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"Walk With Me" event showcases Help of Door County's work

Dozens of supporters met at Sawyer Park pavilion Wednesday afternoon and walked the downtown bridges in Sturgeon Bay as part of the “Walk With Me” event to kick off National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Help of Door County organized the event to bring awareness and a hopeful end to domestic abuse.  Before the walk, Executive Director Milly Gonzales shared the strides made to deal with the problem and help those impacted by domestic violence.

 

 


Long-time board member Don Herringa was presented the Anne Kok Social Justice Award for his years of service.  A special presentation was made to Gonzales who was one of ten people in the country to receive a unique Nations of Neighbors award by Royal Neighbors of America that will include a $10,000 grant in her name to help stop domestic violence locally. 

 

(photo of Milly Gonzales and Don Herringa receiving their awards)

Concerns come with progress on broadband project

First, I’d like to thank Sheriff Joski for his years of informing Kewaunee County residents as to the goings on in the Sheriff’s Department. This column is an important way for people to know what their county government does. In this article, I’d like to give an update on the county’s efforts to improve internet accessibility to the county. Back in 2019, we began a partnership with Bug Tussel Wireless to submit a grant application to construct seven towers to provide improved broadband accessibility to the rural areas of Kewaunee County. We received a grant from the state for $960,000. Since that time, the equipment has gone up on nine towers with number 10 coming online shortly. We have continued our partnership and strategy to seek grant funding to assist in bringing better internet to our residents. In 2020, we submitted an application and were awarded a grant for $1.4 million to install 62 miles of fiber optic cable in Kewaunee County to improve access and increase speed and capacity for those who are using towers to connect to the internet. In 2022, we submitted another application and were awarded $1.3 million to install another 62 miles of fiber in the county. Over the last five years, Kewaunee County has received over $3.7 million in grant funding for projects totaling over $10.2 million. The great thing about this is that this improvement is costing Kewaunee County taxpayers nothing. In our agreement with Bug Tussel, the County loans a portion of the funds to Bug Tussel, which is paid back to the County with interest. This is truly a win-win for Kewaunee County.

 

While this is great news for county residents, the installation of fiber has raised some concerns with homeowners as yards and property have been dug up as part of the installation. Holes and trenches have been made to assist in burying the conduit (or tubes) which hold the fiber. We ask for your patience and understanding as this work is being done. Another concern has been raised in the villages of Luxemburg and Casco. Residents in those villages have experienced (or will likely experience) their yards being disturbed twice as two different internet providers will be installing fiber in their communities. Cellcom (NSight) has agreements with Luxemburg and Casco to install fiber to the home in those communities. In addition, as part of their grant award, Bug Tussel agreed to extend fiber out by 1000 feet from the middle mile being laid throughout the county. This has resulted in some places having the property disturbed twice. Please remember that with the installation of fiber in your community, you are not obligated to sign up for service. Neither are you required to sign up with a specific provider. The choice is always yours.

 

Again, I appreciate the opportunity to keep you informed. If you have any questions about broadband or other county issues, please feel free to contact me at feldt.scott@kewauneeco.org. 


Reminder of construction zone at YMCA

The Door County YMCA wants you to keep your kids safe while the new addition is being constructed. Mission Advancement Executive Tonya Felhofer cautions everyone to avoid the secured area where trucks and heavy equipment are located. She says with the site being mobilized now, parents need to be aware of where their children are playing, especially with Peterson Park nearby.

 

 

Felhofer says the construction outside the building will intensify in the coming weeks as the electrical and wiring work is currently being completed inside. The new $10 million project will add over 16,000 square feet of space and include a new youth activity center and the Timmerman Family Wellness Center.  The completion of the new facility is expected by the fall of 2023.   

"Great Fire" commemorated Saturday at Belgian Heritage Center

The history of the "Great Fire of 1871", known locally as the Peshtigo Fire, will be revisited on the 151st anniversary of the event this Saturday. Barb (Englebert) Chisholm, a fifth-generation American of Belgian descent with ancestors who survived the devastating fire, will speak at the Belgian Heritage Center during the Remembrance of the Great Fire. Dressed in character as her great-great-grandmother, Chisholm shares the story of the Englebert family's survival.

 

 

Chisholm will re-enact her program this Saturday, October 8, at 10:30 am and 2:30 pm. Green Bay Metro Fire Chief David Siegel will also speak about the unique aspects of the Great Fire and why it was so deadly for many. The blaze swept through Northeastern Wisconsin and claimed over 1200 lives. The fire devastated a large part of the Belgian settlement in one of the worst natural disasters in United States History on October 8, 1871.


Renard's closes Algoma location

You have one less spot to pick up fresh Renard's cheese curds. Owners Chris and Ann Renard announced Tuesday evening that they would be closing the County S location in Algoma as of Wednesday, October 5th. The Renards cited staffing shortages as the reason for the closure, saying the decision was made to maintain their outstanding customer service while providing reasonable working hours for their employees. All employees will now work under one roof at their County DK location in Sturgeon Bay. Renard's has operated the retail store on County S since 1976.

 

A previous version of this story said today was the last day for the County S location when Tuesday was the actual last day. The story now reflects that and we regret the error.

 

Sturgeon Bay Common Council moves on land use for new Fleet Farm

The first steps of bringing a Fleet Farm to Sturgeon Bay were addressed by the Sturgeon Bay Common Council on Tuesday evening.  A change in the city’s comprehensive plan was approved, whereas the future land use designation was altered from agricultural/rural to regional commercial.


 A petition for a direct annexation of the property planned for the new Fleet Farm was also approved.  The annexation will happen once the parcel is officially purchased and reviewed by the Plan Commission.  In June, Fleet Farm entered into a purchase agreement with the Kerscher Family Trust to obtain the 37-acre property in the west corridor of Sturgeon Bay, just off Highway 42/57. 

 
In other business, the council approved the first reading of a zoning map amendment for the property on the east end of Alabama Place from Single Family Residential (R-1) to Single Family Residential (R-2).  The rezoning will allow the city to connect North 12th place to Alabama Place for future housing projects.


The council also passed another first reading for the rezoning of parcels on the east side of West Spruce Street and 60 Green Bay Road.

Fire destroys Kewaunee County barn

A fire just south of the Kewaunee County line destroyed a barn and shut down a road for several hours Tuesday morning. Crews started to get called out to the farm on County Highway P between County Highway X and Bluebird Road just before 9 a.m. When crews arrived, they found heavy smoke billowing from the milkhouse and an adjacent hay and straw storage area. Most of the cows were out of the barn when crews arrived. Algoma Fire Chief Tom Ackerman credits the responding firefighters for opening the building enough so they could successfully knock down the fire. By 1 p.m., heavy-duty equipment could remove debris from the front of the barn that had fallen in. Fire departments from Kewaunee, Luxemburg, Casco, Southern Door, Sturgeon Bay, Brussels-Union-Gardner, Tisch Mills, Carlton, and Denmark responded to the blaze. At the same time, New Franken, Two Creeks, and Green Bay Metro Fire Department supported the effort by handling some of the vacant stations. Kewaunee Rescue also played the backup role while Algoma Rescue was at the scene just in case of injuries. Ackerman was also thankful for the support of the Luxemburg Emergency Responders, Kewaunee County Highway Department, Wisconsin Public Service, Red Cross, and MCC Label. Ackerman says there were some challenges that they had to face.

The last crews left the scene just before 3 p.m. Ackerman says the fire remains under investigation, and no exact cause has been determined. There were no injuries and all of the cows were moved to nearby farms, where they will stay for the immediate future.

 

Organization hopes to Do Good for Door County with survey

A few clicks of your mouse could improve your life living in Door County for years to come. Do Good Door County and St. Norbert College have partnered to survey area residents to help increase their quality of life. The organization was formed in 2021 to help enrich and enhance the aging experience in Door County, where the 2020 census showed that nearly 30 percent of its population was 65 years of age and older. Do Good Door County President Cynthia Germain is hopeful the survey will produce some important information about how to keep the area’s aging population thriving locally.

 

 

If you are a Door County resident, you can click on this link until October 25th to take the survey. From this survey, the information will be shared throughout the county at different community forums throughout the county. You can see that schedule below.

 

Farmers break for World Dairy Expo

You may see some farmers ditch the fields for the biggest dairy-related convention in the world this week in Madison. The World Dairy Expo kicked off in Madison on Sunday with almost an entire week of exhibitions, demonstrations, seminars, and other events dedicated to the industry. Tony Brey was making his way to Madison to watch one of his cows get exhibited and to participate as a Holstein Association USA, Inc. Director. He says it is an excellent week for the dairy industry to get together and learn from one another.

Youth from Door and Kewaunee counties also participated in the World Dairy Expo this week as a part of the exhibitions. The Gaedtke and Kroll families of Luxemburg saw their fall heifer calf take 30th place and their junior two-year-old cow take second. Victoria and Derek Christoph showed their junior three-year-old cow to a fifth-place finish. 

 

Ron’s Wisconsin Cheese in Luxemburg will also be recognized for its award-winning mozzarella string cheese and flavored cheese curds as a part of the World Dairy Expo Championship Cheese Contest. 

Southern Door hosts first referendum listening session Tuesday

You have your first of two opportunities to learn more about the two Southern Door School District referendum questions on the ballot Tuesday evening. In August, the Southern Door School District Board unanimously approved the questions for the operational referendum and capital referendum. 

 

The operational referendum would allow the district budget to exceed the revenue limit by $975,000 annually for three years. These funds would be used for non-recurring expenses such as student support services, updating curriculum materials, maintaining current programming and technology, and wages. The capital referendum would authorize general obligation bonds to be issued for $14.9 million. Under the plans currently posted on the district’s website, new construction would include an indoor practice facility, a relocated weight and fitness room, and a greenhouse. The current district office building would also be torn down to make way for additional parking in front of the school building. The district office would then be relocated to what is now the fitness center. Thanks to the district’s fiscal consciousness over the years, approving the two referendum questions would not increase the mill rate over current levels, according to Superintendent Chris Peterson. 

 

The open house will take place at 6 p.m. inside the high school library tonight (10/4/22). The district will host a second open house at the same time and location on October 24th.

Kewaunee County Sheriff's Deputy receives stalking, disorderly conduct charges

A Kewaunee County Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant will be back in court on October 13th after being charged with a felony and a misdemeanor last week. Eric Pieschek appeared in court last week for his bond hearing after being brought in for separate counts of stalking and disorderly conduct. Each count carries a domestic abuse modifier. According to WBAY, the victim dated Pieschek until earlier this year. In the months since Pieschek is accused of being on or skirting the victim’s property line and sending her and her neighbors letters describing their relationship. Pieschek is on paid administrative leave due to the investigation performed by the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department. Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski told WBAY that he is proud of the way the two sheriff’s departments have handled the case so far, and he is prepared to let the justice system handle the rest of it. After having his $2,500 cash bond posted, Pieschek will be back in the Kewaunee County Courthouse at 9:30 a.m. on October 13th for his adjourned initial appearance. As a part of his cash bond, Pieschek is not allowed to contact the victim or five witnesses, and he cannot be within 200 feet of the victim or her residence.

Sparks fly for area 4-H clubs

It is a special week for the 19 4-H clubs that call your communities home in Door and Kewaunee counties. The first week of October is recognized as National 4-H Week, when local clubs celebrate the organization and its opportunities. In Door County, it will be the last one with Dawn VandeVoort as its area educator. VandeVoort is remaining in Door County and 4-H, but she is transitioning to a statewide role helping train the over 7,000 volunteers the organization relies on to help guide its over 22,000 members. On the other side of the spectrum, it is the first National 4-H Week for Mariah Vandertie, who took on the role of area educator in Kewaunee County four months ago. Vandertie says the great thing about 4-H is the organization’s ability to allow kids to pursue their interests.

For those interested in joining 4-H, you can click on this link to register and find a club near you. Kewaunee County 4-H will host its annual open house at the Kewaunee County Fairgrounds from 1 to 3 p.m. Vandertie says the event will feature crafts, demonstrations, and other activities while showcasing the program.

 

Picture courtesy of Megan Salentine

Door County Medical Center Auxiliary makes good on $250,000 promise

Your participation in its House and Garden Walk made an important milestone occur last month for the Door County Medical Center Auxiliary. At the Door County Medical Center Auxiliary’s annual luncheon last month, the organization presented the hospital with the final $45,000 check needed to fulfill its $250,000 pledge to support the Pete and Jelaine Horton Center Skilled Nursing Facility. It was a full year earlier than expected, something Door County Medical Center President and CEO Brian Stephens noted in his comments at the event. House and Garden Walk Co-chairperson Wendy Walker is pleased with what they were able to complete despite a pandemic affecting their plans.  She credited her team of volunteers and the pent-up demand due to the cancellation of the 2020 event for their success. Over 1,200 people participated in this year’s Home and Garden Walk, including one who has not missed one since 1960. Despite reaching their goal, the House and Garden Walk and the Auxiliary’s gift shop are not going away. Walker says they have not decided where future funds will go but mentioned they are already trying to secure homes and gardens for next year’s edition.

 

Picture courtesy of John Koski

Door County reports 67th COVID-related death

Door County did not see any new hospitalizations, but a death is part of the reason why it is at a new COVID-19 community level as of last Thursday.  According to its Monday situation update, Door County saw another 45 cases of COVID-19 come through out of 108 total tests. The death was Door County’s 67th since the beginning of the pandemic. Kewaunee County has not updated its COVID-19 page since September 9th, but the USA Today Network reports that it has seen 105 new cases and 10 additional deaths since that report. Currently, Door and Kewaunee counties are two of 13 counties at the medium COVID-19 community level. Two counties are at the high community level, and the rest are at the low level. 

 

City to take steps to welcome Fleet Farm

The essential steps that need to occur before you see a Fleet Farm built in Sturgeon Bay are on the docket for Tuesday’s Common Council meeting. First, the Sturgeon Bay Common Council will act on amending the city’s comprehensive plan to change the future land use designation for three parcels along State Highway 42/57 from agricultural/rural to regional commercial. Fleet Farm notified the city on August 4th that it had entered a purchase agreement dated June 16th with the Kerscher Family Trust to purchase approximately 37 acres in the Town of Nasewaupee for the new store just off State Highway 42/57 near South Grant Avenue.  Once the land is officially purchased, Fleet Farm would petition to be annexed to the City of Sturgeon Bay and construct the store. The Sturgeon Bay Common Council will discuss accepting the petition for annexation before forwarding it to the City Plan Commission. The council will also discuss rezoning a parcel near Alabama Place and another on Green Bay Road when it meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

St. Paul's Diaper Bank looking for families in need

If you are struggling to afford diapers, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Algoma might be able to help you out. The National Diaper Bank Network estimates that the average family spends between $75 and $100 each month on diapers for one child. That number looms larger every month as inflation tightens its grip on families’ pocketbooks, increasing the price of diapers by nearly 20 percent. The Wisconsin Legislature could not approve a bill to make diapers tax-exempt earlier this year, and you cannot use food stamps or other government assistance programs to pay for them. The congregation at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Algoma saw a problem they could provide a solution to with a bit of work. This spring, they began collecting diapers, wipes, and rash cream for the diaper bank. Pastor Joel McKenney says the problem is connecting needy families with donated items.


Distribution days are the first and third Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Algoma. You can click on this link to request assistance.

Corn silage harvest trending ahead of state's pace

You will find plenty of happy farmers traveling to and from their fields as their harvest operations continue this week. Last week’s United States Department of Agriculture Crop Progress report showed the corn silage harvest was 39 percent complete, which is ten days behind last year’s pace. Rio Creek Feed Mill agronomist Andy Barta says the corn silage harvest is a little further ahead in Door and Kewaunee counties, estimating that it has hit its halfway point. He says farmers are happy about what they have been able to bring in so far from the fields.


Barta expects their Luxemburg and Rio Creek locations to start getting even busier in the coming days as soybeans become more mature. The USDA says soybeans coloring is at 90 percent, and 54 percent have dropped their leaves, one of the final cues for farmers to get out to those fields to harvest. Soybeans are about a week behind from where they were last year.

"Youth in Government" meeting starts Monday at YMCA

The YMCA’s Youth in Government (YIG) program will have an initial informational meeting at the Sturgeon Bay facility on Monday for parents and students. The goal is to teach students the ins and outs of the legislative and judicial branches of government and the press corps. Program and Innovative Director Tyler Powell shares how the YIG program gets teens involved in how the government works.

 

 

The Youth in Government is open to any Door County student from 7th to 12th grade. The Sturgeon Bay YMCA Program Center will host the meeting on Monday, October 3 at 6:30 pm for parents and students interested in discovering more about the Youth in Government organization. 

Community Spotlight: Betty Jo "BJ" Cassidy

It’s not an exaggeration that in my professional life, I have literally grown up working with and learning from BJ Cassidy.

 

I first met Betty Jo Cassidy, better known as “BJ,” in 1996 when I was a 26-year-old kid working in neighborhood development in downtown Green Bay.  Her official title was something like “Director of Education” at Wisconsin Public Service, and I’m sure she had lots of important corporate responsibilities, but that’s not how I knew her.  BJ was just that businesswoman you called when you needed to get something done in the community.  In those days in Green Bay, if you were going to form a task force, work group, or committee to confront some important issue, BJ Cassidy was among the handful of people you’d always hope to get involved because if she did, you knew that your chances of success were so much greater.  Eventually, I had sought BJ’s assistance on so many issues over the years that I almost felt guilty enough to stop asking for her help.  Almost.  I know a tremendous community-building talent when I see one.

Ultimately, I left Green Bay to lead community foundations in other states and completely forgot about BJ Cassidy until I moved back to Wisconsin and accepted the role of President & CEO of the Door County Community Foundation.  My tenure began with a month-long overlap with that of my predecessor Jane Stevenson.  It was during that time we were sitting in the office together and Jane mentioned to me her unfulfilled desire to create a women’s fund.  She also said there was some dynamic lady from WPS in Green Bay that had retired to Door County that Jane really wanted to engage to help build it. 

 

Thus began the second phase of my professional life with BJ Cassidy.  In 2008, BJ, Jane, and another old friend from Green Bay in Sue Todey, got together at Door County Coffee at what we called our conspiracy breakfast to map out what would eventually become the Women’s Fund of Door County.  It is not an exaggeration to say that BJ Cassidy is one of the three or four key people whose leadership in those early years are what made the Women’s Fund of Door County possible.

 

Yet BJ was not satisfied at simply helping create the Women’s Fund, she wanted to make sure it would thrive forevermore.  So BJ, along with Jane, Sally O’Brien, Sharon Lutsey, Vicki Wilson, Barb Perloff, and Orlaine Gabert, collectively formed the leadership team of a campaign that would raise the first $1 million for the Women’s Fund and create the foundation for a granting program that has impacted the lives of countless women and girls in Door County. 

BJ Cassidy has long been my guide, counsel, champion, and, most importantly, my friend on too many community projects to list here.  Door County – and Green Bay – have unquestionably been made so much better because of her passion and commitment to community.

 

 

Bret Bicoy

President & CEO

Door County Community Foundation

 

Pictures and descriptions provided by Bret Bicoy

Top: Here's a picture from 2019 of me with BJ patting my hair down because, as she would say, she was always looking out for me.

 

Middle: A picture of BJ at a Celebrate Women luncheon.

 

Bottom: Finally, here's a picture of Sharon Lutsey, Barb Perloff, Vicki Wilson, BJ Cassidy, Orlaine Gabert, and Sally O'Brien at a planning meeting which lead to the first $1 million campaign for the Women's Fund.

Health scare a reminder for carbon monoxide detection

Regardless of the end result, Baileys Harbor Fire Chief Brian Zak wants you to take the necessary steps to protect yourself from potential carbon monoxide poisoning. Last weekend, the Baileys Harbor Fire Department was called to a retreat center on Maple Road in the town to reportedly 23 people getting sick. The initial thought was that it may have been related to the furnace and possible carbon monoxide poisoning. While there was no sign of the potentially fatal gas detected, Zak says it did show the importance of taking the necessary steps to protect yourself from the dangerous impact of carbon monoxide.

In the United States, at least 430 people die annually from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. The Centers for Disease Control says the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning goes up as the temperatures go down.

Keep fertilizing your plants in fall

Your gardening season may be winding down, but protecting and maintaining your plants and shrubs becomes more critical. Todd Maas of Maas Floral & Greenhouse in Sturgeon Bay says homeowners that wish to keep their plants looking great throughout the fall season should remember to include a regular dose of fertilizer.

 


Maas adds that even though drier and hot conditions may not be around anymore, regular watering of plants is essential right up to the end of the season. In late fall, he advises you to trim back any spent stalks and remove dead leaves from perennials to prepare them for winter. You can listen to the conversation with Todd Maas and learn more fall plant care tips on the podcast page.

A see you later with introductions to come

Before I get to my main subject, I want to give a shout-out to the amazing youth of our community. Both Kewaunee and Luxemburg/Casco School Districts had their Homecomings this past weekend and throughout the week’s festivities, there were no incidents to speak of. I have no doubt that Algoma’s upcoming Homecoming will also be an enjoyable week and the same high standard of respect and responsible behavior will be reflected.

      

Back in 2011, I reached out to our local newspaper and radio news outlets asking if I could submit some articles on a regular basis to keep our community up to date on what we do here at the Sheriff’s Department as well as provide information on public safety-related topics. It was an idea that was rooted in the articles that former Sheriff Dennis Zuege provided back in the 90s when he was Sheriff, and I remember thinking what a great resource of information those articles were. I was elated when both of these media platforms gave me the green light, and I have been writing and submitting weekly articles ever since.

      

I have tried my best to keep these articles as inclusive and non-political as I could focusing on topics that could serve to benefit our community. There have been many Monday mornings where I have struggled to develop a new topic and many Mondays where members of our community provided those topics for me. In either case, I have appreciated the ability to provide information, and I have received a great deal of support and appreciation back from the community over the years. This brings me to today’s topic which is sharing of this amazing platform with other County Departments.

       

We are fortunate to have so many dedicated leaders in charge of the various departments serving our county. They each provide expertise in their respective field and bring that expertise to serve the needs of Kewaunee County. It is my hope that we can share updates and information from each of these departments in an effort to keep our community informed on matters that impact us all.

       

Starting next week, we will hear from our County Administrator Scott Feldt. Scott has worked tirelessly to position Kewaunee County to take advantage of numerous opportunities in the form of grants, as well as state and federal initiatives to bring resources to our community that we would otherwise not have access to. Scott also has the unique perspective to see the potential for growth and renewal of our local resources from his diverse background in other communities.

       

In the future, we will hear from many other County Departments, who have so much great information to share. These articles will be alternating with my continued articles which I hope to provide as long as I am serving as your Sheriff. Thank you again to the staff at the Kewaunee Star News and Door County Daily News for allowing me to share this gift with others.

        

A see you later with introductions to come

Before I get to my main subject, I want to give a shout-out to the amazing youth of our community. Both Kewaunee and Luxemburg/Casco School Districts had their Homecomings this past weekend and throughout the week’s festivities, there were no incidents to speak of. I have no doubt that Algoma’s upcoming Homecoming will also be an enjoyable week and the same high standard of respect and responsible behavior will be reflected.

      

Back in 2011, I reached out to our local newspaper and radio news outlets asking if I could submit some articles on a regular basis to keep our community up to date on what we do here at the Sheriff’s Department as well as provide information on public safety-related topics. It was an idea that was rooted in the articles that former Sheriff Dennis Zuege provided back in the 90s when he was Sheriff, and I remember thinking what a great resource of information those articles were. I was elated when both of these media platforms gave me the green light, and I have been writing and submitting weekly articles ever since.

      

I have tried my best to keep these articles as inclusive and non-political as I could focusing on topics that could serve to benefit our community. There have been many Monday mornings where I have struggled to develop a new topic and many Mondays where members of our community provided those topics for me. In either case, I have appreciated the ability to provide information, and I have received a great deal of support and appreciation back from the community over the years. This brings me to today’s topic which is sharing of this amazing platform with other County Departments.

       

We are fortunate to have so many dedicated leaders in charge of the various departments serving our county. They each provide expertise in their respective field and bring that expertise to serve the needs of Kewaunee County. It is my hope that we can share updates and information from each of these departments in an effort to keep our community informed on matters that impact us all.

       

Starting next week, we will hear from our County Administrator Scott Feldt. Scott has worked tirelessly to position Kewaunee County to take advantage of numerous opportunities in the form of grants, as well as state and federal initiatives to bring resources to our community that we would otherwise not have access to. Scott also has the unique perspective to see the potential for growth and renewal of our local resources from his diverse background in other communities.

       

In the future, we will hear from many other County Departments, who have so much great information to share. These articles will be alternating with my continued articles which I hope to provide as long as I am serving as your Sheriff. Thank you again to the staff at the Kewaunee Star News and Door County Daily News for allowing me to share this gift with others.

        

Southern Door FFA brings farm to school

You were not seeing things if you saw a bunch of tractors turn into Southern Door High School on Friday. It was all part of the annual Drive Your Tractor to School Day and Animal Day the Southern Door FFA organizes. Elementary school classes enjoyed the September breeze and sunshine outside while FFA members shared their passion for agriculture and talked about their animals.

Junior Jorge Gonzalez got to drive a John Deere tractor from S&S Jerseyland Dairy to school and said it is one of his favorite days of the year.

Junior Abbi Williams brought her two goats, Grady and Billy, to school. She said it was great sharing the stories of her two goats and answering the students' questions.

The Door County Sheriff's Department ensured the tractors had the opportunity to cross the highway to get back home safely. Southern Door FFA Advisor Ann Glowacki says it is her students' favorite day of the year and thanks the farms like S&S Jerseyland Dairy and Kinnard Farms that allowed them to borrow a tractor for the day in the middle of the harvest season.

Open House at Besadny Anadromous Fish Facility

You can watch the life cycle of a salmon happen before your eyes at the C.D. "Buzz" Besadny Anadromous Fisheries Facility in Kewaunee on Saturday. An open house takes place from 10 am until 4 pm, where you and your family can witness the Chinook salmon arriving to spawn after about a six-mile journey from Lake Michigan. Wisconsin DNR staff will conduct spawning demonstrations, print fish t-shirts, and give guided tours of the facility. After the collection of eggs, fish are returned to the rivers along with other spawning fish, providing good fishing opportunities for shore anglers. The C.D. "Buzz" Besadny Fish and Wildlife Area is a 2,632-acre property located west of Kewaunee with the fisheries facility at N3884 Ransom Moore Lane.  

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