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  • Think You Know a Lot about Jean Nicolet?

    If you grew up in Wisconsin during the 20th century, you probably learned in fourth- or fifth-grade social studies that Jean Nicolet was a great explorer who came to the Great Lakes expecting to find a route to the Pacific. He landed at (take your pick) Menasha, Kaukauna, Kewaunee, Red Banks or Chicago wearing a […]

  • Sesquicentennial Celebration for Baileys Harbor’s Lighthouses

    by Patty Williamson, PhD The new flags flying up and down Highway 57 through Baileys Harbor represent two summer celebrations that will recognize the village’s long role in maritime history. The Upper and Lower Range Lights and the Cana Island Light, all built in 1869, are among the oldest of Door County’s 11 lighthouses and […]

  • Sister Bay Legion Post 527 Named for Billy Weiss

    by Patty Williamson, PhD On March 1, 1946, American Legion Post 527 was formed in Sister Bay and named in honor of Billy Weiss. Greg Casperson, whose father, Clyde, was the second commander of the post, said he’d often heard his father tell how the post’s name was selected. Because the post’s founders did not […]

  • Memorial Day Events

    Sturgeon Bay Ceremonies will begin on Monday, May 27, 8:30 am, at Bayside Cemetery with VFW Post 3088, which will also provide the flag. They will continue at 9 am at St. Joseph’s Cemetery with American Legion Post 72, then at 9:30 am at the Dorchester with AMVETS Post 51. The city ceremony will begin […]

  • Game of Thrones: Door County Edition

    We’re in the eighth and final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones, and emotions are running high for fans. With only two episodes to go, we’re already having to contemplate post-GoT life, and sadly, it lacks Iron Thrones, dragons and medieval gallantry. Still, there are ways to inject a little R.R. Martin fantasy into our […]

  • Within Things Relocates to Sturgeon Bay

    Walking into Within Things: Curiosity Shop, there are scents of candles and book pages and a definite sense of history. Jon and Teresa Mueller, the husband-and-wife owners of the eclectic shop, greeted me. They’ve recently relocated to Sturgeon Bay from their previous location at Shorewood Village in Ephraim, opening in March, and they’re about to […]

  • Tupa Continues Arbor Day Tradition at Southern Door

    When David Tupa moved from teaching at Gibraltar for 23 years to Southern Door Middle School this academic year, he took with him a tradition of taking students on an Arbor Day tree-planting field trip. Tupa is the earth science and STEAM teacher at Southern Door Middle School, and the annual tree-planting expedition is part […]

  • The Cannabis Question: Marijuana Advocates Have Hope But Face Hurdles

    by Suzie Kazar, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism Gary Storck has been here before. For decades, Storck, a longtime medical marijuana advocate from Madison, has been pushing the state Legislature to legalize his medicine. Storck suffers from glaucoma. He uses cannabis to slow the progression of the disease, which is gradually robbing him of his […]

  • The Granary: A Symbol of Agriculture in Sturgeon Bay

    When the Teweles & Brandeis granary crossed the Maple-Oregon Bridge on March 29, 2018, it represented an impressive feat of engineering, and the possibility that the divisive wrangling regarding its fate might be over. But to those familiar with its history, the 118-year-old granary represented much more: its empty spaces housed echoes of a way […]

  • 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 […]