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  • Developers Scale Down Condo Plan in Egg Harbor

    Developers have scaled down a proposal for a condominium project at the Mueller’s Mini Mart property in the center of Egg Harbor.  The revamped plan for the Village View Shoppes and Residences at Egg Harbor includes 14 residential units, down from the 27 originally proposed, and would preserve the former Birnschein gas station. The condominium […]

  • Len Villano

    DNR Closes Rock Island State Park for the Season

    There won’t be any grand adventures to Rock Island State Park this season: The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced June 29 that the park would be closed for the season. Mike Bergum, East Central District superintendent, said several factors contributed to the closure. “We’ve closed it for all of our staff, in part because […]

  • Destination Door County Launches Recruitment Campaign

    Destination Door County launched a four-week recruitment campaign June 29 to encourage people to live, work and play in Door County. The paid media buy will reach across the country through its social-media channels and e-newsletter database, and it will target viewers regionally by age demographics and geographical locations through online digital banners and paid […]

  • ‘Madonna’ Joins Washington Island Ferry Fleet

    With a whack of a bottle of bubbly against the upper-floor passenger deck by Washington Island resident Karen Jess, the Madonna was christened as Washington Island’s fifth vessel. The christening of the newest member of the fleet took place Monday morning before a crowd of guests and employees spread across the shipyard’s tarmac. Speakers for […]

  • 2.7 Million Absentee Ballot Applications to be Mailed in Wisconsin

    Nearly all registered voters in Wisconsin who have not already asked for absentee ballot applications will receive them by Sept. 1. Under the plan given approval last week by the Wisconsin Elections Commission, some 2.7 million ballot applications will be mailed. The mailing will not be sent to the nearly 528,000 electors who have already […]

  • Feed and Clothe My People Set to Reopen

    The Feed and Clothe My People 14th Avenue thrift store and food pantry in Sturgeon Bay will return to regular hours and days beginning July 1. They will be open Mondays and Thursdays, 2-6 pm; open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 am – 2 pm; and closed Saturdays and Sundays.  All staff, volunteers, shoppers and […]

  • Clay Banks Seeks County Assistance with Drainage Issue

    The Town of Clay Banks is seeking mutual assistance from the Door County Facilities and Parks Department to solve standing-water issues on Lower LaSalle Road that it believes is caused by an improvement to a county park. “It’s a big issue,” said Mike Johnson, chair of the Clay Banks Town Board. “It never goes down. […]

  • Habitat for Humanity Breaks Ground for New Home

    Single dad Doug Marvin said every time he tries to express how he feels about the new home he and his sons will soon own, the words fail him. “It’s hard to put into words,” he said. “I’m just so grateful and overjoyed.”  That joy and gratitude were overflowing Tuesday during the ceremonial groundbreaking of […]

  • Kids Fishing Derby

    Fifty-one young anglers flocked to Sunset Park in Sturgeon Bay for the June 28 Kids Fishing Derby. Gary Nault, Sturgeon Bay District 5 alder, said it’s the 35th derby and the longest-running fishing program for kids in the state.  “We’ve not been rained out in 35 years,” he said during the Common Council’s June 16 […]

  • Clean a Boat, Save a Lake

    Last season, 8,884 boats were launched at the six Door County-owned parks that have boat launches. This number doesn’t include boaters who may have ignored the solar-powered pay stations, those with annual passes who launched more than once, or the private and municipal marinas and launches around the county. “It’s a lot of boat usage,” […]

  • Backyard Bees

    The Sturgeon Bay Common Council approved a permit last week for a local couple to keep bees. It’s the third beekeeping permit the city has issued since July 2017, when the ordinance was passed to allow beekeeping within city limits. Another request is in the pipeline for a residence on South 18th Avenue. Beekeeping – even […]

  • ERA Starr Realty Earns First in Service Award

    ERA Starr Realty in Sturgeon Bay has earned its fourth Jim Jackson Memorial Award for First in Service. Named in honor of the late ERA co-founder and former president, the award is presented annually to the companies that uphold Jackson’s legacy of superior customer service and sales productivity.  ERA Starr Realty was created in 2002 […]

  • Agriculture Stimulus Programs Due June 30

    Agricultural producers who have not yet enrolled in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for 2020 must do so by June 30. Although program elections for the 2020 crop year remain the same as elections made for 2019, all producers must contact their local USDA Farm Service Agency office to […]

  • Small Business Administration Reopens Loan Programs

    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Loan Advance Program portal to all eligible applicants who are experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19. The program provides small businesses and nonprofits with low-interest loans to help them overcome a temporary loss of revenue. As part of EIDL, […]

  • More New Businesses

    Earlier this month, we published our 2020 New Businesses list. Here are a few more business openings and changes that have since been brought to our attention.  Brey Family Beef, 2190 Cty O, Sturgeon Bay Locally raised beef (breyfamilybeef.com). Cedar Court Inn, 9429 Cedar Ct., Fish Creek New owners Matt and Susie Cottick purchased the […]

  • Green Photo of the Week: Sedimentation in Kewaunee

    This dramatic visual shows what happens when stormwater carries sediment into watersheds from farm fields and other sources – in this case, when sediment entered Kewaunee Harbor and Lake Michigan last summer.  Heavier rainfalls have increased the likelihood of sedimentation events such as this one, which can also carry nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen into […]

  • Sustain Door Plans Book Discussion

    Sustain Door is planning an August discussion of The Power of Just Doing Stuff: How Local Action Can Change the World by Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition Movement. The book begins with a sobering appraisal of what humanity is up against before offering illuminating and inspiring examples of what small groups and communities have […]

  • DNR to Hold Water Quality Webinar Series

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) began a four-part webinar series June 25 to introduce the concept of total maximum daily loads (TMDL) for total phosphorus and total suspended solids in the northeast lakeshore basin. The series will provide an overview of the TMDL development process, implementation and the data sets used for the […]

  • GREEN TIP: The Lowdown on Lawns

    According to the Environmental Protection Agency, homeowners dumped about 59 million pounds of pesticides onto their residential lawns in 2012, with some getting into waterways and potentially exposing adults, children and pets to harmful chemicals. Furthermore, Americans use about 7 billion gallons of water a day to irrigate, which is a third of all residential […]

  • Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change Seeks Public Input

    Gov. Tony Evers’ Task Force on Climate Change is calling for public input as it begins planning policy recommendations for the governor ahead of the 2021-23 biennial budget. The task force will hold virtual listening sessions for members of the public that will cover a variety of climate-crisis issues and provide opportunities to share comments […]