Peninsula Pulse February 22-March 1, 2019

In this issue

  • Packerland Conference Final Standings

    Boys Basketball School, Won-Lost Southern Door 15-1 Peshtigo 14-2 Kewaunee 10-6 NEW Lutheran 9-7 Sturgeon Bay 9-7 Gibraltar 7-9 Oconto 6-10 Sevastopol 2-14 Algoma 0-16 Girls Basketball School, Won-Lost Kewaunee 16-0 Gibraltar 12-4 Algoma 11-5 Southern Door 10-6 Peshtigo 9-7 Oconto 6-10 NEW Lutheran 5-11 Sturgeon Bay 3-13 Sevastopol 0-16 Wrestling School, Won-Lost-Tied Kewaunee 4-0-0 […]

  • Strong December Closes Out 5.2 Percent Annual Gain in Room Tax

    December room-tax revenue was up 4.9 percent compared to 2017, closing out a strong year for collections. There were still 15 properties outstanding for the preliminary report. The Town of Gibraltar had a particularly good December, registering a 15.7 percent increase from last year, behind only the City of Sturgeon Bay in dollars generated. The […]

  • Municipal Meetings: March 1 – 8

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay:  The common council meets at 7 pm March 5. County of Door:  The Board of Health meets at 8:30 am March 6. Town of Gibraltar:  The town board meets at 7 pm March 6. Town of Jacksonport:  The Parks Committee meets at 7 pm March 4. Town of Sturgeon […]

  • League of Women Voters Release Nonpartisan Voter Guide for 2019 Election

    The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin released the nonpartisan voter guide for the 2019 statewide spring general election on This online resource provides information for this spring’s nonpartisan elections to help Wisconsin voters navigate the voting process and read candidates’ answers to questions about their candidacy. provides candidate information, voter registration tools […]

  • City, County Support Idea of National Estuarine Research Reserve

    Both the Door County of Board of Supervisors and the Sturgeon Bay Common Council recently supported, through resolution, the establishment of a National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) for the Green Bay watershed. If approved, it would become the 30th such reserve in the National Estuarine Research Reserve System, which is a partnership between the National […]

  • Financial Coffee Club for Women March 13

    Tara Pierre, a local Edward Jones financial adviser, will host a coffee club for women on March 13, 8 am, at GLAS Coffeehouse, 67 E. Maple, Sturgeon Bay. Pierre will provide education on financial-market topics. Seating may be limited, so call her office at 920.746.0781 to reserve a spot. Edward Jones ( provides financial services […]

  • Working to Restore Wisconsin’s American Marten Population

    Wisconsin conservation biologists hope a network of trail cameras can help to restore populations of the American marten, an elusive member of the weasel family and the only state endangered mammal in Wisconsin. Starting in December 2018, biologists began deploying trail cameras among 120 sites in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest to capture photos of the […]

  • News From This Week’s Past: Pipe Smokers Cause Accidents

    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 Independent February 28, 1879 At Washington Island they pay their school teacher fifty dollars per month. A good teacher is worth that. Weekly Expositor Independent February […]

  • Wild Ones: Include Pea-Family Legumes in Your Pollinator Garden

    by Don Gustafson Why not include some pea-family legumes in your pollinator garden? They not only attract pollinators (bees, wasps, butterflies, moths, beetles and flies), but they also enhance biodiversity, improve the visual landscape and provide the additional benefit of increased fertility. As legumes, they all have specialized nodules on their roots that have the […]

  • Door to Nature: Ready for Spring

    A report came in on Feb. 17 from a birder in Brown County that the first horned larks and an eastern meadowlark were seen along a rural road east of Bellevue. He also said that the horned larks were seen mostly near the shoulders of the country roads. I keep daily weather records of temperature, […]

  • Conservation Voters Release Legislator’s Environmental Scorecard

    Wisconsin Conservation Voters released the Wisconsin Congressional delegation’s scores on the League of Conservation Voters’ 2018 National Environmental Scorecard. The Scorecard is the primary yardstick for evaluating the environmental records of all members of Congress. It is available for download at “As President Trump launched attack after attack on long-standing environmental protections, Sen. Ron […]

  • Survey to Determine Interest in New Sports and Rec Center

    Due to feedback related to a growing interest for year-round sports and recreational facility space in northern Door County, a public survey has been released to gather feedback from residents and visitors. The survey aims to identify the scope of a facility in the Sister Bay or Baileys Harbor area that would provide access to […]

  • There’s No Finish Line in Economic Development

    by Jim Schuessler, Executive Director, DCEDC Every August, 32 professional football teams assemble on the practice field, each with one goal in mind: to hoist the Lombardi trophy as champions the following February. That achievement, in essence, is the ultimate “finish line” in football, and only one team each season can successfully cross that line. […]

  • Feature: Reconciling with a Violent Klansman

    James Chaney. Andrew Goodman. Michael “Mickey” Schwerner. Those are the names of three young civil rights workers who were murdered by members of the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi the summer of 1964, also known as Freedom Summer. “Three more damn idiots that should have kept their nose out of Mississippi business and Mississippi politics […]

  • Reps in the News: Evers Calls for Cap to School Voucher Program

    Governor Tony Evers Gov. Evers is calling for a cap on the number of students who can use publicly funded vouchers to attend private schools. Under the proposal, which will be included in the governor’s budget proposal this week, the number of available vouchers would be frozen beginning in 2021. There are currently about 28,000 […]

  • Craig Bastian Celebrates 40 Years in Door County Real Estate

    Craig Bastian is marking his 40th year in Door County real estate. In 1979, he began selling real estate for Ellis Realty, Gallery of Homes in Sister Bay. He also had two stints with Ellis Realty and briefly ran his own company. He joined Kellstrom-Ray Agency in 1985 and has been a fixture there ever […]

  • Englebert Finishes 5th at State Meet

    Disappointment, combined with a whole lot of redemption and finished off with focused goals for the future. That would be the best way to sum up Grant Englebert’s fifth place finish at the Division 3 state meet Saturday in Madison. The 145-pound sophomore from Southern Door didn’t place as high as he had hoped, but […]

  • He Put the Fun in Door County: Thumb Fun Founder Doug Butchart Dies at 88

    To meet Doug Butchart was to meet a caricature come to life. Everything about his appearance seemed exaggerated: the huge, square eyeglasses that could have doubled as snow goggles, the bushy eyebrows that periscoped over the rims of those glasses, the shock of white hair, the tiny legs carrying a Santa’s belly and that big, […]

  • Review: ‘The President Is Missing’

    Bill Clinton and James Patterson, 528 pages, Little, Brown and Company and Knopf, 2018 It is not unusual for an American president to write a book, either before or after his presidency. Theodore Roosevelt, in fact, was a professional writer before he became president, and John F. Kennedy won the Pulitzer Prize for Profiles in […]

  • Sandra Martinez Exhibits New Works at St. Norbert College

    Sandra Martinez is presenting an exhibition of new works, Between the Lines: Sandra Martinez, at the Bush Art Center Galleries in the Baer Gallery at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Feb. 25 to March 29. The gallery will close March 16-24 for spring break. An opening reception will be held Feb. 28, 5-7 pm, […]

  • Peninsula Players Awarded Arts Board Grant

    Peninsula Players Theatre has been awarded a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board through its Creation & Presentation program. It will support Peninsula Players Theatre’s continued development and presentation of outstanding theatrical productions and community programs. “I am extremely thrilled that this grant will assist Peninsula Players to continue to create high-caliber theater for the […]

  • Pine Crest Village’s Book Club

    Residents at Sturgeon Bay’s Pine Crest Village enjoy reading and discussing books in a variety of genres in their monthly book club. The Friends of Door County Libraries sponsors the club, and Friends volunteer Dorothy Wickman facilitates it. Members of the book club are (left to right, front) Ann Jerdee, Helen Van Akkeren, Helen Jane […]

  • Middle Eastern War-Refugee Stories

    The Miller Art Museum will open its new exhibition, Mitli Mitlak (Like You, Like Me), on March 2. On display until April 15, it will feature the work of visual artists of Arabic descent from the Middle East and North Africa. The contemporary works include painting, photography and drawing, all telling stories of refuge, displacement, […]

  • Midsummer’s Music Composer-in-Residence a Winner in Worldwide Choral Competition

    When The Gesualdo Six, a UK-based men’s vocal consort, recently announced the results of its worldwide choral competition, Jacob Beranek – Midsummer’s Music’s 20-year-old composer-in-residence – was a winner. The Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, native earned the top spot in the 21 Years and Under category with his composition “Abendgebet” (“Evening Prayer”), which The Gesualdo Six will […]

  • Bingo at the Kress Feb. 23

    The Egg Harbor Historical Society will host bingo on Feb. 23 at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor. Doors open at 9 am; bingo starts at 10 am. Refreshments will be available. Proceeds will help restore the Bookmobile.

  • Fire & Ice Festival Carving-Competition Results

    Volunteer ice carvers braved the chilly elements on Feb. 16 to participate in Sturgeon Bay’s Fire & Ice Festival ice-carving competition. Carvers began chipping, sawing and molding ice blocks throughout the city at 9 am. Unique and original sculptures were formed out of 300-pound ice blocks. The ice carvers competed for cash prizes and the […]

  • Door County Talks Series Continues on March 2

    The March 2 Door County Talks presentation at the Door Community Auditorium (DCA) will feature Jason Cowell speaking about “FREE – Developing Fairness, Respect, Empathy and Equality in Children.” It will be held at 10 am in the DCA’s Fireside Lobby and include a post-talk Q&A session. Cowell, a UW-Green Bay assistant professor of psychology, […]

  • Family Programs at Crossroads

    Participate in Ski for Free at Crossroads at Big Creek on Feb. 23, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm; and Feb. 24, 1-3:30 pm. The program lends, free of charge, an array of ski and snowshoe equipment. When trail conditions permit skiing, volunteers in the Crossroads Maintenance Building will fit you with equipment. On Feb. 23, […]

  • Finding Inspiration in Literature and the Midwest

    Singer-songwriter Andrea von Kampen to open Tambourine Lounge show Andrea von Kampen, an independent folk singer-songwriter from Nebraska, will open for the band Darling West Feb. 27 at the Tambourine Lounge in Sturgeon Bay. Hear Nebraska has praised von Kampen’s effortless vocal delivery as “soulful and worn-in.” With the successful release of two EPs — […]

  • Bestseller List: Feb. 22, 2019

    HARDCOVER FICTION1. Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James2. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens3. There There by Tommy Orange4. Devotions by Mary Oliver5. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng HARDCOVER NONFICTION1. Educated by Tara Westover2. Becoming by Michelle Obama3. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo4. The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: […]

  • Peninsula Singers Begin Rehearsals

    The Peninsula Singers will launch its spring semester March 4 at the Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church, 836 Michigan St. Registration and refreshments will start at 6:15 pm; the first rehearsal will begin at 7 pm. The group is a nonprofit, non-auditioned chorus that welcomes any singer of high school age or older. Singers rehearse […]

  • STEAM Mystery Bags

    After a successful inaugural year, the March STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) mystery-bag program is returning to the Baileys Harbor Library. Available for pickup starting March 1 and throughout the month, the bags provide hands-on learning and engineering fun. Those who complete the project by month’s end will receive a certificate and have […]

  • WRiTERS NiGHT Moves North

    WRiTERS NiGHT, an original open mic hosted by Cathy Grier, will move north from the Holiday Music Motel’s Tambourine Lounge on March 2, 7 pm, for one special night at the Door Community Auditorium (DCA). Grier will host this evening, presenting a variety of the best WRiTERS NiGHT regulars and leaving open a few “wild-card” […]

  • Darling West Returns

    Holiday Music Motel presents Darling West — with Andrea Von Kampen opening the show — on Feb. 27, 7 pm at the Tambourine Lounge. Coming all the way from Norway, Darling West exemplifies the earthy heart and soul of Americana with the clarity and sparkle of a diamond. The doors will open at 6:30 pm. Darling West […]

  • Rubber-Stamping Weekend

    Door County Rubber Stamps presents its spring 2019 Art Extravaganza Weekend April 5-7 at Bridgeport Waterfront Resort in Sturgeon Bay. A welcome with continental breakfast will launch the event on April 5, 9-10 am, followed by all-new, custom classes, 10 am – 9:30 pm, taught by Sarah Justison of The Paper Cut in Appleton. Most […]

  • Seven Scenarios for Shorter Crossbow Deer Hunt ‘Not the Gospel,’ DNR Says

    A seven-scenario proposal to shorten the state’s crossbow deer season has hunters split on what the fairest and best option is for whitetail fanatics. The short answer: maybe none of them. DNR wildlife director Eric Lobner said the seven options introduced at last month’s state Natural Resources Board (NRB) meeting “are not the gospel” and […]

  • Remembering Rosemary Utzinger

    Door County oil painter died Jan. 28 Having a thriving arts scene is something many Door County residents and visitors can take for granted today. But having something that can be taken for granted is thanks to many artists who laid a foundation for future artists to grow. Rosemary Utzinger was one of these artists. […]

  • Scandia Creating Wildflower Garden

    John Stiefel, a co-founder of Wild Ones of Door County and a resident at Scandia Village in Sister Bay, is converting a 1.5-acre area of lawn to an area of wildflowers. He and fellow residents started planting last fall and are looking for help to plant 100-plus native plants this May. In preparation, Stiefel is […]

  • Commentary: League of Women Voters Calls for Redistricting Reform

    by Andrea Kaminski With a legacy going back almost a century and a presence in all 50 states, the League of Women Voters takes the long view on how voting-district maps are drawn. In Wisconsin, the League has been active in apportionment and redistricting since the 1930s. Through the decades, our stance has sometimes lined […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Student Is Senator for a Week

    Here’s a thought exercise: If you sign a lease with a landlord who says there are no pets allowed, may you take your dog into the apartment? That may be an easy one, but what about a pet rock? Sturgeon Bay junior Nalani Bicoy and a dozen other students from high schools across Wisconsin debated […]

  • Kitchens, Jacque Seek State Funds to Aid Washington Island

    Rep. Joel Kitchens and Sen. André Jacque sent a letter to Gov. Tony Evers, asking him to include no more than $2 million to help defray a portion of the disaster-recovery costs related to the natural disaster that cut power to Washington Island in June. They pointed out in the letter that the proposal requires […]

  • Farm Technology Days Awards 29 Grants

    The 2017 Farm Technology Days’ (FTD) grant committee, based in Kewaunee County, will award $89,792 through 29 grants to individual charities, nonprofits and projects in the Kewaunee County area. “We are very excited to give back to the greater community with funds raised at the 2017 Kewaunee County Farm Technology Days,” said Executive Chair Amber […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Misty

    Misty is a two-year-old mix who was transferred to the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus from a crowded shelter in Mississippi. This Southern gal is full of energy and loves everyone she meets, especially if she gets a belly rub! Misty thinks cats are for chasing, not for snuggling, so she’s looking for […]

  • Pluff Sets New Gibraltar Girls Scoring Record

    Gibraltar senior Payton Pluff admits she was a big fan of former Vikings’ basketball standout Makenna Ash. “I remember watching Makenna play a lot when I was young,” said Pluff, whose father Randy was Ash’s coach in eighth grade. “I really looked up to her. I loved watching her play and always wanted to be […]

  • Framed: Lions Club at the Bowl-a-Thon

    The Sturgeon Bay Lions Club was the highest team fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity’s seventh annual Bowl-a-Thon on Feb. 9. With help from corporate sponsors, bowlers raising pledges, raffle-ticket sales and silent-auction bidding, Habitat received about $10,000. Submitted.

  • Municipal Meetings: Feb. 22 – March 1

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay: The Finance/Purchasing & Building Committee meets at 4 pm Feb. 26. County of Door: The county board meets at 10 am Feb. 26. Town of Gibraltar: The Plan Commission meets at 7 pm Feb. 26. The town board meets at 7 pm Feb. 28. Town of Jacksonport: The town […]

  • By the Numbers: Amazon’s Effect on American Communities

    Civic Economics and the American Booksellers Association combined efforts to study the economic impact of Amazon’s retail operations in the United States. 16 The number of Amazon Books brick-and-mortar stores that are open or in the works. 44,000 The number of displaced shops in 2016, amounting to 380 million square feet. 637,000 The number of […]

  • Manners Matter: Mother-in-Law Worries

    Dear Mary Pat, My daughter just had surgery, and it’s been a very stressful time for her. She and her husband have three young children, and my daughter cannot lift the kids up for several more weeks. Her husband seems checked out, and he waits for me and my husband to come around and help. […]

  • Overheard and Shout Outs: Feb. 22, 2019

    OVERHEARD Are there tidbits 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? “People who love essential oils come out of the bushes and woodwork.” “Don’t force me to look at your magic.” “You can’t […]

  • Volunteers Needed for Rare-Plant Monitoring

    Plant lovers who enjoy searching for rare plants can put their passion to work by first attending free volunteer training for the Wisconsin Rare Plant Monitoring Program and then helping to track down rare-plant populations. Training sessions are set for Cable, Green Bay, Oconomowoc and River Falls in March and April. Search online for Wisconsin’s […]

  • CCC and Door County Brewing Team Up for Chili Cookoff

    Beat the cold and snow when the Climate Change Coalition (CCC) of Door County and the Door County Brewing Co. host a chili cookoff on Feb. 26, 6-7:30 pm. The event will welcome 15 chili masters and their favorite lip-smacking chili recipes to the Door County Brewing Co. Taproom and Music Hall, 8099 Hwy 57 […]

  • Sound of Soul/HU Chant Offered on Feb. 23

    The Wisconsin Satsang Society – a chartered affiliate of Eckankar, the Path of Spiritual Freedom – will sponsor a Sound of Soul/HU Chant on Feb. 23, 2-3 pm, at the Sturgeon Bay library. Experience chanting HU (a sacred sound and ancient mantra), contemplative time and spiritual conversation with others of like heart. Discover for yourself […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Brazilian Tailings Dam Disaster: Is Wisconsin Next?

    The recent collapse of a mine tailings dam in southeastern Brazil has already resulted in 169 fatalities, leaving an estimated 200 people still missing according to rescue workers. The spill flooded nearby homes, submerging cars and buses under a river of reddish-brown sludge. This environmental disaster should raise red flags for Michigan regulators and the […]

  • Governor, Legislature Take Two Approaches to Water Quality

    Governor Tony Evers is trying to follow through on his claim that 2019 will be the Year of Clean Drinking Water through a series of initiatives and appropriations to improve water quality. Meanwhile, the Republican-led state legislature is attacking the issue through creating a Water Quality Task Force. The two branches of government do not […]

  • Letter to the Editor: There Is No National Emergency on Our Border!

    Friends, neighbors, countrymen and women, let’s be honest. There is no evidence to support the President’s declaration of a national emergency.   The “caravan” of people from Honduras that walked 2,700 miles through Central America is composed mainly of children and family members who are fleeing for their lives from drug and gun wars that […]

  • Grant to Address Elder-Abuse Issues Benefits Door County

    by Anni Lampert, Domestic Violence Advocate, HELP of Door County Door County has the oldest population in the state: we have a higher percentage of folks older than 65 than any of the other 71 counties. In 2020, our population will be composed of more folks older than 65 than younger. Clearly, issues related to […]

  • Bills to Watch: PFAS Standards, Dark Stores, State Mandates

    LRB-1893 Groundwater-quality standards for PFAS This bill would require the Department of Health Services to develop health-based groundwater-quality standards for polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). PFAS are commonly used in manufacturing, including Teflon and firefighting foam. Tests have found significant contamination in Marinette and Madison. The Environmental Protection Agency released a PFAS action plan on Feb. 14 […]

  • Ephraim Pursuing Green Tier Community Designation

    The Village of Ephraim created an ad hoc committee to pursue designation as a Green Tier community, or a place where infrastructure and governance are carried out through the lens of sustainability. The Department of Natural Resources administers the program, but it gives municipalities wide latitude to create their own benchmarks, agenda and timeline. A […]

  • Celebrate the Launch of the Door County Seed Library

    The Door County Seed Library – a new community resource – is launching at the Sturgeon Bay Library on March 2, 1-3 pm. Beginner or expert, everyone is welcome to meet other gardeners and growers. The seed library – a collection of nearly 1,500 vegetable, herb, flower and native seeds that members can plant and grow at […]

  • PFLAG and Open Door Co-host Film Screening, March 3

    All are welcome to attend the film screening of Becoming More Visible by Pamela French. This free event, complete with popcorn and beverages, will be held March 3, 4 pm, at Hope Church, Sturgeon Bay. PFLAG Door County and Open Door Pride are the co-hosts. Challenged by how to identify since early childhood, four fearless […]

  • Gibraltar Elementary School esta ofreciendo evaluación de infancia en el 1 de abril

    Gibraltar Elementary School esta ofreciendo evaluación de infancia temprana para niños de edades tres o cinco años (no matriculados en Kinder) en el 1 de abril. La evaluación de infancia temprana se ofrecerá de forma gratuita para proveer una estimación informada del pensamiento, el lenguaje, y el desarrollo de habilidades motoras del niño. Para ayudar […]

  • Southern Door Announces 2019 Honor Students

    Alexis Wery, daughter of Ryan and Jodi Wery, is Southern Door High School’s valedictorian. During her time at Southern Door, she has enjoyed participating in athletics and has been on the high honor roll every semester. She has been a member of the Math Team for four years, was its co-captain this year and has […]

  • State News: Medical Marijuana, Colin Kaepernick, Mercury

    Governor Proposes Medical Marijuana Legalization Gov. Tony Evers will propose legalizing medical marijuana in his state budget address later this month. The push for medical legalization will be accompanied by several other marijuana-related proposals, including legalization of small amounts of marijuana for personal use, establishing expungement procedures for people with marijuana possession on their criminal […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Let’s Welcome All to Our Events

    A recent Visitor Bureau survey of visitors revealed that almost two-thirds of our visitors are over 50 and almost half are 60 years or older. Almost 30 percent of the resident population of Door County is over 65. According to the Census Bureau at least 40 percent of people aged 65 or older had at […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Won’t Join Challenge to DNR’s High Water Mark Ruling

    The Sturgeon Bay Common Council will not be joining the appeal of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) ruling on the Ordinary High Water Mark (OHWM) on the westside waterfront. A group of citizens brought the appeal to challenge the Jan. 3 DNR ruling that affirmed the settlement reached between the city and the Friends […]

  • Door to Nature: Ash Trees and the Emerald Ash Borer

    It was during the last Sturgeon Bay Christmas bird count when I noticed that several trees in the Logan Creek wetland along Sunny Slope Road had much of their bark missing. They appeared to be infected with the emerald ash borer, an aggressive insect from Asia. The dreaded invasion was first seen in 2002 near […]

  • How Plants Handle the Polar Vortex

    When extreme weather hits, one of the first questions I’m asked is, “How will this weather affect plants next year?” To which I astound people with my very insightful answer: “I don’t know.” Many factors determine whether a plant will come through the winter unscathed, making it very hard to predict the outcome. Some factors […]

  • Gibraltar Girls Basketball Hold ‘Thanksgiving’ Fundraiser, Feb. 24

    The Gibraltar Vikings girls basketball program will hold a “Thanksgiving Dinner” fundraiser on Feb. 24, 3-6:30 pm, at Alexander’s. The meal will include turkey, all the traditional Thanksgiving fixings and some of Alexander’s food. All proceeds will go to the Gibraltar Vikings girls basketball program. Tickets are $15 per adult, $8 per child aged six […]

  • Video Series on Grief Care Presented at St. Peter’s Church

    GriefShare is a weekly, 13-week seminar of video presentations by noted leaders in grief care and small-group discussion. Each week the group considers a different topic. Through group discussion, prayer and videos featuring the nation’s foremost authorities on grief, participants explore mourning in a confidential and sensitive manner, which allows them to better understand what they […]

  • DCEDC Launches Retail Survey

    by Paige Funkhouser The news of the pharmacy closing at Shopko in Sister Bay hit me like a dump truck full of snow. People in Northern Door are now going to have to drive to Sturgeon Bay to get their prescriptions filled? My friend Rachel’s 92-year-old grandma (who lives at Scandia Village and is still […]

  • NWTC Learning & Innovation Center Offers Learning English Course

    A 10-hour Learning English Online course will be offered in March at the NWTC Learning and Innovation Center. It will introduce participants to a wide range of effective, online resources for intermediate and advanced English-language learners, including websites for grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, speaking, listening, reading and preparation for exams such as the TOEFL (Test of […]

  • Server of the Week: Stephanie Mleziva

    Stephanie can be found at Blue Horse, where she serves up cups of cheer. Originally from Luxemburg, but the county’s been her home the past two years. When not working the steamer, Stephanie likes to gets outside. She stays active by running and biking –One reason the county is a good place to reside. At […]

  • Breakfast Rotary Presents 16th annual Trivia, March 16

    The Sturgeon Bay Breakfast Rotary Club presents its 16th annual Trivia Night on March 16 at the Old Jaycee Clubhouse in Sturgeon Bay. Registration will start at 6:30 pm. The trivia competition – 10 categories, 100 questions – will run 7-10 pm and include door prizes and hot appetizers. Winners will receive framed certificates. Teams […]

  • Gibraltar Offers Childhood Screening, April 1

    Gibraltar Elementary Schools is offering early childhood screening for children ages three to five on April 1. Screening is offered to residents of Gibraltar School District at no cost to provide 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 answer […]

  • High School Sports Schedule: Feb. 22 – March 1

    GIBRALTAR Boys Basketball Feb. 26: Regionals vs. Lena, 7 pm Girls Basketball Feb. 22: Regionals vs. Oakfield, 7 pm Feb. 23: Regionals, TBD SEVASTOPOL Boys Basketball Feb. 26: Regionals @ St. Mary’s Springs, 7 pm SOUTHERN DOOR Boys Basketball Feb. 23 @ Peshtigo, 7:30 pm March 1: Regionals, TBD Girls Basketball Feb. 22: Regionals @ […]

  • 81st Ice Out Contest Now Open

    The polar vortex created plenty of ice on Green Bay – just in time for the 81st annual Sister Bay Ice Out contest. If you guess what day and time the ice will go out at the Sister Bay Marina, you could win cash and prizes. Cast your ballot at any of the 16 Sister Bay businesses […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Ship Catches Fire in Toledo

    The Coast Guard conducted a pollution assessment of the Maumee River after a fire Saturday on board a vessel in the Port of Toledo. Members of Coast Guard Station Toledo notified Coast Guard Sector Detroit Command Center watchstanders about the fire around 9:30 pm. The Coast Guard responded, along with firefighters from eight local fire […]

  • Sturgeon Bay’s Westwood Shores Completes Renovation

    Westwood Shores Waterfront Resort in Sturgeon Bay has completed its $600,000-plus renovation project, which includes a complete makeover of the lobby, corridors, conference rooms and all 38 suites. The work encompasses new paint, carpeting, flooring, lighting, furniture, bedding, accessories and artwork and is the culmination of more than two years of planning by the resort’s […]

  • Reps in the News: Kitchens Supports Criminal Justice Reform Package

    Representative Joel Kitchens Rep. Kitchens supports a package of initiatives that is expected to improve various aspects of the state’s criminal justice system, from access to a fair trial to the re-entry of former offenders into the workforce. “One of my top priorities as a legislator is to provide our law-enforcement agencies and courts with […]

  • Trivia: Where was the first indoor ice rink set up in the U.S.?

    Question: Where was the first indoor ice rink set up in the U.S.? Answer: Madison Square Garden in New York City in 1879.

  • Englebert Advances to State for Wrestling

    Grant Englebert had a long time to ponder what could have been. Wrestling in the first round of last year’s Dodgeland Sectional, Grant Englebert was leading Random Lake’s Joey Bock 3-2 in the first period of their 138-pound match, when he suffered a concussion and lost by forfeit. Englebert’s disappointment was compounded when Bock went […]

  • Ellison Bay Native Joins Alzheimer’s Association in New York

    The Alzheimer’s Association’s Central New York Chapter has named Martha Hutchinson to the newly created position of community engagement manager. She will oversee the chapter’s volunteer program, grassroots outreach and engagement with diverse and underserved communities. She will also direct ALZTOGETHER, the chapter’s social-engagement program for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. ALZTOGETHER […]

  • Commentary: Feeling More Deeply Connected

    by Georgia Feldman Walking under the modernist, green-and-white arches to the Lowenstine Academic Building at the Conserve School in Land O’ Lakes, Wisconsin was a big moment. The picturesque entrance was intimidating as much as it was beautiful. However, the most intriguing part of the building was that it seemed to be built into nature, […]

  • Cheers!: Brown, Brown, Go to Town

    Hunting the beer aisles with nothing particular in mind might be the most difficult thing a person can do these days, but that was my dilemma on a recent Saturday afternoon. I saw this. I saw that. And then I saw this and that again. Everything looked enticing, but nothing was screaming, “Drink me!” and […]

  • Inn at Cedar Crossing: Upscale Dining in Downtown Sturgeon Bay

    More than a hundred years ago, in the midst of a booming Sturgeon Bay shipbuilding community, you would have found a tailor shop, an apothecary and a doctor’s office at the corner of Cedar and Cottage Street instead of a delicious, pesto-stuffed chicken breast wrapped in smoked bacon. Luckily for diners, today on the same […]

  • Science Snippet: Mind Control

    What if it were possible to control a 3D object such as a drone or small plane using only our thoughts? Recent studies bring us one step closer. For example, what if a human subject were equipped with a device that detected electrical brain waves and then used them to maneuver a drone quadcopter in […]

  • ‘Santa Maria’ First Ship Named for Tall Ships Festival

    The Santa María, sponsored by HobbyTown, is the first ship to be announced for Nicolet Bank Tall Ships. A replica of the Spanish ships that traveled across the Atlantic Ocean in the 15th and 16th centuries, the 200-ton, three-mast ship was built in Spain in 2017 by the Nao Victoria Foundation using iroko (an African […]

  • Women’s Fund Holds Sixth Annual Story Slam

    Join the Women’s Fund of Door County at the sixth annual Story Slam: Tales of Our Lives March 7 and 8 at the Door County Fire Company, Sturgeon Bay. A story slam is more than just a storytelling event: It’s an invitation for people to share a part of themselves with those who appreciate a […]

  • GEO-DC Names Contractor for New Discovery Center

    The Greater Escarpment Organization of Door County (GEO-DC) has selected Amber Beard of projekt hABitat as the general contractor to further develop Ellison Bay’s Niagara Escarpment Discovery Center. An Ellison Bay native, Beard brings impressive knowledge and international experience in sustainable-building practices and LEED certification. The building at 11876 Hwy 42 will be the new […]

  • Supreme Court Candidate Decries Partisan Judicial Races

    Lisa Neubauer, chief judge of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, pointed out as the guest speaker at the Democratic Party of Door County’s annual pie-party fundraiser – held Feb. 17 at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor – dark, unaccountable outside campaign money for judicial races has been “a cancer on our state” for a decade. […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Rep. Gallagher Carbon Fee and Dividend Support?

    This is a case made for Congressman Mike Gallagher to support the bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Fee and Dividend Act that is currently gathering sponsorship in Congress. A carbon fee and dividend concept has been around for quite some time and has been covered by the Pulse. A carbon tax (fee) and dividend proposal […]

  • EHHS Presents on Harvey and Helen Haen, Feb. 25

    The Egg Harbor Historical Society will present a free program about Harvey and Helen Haen on Feb. 25, 1 pm, at the Kress Pavilion. The society will discuss “Harvey and Helen Haen, Two ‘Makers’ of Egg Harbor” through a new program that reviews their many contributions. Attendees will also hear from Harvey himself, who was […]

  • Packerland Conference Standings: Feb. 17

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

  • Gibraltar’s Coach K Creates a Winning Culture In and Out of the Gym

    On Nov. 15, Josh Kropuenske tallied his 100th win as the Gibraltar girls basketball coach, and this Friday his team begins the postseason with a No. 1 seed in regional play. One doesn’t have to look back too far in Gibraltar’s yearbooks to see that in the ’80s and ’90s, finishing the season with a […]

  • Aune Comes Up a Stroke Short in State Meet

    Despite missing out on a Division 2 state swimming title by less than one second, the Sturgeon Bay co-op team’s Brock Aune was able to keep the outcome in perspective. “I went in last night with my eye on a title but came out second,” Aune said. “However, I couldn’t be happier with the way […]

  • Farmers May Now Join Egg Harbor Farmers Market for Free

    The Egg Harbor Business Association (EHBA) has two pieces of good news: the farmers market will return for its third season, and farmers may now join this juried market for free. It will take place in Harbor View Park on Fridays, 9 am – 1 pm, starting May 24 and running through the end of October, […]

  • Women’s Fund Story Slam Returns March 7-8

    Join the Women’s Fund of Door County at the sixth annual Story Slam: Tales of Our Lives March 7 and 8 at the Door County Fire Company, Sturgeon Bay. A story slam is more than just a storytelling event: It’s an invitation for people to share a part of themselves with those who appreciate a […]

  • NWTC Offers ‘Learning English Online’ in Sister Bay

    A 10-hour Learning English Online course will be offered in March at the NWTC Learning and Innovation Center in Sister Bay. It will introduce participants to a wide range of effective, online resources for intermediate and advanced English-language learners, including websites for grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, speaking, listening, reading and preparation for exams such as the […]

  • Feb. 19 Door County Primary Election Results

    Voters in Door County narrowed their choices in three races Tuesday, Feb. 19. Primary elections were held for the Sevastopol Town Board, Gibraltar School Board, and Southern Door School Board. Gibraltar School Board Results Top four vote-getters advance to the April 2 general election. Don Helm: 473Brett Reetz: 310Mike Peot (Incumbent): 206Carole Vande Walle: 136Ray […]

  • Daoust Sets Single-game Door County Scoring Mark

    Southern Door’s Kyle Daoust set a new Door County high boys basketball single game scoring record Monday with a 51-point effort in a 92-41 win over Algoma. Southern Door’s Nick LeCaptain held the previous record with a 50-point effort in a win over Oconto in 2016. “One shot led to another,” Daoust said. “I started […]

  • 2019 Hilander Cup Photos

    Alexander’s won the 2019 Hilander Cup, the coveted trophy awarded to the champion of the Northern Door Broomball League. Len Villano was there to capture the scene at the Teresa K. Hilander Community Ice Rink in Sister Bay. [

  • Obituary: Harlan A. Tweeten

    Dec. 4, 1940 – Feb. 17, 2019  Harlan A. Tweeten, 78, of Baileys Harbor, died after a short battle with leukemia at his home with his family by his side. Harlan was born in Forest City, Iowa, the son of the late Irving and Eleanor (Haugland) Tweeten. As an infant, his family moved to Blair, Wisconsin, where […]

  • Alexander’s Is Hilander Cup Champ

    After one week of play, it appeared the Northern Door Broomball League was on its last legs. The Teresa K. Hilander Ice Rink manager had abruptly quit, and all games and activities at the rink were canceled. But a new manager and staff turned operations around in short order, and their efforts culminated in a […]

  • Obituary: Daisy Ann Lewis

    June 11, 1929 – Feb. 15, 2019  Daisy Ann Lewis, 89, of Sturgeon Bay, died at the Skilled Nursing Facility of Door County Medical Center. She was born in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of the late Olaves Marcellius and Hulda Maria Victoria (Peterson) Anderson. Daisy graduated as the valedictorian of her 1947 Sturgeon Bay High School class. […]

  • Assessment Finds Significant Decay at Potawatomi Tower

    CAn assessment commissioned by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has concluded that the load carrying capacity of Potawatomi Tower has been compromised. Forest Products Laboratory, part of the U.S. Forest Services, Department of Agriculture, has released its report outlining the nondestructive wood testing done on the observation tower at Potawatomi State Park. Routine inspections […]

  • Southern Door School Board Candidate Questionnaire

    There are five candidates running for two Southern Door School Board positions. A primary will be held Tuesday, Feb. 19, to narrow the field to four candidates for the April election. What motivated you to run for the school board? Milly Gonzales (MG): I was motivated to run as an advocate and activist. I’d like […]

  • Sevastopol Town Board Candidate Questionnaire

    Five people are running for two seats on the Sevastopol Town Board, including incumbents Tony Haen and Linda Wait. Haen provided a biography that was edited down to the 100-word limit we requested from the candidates, but he did not send a photo or respond to the questions. Candidate Kurt Krauel did not respond. Darrick […]

  • Obituary: Bethel J. Lundahl

    July 31, 1926 – Feb. 12, 2019 Bethel J. Lundahl, 92, a Tulsa resident, died peacefully in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was born to Robert E. and Martha Johnson in Rochester, Minnesota. Bethel graduated from Rochester High School in 1944, and during that time, she worked at the Mayo Clinic. Following high school, she graduated from business […]

  • Obituary: Casimir ‘KC’ John Kopala

    Jan. 14, 1943 – Jan. 30, 2019 KC, 76, of Fish Creek, died at Aurora Baycare Medical Center in Green Bay. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, to the late Stanley and Marie Kopala. To honor his wishes, there will be no formal services.

  • Obituary: Charlene (Appel) Rice

    Feb. 13, 1945 – Feb. 10, 2019 Charlene (Appel) Rice, 73, died peacefully at her home near Sister Bay after multiple long, serious illnesses with family nearby. She was born in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of the late Benjamin and Clara (Pratt) Appel. As a child, she experienced all the hard work and fun times […]

  • Obituary: Marie Audrey Bertschinger

    Jan. 28, 1928 – Feb. 13, 2019 Marie Audrey Bertschinger, 91, died at the Skilled Nursing Facility in Sturgeon Bay. Daughter to the late Louis and Ella Fintelmann, Marie was born in the town of Herman (Franklin). Growing up on a farm, one of her favorite jobs was feeding the chickens. Upon graduating from Sheboygan High […]

  • Feature: Omega Double Piano Makes Debut at PMF February Festival

    I’ve often wondered what it was like for audience members who heard George Gershwin’s revolutionary Rhapsody in Blue performed by Paul Whiteman and his Palais Royal Orchestra the night of Feb. 12, 1924 – Gershwin himself at the piano, improvising his way through the hastily conceived piece (but that’s another story). It was the welcome […]

  • Parks Superintendent Presents Next-Century Vision for Door County Parks

    Door County Parks & Facilities Superintendent Ben Nelson will outline a next-century vision for the county’s parks at the next lecture in the Door County Master Gardeners Association’s Gardening Education Series. The presentation will take place Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7 pm at Crossroads at Big Creek. Ideas for the parks that are of special […]

  • Kewaunee Shopko Named in Latest Round of Closures

    The Shopko Hometown store in Kewaunee was among the 139 store closures the company added to its list of closings last week. That amounts to the shuttering of almost two-thirds of the company’s approximately 370 retail locations. The announcement set the Kewaunee Shopko closure for early May, and the City of Kewaunee is looking at […]

  • Door to Nature: Eastern Screech Owl

    It was five years ago when we had our last polar vortex – during that winter when most of the Great Lakes were nearly totally frozen. I remember how cold it was from January on, and the wind and blowing snow made driving quite hazardous at times. In January 2014, precipitation was 28 inches of […]

  • Bills to Watch: Evers Expected to Veto Tax Cut Bill

    AB-004 Increasing tax deductions The state Assembly passed a bill by a vote of 61-33 that would increase the state income-tax maximum deduction by 20.6 percent for single people making less than $127,000 and for joint filers making less than $155,000. The Senate subsequently passed the bill by a vote of 19-13. Governor Tony Evers […]

  • Climate Corner: Climate Change and the League of Women Voters

    by Pat Scieszinski, League of Women Voters In January, the Door County League of Women Voters co-sponsored the documentary film Saving Snow with the Climate Change Coalition of Door County. The film documents a disappearing snow season as the result of warmer winters as about more than the loss of winter sports. Less snow means […]

  • DCEDC Working to Grow Current, Future Workforce

    by Christina Studebaker, DCEDC Workforce-Development Project Manager Historically low unemployment during the past few years has presented tremendous challenges for employers across the country to attract and retain a workforce, and local conditions are notable. According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Wisconsin’s average monthly unemployment rate of 2.94 percent ranked as […]

  • Reps in the News: Evers Joining U.S. Climate Alliance

    Governor Tony Evers On Feb. 12, Gov. Evers announced his plans to join the U.S. Climate Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of governors committed to implementing the Paris climate accord on a state level to combat climate change. The Alliance was formed in June 2017 in response to President Trump’s announced intent to withdraw the United […]

  • High School Sports Schedule: Feb. 15 – 22

    GIBRALTAR Boys Basketball Feb. 15 vs. Peshtigo, 7:30 pm Feb. 16 @ Oconto, 7:30 pm Feb. 18 @ Sevastopol, 7:30 pm Feb. 19 @ Mishicot, 7:15 pm SEVASTOPOL Boys Basketball Feb. 15 @ Algoma, 7:30 pm Feb. 18 vs. Gibraltar, 7:30 pm Feb. 19 @ Southern Door, 7:30 pm Feb. 21 @ Kewaunee, 7:30 pm […]

  • New PMF Director Wants to Increase Brand Awareness

    Christoph Ptack has been on the job as executive director of the Peninsula Music Festival (PMF) for a little more than a month, but already he has realized one of his jobs will be to increase the visibility of the PMF brand. “I was delivering some February Fest flyers around Ephraim a week or two […]

  • Grapplers Conard, Jorns Advance to Sectionals

    Second chances in sports don’t happen often, but for Southern Door High School wrestler Kyle Conard a second chance made a great performance even better. Conard, who lost to Kewaunee’s Logan Steinhorst earlier in the month, avenged that loss by defeating Steinhorst 4-1 in the 120 pound final of the Southern Door Regional Feb. 9 […]

  • Science Snippet: Diseases Related to Pollution

    Globally, pollution is linked to 16 percent of all premature deaths, and 92 percent of such pollution deaths are in low- or middle-income countries. Air, soil and water pollution are worldwide threats. Three billion people around the world rely on wood, charcoal, agricultural waste, animal dung or coal for their household cooking needs – all energy […]

  • State News: Gas Tax, Abortion, Solar

    Evers Signals Gas-Tax Hike May Be Included in Budget Proposal Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Transportation Secretary-designee Craig Thompson are sending strong signals that the upcoming state budget will include a proposal to raise the gas tax to pay for roads. Evers told the Superior Days delegation in Madison Tuesday that a task force of […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Is the Economic Sky Falling?

    Whenever there is the slightest proposal to raise the top marginal tax rate on those with very high incomes, such as the one being floated of 70 percent tax rate for earnings more than $10 million in a single year, there is a cry that the increase will hurt the nation’s economy. The problem with […]

  • Gibraltar Girls Awarded Top Seed in Division 5

    For the first time in school history, the Gibraltar High School girls basketball team is the No. 1 seed in a regional basketball tournament. “I’m incredibly proud of how the girls have performed this year,” Coach Josh Kropuenske said. “The No. 1 seed is just a credit to their work ethic and desire to get […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Unfulfilled Promises

    People seem to be alarmed by the news that a congresswoman has proposed a top marginal income tax rate of 70 percent. That would be alarming, if it applied to an entire income. But “marginal tax rates” are part of our “progressive” tax system, meaning that they apply only to income over and above certain […]

  • Letter to the Editor: More Plans for the Granary

    Once or twice each month, when in Sturgeon Bay, I use the Oregon Street bridge which gives me an  unobstructed view of the building known to most of us as the “granary.” That provides me license to claim to be an observer which can lead one to develop an opinion on that observation. I have […]

  • Commentary: Balancing ‘Me’ and ‘We’

    by Orlaine I. Gabert, Door County Civility Project The third tool of civility is inclusivity. It asks each of us to listen to viewpoints different from our own so that we can see issues in other ways and try to find common ground. However, we seem to live in a world of either me or […]

  • Municipal Meetings: Feb. 15 – 22

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay:  The common council meets at 7 pm Feb. 19. County of Door:  The Finance Committee meets at 2 pm Feb. 18. The Library Board meets at 5 pm Feb. 18. The Administrative Committee meets at 10 am Feb. 19. The Legislative Committee meets at 1 pm Feb. 19. Town […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Candidate Forums Feb. 28, March 12

    The Door County League of Women Voters is sponsoring a candidate forum for the eight candidates running for Sturgeon Bay City Council and another for the two Sturgeon Bay mayoral candidates. The forum for city-council candidates is scheduled for Feb. 28, 6:30 pm (snow date is March 4, 6:30 pm). The forum for the mayoral […]

  • Bernie Friedenfels Elected to State Plumbing and Heating Group

    The Plumbing and Heating Cooling Contractors of Wisconsin, the statewide organization for the industry, elected a new slate of officers at its annual meeting on Feb. 7. The new officers, whom the the board of directors voted in unanimously, include new secretary Bernie Friedenfels of Bernie’s Well & Water in Baileys Harbor.

  • Baileys Harbor Creates Fire Building Committee

    At its Feb. 11 meeting, the Baileys Harbor Town Board announced the creation of the Fire Building Committee to look into a plan for the town fire department. Its members are Brian Zak, Barbara Anschutz, Eric Peil, Bill Becker, Ken Uhlhorn, Bill Reifsnyder and Tim Tishler.

  • Door County From Above: Baileys Harbor in Snow

    Baileys Harbor digs out from the storm, Feb. 13, 2019. Photo by Brett Kosmider. Follow him at @brettkosmider.

  • New Online Food Guide Coming Soon

    Submitted by the Door County Visitor Bureau February in Door County may be a quieter time for residents, but with the cold weather we’ve had, many may be going stir crazy. If that’s the case, check out to get some ideas about things to do and winter events going on in the area. Did […]

  • Dairy Business Association Elects New President

    The Dairy Business Association’s (DBA) board of directors elected a new president and vice president, and the membership chose three new directors during the organization’s annual business meeting at the Dairy Strong conference. Incumbent Tom Crave of Crave Brothers Farm in Waterloo, Wis., will lead the board as president. He has been a dairy farmer […]

  • Edge Dairy Cooperative Offering Scholarships

    Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative seeks to award two $1,000 college scholarships to children of its members. Applicants must be high school seniors, high school graduates or college undergraduates enrolled or planning to enroll in a full-time course of study at an accredited four-year college or university or a two-year program at a technical, junior or […]

  • UW-Extension Hosting Meeting to Help Farmers

    To address stressors in the agriculture industry, UW-Extension in Brown, Door, Kewaunee, Marinette, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano and Waupaca Counties will host a half-day meeting called Supporting Farmers during Challenging Times on March 20, 9 am-12 pm, at Tundra Lodge in Green Bay. The meeting is designed to help agribusiness professionals and agency staff feel more […]

  • DCEDC Accepting Nominations for Annual Awards

    The Door County Economic Development Corporation’s (DCEDC) board of directors is accepting applications for the annual Door County Industry of the Year, Door County Entrepreneur of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement awards. The recipients will be announced at DCEDC’s annual meeting in April. The Entrepreneur of the Year honor celebrates those who have taken the […]

  • FlourGirl Earns WeddingWire Award

    FlourGirl Patissier has earned a WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award. WeddingWire – a global, online wedding marketplace – annually celebrates the top wedding professionals on its site in more than 20 service categories. FlourGirl Patissier earned this award based on its outstanding service to newlyweds. WeddingWire features more than three million reviews, and these notable vendors […]

  • Washington Island Ice Party Feb. 16

    Take a trip to Washington Island on Feb. 16, 12 pm, for Ice Party. For the last 15-plus years, Ice Party has been a social gathering at the south end of Main Road on Detroit Harbor. There will be music, food, games and lots of great conversation around a warm fire. This is a BYOB […]

  • Registration Opens for 10th Crossroads Trail Run

    Registration is now open for the 10th annual Crossroads Trail Run/Walk  2K, 5K and 10K on June 22 at Crossroads at Big Creek. The chip-timed trail run takes place on a 200-acre preserve and welcomes all runners and walkers. Visit to register at early-bird prices. In celebration of the race’s 10th anniversary, all participants […]

  • DATCP Releases Top 10 Consumer Complaints for 2018

    And the number one consumer complaint is … Telemarketing complaints (4,860 complaints) are on the rise and continue to top the annual list of consumer complaints collected by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). More than two out of every five complaints the agency received in 2018 were about calls from […]

  • Packerland Needs More Young Officials

    Jeff Schartner answered the question without hesitation. “I don’t listen to the fans and coaches,” said Schartner, a Sturgeon Bay resident who has officiated football, basketball and baseball for 33 years. “The bottom line is that I am there for the players and try to be as insignificant as possible.” Shartner’s response about ignoring the […]

  • Fall Fest Craft Fair Seeking New Location

    The Sister Bay Advancement Association (SBAA) is searching for a new home for the Fall Fest Arts and Crafts Fair. It has traditionally taken place on Mill Road, east of Bay Shore Drive, but safety concerns have forced it to relocate: The Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Station is just a few hundred yards east of […]