Author: Warren Bluhm

County officials object to 12.5% administrator pay raise

Five elected Kewaunee County officials have each filed letters to the County Board objecting to significant pay raises to be considered Tuesday night for the county administrator and finance director. The Personnel, Advisory and Legislative Committee last month approved 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. The committee also recommended a two-step increase for Finance Director Paul Kunesh, from $79,372 to $84,219, a 6.1 percent increase. Sheriff Matt Joski, Treasurer Michelle...

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Counties urged to sue opioid manufacturers

coltsfan / Pixabay The Kewaunee County Personnel, Advisory and Legislative Committee was scheduled Monday to consider forwarding a resolution to the County Board to join a pending lawsuit against opioid drug manufacturers to cover the law enforcement, medical bills and other costs incurred because of opioid abuse. The law firms of von Briesen & Roper, s.c., Crueger Dickinson LLC and Simmons Hanly Conroy LLL have distributed information to area counties outlining the potential for counties to pursue legal claims against several pharmaceutical companies that the law firms say have played a key role in creating what many are calling...

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Kitchens holds listening session in Algoma on Monday

Representative Joel Kitchens, R-Sturgeon Bay, on Monday begins a series of listening sessions he plans to hold this month throughout the 1st Assembly District. The inaugural gathering is scheduled for 3-4:30 p.m. at Algoma City Hall, 416 Fremont St., Algoma “These listening sessions will be a chance for my constituents to share their thoughts with me on any issues that are important to them,” Kitchens said last week in announcing the series. Other listening sessions are scheduled: 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Door County Library, Jane Greene Room, 107 S. Fourth Ave., Sturgeon Bay 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m....

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EVENTS: The weekend ahead Oct. 13-15

MaeM | Pixabay It’s going to be a busy weekend in Kewaunee County. Today, Friday, brings the Kewaunee Fire Department’s annual brat fry, the weekly Kewaunee farmers market, and the regular meeting of the Friends of the Kewaunee Public Library. Check the list here. Saturday has no less than seven events, including a Wolf Tech Fab Lab in Algoma, a workshop on taking care of your trees in fall, and Fall Harvest Fests at an Algoma bakery and a Kewaunee winery. Here’s that list. Sunday’s Events Calendar brings the Algoma farmer’s market, another Fab Lab, and Hispanic Heritage Night...

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Algoma saluted at Culture of Prize ceremony (VIDEO)

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on Wednesday formally celebrated the eight communities that were chosen to receive its 2017 Culture of Health Prize, including Algoma, Wisconsin. Through the Live Algoma initiative, residents young and old, businesses, and health providers have united to promote the physical, emotional, and financial well-being of our community. The Culture of Health Prize is awarded to communities “that have placed a priority on health and are creating powerful partnerships and deep commitments to provide everyone, especially those facing the greatest challenges, with the opportunity to live the healthiest life possible,” according to www.rwjf.org. The celebration...

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