By Paul SchmittThe Celebrate Earth Week Door County will feature a Green Door Legacy Roundtable event Tuesday. The event is open to the community and will call on four notable leaders in preservation, of Door County’s Green Environment. George Evenson, Charlotte Lukes, Carl Scholz and Jerry Viste will represent and Mike Madden will act as Moderator. Wayne Kudick of Celebrate Earth Week Door County says each of the advocates brings a lot to the table. [/audio]  ...Read More
By Paul SchmittThe Algoma Public Library is looking for a new director. Interested parties can send an application to the Library Board by May 12. Amanda Burns, the current director will be leaving her post on May 19 to work at the Milwaukee Public Library. Her new position will be in Education and Outreach Services. For a link to the Algoma Public Library’s job posting and a description of the duties of the executive director position, go to http://www.algomapubliclibrary.or...Read More
By Paul SchmittCelebrate Earth Week Door County continues this weekend with an open house at the first S.A.G.E. home in Sturgeon Bay. An open house will be hosted from Noon until 1pm on Sunday. Architect Virge Temme shares the energy-efficiency of the home. [/audio] SAGE stands for sustainable, affordable, green and expandable. Temme will give a tour and overview of the 1030 square-foot home Sunday starting at noon. You can find the complete list of the...Read More
By Paul SchmittA local band called “Death Folk” who has been playing music throughout Door County the last six years, are releasing their first album. Jessica Holland and Nick Hoover make up the duet that blends a variety of music genres like folk music, rap, soul, and classic country to produce their own sound. Holland shares what will be on the new album. The new album with original music is being produced right now at Painted Recor...Read More
By Paul SchmittThe Luxemburg-Casco School District is celebrating the second annual L-C Fine Arts Showcase. Opening night was held Friday evening with a visual arts awards ceremony. The showcase features works of visual arts, literary arts, technical arts, culinary arts and musical art students of all ages. Intermediate art teacher and coordinator Todd Pociask says the arts are a great learning tool for students. [/audio] The Luxemburg-Casco Fine Arts Sho...Read More
By Paul SchmittFincantieri Bay Shipbuilding celebrated the re-commissioning of the Vessel John G. Munson Thursday afternoon. Keystone Shipping Company and Canadian National (CN) were on hand as well. The ceremonial attendees included managers and engineers from all their companies and celebrated the repowering of the John G. Munson from steam propulsion to diesel propulsion. The John G. Munson was built in Manitowoc in 1952 and is one of the nine freighters from Canadian National’...Read More
By Paul SchmittPresident Donald Trump’s visit to Wisconsin earlier this week found him backing a bill by U.S. Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin. Trump was in Kenosha visiting Snap-On Tools and signing a “Buy American, Hire American” executive order. When asked in an interview on WTMJ-TV about Sen. Baldwin’s proposed bill that would increase requirements to use USA-made products in certain water drinking projects, Trump said he agrees “100 percent” with it. In an interview...Read More
By Tim KowolsSouthern Door School District is making it easier for its students to track their volunteer hours. Recently, the Southern Door School District Board of Education raised the graduation requirements to require graduates to accrue at least 40 hours of community service. Through the software program GetNvolved, students and local organizations can connect to find volunteer opportunities. Southern Door School District Superintendent Patti Vickman says they love this program. &n...Read More
By Tim KowolsA look into the community’s working poor will be the focus of a presentation being given by the League of Women Voters Door County on Saturday. In the first event of the League’s Eileen Bohn Speaker Series, speakers from the United Way, Lakeshore CAP, the Door County Economic Development Corporation, and officials from the county’s human services and health departments will discuss the 21 percent of residents considered to be asset-limited and income constrained, but em...Read More
By Tim KowolsThe city of Sturgeon Bay is waiting on the Department of Natural Resources to set a date for its declaratory hearing concerning the west side waterfront. A week ago, the DNR gave its preliminary determination of the disputed Parcel 92 indicating a site slated for a planned hotel was above the ordinary high water mark while its neighboring grain elevator was not. City administrator Josh VanLieshout says they have kept contact with Green Bay’s SMET Construction, the develop...Read More
By Tim KowolsThe Volunteer Center of Door County and over 250 people honored its best community stewards Thursday night during the 15th Annual Golden Heart Volunteer Celebration in Sturgeon Bay. Award winners included Nancy Hutchinson from Adopt-a-Soldier Door County, Jane Whitney from Bjorklunden, Bill Freyman from the Door County Maritime Museum, Shelia Petroni from Neighbor to Neighbor and the Door County Medical Center Auxillary. Executive Director Carrie Tjernagel said it was a tru...Read More
By Paul SchmittEarth Day is Saturday and more than 193 countries will be celebrating it globally. In Door County, the demonstration of support for environmental protection can be seen in many ways. While Green Earth Day Clean Up will be held at the Ridges Sanctuary Saturday morning, Advance Disposal Door County General Manager Steve Estes emphasizes the importance of recycling every day. [/audio] Estes says almost all glass, paper, and plastic products are re...Read More
By Paul SchmittA new Kewaunee City Administrator has been appointed after an executive session Wednesday night. Fred Schnook will take on the duties next month. Schnook most recently served as the executive director of the Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin. He also served as the Mayor of Ashland in the northwestern part of the state. Current Interim City Administrator Art Osten will stay on for two weeks during a transitional period. Schnook will start offic...Read More
By Tim KowolsWith the number of consumers leasing vehicles on the rise, potential buyers are wondering which option is right for them. According to Barron’s, about one-third of all new cars in the first half of 2016 were leased, up from 18 percent just over a decade ago. Jim Olson from Jim Olson Motors says the right option for you comes down to personal preferences.Read More
By Tim KowolsStudents from the county’s four high schools will join once again to address the issue of social change. LEAP---The Human Kindness Project is in its third year of helping youth and adults learn to empower and appreciate all people through the Door County Medical Center-sponsored program. The students collaborate with local artists to identify an issue, which will be on display through four performances of the show’s theme “Power of Community.” LEAP producer Terry Lund...Read More
By Tim KowolsEight different programs will be offered when Kewaunee County’s three high schools join forces to provide more opportunities for its students. The groundwork for the Ahnapee Regional Technical Academy has been worked on for the last few years as schedules and logistics were figured out. Algoma High School’s focus will be on CNC, machine tool, and emergency technician courses while Kewaunee will feature classes in agriculture, electro-mechanical programming, and welding. L...Read More
By Tim KowolsThe Door County 4-H hopes several small projects will make a big difference when it hosts its Service Project Day next Saturday. Rather than have all of its members focus on one large project, members and their families will be making bird feeders, fleece blankets, and treats while collecting items for such local non-profits like Adopt-A-Soldier, the Door County Humane Society, and Door County Habitat for Humanity. 4-H Youth Educator Dawn Vandevoort says this year’s Servi...Read More
By Tim KowolsThe city of Sturgeon Bay’s investment in Egg Harbor Road appears to be paying off dividends. During the last several years, the city has invested $1.3 million into making improvement’s to Egg Harbor Road’s infrastructure including curbs, gutters, sidewalks, bike lanes and decorative lighting. Since 2012, nine new businesses have set up shop in the area. With eight sites still available for redevelopment, Sturgeon Bay Community Development Director Marty Olejniczak hop...Read More
By Tim KowolsFarmer Lee Kinnard has found several cotton diapers in his fields this week, but it is all part of an experiment he and his outdoor and agronomy teams took part in over the winter. The crew planted 10 cotton diapers in the fields of Kinnard Farms last November in areas with varying degrees of manure application, cover crop usage, and other soil conservation techniques. Kinnard has seen the “disappearing diaper experiment” done at other farms and says the soil that was hea...Read More
By Paul SchmittAs more and more birds migrate through the area, Algoma continues to proudly hold down the mantle of Bird City USA . Cathy Pabich, a member of the Algoma Bird City nine-person committee says everyone can appreciate the significance of our aviary friends. [/audio] Communities must meet certain criteria and requirements to qualify for the Bird City USA status. Algoma hosted their annual bird celebration early this month along the lakeshore.Read More
By Paul SchmittDoor County students will showcase their best artwork at the 43rd annual Salon of Door County High School Art at the Miller Art Museum starting on Saturday. Curator of the museum Deborah Rosenthal says the exhibit is one of the most popular and is reflective of the excellence in teaching art at the five Door County high schools. [/audio] A public reception will be held next Monday evening where five Awards of Excellence and five Honorable mention...Read More
By Paul SchmittThe first film of a Door County natural landmark called the Niagara Escarpment is debuting this Saturday. Local Geologist Roger Kuhns is the filmmaker of “Escarpment” which has been in the making for four years. Kuhns shares what he hopes people will take away from his first-ever movie. [/audio] Kuhns says the Niagara Escarpment is a big economic draw for the peninsula and an important focus during Earth Week. The 92-minute documentary dr...Read More
By Roger UtnehmerCivil Discourse An Occasional Attempt To Restore Civility to Our Civic Discourse By ROGER UTNEHMER President and CEO DoorCountyDailyNews.com April 19, 2017 Talking tough is often better politics than public policy. Take taxes, crime, judicial pay and drug testing welfare recipients. Few in state government today are bold enough to advocate a long-overdue increase in the sta...Read More
By Tim KowolsThe city of Sturgeon Bay will pursue legal counsel for its declaratory ruling to determine the ordinary high water mark for Parcel 92 on the city’s west side. Mayor Thad Birmingham broke the 3-3 gridlock after several citizens voiced their concern for the city spending money they feel it does not have and paying multiple attorneys for a case decided in circuit court just a few months ago. First District alderperson Kelly Catarozoli said the council members are not being goo...Read More
By Tim KowolsThe Sturgeon Bay Common Council removed four of the five items listed on its statement of intentions for the 2017 Harbor Assistance Program. The item it did keep is slated to be used for improving the existing docking facilities for in the south yard at Bay Shipbuilding Company to increase the capacity and efficiency during its Winter Fleet period. Mayor Thad Birmingham said taking off the other items, which included the Festival Pier and dock improvements at three different ...Read More
By Tim KowolsThe waters of Door and Kewaunee County expect to be full of anglers this weekend as one of the first fishing tournaments of the year kicks off. The Baileys Harbor Brown Trout Tournament starts on Thursday with over $7,000 in prizes up for grabs. Baileys Harbor Community Coordinator Brynn Swanson says with many anglers fishing in northern Door County, the tournament is a major boost for the local economy. [/audio] The Baileys Harbor Brown Trout Tourna...Read More
By Tim KowolsWhile much of the Wisconsin Farm Technology Days will focus on the future of farming, Kewaunee County’s Heritage Committee will take a deeper look into its past. Run by non-profit group Agricultural Heritage and Resources, Inc., over 200 tractors and other antique implements will be on display for attendees to look at over the course of the three-day event. Heritage Committee member Sue Sevcik says many of the pieces on display will have Kewaunee County agricultural or manu...Read More
By Tim KowolsA pair of firsts will take place at the Ephraim Fyr Bal this summer pending approval from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. The Ephraim Business Council received permission from the village board last week to close down State Highway 42 for the first time in its history to accommodate the growth of the annual event. EBC Director of Tourism Rocky Marciano says the decision to sell beer and wine at the event for the first time in village history also played into the d...Read More
By Tim KowolsKewaunee County will weigh its options after it was included in the announcement of a new jail facility on Monday. To replace the aging Green Bay Correctional Institution in Allouez, Rep. David Steffen of Howard proposed a privately owned, state-run prison to be built elsewhere in the area. Kewaunee County Board Chairperson Robert Weidner was among the state and local officials present for the announcement. While the new prison could generate tax dollars and jobs for Kewaunee...Read More
By Paul SchmittWith transportation funding shaping up to be a battle in the state budget in Madison, area highway commissioners must find a way to do more with less on a local level as well. The challenge is to pave, patch and reconstruct older roads that are in poor or fair condition. Kewaunee County Highway Commissioner Todd Every explains what his department other departments must do if the funding is not there to replace roads. [/audio] Every says pothol...Read More
By Paul SchmittOver 200 Door County deer hunters showed up Monday and spoke out on the 2017 Antlerless-Only Seasons that was originally proposed for this fall. The Door County Deer Advisory Council decided against the measure after a public meeting at the Sturgeon Bay High School Commons. A 4-3 vote by the council Monday night reversed last month's unanimous recommendation. DNR Region Program Manager Jeff Pritzl says a lot has to be done to reduce the deer herd in the county to meet...Read More
By Paul SchmittThe Sturgeon Bay High School math team finished tied for second at the Class B State Math Meet held at individual schools last month. Advisor and Math teacher Cliff Wind says he was really proud of his students considering this year’s test was much more difficult than past years. [/audio] Sturgeon Bay’s math team consisted of seniors Sam Hargis and Nora Scheer, juniors Kekoa Bicoy, James Dickson, Liam Herbst, Jack Richard and Tom Renfrew and ...Read More
By Paul SchmittNew York’s first-in-the-nation free tuition for middle-class college students is a having other states possibly start similar programs. According to the Associated Press, New York’s plan would cover in-state public college tuition for students who are full time and whose families earn less than $125,000. The program includes a restriction that requires recipients to live and work in the state for the number of years they receive the benefit or pay it back as conver...Read More
By Paul SchmittThe Sturgeon Bay City Council will have the addition of two new faces when it meets Tuesday. Newly elected and sworn-in council members Barb Allmann from District 5 and Laurel Hauser from District 7 will be taking their respective seats on the common council. The meeting’s agenda will include the calling for considering legal counsel for the upcoming DNR declaratory ruling on the west side waterfront development site. The meeting will also include an election of the...Read More
By Paul SchmittYou can listen to a free audio tour of the Death’s Door crossing with a new app on your smartphone. Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands developed the streaming and real-time service recently that gives the history of the islands and their historic structures. Member Gordon Vieth says six points of interest will be detailed during the audio tour. [/audio] The audio descriptions automatically start when you use the GPS function on your smartphone...Read More
By Tim KowolsThe Door County Visitor Bureau is searching far and wide to make sure local businesses are getting the help they need before tourist season officially starts. In addition to the J-1 Visa Exchange program attracting students from overseas to spend the summer in Door County, the DCVB has been trying to set up a social media presence in Colorado and Florida to recruit seasonal workers that are currently unemployed where they live. Jon Jarosh from the DCVB says they are trying to...Read More
By Tim KowolsFunding for social services and education are two of the major topics of concern residents have expressed to Senator Dave Hansen as state budget conversations continue. At a forum hosted by state Democrats last week, many residents are worried the state cannot make up the funding difference being created by cuts to agencies supporting the elderly, disabled, and poor in the proposed federal budget. Others expressed their concern for education funding, despite proposed increase...Read More
By Tim KowolsYou do not have to tell the Gibraltar Secondary School’s baseball team about the emotional weight they will be carrying this season. Bo Johnson, an avid baseball player, would have most likely been a senior on this year’s team if it was not for the leukemia that took his life in 2012. With the acronym for You Only Live Once emblazoned on its outfield walls and the team caps colored in GO BO Foundation orange, head baseball coach Jay Kita knows this will be a special seaso...Read More
By Paul SchmittAlgoma’s vision for the future will be discussed Monday at a meeting held at the Algoma High School. The City of Algoma will be holding a public meeting and discussion at 6 pm on the Algoma Comprehensive Plan Update. City Administrator Jeff Wiswell says the meeting will cover economic factors impacting business and industry as well as the fundamental facilities and systems used in Algoma. [/audio] The state requires cities to renew their comp...Read More
By Tim KowolsA UW-Extension project helping improve Baileys Harbor has received recognition from the Wisconsin Rural Partners. Along with the Village of Sister Bay, the UW-Extension Community Vitality and Placemaking Team earned the honor for identifying, highlighting, and sharing innovative ways they have had an impact on rural communities in the state. In Baileys Harbor, the program designed 20 posters depicting ideas on how to address the issues facing the town using existing assets an...Read More
By Paul SchmittThe new Kewaunee Branch Office of The Bank of Luxemburg will be opening Monday, April 24. After opening in a temporary location in February of 2016 on Marquette Drive, construction of the new facility, also on Marquette Drive, was started just down the road from the temporary office. Bank President Tim Treml says that the finishing touches of the building are being completed. [/audio] The Bank of Luxemburg also has locations in Luxemburg, Gree...Read More
By Paul SchmittA Southern Door High School student athlete is one of four finalists for the fifth annual Wisconsin Sports Award Scholarship. Senior Hannah Mallien was surprised at school on Wednesday by fellow students and her parents to find out that she will be receive either a $2,500 or $7,500 scholarship at the exclusive VIP Wisconsin Sports Awards banquet held in Madison on May 11. As part of the scholarship application, Mallien was required to write an essay about her community ...Read More
By Tim KowolsAs sure as the plants grow on their thirteen different preserves, the Door County Land Trust needs the volunteers to help support the properties. The Door County Land Trust has been busy training volunteers to give guided hikes, provide much-needed maintenance, and monitor birds migrating. Executive Director Tom Clay says you can never have enough volunteers. [/audio] The Door County Land Trust has protected over 7,300 acres since 1986.Read More
By Tim KowolsWood Orchard Market in Egg Harbor will feature some new faces running the store when its season opens in two weeks. Mark and Jacksonport native Crista Kochanski will join owners Steve and Janice Wood as managing partners of the 21-year old business. The Kochanskis moved back to Door County after living in Milwaukee for several years. Although she and her husband bring a wealth of experience to their new role, Kochanski says she is well aware of the high bar that has been set ...Read More
By Tim KowolsThe Literacy Partners of Kewaunee County is thriving despite having to move its base of operations recently. The group had been using Hillcrest Elementary School in Kewaunee for its tutoring programs, but was forced to move the classes to Algoma in advance of the building’s demolishment later this year. Literacy Partners President Bob Garfinkel says the move opened the organization up to a new market of tutors leading to more great success stories. [/audio] ...Read More
By Tim KowolsThe Sturgeon Bay Common Council will consider legal counsel in preparation for a declaratory ruling on a disputed parcel on the west side waterfront. According to a memorandum from city administrator Josh Van Lieshout, the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront filed for the declaratory ruling for the ordinary high water mark for Parcel 92, which is currently prohibited from being sold until a declaration can be made. The city felt it was in its best interest to acquir...Read More
By Paul SchmittU.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin is looking to protect Wisconsin’s dairy farmers with the Dairy Pride Act. The act aims to standardize the legal definition of “milk” to appear on labels of products that are “obtained by the milking of one or more hooved mammal”. With soy and almond milks growing in popularity, Senator Baldwin says dairy farmers are losing market share unfairly. [/audio] Senator Baldwin says dairy farmers came to her aft...Read More
By Paul SchmittTown of Sevastopol residents can voice their opinion at the Annual Town Meeting being held next Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Institute. Town board members and officers, as well as guests, will have a meet and greet initially before a discussion will be held as well as updates on current projects and committee reports. Sevastopol Town Clerk Amy Flok shares what else will be addressed at the town meeting. [/audio] Financial statements from last year will be sh...Read More
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By Casperson Funeral HomeDale J. Orsted, 85, Baileys Harbor, passed away peacefully at home, April 20th, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Baileys Harbor, on January 26th, 1932, to Gardner and Theresa “Tracy” (Schram) Orsted. Dale attended Pershing grade school in Baileys Harbor and was a 1950 graduate of Gibraltar High School. Dale worked on the family farm and part time for the Town of Gibraltar until he was drafted in 1951, when he served in the Korean Wa...
By Casperson Funeral HomeRichard K. Malm, 90, of Sister Bay, died early Tuesday morning, April 18, 2017 at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay. He was born November 6, 1926 in Elmhurst, Illinois, the son of the late Gunnard Mattias and Gunda (Sonsteby) Malm. Following his graduation from Glenbard High School in Glen Ellen, Illinois, Richard went on to receive his degree in Architecture from the University of Illinois in 1950. He served his country during WWII with the United Sta...
By Huehns Funeral HomeRandall “Randy” A. Gossen, 64, of Sturgeon Bay, died early Thursday morning, April 20, 2017 at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay. He was born February 16, 1953 in Green Bay, the son of the late Harvey and Geraldine (Planter) Gossen. Randy graduated high school in De Pere with the class of 1971. He served his country with the United States Marine Corps until his honorable discharge in 1978. On August 30, 1980, he married Catherine F. Noah in Sturgeon B...
By Huehns Funeral HomeBetty Mae Anschutz, 91, of West Jacksonport. passed away Thursday morning, April 20, 2017 at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay with family at her side. She was born May 29, 1925 in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of William “Jack” J. and Josephine (Johnson) Simon. Betty graduated from Sevastopol High School in 1943 and relocated to Chicago, IL to work as a nanny. The following year she returned to Sturgeon Bay and worked at Bay Bakery for a short time. Be...
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Robert (Bob) Zima, age 78 of Kewaunee died on Friday, April 21, 2017 at Emerald Shores Assisted Living. He was born in the Town of Carlton on June 9, 1938 to the late Ernest and Josephine (Kunesh) Zima.He graduated from Sandy Bay Grade School and Kewaunee High School in 1956. He married Jennie Lauscher October 13, 1962 at Holy Rosary Church in Kewaunee. He served in the U. S. Army in 1956 to 1958. He worked most of his life for Vinton Construction until retiring...