Author: Warren Bluhm

Tick season awareness effort launched

Summer is approaching and as we pack our bags for camping or get out to explore, the Kewaunee County Public Health Department is working to increase awareness on Lyme disease by hanging up signs provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on local nature trails and at parks. Over the past few years, the health department has seen a steady uptick in the tick-borne illness. The bacterial infection is often caused by a bite from a black-legged or deer tick. The chances of being bitten by a tick in Northeast Wisconsin tend to rise from June...

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Free emerald ash borer program June 24 in Algoma

A certified arborist, degreed forester and college instructor with over 30 years’ experience is scheduled to make a public presentation about the emerald ash borer on Saturday, June 24, in Algoma. The free 9 a.m. program in the Council Chambers at Algoma City Hall, 416 Fremont St., is funded in part by an urban forestry grant from the State of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Forestry Program and hosted by the City of Algoma Tree Management Committee. The speaker will be Dan Traas of Ranger Services Inc. in Appleton, an urban forestry and landscape management consulting firm. The emerald...

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Kewaunee County Board to consider exploring state prison

A Kewaunee County Board committee Thursday voted unanimously to advance a resolution endorsing a state prison bill to the full board for consideration. But it appeared to be one of the most reluctant unanimous votes in the history of unanimity. The Algoma City Council and Luxemburg Village Board have both passed resolutions in support of Assembly Bill 292 and Senate Bill 228, which would authorize the sale of the aging Green Bay Correctional Institution and replace it with a new prison either in Brown County or an adjacent county. The plan is for the state to contract with a...

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Final order in Dominion suit spells out payment plans

The final order in the lawsuit filed by Dominion Energy Kewaunee against the town of Carlton spells out the payments each entity will owe to the other over the next 10 years. Door County Circuit Court Judge D. Todd Ehlers, who has been hearing the case in Kewaunee County Circuit Court, signed the order June 5, completing the case involving the town’s assessment of the decommissioned Kewaunee Power Station nuclear plant. Dominion, which argued the plant was worth nothing but offered to accept a $10 million assessment, sued in 2015 after paying a property tax bill based on the...

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Over 1,500 left in the dark after severe thunderstorm

A severe thunderstorm that roared across the area late Wednesday afternoon left thousands of people across central and eastern Wisconsin without electricity, including more than 1,500 in Kewaunee County. Wisconsin Public Service Corp. reports 882 customers without power in the Luxemburg ZIP code, 475 in Kewaunee, 322 in Algoma and 24 in Casco as of 8:27 p.m. The storm spawned reports of funnel clouds and tornadoes as it crossed Shawano County heading east and north. While trees and power lines went down and buildings sustained damage throughout the storm’s path, the reports of greatest damage were in the Waupaca, Stevens Point,...

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