Summer 2016 – volume 14 issue 2

In this issue

  • Twenty Years with a ‘Pulse’: Part I

    How many people can say their job is to create something out of nothing? Who would even want that job, because what if your creation was something that no one wanted? But creating something out of nothing is the very essence of a newspaper. Each day or week — depending on the publication schedule — […]

  • A Brief History of Door County Newspapers

    Three years after Wisconsin entered the union as the 30th state in 1848, the peninsula was recognized as Door County and communities started springing up. It took another full decade before one of the first signs of progress and growth of a newly settled territory in the United States came in the form of a […]

  • Julie’s Park Café and Motel Expansion Adds Second Floor, Eight Rooms to 60-Year-Old Building

    Julie’s Park Café and Motel has grown in so many respects this summer, as owners Sande and Shane Solomon enter their seventh season. Let us count the ways. It began in May 2015 when they started the process of obtaining the seven variances needed to rebuild the motel. Work started in November. Although the original […]

  • Unearthing Artifacts: Evidence of Door County’s Earliest Settlers

      Victoria Dirst wanted to grow up to be an archaeologist, and she did — spending 21 years with the Department of Natural Resources. Her job was to investigate sites where building was proposed to make sure construction wouldn’t cover any archaeological treasures. “I could pretty much tell from looking at a site if there […]

  • A Tip-Top Team: Momsie and Pam

      Tucked back from Kentucky Street and hugging an alley between 4th and 5th Avenues in Sturgeon Bay is an unassuming beige building with a row of windows where more often than not you can see May “Momsie” Jutila at work. Her work and what satisfies her most about it is, simply, “Making stuff come […]

  • Editor’s Note: A Finger on the “Pulse”

    As a longtime toiler in the inky fields of newspapering — almost my entire adult life — I’ve watched a corporation gobble up a once bright and shining example of a daily newspaper and spit it out in shreds. I’ve seen the aforementioned corporation swallow as many newspapers as it could and turn them into […]

  • The Machine that Didn’t Change the World

    Steve Jobs said it would be as important as the PC. John Doerr, venture capitalist behind, thought it might be bigger than the internet. Instead, we zip around Peninsula State Park, the Sturgeon Bay waterfront and Seaquist Orchards for a few hours during the summer, imagining what past inventors saw when they envisioned the […]

  • Watermelon: Summer Sweetness

    A crisp wedge of watermelon rounds off a summer plate like nothing else — and it’s also a work of art. Flecked with seeds, the rosy flesh is surrounded by a green rind, which can be served pickled or stewed — or, more often, simply thrown in the compost pile. At 91 percent water, the […]

  • Cold Brew for Hot Days

    With the advent of craft breweries and specialty wines, coffee has not been forgotten. Those with a refined palate are now turning to a new way to brew. Cold brewed coffee is a method of brewing that uses cold or room temperature water instead of hot water. Best understood as a summer drink, the benefits […]

  • How Sister Bay Got Its Name

    There is a little feature you see on a satellite map of the waters just off Sister Bay that looks like a pair of lonely eyebrows. Those are the Sister Islands, a generous name for a pair of rock outcroppings that are recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as an important gull and […]

  • pat mAcdonald: Door County’s Troubadour of Stomp

    Editor’s note:  One of the perks of being a rock star is having a say in how you are addressed. Prince did it in the ‘90s, even taking it a step further by foregoing a name in favor of a symbol. In this article, you’ll learn about one such rock star. After countless misspellings of […]

  • Journey of a Lifetime: The Great Migration of the Monarch Butterfly

    The monarch is not just a butterfly, it is the butterfly. It’s the iconic insect of North America, easily recognizable and beloved by everyone with a net and some free time in a prairie. They even have a place in the hearts of entomophobics, who deny the relationship between a monarch and the rest of […]

  • No Holds Bard: Celebrating the Lasting Legacy of Shakespeare

    Four hundred years ago William Shakespeare went to meet his maker, but he left behind a body of work that is still alive and well. When most of us hear the words “To be or not to be, that is the question” or “But soft, what light through yonder window breaks” or “Double, double, toil […]

  • Starting with Dolls and Paris: Beth Peterson’s Career in Fashion Design

    Growing up in Ephraim in the 1970s, it never occurred to the three little Peterson girls that every family wasn’t just like theirs. Deeply immersed in art and music, they were taught to constantly observe what was going on around them. If they were driving through a city, for example, they’d often stop and discuss […]

  • Knee High by the Fourth of July

    Summers are for bare feet, dripping ice cream cones, sun-kissed cheeks and hair, beautiful sunsets and drive-in movies. I digress here, let’s talk about food. When it comes to eating, summer brings picnics, watermelon, Wisconsin brats and grilled anything. It says to me garden produce and fresh ingredients, maybe something a little spicy or crunchy, […]

  • Tilton+Oeler: Digital Celebrations of Land, Water + Sky

    The interaction of humans and technology has always been an interest of artists Dave Tilton and Paula Oeler. It has been a common thread in their work for the past 25 years, from their early years in information design to their current role as digital artists. In the ‘90s, they used evolving technology to communicate […]

  • Taking Your Putting Game to the Next Level

    There is an expression in golf that was coined by the great Bobby Locke that says, “Drive for show, putt for dough.” Modern golf statistics try to prove this theory wrong, but with more than 20 years of teaching and coaching the game, I know that tournaments are won and lost with putting and the […]

  • Wooden Watercraft: The Craft of Egg Harbor’s Shawn Peterson

    Shawn Peterson leads me past the yardbirds at his Egg Harbor farmstead, into the cool stanchion area of the century-old barn, and through the door into his workshop. It’s a long room, full of sawdust, books and a custom-made table he uses for building his handmade cedar strip boats. “This is where I live,” he […]