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  • On Call, On the Edge: Fighting Fire in the Door

    “When you’re entering atmospheres that are in excess of 1,000 degrees, you’re living life on the edge,” Caleb Whitney says wryly about his job as a firefighter and company officer for the Baileys Harbor Fire Department. Indeed, the firefighters of northern Door County live on many “edges” simultaneously, straddling the lines between fire and water, […]

  • Local Entrepreneur: Kim Jensen

    For most restaurateurs, operating one restaurant successfully proves challenging to  even the most driven and talented of owners. For Kim Jensen, running three restaurants, a bakery and a catering business seems to be the most logical thing in the world. She is genuinely puzzled when people inevitably question:  “What possesses you to do this?” Perhaps […]

  • An Unlikely Hero: Gibraltar’s Iva Grasse

    On the social networking website Facebook, 196 graduates of the Gibraltar Public Schools have formed a fan club for a hero they all share, a person the website calls “the coolest person in the world.” In a forum where other Wisconsinites are creating fan pages for Jacob Leinenkugel or Brett Favre, these young people are […]

  • For Todd Strojny and his family, a trip to the dentist was anything but routine

    What began as a simple trip to the dentist became a life-threatening barrage of medical problems for Todd Strojny and his family. The 32-year-old Strojny visited the dentist in July of 2006 to have a cracked tooth removed, but his oral surgeon soon gave him some unexpected, frightening news – he had found a tumor in his mouth and was scheduling him for a CAT scan.

  • Sandwiched

    In the midst of great change, it’s imperative to maintain perspective, lest you risk over-reacting or making mistakes. But where one finds that perspective is often surprising.

  • Ingert & Al

    I call Al and Ingert at home to set up an interview. Al answers, saying simply, “Al Johnson” – as always, no “hello,” nothing at all prefacing his name, his tone making you wonder if you’ve somehow already irritated him. (Which, maybe, you have:  he doesn’t like interruptions and he prefers dealing with people face-to-face […]

  • Billerbeck Field Re-dedicated

    Gibraltar High School re-dedicated Billerbeck Field to its namesake, Rod “Chief” Billerbeck, Thursday, May 15 in a pre-game ceremony. Billerbeck coached the team for nearly three decades and led the Vikings to 17 conference championships, as well as the school’s only team sport state championship in 1979.

  • The Seanchaí: Jack Moneypenny

    Spring is fighting to make its entrance as Jack Moneypenny looks out his office window at the Door County Visitor Bureau. He, along with the nearly 1,000 business owners who belong to the DCVB, is anxious for the new season to begin. Having arrived at his new post as President and CEO in mid-October of […]

  • Earl Willems, Sister Bay Bowl

    The Final Frame: Earl Willems of Sister Bay Bowl Dies at 87

    The “Old Guard” gets a man smaller.

  • Paul Sills: Theater Games

    Paul Sills is quite possibly the most influential man in American theater that you have never heard of. Like so many successful people who have chosen to make Door County their home, Paul has had a long career of triumphs in the New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles theater scenes, and now focuses on sharing […]

  • Speeding Off to “Virtual Work” on the Information Highway

    Every morning Jana Raines of Baileys Harbor finishes her morning coffee and a chat with her husband and leaves for work – in Somerset, New Jersey, 1,047 miles away. It takes only seconds as she sits at her desk, just off the living room, turns on her computer and logs onto the company’s website with […]

  • Door County’s Old Ski Hills: Warm Memories of Cold Winter Fun

    Many Door County locals experience a wave of nostalgia every time they drive past Little Sweden on Highway 42 between Egg Harbor and Fish Creek. A quick glance in the direction of those rolling hills brings back fond memories of a crackling fireplace, knit caps, seeing your breath in the cold air, lace-up boots and […]

  • You Have to Find the Right Insect: Dr. Guy L. Bush

    “You have to find the right insect to study, to take you to the right places.” This is what Dr. Guy Louis Bush always told his entomology and evolutionary biology students at the beginning of the semester. Dr. Bush is speaking from experience, as his study of the apple maggot fly, Rhagoletis pomonella, has taken […]

  • Music Man Charlie Eckhardt is Leading the Parade

    Like Professor Harold Hill in The Music Man, Gibraltar Schools’ music teacher Charlie Eckhardt is leading the parade…and his students are keeping step. Since first walking through the Gibraltar Schools’ music room in 2000, Eckhardt has won the hearts of teachers, students, and parents. With an infectious enthusiasm that radiates through his students, Eckhardt’s influence […]

  • The Voice of Door County: Eddy Allen

    Door County boasts many natives, but it takes a special breed to be recognized as a Door County “personality” – that person who sets the tone for the peninsula, an icon that embodies everything great about life in our small communities. These are the people who know everyone and everything, not because they like to […]

  • Musical Ambassador: Eric Lewis

    The first words Eric Lewis utters on his live recording at Camp David in Fish Creek are, “I have to say, I didn’t expect this many people to show up.” And once you meet the quiet, humble man with an accent that is distinctly not of northern Wisconsin, you can believe that he was surprised […]

  • Treating the Whole Person: Michele Geiger-Bronsky

    Several years ago, my friend “Jane” started raving about the woman she referred to as her doctor. “You like going to your exams?” we asked suspiciously. “Absolutely!”  Jane replied. “It’s like visiting a good friend, a therapist, and a doctor all at once. She’s fantastic.” Jane’s “doctor” is Michele Geiger-Bronsky, a nurse for over 30 […]

  • The Architecture of Steve Wadzinski

    It strikes you immediately. It’s a long, narrow window, no more than a few inches wide on the long west side of the structure. If it were simply turned 90 degrees it could slip by almost unnoticed. Sure, it might register as a bit peculiar, but it’s not the window itself that steals your eyes; […]

  • Digger Degroot

    Actor, Prankster, Restrauteur & “Mayor”: Fish Creek’s Digger DeGroot

    In Door County, the definition of what makes someone a “local” seems to fluctuate depending upon who you ask. For some, it’s a title given to all babies born north of the county line; for others, it’s a designation reserved for those whose family trees have roots on the peninsula through multiple generations; and then […]

  • The Story of a Studio Potter: Brian Fitzgerald Working in Clay ’til the End

    “What do you want to do for the rest of your life?” This is a rather daunting question for most anyone, usually answered with a wrinkling of the eyebrows and a contemplative “Hmmm,” or with a shrug of the shoulders and simple “I don’t know.” For those people who actually have an answer to the […]