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  • Islanders Stand for Dan: Neighbors plan multiple fundraisers for Nelson family

    Washington Islanders have launched the We Stand for Dan campaign, rallying in a big way for a family in crisis. Sixty-two-year-old carpenter Dan Nelson and wife, Dawn, had recently taken on a big project and investment: They were renovating the Frog Hollow bed-and-breakfast when Dan was diagnosed with skin cancer this summer. The cancer has […]

  • Washington Island Rec Center Receives Donations

    Several donors have provided the Washington Island Foundation with a generous gift to underwrite an engineering study to assess the structural and aesthetic condition of the island’s Rec Center – a resource that’s been at the center of Washington Island’s social and recreational activities since 1988. These donors would also provide seed money for future fundraising […]

  • Prevea Offers COVID Recovery Clinic

    Prevea is now offering a COVID-19 recovery clinic for those who experience ongoing symptoms for 14 days or more after they initially tested positive for COVID-19.  Often called post-acute COVID-19 syndrome, these ongoing symptoms prevent people from feeling “normal,” even after recovering from the initial illness. Symptoms may include shortness of breath, cough, fatigue, body […]

  • United Way Exceeds Campaign Goal

    In mid-April 2020, the United Way of Door County’s board set a campaign goal of $650,000: an increase of $107,000 over what was raised the previous year. The Community Investment Committee reviewed grant applications in November and December – a process usually done much earlier – and found that applicants’ needs were high for 2021. “It […]

  • Ephraim Historical Foundation is a Museum on a Mission

    New director working to make Ephraim museums fun, inviting The Ephraim Historical Foundation’s new executive director wants to spread the word about what the organization has to offer and make it even more inviting to visitors and residents. “Making museums accessible and fun is what I’m known for industry wide,” said Kelly Klobucher, who was […]

  • The Clearing to Host Akerly’s Virtual Paper-Arts Classes

    Nancy Akerly, paper artist of Liberty Grove Paper Arts, will teach four classes virtually via Zoom through The Clearing this winter. Select from the Squash Blossom Box on Feb. 6 and March 6, and the Never-ending Rolling Cube on Feb. 13 and March 13, all held 9:30 am – 12:30 pm. Participants will need to […]

  • A Girl in the Woods: The forest-inspired creations of Jodi Rose

    In a way, Jodi Rose spent 10 years working on the life-sized, bejeweled dress titled “Timberella 3,” even though she only started actually working on it in 2018. Completing the art piece required a journey that began with her departure from Door County, where she had been an active part of the Door County art […]

  • Pitching In: Residents and Businesses Helping Neighbors in Need

    Amber Strege As a member of the Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Department, Amber Strege wanted to pitch in to the department’s efforts to help the community through the Emergency Support Coalition. But when the Safer at Home order was lifted this spring, her time was dedicated to her dog-grooming business as customers flocked to make […]

  • Tales from the Trails: J.B. Sensenbrenner’s ‘The Love of Hunting’

    by Mike Shaw, Peninsula Pulse contributor Few endeavors lend themselves better to storytelling – and in some instances, embellishment – than fishing and hunting. Jim “J.B.” Sensenbrenner of Appleton, a part-time Door County resident, certainly thinks so. He also felt that all of us reluctant shut-ins could use a good yarn or two, which is […]

  • Door County Writes: ‘Preparing for Christmas’

    NONFICTION by Michael Brecke About the middle of October, every year of my 18 years in my family home – assuming those years when I was too young to remember or experience it – my mother engaged in a ritual of earth-shaking importance.  The ritual began with a trip to Ironwood, Michigan, approximately 24 miles […]

  • Far-flung: Door County Alums Branch Out

    During the past year, the Peninsula Pulse and Door County Living — in collaboration with Alumni Door County — have profiled more than two dozen alumni of area high schools who have gone on to pursue challenging careers, lead fascinating lives and have plenty of adventures, both nearby and across the globe. Here’s a glimpse […]

  • Remodeling for the Long Run: Aging-in-Place Renovations

    Visitors to Cheryl and Hugh Zettel’s house walk up a ramp to the front door instead of climbing stairs. It’s a subtle detail that you might notice only if you were using a walker or wheelchair. And that’s exactly the point. Neither Zettel uses a wheelchair or walker – right now. (Full disclosure: They’re my aunt […]

  • The Fighter: Christie Weber goes to the mat for historical icons

    It’s June 24, 2019, and the fog hangs thick over Sturgeon Bay as the Teweles and Brandeis grain elevator inches forward on its journey west across the Oregon Street Bridge. On the other side, waiting to greet the 119-year-old, 70-foot behemoth, is Christie Weber.  “Isn’t it beautiful?” she says in a tone that most people […]

  • Obituary: Carola Minar McMullen

    June 2, 1926 ~ December 3, 2020 Carola Minar McMullen, beloved and generous civic leader, educator and artist, died on Thursday, December 3, 2020 in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.  After an eight-year battle with lymphoma, she succumbed to Covid.  She was 94. She was born in Eugene, Oregon in 1926 and educated across Oregon in Salem, […]

  • Remembering Al Smith’s Restaurant

    One of the benefits of growing older is being able to remember people, places and events that younger generations don’t know. This fall will mark 50 years since I first set foot in Door County, when my family took the opportunity of a long teacher-convention weekend to come to Ephraim. Soon we were coming to […]

  • This Old Store: Trodahl’s at Madison and Maple

    ‘The busiest grocery store in town’ Anyone born in Sturgeon Bay since 1967 can tell you there’s been a gas station on the northwest corner of Madison and Maple streets for as long as they’ve lived. And they’re right. But for 97 years before that, a grocery story occupied that corner.  The first one was […]

  • Door County Coffee Remained Perked Up in 2020

    The coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll on many retail sectors, but Doug Wilson doesn’t think it has curbed the desire for coffee. “Since they can’t get it at work, they’re ordering it from here,” said Wilson, chief executive officer and chief financial officer of Door County Coffee and Tea, a coffee-serving and coffee-roasting business. […]

  • This Old Barn: Wehrenbergs’ Modern Barn

    Erin and Kevin Wehrenberg have a barn to highlight that’s actually not so old, but it’s a beauty. They began the building process in 2017 and finished it in time to host Kevin’s 50th-birthday bash during the summer of 2019.  “Luckily, that was last summer,” Kevin said. “We had Mojo Rosa’s cater; Charlie Berens did […]

  • Go Bo! Holiday Cookie Drive-Through Nov. 28 in Sister Bay

    Cookie lovers can donate $15 to receive two hand-crafted “paint your own” cookies – an activity and treat in one! – during the Go Bo! Holiday Cookie Drive-Through on Nov. 28, 12-2 pm, at the Sister Bay downtown visitor center. Drivers and passengers should remain in their vehicle, and volunteers will be masked. Cash and credit cards […]

  • Beerntsen Retiring from Door County YMCA

    Tom Beerntsen, CEO of the Door County YMCA, has announced his March 31, 2021, retirement. He’s served in the position for six-plus years but has long been a part of the YMCA organization. “During his tenure, Tom improved the visibility and image of the Door County YMCA, helped build a strong staff, improved staff culture, […]