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The cancelation of this year’s Apple Festival only added to Bayfield’s budget woes, forcing leaders to consider dire measures and even disbanding the state’s smallest city.

The coronavirus crash and other factors have left Bayfield in such dire financial straits that Mayor Gordon Ringberg is considering some extreme measures —including disbanding the city.

The pandemic forced the city to cancel Applefest, which regularly draws tens of thousand of visitors —and their wallets — to the peninsula. Even with a good fall-colors season, the city that depends upon tourist revenue didn’t recover, Ringberg said.


Mayor Gordon Ringberg said that while disincorporation was probably at the bottom of the list of possible answers to the city’s financial crunch, he warned that “everything is on the table.”


Joanne Cirillo

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