70th Anniversary of the Ephraim Historical Foundation

The Ephraim Historical Foundation (EHF) is hosting a summer long celebration in honor of the 70th anniversary of the Foundation.  For what started as an answer to preserving Ephraim’s Pioneer Schoolhouse, the EHF has grown to include many more historical buildings and records.  Emily Irwin, outreach director and curator for the EHF, is in awe of the support that the small town of less than 300 residents gives to the Foundation.



The celebration begins on June 14 with tours and open houses, and will run up until October.

DPAS has new state-of-the-art telescopes

The Door Peninsula Astronomical Society’s (DPAS) new telescopes are allowing them to look into the night sky like never before. DPAS has two new telescopes, one for looking in our solar system like the other planets and our moon. The other will be used for looking even deeper in the night sky. Dave Lenius, a member of the board on DPAS, says the telescopes are also attached with cameras that will be able to take pictures of what they are seeing.



You have a chance to see the telescopes in action at the next DPAS viewing night on Saturday, July 6th. 

Crossroads Trail Run highlights beauty of Door County

Next weekend will officially be the first weekend of the summer and you have a chance to see the beauty of Door County at Crossroads at Big Creek. The 10th Annual Crossroads Trail Run will take place on Saturday, June 22nd with the run times starting at 8 AM. There are three options of distances, a 2K walk/fun run, a 5K and a 10K. Co-Director of the Crossroads Trail Run Deb Whitelaw-Gorski says it’s a great way to get in some exercise in a beautiful setting.



The entrance fee is $30. You can register online before the race at or register the day of the race. The prizes for finishing the run are a t-shirt and a native tree to plant. Snacks and refreshments will be served after.

Open Door Pride Fest celebrates being yourself

Open Door Pride Fest is not just for those in the LGBTQ community so says the organizer of the event. Cathy Grier, Founder and Chair of Open Door Pride, says that’s why the event is free, so everybody can come out and celebrate. She mentioned that it’s a really important event for those in the LGBTQ community as well.



Open Door Pride Fest will be on Saturday, June 22nd at Martin Park in Sturgeon Bay from 11 AM to 5 PM. It will cap off Open Door Pride Week in Sturgeon Bay as proclaimed by Mayor David Ward. The event will include live music, a live DJ and belly dancers.

Granary move set for June 24 pending council approval

The historic Teweles & Bandeis Granary looks to be making the move back to the west side of Sturgeon Bay on June 24 if the city council makes the final approval on Tuesday.  Acccording to a Sturgeon Bay Historical Society social media post late Friday, all moving permits have been approved and the move for the granary is set for 5am on Monday, June 24.  The post states that all city signatures for street closures have been obtained and contractors are ready to make move.  The final decision rests with the Sturgeon Bay Common Council on which parcel of land the granary will finally call home.  The DNR established the Ordinary High Water Mark for both parcels at 92 Maple Street and 100 Maple Street which is being challenged in court by a group of local citizens.  The granary was moved to the east side in March of 2018 temporarily to avoid being torn down by a demolition order given by the Sturgeon Bay Fire Department.  The regular meeting of the council is set for 7 pm on Tuesday at City Hall. 

Sturgeon Bay street repairs ahead of schedule

Despite dealing with deadlines and inclement weather this spring, the City of Sturgeon Bay Street Department has managed a strong start to the season.  City Engineer Chad Shefchik says the projects including East Pine Street and West Elm Street have finished on time and budget.  He says another street job had added urgency.



Georgia Street reconstruction will be starting soon, according to Shefchik.  He adds that some potential flooding issues on Memorial Drive are being monitored with the additional precipitation and higher water levels in the bay causing concern.     


Kewaunee Fire Museum adding audio tour

The Kewaunee Fire Station Museum which opened a year ago will be offering an audio tour in the near future.  Similar to the audio tour provided on the Tug Ludington which sits in the harbor, the information will give visitors a chance to hear the historical significance of the fire apparatuses that are stored in the museum.  Jim Kleiman, Kewaunee Fire Department Captain, says the museum stands out at night and has fire equipment dating back over 170 years ago.



The museum houses four pieces of historic equipment including an 1845 hand tub being the oldest fire apparatus on site.  Kleiman says the large glass windows allow all the items to be viewed from the outside anytime.  Plans are to open the museum every Sunday during Music in the Park which is held right across from the street, according to Kleiman.


(Photo courtesy of Kewaunee Fire Museum)


Ericksons to receive the Anne Kok Award

Help of Door County will be saluting a special couple who have been long-time advocates at the organization's 40th anniversary next week at the Kress Pavilion.  Bob and Connie Erickson of Egg Harbor will be given the Anne Kok Social Justice Award next Thursday at the Help of Door County annual meeting.  Steve Vickman, the executive director, says the Ericksons embody the ideals set forward by Anne Kok. 


The event is sponsored by the Door County Medical Center and will highlight the accomplishments of Help of Door County over the last 40 years.  You can find more information about the annual meeting below.


SUV sales taking over the auto market locally

Following a national trend that has seen sedan car sales drop and Sports Utility Vehicles increase in demand has local car dealers coming up with creative incentives to move inventory.  Jesse Yahnke, sales manager at Jorns Chevrolet in Kewaunee, says leasing options and special pricing on vehicles are making driving bigger vehicles more attractive.  He says the change has been noticeable going back ten years.



Yahnke adds that SUVs are as economical in some cases as most sedans while offering more room and a luxurious drive.  


Sunshine, warmth wanted by apple growers

They are a little better off than most farmers who have been flooded out of some of their fields this spring, but apple growers in Door and Kewaunee Counties would not mind a little sunshine and warmth either. Bill Roethle of Hillside Apples in Casco has been able to get out to his trees to do the necessary work needed to prevent his crop from diseases. He says the wet, cool weather makes it easier for trees to get infected by diseases like apple scab, which severely limited his harvest in 2017.

Despite the weather, Roethle says the trees look to be in great shape and expects another strong harvest this year.

Midsummer's Music launches 2019 season

The piano is tuned and the bows are up for the opening week of concerts for Door County’s Midsummer’s Music. The chamber music series relies on some of the finest musicians in the country including the Chicago Symphony and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra to play in unique venues across the county. Artistic director Jim Berkenstock is happy many of the musicians come back year after year to participate.

After Friday’s gala performance at Birch Creek’s Juniper Hall, Midsummer’s Music will continue to celebrate its 2019 theme of “Mendelssohn, Mozart, and Much More” June 16th at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor, June 20th at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Sister Bay and Unitarian Universalist Church in Ephraim on June 21st. You can listen to a preview of the upcoming concerts online with this story.




Tebon, Culligan Sturgeon Bay wins national excellence award

You can include a "congratulations" after you yell “Hey Culligan Man” to Jeff Tebon after he earned a national award this week.  For the second time in three years, Culligan Sturgeon Bay was given the Emmett J. Culligan National Award of Excellence for being one of the top 16 dealers in the country. Dealers are ranked on their performance based on their market size and water characteristics. Tebon is proud to be a part of a legacy business after taking over for his father Cliff and seeing his kids get into the fold as well.

He also credits his employees for keeping his family business strong for over 60 years, with some having been employed by Culligan Sturgeon Bay for over 35 years.



NWTC celebrates 15th year in Luxemburg

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College-Luxemburg Regional Learning Center manager Sarah Nelson has seen its facilities grow as much as the skills of the students that have trusted them with their education.  After outgrowing its space at Holy Trinity School in Casco, NWTC opened its new space along Highway 54 in Luxemburg in 2004. A big reason for the move for was the rapidly changing world of education and its shift towards technology. That is where Nelson has seen the biggest change since she was named the Luxemburg Regional Learning Center manager 19 years ago.

The NWTC Luxemburg Regional Learning Center now serves approximately 1,200 students on an annual basis with accounting, nursing assistant, and business management courses its most popular.

Accident stops traffic on Michigan Street Bridge

Motorists were stopped on the Michigan Street Bridge for a little bit longer than the usual boat traffic on Thursday due to an accident.

According to a report from the Sturgeon Bay Police Department, a vehicle was traveling eastbound just after 6:30 p.m. when the bridge began going up. The driver of the vehicle told police their brake lines went out as it collided with the bridge's drop down arm and one of its guard rails. No injuries were reported after the crash and the bridge was reopened later in the evening.

Door County Y wants to repeat Broadway By the Bay success

The Door County YMCA is hoping for more rave reviews for the second Broadway By the Bay concert.  The event offers dinner and a show that includes performers with experience on the Great White Way, including some with Door County connections.  Heidi Erickson, Executive Director for the Northern Door Y, says community reaction to last year's Broadway By the Bay prompted the Y to do a sequel.



Jonathon Zeng headlines this summer's Broadway By the Bay. The dinner concert is scheduled for July 18th at the Donald and Carol Kress Pavillion on Church Street in Egg Harbor.  For more information log onto

Wet spring means higher mosquito protection needed

The extremely wet conditions this spring is making for a good breeding ground for mosquitoes in the area.  That is having local health officials warning people to prepare for the outdoors this summer.  Not only can mosquitoes be annoying but the spreading of diseases is a major medical concern.  Door County Public Health Educator Chelsea Smies says wearing long-sleeve clothing and spaying on repellents can protect you.



West Nile virus is an illness spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. The type of mosquitoes that spread West Nile virus can be found in every county in Wisconsin.  You can find more information on how to fight the bite below.

Series of Herbal Workshops in Door County

Connecting with plants and herbs could be your newest healing source for an abundance of problems. Joanne Bauman is a Kansas native herbalist, a teacher, writer, herb grower, and medicine-maker, and she will be offering workshops this weekend that aid in a wide variety of issues from pain and inflammation to natural home cleaning. Her easy-going teaching style makes learning and using plant-based healing accessible to everyone.



Joanne will be teaching at The Pearl of Door County in Sturgeon Bay June 14th through the 16th. All of the workshops include items you will make and take home. Contact or register online at


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Pioneer Ecological Reserve celebrating Grand Opening

After remaining dormant for about 15 years, the Pioneer Ecological Reserve is getting much-needed attention and use this spring.  The Sevastopol School District purchased the land in 1962 with a $5,000 state grant under the leadership of Carl Scholtz who was the school superintendent at the time.  Second-grade teachers Katie Grooters and Brooke Tanck, along with other faculty, started trimming the overgrown trails this spring and utilizing the 71-acre reserve as an educational resource again for students and the public.  Tanck credits Mike Madden who preserved and maintained the land for many years to make it an outdoor classroom.  She shares some of the improvements that have been accomplished recently.




The Grand Opening celebration is being planned for this Saturday from noon until 2 pm.  The public is invited to attend and hike the new and improved Pioneer Ecological Reserve which is located about one-half mile off east of Highway 57 on Dunn Road.  



(photo courtesy of School District of Sevastopol facebook)  


JFC budget reopens Kewaunee County prison discussion

Kewaunee County officials have about five million reasons why they are going to be paying closer attention to the state budget process in the coming weeks. The Joint Finance Committee recently approved $5 million to be spent to replace the aging Green Bay Correctional Institution. The money would be spent to purchase the land, put in utilities, and ask for proposals. Kewaunee County was considered a possible landing spot when a GBCI replacement plan was brought up during the last budget session.  County Board Chairperson Bob Weidner says a number of conditions would have to be met before serious discussions could begin.

Officials in Algoma and Luxemburg have already voiced their interest in having the possible prison built in their jurisdictions.

Sturgeon Bay photographer finalist for book award

 A vacation to Cuba nearly turned into an international award for Sturgeon Bay photographer and author Tom Jordan. His latest book, “One Week in Cuba,” was named a finalist for the 2019 International Book Awards in the photography category. A retired advertising executive, Jordan was able to compete on the same level as professional photographers from Thailand, Switzerland, New York, and Phoenix. The recognition was humbling for Jordan, who says it is challenging to layout a photography book.

Jordan says his favorite subjects he shot during his trip were the Cuban dancers because of the candid pictures he was able to produce. His two books about Sturgeon Bay also received similar recognition in the past.

Wisconsin senator demands details on ag deal

Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin wants to know how farmers in Door and Kewaunee Counties can expect to benefit from a trade agreement between the United States and Mexico. According to Bloomberg, President Donald Trump tweeted last week that Mexico would increase their agricultural purchases from the U.S. as a part of a deal on border security in exchange for avoiding proposed tariffs. Farmers were worried retaliatory tariffs on their products could have done even more harm to their bottom line. Senator Baldwin says her letter to President Trump is a request for answers for an agreement short on details.

Senator Baldwin is hopeful a deal is worked out so farmers can be certain there is a buyer for their products. According to Dairy Herd Management, Mexico is the largest exporter of U.S. dairy products at about $1.4 billion in annual sales and 15.8 percent of its milk production.

Construction begins at Gibraltar

You will have to wait until the beginning of the school year to use the entrance at Gibraltar Secondary School. Almost as quickly as students could start their summer vacations, construction crews moved in to begin a $4.4 million transformation of its library and media center. Gibraltar Area Schools superintendent Tina Van Meer says she is happy to see the work begin.

Visitors to the school are being directed to enter the building through the elementary entrance until school begins this fall. The project will not be done until around Christmas, but walls will be up to allow classes to still take place.

Naval ship giving Death's Door travelers rare scenic treat

Some travelers on the waters around the Door County peninsula’s tip have been getting a look of a naval combat ship this past week.  The USS Indianapolis has been making trial runs through Death’s Door Passage recently.  The Littoral Combat Ship is being built at Marinette Marine for the Navy.  Hoyt Purinton of the Washington Island Ferry says the crews on the ship stay in communication with other water vessels. 


Jim Robinson of Shoreline Scenic Cruises in Gills Rock says his customers are surprised and amazed at the sight of a naval ship on the Great Lakes. 



The USS Indianapolis LCS-17 is 373 feet long and can travel in speed up to 52 miles per hour.  The naval ship was launched in April of 2018.  


(Photo courtesy of Jim Robinson)

Field days unite farmers with conservation efforts

While the raindrops fell over Door and Kewaunee Counties Wednesday morning, you could find many farmers learning about the latest efforts to be more conservation minded. Peninsula Pride Farms and the Door Kewaunee Demonstration Farm Network hosted approximately 50 farmers for a field day at Kinnard Farms in Casco. On display was a one-of-a-kind manure applicator that can apply nutrients to standing corn and alfalfa fields without using as much heavy equipment during the growing season. Doug Sutter from Vanderloop Equipment in Brillion says field days are a great opportunity to show multiple farmers the latest in technology.

Tony Brey of Brey Cycle Farms in Sturgeon Bay says he has been able to take a lot away from the field days since his operation joined Peninsula Pride Farms in 2016.

Peninsula Pride Farms is made up of 60 farms across southern Door and Kewaunee Counties with a mission of addressing agriculture's role in improving the area's water issues. Wednesday's field day was also part of annual "Lunch on the Farm" in celebration of June Dairy Month.


Pride Pumps helping fund Gibraltar band Disney trip

A donation from the Jandu Petroleum Pride Pumps is going to help send the Gibraltar band back to Disney World in 2022. Gibraltar sets up a Disney trip every four years so every band student gets a chance to go. The last trip was in 2018. It’s not just walking around the park when the students go to Disney World says Gibraltar band leader Charlie Eckhardt. Students go to workshops and compete against other schools from around the country in “Festival Disney.”



The $750.66 donation from the Jandu Petroleum Pride Pumps will go directly to the Gibraltar Music Boosters to fund the trip. The Pride Pump promotion is a joint effort of Jandu Petroleum and The promotion raised over $11,000 for Door and Kewaunee County school districts for the 2018-2019 school year.

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