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  • Holicek Honored for Peninsula State Park Advocacy

    The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks has recognized Chris Holicek, president of the Friends of Peninsula State Park (FPSP), with an Individual Member HERO award. The awards honor Friends groups and individuals who have contributed substantial time and energy to a state park, forest or trail. Holicek is one of two 2021 individual award winners. […]

  • Fr. Tony Birdsall Featured on ‘Wisconsin Life’

    In a new PBS Wisconsin Wisconsin Life episode that first aired Nov. 18 at 7 pm, Fr. Tony Birdsall – a retired priest, Door County native and chicken farmer – tells his story of serving a different kind of flock. His exotic chickens keep him happy and well supplied with eggs, and they win him plenty of […]

  • Compassionate Law: Immigration Attorney Luca Fagundes

    There are early experiences we have that, in the moment, appear to be isolated incidents or even nothing more than a meaningless part of the everyday minutiae. Unbeknownst to us, however, these tiny blips on the timeline can actually become cornerstones for some other aspect of our life down the road.  For Luca Fagundes, such […]

  • Assistance and Resistance

    Sevastopol alumna Michelle Schuster opens Pilates studio Walking into the Door County Pilates studio for the first time, I was pleasantly surprised by what I found: a small studio space that felt warm and inviting. After a year of stagnation, I was excited to get moving and try out owner Michelle Schuster’s new offerings. Her fitness […]

  • Two Men, Two Wars, Two Stories

    After graduating from high school, two friends from Port Washington, Wisconsin, enlisted to serve their country during World War II. Both were sent to Camp Dix, New Jersey, in preparation for their service.  One was Joe Demler, who would head to the European Theater and be captured during the Battle of the Bulge. When liberated […]

  • Kewaunee County Democratic Party Coordinates Food Drives

    Food insecurity is on the rise in Kewaunee County, so the Kewaunee County Democratic Party (KCDP) has coordinated with local school districts, the Algoma United Methodist Church and the Kewaunee Optimist and Rotary Clubs to host three Feeding Families food drives in November. The project will benefit students in the Kewaunee Storm Snack Pak and […]

  • Photo Poll: What’s Your Favorite Fall Activity?

    Photos by Rachel Lukas Jacob Blouin “I always like to go to corn mazes and haunted houses.” (From left) Danielle and Blake Rogers “Our favorite activity in the fall is to pick apples and pumpkins.” (From left) Brooke Wilson and and Katie Kasubke “Apple picking.” “Obviously, Pumpkin Patch.” (From left) Joe and Laura Blazer “Eating […]

  • The Legacy of Carl Scholz

    Hiring teachers is a routine responsibility for boards of education, but the Sevastopol school board members who employed Carl Scholz as a first-year agriculture teacher in 1951 couldn’t possibly have known that they’d hired a man who would create so many positive changes, in so many aspects of school and community life, for so many […]

  • New Partnership Bridging Housing-Affordability Gap: Door County Habitat for Humanity announces new homeowner selection

    If they could have avoided liability issues, leaders of Door County Habitat for Humanity and the Door County Housing Partnership would have literally shouted from the rooftop about their new partnership on a home build. Instead, they played it safe by making their announcement from the ground about the agreements that have been signed for […]

  • Operation Fan Mail Honors Ruth Schmelzer Potier

    The Green Bay Packers and WPS Health Solutions paid tribute to WWII U.S. Navy veteran Ruth Schmelzer Potier of Sturgeon Bay, and her family, in conjunction with Monday’s game against Detroit. Operation Fan Mail, the program that recognizes military families and veterans at each Packers home game, is marking its 15th season in 2021.  In […]

  • Featured Tour Guide: Ed Schriner-Schmitt

    Bringing frightening fall fun to Door County one story at a time The wind howls through the trees, causing their trunks to creak and early fall leaves to rustle along the path. That was just the wind, wasn’t it? With a crowd gathered in front of him, Ed Schriner-Schmitt tells the harrowing tale of the […]

  • New Race Director for Crossroads Trail Run

    During the 12th annual Crossroads Trail Run, held June 19 at Crossroads at Big Creek, 293 runners from nine states participated, and $12,000 was raised to support Ski for Free, educational programming and Crossroads’ general fund. It was the most that this event has ever generated. Since the inaugural race in 2010, Gretchen Schmelzer has […]

  • Stepped-up Support for Veterans

    Adopt A Soldier-Door County focuses not only on the needs of men and women from Door and Kewaunee Counties who are currently serving in the armed forces. Now the group has stepped up to support those who have already served through help with financial and medical needs and home repairs. Recent projects include replacing water […]

  • Door County Unitarian Universalists Celebrate Milestone Anniversary

    An ad appeared in a Door County newspaper 25 years ago that asked those who were interested in establishing a church to call. The ad bore a photo of a flaming chalice, the official symbol of the Unitarian Universalist (UU) church.  People such as Door County resident Helene Di Iulio answered the ad, as did […]

  • Escape the Crowds and Set Sail with Bella Sailing Cruises

    Featured Tour Guide: Tom Schroeder They show us all the hidden treasures of Door County, from hiking trails to water views, historical tidbits to adventurous excursions. There’s no doubt about it: The tour guides of the peninsula help to make the Door County experience anything but a run-of-the-mill vacation itinerary. This week we feature Tom […]

  • Volunteers Recognized with Governor’s Service Awards

    Governor Tony Evers stated that the 2021 Governor’s Service Awards would honor nine Wisconsinites and five organizations that are spearheading “positive, impactful change through their service to the people of Wisconsin.” Five of the honorees have impacted Northeastern Wisconsin through their service, including Maryssa Paulsen, Lisa Penterman, DPI AmeriCorps Farm to School, the Wisconsin Association […]

  • Couple Falls in Love All Over Again – With Eagle Tower Ramp Walk

    Al and Barb Fox have fallen in love all over again – with their near-daily walk up the ramp to the top of Eagle Tower.  Well into their 80s and married for more than 60 years, they began camping at Peninsula State Park in 1961 and eventually became part-time residents of Ephraim. Golfers might recognize Al, […]

  • Door County Women of Influence Nominees

    Insight Publications has recognized Milly Gonzales, executive director of HELP of Door County; and Jodi Gonzales, an art therapist and CEO of Jodi Rose Studio, as Women of Influence nominees in the New North region. The acknowledgement honors women who are making a difference in their businesses and communities. In addition to their regular work, […]

  • Lautenbach Left His Mark on Fish Creek

    Farmer made Orchard Country Winery and Market a destination Bob Lautenbach loved promoting Door County’s cherry industry. Whether it was filming a spot about cherry blossoms for a TV station, serving as president of the Wisconsin Cherry Growers Association or welcoming visitors to his roadside market at the entrance to Fish Creek, his enthusiasm was […]

  • James Kluth Benefit to Be Held July 24

    The friends and family of James Kluth Jr. invite the community to a benefit in his honor July 24, 12-5 pm, at the Brussels Town Park, 1366 Junction Road in Brussels. The event will help defray the medical costs not covered by insurance from automobile-accident injuries that Kluth sustained this past spring, celebrate his recovery, […]