Peninsula Pulse – March 30-April 6, 2018

In this issue

  • Letter to the Editor: Another Opportunity for Mulliken to Serve Door County

    For a combined 20 years, I have had the privilege to represent the good people of Door County at both the town and county board level. I hope to be able to serve you again on the county board after the upcoming April 3rd election. Starting my public service at the town board level gave […]

  • Herb Kohl Foundation Scholarships Announced

    The selection committee for the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Scholarship, Fellowship and Leadership Program has announced recipients of the 2018 Herb Kohl Foundation awards for students, teachers and principals. Awards in the amount of $6,000 are being made to 100 teachers, 16 principals, and their schools, and $10,000 scholarships will be given to 191 graduating […]

  • Door County House and Garden Walk July 31

    The 58th annual Door County House and Garden Walk is scheduled for July 31, 9 am – 5 pm. This event is hosted by the Door County Medical Center Auxiliary, and all proceeds go to support the Skilled Nursing Facility and Hospice Care Project at the Door County Medical Center. More information will soon be […]

  • Washington Island Foundation Announces 2018 Spring Campaign

    The Washington Island Foundation announces a new 2018 spring campaign. This dollar-for-dollar matching opportunity in the amount of $20,000 is underway. Donations received by the Foundation or the Mosling Recreation Center for this campaign will benefit the Rec Center and go toward current operating expenses. This matching opportunity is offered by an anonymous donor and […]

  • DCEDC Earns Business Friend Award

    The Door County Economic Development Corporation’s Business & Education Partnership (BEP) received a Business Friend of Education Silver Level Award from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for its community service work. The nonprofit Door County BEP organizes many impactful career-awareness and work-based learning activities, such as the Door County High School Home Construction Program, […]

  • Wisconsin Addiction Documentary Screened at Crossroads May 1

    The Door County Alcohol and other Drug Coalition has partnered with Door County Human Services and the Door County Mental Health Focus Group for a free screening of Written Off. This Wisconsin-based documentary is a unique look at one man’s struggle with addiction, told in first person. It will be shown May 1 at Crossroads […]

  • Sister Bay Community Health Information Program April 22

    Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry continues its Community Health Information Programs with “A Reflection in the Mirror – Two Views of Parkinson’s” on April 22, 4 pm at First Baptist Church, Sister Bay. The speaker is Bonnie Mirkiewicz, RN, BSN, certified legal nurse consultant, and currently serving Stella Maris Parish. Northern Door Health & […]

  • Jeanine Brennan Joins Door County Library in Egg Harbor

    After a long career in education as a library media specialist within Wauwatosa Schools in Wisconsin and then working abroad in Ecuador and Germany for the past few years, Jeanine Brennan is joining the Door County Library team at the Egg Harbor Branch as Circulation Assistant. Reading and sharing its joys are her passion, and […]

  • Neighbor to Neighbor Serves 1,143 People in 2017

    In 2017, 1,143 individuals benefited from services provided by Neighbor to Neighbor. Door County residents saved more than $400,000 in medical expenses by using the organization’s services.  Ninety-four volunteers donated 2,873 hours to facilitate medical equipment loans, serve as peer companions and/or respite care providers to homebound aging individuals, staff the office, serve on the […]

  • Kewaunee County Holding “Clean Sweep” Waste Removal

    Kewaunee County Emergency Management is inviting residents to properly dispose of unwanted agricultural and household hazardous waste, as well as medications, opioids and sharps during their “2018 Clean Sweep” collection. The event will be held April 21 at the Kewaunee County Hillside Highway Shop, E2180 Hwy 54, Casco from 8 am to noon. Volunteers will […]

  • Dixie Jorns Retires After 28 Years at Door County Library

    Born and raised on Washington Island, Dixie Jorns worked for the Door County Library for 28 years, starting as a volunteer when her youngest daughter began attending story time in Egg Harbor and then holding positions as Branch Manager in Egg Harbor and Sister Bay in turn, before rounding out her career as Technical Services […]

  • Harborettes Homemakers Sponsor “A Day of Mending”

    The Harborettes Homemakers Club will sponsor a “Day of Mending” as a service project for the community. Bring clothing items that need mending to the Jacksonport Town Hall on April 14, 9 am to 2 pm. The club will sew on buttons, patch items, repair seams, etc. No zippers, please.There will also be a bake […]

  • March for Our Lives at Scandia a Success

    A group of Good Samaritan Scandia Village residents gathered March 24 for a morning vigil for the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The vigil remembered and honored those whose lives were taken and to support the students who led the March for Our Lives in Washington D.C. on that same day. After the […]

  • Letter to the Editor: State Treasurer’s Oversight Needed

    Why you should care and vote NO on the proposed amendment to the State Constitution on eliminating the office of the State Treasurer. This issue is not about saving the State of Wisconsin a position. This issue is about who will manage a $1 Billion Dollar Trust Fund, and 5,600 acres of valuable timber land […]

  • Letter to the Editor: A Solution to Bad City Streets

    Sturgeon Bay streets are deteriorating and there is a solution. It’s voting “yes” on Tuesday, April 3, for the Premier Area Resort Tax (PRAT). The PRAT is a .5 percent sales tax on tourist-type expenditures at PRAT identified businesses (items such as meals, room rentals, liquor sales, and sporting goods). A PRAT tax would share […]

  • Letter to the Editor: An Open Letter to Ephraim Residents

    April 3rd is Election Day, time again to select our local leaders for the next two years. One of the many benefits we enjoy in a free society is being able to choose our elected officials through the voting process. In the Village of Ephraim, of course, we – the residents – are the government, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Yes to PRAT

    On April 3rd, Sturgeon Bay residents will have the opportunity to vote on whether we want visitors to help pay to have better roads or whether we want it solely on our real estate taxes. As an area business owner, I know my answer. I’m voting “yes” to support the Premier Area Resort Tax (PRAT). […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Vote for a New Voice

    It is so encouraging to see someone like Kate Utizinger Shepard run for county board. Door County has been a big part of my family’s lives since 1962 and it is refreshing to see a newcomer embrace civic engagement. Kate is a bright and warm person with great personal charm and experience. Her young family […]

  • Letter to the Editor: I Ask for Your Vote on April 3rd

    Dear voters of District 18, the Village of Ephraim and Town of Gibraltar. I have worked very hard for you the last two years on the county board and I once again am asking for your vote next Tuesday. It takes a lot of time and devotion to keep up with the issues, the meetings, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Vote for Seth

    Seth Wiederanders listens and understands the needs of many of us who live here and he will be a diligent advocate for Sturgeon Bay. He is caring, smart and represents the working people and those without an organized voice in our community. The fact that he is willing to step out and be that voice […]

  • Letter to the Editor: We’re for Weisner

    My wife and I support the re-election of Richard Weisner as our 4th District Councilperson. He has served our district extremely well since 2012. He is a lifelong resident of Sturgeon Bay. He is a homeowner and pays property taxes to support the citizens of the district as well as the entire community. He has […]

  • Letter to the Editor: To Town of Gibraltar Voters

    This is just a short letter to everyone in your town to tell you about Brian Hackbarth running for re-election. I work hard like you and try and make our area a better place to live and share with others. Brian thinks the same way. I have worked with him on many town projects and […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Hayes Represents Change

    The majestic doorbell rings and I am greeted by Celie, the cutest puggle with an overbite. David is dressed in as many layers possible without looking totally ridiculous and together we hit the trail or what is more commonly known as door knocking. Many of the homes we go to the people are not home, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Sturgeon Bay PRAT Referendum Misleading

    At first glance the referendum question for Sturgeon Bay residents appears rather harmless and a solution to the city’s crumbling roads. Take a closer look, and you’ll see that two words change everything about the small 0.5 percent levy tax. Those words being “infrastructure expenses,” followed by the statute where you’ll find the definition for […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Dallet for Supreme Court

    In the wake of the decision of the 2014 Scott Walker-appointed Judge Josann Reynolds (Dane County Circuit Court Branch 2) ordering Scott Walker to call two special legislative elections by noon on Thursday, or face contempt charges and potentially jail, Republican state legislators are scrambling to introduce changes to state law, attempting to circumvent that […]

  • Letter to the Editor: This is Our Moment

    Recently we’ve been spending time with 3 candidates running for City Council.  We are working alongside them as they pour their hearts and souls into this campaign. Running for election isn’t easy and is made more difficult by the winter weather as they go door-to-door introducing themselves and listening to voters. Here is what we’ve […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Support Judge Rebecca Dallet

    On April 3 Wisconsin voters will elect a new Supreme Court justice who will begin a 10-year term on that court in August. We write to express our support for Judge Rebecca Dallet for this important position. We believe Judge Dallet’s experience makes her extremely qualified to serve on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. That experience […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Ideas for Law-Abiding Gun Owners

    For a day or so I had hope that something might have happened to turn the corner on gun safety in the United States. I am so proud of the the young people from all over America who have taken the challenge to say “enough.” The President convened a bipartisan discussion and articulated a particularly […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Bultman for County Board

    Thank you to my neighbors and supporters in District 19 for braving snow and ice to cast your votes for me in the primary election last month. I was humbled and honored to be chosen by you. This Tuesday, April 3, we again have the opportunity to participate actively in our representative government. I encourage […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Thank You to Our Supportive Community

    Northern Door Children’s Center is deeply grateful to everyone who made our 2018 Super Bowl-A-Thon fundraising event March 17 a big success. First and foremost, we thank Penny and Paula Anschutz and the staff of the Sister Bay Bowl. Without you and your generosity, there would be no Bowl-A-Thon! We deeply appreciate the following businesses […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Here’s Hoping for a Flood of Young Voters

    It’s time to get out and vote. The Constitution of the United State of American gives each and every citizen the right to cast their vote in all elections. All should vote in every election no matter who is running and for what office or for what issue. Right now our young citizens are exercising […]

  • Letter ti the Editor: Vote for Hayes

    Having grown up in Sturgeon Bay and having practiced medicine in Sturgeon Bay for 40 years, I have a strong connection to the Sturgeon Bay community and care about the issues and leadership in the city. Over 25 years, David Hayes has demonstrated his ability to serve his community, as a city planner/developer, Navy medic, archeologist, and small business […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Vote for Avenson

    I have attended numerous city council meetings and committee meetings as a means of staying informed of city business. In my opinion, our local government has looked more and more to the courts and not the courts of public opinion to resolve situations. As a taxpayer, I choose the less expensive route. That method includes […]

  • By the Numbers: Great Lakes Shipping

    With the start of the shipping season, we take a look at the economic impact of Great Lakes shipping. 13 The number of U.S. flag vessel operators represented by the Lake Carriers’ Association, operating 49 self-propelled and tug/barge units ranging in length from 494 feet to 1,013.5 feet.. 110 The number of ports in the […]

  • News From This Week’s Past: March 30 – April 6

    All items are from the Door County Library’s newspaper archives, and they appear in the same form as they were first published, including misspellings and grammatical errors.   The Expositor Independent March 29, 1878 A tramp passing through this town asked one of our citizens if he knew where he, the tramp, could obtain work? […]

  • Help Look for Breeding Birds

    With just two of five breeding seasons left to go, organizers of a comprehensive survey of birds that nest in Wisconsin have identified more than 300 locations where volunteers are needed to help gather information for the survey, known as the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II. “This is a perfect time to choose a location […]

  • Petitioners Oppose Foxconn’s Water Diversion

    Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters delivered a petition with 1,817 signatures to the Department of Natural Resources last week, calling for the agency to reject a plan to divert seven million gallons of water per day from the Great Lakes to the private company Foxconn. The plan to raid Great Lakes water solely for manufacturing […]

  • Obituary: Evelyn Burgess

    Evelyn was born in Eaton, Mass., and graduated from Boston University. She married Rodney Burgess and they had five children:  Lynda, David, Paul, Jean and Merilee. After her husband died, Evelyn moved to Door County. The family thanks the nurses and staff at Scandia Village for the loving care of their mother.

  • Obituary: Lorraine Rotter

    Lorraine Rotter, 93, of Sturgeon Bay, died at Sturgeon Bay Health Services where she had been the live the past five years. Arrangements are pending for her life to be honored with a funeral service held at St. Peter’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay in April. Burial will be in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery […]

  • Obituary: John William Rader

    John William Rader died at his home on Washington Island with his family beside him. John was born in Marinette, Wis., to Doris and Ervin Rader. He grew up in Marinette, attended Trinity Elementary and Marinette High Schools. He attended the University of Wisconsin Madison, majoring in Political Science. He married his high school sweetheart, […]

  • Obituary: Eric L. Heil

    Eric L. “Corky” Heil, was an avid sportsman who loved to hunt and fish. Eric graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1967, excelling in sports, especially as a wrestler his junior and senior years when he went to state. Corky played many years for Andre’s. His left-handed swing was legendary. Eric attended UW-Stout in […]

  • Obituary: Nancy Jeanquart

    Nancy R. Jeanquart, 84, of Sturgeon Bay, died at Cardinal Ridge, due to Alzheimer’s. She was born in Oconto, Wis., the daughter of Slavie and Hazel (McCartney) Fiefarek. Nancy was united in marriage to Floyd Jeanquart on Aug. 22, 1953. Her husband preceded her in death on May 6, 2013. Nancy’s life was honored at […]

  • Obituary: Carroll Cihlar

    Carroll J. (Lehnert) Cihlar, 93, of Sturgeon Bay died peacefully surrounded by her large and loving family. Born in Milwaukee to Peter and Otillia (Haack) Lehnert, she was the second oldest of four children. The family later returned to their hometown of Rio Creek, Wis., where she attended grade school. She attended Algoma High School […]

  • Obituary: Joan S. Hooper

    Joan S. Hooper, a resident at Scandia Village in Sister Bay, 88, was born in Milwaukee to Louis and Barbara Slaby. Joan survived her beloved husband of 55 years, Van B. Hooper, who died in 2007. Joan graduated from Shorewood High School in 1947 and Marquette University in 1951, where she earned her PhD. She […]

  • Obituary: Henry Robert King

    Henry Robert King, 100, died at Door County Medical Center Skilled Nursing. He was born in Green Bay to Robert and Margaret (Wolf) King. On July 19, 1941, he married Eva Marquardt in Green Bay; she preceded him in death on Jan. 30, 2012. Henry was a Draftsman at R.A. Stern for many years. He […]

  • Obituary: James A. Sokolowski

    James A. Sokolowski, 86, was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was the son of Emily and Harry Sokolowski. After graduation from Riverside High School in Milwaukee, Jim enrolled in State Teachers College. Soon after his enrollment, he was drafted and served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. He entered into a lifetime of […]

  • Obituary: Helen Juanita Rasmussen

    Helen Juanita Rasmussen, 93, of the Town of Sevastopol, died at her home. She will be laid to rest in Bayside Cemetery, beside her husband, Byron. Helen was laid to rest in rest in Bayside Cemetery, beside her husband, Byron. Her family will honor her life with a memorial service at the Sturgeon Bay Community […]

  • Obituary: Muriel DeNamur

    Muriel DeNamur, 92, was born in Brussels on Aug. 9, 1925, to Ben and Agnes (Bournoville) Delfosse. Muriel graduated from Brussels High School in 1942 and attended Badger Business College in Green Bay. She was employed for four years as a secretary at Smith Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay prior to marrying Lloyd DeNamur on Nov. […]

  • Featured Pet: Sammy

    This week we are featuring Sammy! He’s 8 months old, a Beagle/Terrier mix, and he weighs 17 pounds. He was surrendered to us on March 14  because he was too energetic for his owners (they were older). He is looking for someone who can keep up with his puppy energy! He LOVES to play! He’s […]

  • Lola May’s Reopens With New Look

    Lola May’s will reopen in April after a couple of months off, with a new look, a new logo, and new and improved merchandise mix. Sturgeon Bay is home to Lola May’s, located on historic Jefferson Street, in a beautiful old Victorian with a wraparound porch. Take part of your day to stop in and […]

  • Schenck Presents Hospitality and Retail Seminar May 8

    Schenck will present a hospitality and retail industry seminar for Door County businesses on May 8 at Landmark Resort in Egg Harbor. The seminar is titled “Hot Topics in Hospitality and Retail: Is Your Door County Business Ready?” and it will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 am with registration at 8 am. The seminar […]

  • Meghan Tomcheck Joins Egg Harbor Business Association

    The Egg Harbor Business Association (EHBA) announces Meghan Tomcheck has joined the EHBA as the new Egg Harbor Marketing & Visitor Center Manager. Tomcheck is a Wisconsin native and grew up in Green Bay. She is a graduate of Carroll University where she majored in Marketing and Spanish. Outside of the classroom, she worked at […]

  • Door County Kayak Tours Offers Standup Paddleboard Yoga

    Door County Kayak Tours is offering corporate standup paddleboard yoga workshops led by Jacqueline Soukup. She also guides private groups/corporate groups to promote team building and stronger work relationships. Increase positive working energy in your workplace/office in a fun, dynamic outdoor experience. For more information or to book a session visit

  • Jacksonport Island Fever Renovates Kitchen

    Island Fever’s kitchen renovation is nearly complete. The Jacksonport restaurant will reopen on April 5. Scotty Williams and his crew at Nor Door Floor did a wonderful job replacing the kitchen floor with Protect-All flooring.  Protect-All flooring is a slip-resistant vinyl flooring manufactured from more than 90 percent recycled content that provides slip, stain and […]

  • DATCP Food Safety Training for Produce Growers

    The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) will host several required food safety trainings for Wisconsin produce growers as part of federal produce safety rules. To determine if your produce farm needs to participate, use DATCP’s online tool or “Is my farm covered by the new Federal produce safety rules?” fact sheet. […]

  • Door Way Gift Shop Reopens

    The Door Way Gift Shop, located inside the main door of Door County Medical Center (DCMC), is again open after an extensive renovation. Stop in to see the new products arriving weekly – clothing and accessories, gifts, housewares, jewelry and seasonal items. The shop is run by DCMC Auxiliary volunteers and all profits support the […]

  • Pulse Price Report: March 30 – April 6

    Crop prices (March 26) Rio Creek Feed Mill – Algoma Commodity Price (per bushel) Basis Last Year Corn $3.29 -0.45 $3.26 Soybeans $9.40 -0.86 $9.52 Wheat $3.79 -0.75 $3.63 Oats $3.01 N/A N/A   United Cooperative – Denmark Corn $3.28/bushel -0.46 New-Crop Corn $3.49/bushel -0.48 Wheat $3.77/bushel -0.77 Basis:  The difference between the local cash […]

  • Easter Bunny Leaves Surprise Eggs in Peninsula State Park

    Peter Cottontail hopped to Peninsula State Park and has left surprise eggs along a trail near the Nature Center. Families are invited to a Woodsy Egg Hunt on March 31, 11 am to 1 pm. Drop by the Peninsula Park Nature Center, pick up a family “passport” and follow the bunny trail, looking for clues […]

  • Northern Sky Announces 2018 Summer Season

    Northern Sky Theater announces ticket sales and casting for the 2018 summer season. The season includes three musical comedies playing in repertory from June 13 to Aug. 25 at the outdoor amphitheater in Peninsula State Park. Northern Sky will premiere two new musicals this summer and offer a new twist on one of its all-time […]

  • On Your Ballot: Elimination of State Treasurer

    In the ballot box on April 3, after the bubbles for your local and county board, school district, circuit court judge, and Supreme Court Justice are filled, you will be asked if you want to eliminate the position of State Treasurer. The position, held by Republican Matt Adamczyk, is supposed to function as the chief […]

  • Trivia: Which company introduced the first basketball shoe in 1917, and what was it called?

    Question:  Which company introduced the first basketball shoe in 1917, and what was it called? Answer: The Converse All-Star

  • Career Day for Door County Students

    Markie Bscherer of Sturgeon Bay Utilities shows a student how much energy is required to power various light fixtures by using the force of a pedal bike during Career Day for Door County eighth-grade students March 20 at Stone Harbor Resort & Conference Center in Sturgeon Bay. The event, organized by the Door County Business […]

  • TAP Starts the 2018 Season on April 5 with “Gray’s Anatomy”

    Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) presents its first show of the season, Gray’s Anatomy by Spalding Gray, April 5-22. The play features Doug Mancheski and is directed by Robert Boles. In middle age, Spalding Gray (played by Mancheski) has entered “the Bermuda Triangle of health,” that place where the body begins to break down in alarming […]

  • State News: School Safety, Wolves, China Tariffs

    Walker Signs $100 Million School Safety Bill Gov. Scott Walker signed a $100-million school safety measure Monday that allows schools to apply for grants to make their buildings more secure following recent school shootings. State lawmakers passed the measure last week. Walker visited Kaukauna’s Victor Haen Elementary School on Monday morning, where he held the […]

  • Door Shakespeare Offering Early Bird Special for 2018 Summer Tickets

    From now through May 15, Door Shakespeare is offering an early bird discount on all single tickets to its upcoming 2018 summer season of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Joseph Hanreddy, and The Comedy of Errors, directed by Leda Hoffmann. “Door Shakespeare wants to share these beloved comedies with as many people […]

  • Sister Bay Wedding Barn in Jeopardy

    The proposed wedding barn on Fieldcrest Road in Sister Bay is in jeopardy after a neighbor contacted an attorney claiming the changes made to the zoning code constituted spot zoning. The conditional use permit has already been granted and the developers, Sara Anderson and Nick Hofkamp, have purchased the property on the understanding that their […]

  • The Bestseller List: March 30, 2018

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee Norse Mythology, by Neil Gaiman The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION You Are a Badass, by Jen Sincero They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us, by Hanif Abdurraqib On Tyranny, by […]

  • Cheers!: Better Red Than Dead

    A question I’m often asked is what is your go-to beer? It’s always a complicated answer because there is never just one, until, perhaps, now. Just a few weeks ago I mentioned my reintroduction to red beers after turning away from them some time ago. Shortly after that happy encounter with an amber lager, I […]

  • Peninsula Players Presents ‘A Fine Bright Day Today’ Reading

    Peninsula Players Theatre presents a reading of A Fine Bright Day Today, a new play by Philip Goulding, April 2, 7 pm at Björklunden in Baileys Harbor. A Fine Bright Day Today, a warm and gently funny play about love, loss and second chances, is the final play reading of the series The Play’s the […]

  • Granary Finds New Home on Sturgeon Bay’s East Side

    The Teweles and Brandeis Grain Elevator settled into its new home on the east side of the Sturgeon Bay canal next to the Oregon Street bridge. Crews began at 3:30 am on Thursday to move the building across the bridge, finishing up around 10:30 am. “This is an incredibly exciting day and it just feels […]

  • March for Our Lives Postcard Event Draws Crowd

    Eighty people attended the March 24 postcard writing event at the Spa At Sacred Grounds, held in support of March for Our Lives against gun violence. “Our participants made it clear; this is NOT just a young people’s movement,” reported organizer Gloria Dougherty. “One older woman said it best: ‘I don’t want to be silent […]

  • Crossroads Hosts Egg Programs for Easter

    Crossroads at Big Creek’s annual EGGStravaganza celebration of eggs is scheduled for March 31 at 1 pm. The celebration can actually start March 30 at 2 pm with a screening of Mad City Chickens. This video, filmed in Madison, is about backyard chickens. According to the producers at Tarazod Films, “Viewers will witness Gallus domesticus […]

  • Farming the Peninsula: Commodity Price Depression Stressing Farm Sector

    In Wisconsin, it’s hard to imagine a world in which there is too much cheese. But too much of everything farms produce has placed those producers in one of the toughest times since the Farm Crisis of the 1980s. The depression has widespread impacts, particularly for ongoing conservation efforts. “There’s a deep and terrifying concern,” […]

  • Great Lakes Shipping Season Opens with Soo Locks

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, announced the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., opened Sunday, March 25, marking the beginning of the 2018 Great Lakes shipping season. “Although, we have yet to know which ship will be the first through the locks this year, several ships are scheduled to leave their […]

  • Door to Nature: Whistling Tundra Swans

    Few native bird species have provided us with more exciting watching and adventures during the past 45 years than the tundra swan, formerly called the whistling swan because of the whistling sounds made by their wings when the birds were in flight. Fortunately the rather wide migratory zone through much of Wisconsin allows many people […]

  • Overheard and Obsessions: March 30, 2018

    OVERHEARD Are there tid-bits 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? “Best relationship of my adult life and it’s with a shoe. Go figure.” “I feel that a long-haired wig will provide almost […]

  • Door County Republican Party Dinner Features Gov. Scott Walker

    Gov. Scott Walker is the featured speaker at the Republican Party of Door County Lincoln Day Dinner to be held at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club Saturday, April 7. Also in attendance will be Congressman Mike Gallagher, Rep. Joel Kitchens, U.S. Senate candidates Leah Vukmir and Kevin Nicholson, and the only declared candidates for the […]

  • New County Justice Council Takes Aim at Recidivism

    The Door County Board approved the creation of a council made up of law enforcement and human services representatives to research policies aimed at criminal justice reform, including getting a treatment court in Door County and rehabilitating lawbreakers. Circuit Court Judge David Weber said the formation of the council would just formalize meetings that are […]

  • State Quarantined for Emerald Ash Borer

    Fourteen new communities – including the Town of Gardner in Door County – have been added to the state’s list of those with Emerald Ash Borer infestations since the last update. On March 21, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection announced that all counties in the state not previously quarantined will be […]

  • Egg Harbor Library Celebrates Bookmobile Day

    Celebrate National Bookmobile Day, April 11, and National Library Month with a sneak peek at Door County’s own historic bookmobile. The Egg Harbor Historical Society and bookmobile friends will present the story of the bookmobile through pictures and artifacts during the celebration from 10 am to 1 pm at the Egg Harbor Library at the […]

  • Ken Gobel Turns Over Keys to 60 Years at Ellison Bay Gas Station

    Sixty years of work is enough for any man. “Time to get out,” said 81-year-old Ken Gobel – or Kenny, as everyone seems to know him – just a week before he handed over the keys of his Ellison Bay full-service gas station to new owners Vaughn and Jorrie Simmons. When he steps away from […]

  • Dahl Performs in the Round with Tim Grimm and Jon Brooks

    Local folk favorite Katie Dahl will join Indiana songwriter (and film/television actor) Tim Grimm, as well as Ontario songwriter Jon Brooks, for an evening of stellar songwriting, presented “in-the-round” at Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) on April 8, 7 pm. Grimm is an actor and songwriter whose work has taken him around the world, including parts […]

  • Walker Again Ordered to Call Special Elections

    Can you guess the name of the elected official who was elected to two previous positions in special elections? It was nearly 25 years ago when Gov. Scott Walker was elected to the Wisconsin Assembly in a special election, and then in 2002 Walker was elected as Milwaukee county executive in a special election, the […]

  • Reps in the News: Kitchens Proud of School Safety Legislation

    Representative Joel Kitchens Rep. Kitchens released the following statement regarding the Assembly passage of the School Safety legislative package:  “I couldn’t be more proud of the way my colleagues and I in the Assembly have come together today to pass this incredibly important legislation. The School Safety package invests 100 million dollars toward ensuring that […]

  • Municipal Meetings: March 30 – April 6

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay:  The common council meets at noon April 3. County of Door:  Spring election, 7 am to 8 pm, April 3. Town of Forestville:  The Forestville Town Board will do a road inspection of town roads beginning at 9 am on April 5, beginning at the Forestville Town Hall located […]

  • Jacksonport Egg Hunt Scheduled for March 31

    Plans are underway for the annual Jacksonport Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by the Jacksonport Area Business Association. It will be held March 31 at Lakeside Park in downtown Jacksonport. The event is free and open to the public. The Easter Egg Hunt is intended for children 2 to 10 years of age. Children will look […]

  • Meet the Candidates: Sturgeon Bay Common Council

    Three Sturgeon Bay Common Council seats are up for election April 3. In District 2 former mayor Bob Starr faces off with David Hayes for the right to replace the retiring Ron Vandertie. The 58-year-old Hayes has a BA in anthropology, MA in historic geography, and PhD in geography and has spent 25 years in […]

  • Highway 42 Resurface Meeting April 4

    The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Northeast Region announces a public involvement meeting to discuss proposed work on Highway 42 from the Door/Kewaunee county line to the south junction of Highway 57 in Door County. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 4, from 5 to 6:30 pm at the Forestville town hall, 7705 […]

  • Aspiring Writers Can Learn from the Experts

    Write On, Door County presents a two-and-a-half day conference for adults who want to write books for children and teens. The Writing on the Door: Children’s Literature Conference takes place April 6 –7 in Sturgeon Bay and features some of the finest writers, illustrators, editors and publishers in the field. The Wisconsin chapter of the […]

  • Nine Wisconsin Communities Vote to Overturn Citizens United

    On April 3, Wisconsin residents in nine communities will vote on whether to amend the U.S. Constitution to clarify that only humans should have constitutional rights and that money is not the same as speech. Voters will cast ballots in Green and St. Croix counties, the cities of La Crosse, Marshfield, Sun Prairie, Rice Lake, the […]

  • Server of the Week: David Steinke

    If you feel ill Here’s the Doc to see At Aurora Health Care clinic That’s where he’ll be. Dr. Steinke is great, take my advice! He is filled with humor and very decisive. So if you want a doctor Who really does care Dr. Steinke’s the best No one else can compare! – Submitted by […]

  • 28 Years with Door County Library

    Born and raised on Washington Island, Dixie Jorns has worked for the Door County Library for 28 years. She started as a volunteer when her youngest daughter began attending story time in Egg Harbor and then held positions as Branch Manager in Egg Harbor and Sister Bay, before rounding out her career as Technical Services […]

  • Buy Local, Eat Healthy Event April 11

    Paige Funkhouser from Door County Buy Local will share information about the Buy Local program in Door County, a grass-roots economic development initiative that seeks to strengthen local businesses, increase employment opportunities and educate the public about the importance of buying locally whenever possible. “Buy Local, Eat Healthy” will be held on Wednesday, April 11, […]

  • Manners Matter: Carpooling with Coworkers

    Dear Mary Pat, My coworker and I have to travel cross country for work. We are both used to driving on our own, however, our boss wants us to drive together to a national conference in St. Louis. I would rather opt for a root canal. My coworker drives me crazy after five minutes of […]

  • Framed: Swimming Championships

    (Left to right) Northern Door YMCA swimmers Isla Fagundes, Aria Nordahl, Kai Nordahl, Xander Helm and Enzo Fagundes enjoy a hearty meal before the second day of the Wisconsin YMCA State Swimming Championship March 16-18. Four DCY swimmers from the Northern Door facility joined fellow swimmers from Sturgeon Bay at the three-day meet competing in […]

  • ‘Fly & Thai’ Yoga/Massage Workshop

    Door County Yoga’s “Fly & Thai” Workshops start April 6 at 6 pm. Instruction will vary between Thai massage, partner poses and acro-yoga. Wear something comfortable. Refreshments will be provided. These workshops will continue on the first Friday of every month:  May 4, June 1 and July 6. The cost is $15 per person. Register […]

  • Baileys Harbor Egg Hunt Held at The Town Hall

    Every year the Baileys Harbor Community Association sponsors an Easter Egg Hunt for children. This year, the Easter Egg Hunt will be held at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall on March 31 at 10 am. The Easter Bunny will be in attendance to make sure the kids find all the eggs and take a picture […]

  • 20 Workshops Available at Lakefly Writers Conference

    The Lakefly Writers Conference will be held May 11 and 12 at the Oshkosh Convention Center. The keynote speaker is mystery writer Lori Rader-Day. The conference offers more than 20 workshops to choose from, including writing picture books, effective use of social media, world building for fantasy fiction, character development, self-publishing and forensic science. The […]

  • Gov. Walker Calls for Special Elections

    After three judges ordered him to do so, Gov. Scott Walker today called for June 12 special elections to fill empty seats in the 1st Senate District and the 42nd Assembly District. If primaries are needed, they will be held May 15. Candidates have until 5 pm on April 17 to file papers for the […]

  • DCEDC Director Caleb Frostman to Run for State Senate

    Door County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Caleb Frostman will run for Wisconsin’s 1st Senate District. The 1st District is currently unrepresented and at the center of a special election lawsuit, following the resignation of Sen. Frank Lasee, who left to join Gov. Walker’s administration at the end of last year. “I’m running to fight […]

  • Door County Luthier on the Artistry of Instruments

    “It’s easier to say the ones I didn’t make,” Pat Webster said, standing in the center of a bedroom-turned-showroom in her Sturgeon Bay home, where meticulously detailed stringed instruments hang from the walls, rest on tables and shelves, and sit on guitar-stands ready to be played. She has built all of them, save for a […]

  • Musician Dorothy Scott’s Song Selected for Feature Film

    Ever since Dorothy Scott wrote “Ride These Waves” in New York in the mid-‘90s, it has been a staple of the local singer-songwriter’s performances. Though Scott admits she wrote it for a New York fan whom she “sort of had a crush on,” it has become a song through which countless people have fallen in […]

  • Peninsula Native Named Director of Wisconsin Historical Society Press

    After 18 years acquiring manuscripts and managing the moving parts of the Wisconsin Historical Society Press’ projects, Door County native Kate (Mallien) Thompson has been named the organization’s director. A Sturgeon Bay native, Thompson credits simple Door County pastimes for encouraging her journey into professional publishing. “Books were given as gifts to us as kids, […]

  • Door County Will Host Astronomy Convention in May

    by David Lenius The Door Peninsula Astronomical Society (DPAS) has been selected to host the annual convention of the North Central Region of the Astronomical League (NCRAL). This annual event will see astronomers and speakers from all over the Midwest converge at The Lodge at Leathem Smith in Sturgeon Bay, May 4-5. This year’s theme […]

  • Meet the Candidates:  Sturgeon Bay Common Council

    Three Sturgeon Bay Common Council seats are up for election April 3. In District 2 former mayor Bob Starr faces off with David Hayes for the right to replace the retiring Ron Vandertie. The 58-year-old Hayes has a BA in anthropology, MA in historic geography, and PhD in geography and has spent 25 years in […]