Category: People

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Feta

    Meet Feta (, a fancy mouse who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus.  Mice make really fun pets, and with practice (and treats!), they can enjoy being handled. Their favorite activities include snacking on seeds, running on their exercise wheel and burrowing in their bedding, and they will provide […]

  • Running the Hounds

    This is not your typical 16-year-old’s passion Tia Wiesner’s summer vacation plans could be traced to her two-year-old self who, dressed in camouflage bibs, accompanied her family on a black-bear hunt. “She was in the woods with us the whole while,” said Nicole Wiesner, Tia’s mother. Then she’s five years old, straddling her father’s shoulders […]

  • LEADING BY EXAMPLE: Brian Stephens

    When asked why, as a hospital administrator, he’d become so involved in a local day care issue, Brian Stephens answered the question with a chuckle while coming to a realization he had never considered.  Stephens, CEO of Door County Medical Center, has been lauded for his efforts to resolve a local day care crisis that […]

  • The hidden history of the Nelson’s hardware property

    Hardware stores have contributed to the American do-it-yourself spirit since the pioneer days. A tour with Gary Nelson inside the Nelson Shopping Center buildings that he’s selling to the Town of Baileys Harbor offered a glimpse into just how much his dad, Gordy, celebrated that DIY enthusiasm. Additions and alterations made for business and family […]

  • The Prints of Dale Vanden Houten Take Many Shapes

    Dale Vanden Houten defines his artwork strictly as printing. That does describe the framed images on the walls of Two Bridges, the studio gallery at 24 S. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay that he shares with abstract painter Julia Redwine. But that description falls short of explaining the colorful sculptures sitting on a display table, […]

  • Harvesting Maple Syrup With Louis Sohns

    Louis Sohns, nearly 85, has been tapping trees since he was six years old As farmers prepare their fields for a new season of growing, the harvest for another season has recently concluded: maple-syrup making.  Hard at the classic tree-tapping business this year, as he has been in one way or another for more than […]

  • Bonnie Spielman

    After hearing her name countless times, seeing her face in plenty of photos and reading about her prowess as a bartender, it was a relief to finally get Bonnie Spielman on the phone. A busy Labor Day weekend had just passed, and she had spent it doing exactly that: laboring. Selling hats upon hats at […]

  • Learn to Communicate with Legislators via Letters

    United Way of Door County and Write On, Door County are partnering to provide a two-part workshop which will provide effective strategies to communicate your concerns, opinions and requests about child care to your elected representatives through written communication. In addition, the workshop will help increase the chances your message is really read, understood and […]

  • Interior Life: Inspirations for reimagining your space

    photography by Bailey Koepsel It took a pandemic for many of us to look around and see our living spaces with fresh eyes: that wall we always wanted to paint, those shelves we wanted to install, that piece of furniture we always wanted to refinish. Maybe we pushed the couch here and plunked a desk […]

  • Harborettes Mend Clothes, April 24

    The Harborettes Home Community Education Club will host a Day of Mending on April 24, 9 am – 1 pm, at the Jacksonport Town Hall, 3365 Cty V.  Take clothing or linens that need mending, and the Harborettes will sew on buttons, repair seams or patch items. (Sorry, no zipper repairs.) CDC guidelines and mask wearing […]

  • First-grader’s Project Gives Back

    Southern Door first-grader Cambria Londo turned a research project about elephants into an opportunity to give back. While studying for the project, she learned that elephants were being poached for their tusks, losing their habitat and have historically been mistreated as circus animals. She wanted to know what she could do to help, which led her […]

  • 100+ Women Who Care Giving Circle Meets April 26

    The next quarterly meeting of the 100+ Women Who Care of Northern Door County (100+WWC) giving circle will be livestreamed on Zoom on April 26, 7-7:30 pm, when the organization will award more than $19,000 to local nonprofits. This will bring its donations since its 2018 inception to $196,000 and from 300 current members. Three […]

  • ADRC of the Lakeshore to Help Schedule COVID Vaccine Appointments

    The ADRC of the Lakeshore is partnering with the Manitowoc County Health Department to ensure that all individuals with health conditions that put them at high risk for severe COVID-19 disease can receive the vaccine.  These health conditions include asthma, cancer, COPD, diabetes, dementia and other neurological conditions, Down syndrome, heart problems, high blood pressure, […]

  • Community Foundation and Service Club Partner to Offer Youth Grants

    The Door County Service Club Coalition has partnered with the Door County Community Foundation to offer two grant programs.  Youth as Resources Grants provide financial support to projects in which youth use their skills, talents and abilities to serve or educate others. Youth in Theatre Grants financially support local theatrical productions in which youth play […]

  • Virginia Hanson: A View from the Top of the Hill

    96-year-old has been Liberty Grove’s history keeper for more than 70 years This is Part I of a two-part story. Read Part II here>> Ellison Bay hill offers, arguably, the most picturesque of all the panoramic views in Door County, demanding in all seasons that passersby pause to notice. Virginia Hanson, a lifelong resident of […]

  • New Boys & Girls Club Introduces OutDoor Club and Director

    The New Boys & Girls Club of Door County has launched a new, year-round program called the OutDoor Club and is welcoming former Ridges Sanctuary land manager Matt Peter as its director.  “With all of the incredible outdoor resources in Door County, we are focused on inspiring kids to explore it all,” said CEO John […]

  • Obituary: Mary Katherine Dannhausen

    Dec. 10, 1942 – Jan. 28, 2021 A celebration of life for Mary Katherine Dannhausen will be held at Write On, Door County, 4210 Juddville Road, from 1-3:30 pm Saturday, July 31. All are welcome to attend and share memories of Mary. The former nurse, restaurateur and gardener was the wife of Myles Dannhausen Sr., […]

  • Islanders Stand for Dan: Neighbors plan multiple fundraisers for Nelson family

    Washington Islanders have launched the We Stand for Dan campaign, rallying in a big way for a family in crisis. Sixty-two-year-old carpenter Dan Nelson and wife, Dawn, had recently taken on a big project and investment: They were renovating the Frog Hollow bed-and-breakfast when Dan was diagnosed with skin cancer this summer. The cancer has […]

  • Washington Island Rec Center Receives Donations

    Several donors have provided the Washington Island Foundation with a generous gift to underwrite an engineering study to assess the structural and aesthetic condition of the island’s Rec Center – a resource that’s been at the center of Washington Island’s social and recreational activities since 1988. These donors would also provide seed money for future fundraising […]

  • Prevea Offers COVID Recovery Clinic

    Prevea is now offering a COVID-19 recovery clinic for those who experience ongoing symptoms for 14 days or more after they initially tested positive for COVID-19.  Often called post-acute COVID-19 syndrome, these ongoing symptoms prevent people from feeling “normal,” even after recovering from the initial illness. Symptoms may include shortness of breath, cough, fatigue, body […]