Peninsula Pulse February 8-15, 2019

In this issue

  • Sturgeon Bay Swimmers Heading to State Meet

    The Sturgeon Bay co-op swimming team qualified for the state meet in four events after a stellar performance at the Ashwaubenon Sectional Feb. 9. The Division 2 state meet takes place Friday and Saturday at the UW-Madison Natatorium. Brock Aune is competing at state for the second year in a row. He placed first in […]

  • Baby Boom in Northern Door

    With a median age of about 52 years old – compared to the statewide median of about 39 years old – Door County has one of the oldest populations of Wisconsin’s 72 counties. So it’s not only surprising but also welcome news that Northern Door Children’s Center (NDCC) in Sister Bay is experiencing a veritable […]

  • Door County Closings and Cancellations for Tuesday, Feb. 12

    Another day, another list of closings in Door County. Schools, businesses and offices across the county are closed today as a winter storm is expected to drop 9 inches of snow with consistent winds of 16 – 23 mph, and gusts up to 34 mph. Snow is expected to taper off by Wednesday, though high […]

  • Man Missing After Taking Photos at Cave Point in Door County

    UPDATED FEB. 12, 4:07 pm: The Door County Sheriff’s Department has identified the man reported missing Sunday at Cave Point County Park as Eric Richter. A 57 year-old Neenah man has been reported missing after taking photos at Cave Point County Park Sunday. According to a press release from the Door County Sheriff’s Department, a […]

  • Obituary: Pauline Wesley Wanderer

    Pauline Wesley Wanderer, 83, died peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Family and friends were by her side. Pauline will be remembered for her perpetual motion and spontaneity, her faith in God, the many friendships she enjoyed, and her driving passion for nature, writing, cooking and peaceful protest. She leaves a lifetime of love, generosity, and […]

  • Makenna Ash Named Player of the Week

    Senior forward Makenna Ash of the St. Olaf College women’s basketball team earned Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Women’s Basketball Athlete of the Week. It’s the second time she’s won the award. The 2015 Gibraltar graduate set the St. Olaf team’s career rebounding mark earlier this month. Ash ranks ninth in NCAA Division III in […]

  • The Rock of Northern Door: Community Thanks the Caspersons

    The moment happened 47 years ago, but the memory is clear to Chris Forbes. A day earlier she had taken her young daughter Stephanie to the hospital wrapped in blankets and struggling to breathe. Hours later she went home with only the blankets, lost in the disbelief, experiencing the numb fog that arrives when a […]

  • Door to Nature: The Valentine Bird

    A recent inquiry came from a friend who lives just north of Sturgeon Bay saying that she’d heard the song of a cardinal and wondered whether it was a sign of spring. I answered telling her that it certainly could be – but remember what happened last year when winter returned in April. The male […]

  • Obituary: Leo Walter Zipperer

    Feb. 18, 1941 – Feb. 4, 2019 (Age 77) “Welcome to beautiful Door County in wonderful Wisconsin!” Those were the words that greeted friends and family and were added to the many county and town board resolutions that Leo thrived on creating for the future and “betterment” of the place he called home: Door County, Wisconsin. Leo Walter […]

  • Cave Point, Snow Day, Door County, Door County winter

    Framed: Cave Point Adventure

    On Tuesday, Jan. 29, Sevastopol School was closed for another day, so Ben and Silas Martin, along with their dad, headed to Cave Point to see the effect of Monday’s storm. Photo by Russell Martin.

  • Manners Matter: The Silent Treatment

    Dear Mary Pat, My best friend isn’t speaking to me. I don’t know what I did to upset her. We used to talk nearly every day and we’ve been friends since kindergarten. It’s awkward at school since our other friends say that they don’t know what’s wrong either. It’s been two weeks and I don’t […]

  • Featured Pet, Humane Society Featured Pet, DCHS, Humane Society, Door County Humane Society, Wisconsin Humane Society

    DCHS Featured Pet: Tater

    Tater is one of more than 40 cats rescued from a hoarding situation in December. When you walk past his suite, you may not even notice he’s in there. Likely hiding in his cubby, this timid, one-year-old boy is still learning what it’s like to have positive interactions with people, but his appreciation for affection […]

  • Blood Drive Held at Southern Door, Feb. 15

    The Southern Door Student Council and the American Red Cross are sponsoring a blood drive on Feb. 15, 9 am – 2 pm, in the Southern Door High School gym. Anyone who is at least 17 years of age (or is 16 with parent permission), weighs at least 110 pounds and is in good health may […]

  • Amber Beard, Sustainability, Wellness, Door County, workshop, Crossroads at Big Creek

    Sustainability in Hospitality Workshop

    Amber Beard addresses a group during the free Sustainability/Wellness in Hospitality/Tourism workshop presented at Crossroads at Big Creek on Feb. 5. Another free workshop is in the works for April. Photo by Grace Johnson.

  • Wheel of Fortune, Algoma

    Algoma Couple Competes on ‘Wheel of Fortune’

    Jamie Allen, business-education teacher at Algoma High School; and her husband, Danny Allen of WDOR Radio, will appear as contestants on the game show Wheel of Fortune. An item on their bucket list, this dream came true for the Allens with the help of some of Jamie’s students and a nearly two-year wait to receive […]

  • Flanigan Distributing Partners With von Stiehl Winery

    Starting this February, Flanigan Distributing of Door County will distribute and sell award-winning local wines and cider from von Stiehl Winery of Algoma. With a historical building dating back to the late 1860s, von Stiehl is Wisconsin’s oldest licensed winery. It also owns and operates Door County’s oldest commercial vineyard, the Stony Creek Vineyard in […]

  • Support Group for Men Held at Bay View and Tanum Forest Lutheran

    Healing From Loss, a grief support group for men, will be offered by Bay View and Tanum Forest Lutheran Churches on March 5. Men in the community and surrounding area are invited to hear from experts and others who are also experiencing grief. They may share or just listen. The group is free and open […]

  • Door County Medical Center, Tooth Fairy Fundraiser, Door County, Tanya Fischer

    DCMC Annual Tooth Fairy Fundraiser

    February is National Children’s Dental Health Month – and time for the Door County Medical Center (DCMC) Dental Clinic’s annual Tooth Fairy Fundraiser. The clinic provides oral-health care to children and adults from Door and Kewaunee Counties. The fundraiser runs Feb. 4 to 8, 11:30 am – 1 pm, at DCMC’s Sturgeon Bay campus, where volunteers […]

  • Paul Feit, Dentistry By Design

    Door County Dentist Joins Mission Trip to Haiti

    Northeastern Wisconsin residents are on a mission to provide care in Haiti and Honduras during the coming months. The first is a mission trip set for Feb. 15-25 to provide free dental care to a remote region of central Haiti called Los Cacaos. Dr. Paul Feit of Dentistry by Design and Dr. Scott Zak of […]

  • Bald Eagle Is Newest Resident at Open Door Bird Sanctuary

    The Open Door Bird Sanctuary (ODBS) is now home to a Wisconsin-born bald eagle named Fisher that will greatly enhance the sanctuary’s educational programming. He is the 14th avian resident, joining hawks, owls, falcons and a turkey vulture. At about three years old, he still has the overall brown coloring of juvenile eagles. He was […]

  • Door-Tran, Door County, volunteer

    Door-Tran Continues to Support Door County’s Mobility Needs

    Door-Tran’s volunteer transportation services continue to meet Door County residents’ mobility needs. In 2018, volunteer drivers provided more than 1,400 one-way trips. “We are grateful for the dedicated volunteer drivers who donated 2,555 hours, which is valued at over $31,000,” said Kim Gilson, Door-Tran’s volunteer coordinator. In addition to volunteer transportation services, Door-Tran also provides […]

  • Union Supper Pub, appetizer, Door County, Door County restaurants, dining out, Valentine's Day

    Cold Weather, Hot Date: Five places for a cozy night out

    Winter has truly hit the peninsula and we are now in the height of hibernation. Many businesses and restaurants have opted to shutter up for the remainder of winter for some savored downtime before spring nears. This means restaurant selections have narrowed and hours have slimmed, but you can still venture out and find plenty […]

  • Battle of the Praise Bands Returns on Feb. 10

    Battle of the Praise Bands III is coming on Feb. 10. Everyone is invited to enjoy a great night of singing, laughter and camaraderie when the praise bands from Bayview Lutheran, Crossroads, First Baptist and Prince of Peace Lutheran share their music. Nick Freimuth will be the emcee. Doors open at 2:30 pm, and the […]

  • Climate Change Coalition and Door County Brewing Hosts Chili Cook-off

    The Climate Change Coalition of Door County and the Door County Brewing Co. will host a chili cook-off on Feb. 26, 6-7:30 pm, at the Door County Brewing Co. Taproom and Music Hall. The cookoff will highlight 15 chili masters and their favorite chili recipes. To enter, contact Kate Leroy at [email protected] or 612.387.2606. The […]

  • Open Door Seeks Help to Organize Pride Fest

    Open Door Pride is gearing up for its third annual Pride Festival, to be held June 22 in Sturgeon Bay’s Martin Park. The group seeks community members and allies to help organize. To get involved, contact [email protected] or attend Open Door Pride’s next Fun Night – a monthly LGBTQIA+ community social mixer – on Feb. […]

  • Door County Thrive Hosts Potluck, Feb. 21

    Door County Thrive (DCT) is hosting a fun-filled community potluck Feb. 21, 6 pm, at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor. During this potluck DCT will give away $200 in gift certificates from local businesses, collect your recipes from the potluck dishes to create a Door County Thrive Cookbook, and give a short presentation on […]

  • ERA Starr Realty Annual Awards Recognizes Agents

    ERA Starr Realty held its annual awards banquet on Feb. 2 at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club. Awards were presented to the top-producing agents for 2018, and staff members were recognized for their hard work and commitment. Broker Robert Starr conducted the ceremonies and  congratulated agents on a successful year, emphasizing that ERA Starr once […]

  • Woodpeckers Can Point to Emerald Ash Borer in Winter

    Winter is an ideal time to look for signs of emerald ash borer (EAB) infestation because woodpeckers will do much of the hunting for those signs, according to state forest health specialists. Emerald ash borer is an invasive insect that kills all species of ash trees in Wisconsin. The larval, or worm-like, stage of the […]

  • Child Development Day Held March 7 at Southern Door

    The Southern Door County School District will hold a Child Development Day on March 7, 8 am – 6 pm. This is a free community service that will provide information and assessment about how children are developing. Parents with children ages two years and six months to four years and six months are invited to […]

  • Egg Harbor Historical Society Presents Final Program on Dr. Eames

    After a postponement, the Egg Harbor Historical Society will present its final program on Dr. Eames on Feb. 11, 1 pm, at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor. Eames served Egg Harbor and the surrounding area for 48 years. On a day in July 1937, after completing five house calls, he sat down in his […]

  • Snow Days Medallion Search with Lodge at Leathem Smith

    The Lodge at Leathem Smith has hidden a medallion worth up to $1,000 in Sturgeon Bay. The Snow Days Medallion Search started on Feb. 4. All proceeds will benefit the Wisconsin Humane Society Door County Campus. Participants can find a new clue on display as early as 4 pm every day at Kona Bay Fish […]

  • Sick of Winter? Visit Master’s Cup Coffeehouse

    Warm up during the Fire & Ice Festival at the Sick of Winter event on Feb. 16, 11 am – 1:30 pm, at the Master’s Cup Coffeehouse. The public is invited to sample a variety of homemade, cold-fighting soups, chili, breads and cider. The funds raised will support the Prince of Peace Christian Counseling Ministry. […]

  • Server of the Week, Baileys 57, Sylvia Reinhardt, Baileys Harbor, Door County

    Server of the Week: Sylvia Reinhardt

    At Baileys 57 you can find an assortment of sandwiches and pizzas for palates of all kind. Helping to make these delectable eats Is Sylvia Reinhardt, who is kind to everyone she meets. With seven kids and 18 grandkids, Sylvia knows how to make food that sticks to your ribs. So stop by Sylvia when […]

  • Trivia: What is the name of the event that marks the end of the 16-day Chinese New Year celebration?

    Question: What is the name of the event that marks the end of the 16-day Chinese New Year celebration? Answer: Lantern Festival. This year’s Lantern Festival is Tuesday, Feb. 19.

  • Door County From Above: Time for Pond Hockey

    The rinks are ready for the Door County Pond Hockey Tournament that takes place Feb. 9. Photo by Brett Kosmider. Follow him at @kosmider.

  • Overheard and Obsessions: Feb. 8, 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? “When do teachers go to the bathroom?” “Someone should make a broasted chicken essential oil.” “I think in general we should avoid […]

  • Peninsula Pride Farms Annual Meeting Feb. 13

    The farmer-led conservation group Peninsula Pride Farms will hold its conference and annual meeting Feb. 13 at the Kewaunee County Fairgrounds in Luxemburg. The event will showcase speakers on a variety of topics in modern sustainable agriculture. Experts from within the Door-Kewaunee Peninsula area and across the state and nation will share information that can […]

  • Tax-free Investing Seminar Feb. 13

    Errin Kolden, a financial adviser with Edward Jones in Sturgeon Bay, will host a seminar: Tax-Free Investing: It’s Not What You Make – It’s What You Keep. The seminar will take place Feb. 13, 5:30-7 pm, at the Edward Jones office at 51 W. Walnut St. Make reservations by Feb. 8 by calling 920.746.2166.

  • Celebrate Water Summit Registration Now Open

    After a year of celebration, registration for the 2019 Celebrate Water Summit is now open. The three-day summit, held June 4-6, boasts a line-up of local, regional and national experts who will discuss Door County’s water issues, resources and successes. For $35 per person, participants can enjoy a keynote address by cave diver Jill Heinerth, […]

  • Science Snippet: Cancer Death Rate

    Here’s some good news. The death rate from cancer in the U.S. has reached a 25-year low. From 1991 to 2016, the death rate has dropped 1.5 percent per year, or an overall decline of 27 percent. In 1991, there were 215 cancer deaths for every 100,000 people, and by 2016, the rate was 156 […]

  • Wisconsin Prairie-Chicken Festival on April 13

    You’ll need to get up in the dark to make it to the first event of the third annual Wisconsin Prairie-Chicken Festival on April 13. The day begins at 4:30 am at the Sigel Town Hall in Rudolph. Pre-registered participants can choose from two events at the Paul J. Olson Wildlife Area (PJO): viewing greater […]

  • Former Colleagues Remember Leo Zipperer

    Former colleagues of Leo Zipperer expressed shock and surprise upon learning of his death on Feb. 4, just two weeks short of his 78th birthday. He died at his winter home in Palmetto, Fla., but he leaves a tall shadow in Door County and the Town of Sevastopol. “I had no idea he was sick,” […]

  • Celebrating Winter Week on Washington Island

    Celebrating Winter and Fish Derby, held Feb. 9-17, is a weeklong celebration of ice and snow with food, fun, adventure and entertainment on Washington Island. Sponsored by the Washington Island Chamber of Commerce, the event calendar is anchored in several main events. Anglers who dare to venture onto the ice to get “the big one” […]

  • Door County Reads Events

    All events are free and open to the public. Friday, Feb. 8• Writing Workshop: Food Traditions, 1-4 pmWrite On, Door County, 4177 Juddville Road, Fish CreekThis workshop, led by Kathleen Ernst, will help participants recall, record and celebrate food traditions from their family or community. It will include several writing activities designed to help capture […]

  • Getting to Know Our Poet Laureate, Margaret Rozga

    Lifelong Wisconsin resident Margaret “Peggy” Rozga has been named the Wisconsin poet laureate for 2019-20. Rozga, who lives in Milwaukee, is a professor emerita of English at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha who teaches a poetry workshop for Continuing Education at what is now the UWM-Waukesha campus. As an educator, avid reader and researcher, parent and […]

  • Find Your Path to Publication

    Write On, Door County to host conference for authors, editors, publishers Write On, Door County presents a two-day conference for aspiring writers who want to learn more about how to get their work into print. The Writing on the Door: Paths to Publication Conference takes place April 12-13 in Egg Harbor. Award-winning authors, editors, publishers […]

  • Barn Dance at the Kress

    Get out of the house for bit of fun on Feb. 16, 7-9 pm, during the Door County Folk Alliance Barn Dance at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor. Tim Jenkins will call this dance. No partner or experience is needed because there are usually others looking for dance partners, and all dances are taught […]

  • Partner Yoga

    Learn some fun partner stretches and basic Thai massage techniques during this annual Valentine’s Day workshop on Feb. 14, 5:30-7:30 pm, at Door County Yoga. The workshop is great for friends, couples, kids, parents and lovers. All skill levels are welcome. The cost of $40 per couple includes the workshop and dinner. Mats are provided; […]

  • Newport Candlelight Ski/Hike/Snowshoe

    The tradition continues: Newport State Park will hold its 29th annual Candlelight Ski/Hike/Snowshoe event on Feb. 9, 5:30-8:30 pm, when a portion of a trail will come alive by candlelight to lead skiers, hikers and snowshoers into a winter wonderland. Park staff and Newport Wilderness Society volunteers will place more than 300 candles to guide […]

  • Winter Open Day at Bird Sanctuary

    Open Door Bird Sanctuary held its first Winter Open Day on Feb. 2, when visitors could hike and snowshoe on the sanctuary’s trails and meet some of the resident birds. Photos by Len Villano.

  • Bestseller List: Feb. 8, 2019

    HARDCOVER FICTION1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens2. There There by Tommy Orange3. Devotions by Mary Oliver4. The Current by Tim Johnston5. The Golden Tresses of the Dead by Alan Bradley HARDCOVER NONFICTION1. Becoming by Michelle Obama2. Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis3. The Library Book by Susan Orlean4. The Heartbeat of Wounded […]

  • Write On Offers Free Workshops to Inspire a Love of Writing

    Write On, Door County presents a variety of special offerings to inspire people of all ages to discover — and fall in love with — writing. Sessions include a program on writing about food traditions and a one-day mini-conference on writing about the natural world. On Feb. 8, Kathleen Ernst will lead “Food Traditions: Remembering […]

  • Door County Reads Holds Gallery Walk

    Martinez Studio will open its doors on Feb. 9 and 10, 9 am – 12 pm, as part of the Sturgeon Bay Library Gallery Walk, a 2019 Door County Reads program. Martinez Studio is listed with several other local galleries in tandem with this year’s featured books: Wintering by Peter Geye and The Death and […]

  • TAP Hosts Love On Holiday Concerts Feb. 8 and 9

    As the culmination of the weeklong Love On Holiday songwriting collaboration, Third Avenue Playhouse will host Love On Holiday concerts on Feb. 8 and 9. More than 30 songwriters spent a week writing and recording “songs of love … and love gone away,” and will share them at the concerts. This collaboration is different from […]

  • Indoor Farmers’ Market

    Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay will host an indoor winter farmers’ market on Feb. 16, 9 am – 12 pm. Nearly 30 local vendors and artisans will sell greens, vegetables, meats, honey, canned goods, jewelry, beeswax products, artwork and sewn, knitted and crocheted goods. The youth of the congregation will handle the […]

  • Ski for Free and More at Crossroads

    On Feb. 8, 2 pm, a screening of the documentary All Washed Up in the Collins Learning Center of Crossroads at Big Creek will examine how a couple of small, invasive mussels exacerbated our cladophora problem. Ski for Free will be offered Feb. 9 and 10, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm. The program lends, free […]

  • Call for Artists for SECURA Fine Arts Exhibition

    The Trout Museum of Art invites Wisconsin artists to submit new work for the 39th annual SECURA Fine Arts Exhibition. Artists should submit no more than three images of the same work, or images of up to three different works. This year the Trout Museum is using ZAPPlication for submissions, so artists will need to […]

  • ALA Announces 2019 Adult and Youth Award Winners

    The American Library Association (ALA) has announced the winners of this year’s Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction and the winners of this year’s ALA Youth Media Awards, including the Newbery and Caldecott Medals. The recipients were revealed at the association’s Midwinter Meeting, held January 25-29 in Seattle. The awards will be […]

  • ‘On Golden Pond’ at Trueblood

    Island Players will perform On Golden Pond on Feb. 8 at 7 pm and Feb. 9 at 1 pm at the Trueblood Performing Arts Center on Washington Island. Well-known Island Players performers Cindra Hokkanen and Tony Woodruff will portray the play’s leading couple, Ethel and Norman Thayer. Mama Knight will portray the Thayers’ daughter, Chelsea, […]

  • Making the Most of Snow

    Tips for beginner snow sculptors If you’re getting bored with building run-of-the-mill snowmen, now might be the time to try your hand at snow sculpting. With the unbearably cold temperatures and wind chills out of the forecast (at least for now), get outside and be creative. Here are a few tips for beginner snow sculptors. • Know your snow. […]

  • Door County Weavers Meeting

    The Door County Weavers will meet on Feb. 23, 10 am, at the Sturgeon Bay Library. The group will watch the documentary Interlacements: Threads & Lives. It shares five stories that focus on the weaving of social fabric through the connections built among weavers and the people who receive their cloth. For more information, find […]

  • Backyard Birding Can Open Door to Wild Conversations

    One thing I’ve learned through the years is to not judge a book by its cover. Take hunters and wildlife watchers, for example. Nationwide, statewide and locally, nonhunters far outnumber hunters, but credible national surveys find the vast majority of nonhunters are supportive of regulated hunting. Fewer than one in five nonhunters, in fact, actually […]

  • Jeanne Kuhns’ New Album Honors Mother, Music

    By Mary Durlin Jeanne Kuhns has been recording Blood Roots, an album of nostalgic covers, with guitarist George Sawyn at Hans Christian’s Studio 330 in Sturgeon Bay this winter. Kuhns’ earliest musical heroes included Joni Mitchell, Tom Paxton, Joan Baez, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Etta James and Bob Dylan, and later influencers such as Eric Clapton, the Beatles and […]

  • Wisconsin’s Greenbelt Town Is Focus of Exhibit Talk

    An exhibit talk and slide presentation by Milwaukee-based history writer Erin TerBeek will kick off a new year of free public programming in the Miller Art Museum’s 2019 Second Thursday Program Series. The event, scheduled for Feb. 14 at 10:30 am, will take place in the main gallery of the museum. It is free and […]

  • Gibraltar Hosts Solo and Ensemble Festival

    Area students will participate in a District Solo and Ensemble Music Festival sanctioned by the Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) and hosted at Gibraltar High School on Feb. 16. During the festival, which is free and open to the public, students will perform vocal and instrumental solos, duets, trios and in small ensembles before an […]

  • Peninsula Music Festival Presents February Fest

    Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church will host three Peninsula Music Festival (PMF) February Fest concerts on Feb. 9, 16 and 23. Performances begin at 2 pm. The Feb. 9 event features pianists Andrew Armstrong and Inna Faliks, who will showcase their talents on the unique “Omega Double” piano created by Washington Island craftsman, furniture […]

  • City Council Overrides Mayor’s Veto of Granary Move

    The Sturgeon Bay Common Council voted to override Mayor Thad Birmingham’s veto of its decision to allow the Teweles and Brandeis grain elevator to return to its original location on the city’s westside waterfront. The council had voted Jan. 15 to accept the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society’s offer to give the structure to the city, […]

  • Cheers, Cascade Brewing, Jim Lundstrom, beer, beer review, Door County

    Cheers!: Cascades of Apricot in a Sour Blonde

    Snow had been coming down all day, and continued into the night. I did some shoveling before it got dark and I guessed a foot of snow had already fallen. And still it came. I knew getting my car out in the morning was not going to be easy, but that’s not something I needed […]

  • State News: Foxconn, Lame Duck Laws

    Foxconn Says It Will Build Manufacturing PlantAfter a week of conflicting reports about Foxconn’s plans for Wisconsin, the company announced Feb. 1 it will move forward with its original plans to construct a manufacturing plant in Racine County. Foxconn Technology Group released a statement saying that after a “personal conversation” between President Donald Trump and […]

  • FTC Warns of Scam Social Security Calls

    The Federal Trade Commission is alerting people about suspicious phone calls that claim to be from the Social Security Administration. Scammers are ramping up their efforts to steal Social Security numbers to use in filing fraudulent tax returns. It works this way: The caller alleges to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) or another […]

  • Jorns Begins State Wrestling Quest

    Finishing a season 32-3 and ranking second in the state would be quite satisfying for most high school wrestlers, but for Sturgeon Bay-Sevastopol’s (SBS) Jeremy Jorns, it’s a small accomplishment on the proverbial road to redemption. Jorns qualified for the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 2 state tournament last year, and he admits that he […]

  • Municipal Meetings: Feb. 8 – 15

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay:  The Finance/Purchasing & Building Committee meets at 4 pm Feb. 12.Sturgeon Bay Utilities Commission: The committee meets Tuesday, Feb. 12, at noon at 230 E. Vine Street, SturgeonBay, WI 54235 County of Door:  The Highway-Airport Committee meets at 10 am Feb. 11. The Public Safety Committee meets at 1 […]

  • Bills to Watch: Tax Cuts, Expungement, Campaign Finance

    SB-18/AB-4 Increasing tax deductions These bills, simultaneously moving through the Senate and Assembly, 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 bill is estimated to cost the state $495.6 million during the 2019-21 biennium, paid for by […]

  • Commentary: Congressman Gallagher’s Lessons from the Shutdown

    Let’s face it: the government shutdown was stupid. I don’t say that to place blame on any particular party or person. The blame game is endless, and while it provides a short-term sugar high, it ultimately poisons the body politic. Rather, the shutdown was stupid because border security is one of the most solvable problems […]

  • Constituents Spar with Kitchens at Listening Session

    At a noontime listening session held on Feb. 1 at the Door County Library in Sturgeon Bay, Rep. Joel Kitchens was peppered with questions from constituents about the lame-duck session, gerrymandering legislation, gun control and Foxconn. It was the second of three listening sessions he held that day, beginning in the morning in Kewaunee and […]

  • County of Door Hires New Full-time Psychiatrist

    The Door County Department of Human Services has hired Dr. Andrew Kessler as staff psychiatrist. He will join the agency on a full-time basis on Feb. 11. For the past two years, the county has, without success, sought to hire a full-time psychiatrist. During this period, the department has explored or tried various alternatives, including […]

  • Sheriff Reminds Motorists of New Headlamp Law

    A reminder from the Door County Sheriff’s Department:  With the recent rain, fog and snow, motorists must observe Wis. Stat. 347.06, a law that went into effect in 2016. It requires that all head lamps, tail lamps and clearance lamps be illuminated during periods of limited visibility.

  • Reps in the News: Gallagher Bill Would Limit Trump’s Trade Authority

    Representative Joel Kitchens I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with new DNR Secretary Preston Cole and Deputy Secretary Elizabeth Kluesner to discuss our shared priorities for the state. Although we spoke about several topics, our main focus was on ensuring Wisconsin residents have access to clean surface and drinking water. I informed them […]

  • For Former Blackhawk, Pond Hockey a Step Back to Childhood

    Six seasons in the National Hockey League afforded Dave Mackey a chance to play in some of the best arenas in the country. But it’s the competition of pond hockey in the last decade that has given him similar satisfaction. “It’s a bunch of good buddies getting together to play. We have a lot of […]

  • Hilander Cup and Rink Fundraiser Planned for Feb. 17

    Broomball games were canceled due to freezing temperatures Jan. 30. Games were made up after press time Wednesday, Feb. 6. Teresa K. Hilander Ice Rink manager Cody Bolton announced plans for the Hilander Cup Tournament Feb. 17. The tournament and fundraiser will feature food and beverages provided by Husby’s, Boathouse on the Bay, Casey’s BBQ […]

  • High School Sports Schedule: Feb. 8 – 15

    GIBRALTAR Boys Basketball Feb. 8 @ Peshtigo, 6 pm Feb. 12 @ Oconto, 7:30 pm Feb. 14 vs. St. Mary Catholic, 7:30 pm Feb. 15 vs. Peshtigo, 7:30 pm Girls Basketball Feb. 10 vs. Crivitz, 5:30 pm Feb. 11 vs. Sevastopol, 7:30 pm Feb. 12 @ Chilton, 7:15 pm Feb. 14 @ Southern Door, 7:30 […]

  • By the Numbers: Politics and Global Warming

    Researchers from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication conducted a nationally representative survey of registered voters to determine global-warming beliefs and attitudes. The survey documents “an increase in Republican understanding of the reality of human-caused global warming, worry about the threat and support for […]

  • Gibraltar ‘Safe?’ Schools?

    For five years a concerned committee and board members in the town of Gibraltar spent hours on a plan to improve Highway 42 past the schools. Their final plan is nice with a split design and more crosswalks. Unfortunately, while costly, it will not be much safer than the current highway. There were no other […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Disappointed Consumer

    Not about the disaster we call Washington D.C. and all that does or does not transpire there. Not about draining ponds or building buildings nobody wants. Not even about animals, which is my favorite subject. They’re smart. Nope. I want to talk about my day today, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, as a consumer. It started […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Intellectual Property End Around

    Foxconn may be pulling the bait and switch of all time. They promised some 13,000 high paying jobs, most of which would be factory jobs. They have just announced that the number of jobs will be far fewer, perhaps in the range of 1,000 and almost all research, engineering, scientific and technical jobs. Still great […]

  • Letter to the Editor: About That Wall

    Mr. President: Might I offer a suggestion or two that might bring an end to the partial government shutdown that shows no sign of ending anytime soon? As you know, Sir, I am one of your bigliest supporters here in Wisconsin. I have appointed myself Door County’s unofficial immigration Trumpster, ever vigilant and on the […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Solve the Root Cause of Illegal Immigration

    Donald Trump continues to champion his wall, issuing threats to shut down the government again or to declare a national emergency. He will not consider other solutions to the immigration challenge. He has told the bipartisan Conference Committee formed to study border security that they are wasting their time if their recommendations do not include […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Accidents Ain’t All Bad or What A Show of Humanity!

    Well, it happened. Something I’ve feared since moving to Door County. I spun out on the highway near Jacksonport and landed in the ditch. Which in this case, was a snowbank. I’m so very grateful that I was uninjured, that it was daytime instead of nighttime (scary!), that I had enough gas in the car […]

  • Fire Departments Urge Plowing of Driveways at Vacant Homes

    Assuming last week’s severe weather is not the last winter storm of 2019, local fire departments are urging absentee homeowners to make arrangements to have their driveways and access roads plowed. Last week, the Egg Harbor Fire Department responded to a fire alarm at a home that had been closed up for the winter. Fire […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Bills to Watch

    First of all, I want to thank you for this new section titled Bills to Watch. I recently read an article by Sen. Chris Larson (7th district). It was very informative and I contacted his office. He is introducing a bill (LRB-1150/1) that would require our state legislature to retain communications so that the public […]

  • Long-Awaited Housing Study Finds Dramatic Shortage

    The first-of-its-kind analysis of Door County housing needs was unveiled at a Feb. 4 press conference at the Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) in Sturgeon Bay. “The results have been startling,” said DCEDC Executive Director Jim Schuessler. The study, conducted by the engineering firm AECOM, found the county has a workforce rental-apartment deficit of […]

  • TTX Celebrates 50 Years

    Therma-Tron-X, Inc. (TTX) is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding in 1969. From conception, TTX’s objectives have emphasized innovative solutions and designs, quality craftsmanship and continuous improvement. Having grown to more than 250 team members today, the organization maintains the same intent and is a recognized leader in the design and manufacture of industrial […]

  • Obituary: Andrea C. Feest

    Jan. 22, 1969 – Jan. 31, 2019 Andrea Feest, 50, of Sturgeon Bay died as the result of a heart attack. She was born to Clayton and Mary Feest and grew up on the family farm in the Maplewood area. Andrea will be missed and remembered by her brothers and sisters and their families: Joe (Beth) […]