Peninsula Pulse – April 7-14, 2017

In this issue

  • Two Bridges Closing for Spring Maintenance

    The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) northeast region announces closures of the Bayview Bridge and the Maple/Oregon Street Bridge in Sturgeon Bay next week. The closures are for routine annual inspections and some light, spring maintenance. Motorists should note the traffic impacts and adjust their route accordingly. Full closure of the Bayview Bridge, Tuesday, April […]

  • The Storied River

    New Book Journeys through Mississippi River Legend & Lore

    Longtime journalist and travel writer Dennis McCann returns to the Wisconsin Historical Society Press with a new excursion, this time documenting the people, places and history along the Mississippi River from northern Illinois through Wisconsin and Iowa to Minnesota. In This Storied River: Legend and Lore of the Upper Mississippi, McCann celebrates the river’s colorful […]

  • By the Numbers: EPA Cuts

    April 3-9, 2017 is National Public Health Week. In honor of that, we take a look at proposed funding cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency, which has responsibility for protecting public health and the environment. 1 Rank of U.S. Steel Gary Works among the largest polluters of the Great Lakes $2.6 billion Funding President Trump […]

  • Milton Thompson

    Door County Civility Project Hosts “Civility Matters” Program

    Join others who are committed to civility at Civility Matters on May 3, 5 – 6:30 pm, at Stone Harbor Conference Center in Sturgeon Bay. Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. A suggested contribution of $20 is greatly appreciated. The program will feature Milton Thompson, author of The Only One in the […]

  • Jennifer Gaddes To Speak About Preventing Falls and Safe Living Environments

    Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry continues its Community Health Information Programs with an upcoming presentation, “Feeling Safe At Home And On The Go” on April 23 at 4 pm at First Baptist Church. The speaker will be Jennifer Gaddes, a physical therapist from Door County Medical Center. She will discuss how to do a […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Rotary Club Holds 24th Annual Shipyard Tours

    The Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay presents the 24th annual Sturgeon Bay Shipyard Tours on May 6, 9 am to 2 pm. The largest shipyard on the great lakes, Bay Shipbuilding and CenterPointe Yacht Services will open their doors to the public. Both facilities are located on 1st Avenue in downtown Sturgeon Bay. This year […]

  • Special Edition Harvester Issued at Farm Technology Days

    A 1/16 special edition Harvester die-cast model is being issued in conjunction with Farm Technology Days in Kewaunee County July 11-13. The 1975-85 Gehl 800 Forage Harvester comes with two interchangeable model heads – a hay pickup and corn head. The models are made in Wisconsin and this model has never been issued. The cost […]

  • A New Take On An Ancient Art: Quiller Heather Allard

    The lost art of quilling enjoys a renaissance in Door County with Plum Bottom Pottery’s newest artist, Heather Allard, whose nature-inspired paper filigrees add a heavy dose of vibrant color, dimension and texture to the Egg Harbor gallery. Quilling is the craft of arranging, curling and bending small strips of paper to create detailed artworks. […]

  • Legal Aid Under Assault in Trump Budget

    Along with plans to defund AmeriCorps, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities, the Trump budget also attempts to do something Ronald Reagan was not able to do in his eight years in office – eliminate the Legal Services Corporation (LSC). Reagan had a deep-seated hatred for the […]

  • Gibraltar to Hold Kindergarten Registration on May 2

    Kindergarten registration at Gibraltar Elementary School will be held on May 2. If you have a child who will be five years old by Sept. 1, 2017, call Cindy Phillips at 920.868.3284 ext. 265 for a registration appointment. Bring your child’s birth certificate and immunization records. Appointments will be approximately 30-45 minutes. Public health nurses […]

  • Goldfinch. Molly Cranch.

    Vases, Bird Portraits and Landscapes at Plum Bottom

    Plum Bottom Pottery & Gallery invites the community to Art Show 3 on April 8, 10 am – 4 pm. Come see Door County’s own Chad Luberger and his new ikebana vases, Molly Cranch’s bird portraits, and Mary White’s landscape paintings. Luberger’s porcelain vases take inspiration from ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement. The […]

  • Fire Department Offers CPR, AED and First Aid Classes

    The Sister Bay & Liberty Grove Fire Department is partnering with the American Safety & Health Institute to offer classes to educate the community in the proper method of using an AED, performing CPR, and basic first aid. The AED/CPR classes will be held April 20 and 24, 6 – 10 pm, at the Sister […]

  • Wisconsin Ledge Group Holds Film Premieres

    In April, fans of the Ledge will have a rare opportunity to see two world premiere films. The Niagara Escarpment Resource Network (NERN) with event underwriter Trout Springs Winery and several regional organizations will show two documentary films produced in Wisconsin featuring the Niagara Escarpment, its geology, cultural significance and natural history. The Great Ledge […]

  • Municipal Meetings: April 7 – 14

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay:  The Finance/Purchasing & Building Committee meets at 4 pm on April 11. The Community Protection & Services Committee meets at 4:30 pm on April 12. County of Door:  The Highway Committee meets at 9 am on April 10. The Administrative Committee meets at 11 am on April 10. The […]

  • Kari Bolton. The Edge Salon.

    The Edge Welcomes New Stylist Kari Bolton

    The Edge Salon welcomes stylist Kari Bolton to their staff. Bolton, a Door County native, and her husband Cody will relocate from Brookfield to Door County in April. Bolton received her Barber/Cosmetology training at VICI Aveda Institute in Milwaukee. For the last 10 years she has been a successful stylist in the Brookfield/Delafield area and […]

  • Work Day on Earth Day

    On Earth Day, April 22, help out at Potawatomi State Park’s Earth Day/Work Day from 9 am to 2 pm. The park is gearing up for the busy summer season; no experience required. Volunteers are needed for cleaning up campsites, trail work, spreading mulch, cleaning the handicap cabin, and invasive species removal. Lunch will be […]

  • Crossroads Presents Garden Workshops for Families

    Seeds will germinate in the greenhouse at Crossroads at Big Creek soon after April 19. This date is the first of the three sessions of the Garden Workshop for Families. This program, sponsored by Friends of Crossroads and Master Gardeners, gives families a chance to learn-by-doing under the guidance of instructors Pat Thorp, of Pat’s […]

  • DAISY Award. Cheryl Berka.

    Cheryl Berka Honored at 1st Quarter DAISY Awards

    Ministry Home Care – Home Health in Sturgeon Bay honored Cheryl Berka, RN, with the 1st Quarter DAISY Award during a recent DAISY Award ceremony. Recipients are selected quarterly, based on their clinical expertise and demonstration of extraordinary compassionate care. The winners receive a certificate, a pin, and a hand-carved sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch,” […]

  • Door to Nature: The European Starling

    A friend recently asked me about some birds producing weird songs comprised of a rapid succession of squeaks, wheezes, chatters, chips and other strange sounds. What else could they possibly be at this season but starlings? This black songbird, about the size of a robin, having a long pointed beak, short swept-back wings and a […]

  • Door County Beer Fest. Len Villano.

    Door County Beer Fest Releases Event Details

    Door County’s largest craft beer event of the year, the Door County Beer Festival, has released VIP and music details for the June 17, 2017 event. VIP attendees can take their experience to another level with the new VIP Lounge in 2017. VIP attendees will enjoy exclusive access to the VIP lounge, with seating and […]

  • Learn to Support Native Bees at Master Gardeners Event

    The Door County Master Gardeners Association will hold the final free public program in its 2017 education series on April 11, 7 pm, at the Collins Learning Center at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay. Members of the public are invited to hear Master Gardener Chriss Daubner give the “buzz” about native bees, including […]

  • Register for the 2017 YMCA Day Camp

    The Door County YMCA is giving kids their best summer ever through a day camp experience with activities to help them learn and master skills, make friends and feel welcome. Through the Y’s day camp program, kids participate in fun and educational activities that will help them: learn and master skills that help them realize […]

  • Once Upon Our Peninsula: April 7, 2017

    All items are from the Door County Library’s newspaper archives, and they appear in the same form as they were first published, including misspellings and grammatical errors. The Expositor, April 7, 1876 From the Superintendent of Public Instruction we learn that the average wages paid male teachers in 1875, in the state is $43.50 per […]

  • Letter to the Editor: The Road to Chaos

    George Santayana once said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” In the 18th century, deference to the French king had declined. His word was no longer final. The people were desperate for food and the money to buy it. Angry women marched on Versailles – the king’s palace, a refuge […]

  • Industrial Hemp Is the Crop of Our Future

    By Rep. Dave Considine When I say “industrial hemp,” what comes to your mind? You may never have heard of hemp before. You may think of marijuana, a relative of the hemp plant (though the two are used for very different purposes). You may think of George Washington, our first President who grew hemp on […]

  • Door County’s New Poet Laureate: Sharon Auberle

    The late Pulitzer Prize-winning American writer Galway Kinnell defined a poet as “somebody standing up…and saying, with as little concealment as possible, what it is…to be on earth at this moment.” Sharon Auberle, Door County’s new Poet Laureate, feels her philosophy of poetry is best summed up in his words. Auberle read her poem “A […]

  • Readers Rampant to Discuss “Everybody’s Fool”

    The Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Public Library’s Readers Rampant Book Club will meet April 11 to discuss a second Richard Russo book, Everybody’s Fool. All are welcome and light refreshments will be offered. For more information visit

  • Letter to the Editor: Clean Energy Is Where Jobs Are

    “Bipartisan Commitment Needed for Clean Environment” (March 24) gets it right. The EPA is vital to keeping our air, land and water clean, but there’s a faster and better way to make emissions cuts that can prevent “catastrophic” global warming (IPCC) and it can serve as a model to other countries showing how they can […]

  • Winter Park. Kewaunee.

    Winter Park Green Lighted for Upgrades for Next Season

    Visitors of Winter Park in Kewaunee County will notice something very new next season at the snow-tubing hill. The Kewaunee County Promotion & Recreation Department, as well as the Winter Park Association, has received a green light from the Kewaunee County Board of Supervisors to replace the towrope that currently takes tubers up the six-lane […]

  • Wear Blue Against Sexual Assault April 12

    The Kewaunee County Department of Human Services and Violence Intervention Project (VIP) are asking Kewaunee County residents to wear blue and unite to take a stand against child abuse and sexual assault. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month as well as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. On April 12, the community is being asked to join […]

  • High School Spring Athletics: April 7, 2017

    GIBRALTAR Baseball April 7 & 8 @ Woodside Sports Complex (Mauston), 12:30 pm April 10 vs. Sevastopol, 5 pm April 13 @ Southern Door, 5 pm Girls Soccer April 11 @ NEW Lutheran, 4:30 pm April 13 vs. New Holstein, 6 pm Golf April 13 @ The Woods Golf Course, 4 pm Softball April 10 […]

  • Holly Somerhalder

    Server of the Week: Holly Somerhalder

    If a literary enthusiast is who you seek May I suggest Holly Somerhalder in Fish Creek? The library branch manager for 45 years There’s no doubt it’s a place she holds very dear.   Authors who make this bookworm eager? Kent Haruf and William Kent Krueger. But if you’re looking for the source of the […]

  • Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day in Algoma

    The Algoma Bird Celebration will be held April 8, 9 am – 2 pm, at the Algoma Youth Club, 620 Lake Street. Drop in for a while or stay all day. This free community celebration of International Migratory Bird Day offers activities of interest for all ages. Vendor sales and displays by local organizations will […]

  • Facts About Hemp

    HEMP HISTORY FACTS Hemp has been grown for at least the last 12,000 years for fiber (textiles and paper) and food. It has been effectively prohibited in the United States since the 1950s. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both grew hemp. Ben Franklin owned a mill that made hemp paper. When U.S. sources of “Manila […]

  • Conservationists and Reps Meet at Conservation Lobby Day

    Hundreds of citizens representing all of Wisconsin’s legislative districts and dozens of conservation organizations met with their state legislators in the Capitol on March 29 at Conservation Lobby Day hosted by Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters. “The people of Wisconsin care deeply about protecting our natural resources, including our drinking water and public lands,” said […]

  • Almanac Pilsner

    Cheers!: Put This Pilsner In Your Almanac

    As I might have mentioned in the past, I’m always on the lookout for a great lager or pilsner. Yes, there is a distinction. A Czech pilsner is quite different from a Munich lager, for example. Yes, technically, they are both lagers, but the Czech pilsner is softer and, to my palate, more seductive than […]

  • Sport Standings: As of April 3, 2017

    Local Prep Sports Standings As of April 3 Baseball Standings –Packerland Conference (School, Conference Record, Overall Record, Conference PCT) Algoma, 0-0, 1-0, .000 Southern Door, 0-0, 1-0, .000 Kewaunee, 0-0, 1-0, .000 Sevastopol, 0-0, 1-0, .000 Gibraltar, 0-0, 0-0, .000 Green Bay N.E.W., 0-0, 0-0, .000 Sturgeon Bay, 0-0, 0-0, .000 Oconto, 0-0, 0-1, .000 […]

  • Katie Sikora

    Sister Bay Moravian to Host Asian Tea Event

    On May 10, the Sister Bay Moravian Church will host “Asian Tea – A Blending of Tastes and Traditions” from 1-3:30 pm. Other than tea, the Wickman House will prepare a variety of Asian delicacies, and Amanda Shepit will provide Taiwanese desserts. Linden Gallery is donating Asian items for door prizes and Jeanee Linden will […]

  • Fatzo’s Sub Partners with United Way

    In April, Fatzo’s in Sturgeon Bay is partnering with United Way of Door County. Fatzo’s Sub of the Month is the Hawaiian Cheese Steak – freshly sliced roast beef served with Swiss cheese, Stingin’ Honey Garlic sauce, pineapple, and fried onions and green peppers on your choice or bread or wrap. Fifty cents from every […]

  • A Man Called Ove

    The Bestseller List: April 7, 2017

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman Lilac Girls, by Martha Hall Kelly The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood Britt-Marie Was Here, by Fredrik Backman Milk and Honey, by Rupi Kaur TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION Hidden Figures, by Margot Lee Shetterly Strong Is the New Pretty, by Kate Parker Lab Girl, by Hope […]

  • Sister Bay Hosts 8th Annual Egg Hunt

    Bring your kids and friends to the eighth annual Sister Bay Egg Hunt on April 15 at 10:30 am. Eggs will be hidden around Waterfront Park. In case of rain or snow, the egg hunt will be held inside the Sister Bay Village Hall. As in years past, there will be an appearance from the […]

  • True West. Third Avenue Playhouse. Len Villano.

    TAP Uncovers Door County Roots to Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright

    After a recent performance of Sam Shepard’s True West at Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP), TAP learned of a connection between the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard and Door County. According to Door County resident Margaret Poole, Shepard visited Door County frequently throughout his life, including time when he was a boy. Ms. Poole lived across […]

  • DKREA to Hold Meeting at Wave Pointe

    Door-Kewaunee Retired Educators’ Association will meet on April 19 at noon at Wave Pointe Marina & Resort in Sturgeon Bay. There will be a brief business meeting along with a luncheon, presentations on NWTC Learning in Retirement Programs and a Lions Vision Screening Study. Remember to bring school supplies. To become a member, call 920.866.2012.

  • Now Is the Time to Start Seeds Indoors

    As the days get longer, avid gardeners are thinking about one thing: planting season. While it might be tempting to throw out seeds the second temperatures reach 60, there still is a lot of potentially cold weather ahead. If you just can’t wait to start growing plants, the best thing to do is to start […]

  • Sign Up Early for Crossroads Trail Run

    The Crossroads Trail Run is set for June 24 at 8 am. There are options for a 2k, 5k, or 10k trail run/walk. All finishers receive a native tree at the finish line and all participants will receive a Green Layer performance shirt. Pre-register by May 24 to get a finisher tee. The cost is […]

  • Renewal Underway for Conservation Stewardship Program

    Acting Deputy Agriculture Secretary Michael Young announced that a contract renewal sign-up is underway for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), USDA’s largest working lands conservation program with more than 80 million acres enrolled. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) made several updates to the popular program last fall. These changes help producers better evaluate conservation […]

  • Martellus Bennett

    Packers Reload with Tight End Duo

    On the second and third day of the 2017 NFL free agency period, the Green Bay Packers signed tight ends Martellus Bennett and Lance Kendricks. The addition of this tight end duo is a step toward reloading the Packers’ offense, much to the appreciation of quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who sought to add more experience to […]

  • Door County Art League’s Mission Continues through Legacy Funds

    The Door County Art League’s decision to dissolve last September ended 30 years of showcasing and promoting the arts and local artists in Door County, but its mission will continue through two local organizations which are beneficiaries for the league’s remaining funds. At its final meeting, the Door County Art League board designated the Door […]

  • Chandler. Featured Pet. Door County Humane Society.

    Featured Pet: Chandler

    Chandler is a sweet one-year-old pitbull mix that came to the Door County Humane Society (DCHS) as a stray. This handsome boy weighs approximately 53 pounds and has a stunning blonde coat. Chandler has deep brown eyes and an adorable pink nose. This boy is timid when first meeting someone new but with time he […]

  • Local Artists Accepted into Neville Museum’s Juried Art Annual

    Door County artists Shan Bryan-Hanson, Lynn Gilchrist and Arlene Stanger have artwork accepted into the upcoming 72nd Art Annual juried exhibition at the Neville Public Museum of Brown County, Green Bay. Submissions were open to artists in 24 counties of northeastern Wisconsin plus 14 counties of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and were selected by […]

  • Science Snippet: How to Apologize

    How do you apologize? Scientists analyzed how a group of 755 adults reacted to a range of apologies that included some or all of the following six factors: assertion of regret; admitting responsibility; explaining what went wrong; expression of repentance; offer to repair the damage; and request for forgiveness. The first factor of importance to […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Leading the Race to the Bottom

    To Walker and Trump all environmental regulations are “burdensome,” as if they were put in place just to be a hindrance to good Americans trying to make a living. In reality those regulations were passed because there was a need for them. One of the few things that Trump admires about China is how they […]

  • Pet Talk: Ankle Biter Just Wants to Play

    Q. Our cat Charlie has started to attack our ankles when we are walking in the house. He seems to come out of nowhere, wrap his paws around an ankle, bite a few times and off he goes. He has drawn blood on a couple of occasions and we want this bad habit to stop. […]

  • Sign Up Early for Trail Trot

    The second annual Southern Door Eagles Trail Trot run/walk will be held April 29. The timed two-mile run/walk will take place on the Eagle Trail in the school woods. The half-mile run takes place on the high school track. Registration takes place at the start location on race day from 8:30 to 9:30 am. The […]

  • Door County’s Got Talent: Senior Organizes Community-Wide Talent Show

    A Gibraltar senior with a lifetime of memories in the performing arts hopes to give back to the school programs that inspired her involvement in theater with a community-wide talent show. The event on April 15 is an open invitation for residents to share their talents with the community and is the culmination of Hadley […]

  • Peninsula Players Receives Grant from Community Foundation

    The Door County Community Foundation recently awarded Peninsula Players a Sustainability Grant from the Arts Fund to support the program, The Play’s the Thing. Components of the program involve offering free, off-season play readings to the public and also provides opportunities for students to receive playwriting instruction that culminates in a playwriting contest. The free […]

  • The Business Case for Following Your Passion

    By Caleb Frostman, Executive Director, Door County Economic Development Corporation What I’m about to say might be considered blasphemy in today’s student debt and academic career planning-centric society, but here goes: I am 100 percent convinced there is a compelling business case to be made for pursuing your life’s deepest passion as a career. Yes, […]

  • Spring Classic. Dan Eggert.

    Spring Classic Ride Will Feature Lunch from Thyme Catering

    The Peninsula Century Spring Classic bike ride in Baileys Harbor will now feature food from Thyme Catering, the premier Door County caterer helmed by well-known Door County chef Karl Bradley and his wife Tonda Gagliardo. The husband-and-wife team, known best for their long tenure wowing diners at the Mission Grille, will prepare a lunch of […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Fresh Water: Endless or Endangered?

    Question: What do the years 2014, 2015 and 2016 have in common? Answer: They were each, successively, the hottest years ever recorded on earth. Is that trend just a quirk of nature? No. Are those records a call to action? Yes. Climate change is a reality for our planet and for Wisconsin. Natural and human […]

  • DCUTA Holds Informational Meeting on their Campaign Finance Reform Initiative

    Door County-United to Amend (DCUTA) is holding an informational meeting on their Campaign Finance Reform Initiative on April 11, 5:30 – 7 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County in Ephraim. DCUTA, a nonpartisan local organization, will give an overview of how unlimited contributions and influence became legal, how it weakens the people’s […]

  • Spring Issue of Wisconsin DNR Magazine Released

    Just in time for spring, the latest issue of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine is packed with information about the state’s beautiful outdoors areas – and great ways to enjoy them. Anchoring the April issue is a story highlighting some of the many field trips organized by the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. “Unleash your wild […]

  • Framed: Bring in Spring

    Take that, winter! Max Spiegel enjoys the first day of April at Weborg Point in Peninsula State Park. Photo by Tim Sweet.  

  • Lighthouse Festival Tickets Now on Sale

    Tickets for the 24th Annual Door County Lighthouse Festival are now on sale to the general public. Following the successful members only pre-sale, one tour is sold out but ample tickets remain for the variety of land-based tours and boat excursions set for the weekend of June 9-11. Tickets can be purchased online at, […]

  • Sheriff Department and Community Foundation Launch Crime Prevention Foundation

    The Door County Sheriff’s Department has partnered with the Door County Community Foundation, Inc. to launch the Door County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Foundation. The Crime Prevention Foundation, a component fund of the Door County Community Foundation, will promote innovative programs and equipment that will enhance the Sheriff’s Department in establishing strategies to prevent crime […]

  • NYC Subway Girl Takes Over WRiTERS NiGHT

    The Holiday Music Motel’s weekly WRiTERS NiGHT for musicians, poets, storytellers and artists has found its newest host with the arrival of Cathy Grier, an East Coast singer-songwriter whose four decades-long career has taken her from Connecticut biker bars to Paris, France and finally to the motel’s Tambourine Lounge. No stranger to the musical underground, […]

  • Door County Thrive Holds Roundtable Event

    Join Door County Thrive for an extra special roundtable event on April 7. People involved in key environmental organizations of Door County will speak about what they do, where they’re going and how everyone can learn from what their organizations are doing to make Door County a leader in sustainable action. Get to know them […]

  • Peninsula State Park Launches its 17th Annual Like to Hike Program

    Peninsula State Park is launching its 17th annual Like to Hike program with an easy mile-and-a-half hike on April 8, 2 – 3 pm. The hike begins at the Nicolet Beach Shelter. The shelter faces Nicolet Bay, once called Shanty Bay for the fishing and camping shanties that once lined the shore. Participants will walk […]

  • Red and White Nines Open at Alpine

    The Red and White Nines will open on the Alpine Golf Course in Egg Harbor on April 7. Walking only. Carts will be available starting April 14. For more information visit or call 877.318.8773.

  • Trivia: What was the name of the Seattle franchise that moved to Milwaukee to become the Brewers?

    Question: What was the name of the Seattle franchise that moved to Milwaukee to become the Brewers? Answer: Pilots. The Seattle Pilots played in Seattle for the 1969 season before bankruptcy forced the team to move to Milwaukee.  

  • Ellison Bay Holds First Easter Egg Hunt

    The first annual Ellison Bay Easter Egg Hunt will be held April 15, 12 – 2 pm, at Fitzgerald Park in Ellison Bay. Fitzgerald Park is located at the intersection of Garrett Bay Road and Old School Road off Hwy. 42. All children ages 2 through 12 are invited to join in the hunt. Colorful […]

  • State News: Kewaunee Sales Tax, Contaminated Wells, DNR Secretary

    Kewaunee County Hikes Its Sales Tax The closure of a nuclear power plant has led Kewaunee County to implement an extra half-percent sales tax, which went into effect Saturday. Sixty-four of Wisconsin’s 72 counties have imposed the optional tax. Wisconsin’s state sales tax is 5 percent. Counties are allowed to add the extra half-percent and […]

  • Corn Prices Climb After Slow Start

    You can add corn to the list of commodities that seems to be struggling over the past year. Most agriculture commodities have seen modest or no increase from decade lows and corn hasn’t escaped from that category. New data from the National Agriculture Statistics Service shows a small bump for corn prices between January and […]

  • Overheard and Shout Outs: April 7, 2017

    OVERHEARD Are there tid-bits of conversations you’ve heard while standing in line at the grocery store, serving a table, or walking down the sidewalk that make you smile, cringe or laugh out loud? “If every state were shaped like a mitten it’d be easier.” “All the best people come from west Jacksonport!” “And then, someone […]

  • Bruce Low Receives Exemplary Service Award

    Bruce Low, owner/inspector of Bottom Line Home Inspection of Luxemburg, was presented an Exemplary Service Award by the Wisconsin Association of Home Inspectors (WAHI) on March 11 at their Annual Meeting. Bottom Line Home Inspection, a service of B.J. Low, LLC, is a full time inspection company serving home and commercial building buyers and sellers […]

  • Ed Fenendael

    Miller Art Museum Welcomes Local Watercolorist for Travelogue

    “Afternoon in the Garden,” a delicately purple-hued watercolor painting by celebrated local artist Ed Fenendael depicts a glimpse of the elegant array of blooms that are one of the two major defining features of Monet’s Garden in Giverny, France in his signature style. Fenendael’s experience in his many travels to the small French village of […]

  • Letter to the Editor: What’ll Be Next?

    Early in the morning of March 4th President Trump sent out a string of tweets alleging that former President Obama ordered the wiretapping of Trump Tower in order to undermine his campaign. Immediately there began talk of a congressional investigation to determine if there was evidence to support Trump’s claim. Some tried to soften the […]

  • Manners Matter: Service with a Smile

    Dear Mary Pat, I recently had a very bad experience with a server at what shall remain an unnamed local dining establishment. Our food was great – delicious, in fact – but our waitress was less than friendly. This time of year, when it’s pretty slow, shouldn’t servers be happy to have any tables at […]

  • DCBR Holds Reception for Retirees

    The Door County Board of Realtors recently held a reception at Björklunden in Baileys Harbor in order to pay tribute to the following retirees with more than ten years of service in the community. Included noted Realtors were Betty Bultman, Patricia Cramer, Walter “Corky” Hellyer, Edward “Ted” Laitner, Lynn Mraz, Gene Norby, David Olson, Joan […]

  • Birding Days on Plum Island

    Join the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands (FOPPI), for an up close and personal birding experience on Plum Island on June 3 and 4. Event activities will include: observing professional techniques to capture, band, and release birds; hikes led by expert birders; and opportunities to learn about the […]

  • Your Reps in the News: April 7, 2017

    Representative Joel Kitchens “Today [April 4], the Assembly voted in bipartisan fashion on a number of bills brought forward by Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette). These bills, which were introduced as a part of a special session, will go a long way toward combating the opioid and heroin epidemic. I thank Rep. Nygren for his continued, […]

  • The Return of Hemp?: Bill would bring back demonized plant with multitude of uses

    Can you name the strongest natural fiber in existence, a fiber that is warmer than cotton and five-times more abrasion resistant? It’s called hemp. In addition to fibers as strong as carbon fiber but dramatically cheaper, oils from the same plant are packed with healthy fatty acids and the oils are also known to be […]

  • Remembering Red Putter’s Bob Yttri

    Bob Yttri liked to say, “I don’t have customers, I have friends.” Today thousands of those friends are mourning the death of the local legend who turned The Red Putter mini golf course in Ephraim into a staple of Door County summers. Bob Yttri died Thursday, April 6, at age 79. Friends far and wide […]

  • Obituary: Joyce Marie Weckler

    Joyce Marie Weckler, 84, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on April 2, 2017, at Anna’s Healthcare.  She was born on August 24, 1932, in Sturgeon Bay to Frank and Neva (DeJardin) Brauer.  Her father bought a farm in Little Sturgeon and there they settled and farmed.  She had two sons by her first marriage, she […]

  • Obituary: Florence Podraza

    Florence Podraza, 92 of Baileys Harbor, WI died at Good Samaritan Scandia Village on March 31, 2017. She was born in Chicago, IL on July 5, 1924 to Stanley and Antoinette (Baron) Zaucha. Born of immigrant parents and raised in the great depression she worked at several jobs while making a home for her husband […]

  • Obituary: Lee Michael Peterson

    Comforted by the loving presence of his family and favorite rock music playing in the background, Lee Michael Peterson, 64, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away late Friday afternoon, March 31, 2017 while at the Seasons Hospice Mission Creek Inpatient Center in Waukesha. He was a lifelong resident of Sturgeon Bay born August 6, 1952, the […]

  • Obituary: Martha Judd

    Martha Judd, 71, died at home on March 29, 2017, while being in hospice care after two years of treatment for recurrent breast cancer. She was passionate about art and dance. She had her own dance studio, studied graphic design and worked as a graphic designer, and most recently sculpted and created costumes for art dolls. […]

  • Obituary: Robert M. Manson

    Robert M. Manson died peacefully at home on Wednesday, March 29th. Bob was born on March 5, 1953 to Vernon and Lillian (Sis) Anderson Manson. Bob was a 1971 graduate of Gibraltar High School. As the owner of Casey’s Inn in Egg Harbor for many years, he has many wonderful friends and customers who treated […]

  • Obituary: Lauretta E. Jones

    Lauretta E. Jones, 90, of Sturgeon Bay passed away at Bornemann’s Nursing Home on March 30, 2017.  She was born October 19, 1926 in Waupaca to Herman and Ethel (Erickson) Tesch. Lauretta graduated from high school and then attended Milwaukee Business Institute.  On February 7, 1948 she married Arthur Jones in Berlin, WI.  He preceded […]

  • Obituary: Sharon Margaret Gill

    Sharon Margaret Gill, 76, of Sturgeon Bay passed away at Aurora Bay Care in Green Bay on March 30, 2017.  She was born November 18, 1940 in Sturgeon Bay to Carl and Edna (Stoeger) Herlache.   She married Darrel Gill on November 28, 1959 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay. Survivors include her husband […]

  • Obituary: Helen Marie Cibik-Junkans

    Helen Marie Cibik-Junkans of Sturgeon Bay, formally Fond du Lac and Cedarburg, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully on March 28, 2017, after being cared for by her children at Anna’s HealthCare while in the care of Hospice. Helen was 100 years of age. She was born September 28, 1916, in Baraboo, Wisconsin to Edwin and Lillian […]

  • Obituary: David George Berberich

    David George Berberich, 67, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on March 28, 2017, at Bellin Hospital.  He was born on March 16, 1950, in Elgin, IL, to Walter and Ardella (Huber) Berberich.  On December 14, 1974, he married Marie S. Liewehr in Roselle, IL.  Dave most recently worked at Hatco for 15 years.  He enjoyed […]

  • Obituary: Mitchell Normann

    Mitchell Scott Normann was granted his angel wings on March 26th, 2017. Mitchell possessed incredible strength, perseverance, and an ability to overcome incredible physical challenges. He was pure of heart and an inspiration to everyone he met. Through his courage, he led us to believe and see each day as a blessing and an opportunity […]

  • Obituary: Dr. James “J” Moellendorf

    Dr. James “J” Moellendorf, 64, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away, on Sunday morning, March 26, 2017. He was born February 13, 1953 in Antigo, the son of the late George Emil Otto and Tabea Ruth (Thormaehlen) Moellendorf. J, as he was known to family and friends, was a graduate of Antigo High School in 1971 and class […]

  • Obituary: Bryan Gilbert Follingstad

    Bryan Gilbert Follingstad, 56, of Sturgeon Bay, died at Scandia Village on March 25, 2017. Bryan  was born to Genevieve and Donald Follingstad on March 14, 1961 in Atlanta, Ga.  The family moved that same year to Owatonna, MN where Bryan spent his elementary and high school years. Following his HS graduation, Bryan attended  Mankato […]

  • Anniversaries: 50th Wedding Anniversaries

    Joanne and Dave Thomas of Sister Bay celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on April 1. Submitted.   Steve and Cathie Waldron of Sister Bay are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on April 8. Submitted.

  • Births: March 28-30, 2017

    Victoria and Benjamin Ehlers, Sister Bay, are the parents of a son born on March 30, 2017, at Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay. Maternal grandparents are Patsy and Jody Wuollett, Sister Bay. Paternal grandparents are Cindy and D. Todd Ehlers, Baileys Harbor. Missy and Phil Symons, Sturgeon Bay, are the parents of a daughter […]

  • Jens Jensen The Clearing

    Jens Jensen Named One of 67 Reasons to Love Chicago

    Jens Jensen is known in Door County as the founder of The Clearing, but the famed landscape architect left a lasting impression in Chicago before he migrated north to Ellison Bay late in life.  Sixty-six years after he died, Jensen continues to grow in esteem in the Windy City for his contributions to the city’s […]

  • Kewaunee County Ranks as One of Healthiest in State

    Kewaunee County recently learned it placed second among the 72 counties in the state in health outcomes in the seventh annual County Health Rankings. “Kewaunee County has consistently ranked well over the last few years in the statewide county health rankings. Within recent years, we have seen a strong push from our communities to work […]

  • Two Implicated in Storage Shed Burglaries

    A 37-year-old man from Sturgeon Bay and a 29-year-old man from the Algoma area were implicated in an investigation by the Door County Sheriff’s Department into the burglaries of several storage sheds in northern Door County in the fall of 2016 and winter of 2017. The two men turned over vintage toys, sporting goods, tools […]