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Peninsula Pulse December 28, 2018-January 4, 2019

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  • OBITUARY: Gary Edward Buerstatte

    Gary Edward Buerstatte, 70 of the Town of Egg Harbor in Sturgeon Bay, formerly of Milwaukee, died at home, Saturday morning, Dec. 29, 2018. He was born Oct. 4, 1948 in Manitowoc, the son of Edward Charles Buerstatte and Ruth Dorothy (Pasewalk) Buerstatte. Gary’s father died before he was born. Gary graduated from Lincoln High […]

  • Industrial Hemp Now Legal at Federal Level

    After years of prohibition, industrial hemp is now federally legal in America. On Dec. 26, President Trump signed off on the 2018 Farm Bill, which redefines hemp as an agricultural commodity, and more importantly, removes it from the Controlled Substances Act. That means hemp is no longer considered a Schedule 1 substance, and the Drug […]

  • WPR’s Simply Folk Celebrates 40 Years

    Folks from across the state will gather around their radios Jan. 6 with family and friends for what has become an annual tradition, the Simply Folk singalong. Tune in for three hours of great music beginning at 5 pm and celebrate the program’s 40th anniversary. The Simply Folk staff has made the lyrics to all […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Yes, Santa, There Is a Trump!

    Mr. President: Are you sure you aren’t moonlighting as Santa Claus, too? You sure seem as busy as Santa this Christmas, what with the gifts you’re giving us Adorable Deplorables, making America great again and protecting us from migrant caravans of nasty women and scrawny children. You’ve even found time to work on shutting down […]

  • Land Donation Expands Chambers Island Nature Preserve

    Door County Land Trust announces the donation of nine acres of land at the Chambers Island Nature Preserve. The donation of land, made by Pete and Fawn Rogers, long-time summer visitors on the island, is the fifth conservation project to be completed on Chambers Island during 2018. The donated land connects other protected lands within […]

  • Science Snippet: Biodiversity

    Biodiversity is the variability among living organisms that comes from all sources, including terrestrial, marine and other aquatic ecosystems. These photographs show a snail and an animal called the emperor tamarin, found in Central and South America. Biodiversity in animals falls into two groups: those without a backbone, called invertebrates (e.g., snails); and those with […]

  • Municipal Meetings: Jan. 4 – 11

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay: The Finance/Purchasing & Building Committee meets at 4 pm Jan. 8. County of Door: The Highway & Airport Committee meets at 10 am Jan. 7. The Public Safety Committee meets at 1 pm Jan. 7. The Administrative Committee meets at 9 am Jan. 8. The Veterans Service Commission meets […]

  • Reps in the News: Walker Speaks on Post-election Plans

    Governor Scott Walker Gov. Walker says he plans to give speeches across the country advocating for conservative issues such as returning powers to the states and tax reform. Walker lost his re-election bid in November and leaves office on Monday, replaced by Democrat Tony Evers. Walker announced his general plans for the future in a […]

  • State News: Hemp, Child Care, DNC in Milwaukee

    Child Care Worker Shortage Fueled By Low Wages Despite efforts to produce more licensed child care workers in Wisconsin, it may take higher wages and better benefits to lure more people into the field. Licensed child care centers in the state, especially in rural areas, continue to struggle to attract and retain workers to care […]

  • Champion Shrine Celebrates Feast of Epiphany Jan. 6

    The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help will celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany and Blessing of the Chalk on Sunday, Jan. 6. Epiphany, also known as the Feast of the Three Kings, is celebrated 12 days after Christmas in remembrance of the Three Kings, or Wise Men, who visited Jesus. “Epiphany is […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Trump’s Goals

    It seems the Libertarians, ruled by the Koch brothers, want to eliminate all government; the evangelicals what to bring on the end times/Armageddon, leading to the Rapture and thus their salvation (and to hell with the rest of us non-believers); too many SCOTUS Justices want to destroy democracy as we once knew it and Members […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Save the Date

    I grew up in a working class neighborhood in the Midwest. We had a bully and a spoiled brat on our block I vowed to my loved ones that I was going to put my satirical poison political pen aside for the holidays and wait and see how things play out next year. But, no, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Trump Slump

    The president has made this a season without reason. The Trump Slump is upon us. Everyone should be praying. Colleen Malmen Baileys Harbor, Wis.

  • Letter to the Editor: Many Thanks for Bell Ringing

    A big thank you and Happy New Year to all the dedicated folks who participated in The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign in Door County this year! Many thanks to the ringers who gave their time and braved the weather! A record number of ringing slots were filled in 2018!  Sincere thanks to Econo Foods, […]

  • Late Collections Depress Initial October Room-tax Report

    A two percent decline in room-tax collections in October compared to last year is expected to rebound after lodging operators send in late payments. Sixty-three properties failed to report by the October deadline, including some larger lodging operators, according to Door County Tourism Zone Commission Administrator Kim Roberts. Despite the late collections, year-to-date room-tax revenue […]

  • Craig Blietz and His Cows Featured at Museum of Wisconsin Art

    A parade of cows from Sister Bay has been making an impact in West Bend. In what is being described by the staff at the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) in West Bend as a midcareer breakout show for Sister Bay artist Craig Blietz, his latest body of work encompasses what the artist refers to […]

  • By the Numbers: Whaling

    Last month Japan announced that it will withdraw from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and resume commercial whaling this summer. The Japanese government accused the IWC of focusing on conserving whale numbers rather than developing sustainable whaling practices. The Japanese government added that when it begins whaling operations in July, it will do so only […]

  • Kitchens, Olsen Wrap Up School Funding Initiative

    After nine public hearings held across the state, representing what Rep. Joel Kitchens calls “the most extensive discussion of educational funding in a very long time,” the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding that Kitchens co-chaired with Sen. Luther Olsen moves on to its next step: recommendations for legislative action on school funding. “We traveled […]

  • Petition Circulating Against Forestville Millpond Drawdown

    Residents who live on the Forestville Millpond are not happy with Door County’s recently unveiled plan for a two-year drawdown of the pond beginning this fall in order to check its decline as a multi-use body of water. A bathymetric study of the shallow, 94-acre lake found its maximum depth to be about six feet, […]

  • Door to Nature: Great Horned Owl

    Which species of bird lives and nests in more counties in the continental United States than any other? The answer is the great horned owl, and that may come as a surprise to many people. It is a bird that is most active at night and does not visit feeders like some other species, except […]

  • High School Sports Schedule: Jan. 4 – 11

    GIBRALTAR Boys Basketball Jan. 7 @ Peshtigo, 7:30 pm Jan. 11 vs. Sevastopol, 7:30 pm Girls Basketball Jan. 4 @ Sevastopol, 7:30 pm Jan. 8 vs. Southern Door, 7:30 pm SEVASTOPOL Boys Basketball Jan. 7 vs. Algoma, 7:30 pm Jan. 11 @ Gibraltar, 7:30 pm Girls Basketball Jan. 4 vs. Gibraltar, 7:30 pm Jan. 8 […]

  • Rep. Kitchens Receives Committee Appointments

    State Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) has received his Assembly committee appointments for the 2019-2020 legislative session. In addition to his role as chair of the Committee on the Environment, Kitchens will continue to serve as vice chair of the Committee on Education and as a member of the Agriculture, Financial Institutions and Tourism committees. […]

  • Commentary: A Troubling Reliance on Major Donors

    A few months ago I wrote a column (“The Impending Decline in Charitable Giving”) noting that both conservative and liberal economists agree that charitable giving will fall by about five percent as a direct result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2018. Although we don’t yet have numbers for the fourth quarter of […]

  • Survey Open for Legislative Days

    The Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) is seeking ideas for issues to put on the table for this year’s Door/Kewaunee Legislative Days. A survey is now available online for people to submit ideas for the session. That survey can be accessed here and will be open until Jan. 25. Every two years, business owners, […]

  • Spring Classic. Dan Eggert.

    Spring Classic Ride Registration Opens New Year’s Day

    Believe it or not, it’s time to think spring. Registration for the Peninsula Century Spring Classic opens New Year’s Day. The ride is capped at 1,000 participants, guaranteeing a great boutique ride experience, and early birds can get in on it for just $45! That fee includes aid stations stocked with snacks, beverages and specialties […]

  • OBITUARY: Judith “Judy” Porter

    Judith “Judy” Porter, 82, of Sturgeon Bay, died peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018 at home with her husband by her side. She was born Jan. 18, 1936 in Rhinelander, the daughter of the late John Orval and Lily Ann Schultz. She attended Rhinelander High School and was the first woman ever […]

  • New Year's Eve Cocktail from CHOP

    Two Toast-worthy Cocktails to Welcome 2019

    When it comes to a beverage go-to for the New Year’s holiday, it is inarguably some form of champagne — the sparkling, bubbly beverage that shines with effervescence during the post-midnight clinking of glasses. This year in Door County there are many ways to celebrate the ringing in of the New Year, but if you […]

  • Final Sunset of 2018

    Crossroads at Big Creek’s 2019 educational theme will be “The Great Lakes.” Crossroads will join a number of other organizations this winter that are focusing their programming on the Great Lakes as part of Celebrate Water Door County, a year-long series of activities to celebrate Door County’s water. Crossroads continues its winter programming with the […]

  • Fat Biking in Kewaunee

    Kewaunee County is gearing up to bring fat biking to its parks. The Promotions & Recreation Department is partnering with Broken Spoke Bike Studio in Green Bay to create an unusual experience at Ryan Park and Riverview ATV Park. “More people are riding these off-road bicycles with oversized tires, especially in winter, and we’re happy […]

  • Northern Sky’s New Musical

    Northern Sky Theater received a matching grant of $11,000 from the Wisconsin Arts Board (WAB). This grant supports Northern Sky’s commitment to writing and developing new musicals tailored for the company’s multigenerational audiences. “With the support of the Wisconsin Arts Board, this season Northern Sky will add two new musicals to our canon of over […]

  • 2019 Door County New Year’s Events

    New Year’s Eve Cherry Drop Dec. 31, 8 pm – 12 am The New Year’s Eve Cherry Drop event adds more fun activities to ring in the new year in Sister Bay. Watch a professional ice sculptor carve unique designs; ice skate with friends and family; see a fireworks show; get your picture taken at the […]

  • Lots of Enthusiasm for Midsummer’s Music String Quartet

    The Midsummer’s Music resident string quartet was out and about recently to spread holiday spirit to people across Door County and greater Green Bay. The quartet performed in two concerts and spent 14 days going caroling to 25 businesses, including the Peninsula Pulse office. The resident string quartet was founded in the fall of 2018 […]

  • Bestseller List: Dec. 28, 2018

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION 1. Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer 2. Less by Andrew Sean Greer 3. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris 4. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman 5. Milkman by Anna Burns TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION 1. Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann 2. Sapiens by Yuval Noah […]

  • Sister Bay New Year’s Cherry Drop

    UPDATED: More than one thousand people converged on the hill in Sister Bay for the 2018 New Year’s Eve Cherry Drop, Dec. 31, 2018. If you missed it you can still get a look at the scene in the video below. The Sister Bay Advancement Association is putting the cherry on top of 2018 with […]

  • Washington Island Seeking New Dentist

    The Town of Washington is seeking a year-round or seasonal dentist to replace Thomas J. Rehrauer, who is unable to continue due to personal reasons. He replaced Tom Wilson of Sister Bay, who served as the town dentist for many years. Service has been provided two days per week, on the average, as scheduled by […]

  • 50 More Acres Protected at Chambers Island Nature Preserve

    On Dec. 13, the Door County Land Trust completed two land acquisitions on Chambers Island. These two additional projects are the third and fourth of five planned land-protection projects on the island this December. The two properties – one a 10-acre hardwood and hemlock forest, and the other a 40-acre mixed-hardwood forest – expand the […]

  • Watchnight Service

    On Dec. 30, Ephraim Moravian Church will hold a service called “Lessons and Carols”at 10 am. This service format began in 1880 when a bishop in Cornwall (later the Archbishop of Canterbury) gave the nine lessons in the fall of humanity and the birth of Jesus, interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols. The service […]

  • Egg Harbor’s Doctor

    The Egg Harbor Historical Society (EHHS) will present 12 free programs on Mondays during January, February and March at the Kress Pavilion. The programs begin at 1 pm. During the January meetings, the society will have “appointments” with Egg Harbor’s Doctor Eames. The remaining programs have been planned and will be announced at a later […]

  • Plum Bottom Has the Sparkle and Shine

    Let Plum Bottom help you ring in the new year with new jewelry, Dec. 29 and 30, 10 am to 4 pm. See the latest work from Lara Knutson, Michelle Pressler and Aimee Rivka, and add some sparkle to your New Year’s Eve outfit. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine from von Stiehl Winery or […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Gardner First Responders Misrepresented by ‘Advocate’

    The Door County Advocate published a recent article by Peter J. Devlin. The article title regarding the status of the Gardner First Responder squad is not only misleading but is inaccurate. And it did a great injustice to a dedicated group of emergency medical responders (EMRs). Devlin’s title caused the key fact that he presented […]

  • Two Authors, Engaging Activities for Door County Reads 2019

    After you pick up your copy of one — or both — of the 2019 Door County Reads selections, the next step is filling your calendar will stimulating events to attend. The two selections are The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Dan Egan, and Wintering by Peter Geye. […]

  • Bay Shipbuilding Delivers New Tug

    This holiday season, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding delivered an Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) Unit to Kirby Corporation. Todd Thayse, vice president and general manager, made the announcement. “We are pleased to deliver this new addition to the Kirby fleet. This beautiful vessel is a testament to the skills of the extraordinary American men and women who […]

  • Green Bay Mayor Signs Migratory Bird Treaty Act Proclamation

    In recognition of the importance of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt signed a proclamation Dec. 11 celebrating 100 years of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act in the Year of the Bird. 2018 marks the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act: one of the most powerful and important bird-protection laws […]

  • Door to Nature: Christmas Bird Counts

    This year was my 47th consecutive year of organizing Door County Christmas bird counts. My first one was in 1972: the year Roy and I were married. Roy worked at The Ridges Sanctuary as well as teaching full time in several schools. I had a part-time job working as a dental hygienist in Sister Bay. […]

  • Lakeshore Vision Center Welcomes Michael Gorz

    The Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes Dr. Michael Gorz, O.D. as he joins his parents, Drs. John and Sue Gorz, O.D. at Lakeshore Vision Center. John’s father, Arthur Gorz of Eagle River, moved to Algoma on a recommendation he received from a local man he met while serving as an optometrist in the Air […]

  • Call for CHAIRries Artists

    The Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center (SBVC) is looking for artists to embellish an Adirondack chair or create a chair of their own for the inaugural CHAIRries street-art program, which will be presented by the SBVC and Associated Bank. Chairs will be displayed throughout Sturgeon Bay starting May 2019. Artists are encouraged to apply for this […]

  • Local Musician Nominated for Grammy

    Door County musician Nick Dumas and his band, Special Consensus, have been nominated for a Grammy Award. They were nominated in the Best Bluegrass Album category for their 2018 release Rivers and Roads. Dumas is a mandolin player who has been a member of Special Consensus since 2015. He’s also been a Door County resident for […]

  • Southern Door Seeking School Board Members

    The Southern Door County School District is accepting applications for two school board vacancies, each for a three-year term. Board members Jamie Schmiling and Carrol Toneys have filed declaration of noncandidacy papers. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, 18 years of age or older, residents of the district for at least 28 consecutive days at the […]

  • State News: Evers’ Cabinet, Democratic Priorities

    Evers Announces More Cabinet Picks Gov.-elect Tony Evers announced eight appointments to his cabinet last week, saying he’s assembling his leadership team with an eye on collaboration. “We have, obviously, a lot of problems in the state that are going to take more than one individual and one agency to fix,” he said. Evers tapped […]

  • What to Watch in 2019: Celebrate Water Summit

    Celebrate Water Door County will conclude its year of celebration with a three-day summit, June 4-6, 2019, at the Landmark Resort in Egg Harbor. Throughout 2018, groups and organizations have celebrated all things water with gallery shows, performances, concerts and more. During the winter, these celebrations will continue through educational presentations and activities organized in […]

  • What to Watch in 2019: A Divided State Government

    After the sour taste left by the lame duck session that the Republican majority characterized as a balancing of power and the Democratic minority called a bald-faced power grab, will state government be able to conduct the important business before them? With a Democratic administration and a Republican majority in both the Senate (18-15) and […]

  • Judge Dismisses Lawsuit on Back Forty Mine

    A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin over the permitting of a sulfide mine that plans to locate in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The tribe alleged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) violated the Administrative Procedure Act by leaving the state of Michigan to solely administer the permitting process. The […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Kit

    This 6-month-old might look a typical tabby you’ve seen a hundred times before, but her personality is one-in-a-million. Kit is a fun, confident cat who loves attention, cuddles and playtime. She will greet you at the door, curl up on your lap and give you so much love in return. Like all cats at the […]

  • Parent Playgroup Meets at Hope Church

    Door County Parents’ Playgroup meets every Thursday at Hope Church in Sturgeon Bay, 10 am – 12 pm. All parents and caregivers of small children are welcome regardless of race, sex, religion or sexual orientation. Refreshments are potluck, and coffee is always provided. Healthy Way of Sturgeon Bay also helps to sponsor snacks. Parents meet […]

  • Plant Health Officials Urge Burning of Wreaths

    Plant health officials are cautioning consumers to burn wreaths and other evergreen decorations, or bag them and put them in the trash, after inspectors found invasive insects on many such items sold at large chain stores in Wisconsin this holiday season. Inspectors found an insect called elongate hemlock scale, or EHS, on wreaths, swags and […]

  • Tavern League Makes Donation to P.A.T.H.

    The Tavern League of Door County donated $200 to P.A.T.H. The gift was supplemented by a matching donation from the Tavern League of Wisconsin.

  • News From This Week’s Past: Santa Claus and American Flags

    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 December 26, 1873 The Fort Howard Monitor displays good taste by selecting its editorials from our columns. We might retaliate, but, aside from its plagiarisms, there’s […]

  • Eastern Star Group Donates to Therapy Dog Program

    The Sturgeon Bay Eastern Star Group, Honor Chapter #1, donated $250 to the Therapy Dogs Program at Sturgeon Bay Schools. The program provides therapy dogs for kids in crisis situations and as reading companions. Some kids are reluctant to read aloud to their peers but will happily read to the therapy dog. A representative of […]

  • Run the Door Events in 2019

    The Door County Silent Sports Alliance has compiled the dates for races on the 2019 Run the Door circuit.   Sign up to score points on the running race circuit. There are three divisions: overall, out-of-county and youth (12 and younger). All divisions are gender-free. Points are scored each time a runner participates in a […]

  • ‘Saving Snow’ Screening at Crossroads

    The Climate Change Coalition of Door County and the League of Women Voters will present a screening of the documentary Saving Snow at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay Jan. 9. Saving Snow is a production of Adaptation Now, a documentary-film project focusing on communities that are dealing with the leading edge of climate […]

  • Nicolet National Foundation Contributes to Door-Tran Vehicle Repair Grant Program

    Nicolet National Bank employees choose to support various causes throughout the community through contributions made to the Nicolet National Foundation. Recently, they found Door-Tran’s Vehicle Repair Grant Program to be a worthy cause to support. Jane Jandrin, branch manager at Nicolet National Bank’s Brussels branch, presented a check for $1,000 to Nikki Voight, mobility manager […]

  • What to Watch in 2019: Sturgeon Bay City Council

    We’ll say this about covering Sturgeon Bay city politics: it’s never boring. Exhausting? Sure. Infuriating? At times. But certainly never boring. As 2018 came to a close, the city was finally working its way toward resolving some of its most contentious battles of the last few years. That included reaching a settlement with hotel developer […]

  • What to Watch in 2019: Northern Door Construction

    By the time the snow starts to fall at the end of 2019, northern Door County will look different. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will reconstruct Highway 42 from Fish Creek to Sister Bay through two business districts. Meanwhile, local arts organizations will move into new homes. Perhaps the most anticipated construction project expected to […]

  • A Day in the Life of a Victim Advocate

    by Jamie Craig, Door County Program Coordinator, Sexual Assault Center, Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin The accompanying graphic describes a sample day in the life of a victim advocate. The Sexual Assault Center works closely with many community organizations, and community collaboration is necessary for victims of sexual assault to heal and succeed in life. […]

  • Municipal Meetings: Dec. 28 – Jan. 3

    DOOR COUNTYCity of Sturgeon Bay: The common council meets at 7 pm Jan. 2. County of Door: The Human Services Board meets at 8:30 am Jan. 3. The Resource Planning Committee meets at 3 pm Jan. 3. Town of Gibraltar: The town board meets at 7 pm Jan. 2. Village of Egg Harbor: The Parks […]

  • Substance-use Discussed in Documentary Shown at the Kress Pavilion

    Written Off, a Wisconsin-based documentary about one man’s struggle with a substance-use disorder, will be shown Jan. 10 at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor. The event will begin at 5 pm with a light meal, and the film will begin at 5:30 pm, followed by a panel discussion with people who are in recovery. […]

  • Habitat for Humanity Dedicates 41st Home for Christmas

    A beautiful thing happened in Sturgeon Bay on Dec. 20. Despite the coldness of the day and the heavy, gray skies, people were beaming with joy, especially Jacob and Amanda Purdy and their five children – Jack, Ethan, Alexis, Alaina and Jordyn – because today they were moving into their new Door County Habitat for […]

  • Commentary: Finding My Body Image

    I was voted Class Comedian my senior year of high school, but you won’t find a picture of me in the yearbook. I was flattered by the title, but the truth was that I was too ashamed of myself to pose for yearbook pictures.   I appeared happy and jovial to most everyone. Inside I […]

  • Science Snippet: Labrador Retrievers

    Labrador retrievers are very popular dogs in both America and Great Britain, and many owners would like to know something about the life expectancy of their dog. A recent study involving 33,000 Labrador retrievers in Britain provides information about this and other matters related to longevity. Researchers compared chocolate, yellow and black labs and discovered […]

  • Reps in the News: Walker Gives Favor to Schimel Despite Other Candidates

    Governor Scott Walker Gov. Walker passed over more than a dozen candidates to appoint outgoing Attorney General Brad Schimel to a Waukesha County judgeship, according to records released by the governor’s administration. Walker handed Schimel the job on Nov. 20, a day after the Republican attorney general conceded defeat to Democrat Josh Kaul. Schimel replaces […]

  • What to Watch in 2019: Affordable Housing

    If you ask anyone in Door County how business is going, you’ll open a door that inevitably winds up as a discussion about housing. To run a successful business, you need good workers, and there is perhaps no bigger challenge in attracting and keeping good workers in Door County than finding affordable housing, both for […]

  • By the Numbers: Happy New Year!

    1 The ranking for losing weight among other New Year’s resolutions such as getting organized, saving more money and quitting smoking. 2 The number of times the Times Square ball drop did not happen – in 1942 and ’43, due to World War II light restrictions. 3 The percentage of Americans who don’t plan to […]

  • Birmingham, Catarozoli Won’t Seek Re-election in Sturgeon Bay

    Two-term Mayor Thad Birmingham and Alderwoman Kelly Catarozoli have both decided not to seek re-election in April, dramatically altering the make-up at City Hall.

  • LeCaptain Signs for University of Minnesota

    Southern Door senior Derik LeCaptain is all smiles after signing his letter of intent to play football at the University of Minnesota. LeCaptain accepted an offer to join the team as a preferred walk-on. Submitted.

  • High School Sports Schedule: Dec. 28 – Jan. 4

    GIBRALTAR Boys Basketball Jan. 3 vs. Oconto, 7:30 pm Girls Basketball Jan. 4 @ Sevastopol, 7:30 pm SEVASTOPOL Boys Basketball Dec. 28 @ Lena, 5 pm Girls Basketball Jan. 4 vs. Gibraltar, 7:30 pm SOUTHERN DOOR Boys Basketball Dec. 28 vs. Sheboygan Falls, 7:30 pm Jan. 3 vs. Luxemburg-Casco, 7:30 pm Girls Basketball Dec. 28 […]

  • Ellison Bay Pottery Holds Year-end Open House

    Ellison Bay Pottery’s Year-end Open House is Dec. 28 and 29, 12-4 pm. The open house features the new pottery from the last firing of 2018, including “stacking bowls,” tea bowls, baking dishes and mugs. There will also be refreshments and surprise free gifts.

  • One Barrel Brewing Takes Over Taps at Cherry Lanes

    Cherry Lanes Arcade Bar of downtown Sturgeon Bay and One Barrel Brewing Company of Madison and now Egg Harbor, two of Door County’s newest businesses, are partnering up for a fun night of beer and specials. At 5 pm on Thursday, Dec. 27, One Barrel will take over four of the Cherry Lanes tap beer lines […]

  • 2019 Door County Runs and Rides

    We’ve made your planning easy with this guide to getting active with 2019 Door County runs and rides to check out. If you want plan to take on many runs, consider signing up for the Run the Door race series. Door County has become a hotbed for silent sports competition and experiences. Whether you want […]

  • OBITUARY: Bernard “Bernie” W. Geisel

    Bernard “Bernie” W. Geisel, 79, of the Town of Sevastopol, died in the comfort of his home, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. Bernie was born May 30, 1939 in Sturgeon Bay the son of the late Emil and Grace (Viste) Geisel. He attended SS Peter and Paul Catholic Grade School and was a proud Class of […]

  • OBITUARY: Dale Leland Erickson

    Dale Leland Erickson, 86, lifelong resident of Ellison Bay, died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018 at Good Samaritan Society-Scandia Village in Sister Bay with his family at his side. He was born at the family farm on Lakeview Road on Jan. 8, 1932, the son of Henry Levi Erickson and Cecelia Ruth (Johnson) Erickson. Dale attended […]

  • OBITUARY: Harold “Pete” Euclide

    Harold “Pete” Euclide, 91, of Brussels, died at home Dec. 20, 2018.  He was born March 21, 1927 in Gardner to Ernest and Annie (Jeanquart) Euclide.  On Dec. 14, 1954, he married LaVerne Renard.  She preceded him in death on May 31, 2016. Pete owned and operated a well drilling business for many years.  He […]

  • OBITUARY: Mark O. Thomas

    Mark O. Thomas died Dec. 18, 2018at Lutheran Home & Services in Arlington Heights, Illinois. He was born Feb. 6, 1923 in Denver, Colorado to Clare and Hazel (nee Hooyer) Thomas. Mr. Thomas worked as a corporate attorney for Dole Valve Company, Eaton Yale, Masonite, and International Paper during his long career. Mark is survived […]

  • OBITUARY: Nancy L. Petersen

    Nancy L. Petersen, 86, of Sturgeon Bay, died Dec. 22, 2018, at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay.  She was born May 18, 1932, to Gerrit and Jannette (Fox) DeJonge. Nancy attended Schurz High School and then graduated as a nurse from Evanston Hospital in Illinois.  On June 19, 1954, she married Robert Petersen in […]

  • OBITUARY: Eugene “Gene” Wagner

    Eugene “Gene” Wagner, 95, died Dec. 22, 2018 at Anna’s Healthcare in Sturgeon Bay. He has now joined his beloved wife, Ruth. He was born Sept. 19, 1923 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of the late Reinholdt and Emma (Behrenbruch) Wagner. Following high school, Gene graduated from UW-Madison receiving his BA in Banking. He served […]