• Andrew Michael Goldbranson, 19, of Darien, Illinois, died on July 10, one week after crashing a moped into a tree at Peninsula State Park. The accident happened at 10 am on July 3 on Shore Road near the park’s entrance. Goldbranson was wearing a helmet.
• Wisconsin’s Green Fire (WGF) has released a new policy analysis – Nitrates in Wisconsin Waters – that lays out comprehensive recommendations for addressing the growing crisis resulting from nitrate-contaminated drinking water. The primary source of nitrate contamination is nitrogen fertilizer and field-applied manure, which can leach into groundwater and contaminate water supplies. According to Paul La Liberte, chair of WGF’s Crop Management and Water Quality Team, “We have the tools and knowledge to solve the current nitrate crisis, but farmers cannot do all this alone. We need to bring other stakeholders to the table to share the effort needed to reduce water contamination in farm country.” WGF is a statewide membership organization dedicated to science-based management of natural resources, and its Crop Management and Water Quality Team includes career natural-resource professionals with expertise in water quality and agriculture.
• The Kewaunee County Highway Department offers this heads-up: summer construction will limit access to County E and the Ahnapee State Trail. Work began this week on replacing County E’s pavement from Miller Street to the bridge over the Ahnapee State Trail. Starting the last week of July, County E will be closed from Miller Street to County FF to replace the bridge over the Ahnapee State Trail. Only local residents will have access to County E during construction, and the Ahnapee State Trail will be closed in the construction zone. The detour for trail users will be County C to 5th Street to Miller Street. Detour signage will be posted.
• Lars Johnson is leaving the Door County Board of Adjustment after 35 years. This is the longest anyone has ever served – and is likely to be the longest anyone will ever serve – on the board. All are welcome to an informal gathering to thank him for his longtime service on Aug. 13, 4:30-7:30 pm, at Stone Harbor Resort Pub in Sturgeon Bay.