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    Sister Bay’s First Capital Improvement Plan Reveals Big Picture

    “Going without a CIP is planning to fail by failing to plan.” Those were the words of Nate Bell, a Village of Sister Bay trustee, regarding the importance of the village’s first formal Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), covering 2022-26.  “The village has always incorporated some CIP planning into its budget process, but this plan is […]

  • The Politics of Mapmaking

    Kitchens on his latest redistricting vote Two days before an independent commission released sample district maps for the state of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin legislature passed a resolution seeking to preserve the existing districts. Senate Republicans passed Senate Joint Resolution 63, with the Assembly’s concurrence, on Sept. 28. The resolution outlines guiding principles to make each […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Opens New Pickleball Courts

    Sturgeon Bay celebrated the opening of a new pickleball complex Oct. 5. The seven-court complex is the largest in the county, and it’s a welcome addition for enthusiasts of the fast-growing sport.  Appearing at the opening was Mike Barker, head of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department; David Ward, mayor of Sturgeon Bay; Jay Renstrom, […]

  • Bowling League Results

    Apple Dumpling League Sept. 24, 2021 • High team game: Drinking Team–Bowling Problem 787 • High team series: Drinking Team–Bowling Problem 2,122 • High game (women): Kathy Franke 202, Judy Schuyler 197, Penny Kramer 195, Tracy May 193  • High series (women): Kathy Franke 591 • High game (men): Travis DeGrave 257, Jeff Sperber 255, Chris […]

  • Packerland Conference Standings

    Volleyball (through Sept. 30) School, won-lost Oconto 6-0 Sevastopol 4-1Peshtigo 3-2 Sturgeon Bay 3-3 Algoma 2-3 Kewaunee 2-3Southern Door 2-3 NEW Lutheran-Providence 2-4 Gibraltar 0-5 Boys Soccer (through Sept. 30) School, won-lost-tied Sturgeon Bay 8-0 Kiel 6-1Two Rivers-Roncalli 4-1-1 Peshtigo 3-3 Gibraltar-Sevastopol 2-2-2 NEW Lutheran-Providence 2-3 New Holstein-Elkhart Lake 2-4Sheboygan Falls 1-4-1 Algoma 0-4Kewaunee 0-6 […]

  • Run the One Barrel “Marathon” Nov. 27

    The One Barrel 2.62 “marathon” – well, one-tenth of a marathon – is back.  Run off your Thanksgiving dinner Saturday, Nov. 27, starting at One Barrel Brewing Company, 4633 Market St. in Egg Harbor. The 2.62-mile fun run and walk will take participants on a loop course that finishes at the taproom, where all runners will get […]

  • Door County Half Marathon

    Half Marathon Now Full

    Registration for the 2021 Door County Half Marathon is now full! The only remaining ways to enter this year’s race are through the Run for a Cause Program or by purchasing a spot from another runner.  There are still a few spots left in the Nicolet Bay 5k. Register for that race at More […]

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  • The Ridges Sanctuary

    How the COVID-19 Lockdown Unlocked Outdoor-Learning Lessons

    Sheryl Honig and Anna Foster already believed that people often learn better outdoors than inside a classroom or auditorium, but the past year and a half have made these Ridges Sanctuary educators even more certain. “When you’re out here, you’re learning in a real place, not a fake place,” Honig said while standing on a […]

  • Door County Farm on Professional Dairy Producers Tour

    The Professional Dairy Producers (PDPW) will host its 2021 Value-AddedDairy Tours Oct. 13 and 14 to learn from five producers how they’ve addedvalue to their farms, including a new venture into natural gas, adding arestaurant, selling beef and more.The tour includes Brey Cycle Farm in Door County, a founding member ofPeninsula Pride Farms; Ebert Enterprises […]

  • Jarrod Bunyard

    Kewaunee Health and Fitness Welcomes New Manager

    Kewaunee Health and Fitness has a new manager: Jarrod Bunyard. He’s a lifelong Packer fan who has moved to the homeland, become an active volunteer in the community, and is joining the business after years of service by former manager Marti Patterson. Bunyard was a California Highway Patrol officer for more than 20 years, then […]

  • State Bar Offers Free Business-Law Consultations

    The Business Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin – in partnership with the Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic – is offering free legal consultations for small businesses through its Small Business Assistance Program, which has already helped businesses in at least 20 counties. Owners of small businesses throughout the state can connect virtually to an […]

  • New USDA Grant Supports Food Producers, Processors

    A new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant has opened for businesses that are involved in growing fresh fruits and vegetables or canning them, farmers markets, dried and dehydrated fruit, animal slaughtering, meat and poultry processing, fish and aquaculture, vineyards, coffee roasting and food/meat warehousing. Funds can be used for workplace safety, market pivots, retrofitting […]

  • Robertson Orchards

    He Will Never Break the Chain

    Skipp Robertson keeps his family’s business operating for a fifth generation “Credit cards,” Skipp Robertson answered immediately when asked whether he’s done anything differently since taking over his family’s orchard.  He officially bought Robertson Orchards from his father, Kris, in January 2020, making Skipp the fifth generation to own the land. Although accepting credit-card payments […]

  • Property-Tax Revenue Collections versus Net New Construction

    More From the Door County Budget Project>> Since 2005, Wisconsin has used net new construction within a municipality to cap property levy tax increases. Advocates say the strategy helps keep a lid on property taxes. Opponents say low-growth municipalities are unfairly penalized. The cap may also cause some municipalities to take on more long-term debt […]

  • Debt as a Percentage of Total Expenses

    More from the Door County Budget Project>> The Door County Budget Project calculates debt payments for all municipalities – also known as debt service – in relation to a municipality’s largest fund, the general fund. We took it a step further by using the raw data to calculate how much each municipality spends annually on […]

  • What You Can Learn from the Door County Budget Project

    In October 2020, I was five months into my position with the Peninsula Pulse when municipalities began crafting their 2021 budgets. As something of a local-government geek, I don’t find budget discussions akin to watching paint dry. Still, and even with the convenience of virtual meetings at a pandemic high last fall, we couldn’t Zoom […]

  • Property Taxes, Revenue Sources and How Much Your Municipality Is Worth

    More from the Door County Budget Project>> Wisconsin municipalities have various revenue sources to fund services, but they rely heavily on the property tax, deriving some 42.2% of their revenues from it. That is more than any other Midwestern state and nearly twice the national average of 23.3%. In Door County, that proportion is often […]

  • Who Spends What on Public Safety?

    More From the Door County Budget Project>> Budgets for the smallest to largest municipalities have some form of public-safety expenditures relating to law enforcement, fire protection, ambulance service, first responders, inspections and emergency government activities. But not all municipalities are equal in this regard. The City of Sturgeon Bay, for example, has a professional fire […]

  • Your Guide to the 2021 Sister Bay Fall Festival (Oct. 15 – 17)

    Celebrate the 75th Sister Bay Fall Festival Oct. 15-17, 2021 with live music, children’s activities, great food and drink, parade, and much more!