• The People Behind the Page: Sharon Anderson

    The Peninsula Pulse employs 24 full- and part-time staff members who live in or have strong ties to Door County. This crew brings you the news in print, on video, online and in podcasts every week. In each edition of the Pulse, we’ll introduce you to one of the people behind the page. This week, […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Not Your Typical Massage

    Erin Tauscher shares myofascial release therapy with Sturgeon Bay If you’ve never heard of myofascial release therapy, you’re not alone. I hadn’t either. But soon after I’d heard of it, I found myself on a massage table in Sturgeon Bay with occupational therapist Erin Tauscher, who’s launching her own practice.  Tauscher explains that myofascial release […]

  • Joan Rusnack and Carol Overland Left Their Marks on Door County

    The story of most Door County entrepreneurs is almost a cliché: A trip to the peninsula starts a love affair with the scenic beauty of the area, which sparks a dream of making a life here, which sparks a business idea to make it happen.  For many, that spark is doused almost as quickly as […]

  • Tony Menzer and the Music Exchange: Boss Bass and Pottery

    Tony Menzer’s interesting life is on display at Sturgeon Bay Music Exchange Like the pal who introduced him to Door County, Tony Menzer can light up a room with his enthusiasm for certain subjects: music, pottery, guitars, bass guitars and fellow musicians. It was the late guitar player Chris Aaron who took Menzer to the […]

  • Skip Kaeske Was a Man of the People

    Skip Kaeske wrote his first Pulse submission on a bar napkin.  Sitting at the bar at Alexander’s, one of his favorite spots, getting drinks from Bonnie Spielman, one of his favorite bartenders, he spied Madeline Johnson across the bar.  “Bonnie should be Server of the Week!” he said to the former Peninsula Pulse editor and […]

  • Keeping Up with Ashley Lusk

    This story starts with a woman who walked into a bar. It ends with a new event in Sister Bay and a stronger community. In the middle of it all is Ashley Lusk.  Lusk, a 33-year-old personal trainer, was sitting next to Steve “Barney” Willems one night at the Sister Bay Bowl. Both avid runners, […]

  • Ashley Lusk Named 2019 Sister Bay Volunteer of the Year

    The Sister Bay Advancement Association (SBAA) has awarded the 2019 Sister Bay Volunteer of the Year award to Ashley Lusk, the founder of Homebody Personal Training. She offers one-to-one in-home and studio fitness training, specializing in helping elderly residents in Northern Door. The youngest of nine siblings, Lusk grew up in Dyckesville and has been […]

  • Sylvia Ferdon: A Life on the Links

    The following is adapted from the Summer 2019 edition of Door County Living magazine. Find the full feature about the life of Sylvia Ferdon at Growing up in Oconto, Wisconsin, Sylvia Ferdon loved playing sports. She excelled in all of them, but none more so than golf – a fact that didn’t slip past her […]

  • Go Bo! Foundation Cookie Sale Paying it Forward

    A Sister Bay family is carrying on the pay-it-forward spirit of Bo Johnson, a 12-year-old Sister Bay native who valiantly fought a rare and aggressive form of leukemia but lost his battle on September 28, 2012. Those who knew Bo admired his kind-heartedness and courageous personality, and his illness didn’t change those traits. While Bo […]

  • Dahl’s ‘Wildwood’ Album Climbing the Charts

    Katie Dahl is a household name in Door County, but now she’s earning recognition from much farther afield. Her latest album, Wildwood, hit #7 on the international folk-DJ charts in September, and her song “Worry My Friend” was the #5 single.  Wildwood has garnered both radio success and critical acclaim. Folk-radio airplay has included spins […]


    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 Breanne Kiehnau wears many hats, and sometimes even a ghostbusters suit […]

  • Uncle Tom’s: This Schoolhouse Rocks with Candy

    by Craig Clayton for the Peninsula Pulse Carrying bags full of tasty loot, a 40-something brother and sister, their spouses and their mom strolled out of Uncle Tom’s Newport School Candies. “I have peanut brittle, pancake mix, milk-chocolate caramel-cashew sea-salt bark …” said Val (Stahl) Edwards of Sister Bay as she approached her father, who […]

  • Pastoral Living at Whitefish Bay Farm B&B

    Gretchen and Dick Regnery were UW — Milwaukee students when they married in 1970. She later became a registered nurse, managing a large home-health service, and he worked for the Social Security Administration. But this urban couple had a dream: They wanted to own a bed-and-breakfast in Door County. And not just any B&B, but […]

  • Alumni Door County Profile: Sadie Nelson

    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 When Sadie Nelson watched a woman give birth in India, she […]

  • Cottage Row: A History of Elegance

    Fish Creek’s Cottage Row is among the few roads in Door County where it feels as if the clock stopped a generation or two ago, and we all get to watch from the road above the water. The narrow street’s thick canopy covers historic stone fences and old cottages that many of Wisconsin’s wealthiest and […]

  • Wienke’s Market: From Roadside to Statewide

    In 1967, when Don and Jane Wienke moved to a farmstead on Highway S between Algoma and Sturgeon Bay, they not only found an idyllic setting in which to raise a family that would eventually include four children, but they also nurtured a garden that produced more fruits and vegetables than their family could use.  […]

  • Ross Estate Welcomes New Staff

    Ross Estate Planning Team ( in Sturgeon Bay welcomes two new staff members.  Lauryn Kroger, director of first impressions, joined the firm in June and is the sunny personality who greets visitors to the office. Michele Eger, settlement coordinator, joined Ross Estate Planning in May and guides clients who are dealing with the loss of a […]

  • DCMC Employee Receives Rural Health Ambassador Award

    Door County Medical Center (DCMC) celebrates Sandy Vandertie, director of the Outpatient Services Department, who earned a 2019 Rural Health Ambassador Award. This annual award from Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative recognizes employees at member hospitals who have gone above and beyond to promote their respective organizations and have made significant contributions to rural health care […]