Peninsula Pulse – Feb. 17-24, 2017

In this issue

  • A Dark Irish Comedy, Taco Soup & More Weekend Plans

    It’s a weekend for all musical tastes in Door County, whether you prefer Chicago altfolk, the sounds of low brass or rich Brooklyn harmonies. Fill in the gaps with a presentation by an impressive youth author and an afternoon of tasty soups to benefit a great local zoo. Friday, February 24 Witty, Alt-Folk Join Chicago-based […]

  • Lake Michigan Monarch Migration Stronghold Turns 105

    Monarch habitat in the middle of Lake Michigan? Yes! Feb. 21 marks the 105th birthday of one of our oldest national wildlife refuges and Great Lakes migration routes for migratory birds and other species, such as monarchs. On Feb. 21, 1912, President William Howard Taft established Green Bay National Wildlife Refuge, our nation’s 28th refuge […]

  • Len Villano

    Rival Athletes Come Together for Club Volleyball

    The Wisconsin Volleyball Academy (WVA) – Door County club teams are entering the second half of the season and are eager to continue competing in the coming months. Area players and coaches have been hitting the courts regularly to practice and compete in events across the state since early January and will continue through April. […]

  • Don Stiernberg

    Don Stiernberg Trio to Perform at White Gull Inn

    The Don Stiernberg Trio will perform Feb. 22 at the White Gull Inn in Fish Creek. While still in his teens, Don Stiernberg learned to play the mandolin from the innovative and influential virtuoso Jethro Burns. Burns referred to Stiernberg as his “graduate student,” hired him to play in his band, and guided him to […]

  • Westwood Shores Resort Begins Renovations

    Westwood Shores Waterfront Resort in Sturgeon Bay has begun a major renovation project of nearly $500,000, including a complete makeover of all of its 38 suites. In the works are new paint, carpeting, furniture, accessories and artwork. The work underway is the culmination of a year of planning by the resort’s management, board and interior […]

  • Len Villano

    Kangaroo Lake’s Newest Winter Sport: ‘Fish Sticking’

    By Tom Schneider On Feb. 11, 18 volunteers dedicated themselves to improving the quality of water and habitat in Kangaroo Lake. The partnership of the Kangaroo Lake Association (KLA), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources (WDNR), and Harbor Lumber, Inc. of Baileys Harbor made it possible to install 33 trees (renamed “Fish […]

  • Younkers Part of “Close to Home” Initiative

    The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: BONT), which operates Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers stores, plans to expand its “Close to Home” initiative by adding in-store shops to at least 100 stores, including the Younkers in Sturgeon Bay, this year. As part of the expansion, the retailer also announced the launch of […]

  • Three-Part Workshop to be Held at Glas Coffee

    Marggie Hatala will lead a three-part workshop titled “Journaling through Loss to Resolution.” The sessions will be held Feb. 23, March 9 & 23, 10 am to 12 pm at Glas Coffee, Sturgeon Bay. This three-part series will afford time to delve deeply into emotions privately, find support through others, and to be led toward […]

  • Walker Proposes Return of State Business Loans

    Representative Joel Kitchens Rep. Kitchens released the following statement regarding the Rural Wisconsin Initiative Press Conference held at the Capitol on Feb. 14: “I was happy to join colleagues today in the Assembly Parlor to announce the Rural Wisconsin Initiative broadband bill and other pieces of legislation. This bill will bring much needed relief to […]

  • Peninsula Genealogy Society Will Meet on Feb. 23

    The Peninsula Genealogy Society will meet Feb. 23 at 7 pm in the Greene Room at the Sturgeon Bay Library. Mary Schranz will talk about “A Surprise Hidden in a Probate Record” and the importance of searching in probate records. The meeting is free and visitors are welcome.

  • Letter to the Editor: How Do ‘Representative’ and ‘Representation’ Relate?

    This is an open letter to Senator Ron Johnson and Congressman Mike Gallagher. Please hold open town hall meetings or listening sessions in Door County. Does the word “representative” have any connection to the concept of “representation?” Once elected, do senators and congressmen have license to vote their personal opinions or do they have a […]

  • Once Upon Our Peninsula: Feb. 17, 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.                                                Weekly Expositor Independent, Feb. 18, 1881 On Thursday morning of last week, it was announced that the Treasurer’s office of Kewaunee county had been robbed of $8,000. […]

  • Manners Matter: Valentine’s Day Slip-up

    Dear Mary Pat, I screwed up and my wife is really mad at me. I spaced that it was Valentine’s Day and she is still upset. I normally try to plan a little getaway or something special for my wife. This year, I’ve been so wrapped up in a big project at work and I […]

  • Len Villano

    Pizza Sales to Benefit Willard Zak, the Harbor Barber

    Koepsel’s Farm Market is holding a pizza sale benefit for Willard Zak, the Harbor Barber. They are selling 14-inch “Calamity Sam’s” pizzas – either the Sam’s Special (sausage, pepperoni, onion, green pepper, mushroom) or a sausage/pepperoni combo. Pre-orders will be accepted through Feb. 26, with a pick-up date of March 4, 2-5 pm, at Koepsel’s […]

  • NDCC Radio Broadcast Fundraiser Changes Date

    There’s a date change for the radio broadcast fundraiser for the Northern Door Children’s Center (NDCC); it will now be April 22. This is a new fundraising event, in celebration of Northern Door Children’s Center’s 30 years of service to the community. Radio station WSBW, part of the DoorCountyDailyNews.Com family, will broadcast from the Children’s […]

  • Municipal Meetings: Feb. 17 – 24

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay: The Police & Fire Commission meets at 2 pm on Feb. 20. The Parking & Traffic Committee meets at 3:30 pm on Feb. 20. The common council meets at noon on Feb. 21. The Bicycle, Pedestrian Advisory Board meets at 3:30 pm on Feb. 23. County of Door: The […]

  • Breast Cancer Recovery Announces Infinite Boundaries Retreat Schedule

    Breast Cancer Recovery is celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2017 and they have recently announced their upcoming Infinite Boundaries Retreat schedule. Infinite Boundaries is a four-day retreat designed and led by breast cancer survivors for breast cancer survivors to start the emotional healing process. While on retreat, women will participate in a variety of activities, […]

  • Cheers!: Guinness Scores with Rye Pale Ale

    I did a double take when I saw it in the store. What the…? Guinness Rye Pale Ale? Yes, I’ll have some of that! According to the attractive royal blue and gold label, this is “an aromatic amber ale.” Yeah, I guess you could call it amber-colored. I’d call it dark gold. No matter. Taste […]

  • Framed: Door County in Greece

    Kristina Peacocke shows her love for Door County at the summit of Mount Olympus in Greece. Submitted.

  • Walker Aims to Eliminate DNR Magazine

    Wisconsin Public Radio reported that former Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Director George Meyer is slamming the proposal to eliminate the agency’s magazine. As part of Gov. Scott Walker’s 2017-2019 budget, Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine would cease publication in February 2018 after nearly 100 years. The magazine would be eliminated to make the DNR “more […]

  • Knights of Columbus Algoma Holds Spring Fish Frys

    The Algoma Knights of Columbus Algoma will host their Spring Fish Frys at the St. Mary Parish Cafeteria on Feb. 24, March 3 and April 14. Dinner includes baby red potatoes, coleslaw, rye bread, homemade desserts, coffee and milk. Dinner will be served from 5 to 7 pm. The cost is $10 adults and $5 […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Thank You for Tales of Our Lives!

    Thank you to Megan Lundahl and Nikki Hedeen (and their magical helpers) who produced Tales of Our Lives! For those unfamiliar, Tales is an opportunity to hear stories from women and one man as well as musical interludes. It’s an opportunity to enjoy the company of friends and strangers in an intimate setting and find […]

  • Northern Door Broomball League: Feb. 17, 2017

    Peninsula Painters won its first Hilander Cup Broomball Championship in only their second year as a team with a thrilling 4-0 victory over a very good and defending champion, Alexander’s, on Feb. 12. Backed by shut-out goaltending by Sergey Almukov, the Painters outscored a high-powered Alexander’s offense with goals from Kyle Ouradnik, Ryan LaPolla, Brian […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Thanks for Proving My Point

    This letter is in response to Bruce Osborne’s letter dated Feb. 10, 2017. Thank you, Mr. Osborne, for proving my point. I suspect, however, that your intention was not to do so. Your questions? My responses: 1. Of course the Women’s March was a “backlash” of the election results. I purposefully did not express open […]

  • County Schools Sponsor Cyberbullying Presentation

    Southern Door Schools along with Gibraltar and Sevastopol are hosting a presentation for parents, educators and community members by Justin Patchin of Cyberbullying Research Center ( The presentation titled “Teen Technology Use and Misuse” will cover a broad overview of cyberbullying, including issues parents, educators and teens need to know about how youth use and […]

  • Sons of the Never Wrong

    Winter Concert Series Brings Sons of the Never Wrong to Door County Fire Company

    Sons of the Never Wrong will take the stage at Door County Fire Company on Feb. 24 as part of Door County Medical Center’s “Celebrate Community” winter concert series. The performance begins at 7 pm. Sons of the Never Wrong is a turbo-charged alt-folk trio from Chicago that delivers witty, whimsical songs. Bruce Roper, Sue […]

  • RCSB Has Opened the Application Process for 2017 Students

    The chair of the Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay (RCSB) Four-Year Scholarship Committee has opened the application process for Door County Class of 2017 students. Scholarships will be awarded to four-year degree-seeking graduates. The focus of the scholarships is on one of the key principles of Rotary, “Service Above Self.” Rotary will award scholarships to […]

  • Sport Standings: As of Feb. 12, 2017

    Local Prep Sports Standings As of Feb. 12 Girls Basketball Standings –Packerland Conference (School, Conference Record, Overall Record, Conference PCT) Kewaunee, 11-1, 16-4, .917 Southern Door, 11-1, 15-4, .917 Algoma, 8-4, 8-12, .667 Green Bay N.E.W., 7-5, 10-9, .583 Gibraltar, 6-6, 13-7, .500 Oconto, 4-8, 11-9, .333 Sturgeon Bay, 1-11, 1-18, .083 Sevastopol, 0-12, 1-15, […]

  • Mr. G’s Hosts 2017 Door County Wine & Cheese Gala

    The Southern Door FFA Alumni will present the 2017 Door County Wine & Cheese Gala on March 10, 6-9 pm, at Mr. G’s Logan Creek Grille, 5890 Hwy. 57 in Sturgeon Bay. The gala features the following businesses: Door Peninsula Winery; Harbor Ridge Winery; Parallel 44 Winery; von Stiehl Winery; Orchard Country Winery; and Simon […]

  • Len Villano

    Sturgeon Bay Fire & Ice Festival

    Enjoy the beauty of winter at an event “so cool, it’s hot!” Come to Sturgeon Bay for the 19th annual Fire & Ice Festival Saturday, Feb. 18. All the fun begins at 9 am with a citywide snow carving competition featuring novice, intermediate, advanced and professional artists. Pound some metal with professional blacksmith James Viste. […]

  • Letter to the Editor: An Answer to a Naïve Question

    This letter is in response to a recent missive in the Feb. 10 – 17 issue of the Pulse, titled “What’s the Motivation to March?” The letter writer addresses a woman from the community who obviously traveled to Washington, D. C., to take part in the Women’s March of Jan. 21, the day after the […]

  • Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper will be Held Feb. 27

    The annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper at Ephraim Moravian Church is being held Feb. 27 this year to avoid Tuesday conflict with Loaves & Fishes at St. Rosalia’s. Supper will be served 5 – 6:30 pm at the church, 9970 Moravia St., Ephraim. Pancakes with all the trimmings will be served. This year’s freewill donations […]

  • Door County Democrats Host Pie Party Feb. 19

    Door County Democrats will hold their 11th annual Pie Party beginning at 2:30 pm Sunday, Feb. 19, at the Olde Opera House, 23 W. Oak St., Sturgeon Bay. The guest speaker will be Rep. David Bowen, 30, who became the youngest member of the Milwaukee County Board in 2012. He was elected to the Wisconsin […]

  • Paul Bellino

    Final February Fest Concert is Feb. 25

    The 2017 February Fest presented by the Peninsula Music Festival (PMF) will end Feb. 25 with a concert featuring the low brass section of the Festival: Paul Bellino and Brad Ward on tenor/alto trombone; Terry Leahy, bass trombone; Charlie Schuchat on tuba. The 2 pm concert will be held at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran […]

  • Wisconsin Agriculture Land Values Resilient

    Despite declining agriculture land values in Iowa, Michigan and Illinois, Wisconsin has been able to hold its farmland values steady through 2016. According to a federal survey of the Seventh Federal Reserve District, Wisconsin’s agriculture land values increased three percent while the region decreased by one percent in 2016. Most signs during the past year […]

  • Lee Frelich

    Are These the Last Days for Door County’s Boreal Forests?

    By Lee E. Frelich Door County is a world-class ecotourism destination. The Niagara Dolostone that forms the peninsula and presence of Lake Michigan allow coexistence of many unique habitats. These include cliffs, alkaline wetlands and sand dunes, which support an amazing level of biodiversity. Perhaps the most prominent ecological feature of the peninsula is the […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Is This Who We Are?

    Yesterday, I saw an image that haunted me all last night. It was the sad face of a Hispanic woman in Phoenix, Ariz., in the back of an ICE van being deported while her two adolescent children (U.S. citizens) watched in horror. And I asked myself: Is this who we are as Americans? Are these […]

  • By the Numbers: Heart Disease

    In honor of National Heart Month, we present some numbers on heart disease. All numbers are for 2014, which is the most recent data available. 1 Heart disease ranking in cause of death among Americans. 11.5 Percentage of American adults with diagnosed heart disease. 47 Percentage of cardiac deaths that happen outside of a hospital. […]

  • Sister Bay Tavern League Bowling Scores: As of Feb. 9, 2017

    High Series: Aaron Shepit 713, Brett Anschutz 663, Mike Snell 654 High Game: Brett Anschutz 248, Taylor Mueller 247, Mike Snell 244 High Team Game: Alexander’s 965 High Team Series: Alexander’s 2,766

  • New Campground Spurs Bigger Zoning Change in Jacksonport

    A proposed campground by Cheri Lauritzen along Hwy. 57 just south of downtown Jacksonport spurred talk of creating an entirely new commercially zoned district in the town at the Plan Commission meeting on Feb. 13. “The town has in the past discussed expanding the mixed commercial zone so I looked at it and indicated that […]

  • DCA Lecture Series Welcomes Dr. Benjamin Chan

    On Feb. 25 at 10 am, Door Community Auditorium’s Distinguished Lecture Series will offer a lecture called “The Limits of Moral Progress.” The lecture will be delivered by Dr. Benjamin Chan, assistant professor of philosophy at St. Norbert College. Chan will ask the question: Is there a limit to the amount of moral progress that […]

  • WPT Offers Screening of “Fish Creek & Ephraim” at DCA

    Join Wisconsin Public Television for a free community premiere screening of the “Fish Creek & Ephraim” episode of the public television show Around the Corner With John McGivern. Come learn about the show’s production and see Fish Creek and Ephraim – two communities that offer a “wonderful Door County experience” according to the program – […]

  • Letter to the Editor: In Praise of Stones

    The Wisconsin Department of Transportation, that bureaucracy which gave the polka DOT a bad name, has done it again. This time they wish to destroy another Door County icon, its stone fences. Remember, this is the same DOT which cleared the trees away from Door County’s second-most famous attraction of all: the twisting road leading […]

  • Isherwood: The Greenland Shark

    Somniosus microcephalus, also known as the Greenland shark is the world’s latest celebrity. Known to fishermen as the Greenland, this shark is widely distributed through the North Atlantic, found at the surface as well as in the depths, amazingly at 1,800 meters. Adults grow to 400-500 centimeters, making it the largest fish in these cold […]

  • Door County Distillery Wins Gold for “Best American Single Malt Whiskey”

    The Fifty Best, rating the finest in wines and spirits, recently hosted an American Single Malt Tasting, where nine contenders were evaluated for the distinguished “Best American Single Malt Whiskey” awards for 2017. The Fifty Best announced on Feb. 10 that Door County Distillery’s Single Malt Whiskey was awarded a Gold medal. Using professional criteria, […]

  • Scarlett, Door County Humane Society

    Featured Pet: Scarlett

    The Door County Humane Society (DCHS) would like to introduce Scarlett. This beautiful girl is named after the famous character Scarlett O’ Hara from the award-winning movie Gone with the Wind. Shortly after coming to DCHS as a stray in November, Scarlett gave birth to four adorable kittens. Each little ball of fur was named […]

  • La Escuela Primaria Gibraltar llevará a cabo una prueba de detección precoz el 24 de abril

    La evaluación de infancia temprana se ofrecerá de forma gratuita para proveer una estimación informado del pensamiento, el lenguaje, y el desarrollo de habilidades motoras del niño. Para ayudar con la evaluación precisa, especialistas estarán disponibles para responder cualquiera pregunta acerca del desarrollo de su hijo/a. Si les interesa y tiene un hijo que por […]

  • Jim Lundstrom

    How a $50 Test Saved a Southern Door Farmer’s Life

    Mary Vogel became a firm believer in a routine procedure called a calcium screening test when it saved the life of her husband Bob. “A calcium screening test is just $50. Granted, it’s out of pocket, but it’s the best $50 you will ever spend,” she said. Bob and Mary have a farm on Cloverleaf […]

  • Mental Health Focus Group Hosts Event on “The Developing Brain: Children’s and Young People’s Mental Health”

    The Door County Mental Health Focus Group is having a free community event on Feb. 20, 6-7:30 pm, at Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay. The event is sponsored by the Mental Health Awareness Fund and the topic is “The Developing Brain: Children’s and Young People’s Mental Health.” Short documentary videos from the Mental Health […]

  • Pangolin

    Science Snippet: The Disappearing Pangolins

    Pity the pangolins! Know what they are? These relatives of cats, dogs, and bears are among the most threatened mammals on earth. Native to Asia and parts of Africa, a million pangolins have disappeared over the past decade, and in Asia alone 80 percent have been killed for their meat and scales – yes, they […]

  • An Elephantine Solution to Partisan Politics

    I’m sick of the political bickering and I don’t want to take it anymore. I’m sick of both sides. I’m sick of those who believe the 2016 election was a mandate for conservative bullying. I braced myself for that in the post-election world, and while I have received more than a few of those emails, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: The Affordable Health Care Act Is ‘Obamacare’

    A recent national poll concluded that 35 percent of its respondents thought that “Obamacare” and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were different programs. The greatest confusion was among people 18-29 and those earning less than $50,000 per year, two groups that could be significantly affected by a repeal of the ACA. Repeal of the ACA […]

  • Tamara Thomsen

    Kewaunee County Wants to Be Considered in Marine Sanctuary Designation

    Kewaunee County Supervisor Lee Luft is taking the lead in having Kewaunee County included in plans the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has for creating a national marine sanctuary along the Lake Michigan coastline. NOAA currently administers 13 national marine sanctuaries from the Pacific water of American Samoa to the north Atlantic. The agency […]

  • Annual Meeting for Sustain Door

    Sustain Door will hold its annual meeting on Weds., Feb 22, at 7 pm in the Jane Green room, upstairs at the Sturgeon Bay Library. We will vote for officers, so all who have not renewed their memberships can do so at the beginning of the meeting. Dues are still just $10. There will be a […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Stupefying Remarks

    Letter writer Bruce Osborne asked [in a Feb. 10, 2017 letter], “Where have street protests advanced any cause?” Such a remark is absolutely stupefying. Without the willingness of thousands of people to risk their lives and take to the streets, should we assume that landmark civil rights legislation of some 50 years ago would have […]

  • Monday Night Volleyball: As of Feb. 13, 2017

    STANDINGS As of Feb. 13, 2017 A League, W-L Music Masters DJs, 31-5 Nicolet Beach Concessions, 29-7 Some Spike It Hot, 23-13 The P.E.S.T.S., 17-19 To Be Determined, 9-27 The Rads, 0-36 B League, W-L Econo Double Baggers, 30-6 Red Room, 30-6 Door County Coffee, 24-12 Bay Ship Sharks, 23-13 Peninsula Podiatry, 18-18 Hatco Serve-Rites, […]

  • High School Winter Athletics: Feb. 17, 2017

    GIBRALTAR Boys Basketball Feb. 17 vs. Sevastopol, 7:30 pm Feb. 18 @ Gresham, 3:30 pm Feb. 20 @ Southern Door, 7:30 pm Feb. 23 vs. Sturgeon Bay, 7:30 pm Girls Basketball Feb. 21 – Regional game vs. Pacelli, 7 pm Feb. 24 – Regionals, TBD SEVASTOPOL Boys Basketball Feb. 17 @ Gibraltar, 7:30 pm Feb. […]

  • Lynn Schuster to Lead Workshop & Class at Saguaro

    Saguaro Day Spa will hold a one-day Basic Animal Communication workshop with Lynn Schuster on Feb. 26, 10 am – 5 pm. Through a meditative process, Schuster can hear and sense what animals would like to tell us. She is able to speak to all animals, including those who have passed. In this class she […]

  • Carly Weber

    Server of the Week: Carly Weber

    Carly is the gal you’ll find at the Bayside Share a shot of Jameson to see her smile wide An artist of mixed media you’ll be glad to find Who got her degree at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design   While away from the bar and down in Sturgeon Bay You might see […]

  • Gibraltar Elementary School Will Hold Early Childhood Screening on April 24

    Gibraltar Elementary School will hold their early childhood screening on April 24 for children three to four years old. Early childhood screening is offered to parents free of charge, and provides parents with an informed estimation of their child’s thinking, language and motor skill development. To assist in accurate screening, specialists will be available to […]

  • Terry & Pete

    Terry Murphy & Pete Evans to Perform at the Fireside Lobby in the DCA

    On Feb. 25 at 7 pm, Door Community Auditorium (DCA) will present a concert in the intimate Fireside Lobby by singer-songwriter Terry Murphy and multi-instrumentalist Pete Evans. Murphy and Evans are seasoned, like-minded Door County musicians, eager to explore improvisational opportunities in a live setting. Murphy has five recordings of original material and embraces the […]

  • Gibraltar Suspensions Renew Transparency Concerns

    The suspension of several Gibraltar High School students in January sparked questions from the community that the Gibraltar school board was still unable to answer after two regularly scheduled board meetings. Claiming student confidentiality, residents and parents called out the administration for the lack of acknowledgement of the suspensions and a subsequent protest by students. […]

  • Trivia: Which president once worked as a fashion model for “Cosmopolitan” and “Look” magazines?

    Question: Which president once worked as a fashion model for Cosmopolitan and Look magazines? Answer: Gerald Ford, in the 1940s

  • Rotary Robert Muckian Scholarship Now Open for Applications

    The Rotary Robert Muckian Scholarships have been awarded for the past 10 years to deserving high school graduating seniors who are planning to attend a two-year accredited technical college. Students who are selected, must have a 2.0 GPA, be involved in school extracurricular activities and demonstrate service to others in their community. The application requires […]

  • Roy Lukes

    Door to Nature: Goldenrod Galls

    The conspicuous remains of many plants poking their heads above the late winter snow are a pleasant reminder of their forthcoming descendants and much-awaited green of spring. Diverse forms of dozens of plants are readily identifiable, some even when viewed from a moving vehicle. Every time we drive south of Sturgeon Bay on the main […]

  • County Committees Hold Joint CAFO Meeting

    Residents from Door and Kewaunee counties weighed in at a special meeting on CAFOs held Feb. 13 by two Door County committees. Door County’s Board of Health and Land Conservation Committee (LCC) were convened jointly, specifically to discuss a permit renewal for the county’s only CAFO, S&S Ag Enterprises. “Many of us feel we have […]

  • Len Villano, Crossroads, skiing

    Crossroads Preserves Are Open to Public

    The trails of Crossroads at Big Creek’s three preserves are always open without charge. On Thursday, Saturdays and Sundays, from 1 to 3:30 pm (if snow conditions permit), Friends of Crossroads and Door County Silent Sports Alliance lend ski and snowshoe equipment free of charge. Winter recreation equipment is distributed from the Maintenance Building just […]

  • CTA Class

    DCVB To Hold CTA Class on Feb. 23

    The Door County Visitor Bureau (DCVB) is holding a Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) class on Feb. 23, 12:30 – 5 pm, at the Door County Brewing Company in Baileys Harbor. The Door County CTA Program is a multifaceted program that serves to increase regional tourism by inspiring front-line employees and volunteers to turn each visitor […]

  • Historical Society Hosts Luncheon & Presentations

    The Door County Historical Society will host a winter luncheon and two presentations about our agricultural history on Feb. 25. The lunch and programs, “Door County Barn Quilt Project” and “Farming With Horses: A Trip Down Memory Lane,” will be held at the Mill Supper Club beginning at 11 am. Dawn VandeVoort will share the […]

  • Tarl Knight to Play at Lost Moth Gallery for Concert Series

    Tarl Knight comes to Lost Moth Gallery for their concert series on Feb. 18 at 7 pm. He has a special ability to bridge generations with his original, lyrical brilliance and melodies that immediately capture hearts. Listeners may have heard him previously at Steel Bridge Songfest, Love On Holiday or Dark Songs – the songwriter […]

  • Overheard and Pet Peeves: Feb. 17, 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? “You are a swag god. Start rapping, you won’t regret it.” “I didn’t think you did things gently at the Pulse.” “I […]

  • Door County Buy Local Hosts Networking Mixer

    Door County Buy Local is holding a business networking mixer on March 1, 5:30 – 7 pm, at Door County Trolley in Egg Harbor. AJ Frank, Door County Trolley owner, will tell the story of the company at the mixer. The next Buy Local mixer will be April 5 at Floormart in Sturgeon Bay. Buy […]

  • Obituary: Mona Lou Orthober

    Mona Lou Orthober, 81, died at her home in Jacksonport with her husband Roger at her side on Feb. 13, 2017.  She was born on June 13, 1935, in the town of Fox, MI, the daughter of Lou and Howard Olson.  On August 17, 1957, she married her high school sweetheart Roger and they were […]

  • Obituary: Eunice ‘Eunie’ McCormick

    Eunice “Eunie” S. McCormick, 88, of Sturgeon Bay, died Sunday, February 12, 2017 at her home with family by her side. She was born September 14, 1928 in Jacksonport, the daughter of the late Henry and Martha (Anschutz) Spille. Eunie graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1946. That same year, she met John McCormick, and they were married […]

  • Obituary: David Dean Barta

    David Dean Barta, 87, of Sturgeon Bay, died Sunday, Feb. 12, at his home.  He was born Aug. 18, 1929 in Kewaunee to Gilbert and Margaret (Selner) Barta. Dave enlisted in the US Airforce on Nov. 16, 1951, and was honorably discharged on Jan. 15, 1955.  He was a member of the American Legion Post #72 […]

  • Obituary: Allen W. Hanson

    Allen W. Hanson, 82, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away peacefully on February 12, 2017.  He was born December 30, 1934, at the Seul Choix Point Lighthouse in Gulliver, MI, where his father was a lighthouse keeper.  He was the son of William L. and Lena E. Hanson.  His family moved to Sturgeon Bay, WI when […]

  • Obituary: Patricia Ann Christoferson

    Patricia Ann Christoferson, 90, of Sturgeon Bay died at Door County Medical Center on February 11, 2017.  She was born November 25, 1926 in Sturgeon Bay to William and Lucille (Haen) Behringer. On January 21, 1950 she married Clyde Christoferson in Sturgeon Bay; he preceded her in death on January 15, 1990. Patricia was a long […]

  • Obituary: Jill Marie Becker Cavanaugh

    Jill Marie Becker Cavanaugh, 72, died on Friday, February 10, 2017 at her home with her daughters at her side after battling lung cancer. Jill was a loving mother, devoted grandma (known as “Grandma Mimi” to Katie & Tess and “Little Ma” to Saif), patient teacher and faithful friend. Jill enjoyed being outside – taking […]

  • Obituary: William ‘Bill’ Anschutz

    William “Bill” Anschutz, 77, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away early Tuesday morning, February 7, 2017 at Door County Medical Center ICU. He was born October 3, 1939 on the Bochek family farm near Valmy to Edwin and Elaine (Bochek) Anschutz. His father died when Bill was 14 at which time Bill went to work on […]

  • Obituary: Virginia ‘Virgie’ Ann Martinson

    Virginia “Virgie” Ann Martinson, 85, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, died Monday, February 6, 2017 at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital in Elmhurst, IL. She was born July 29, 1931 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of the late Alex and Mary (Cheslia) Miller. Virginia was raised by her mother and step-father, Arthur Reddig who also preceded her in […]

  • Obituary: Roger Jacob Young

    Roger Jacob Young, 71, of Egg Harbor, formerly of Chicago, died peacefully on Feb. 5, 2017. He was born Dec. 18, 1945, in Chicago to Clarence and Marie Anne Young. He is survived by his wife Norma Young, son Roger Young, stepson David Beall and stepdaughter Marissa Albarran. He was an active member of Community […]

  • Honor Roll: Southern Door High School

    Honor Roll List, Semester 1, 2016-17 Grade 9 Honors: Elizabeth Bretl, Emma Hanson, Theresa Kaser, James Kluth, Alan Malcore, Zachary Olson, Nickolas Smith, Madison Tlachac, Taylor Watters High Honors: Laurel Aleson, Jacqlyn Atkins, Brock Aune, Breanna Bongle, Ryan Claflin, Kendra Dantoin, Samuel Dean, Jade Gregerson, Annika LaLuzerne, Alexis Maurer, Anna Meier, Amanda Puccini, Chloe Staudenmaier, […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Hotel Developer Calls for Mediation

    Bob Papke has been fairly silent the past 2½ years as the community raged around him regarding his planned waterfront hotel development. But after the Feb. 10 court decision that promised even more court time and uncertainty, Papke decided to try to end the dispute and maybe even heal the rift in the community by […]

  • Department of Transportation Targets Stone Piles Along Highway 57

    At a special morning meeting on Feb. 9, the Liberty Grove Town Board asked town attorney Jack Bruce to try to negotiate with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) regarding the removal of stones from the roadway in conjunction with a Hwy. 57 resurfacing project taking place later this year. The board said the result […]

  • The Transformative Power of Art

    When grief struck, Blanche Brown drew. It was not a lifelong interest but the only response to the sudden death of her beloved artist stepfather that felt right. While it served as an outlet for her grief, it also helped Brown find her voice and inspired a professional art career focused on giving voice to […]

  • Third Avenue Playhouse Debuts Winter Play Reading Festival

    Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) celebrates the simplicity of spoken text and the power of imagination in theater with the debut of its first Winter Play Reading Festival. Over the course of eight days (Feb. 16 – 19 and 23 – 26), the theater will be home to an eclectic selection of new and classic plays […]

  • Celebrating Cinema at the Door County Short Film Festival

    A touching tribute to Eagle Tower’s past and future, a Taiwanese post-dystopian tale of a sword-yielding mother in search of her missing son, and a 1960s era film that looks at the disruption caused by a flirty new neighbor are just a few stories to be told on the silver screen at this weekend’s Door […]

  • Birth: Melanie and Martin Ramirez

    Melanie and Martin Ramirez, Egg Harbor, are the parents of a daughter born on Feb. 7, 2017, at Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay.

  • Painting-A-Day Group Holds Sale at Glas

    For the third year running, a local artist group has come together to beat the winter blues by painting and posting an artwork a day on the Sturgeon Bay Painting a Day Facebook page ( The whole world is invited to look up the page, comment or simply “like” the art or share it. During […]

  • TAP Welcomes Paper Artist Kirsten Christianson to TAP Lobby Gallery

    Kirsten Christianson is the guest artist at Third Avenue Playhouse’s Lobby Gallery from Feb. 8 – March 13. Christianson has been a studio artist for the past 30 years. Her work has an environmental theme, expressed in natural materials combined with handmade paper. She has a small business, Telemark Papers in Algoma, where she lives. […]

  • New Memoir Chronicles Duality of Modern American Indian Life

    “My name is Louis Clark. They call me Two Shoes. I am of two worlds.” So begins How to Be an Indian in the 21st Century, a deceptively simple memoir – composed in the verse and prose of Oneida Indian author Louis V. Clark III (Two Shoes) – that reveals a profound life story of […]

  • Bestseller List: Feb. 5, 2017

      HARDCOVER FICTION 1. The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead 2. The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah 3. History of Wolves, by Emily Fridlund 4. The Girl Before, by J.P. Delaney 5. Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett HARDCOVER NONFICTION 1. Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance 2. The Hidden Life of Trees, by Peter Wohlleben 3. The Book […]