World War II veterans ring returned to daughter

A mistakenly donated World War II veteran's ring was rightfully returned to the proper owner who reclaimed it earlier this week.  Denise Chenevert of Sturgeon Bay first became aware of her father's ring last Friday after seeing a post on Facebook by the Sunshine House.  Jeremy Paszczak, director of sales and marketing, says Denise had a receipt and narrowed the timeframe she was at the Sunshine House ReSale Store dropping off the donations on January 10.  He says Denise did not even know about her father's ring before this occurred.



The ring was discovered by ReSale Store Director Nancy McClellan who was sifting through donated boxes and realized the unique piece of jewelry might have been dropped off by mistake.  Two weeks later the World War II veteran's ring is back to where it belongs.  


(picture of ring by Jeremy Pasczak) 


Checking for your REAL ID

With the REAL ID deadline still months away, Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski says many residents may already have it. Beginning October 1st, every air traveler 18 years and older must carry with them a REAL ID-compliant driver license or another acceptable form of ID to fly within the United States. The cards are also needed to enter federal buildings and military bases. REAL ID-compliant cards have been issued in Wisconsin since 2005, so Joski says if you have renewed recently, you should be fine.

REAL ID-compliant Wisconsin driver licenses are marked with a star in the upper right hand corner. The Department of Motor Vehicles has two service centers open in Door and Kewaunee Counties with Sturgeon Bay open Tuesdays and Thurdays and Algoma on Mondays and Wednesdays. 



There has been a significant amount of conversation regarding the new “Real ID” and I thought I would take this opportunity to go over some information as well as some common questions. The basis for this new form of identification was established in the Real ID act of 2005 which modified the United States federal law pertaining to security, authentication and issuance procedure standards for driver’s licenses and identity documents.

The first question is” What is the real purpose of the real ID?”

A real ID is a form of identification that meets increased security standards for state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards. Travelers will be required to provide either a real ID or another TSA-approved form of identification in order to fly after October 1, 2020.

Some of the other purposes to the creation and implementation of the Real Id is changing visa limits for temporary workers, nurses and Australian citizens, funding reports and pilot projects related to border security, updating and tightening laws on applications for asylum and deportation of aliens for terrorism.

The good news is many of us already have a Wisconsin Real ID. If you look at your driver’s license and you see a star in the upper right hand corner then you have a Wisconsin Real ID.

Probably the biggest question is how do I apply for a Real ID if I don’t already have one and what documentation do I need?

To get a Real ID, you need to present documents to your motor vehicle department proving your age and identity, Social Security number and address. That generally means bringing a birth certificate or passport, a Social Security card or tax form such as a W-2, and two proofs of address. Be aware that the birth certificate must be a certified birth certificate and that you must also bring in any and all documents related to name changes. This may mean both a birth certificate and a marriage certificate or any court documents related to legal name changes or adoption.

If you do not have a real ID and your license expires after October 1, 2020 you can renew your license up to a year prior to its expiration. Just as a reminder, you do not need a Real ID if you are not intending on traveling as stated earlier in this article. For more information, you can visit the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Website at:


Farms, redistricting top Evers' address topics

Creating taskforces to address rural prosperity, redistricting, and student debt highlighted the annual State of the State Address given Wednesday night by Governor Tony Evers. The approximately 30-minute speech included a call for a special legislative session next week to address the state's farming crisis. State Senator Andre Jacque, who represents Door and Kewaunee counties along with parts of four others says he is pleased with Governor Evers' interest in supporting the agricultural community.

However, Jacque believes the State of the State was marked with missed opportunities, including bills that already have bipartisan support.

Human trafficking, special election reimbursement, and youth vaping were some of the topics Jacque feels the governor did not address or only briefly mentioned during his address.  You can read statements from other local officials about the State of the State Address below.


Senator Andre Jacque

Senator Dave Hansen

Rep. John Nygren




Wisconsin favorites headline Kewaunee County Fair

Some familiar names in the Wisconsin music scene will call Luxemburg home for a night after the Kewaunee County Fair announced its 2020 lineup of mainstage peformers. The Cougars open the fair on Thursday night with Jerry Voelker and the Jolly Gents, Road Trip, & Grand Union playing Friday night. Gil Sans, Oil Can Harry, & Glam Band will rock the stage Saturday night before Ron and Mike closes things down Sunday afternoon. Whether you like country, rock, blues, or anything in between, Kewaunee County Fair Secretary Isabella Haen says there is something for you.

Haen says more information about new and returning events at this year's Kewaunee County Fair, which is July 9th to the 12th, will be announced in the coming months.




Crash closes Baileys Harbor road

Motorists traveling on State Highway 57 this morning (Thursday) will need to find a new route.


According to the Door County Sheriff's Department's Facebook, deputies responded to a garbage truck striking a utility pole between County Highway Q and Ahrens Road in Baileys Harbor. No information was released about potential injuries related to the crash, but the Door County Sheriff's Departments estimates the road will be closed for at least 90 minutes.

Ensuring younger workers follow child labor laws

Door County businesses that rely on teen workers during the school year face a balancing act when complying with child labor laws.  A franchise restaurant operator was recently found in violation of those laws at 40 of its stores in Wisconsin and others throughout the Midwest.  A U.S. Department of Labor investigation found that restaurant workers between 14 and 15 years-old worked over the time allowed on school days. That employer was fined just over $157,000.  Tadych's Econofoods in Sturgeon Bay has a system in place to make sure students are off work in time.  General Manager Jon Calhoun says an employee's work schedule is designed to ensure their studies don't suffer.


Teen restaurant workers can usually depend on other employees to help them keep their studies on track.  Kenny Albert, General Manager of Sonny's Pizzeria of Sturgeon Bay, says adult restaurant staff are already adept at multi-tasking and put that to use when younger workers have to leave.


Albert says business is slower for Sonny's and other Door County restaurants and taverns during the winter months so they're not left too short-staffed when teen workers must quit for the day.

Local health departments react to coronavirus

Door and Kewaunee County health officials are being updated on the spread of the coronavirus.  That virus has caused 17 deaths in Wuhan China, where it was detected, and one case has been diagnosed in Washington State in a  person who recently traveled to China.  There's no sign that the virus has spread to Wisconsin. Local health care providers, however, are receiving regular advisories on what researchers are learning about the virus.  Susan Powers, Door County Public Health Officer, says the latest information reminds doctors, clinics and hospitals to follow protocols for any infectious disease.


Health care providers are also being requested to require patients with possible respiratory ailments to wear masks while in waiting rooms and to take them to separate examination rooms.

State park ski trails open

All cross country ski trails are now open in three state parks in Door County.  Skiers are seeing good conditions on the trails.  Erin Brown Stender, Superintendent of Potawatomi State Park in Sturgeon Bay and Whitefish Dunes State Park near Clark Lake, says the recent snowfall has made all of the difference.


Ski trails at Peninsula State Park in Fish Creek are also open and in generally good condition.  Although Jennifer Birkholz, the park's Assistant Property Superintendent, says skiers need to be cautious in some areas.


With additional wetter snow expected before the weekend, that could make the trails a little more sticky, but state park officials say generally the more snowfall the better for skiers.

BMO Harris Bank closing in Casco

A bank with a history dating back over 116 years in Casco will be closing its doors soon.  The BMO Harris Bank branch confirmed that the financial institution at 123 Main Street will be closing in April.  Caitlyn Maloney from the east side Green Bay location told that the last day the Casco branch bank will be open is April 17.  She says that current customers will be able to continue online services and banking at the other BMO Harris banks in the Green Bay area.  The original Bank of Casco included ownership until the 1970's at its primary historic location at the intersection of Church and Main streets.  Valley Bank then opened operations at the current location before merging with M & I Bank Northeast in 1988 and then subsequently being bought by BMO in 2011.  Casco will still have one financial institution in the village after April 17 with the current Bank of Luxemburg branch location on the west side.     


(photo courtesy of LoopNet)  

Repurposed building materials growing in popularity

Kitchen cabinets, sinks, tubs and other materials removed from homes and other buildings in Door and Kewaunee counties during renovation are being repurposed more on other building projects.  Habitat for Humanity's Restore in Sturgeon Bay is seeing increased demand from contractors and do-it-yourself hobbyists for used materials that are far from being used up.  David Van Dyke, former Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity-Door County, says the interest in repurposing such material is based on economics and homeowners looking for unique styles.




Retro appliances are proving very popular at the Habitat Restore of Door County.  Van Dyke says Habitat employees recently picked up some kitchen appliances from a home being renovated.  He says photos were taken at the building site, sent to Habitat's social media page and were sold to contractors even before the items were unloaded from the truck.

Deer harvest down in Door and Kewaunee counties

Hunters bagged fewer deer during the 2019 hunting season and Door and Kewaunee counties mirrored that trend.  The final tally by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources found that the 2019 hunt was 14-percent lower than 2018.  DNR Wildlife Biologist Josh Martinez says weather and crop conditions were a factor in lower harvests in Door and Kewaunee counties.


The DNR says over the firearms, muzzleloader, archery and special hunting seasons more than 288,000 deer were taken in 2019.  That compares with 355,243  bagged in 2018. 

Wastewater treatment at risk from Lake Michigan's rising waters

Predictions from federal officials of continued rising water levels on Lake Michigan have the City of Kewaunee working to protect municipal utility systems.  The city set up a task force to look into solutions to respond to rising lake levels.  Those efforts include protecting electrical systems near the harbor and the wastewater treatment plant on the Kewaunee River. City Administrator Fred Schnook says the lift stations or pumping systems used to transport sewage are a particular concern.




Schnook says those efforts are at the mercy of changing winds as well as rising lake levels.

Sturgeon Bay cleans up compost site hours

In efforts to keep the Sturgeon Bay compost site operating more cleanly, the Sturgeon Bay common council voted to change of hours and establish a proof of residency to use it.  Going by a recommendation of the Community Protection & Services Committee, the council approved the measure in a 5-1 vote, with councilmember Gary Nault voting against it citing complaints by constituents of the $24 annual fee that will be assessed to taxpayers.  Mike Barker, municipal services director, says the new supervised hours at the compost site will be a good start towards controlling any illegal dumping. He says adjustments to hours in the summer can be done if warranted.



Council President Dan Williams, who was chairing the meeting due to Mayor David Ward's absence, says concerns over illegal dumping that could have led to a closure of the compost site by the DNR required the measures to be taken.  In other business, the common council also approved the second reading of the Coal Tar Sealant Products Ordinance that will prohibit the use of jet-black coatings that contain toxic compounds on city streets. 

Sturgeon Bay Math Team keeps rolling

Winning their third consecutive math meet this year, the Sturgeon Bay High School Math Team scored an impressive win Monday night at N.E.W. Lutheran.  Sturgeon Bay tallied 262 points and now hold a 60 to 54 lead in the Packerland Conference over N.E.W. in league points.  Math teacher and coach Cliff Wind says the underclassmen have really stepped up this year to complement a strong contingent of juniors and seniors.



Sturgeon Bay has won the conference 18 consecutive years.  You can find the complete results from Monday’s math meet below.





            1.  Michael Laxo, SB, 35

            2.  Nick Herbst, SB, 31

             3.  Reece Reynolds, O, 29

             4.  Marina Jeanquart, SB, 27

            5.  Katy Carter, SB, 26



            1.  Henry Pudo, SB, 33

            2.  Abram Abeyta, SB, 32

            3.  Jack Hitzeman, Gib, 29

            4.  Molly Fei, NEW, 28

            5.  Abbie Lenius, SB, 27



            1.  Andrew Konop, SB, 34

            2   Makayla Ash, SB, 22

             3.  Grace Holmgren, O, 22

            4.  Arry VanLieshout, SB, 20

            5.  Lucy Hanson, SB, 20



            1.  Christy Braun, SB, 24

            2.  Luke Nell, NEW, 19

            3.  Espen Walker, SB, 18

            4. Laura Zittlow, So Door, 12

            5. Matthew Zittlow, So Door, 10




1. Sturgeon Bay, 262 points

2. NEW, 196

3. Oconto, 174

4. Kewaunee, 156

Tie 5. Southern Door and Sevastopol, 139

7. Algoma, 113

8. Gibraltar, 109


JV results (10 total teams)

1. Sturgeon Bay 2, 220 points

2. Sturgeon Bay 3, 150

3. Kewaunee 2, 93

4.  Algoma 2, 79


Algoma police chief reflects on first year

One year after becoming Algoma's new police chief, Randy Remiker is not regretting his move back to the area from the warm Southwest United States.  A Manitowoc County native, Remiker, worked for the Albuquerque Police Department for over 21 years before accepting the position in December of 2018.  Remiker says the adjustment to a mucher smaller community has been very positive.



Remiker took office one year ago after Kewaunee County ended their agreement to provide services at the end of 2018.  He adds that  reported crimes and arrests have been trending down over the past few years in Algoma.   


Towns support lodging bill

Muncipalities in Door County are applauding efforts to make it easier to collect room tax dollars from lodging marketplace businesses like Airbnb and Vrbo. Introduced by Rep. Joel Kitchens, Assembly Bill 683 would require those entities to include more than just a zip code when it comes to filing their tax returns. That is important for towns like Liberty Grove, which covers a large amount of area but under the current state law sees much of the tax money collected go solely to the Village of Sister Bay because the two share a zip code. Liberty Grove Chairperson John Lowry says room tax dollars provide important funding for the town. 

The bill would also fine lodging marketplace businesses up to $45,000 a year if they do not submit the required paperwork. Members of the Door County Tourism Zone testified in front of members of the Wisconsin Legislature earlier this month.  


Southern Door students enjoy unique MLK Day experience

Southern Door Elementary students Cambria and Corbin Londo got a unique perspective on the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Monday in Green Bay. Corbin is biracial and, beginning five years ago, his mother felt that church could be a good way for him to gain exposure to a culture that she could not provide. The family began attending The Divine Temple Church of God and Christ which is predominantly black. State Senator Dave Hansen, Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich and other dignitaries were on hand to see Corbin sing his first-ever solo performance in front of the sunshine choir which including Cambria. Tanya has nothing but good things to say about the Divine Temple’s warm, welcoming embrace.


Londo says the MLK service is truly an event at Divine Temple.


Cookies add to Girl Scouts' full slate

Sightings of Thin Mints and Peanut Butter Patties are in your future as Girl Scouts in Door and Kewaunee Counties continue to work hard on their different badges and projects throughout the winter months. Net proceeds from cookie sales go towards many programming opportunities available to members and troops in the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes like renting sites at Camp Cuesta located in Baileys Harbor. Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes Communication Coordinator Melissa Loest says local girl scout troops are also busy right now with projects benefiting the community.

In addition to raising important funds for the organization, Loest says girls get hands-on experience running a business during the cookie sales period, which runs through March.


Kewaunee Winter park a hit on a snowy weekend

The snowfall around our area over the weekend brought skiers, sledders and tubers to the Kewaunee Winter Park.  The natural snow added to the artificial base that previously allowed only the sledding hill to be open.  Dave Myers, Kewaunee County Promotion and Recreation Director, says the recent winter weather allowed both hills to open for business.

Myers says prior to the weekend snowfall there was a six-inch base on the ski and sledding hills.  It's now up to about a foot.


Photo courtesy of Kewaunee County

Sixth graders find fun in kindness

Sixth graders at T.J. Walker Middle School in Sturgeon Bay are proving you do not always need something in exchange for doing something good. Dropping off "worry dolls" to the cancer center at Door County Medical Center last week was just the latest act of goodwill done by the Kind Clipper Club, which first formed five years ago for sixth grade students. Though the execution often needs the help of the adults, the ideas and motivation for the projects throughout the school year comes from the students themselves. It is the drive from the students that inspires people like the Kind Clipper Club's advisor Cassee Jandrin.

Jandrin says other projects like sending Christmas cards to anonymous people or making art for local nursing homes often goes unnoticed, but it still thrills the students to do something good in the community.


Photo courtesy of Sturgeon Bay School District




Snowfall raising interest in snowmobiling

The heavy weekend snowfall is putting snowmobilers in the mood to take to trails in Door and Kewaunee counties.  So far, the southeast sections of the Door County trails are the only routes open.  Dean Simonar, co-owner of Simonar Sports in Luxemburg,  believes snowmobilers will have to wait a little bit longer to have full trail access,  though he says many are already making sure their sleds are ready to go. 

Simonar says as of Monday afternoon none of Kewaunee County's trails have been open to snowmobilers.

Online safety program to help parents

An online safety program specifically for parents of teens and elementary school-age children will be offered later this month in Sturgeon Bay.  The Online Safety & Technology Use in Door County presentation on January 30th will discuss what parents and guardians can do to be proactive in their child's use of technology like smartphones and laptops.  Chad Welch, family engagement leader for the Door County Partnership for Children and Families, says the free community event will share important information to parents about keeping their children safe.



Special Agent Carl Waterstreet from the State of Wisconsin Department of Justice and Door County District Attorney Colleen Nordin will discuss what parents should look out for and the legal issues surrounding technology use.  You can find contact information below this story on registering for the Online Safety & Technology Use in Door County presentation that is to be held at the Sturgeon Bay Library on Thursday, January 30 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm.



Chad Welch  920-421-3146 or email by this Friday. 


Journals help deal with stress -- Mental Health Minute series

 Reflecting on your personal experiences every day can help promote a better mental health outlook.  So says Sturgeon Bay Psychologist Dr. Dennis White.  He says there are many advantages to keeping a daily journal.



Dr. White says journaling can offer a therapeutic release when you are having strong feelings.  It often seems to make it better when you write it down.  He adds that journaling can make it easier to change behaviors in the direction you want by simply being more aware of it.  You can listen to Dr. Dennis White's entire Mental Health Minute below.




Ice carvers needed for Sturgeon Bay event

A newly named  Destination Sturgeon Bay Welcome Center is currently organizing the Fire & Ice Festival that is set for February 15th.  The day starts with blocks of ice and snow sculpted into art by novice, intermediate, and advanced carvers.  Executive Director Pam Seiler says you don't have to be a professional ice sculptor to participate.



The ice sculptures are displayed throughout Sturgeon Bay with local businesses sponsoring different locations.  You can find more information on the Fire & Ice Festival with the link below.


(photo courtesy of Destination Sturgeon Bay)


Flood damage insurance coverage varies

The concerns of flooding in your home can rise faster than water levels this time of year, according to one local insurance agent. Mike Walston :: Wall-stin ::  from Robertson Ryan & Associates in Kewaunee says your homeowner’s policy may only cover some types of flooding.  He explains the three scenarios in which flooding may be covered by your homeowners.



Walston recommends that you check with your insurance agent to find out if that coverage is on your regular homeowner’s policy.  Additional flood insurance policies can be taken out for the replacement cost of any damages, according to Walston. 

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