2020 Best of the Web: Our Most-viewed Articles

It was a busy year at, as people visited the site more than 2.1 million times, viewing 3.4 million pages. Yes, many of those visits were searches for the latest news regarding COVID-19.

When the crisis hit in March, we worked quickly to transform our home page into a resource for information about how to help, where to get help, who was open and who was closed, and updates from public-health and hospital officials. Eleven of our top-20 most-viewed articles related to COVID-19.

But readers also flocked to restaurant news. Articles about the status of Al Johnson’s goat trademark and the future of Fred and Fuzzy’s topped our list. Our most-viewed articles of the year also included history stories about the cabins of Chapel Lane and a seven-year-old story about Chateau Hutter. 

You were curious about nature, too: Are there bears and wolves on the peninsula? What about the black widow spider? 

Here are the year’s top web stories:

1. U.S. Supreme Court Ends Al Johnson’s Trademark Debate

2. Fred and Fuzzy’s Sold

3. Event Cancellations and Changes

4. Closing the Door: How Door County Decided to Ask People to Stay Away

5. The Fairytale Cabins of Chapel Lane

6. Hiding Out: Bears and Wolves on the Door Peninsula

7. Door County, Sister Bay Declare State of Emergency

8. The High Cost of High Water

9. Alpine Resort Won’t Open in 2020

10. No Injuries in Sister Bay Condo Fire

11. Reopening Not Just a Question of When, But What That Will Look Like

12. 3rd Death, Community Spread Confirmed in Door County

13. Chateau Hutter: The Grand Resort That Never Was

14. Door to Nature: The Northern Black Widow Spider

15. Al Johnson’s Sues Insurance Company over Virus Claim

16. Sister Bay Then and Now in Photos

17. Perspective: It’s Past Time to Take This Virus Seriously

18. Door County Board Chair Reveals He Had COVID-19

19. 7 COVID-19 Cases Reported

20. Reopening Guidelines Arrive from State

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