Peninsula Pulse Feb. 28-March 6, 2020

In this issue

  • Goat on a Boat in Sister Bay

    Would you believe me if I told you there’s a goat on a boat in Sister Bay?  It’s true! But don’t worry – it’s not a live goat. The three-foot-tall, blue, wooden goat on a boat is hanging out at the Sister Bay Marina near the A-dock. Louise Howson, Sister Bay Advancement Association coordinator, even […]

  • Northern Door Thursday-Night Darts: Feb. 28-Mar. 6

    Week 8 Results Casey’s 17, Coyote 1 Mike’s 8, Mr. G’s 10 Island Fever 12, Bley’s Bar 6 The Mill: bye Hat Tricks  Brad Rasmusson, Island Fever, 3 Jesse Bonville, Casey’s, 2 Joe Kurth, Casey’s, 1 Kevin Steverino Kortez, Casey’s, 1 Missy Siebold, Island Fever, 1 Curt Johnson, Island Fever, 1 Kyle Krauel, Bley’s, 1 […]

  • Bowling League Results: Feb. 17-21

    Apple Dumplings League Feb. 21  • Team game: Choppin’ Wood 829       • Team series: Strike Force 2,237 • High series (men): Matt Heldmann 702, Alan Schmidt 652, Dale Heiny 635 • High game (men): Matt Heldmann 259, Doc Bundy 245, Dale Heiny 242 • High series (women): Kathy Franke 611, Penny Kramer 590 • High […]

  • Packerland Conference Final Standings

    Boys Basketball School, win-loss Kewaunee 14-2 Southern Door 14-2 Sturgeon Bay 13-3 Peshtigo 10-6 Oconto 9-7 NEW Lutheran 5-11 Gibraltar 3-13 Sevastopol 4-12 Algoma 0-16 Girls Basketball School, win-loss Kewaunee 16-0 Gibraltar 11-5 Peshtigo 10-6 Algoma 8-8 NEW Lutheran 8-8 Southern Door 8-8 Sturgeon Bay 5-11 Oconto 4-12 Sevastopol 2-14  Wrestling School, win-loss Kewaunee 4-0 […]

  • Northern Door YMCA Plays Host to Pickleball Tournament

    The Northern Door YMCA in Fish Creek played host to the inaugural Frostball pickleball tournament Feb. 15-16. Twelve players competed in the round-robin event on Saturday, and a four-way tie was broken by points scored. Krzysztof Krol was the winner, and Kathy Franke, who placed fifth overall, was the highest woman finisher. The mixed-team event was […]

  • YMCA Martial Artists Compete in Conquer Cup Tournament

    Several members of the Door County YMCA Martial Arts program, under Master Instructor Kyoshi Shaun Koulias, competed in the Conquer Cup Martial Arts Tournament in Green Bay on Feb. 16. Medal winners were:  • Dan Barnard: second in 35+ Black Belt Traditional Forms, fourth in 35+ Black Belt Point Sparring • Roger Barnard: third in […]

  • From DNR: Remove Ice Shanties From State Waters by Mar. 15

    Ice anglers are reminded that the last deadline in a series of March dates to remove permanent ice shanties from state waters is March 15. Shanties must be removed from waters north of Highway 64 and all other outlying waters by the end of that day. Earlier March deadlines covered inland and boundary waters. The […]

  • Fish Creek Highway Work Resumes March 9

    Highway 42 closed from YMCA to Windmill Lane The Department of Transportation will close Highway 42 in both directions – from the YMCA to Windmill Lane in Fish Creek – on March 9. The road closure is anticipated to continue through June as crews resume work resurfacing the highway, including the addition of new pedestrian improvements near […]

  • Vikings Can’t Hold On in Regional Semifinal

    Gibraltar girls basketball coach Devin Thomas was confident the Vikings were a much better team than the one which lost to Gillett by 20 points on Jan. 7. For most of the rematch on Friday he was correct. Gibraltar opened a 14-point lead in the second half, but the Wolves outscored the Vikings by 17 […]

  • Birmingham’s: A Bay Shore Drive Icon Since 1927

    Birmingham’s takes the label of  “local family business” to the highest degree: The Bay Shore Drive mainstay restaurant and bar has involved many in the Birmingham family tree, is inextricably entwined with the local community and, of course, is rich with recipes that have been savored and passed down through multiple generations.  Owners Brad and […]

  • Door County Coronavirus Risk Remains Low

    Questions about the spread of the coronavirus have led the Door County Public Health Department to issue a statement clarifying the risk level for Door County. In Door County the risk of exposure to the virus remains low, according to Public Health Manager Sue Powers. “We have been preparing for emergencies like this since 2002,” […]

  • Reps in the News: Feb. 28- March 6

    Representative Joel Kitchens The Wisconsin State Assembly has passed six bills authored by Rep. Joel Kitchens, including: • AB-113: Reduces the amount of contaminants in waterways by creating a system for buying and selling pollution credits through a third-party central clearinghouse. • AB-487: Modernizes the state’s psychology laws by removing barriers that make it challenging for health-care […]

  • Peninsula Publishing to Publish Literary Journal ‘8142 Review’

    In 1998, Tom McKenzie and David Eliot established The Hal Prize contest – originally called Hal Grutzmacher’s Writers Exposé and Photography Jubilee – to celebrate literary creativity. “Back in 1995, David Eliot and I envisioned the Peninsula Pulse as a mash-up of some of our favorite contemporary publications – The Village Voice, Chicago Reader, Interview, The Onion, […]

  • We Are HOPE Spring Job Fair on March 18

    We Are HOPE will host its 2020 spring job fair March 18, 2-6 pm. Register to have your company represented at the job fair by Feb. 28 to receive the early-bird rate of $75. After that, registration is $100. Each employer will receive a six-foot table with a tablecloth and two chairs. Interview space is […]

  • Destination Door County Offers Tourism Summit, Job Website

    Last month we talked about our shift from strictly destination marketing to destination management and marketing. With our name change from the Door County Visitor Bureau to Destination Door County, we have changed our mission statement as well.  Our new mission reads: “To inspire travel that drives community enhancement. Through innovation and partnerships, we will […]

  • Two USDA Programs Available for Hemp Producers

    Two U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs are available to protect hemp producers’ crops from natural disasters.  A pilot hemp-insurance program through Multi-Peril Crop Insurance (MPCI) provides coverage for insurable causes of loss of hemp grown for fiber, grain or cannabidiol oil. To be eligible for the pilot program, among other requirements, a hemp producer […]

  • Fish Creek Named 19th in 50 Most Charming Small Towns

    When the global travel site Big 7 Travel released its list of the 50 Most Charming Small Towns in America 2020, it gave Fish Creek the No. 19 spot. The towns – which have populations of fewer than 50,000 – were ranked on their “charm factor,” which includes natural scenery, general friendliness, food-and-drink scene, and history or […]

  • Prevea Health Now Sponsoring Kewaunee County’s Winter Park

    The thousands of fun-seekers who visit Winter Park will notice something new about the snow-tubing hill: Prevea Health has begun sponsoring it as Kewaunee County and Prevea Health have partnered in a five-year sponsorship agreement to help the park continue to grow.  “We truly appreciate Prevea’s support of family activities in Kewaunee County,” said Scott […]

  • Bills to Watch: Fishing-License Fees, Groundwater Coordinating Council

    AB-414 / SB-383 Fishing-license fees for youth and seniors This bill would reduce the fee for a first-time fishing license to $4.25 for people ages 16-17 or older than 65 to encourage more youth and seniors to get involved in Wisconsin angling. The number of fishing licenses sold in the state has declined during the […]

  • This Old Store: Sohn’s in Ephraim

    Arnold and Ida Sohns had been married for seven years in 1917 when they arrived in Ephraim from Maple Grove and bought a very small, dark shed that had been the Keys blacksmith shop. Arnold established his butcher shop in a space so small that there was room inside for only three or four people […]

  • Municipal Meetings: Feb. 28-March 6

    DOOR COUNTY Town of Gibraltar: March 4 – Town Board, 7 pm. Town of Jacksonport: March 2 – Parks Committee, 7 pm. Town of Liberty Grove: March 4 – Special town meeting, 6 pm. Town of Sturgeon Bay: March 2 – Town Board, 7 pm. Village of Egg Harbor: March 4 – Parks and Public Works, 8:30 […]

  • State News: Assembly Approves $10M Plan to Clean Up Wisconsin Water

    State Assembly lawmakers have voted to approve a $10 million plan to address Wisconsin’s ongoing struggles with water quality. The 13 proposals are the result of a bipartisan legislative task force that held hearings across the state last year. Wisconsin’s challenges with water quality include “forever chemical” contamination in wells, groundwater pollution caused by livestock […]

  • Jens Jensen Enters Conservation Hall of Fame

    Jens Jensen – founder of The Clearing and integral in creating The Ridges Sanctuary – will receive a long-overdue honor April 25. That’s when he’ll be inducted posthumously into the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame (WCHF) at the Atrium at SentryWorld in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. The Danish-born Jensen (1860-1951) was a landscape architect who developed public parks, […]

  • Door County Transit Meeting

    Do you have opinions about public transportation in Door County? The county’s transportation department will host a public meeting to discuss existing and potential transportation services April 7, 10 am, in the Peninsula Room of the Door County Government Center. Citizens and local officials are encouraged to attend to share their thoughts in person. Or, […]

  • Southern Door Child Development Day March 5

    Southern Door County School District will hold a Child Development Day on March 5, 8 am – 6 pm. This free community service will provide information and assessment on how children are developing in cognitive, speech and language, fine and gross motor, personal social, and adaptive skills areas. Appointments are required. Parents with children between the ages […]

  • Gibraltar Secondary Honor Rolls

    First Semester, 2019-20  High School Highest Honor Roll Hannah Ama, Zoe Armbruster, Brady Ash, Thelonious Goode, Jack Hitzeman, Stella Kersebet, Elizabeth Lecy, Aubrey Peot, Abigail Rex, Brandon Stillman, Jack Weitman  High Honor Roll Elijah Adler, Jacob Anschutz, Trevor Ash, Emmaly Bertges, Izabella Bunda, Rylan Caldecott, Colleen Carlisle, Annelise Casanas, Anthony Casanas, Mia Chomeau, Kimberly Church, […]

  • By the Numbers: Frontier Failure

    “This legislation will update Wisconsin’s regulation of the telephone industry for the broadband age. These reforms will encourage more private-sector investment and bring jobs to the state.”  — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in 2011 after signing a bill to deregulate the telecom industry in the state  20 Percentage of Wisconsin covered by Frontier Communications, including […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Are We Overtaxed?

    Joel Kitchens, in his most recent newsletter, publicly stated that Wisconsinites are “overtaxed” and need a refund. Why do you think he makes that assertion?  If we are just going to give back the tax dollars the state collected without even considering how these public resources may benefit the common good of Wisconsinites, why do […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Against the Quarry RV Park

    My husband and I have recently purchased land on Whitefish Bay Road and have followed the RV Quarry Village issue closely. I am recently retired, and we chose Sturgeon Bay and the area for its natural beauty and quiet atmosphere to build our home. My mother lived and had a business in Egg Harbor and […]

  • Letter to the Editor: White Supremacy on the Rise

    A recent USA Today article, “White Supremacy Seeps into Public, Experts Warn,” raises concerns about the recent rise of the white-supremacy movement in the U.S. As a 66-year-old and an optimist at heart, it seemed that throughout my life, racism was becoming less of a problem, albeit very slowly.   Most people first noticed the backward […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Dan Kelly Is Not Right for Our Supreme Court

    In 2016, Scott Walker appointed Dan Kelly – a lawyer with no judicial experience – to the Supreme Court. Kelly is not a conservative. He is a libertarian, as is the organization – the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty – that he served as a legal adviser before his appointment.  As a justice, he has sided with […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Why Now, Republicans?

    I get tired of the members of the Republican Legislature patting themselves on their backs for being so fiscally conservative.  You stole money from our schools, our teachers and our unions while Walker was in office. Now that elections are coming up, you are offering bribes. The $105 – which comes out to a whopping $8.75 […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Student-Loan Debt Crisis

    The student-loan debt crisis in the United States grew twofold, from $675 million in 2009 to $1.52 trillion in 2019. This crisis has been caused by a combination of falling state funding for college and grant aid, coupled with skyrocketing college costs. The vast majority of student-loan debt is composed of federal loans that cannot […]

  • Sturgeon Bay to Host Referendum Open House March 4

    The Sturgeon Bay School District will host an interactive open house March 4 in support of its $16.84 million facilities referendum, which will go to a vote April 7. Representatives from the school board, administration, Eppstein Uhen Architects and Miron Construction, plus the district’s business manager, will be present to answer questions. A short presentation […]

  • The People Behind the Page: Ryan Miller

    The Peninsula Pulse employs 24 full- and part-time staff members who live in or have strong ties to Door County. This crew brings you the news in print, on video, online and in podcasts every week. In each edition of the Pulse, we’ll introduce you to one of the people behind the page. This week, […]

  • PenArt’s ‘What We Make’ Spotlights Work of Community Members

    Stepping into the What We Make: Community Showcase exhibit at the Peninsula School of Art’s Guenzel Gallery is perhaps the quickest way to know the who, what and why of the school.  On one wall hangs a couple of large paintings by renowned Door County painter Craig Bleitz. While looking at his paintings, out of […]

  • New Miller Exhibit Shows Bold Beauty of Judi Ekholm

    On Feb. 29, the Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay will open Wade in Water, Into the Field: Paintings by Judi Ekholm, a collection of more than 35 paintings that surveys the work of Door County painter Judi Ekholm from the early 1990s to the present. A free opening reception that’s open to the public […]

  • The Clearing Hosts Winter Program Student Exhibit

    The Clearing Folk School’s annual Winter Program student exhibit will take place Feb. 29 – March 1, 10 am – 4 pm, at The Clearing’s Jens Jensen Visitor Center, 12171 Garrett Bay Road in Ellison Bay. This exhibit will feature students’ work from the 103 Winter Program classes that were offered in January and February. Original […]

  • ‘Pinpoint’ Exhibit Offers Poetry as Art at Meadows Gallery 

    Pinpoint – the name and theme of this year’s annual “poetry as art” show at the Meadows Gallery – challenged poets to explore that word either literally or metaphorically, so poets wrote about moments, light and actual pins. Pinpoint will run until April 30, including all of April, which is National Poetry Month. The public […]

  • Everyone Can Be a Writer

    by Jerod Santek, Artistic Director, Write On, Door County During the past few weeks, I’ve had the privilege of working with the immensely talented Molly Rhode of Northern Sky Theater in school programs throughout the county. We are encouraging students in all grades to write and share stories that relate somehow to nature. We’ve worked […]

  • Publishing Industry News: Feb. 28, 2020

    Curious about what’s happening in the world of books and publishing? Catch up on the biggest acquisitions, news, adaptations and more here! • Charles Portis, the reclusive author of the western True Grit, has died at the age of 86. He had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. • Apple is taking legal action against Tom Sadowski, […]

  • ‘Death Rides the Ferry’ Arrives in Paperback

    Patricia Skalka’s mystery/thriller Death Rides the Ferry – the winner of the Midwest Book Award for Fiction–Mystery/Thriller – will be available in paperback in March. In the book, the Viola da Gamba Music Festival has returned to picturesque Washington Island after a long absence, and Sheriff Dave Cubiak is enjoying a rare day off as tourists […]

  • Framed: Joe Chvala and Chris Opper

    Joe Chvala (left) earned the Audience Choice Award during the 2020 Door County Short Film Festival – held Feb. 14-15 in Sister Bay – for his film Cookaphony. He’s pictured with the festival’s executive director, Chris Opper. Submitted.

  • Manners Matter: Caring for an Ailing Friend

    Dear Mary Pat, My friend has been struggling with lots of health issues during the last couple of months, and they still don’t know what’s wrong with her. I know she’s frustrated and doesn’t want to talk about each and every doctor appointment, but I don’t want her to think that I don’t care by […]

  • Server of the Week: Megan Schneider at the Door County YMCA

    Smiling from ear to ear,  Megan’s at the Y and full of cheer.  Working as the member service director, she meets a lot of fun people.  When not working, her hobbies aren’t feeble. Known to be a Fruit Looper,  Her positive attitude can bring you out of a stupor. From bowling to snowshoeing, she says, […]

  • Anglers Leap into March with Mix of Ice, Open Water

    March is knocking on the door – a month filled with opportunities for anglers who are looking to catch some of the heaviest fish of the season. They’ll need to be vigilant and aware of changing conditions, but there will likely be plenty of ice for foot traffic at many locations during the coming weeks. A […]

  • My First Time Cross-Country Skiing

    I’ve lived in Wisconsin most of my life and have vacationed in Colorado, but somehow I had never put a pair of skis on my feet. My family has never been into winter sports except for the occasional tubing, ice fishing and ice skating at our cottage on Lake Winnebago. I wasn’t even that good […]

  • More Acres Protected at Hidden Springs

    Hidden Springs will receive 30 acres of added protection thanks to an acquisition announced by the Door County Land Trust.  The organization has added the land to the Gibraltar-Ephraim Swamp Natural Area, which contains a portion of Hidden Springs Creek and protects the quality of the water flowing into Eagle Harbor and Green Bay. It […]

  • Door to Nature: The Swift-Flying Accipiters

    Sharp-shinned hawks, Cooper’s hawks and northern goshawks I was participating in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count on Feb. 15 when I heard a loud bang on my dining room window and saw a mourning dove fall to the ground in the grasp of a sharp-shinned hawk. They both landed in the snow not far […]

  • Once Upon Our Peninsula: Feb. 28-Mar. 6

    News from this week’s past 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 Sturgeon Bay Advocate  March 2, 1916 Brussels News Our cheesemaker, Fabain Reince, had considerable trouble last Friday on account of a leak […]

  • Rhys Kuzdas to Present on Sturgeon Bay Ships in WWII

    Door County Maritime Museum curator Rhys Kuzdas will present “Built For Battle: Sturgeon Bay Ships in WWII” on March 5, 7 pm, as the latest installment in Door County Medical Center’s Maritime Speaker Series. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII. As a center of shipbuilding during this tumultuous time, Sturgeon […]

  • Kress Pavilion to Hold Presentation on the Long-Lost Horseshoe Bay Settlement

    Mention Horseshoe Bay, and immediately people associate it with the historical farms and sprawling beach, but there was much more to the area before the farms and sunbathing.  Discover the long-lost Horseshoe Bay Settlement during an Egg Harbor Historical Society presentation by Giz Herbst on March 2, 2:30 pm, at the Kress Pavilion in Egg […]

  • Quarry RV Park Development Denied by County

    The Door County Resource Planning Committee (RPC) voted unanimously to deny a conditional use permit (CUP) on Wednesday, Feb. 26, for the proposed RV and home development at the old stone quarry site in the Town of Sevastopol.  The RPC based its decision on its determination that the application did not meet several requirements for […]

  • Join Midsummer’s Music’s 88 Keys Society

    Join the new 88 Keys Society for Midsummer’s Music’s 30th anniversary. This premier society of supporters is limited to 88 members who will each “own” one (or more) piano keys. Members will be acknowledged in the Midsummer’s Music program book, promotional materials, website and social media, and their names will be on display at all […]

  • Door Shakespeare Announces 25th Summer Season

    UPDATE: This year’s summer season at Door Shakespeare has been canceled. See updated information here. Door Shakespeare has announced its 25th summer season. “Twenty-five years is a big milestone for Door Shakespeare,” said Michael Stebbins, producing artistic director. “To celebrate, we decided to bring back an audience favorite from seasons past, The Complete Works of […]

  • TAP Begins 2020 Season!

    Doug Mancheski and Christian Aldridge will perform the two roles in David Mamet’s A Life in the Theatre, opening at Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) on March 26. It chronicles the relationship between two stage actors – Robert, the older; and John, the younger – who are playing side by side during a season of plays. […]

  • Isadoora Presents Dark Comedy ‘The Thugs’ March 20-28

    Isadoora Theatre Company will present its 2020 winter production, The Thugs by Adam Bock, on March 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 7:30 pm; and March 22 and 28 at 2 pm, at the Inside/Out Theatre at the Margaret Lockwood Gallery in Sturgeon Bay.   This Obie Award-winning dark comedy is about work, thunder and the […]

  • ‘Built for Battle’ Presentation at DCMM March 7

    The Door County Maritime Museum (DCMM) and the Southern Door School District are collaborating to share songs, images and stories from the 1940s in a multimedia presentation related to the museum’s new exhibit, Built for Battle: Sturgeon Bay Ships in World War II. The presentation will take place March 7, 7 pm, at the Southern […]

  • ‘Haunted’ Is Next Peninsula Players Play Reading March 2

    Peninsula Players Theatre ( will present a reading of Joseph Zettelmaier’s latest theatrical project, Haunted: The Great Lakes Ghost Project, on March 2, 7 pm, at Björklunden. Zettelmaier is a four-time nominee for the Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association’s New Play Award.  Limited general seating is available for this free reading. Several years ago, Zettelmaier began […]

  • Dancin’ on the Door to Present Two Workshops March 4 at SWY231

    Andria’s Dancin’ on the Door will present two workshops at SWY231, the newly remodeled space adjacent to Third Avenue Playhouse in Sturgeon Bay.  Through the Magical Dancing Door Beach Baby will be held March 4, 4:30-5:45 pm. Geared for children ages five through seven, students will learn dance moves through music, stories and creative characters […]

  • ‘Matilda the Musical’ Feb. 28 – March 1 at Sevastopol

    Sevastopol School will present Matilda the Musical on Feb. 28 and 29 at 7:30 pm; and March 1 at 2 pm in the Sevastopol School Gym.  Matilda the Musical – with book by Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Tim Minchin – is based on the Roald Dahl book of the same name. The […]

  • Northern Sky Announces Casting for 2020 Season

    UPDATE: This year’s outdoor season at Northern Sky Theater has been canceled. See updated information here. Northern Sky Theater creates original musicals and plays and now has more than 65 in its canon. Its 2020 outdoor season will include three musical comedies playing in rotating repertory June 10 – Aug. 29 at the amphitheater in […]

  • Northern Door Thursday-Night Darts: Week 7 Results

    Week 7 Results Bley’s Bar 7, Casey’s 11 Island Fever 8, Coyote 10 Mike’s 13, The Mill 5 Mr. G’s: bye Hat Tricks Dan Cross, Mike’s, 2 Overall Stats Wins-losses Mr. G’s 65-43 Casey’s 62-46 Bley’s Bar 58-50 Island Fever 53-55 Mike’s 48-60 Coyote 41-49 The Mill 33-57 Hat Tricks Brad Rasmusson, Island Fever, 4 […]

  • DCMGA Hosts ‘Spiders and People’ Lecture March 10

    The Door County Master Gardeners Association (DCMGA, will host the free, public program “Spiders and People: An Uneasy Relationship” on March 10, 7 pm, in the Collins Learning Center at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay. Also enjoy delicious treats baked by volunteers.  Mike Draney, chair of UW-Green Bay’s Department of Natural and […]

  • Bowling League Results: Feb. 10-13

    Women’s Masters League Feb. 10 • High team series/game: Rouer’s Grand Slam 1,562/612 • High series: Sara Mueller 595, Nicole Sperber 557, Dee Alfson 504 • High game: Sara Mueller 247, Ashley DeGrave 231, Nicole Sperber 218 • Split conversions: Missy Mueller 4-6 and 3-10, Kori Sperber 3-10 Apple Valley Majors League  Feb. 11 • […]

  • Packerland Conference Standings

    As of Feb. 24 Boys Basketball School, win-loss Kewaunee 14-1 Southern Door 13-2 Sturgeon Bay 12-3 Peshtigo 10-5 Oconto 8-7 NEW Lutheran 5-10 Gibraltar 3-12 Sevastopol 2-12 Algoma 0-15 Girls Basketball School, win-loss Kewaunee 16-0 Gibraltar 11-5 Peshtigo 10-6 Algoma 8-8 NEW Lutheran 8-8 Southern Door 8-8 Sturgeon Bay 5-11 Oconto 4-12 Sevastopol 2-14  Wrestling […]

  • High School Winter Athletics Schedules: Feb. 28-Mar. 6

    GIBRALTAR Boys Basketball March 3: Regional vs. Bowler, 7 pm  Girls Basketball Feb. 28: Regional @ Gillett, 7 pm SEVASTOPOL  Boys Basketball March 3: Regional @ Howards Grove, 7 pm SOUTHERN DOOR  Boys Basketball March 6: Regional vs. Algoma or Cedar Grove-Belgium (TBD), 7 pm STURGEON BAY  Boys Basketball March 3: Regional vs. New Holstein, […]

  • Scoring Big in Vegas

    Kaden Stahlke of Sturgeon Bay, representing Door Disc Golf Club, won first place in the MA4 (novice) division of the Las Vegas Challenge, presented by Innova Champion Discs. The tournament took place Feb. 20-23 at the Wildhorse Golf Club in Henderson, Nevada. Photo by Shane Solomon.

  • Enjoy – But Take Care – When Snowmobiling

    Wisconsin offers some of the best snowmobiling opportunities around, especially in the northern part of the state.  Fourteen people have died while snowmobiling in Wisconsin this season, and there were 16 snowmobile fatalities in 2019. February is often the deadliest month for snowmobilers; there have been six snowmobile fatalities so far this February. Alcohol, excessive […]

  • Half Marathon Price Increases March 1

    There’s still time to save on registration for the 2020 Door County Half Marathon. Fees for the race that has been described as “like running in a cathedral in the woods” increase March 1.  Through early February, more than 1,625 people had signed up for the half marathon and Nicolet Bay 5K, both of which […]

  • Join The Ridges for Owl-O-Rama Feb. 28-29

    Join The Ridges Sanctuary for an owl prowl program and hike on Feb. 28, 5:30-8 pm. It’s nesting season for the owls, so they’re hooting with a new set of calls. Join The Ridges’ naturalists to learn more about the county’s owls and the characteristics that make them amazing nighttime hunters. Wear appropriate winter hiking […]

  • A New Standard

    Swim team relishes state experience  The Sturgeon Bay Co-op boys swimming team placed 12th at the Division 2 state meet Feb. 21.  The Clippers finished with 83 points. Edgewood won its second consecutive state title with 293 points, and Cedarburg was runner-up with 265. Senior Brock Aune finished a stellar career by having a hand […]

  • Mission Complete

    Slezewski, Englebert return to state meet Despite qualifying for the Division 3 state wrestling meet for the second consecutive year, Southern Door’s Grant Englebert took a back seat to teammate Griffin Slezewski.  Englebert says he wouldn’t have it any other way. Slezewski – 13 months removed from an acute myeloid leukemia (AML) diagnosis and six months […]

  • Filling Up Again in Sister Bay at Husby’s

    Husby’s to bring historical look back to tiny bar An old filling station will come back to life in Sister Bay this summer, but it won’t be pumping gas. The owners of Husby’s presented concept plans for The Filling Station at Husby’s during the Feb. 25 Sister Bay Plan Commission meeting. An extension of the […]

  • Gibraltar Rolls by Suring

    Balanced attack sends Vikes to round 2 Following an uninspiring, 63-43 loss to Gillett on Jan. 7, the Gibraltar girls basketball team found itself in a tough spot. After a 3-1 start, the Vikings had lost five consecutive games to fall to 3-6. “At that point, I wasn’t sure how the season would turn out,” […]

  • Asian Carp, Ski for Free, Gardening and Spring Skies at Crossroads

    The next Fish Tales lecture at Crossroads at Big Creek will be held Feb. 27, 7 pm. John Dettmers, director of fisheries management at the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission in Ann Arbor, Michigan, will present “The Risk and Possible Prevention of Asian Carp Getting into Lake Michigan.” This program is free and open to the […]

  • Cherry Pickers to Take DC Brewing Stage March 21

    The Cherry Pickers will hit the Door County Brewing Co. Taproom & Music Hall stage on March 21 to play timeless bluegrass, country and classic rock favorites.  The high-energy group comprises John Rood Lewis, a monster maestro guitar player, singer and recording artist; Terry Murphy, a seasoned guitar player, singer and prolific songwriter, with six […]

  • Dahl’s ‘Wildwood’ Continues Successful Run

    Katie Dahl’s success on folk radio has continued into 2020, with February marking the Door County-based songwriter’s fifth consecutive month in the upper rankings of the international folk-radio chart. After debuting at #7 in September, Dahl’s latest album, Wildwood, has stayed on the charts ever since, attracting radio spins at stations across the U.S. and […]

  • Obituary: S. Joseph Timmers

    Oct. 2, 1950 – Feb. 23, 2020 S. Joseph Timmers, 69, of Sturgeon Bay died Feb. 23, 2020. He was born in Appleton, Wisconsin, to Sylvester and Blanche (VanHoof) Timmers. Joseph attended school at Saint Coletta’s School in Jefferson, Wisconsin, until moving to the Good Shepherd Manor, first in Ohio and then in Illinois. While at the […]

  • Algoma Hosts New Winter Malaise Showcase

    Don’t think that late-night punk shows exist on the peninsula? Well, perhaps not often, but now you can find such a thing in Algoma as part of its First Friday art nights. Members of local rock bands Ben Luten and Hue Blanc’s Joyless Ones present the Winter Malaise Showcase as an extension of the Friday-night […]

  • Questions & Answers with Singer-Songwriter Paige Hargrove

    We wanted to chat with Chicago musician Paige Hargrove ahead of her Feb. 29, 7 pm, show at the Door County Brewing Co. Taproom & Music Hall. According to her Facebook biography, she has a “very loud voice and a fairly quiet personality.’’ Check out those descriptions for yourself, and read more about her in […]

  • Obituary: Mary A. Theodorou

    July 25, 1947 – Feb. 24, 2020 Mary Ann Theodorou, 72, of Sturgeon Bay died Feb. 24, 2020. She was born in Manitowoc to Anthony and Hilarie (Brey) Theodorou. For many years, Mary worked as a store manager for Quietwoods RV Sales and Service of Sturgeon Bay. She was a member of Corpus Christi Church and the Lemonade Club. She […]

  • Obituary: Ruby Eva (Jonas) Graf

    May 23, 1923 – Feb. 19, 2020 Ruby E. Graf, 96, died in Sturgeon Bay. She was born in West Jacksonport to Fredrick Karl and Esther Emily (Honold) Jonas. Ruby attended Farview Grade School and Sevastopol High School, and later attended Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Sturgeon Bay. Ruby married Walter J. Graf on Sept. 20, 1941, at Emmanuel […]

  • Obituary: Eugene Ervin Lhost

    Aug. 24, 1941 – Feb. 22, 2020 Eugene Ervin Lhost, 78, of Sister Bay died surrounded by his family at the Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay. He was born on the family farm in Luxemburg to Ervin Lhost and Arline (Marsicek) Lhost. He grew up in the Two Rivers area, and after graduating from high […]

  • Obituary: Stuart Jon TerHorst

    Aug. 5, 1939 – Feb. 20, 2020 Stuart Jon TerHorst, 80, of Ellison Bay died at Good Samaritan Society–Scandia Village from aggressive recurrent cancer. Stuart was born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to Elmer and Margaret (Affeldt) TerHorst. He grew up in Winnebago, Wisconsin. It was as a young boy on the shore of Lake Winnebago that he developed […]

  • Obituary: Eunice Wood

    Oct. 20, 1931 – Feb. 22, 2020 Eunice Wood, 88, of Marshfield and formerly of Sturgeon Bay, died Feb. 22, 2020. She was born in Dhulia, West Khandesh, India, where her parents served as missionaries. Moving to the United States with her father at the age of 12 after the death of her mother, Eunice spent most […]

  • Obituary: Charles “Chuck” Bither

    April 9, 1929 – Feb. 19, 2020 Charles L. Bither, 90, of Sturgeon Bay died peacefully at home surrounded by his family.  Chuck was born in Hinsdale, Illinois, to Elvira and Lloyd Bither. He graduated from Hinsdale Township High School in 1947 and Beloit College in 1951. He was proud to have served as a lieutenant in the […]

  • Obituary: Chester “Chet” A. Gauger

    July 26, 1924 – Feb. 18, 2020 Chester “Chet” August Gauger, 95, formally of the rank of corporal from WWII, died Feb. 18, 2020. He was born in Fish Creek on the family homestead and graduated from Gibraltar High School in 1943. In 1950, Chet married Esther Peil. Chet is survived by his wife and […]