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Eleven anglers rescued from ice near Gardner

The Brussels-Union-Gardner Fire Department is urging you to stay off the ice after they joined other emergency personnel in rescuing 11 anglers Saturday afternoon. The BUG Fire Department was called at 4:15 p.m. to reports of 11 people who were stranded between the shore and open water. There was an area of approximately 200 yards of open water between the shore and the stranded anglers when firefighters arrived. Nasewaupee Fire Rescue and the U.S. Coast Guard could provide quick support as they were dealing with a separate ice emergency at the end of Wood Lane near Riley’s Bay Road. The department requested assistance for airboats from Nasewaupee Fire Rescue, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and the United States Coast Guard. A helicopter from the Coast Guard was also used to check for other potentially stranded anglers. All eleven anglers were safely rescued and transported to the shore near Wood Lane. The scene was cleared just after 6 p.m. Nasewaupee Fire Rescue, Door County EMS, Gardner Emergency Medical Responders, Door County Sheriff’s Office, United States Coast Guard, the DNR,  Door County Emergency Management and Door County 911 Communications Center assisted with the incident.

What to do when your child goes missing

The AMBER Alert affecting the family of a three-year-old Two Rivers boy is serving as a sobering reminder of what you should do when your child goes missing. As of Friday afternoon, the Two Rivers Police Department was still working with state and federal agencies to help bring home three-year-old Elijah Vue after issuing an AMBER Alert earlier in the week. The boy’s parents, Jesse Vang and Katrina Baur were arrested on an allegation of child neglect and were in Manitowoc County Court on Friday for bail hearings. Meanwhile, residents and emergency personnel have searched everywhere, hoping to find Elijah.

 

 

Sturgeon Bay Assistant Police Chief Dan Brinkman says a missing child case turns into an AMBER Alert based on three criteria: the child has to be 17 years or younger, be in danger of severe bodily harm or death, and there must be enough descriptive information about the child, suspect, and/or suspect vehicle to believe an immediate broadcast alert will help locate the child. Brinkman says the first 24 hours are crucial when helping find a child.


According to AMBER Alert Wisconsin, an average of seven children per day are reported missing to law enforcement throughout the state.


Door County MS Alliance finds inspiration from within

David Mailand likely had Multiple Sclerosis for years before his diagnosis seven years ago, but he is making sure he can help provide support for you if you are finding out about your diagnosis now. According to the National MS Society, multiple sclerosis is a disease that impacts the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves, which make up the central nervous system and controls everything we do. People like Mailand often do not experience symptoms after years of damage had already taken place. Mailand’s support system helped him persevere through the disease and find the medical help he needed to keep his symptoms under control. He says his experience inspired him to get certified by the National MS Society to start the Door County MS Alliance to ensure other community members can share their stories and feel the same support he has received.


The Door County MS Alliance meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Conference Room 1 at the Door County Library in Sturgeon Bay. The next meeting is on February 27th and will also be available via Zoom.

Group hopes to bring skiing back to Potawatomi State Park

You may see something at Potawatomi State Park that hasn’t existed in over a quarter-century. Volunteers guided a ski hill at Potawatomi State Park for decades until 1998, when the decision was made to close the facility due to a stretch of mild winters and not enough people to help run the attraction. Plans to restore the ski hill had to undergo its own resurrection after progress on the plans stalled in 2018. Resident Dana Wangerin recently restarted organizational meetings to generate interest in the project again and get on the radar of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. He says DNR officials have been open to hearing more about welcoming skiers back to the park, believing they would like to see it used to its full potential. Wangerin knows it will take a lot of time, effort, volunteers, and money to get everything restarted, but he is thrilled with the support he has already received to make it a reality.


A group of residents started meeting last month to start working on a business plan, a feasibility study, and an amendment to the local long-range plan for the park. The next meeting will occur on February 26th at 6:30 p.m. at Sonny’s Italian Kitchen in Sturgeon Bay and in March at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor.

 


DCMC addresses workforce challenges with Lt. Governor

You might see one of the possible solutions to addressing the workforce challenges seen at the states’ hospitals already employed by Door County Medical Center. Hospital officials hosted Lt. Governor Sara Rodriguez earlier this week to show her how they meet the community’s needs at a time when rural healthcare is taking on an even greater importance. Rodriguez is leading the Governor’s Task Force on the Healthcare Workforce, which is looking at the different challenges the industry faces when it comes to recruiting and retaining employees, improving patient care while alleviating burdens, and exploring educational and training pathways. Door County Medical Center President and CEO Brian Stephens was proud to share with her the success of the hospital’s SPARC (Start the Path to a Rewarding Career) program, which brought on-the-job training for Certified Nursing Assistants, Certified Medical Assistants, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Registered Nurses inside the hospital with help from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. He says it has been a cost they have been willing to bear to address a problem, but it might be a way the state can get involved.


Stephens says the workforce challenges in hospitals have been going on for years and are hitting rural areas like Door County hard because their employees are retiring. At the same time, the aging population that requires the most care in those communities continues to grow.

Community Investment Fund stretches its impact

You can find even more good that Destination Door County’s Community Investment Fund has provided beyond the $1.2 million that has been given over the last year. The organization recently made its most significant contribution, awarding over $376,000 to six different projects across the county, including new trails in Peninsula State Park and Sturgeon Bay, illuminated water quality signs at five Door County beaches, the Door County Bookmobile, and more. The projects are typically discussed with Door County Community Foundation representatives before being vetted by an independent group so Destination Door County can award the grants. Destination Door County President/CEO Julie Gilbert says she is proud of the types of projects they have been able to support, adding that state statute prevents them from granting funds for other efforts that address childcare and affordable housing.

Chief Communications Officer Jon Jarosh says the pleasant side effect of having to deny some projects for grant funding because of one reason or another is that some of them have been able to receive help in other spots.

The next grant application deadline is March 25th at 4 p.m. Gilbert encourages interested local non-profit organizations and Door County municipalities to schedule an appointment to discuss their ideas before applying.

 

Click here to listen to our full interview with Julie Gilbert and Jon Jarosh

No injuries in Tuesday's propane truck incident

Two delivery drivers walked away from a two-vehicle collision on STH 42 south of Carlsville that caused the highway to be closed for over four hours Tuesday afternoon as emergency crews cleaned and cleared the scene.

 

Egg Harbor Fire Chief Justin MacDonald says the propane truck collided with a cargo van shortly before noon, causing both vehicles to overturn on the highway.  Both vehicles were traveling northbound when the van attempted to turn left onto West Town Line Road.  After the collision, the driver of the van was trapped and needed to be extricated from the vehicle but did not need medical assistance. MacDonald describes how his department provided protection with a water curtain to contain the slight spillage of vapors from the fill hose that escaped.

 

  

 

Both Egg Harbor and Sturgeon Bay fire departments responded to the call, along with Door County EMS, Door County Sheriff’s Department, and Door County Emergency Management.

 

Highway 42 was reopened to traffic at about 4:30 p.m.  

Algoma primary puts Lautenbach and Buhr in mayoral race

There will be a new mayor for the City of Algoma when the general election is held in April after a big turnout of 515 voters on Tuesday.  Incumbent Virginia Haske finished third in Tuesday’s primary as challengers Steve Lautenbach and Casey Buhr finished with the two highest vote counts in the run-off election.

 

Buhr garnered 184 votes, and Lautenbach finished with 177 votes to Haske’s 153.

 

Buhr and Lautenbach will face off in the general election on April 2nd.

 

Buhr was also the top vote-getter in the Algoma Alderperson District 3 primary race, with 84 votes, followed by Bill Bush with 57 and Kenneth D. Taylor with 29.

 

Buhr and Bush will now advance to the general election to determine who gets the seat on the Algoma Common Council. 

Southern Door taps Krutzik as new superintendent

You will find a new face in the superintendent’s office at Southern Door this summer. The district announced Monday night that it has appointed Dr. Kevin Krutzik as its newest superintendent.

 

Krutzik carries with him a 19-year career in education to go along with his studies at Edgewood College, Silver Lake College, Marquette University, and Lakeland University. He served as a Principal at Sheboygan Falls High School, Assistant Principal at Fond du Lac School High School, Middle/High School Principal at Oshkosh Lourdes Academy, and Business & Information Technology Teacher and Interim Principal at Manitowoc Lincoln High School before Monday’s appointment.

 

Board President Penny Price lauded Krutzik’s experience and the “innovative ideas and proven strength” he is expected to bring to Southern Door. “The Southern Door Community is fortunate to begin this journey with Dr. Krutzik, who has the skillset and attitude to take on challenges that our school community is facing while embracing the incredible opportunities that already exist," Price said.

 

Krutzik expressed his enthusiasm for joining the district, citing his excitement to collaborate with students, staff, and board members in his statement following his appointment. “I look forward to creating trusting relationships with all stakeholders and ensuring that we help each student reach their full potential," Krutzik said.

 

Krutzik will officially assume the role on July 1st, relieving Tony Klaubauf of his interim duties. You can read the full announcement from Southern Door School District here.

Washington Island School makes third straight trip to International SeaPerch Challenge

You will see the tradition of Washington Island students going to the University of Maryland for the International SeaPerch Challenge continue in 2024. Sponsored by the North Coast Marine Manufacturing Alliance, the team Fast & Furious took second place at the Ashwaubenon Regional competition on Saturday, earning Washington Island’s third straight bid with at least one team making it to the international competition held in College Park, Md. The school narrowly missed out on a second consecutive year where they had two teams qualify for the competition, with Team JAWS taking third place. Teacher Miranda Dahlke continues to marvel at how her students turn their preparation into success at the regional competitions to earn a trip to internationals.

Carrying the theme of deep-sea exploration, the International SeaPerch Challenge will take place on May 31st and June 1st. Supported by the Door County Maritime Museum, local teams participated in a practice earlier this month at the Door County YMCA, where they could practice with the robots in the pool just like they do during regional and international competitions. Competitors undergo two challenges in the pool and an oral presentation with judges.

Aquatics center proposed for Sister Bay

You will be able to go for a swim in Sister Bay and not have to rely on a beach or a hotel to do so.

 

During Tuesday’s Sister Bay Plan Commission meeting, Rachel Parr will present drawings on a sports and recreation center situated on 3.5 acres along State Highway 57. The first phase of the development is described as a “medical aquatic spa of sorts,” according to the meeting’s agenda packet, that includes endless pools where swimmers could adjust the resistance they swim against, similar to a treadmill. The drawings also show an indoor and outdoor lap pool, playground, and splash pad to be built in the future phases.

 

The village is asking Parr for a change in the future facility’s parking lot so she is not developing on an easement located on the property. Parr is asking the village to support her pursuit of a Community Development Investment Grant from the Wisconsin Development Corporation to the tune of $250,000 for what is expected to be a multi-million dollar project.

 

The Sister Bay Plan Commission will also host public hearings for six ordinance amendments, including two impacting parking at short-term rental properties. The meeting will occur at 5:30 p.m. at the Sister Bay-Liberty Grove Fire Station and will be available via Zoom at this link.

Aldo Leopold Day arrives at Crossroads at Big Creek

In 2004, Gov. Jim Doyle signed legislation designating the first Saturday in March as Aldo Leopold Day in Wisconsin. At Crossroads at Big Creek, our first event was  in 2007. This year, we will continue the tradition of celebrating the life and legacy of Wisconsin’s most influential ecologist/philosopher, Aldo Leopold, and to use the day for re-dedication to Leopold’s concept of a “land ethic.”   

Nancy Rafal (who at that time served as Door County Poet Laureate) suggested that Crossroads host our first Door County Aldo Leopold Day. Because so many environmentalists have been inspired by the works of this  Wisconsin writer, and because countless people read and re-read his essays to renew their commitment to the land, the idea of inviting professional actors and other volunteers to read the book aloud and to invite the community to stop by for a few minutes … for an hour….perhaps for the whole day …seemed the perfect way to share Leopold’s legacy.

Since then, we have held Leopold Breakfasts. We’ve participated with our partners in conservation, The Land Trust, The Ridges Sancturys, The Clearing and Write-On Door County in hosting stwo-day progressive Marathon Reads throughout the county. We’ve celebrated Leopold’s graduate student Fran Hamerstrom.  And Emma Toft. We’ve masked up to offer social-distanced outdoor readings. And in 2011, we hosted the Wisconsin premiere of the documentary “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time”

The screening was a memorable event. The lecture hall was filled to overflowing learners of all ages and was  a “whose who” of Door County environmental advocates and leaders. I turned to the late educator/environmentalist Carl Scholtz and commented, “It looks like we are preaching to the choir.”

“Good,” he said. “The choir needs to get together and practice from time to time.”

And that is why we re-read and reflect on “A Sand County Almanac” each March. Sometimes we in environmental field get so overwhelmed with paperwork…... grant reports, budgets, management plans…we need to pause and ponder Leopold’s words and to take a bit of time to observe the beauty and complexity of nature. This time of year, everybody needs a little inspiration. 

So we invite the community—whether  or not folks have read this short literary classic---to join us on Saturday, March 3 for a afternoon of reflection, nature observations, and a showing of the Green Fire documentary

 From 1:00-4:00 Self-guided nature journaling hikes will be offered. Also starting at 1:00, selected reading from a Sand County Almanac will focus on anecdotes of Leopold’s nature observations.

At 2:00 the documentary will be screened at 2:00, and although it is free and open to the public, we expect a good turnout so are requesting reservations. And because the group size is limited, reservations will also be required for the 3:00 Guided Nature Journaling Hike.  Visit www.crossroadsatbigcreek.og to RSVP.

Some members of the community will want to prepare, so for the February meeting of the Crossroads Book Club, we selected “A Sand County Almanac.” The group will gather around the fireplace and discuss the concept of a “land ethic” and how it influences current land management practices.

One of the many insightful quotes from this book guides our Board of Directors in its decision making: “Examine each question in terms of what is ethically and aesthetically right, as well as what is economically expedient. A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.”

And  a second quote will sound remarkably familiar to the pre-school-aged children and their caretakers who will participate in our spring session of Junior Nature Club [we still have a few openings], which will start in March. At the beginning of each class the youngsters will repeat a pledge promising “to be a friend of of Nature — the soils and the water, the plants and the animals.” Our little pledge was inspired by Leopold’s Land Ethic.

 “The land ethic simply enlarges the boundaries of the community to include soils, waters, plants, and animals, or collectively: the land.”


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10:00 am Crossroads Book Club: A Sand County Almanac

This month we’re discussing ”A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold. Crossroads will have a few copies of the book available to borrow if needed.

Whether you have read the book yet or not, we would love for you to join us as we explore the essays and philosophies found in inspiring literary classic. Free and open to the public.  Meet around the fireplace in the Collins Learning Center, Crossroads, 2041 Michigan, Sturgeon Bay.

 

 

Friday, March 1

5:00 pm Crossroads Volunteer Mixer

Interested in finding out more about volunteer opportunities at your local nature center? Whether you are simply curious or a seasoned volunteer, join us Friday to find out what’s up and coming this spring at Crossroads. This casual event is a great chance to learn about volunteering at Crossroads and meet other wonderful people who care about nature! Meet at the Collins Learning Center, Crossroads at Big Creek. 2041 Michigan.

 

March 2

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Aldo Leopold Day

Crossroads is celebrating the life and work of Aldo Leopold. Join us for an afternoon of reflection, nature observations, and a showing of the 2011 film: Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic of Our Time.

All  events are free, but reservations are required for the documentary and the guided hike. Visit www.crossroadsatbigcreek to save a seat and for more information.

Pilgrim or tourist? A look at mental health

I would like to take a pause from the annual report segments and talk a bit about wellness once again. I just returned from a quick getaway with my dear wife, and I try to use these adventures to not only dedicate my absolute attention to this amazing lady, but at the same time refresh and adjust my perspective. In my daily routine, I have limited time for reading, but I did my best to catch up on the flights there and back this year.

       

One of the books I was able to read over my free time, was “Resisting Happiness” which is written by Matthew Kelly. The title is a bit of a twist in the actual context, as it is not how we should resist happiness, but rather how we should find happiness even when our own natural tendencies pull us in other emotional directions. If we think about the various habits we may have, these are behaviors that are deeply engrained in our minds, and to change them takes deliberate and concerted effort. In that same way, we can get into habits of behavior and thinking that actually prevent us from experiencing true happiness.

        

When the author refers to finding happiness, he is not referring to merely being happy in those times of satisfaction or comfort, but being able to find happiness regardless of the environment or conditions in which we find ourselves. Yes, even in times of pain or struggle, there is a place for happiness. It may not be jubilant in the form of joyous expression, but rather a sense of peace and contentment.

         

There is a great analogy that is used in the book which poses the question; “Are you a Tourist or a Pilgrim?” The author goes on to describe the behavior of a typical tourist as they search for things to purchase or comforts to be enjoyed, annoyed by any delay or diversion from their planned itinerary, oblivious to the real treasures that surround them. In contrast, the Pilgrim approaches their travels in search of connection to people, and aware of the moments in which they find themselves. They are able to smile at a rainy day, laugh at a delayed flight, and find peace in disrupted vacation plans.

         

This can be applied to how we live our lives as well, and our ability to find happiness. If we are focused on ourselves, our deadlines, our material possessions, or solely our needs; happiness will elude us. However, if we take the time to look at each person as a gift, each struggle as a challenge, and each day as a new beginning full of opportunities, happiness is a natural outcome.

        

Reading this book brought me back to a question that a friend once asked me. The question was; “Why are you always so happy?” I responded that I am in fact not always happy. I have times of anger, times of fear, times of sadness and times of regret. I visit those emotions from time to time, but I don’t set up camp there. I visit, but choose not to stay. I set up my camp in happiness. I pitch my tent in contentment, and enjoy my campfire of gratitude. We each choose our emotional state of being. Choose Happiness.

Kitchens reflects on Assembly session

You will find members of the Wisconsin Assembly heading back to their home districts after completing their final day on Thursday. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos called the session incredibly productive, citing the budget passage, increases in funding for local communities, and multiple tax cuts as some of the successes. Rep. Joel Kitchens is especially proud of the tax cut legislation they were able to get to Governor Tony Evers’ desk, especially those that benefit senior citizens and child-care dependent parents.

The end of the session does not mean members of the Assembly were able to accomplish everything they wanted to do. Kitchens says he will be keeping an eye on several bills waiting for Senate passage, including one that would legalize medical marijuana.

While the Assembly was adjourned until after the fall election, the Wisconsin State Senate seemed poised to return to Madison next month to finish their duties.

League of Women Voters of Door County to host second candidate forum March 6th

The League of Women Voters of Door County has an opportunity for you to become more informed ahead of the April 2nd election.

 

The organization is hosting its second candidate forum of the spring election cycle on March 6th from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Sevastopol Town Hall. This forum will focus on the four candidates seeking Town of Sevastopol Board seats. Incumbents Jeanne Vogel and Derek Denil are looking to ward off challenges by Mark Haberli and Trent Olsen.  The forums organized by the League of Women Voters of Door County give the public a chance to hear from the candidates about their thoughts on questions from the community. The Town of Sevastopol Board Candidate Forum will be live-streamed on the town’s YouTube channel and recorded by the League of Women Voters of Door County.

 

The organization hosted its first candidate forum of the spring election cycle last week when Jennifer Moeller and Brett Reetz presented their case to become the next Door County Circuit Court Judge.

 

You can watch the forum below:

 

Door County Maritime Museum takes another step towards full accreditation

You may not notice a difference the next time you stop by, but the Door County Maritime Museum is a step closer to becoming fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The organization recently announced it has verified the museum’s core documents, which cover its educational mission, strategic plan, code of ethics, and emergency and collections stewardship policies. Deputy Director & Development Manager Sam Perlman says the requirements set forth by the AAM were nothing new compared to what the museum has been doing in the past. Still, it shows they have codified those practices in a written document. Core Documents Verification puts the Door County Maritime Museum one step closer to becoming fully accredited, which only three percent of the country’s 35,000 museums, zoos, and aquariums have reached, including 21 in Wisconsin. Perlman says AAM accreditation has been a goal of the museum for a long time, and it will open the door for more educational opportunities in the future.


Perlman says the process includes an exhaustive self-study and site visit before an accreditation commission decides. Once accredited, the Door County Maritime Museum would carry that distinction for ten years before reaccreditation.

Gibraltar Area Schools invites community to learn about upcoming improvements

You will be able to learn more about how Gibraltar Area Schools will be transformed in the coming years. The district and its contractor, CG Schmidt, are hosting two engagement sessions tonight (February 22nd) and Tuesday, March 5th, at 5 p.m. The sessions will include an overview of the project and its team, its two bid packages, the pre-qualification process, and a question and answer session. The improvements were approved last year as a part of a $29.8 million referendum to demolish the 1930s and 1950s sections of the building. In its place, the district plans on building a new two-station gym, community space, and classrooms in addition to updates to the cafeteria and offices. Superintendent Brett Stousland says there will be plenty of construction, but they are trying to limit student, staff, and visitor interruptions.


Stousland says the project will break ground behind the building on June 3rd and hopes to be completed by the end of August 2025.

Business puts "gratitude is attitude" to work for House of Hope

“Gratitude is attitude” has been Uncle Tom’s Candy’s slogan for 50 years, but its current owners, Ryan and Rebecca Mueller are taking it one notch further.

 

The Muellers discovered House of Hope when he was the Director of Operations for The Salvation Army of Milwaukee County. Opened in 2000 on the city’s west side, House of Hope provides emergency shelter and housing stability programs for young parents and their children dealing with homelessness. The organization also provides financial literacy, parenting, and other educational programs for its clients. Mueller says he has been saddened by what he sees in the world, and he wanted his business to provide a bright spot in the region.

Uncle Tom’s Candy is offering discounts on their products online and in-person Friday and Saturday, with all profits going to support House of Hope’s mission. Mueller hopes this is the first of many events in the coming years where they will be support local non-profits while showing that gratitude is attitude.

Public safety warns of AT&T outage

Emergency personnel nationwide are warning you how a service outage involving a major cell phone carrier could affect your ability to call for help. According to CNN, AT&T’s network went down for thousands of customers early Thursday morning. As of 6 a.m., approximately 46,000 customers lack service, according to DownDetector.com. Cricket Wireless, which uses AT&T towers, reports about 10,000 customers without service. The Egg Harbor Fire Department, the Washington Island Police Department and Brown County Public Safety Communications are just some of the local agencies that took to social media to help people who may use those services connect with 911 operators if needed. They recommend using the SOS feature on your cellphone, a landline, or a different cellphone service. 

 

Picture courtesy of Pixabay

 

 

 

 

YMCA Youth program registration open this week

You can sign your child up for Door County YMCA's Winter Session II Youth Programs as the registration period is underway.  Members began enrolling in classes this past Monday, with non-members starting today (Wednesday).

 

School Age Director Ashley Bagneski says the new youth programs include dodgeball, soccer, gymnastics, swimming,  gaga ball, and various dance sessions. She says the move of the preschool programs from the Lansing Center to the new Sturgeon Bay facility has brought more opportunities for the younger children to participate in different sports.

 

 

Youth programs for the Winter II session will begin on Monday, February 26, and run through late April.  Bagneski adds that you can find the complete listing of youth programs offered at the Door County YMCA in Sturgeon Bay and Fish Creek on their website.

Hovde enters U.S. Senate race

Businessman Eric Hovde wants your help turning the U.S. Senate red this fall. The long-rumored candidate announced on Tuesday his intentions to run for the U.S. Senate, pitting him against two-term Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin. Hovde grew up and went to school in Madison, Wis., before starting several businesses and The Hovde Foundation, which supports other charities addressing various issues. In a video launching his campaign, Hovde says that “our country is facing enormous challenges” and that “All Washington does is divide us and talk about who’s to blame.” This is the second time Hovde has tried running for the U.S. Senate. He lost a primary challenge to former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson, who lost to Baldwin in the 2012 election as they raced to replace the retired U.S. Senator Herb Kohl. While Hovde may be the biggest name to enter the Republican race for the U.S. Senate, he is far from the only one. According to Ballotpedia, Kyle Corrigan, Stacey Klein, Rejani Raveendran, and Patrick Schaefer-Wicke also plan to challenge Baldwin for her U.S. Senate seat. Baldwin is not facing a primary challenge.

 

Picture from Hovde for Wisconsin

Sturgeon Bay approves equipment and repair recommendations

During a relatively routine meeting on Tuesday night, the City of Sturgeon Bay moved forward on several recommendations by the Finance/Purchasing & Building Committee.  Council President Dan Williams filled in for Mayor David Ward to preside over the regular meeting, which took about 35 minutes.  He says the first piece of business was the approval of a first reading of an alteration to the Municipal Code to make the wording clearer on the Tourist Rooming House ordinance. 

 

The council then approved the contract with Flock Safety to install a license plate reader camera system for $31,500 with a recurring cost of $30,000 annually.  Williams says the system will only be used in Sturgeon Bay as an investigative tool for situations like Amber or Silver Alerts that have been issued.

 

 

Other recommendations approved Tuesday included the purchase of a new Volvo L90H rubber tire loader and resurfacing the Safe Boat. 

 

After the regular meeting, the Sturgeon Bay Common Council went into a closed session and discussed a property purchase on Division Road but did not take action after deliberating for about 30 minutes.

Two-vehicle crash closes WIS 42

Approximately four miles of WIS 42 south of Carlsville was shut down Tuesday afternoon due to a two-vehicle crash. At about noon, emergency personnel reported to the scene of WIS 42 and W Town Line Road, where two vehicles were found lying on their sides. One of the vehicles was a propane truck that was reportedly leaking fuel.   The state highway was closed shortly after that, with personnel directing traffic near intersecting streets. No other information has been released, and we will have more as soon as it is available.

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of Door County Sheriff's Department

United Way of Door County releases funded program list

Tuition assistance for young families, home repair programs, and family service programs are among the ways your donations to the United Way of Door County will be used in 2024. Close to 20 organizations will benefit from United Way of Door County funding. That includes the organization’s programs addressing child care, alcohol and substance abuse, mental health, family education, and nutritional wellness. United Way of Door County Executive Director Amy Kohnle says their committee worked hard to figure out a way to stretch the over $800,000 it raised during its record-setting annual campaign last year.

In addition to the programs it helped fund, the United Way of Door County also formed initiatives and collaborations with 2-1-1, AARP Tax-Aide, the Door County Food Pantry Coalition, and Volunteer Connections.

 

 

Tooth Fairy returns to Door County Medical Center

For over 20 years, you can find the Tooth Fairy and some of her assistants roaming around the halls of the Door County Medical Center Clinic. Every year, the clinic hosts its Tooth Fairy event, which collects donations to support its work with patients in Door and Kewaunee counties who are on Medicaid or considered low-income with no dental insurance. The Door County Medical Center Dental Clinic has grown tremendously since it opened its doors 25 years ago. Last year, the clinic had over 4,500 visits from patients. Tanya Fischer from the Door County Medical Center Dental Clinic says it is sign that is important to get the preventative care you need for your teeth.

You can donate by stopping by their 16th Avenue entrance and purchasing a paper tooth to hang on the wall or you can mail it in. We have more information on the Tooth Fairy event online with this story.

 

 

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