Category: Headlines

  • Supreme Court Sides with Environmental Groups

    Madison – After years of court battles, the Wisconsin Supreme Court handed environmental advocates in the state a pair of victories last week. The court ruled in two separate cases, each named Clean Wisconsin v. Department of Natural Resources (DNR), that the DNR must exercise its authority to protect Wisconsin’s water resources. Clean Wisconsin President […]

  • Evers Blunts Legislative Measure to End Extra Unemployment Benefit

    Madison – The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Legislature voted in early June to eliminate the $300-a-week federal bonus for unemployed people. On June 29, Gov. Tony Evers vetoed the measure, as he indicated he would. The federal payment had been approved during the coronavirus pandemic and was scheduled to end Sept. 6. Wisconsin legislators said the extra […]

  • County, City Approve 2021 Budgets

    Door County Passes 1.21 Percent Levy Increase The Door County Board of Supervisors approved its 2021 budget and tax levy Nov. 10 following a public hearing during which no public comments were offered.  Total expenses are projected at $89,943,239, with revenue at $59,250,650. Property-tax payers make up the difference with a levy of $30,692,589, which […]

  • 46-unit Attainable Housing Project Proposed for Sister Bay

    Almost three years after a countywide study revealed a gap of more than 200 rental apartments in northern Door County, a new proposal for affordable units is on the table in Sister Bay.  Marissa Downs presented a broad-strokes plan to the Sister Bay Plan Commission in October for a 46-unit complex on 12.6 acres near […]

  • Door County Public Health Emergency COVID-19 Alert

    Very High COVID-19 Activity Levels – Act to Stop the Spread Door County Public Health issued an emergency alert on midday Wednesday, Oct. 7, urging continued vigilance with mask-wearing and social distancing, and new mitigation strategies. Read the full release below. The Covid-19 case activity is very high as defined by Wisconsin State Department of […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Talks 2021 Budget

    Next up: Budget workshop Monday, Oct. 5 Budget talks got underway on Monday in Sturgeon Bay during the first of two workshops scheduled for city alderpeople and staff.  The Common Council will render a final verdict Nov. 2 on how much it will spend in 2021, and what that means for property taxes. As it […]

  • CARES Act Provides Funding for Broadband Internet

    Gov. Tony Evers has announced that more than $5 million in funding from the federal CARES Act will be awarded to expand high-speed, broadband internet and administered through the Public Service Commission (PSC) of Wisconsin. The state’s Broadband Expansion Grant Program provides grant funding to organizations, internet service providers and local governments to expand in […]

  • Common Council to Select District 2 Alder

    Replacement applications accepted until Oct. 8 The next person to lead District 2 on the Sturgeon Bay Common Council will be selected by the council itself. The vacancy was created when David Hayes tendered his resignation Sept. 11, effective Sept. 30. Hayes first took office in April 2018. Those interested in filling the seat should […]

  • New Police Chief Expected to Be Selected Friday

    The second and third in command at the Sturgeon Bay Police Department are vying for the job that Chief of Police Arleigh Porter will leave behind when he retires Oct. 2. Captain Dan Brinkman and Lieutenant Investigator Clint Henry have both applied for the position. The Sturgeon Bay Police and Fire Commission (SBPFC), which hires […]

  • Local Help for National Coin Shortage

    Door County – The U.S. Mint has been operating at full production capacity, minting almost 1.6 billion coins since mid-June. It’s on track to mint 1.65 billion coins per month for the remainder of the year. There’s an adequate supply of pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters in the economy, according to the Federal Reserve. As […]

  • Height, Setback Variances Granted for Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding

    Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay is preparing to upgrade its facilities at 605 N. 3rd Ave. in preparation for work on the U.S. Navy guided-missile frigate contract that was awarded to Fincantieri Marinette Marine in April. The company secured variances Tuesday from the Sturgeon Bay Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) to encroach setbacks and […]

  • Egg Harbor Joint Fire Commission Meeting: Long on closed discussion, short on open answers

    Members of the Egg Harbor Joint Fire Commission – with their fire chief and attorney present – spent the majority of their Aug. 20 meeting behind closed doors. When they reemerged, they said nothing to the crowd about the reason why the crowd had assembled. What drew people to the meeting at the Kress Pavilion […]

  • Two Firefighters Fired

    Another one suspended, demoted and put on probation Two Egg Harbor firefighters have been fired from the Egg Harbor Fire Department and another suspended. The letters of termination, dated Aug. 17, were sent by certified mail to Dan Kiehnau and his son, Dustin.  The two had requested six-month leaves of absence in July after the […]

  • Woman Stabbed to Death in Sturgeon Bay

    A woman died after being stabbed in Sturgeon Bay early Tuesday morning. She was allegedly killed by her roommate, who is being held in jail on a $1 million cash bond. Susan Soukup, 52, appeared in Door County Circuit Court Tuesday afternoon on a charge of first-degree intentional homicide, according to the Sturgeon Bay Police […]

  • Anderson, Schley to Face Off for Treasurer’s Seat Nov. 3

    Tuesday’s primary election drew 7,100 voters The only contested race on the local ballot during Wisconsin’s primary election was decided Aug. 11. The Door County Treasurer’s Office had five contestants vying for the seat that retiring Treasurer Jay Zahn will vacate at the end of the year. Voters selected Jan Arbter Anderson as the Democratic […]

  • State Legislators Get Behind Potawatomi Tower Repair

    Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) and Sen. Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay) have sent a strong letter to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) advocating in situ, or in place, repair of Potawatomi Tower rather than its destruction. “After very careful consideration, and with the safety of park visitors at the forefront, we have reached […]

  • Historic Listing Sought for Potawatomi Tower

    Can the structure be repaired in place without breaking accessibility laws? Yes, no and maybe, depending upon who answers. The Sturgeon Bay Historical Society Foundation (SBHSF) had been plugging away at efforts to save the 75-foot Potawatomi State Park Observation Tower, only to learn earlier this year that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) […]

  • U.S. Supreme Court Ends Al Johnson’s Trademark Debate

    The United States Supreme Court refused to hear a petition from a New York attorney who sought to cancel the “goats on a roof of grass” trademark owned by Al Johnson’s. The court’s June 22 denial put the decade-long lawsuit to rest for good.  Attorney Todd Bank has been involved in attempts to strip Al […]

  • County Grants Exemption for Towers 120 Feet or Shorter

    The exemption means fixed wireless internet service could become more available An exemption advocated by those striving to create greater broadband access in Door County was granted by the Door County Board of Supervisors. The 20-1 vote cast Tuesday during the board’s monthly meeting meant that none of the provisions in the county’s tower ordinance […]

  • COVID Cases Flat in Door County: Health Department still strongly urges continued vigilance

    Door County’s tally of COVID-19 cases has held steady for nearly two weeks, with 39 positive test results and three deaths. It’s good news, said Door County Public Health Manager Sue Powers, but not a reason for residents and visitors to let their guard down.  “My biggest concern is that people get tired of the […]