Door County community news from the Peninsula Pulse. Find information about health programs, fundraisers, announcements, and more to keep you in the loop in your community.

  • Expert Says Potawatomi Tower Can Be Saved

    An expert on timber says that Potawatomi Tower can be repaired to serve another 90 years for an equal or lesser cost than reconstructing or tearing it down. And repair could be completed in as little as 10 days, according to Dan Tingley of Wood Research & Development, a firm in Jefferson, Oregon. The Sturgeon […]

  • State Superintendent of Schools Visits Washington Island

    One of the biggest names in education – Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction Carolyn Stanford Taylor – visited the smallest district in Wisconsin, Washington Island School District, on May 21 with Scott Jones, her chief of staff. She spent the day visiting classrooms to meet with administrators, teachers and students. “We want to hear […]

  • One Health WI Cuts Ribbon in Algoma

    The Algoma Area Chamber welcomed One Health WI – a veteran-owned, woman-owned CBD oil company at 219 Steele St. in Algoma – with a ribbon-cutting and light lunch on May 17 for 40 attendees. They learned about CBD oil and the face, bath and body products and services that One Health WI will offer. Owners […]

  • Initiative to Reduce Illegal Tobacco-Product Sales

    Wisconsin WINS is a science-based initiative designed to reduce illegal tobacco-product sales to minors by using positive reinforcement. The coalition sends congratulatory letters to clerks who do not sell tobacco to youth and educates those who would. Retailers who sell tobacco products can train their staff at no cost at Parents, teachers and the […]

  • “Sage-ing” Lecture by Trish Black June 23

    The Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry ( continues its Community Health Information Programs with “Sage-ing” on June 23, 4 pm, at First Baptist Church in Sister Bay. Trish Black, a certified Sage-ing leader, will discuss growing older with wisdom, dignity and grace. The ministry also offers free blood-pressure screenings monthly on the second Tuesday, […]

  • Obituary: Clifford G. Ehlers, PhD

    Oct. 31, 1928 – May 21, 2019 Clifford G. Ehlers, PhD, 90, of the Town of Egg Harbor died surrounded by his family. Cliff was born to Edward and Rose (Thorn) Ehlers of rural Sturgeon Bay. He graduated from Sevastopol High School in 1946. After working on the family farm for two years, Cliff departed […]

  • Obituary: Susan A. Blahnik

    July 19, 1945 – May 19, 2019 Susan A. Blahnik, 73, of Sturgeon Bay died at her home with family by her side. She was born in Manitowoc, the daughter of the late Milton and June (Blahnik) Hanson. Susan graduated from Lincoln High School in Manitowoc in 1963. On August 22, 1970, she married George […]

  • High Schoolers Wow Audience at LibraryLIVE

    The kickoff for LibraryLIVE’s season, featuring outstanding students from Door County’s high schools, packed the Miller Art Museum on May 11. Vocalists and musicians performed a variety of works, including The Vagabond by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Mozart’s Concerto in G and moving operatic and theatrical pieces. The audience thoroughly enjoyed the performances, and the library […]

  • Maifest Parade

    2019 Jacksonport Maifest Schedule of Events

    The 47th annual celebration of Jacksonport Maifest is taking place on May 25-26. Since 1973,  the Jacksonport Advancement Corporation, a non-profit organization committed to community benefit and enrichment, has hosted Door County’s unofficial summer kick-off festival at Lakeside Park, located at the intersection of County V and Highway 57. Event highlights include the grand parade […]

  • This Weekend in Door County: Maifest & Memorial Day Events

    Kick off the summer season with a long weekend full of events in Door County. Maifest The 47th annual celebration of Jacksonport Maifest is taking place on May 25-26. Since 1973 it has been considered Door County’s unofficial summer kick-off. Festivities take place at Lakeside Park, located at the intersection of County V and Highway […]

  • Obituary: Thomas R. McDonald

    Feb. 28, 1937 – May 17, 2019  Thomas Rodrick McDonald, 82, of Sturgeon Bay died at his home. He was born in Wausau to Harold and Susan (Mayer) McDonald. He graduated from Wausau High School in 1955. His greatest loves in high school were cross-country running and curling. On June 7, 1958, he married Judith Rae Jaecks. In 1965, […]

  • Lauren Bremer, English teacher at Gibraltar, Joins Staff at Write On

    Lauren Bremer will fill the new position of managing director for Write On, Door County. She joins the organization after 13 years of teaching English at Gibraltar High School, where she also connected graduating seniors with community leaders for service and leadership projects and relaunched the school’s long-dormant student newspaper in 2009. Bremer will oversee […]

  • Taking GLOBE to Wisconsin Classrooms

    On Earth Day 1995, a multi-agency-supported science and education project began in 33 countries. Today, more than 120 countries take part in the program, and citizen scientists who participate in it have contributed more than 150 million measurements to its database. The program is known as GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment), […]

  • Once Upon Our Peninsula: May 17

    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. Expositor Independent May 18, 1877 About half past 2 o’clock yesterday morning the little schooner Eva, laying on the west shore, belonging to […]

  • Southern Door Elementary Wins Major Enrichment Learning Grant

    Southern Door Elementary School recently learned it will receive a highly competitive 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. “This is going to be a great addition for our students and families,” said elementary Principal Cory Vandertie. “There’s so much excitement right now and lots of positive buzz in […]

  • Obituary: Harold “Harry” Arthur Kohls

    Dec. 7, 1936 – May 15, 2019 Harold “Harry” Arthur Kohls, 82, of the Town of Sevastopol died at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay. Harry was born in Jacksonport to Amelia and Arthur Kohls. He entered the Army in 1955 after attending Sevastopol High School. After his service in 1958, Harry worked in […]

  • Skilled Nursing Facility to be Completed in August

    August is the planned completion date for the new Door County Medical Center (DCMC) Skilled Nursing Facility and Hospice Care – the last of the patient-service areas in the 1963 building to be updated. The 25,000-square-foot facility will provide resident-centered care, improved service and supply efficiencies, and a dedicated space for end-of-life care.   The DCMC […]

  • AMVETS Award Final Flag Poster Contest Winners of 2019

    AMVETS Post 51 concludes this year’s AMVETS Americanism Flag Poster Contest with awards and honorable mentions to fourth-grade students at Sevastopol School. AMVETS offers the contest program to schools and youth organizations to teach children in kindergarten through fifth grade about civics and citizenship, and it includes grade-specific and age-appropriate flag coloring and poster design […]

  • PMI Looking for Volunteers at Lambeau Field

    Lambeau Field management is seeking nonprofit volunteer groups for operations such as clean-up, ticket scanning, seat rental and recycling. Depending on the group’s size (from nine to 100), organizations can earn $250 to $950 for helping on game day or after games. Groups are especially needed for the June 8-9 Paul McCartney concert, and during […]

  • Celebrate the Tavern League During May

    The Tavern League of Wisconsin (TLW) and its 5,000 members are recognizing May as National Tavern Month: an annual tradition since 1953 that creates awareness about the history, charitable giving and economic impact of the TLW and its members.In 2018, the TLW donated more than $13.6 million to support 12,668 charities throughout the state. More […]