• Alumni Door County Profile: Kat Gebauer

    Kat Gebauer went from being the shy kid in class to running 35 miles at a time through Glacier National Park in a hot-pink tutu and a pair of fairy wings. And she’s usually doing it with a camera in her hand. Her journey started when a friend asked her to run a half marathon, […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Resident Crowned Wisconsin’s Miss Amazing Teen Queen

    Sturgeon Bay High School senior Kaitlyn Leonardson never expected to become as invested in Miss Amazing as she did – or as successful. In fact, her mother, Shawn Leonardson, was met with indifference when she first mentioned the pageant to Kaitlyn.  “It was all my mom’s idea,” Kaitlyn said. “She asked me how I felt […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Chef to Appear on Food Network

    Emilie Rose Bishop will appear on Guy Fieri’s Guy’s Grocery Games on Aug. 28, 8 pm, on the Food Network.  Bishop recently moved from Chicago to Sturgeon Bay to join the Union Supper Pub as its executive chef/partner – a move that takes her full circle because she began her culinary career as a dishwasher when […]

  • Alumni Door County Profile: Adam Breseman

    Each week the Peninsula Pulse profiles alumni from Door County schools, sharing what they’re up to, what Door County taught them and what inspired them. To suggest an alumnus or alumna to profile, email [email protected] To learn more about Alumni Door County, visit  Soon 2010 Gibraltar High School graduate Adam Breseman will head to […]

  • Alumna Profile: Kim Anderson Kelleher on the Journey from Small School to Big City Publishing

    Kim Anderson Kelleher has worked at some of the biggest titles in publishing: Sports Illustrated, Time, Self, Wired. The most confident dreamer wouldn’t expect to see his or her name on the masthead of all of these revered magazines during a single career, but the 1989 Gibraltar High School alumna has served as the publisher […]

  • Local High Schooler to Refresh Mojo Rosa’s Mural

    Sevastopol senior Mackenzie Ellefson has been giving the mural of roses on Mojo Rosa’s in downtown Egg Harbor an overhaul this week after her design was chosen to replace the existing mural in a competition that the restaurant hosted for local high school seniors. Ellefson will receive a $2,000 scholarship for postsecondary education and mentoring […]

  • Framed: Gunnar Kalms, July 19, 2019

    Gunnar Kalms sits at the wheel of a fire truck during the FFA Dairy Breakfast in Valmy on July 7. Submitted. 

  • ‘The Trail Will Give You What You Need’: Veteran Finishes Ice Age Trail

    When Nick Chronis came around the final bend of the Ice Age Trail (IAT) at 2 pm on July 12, well-deserved cheers from members of Door County VFW Post 3088 greeted him. “Well-deserved” is an understatement in light of the fact that Chronis – a Salt Lake City, Utah, native and Army veteran with deployments […]

  • Server of the Week: Cloudia Yan @ A Little Bit of Coffee

    Here from China for the summer,  Cloudia Yan works at A Little Bit of Coffee.  Walking into the cafe is never a bummer  When Cloudia is working, even when it’s early.  Cloudia appreciates nature and goes on walks;  She especially loves beautiful views of the lake.  You’ll learn her favorite movie is Spider-Man if you […]

  • Keeping It Righteous

    Bill Medley brings new Brother to the DCA “Always looking forward to coming to Bobby Hatfield country,” said Bill Medley, one half of the blue-eyed soul duo The Righteous Brothers. Medley was referring to the fact that his late partner, Hatfield, was born in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. Hatfield died in 2003, which seemed like it […]

  • Jonathan Bass Earns Peninsula Music Festival Scholarship

    The Peninsula Music Festival (PMF, has selected Washington Island native Jonathan Bass, a recent graduate of Michigan’s Interlochen Arts Academy, to receive its 2019 College Scholarship Award. This fall, Bass will attend Lawrence University’s Conservatory of Music, where he’ll work on a bachelor of music degree in piano performance and pursue a second major […]

  • We Knew Him When … From Northern Sky to Les Misérables

    Tim Lenihan was nine when he asked his mom to show him where middle C was on his great-aunt’s old piano in the basement of his family’s south-side Chicago home. Already studying the French horn, he was interested in figuring out how the notes he was learning on that instrument could be applied to the […]

  • Tim Graul: Keeping the World Afloat

    Retired boat designer keeps his hand in as a consultant Growing up on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River in the industrial town of Alton, Illinois, Tim Graul had boats on his brain from a young age. “I always liked boats,” he said. “In the margins of my notebooks and school papers, I got […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Native Takes Command of Carrier Strike Group

    Rear Adm. Paul Schlise relieved Rear Adm. John Meier as commander of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10 during a ceremony aboard the CSG’s flagship, the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, on June 21. Meier will next report as commander of Naval Warfare Development Command in Norfolk, Virginia.  Schlise comes to CSG-10 following a tour as the […]

  • Ken ‘The Bike Man’ Retiring After 23 Years

    When Ken “The Bike Man” Hollenbeck retires from his volunteer post with Door County’s BRIDGES Bike Program this fall, he’ll leave behind a huge void. For 23 years, he’s been servicing and delivering bikes to the many J-1 international students who come to work in the county for each summer season. This year Ken has […]

  • Northern Sky Theater Mourns Cherished Former Staff Members

    Hundreds of people have contributed to the growth and success of Northern Sky Theater – formerly known as American Folklore Theatre (AFT) – over nearly three decades. Now, as the theater company begins its most exciting season – it will open its new campus this fall – the Northern Sky staff, cast members, crew, volunteers and friends […]

  • 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 […]

  • Death’s Door Knockers Are Here to Play

    The Door County Comedy Channel on YouTube is officially live thanks to the members of the improv comedy troupe Door County Knockers. The Knockers began as a way to encourage play when founder Ross Dippel sent out an open invitation in April 2018 to anyone interested in joining in the interactive fun. “The original thought […]

  • TAP Says Hello and Goodbye

    Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) welcomes Jimmy Balistreri as its new production manager. He’ll run lighting, sound, stage management and all of the other behind-the-scenes functions. The recent Ripon College graduate has spent the last three summers in Door County working at Northern Sky Theater and Wild Tomato. The TAP board of directors recognized outgoing President […]

  • Steel Bridge 2019

    Downsizing the festival to nurture the dream A message from pat mAcdonald Not everyone is cut out to be P.T. Barnum. Some of us shy away from any glint of grandiosity, finding greater fascination in subtler, more mysterious constructs. All the people I’ve met in my life could maybe fill a stadium, but I doubt […]