• Feature: The American Legion Turns 100

    by Post 72 Commander Deb Logerquist    A simple publicity statement in the Stars & Stripes was a harbinger for the century of success that would follow: “The American Expeditionary Force as a whole – doughboy, colonel and general working together – organized the American Legion this month as its postwar association,” said the article […]

  • Feature: Reconciling with a Violent Klansman

    James Chaney. Andrew Goodman. Michael “Mickey” Schwerner. Those are the names of three young civil rights workers who were murdered by members of the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi the summer of 1964, also known as Freedom Summer. “Three more damn idiots that should have kept their nose out of Mississippi business and Mississippi politics […]

  • He Put the Fun in Door County: Thumb Fun Founder Doug Butchart Dies at 88

    To meet Doug Butchart was to meet a caricature come to life. Everything about his appearance seemed exaggerated: the huge, square eyeglasses that could have doubled as snow goggles, the bushy eyebrows that periscoped over the rims of those glasses, the shock of white hair, the tiny legs carrying a Santa’s belly and that big, […]

  • Gibraltar’s Coach K Creates a Winning Culture In and Out of the Gym

    On Nov. 15, Josh Kropuenske tallied his 100th win as the Gibraltar girls basketball coach, and this Friday his team begins the postseason with a No. 1 seed in regional play. One doesn’t have to look back too far in Gibraltar’s yearbooks to see that in the ’80s and ’90s, finishing the season with a […]

  • Feature: Omega Double Piano Makes Debut at PMF February Festival

    I’ve often wondered what it was like for audience members who heard George Gershwin’s revolutionary Rhapsody in Blue performed by Paul Whiteman and his Palais Royal Orchestra the night of Feb. 12, 1924 – Gershwin himself at the piano, improvising his way through the hastily conceived piece (but that’s another story). It was the welcome […]

  • New PMF Director Wants to Increase Brand Awareness

    Christoph Ptack has been on the job as executive director of the Peninsula Music Festival (PMF) for a little more than a month, but already he has realized one of his jobs will be to increase the visibility of the PMF brand. “I was delivering some February Fest flyers around Ephraim a week or two […]

  • The Rock of Northern Door: Community Thanks the Caspersons

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

  • Cold Enough for You? Remembering Winters Past

    After a foot or so of snow was dumped on us Monday, we braced for a cold wave the like of which, we were told, hadn’t been seen in a generation. How soon we forget the long, bleak winter of 2013-14. That was the winter when the term “polar vortex” entered the lexicon. That winter […]

  • 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 […]

  • After Helping Several Thousand People, Credit Counselor Gay Pustaver Moves On

    Imagine you have gotten into such a financial bind that you have come up with a scheme to kill yourself so your family can collect life insurance. While it sounds like a plot for a bad TV movie, Gay Pustaver explained that is exactly how the Financial Information and Service Center (FISC) she has worked […]

  • Craig Blietz and His Cows Featured at Museum of Wisconsin Art

    A parade of cows from Sister Bay has been making an impact in West Bend. In what is being described by the staff at the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) in West Bend as a midcareer breakout show for Sister Bay artist Craig Blietz, his latest body of work encompasses what the artist refers to […]

  • Year in Review 2018: Elections, Elections and More Elections!

    Voters had plenty of opportunities to help shape the future of their communities, regions and state in 2018. The election season officially began in late December 2017 when 1st District Sen. Frank Lasee stepped down from the elected position to accept a post in Gov. Scott Walker’s administration. Rather than having a successor elected in […]

  • The Pleated House

    When MaryGrace Quinlan decided to build a getaway on her family’s property in Whitefish Bay, she had a high creative bar to clear. After all, in 1950 her father had built the family cottage down the road, followed by one of the state’s most curious homes a few driveways south in 1978. Some call it […]

  • Christmas in July: Inside Door County’s Year ‘Round Holiday Stores

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year. For most, that phrase is synonymous with the month of December and the days and weeks leading up to Christmas, but some niche retailers infuse their daily lives — and those of their loyal customers — with holiday merriment all year long. Besides being the most popular […]

  • 34 Things We Love About Winter in Door County

    I used to hate winters. Though some friends loved the day when the tourists disappeared, the restaurants cleared out and the shops closed for the winter, I dreaded it. The Monday after Fall Fest was always one of the most depressing of the year. But after returning to Door County in 2017 after living in […]

  • Door to Nature: Christmas Trees

    This is the time of year that Roy and I would look for a nice medium-sized natural tree to bring home and decorate for Christmas. Our schedule was such that, with organizing two Christmas bird counts and preparing the Door County autumn season final bird report, it often became mid-December before we had time to […]

  • Feature: Jens Jensen Returns to Door County

    A huge crowd at an event in late August at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall saw Roger Kuhns go backstage with a tan suit over his arm. But the man who emerged wearing that suit a few minutes later looked and sounded nothing like Kuhns. Who he did resemble to an uncanny degree was 86-year-old […]

  • Timeless Charm at the White Gull Inn

    Some things get old, while others get better with time. There’s no doubt about the category in which Fish Creek’s jewel, the White Gull Inn, belongs. At age 122, it still reigns at the end of Main Street, as it has since 1896. Inside, the cozy warmth of the early American décor continues to charm […]

  • Thanksgiving Aromas Open Door to the Past

    The day and the meal were always the same. The orange-glazed sweet rolls began the day. The smells of baking and cooking mingled together to fill the small house with aromas of spice and roast turkey. There was the traditional green bean casserole, the candied sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes with butter and whole milk, dinner […]