• The Door County Sheriff’s Department issued a report on Aug. 18 detailing the results of the investigation into the death of Dr. Jeffrey Whiteside, the 63-year-old pulmonary specialist who disappeared from Ephraim on June 29. His body was discovered on July 22 just off German Road in the Town of Liberty Grove. A .22 caliber Ruger revolver was recovered at the scene. The handgun had been discharged once. A firearm trace was completed on Aug. 6 by the Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The trace indicated the handgun was purchased by a sporting goods company in Iowa in 1963. Interviews with siblings of Dr. Whiteside revealed that this store was frequented by their father. A gun case recovered from the Whiteside boat had an impression mark that matched the revolver. Ammunition found in that case was similar to the ammunition that was in the gun. On Aug. 14 the Brown County Medical Examiner’s Office completed their report. The manner of death was determined to be suicide. The estimated date of death was June 29, 2015, time unknown. No drugs or alcohol were identified in the toxicology reports.

• By virtue of the resignation of Supervisor Ben Meyer, effective Aug. 13, 2015, the Door County Board District No. 7 Supervisor position is vacant. District No. 7 encompasses the City of Sturgeon Bay – Wards 1, 2 and 29. Those wishing to be considered for appointment to the vacant Door County Board District No. 7 Supervisor position must submit a letter of interest to County Board Chairperson Dan Austad, c/o of the County Administrator, 421 Nebraska St., Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235, or email to [email protected]. Letters of interest must be received by 4 pm, Aug. 28, 2015. Following a vetting process, County Board Chairperson Austad will nominate a person to fill the vacant Door County Board District No. 7 Supervisor position. This nomination is subject to confirmation by the County Board. The successful nominee will serve for the residue of the unexpired term (to April 18, 2016).


• The Door County Planning and Emergency Services Departments are in the process of developing a multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan in compliance with Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) requirements. Having a hazard mitigation plan certified by FEMA enables municipalities to apply for both pre- and post-disaster hazard mitigation funding. Meetings have been scheduled in order to present these draft chapters to and gather input from local officials, public administrators and the public.

Sept. 21, 4 – 6 pm, Forestville Town Hall, Maplewood, 7705 County Hwy. H;

Sept. 28, 4 – 6 pm, Peninsula Room, Door County Government Center, 421 Nebraska St., Sturgeon Bay;

Sept. 29, 4 – 6 pm, Egg Harbor Town Hall, 5242 County Hwy. I.

There will be a short presentation at approximately 4:15 pm, repeated again at 5:15 pm. Participants will have the opportunity to review and comment on the risk assessment chapter, which describes natural and non-natural hazards that have occurred in the county in the past, and hazards that may potentially affect the county in the future. Participants will also have the opportunity to review the mitigation strategies chapter, which includes specific actions, projects, activities, or processes taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from the impact of hazards. These documents and maps may be found on the Planning Department’s website at or viewed at the Planning Department during regular business hours (8 am – 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday). Comments regarding the plan may be submitted at any time by email to [email protected], by fax to 920.746.2387, or by mail to Door County Planning Department, 421 Nebraska St., Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235.

• Russ Feingold, announced candidate for the U.S. Senate, is the featured speaker at the Door County Democrats’ annual Picnic Saturday, Aug. 29. Feingold served three terms in the Senate, earning a reputation as a principled populist. Among his notable achievements were co-authorship of the McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform Bill, and the only senator to vote against the Patriot Act. He was the recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. He advocated for a single-payer health care system, women’s reproductive rights and same-sex marriage at a time when these were radical ideas. He fulfilled his campaign promise to hold a “listening session” each year in each of Wisconsin’s 72 counties. Here is an opportunity to meet Russ face-to-face and hear his plans for the 2016 election. Russ will be introduced by state Senator Dave Hansen. The picnic will be held at Sawyer Park Pavilion (at the west end of the Oregon Street bridge), starting at 4 pm. Admission is $7 per adult, $2 children 12 and under, age 3 and under, free, and a salad or dessert dish to pass per family. A capacity crowd is expected, so reservations are encouraged. Reservations can be made online by going to and following the prompts, or by sending your check to Door Dems, PO Box 863, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235.

• The Door County Silent Sports Alliance and the Sturgeon Bay Police Department have teamed up for a bike rodeo to be held from 6 to 7:30 pm on Monday, Aug. 24, at Bay View Lutheran Church, Sturgeon Bay. The event is geared for 2nd through 6th graders, but all ages are welcome. Bike checks will be performed, so bring your bike with you. Participants will receive a Bell bike helmet donated by Habush, Habush & Rottier, S.C. Participants can also register their bikes with the police department.