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Area: Sturgeon Bay

  • Authenticating Door County Products

    Stand in the aisles of a store in Door County for a few minutes on a busy July afternoon and you will likely catch the following scene. A young woman will pull an item from a shelf and call to her mother, “Mom, look, they have Door County [insert product here]!” It might be a salsa, a jam, a dipping sauce, or any number of items that some company has stuck a Door County label on.

  • A Closer Look at Sturgeon Bay’s West Waterfront Redevelopment Plan

    Drive slowly around the West Side of Sturgeon Bay between the steel bridge on Michigan Street and the new Oregon Street Bridge and, apart from the handsome Door County Maritime Museum, you’ll find a pretty desolate waterfront.

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    Peterson Builders and The Avenger Class Minesweeper

    Sitting in the room of his home dedicated to Peterson Builders’ history, Ellsworth Peterson can point to any of the relics from his career with the company and tell a story. The work permit he obtained to help his father in the shipyard hangs in a frame on the wall. His hard hat rests on […]

  • Door County’s Lake and Bay View Bus Line

    When the United States entered World War II t effort required contributions from every corner of the country, including a little bus depot in Sister Bay.

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    The Rise and Fall of the Ahnapee & Western Railway

    For most people today, the initials A&W bring to mind a frosty mug of root beer, but for nearly a century folks in northeast Wisconsin knew it as shorthand for the Ahnapee & Western Railway. Mark Mathu grew up in New Franken, Wisconsin, about 35 miles south of Sturgeon Bay in Brown County, where the […]

  • Aaron Schneider Doubles Down in Century Pursuit

    The sun was long gone when Aaron Schneider made the turn into Sunset Park toward the finish line of the Fall 50 Saturday night, just as it was when he started his run in the same spot the night before.

  • The Enduring Appeal of Door County Supper Clubs

    For years, the sign outside the roadside restaurant and ballroom south of Jacksonport read “Mr. G’s Supper Club.” A few years ago, Mr. G’s co-owners Bob and Mary Geitner changed the name of the restaurant to Mr. G’s Logan Creek Grille, but in the years leading up to the name change, they regularly fielded the […]

  • Cassie Cibik-Moeller Takes Teaching Beyond the Classroom

    When Cassie Cibik’s résumé and letter of application crossed his desk in 1977, Carl Scholz, then Sevastopol’s superintendent, knew he had a special candidate on his hands for the physical education position he needed to fill. But for Scholz, tracking Cibik down for an interview wasn’t easy – she was off hiking the Appalachian Trail […]

  • Behemoths of the Great Lakes

    Have you ever stood on shore and spied a massive Great Lakes vessel making its way across the horizon? If so, you may have wondered what type of ship it is, what cargo it carries, and from whence it hails. In the pages here, you’ll find at-a-glance answers to these questions along with resources for sleuthing […]

  • Legacy on the Lakes: Leathem Smith’s innovations live on 65 years after his death

    Leathem D. Smith wasn’t looking to revolutionize an industry; he simply wanted a more efficient way to transport rock from his family’s Sturgeon Bay quarry down Lake Michigan to Chicago.

  • You’ll be Back

    Ask just about anyone within 20 miles of Sturgeon Bay to meet at “The Pub” and they’ll know what you’re talking about. The Neighborhood Pub, located on Sturgeon Bay’s business thoroughfare, has been serving up food and drink to locals and visitors for 14 years. Although The Pub serves a wide variety of beverages, including […]

  • Passion & Personality

    The room sparkles. Everything in Samara Jewelry Designs shimmers and glistens – pearl earrings, rows of diamond bridal rings, heart-shaped necklaces, pieces with blue sapphires, with red rubies, with precious gemstones that reveal a rainbow of mesmerizing colors. I step slowly, examining one piece after the other – ‘oohing’ and ‘awing’ and ‘oh-my-God’-ing the brilliance […]

  • Sunshine House

    40 Years of Work, Care and Lots of Friends: Sunshine House

    Nestled in the heart of Sturgeon Bay’s West Side Industrial Park is a unique organization that provides jobs, training, and care to Door County adults with disabilities. This year, Sunshine House Inc. will celebrate its 40th anniversary, as it continues its mission as a “diverse community service organization whose purpose is to achieve full participation […]

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    A Love of Animals, a Love of People: Carrie Counihan

    Carrie Counihan’s office is fairly typical:  a large desk with a few stacks of paper, a framed photo of her and her husband, Dave, a couple of blue cushioned chairs, and…cats. There are cats just lazing about. A grey one lies asleep on a file cabinet, a tan one stretches on a carpeted structure, and […]

  • Flavor Profile

    You know you’re dealing with a true food service professional when, during a casual conversation about favorite restaurants, the phrase “flavor profile” escapes their lips while describing a recent meal. It’s not the kind of thing a casual or even regular diner would say, but it is exactly the type of conversation you hear when […]

  • Even a Big Boat’s Small: Palmer Johnson Craftsman Rusty Lardinois

    Down on Shiloh Road, a few miles outside the city of Sturgeon Bay, there sits an old barn. Non-descript and a bit worse for wear, it’s built snug into a slope behind an old farmhouse, and nothing of its exterior hints that inside is the home workshop of one of the finest carpenters Door County […]

  • Door County’s Golden Girl Mary Jane van Duyse Sorgel Dated Lambeau

    Betty White gets more fame, but the original Golden Girl calls Door County home. Mary Jane van Duyse Sorgel of Sturgeon Bay was the Green Bay Packer’s Golden Girl, a stint that is just one part of a remarkable life.

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    Door County’s Quiet Jewel

    Few Door County visitors have missed a spin through famed Peninsula State Park to climb the tower, take in a show at American Folklore Theatre, or just meander along the roads. But if you’ve never been to Potawatomi State Park, located along the southern shoreline of Sturgeon Bay, you’re missing out on one of the […]

  • Riding the Waves of the Sturgeon Bay Shipbuilding Industry

    Bay Shipbuilding Company has made it through tough economic times before, something it will have to do again to return to prominence.

  • Should Government Get Social?

    Log into Facebook and you’ll find debates on anything from politics to chocolate-chip cookies. Discussions on issues like the Subway proposal in Sister Bay have generated countless posts and comments and increased turnout at public meetings. So is it time for local government to jump into the social media fray?