• Obituary: Gloria A. Johnson

    Gloria A. Johnson, 80, of Gills Rock, passed away peacefully on February 16, 2018. She was born Oct. 20, 1937 in Ellison Bay to Lawrence and Annette Wickman. After marrying Roger Johnson, Gloria made the big move north from Ellison Bay to Gills Rock, where she resided until recently. Gloria attended Ellison Bay Grade School […]

  • District 19 County Supervisor Primary Questionnaire

    Three candidates are vying for the seat being vacated by Don Sitte, so a primary election will be held Feb. 20 to determine which two candidates will face off in April. The 19th District encompasses Ward 2 of Baileys Harbor and Ward 3 of Liberty Grove. The League of Women Voters of Door County is […]

  • Baileys Harbor, Liberty Grove Candidate Forum for County Board

    The League of Women Voters of Door County urges voters in Door County Board Supervisory District 19 to mark their calendars for a candidate forum on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 10 am. (Snow date is 7 pm Feb. 13.) The forum will be held in the Liberty Grove Town Hall, 11161 Old Stage Road. The […]

  • First Step Taken for Ellison Bay Winery

    On Jan. 10, the night after the four-hour public hearing of the Door County Zoning Board of Adjustment that ended in favor of a new winery in the Town of Sevastopol, Don Grasse took the first step to establish a winery in Ellison Bay. The Town of Liberty Grove Plan Commission approved a conditional use […]

  • 2018 Spring Local Election Candidates

    Millions of women marched in cities and towns around the world Jan. 20 and 21, in part to bring more women into the political process. The results of that effort are visible in Door County, where this spring a woman will be on the ballot in nine of the 10 contested elections at the municipal […]

  • CPR Classes Offered at Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Station

    The Sister Bay & Liberty Grove Fire Department is partnering with the American Safety & Health Institute to offer classes to educate the community in the proper method of using an AED and performing CPR. The four-hour class will teach infant, child and adult CPR and offers a two-year certification. The class is set for […]

  • Grant Would Improve Internet Options in Liberty Grove

    Internet service in northern Door County could get a lot better this year. The Town of Liberty Grove, in cooperation with Door County Broadband, hopes to build three new towers to provide wireless broadband coverage to more than 90 percent of the sprawling township. Town Chairman John Lowry said the town is partnering with Door […]

  • Compromises in Sister Bay, Liberty Grove Wastewater Plant Battle

    In terms of government speed, the Village of Sister Bay and the Town of Liberty Grove are heading at breakneck pace toward a solution about the shared wastewater treatment plant. Three biweekly meetings have resulted in some compromises while the larger question of ownership is still looming. At the Dec. 11 meeting between the two […]

  • Liberty Grove Not Giving Up on Wastewater Plant Yet

    At the start of a joint meeting between the Town of Liberty Grove and the Village of Sister Bay on Nov. 27, town board member John Lowry made it clear that his board was not relinquishing a claim of ownership of the shared wastewater plant yet. Despite a mutual understanding that Sister Bay was named […]

  • Nine Door County Drop-Off Sites for ‘Big Bundle Up’ Campaign

    Door County’s tourism industry is currently collecting new and gently used coats, scarves, hats, mittens and other warm clothing items as part of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s “Big Bundle Up” donation campaign. The campaign is a statewide collection program that runs from now through Jan. 2, 2018. All items donated locally will stay in […]

  • Sister Bay, Liberty Grove Make Leaps in Wastewater Talks

    Two years after the last meeting between officials of Liberty Grove and Sister Bay replete with tension and inflexibility, the two municipalities took major steps toward agreement over ownership and management of the shared wastewater treatment plant. The first step was an explicit recognition that the plant was in fact owned by the Village of […]

  • Fire Chief Chris Hecht Featured in New Book

    We were recently contacted by Janet Wilmoth, special projects director for Firehouse magazine, the leading trade publication for the firefighting industry, who wanted to let us know that Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Chief Chris Hecht had been nominated and selected to be featured in American Firefighter, a book created to celebrate the 25th anniversary of […]

  • No Gains in August Room Tax Collections

    Room tax collections in August of this year decreased over the same month last year, flattened out by gains in some municipalities and losses in others. Sister Bay buoyed countywide collections in August with an 8.6 percent increase, while the City of Sturgeon Bay depressed the countywide total with a decrease of 9.9 percent. Ten […]

  • NWTC Innovation Center Names Manager

    Sister Bay’s new Learning and Innovation Center (LIC) inched closer to opening with the naming of Lisa Tetzloff as manager of the new branch of Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC). The center is being created in partnership with Nicolet Bank and is expected to open in the winter of 2018. Tetzloff comes to NWTC from […]

  • Door County Flu Vaccine Clinics

    The Door County Health Department announces flu vaccine clinics for adults are scheduled throughout October. Influenza (flu) can be a very serious disease with many complications. Symptoms of influenza include fever, muscle aches, sore throat, and a non-productive cough. More serious illness can occur if pneumonia follows. The health department will give the quadrivalent vaccine […]

  • CPR Training at Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Station, Oct. 19

    The Sister Bay & Liberty Grove Fire Department is partnering with the American Safety & Health Institute to offer classes to educate the community in the proper method of using an AED and performing CPR. The four-hour class will teach infant, child and adult CPR and offers a two-year certification. The cost is $20 per […]

  • Liberty Grove Sues Sister Bay Over Wastewater Treatment Plant

    The Liberty Grove Town Board has authorized the commencement of a legal action against the Village of Sister Bay in connection with longstanding disputes between the town and village regarding the wastewater treatment plant serving the municipalities. The town is seeking a determination by the court regarding whether and to what extent it has an […]

  • Sister Bay, Liberty Grove Shredding and Recycling Day Sept. 16

    All residents, business owners or operators, and owners of property in the Village of Sister Bay and the Town of Liberty Grove are encouraged to participate in a Shredding/Appliance Recycling Day on Saturday, Sept. 16. There will be no charge to have documents securely shredded or to recycle most computer components and small household appliances, […]

  • In the Quiet North Woods: Michelle Hefty’s 28 Years at Newport State Park

    If a career in natural resources didn’t work out, Michelle Hefty had her viola to fall back on. While everyone thought she would go on to a career in music, “I had this little love in the back of my mind.” After 28 years as superintendent of Newport State Park, few people have asked about […]

  • Liberty Grove Historical Society Saves Town’s Stories

    Just south of Ellison Bay, a 37-acre plot of land on the top of the hill has become a gathering place. A sign denotes the area as the Liberty Grove Historical Society, but the buildings aren’t connected by paths or signs; rather, they stand alone in a sea of manicured lawn. These buildings are part […]