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Peninsula Pulse – Feb. 24-March 3, 2017

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  • Taiwanese Filmmaker Takes Top Honors at Door County Short Film Fest

    by John Nelson A film submitted by a Taiwanese filmmaker won both top prizes at the 8th Annual Door County Short Film Festival last weekend, February 17-18, at the Sister Bay Village Hall. Shimmer, a 23-minute film directed by Taiwan resident Komin Lee, won the festival’s Jury Award and People’s Choice Award. A four-person jury […]

  • Cheers! Found In Space

    Craig Hartinger of the venerable Seattle-area specialty beer importer Merchant du Vin has become my favorite beer promoter. The sequence of events that led to his winning this award in my mind began on the afternoon of Feb. 22 with an amazing email blast from NASA about the discovery of a solar system with seven […]

  • Aldo Leopold Weekend, Jay Whitney & More Weekend Plans

    Things are warming up on the Door Peninsula! Celebrate the first weekend of March with thought-provoking exhibitions of art, boundary-stretching music and a weekend-long celebration of the great environmentalist Aldo Leopold. Friday, March 3 Eating Animals at James May James May Gallery hosts the opening reception of its newest exhibition featuring works by Camille Iemmolo […]

  • Southern Door Fifth Grade Featured in Cerebral Palsy Telethon

    At 9 am on Sunday, March 5, the Southern Door Fifth Graders will be featured on the CP Telethon on WBAY TV. In addition to performing individual selections from their recent fifth grade musical, they will once again present the community’s donation to CP. During the past 35 years as part of their service learning […]

  • Get Involved in Door Kewaunee Legislative Days

    By Caleb Frostman, Executive Director, Door County Economic Development Corporation Since arriving on the peninsula just after Thanksgiving, I have been blown away by the level of civic engagement of the Door County citizenry. The engagement isn’t always civil, but it usually is; it’s not always in alignment with what I think and feel is […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Hotel Mediation Date Still Unkown

    Last week Sturgeon Bay westside waterfront hotel developer Bob Papke said Rep. Joel Kitchens would serve as mediator between the City of Sturgeon Bay and the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront to come up with a new hotel site. That was after the Feb. 10 ruling by Judge Raymond Huber that the parcel […]

  • Legislative Days Information Sessions Feb. 28 and March 1

    Door-Kewaunee Counties Legislative Days will host three public information sessions on Feb. 28 and March 1. At these sessions interested participants can learn how legislative days works, the program’s history and past accomplishments, how the legislative and state agency agendas are developing, learn about the role of delegates, logistics, scheduling and ask any questions about […]

  • Shishmaref

    Science Snippet: Ask the Residents of Shishmaref

    If climate change is a hoax, then try telling this to the 600 inhabitants of the Inuit village of Shishmaref, located on a small island in Alaska. On August 16, 2016, residents voted to abandon their island and move to the mainland. The reason: rising sea level, erosion and flooding are eating away their island. […]

  • DC Civility Project

    In Search of Civility: Put the Phone Down and No One Will Get Hurt

    Q: When I try to talk with my supervisor about something upsetting me, she keeps checking her phone messages, looking through her notebook and glancing at her watch while I talk. I really do not feel listened to. Maybe I could just ask to speak with her at another time. Maybe I could just keep […]

  • Sports Standings: As of Feb. 20, 2017

    Local Prep Sports Standings As of Feb. 20 Girls Basketball Standings –Packerland Conference (School, Conference Record, Overall Record, Conference PCT) Kewaunee, 13-1, 18-4, .929 Southern Door, 12-2, 16-5, .857 Algoma, 9-5, 9-13, .643 Gibraltar, 8-6, 15-7, .571 Green Bay N.E.W., 8-6, 11-10, .571 Oconto, 4-10, 11-11, .286 Sturgeon Bay, 2-12, 2-19, .143 Sevastopol, 0-14, 1-17, […]

  • Door County to Participate in Young Professionals Week

    NEWaukee  announced the expansion of YPWeek Wisconsin to include 25 communities, 175-plus events and 30 public projects in 2017. The grassroots statewide program will run April 22 – 29, with each community presenting a variety of programs that empower young professionals to take ownership and pride in their hometowns. The official schedule is now live […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Draft Mark Cuban

    Is Door County the perfect place to start the process of bringing sanity to the political process? I think that it is, and I think that a “draft Mark Cuban” effort is a place to start. Mark Cuban declares himself an Independent. I would support him if he ran as an Independent, a Democrat, or […]

  • Municipal Meetings: Feb. 24 – March 3

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay: The Finance/Purchasing & Building Committee meets at 4 pm on Feb. 28. County of Door: The Board of Adjustment meets at 6:30 pm on Feb. 28. The Resource Planning Committee meets at 2 pm on March 2. Town of Gibraltar: The Plan Commission meets at 7 pm on Feb. […]

  • Department of Public Instruction Seeks Input on Academic Standards

    The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is seeking public input to start the review process for academic standards in information and technology, literacy, music and science. “Clear and relevant standards help us improve access and equity in education,” said State Superintendent Tony Evers. “We welcome public input on the best way to ensure our kids […]

  • Letter to the Editor: What’s In a Name?

    Jim Lundstrom’s commentary, “An Elephantine Solution to Partisan Politics” begs for responses even if, as I hope, it was written tongue in cheek. He proposes that we all “give up” and join the Republican Party to be rid of all this pesky dissent. His recommendation presupposes, for starters, that there is no dissent within the […]

  • Our Agricultural Art: Barn Quilts of Door County

    Door County is widely known for its rich artistic and agricultural history, yet these two cornerstones of peninsula life haven’t always intersected in obvious ways. That’s why, in 2010, the University of Wisconsin-Extension office in Door County collaborated with local organizations to start the Door County Barn Quilt project. Barn quilts – the large, plywood […]

  • Anna LeBrun

    Southern Door High School Student Performs in All-State Choir

    Southern Door High School Junior Anna LeBrun recently performed in the Wisconsin Vocal Jazz All-State Choir. LeBrun was selected as one of seven students chosen to solo in a selection called “Haven’t We Met.” The choir performed in Wausau for choral directors from across the state, parents and friends. Pictured, left to right, are Dave […]

  • Marti Viste

    Marti Viste Recognized by NAAE

    Southern Door FFA President Marti Viste was one of four students recognized by the National Association of Agriculture Educators (NAAE) as a promising young leader committed to a career in agriculture education. Viste plans to attend UW-River Falls to pursue her degree as an ag teacher. Pictured are Jeanna (James) Burgan, former SD ag teacher; […]

  • Monarch

    Monarch Migration Stronghold Turns 105

    Monarch habitat in the middle of Lake Michigan? Yes! Feb. 21 marked 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 […]

  • Once Upon Our Peninsula: Wild Man in Sevastopol Made News in 1902

    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, Feb. 27, 1874 A new post office is just established in Door county to be called “Sevastopol,” George Bassford, Post master. Office to be located […]

  • Sawyer Harbor Launching Ramp Closed 11 pm – 6 am

    The Sawyer Harbor Launching Ramp at East Sherwood Point Road is closed from 11 pm to 6 am. Also there is no parking on Bass Lane between 11 pm and 6 am. There are two signs indicating this that have been in place for close to 30 years. Violators face up to a $300 fine. […]

  • Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

    By Danielle Nyman, Domestic Violence Coordinator/Youth Advocate, HELP of Door County, Inc. The term domestic violence is often correlated with the image of a white woman in her early 30s with a black eye. Yes, this image reflects some victims of domestic violence, but it also excludes a large proportion of others. Men are victims. […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Searching for Solutions for Manure Problems

    Community leaders are searching to uncover solutions to difficult farm problems impacting livelihoods in Kewaunee and Door Counties. I take issue with Representative Joel Kitchens’s blanket statement that letters of opinion do not represent truth, this promotes dissent in a community searching for solutions to difficult problems. To offer praise for his work is not […]

  • Adele

    Featured Pet: Adele

    Hello, it’s me, Adele, and I was wondering if after reading my profile you can tell me how many of my songs are hidden in this paragraph? You see, I am named after the beautiful singer Adele and I am a big fan of her music. I am seven years old with a white coat […]

  • A Northern City Owns Up to Horrific Racial Incident: Duluth memorialized 1920 mob lynchings

    It is easy for us in the north to look down on our fellow Americans from the south for their historic inhumanity against blacks, but racism knows no regional boundaries. The south’s intolerance is just better documented than the racial horrors that took place in the north. An example of this can be seen in […]

  • Farming in Wisconsin: Fewer Farms, Bigger Farms

    A report from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) detailed farm sizes in Wisconsin, revealing a declining number of farms and an increase in the size of the remaining operations. There were 68,700 farm operations in Wisconsin in 2016, which is down 200 operations from 2015. At the same time, there was an increase […]

  • Server of the Week: Miranda Olson

      On the way home from anywhere, Miranda’s at the AC Tap Quenching locals’ thirst with some Bud, Miller and Pabst She drinks a little wine and a whole lot of coffee She came from across the bay, from a town named Menominee.   Healthy eating and photography are where her time goes But she […]

  • Agencies Attempt to Clarify Biogas Project

    One thing was made abundantly clear at the multi-agency meeting held Feb. 20 in Luxemburg to hear details of the $20 million Focus on Energy biogas RFP (request for proposals) – no one yet knows the scope of such a project or where it will be located. It has for some time been referred to […]

  • Voting Machine

    Avoiding Election Fraud: Testing municipal election equipment with the Village of Ephraim

    Voter fraud and election hacking were as common a part of candidate platforms in the presidential election as health care and the economy. The big conversation in Wisconsin started when the Supreme Court struck down the state’s attempt at stricter identification requirements for voter registration. Then there was Hillary Clinton’s popular vote win versus Donald […]

  • Gibraltar Girls Basketball Fundraiser Feb. 26

    “A Thanksgiving Dinner Fundraiser” is being held to support the Gibraltar Vikings Girls Basketball program from 3 to 6 pm Sunday, Feb. 26, at Alexander’s, Fish Creek. Dinner includes turkey and all the Thanksgiving dinner fixings. The cost is $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 6 to 11, and children 5 and below are […]

  • Len Villano, Betty Whipple

    91-Year-Old Crochets Hats for the Multitudes

    Betty Whipple, a 91-year-old resident of the Skilled Nursing Facility at Door County Medical Center, says she doesn’t go any place anymore. But the items she crochets by the dozen are spreading warmth throughout Door County. Betty was born in Escanaba, but her family moved to Sturgeon Bay when her father got work in the […]

  • Eye On the Night Sky: Exploring Our Celestial Neighborhood

    by Dave Udell As many government space agencies and some private companies plan manned missions back to the moon and to Mars it offers the opportunity to look at the sequence of missions that have led up to it. Exploration of our solar system by planetary scientists is in many ways like searching for a […]

  • Letter to the Editor: 66 Miles of Manure Pipes in Kewaunee County

    The proposed digester/biogas plant sounds like a dream project for engineers and construction companies, but a nightmare for taxpayers. Oh, are the dairy corporations paying for all of this? How much energy will be used to pump the load? Does the methane gas produced cover the energy needed to run the system? The price paid […]

  • Zion Lutheran School Holds 6th Annual Children’s Carnival

    Zion Lutheran School and Early Childhood Center is holding their sixth annual Children’s Carnival on March 11, 10 am – 1 pm. There will be two bounce houses, tons of carnival games, face painting, tattoos, a petting zoo, food, a bucket raffle for kids and more. Zion Lutheran School and Early Childhood Center is located […]

  • Cheers!: Pairing Leatherhead Beers with Sonny’s Pizza

      Pizza and beer go together like peanut butter and jelly, but, after many years of attending beer tastings, I was invited to my first beer and pizza pairing last week at Sonny’s Italian Kitchen & Pizzeria in Sturgeon Bay. Jacob Sutrick, brewmaster at Green Bay’s newest craft brewery, Leatherhead Brewing Co., featured three of […]

  • State Reps Support Medical Marijuana Extract

    Representative Joel Kitchens Rep. Kitchens released the following statement after the Assembly Committee on Children and Families Executive Committee Hearing: “I am pleased to report that Assembly Bill 49 and Senate Bill 10, both pertaining to tetrahydrocannabinols and the use of cannabidiol, passed unanimously in today’s executive committee hearing. CBD Oil is a natural, non-psychoactive […]

  • Deer Management Deadline March 1

    Landowners, hunters and land managers interested in improving wildlife habitat on land they own or hunt are encouraged to sign up for Wisconsin’s Deer Management Assistance Program before the March 1 application deadline. DMAP engages landowners and hunters to balance wildlife and habitat needs on a given property. Landowners can designate anyone as a representative […]

  • Evers to Face Holtz for State Superintendent

    Incumbent Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers will face Lowell Holtz, former superintendent of the Beloit School District, in the April election. The pair emerged as winners in the Feb. 21 state primary, with Evers taking 251,477 votes, or 69.7 percent of the total, and Holtz getting 82,519 votes, or 22.9 percent of the total. […]

  • Overheard and Shout Outs: Feb. 24, 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?   “Why are they friends now? Wasn’t it enough to just not be enemies?”   “It’s like the warm weather thawed out […]

  • Sister Bay Tavern League Bowling Scores: Feb. 16, 2017

    High Series: Aaron Shepit 655, Tyler Adams 635, Leif Mickelson 620 High Game: John Voight 266, Aaron Shepit 246, Tyler Adams 226 High Team Game: Mink River Basin 895 High Team Series: Mink River Basin 2,554

  • Letter to the Editor: Support the History Relevance Campaign

    As Michael Crichton once said, “If you don’t know history, you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree.” As a volunteer for our local history society and museum, I am out in the community businesses looking for donations and memberships. It is somewhat intimidating to be […]

  • Trivia: Snowfall in Wisconsin

    Question: What and where is the record season snowfall in Wisconsin?   Answer: 277.7 inches of snow in Hurley, Wisconsin during the winter of 1996-97.

  • Letter to the Editor: Protect Yourself

    As I think about all the talk about “Repealing and Replacing” the Affordable Care Act (ACA), I am often confused. Because this is important for all Americans, we deserve to have it explained in helpful language. We need to protect ourselves against misinformation. Maybe this decoder can help. What is meant by a “Block grant […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Manure Problems

    Over the last few years I have read and watched how our neighbors in Kewaunee County have had an influx of not only CAFOs but also contaminated wells. Now I read that a man in southern Door County counted 99 trucks spreading liquid manure on 35 acres in one day by his home and then […]

  • Feb. 26 CHIP Topic is “Coughing, Wheezing and Shortness of Breath: What Can I Do?”

    Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry continues its Community Health Information Programs with an upcoming presentation, “Coughing, Wheezing and Shortness of Breath: What Can I Do?,” on Feb. 26 at 4 pm at First Baptist Church, Sister Bay. Callie Barber, BSN, RN, from the Cardio-Pulmonary Rehab Department at Door County Medical Center, will discuss upper […]

  • Southern Door, Birch Creek

    Southern Door High School Students Talk to Music Professors

    Southern Door High School Music students got a chance to talk about performance and jazz with Professor Reggie Thomas (Northern Illinois University) and Prof. Emeritus Rick Haydon (Southern Illinois University) through the Birch Creek Artists in the School program. The school extends a thank you to Birch Creek Executive Director Mona Christensen and the Birch […]

  • 2016 Was Good Year for Anglers on Lake Michigan

    Lake Michigan anglers reported significantly improved results for many species in 2016, reeling in nearly 385,000 salmon and trout, including the third highest number of coho salmon since 1992. “During much of 2016, favorable weather and water temperatures helped produce solid results and we are pleased to see anglers benefit from ongoing efforts to provide […]

  • Len Villano, Disc Golf

    Disc Golf Group Seeks Sister Bay, Baileys Harbor Courses

    Correction: This article previously mentioned Sugar Creek as the only existing disc golf course in Door County. There is another eight-hole course at Sunset Park in Sturgeon Bay. Shane Solomon and the group known as Door Disc Golf have taken the first steps in bringing two more courses to Door County. With plans for a […]

  • Leadership Door County Awarded Grant

    The Door County Community Foundation has awarded Leadership Door County a Sustainability Grant from the Clifford and Clara Herlache Heritage Foundation. This grant will support activities for Leadership Door County’s session devoted to the history of Door County. History Day acquaints class members with an overview of Door County history and some of the organizations […]

  • Framed: Adonis Puentes at Gibraltar School

    Cuban musician Adonis Puentes gives Gibraltar student Trey Perlman a moment in the spotlight during his performance Feb. 16 at Door Community Auditorium. Photo by Len Villano. Related Articles The Salesman: Remembering the Persistence of Bob Pohl Run For A Cause Will Surpass $100,000 Raised in Year Six High School Winter Athletics: Jan. 22, 2016 […]

  • Door County Buy Local Mixer Scheduled for March 7

    Door County Buy Local is holding its next business networking mixer March 7, 5:30 – 7 pm, at Door County Trolley, 8030 Hwy. 42, Egg Harbor. The event will feature a presentation by owner AJ Frank, talking about the story of his company and will include tours of their new trolley station. The mixer will […]

  • Sturgeon Bay High School Graduates Receive $12,000 in Scholarships

    The Thomas J. Webb Memorial Scholarship has announced a total of $12,000 in scholarships to be awarded to Sturgeon Bay High School 2017 graduates at the school’s Annual Honor Assembly in June. These awards will consist of three $4,000 scholarships. Sturgeon Bay graduating seniors who meet the following criteria – a participant in varsity sports, […]

  • 2017 Waffle Breakfast

    Ridges 9th Annual Waffle Breakfast a Success

    The Ridges Sanctuary hosted its 9th Annual Great Waffle Breakfast on Feb. 4, and more than 200 people filled the Baileys Harbor Town Hall as staff and volunteers made and served waffles, cherry and blueberry toppings, syrup and whip cream. “It started as a reason to get the community together during what can be a […]

  • High School Winter Athletics: Feb. 24, 2017

    GIBRALTAR Boys Basketball Feb. 28 – Regional vs. Reedsville, 7 pm March 3 – Regional, TBD Girls Basketball Feb. 24 – Regionals @ Shiocton, 7 pm Feb. 25 – Regional Championship, TBD SEVASTOPOL Boys Basketball Feb. 28 – Regional @ Lena, 7 pm March 3 – Regional, TBD SOUTHERN DOOR Boys Basketball Feb. 28 – […]

  • Local Government Summit April 5

    Join the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters for a daylong informational summit for local decision makers on how to build sustainable and thriving communities from 9 am to 4 pm on April 5 at the Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, Fond du Lac. Explore the latest technologies, funding opportunities, policy strategies and […]

  • Ice Swan, Cody Leist

    Ice Carvers Battle Sunny Skies at Fire & Ice Event

    Sweating through unseasonably warm temps, ice carvers tested their speed and agility against beautiful sunny skies at the annual Fire & Ice event in Sturgeon Bay on Feb. 18. The creatively brave group of 25 ice carvers took to the streets of Sturgeon Bay to create spectacular works of art, with the ice carvers competing […]

  • Waseda Farms Campaign Raises $22,500 to Help Nonprofit Partners

    Thanks to the Waseda Farms You Buy We Give Campaign, more than 4,000 pounds of beef sold means that nonprofits in our community have an extra $22,500 to help those in need. This year, more than 4,000 pounds of locally raised, certified organic ground beef was sold in January and 100 percent of the proceeds […]

  • Sister Bay Clerk Christy Sully Retires This Fall

    After serving as clerk-treasurer for the Village of Sister Bay for 26 years, Christy Sully will  retire in the fall of 2017. She looks forward to spending more time with her daughter and son-in-law, Kolina and Mark, as well as their two children, Lyla and Julian, and she would like to take advantage of the […]

  • 21 Arrested in Southern Door In Drug Investigation

    The Door/ Kewaunee Drug Task Force executed three search warrants and a probation search Feb. 20, leading to the arrest of 21 individuals on various drug charges. For the past eight months the Door/Kewaunee Drug Task Force has been conducting an investigation into the sale and delivery of illicit drugs, including heroin, methamphetamine, prescription medications, […]

  • New True North Real Estate Office Has Rich History

    True North Real Estate, LLC, has relocated their offices to the historic Seventh Day Adventist Church at the heart of Fish Creek. “After eight successful years in business, we were ready to commit to purchasing a home for our company,” said Brian Reinhardt, True North partner. “We had long admired this building and location, and […]

  • Len Villano, Lighthouse Inn

    Lighthouse Inn On the Move

    Bain’s House Moving of DePere was on the job in the Village of Egg Harbor on Feb. 16, moving the Lighthouse Inn at the corner of Orchard Road and Church Street to a temporary location at the village dog park. New owner Kathy Navis is readying a plot of land behind the Lull-Abi Inn for […]

  • Virge Temme, SAGE House

    Architect Virge Temme building SAGE home in Sturgeon Bay

    Virge Temme has seen too many people become prisoners of the cost of their homes, people who believe they have achieved the American dream by living in a McMansion, even if they can’t afford to furnish that dream home and have to plow every cent they earn into keeping the place. As an architect, Temme […]

  • Balsam Poplar Buds, Roy Lukes

    Door to Nature: Trees in the Poplar Clan

    Late February is not complete without several bouquets of fragrant balsam poplar and the intricately flowered Canada buffaloberry and moosewood (or leatherwood) twigs decorating our kitchen or living room. Our very favorite is the balsam poplar, better known to old-timers as either tacamahac or Balm of Gilead. It was our friend, Miss Emma Toft, master […]

  • Can Room Tax Support Our State Parks?

    At its meeting on Feb. 16, the Tourism Zone Commission uncharacteristically discussed a politically charged topic in between the standard occupancy rate updates and report from the Door County Visitor Bureau. Commission Administrator Kim Roberts passed out a packet of news articles outlining the decreasing funding for Wisconsin state parks and the increasing complaints about […]

  • Pet Talk: Pets Do Not Belong in Driver’s Seat

    Q. My father-in-law has the cutest little dog named Ginger. Since his wife died the two have been inseparable. I think it is wonderful he has her as a companion. He takes her in the car with him all the time and what really concerns me is he lets her ride on his lap while […]

  • Manners Matter: Qualms with Customer Service

    Dear Mary Pat, Lately, several businesses have instructed their employees to ask: “Did you find everything OK?” as you approach the cash register. Usually my answer is no because I gave up looking in the aisles for anyone to ask, but which I usually don’t say because at that point I’m leaving the store anyway […]

  • Monday Night Volleyball Standings: As of Feb. 20, 2017

    STANDINGS As of Feb. 20, 2017 A League, W-L Music Masters DJs, 34-5 Nicolet Beach Concessions, 30-9 Some Spike It Hot, 24-15 The P.E.S.T.S., 20-19 To Be Determined, 9-30 The Rads, 1-38 B League, W-L Econo Double Baggers, 33-6 Red Room, 33-6 Door County Coffee, 27-12 Bay Ship Sharks, 23-16 Hatco Serve-Rites, 19-20 Peninsula Podiatry, […]

  • ‘Discover Wisconsin’ Celebrates 30th Season

    In 1986, a professional Wisconsin fishing guide named Dick Rose sat on a fishing boat in Eagle River with then-state assemblyman Tommy Thompson. It was a year before Thompson would become the state’s 42nd governor but Rose still recognized the opportunity before him and pitched an idea: to create a television show promoting Wisconsin as […]

  • By the Numbers: Wisconsin and U.S. Farms

    8 Percentage of U.S. farms that had sales of $500,000 or more in 2016. 44 Percentage of Wisconsin farms ranked in the lowest $10,000 sales class [farms and ranches are classified in “sales classes” by summing sales of agricultural products and government program payments]. 50 An increase in the number of Wisconsin farms in both […]

  • DOT Seeks Comment on Remote Operation of Sturgeon Bay Bridges

    The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Northeast Region office announces a United States Coast Guard (USCG) interim rule allowing for remote operations of bridges crossing the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal in Sturgeon Bay is now available for comment in the Federal Register. The interim rule is a precursor to a final rule which, if granted, […]

  • Mike Gallagher

    Congressman Gallagher Continues Save the Bay Initiative

    Congressman Mike Gallagher convened his first Save the Bay meeting on Feb. 21 by asking everyone to check their politics at the door. “This is a group of people that isn’t interested in pointing fingers at each other or blaming someone else for the problem, but instead is motivated by a desire to come together […]

  • Farewell to ‘Funky Drummer’ Clyde Stubblefield

    It was always a pleasure to go to see a band in Madison and find that Clyde Stubblefield was behind the drums. Clyde had been a fixture of the Madison music scene since adopting the city as his home in 1971. When I heard that he died of kidney failure on Feb. 18 at the […]

  • Obituary: Norbert Julius Charles

    Norbert Julius Charles, 78, of Sturgeon Bay, joined his wife in heaven on February 20, 2017, at Door County Medical Center.  He was born on October 8, 1938, in Gardner to John and Mable (Martin) Charles.  On June 18, 1960, he married Lynn Greenway, who preceded him in death on February 24, 2015.  Norbert worked […]

  • Obituary: Harold C. Kaye

    Harold C. Kaye, 93, of Little Sturgeon, died February 20, 2017, at The Gathering CBRF in Sturgeon Bay.  He was born on April 15, 1923, in Gardner to Victor and Clara (Engebose) Kaye.  On February 13, 1945, he married Doris M. Destree in Brussels; she preceded him in death on October 25, 1992. Harold loved working […]

  • Obituary: Donald Gerald Jennerjohn

    Donald Gerald Jennerjohn, 83, of Sturgeon Bay, died on Feb. 18, 2017.  He was born March 29, 1933 in Sturgeon Bay to Elmer and Dorothy (Delarwelle) Jennerjohn.  He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955.  On June 21, 1958, he married Rosemarie Nellis.   She preceded him in death on Nov. 11, 2016. Don […]

  • Obituary: Karl H. Johnson

    Karl was born in Illinois to Henry Bruno and Agnes Amelia (Widen) Johnson. As a toddler, the family moved to Door County, WI and the family farm is where he spent his entire life. Karl married Donna L. McCosky on May 1st, 1954 and together, they raised 6 daughters. He held many jobs in addition […]

  • Obituary: Ernst ‘Ernie’ Brungraber

    Ernst “Ernie” Brungraber, 88, of Buffalo Grove, IL, formerly of Jacksonport, WI, was called Home to the Lord on Tuesday, February 15, 2017. He was born September 19, 1928, the son of Karl­ and Marie (Dietrich) Brungraber. Ernie graduated from Sevastopol High School in 1946. Ernie was initially employed with AT&T laying cable. He eventually […]

  • Obituary: Marilyn Hilda Anschutz

    Marilyn Hilda Anschutz, 81, of Egg Harbor, died Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay. She was born May 24, 1935 in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of the late Fred and Hilda (Stoeger) Vertz. Marilyn graduated from Sevastopol High School in 1953. She clerked at Milan’s office furniture, Witalisons Market, […]

  • Obituary: Helen R. Sheets

    Helen R. Sheets, 96, of Sturgeon Bay, died peacefully at her home on Feb. 15, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. She was born March 19, 1920 to Emma (Deneke) and Alfred Rasche growing up on a farm in Gordonville, Missouri. Helen was the oldest in her family with one sister and four brothers. She graduated from high school in […]

  • TAP Currently Raising Funds to Repair Water Damage

    Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) opened the first ever Winter Play Reading Festival in downtown Sturgeon Bay on Feb. 16. The opening comes after the repair of significant water damage to the theater lobby after a burst pipe in the third floor air handler. The water flowed down the three floors to the basement and caused […]

  • Birch Creek Faculty Members Visit Local Schools for ‘Artists In The Schools’ Program

    Students from the Southern Door, Sturgeon Bay, and Sevastopol high school jazz ensembles and music programs were the beneficiaries of clinics conducted by Birch Creek Music Performance Center faculty members Reggie Thomas and Rick Haydon on Feb. 13 as part of Artists In The Schools outreach program. Thomas is Coordinator of Jazz Studies at Northern […]

  • Russian Folk at Tambourine Lounge on March 3

    On March 3, Holiday Music Motel’s Tambourine Lounge will hold a concert with accordionist Stas Venglevski and Tatyana Krasnobaeva. Venglevski returns to The Holiday Music Motel to perform, but this time will be his first to perform in the motel’s Tambourine Lounge. Each time he has come to perform he has brought another exceptional musician […]

  • The Hunts Return to Southern Door for Indie-Folk Concert

    On March 3 at 7 pm, the nationally touring group The Hunt Family will take the stage at the Southern Door Community Auditorium. The Hunts are an indie-folk band from the southlands of Chesapeake, Virginia. These seven brothers and sisters have a passion for creating compelling music. Stringed instruments, surrounded by enchanting harmonies and thrilling […]

  • Friday Film at Crossroads at Big Creek Looks at Creating Historical Gardens

    On Feb. 24 at 2 pm, join the volunteers from the Crossroads Heritage Garden as they watch the Friday Film, From Rutabagas to Roses: Recreating Historical Gardens. Produced by the Wisconsin Historical Society, this film features Marcia Carmichael, Historical Gardens Coordinator, Old World Wisconsin. Learn about the joys and challenges of researching, planting and maintaining […]

  • Installations Part of Next James May Exhibit

    James May Gallery presents an exhibition of works by Camille Iemmolo and Lori Larusso. The opening reception is set for March 3, 5:30 – 8 pm. The exhibit will be up from March 2 to April 29. The artists will be in attendance at the opening to answer questions and von Stiehl Winery and Renard’s […]

  • Kewaunee County Looking for Lake Michigan Artwork

    Kewaunee County is asking local artists to help them showcase the coastal beauty of Kewaunee County on March 13 at a meeting with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) officials, regarding a proposed Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary. Kewaunee County is requesting to be included in a NOAA preferred plan that focuses on the shorelines […]

  • The Bestseller List: Feb. 12, 2017

      TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION 1. A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman 2. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood 3. A Dog’s Purpose, by W. Bruce Cameron 4. Milk and Honey, by Rupi Kaur 5. Britt-Marie Was Here, by Fredrik Backman TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION  1. Hidden Figures, by Margot Lee Shetterly 2. March:  Book One, […]

  • Maritime Museum Speaker Series Concludes with Tall Ship Experience

    The Door County Maritime Museum’s popular Maritime Speaker Series will conclude for the season Thursday, March 2, when Mike Peters will recount his time crewing the tall ship Pride of Baltimore II and what’s involved in signing up for just such a voyage. As with all the programs in the series, the presentation will be […]

  • Tutors Sought for Literacy Partners of Kewaunee County

    If you could change someone’s life forever by donating one hour of your time a week, would you do it? About 45 residents of Kewaunee County are already serving as one-on-one tutors to adults who are eager to improve their ability to read, write and speak English. You don’t have to be a teacher or […]