• Coldwell Banker Gives TREG Foundation Grant to Habitat for Humanity

    Coldwell Banker the Real Estate Group recently presented David Van Dyke, executive director of Door County Habitat for Humanity, a grant in the amount of $500 from the TREG Foundation Fund. Door County Habitat for Humanity has provided 38 homes for families located throughout Door County since the organization was founded in 1993. Coldwell Banker […]

  • Ridges Sanctuary Receives $200,000 Grant for Phragmites Control

    The Ridges Sanctuary was awarded a $200,000, three-year grant to control invasive phragmites on 3,700 acres of Lake Michigan and Clark Lake shorelines. It was among 41 projects to receive nearly $2.4 million in fiscal 2016 surface water grants from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Brian Forest, land manager at The Ridges, said they […]

  • Action Realty Team Presented with Agent Production Awards

    Dean Dvorak, owner of the Action Realty offices in Sturgeon Bay and Manitowoc, presented the “A” Team Agent Production Awards for the Sturgeon Bay office. Ken Beutler received the Million Plus Dollar Producer award, Julie Henkel received Multi-Million Dollar Producer award, and Cindy Koutnik received the Top Producer and the Diamond Program Awards. The Action […]

  • Coldwell Banker Merges with May Realty in Sturgeon Bay

    Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group announces its merger with century-old May Realty. This merger combines more than 100 years of real estate expertise with the #1 Coldwell Banker company in Wisconsin and the United States. “Our goal, and mission, is to provide our clients with an unparalleled real estate experience and a commitment to […]

  • Residents Have Long History of Squashing Affordable Housing Efforts In Door County

    Not In My Back Yard. Though the origins of this phrase are unknown, its meaning isn’t. Simply put, it is a characterization of residents opposed to proposals for a new development (often perceived as unpleasant) in their neighborhood especially, as the Oxford English Dictionary describes, “while raising no such objections to similar developments elsewhere.” It […]

  • Habitat Hosts Furniture Blitz Fundraiser on March 4

    Habitat for Humanity ReStore announces its second annual furniture blitz fundraiser. With the generosity of the Cherry Point Mall, the ReStore will occupy the former Greisen Appliance location at 1300 Egg Harbor Road for one day only, March 4, 9 am – 7 pm. “We have been blessed this winter once again to hold another […]

  • Public Hearing Scheduled on Request to Divert Great Lakes Water

    Members of the news media and the general public are encouraged to attend the regional public hearing the Wisconsin DNR must hold as part of the City of Waukesha’s application to divert water from the Great Lakes. This opportunity represents the final chance for Wisconsinites to share concerns and voice opposition in a public forum […]

  • Habitat for Humanity Bakes Fruitcakes to Build Homes

    For too long, the humble fruitcake has been the butt of holiday jokes. You’ve heard the jokes. What do you do with a fruitcake you don’t want? Use it as a doorstop, tree stand, bike helmet, re-gift it, etc. Or Johnny Carson’s line: “The worst gift is a fruitcake. There is only one fruitcake in […]

  • Virge Temme Featured in New Book

    Virge Temme of Virge Temme Architecture Inc. of Sturgeon Bay was selected to co-author LEEDing the Way: Domestic Architecture for the Future, just released by Schiffer Publishing. The book is a unique and engaging study of LEED-certified, low-energy, and other levels of environmentally sustainable houses being built today. Primary author is E. Ashley Rooney, creator […]

  • Five Northern Door Homes Featured on Holiday Tour

    The annual Holiday Home Tour on Thanksgiving weekend to benefit Northern Door Children’s Center is taking place on Nov. 27 and 28. Five local homeowners and a historic church have generously offered their properties for the event. Featured on the tour this year: The Annen Home – A warm and beautiful family-friendly home in Sister […]

  • Habitat for Humanity to Dedicate 38th Home

    Habitat for Humanity plans to ceremonially dedicate its 38th home in Door County with a celebration set for 5 pm on Oct. 21 at 822 E. Galley Place, Sturgeon Bay. The family, community leaders, Habitat staff and volunteers will gather to commemorate the completion of Door County Habitat for Humanity’s latest new home. The public […]

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    Consider “She Shed” for Next Home Project

    The women’s equivalent of a “man cave” – the “she shed” – is becoming increasingly popular around the country and Arbor Crowne Properties is working to bring them to Door County. Diane Taillon, owner of Arbor Crowne Properties, comments on where the idea came to her: “I first heard of ‘she sheds’ on a luxury […]

  • Island Home Built with Aging Couple in Mind

    On a continuum scale with “A Step Back in Time” at one end and “Cutting Edge” at the other, Washington Island’s indicator arrow falls decidedly toward the anachronistic (if you haven’t been fortunate enough to visit, think screen doors and rolling stops and baseball games on Sunday afternoons). When Lucia and Pete Petrie hired architect […]

  • A Dream Green Home

    A very public transformation took place recently on Alabama Street in Sturgeon Bay when a drafty summer cottage sitting on a canal to the bay was carefully torn down and a sturdy, super-efficient year-round home was erected in its place. “The old house was cute and everybody loved it, but there was no insulation to […]

  • The Ahnapee Menagerie: A Shack-Chic Shanty

    In the month of February some years ago, I placed the following ad in the Kewaunee County Star – “WANTED: Small farm outbuilding to move to my property.” I had purchased this three-acre parcel just north of Algoma in the late 1980s. Husband Jim and I had been staying in an older mobile home that […]

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    Ken’s Irish Wall

    Ken Birnschein doesn’t know exactly what made him begin, but he can point out the very first rock he laid in his three-year quest to build a stone wall at his home on Nelson Road near Valmy. By the time the last stone was laid in 2012, Ken had built a 260-foot-long wall and something […]

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    Let’s Plan a Garden!

    Making a prairie requires a clover and one bee, Emily Dickinson wrote, and reverie – reverie alone, if bees are few. The same might be said for making gardens. When I was a child the Jung Seed Catalog would arrive during the white of winter, and I would turn glossy pages vibrant with flowers, fruits […]

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    The Island Hub: Reopening the Dairy

    When Door County’s population rises and falls with the changing seasons, buildings go from jam-packed to near empty. On Washington Island, Scott Sonoc said that trend is even more exaggerated, with six busy weeks followed by almost a year of quiet island solitude. That’s why every island building has to wear many hats. “Many buildings […]

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    Opening the Door to Energy-Efficiency

    “It’s not easy to be green,” sang Kermit the Frog. But Brian Bartel, who has received green certification both from the Madison Area Builders’ Association and the Wisconsin Environmental Initiative, would disagree. The plaque on his wall proclaims that his lakeside cottage “meets or exceeds the sustainable building and energy standards of green built remodeled […]

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    A House of Straw

    Before I met my husband, I had heard little of straw bale home construction. To be frank, the thought of building my home entirely from straw caused me to feel strangely akin to the most ill-advised of the three little pigs. Surely, my husband Joel had heard that story and knew that the only logical […]