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  • 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 […]

  • Housing Presentations Planned Across County

    Door County Economic Development Corporation’s (DCEDC) Attainable Housing Committee will host a series of meetings later this month about the county’s lack of affordable housing and potential solutions. “The housing study revealed basic information most people were already aware of: Door County has a housing crisis,” said DCEDC Executive Director Jim Schuessler. “Beyond that foundation, […]

  • Bills to Watch: Dairy Innovation Hub, Gas-tax Sticker

    SB-186 Creating a Dairy Innovation Hub This bill would authorize $7.9 million to create a Dairy Innovation Hub at UW-Madison, UW-Platteville and UW-River Falls to focus on ensuring animal health and welfare, enriching human health and nutrition, stewarding land and water resources, and growing farm businesses and communities. The dairy industry has suffered from more […]

  • 2,300 Runners Coming for Half Marathon Saturday

    Door County fashion will have a new look this weekend when more than 2,300 runners funnel up the peninsula to run the 12th annual Door County Half Marathon and Nicolet Bay 5K in Peninsula State Park. They’ll fill barstools and restaurant seats wearing running shoes, race shirts and finishers’ bling as they bring an economic […]

  • Ephraim Highway Open to Local Traffic Only During Half Marathon Weekend

    Construction on Highway 42 in Ephraim continued this week, and the highway will be closed to non-local traffic during the Door County Half Marathon and Nicolet 5K weekend. Guests staying at Ephraim resorts will be able to reach their lodging via Highway 42, but those staying in Sister Bay and north Ephraim are encouraged to […]

  • High Costs Delay Eagle Tower Reconstruction

    When the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) dismantled Eagle Tower in 2016, officials said it would be extremely expensive to reconstruct it in accordance with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. It turns out that the expense is even greater than expected. The lowest bid for the project came in at $3.6 […]