GREEN BAY AREA REGIONAL NEWS: Brown County

Minigolf courses forced to put the putt down while others swing away

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SUAMICO, Wis. (WFRV)- When Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers lifted the restrictions on golf courses, naturally, minigolf courses thought that they were included. They opened and some locations were thriving, while others did not have a great turn out. Regardless, they were happy to be open, until authorities shut them down.

Sweets-N-Treats in Suamico told Local 5 that they had a great weekend, with a crowd of happy customers.

“We were very happy because, obviously, our business has been suffering,” said Dennis Korpan owner of Sweets-N-Treats. Everyone was having a great time until the Brown County Sheriff’s Office showed up and told Korpan that he was in violation and needed to shut down immediately. He shut down operations Sunday afternoon. The deputies that responded to the call did not issue any citations, but according to Korpan, they would have if he did not close.

Across the green, at Bay Beach Mini Golf, the weekend did not look as great as far as customer traffic. Business owners suspected it was mainly because some might have assumed the business was closed given its proximity to Bay Beach Amusement Park and the other areas that have been shut down.

Larry Stange, owner of Bay Beach Mini Golf, says that before he opened his doors, he contacted Brown County’s Health Department to make sure it was okay to open.

“I was asked if I was sanitizing everything, and if I was taking the necessary precautions,” said Stange. The gates were opened, and the equipment was moving until the county called back. “I was called this week, Tuesday in the afternoon, and they said ‘I apologize sincerely telling you that I made a mistake and you need to close.'”

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That is what Stange did, he closed up shop again.

When asked about the confusion over what the opening of the minigolf courses, Brown County Health Public Information Officer Claire Paprocki said that there was a misunderstanding.

“Those folks who answer our general intake line do not have the authority to give someone the go-ahead to reopen.”

Both establishments say they will continue to comply with the governor’s orders at this time. It is unclear when the order to resume business will come. Both Stange and Korpan say they are not interested in pursuing legal action against the county or state – they just want to get back into the business of providing entertainment to the community.

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