• 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 […]

  • Commentary: One Person’s Hunt for Housing

    To the people of Door County and its frequent visitors, the housing shortage for seasonal workers is no surprise. It came as a big surprise to me. I had never been to the peninsula until almost a year ago, when I began an internship with the Peninsula Pulse. At that time, I got lucky with […]

  • Commentary: Door County’s Economic Reality

    Like all of you, dear readers, I have a variety of pet peeves. The majority of my peeves are incidental and personal, but there are a few that have become obsessive irritations. Chief among the latter category of peeves is the perception that most of us who live in Door County (particularly Northern Door County) […]

  • Commentary: Nine Months That Changed Everything

    As a father of six children, I have personally experienced the monumental difference that nine months can make in a life. Apparently that applies to charities as well. During the last three fiscal quarters, the leadership of the Boys and Girls Club of Door County has made dramatic changes and is successfully addressing its financial […]

  • On the Hunt for Housing: One Person’s Odyssey

    To the people of Door County and its frequent visitors, the housing shortage for seasonal workers is no surprise. It came as a big surprise to me. I had never been to the peninsula until almost a year ago, when I began an internship with the Peninsula Pulse. At that time, I got lucky with […]

  • Commentary: The Town of Sevastopol Is a Smooth-Running Operation

    by Randy Nesbitt, Attorney, Pinkert Law Firm I was invited to provide legal advice to the Town of Sevastopol at its annual meeting on April 16, and I would like to applaud the Town Board for its smooth and efficient operation. Having attended town meetings for three decades, I have come to realize that town […]

  • By the Numbers: Notre Dame Cathedral

    Following the April 15 fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, we looked at some numbers associated with the iconic Parisian landmark. 13 The weight in tons of the grand Emmanuel Bell. It is tuned to F sharp. 120 The average number of minutes a visitor had to wait to tour the cathedral. 157 The width in […]

  • Civility Column: What Politicians Can Learn from Athletes

    Recently I was watching the end of a college basketball game. All of the players and coaches walked in a line past each other, shaking hands, offering congratulations, hugging each other and chatting. Perhaps politicians could learn some lessons from the way basketball is played. First, there are rules. When a rule is violated, the […]

  • Commentary: Attainable Housing Makes A Sustainable County

    by Jim Schuessler, Door County Economic Development Corporation Writer and humorist Mark Twain popularized the phrase that he attributed to British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.” If the British PM were alive today, perhaps he could somehow spin two things into a positive: the mess […]

  • By the Numbers: The Housing Gap

    580 Additional rental apartments needed in Door County by 2023 70 Number of new homes priced below $180,000 needed in central and northern Door County by 2023 200 Senior rental units needed in Door County by 2023 560 Additional seasonal housing beds needed in Door County by 2023 9,990 Number of Door County housing units […]