Tips for staying safe on Halloween

As you and your families venture out for trick or treating or spooky activities, there are a few things that you can do to make sure you are safe while you are having fun. If you are a parent, the Wisconsin Department of Corrections advises you to have a conversation with your family and child about what to do if you get separated and go over these tips before you trick or treat. 


  • A parent or trusted adult should always accompany children
  • Stay on well-lit streets and stick to neighborhoods you know
  • Only stop at homes where the porch light is on
  • Never enter a home or car for a treat
  • Trick-or-treaters should carry a cell phone to allow for quick communication
  • If the child carries a cell phone, activate location services prior to trick-or-treating
  • Call 911 if you see any suspicious or illegal activity
  • Children should yell “No!” and run from any stranger who tries to take them somewhere
  • Have a responsible adult check treats at the end of the night

In a similar fashion, the Wisconsin Department of Health also suggests some tips for families with trick or treaters and families who are giving out candy. 


Costume Tips

  • Choose costumes that are light-colored and more visible to motorists.
  • Use reflective tape to decorate costumes and candy bags to increase visibility of children to drivers. Reflective tape may be purchased at hardware, bicycle, or sporting goods stores.
  • Use make-up rather than a mask; if your child’s costume does include a mask, make sure it fits snugly and that the eyeholes are large enough to allow full vision.
  • Children should wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes.
  • Costumes should be short enough that a child will not trip and fall.
  • Choose costume accessories such as swords or knives that are made of soft and flexible material.
  • Do not use novelty contacts such as “cat eyes” or “snake eyes.” 

Pedestrian Safety

  • Engage in Halloween activities during the daylight hours, if possible.
  • Do not enter homes or apartments without adult supervision.
  • Remind children to walk, not run, and to only cross streets at crosswalks.
  • Be sure your children are accompanied by a responsible adult who has a flashlight. Flashlights or chemical light sticks should be used so that children can see and be seen by motorists.

Halloween Home Safety

  • Remove obstacles from your lawn, porch, or steps if you are expecting trick-or-treaters.
  • Make sure your front porch is well-lit.
  • Avoid using candle-lit jack-o-lanterns if possible. If you do use candles, don’t place them near curtains, furnishings, or decorations. Move them off porches where children’s costumes may ignite.
  • Keep your pets in another room when you are expecting trick-or-treaters.
  • Small children should not carve pumpkins; instead, allow them to draw the designs on the pumpkin and adults may carve.
  • Turn on an outside light if welcoming trick-or-treaters. 

Pre-screening can save lives – National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

A mammogram is one way to detect breast cancer early and potentially lengthen or save your life.  October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.   According to the American Cancer Society, anyone over 40 years old should start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms.  Barb Herdina of Door CANcer says the area is fortunate to have the facilities to provide you with the necessary and effective screenings.



Women 55 years or older should switch to mammograms every two years or continue yearly screening.  Door CANcer is a locally run and operated charity that has helped hundreds of individuals battling cancer for over 20 years.  DoorCANcer can help families facing financial challenges during a medical crisis by paying for some of their everyday expenses. 


Click here on performing a self-breast exam.


Governor Evers makes stop in Kewaunee County

On Thursday, Governor Tony Evers arrived in Algoma to meet with Mayor Wayne Schmidt and community leaders to discuss the shoreline conditions along Crescent Beach. Area leaders joined the governor for a walk along the boardwalk led by Sara Robertson, Algoma Parks and Recreation director, who spent time pointing out the projects Algoma has been working on, and the current condition of their beach. Schmidt, described the significance of Governor Evers’ visit.



The trip to Algoma was made in accordance with the "Imagine a Day Without Water" observance. This event also follows the announcement made earlier this year by Governor Evers, declaring September as Coastal Awareness Month in Wisconsin. However, Evers did state that the protection of our waters should not be reserved for September but instead be a year-round effort. After the walk on the boardwalk, Evers made his way to Luxemburg to have a conversation with a community member who was impacted by groundwater contamination. While he was in Kewaunee county, Governor Evers also presented a check to the Kewaunee County officials to help fund community well testing as a part of a grant from the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program.


To view the official post made by the Wisconsin Department of Administration click here.

Kewaunee County nudges forward with new jail

You may soon be able to let your voice be heard regarding a new jail in Kewaunee County.


The topic dominated the majority of Tuesday’s Kewaunee County Board meeting. Chairperson Dan Olson outlined the discussions that have been held since the board did not have the votes to move forward with Phase 3 of the jail project earlier this year. Born out of that vote was the Public Safety Facility Needs Assessment Committee, which searched for cost reductions and alternatives for an over $20 million facility. Approximately $500,000 is needed to make the immediate repairs to the facility. The state jail inspector has let the county know that the current facility is not good enough as it does not address a number of capacity, safety, and liability issues as Wisconsin’s smallest and oldest jail. The committee looked at contracting services from other facilities in neighboring counties, but over the long term, those costs would exceed the investment in a new facility. Approximately $3.1 million in savings were found, but those were gobbled up due to inflation. American Rescue Plan Act dollars and funding from the county could help make the final bill more palatable for voters, with Olson saying he would like to keep the impact for property to $100-$150 per year for a $200,000 home.


Kewaunee County Administrator Scott Feldt highlighted what would happen if the board did the bare minimum.

Olson said that as much as he disagrees with the requirements for jails set forth by the state, the county does not have a choice but to comply.

Because the jail topic was merely a discussion item on the agenda, no vote was taken. Further discussion will take place next month on whether the county should move forward with Phase 3, which will allow them to have more information about what a new facility could include and potential costs. The county board will then discuss whether it should be put up for a vote or not with two referendum questions: one addressing the building itself and another concerning the additional staff that would be needed. It will then be voted on if the referendum vote should take place in April 2022 or November 2022. You can watch the meeting below.


Alert issued for Ashwaubenon disturbance -- UPDATE, all-clear given

Two people are dead after a standoff in Ashwaubenon earlier Thursday.  Reportedly a man and woman were involved in a shooting.  Ashwaubenon Public Safety gave the all-clear shortly after 2 pm after it was determined that there was no threat to the public.  The suspect has a violent criminal history and the shooter has not been identified. 



(Original Post)The Emergency Alert System is encouraging people near Cormier Road in the Village of Ashwaubenon to take shelter after shots were fired near a residential complex. According to WBAY, police officers swarmed the scene near the 2300 block of Cedar Ridge while also blocking a part of Cormier Road to traffic. NEW Radio listeners were notified of the incident via the over-the-air EAS. We will have more information about the incident as more becomes available.


One death, 11 hospitalizations in latest Door County COVID report

The number of positive tests and active cases continues to trend downward, but you will still find hospitals busy treating people with COVID-19.


Of the 90 tests submitted since Monday, 26 tests came back positive for COVID-19. The number of active cases in the county also dropped by four to 448. Door County’s Thursday situation report noted 11 new hospitalizations and one additional death. That raised the death toll to 32 since the beginning of the pandemic. Reported deaths and hospitalizations tend to lag by several days compared to what is happening in real-time.


Door County is inching towards 73 percent of residents receiving at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. In addition to their usual Wednesday clinics, the COVID-19 vaccine will be available at their flu vaccine clinics at the Washington Island Airport on October 28th, the Sister Bay Fire Station on November 4th, and the Brussels-Union-Gardner Fire Station on November 9th.

Kwik-Trip clears first hurdle in Sturgeon Bay

A Kwik-Trip in Sturgeon Bay came closer to reality on Wednesday evening at the Plan Commission meeting.  The Sturgeon Bay Plan Commission approved a conditional use application for a commercial establishment with a drive-thru car wash facility for a future Kwik-Trip located between Egg Harbor Road and Alabama Street.

The seven commissioners, including Chair and Mayor David Ward, expressed concerns about traffic flow onto Alabama Street.  Two nearby residents of the proposed property who spoke during the public hearing said they were worried about safety and privacy issues with no sidewalks and lights on for a 24/7 business. 


The Plan Commission unanimously approved the motion with an amendment to direct the Aesthetic and Design Review Committee to recommend more tree fences and screening along with a traffic lane to loop vehicles back onto Egg Harbor Road.


Troy Mleziva, a real estate developer for Kwik-Trip, says they pride themselves on being good neighbors.



Mleziva says plans are to have the Kwik-Trip open for business in Sturgeon Bay at some point in 2022.   


Fight starts early to get off drunkest counties list

You can find Door, Kewaunee, and 39 other Wisconsin counties on a dubious list this month due to their ability to tilt back a few drinks. More than half of Wisconsin’s 72 counties made the “Top 50 Drunkest Counties in the U.S.” list compiled by the website 24/ The site made their determination by considering a county’s adult binge drinking rate, driving deaths involving alcohol, median household income, and people reporting poor or fair health. While Outagamie County captured the top honors, Kewaunee County finished in ninth and Door County finished in 27th. The Door County Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Coalition is focused on preventing underage drinking and other behaviors before they become a part of the statistic. Door County AODA Coordinator Shauna Blackledge says it is important to have a conversation with your kids while they are young so they can make good decisions in the future.

Blackledge added the lack of public transportation is a big reason why DUI arrests and other alcohol-related arrests are at the level that they are in Door County. 


Data from article

27. Door County, Wisconsin
> Adults binge or heavy drinking: 27.5%
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 22.7% — 1,127th lowest of 3,081 counties (tied)
> Median household income: $61,560 — 651st highest of 3,106 counties
> Adults reporting poor or fair health: 13.4% — 218th lowest of 3,106 counties


9. Kewaunee County, Wisconsin
> Adults binge or heavy drinking: 28.5%
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 50.0% — 140th highest of 3,081 counties (tied)
> Median household income: $66,192 — 423rd highest of 3,106 counties
> Adults reporting poor or fair health: 14.6% — 431st lowest of 3,106 counties

Cops and custard make a difference for Christmas

Members of Door County law enforcement and Culver’s True Blue Crew made sure your holiday season got off on the right foot on Wednesday. The two entities kicked off their annual Police Lights of Christmas outreach program when Culver’s doors opened at 10 a.m. with Sheriff’s deputies and Sturgeon Bay Police officers were among those delivering butterburgers and concrete mixers to customers. It has been four years since Culver’s of Sturgeon Bay owner Austin Hildebrand first joined the effort that has grown to more than two dozen locations across Wisconsin. Just like their share nights and Concretes for a Cause events, Hildebrand says Wednesday’s Cops at Culver’s Day is just another extension of what they love to do in the community.

Door County Sheriff’s Department Mental Health and Community Engagement Deputy Chris Ott says the annual rite is a great way to give back and form connections in the community.

Money raised during the Lights of Christmas campaign is distributed right back into the community as gift cards for families in need during the holiday season.



DNR no-show for Potawatomi State Park tower hearing

Members of the state Assembly and the general public discussed the rehabilitation of Potawatomi State Park’s observation tower on Wednesday, but you would not have found the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources there. 


The Assembly Committee on Tourism listened to testimony on a pair of bills in Madison, including one that would dedicate up to $750,000 of funds from the American Rescue Plan Act to repairing the historic structure. Sturgeon Bay residents Christie Weber, Paul Anschutz, and Kelly Catarozoli testified in favor of the bill, even suggesting that the bill could be amended to use money from the general maintenance fund if the ARPA dollars could not be used. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources declined to speak at the hearing despite telling Rep. Joel Kitchens, State Senator Andre Jacque, and other state officials back in May that they were committed to saving the structures.


Rep. Kitchens says the DNR has cited concerns in recent weeks that they did not have five months ago, leaving him frustrated about them not coming to the hearing to respond.

The Potawatomi State Park observation tower, which is listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places, is required by statute to have a plan for its long-term preservation and for it to be repaired if possible. After it was closed permanently in 2018, Dr. Dan Tingley of Wood Research and Development announced that the tower’s main support can be saved and the majority of it components can be saved.  

Door County YMCA Health Living Fair held virtually

For the second year in a row, the Door County YMCA will be holding its Community Healthy Living Fair virtually.  The fair will be available on the YMCA’s website from October 25 through October 29 and will feature 20 vendors from the community sharing information on improving your health.  Senior Program Director Mary Claire McHugh shares the details of this year’s Community Healthy Living Fair.



You can find out more information on the YMCA Community Healthy Living Fair, sponsored by Door County Medical Center at

Turkey farmers facing shortage of workers, local stores feel confident on supply

The holidays are only a few weeks away, but national concern over a labor shortage affecting the turkey supply does not seem to be an issue locally.  Turkey supplier Butterball has expressed concerns over a shortage of supply that could impact the selection of turkeys in stores this fall.  Alex Stodola from Stodola’s IGA in Luxemburg says he ordered turkeys for the store months ago and that all indications are that he will have enough to meet the demand during the holidays.  John Calhoun, store manager at Tadych’s Econofoods in Sturgeon Bay confirmed Wednesday that turkey orders are in and that suppliers have not mentioned any word of a supply issue.  Calhoun recommends that shoppers purchase their turkeys early and freeze them to make sure they can get the size they want.

Tadych's Econofoods to sell to Coborn's

A St. Cloud, Minnesota grocer is purchasing Tadych’s Econofoods Supermarkets in eastern Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula region, including the Sturgeon Bay store.   According to Supermarket News, the Upper Midwest grocer Coburn’s plans to close the transaction in early December, pending the customary closing conditions.  Tadych’s Econofoods has six locations doing business as T&C Markets and is based in Brillion.  Coburn’s is currently celebrating its 100th year and operates 59 supermarkets in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.  In a news release, CEO Chris Coburn stated that plans are for Tadych’s Econofoods stores to retain the Tadych’s name and all of the 800 employees to be hired by Coburn’s.      



News Release:


Coborn’s, Inc. to acquire Tadych’s grocery stores in Wisconsin and Michigan 

ST. CLOUD, MN – Coborn’s, Inc. has announced it has signed a purchase agreement to acquire three Tadych’s  Econofoods grocery stores in eastern Wisconsin and three locations in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the  company’s first expansion into that state. The stores are operated by the Tadych family and operate under  the Tadych’s Econofoods banner. 

The Tadych’s locations included in the acquisition are: 

• 1250 North 14th Avenue, Sturgeon Bay, WI 

• 278 South Main Street, Clintonville, WI 

• 109 North Main Street, Brillion, WI 

• 1401 O’dovero Drive, Marquette, MI 

• 1600 South Stephenson Avenue, Iron Mountain, MI 

• 1000 West Sharon Avenue, Houghton, MI 

“The Tadych family has run their family of stores with great care and is a highly-respected retailer,” said  Chris Coborn, Chairman, President and CEO of Coborn’s, Inc. “We look forward to extending the same  operating philosophies in these locations that have made us successful for 100 years – investing and training  for our people, supporting our communities and investing in our stores to improve the experience for our  guests. We look forward to having the entire Tadych team join our team to learn more about their  operations and communities.” 

“This is our first entry into the state of Michigan, so we have some things to learn, some added distance to  figure out and to onboard their team into our organization,” Chris Coborn added. Approximately 800 people work in the six locations and will all be hired by Coborn’s, Inc. The stores will continue to operate  under the Tadych’s name. 

James Tadych, owner, and founder of T&C Markets began his grocery career as a young man working in his  father’s family store. He then went on to purchase his own first store in Brillion, WI in 1968 upon returning  from serving in the U.S. Army. From there, he continued to add additional locations to serve the region.  Customer satisfaction has always been a core value of the company and he has always operated with that as  a high priority that is instilled in all the stores today.  

“This sale makes perfect sense for our family and for our employees, said Mike Tadych, Jim’s son and  current owner. “Coborn’s has long been a highly-respected company and we felt perfectly aligned with their 


values, operational standards, support of the communities they operate in and most importantly the  company culture and commitment to their employees,” he added. “We are grateful to all of our customers  and employees who have helped us build our business over the past five decades. I know our communities  and employees are in good hands as we make this transition.” 

The transaction is currently expected to close in early December, subject to customary closing conditions.  With this acquisition and the opening of a brand new Coborn’s Marketplace store in Buffalo, MN in  November, Coborn’s, Inc.’s portfolio of grocery stores will expand to 66 locations in Minnesota, Wisconsin,  South Dakota, North Dakota and Michigan.


Sturgeon Bay approves work on water and land

The Sturgeon Bay Common Council met on Tuesday evening and quickly moved forward on a handful of agenda items.  Within the 25-minute meeting, recommendations from the Finance/Purchasing & Building Committee were approved unanimously, including a sharing of a listing for about two acres of land on Shiloh Road.   If Door County Economic Development or Destination Sturgeon Bay does not commit a cash offer within two weeks, the property would be listed at fair market value with a realtor.  In other business, the council approved a bid from Bissen Asphalt to provide shoreline protection on Juniper Street for $31,378.  Also, an additional $10,390 was approved for work by Death’s Door Marine to remove dock pilings near the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club that was above the original estimate. Councilmember Gary Nault noted that 20 additional pilings just above and below the water surface needed to be removed because of the hazard they presented.  The Sturgeon Bay Common Council moved forward on the development agreement of the Sunset School property by S.C. Swiderski, which is planning to put up a 26-unit apartment complex.

Clipper pride displayed on Sturgeon Bay Police squad car

A Sturgeon Bay Police squad car got a unique design added to the vehicle's exterior this year, thanks to three Sturgeon Bay High School students and School Resource Officer Derek Jennerjohn. The school resource vehicle has the Sturgeon Bay Clipper logo and artwork displayed on the hood and sides of the car.  Officer Jennerjohn asked for three designs to be made for the squad car last spring, and the final decal was placed on the squad car's hood after homecoming this fall.



Officer Jennerjohn, Sturgeon Bay class of 2005, says the new artwork on his squad car is a great way to connect with students and his alma mater.  He says he got the idea from the Southern Door schools' resource officer vehicle from the Door County Sheriff's Department.  Designs were submitted by AP art students Drew Starr, Makayla Ash, and Hailey Brickham were chosen.  Brickham graduated last June, and Starr and Ash are seniors this year at Sturgeon Bay High School.




(Photos courtesy of Sturgeon Bay Schools)

Kewaunee County conducting "Health Needs" survey

With health decisions being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic the past 18 months, the Kewaunee County Public Health Department and the U.W. – Madison Extension are launching a health needs survey to help move forward essential services to its residents.  Kewaunee County Health Officer Cindy Kinnard says the community health assessment must be done every five years by every county in the state but was delayed one year because of the pandemic. She explains the importance of gathering the information through the survey.



The survey results will be presented to the community with a full presentation on December 16. The most pressing problems listed from the last survey included drug and alcohol use, obesity, and nutrition impact overall wellness. You can take the survey by clicking here. 

Potawatomi State Park observation tower gets a hearing

You can show your support for the Potawatomi State Park observation tower at a public hearing in Madison on Wednesday.


The Assembly Committee on Tourism is scheduled to meet to discuss a pair of bills including one that would allocate up to $750,000 in funds from the American Rescue Plan to make the necessary repairs to the aging structure that was closed to the public in 2017. Dr. Dan Tingley of Wood Research and Development recently did an engineering study, discovering that the tower’s main supports and the majority of its components could be saved. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Secretary Preston Cole told Rep. Joel Kitchens and Senator Andre Jacque in May that the agency was no longer looking at demolishing the structure but looking to save it. Rep. Kitchens explained why the structure was worth saving when he sent out a memo looking for sponsors for Assembly Bill 567 back in September.

Representatives Cindi Duchow, Dave Murphy, Todd Novak, William Penterman, and David Steffen, and Senators Robert Cowles have joined Kitchens and Jacque in sponsoring the bill. The public hearing is scheduled to take place on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Wisconsin State Capitol building in Room 415 Northwest. 

Pumpkin growers good as gourd at contests

Stumbling into the right pumpkin patches this year could have led you to some of the biggest pumpkins in the state. Algoma’s Matthew Fay and Chase Romdenne, Kewaunee’s Nathan Petersilka, Casco’s Bill Roethle, and Brussels’ Cory and Connor Cornette traveled as far as Kenosha to submit their pumpkins to see how they stack with the heaviest across the state. Petersilka’s 1,133.50 pumpkin was the heaviest from the area, though it was still over 850 pounds lighter than this year’s state champion grown by Caleb Jacobus of Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin. It was the first year of competing for Casco’s Bill Roethle, who displayed his smaller 850 pound pumpkin in front of his orchard’s shop for people to see. His 940.50-pound pumpkin was a good start, but he is already looking forward to doing it all again next year.

Roethle’s pumpkin was the eighth biggest weighed at the Mishicot Pumpkinfest last weekend. Stefano Cutrupi of Tuscany, Italy has bragging rights over the entire planet after growing a 2,702.90 pound pumpkin this year.



Nathan Petersilka, Kewaunee 1133.5 (photo submitted by Nathan Petersilka)

Bill Roethle, Casco 940.50 (picture with his 850+ pound pumpkin)

Matthew Fay, Algoma 911 pounds

Chase Romdenne, Algoma 904 pounds

Matthew Fay, Algoma 878 pounds

Cory and Connor Cornette, Brussels 716

Door County scene for upcoming movie

You could be part of an upcoming movie being filmed in parts of Door and Brown counties. The producers behind “God Loves The Green Bay Packers” are looking for extras to participate in a trio of scenes being filmed locally beginning next week. Baileys Harbor will provide the backdrop for a scene involving a fish fry and a bar while a church in Brussels gets its Hollywood closeup. Producers will also shoot a tailgating scene in Green Bay. Door County is no stranger to the big screen with movies like The Emissary and Feed the Fish two of the more recent showcases of the area. Destination Door County Interim CEO Jon Jarosh says having movies filmed in Door County provides a major opportunity for people to check out the beauty of the area during all of the seasons.

According to the Internet Movie Database, God Loves the Green Bay Packers is about a young struggling musician living with her grandparents on a dying family farm. Filming will take place in Baileys Harbor on October 26th and Brussels on October 29th. The movie is looking for extras and you can click the link to learn more about the casting opportunities.

Bayview Bridge closed to traffic Tuesday and Wednesday

You will have to drive an alternative route on Highway 42/57 to get across the waters of Sturgeon Bay Tuesday and Wednesday with the closure of the Bayview Bridge.  The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will be conducting the annual drain and pier cleaning followed by routine maintenance of the bridge during the day from 7 am until 3:30 on both days.  Marine traffic will be able to cross under the bridge, but all cars and trucks will have to use either the Michigan Street or Maple-to-Oregon bridges.  You may experience brief delays on Thursday and next week, as flagging operations will be done at various times during the daytime hours to repair bridge beams. 

Active cases and positive tests decline

On Monday, Door County Public Health reported 28 new cases of COVID-19 since last Friday.  Of the 145 tests performed, 117 were negative.  The active cases decreased by 16 and now stand at 452.  There was one new hospitalization and no deaths were reported.  Over 72 percent of Door County residents have had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and Door County Public Health hopes to increase that number with newly expanded drive-thru hours.  The Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccines are available at the next drive-up clinic at Brussels-Union-Gardner Fire Station in Brussels Tuesday from 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm, as well as the influenza vaccine.


Door County 

Tests Performed: 21,641 (+145)
Positive: 3,324 (+28)
Probable: 262
Negative: 17,955 (+117)

Active: 452 (-16)
Total Ever Hospitalized: 139 (+1)
Death: 31 

Information meeting for Gibraltar land purchase Tuesday

The first of two public information meetings for the accepted land purchase of the Holiday Harbor Waterfront Cottages by the Town of Gibraltar will be held Tuesday.  Town Administrator Travis Thyssen says the owner of the property, Barb McKesson, accepted the $3.5 million offer for the nearly five-acre parcel that could greatly impact the dock services the town currently provides.  He says the property fits into the waterfront master plan that the Town of Gibraltar conducted in 2016.



Thyssen says members of the Harbor Commission informed him to look for opportunities to expand the town’s waterfront when attractive properties became available.  The area has five docks and can accommodate 28 boat slips.  The first public information meeting will begin at 5 pm Tuesday, with a second one held at 10 am on November 6.  On November 15, the special electors of the Town of Gibraltar will vote on the land purchase at 6 pm.   

Proposed Sturgeon Bay Kwik Trip gets first hearing

You will get some of the first details of a proposed Kwik Trip in Sturgeon Bay at Wednesday’s Plan Commission meeting. Kwik Trip is seeking a conditional use permit for the station that will include a pair of gas filling and a car wash that will be attached to the convenience store. One of the canopies will be built for larger vehicles to have access to the diesel fuel pumps. The proposed station will span seven properties totaling 4.5 acres located near Egg Harbor Road and Alabama Street. City Planner and Zoning Administrator Christopher Sullivan-Robinson says the Kwik Trip fits what they were looking for within its comprehensive plan with plenty of meetings still to come.

A 14-unit townhome near South Grant Avenue and the rezoning of a Planned Unit Development to Single Family Residential by 8th Avenue between Belmar and Bonnie View Drive will also have public hearings on Wednesday before the Sturgeon Bay Plan Commission considers the projects. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. inside the city council chambers.


See the full agenda here

Forestville to hit the road with the Smithsonian

You will find a little bit of Door County in a traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibit in the coming years. The future exhibit, Spark! Places of Innovation will feature Forestville as a community in rural America that has contributed a lot. Cherries will take center stage for the community as the exhibit explores growing cherry trees into limestone, the economic impact of the crop, and the unique ways the fruit has been used. Door County Economic Development Corporation Director of Business Development Julie Schmelzer hopes that a little recognition will spur future innovation in the area.

You will have to wait a little longer to see Forestville become a part of the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program. The exhibition is scheduled to hit the road beginning in 2023 through 2029.

Hechts celebrated as Sister Bay's volunteer of the year

Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Chief Chris Hecht wishes many of you could have sat with him during Saturday’s Fall Fest parade. Hecht and his wife Liz were honored by the Sister Bay Advancement Association as this year’s volunteers of the year. The Hechts were instrumental in the county’s response to the pandemic last year. Through the Door County Fire Chiefs Association and the Door County Emergency Support Coalition, over 700 people contributed more than 11,000 hours of community service doing everything from passing out food and distributing vaccines to dropping off groceries and doing well-being checks. Serving others has grown organically for the Hechts during their 30-plus years of living in Sister Bay. Hecht says he is humbled to receive the award, but knows his recognition is due to the work of so many others.

As the SBAA Volunteers of the Year, the Hechts served as the parade marshals for this year’s 75th annual Fall Fest parade. Hecht called this year’s crowd among the biggest he has ever seen.

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