Miss Door County Competes at Miss Wisconsin This Week

The 2017 Miss Wisconsin Pageant begins Wednesday evening in Oshkosh. Miss Door County Susan Fochs will compete in the talent and evening wear preliminary competition Wednesday. Susan will perform an Irish dance to “The Cry of the Celts.” She was interviewed by a panel of five judges Tuesday. On Thursday, she will compete in the swimsuit component of the pageant and answer an onstage question. … Continue reading

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Kitchens Working to Pass Clean Water Access Bill

State Representative Joel Kitchens says he was pleased to see that the state senate committee on natural resources voted unanimously in favor of a bill related to local assistance for remediating contaminated wells and failing wastewater systems and award limits for contaminated well grants. The Sturgeon Bay Republican is working with State Senator Rob Cowles on the legislation. He says the bill will provide relief … Continue reading

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City of Sturgeon Bay Responds to Developer’s Exit

The City of Sturgeon Bay has responded to hotel developer Bob Papke’s decision to pull out of a project on the city’s west side waterfront. In a news release issued Friday afternoon by City Administrator Josh VanLieshout, the city said it was aware of Papke’s concerns and dissatisfaction and was working on a resolution to them. Mayor Thad Birmingham said he was surprised by Papke’s … Continue reading

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Developer Pulls Out of Sturgeon Bay Waterfront Hotel Project

The developer of a proposed hotel on Sturgeon Bay’s west side waterfront is “throwing in the towel.” Bob Papke told WDOR News that “the project is over. I’m done. I invested enough”… Attorneys representing Papke are also expected to act on a notice of claim related to the development. The notice of claim indicates that as early as 2013, the city was aware of concerns … Continue reading

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BUG Fire Crews Battle Barn Fire Thursday

The Brussels-Union-Gardner Fire Department were on the scene for about an hour and a half Thursday morning dealing with a fire in a partially collapsed barn located in the Town of Union. Nine units and 15 firefighters were sent to the structure fire at 11021 County Y at 10:19AM to put out the fire and protect nearby buildings. A combination of water and foam was … Continue reading

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Bee Keeping Ordinance Sent Back to Committee

Would be bee keepers will have to wait a little longer before setting up hives on their property in Sturgeon Bay. The city council Tuesday decided to send a request to allow bee keeping in the city back to the Community Protection and Services Committee for a little fine-tuning. During discussion on the matter, some council-members wondered why the city Plan Commission hadn’t included restrictions … Continue reading

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Farm Accident Injures Man in Sevastopol

A farm accident, off Ripp Road, in the Town of Sevastopol late Wednesday afternoon, left a 45-year old Door County man injured. The page was issued at 6:13PM and emergency personnel were sent to 5121 Ripp Road. The initial report indicated that a man, 20 to 30 years of age, was injured when he became entangled in a piece of farm machinery. The investigating officer … Continue reading

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Council Asks for Legislation to Determine High Water Mark

The original high water mark for a parcel on Sturgeon Bay’s west side waterfront could be determined by legislative action in Madison. On a vote of four to three, the city council decided that, if necessary, it would go the route of state legislation to break the impasse over a decision on the line between public and private property. Alderman David Ward made the motion … Continue reading

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City Seeks Costs to Tear Down or Renovate Grain Elevator

The costs related to the retention or demolition of the old grain elevator on Sturgeon Bay’s west side waterfront will be sought as the city tries to determine what to do with the structure built at the turn of the last century. The city council Tuesday afternoon approved a resolution seeking cost estimates for cleaning up, stabilizing, renovating, salvaging and demolishing the grain elevator formerly … Continue reading

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Perlman Leaving DCEDC

Sam Perlman, Economic Development Manager for the Door County Economic Development Corporation, has announced that he will be leaving his position in Sturgeon Bay after 13 and a half years on the job. Perlman, who began working for the public/private agency in October of 2003, said it had been an honor and a privilege to serve the Door County community in that capacity and looked … Continue reading

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