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  • Making Waves

    With its reputation for brats, beer and frigid football games, it’s hard to believe that the Midwest – Door County included – is gaining notoriety for stand up paddle surfing, a water sport that conjures images of bikini bods, washboard stomachs and sunny, surf culture. While surfing can be traced back to Polynesian roots, it’s […]

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    Profit through Patience

    The Door County Triathlon didn’t produce a dime for the Door County YMCA or Door County Parks System in 2005, its first year. The event was staged at Frank Murphy County Park and used other county park system facilities. The YMCA provided support, promotion, and dozens of volunteers. But after all was said and done, […]

  • An Idiot’s Lament: Missing the Hilander Cup

    It’s a grueling day on the ice, a test of wills, a test of stamina, a test of hamstrings and groins. Unfortunately, I already failed that test.
    Today the Northern Door Broomball League crowns a new

  • Small Town Girl Runs with the Big Dogs

    Most elite runners arrive at events wearing high tech running gear in the company of their personal trainers and coaches. Wendi Ray travels with her parents and carries gloves that sometimes have holes in them. But unlike some of her picture perfect competition, Ray is one of the top women marathoners in the United States; […]

  • Opening the Door Wider to Kayakers

    With its ample shoreline and waterways, Door County makes for a natural destination for paddle sport enthusiasts. From Cave Point to Kangaroo Lake and from the Sturgeon Bay canal to the Mink River, Door County holds wonderful treasures for those who like to explore the great outdoors via canoeing and kayaking. In fact, the kayaking […]

  • Losing the Battle – When Family Inches Toward Bears Fandom

    Last month my sister Barb got married to a Baltimorian.

    It’s hard for me to believe, but she’s lived in the Charm City for eight years now, and has largely adopted Baltimore teams as her own.

  • Looking for the Shush

    When the cool winds start to blow and thick sweaters are donned following a season in storage, some Door County dwellers start planning their journey south. But other local residents turn their heads to the wind with growing enthusiasm for the winter months ahead. Their names are Buddy, Mushka, Spirit, Juno and Magic, to name […]

  • A Legend of Winter: Greg “Fuzzy” Sunstrom

    There’s a common assumption that life in Door County grinds to a halt between the months of November and March. People that have never spent an entire winter in the county, much less visited in the “off-season,” tend to let their brains follow the easy path to this conclusion, believing that there simply can’t be […]

  • Ultra-Running for the Fun of It

    In my short career as a runner (18 months after I sputtered through my first two-mile run, it still feels a bit strange to call myself a runner), I have noticed that there are three kinds of people in the world – those who are runners, those who aren’t runners but understand why others like […]

  • World-Class Competition Sails Into Ephraim

    It isn’t a stretch to see why Door County is a huge attraction for sailors. Pristine waters and a constant supply of good winds keep salty dogs from all over the United States coming back year after year. One place these sailors gather is at the Ephraim Yacht Club (EYC) which is just coming off […]

  • Silent Revolution: Door County’s silent sports community gaining traction

    After the spring thaw, a narrow trail hides beneath the matted bed of leaves on the floor of Peninsula State Park. The air is crisp, the trees are still, and the silence of the forest is disturbed only by the rustle of a breeze through the lightly burdened branches of blossoming sugar maples, basswoods and […]

  • “Serving” the Community: Northern Door Volleyball

    Anyone who’s ever driven down County Highway A on a Wednesday night during summer has probably witnessed it. At one moment, you’re driving down a dark, unlit, and somewhat desolate highway surrounded by the crickets and moonlight, and then, all at once, like a beacon rising from the shadows, the volleyball courts appear. The sight […]

  • Billerbeck Field Re-dedicated

    Gibraltar High School re-dedicated Billerbeck Field to its namesake, Rod “Chief” Billerbeck, Thursday, May 15 in a pre-game ceremony. Billerbeck coached the team for nearly three decades and led the Vikings to 17 conference championships, as well as the school’s only team sport state championship in 1979.

  • Kites Over the Bay

    After the holidays wind down and spring begins to feel like it will never come around, Fish Creek will have a much-needed break from the winter doldrums. For two days over the Winter Fest weekend in February, spectators will be treated to a skyline full of spectacular color, artistry and drama, also known as Kites […]

  • On The Road Again: Road biking in Door County

    Road biking has enjoyed a major resurgence in recent years with the phenomenal success of American bike racer Lance Armstrong and his unprecedented seven consecutive victories in the Tour de France, the premier road biking event in the world. The secondary and tertiary backcountry roads in Door County offer fantastic opportunities for those who want […]

  • Door County Half Marathon Race Aims To Boost Early May Tourism

    Another distance event has been added to the Door County running calendar for 2008. Organizers are planning the first Door County Half Marathon for May 3 of next year, an event they hope will enhance the peninsula’s reputation as an active destination while boosting an otherwise slow spring weekend for the tourism-dependent community.

  • Springtime Kayaking: The “Door” to early season paddling

    There’s a mellow May breeze rustling the reeds and wild rice along Reibolts Creek. Yellow water lilies bob gently in the wake of the boat, and the high whistle of a Blue-winged Teal breaks the stillness of the foggy dawn as the sun rises over Moonlight Bay. A morning like this one is not uncommon […]

  • “Boot” Hockey: Broomball is Northern Door County’s Unlikely Winter Pastime

    It started with the hope of getting enough people together to form two teams for pickup games, maybe 30 guys, to play a little “boot” hockey, a game they weren’t even sure how to play. They just wanted to play something, anything, for exercise and activity to get through the Wisconsin winter. They had this […]

  • Horse Sense: Riding In Winter

    Admittedly, I’m not a “horse person.” That’s not to say I have anything against horses, as in, “I’m not really a dog person…” The truth of the matter is, I just haven’t spent any significant time in the company of horses. Sure, I’ve scratched a few horses on the neck, and I’ve offered up an […]

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    Inspired by the Challenge: Training for the Birkie

    It is Monday, January 23rd, and I am breaking a sweat in the 30-degree air. I am trying to cross-country ski over hilly terrain, but the result might be more accurately described as chasing my cousin Helen through the woods with boards attached to my feet. My mission: to prepare for the American Birkebeiner. That […]