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  • DCMC Announces Next Steps for Medical Services

    As Wisconsin moves forward in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Door County Medical Center (DCMC) is taking steps to make health-care services more accessible while maintaining safety and meeting patients’ needs.  The status of DCMC medical services is as follows.  • Urgent care and emergency department: Anyone needing urgent or emergency care for any health […]

  • Candidate Filing Period Ends

    The candidate filing period ended June 8 for this year’s county elections, and only one local office – county treasurer – has drawn multiple candidates for both parties. Incumbent County Treasurer Jay Zahn filed his notice of noncandidacy on April 15. The partisan primary election will be held Aug. 11 for the Nov. 3 general election. […]

  • Sheriff Asks for Protective Helmets, Body Shields

    Two who voted against the request say county doesn’t need riot gear Door County Sheriff Tammy Sternard received approval from the Door County Public Safety Committee to buy 34 sets of protective helmets and body shields for individuals within her department at a cost of $9,995.32.  Sternard said the equipment is “basic minimum protection” for […]

  • Door County Unemployment Soars to 20 Percent for April

    Door County’s unemployment rate climbed to 20 percent in April, the only full month when the state’s Safer at Home order was in place. The number represents 2,886 jobless people in Door County out of a workforce of 14,444. The impact of COVID-19 hit all of Wisconsin’s 72 counties, according to the numbers that the […]

  • New Legislation Bites Ticks Back

    Ticks become active beginning in May, and this year, for the first time, new legislation has been passed to try to bite the creatures back. The Wisconsin Assembly passed two bills in January that require the state’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to warn visitors about the dangers of Lyme disease and to sell insect […]

  • Amendments to Tower Ordinance Head to Public Hearing

    The changes don’t go far enough for those who want fixed wireless broadband towers to be exempt from all regulations The Door County Resource Planning Committee (RPC) will take public comment on changes designed to reduce some regulations on communications towers. The virtual public hearing scheduled for June 4, 1 pm, proposes to amend, specifically, […]

  • COVID-19 Testing Site Opens June 2 in Door County

    Door County and Kewaunee County have partnered with the Wisconsin National Guard to offer free COVID-19 testing for the community. The testing site in Door County will be open June 2 through June 4 from 11 am – 7 pm each day at the Door County Sheriff’s Office, 1201 S. Duluth Ave. Sturgeon Bay.No registration […]

  • Highway 42 Construction Progressing

    Construction on Highway 42 in Fish Creek and the Town of Gibraltar’s sidewalk project along Highway 42 are both progressing. Crews are continuing to place pavement markings, final landscaping and street lighting from Bluff Lane to County F; and continuing to place topsoil and final landscaping from County F to north of Gibraltar Road. The […]

  • Man Pinned Beneath Vehicle in Fatal Accident

    John M. Smejkal died Saturday evening, May 23, after being pinned by his car in his Liberty Grove driveway. The 76-year-old was discovered by emergency-services personnel who were dispatched following the report of a crash at Smejkal’s Wisconsin Bay Road property at 7:13 pm. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The initial investigation indicated […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Extends Emergency Declaration

    The Sturgeon Bay Common Council voted to extend its emergency declaration for another 30 days. The council first declared an emergency in response to COVID-19 on March 19. The emergency declaration allows the city “to use all possible resources and means to protect the health, safety and welfare of residents from the threat posed by […]

  • COVID-19-Related Fiscal Impacts Delay Projects

    The Sturgeon Bay Common Council postponed $829,700 in capital projects during its May 19 evening meeting in response to revenue losses and increased expenses related to COVID-19. The move will save budgeted debt service of $72,200.  Some of the delayed projects include refinishing the east side of the fire station floor, improvements to Little Lake, […]

  • $2,500 Available for Small Businesses

    New assistance for small businesses is available as part of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s We’re All In initiative, a comprehensive effort to celebrate and help Wisconsin’s small businesses get back on their feet and support best practices to keep businesses, consumers, employees and communities safe. Funded largely by federal dollars received through the Coronavirus […]

  • Waiver of Property Tax Penalties Program Available

    A resolution adopted last week by the Door County Board of Supervisors sets the stage for property owners to receive a waiver of penalties on property-tax installment payments due between April 1 and Oct. 1. Property taxes can be paid in two installments. The first is due by Jan. 31, the second by July 31. […]

  • County Government Preps for Employees Returning to Work

    Door County government, depending upon the season, employs roughly 300 people, according to Door County Administrator Ken Pabich. Of those, 59 had been temporarily furloughed during the Safer at Home order – some with no hours of work per week, others with reduced hours of 20 or 32 per week.  The furloughs occurred throughout 14 […]

  • Jensen Challenging Kitchens for District 1 Seat

    Described by herself and others as having tough skin and enormous shoulders, Kim Delorit Jensen is preparing to take on even more than the five restaurants she currently owns that employ roughly 100 people in Door County. Jensen is making a run for a seat in the Wisconsin Assembly to represent District 1. Her bid […]

  • Memorial Day Services Modified, but Tradition Lives On

    With traditional Memorial Day ceremonies having been canceled this year due to health concerns regarding COVID-19, the Door County Veterans Service Office (VSO) and commanders from Door County veterans’ organizations are finding ways to honor those from Door County who made the ultimate sacrifice.  The VSO created a short video that will be available for […]

  • Kitchens Proposes Emergency Elections Procedure

    State Reps. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) and Staush Gruszynski (D-Green Bay) introduced a bill on May 18 to address the state’s preparedness to hold an election during a public-health emergency.  The proposal is a response to the confusion leading up to the April 7 spring election, when in-person voting was held during the first weeks […]

  • Reopening Guidelines Arrive from State

    Advice for 15 industries included The reopening guidelines that local businesses have been waiting for came from the state May 8. In addition to general guidelines, the state offered industry-specific advice to 15 business sectors: agriculture, construction, entertainment/amusement, gyms/fitness centers, hair and nail salons, hospitality/lodging, manufacturing, outdoor gatherings, outdoor recreation, professional services, public facilities, restaurant, […]

  • Bipartisan Bill Would Give Park Passes to Fourth Graders

    Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) is leading the charge on a bipartisan bill to provide free passes to state parks and natural areas to Wisconsin fourth-graders and their families. It’s an idea modeled after the successful Every Kid in a Park program established by the National Park Service in 2015. It was launched that year to […]

  • State Libertarian Convention in Sturgeon Bay May 3-5

    The Libertarian Party of Wisconsin is holding its state convention at Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay May 3-5. Outgoing Chair Phillip Anderson of Madison said they are expecting 80 to 100 Libertarians from across the state to take part in electing new leadership to two-year terms and voting for bylaw and constitutional changes. But […]