Peninsula Pulse January 25-February 1, 2019

In this issue

  • Len Villano

    Door County Roads Remain Snow-covered and Slippery

    The following update on the condition of Door County roads comes from Door County Highway Commissioner John Kolodziej. Door County Highway Department crews continued snow and ice control operations at 1:30 am this morning from yesterday’s 10 to 12 inches of snowfall. At the completion of yesterday’s operations, all state, county, and most town roadways […]

  • Snowmobile Crash Claims Life of Sevastopol Graduate

    A 1992 Sevastopol High School graduate died Saturday night when he crashed his snowmobile into trees about two miles south of Lake Tomahawk, according to a release from the Oneida County Sheriff’s Department. Matthew S. Martens, 44, of Green Bay was driving his snowmobile on the trail off of Lyannas Road and Highway 47 in […]

  • Ash Becomes St. Olaf’s All-time Rebounding Leader

    Makenna Ash, a 2015 graduate of Gibraltar High School, became St. Olaf College’s all-time leading rebounder Jan. 26. The senior pulled down 18 rebounds in a loss to St. Catherine University, putting her at 754 for her career. She broke the record held by Betsey Daly. According to St. Olaf, Ash’s 238 rebounds this season […]

  • OBITUARY: Matthew Martens

    Matthew Martens, 44, of Green Bay, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. Matthew’s life will be honored with a funeral service held at 11 am Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in West Jacksonport with Pastor Peter Lindemann officiating. Relatives and friends may visit with Matthew’s family at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon […]

  • Sister Bay Ice Rink Reopens, Broomball Resumes

    Northern Door Broomball League play resumed Wednesday, Jan. 23, thanks to several people who stepped up to get the rink reopened after the abrupt resignation of the former rink manager. Sister Bay Parks Department head Dan Lundquist worked to get the rink flooded, and several residents stepped up to fill needs at the rink. Cody […]

  • OBITUARY: David Carl Bergwin

    David Carl Bergwin, 75, of Baileys Harbor, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019 at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay. He was born on May 26, 1943 in Sturgeon Bay, the son of the late Edmund and Leona (Becker) Bergwin.  David will be missed by many loving family members and friends. To honor his wishes, […]

  • OBITUARY: Mildred “Millie” F. Myers

    Mildred “Millie” F. Myers, 79, of Sturgeon Bay, died Jan. 24, 2019 at the Skilled Nursing Facility.  She was born June 6, 1939 in Philadelphia to Alfred and Margaret (Dunn) Myers. Millie was raised in Colwyn, Deleware County, Pennsylvania and attended Catholic school for ten years in southwest Philadelphia.  She started working at St. Francis […]

  • VIDEO: Winter Fest Boot Camp

    Some people take the oddball competitions of Fish Creek Winter Festival a little too seriously. We checked in on Matthew Marcon’s grueling preparation as he practiced for the games of the 32nd annual festival. The festival returns Feb. 1-3.

  • Bills to Watch: Well Testing, County Jailers, Ruffed Grouse

    AB1 Coverage of pre-existing conditions This bill would provide health-care-access protections for those with pre-existing conditions. It passed the Assembly on Jan. 22 but faces an uncertain future in the Senate and with Gov. Tony Evers. LRB-0856 County jailers as protected employees This bill would place all county jailers in a protected status under the […]

  • 2019 Spring Primary: Municipal and School Board Candidates

    Southern Door School Board Feb. 19 primary will be held for two open seats. • Milly Gonzales • Penny L. Price • George Sincock • Matthew Tassoul • Adam Urban Gibraltar School Board Feb. 19 primary will be held for two open seats. • Ray Einhorn • Don Helm • Mike Peot (incumbent) • Brett […]

  • NexGen Door County Seeking Shining Star Nominations

    NexGen Door County is seeking nominations to honor community members who shine in their careers and are involved in the community. The deadline for submitting nominations for the Rising Star and Shining Star awards is March 15 at 12 pm. Recipients will be recognized at the third annual ypAwards at Horseshoe Bay Golf Club in […]

  • Amy Frank Appointed Managing Director at TAP

    Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) announces the appointment of Amy Frank to the newly created position of managing director. For the past six years, Frank was the Sun Prairie Area School District’s performing arts manager, overseeing all operations for two performing-arts facilities. She was responsible for all administrative and technical functions of nearly 350 events each […]

  • February Fest Concerts

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

  • Washington Islands Birding Festival

    The Washington Islands Birding Festival will be May 16-19. The festival visits Washington, Plum and Rock Islands. Registration opened Jan. 20. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service will have bird netting and banding on all three islands, and there will be an evening program at the Trueblood Performing Arts Center. The birding happens rain or […]

  • Winter Wine and Cherry Fest

    Discover the fun of winter at Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery & Market on Feb. 2, 10 am – 4 pm. The annual Winter Wine and Cherry Fest will include complimentary wine and product tasting – featuring the popular, tart Montmorency cherry in celebration of National Cherry Month – plus an assortment of food and bakery […]

  • Gaming for a Cause

    OtherWorlds Books & More will celebrate its first year in business by hosting Gaming for a Cause on Jan. 26, 10 am – 10 pm. These 12 hours of board games and family fun will benefit Door County Habitat for Humanity, Children of Hope, and the Boys & Girls Club of Door County. Local celebrities […]

  • ‘Great Lakes Chronicle’ Tells the Story of Coastal Wisconsin

    The Wisconsin Historical Society Press helped celebrate last year’s 40th anniversary of the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program with the publication of a book of essays celebrating the state’s coastlines. Called Great Lakes Chronicle:  Essays on Coastal Wisconsin, it includes essays written by a wide variety of contributors – including quite a few Door County residents […]

  • Water the Subject of Feb. 2 Door County Talks Presentation

    Roger Kuhns will deliver the Door County Talks presentation “Healthy Waters and Navigating Political Shoals” on Feb. 2, 10 am at Door Community Auditorium (DCA) in Fish Creek. Kuhns will discuss water, the risks it faces and ways to protect it. He will explore these questions through the lens of both science and policy, discussing […]

  • Jazzercise in Sturgeon Bay

    The Feb. 4 launch of Jazzercise classes at First Baptist Church in Sturgeon Bay marks another milestone for Jazzercise franchise owner Debbie Klingeisen. With more than 30 years of experience as an instructor, in addition to being a personal trainer, Klingeisen currently has seven successful class locations staffed by associate instructors trained by Jazzercise corporate, […]

  • 2019 Fish Creek Winter Festival

    Fish Creek’s Winter Festival celebrates 32 years on Feb. 1, 2 and 3. With many eclectic, downright goofy activities and attractions, people can’t help but enjoy themselves. Winter Festival features live music, quirky games, delicious food, the wacky Fruit Loop Fun Run, an entertaining stumpf-fiddle contest, a fireworks display and a Smokin’ Hot Chili Cook-Off. […]

  • Commentary: When a Good Story Ruins the Story

    A few months ago, I read a story on the ethics of restaurant critics. It was not about the morality of a stranger with a pen imposing a subjective opinion on an establishment to the potential ruin of its operators and employees. Rather, it concerned the way in which a popular writer can go to […]

  • Get Outside at Crossroads

    Beat the chill of winter with these fun, family-friendly activities at Crossroads at Big Creek. On Jan. 25, 2pm, take a seat in the lecture hall of the Collins Learning Center for a free screening of Time to Choose. This positive documentary about climate change poses some solutions to consider. Get your blood pumping with […]

  • Sculptor Jeff Olson Helps Gibraltar Students Create Wooden Boats

    In conjunction with the upcoming Winter Water Fest at Door Community Auditorium (DCA), Door County sculptor Jeff Olson helped Gibraltar Elementary School students create wooden boats, which are currently on display in DCA’s Link Gallery of Children’s Art. Olson, who lives in Egg Harbor but shows his work nationally (including appearances on Good Morning America […]

  • Scandia Family and Friends in Latest Meadows Show

    The next show at the Meadows Art Gallery in Scandia Village is Scandia Family and Friends. Every year the residents, staff, relatives and friends at Scandia Village take the stage to present the many different types of art they produce. The show features paintings, drawings, photographs, jewelry, fabric art and quilting. The artists ages range […]

  • Next Door County Talks Presentation Jan. 26

    University of Wisconsin – Green Bay professor Alison Staudinger will deliver the Jan. 26 Door County Talks presentation, “Civility and the Public Sphere,” at 10 am in the Door Community Auditorium’s Fireside Lobby. This active-learning workshop will explore the promise and the perils of discourse for civic renewal and will investigate some of the core […]

  • Right to Live Workshop Begins Jan. 26

    Registration is still open for Third Avenue Playhouse’s Right to Live workshop, Jan. 26 – March 3. The first workshop rehearsal is Jan. 26 at  11 am. Adults and students (middle and high school) may participate in the workshops; there is no fee or audition required. No prior stage experience is necessary, and all skill levels […]

  • Third Coast Percussion in Residence for Winter Water Fest

    Inspired by this year’s Celebrate Water Door County initiative, Door Community Auditorium (DCA) is holding Winter Water Fest, a fun-packed weekend of activities. From Jan. 30 to Feb. 2, Chicago’s classically trained, Grammy-winning ensemble Third Coast Percussion will be in residence at DCA. The residency will consist of school performances on Jan. 30-31, followed by […]

  • Plein Air Artist Brings Outdoor Drama Indoors

    From now until Feb. 3, art lovers will want to see the artwork of Pam Flanders at the Hope Art Alcoves at the Hope United Church of Christ, 141 S. 12th Ave., Sturgeon Bay. In 1998, with the support of her family, Flanders left a nursing career to pursue a lifelong dream of being an […]

  • Hike at Heins Creek Nature Preserve

    Join the Door County Land Trust for a snowshoe, ski or hike adventure at Heins Creek Nature Preserve on Feb. 9, 1-3 pm. Explore this preserve’s wooded sand dunes and creek, and search for its winter inhabitants and animal tracks. The sand dunes were formed thousands of years ago after the glaciers melted and lake […]

  • Guest Artist Visits Family Art Day

    Andy Rubin, of the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s Tandem Press, was the guest artist at Peninsula School of Art’s Family Art Day on Jan. 19. Rubin demonstrated screen printing and helped kids create their own hand-printed Valentine’s Day cards. Rubin is one of the featured artists in the Peninsula School of Art’s current exhibit, […]

  • Love Songs and Jazz Standards at Birch Creek

    Birch Creek celebrates the Valentine’s Day weekend with Moonglow, an evening concert of classic love songs and jazz standards from The Great American Songbook. On Feb. 16, Katie Ernst (Birch Creek jazz faculty, vocals and bass) will perform in the sparkling setting of Birch Creek’s Juniper Hall, along with Dustin Laurenzi (tenor saxophone), Tom Vaitsas […]

  • Julian Hagen Hosts Washington Island Fishboil Fest in Illinois

    The fifth annual Washington Island Fishboil Festival (WIFF), hosted by Island musician Julian Hagen, is scheduled for Feb. 2 at FitzGerald’s in Berwyn, Illinois. FitzGerald’s doors will open at 3:30 pm, with the first whitefish boil-over in the parking lot next door set for 4:30 pm. Attendees are invited to arrive early to observe the […]

  • Resources Board Takes Shot at Options for Crossbow Deer Season

    Popular state hunting message boards and Facebook pages are ablaze with debate this week after word spread that the crossbow deer-hunting season may be shortened. Never mind that the state’s Natural Resources Board (NRB) had only requested information on possible options to consider, should the DNR ever decide to pursue a rule change. With crossbow […]

  • American Life in Poetry

    By Ted Kooser, U.S. Poet Laureate I’ve had my eye on Americans’ obsessions for more than 70 years, and I can’t remember a time when public lying got as much attention as it does today. Attention yes, but consequences, no. I recently happened upon this clever poem about lying by Judith Askew. It’s from her […]

  • Community Choir Joins with New Day Singers Jan. 27

    The Community Choir of Door County (CCDC) will join voices with the New Day Singers to present Total Praise, a gospel music concert on Jan. 27, 4 pm, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay. Door County resident Hervy Hodges will also perform during the concert with his family and friends from the Milwaukee […]

  • Wine Festival Tickets Now On Sale

    The fourth annual Door County Wine Festival returns to Sturgeon Bay on June 22 at a new location: Sunset Park. Savor unlimited tasting of award-winning wines from eight local wineries located on the Door County Wine Trail – highly acclaimed for its wineries’ expansive selection of fruit wines, especially cherry and apple. In addition to […]

  • Story of Dr. Eames Concludes

    The final episode in the continuing story of Egg Harbor’s Dr. H.F. Eames will be told in a free program on Jan. 28. Presented by the Egg Harbor Historical Society, the program begins at 1 pm at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor. Dr. Eames served the people of Egg Harbor for 45 years, but […]

  • ‘Animals of Land and Water’ at Crossroads

    The Door County Master Gardeners Association (DCMGA) will hold another free public program on Jan. 29, 7 pm, in the Collins Learning Center at Crossroads at Big Creek. Members of the public are invited to attend Charlotte Lukes’ presentation about wildlife in Door County, “Animals of Land and Water.” This program will highlight many of […]

  • News From This Week’s Past: Nation Will Be Dry!

    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 January 22, 1875 Mr. Keogh informs us that the new grist mill in Forestville will be ready to run in about two weeks. The machinery is […]

  • Reps in the News: Kitchens Applauds Proposed Tax Cut

    Representative Joel Kitchens Rep. Kitchens was joined by several of his legislative colleagues last week in Green Bay to announce a plan by Assembly Republicans to help the middle class by cutting income taxes. Using the state’s budget surplus, the proposal would deliver $340 million in tax relief for middle-class families. The tax reductions would […]

  • Bald Eagle Nests Soar to New Record

    Wisconsin’s bald eagle population continues to reach new heights as 2018 nest surveys revealed a record number of nests statewide, and Walworth County confirmed its first documented nest in at least a half-century, according to results released in the 2018 Wisconsin Bald Eagle Nest Survey. “2018 was another great year for the bald eagles’ remarkable […]

  • Bay Shipbuilding Delivers New 500′ Barge

    Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding has delivered the newly-converted barge Commander to Port City Marine Services (PCMS) of Muskegon, Mich. The Commander is a 495’ by 72’ freight barge that underwent extensive conversion, including the installation of new cargo holds, trunk deck and bow, and a new cargo unloading system. Combined with its tug, the vessel operates […]

  • GHA Eliminates Styrofoam from All Things Chocolate

    The Gibraltar Historical Association (GHA) has listened to suggestions and is eliminating Styrofoam from its popular annual fundraiser, All Things Chocolate. Held at Gibraltar’s Old Town Hall, the event takes place during Fish Creek Winter Festival, Feb. 2, 10 am – 4 pm. The GHA will provide eco-friendly to-go containers and plates, and glass mugs […]

  • By the Numbers: The Longest Partial Government Shutdown

    0 The number of other democratic governments that have shutdowns. Most avoid this sort of gridlock by requiring a simple majority to pass a budget. 6 The number of departments that had full funding and are not affected. They are Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Labor and Veterans Affairs. 8 The number of […]

  • Science Snippet: Gene Editing

    A new but complex methodology called CRISPR-Cas9 is revolutionizing scientists’ ability to modify DNA to add, remove or alter genes. It is also faster, cheaper, more accurate and more efficient than other existing genome-editing methods. CRISPR-Cas9 may enable scientists to modify or remove genes that cause a particular human disease (e.g., such single-gene disorders as […]

  • Area Shopkos Not Among Closures

    Shopko announced that 89 stores will close beginning Feb. 17. The Shopko Hometown stores in Sister Bay and Kewaunee are not among the 16 Wisconsin stores being closed between February and April as a result of the company’s Chapter 11 restructuring. However, Shopko has indicated it is getting out of the pharmacy business. It plans […]

  • Challenge Your Fitness This February

    Everyone is welcome to participate in a friendly, five-week, buy-in workout competition. The February Fitness Frenzy begins Jan. 29 and ends March 3. Each week participants will be challenged to finish the stated workout of the week in divisions from beginner to advanced. Participants must submit their results and the $5 buy-in fee by 8 […]

  • High School Sports Schedule: Jan. 25 – 31

    GIBRALTAR Boys Basketball Jan. 25 vs. Algoma, 7:30 pm Jan. 29 vs. St. Mary Catholic, 7:30 pm Jan. 31 @ Peshtigo, 7:30 pm Girls Basketball Jan. 28 vs. Kewaunee, 7:30 pm SEVASTOPOL Boys Basketball Jan. 25 @ Oconto, 7:30 pm Jan. 29 vs. Peshtigo, 7:30 pm Girls Basketball Jan. 25 vs. Lena, 7:30 pm Jan. […]

  • County Hopes to Buy Vacant Younkers Building

    The Door County Facilities & Parks Committee adjourned its Jan. 18 meeting to take a tour of the vacant Younkers building at 56 N. Fourth Ave., which it hopes to purchase for archiving material from the Door County Museum right next door. Several other county board supervisors not on the committee joined the tour, including […]

  • County Board Approves Forestville Millpond Drawdrown

    Residents who live near the Forestville millpond seemed flabbergasted to learn at the Jan. 22 county board meeting that the decision to do something about the millpond came about as a result of a tour of county parks the board took in 2016. “They decided this on a big, fat, fraudulent lie,” said millpond resident […]

  • New Name for Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters

    It’s a fresh start for Wisconsin’s environment and a fresh start for one of its leading conservation organizations. The Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters is now Wisconsin Conservation Voters. “Today, we’re Wisconsin Conservation Voters because our movement is growing, and our mission to engage voters to protect Wisconsin’s environment has never been more important,” said […]

  • Government Shutdown Changing FoodShare Benefit Process

    The Door County Department of Health and Human Services reports that due to the partial federal government shutdown, current FoodShare recipients will have their February FoodShare benefits put on their QUEST electronic benefits cards earlier than usual. The amount will be the normal February monthly benefit amount. FoodShare benefits will not be put on QUEST […]

  • Sara Glenn Earns Realtor of the Year Award

    The Door County Board of Realtors  presents its annual Realtor of the Year Award to a member who has been instrumental in upholding the standards of the profession and who has demonstrated impressive achievements in the conduct of real estate business. This year’s recipient, Sara Glenn, is a seasoned broker who has served as a […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Disenfranchising Area Young Adults

    As Door/Kewaunee Legislative Days sponsors have gone public with their contrived and limiting survey, requesting issue ideas to bring to our state legislators, these pseudo-inclusive efforts fail miserably in encouraging unfettered participation by all our area citizens as “stakeholders,” in the legislative process of influencing state “leadership.”   Having taken the time to directly communicate […]

  • Feature: Jacksonport Proud of New Town Hall and Fire Station

    On a snowy January night, the Jacksonport Town Board held its first meeting in the newly remodeled town hall and fire station. “And not a dime raised in taxes. Not one penny,” said retired architect Tom Maher, who serves on the town’s Building & Grounds Committee, which had responsibility for making the project happen. “It […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Shutdown May Destabilize Domestic Violence Agencies

    The level of uncertainty for domestic violence victims and the programs that serve them is increasing as the federal government shutdown drags on with no end in sight – the longest in U.S. history! This shutdown jeopardizes safety for victims of violence. Those of us who serve victims of domestic violence and sexual assault hope […]

  • Student Entrepreneurs Focus on Philanthropy

    Philanthropy is an integral concept to incorporate into entrepreneurial ventures and business organizations. This semester, the five students in the Entrepreneurship Class at Gibraltar High School marketed Area Blue T-shirts whose tagline, “A New Brand of School Spirit,” generated interest and sales. They sold almost a hundred shirts and pledged one dollar of each T-shirt […]

  • Independent Firm Studying Potawatomi Tower Wood

    Experts from Wood Research and Development completed three days of testing on the Potawatomi Tower last week to determine whether restoration is a viable option for the structure. The Sturgeon Bay Historical Society hired the firm with cooperation from the Department of Natural Resources. The experts from Oregon used an 80-foot skylift to study the […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Appreciation for Potawatomi Accessible Pier Donations

    Tip of the hat to Kevin Naze for his article last week on the progress of the new fishing pier at Potawatomi. We still have a little ways to go but thanks to people like Kevin and members from our Friends of Potawatomi State Park board we are getting close. Your donation to make this […]

  • Egg Harbor Among Communities Pursuing SolSmart Designation

    The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) has begun advising 10 Wisconsin communities pursuing SolSmart designation in 2019. As each community’s SolSmart adviser, the MREA will work with the cities of La Crosse, Racine, Sheboygan, Stevens Point and Wauwatosa; Portage County; and the villages of Amherst, Egg Harbor and Plover to take actions that reduce solar […]

  • Business Pulse: DCEDC Sets Its Sights on Housing Development

    by Jim Schuessler, DCEDC Executive Director The Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) has never been more excited about the future of our area. Door County’s most recent reported unemployment rate (3.0 percent in November) was at its lowest level for the month of November in recorded history, and hundreds of jobs are currently available. The […]

  • Municipal Meetings: Jan. 25 – Feb. 1

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay:  The Finance/Purchasing & Building Committee meets at 4 pm Jan. 29. County of Door:  The Local Emergency Planning Committee meets at 10:30 am Jan. 30. KEWAUNEE COUNTY City of Algoma:  The Protection of Persons & Property Committee meets at 4 pm Jan. 28. City of Kewaunee:  The Committee of […]

  • A Life in a Page: Delmar Dahl

    by Delmar Dahl October 1, 1927: Columbus Reporter (North Dakota): “A bouncing baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Delmar Dahl on Saturday, Oct. 1. They have named the little man Delmar DeLloyd and are very proud of their first born.” Summer 1932: We move to an 18-foot-by-15-foot’ house on a hill. Dad digs […]

  • Ice Breaking in Green Bay Jan. 26 – 29

    Ice breaking will take place in the bay of Green Bay January 26-29. Members of the public who fish, operate a snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle or otherwise recreate on the bay of Green Bay during periods of ice cover should be aware of this activity. The U.S. Coast Guard recommends all recreational ice users plan their […]

  • Remembering Wild Ones Founder Lorrie Otto

    by John Stiefel Janice Stiefel and her husband, John, had a serendipitous introduction to Wild Ones back in the summer of 1989. They were taking a  bike ride along Brown Deer Road in Bayside, Wis., heading for the beautiful Milwaukee lakefront. Riding on that road, Janice noticed the large berm shielding a house from the […]

  • Indoor Cycling Race Results: Jan. 20

    Top Three Male Finishers: Jason Marggraf 15:48, Leif Hagman 16:42, Dan Stollenwerk 19:49 Top Three Female Finishers: Rachel Stollenwerk 16:31, Annie Bley 19:04, Melissa Marggraf 20:59 The next indoor-cycling winter race in the series will be Feb. 24, 9 am, at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor. The race is open to people ages 12 […]

  • Door County High School Sports Standings (Packerland Conference)

    Standings through Jan. 27 GIRLS BASKETBALL Kewaunee, 11-0 Gibraltar, 8-2 Algoma, 7-3 Peshtigo, 5-4 Southern Door, 6-5 Oconto, 5-6 NEW Lutheran, 4-7 Sturgeon Bay, 1-10 Sevastopol, 0-10 BOYS BASKETBALL Southern Door, 10-0 Peshtigo, 7-1 Kewaunee, 6-4 Gibraltar, 5-4 NEW Lutheran, 5-5 Sturgeon Bay, 5-5 Oconto, 4-6 Sevastopol, 1-9 Algoma, 0-9 WRESTLING Kewaunee, 3-0 Southern Door, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: The Dark Side of Door County

    For those people that are not very familiar with “Southern Door,” but love, fishing, hiking, biking, kayaking or canoeing, I would like to point to a section of the travel guide Door County Outdoors by Magill Weber, which describes the area as offering ideal opportunities for several recreational opportunities (page 259, #50 Forestville Dam County […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Who Are We?

    Is anyone else tired of what is happening in our country? Beware of those who use fear and guilt in their quest to bring their own version and interpretation of what is happening, sound familiar? This is a common use for this president. In two years he has managed to drive a wedge between family, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Shutdown, Shut Out

    As a person who grew up in an era of unprecedented opportunity for social mobility and economic prosperity, I developed an optimistic view of my fellow and sister human beings’ capacity to behave in a humane way toward others. That optimism is threatened as I see how quickly the Party in power during the past […]

  • Some Snowmobile Trails Open

    The southwest and southeast sections of the Door County Snowmobile Trail opened Jan. 23. Conditions are fair. This section includes all areas west of County Road M and west of the south half of the Ahnapee State Trail. North and Central sections of the trail remained closed as of the evening of Wednesday, Jan. 23. […]

  • OBITUARY: Margaret “Marge” Gustafson

    Margaret “Marge” Gustafson, 87, of Sturgeon Bay died at her home in the Town of Gardner on Jan. 12, 2019.  She was born February 26, 1931 in West Allis to Vincent and Margaret (Davis) Randazzo.  On Dec. 29, 1960 she married Norman C. Gustafson.  He preceded her in death on March 11, 2004. She and […]

  • OBITUARY: Cindy Ann Jessen

    Cindy Ann Jessen, 61, of Sturgeon Bay and Roscoe, IL, died at her home in Sturgeon Bay on Jan. 8, 2019.  She was born March 19, 1957 in Waco, TX to Richard and Nancy (O’Connor) Kohlhagen.  Cindy graduated from Rockford West High School and attended Western Illinois University. On July 23, 1977, she married Terry […]

  • OBITUARY: Jerome Mark Heinz

    Jerome Mark Heinz, 92, Sturgeon Bay, formerly of New Berlin, died Jan. 19, 2019, at Sturgeon Bay Health Services.  He was born Jan. 15, 1927, in Milwaukee to Joseph and Evelyn (Lucht) Heinz.  On Sept. 10, 1949, he married Irene Betty in West Allis, she preceded him in death Nov. 14, 2017.  Jerome worked for […]

  • OBITUARY: Barbara Ann Forbes

    Barbara Ann Forbes, 82, of Sturgeon Bay, died Sunday morning, Jan. 13, 2019.  She was born May 24, 1936, in Sturgeon Bay to Martin and Ella (Schultz) Kust.  In 1954, she graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School as salutatorian.  After graduation, she worked for several years at the Door County Court House.  On Feb. 10, 1962, […]

  • State Supreme Court Keeps Sister Bay Pavilion Lawsuit Open

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court reversed part of Door County Circuit Court Judge D. Todd Ehlers’ decision in a lawsuit over concerts held at the Sister Bay performance pavilion. In the lawsuit filed July 8, 2016, the Yacht Club at Sister Bay alleged that concerts held at the pavilion constituted a nuisance. The legal question did […]

  • Stakeholders Call for Authenticity in West Waterfront Plans

    The first of two days of public input sessions on the Sturgeon Bay westside waterfront revealed that, in fact, city residents and stakeholders can agree on some things. More than 125 people attended a series of stakeholder sessions and a public presentation moderated by consultants from the engineering firm of Short Elliot Hendrickson (SEH) at […]

  • OBITUARY: Nancy Elise Wiegand

    Nancy Elise Wiegand, 79, of Sturgeon Bay, died Wednesday morning, Jan. 9, 2019 at Door County Medical Center with family at her side. She was born April 11, 1939 in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of Ward R. and Lois Vivian (Anderson) McAllister. Nancy graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1957. She worked at WDOR […]

  • OBITUARY: Dorothy E. Tice

    Dorothy E. Tice, 95, of Sturgeon Bay, died Wednesday morning, Jan. 9, 2019 at Sturgeon Bay Health Services surrounded by her family. She was born Jan. 23, 1923 in Portage County near Stevens Point, the daughter of the late Frank and Gertrude (Kieliszewski) Wnuk. Dorothy graduated from Stevens Point PJ Jacobs High School in 1940 […]

  • OBITUARY: Jennifer Grace Corbisier

    Jennifer Grace Corbisier, 76, of Sturgeon Bay, died Wednesday morning, Jan. 9, 2019 at Anna’s Healthcare CBRF in Sturgeon Bay. She was born November 5, 1942 in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of Ronald Verin Jacks and Eila M (Rielly) Jacks. Jennifer graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1960 and went on to study at […]

  • OBITUARY: Kathryn Mary Stanaszek

    Kathryn Mary Stanaszek, 78, of Egg Harbor, WI, died peacefully in her home, Monday morning, January 14, 2019 with her family at her side. She was born on Oct. 11, 1940 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of John Eldred Root, Jr, and Mary Stretch Root. Kathy attended Resurrection Grade School and graduated from St. Patrick […]

  • OBITUARY: Marion J. Ash

    Marion J. Ash, 89, of Carlsville, died Sunday Jan. 20, 2019 at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay. She was born June 19, 1929 in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of Joseph and Edna (Stegmann) Rockwell.  She married Aldred “Al” Ash on Oct. 10, 1953 at St. Peters Lutheran Church. Al preceded her in death […]

  • OBITUARY: John Frederick Swanson

    John Frederick Swanson, a long time Minneapolis resident, died at Hearthside Assisted Living in Sister Bay, Wisconsin on Monday Jan. 14, 2019 at the age of 71, after a brief struggle with cancer. John was born in Berwyn, Illinois on May 23, 1947, son of the late Kermit and Jean (White) Swanson, and moved with […]

  • Evan Henry Named All State and Academic All State by WCCCA

    Evan Henry, a senior at Gibraltar Secondary School, has been named to the All State (Honorable Mention) and Academic All State teams by the Wisconsin Cross Country Coaches Association for the 2018 Cross Country season. The Academic All State Award is given to Cross Country athletes who competed at the WIAA State Cross Country Meet […]