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Southern Door 5th graders help CP Telethon set record

A tradition that goes back over 50 years continued this past Sunday when the Southern Door fifth-graders performed at the 70th Annual CP Telethon in Green Bay. Nearly 50 students performed two songs on stage and television before presenting a check for $38,343 to the Cerebral Palsy Center. Bridget Spude, a fifth-grade teacher at Southern Door Elementary School, says the individual efforts started months ago, and the hard work by the students every year is always appreciated, as well as the community support. 



The Southern Door Fifth grade class has raised over $50,000 in past years. Sunday's 2024 CP telethon held at WBAY TV studios raised a donation record of $1,469,772. 

Egg Harbor remains on pace as construction heads to second phase

State Highway 42 through Egg Harbor will remain open to local traffic, but you will still see some changes on the horizon as the village’s road construction project enters its second phase. The first phase of the STH 42 construction project focused on the village’s infrastructure as crews buried utility lines, installed sewer lines, and made other improvements. March 11th marks the start of the final segment of the village’s road construction project from Harbor School Road to County Highway E. 



The Village of Egg Harbor is hosting a public meeting on Thursday at the Kress Pavilion beginning at 6 p.m. to discuss the project schedule and what is expected to occur as the project progresses. 


BUG Fire battles two brush fires within minutes of each other

The Brussels-Union-Gardner Fire Department did not have to go far to tend to a pair of fires on Saturday afternoon. Just before 2 p.m., crews responded to a brush fire in the area of South Stevenson Pier Road. They were able to put out that fire in approximately 10 minutes. They were paged to a second brush fire on a different part of South Stevenson Pier Road. Approximately 200 yards of ditch burned because the fire crews were able to put it out in approximately 15 minutes with two brush trucks and an engine on the scene. It was the third such fire the department was involved with last week after a discarded cigarette was to blame for a grass fire last Tuesday. Last week’s snow did nothing to calm the threats of fires in Door and Kewaunee counties as they are still listed at a high level for danger. Several nearby counties, like Oconto and Marinette, were downgraded from high to low in the past week. 

Jacque enters race for U.S. Congress

You’ll find another familiar name in the race to replace Rep. Mike Gallagher.


State Senator Andre Jacque teased the announcement on Sunday before making good on it Monday morning, telling conservative radio talk show host Joe Giganti that he will run for Wisconsin’s Eighth Congressional District. During the appearance, he touted his conservative credentials, including his stances against COVID-19 shutdowns, border security, and excessive spending. On his newly launched campaign website, Jacque says, “Northeast Wisconsin deserves strong leadership in Congress that won’t surrender to pressure from liberal special interests and will stand up for our common sense conservative values.”


Jacque faced an interesting decision regardless of his choice to run for U.S. Congress after the newly approved legislative maps drew him out of State Senate District 1, which included Door and Kewaunee counties, which would have forced him to move.


He joins former Republican State Senator Roger Roth, who began his bid hours after Gallagher announced he would not seek a fifth term.

2024 Alice in Dairyland Finalist: Denmark's Katrina Hoesly

Ever since she was in kindergarten attending the World Dairy Expo, Denmark’s Katrina Hoesly has had her eyes on Alice in Dairyland. She admits that at the time, she did not know everything that it took to be that girl who graced the color shavings in Madison who was presenting the show’s Supreme Champion. Her involvement in agriculture has grown over the years, which included being a Wisconsin State FFA Officer. Now a student at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Marketing Communications and Agricultural Business, she is excited to potentially be that role model for other little girls in the state like Alice in Dairyland was for her.



Hoesly will compete against Fox Lake’s Cierra Essock, Oconomowoc’s Halei Heinzel, Kewaunee’s Kiley Pagel, Kiel’s Lauren Siemers, and Big Bend’s Michaela King for the title of Alice in Dairyland this May. Tickets for associated events with the Alice in Dairyland Finals go on sale on Monday. We will feature all six Alice in Dairyland Finalists this week. You can meet the current Alice in Dairyland Ashley Hagenow and support the program at a fundraising meat raffle at Apple Valley Lanes in Sturgeon Bay on March 9 from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m.


Southern Door graduate to on Wheel of Fortune Wednesday

When Pat Sajak spins the wheel and Vana White turns the letters this week on the TV show Wheel of Fortune, a Door County native will be competing for big money and prizes.


Southern Door’s 1981 graduate John Kipp will be a contestant on the popular show this Wednesday.  Kipp, who currently lives in Minnesota, was born and raised in Door County and has been a freelance product photographer for the past 35 years.


He sent in an audition tape to apply as a contestant last August and subsequently had a phone interview with a contestant coordinator and had two Zoom calls with producers playing the Wheel of Fortune game. 


After a long wait, Kipp finally received an email in January confirming that he was chosen as a possible contestant for the show.  One week later, he flew out to California where 18 other people were selected to be part of six shows being taped in one day.  The final taping was done at Sony Studios in Culver City, California.


Over 10,000 contestant applications are received every year for the Wheel of Fortune.


This was not Kipp’s first time as a game show contestant.  He competed on another game show called Mall Masters on the Game Show Network in 2000.


Kipp’s appearance on the Wheel of Fortune will be shown at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday on Fox 11 WLUK. 


(This story originally stated Tuesday for the show, it was corrected to Wednesday, we regret this error)

Sevastopol School District to explore adding on a third gym

Sevastopol School District officials are confident that if you build it, more groups would come to use a third gym if it was available. Superintendent Kyle Luedtke is looking to form a committee to explore creating a third gym on the school grounds that the district and the entire community could use. Luedtke says all options are being considered, but they will work with Bray Architects to provide some options and costs for a new facility. The district opted just to replace what was being torn down when voters approved a $25.1 million referendum in 2018. Luedtke adds that the community is driving this effort.

The committee will meet several times in the coming months before the district potentially puts the issue to the voters in April 2025. 

2024 Alice in Dairyland Finalist: Kewaunee's Kiley Pagel

Among the six 2024 Alice in Dairyland finalists announced last week in Egg Harbor, you may identify them as local. Kewaunee’s Kiley Pagel will graduate in May from UW-Green Bay with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. However, she is getting plenty of real-life experience as a marketing advisor for the Pagel Family Businesses, including its farming and cheesemaking operations. Advocating for agriculture is in her family’s blood, dating back to her late grandfather, John T. Pagel, one of the founding members of the Dairy Business Association and was associated with other similar organizations. She says it would be a privilege to serve as Alice in Dairyland and hopes to be able to secure the nod in her backyard.



Pagel will compete against Fox Lake’s Cierra Essock, Oconomowoc’s Halei Heinzel, Denmark’s Katrina Hoesly, Kiel’s Lauren Siemers, and Big Bend’s Michaela King for the title of Alice in Dairyland this May. Tickets for associated events with the Alice in Dairyland Finals go on sale on Monday. We will feature all six Alice in Dairyland Finalists this week.

Cobblestone Hotels seek development agreement extension

You may have to wait until the end of 2025 to check out Sturgeon Bay’s newest hotel. The Sturgeon Bay Common Council will act on a recommendation to approve an amended development agreement with Cobblestone Hotel Development LLC, which includes a completion deadline of December 31st, 2025. The group purchased the property near the intersection of Egg Harbor Road and N. 12th Avenue a few years ago and hoped to complete the project by the summer of 2025. Supply chain issues, rising interest rates, and higher construction costs are why Cobblestone Hotel Development LLC is asking for an extension. The Sturgeon Bay Common Council will also look to dissolve the Waterfront Redevelopment Authority and approve new floodplain zoning as a part of Tuesday’s meeting at 6 p.m. inside Sturgeon Bay City Hall.

Crossroads takes deeper look at NERR

Crossroads at Big Creek will host a special Fish Tales Lecture at 7:00pm on Thursday,  March 14 . Dr. Emily Tyner, Director of Freshwater Strategy – UWGB, will present “Research, monitoring, and outreach opportunities with a Bay of Green Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve." 

When Governor Evers requested the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA) to establish a National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) on the bay of Green Bay in 2019, it started a designation process that now includes natural areas in Sturgeon Bay.

The properties of Crossroads at Big Creek, the Door County Land Trust Ship Canal Preserve, and the Strawberry Creek properties of the Wisconsin DNR combined as one of the four natural areas requested by the Governor to be included in a Green Bay NERR Natural Areas. The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has been the lead state agency coordinating the designation process.

So, what is an estuary and why does it merit protection? And why are we at Crossroads so committed to be good stewards of our Cove Estuary Preserve? 

Most people think of an estuary as “a dynamic ecosystem having a connection to the open sea through which the sea enters with the rhythm of the tides” and that definition is accurate for most of the coastal NERR sanctuaries. But The Great Lakes do not have salt water. Lake Michigan does not have tides.

Or do they? Studies have shown that the Great Lakes do experience a tidal pattern twice a day, during which the water level changes. But this change is really tiny- only several inches during the largest tide.  These minor height changes are often obliterated by water level fluctuations caused by weather related factors such as wind, rain, air pressure and water currents.  As a result, the Great Lakes are generally considered “non-tidal”.

The freshwater estuaries of the Great Lakes offer unique combinations of ground water, rivers or streams and lake water.  In these places,   waters meet and mix. Consequently,  estuaries  offer unique and varied habitats to countless creatures.

We at Crossroads knew that The Cove Estuary was special way back when we were still a school forest, but at that time did not have the funds to purchase the land. 

Fortunately, in 2015, using individual donations and grant funding, we were able to purchase the 9- acre parcel that we now call The Cove Estuary Preserve. At that time, our goal was to protect the water of the estuary so pike, suckers and other fish could continue to spawn in Big Creek.

The Cove Estuary Preserve does not have a formalized trail network. It includes a variety of  of habitats including a sedge meadow, riparian forest, shrub car wetlands, and so much more. 


We knew that waterfowl used The Cove during migration and were pleased to learn that is was  designated as “a stopover of significance” in the Wisconsin DNR Migratory Bird Conservation Plan.

Crossroads at Big Creek is now on the verge of receiving a national focus as part of the NERR system.  Please join us on March 14th at 7:00pm to hear Emily Tyner explain how these new federal programs will benefit The Cove Estuary which we steward, and of the additional community benefits it will bring.

With the recent warm up Crossroads is excited to announce another season of its wetland monitoring program. On Saturday, March 9, from 9:00 to 11:00,  Crossroads will offer a training session for volunteers who wish to help monitor the health of our wetlands. Please visit the Crossroads website for details.

Both the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society and the Crossroads Family Program:  Saturday Science will be looking at the Sun this week.  Wait---we all know better than to look at the Sun. (Don’t fry your eyes) . But during Science Saturday, families will explore how storms on the Sun (which are becoming more numerous) can result in Northern Lights. And the lecture at the DPAS monthly meeting on will be on safely “Observing the Sun through a Telescope” presented by Jim Gallt.



 March 9

 9:00 am - 11:00 am Community Wetland Survey Team Field Training

Join our team as we monitor the health of our wetlands to better inform our management practices and share the importance of wetlands with our community.

This field training day will cover the details of the surveys for new volunteers and serve as a refresher for volunteers who helped last year.

We will be discussing survey sites, protocols, equipment, and resources for volunteers as well as assigning teams to their sites.  If this is something that interests you, or you have questions about the project, please contact for more information.

2:00 pm  FAMILY Program Science Saturdays: Auroras

This free family program is age-appropriate for elementary aged students, but learners of all ages are welcome to explore, through videos and hands-on demonstrations, how northern lights are created. Meet in the lab of the Collins Learning Center, Crossroads at Big Creek 2041 Michigan Street, Sturgeon Bay

TUESDAY, March 12

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Monthly Meeting of the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society.

Visitors are always welcome at DPAS Meetings. The program will focus on safely “Observing the Sun with a Telescope”. Meetings are held at the Ray and Ruthie Stonecipher Astronomy Center, 2200 Utah Street, Sturgeon Bay.


Thursday,  March 14

 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Fish Tales: Research, monitoring, and more with the Green Bay NERR  

Emily Tyner, Director of Freshwater Science at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, will present “Research, monitoring, and outreach opportunities with a Bay of Green Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR).”

Join us in-person at Crossroads at Big Creek.  To participate via ZOOM or Facebook Live, go to to find the link. Collin Learning Center. Crossroads at Big Creek 2041 Michigan Street, Sturgeon Bay, WI, United States

CredibleMind puts mental health resources at your fingertips

Addressing a significant gap between residents and mental health providers, local health leaders hope a new site can offer some help. On Friday, the Door County Department of Health and Human Services, the Door County Mental Health Focus Group, and Door County Medical Center announced the launch of CredibleMind, a free online mental well-being platform. The free online platform puts videos, podcasts, apps, online programs, books, and more right at your fingertips. One in five American adults suffers from mental illness, many of which cannot get the help they need. That’s especially true in Door County, where there is just one mental health provider for every 740 residents. Shauna Blackledge from the Door County Public Health Department hopes that residents find the site useful and can give them useful tips if they need assistance.

You can check out the site by clicking this link, where you can understand your mental health, take an assessment, and browse their library of resources.

Anatomy of a scam

Over the years, I have written numerous articles on the various scams and frauds that are reported to us, along with some helpful tips to avoid becoming a victim. Just this past week, I received a letter from a potential victim, who was not only smart enough to not be taken in, but actually took the time to transcribe the conversation. I thought this was a great bit of information, and I want to use this as an opportunity to discuss “The Anatomy of a Scam”


While the scam I will walk you through is what we would call “The Grandchild Scam”, most if not all scams follow the same methodology. The scam actually begins before the call is even answered in that the perpetrators are now using a method called “Cloning” to attach their call to a familiar number. Gone are the days when these calls would come in as “Unknown” or “Unlisted”. They realized that people were catching on to this, so they adapted. This provides a sense of legitimacy as the number may have a familiar area code or even the entire number. Also, as part of establishing legitimacy, they may or may not state a name. If they state a name, they most likely have done some research and actually have the correct name. This is where social media can be problematic. Be careful what you post. In other cases, they will just state “This is your Gandson/ Granddaughter”. Too often the potential victims will then give the name in an attempt to confirm.


The first step in any scam is to elevate the potential victim’s sense of emotion. In this case the caller stated “Grandma, I broke my leg in a car accident”. The general tactic here is that the greater the level of emotion, the lower the level of logic. This same approach is used when the caller states they from a law enforcement agency, the IRS, or in a positive way, a lottery representative with news of a big win. In all cases, elevating the potential victim’s emotional state is the goal.


The next step is isolation. The perpetrators know that if their potential victim, shares the story and request for money, those people will not have the same elevated emotion, and will view the entire situation with logic, thus drastically limiting the potential success of their scam. In this scam, the caller stated that she was in jail, as the other driver was pregnant (Not sure why that has any relevancy, but again, they are looking to keep the emotion elevated). She then goes on to state that she needs money for bail, but she asks that the potential victim not tell anyone as it could affect her job. For someone in a state of heightened emotion, this all may make perfect sense.


The final part is the actual transaction details. In this call, the perpetrator states that they will pick up the money. This of course should bring with it numerous safety concerns. Many times, this original plan, is shifted to having the potential victim either go to a bank to initiate a wire transfer, or a trip to a Walmart to purchase money cards, which will allow the transaction to take place more conveniently for the victim. In this case, the potential victim, was smart enough to see through it, and terminated the call.


It is important that when you do receive any call of such a nature, to end the call as soon as possible. The longer you stay on that call, the greater the chance that the caller will draw you into their story. I call this the difference between a “Hard Target” and a “Soft Target”. If the caller senses hesitation or an inclination in believing the story, they will turn up the pressure, or even call again. If you display a solid no-nonsense approach which is decisive and conclusive, they will most likely move on to someone else, who will be that “Soft Target” they are looking for.


I want to thank the wonderful community member who shared their story with me, so that I could share it with you. This is our greatest defense against such scams; our willingness to share stories. Even if you have actually been victimized by such scams, share that story. It may prevent future victimization.


Kewaunee resident among Alice finalists presented in Egg Harbor

The countdown is on for the Alice in Dairyland Finals in Door County, which officially began after the six finalists vying to succeed the current Alice, Ashley Hagenow, were introduced on Friday in Egg Harbor. Fox Lake’s Cierra Essock, Oconomowoc’s Halei Heinzel, Denmark’s Katrina Hoesly, Kewaunee’s Kiley Pagel, Kiel’s Lauren Siemers, and Big Bend’s Michaela King will all compete for the title of Alice in Dairyland this May. The role is a one-year, full-time public relations position with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). The girls all have different backgrounds and experiences that they can fall back on over the next two months, and Steering Committee Chair Denise Plassmeyer said she was impressed by all six of them when she met them for the first time.

Along with Hagenow, the six finalists will frequent Door County to get to know the area better ahead of completing the final May 2nd-4th. Tickets to some of the associated events go on sale on March 4th. The Alice in Dairyland Final Door County Steering Committee will also host a meat raffle fundraiser on March 9th at Apple Valley Lanes in Sturgeon Bay. We will feature each of the six finalists over the next week, or you can watch our individual interviews with them on our YouTube Channel.



ADRC begins work on Three-Year Aging Plan

The Door County Aging and Disability Resource Center needs your help crafting a plan for the next three years addressing aging in the area.


The state requires the counties’ ADRCs to complete a strategic plan that serves as a platform to create, improve, and expand services in the communities they serve. The survey helps the ADRC identify what they are doing right and where to improve. The last time the ADRC conducted this survey in 2021, it identified several goals to institute, such as expanding programming at its meal sites, expanding its Meals on Wheels program, addressing the caregiver and advocate shortages, and promoting education opportunities for fall protection. To participate in this survey, you can click this link or pick up a survey at the ADRC’s meal sites in Sturgeon Bay, Brussels, Baileys Harbor, Liberty Grove, and Washington Island. 

Brussels childcare center abruptly closes

Several families in Door County are waiting patiently to see if their childcare center can open their doors again after having their licenses revoked by the state. Earlier this week, Adventures Child Care owner Sandy Jandrin took to Facebook to express her sadness and concern about the facility having to close its doors. She says the license was revoked because she filed the necessary paperwork for her license renewal late. “I want to be clear there were or are absolutely no claims or instances of anything that jeopardized the safety or health of any children. I have devoted my entire life to nurturing and helping children grow. This was simply a paperwork mistake,” Jandrin wrote. Rep. Joel Kitchens says his office is waiting to hear back from the Department of Children and Families, who oversee childcare licenses, to see how the situation can be remedied since many had to make sudden arrangements to ensure their kids could be cared for until a solution could be found.

Luxemburg-Casco remembers Okoniewski

The Luxemburg-Casco School District is mourning the loss of a former principal and coach with ties to the Green and Gold. Steve Okoniewski passed away earlier this week at the age of 74 at his home in the Green Bay area. The Washington native first came to the region as a member of the 1974 and 1975 Green Bay Packers teams. He would later return to northeast Wisconsin first as a Master’s student at UW-Oshkosh before starting his tenure as a principal and assistant football coach in 1989. Despite retiring in 2014, his legacy lived on right up to his passing. Head wrestling coach Chas Treml says “Mr. O” had a tremendous impact on his life as a student and coach, adding that a picture of two of them hugging after the Spartans captured a Team State Wrestling championship says everything.

A Memorial Celebration of Life for Okoniewski will take place in April.




Picture courtesy of Luxemburg-Casco Spartan Football

Alice in Dairyland 2024 finalists to be chosen Friday in Door County

The 77th Alice in Dairyland field will be narrowed to six women this week in Door County.  The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) will announce the finalists at the Landmark Resort in Egg Harbor on Friday.

Denise Plassmeyer, the chair of the Alice in Dairyland 2024 Finals Steering Committee, shares the significance of having Door County host this event and the finals on May 4th.



The final six qualified candidates will attend training and professional development seminars at DATCP and are given several assignments to complete before the final interviews in May.


The first Alice in Dairyland was crowned in 1948 to celebrate Wisconsin's 100th anniversary as a state and highlight Wisconsin's proud agricultural tradition. 


Current Alice in Dairyland Ashley Hagenow shares her favorite parts of Door County since visiting over nine times in the past year.   



You can meet Hagenow and support the program at a fundraising meat raffle at Apple Valley Lanes in Sturgeon Bay on March 9 from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m.


You can listen to an interview with Hagenow about her past year as Alice in Dairyland on the podcast page here.

Artist Open Studio launches for 2024

You can display your artistic abilities, no matter your level, at the new Artist Open Studio in downtown Sturgeon Bay.  The Miller Art Museum's M3 is a satellite education space that allows artists to create and find community.   The Open Artist Studio will enable you to bring your supplies and current artwork project to an inviting workspace.  Miller Art Museum Executive Director Elizabeth Meissner-Gigstead says the new space downtown gives artists an opportunity to connect and share their passion for the arts in Door County.



The Artist Open Studio is located at 142 South 3rd Avenue in downtown Sturgeon Bay and is open on Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Currently, at the Miller Art Museum, the Creative Power Exhibit, featuring artwork by artists with disabilities around Wisconsin, is on display until April 6th.

For a calendar of events or more information about Miller Art Museum programming, visit the museum's programs and events page here.  

New Potawatomi State Park Entrance Station among approved projects.

You will see some improvements coming to DoorCounty thanks to approximately $370 million approved by the Wisconsin StateBuilding Commission on Wednesday. Among those projects is a new 2,000-square-foot public entrance visitor station at Potawatomi State Park. Potawatomi State Park welcomes approximately 240,000 visitors to the park each year. The project was initially included in the Governor’s 2021-2023 Capital Budget for $2,532,000. The current structure dates back to 1983 and in desperate need of maintenance including a new roof. The release of Stewardship PropertyDevelopment funds for Friends Group grants for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) was also a part of the announcement.

Updated variance includes up to 100 parking spots for Eagle Tower

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wants your opinion again about more parking around Eagle Tower, but it is giving you more information about what you might be able to expect. Earlier this month, the DNR announced it would revise its variance request to add more parking and reconfigure roads around Eagle Tower. It has become even more popular since it was rebuilt to be more accessible a few years ago. The revised variance addresses requests for additional and clarifying information regarding the potential impact areas for the changes near the tower, which was not included in the original. According to the drawings submitted, about ten spots would be created near the Eagle Panorama, with another 80-90 to be created closer to Eagle Terrace and Eagle Tower. You have until March 29th to submit your comments about the plan.

YMCA Day of Giving celebrated next Tuesday

You can celebrate and support the Door County YMCA next Tuesday, March 5th, at its annual Day of Giving in Sturgeon Bay and Fish Creek.   Marketing and Events Coordinator Makayla Thoma says the day is full of fun activities in both program centers to raise funds for the annual campaign.  She says the goal is to make membership possible for all community members regardless of their ability to pay.  The event includes the popular Rubber Duck Race at 6:15 p.m. with cash prizes. 



The Day of Giving will start at 5:30 a.m. in Sturgeon Bay and at 6:30 a.m. at the Jackie & Steve Kane Center in Fish Creek on Tuesday, March 5th, with coffee and cookie sales, along with souvenir t-shirt sales to enhance the spirit of giving back to the community.  

Mega Millions jackpot hits $607 million for Friday's drawing

If you missed buying a Mega Millions ticket for Tuesday’s drawing, you still have time to get in on Friday’s $607 million jackpot.  No tickets matched the winning numbers on Tuesday night. 


If someone wins Friday, the $607 million jackpot payout would be the eighth-largest winnings in the game's history since 2002.  The cash option would be $286.9 million if the winner so chooses.


The last jackpot winnings were won on December 8th with two tickets from California.


The Mega Millions tickets are sold in 45 states for $2 each.   


The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 302,575,350.   

Discarded cigarette causes grass fire in Brussels

A grass fire caused by a careless driver on Misere Road Tuesday morning was quickly contained by the Brussels-Union-Gardner Fire Department.  Assistant Fire Chief Jim Wautier says BUG Fire was dispatched shortly before noon for a grass fire burning about a 30 by 40 area in the ditch at 635 Misere Road in Brussels.  The brush truck was able to extinguish the blaze quickly.  A passerby who called in the fire showed the crew the area where the fire started. Upon investigation, a tiny cigarette butt was discovered that had probably been thrown out a vehicle’s window, according to Wautier.  



The BUG Fire Department had 16 responders at the scene and used about 200 gallons of water to extinguish the fire.   Wautier notes the arid conditions on Tuesday made the situation dangerous, and the overnight snow will help lower the high fire risk issued yesterday for most parts of the state.  Below is the current Fire Danger Situation from the Wisconsin DNR website.


Outdoor burning is not recommended yet, and proper permits must be obtained from your residence municipality before starting a fire.


Elijah Vue search continues, FBI offers $15,000 reward

After a week of searching for three-year-old Elijah Vue of Two Rivers, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has offered a $15,000 reward for any information that would lead to locating Vue.

The Two Rivers Police Department announced the reward for the missing child at a press conference on Tuesday at City Hall.

Elijah went missing from a Two Rivers apartment building last Tuesday, and search parties have been extensively done by the FBI, the Two Rivers police, Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Office, the Wisconsin DOJ, and many from the public. 

The Wisconsin Amber Alert is still active while Elijah’s mother, Katina Bauer, was charged with party-to-a-crime child neglect last week, and the mother's boyfriend, Jesse Vang was charged with child neglect.

Door County and Green Bay dive teams assisted police in searching the city’s rivers all day and night last Sunday with no results. 

Winter returns with slippery roads and gusty winds

After record-high temperatures on Tuesday, Mother Nature has turned the Wednesday commute into a wintery challenge for drivers in Door and Kewaunee counties.  Snow-covered and slippery roads are reported across the area this morning.  Light snow is expected to continue with gusty northwest winds, causing visibility to be reduced.  Please use caution while driving this morning and allow extra time to reach your destination.  One to two inches of total snow is expected, with winds exceeding 30 miles per hour. 

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