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  • Wild Things: Archery World Loses Good Friend in Bill ‘Bear Crazy’ Wiesner

    One of archery’s top advocates – Bill “Bear Crazy” Wiesner of Sturgeon Bay – died Sept. 11, just one day shy of his 70th birthday. Wiesner, who was especially passionate about hunting black bears and whitetails, got many youths and adults interested in hunting. He was a bear-hunting guide in Upper Michigan, and he hunted bears […]

  • Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk Goes Local

    Oct. 4 should mark the 22nd Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk for Margie Needelman – a 32-year bone marrow transplant survivor – and Jerry Needelman of Sister Bay. But this year, it’s a walk route of participants’ own choosing, so the Needelmans have created a 5K “mini” walk and invite (masked and socially distanced) others to join. […]

  • Obituary: Deb Dendler

    September 25, 1950~September 23, 2020 Deb Dendler died Sept. 23 after a long battle with breast cancer, two days before what would have been her 70th birthday. She was born in Chicago in 1950 to Inez (Bon) Burrows and John Wenner, the middle of three daughters. Her family moved frequently and eventually settled in a […]

  • Door County Medical Center Welcomes Allycia Bretl

    Door County Medical Center (DCMC) Behavioral Health has welcomed Allycia Bretl, a licensed clinical social worker and substance-abuse counselor, to provide behavioral health services at the Sturgeon Bay DCMC campus. Bretl is a Door County native and Southern Door alumna who completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology and chemistry at Ripon College and her master’s […]

  • Fuzzy’s Last Day

    When Fred and Fuzzy’s closed Sept. 6, it wasn’t just a normal curtain call on the summer season. It was also a final farewell for Greg “Fuzzy” Sunstrom, who has been managing the bar and grill for 20 seasons, and involved with the resort for 47 seasons. The parcel of land on which the restaurant […]

  • Virtual Showings of Groundbreaking Childcare Documentary “No Small Matter”

    There are more than 1,000 children under the age of five in Door County today. How many of them have to be taken care of all day, every day by an adult?  ALL of them.  No Small Matter is a groundbreaking documentary that examines who provides child care across the country, how they do it, […]

  • Worldly Artist Drops Anchor in Door County

    Melissa Resch quickly embraces her new home palette Melissa Resch – a painter, sculptor and fabric artist – came to Door County in 2017 and has wasted no time in settling in as an artist. At the end of a three-day scouting trip in December 2016, she was at a diner when Wence and Sandra […]

  • Sevastopol’s Tanck Earns Wisconsin School Forest Award

    The LEAF Program has honored educator Brooke Tanck with a School Forest Award for her contributions to Sevastopol’s school forest, the Pioneer Ecological Reserve.  Tanck has led the initiative to rejuvenate the Sevastopol EcoLab property for the past few years. Each year, she reopens trails with a chain saw and trimmer, and she’s publicized the […]

  • From Repair to Full-Service Information Technology

    Nathan Drager earns business accolades two years in a row Nathan Drager had a natural-born talent for technology and computers. What he didn’t have was a college degree or formal training. That didn’t stop him from trying to break into the IT world throughout his 20s, but no company would give him a chance. “Every […]

  • Gallagher, Hargan Visit Hospital

    Eric Hargan, U.S. deputy secretary of health and human services, was flanked by Door County Medical Center CEO Brian Stephens (left) and U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher during a visit to Door County Medical Center on Sept. 3.  Hargan was in Sturgeon Bay to tout the rural action plan signed by President Donald Trump in August […]

  • Portrait of a Versatile Artist: Emmett Johns

    With portraits, landscapes, abstracts in oil, pastel portraits and charcoal sketches, Emmett Johns is nothing if not versatile. But for him, each medium has much in common with the others in that they’re all fundamentally about composition and design. “It’s not one versus the other,” he said. “It’s all one. The landscapes that I do […]

  • Pose by Sunflowers: Check!

    This group from Kenosha stopped in Carlsville Saturday morning to pose by the sunflowers on their way to Ephraim, where they were spending the weekend. Photo by D.A. Fitzgerald.

  • Borycki Achieves Hole-in-One

    John Borycki had a hole-in-one Aug. 25 on the fifth hole at Maxwelton Braes Golf Course.

  • Puzzle Man: How Myles Mellor Made Crosswords a Career

    Puzzle creator Myles Mellor didn’t set out to craft a new career when he first sketched a crossword puzzle by hand 20 years ago. He was simply trying to cheer up his dad back home in England.  “My mom died, and my father was quite devastated by it, and I was trying to think of […]

  • Maritime Museum Bestows Annual Awards

    The Door County Maritime Museum (DCMM) has announced its annual award recipients.  Presented jointly by the DCMM and the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club, the Door County Mariner Awards went to William C. Parsons and posthumously to John D. Thenell. The honor recognizes those who have had a significant, positive, lasting impact on the county’s maritime […]

  • Know Your Grower: Fruit Forward: Soren’s Valhalla Orchards

    Location: 2600 Idlewild Road, Sturgeon Bay – follow the signs! Acreage: Two acres of strawberries, 100 acres of cherries, 2,500 apple trees and 100 acres of additional crops (corn, soybean, wheat, green beans and alfalfa) Meet your growers: The Sorensen family: Terry, Toni and their three young sons Terry and Toni both have farming in […]

  • Rediscovering the Unselfish Service That Made Our Country Great

    by Tom Thurman Being in a particularly vulnerable age group during this pandemic, my wife and I have been under self-imposed house arrest since mid-March, venturing out only for the occasional grocery store run, take-out meal or post office visit. Early on, we took seriously the warnings of medical experts and have watched with growing […]

  • Know Your Grower: OneEighty Petals

    Location: At the “triangle” of County A and South Highland Road (8999 S. Highland Road, Fish Creek) Acreage: ¼-½ acre of specialty cut flowers, ½ acre of pumpkins, gourds and vegetables  Meet your growers: Sara and John Lancaster, and baby Jack (known as Farmer Jack to customers) Serendipity seems to be a recurrent theme in […]

  • The Milk Bank: Breastmilk Depot Gives New Mothers a Lifeline

    Jessica Skinner wants new mothers to know that they have a very special gift to give: Their breast milk can benefit newborns in Door County and provide a powerful choice for other new parents in our community.  Skinner, a registered nurse in the labor and delivery unit at Door County Medical Center (DCMC) and an […]

  • A Journey into Lavender

    How Tom and Bonnie Ansley Created a Private Lavender Retreat In 2014, Tom and Bonnie Ansley had just moved into their new home: a restored and remodeled stone barn on a 50-acre piece of land just outside of Fish Creek. The property included a dying cherry orchard, damaged by the previous winter’s harsh weather. Looking […]