Oct. 16 – 30

• The Sturgeon Bay City Council postponed discussion and action on turning the rest of the one-way streets downtown into two-way streets. Two aldermen were not in attendance at the Oct. 20 meeting, which prompted Aldermen Tom Benzshawel and Ron Vandertie to encourage the council to send the topic to the city Parking and Traffic Committee for further review and a recommendation to the Council.

Local business owners Jeff Bradley (Artists’ Guild), Terry Ullman (Copper Kettle Confections), and Door County Visitor Bureau President and CEO Jack Moneypenny spoke in favor of turning all downtown streets to two-way traffic, with Bradley and Ullman claiming they received support for that venture from many business owners on such streets as Kentucky and Louisiana.

City engineer Tony Depies gave an update on the Michigan Street construction project. He said the street lights should be installed Oct. 22 and 23 and street signs are expected Monday, Oct. 26.

• Door County Board Chairman Leo Zipperer praised the work of the county’s Complete Count Committee in working with area municipalities and the League of Women Voters to spread the word about the 2010 Census. The committee was formed May 16.

• Governor Jim Doyle recognized the relocation of eight biotechnology companies to Wisconsin from other states. Biotechnology is an $8.7 billion industry employing 34,000 people in Wisconsin. Doyle attributed the influx to expanded tax credits the state enacted to attract such companies in recent years.

• Garey Bies, Door County’s representative in the State Assembly, reminded residents that they can register land lines and cell phone numbers in Wisconsin’s Do Not Call List. To do so, residents must call 1.866.966.2255.

• The Wisconsin Senate passed a ban on texting while driving on Oct. 20. The bill must receive approval from the Assembly before going to the governor to be signed into law.

• Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton, the top and only Democrat in the race for Wisconsin governor, pulled out of the campaign Oct. 26. “For very personal reasons, I will not pursue the Democratic nomination for the governor in 2010,” Lawton said on her Web site.

Republicans Scott Walker, Milwaukee County Executive, and Mark Neumann, a former Congressman, have been campaigning for months. Speculation on the Democratic side centers on Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.