Race for State Senate Takes Shape

• The competition to replace retiring U.S. Senator Herb Kohl is starting to take shape. U.S. Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin of Madison has thrown her hat into the Democratic ring. On the Republican side former Congressman Mark Neumann has announced his intention to run. Frank Lasee, the Wisconsin 1st Senate District Representative elected to the state senate in 2010, has indicated he is likely to seek the Republican nomination as well.

• The latest issue of Wisconsin Trails magazine includes a couple of Door County mentions. In “America’s ScaryLand,” a look at 10 haunted Wisconsin locales, Washington Island’s Nelsen’s Hall is slotted at number two.

In Jerry Luterman’s photo essay “The Guardians,” Steve Leonard of the Ridges Sanctuary is captured at Wisconsin’s oldest private nature preserve. The preserve’s greatest challenge, Leonard is quoted as saying, is “defining the best way to manage such a diverse ecosystem and connecting the younger generations to the Ridges.”

The September/October edition of the magazine is on newsstands now.

• The Door County Century Ride announced that 2,200 people pre-registered for this year’s ride, scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 11. The ride begins and ends at John Miles County Park in Sturgeon Bay. Online registration is now closed, but you may register in person on Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm or Sunday from 6:30 – 10 am.