Category: People

  • The Functional Art of Richard Rose Culinary

    Manufacturing Month: Made In Door County There are 65 manufacturers up and down Door County making everything from machine parts to candles, ships to coffee. They may be a top employer or a small shop with a big reach. One of the latter is Richard Rose Culinary. It’s a woodworking shop located in the Door […]

  • An Hour with Ruby

    The Egg Harbor Historical Society (EHHS) will present a video interview, “An Hour with Ruby,” on Oct. 20, 1:30 pm, at the Kress Pavilion. Ruby Demmin has experienced a lot and now shares her recollections of Egg Harbor, Sunny Point, Horseshoe Bay and more: the people she met growing up, her childhood adventures and experiences, […]

  • IN MEMORIAM: Patty Williamson Still Had Stories to Tell

    Patty Williamson was 74 years old when she wrote her first story for the Peninsula Pulse – a piece about the history of Ellison Bay’s Pioneer Store, published back in 2008.  At the time, I thought it was a one-off effort. Over my 18 years at the Pulse, a lot of people have told me they […]

  • Four Generations at Hickey Brothers Fishery

    The largest crowd to attend a meeting of the Baileys Harbor Historical Society in several years recently heard an entertaining and educational presentation by Dennis Hickey about the history of commercial fishing in Door County.  Before there were roads – and certainly no bridges – connecting the peninsula with the mainland, boats carried everything: goods […]

  • Who Is Sandy Brown?

    Celebrating the person behind 25 years of PFLAG Door County This summer toward the end of June, among the smell of fried food, sounds of live music and the sight of bright rainbow flags waving throughout Martin Park in Sturgeon Bay, Open Door Pride awarded the City of Sturgeon Bay the fifth annual Sandy Brown […]

  • America’s Greatest Unknown Poet: Lorine Niedecker

    Lorine Niedecker (1903-70), who has been called “America’s greatest unknown poet,” lived almost her entire life in Wisconsin. Many of her poems were inspired by the wildlife, the water and the people in and around her home on Blackhawk Island (which is not actually an island, but a flood-prone peninsula near Lake Koshkonong, southeast of […]

  • At Twisted Tree, Shannon Mough Curates Connections and Community

    As with trees, sometimes the biggest dreams can grow from the smallest seed. For Shannon Mough, her daily yoga and meditation practice planted the seed for a new home and a new career.  “I was living in Chicago, doing meditation and yoga, and somewhere along the way, I thought, ‘Maybe I’ll open a yoga studio […]

  • Norma Bramsen Honored for 60 Years in P.E.O.

    During the recent Wisconsin state convention of P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization), Norma Bramsen of Chapter EJ in Sister Bay was recognized for her 60 years of service and leadership, working relentlessly to raise scholarship and loan money for women to pursue their educational dreams in college, technical schools or certification programs. P.E.O. started as a […]

  • On the Road with a Lens: Luca Fagundes

    There seems to be a pattern in Luca Fagundes’ life in which his childhood experiences directly influence his interests and direction as an adult, from his career to his hobbies, cycling included.  “When I was very young, I was a gymnast,” Fagundes said, but a torn meniscus in his left knee put an early end […]

  • Golf Takes Nick Kwaterski to New Places — and Now Back Home

    Few golfers can successfully hoist a 317-yard drive over the woods and onto the green, cutting off the dogleg on the 353-yard 10th hole at Peninsula State Park Golf Course. But, it’s a feat that Peninsula general manager Jason Daubner has seen Nick Kwaterski pull off.  “I’ve never seen a player with as much raw […]

  • Staying on Pace: Door County Half Marathon

    Runners don’t have to go it alone at the Door County Half Marathon. Krista Eliot, wife of founder David Eliot, has been leading the pace team since 2013, helping guide runners to a successful finish.  Eliot, a veteran of 40 marathons and both the New Balance and Nike pace teams, says her goal is simple.  […]

  • Neighbor to Neighbor Bestows Volunteer Award

    Neighbor to Neighbor celebrated its achievements during its annual meeting June 28, including presenting Jim Stiefvater with its Medical Equipment Volunteer Star Award for his extraordinary service and dedication to the medical-equipment loan program. Learn about Neighbor to Neighbor’s services – or volunteer – by calling 920.743.7800.

  • Local Steel Fitter Does More Than Just Welding

    Shipyard employees sometimes have more talents than they can show in the workplace, but steel fitter Aaron Delorit made a big reveal of his artistic abilities this spring and summer.  It began on a day off from helping to build ships such as the M/V Mark S. Barker, when he had watched a prolific local […]

  • Harbor Fish Market & Grille Changes Hands

    The Harbor Fish Market & Grille in Baileys Harbor, situated on the shore of the Lake Michigan side, boasts expansive indoor and outdoor dining with coveted views. Inside, customers walk on the original hardwood floors that were installed when the building was constructed in 1908 and belly up to the original bar that fronts Highway […]

  • The Bird Whisperer: Rob Hults

    You may know the “birdman” of Baileys Harbor, but do you know the one in Jacksonport? Jacksonport has become known for birds, but not the kind that Albert Zahn carved out of wood at Birds Park in the nearby Bird City of Baileys Harbor.  Past the winding gravel entrance off County Road I, the calls […]

  • Sending Kids to Sea

    Thanks from the Ephraim Yacht Club and the Rob Moore family Years ago, I thought of Door County as a location on the map. As the years passed, my thoughts morphed into thinking of Door County as a vacation destination. Living here, I have learned that Door County is a way of life, and that […]

  • Herlaches Named Philanthropists of the Year

    Tom and Jill Herlache were honored June 21 as the 2022 Philanthropists of the Year during the Door County Community Foundation’s Celebration of Giving ceremony. Tom Herlache, former CEO of Baylake Bank, was one of the founders – in 1999 – of the very organization that honored him and his wife on Tuesday.  “It’s an inspiration to […]

  • ‘We All Stepped Up’ – and Now, Public Health Director Sue Powers Steps out

    How people intend to spend their retirement years is a personal thing, and by the time you read this, Sue Powers will be on her way to doing her version of it. Powers was the Door County Public Health officer/manager during an unprecedented time in public health. Her category of professionals was accustomed to going […]

  • A Journey to Acceptance: Owen Alabado and Northern Door Pride

    As a young adult, Owen Alabado despised being gay. A first-generation U.S. citizen of Filipino descent, he wanted to be “normal” and accepted and have a family one day. But in 1990s Janesville, Wisconsin, there were few resources for him and little representation of homosexuals in his community or mainstream culture, much less celebrations centered […]

  • Guest Column: Never Forgotten Honor Flight Was the ‘Trip of a Lifetime’

    And I was just there to welcome Russ by JOHN MIELKE, Special to the Peninsula Pulse It had been more than two years since my cousin Russ Schroeder, who now lives near Park Falls, Wisconsin, told me he would be part of a Never Forgotten Honor Flight. To be perfectly honest, I had forgotten. The […]