By Tim KowolsMany hunters are willing to travel a far distance in search of their trophy, and even some are willing to take a ferry to it. In addition to visiting family on and off the island, the Washington Island Ferry does see its fair share of hunters traveling to partake in the gun deer hunting season. An avid hunter himself, Washington Island Ferry President Hoyt Purinton says the weather plays even more of a factor when it comes to deer leaving the island. [/audio] ...Read More
By Tim KowolsSturgeon Bay School District is hopeful its 2018-2019 school calendar will be more family-friendly than years past. A four-day Memorial Day weekend and moving four half-days to Fridays are among the changes in store for next school year, which will begin the Tuesday after Labor Day and continue into the early part of June. Superintendent Dan Tjernagel hopes the changes are something families take advantage of next year. [/audio] Tjernagel encourages ...Read More
By Paul SchmittThe Kewaunee County Fairest of the Fair Gala will be held this Saturday in Luxemburg. The event will have the crowning of the 2018 Kewaunee County Fairest of the Fair. Last year’s representative Isabellla Haen shares her busy schedule leading up to the big 100th County Fair last July. [/audio] Attendees will also witness the crowning of the new Kewaunee County Junior Fairest of the Fair. The Kewaunee County Fairest of the Fair Gala, which i...Read More
By Paul SchmittOver 2700 deer were harvested during the opening weekend of gun deer hunting in Door and Kewaunee Counties. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation released numbers on Tuesday that showed a statewide decrease of over 13,000 deer compared to last year’s opening weekend. DNR Conservation Warden Chris Kratcha says the hopes are that more antlerless deer are taken this year to thin the herd in the area. [/audio] Door County had 1,560 total dee...Read More
By Paul SchmittDiscussing politics at Thanksgiving gatherings can lead to family arguments and heated exchanges as well as hard feelings afterward. Shirley Senarighi of the Door County Civility Project says that although some suggest avoiding politics at all cost is the way to go, political topics are important to discuss. [/audio] Senarighi says to remember your purpose for starting the conversation. Is it to change other people’s mind, which might not be ...Read More
By Paul SchmittThe American Automobile Association expects 50.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving, a 3.3 percent increase over last year. The 2017 holiday weekend will see the highest Thanksgiving travel volume since 2005. Locally, Door County Sheriff Steve Delarwelle says drivers should plan ahead and take their time as well as remember the basics. [/audio] Delarwelle suggests that you should b...Read More
By Paul SchmittA 17-year old Gibraltar student will make his initial court appearance next Monday after being arrested last Thursday for making terrorist threats. Juan Jauregui is accused of making terrorist threats on Snapchat on November 15. A student forwarded the image to a teacher who reported it to authorities. Gibraltar schools were opened shortly after the student was arrested by Door County Sheriff Department personnel on November 16. Jauregui was released on a $10,000 bo...Read More
By Roger Utnehmer
By Tim KowolsArea veterans continue their waiting game when it comes to a private option with their healthcare. The Veterans Choice programs from the Department of Veterans Affairs allows qualified individuals to get the help they need from a private healthcare provider if they are too far or wait too long for an appointment at a local VA facility. Kewaunee County Veterans Service Officer Jane Babcock says the problem now is figuring out who is paying who and how quickly the VA can pay ...Read More
By Tim KowolsBefore heavier snowfall comes to the Door peninsula, law enforcement is encouraging motorists to start planning for the worst while traveling now. In addition to driving slower and giving more time and space on the roads, packing an emergency kit can help make worst-case scenarios more tolerable. Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski says motorists should keep a close eye on their tires and fuel levels. [/audio] According to the Wisconsin Department of ...Read More
By Tim KowolsThe icy tension between the Village of Sister Bay and the Town of Liberty Grove over its wastewater treatment plant has been thawing in recent weeks. The two sides have been fighting over ownership and management of the shared wastewater treatment plant for years, leading to the village to take the town to court over the issue earlier this year. Village Administrator Zeke Jackson says while not everything is settled yet, he is encouraged that progress is finally be made. &...Read More
By Tim KowolsThree injuries sustained during the opening weekend of the gun deer season have renewed the call for hunters to practice safety in the woods. According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, three separate incidents, including one in Brown County, resulted in leg injuries and hospital visits due to user error. DNR Conservation Warden Chris Kratcha reminded hunters during last week’s Ask the Warden show to treat every gun like it is loaded. [/...Read More
By Kent BerkleyLori Kabat was such a loyal customer of Logan Creek Soap, she bought the business from the previous owners when they retired. Lori wanted to make sure she could keep using Logan Creek Soap, but more importantly, she wanted others to have access to the soaps she loves. Lori has enjoyed interacting with customers at the Farmers Market, but wanted a permanent and more visible location. Logan Creek Soap has moved from a home-based business...Read More
By Paul SchmittDoor County Board Supervisor for District 19 Don Sitte will not be seeking re-election in April for his seat on the County Board. Sitte oversees Wards two and three which covers the town of Baileys Harbor and the town of Liberty Grove, respectively. Finishing his second tenure on the board, after serving six years at the start of the millennium, Sitte says it is time for someone else to fill his position. He reflects on the people who helped him during his first term ...Read More
By Paul SchmittThe challenge of saving money this time of year may seem hopeless, but Gay Pustaver from Money Management Counselors says there are ways to make sure you are still putting money away for a rainy, or snowy day. Pustaver shares two ideas to at least save some money the next several weeks. [/audio] Read More
By Paul SchmittLIVE Algoma’s healthy community challenge called “Freeze the Gain” begins this week. The challenge is designed to empower people to make healthy choices during the holidays and avoid packing on additional weight. Community Nurse Activator and Health Coach Jody Anderson says the participants receive support during the weight-control campaign. [/audio] The program is a partnership between LIVE Algoma the Algoma Chamber of Commerce. Weigh-...Read More
By Roger Utnehmer and Paul SchmittThe parent company of Sturgeon Bay's Younker's Department Store is not saying if their Door County location is one of 40 scheduled to be closed in 2018, but indications are that they won't be closing. Bon-Ton, the parent company of Boston Store, Herberger's and Younker's, said in November store closures were needed for the long-term good of the company. A spokesperson for Bon-Ton declined to say if the Sturgeon Bay store ...Read More
By Paul SchmittThe Southern Door School District has received some national recognition when it comes to offering courses dealing with personal finances. Southern Door has the distinction of being one of only 600 high school’s nation-wide that reached the “Next-Gen Personal Finance gold standard” from over 11,000 schools analyzed around the country. School Superintendent Patti Vickman says personal finances is something students will utilize their whole lifetime. [/...Read More
By Cynthia GermainThe Chair of the Door County Board of Supervisors, Dave Lienau of Sister Bay, will run for re-election to the county board and hopes to keep his leadership position as chair. As Chairman, Lienau oversees the administration of the Board’s activities. The Board of Supervisors consists of twenty-one members that represent their respective districts in the county. Each board supervisor is charged with serving not only their constituents but also be active on com...Read More
By Cynthia GermainWayne R. Schmidt has confirmed that he is running again for Mayor of the City of Algoma and looks forward to the community’s support. He attributes his success in his last three terms to the city council, the city administrator and staff, and as a recent retiree can devote even more energy to the office. Schmidt believes in the adage “come as a visitor, leave as a friend” and says that he is excited about the many positive opportunities in Algoma and his...Read More
By Cynthia GermainAs part of the Public Arts Initiative of Egg Harbor, Bay View Park will be the home to a unique sculpture set to unveil in May of 2018. The site platform preparations have begun including landscaping of the surrounding escarpment and most recently the concrete pedestal for the yet untitled sculpture. Boleslaw Kochanowski from Junction City, Wisconsin, was commissioned to create a sculpture that is approachable and nature-themed with a crane flying, fashioned out of ...Read More
By Cynthia GermainNeighbor-to-Neighbor gets its name from its mission to help neighbors stay independent through medical equipment loans and other services. Volunteers and donations are key to its activities which include its main program of medical equipment loans and its Peer Companion and Respite for Caregivers programs. Ann Bennett, Executive Director, is pleased with its successes and calls for residents to help in its efforts. [/audio] On-call volunteers c...Read More
By Cynthia GermainKewaunee County residents and businesses will enjoy a little healthy holiday competition and light up their cities. Through a collaboration of the Kewaunee County chambers in Luxemburg, Algoma and Kewaunee, this fun, family-focused event is intended to encourage creativity and town pride. This year’s themes include “Retro” which can be inspired by 1920's modern, 1960's kitsch or 1940's glam, “Classic” for those who prefer a more traditional approach and “Gri...Read More
By Tim KowolsWith the recent addition of a Japanese woman into the program, the Literacy Partners of Kewaunee County have now welcomed students from 20 different countries. Fifty tutors and 60 students currently are involved in the program, which not only helps people get comfortable with the English language but helps them work towards earning their General Education Diploma and even citizenship. Literacy Partners of Kewaunee County President Bob Garfinkel never realized Door a...Read More
By Tim KowolsWith the success of the Algoma Pathfinder Academy, the question now for school officials is how to keep the experience consistent if more students are added. The program is just over a year old and has provided students a place to learn in a different way outside of the walls of the traditional classroom. Algoma School District Superintendent Nick Cochart says other school districts have inquired about the Pathfinder Academy and if they can send kids there. At this point, Coc...Read More
By Tim KowolsThe Sturgeon Bay granary building may be the next challenge Pat Drury from De Pere-based Drury Designs takes on in his quest to save local history. Drury Designs already has a portfolio full of similar projects, including granaries in Reedsville and Ledgeview. Inspired by the demolishing of Kopp’s Restaurant, Drury says he hates communities tearing down historic buildings that could be saved and believes the Sturgeon Bay granary should be too. [/audio]  ...Read More
By Tim KowolsNew tagging laws in Wisconsin could make it harder for you to retrieve a deer you shoot if it goes onto another person’s property. Under new regulations, hunters no longer need to put a tag on their harvested deer as long as there is valid proof of a hunting license and it is registered over the phone or online that same day. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Conservation Warden Chris Kratcha says that could cause some issues if you track your deer outside of your o...Read More
By Tim KowolsNo threat of rain or cold temperatures would keep hundreds from lining city streets Saturday for the Sturgeon Bay Holiday Parade. Dozens of floats representing local businesses and civic organizations gave the onlookers plenty to look at and candy to eat. The parade is part of the weekend-long Christmas by the Bay celebration in Sturgeon Bay, which kicked off Friday night with the lighting of the city's Christmas tree. Read More
By Tim KowolsFor more than 20 years, the Jacksonport Thanksgiving Parade has held more meaning than just a few floats and another opportunity to see Santa. The Gibraltar DECA Club and Sevastopol Student Council have teamed up for almost a decade to turn the parade into a fundraiser for few good causes and families in need. In addition to Feed My People Clothe My People, the parade this year will benefit one Door County resident suffering from Lou Gerhig’s Disease. Sevastopol Student Cou...Read More
By Tom JordanPeriodically, author and photographer Tom Jordan will share with us selections from what he believes are truly Secret Treasures of Door County. You can find some of his work in two of his books, Secret Treasures of Door County and Secret Treasures of Sturgeon Bay. Both books are available with all proceeds benefitting the Door County Community Foundation. It still amazes me when I talk to people up the Peninsula and they tell me they seldom go to St...Read More
By Paul SchmittThe continuing saga over the Granary building in Sturgeon Bay will be front and center again Tuesday at the Sturgeon Bay City Council meeting. The agenda released Friday afternoon shows item 13 calling for a closed session to discuss the raze order by Fire Chief Tim Dietman of the grain elevator. After the closed session, the council will vote on to remove the tabling of the contract to Raze and Remove Structure, Granary building, which was done at the previous meet...Read More
By Paul SchmittThe Alaskan Supper Club is back in business. The one-time staple in Kewaunee County, which has been closed for several years, is currently open with the dining room expected to start serving by December 1, according to owner Sam Williquette. Williquette started the reclamation project when he bought the building over two years ago. He says he hopes to bring the magic that former owners Donny and Rita Zellner did in the 1980’s and 90’s. [/aud...Read More
By Tim KowolsWashington Island School District is experimenting with different ways to keep children in the classroom. Errands like doctors appointments that take only an hour or two for students on the mainland are full day endeavors for families on Washington Island. By encouraging parents to bundle their appointments on a single day and strategically placing half and full days off, superintendent Mati Palm-Leis says they have taken great strides this school year addressing the issue. ...Read More
By Tim KowolsContractors and do-it-yourself home remodelers are being reminded that not all of their excess materials need to go to the landfill. While some materials may not be salvaged, the Door County Habitat for Humanity accepts most construction materials if in good shape and plentiful in supply like tile, lumber, sub-floors, and drywall. Door County Habitat for Humanity ReStore Manager Megan Dietz says construction materials for resale have grown into a big part of their operation. ...Read More
By Tim KowolsFive confined animal feeding operations will have their day in front of the Department of Natural Resources and the communities they live in to discuss their pollutant discharge permits. Dairy Dreams, Seidl’s Mountain View Dairy, Kinnard Farms, Sandway Farms, Wakker Dairy Farm will all have their permits reviewed by the DNR, with the latter three including plans of herd expansion. Kewaunee County Board member Lee Luft says many different factors go into the attendance and t...Read More
By Tim KowolsA 17-year-old Gibraltar student is in Door County Sheriff’s custody after making a violent threat against the school Thursday. The unidentified student posted the threat on Snapchat Wednesday evening when a student forwarded the image to a teacher. The Door County Sheriff’s Department was notified of the threat Thursday morning, forcing Gibraltar School buses away from the building and locking down students already present. Chief Deputy Pat McCarty says in this day of age...Read More
By Kent BerkleyThe High School Home Construction Program provides students with hands-on training and marketable construction skills. The program, funded by the Door County Economic Development Corporation, was resurrected this school year after a three-year hiatus. Eleven Door County students representing all four of the mainland high schools are building a 2,700 square foot ranch home in the City of Sturgeon Bay. The students receive task-specific technical assi...Read More
By Paul SchmittDr. Joe Binard of Brussels is doing his part to help promote the ecological benefits of bees. Dr. Binard, who took up the challenging hobby of beekeeping earlier this year, found success in his new adventure by collecting over 60 pounds of honey. He explains the process to keep the bees healthy during the winter time. [/audio] Dr. Binard says he utilizes the new Australian flow method of Beekeeping, in which the bees are not disturbed while...Read More
By Tim KowolsThe Sturgeon Bay Historical Society is hopeful it can address the concerns of the Common Council when it voted earlier this month to delay the razing of the former granary building on the city’s west side. In the last 30 days, the city has received letters from the State Historical Society asking for additional information about the current status of the granary to see if it can be salvaged. The Door County Community Foundation also sent a letter, explaining the donation of...Read More
By Tim Kowols and Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt JoskiHunters are once again being reminded of being safe as they head out into the woods for the beginning of the gun deer hunting season. According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, there were 11 hunting-related accidents last year in the state, including five during the nine-day season. Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski says the biggest source of calls they get is trespassing, which is an ongoing issue that can be e...Read More
By Tim KowolsCommunities along the Door peninsula are getting an early start on the Christmas season this weekend. Kewaunee, Sturgeon Bay, Baileys Harbor, and Ellison Bay will all have holiday events featuring breakfasts with Santa, tree lightings, and parades. Faith Murray from the Ellison Bay Service Club says the northern Door hamlet has been gathering in its town square to kick off the season for the last 50 years. [/audio] Sister Bay and Egg Harbor...Read More
By Tim KowolsLegos and target shooting are just some of the unique programs T.J Walker Middle School students have been able to participate in during the opening months of the school year. The Outdoor Adventures course included environmental studies and safety courses for hunting and recreational vehicles, while Robotics used Legos to create projects to compete in regional competitions. Superintendent Dan Tjernagel says it was exciting to see the staff bring some of their interests into t...Read More
By Tim KowolsMany of the improvements Algoma has made this summer are not going to grab headlines, but are important to the overall future of the city. A new dump truck, reconstructed roads and sidewalks, and invasive species removal were just some of the projects tackled by city officials and crews this summer. With help from grants and smart budgeting, City Administrator Jeff Wiswell says taxpayers want to know they are getting the “bang for their buck.” [/audio] &nb...Read More
By Tim KowolsRob Burke is not a stranger to the work the University of Wisconsin-Extension does, but he is still getting used to his new position. The longtime community development educator for Door County, Burke began transitioning to his new role as the Area Extension Director for Door, Kewaunee and Manitowoc Counties when the UW-Extension started its reorganization efforts. Although he misses the engagement he had in the community as an educator, the more administrative role has sui...Read More
By Paul SchmittThe Luxemburg-Casco School District is helping students arm themselves for success in the future. The Academic & Career Planning (ACP) process is designed to help students explore interests in college and career opportunities. School Superintendent Glenn Schlender says the Department of Public Instruction initiative is a renewed approach to the work of guidance counselors at an early stage of education. [/audio] Schlender says the school is...Read More
By Paul SchmittThe Door County YMCA is hosting a Super Kids Fun Night this Friday at the Door County YMCA in Sturgeon Bay. While some parents may be heading out to deer camp or to shop at stores, children from grades one through five can enjoy an array of activities this Friday. CEO and President Tom Beerntsen shares what the evening will entail for the youngsters. [/audio] The Super Kids Fun Night will be from 6:30 until 8:30 Friday night. The special even...Read More
By Paul SchmittDucks Unlimited in Luxemburg is attracting younger people who love the outdoors with the “Greenwing” program. The Greenwings are members of Ducks Unlimited that are under the age of 16, according to co-chair Lonnie Vincent. [/audio] Greenwings receives the Puddler magazine and also participate in the conservation, restoration, and management of wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl, according to Vi...Read More
By Paul SchmittA $77 million budget for 2018 was passed by Door County Board on Tuesday. The vote passed by a 17-4 margin. Administrator Ken Pabich says the budget was business as usual with only a few major additions. [/audio] Pabich says that next year’s budget reflects a tax rate increase that is lower than last year’s 3.5 percent. No public comments were made during the open hearing held prior to the board meeting, according to Pabich. He credits ...Read More
By Paul SchmittThe Opioid crisis continues to grow in Wisconsin. According to state Department of Public Health Services, the rate of opioid overdose deaths in the state has nearly doubled in the last nine years. Over 10 deaths were reported per 100,000 residents in 2015. U.S. Senator Ron Johnson in an interview earlier this month with DoorCountyDailyNews.com says he appreciates what President Donald Trump is doing to deal with the problem. 28 co...Read More
By Tim KowolsEven though many hunters dream of shooting that trophy buck, going after the deer they are often chasing is a more effective way of controlling the herd’s population. According to Petersen’s Hunting, harvesting does not only eliminates the possibility of more deer, it eases their strain on the habitat they live in and can even cause bucks to be more active as they work harder to find a mate. Dick Baudhuin from the Door County Deer Advisory Council says there is always som...Read More
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By Forbes Funeral HomeMaurice Harold Kurschner, born November 14, 1931, joyfully went to be with his Savior and Lord Jesus Christ on November 21, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Nancy (Gehrke) Kurschner, daughter Deborah (Darrell) Denson, son Douglas (Lois) Kurschner, daughter Danelle (Caleb) McCoy, son Marshall (Lorrie) Kurschner, daughter Kimberlee (William) Czaja, and daughter Kara (Craig) Spofford. He is also survived by 23 grandchildren and 6 great-grand...
By Forbes Funeral HomeJeanette Mae Schinkten, 94, of Nasewaupee, passed away on November 21, 2017, at Door County Medical Center – Skilled Nursing Facility. She was born on September 30, 1923, in Sturgeon Bay to Henry and Sylvia (Chapman) Taube. In January of 1945, she married Dr. H.G. Fehl, he preceded her in death on October 20, 1959. In 1961, she married Oliver Schinkten, he preceded her in death in May of 1969. During her life, Jeanette worked as a bookkeeper ...
By Casperson Funeral HomeOn the morning of November 19th, Earl A. Lorenz ended his long, hard fought battle with lung cancer. He died at home with his wife and close friend at his side. His kind and gentle soul will be dearly and forever missed by all those who had the gracious privilege to know and love him. He is survived by his loving wife Linda, his beloved son Charlie and daughter in law Andrea (Pittman) Lorenz. His cherished grandchildren Ben, Joe, Sam and Anna Lorenz. His sisters ...
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Donna Mae Mencheski, 59, of Carlsville in the Town of Egg Harbor, Sturgeon Bay, passed away at home Sunday, November 19, 2017.
She was born November 6, 1958 in Milwaukee, the daughter of Marvin and Martha (Willis) Turner. Donna was united in marriage to Mitchell Leo Mencheski in Door County in April of 2000. Their two existing families became one, and they were blessed with over 17 years of marriage.
Donna initially worked for Larson’s Canning,...