• John Contratto Receives Inaugural Award from Club ItaloAmericano

    John “Giovanni” Contratto of Sturgeon Bay is the first recipient of the Pete and Marlene Feira Founders Award, given by Club ItaloAmericano of Greater Green Bay (,, a social organization for those with a passion for Italy, Italian heritage and way of life.  The award, named for two of the club’s founding members, recognizes […]

  • Featured Pet: Fridge

    Meet Fridge, an 11-month-old kitten who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus.  She’s one of 72 cats that were rescued from a hoarding situation in Green Bay last month. After being examined by our veterinary team and receiving necessary treatments, Fridge has a much better outlook on life. Despite […]

  • Pre-Order Available for Jordan Spencer’s Nonfiction Debut

    Door County resident Jordan Spencer is releasing his book, We have a lot to talk about … It’s cancer, which is available for pre-order at At 28, his wife, Megan, was diagnosed with stage-four breast cancer and beat it. The book delves into the couple’s story and their decisions to change their lifestyle to focus […]

  • Peninsula Singers’ Christmas Performance Part of 40th-Anniversary Season

    The Peninsula Singers will continue to celebrate their 40th-anniversary season by offering their annual Christmas performance. This sparkling celebration of winter fun and holiday magic will feature traditional and contemporary works, world music, beloved carols, masterworks and seasonal favorites, and it will honor Gladys Austgen, a longtime Singers member and former assistant director. Mary Hall […]

  • Griffon String Quartet Offers Four Concerts

    The Griffon String Quartet will soon perform four winter concerts. Hailed for its “superb playing, palpable chemistry, spirit and emotional connection,” the ensemble will feature Beethoven’s Quartet No. 7 in F Major and Smetana’s Quartet No. 1 in E Minor, “From My Life,” as well as holiday favorites and a sing-along. The concerts are free, […]

  • 2014 Hal Prize Photography Winners

    First Place: Photography by Sadie Weber Judge’s comments: What I liked about this image is exactly what I look for when photographing:  an interesting subject, strong composition and great light. This image has all three. The water line leads you into the photo and with the mountain range in the background produces a three-dimensional look […]

  • 2014 Hal Prize Poetry Winners

    First Place “Old Lovers”by Robert Nordstrom Two lovers lie in bed, air thin between them, ceiling a black cloudabsorbing their dreams. Their hands touch, incidental contact,and in silence they begin their climb to gain a view, see where they have been where they might yet go. Over there, one says, no,over there, the other responds,but […]

  • 2014 Hal Prize Nonfiction Winners

    First Place Thunder Billby Mark R. Hunt The year was 1958. I was an eight-year-old kid sporting a pretty tight crew cut. My dad did the cutting in the basement laundry room. I can feel his strong hand on my shoulder as I held the wrapped towel tight around my neck. “Don’t move” was the […]

  • 2014 Hal Prize Fiction Winners

    First Place Catfish Daysby Morgan Peters The stragglers from the morning crowd sat contentedly in their booths, leaning across the aisles to speak to one another, waffles and omelets testing the last loop on their belts. The group of four old women seated in the corner booth were in the midst of an intent discussion […]

  • High School Winter Athletics

    GIBRALTAR Boys Basketball Dec. 5 vs. Algoma, 7:30 pm Girls Basketball Dec. 3 @ Algoma, 7:30 pm  Dec. 6 vs. Brillion, 7:30 pm SEVASTOPOL  Boys Basketball  Dec. 5 @ Oconto, 7:30 pm Girls Basketball  Nov. 30 @ Two Rivers, 7:15 pm Dec. 3 vs. Oconto, 7:30 pm  Dec. 6 @ Peshtigo, 7:30 pm SOUTHERN DOOR  […]

  • Climate Change Coalition Joins Larger Initiatives

    The Climate Change Coalition of Door County has joined two broad-based organizations that are working to address climate change.  WeAreStillIn ( is a joint declaration of commitment to climate action signed by more than 3,800 CEOs, mayors, governors, college presidents and many others. Together they represent 155 million people in all 50 states. They are […]

  • Taking Action: How Much Electricity Are We Wasting?

    Kathy Kuntz, Chelsea Chandler and Roy Thilly A version of this column first appeared as a blog post on the website of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. Most of us presume other people are wasting electricity and gas or propane in their homes. We think our usage is average or less than […]

  • Once Upon Our Peninsula: Nov. 27

    News from this week’s past All items are from the Door County Library’s newspaper archives, and they appear in the same form as they were first published, including misspellings and grammatical errors. Door County Democrat November 29, 1912 FIRST INDOOR BASE BALL GAME. Members of Sawyer Athletic Club Open Winter Series. The first of the […]

  • Door to Nature: Doves and Pigeons

    As I write this, there’s a two-inch snow cover on the ground, and more mourning doves are coming into my front yard in search of food. They are gleaners of fallen seeds and bits of suet that drop from the feeders, but they also enjoy getting sunflower seeds that I scatter on the large platform […]

  • Strongman Sig Sandstrom Breaks Another Record

    And learns a lesson about getting second opinions Part-time Door County resident Sigurd Sandstrom has added another title to his impressive list of accomplishments. During an Aug. 3 competition held by the World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters in a Minneapolis suburb, Sandstrom earned another deadlift world title by hefting 260 pounds. Sig, as he […]

  • Plenty of Deer in Wisconsin, but a Record?

    Not by a long shot There’s no doubt that many Wisconsin hunters love to rip on the Department of Natural Resources’ deer-population estimates, and that’s one of the reasons why the agency got away from making them public during Gov. Walker’s tenure. Even if the scientific data backed them up – and they almost always […]

  • Framed: Write On, Door County Book Journaling

    Grace Johnson (third from left), special issues editor for the Peninsula Pulse, leads Write On, Door County members in a session about book journaling during one of the organization’s quarterly programs. Photo by Katie Smullen.

  • Discover the Heart of Door County through Poetry

    by Jerod Santek, Artistic Director, Write On, Door County In the spring of 2015, the anthology Soundings: Door County in Poetry was released. The book was edited by the Door County Poets Collective, which Estella Lauter founded during her tenure as Door County’s poet laureate. One thousand copies were printed, and almost all have been […]

  • Featured Pet: Mew

    Meet Mew, a seven-month-old calico available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. Found as a tiny kitten on a local farm, she is a talkative, curious girl who enjoys being petted but gets easily frightened by fast movements and loud noises. Don’t be surprised if you find her hiding safely […]

  • State News: Hunters Urged to Submit Deer Samples for CWD Testing

    Gun deer season in Wisconsin started Nov. 23, and the state Department of Natural Resources is asking hunters for their help again this year to track chronic wasting disease (CWD) in the state’s deer herd. CWD is a fatal, infectious nervous-system disease that affects deer, moose and elk, and it’s now present in 56 of […]