Category: Headlines

  • 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 […]

  • Finance Committee Rejects Helmet and Shield Purchase

    The Door County Finance Committee squashed a request by Sheriff Tammy Sternard for nearly $10,000 to buy 34 sets of protective helmets and shields for her department. The request had come to the committee’s Monday meeting from the Public Safety Committee, which approved the nonbudgeted item last week before sending it on to the Finance […]

  • Fish Creek Construction Takes Next Step

    The reconstruction of Highway 42 in Fish Creek took another step forward June 5 as crews reopened the highway from through the village up to County F, shortening the detour route for vehicles to get around the major reconfiguration.  Work continues on the section of Highway 42 between County F and the crosswalk by the […]

  • 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 […]