Peninsula Pulse March 22-29, 2019

In this issue

  • Hawkey Resigns as Southern Door Coach

    After three highly successful seasons, Southern Door High School boys basketball coach Derik Hawkey has decided to resign. Hawkey said two situations led to what was an extremely tough decision. The first is the 80-minute round trip commute from his home in Green Bay to SDHS, and the second is the fact that he is […]

  • Symphonic Band Begins Rehearsals

    The Peninsula Symphonic Band will begin rehearsals for its Summer 2019 season Monday, April 1 at 7 pm at Sturgeon Bay High School. Music Director, Jason Palmer, has chosen some fun and challenging selections which will be performed at concerts in May and July. PSB will perform a concert on May 20 focusing on water-themed […]

  • Coast Guard to Expand Ice Breaking Operations Monday

    The Coast Guard plans to expand spring ice breaking operations, entering the bay of Green Bay, Monday. During the ensuing days, icebreaking operations will involve fracturing ice and track preparations to the port cities of Escanaba, Marinette-Menominee and Green Bay. Ice breaking and track work will also occur west of the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal.  […]

  • Commentary: The Privilege of Voting

    It is not a new concept. It is time we accept it as truth. Divided we fall. In our silence, we have manufactured a divide. Let’s talk politics you and I. We have been told we should not. We have been told we should be polite and not speak of religion or reveal our conservative […]

  • PODCAST: Husby’s James Larsen Responds to Online Reviews

    This week we go One-on-One with James Larsen, co-owner of Husby’s Food & Spirits Sister Bay, to talk negative Trip Advisor reviews. Andrew Kleidon joins Myles Dannhausen Jr. as he reads real online reviews, and James Larsen reads the responses he has posted. If you’ve worked in the restaurant industry this may save you a […]

  • Fire Destroys Barn In Egg Harbor at Schartner Farm

    A fast-moving fire destroyed a barn on the Schartner’s Farm Market property Wednesday evening. Firefighters from all northern Door County fire departments and most southern Door County departments responded to the blaze.

  • Doug Smith, Don Sitte Vie for Baileys Harbor Town Chair

    Former Baileys Harbor Town Clerk/Administrator Doug Smith is challenging incumbent town chair Don Sitte. DON SITTE: Hi. I’m Don Sitte, your current Town Chairperson. Graduate of Gibraltar School. I’m married to my wonderful wife, Jayne. We have 2 children and 3 grandchildren. I enjoy fishing, walking, horseback riding, skydiving, bird watching, and nature in general. […]

  • PODCAST: The Sturgeon Bay School Referendum and Wisconsin Water Quality Challenges

    This week on the Door County Pulse Podcast: 1:48 – Shopko closes all stores, Ephraim’s highway construction officially begins, and the county may end funding for Door 2 Door rideshare program. 15:35 – Myles sits down with Sturgeon Bay School Superintendent Dan Tjernagel to talk about the upcoming Sturgeon Bay school operational referendum and the […]

  • March 25 Ephraim Construction Update

    During the first week of highway reconstruction in Ephraim, new concrete storm-sewer outfalls and culverts were installed at Church Street and Hwy 42, Harborside Park and Moravia Point, south of the marina. Crews also removed trees to make room for the sidewalk and storm-sewer inlets between German Road and the public beach. Ephraim Administrator Brent […]

  • Book Review: ‘Little Faith’

    Little FaithNickolas Butler, 336 pages, Ecco, 2019 No convincing is needed. You don’t have to see any evidence or concrete items. Proof is unnecessary because you’re already sure of what you know. You’re a believer, and what’s in your head is in your heart, but, as in the new novel Little Faith by Nickolas Butler, […]

  • Bestseller List: March 22, 2019

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION1. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman2. The Huntress by Kate Quinn3. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin4. The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff5. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION1. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah2. Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann3. White Fragility […]

  • Deer Councils’ First Shots at 2019 Hunt Plans

    Whitetails caught a break in the past week after a timely meltdown that exposed farm and country fields, allowing easier access to woodland browse. Longtime deer hunter Dick Baudhuin said there’s still a problem, though: too many whitetails for too many years have nearly eaten themselves out of house and home. “We didn’t see many […]

  • The Barnies Are Coming

    A new migration is headed to Door County   by Dan Sullivan There’s a revival taking place on the peninsula: the ruins of Door County barns have begun taking flight as feathered folk art. After serving venerably as shelters from the storm, these rural Wisconsin relics are now enchanting and will endure as Boonducks. Taking […]

  • CCR Column: Kids Can and Unheard Voices Awareness Events

    by Jamie Craig, Door County Program Coordinator, Sexual Assault Center April is Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Awareness Month. Family Services will be offering two events in April to share information about these topics. Kids Can – a family-friendly presentation that teaches children about their bodies and how to protect them – will be offered to children […]

  • GLAS Coffeehouse, Aleah Kidd, coffee, Door County, Door County restaurant

    Glas Coffeehouse Celebrates 10 Years of Being Green

    The green decorations of St. Patrick’s Day have passed their peak, but Sturgeon Bay’s Glas Coffeehouse is green all year long. Glas – the Gaelic word for “green” – has focused on being a sustainable and eco-friendly business since its opening day in 2009. This month the coffeehouse is celebrating its 10 years of operations and […]

  • Cheers, beer review, Jim Lundstrom, Orval Trappist

    Cheers!: Celebrate Orval Trappist Ale on March 23

    If you’ve ever heard the term “rocky head” associated with a beer, Orval Trappist Ale is the very definition of that term. It looks substantial enough to send an expeditionary force up to conquer it. The beer inside the unique, bowling pin-shaped bottle is the only beer made by the Cisterian monks at Abbaye Notre-Dame […]

  • Business Pulse: Door County Needs More Licensed Child Care

    by Jim Schuessler, Executive Director, DCEDC When considering all that comes together to make a healthy community, you’ll always find factors such as a healthy job market, adults who want to work, amenities and recreation that make for a thriving economic ecosystem. Here’s a variable you don’t always see: day care, especially for non-first-shift and […]

  • County Considering Privatizing Emergency Medical Services

    Several members of Emergency Services of Door County attended the monthly meeting of the county’s Administrative Committee on March 19 to hear two agenda items related to the service. The first was a modification of the health insurance plan for the 18 full-time paramedics. Currently the county pays $1,808.15 per month for all county employees […]

  • By the Numbers: Vernal Equinox

    Spring officially began at 4:58 pm on Wednesday, March 20: the moment when the sun crosses the celestial equator – the imaginary line in the sky above Earth’s equator. It’s celebrated as a time of rebirth in the northern hemisphere. 2 The number of times in a year when Earth’s axis is tilted neither toward […]

  • Bills to Watch: Drug Prices & UW Tuition

    AB-005/SB-005 Protected status for county jailers This bill would place all county jailers in a protected status under the Wisconsin Retirement System. In 2011, Act 10 overhauled the protections and benefits for state workers, exempting public-safety employees. County jailers were not considered public-safety employees, and as of August 2018, only 10 Wisconsin counties had kept […]

  • Egg Harbor Historical Society Completes Winter Series

    The Egg Harbor Historical Society will wrap up its winter history hours on March 25, 1 pm, at Egg Harbor’s Kress Pavilion. The final program will feature a video interview with Peter LeMere, whose Door County connection goes back to his great-grandfather, Gideon LeMieux, who was among the area’s French-Canadian settlers. After serving in the […]

  • Door County Volleyball Club Brings Home Gold

    Now in its 16th year, the Badger Re​gion Championships tournament has become Badger Region volleyball’s marquee event and continues to grow, with 546 junior teams competing this year over three weekends at Milwaukee’s Wisconsin Center. The Door County Volleyball Club participated with its 16s and 18s teams. The girls played extremely well, and the 18s […]

  • Door to Nature: Eastern Phoebe

    Late March is the time when we usually would see the first eastern phoebe returning to our yard if it was a mild, early spring. This year it may not show up until April. The phoebe is a flycatcher that migrates south to spend the winter in warmer climates – often only as far as […]

  • Habitat for Humanity Continues Work Through Winter

    Although the winter weather has not been conducive to building a home, Door County Habitat for Humanity construction volunteers are far from idle. On March 13 and 14 two separate groups of volunteers completed home repairs for individuals who were otherwise unable to have the repairs done. Greg Dietz and Bill Meyer repaired a ceiling […]

  • DNR Accepting Entries for 2020 State Park Sticker Design

    There is still time for Wisconsin high school students to submit entries for the 2020 Wisconsin state-park sticker-design contest before the April 12 deadline. The winning design will be displayed on more than 300,000 vehicles. The design must be the artist’s original creation and may not be copied or duplicated from previously published art. Photographs […]

  • Habitat for Humanity Collecting for Food Pantries

    Door County Habitat for Humanity is continuing a food drive to help restock area food pantries. Take a nonperishable food item to the ReStore in Sturgeon Bay to receive a coupon good for your current visit or a future one. All food collected will be distributed to Feed My People in Sturgeon Bay and the […]

  • Door County From Above: Sister Islands in Ice

    The Sister Islands locked solidly in winter ice on March 18. Photo by Brett Kosmider. Follow him @brettkosmider

  • Reps in the News: Evers Calls for Broadband Expansion

    Governor Tony Evers Gov. Tony Evers’ budget would invest $78 million in the state’s Broadband Expansion Grant Program. The governor has set a goal to provide all homes and businesses in Wisconsin with high-speed internet by 2025. Angie Dickison, state broadband director with the Public Service Commission, told WPR’s The Morning Show that she’s hopeful […]

  • MaryKay Shumway Named Top 10 Best Real Estate Professionals

    The American Institute of Real Estate Professionals has recognized real-estate agent MaryKay Shumway as one of this year’s 10 Best Real Estate Professionals for Client Satisfaction in Wisconsin. The institute is a third-party rating organization that publishes an annual list of the top 10 real-estate professionals in each state. Those who are included must pass […]

  • Washington Island Fire Department Delivers Aid to Madeline Island

    by Robb Carr, Assistant Fire Chief, Washington Island; Public Information Officer, Washington Island Fire Rescue, Inc. On Wednesday, March 6, at approximately 2:30 am, the Madeline Island Town of La Pointe fire station suffered an explosion and subsequent fire that destroyed all of its fire and emergency-service capabilities. The station was burned to the ground. […]

  • League of Women Voters Host Educational Forum April 4

    The League of Women Voters of Greater Green Bay (LWVGGB) will host an education forum titled: “A Time for Action: A Panel Presentation on the State of Wisconsin Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding report.” The forum will offer the input and perspectives of three statewide education leaders:  Dr. Michelle Langenfeld, Green Bay Area Public […]

  • Ride the Door County Century Sept. 8

    With the spring thaw in progress, look ahead to open roads and the Door County Century (DCC) – now in its 41st year – on Sunday, Sept. 8. The weekend after Labor Day provides a sweet spot between the county’s busy summer and fall seasons, welcoming bikers from around the Midwest to the peninsula’s scenic back roads. […]

  • News From This Week’s Past: Cleaning Suckers and Late Burials

    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 March 20, 1874 Mr. R. Noble is at work getting his steam ferry, landing docks, etc. ready for the opening day. The Independent March 19, 1886 […]

  • Dairy Task Force Targets Financial and Emotional Stress

    In an effort to alleviate the financial and emotional stress experienced by Wisconsin dairy farmers, the 31 members of the Dairy Task Force 2.0 approved 49 recommendations at their March 15 meeting in Sheboygan. All approved recommendations are available at “Every member of this task force understands the importance of our state’s dairy community […]

  • Froggers Needed for Annual Survey

    Each spring for the past 35 years, a small army of citizen scientists (or “froggers,” as they proudly call themselves) head out into the darkness to survey seasonal wetlands, marshes, lakes and rivers to help DNR conservation biologists document the breeding calls of frogs and toads throughout Wisconsin. “Once again, it’s time for volunteers to […]

  • Saguaro Day Spa Offering Biolief CBD Fassage

    Saguaro Day Spa in Sturgeon Bay is now offering Biolief CBD Fassage, which focuses on reducing tension in the muscles of the face, head, neck and shoulders. Saguaro’s Biolief Hemp Cleanser helps to reduce inflammation and promote healthy nutrient exchange within facial tissues, complemented by an antioxidant-rich Biolief Apple Steam Cell Anti-Aging Cream. This fassage […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Vote for Laurel Hauser

    Laurel and I crossed paths over 12 years ago when I was mayor of Sturgeon Bay from 2007 through 2010. She dedicated much time and effort while serving on the city planning commission. I believe her focus was and will continue to be a person that rolls up her sleeves and gets the work done. […]

  • Municipal Meetings: March 22 – 29

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay:  March 26 – Finance/Purchasing & Building Committee, 4 pm. March 27 – joint Park & Recreation meeting, 5:30 pm. County of Door:  March 26 – county board, 10 am; Board of Adjustment, 6:30 pm. Town of Gibraltar:  March 26 – joint Plan Commission and Parks & Lands Committee, 6 […]

  • DNR Warns Snow Melt Could Affect Wells

    Warming temperatures, snow melt, rain and lingering frozen ground can create conditions that affect private wells and drinking water. “Our recent rain, mixed precipitation and local flooding throughout the state are a reminder that changing spring weather can lead to well contamination,” said Liesa Lehmann, DNR private water section chief. “At this time of year, […]

  • Church Looking to Update Cemetery Count

    St. Joseph Catholic Church once stood in the hamlet of Gardner, and St. Francis and St. Mary Parish in Brussels now oversees its cemetery on Fox Lane.  When Fr. Edward Looney assumed his role as administrator in 2017, he restored the cemetery’s sign, which was lying in a ditch. When he took parishioners on cemetery […]

  • Gibraltar DECA Students Receive State Award

    Gibraltar High School’s DECA chapter – the association of marketing, management and entrepreneurship students – returned from the State Career-Development Conference on March 6 with a state award for its community-service work for the GO BO! Foundation, MDA and Jacksonport Thanksgiving Day Parade.Juniors Connor Duffy and Brandon Stillman earned awards in the Sports and Entertainment […]

  • Nicolet Bank Tall Ships Tickets on Sale

    Tickets for excursions and general festival admission to Nicolet Bank Tall Ships, July 26-28, are now on sale online at Three more ships have been added to the lineup. U.S. Brig Niagara, home-ported in Erie, Pennsylvania, is a replica of the relief flagship of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry and serves as a historical artifact […]

  • Algoma Chamber Takes Awards in New Direction

    The Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce is taking its annual awards banquet in a new direction. Formerly called the Business, Industry and Education Awards, the ceremony will now be known as the Algoma Area Chamber Beacon Awards and will be presented at Hotel Stebbins on April 22. Members of the public can submit nominations online […]

  • Join National Shrine for Lenten Programming

    The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help invites pilgrims to observe the Lenten season’s traditions. The Stations of Cross take place twice weekly, and Holy Week includes a blessing of the food baskets leading up to Easter Sunday on April 21. A Lenten programming schedule and more information about the shrine, at 4047 […]

  • DCVB Hosts Student CTA Program

    The Door County Visitor Bureau (DCVB) hosted its first student-focused Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) class on March 7, in partnership with Sturgeon Bay schools. Sturgeon Bay High School Principal Robert Nickel and Superintendent Dan Tjernagel joined 12 students from the Future Business Leaders of America organization to participate in the course, learning about customer service, […]

  • Scholarship Trust to Award Sturgeon Bay Students with Scholarships

    The Thomas J. Webb Memorial Scholarship Trust will award two scholarships of $5,000 each to Sturgeon Bay High School 2019 graduates at the school’s Honor Assembly in June. Sturgeon Bay graduating seniors who participate in varsity sports, have a minimum 3.5 GPA and plan to attend a four-year accredited university or college are eligible to […]

  • Sevastopol School District Developmental Screening

    The Sevastopol School District will conduct a district-wide developmental screening on April 11, 8 am – 4 pm, in the multi-purpose room. All district families with children who are not enrolled in 4K or kindergarten and who did not participate in the school’s Jan. 4 screening should register. The screening process involves a formalized and […]

  • Loaves & Fishes Spring Meals

    Need a great hot meal? All ages are welcome at the family-style Loaves & Fishes community meals, held year-round on Fridays, 5:30-7 pm, at NWTC, 229 N. 14th Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. Upcoming dinners will be held on April 5 and 26, May 3 and 17, and June 7, 21 and 28. They are free […]

  • Sturgeon Bay High School Fishing Club Hosts Fish Fry

    The Sturgeon Bay High School Fishing Club will host a traditional Wisconsin fish fry of panfish, whitefish, walleye and/or pike served with potato, coleslaw, tartar sauce and rye bread to thank those who have supported the club or would like to. It will be held on April 4, 5:30 pm, in the high school’s commons. […]

  • Summer Job Fair Held at Gibraltar, April 3

    Gibraltar Secondary Schools will host a summer job fair on April 3, 12-2 pm, to bring students together with local employers to explore work opportunities. Interested businesses must register with Mary Witteborg at [email protected] by March 25. Include a contact name, business name and phone number in the email. Space is limited. There is no […]

  • DCMC to Participate in Pause to Give Life

    Door County Medical Center (DCMC) is among the 80-plus Donate Life Wisconsin members and partners that will participate in the 2019 Pause to Give Life event: simultaneous, statewide ceremonies during which the Donate Life flag will be raised and silence will be observed to promote organ, tissue and eye donation and to honor donors and […]

  • Cinema Offers Free Movies to Senior Citizens

    Sturgeon Bay Cinema 6 invites senior citizens to a series of free movies – with free popcorn and soda included. The remaining films in the series are The Favourite on March 27, First Man on April 3, and Stan & Ollie on April 10. All begin at 1:30 pm.

  • Girl Scout Cookie Booths Held on March 23 and 30

    Have you missed out on buying Girl Scout cookies, or already eaten what you ordered? It’s not too late! Girl Scout Troop 4356 from Gibraltar is hosting two cookie booths: March 23, 10 am – 1 pm, at the Piggly Wiggly; and March 30, 12:15-3:15 pm, at the NWTC Learning and Innovation Center, both in […]

  • HU Chant Held at Sturgeon Bay Library March 23

    The Wisconsin Satsang Society – a chartered affiliate of Eckankar – will sponsor a Sound of Soul/HU Chant on March 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 how the sound of HU can bring […]

  • DCMC Promoting Healthy Eating During National Nutrition Month

    Door County Medical Center is promoting the importance of healthful eating during National Nutrition Month in March because Americans struggle with poor eating habits, obesity and obesity-related diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some types of cancer. Some signs of poor nutrition include issues with mental and overall health, fatigue, dry hair and […]

  • Door County Humane Society, Humane Society, Featured Pet

    DCHS Featured Pet: Canasta

    Canasta is a handsome, black-and-white, 10-month-old available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. He is a curious guy who does enjoy chasing toys, but he really just wants his belly rubbed all day long. After the first pet, he immediately starts purring and rolls over, begging for more. He was […]

  • Trivia: How many teams competed in the first NCAA basketball tournament?

    Question: How many teams competed in the first NCAA basketball tournament? Answer: Eight teams in 1939. The field started to grow soon after, reaching 16 between 1951 and 1952. The most recent expansion was in 2011, when 68 teams were invited to participate.

  • Server of the Week - Victoria Kleindon-Linstrom

    Server of the Week: Victoria Kleidon-Linstrom

    Working many jobs is a Door County must.With a strong ethic and powerful drive, Victoria has been thrustInto so many different positions it would make your head spin,From hospitality to service to educatin’. At the front desk of Little Sweden,To behind Fika’s bakery display –Not to mention music directionFor Gibraltar’s musical play. She’s a dynamo; […]

  • Overheard and Obsessions: March 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? “Your hair is like a beautiful drag queen who just won the show.” “What do you think it would look like if […]

  • Manners Matter: Divorce

    Dear Mary Pat, My sister left her husband. It’s heartbreaking to see. They have three children who are still in middle school and high school. She says that there were issues that couldn’t be worked out, but I know my sister very well, just as I know her husband. He is a good man and […]

  • Kevin Schuder, Fancy Plants Cafe

    Gibraltar Graduate Earns Fame for Vegan Cuisine in Chicago

    The March issue of Chicago Magazine highlighted Fancy Plants Cafe – the creation of 1999 Gibraltar High School graduate Kevin Schuder – as a new dining hotspot in the city’s Lakeview neighborhood. Schuder, the owner and chef, has immersed himself in the culinary-arts world, focusing on vegan and vegetarian offerings. He spent a decade in […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Support Sturgeon Bay School District

    I am writing this as an individual who at one time did not believe in voting for school referenda. As a matter of fact, I may have been somewhat outspoken about it. But that was B.K. (Before Kids). A long time ago, a very wise person once told me, “You can be ready for marriage, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: In Support of David Ward

    I urge the citizens of Sturgeon Bay to vote for David Ward for mayor. His educational, business, and administrative experience make him most qualified to run this city. Having lived here for 18 years he knows how to get things done and effect changes, if needed. Most important, Dave LISTENS. As a City Council member […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Vote for Brian Hagedorn

    Judge Brian Hagedorn is being attacked in negative, nasty ads being run by an outside group. He is accused of receiving money from a “hate group.” That would be the $3,000 Alliance Defense Fund paid him for three speeches. And why is Alliance Defense Fund a hate group? Because Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) says […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Not a Fan of the Housing Study

    The the long awaited housing study was unveiled—Where was the report hidden before being ‘unveiled’? Maybe cleverly hidden behind East Town Mall, Green Bay? The Door County Economic Development Corporation released the study. The Executive Director said, “The result have been startling.” Really? Wow. This is reminiscent of the movie Casablanca, when the Nazis tell […]

  • Letter to the Editor: County Needs Expanded Veterinary Clinic Hours

    Dogs may love Door County, as asserted in the March 15-22 Pulse issue, but pet owners from outside Door County should be aware that if they have a dog emergency after regular local veterinary clinic business hours or on weekends, they likely will have to take their pet to an emergency veterinary clinic in Green […]

  • Letter to the Editor: A New Day is Here

    Sturgeon Bay had been living under the dark cloud of behind closed-door meeting. Sometimes with members over looking unethical and even illegal behavior. There are gaggles of people in this community who still think it is OK to act like that. Their bullying performances in those meetings and outside even went to the extent that […]

  • Letter to the Editor: School Board Candidate Echoing Trump?

    Brett Reetz is running for Gibraltar school board. His slogan is “Return to Excellence.” Sounding an awful lot like Make America Great Again, it is an interesting dog whistle that should raise questions in voters’ minds. Among those is Brett’s attitude toward qualifications of the teaching staff. One should question how Mr. Reetz would address […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Fairchild for Leadership That Values Teamwork, Cooperation

    I am excited to vote for Shawn Fairchild for Mayor, because our city needs new leadership that values public input, is open to fresh ideas, and believes in the importance of cooperation. As someone who has coached youth and adult sports, and worked as a department supervisor at Palmer Johnson, he understands that the best […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Rep. Gallagher Votes Against Democracy

    I believe it is very important that residents of Wisconsin Congressional District #8 (many of whom are readers of this newspaper) know that our Republican Congressman, Mike Gallagher, who claims to have the interests of his constituents and the nation at heart, doesn’t actually act as if he did. Mr. Gallagher recently voted against HR1, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Shawn Fairchild Will Be Kind, Thoughtful, Wise Mayor

    I have known Shawn for a few years – as a experienced craftsman, as an effective advocate for the public good, and as a friend. I understand the traits that will make a terrific mayor. He is a long-time community member who knows every corner of the city, has experienced decades of change, and has […]

  • Letter to the Editor: In Support of Laurel Hauser

    Hard-working, committed, conscientious, responsible, and fair-minded—these are some of the adjectives I would use to describe my candidate for District 7 Alderperson, Laurel Hauser. I have had the pleasure of knowing Laurel for several years and have seen her demonstrate these qualities countless times, whether it was leading a fund-raising effort for a new sound […]

  • Polluters Will Pay for Fox River Cleanup

    Attorney General Josh Kaul announced that a federal judge has approved a settlement to ensure that all future costs related to the decades-long contamination of the Fox River will be paid by the responsible parties. “Generations of Wisconsinites have been affected by the contamination of the Fox River,” said Kaul. “This settlement ensures that final […]

  • Door County Climbs in Annual Health Rankings

    Door County improved its position as one of the healthier counties in Wisconsin, according to a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute. Door County ranked 20th in health outcomes – things such as premature death, birthweight and poor health days – and ninth for health factors […]

  • Door County Earns Governor’s Council on Tourism Honors

    Door County representatives came home from the March 19 Governor’s Council on Tourism gathering with three awards. Cambria Mueller, marketing manager for the Door County Visitor Bureau, earned the Rising Star Award; Al Johnson’s received the Award for Service Excellence; and the Peninsula School of Art won for Arts, Culture and Heritage. Pictured (left to […]

  • Sister Bay Village-Wide Rummage Sale

    There’s still snow on the ground, but spring is rounding the corner. And with it comes spring cleaning: the perfect way to streamline your home and get ready for the annual Sister Bay Village-Wide Rummage Sale on May 18, 8 am – 4 pm. Browse antiques, clothes, home furnishings, collectibles and much more. Interested? Get […]

  • Honey Presentation at Beekeepers’ Club Meeting

    The Door County Beekeepers Club (DCBC) will meet March 26, 6:30 pm, at the Peninsular Agricultural Research Station, 4312 Hwy 42, north of Sturgeon Bay. Kent Pegorsch, president of the Wisconsin Honey Producers Association (WHPA), will present a program about honey flavors and color from different nectar sources, offer honey samples from around the world […]

  • Charlotte Lukes to Discuss Eastern Bluebirds

    Charlotte Lukes will present a program on bluebirds on March 23, 9:30 am, at Newport State Park’s visitors’ center. She will share the success story of the eastern bluebird in Wisconsin, explain all aspects of bluebird monitoring and discuss the Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin and how you can get involved. Lukes will share photos […]

  • Family Programs and More at Crossroads

    As it continues to celebrate water, Crossroads at Big Creek has launched a lecture series called Fish Tales. The first program was held March 21. Programming on March 22, 2 pm, in the Collins Learning Center is a screening of 3D Sun: a half-hour documentary that was created with images from the twin research satellites […]

  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade Winners

    More than 30 businesses and organizations participated in the 26th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Sturgeon Bay on March 16. The award for the best business entry went to Bay Shore Outfitters for its creative float and handmade cabbage heads to celebrate “St. Cabbage Day.” The Sturgeon Bay High School Band earned the best […]

  • Water Pollution Credit Bill Has Promising Future

    A bipartisan group of legislators and interest groups ranging from the Dairy Business Association (DBA) to Clean Wisconsin is supporting a bill authored by Rep. Joel Kitchens and Sen. Robert Cowles that seeks to improve the effectiveness and economic viability of water-quality practices on farms. At a March 19 hearing for SB-91 in the Senate […]

  • Signs of Spring: Icebreakers Leave Sturgeon Bay

    The heavy Coast Guard icebreaker Mackinaw was in Sturgeon Bay March 15, cutting a path through the canal before heading to Lake Superior. There it was to cut a path along the south shore and open tracks in the harbors of Duluth-Superior before heading north to Thunder Bay. The Mackinaw, based in Cheboygan, Michigan, can […]

  • Obituary: Merle Arthur Christianson

    Nov. 24, 1920 – March 16, 2019  Merle Arthur Christianson, 98, of Sturgeon Bay died at Door County Medical Center with family at his side. He was born in Sawyer (now the west side of Sturgeon Bay), the son of William Arthur Christianson Sr. and Hannah (Oenes) Christianson. Merle graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1938. […]

  • Rogue Theater Offers Annual Murder-Mystery Series

    Rogue Theater kicks off its seventh season with its annual murder-mystery dinner-theater series. Dead Tuesday, written by Scott Cherney, is filled with voodoo, deception, jealousy, romance, laughs and, of course, murder.   Directed by Stuart Champeau, Dead Tuesday takes place during Mardi Gras at Bob and Bunny Boudreaux’s New Orleans mansion. All of their guests […]

  • Four Folk Artists to Perform in the Round at TAP

    Door County musicians Katie Dahl, Jess Holland and Jeanne Kuhns will join Chicago’s Jenny Bienemann for an intimate concert on March 29, 7:30 pm, at Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) in Sturgeon Bay. All of these songwriters have loyal fan bases and multiple accolades to their collective credit. Though they’re firmly rooted in the folk tradition, […]

  • Susan Gibson Performs at White Gull Inn

    Susan Gibson will perform at the White Gull Inn on March 27, 8 pm. The Minnesota native is now a Wimberley, Texas-based singer and songwriter who has released four solo albums and regularly performs throughout the country. She was the lead singer for the alternative country band The Groobees and wrote the Dixie Chicks’ hit “Wide Open […]

  • Ben Bedford Performs at Lost Moth Gallery

    Ben Bedford will perform songs off his new CD, The Hermit’s Spy Glass, at the Lost Moth Gallery on March 24, 7 pm. Bedford has established himself as a songwriter in the musical-icon tradition that includes Bill Morrissey and Woody Guthrie, dipping into classic American literature and writing with the “old soul” quality of his […]

  • Growing Kewaunee Readers

    GDuring National Library Week, April 7-13, the Kewaunee Public Library will introduce Growing Kewaunee Readers: a new initiative that features leveled reading challenges from birth to graduation to encourage reading in the community. Starting at a child’s birth, parents will read 100 books to the child before age two. Then their goals will be to […]

  • Plum Bottom Demo Day March 23

    Plum Bottom Gallery will host a Demo Day featuring resident porcelain artist Chad Luberger on March 23. Catch him behind the wheel creating one-of-a-kind, hand-thrown ceramics from 11 am to 2 pm, and see his newest collection on display all day. Enjoy a cup of coffee from Door County Coffee & Tea while browsing the […]

  • Obituary: Renee “Peppy” M. Tong Hilander

    April 1, 1943 – March 15, 2019  Peppy Tong Hilander, 75, of Sturgeon Bay died at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay with her family by her side. She was born Renee M. Tong in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of the late Leo and Jean (Lake) Tong. Following her Catholic school education, Peppy graduated from Sturgeon Bay […]

  • Obituary: Isla R. Stuth

    March 5, 1926 – March 13, 2019  Isla R. Stuth, 93, of Algoma died at Door County Medical Center. She was born in Algoma to Ernst and Amanda (Gruendemann) Heuer. On August 1, 1946, she married Waldo Stuth in Algoma; he preceded her in death on December 1, 2012. Isla and her husband farmed and owned an orchard in […]

  • Obituary: Christina “Chris” Lea Gaeth

    July 30, 1947 – Nov. 17, 2018  Christina “Chris” L. Gaeth, 71, of Egg Harbor died suddenly on Nov. 17, 2018. She was born in Covington, Kentucky, the daughter of the late William and Virginia (Hansel) Graue. Chris earned her BA in finance from the University of Western Kentucky. She worked from Wall Street to Baxter’s in […]

  • Obituary: Tom Reynolds

    Jan. 6, 1945 – March 13, 2019  Tom Reynolds, 74, died peacefully at home. Tom was born in Sturgeon Bay as one of three boys — Bobby, Tommy and Jeffrey — born to Karl and Harriet (“Skip”) Reynolds. Karl, the president of Reynolds Brothers cherry orchard and canning company, was killed in a plane crash in Door County […]

  • Historical Society Introduces Granary Project Team

    The Sturgeon Bay Historical Society introduced the principal project leaders for the restoration of the Teweles and Brandeis grain elevator March 9. Sturgeon Bay engineer Mike Till will lead the project onsite. James Dallman of the Milwaukee firm La Dallman is the chief architect, and Sturgeon Bay native Jeff Beane of Silman is the project’s […]

  • Door County’s Quiet Side Featured on Around the Corner with John McGivern

    The people and attractions of Door County’s “quiet side” will be featured on Wisconsin Public Television’s Around the Corner with John McGivern March 28 at 7 pm. Featured in this upcoming episode are Martinez Studio, Waseda Farms, Town Hall Bakery of Jacksonport, Bjørklunden, Rowley’s Bay Resort, Composer Dan Meunier of Jacksonport, Cave Point and Whitefish […]