Author: Warren Bluhm

Woodlands association honors ag agent, county board supervisor

Kewaunee County Supervisor Chuck Wagner and UW-Extension agriculture agent Aerica Bjurstrom have been honored by the Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association with its Next Generation Award. Wagner is a longtime member of the association, the largest private association of woodland owners in the state, said the group looks for “somebody that is doing something special in educating the youth in their area how to better manage and care for sustainable forestry.” He told the Kewaunee County Board this week that the association became interested in recognizing the Youth Conservation Day that the county stages for area students every May. “What...

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DNR settles dairy group lawsuit

The Dairy Business Association announced Thursday that it has reached a settlement with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in its lawsuit that alleged the DNR does not have the legal authority to require concentrated animal feeding operations to obtain a wastewater discharge permit unless the CAFO actually discharges wastewater into navigable waters. The DBA dropped that allegation, while the DNR agreed that vegetation patches are valid pollution control-systems and to stop regulating calf hutches. The agreement says the state agency will enforce only those standards and requirements for feed storage leachate or runoff management that are explicitly permitted...

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BUG Fire Department shows off fire station addition

Members of the Brussels-Union-Gardner Fire Department sipped coffee and offered visitors snacks Sunday morning at an open house for the expanded north fire station on Stevenson Pier Road in Gardner. The addition – which includes two vehicle bays, a mezzaine, storage room, and gear locker room – was made possible by the April 2016 referendum in the three southern Door County towns that authorized $2.8 million in spending for a new south fire/EMS station along County Road C in Brussels. Fire Chief Curt Vandertie said new station, which will replace the cramped station in downtown Brussels, should be finished...

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KCEDC hosts presentation about pop-up shops

Do you have an idea for a business, but not the funds? Do you have an idea for a downtown shop or service, but feel it’s too risky? Do you own a potential space for a pop-up? A pop-up shop is a retail store that is opened temporarily to take advantage of a seasonal or trendy demand. Learn about the Pop-Up Shop program, an economic development strategy for small towns, on Tuesday, October 24 at Moxie’s Supper Club, 607 Church St., Casco, beginning at 5 p.m. Nora Roughen-Schmidt, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce in Viroqua, WI, will...

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County Board trims administrator’s pay raise

Kewaunee County Administrator Scott Feldt discusses the proposed 2018 county budget during Tuesday’s meeting of the County Board. The budget is scheduled for final approval Nov. 7. By Warren Bluhm The Kewaunee County Board trimmed a salary increase for its county administrator Tuesday before voting to approve it. The Personnel, Advisory and Legislative Committee recommended jumping Administrator Scott Feldt four steps on the county salary schedule for the position, from $44.33 an hour this year to $49.89, or from $92,206 annually to $103,771, effective Jan. 1, a 12.5 percent increase. But after elected department heads and members of the...

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