.historicnoble.org/

 

Thumbs Up Riders information with link below:

https://www.facebook.com/gdhtadoor/

 

(photo submitted)

City of Algoma interviews for new public works director

By Paul Schmitt    

The city of Algoma is in the process of filling a key position of leadership in one of their departments.  According to City Administrator Jeff Wiswell, ten applicants were interviewed for public works director this past Tuesday.  Wiswell says the field of candidates is strong for a very important position with the city.



 

Overseeing the streets, marina, and the wastewater treatment plant fall under the duties of the public works director, according to Wiswell.  Former director Mike Decur left the position about a month ago.

Sister Bay celebrates the arts during annual festival

By Tim Kowols       

Over 25 local artists will congregate at Sister Bay's Waterfront Park Saturday for the 16th annual Door County Festival of Fine Arts. Artist demonstrations will occur throughout the day as they show off their craft while attendees show off their own skills in an all-ages activity tent. Sister Bay Advancement Association Coordinator Louise Howson says the event prides itself in keeping it local.



The Door County Festival of Fine Arts takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Kewaunee County looks to add NR-151 rules to its ordinances

By Tim Kowols       

New manure handling rules in northeast Wisconsin have been in effect for over a month, but Kewaunee County hopes to be able to streamline the process when the Land and Water Conservation Committee meets on Tuesday. The new NR-151 rules enacted on July 1 restrict where, when, and how much manure can be spread on land sitting on thin soils. The rules were designed to help protect the area's water which can be easily compromised. Land and Water Conservation Committee chairperson Chuck Wagner says they are not looking to make their ordinance stricter than state law, but rather allow the county to react quicker to potential violations.



The committee will discuss the changes to the county's agricultural performance standards, known as Chapter 39, when it meets at 8 a.m. Tuesday in Luxemburg. The meeting will also mark the first time the committee has met since the Land and Water Conservation Department absorbed the Zoning Department last month.

Sturgeon Bay parent pushes for seat belts on school buses

By Tim Kowols       

A Sturgeon Bay parent is on a mission to have three-point seat belts installed on school buses. Perry Andropolis urged the Sturgeon Bay School Board earlier this year to not wait until fleet upgrades to install seat belts on their buses. Andropolis says current school buses are designed with low-speed accidents in mind, not for trips that require highway driving. He insists on driving his kids to their field trip destinations because of it and believes not having seat belts on buses is preconditioning others to not wear them elsewhere.



According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 134 people die every year from school vehicle-related crashes. Eight percent of those victims were riding the bus.   Andropolis plans on publishing a Web site before the school year to give parents more information on the dangers of not having seat belts on buses.

Michigan energy producer gives manure a try at Pagel's Ponderosa

By Tim Kowols       

Pagel's Ponderosa Dairy, Rev LNG, LLC, and DTE Energy are joining forces to help process cow manure into natural gas fuel. The project broke ground at the Kewaunee dairy farm Wednesday afternoon to build a new facility that will pump cow manure into an underground anaerobic digester that will produce methane. That methane will then be refined to be used as alternative vehicle fuel. DTE Biomass Energy vice president Kevin Dobson says they have been approaching dairy farms about the technology in recent years after perfecting the process at landfills.



Pagel's Ponderosa was the first of six Wisconsin dairies to break ground on manure-to-gas facilities this year with hopes of being fully operational in early 2019. DTE Energy projects the project could reduce yearly greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of removing 9,200 vehicles off the road and saving 4.8 million gallons of gasoline.

Door County Sports and Classic Car Show in Egg Harbor this Saturday

By Paul Schmitt    

Dozens of sporty and classic cars will be making their way into Door County as they travel to Egg Harbor this weekend.  The seventh annual Door County Sports and Classic Car Show will be held at Harborview Park on Saturday.  Meghan Tomcheck of the Egg Harbor Business Association says the setting is perfect for visitors to enjoy.



 

The Sports and Classic Car Show, which has hosted over 100 vehicles in the past, will have three categories with six winners who receive a trophy and a bottle wine, according to Tomcheck.  The show will be held from 10 am until 3 pm Saturday in Egg Harbor.

Door County YMCA Summer Foods Program supplying nutritional meals to children

By Paul Schmitt    

The Door County YMCA Summer Foods Program is going strong again this year.  This is the sixth year the YMCA has participated in providing about 30,000 lunches to children throughout the county by summer's end.  The 14 sites that serve lunch every weekday include Algoma and two sites in Fish Creek for the first time.  President and CEO Tom Beerntsen explains the purpose of the program.



 

Parents can eat with their child for only $3, according to Beerntsen. You can find the entire list of locations for the Summer Foods Program with the below link.

http://doorcountyymca.org/programs/summer-foods/

Bringing the universe to state parks in Door County

By Terry Kovarik              

You can take your own "Star Trek" over four-days and never leave the earth. The four state parks in Door County will be holding a program called "Universe in the Park". University of Wisconsin-Madison physics students will host the program. It features a brief power point presentation before the sun sets. Then they'll help visitors scan the night skies with their high-powered telescopes. Peninsula State Park Naturalist Kathleen Harris says this is a perfect time for star gazing.

 



 

"Universe in the Park" will be held Friday at Potawatomi State Park in Sturgeon Bay, Saturday at Peninsula State Park in Fish Creek, Sunday at Newport State Park in Ellison Bay and Monday at Rock Island State Park on Rock Island. It's a free event, but you'll need a permanent or day vehicle admission sticker to get into the park. Lawn chairs and insect repellent are also recommended.

Coast Guard cutters bring more visitors downtown

By Terry Kovarik              

Sturgeon Bay's Maritime Week continues its run. The appearance of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba generated much interest in Sturgeon Bay and the waterfront. Pam Siler of the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center says summer is always a busy time of year for Sturgeon Bay shops and eateries. But the Escanaba's appearance made it even busier.

 



 

Siler says the Escanaba's crew was fascinated by Sturgeon Bay and the Great Lakes. That's because the Boston-based cutter's crew liked the idea of sticking their hands in the surf and not tasting salt.

Miller Art Museum says calling all artists for 43rd juried art exhibition

By Terry Kovarik              

Attention all artists. The Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay wants you. The museum is looking for artists who deal in two dimensional media to submit applications for this year's 43rd Juried Annual Exhibition. Curator of Exhibitions and Events Elizabeth Shosany Anderson says all artists are welcomed.

 



 

All works must be original and not exhibited previous. Miller Art Museum's Annual Juried Exhibition will be open from November 10 through December 22.

Wisconsin Wins uncovers seven Northern Door businesses selling tobacco to minors

By Tim Kowols       

Simple math may be to blame for seven northern Door County businesses selling tobacco products to minors during a recent Wisconsin Wins operation. Wisconsin Wins is a state initiative aiming to prevent youth access to tobacco through education, periodic business checks, and outreach. Juvenile investigator Chris Neuville says in many cases identification was being checked, but employees were just off a little bit with their math.



Neuville says he will not fine any of the businesses this time around, but says subsequent violations could cost them $200.50 per offense.

Shanty Days continues to grow

By Tim Kowols       

One of the biggest weekends of the summer in Algoma kicks off Friday when Shanty Days gets underway. The annual celebration of the lake features music, parade, street fair, and other activities over the course of its three-day run. Like other events happening in conjunction with Shanty Days, the Battle on the Beach volleyball tournament has only grown in popularity according to its director Levi Zeitler.



Rising water levels forced Shanty Days to cancel its traditional fireworks display back in June, but organizers have since replaced it with one of the area's first lighted drone shows.

 

Algoma Shanty Days Schedule: Click Here

Community weighs in on possible Southern Door facilities referendum

By Tim Kowols       

Safety and security topped the wish list of community members who gave their opinion on future improvements to Southern Door School District during a listening session on Wednesday. Approximately 20 people attended the session, agreeing the timing was right to look at improving the facilities while laying out specific areas they want the school board to consider before deciding on whether or not they will go to referendum this fall. Superintendent Patti Vickman says Wednesday's session validated previous discussions they have had over the years, which include addressing the building's ADA compliance and providing more current instructional spaces.



Vickman says the school board will consider the findings at its retreat on Monday. If the board decides to go to a referendum, it has until August 28 to submit the question to be included on the fall ballot.

Ensuring that primary voting will be secure

By Terry Kovarik              

Voters will be casting their ballots to select candidates for Congressional, state, county and local offices in less than a week. And state and county election officials are working to ensure the voting process is secure. The Wisconsin Elections Commission held an ambitious election security program for county and local election officials in May. That was based on training that WEC staff received at Harvard University. Door County Clerk Jill Lau says she and her staff are confident that local voters won't have to be concerned with security issues. But Lau adds local elections officials will be taking no chances.

 



 

Lau says after the August 14th primary she and her staff will have a security training session to be ready for the November 6th general election.

Bird tests positive for West Nile virus in Door County

By Tim Kowols       

The Door County Public Health Department is urging residents and visitors to be more prudent with their bug spray use after a bird tested positive for the West Nile virus. A dead crow found July 19 came back positive for the virus, which can be spread to humans by mosquitos feeding on infected birds. Door County Public Health interim manager Sue Powers says there are things you can do to help protect yourself.



Approximately 80 percent of people who do get infected with the West Nile Virus do not get sick, with only one percent getting seriously ill. Brown County also recently reported a dead bird carrying the West Nile virus.

Michigan Street bridge now scheduled to be closed three days

By Terry Kovarik              

Wisconsin's Department of Transportation now says the Michigan Street Bridge in Sturgeon Bay will be closed to traffic three days next week. The D-O-T announced Thursday that the span will be close for repairs August 13th, 14th and 15th from 8 AM until 4 PM. Work crews will be painting and repairing sections of the bridge. Door County Highway Department Patrol Superintendent Thad Ash believes drivers will adjust to the closures.

 



 

Ash says the repair work is for damage from a multi-car accident that took place over a year ago.  The DOT says the bridge will be open to pedestrians and lift for marine traffic during the closure.

The State Building Commission approves new Eagle Tower design

By Paul Schmitt    

The future Eagle Tower at Peninsula State Park received approval by the State Building Commission on Wednesday for the $2.07 million project.  The new design of the 60-foot observation tower will include a 1,000-square foot deck at the top with an accessible ramp that will run 850 feet long with an additional observation deck of the ramp.  Missy Vanlanduyt of Wisconsin State Parks describes the potential make-up of the structure.



Funds were raised for the new Eagle Tower through State and federal grants along with $750,000 by the Friends of Peninsula State Park.  A ribbon cutting ceremony is being planned for later this fall with completion anticipated by next summer.

The Women's Fund of Door County luncheon looks at education and prosperity

By Terry Kovarik              

Women need to be more confident in themselves and their skill sets and more comfortable when it comes to financial management. Those were among the key themes at the ninth annual Women's Fund of Door County luncheon. The morning session focused on identifying career and educational plans for individual women and setting a time table for reaching those goals. The keynote speaker, Tuti Scott of Imagine Philanthropy, spoke about women prospering together. Scott says as more women make their way into corporate board rooms all people benefit from their insight.

 



 

The Women's Fund of Door County started a program called "Invest, Dream, Achieve" which works with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College to offer women a path to education, career exploration and financial management coaching.

Maintenance work on the Michigan Street Bridge will force drivers to make some changes

By Terry Kovarik              

If you take the Michigan Street Bridge to get from one side of Sturgeon Bay to the other, be prepared to take one of the other two bridges starting Monday, August 13. The bridge will be closed while Wisconsin Department of Transportation crews do some repair work and repainting. The Door County Sheriff's Department got the word Wednesday afternoon. Patrol Superintendent Thad Ash says some of the work is due to an accident that occurred a while back.

 



 

 

Work on the Michigan Street Bridge will run from 7:00 AM until 3:00 P.M. Ash says that work could possibly run into Tuesday and Wednesday.

Kewaunee County not renewing Algoma Police services contract

By Terry Kovarik              



The Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department has given notice that it's ending a police services contract with Algoma. That will end when the current contract expires in six-months. Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski says the decision not to renew came after reassessing Kewaunee County's personnel and facility needs.

 



Sheriff Joski says Kewaunee County will work with Algoma as it transitions to running its' own police force to ensure there's no disruption in police coverage.

Sturgeon Bay keeps administrator, votes for evaluation policy

By Paul Schmitt    

After a lengthy closed-door session late Tuesday evening, the Sturgeon Bay Common Council approved a motion to establish a formal written performance review process for the City Administrator position, currently held by Josh VanLieshout.  The vote in open session passed by a 6-1 margin with Kelly Avenson being the only councilmember voting against it.  Councilmember David Ward, who is the chair of the Personnel Committee, explains what happens now.



 

Ward says he expects the Personnel Committee to address the job description of the city administrator as well and hopefully have the new policy be implemented within the next couple months after approval by the city council.  Avenson could not be reached for comment on why she voted against the motion.  The Sturgeon Bay Common Council meeting concluded about 11:30 pm Tuesday, according to Ward.

Sturgeon Bay takes next step to form an ad hoc Committee for west side waterfront development

By Terry Kovarik              

Sturgeon Bay City Council members gave the go-ahead at Tuesday night's regular council meeting to create an ad hoc committee to adopt strategies for development and reuse of the west side waterfront. Sponsors say the committee would be a chance to learn from past mistakes on waterfront redevelopment.  The proposed ad hoc committee would include 20-percent non-voting members who live outside Sturgeon Bay. Council member Laurel Hauser explains the qualification of potential committee members.

 



 

 

The city council voted to approve the ad hoc committee plan on a vote of 6-1.  The council will now consider prospective ad hoc committee members.

Fate of Sturgeon Bay granary may be determined by November advisory referendum

By Roger Utnehmer


Sturgeon Bay Mayor Thad Birmingham suggested at Tuesday's meeting of the city council that the future of the Teweles and Brandeis grain elevator be put on a November advisory referendum.


In what was a testy exchange with council members about why the discussion of the granary was on the meeting agenda, Birmingham said efforts to preserve the structure will need governmental approval.  A local resident has pledged $1.25 million to save the grain elevator.


The Sturgeon Bay Historical Society assumed responsibility to move the granary after Sturgeon Bay Fire Chief Tim Dietman ordered that it be razed.  Since being relocated to the east side waterfront, Birmingham says he has received complaints about the granary location and odors.


Several council members, including Kelly Avenson,  questioned why Birmingham did not reach out to members of the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society for answers about future plans for the granary.





 






 

 

No action was taken on Birmingham's suggestion to hold a November advisory referendum.




Editorial Comment: Former Baylake Bank Served as Incubator for Civic Involvement

By Roger Utnehmer, DoorCountyDailyNews.com President and CEO

Door County's former Baylake Bank developed a well-deserved reputation for civic engagement.

In today's toxic political environment the ability to disagree agreeably seems a lost art. It has not always been so. For many years Baylake Bank served as an incubator for civic leadership. Officers and staff served on the school board, city council and county board. Like many good businesses, Baylake Bank also provided leadership to many non-profit civic and service organizations.

Today, far too few people in business are willing to risk the wrath of customers that comes with their employees serving in local government.

Tough decisions have consequences. Unfortunately, one can be boycotting a business because of an unpopular vote. That's why the Baylake Bank model of permitting people to serve in local government was so impressive for so long.

Former Baylake Bank President Tom Herlache served as the chairman of the Door County board of supervisors. John Hauser was a member of the city council and also past president and long-time member of the Sturgeon Bay school board. Ron Berg and Ken Glasheen were also city council members.
And there are certainly more.

The leadership provided by Baylake Bank set a worthy example of the importance of business allowing officers and staff to serve the public through elected office. Door County and Sturgeon Bay would be even better places to live if more businesses promoted the kind of civic engagement Baylake Bank modeled for many years. People want government run more like a business. Doing so requires business owners to be as receptive to engagement as the leadership of the former Baylake Bank has been by allowing its employees to serve.

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

Algoma Public Library part of national program to help underserved teens

By Paul Schmitt    

Algoma Public Library will be teaming up with the Pathfinder Academy this school year to start a new discussion program for underserved teens.  Being one of only 100 libraries nationwide to take part in the Great Stories Club, the Algoma Public Library received a competitive grant from the American Library Association with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Youth Adult Librarian Sammy Jackson says she is looking forward to working with the students this year.



 

Jackson will be teaming with Otho Ball, the instructor at Pathfinder Academy.  Teens will read and discuss stories that explore the concept of empathy and what it means to be a hero, according to Jackson.

 

(photo submitted, Sammy Jackson and Otho Ball)

Vaccines crucial to protecting your pet from diseases

By Paul Schmitt    

Vaccinating your pet can go a long way in preventing the spread of diseases.  According to Dr. Jordan Kobilca of the Door County Veterinary Hospital and Luxemburg Pet Clinic, Lyme disease is one concern this time of year with your dog spending more time outside.  He says it is important to keep vaccination shots updated.



 

Dr. Jordan says it is also crucial to get your puppies and kittens vaccinated as early as eight weeks old.  He says the young pets should receive booster vaccines every three to four weeks until they are four months of age and maternal antibodies they have in their systems wane.  You can find a recommended vaccine schedule for your pet with the link below.

 

https://www.doorcountyveterinaryhospital.com/vaccine-schedule.pml

Gibraltar School gets a big fiber optic upgrade network for school computers

By Terry Kovarik              

The Gibraltar School District may have all its' schools in one location. But district staff, teachers and students will soon be able to communicate via computer and access the internet at much faster speeds. The district is upgrading its computer network with fiber optic cable that's unlike those used at larger Door County districts. Quantum PC Services is currently installing the new fiber optic system. Customer Relationship Manager Erin Helgeson says that will allow computer users to upload and download at the same speed.

 



 

Helgeson says the Gibraltar School upgrade is the biggest job their firm has ever undertaken. The fiber backbone is now upgrading to a 50 micron OM3 laser optimized multi mode cyber. This will allow thousands of devices to simultaneously communicate with enough bandwidth to handle over 100 cameras, virtual reality, video, off-site video classes.  It is an extra special project for owner Nathan Drager as Gibraltar is his home school district.

Trying to grow farm-to-table eateries in Door County

By Terry Kovarik              

Door and Kewaunee Counties are rich in agricultural business. That's reflected in the popularity of weekly farm markets. But developing farm-to-table eateries is a bit more challenging. That's because variations in weather conditions can impact the availability of locally grown produce. So farm-to-table supporters say the quantities of produce can be inconsistent to meet the needs of local restaurants. But that's not stopping some from trying. Kate Shepard Utzinger is the owner of Kick Coffee in Sturgeon Bay. She works directly with farms for some of her shop's offerings.

 



 

Utzinger says her commitment to "farm-to-table" involves going with the flow. That means whatever produce is in season and being harvested at any given time will determine what's on the menu at Kick.

Big Mouth and Power Tool Horns featured in Sturgeon Bay Wednesday night

By Paul Schmitt    

A popular band with local roots that has been playing together for over 27 years is still going strong.  Big Mouth and the Power Tool Horns are featured at festivals, private parties and establishments in the state. Bass guitarist Paul Sowinski of Fish Creek says the band started out in 1992 as a small Jazz and R & B group of college buddies wanting to play weekly.  He says within three years it evolved into a nine-piece band featuring a horn section that performed five to six nights a week.



 

Sowinski says most of the musicians in the band are area music teachers including the keyboardist, Matthew Buchman, who is the professor of Jazz at U.W. Stevens Point. Big Mouth and the Power Tool Horns will be playing at Martin Park in Sturgeon Bay this Wednesday evening as part of the Harmony by the Bay concert series.



 

(photo courtesy of Big Mouth and the Power Tool Horns)

Civil Discourse: Former Baylake Bank served as incubator for civil involvement

By Roger Utnehmer

Civil Discourse: An Occasional Attempt to Restore Civility to Civic Discourse
By Roger Utnehmer, DoorCountyDailyNews.com President and CEO

Door County's former Baylake Bank developed a well-deserved reputation for civic engagement.

In today's toxic political environment the ability to disagree agreeably seems a lost art. It has not always been so. For many years Baylake Bank served as an incubator for civic leadership. Officers and staff served on the school board, city council and county board. Like many good businesses, Baylake Bank also provided leadership to many non-profit civic and service organizations.

Today, far too few people in business are willing to risk the wrath of customers that comes with their employees serving in local government.

Tough decisions have consequences. Unfortunately, one can be boycotting a business because of an unpopular vote. That's why the Baylake Bank model of permitting people to serve in local government was so impressive for so long.

Former Baylake Bank President Tom Herlache served as the chairman of the Door County board of supervisors. John Hauser was a member of the city council and also past president and long-time member of the Sturgeon Bay school board. Ron Berg and Ken Glasheen were also city council members.
And there are certainly more.

The leadership provided by Baylake Bank set a worthy example of the importance of business allowing officers and staff to serve the public through elected office. Door County and Sturgeon Bay would be even better places to live if more businesses promoted the kind of civic engagement Baylake Bank modeled for many years. People want government run more like a business. Doing so requires business owners to be as receptive to engagement as the leadership of the former Baylake Bank has been by allowing its employees to serve.

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

Jacque, Nauta square off for Republican nod in State Senate District 1

By Tim Kowols       

State Senate District 1 will have its third election in four months when State Representative Andre Jacque and Washington Island resident Bill Nauta seek the Republican nomination. Rep. Jacque has represented Assembly District 2 since 2010 and recently lost his first attempt at the Senate seat during the June special election. Jacque says he is looking forward to addressing the several issues that have been brought up to him during his time on the campaign trail.



Nauta is a semi-retired military veteran who decided to run because he felt like he still had something to offer. Living on a military pension and Social Security has helped Nauta identify with district residents who sit at the kitchen table trying to pay their bills.



Jacque and Nauta are trying to unseat current State Senator Caleb Frostman, who is running unopposed in the Democratic primary. The fall primary will take place on August 14.

American Young bringing back more Nashville for inaugural Washington Island festival

By Tim Kowols       

After performing on the island last year, country music duo American Young knew they had to bring more friends with them when they eventually came back. American Young will headline the inaugural Door of the Dead Songwriters Festival this weekend on Washington Island. In addition to a Saturday night concert at the Trueblood Performing Arts Center, members Kristy Osmunson and Jon Stone will have several other Nashville artists with them in tow for other events during the weekend. Osmunson is hopeful fans and songwriters will head to the "Key West of the North."



The Door of the Dead Festival will also feature an event at Fiddlers Green on Friday night and at the Red Cup on Saturday morning.

 

Buy your tickets here

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Kewaunee County dairy exhibitors earn top prize at Wisconsin State Fair

By Tim Kowols       

Dairy exhibitors from Kewaunee County will be returning home with plenty of awards after a successful weekend at the Wisconsin State Fair.  The  16-member dairy exhibition team, which included Michael Moede, Carmen Haack, Justin Gaedtke, Mikayla Knorn, Taylor Paye, and Megan Moede,  earned first place for their  educational display and fifth place in herdsmanship. Their herd of 32 cows earned 15 major awards, including Michael's Supreme Champion Cow and Supreme Champion Bred and Owned Cow, which is awarded to the best of the best. Michael says it is a testament to the hard work everyone puts into their projects in Kewaunee County.



Haack took first in the Dairy Knowledge Masters Contest, also adding a scholarship and a production award for her Red and White Holstein. Kewaunee County Goat exhibitors performed well in their own category, taking second in education display and third in herdsmanship. The Wisconsin State Fair runs through Sunday.

 

Pictures courtesy of Aerica Bjurstrom

Nicolet National Bank breaks ground in Sturgeon Bay

By Tim Kowols       

Over 100 employees, distinguished guests, and community members congregated on the corner of 4th and Jefferson in Sturgeon Bay Tuesday morning to mark the beginning of a new era for Nicolet National Bank. The Green Bay-based bank broke ground on the new city branch across the street from its former location, which had grown to be too big for its 32 employees. Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking and Door County branch leader Jamie Alberts says the new building will help Nicolet National Bank be more efficient in how they serve their customers in Sturgeon Bay.



The new Sturgeon Bay branch is expected to open in May 2019. Alberts says while the Door County Community Foundation will move into its former conference center and clock tower space, it is still looking for a buyer for its three-story building.

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A U.S. Coast Guard cutter named after a Lake Michigan city makes its presence known world wide

By Terry Kovarik              

One of the key attractions at Sturgeon Bay's Maritime week is the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter "Escanaba", which is named after Escanaba, Michigan. The 270-foot long vessel calls Boston its home port. It's primary missions are to aid commercial fishing and thwart drug smuggling efforts in the Caribbean Sea. But one of the ship's commanders says Escanaba also handles humanitarian missions.

 



 

The cutter "Escanaba" is the third ship to have that name. The first "Escanaba" was sunk by a mine or enemy torpedo while escorting a convoy off of Newfoundland . All but two of the 105-man crew were killed. Among the casualties were four Door County men.

Enlisting Door County property owners in the fight against Phragmites

By Terry Kovarik              

The Door County Soil and Water Conservation Department is actively involved in the fight against invasive weed species. Topping the hit list are Phragmites. Wild Parsnip, Common Cut Leaved Teasel and Japanese Knotweed. But the department has been limited to controlling and tracking these invasive weeds on public property and roads and highways. Now the department is trying to enlist private property owners to fight Phragmites and other plants. Department Conservationist Krista Lutzke says the department offers property owners assistance in identifying invasive weed and taking action.

 



 

Participating property owners can also get GPS trackers to pinpoint the weed's exact locations.
Lutzke says that will help the Soil and Conservation Department create a data base and help communities plan future strategies.

If you want to vote in the August 14 primary, don't worry about a suspended drivers license

By Terry Kovarik              

Wisconsin voters will chose candidates for governor, U.S. Senator and other elective offices August 14. But voters who've had their driving privileges suspend are not out of the election process. Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles Administrator Kristina Boardman says all that's important is that you have a photo ID.

 



 

Boardman says a suspended license can also be used to register to vote at the polls.

Eagle Tower on target for 2019 opening

By Paul Schmitt    

The plans for the new 60-foot observation tower that is to be constructed at Peninsula State Park in Fish Creek are moving along well, according to Steve Strucely of the Friends of Peninsula State Park.   The Eagle Tower Fund Committee has raised the necessary $750,000 to get the state matching funds to help offset the estimated $2.1 million cost to replace Eagle Tower.  Strucely says he was just updated by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources last week on the next step.



 

The original Eagle Tower was dismantled two years ago over public safety concerns of its structural integrity.  The 84-year-old tower was closed to the public in May of 2015.

Algoma hosting a Crescent Beach Citizen Engagement meeting

By Paul Schmitt    

One of the most valuable resources in Algoma will be up to discussion for public input on August 20.  The JJR SmithGroup will be having a Citizen Engagement meeting in two weeks to look at options for the overall design vision for Crescent Beach.  Sara Krouse of the Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce says Crescent Beach is maintained with the help of many people.



 

The meeting is set for 1 pm on Monday, August 20 and will be held at Algoma City Hall.  The next step in the sanitary outfall project will take place at the meeting as well, according to a release by the City of Algoma.

Egg Harbor set for Small Community Forum this Thursday

By Paul Schmitt    

The Village of Egg Harbor has the distinction of hosting a small community forum this Thursday.  The regional forum will be held at the Kress Pavilion in the Egg Harbor Library from 10:30 in the morning until 3:30 in the afternoon.  Village Administrator Ryan Heise shares who are welcome to participate in the workshop.



 

Heise says he is excited that Egg Harbor was chosen as one of the regional sites and expects to gain valuable information that can be implemented.  The forum is designed for community leaders from populations of 2,500 or fewer.

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Food Project attorney sharing legal approach to factory farm impact Thursday

By Paul Schmitt    

The attorney for the Food Project at Public Justice in Washington, D.C. will be speaking in Sturgeon Bay Thursday.  Jessica Culpepper will be at Crossroads at Big Creek and address the legal approach people can take to address the drinking water impacts from industrial animal agriculture.  She says people must be motivated to make change happen.



 

Culpepper, who went to Georgetown University for environmental law and is currently practicing in North Carolina, will explain how factory farms can be held legally accountable to the communities they have polluted and bear the costs of proper waste management.  The Door County Environmental Council is hosting the one-hour presentation that is free and open to the public starting at 7 pm Thursday.

(photo courtesy of Public Justice)

Rangers returning to state park patrols to ensure safety and save taxpayers money

By Terry Kovarik              

Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources is putting rangers back on law enforcement duty in state parks, including Potawatomi State Park and Peninsula State Park. Law enforcement credentials had been take n from rangers and reassigned to conservation wardens. That move had been an attempt to reduce costs. But many wardens had to drive across the state to handle park duties. DNR Director of Parks and Recreation Management Ben Bergey says giving back enforcement credential to rangers was more cost effective.

 



 

The rangers will return to all state parks starting next summer.

Public comment wanted on new electric power line through Plum Island

By Terry Kovarik              

Washington Island Electric Cooperative is seeking a right-of-way for a new 35-kilovolt electric line. That right of way would go through Plum Island, which is part of the Green Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comment on the right-of-way proposal. It would replace a power line that failed June 15. Washington Island Electric Cooperative Manager Robert Cornell says the right-of-way would provide a straight path by submerging the line from the mainland to Plum Island, burying it underground there and submerging the line to Washington Island. He says that would greatly reduce the conditions that caused the first line's failure.

 



 

People can share their thoughts on the Electric Cooperative's request and learn more about the proposal at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/green_bay/

At 150-years old Eagle Bluff Lighthouse still vital to navigation

By Terry Kovarik              

It's 150-years since the light was lit at Eagle Bluff Lighthouse. During that time, the lighthouse has gone from being staffed by a full-time lighthouse keeper to an automated electric light. While it guided ships through dangerous shoals and helped them navigate treacherous surf, modern ships have global positioning systems and other high tech aids. But U.S. Coast veteran Bob Desh says Eagle Bluff remains a valuable tool for mariners.



Desh says each lighthouse has its own light flashing pattern which continues to let commercial and recreational sailors pinpoint their location.

A permanent exhibit of rare Paleo-Indian artifacts comes at the right time

By Terry Kovarik              

Darrel Cardy and his family have farmed Door County and served as amateur archaeologists. For four generations, the Cardy family had been digging up pre-historic spear points and other artifacts. Then he learned the artifacts were similar to those found in New Mexico. That made them between 10-thousand and 12-thousand years old. Cardy took his finds on the lecture circuit. But now he's glad they'll have a permanent home at the Door County Historical Museum.

 



The Cardy exhibit opens August 18.

A natural experience for visitors at the Horseshoe Bay Cave tour

By Terry Kovarik              

The annual Horseshoe Bay Cave tour was an overwhelming success. Organizers say, as of Sunday, 25 people were on the waiting list. Access to Horseshoe Bay is limited for most of the year because of groundwater flowing through the cave and to protect the habitat for brown bats. In August, the waters dry up momentarily. And that gives visitors like Bill Kephart of Aurora, Illinois, who has visited other caves, a unique and natural experience.

 



Kephart might have missed out on his experience at Horseshoe Bay cave. He admits he went with a friend who was looking for a new adventure...and found it.

Horseshoe Bay Cave visitors see just how Door County's groundwater is at risk

By Terry Kovarik              

Those who took the time to see a cave in its natural state also got some insight into how surface contaminants can easily pollute groundwater. The Horseshoe Bay Cave tour gave visitors a view of the bedrock formations. And retired Door County Conservationist William Schuster says people will now understand how fragile the groundwater system can be.

 



The Horseshoe Bay Cave was open to the public for guided tours this past weekend.

A good attitude can keep you physically and financially healthy

By Terry Kovarik              

Studies show it's best not to go grocery shopping when you're hungry. The end result is spending far more than expected. On this morning's "Money Management Monday" program on Door County Daily News, Gay Pustaver says it's also best not to resort to retail therapy when you're feeling down. She says for some people impulse buying can provided a quick emotion boost...until you look at the bottom line.

 



Pustaver says when you feel the urge to impulse buy it's best to stop, step away and think about what's really going on emotionally.

Door County Public Library concert moved

By Terry Kovarik              

The Door County Public Library is moving this afternoon's "Birch Creek Jazz Ambassadors" concert due to threatening weather. The concert, which had been scheduled for 12:00 noon at Martin Park in Sturgeon Bay, will now be held at the Miller Art Museum. Chairs will be set up in so you can leave your folding chair at home or in your vehicle.

Some rare Paleo-Indian stone tools found in Sturgeon Bay become a permanent museum exhibit

By Terry Kovarik              

Darrel Cardy's family legacy will soon become a permanent exhibit at the Door County Historical Society Museum. For over four-generations his family found various stone spear points, flake tools and other artifacts on their farm. Darrel was certain they were similar to some 10-thousand to 12-thousand year old artifacts found in Clovis, New Mexico. In 1959, the Wisconsin State Historical Museum said Cardy's spear points couldn't be from the same time frame. Wisconsin would have been at the end of the Ice Age. Still, researchers made some pencil drawings of Cardy's spear points. During a 2003 dig on the property, archaeologist David Overstreet came to a different conclusion.

 



The Cardy site exhibit opens August 18th at the Door County Historical Museum. Darrel Cardy will be on hand to answer questions about his family'sunique, multi-generational finds.

Horseshoe Bay Cave tours leave visitors with a realistic view of caves

By Terry Kovarik              

This year's limited tours of the Horseshoe Bay Cave were a sellout. In fact, organizers say 25people were on the waiting list for the last day of tours. Horseshoe Bay Cave is only open in August because there's no water run-off trickling through the cave. The tour gave visitors from Door County and beyond a chance to see a cave as it is and not like some other tourist attractions that have easy access.

 



Retired Door County Conservationist William Schuster hopes those visitors who were able to take the tour get a lesson in groundwater polllution.

 



Giving and getting mutual aid for large scale wildfires

By Terry Kovarik              



The battle against the type of wildfires burning in the western United States and in Ontario require assistance from across the nation. In the past, that's included fire fighters from Northeast Wisconsin. Regionally, Wisconsin is part of the Great Lakes Fire Compact, which pool fire fighters and equipment to be dispatched as needed. Chad Gottbeheut, Forest Fire Operations Specialist with the Department of Natural Resources explains how it benefits everyone involved.

 



 

As of last week, 34 Wisconsin DNR fire fighters were assisting in the efforts to control the wildfires out west.

Visitors to Kewaunee's Bruemmer Park Zoo will soon see pheasants of the world

By Terry Kovarik              

Kewaunee County continues its efforts to refurbish the Bruemmer Park Zoo. Past work has included an upgraded deer exhibit. Future efforts will include expanding the pheasant exhibit. While most of us are familiar with the ring-tailed pheasants, Kewaunee County Promotions and Recreation Director Dave Myers says the expanded exhibit will open a lot of eyes to many other species.

 



 

To raise money for future improvements, Bruemmer Park Zoo will hold its' annual Zoobilee on October 6.

Teens who do not drive call out distracted drivers

By Terry Kovarik              

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is trying to reach inattentive drivers with help from those who are too young to drive. The D-O-T is now airing a TV spot produced by middle school students from Oneida. It started as a class project after students saw teens with drivers licenses and even adults putting on make-up, eating or talking or texting on phones while behind the wheel. D-O-T spokesman Mark Kantola says the ads release comes at a perfect time.

 



 

The D-O-T says out of 19-thousand-500 distracted driving crashes in Wisconsin, teenage drivers involved in nearly 3,800.

Legislation could make palliative and hospice training more attractive to healthcare professionals

By Terry Kovarik              



Congress is currently considering a bill to strengthen training for health care professionals in palliative and hospice care. The bill would make it easier for current healthcare professionals to improve their skills. But Alisa Gerke, Executive Director of Unity Hospice in Sturgeon Bay believes having access to such training could attract more health care professionals to the field and rural hospice facilities.

 



 

The Palliative Care and Hospice Education Act is now being sent to the U.S. Senate for consideration. The bill passed the House of Representatives unanimously.

Local recruiting for law enforcement officers follows national downward trend. But one agency is hopeful

By Terry Kovarik              

Police and sheriff's departments nationwide are falling short when it comes to replacing retiring police officers. Law enforcement agencies in large and small communities alike are having trouble finding enough qualified candidates to fill openings. The reasons range from the availability of higher paying, less stressful jobs to a rash of negative publicity about police officers. But Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski says what he's not seeing in quantity he's seeing in quality.

 



 

Joski says among the qualified candidates he's heard from are officers from larger cities attracted to small town living.

Author says wildfires similar to 1871 blazes could happen in parts of Wisconsin but less likely in N.E. Wisconsin

By Terry Kovarik              

The rash of wildfires in western states and the so-called "firenados" generated by them bears many similarities to the deadly 1871 firestorms that struck Peshtigo and Door County. Green Bay Metro Fire Fighter David Siegel, who wrote a book on changes in firefighting strategies before and after the firestorms, says under similar drought conditions heavily forested areas in Wisconsin can be vulnerable to such fires. But in Door County and most of Northeast Wisconsin the risk is much lower.

 



 

Siegel says the firestorms of 1871 were studied by the U.S. military during World War II. Where similar conditions existed in Europe and Japan at that time, bombing missions were timed to generate fire storms.

Youth show pride in their animals during Door County Fair

By Tim Kowols       

Hundreds of animals got a chance to strut their stuff and make their owners proud during the Door County Fair this weekend. The majority of the exhibitors got a chance to enter the show ring in front of judges Friday and Saturday. Ashley Larson and her sister April showed pigs including the grand champion. They both learned a lot about showing their animals this summer.



Saturday night was a cheerful goodbye for many of the youth showing as the Quality Market Animal Sale took place, where the animals they have been working with were sold. While much of the money earned at the sale usually goes into college savings accounts, Lindsay Schuh told DoorCountyDailyNews.com before the sale that the check she earns from her organic red Angus steer will go to DOORCANcer.



Sunday marks the final day of the Door County Fair.

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Altrusa gives back in its annual Back to School Fair

By Tim Kowols       

For Altrusa Door County member Nancy Kexel-Calabresa, it is all about the smiles she sees when families walk through the organization's Back to School Fair. An estimated 450 families went to Sturgeon Bay High School Saturday to pick up supplies they otherwise may not have been able to afford. Each student receives a backpack, school supplies, toiletries, and other items before writing thank you notes to the donors that made the day possible. Kexel-Calabresa says the joy she and other volunteers get from hosting the Back to School Fair never gets old.



Over 150 students that could not make the Back to School Fair will still receive a backpack full of school supplies and other items at an estimated value of $150 per child. Altrusa Door County fundraises year-round to help put on the annual Back to School Fair, which has been serving local families for over 20 years.

Coast Guard members celebrate past and present at annual picnic

By Tim Kowols       

The United States Coast Guard celebrated its 228th year as a military branch and over 130 years in Sturgeon Bay Saturday with the annual Salute to the Coast Guard picnic. Hosted by Sturgeon Bay's Coast Guard Steering Committee, the event allowed close to 80 retired and active duty members of the Coast Guard and their families connect with each other. Committee member and Coast Guard veteran Bob Desh says the connection between the branch and the city is special.



The picnic serves as a kick-off to Sturgeon Bay Maritime Week. Coast Guard cutters Neah Bay and Escanaba will dock in Sturgeon Bay this week as a part of the festivities.

Adopt-a-Soldier celebrates community support

By Tim Kowols       

Adopt-a-Soldier Door County founder Nancy Hutchinson had several opportunities Saturday to stand back and take in the generosity of the community. The day started down street from its Martin Park set-up where the Sturgeon Bay Fire Department hosted a pancake breakfast raising funds for the organization. After the local AMVETS group posted the colors, a check for $20,000 was presented to Hutchinson and Adopt-a-Soldier after Tee It Up for the Troops hosted a golf tournament in Egg Harbor. As people enjoyed the music and the food at Martin Park, Hutchinson was thankful for the support the community has shown her.



It will be back to packing boxes this week for Hutchinson as she hopes to send the next round of care packages to local soldier to celebrate Labor Day.

Transporting your Kayak--Series V

By Bill Schultz-- guest correspondent   

When I talk with potential kayak anglers, after asking what type of fishing and where they plan to fish, I always ask them how they plan to transport their fishing kayak.  Many have thought about it, but, many have not.

 

Most traditional sit-on-top fishing kayaks are going to weigh 65 to 90 pounds without the seat. And, self-propelled boats will weigh closer to 100 or more pounds.  With kayak fishing and kayaking in general taking off, all the top companies have developed great roof rack systems for your car, van or SUV.  Some even have lifts that will assist you in getting your kayak on top. If you have a truck, you're all set and can put the kayak in the bed, and if your kayak is longer, attach an extension that fits in a trailer hitch. There's something out there for everyone.

 

In 2010 I began using the Malone MicroSport trailer. This has made the transport of my fishing kayaks extremely easy, and, in many cases it is so nice to just back the trailer to the water at a ramp and slide the kayak into the water.  These trailers are lightweight and can be pulled by small vehicles.  Many times, you can get close to the water, but will then need to get the kayak from the vehicle to the water. This is when using a lightweight two-wheel cart that you strap the kayak might be necessary, especially if you are alone.

 

So, when buying that fishing or recreational kayak, be sure to consider how you plan to transport it.  The outfitter you are dealing with will be a great resource and likely have products to look at. As always, if you have any questions, please email me at kayakfishingwisconsin@gmail.com

Shanty Days 5K continues to pick up the pace after 25 years

By Tim Kowols       

Celebrating its silver anniversary next weekend, the Shanty Days 5K has been gold for the city and the area running community. Former Algoma cross country coach Jerry Matuszek started the race back in 1993 before turning the reins over to Rob and Jody Anderson. According to Rob Anderson, the race went from near extinction to thriving with over 500 participants last year. He credits a dramatic course change from the industrial park to the lakefront and implementing technology like chip timing and online registration to its growth. Anderson says even more important than the health benefits for the participants are the smiles he sees on their faces when they finish. He credits a random appearance by an unknown person dressed as Spider-Man for helping their Kids Superhero Race grow.



Both events take place next Saturday morning near the Algoma Marina.

 

Click here to register

Master Gardners to show training films as part of Tuesday education series

By Tim Kowols       

The Door County Master Gardeners are taking their Tuesdays at the Garden Door inside on August 14 to discuss composting and integrated pest management. The topics are part of the Master Gardener training video series, which is a crucial part of the education required to learn what it takes to be a Master Gardener. While the class is still necessary, Carrie Sherrill from the Door County Master Gardeners says the online videos give great information before they add local topics.



The next meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at the UW Peninsular Agricultural Research Station in Sturgeon Bay.

Town of Gardner cleaning up ordinances at next meeting

By Tim Kowols       

The town board for Gardner will spend a portion of their next meeting tying up loose ends with a trio of ordinances that have been in effect. Ordinances, like having a map available with the location of sex offenders in the town and keeping a yard tidy, were passed by previous boards only to lack the follow through to make it legally binding in some cases. Town chairperson Mark Stevenson says they are going through other ordinances for similar issues.



The Gardner Town Board will meet on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at its town hall.

Safe Kids Door County Day set for August 18

By Paul Schmitt    



 

Two events are coming together his year to help educate children and families on important safety topics.  Safe Kids Day is partnering with Emergency Vehicle Day on Saturday, August 18 at the Door County Fairgrounds.  Chelsea Smies from the Door County Public Health Department shares what is in store for families and visitors in a couple weeks.



 

Smies says that the civil air control and a helicopter will be on site in the morning for people to check out.   New this year, Door County Public Health and Door County Soil and Water Conservation will have an interactive booth on groundwater safety that shows how water can become contaminated.  The 2nd Annual Safe Kids Day will be from 10 am until 2 pm at the Door County Fairgrounds at John Miles Park in Sturgeon Bay.

DCEDC leader settling into new position by reaching out

By Paul Schmitt    

Jim Schuessler, the new executive director of the Door County Economic Development Corporation, is spending over half of his time getting out and interacting with business owners in the industrial, retail and restaurant setting.  Schuessler, who started with the DCEDC on July 16, says it is important to spend more time in the community than behind a desk.



 

Schuessler spent Friday with the Vernon County Economic Association in western Wisconsin meeting with officials of a successful retail incubator and food/beverage accelerator.  He hopes to bring the new ideas gathered there to Door County and help impact local businesses and industries.

Birch Creek Jazz Ambassadors featured Monday at Martin Park in Sturgeon Bay

By Paul Schmitt    

The Door County Library is sponsoring the last in the series of free summer concerts in Sturgeon Bay during the noon hour Monday.  The concert, part of the Summer Reading Program, Libraries Rock, will be held at Martin Park and feature the Birch Creek Jazz Ambassadors.  Sturgeon Bay Youth Services Librarian Beth Lokken says the entire weekly music series has gone over very well the last month.



 

People are encouraged to bring a chair, lunch and enjoy some great local music, according to Lokken.  The rain location is the Miller Art Museum within the Sturgeon Bay Library.  The free concert series is made possible by the Friends of Door County Libraries.

(Photo courtesy of birchcreek.org)

Door Peninsula offers many scenic routes for bicyclists

By Paul Schmitt    

Door County residents and visitors have plenty of options when it comes to traveling the area by bicycle.  The Door County Silent Sports Alliance schedules many evening bike rides weekly throughout the area.  Member Randy Sahs shares some of the safer and more scenic routes that are off the main roads.



 

Sahs recommends all bicyclists to wear helmets and bright colored clothing when out on their trek.  He says all riders should have a blinking taillight and headlight that can be seen from over 400 feet away for added visibility.

Study links agricultural contamination to antibiotic resistant genes in Kewaunee County

By Tim Kowols       

Sediment in Kewaunee County rivers could harbor antibiotic-resistant genes caused by agricultural contamination according to a Marquette University study. Researchers collected data from 20 different watershed sites located by Kewaunee County confined animal feeding operations (CAFO) multiple times from July 2016 to May 2017. It found the number of antibiotic-resistant genes would jump during periods of field fertilization in the county when antibiotics used to treat sick animals could be spread by manure. Field runoff would then bring excess waste into area water streams and even sit in the sediment. Lynn Utesch from Kewaunee CARES says the study shows health care professionals where they need to start looking when patients are admitted with diseases resistant to antibiotics.



The report, which is posted below, also confirms previous studies showing the impact non-point agricultural pollution has on the surface waters in Kewaunee County. The three watersheds tested during the yearlong study all appear on the state's impaired waters list.

 

Maritime Week sets sail Saturday

By Tim Kowols       

Sturgeon Bay emphasizes its Wisconsin Coast Guard City status when it begins celebrating Maritime Week on Saturday. The city's connection to the United States Coast Guard is celebrated several times during the nine-day run, highlighted by Saturday's Salute to the Coast Guard picnic, Monday's memorial service, and Tuesday's presentation of the USCG Person of the Year and Mariner awards. Carrie Dorski from the Door County Maritime Museum says it has become an important event for the area.



Maritime Week features an activity every day through August 12, which is the final day of the Door County Maritime Museum's Classic and Wooden Boat Festival. You can find the complete schedule online with this story.

 

Click Here for Maritime Week schedule

Sturgeon Bay officials look for answers on granary during Tuesday meeting

By Tim Kowols       

Over 130 days after it moved across the river to the east side, Sturgeon Bay officials have questions about the future of the Teweles and Brandeis grain elevator. Back in March, the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society requested 60-90 days to form a plan for the structure once it was moved to an east side parcel owned by developer Peter Moede. City administrator Josh VanLieshout says the discussion will help the city try to learn more about what is being planned when it is brought up during Tuesday's Common Council meeting.



Crews from Drury Designs started installing windows and fixing the roof last week in efforts to close up the building in order to begin powerwashing the inside.  The Sturgeon Bay Common Council will also vote on a resolution to support new dark store legislation and discuss the formation of an ad-hoc west side waterfront planning committee when it meets at 7 p.m at city hall.

Southern Door teacher opts to incorporate, not #disrupttexts

By Tim Kowols       

While others in her field are challenging the canons of high school literature classes on Twitter this summer, a Southern Door High School teacher has a different approach. The #disrupttexts movement began a month ago when four teachers took to Twitter with a hashtag to discuss the relevancy of some books that have been a part of high school curriculums for decades. Some of the books that have been featured in discussions include The Crucible and The Great Gatsby. Literature teacher Beth Huntley likes that the books are stimulating conversation and uses them to connect students to other more contemporary texts. She believes some of the themes in the books, no matter how old they may be, still have importance today.



Huntley says teachers consider the text's themes, where they live and the strength of their students when choosing a book for their curriculum.

Four brothers experience Old Glory Honor Flight together

By Paul Schmitt    

U.S. Navy Veteran Gary Bellin of Sturgeon Bay had a unique opportunity to take the Old Glory Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. last Friday with his three brothers.  The day was even more special when it included departure and return to the EAA grounds in Oshkosh. Bellin, a corpsman who served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, traveled with his brothers Bernie, Bob and Ron who also served in the military during that era.  A special greeting party was on hand at the airport when they arrived in D.C., according to Bellin.



 

Bellin says the highlight of the day was visiting the many memorials with his brothers and being warmly greeted by thousands of cheering people at the EAA after the return flight.  The Old Glory Honor Flight is dedicated to transporting local World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans for one-day, memorable tours of Washington, D.C.

 

[photo submitted:  (L-R) Adam Bellin, Bernard Bellin, Bob Bellin, Gary Bellin, Ron Bellin, Brad Bellin]

Former Big Brothers Big Sisters of Door County stay involved in program

By Paul Schmitt    

The Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program in Door County is making a difference even after the participant's commitment is over.   Former "Bigs" are reconnecting this summer with their "littles" after leaving the program for college.  Patty O'Rourke, the Door County coordinator says she often has Big Brothers or Big Sisters wanting to continue the relationship with the younger person they mentored even after they go on to college.



 

Southern Door school had 65 matches this past year with over 100 matches in Door County as a whole for Big Brothers Big Sisters, according to O'Rourke.  You can find contact information to become a part of the Door County Big Brother Big Sister program below.

 

Patty O'Rourke: (920) 489-3545

Eggy Bikes rolling along smoothly in Egg Harbor

By Terry Kovarik              

As Green Bay introduces its bike rental program, Egg Harbor's "Eggy" bike share program is rolling along just fine. The "Eggy" bike program, which can best be called "grab and go" biking , is in its second year of operation. Anyone from full-time residents to visitors can take one of the bright green bikes from four different locations and start peddling. Sponsorship by local businesses allowed the service to go from eight bikes when it started last year to 17 now. Village Administrator Ryan Heise says one thing the free "Eggy" bike program shares with Green Bay's rental bikes is regular maintenance.

 



 

Heise says the "Eggy" bike program is also run on the honor system and it's paid off. Last year all of the bikes in the program were still accounted for at the end of the tourism season.

Horseshoe Bay Cave tours offered this weekend--TOURS FILLED

By Paul Schmitt    

The Horseshoe Bay Cave will be open for public tours this weekend in Door County.  According to the Door County Parks Department, the 45 minute guided tours will begin at 9:00 am both days, concluding at 3 pm on Saturday and noon on Sunday.  Gary Soule of Sturgeon Bay, a member of the Wisconsin Speleological Society who has explored Horseshoe Bay Cave in the past, says he and George Pinney, the late Door County Parks Director, set out to possibly make the cave a future tourist attraction.



 

Reservations are not required but are recommended to ensure a spot on the cave tour.  Groups are limited to twelve people including staff.  You can find complete tour information through the Door County Parks Department below.

 

Public Release:

The County of Door is pleased to announce that public tour(s) of Horseshoe Bay Cave

will be conducted on Saturday, August 04, 2018, between 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. and

Sunday, August 05, 2018 between 8:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Reservations are not

required, but are recommended to ensure a spot on the cave tour. You may make

reservations by visiting, calling or emailing the Door County Parks Department at

3538 Park Drive, Sturgeon Bay, WI;

(920) 746-9959 or email: dcparks@co.door.wi.us. Office hours are Monday – Friday

from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tours will depart on the hour, commencing at 9:00 a.m. with the last tour departing at

3:00 p.m. Tour participants should arrive 30 minutes before the scheduled departure

time. Tours will last approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour and will include a brief

education presentation at the start and a question and answer session at the end of

the tour. Group sizes are limited to twelve persons, including staff. Youth under the

age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older on all tours. Cave

difficulty is easy to moderate, bending and crawling are required with uneven surfaces

but no vertical climbs or drops.

For further information, please call the Door County Parks Department or visit our

website at http://map.co.door.wi.us/parks/ and follow the links.

 

 

Sales tax holiday has more people upgrading their computers

By Terry Kovarik              

Wisconsin's sales tax holiday is boosting back to school shopping. But those looking to upgrade to newer desktop or laptop computers are also taking advantage of the savings. Erin Helgeson, co-owner of Quantum PC in Sturgeon Bay, says shoppers are learning that the timing and the prices are right.

 



 

Wisconsin's sales tax holiday applies to personal computers, clothing and school supplies. It runs through Sunday August 5.

Snow days here to stay in Door, Kewaunee Counties

By Tim Kowols       

A novel concept from a South Carolina school district is not swaying local superintendents to eliminate snow days in the near future. According to Newsweek, Anderson School District 5 will try "eLearning Days" instead of adding extra time at the end of the academic year. If it is unsafe for students to come to school, teachers will send assignments to them online. Kewaunee School District Superintendent Karen Treml is intrigued by the program, but says there are a lot of factors that would make it unfair for some students.



Poor road conditions forced local schools last year to cancel school or call for early dismissal several times last year, adding up to five total lost days of instruction in some cases.

Home gardeners need to practice safe food procedures

By Kaila Stencil, UW Extension Food WIse Nutrition Educator for Kewaunee County       

Are you a home gardener? If so, you are likely in the midst of harvesting produce from your garden after the many hours of planting, watering and weeding. There are a few things to keep in mind before eating produce to steer clear of harmful bacteria.


  • All produce should be thoroughly washed before eating. Wash produce under cold water right before eating, cutting or cooking. Even if you plan to peel the produce, it is still important to wash it first.

  • Washing fruits and vegetables with soap or detergent is not recommended. Do not use bleach. Use a produce brush and dry with a clean cloth or paper towel.

  • Be aware of the potential for garden tools, hands, clothes, shoes, or gloves to become contaminated when working with manures and composting materials.

  • Throw out cut fruits and vegetables if they have been sitting at room temperature for longer than two hours or at temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit for longer than 1 hour.


Washington Island Scandinavian Dance Festival celebrates for more than just heritage

By Tim Kowols       

Over 100 costumed dancers are expected to continue a Washington Island tradition Saturday when the 70th annual Scandinavian Dance Festival takes place. Started by a women's group at the island's Trinity Lutheran Church,  preparations for the day begin three weeks before as Island residents and vacationers attend classes to learn the dances and prepare their costumes. With dancers ranging in age from 3 to 80, Barb O'Connell says friendships formed during the practices and performances go beyond the confines of the Jacqueline Cornell Foss Memorial Stage.



The dancing begins on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.. Trinity Lutheran Church will host a Scandinavian worship service on Sunday.

Sturgeon Bay faces big challenge in finding new Finance Director/City Treasurer

By Terry Kovarik              

There's a rare and important job opening at Sturgeon Bay City Hall. Finance Director-City Treasurer Valerie Clarizio is stepping down effective August 10th. Clarizio has been with Sturgeon Bay for 20-years and is a Certified Public Accountant. City Personnel Committee Chair David Ward says that's going to a hard job to fill even on an interim basis.

 



 

Ward says even going outside the city limits to find a temporary replacement will not be easy.

 



 

The need for a Finance Direct-City treasurer comes just as Sturgeon Bay begins drafting a new city budget for the coming year.

Sturgeon Bay looks at Egg Harbor Road property for possible green space

By Terry Kovarik              

A seven-acre parcel on Egg Harbor Road is currently being used by some Sturgeon Bay residents as a de-facto park, even though it's not owned by the city. Now Sturgeon Bay is looking at the possibility of making it a park. The city Finance, Purchase and Building Committee is looking at the possibility of making an offer to purchase option on the Peil Property. A number of new apartment buildings are going up nearby. And Council member Laurel Hauser says the site would provide needed green space.

 



 

While the site would be left in its' natural state, Hauser says there's no specific plan currently. But the proposal would give the city first right of purchase and buy time to develop partnerships, develop a budget and apply for grants.

Bill to help hospice and palliative care doctors improve their skills is needed locally

By Terry Kovarik              

The U.S. House of Representatives has unanimously approved a bill that would help doctors and other healthcare professional upgrade their skills in providing hospice and palliative care. The Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act would also increase palliative care research and provide incentives to draw more healthcare professional into the field. Unity Hospice Executive Director Alisa Gerke calls it a winning concept, especially for rural areas like Door County.

 



 

The bill now goes to the U.S. Senate for consideration.

Liberty Grove bans most out-of-town manure

By Tim Kowols       

The town of Liberty Grove approved a new ordinance Wednesday effectively banning manure produced outside of its boundaries. The board voted 4-1 to prohibit the practice of spreading the out-of-town, unmanipulated manure to help battle against possible groundwater contamination. Three people spoke in favor of the ordinance and no one dissented. Town board member Lou Covotsos says the lone "no" vote felt like the ordinance did not go far enough, something he says could have been interpreted as overreaching.



Covotsos says he is not sure if Liberty Grove's actions will cause a domino effect in the county, but believes similar ordinances could help everybody's water supply in the long run.

Door County Fair gets underway in Sturgeon Bay

By Tim Kowols       

It is officially show time for the 147th Door County Fair as it got underway on Wednesday. Junior Fair participants had their first face-to-face judging sessions in 21 different categories before wrapping up with the dog obedience show. Door County 4-H educator Dawn Vandevoort says even projects of yesteryear are being shown to celebrate the organization's 100th anniversary.



Opening day can be stressful, but Door County Fair Board President Tim Ash is thankful for the people that make it successful, including new Fair Secretary Sara Mueller.



The Door County Fair runs through August 5.

Click here for judging schedule for Door County Fair

Librarians work to give some Algoma students the tools to learn

By Terry Kovarik              

Wisconsin's state sales tax holiday is underway. So, the Algoma Public Library is asking parents to consider picking up and extra box of pens or a pad of paper to help families with limited means. The library and the Algoma Optimists Club are holding the annual school supply drive. Adult Services Librarian Katie Haasch says some families struggle to get all the required supplies on the district issued shopping list. So donor can help with the basics.



Haasch says such donations often give teachers a break.



Nicolet Bank Tall Ships layover becomes more popular in Sturgeon Bay

By Terry Kovarik              

The tall ships will be returning to Sturgeon Bay next summer. That's already generating a lot of excitement. The 2019 Nicolet Bank Tall Ships Festival will run July 26 through July 28 in Green Bay. After that the next port of call will be Sturgeon Bay for a one day layover July 30. Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center Executive Director Pam Siler says the festival is expected to generate just as much excitement as it did in 2016.

 



 

This marks the sixth time the tall ships will be coming to Northeast Wisconsin.

Rain moves Harmony by the Bay Concert

By Terry Kovarik              



Tonight's Harmony by the Bay Concert is on the move for Wednesday night. The performance by the Spice Band is being moved from Martin Park to The Lodge at Leathan Smith due to rain. The concert begins at 7:00 P.M.

Door County YMCA reaching out as membership hits record high

By Paul Schmitt    

The Door County YMCA is working to be inclusive to the entire community.  Executive Director Tom Beerntsen says the YMCA is not an exclusive club and that the charitable contributions raised during the annual campaign goes towards fee assistance.



 

Beerntsen adds that the Door County YMCA reached a record high membership this summer with over 8700 members utilizing the facilities in Fish Creek and Sturgeon Bay.  You can find more information on joining the YMCA with this story online.

www.doorcountyymca.org

More funerals becoming shorter and more personalized

By Paul Schmitt    

The trends in funeral services are changing how families memorialize their loved ones.  While more funerals are being personalized, the traditional funeral process is being shortened, according to Laurie Schinderle of Schinderle Funeral Home in Algoma.  She says families are opting more for services to be done in one day.



 

Schinderle says many families have customized caskets inside and out to display interests and affiliations like military emblems and deer hunting themes.  She says more people are choosing cremation in order to schedule memorials later in the year to accommodate family and friends who live farther away.

Baby boomers urged to get tested for Hepatitis C

By Terry Kovarik              

Healthcare professionals in Wisconsin and nationwide are being urged to recommend Hepatitis C testing for their patients. Hepatitis-C, which is a liver disease, is being diagnosed more frequently among baby boomers, those born between 1945 and 1965. Without testing, many people in that age group may not know they have it. Sue Powers, Interim Manager-Health Officer with the Door County Public Health Department, says some boomers need to make Hep-C screening a priority.



Powers says Hepatitis-C's symptom include fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite and abdominal pain. Those can mimic other disorders. So health care professionals urge boomers to get tested to put their minds at ease.

Wisconsin Towns want Madison to Just Fix It when it comes to local road repair funding

By Terry Kovarik              



Township leaders state-wide are being asked by the Wisconsin Towns Association to pass a W-T-A sponsored resolution entitled "Just Fix It". The transportation resolution calls on the governor and state lawmakers for more state funding to help with local road repairs. Town of Brussels Clerk JoAnn Neinas says townships are struggling to fund repair work. Neinas believes the association would like to see all drivers help pay for their share of road use.



Neinas says state aid for local road repair hasn't been restored to 2011 levels, which were adjusted for inflation

Kewaunee County sheriff says guns from 3-D downloadable plan a risk to the public and users

By Terry Kovarik              

Plastic guns made from downloadable, 3-D computer plans remain illegal, for now. A federal judge has temporarily blocked such plans from being sold through websites. Supporters say such weapons help ensure 2nd Amendment Rights for people who may not have access to licensed gun dealers in their communities. Gun control advocates say the weapons are easier for criminals to obtain because there are no serial numbers. Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski says he's concerned for the safety of the public at large and those making the guns.

 



 

Sheriff Joski recommends people work with licensed dealers who carry firearms from established companies, which also test and ensure the reliability of the guns they sell.

Area fire departments dealing with less outdoor fires this summer

By Paul Schmitt    

Although California firefighters are currently battling some 16 wildfires, the Door Peninsula has avoided dealing with many outdoor fires this summer.  Brussels-Union-Gardner Assistant Fire Chief Jim Wautier says the southern part of Door County has been getting just enough rain to reduce the chances of fires breaking out.



 

According to Enviroweather, most areas of Door County received the average rainfall for the month of July of 2.5 inches.  Wautier still cautions people to make sure all campfires are extinguished completely and that any outside burning is done in a controlled setting with the proper permit acquired.

Shoppers get sales tax holiday break through Sunday

By Paul Schmitt    

Wisconsin families, including Door and Kewaunee counties, can save a little money by doing their back-to-school shopping in the next few days.  Now through August 5, consumers will not have to pay sales tax on school supplies, clothing, computers, and computer supplies.  The Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday is part of tax exemption signed into law by Governor Scott Walker back in April.  Any clothing or school supplies under $75 each as well as electronics $750 or less are included in the tax break.  According to the National Retail Foundation, the average family spends more than $600 on school supplies for children in elementary through high school.  The Sales Tax Holiday is estimated to save consumers a total of $14.8 million over the five days.

Highway 42 construction starts in city of Kewaunee

By Paul Schmitt    

Motorists will have to be a little more patient driving through Kewaunee in the next few months.  Construction work has started on Highway 42 to resurface the road between Miller Street and Duval Street.  Wisconsin Department of Transportation Regional Communications Manager Mark Kantola explains the work that will be done.



 

There will also be sidewalk and curb ramp improvements along with guard rails and limited lighting work Kantola adds that the road will stay open to at least one lane of traffic at all times during construction. He says motorists should slow down, be patient and be aware in the work zone. The $1.9 million project should be completed by the end of October, according to Kantola.

 

https://projects.511wi.gov/wis42kew/

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