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  • State Supreme Court to Hear Case on Kinnard CAFO

    A case involving the authority of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to regulate water pollution from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) is headed to Wisconsin’s Supreme Court. This development marks a new phase for a case that began more than six years ago when neighbors of Kinnard Farms, one of the state’s largest CAFOs, […]

  • By the Numbers: The Housing Gap

    580 Additional rental apartments needed in Door County by 2023 70 Number of new homes priced below $180,000 needed in central and northern Door County by 2023 200 Senior rental units needed in Door County by 2023 560 Additional seasonal housing beds needed in Door County by 2023 9,990 Number of Door County housing units […]

  • Reps in the News: Gov. Evers Targets Payroll Fraud

    Governor Tony Evers The Evers administration has set its sights on fighting payroll fraud in Wisconsin, which occurs when businesses pay workers in cash or classify employees as independent contractors as a way to avoid taxes and paying for employee benefits. Surrounded by a number of union employees at an event in Madison on Monday, […]

  • Record Visitors at Kewaunee Winter Park

    A record-breaking 13,674 people from nearly 20 states visited Winter Park in Kewaunee County during the 12 weeks it was open during the 2018-19 season. The Promotion & Recreation Department reports 12,494 people spent time snow tubing, and 1,180 went skiing and snowboarding between Dec. 22 and March 10. “The increase in attendance is the […]

  • Higher Coverage for FSA Crop Disaster Assistance Program

    The USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that higher levels of coverage will be offered through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) – a popular safety-net program – beginning April 8. The 2018 Farm Bill also increased service fees and made other changes to the program, including service-fee waivers for qualified military veterans interested […]

  • Municipal Meetings: April 19 – 26

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay: April 24 – joint meeting of Park and Recreation Committees, 5:30 pm. County of Door: April 23 – Board of Adjustment, 6:30 pm. Town of Clay Banks: April 23 – Board of Review, 8-10 am. Town of Gibraltar: April 23 – annual joint meeting of Parks & Land Committee […]

  • The Airbnb Effect: Vacation Rentals and Housing Stock

    It’s a common refrain: If rich people weren’t scooping up every available affordable home and converting it to an Airbnb to make even more money, affordable housing in Door County wouldn’t be an issue. But the boom in tourism that has closely followed the growth of vacation-rental platforms has funneled millions into the region. The […]

  • Sustainability 2019: Time is Ripe for Housing Trust

    by Mariah Goode The recently rejuvenated Door County Housing Partnership aims to increase the permanent supply of affordable housing in Door County, specifically for year-round residents who work in the county.   The Housing Partnership is modeled after what is often called a “community land trust,” but to prevent confusion with the Door County Land […]

  • Sustainability 2019: Affordability Goes Beyond the Walls of a Home

    The United States, Canada and most of Europe are in the throes of the most severe housing shortage in more than 60 years. The last time there was this level of shortage was after WWII, when these countries, still reeling from the Great Depression, were suddenly faced with accommodating returning veterans, along with hundreds of […]

  • Town of Egg Harbor to Fill Vacant Seat on Board

    After the resignation of Egg Harbor Town Board member David Enigl, the board called a special meeting for April 17 (after the Pulse deadline) to discuss appointing someone to the empty seat. Under state statute, the board can either advertise for candidates or appoint a new member immediately if the board is aware of a […]

  • Wisconsin to See Utility-Scale Solar Projects

    The Public Service Commission (PSC) of Wisconsin authorized the construction of two utility-scale solar electric-generation projects that will more than quadruple the state’s solar capacity. Chair Rebecca Cameron Valcq and Commissioner Mike Huebsch unanimously approved the projects 2-0. The Two Creeks solar generation facility will have a capacity of 150 MW and will be located […]

  • High School Sports Schedule: April 19 – 26

    GIBRALTAR Baseball April 22 vs. Kewaunee, 5 pm April 25 @ Oconto, 5 pm Softball April 22 vs. Kewaunee, 5 pm April 25 @ Oconto, 5 pm Girls Soccer April 23 @ Kewaunee, 4:30 pm (JV only) April 25 @ Sevastopol vs. NEW Lutheran, 6 pm Track & Field April 22 vs. Sevastopol, Southern Door, […]

  • Washington Island Town Board Seeking Candidates for Vacancy

    Because of the April 2 election process during which Richard Tobey was elected to two board positions, there is an opening for the fourth supervisor on the Washington Island Town Board. The board is seeking self-nominations for the two-year-term position of supervisor. Interested Washington Island residents should submit a written self-nomination to the town office […]

  • Sister Bay Hometown Pharmacy Preparing for May Opening

    As one door closes, another opens. There was a great hue and cry when Shopko announced it was closing its pharmacy in Sister Bay, followed by the announcement that all Shopkos would disappear from the face of the Earth. People in Northern Door were reeling from the idea of traveling to Sturgeon Bay to fill […]

  • Sustainability 2019: New Life for Old Containers?

    When Leathem D. Smith of Sturgeon Bay invented the Safeway shipping container in 1945, he revolutionized the shipping industry. Seventy-four years later, could that same idea revolutionize housing in Door County? In Europe, shipping containers have been a popular way to fill housing gaps for more than a decade, particularly in temporary situations. In London, […]

  • Lambeau Field Seeking Part-time Workers for Packer Games

    PMI Entertainment Group is looking for customer-service-oriented individuals to work as part-time staff for the Paul McCartney concert at Lambeau Field on June 8 and for all 2019 Packers home games. Available part-time Lambeau Field positions for applicants 18 and older include parking attendants and ushers. Apply online at or in person at PMI […]

  • Tuesday, April 16 Door County Prep Sports Results

    Softball Southern Door 11, Sturgeon Bay 1 Southern Door erupted for seven runs in the third inning and went on to defeat Sturgeon Bay 11-1 in a Packerland Conference softball game Tuesday. Grace LeGrave and Kylie Neinas each had two hits for the Eagles. Tehya Bertrand scored three runs and LeGrave and Lexi Wery each […]

  • Fire Chiefs Talk Options for Municipal EMS Service

    Three Door County fire chiefs attended the Baileys Harbor Town Board meeting April 8, the first of 19 such meetings they plan to attend to address options given the county’s recent discussions of privatizing EMS services. Liberty Grove-Sister Bay Fire Chief Chris Hecht said it’s a positive opportunity to discuss the service, it’s pros and […]

  • State News: Ice Age Trail, ACA Lawsuit

    Ice Age Trail Could Get Elevated Status A bill introduced by a bipartisan group of lawmakers would elevate the status of the Ice Age Trail, which includes 22 miles running through southern Door County. It would also elevate the status of the North Country National Scenic Trail, possibly bringing in more funding to maintain and […]

  • Legislative Days 2019: Past Success Leaves Delegation with Smaller Requests

    Past Success Leaves Delegation with Smaller Requests Nearly 100 delegates from Door and Kewaunee counties traveled to Madison last week to talk to lawmakers about the most pressing issues facing northeast Wisconsin. The event is held every two years around state-budget season. In the past, the delegates attending the Door/Kewaunee Legislative Days had some big […]