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  • Chateau Hutter: Door County’s Grand Resort that Never Was

    Maybe it’s the name, tasting of a past barely tangible. Maybe it’s the location, nestled into the quiet stretch of shoreline between Sturgeon Bay and Egg Harbor along Bay Shore Drive, hiding on the scenic shortcut so many locals turn to when summer weekend traffic backs up Highway 42. Like the crumbling barns of the […]

  • Where Your Perch Fry Comes From

    “Is the perch in your fish fry lake perch or ocean perch?”

    I would get this question from time to time while serving diners at Husby’s and the Sister Bay Bowl years ago.

  • Six Storied History: The Otumba

    What if a multi-story, luxury hotel was built in downtown Sturgeon Bay? How would Sturgeon Bay and the peninsula be different? A six-story, 100-room luxury resort just feet from the Sturgeon Bay Shipping Canal – this was in the cards for Door County in 1929. Come 1930, the stock market crash laid waste to these […]

  • The Process

    Chris Renard graciously took us through the daily cheesemaking process that takes place at the Renard’s Cheese plant on County S. Chris and his wife Ann own and run the store on Highway 57, while his uncle Brian Renard lives above the County S plant and owns and runs the store next to the plant. […]

  • Len Villano, Schoolhouse Artisan Cheese

    The Culture of Cheese: The Roots of Cheesemaking in the Door

    Wisconsin’s cheese culture runs as far back as the recipes used to turn fresh milk into wheels of soft chèvre or bricks of sharp cheddar. It is the industry that kept our grandfathers employed, it’s the food on our tables and it’s our heritage. Dairy farming first came to the state in the mid-1800s, and […]

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    WireTech Fabrications

    What is a business in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, to do to stay in the game against fierce foreign competition? That’s a question the team at WireTech Fabricators had to ask itself after it saw its high-volume grill business undercut and taken away by a Japanese manufacturer. Well, you batten down the hatches and look for […]

  • Fifty Miles on Foot: Getting to know the ‘pain cave’ during a solo Fall 50

    I was nervous. I have run a marathon. I’ve biked halfway across the country. But running 50 miles was something that I struggled to wrap my head around.

  • Development Would Focus on Maritime Connection in Sturgeon Bay

    Taking advantage of what you’ve got was the theme of a public meeting held Oct. 2 in the waterfront Sawyer Park pavilion on a plan to create a cultural hub on 4 1/2 acres of west side waterfront land.

  • 25 Years of Running Wild at Potawatomi State Park

    For the past 24 years, runners of all ages have gathered at Potawatomi State Park to take part in Run Wild – the annual fundraiser for the Friends of Potawatomi State Park.

  • City’s West Waterfront Redevelopment Design Drafted

    Sturgeon Bay released a draft of a brochure encouraging potential developers to build in the city’s west waterfront area. The brochure outlines four development projects: an indoor market where local producers can show off their goods, a housing development, a boutique lodging business, and a pub or restaurant.

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    Heart in Sound: Billy Triplett Found a Home

    When I sat down in July to talk with Billy Triplett about his life in music and what brought him to the Holiday Music Motel in Sturgeon Bay, there was no way to know that Billy had only 24 more days to live. As we were doing the final edits for this fall issue, word […]

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    Lou Williams Uncovers Art in Wood

    When Lou Williams retired from his Chicago-based public relations and communication firm – L.C. Williams & Associates – in 2001, he was ready for a new occupation, a new hobby. “I get bored easily,” admits the photographer, pilot and sailor. Drawn to wood his entire life, Williams decided to make a couple of walking sticks, […]

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    Blacksmith Re-Creates Historical Weapons

    Door County history reaches back to the Potawatomi Indians, Swedish settlers, the early Moravian church. But tucked away in a shed just south of Sturgeon Bay lies history dating back to ancient Greece. It’s in Ric Furrer’s workshop – a cluttered, unassuming shed overflowing with historic machinery. It’s a sword formed from fire, iron ore […]

  • Casey Rabach Aims to Raise the Bar

    Casey Rabach may have played 10 years in the National Football League, but he never forgot where his passion for sports came from – the fields and playgrounds of Sturgeon Bay.

  • Sturgeon Bay Creates Tax Incremental District For West Waterfront Redevelopment

    • Sturgeon Bay’s Joint Review Board unanimously approved the creation of Tax Incremental District (TID) No. 4 on the city’s west waterfront.

  • Len Villano, Mike McHugh

    Leading by Example: Mike McHugh, The Pool’s the Thing

    In this year’s Philanthropy Issue we bring you the stories of seven people inspiring others in our community. It’s a Tuesday afternoon, and YMCA Swim Coach Mike McHugh is standing at the edge of the upper deck, gripping the railing and watching closely as a few dozen young kids swim back and forth in the […]

  • Len Villano, John Herlache

    PowerFlour Makes Scarce Food More Nutritious

    Door County is known as a charitable community, but not everyone gives locally. Some, like John Herlache and members of the Sturgeon Bay Rotary Club, work with a non-profit that reaches across the globe called PowerFlour International. “When you’re talking about PowerFlour, you’re talking about malnutrition, prevention and treatment,” Herlache said. “It concerns digestion.” Food […]

  • Staring Death in the Face, With a Smile

    [Editor’s Note: This article has been reprinted with permission from Myles Dannhausen’s blog “Learning Chicago.” This post from November 27, 2012 can be found online at http://mylesdannhausen.

  • Katie Sikora, cheese curds

    Cheese Curds: A Wisconsin Delicacy

    Born and raised in Wisconsin, I have eaten a fair amount of fried cheese in my 27 years. Working in restaurants in Door County over the course of many summers, I have also served a large number of cheese curds to folks visiting our beloved peninsula. So I have heard tourists ask the million-dollar question […]

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    Local Food Movement Brings Young Folks Back to the Farm

    Meg Goettleman apologizes as she breaks away from our conversation. A customer waves as she walks down the small hill behind Goettleman’s home, and now Meg has gone to greet her. She shares a big laugh with Meg, then a hug, as she approaches the small barn, inside of which the week’s treasure awaits – […]