• New Tone at City Hall

    The Tuesday, July 16, meeting of the Sturgeon Bay Common Council sprawled to nearly four hours as the council took on range of topics requiring substantial discussion. It was the kind of meeting that, for most of the last two years, would have been fraught with tension, verbal sparring and insults.  Not so Tuesday evening. […]

  • By the Numbers: Cherries

    In anticipation of another cherry season, we looked at some numbers associated with Door County’s most beloved fruit. 4 Wisconsin is the fourth-largest producer of cherries in the nation behind Michigan, New York and Utah. 6 The number of stages of growth: budding, blossoming, petals falling, green cherries, yellow cherries and red cherries that are […]

  • Mooning the Lunar Landing

    Even after 50 years, not everyone is convinced it actually happened At 9:56 pm CDT on July 20, 1969, Astronaut Neil Armstrong spoke the famous words “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” as he became the first human to set foot on the moon. Or was he really stepping onto […]

  • By the Numbers: The Great Lakes

    The Great Lakes face many challenges, almost all of them human-made problems. 1 The percentage of water in the five lakes that turns over annually, meaning pollutants are likely to stay in place. 9 The number of miles from Lake Michigan that an adult Asian carp was found in 2017. It had gotten past electric […]

  • By the Numbers: An American Land Grab

    “There is a tremendous underground, not-so-subtle awareness from people who realize that resources are getting scarcer and scarcer.”  — Bernard Uechtritz, real estate adviser 42 million Acres of U.S. land – or 65,000 square miles – owned by just 100 American families 50 Percentage increase in land owned by the top 100 landowning families since 2007 700,000 […]

  • The Freedom to Commit

    by Bret Bicoy, President and CEO, Door County Community Foundation The Celebration of Giving is a free, annual community luncheon that honors the great philanthropists of Door County. As president and CEO of the Door County Community Foundation, I offer the event’s closing comments and summarize the lessons we can draw from the honorees’ lifetime […]

  • By the Numbers: Iran

    3 The percentage of its GDP that Iran spent on its military. 4 Iran’s ranking for the amount of proven crude-oil reserves – 158.4 billion barrels. 5 Iran’s ranking in volume among petroleum-producer states, which amounts to 4.1 million barrels a day. 17 The number of women who won parliamentary seats in 2016, making it […]

  • By the Numbers: The Fourth of July

    27 The number of different official U.S. flags used throughout the nation’s history. 61 The percentage of Americans who prefer beef hot dogs to those made with other meats. 62 The percentage of Americans who own a U.S. flag. That same percentage will attend a Fourth of July picnic. 95 The percentage of fireworks in […]

  • Commentary: Disrupting Education Is Not a Good Way to Advocate for an Educator

    by Lilly Turner Freshman, Sevastopol High School As the end of the school year is approaching fast, there are a lot of things going on. End-of-the-year finals, extracurriculars and trying to stay focused on school work are all things that can be challenging for everyone. To add to this list, Sevastopol School District has undergone […]

  • Lessons From My Father

    My dad is a teacher. He always has been. Be patient, be calm, be thoughtful and considerate, lead by example, treat everyone equally, do your best, and when you fail, get up and try again. And learn – always learn. My dad taught me that what we do every day – our habits – are […]

  • By the Numbers: the 19th Amendment

    On June 10, 1919, Wisconsin became one of the first states to vote in favor of ratifying the 19th Amendment, which recognized women’s right to vote. 36 The number of states required to ratify the 19th Amendment in order for it to become law. That happened on August 18, 1920, when it was narrowly approved […]

  • By the Numbers: World Oceans Day

    In honor of World Oceans Day on June 8, we take a look at some key numbers. 1 The number of ocean basins not ratified by the International Hydrographic Organization – the Southern (Antarctic). It has been recognized by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names. 4 The number of named ocean basins – the Atlantic, Pacific, […]

  • Perspectives: Tony Haen and the Freedom to Give Yourself Away

    The minister giving the eulogy had been at hundreds of funerals and saidhe had never seen anything quite like this: The church in Sturgeon Bay was overflowing with people for the memorial service that Saturday morning. It was even more amazing because some folks had already come by to pay their respects at the visitation […]

  • A Civility Pep Talk

    by Susan McAninch We do not need statistics (though there are plenty of them) to support the fact that Americans are deeply worried about the state of incivility in our society and in our daily lives. We witness it; we feel it; we experience it. We need only to look to some of our political […]

  • The Never-ending Journey

    * Trigger warning: talk of depression and suicide It feels like a smoke that seeps into my brain and weaves its way through all the cracks and crevices, clouding all judgement. Clouding all rational thought. My mind goes fuzzy and I can break at any time. This is an excerpt from the first entry of […]

  • The Hidden Casualties of War

    I never met Lawrence Beckwith. I have little idea what kind of man he was – whether he was a great athlete or loved baseball, whether he was predisposed to heart disease or diabetes. Mary Dannhausen, my mother, doesn’t have the answers to most of these questions either. Or her late younger brother. Or her […]

  • By the Numbers: Wisconsin Lakes

    4 The number of lakes in Brown and Outagamie counties, making them the counties with the fewest. 10 The number of inland lakes in Door County: Arbter (also known as Mud and Schmok), Big March (also known as Gunnerson), Bley Pond, Bradley Lake (also known as Little), Butler Pond, Clark Lake, Coffee Swamp, Dunes Lake […]

  • By the Numbers: The Earned Income Tax Credit

    The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a benefit for working people with low to moderate income. To qualify for EITC, you must have earned income from working for someone or from running or owning a business or farm. You must either meet additional rules for workers without a qualifying child or have a child […]

  • By the Numbers: World Migratory Bird Day

    In honor of World Migratory Bird Day on May 11, we look at some numbers related to the annual celebration of birds. Each year has a theme, and this year’s is “Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution.” How can you help? Limit your use of plastic materials; replace them with eco-friendly alternatives; and […]

  • By the Numbers: ‘A Sand County Almanac’ Turns 70

    “There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot. These essays are the delights and dilemmas of one who cannot.” So begins the foreword to Aldo Leopold’s conservation classic, A Sand County Almanac, which is 70 years old this year. 12 The number of years it took for Aldo Leopold to […]