Peninsula Pulse April 1-8, 2022

In this issue

  • FRAMED: Door County Half Marathon

    It’s ready, set, go as runners take off from the start line at the 2021 Door County Half Marathon and Nicolet Bay 5K last October. It’s hard to believe we’re just five week’s away from the 2022 Door County Half Marathon, back to its usual spring schedule, Saturday, May 7. Registration is still open at […]

  • Midsummer’s Music Welcomes New Board Members

    Midsummer’s Music has welcomed two new members to three-year terms on its board of directors. Karin Myers holds an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in computational mathematics with a minor in business economics from DePauw University. She has spent her career in finance, accounting and systems analysis. In April, Myers will […]

  • TAP to Give Away 1,600 Tickets Through Door County Libraries

    Third Avenue PlayWorks (TAP) is offering a new ticket-accessibility program for the 2022 season at the new Kane Theatre, under the artistic direction of Jacob Janssen. Partnering with all eight Door County Library branches and the Door County Historical Museum, the Checkout TAP program will distribute more than 1,600 free tickets across the county for […]

  • Speaker Series Highlights Great Lakes Folk Songs

    The Door County Maritime Museum’s Speaker Series will continue April 7, 7 pm, with an in-person-only evening featuring classic Great Lakes folk songs performed by longtime members of Northern Sky Theater: Doc Heide, Craig Konowalski and Holly Feldman. These troubadours will also share an overview of Northern Sky and its upcoming 2022 season. Attendance is […]

  • Southern Door Senior Performs at Weidner

    Southern Door High School senior Dalena Pakalske will be performing at this year’s Choral Masterworks concert, April 5, 7 pm, at the Weidner Center in Green Bay. Pakalske will perform the audition piece she originally submitted to the Dudley Birder Chorale in competition for the Bush Scholarship Award for Vocal Excellence.  The Dudley Birder Chorale […]

  • Comedy Club is Barrels of Laughs

    Q&A with headliner David Dyer During the winter, Carrington Pub at the Landmark Resort in Egg Harbor has been hosting a Comedy Club that features two comedians and an optional, rotating dinner menu. The series has two more installments, one on April 14 featuring comedians David Dyer and Mike Maxwell, with the final show held […]

  • Employer Forum on J-1 Workers April 12

    A virtual, J-1 employer forum will be held on April 12, 8-11 am. The program will include updates, finding solutions to challenges, best practices and more. Whether you are just learning about the program, or you’re a seasoned veteran of the program, all are welcome to join. For more information and to register, email Morgan […]

  • Child Care Survey Open

    United Way of Door County and the Door County Economic Development Corporation are looking for feedback on non-traditional child care. Many parents in Door County have jobs that result in the need of child care outside of the times licensed child care centers in the surrounding areas are typically open. If you are currently in […]

  • Navigating Social Media for Business

    Most managers of tourism businesses in Door County know that having a social-media presence is important, but many are struggling to decide which platforms to use, what to post, how to manage their accounts and where to find another 10 or 20 hours during their already-jammed workweek to get it all done. “The variety of […]

  • Election 2022: County Board District 9

    Incumbent Dan Austad has served this district within the City of Sturgeon Bay for 19 terms, or 38 years. In his bid for a 20th term, he’s being challenged by Jonathan Kruse, who said that the COVID-19-related decision the Door County Board of Supervisors had made inspired him to run for the first time for […]

  • Election 2022: County Board District 11

    The two candidates vying for this seat are the incumbent, Morgan Rusnak; and her challenger, Helen Bacon, who also serves as an alder on the Sturgeon Bay Common Council. Bacon had served in this supervisory district on the county board previously (though it was a different district number prior to the 2021 redistricting), but she […]

  • Election 2022: County Board District 14

    Darrick DeMeuse Darrick DeMeuse, 43, is a resident of the Town of Sevastopol. He attended Northern Michigan University for television/radio production and digital arts and computer animation. He works as an independent videographer and editor, and as a night auditor at AmericInn. He has made two unsuccessful runs for a seat on the Sevastopol Town […]

  • Election 2022: County Board District 20

    The county supervisory districts were rearranged last year following the receipt of the U.S. Census data. When those district lines were redrawn, county supervisors who had previously lived in different districts now lived within the same district. This happened in two cases: Districts 4 and 6. Consequently, this left two other districts with no supervisors […]

  • Project Will Reinforce Ephraim Highway

    Gov. Tony Evers has signed a contract for $225,418 in improvements to 400 feet of shoreline along Highway 42 in Ephraim. Work by Michels Corporation will begin April 1 and last approximately two weeks. The highway will remain open with flagging operations during the project. The project will stabilize the shoreline adjacent to the highway […]

  • DNR Requires Groundwater Monitoring at Kinnard Farms

    DNR press release The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) modified the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) permit for Kinnard Farms to require groundwater monitoring on farm fields. The modification is effective during the current permit term, which expires in January 2023. According to a press release from the DNR, the department issued a draft […]

  • Shared Rides Resume

    The County of Door’s Transportation Department has announced the return of shared rides through the Door County Connect public-transit service beginning April 1. The shared-ride public-transit system had decreased rider capacity in the bus and limited the taxis to one household group at a time during transport since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Due […]

  • Candidate Forums Available Online

    The Door County League of Women Voters has posted candidate forums featuring Door County Board of Supervisors candidates in contested districts 2, 4, 5, 9, 11 and 14. Each district has two candidates running. An earlier forum for the District 20 candidates had already been posted prior to the primary election, which reduced the candidates […]

  • Baileys Harbor Drops Solar Power From Plans for Wastewater Plant

    With an April 19 town meeting and citizens’ decision on broadband availability looming, the Baileys Harbor Town Board voted to scale back an energy-saving project by eliminating the solar power proposed. Thomas Huberty from Trane’s Comprehensive Solutions Division had completed a detailed energy audit and energy-savings proposals, and town officials liked most of his plan. […]

  • Wild Things: Council Proposes Extended Deer Hunts

    The County Deer Advisory Councils (CDACs) for both Door and Kewaunee counties voted to recommend three free antlerless deer tags per license sold this coming fall – down one from recent years in Kewaunee County and the same as this past season in Door.  In their preliminary recommendations, both councils also voted for having the holiday […]

  • LeMieux Wins Youth Wrestling Title

    Sturgeon Bay 8th-grader Tiani LeMieux took home a state championship at the Wisconsin Wrestling Federation Kids Folkstyle State Championships at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison held March 25-26.  LeMieux wrestles for X-factor of DePere and Sturgeon Bay School during the high school season. She scored four first-round pins, including one in just 13 seconds, […]

  • Two DCY Swimmers Qualify for Nationals

    Six claim state titles Door County YMCA swimmers Christy Braun and Jacob Norton advanced to compete National Swimming Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina March 28-April 1.  Braun and Norton advanced after leading the team to a fourth place finish at the state championships in Brown Deer, Wisconsin. The team won six state championships at the […]

  • Striver Gymnasts Earn State Titles

    Door County YMCA Striver Gymnasts Anna Gallardo-Ibarro and Amelia Zoschke earned individual state titles in the Xcel Gold division at the YMCA State Gymnastic Tournament in Sheboygan March 20.  Gallardo-Ibarro scored a 36.80 to win the all-around title, while Zoschke won the balance beam title with a score of 8.9.  The Striver Gold Team finished […]

  • Lukes Talks Wildflowers in Gardening Series

    Award-winning naturalist, author and teacher Charlotte Lukes will speak on “Door County Wildflowers, Weeds and Seeds” during the Door County Master Gardeners Association’s Education Series lecture April 5, 6:30 pm, at Crossroads at Big Creek.  Lukes fills her programs with her photographs and those of her late husband, Roy Lukes. Fans of naturalized gardens will […]

  • Dark-sky Threats: Gwilym, Crossroads continue the battle against light pollution

    Tom Gwilym and the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society (DPAS) won a major victory to protect the dark sky near their observatory in 2021. But their efforts to “keep the Door dark” at night have not stopped at Gwilym persuading a billboard company to turn off a light that shone straight up into the sky in […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Bruce

    Bruce is an extremely adorable brown mouse who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society’s (WHS) Door County Campus. This 1-year-old cutie loves to show off his athleticism by running super quickly in his wheel. Bruce also enjoys building nests with shredded paper toweling and snacking on dried blueberries. You can name your own […]

  • Steamboat Dinner Reaches New High

    March 12 marked the 87th Steamboat Dinner in Sturgeon Bay. Members of the local Masonic Lodge, along with members from Kewaunee, have been challenged during the pandemic to continue to serve this traditional dinner, but the lodge worked in to-go options to keep it running. Fifty workers put together 1,310 meals (a record number) in […]

  • Crossroads Expands Ida Bay Outreach

    Crossroads at Big Creek recently received an $8,859 grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council that will help Crossroads introduce the community to its Ida Bay Preserve by funding archaeological research, creating a historical trail map and interpretive markers, facilitating outreach programs for schools and the community and culminating in a community event tentatively scheduled for […]

  • Neighbor to Neighbor Reach Grows

    In 2021, 1,654 individuals benefited from services provided by Neighbor to Neighbor (NTN) – up from 1,480 in 2020. Door County residents saved more than $500,000 in medical expenses by using the organization’s services. Fifty-one volunteers donated 1,880 hours to facilitate medical-equipment loans, maintain equipment, serve as peer companions, provide respite care for family caregivers, […]

  • Community Foundation Awards Grants

    The Door County Community Foundation (DCCF) has awarded Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Northeastern Wisconsin a $5,000 sustainability grant from the Door County Children and Youth Fund to enhance programming. BBBS programs match volunteer mentors with Door County youth to support healthy behaviors and decision-making, which lead to positive academic, socio-emotional and behavioral outcomes. […]

  • Goal in Sight for Nicolet Beach Playground

    Launched in November 2021, the fundraising appeal for a new, all-inclusive playground at Nicolet Beach in Peninsula State Park has reached a new audience: 73% of the donors are first-time contributors to the Friends of Peninsula State Park, and their gifts account for about 53% of the funds raised. “While we have raised about 90% […]

  • Celebrate Spring During Prince of Peace Fundraiser

    The April 22 Swing into Spring event at Prince of Peace Lutheran will feature live music by the Swingin’ Door Big Band and dinner prepared by Smokin’ Tom’s Team BBQ: a choice of smoked chicken or beef brisket (each with sides), or a vegan egg roll bowl.  Attendees are encouraged to wear colors that reflect […]

  • Learn to Prevent Falls

    One in four older adults has a fall each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Wisconsin leads the nation in fall-related deaths for people age 60 and older. The ADRC of the Lakeshore will host the Stepping On program, which has been proven to reduce falls by 31%. Through seven […]

  • Mental-Health Services Topic of Virtual Event

    The Door County Department of Health and Human Services will provide an overview of the mental-health services available in the county – both private and county run – and how to access them during a public Zoom meeting April 15, 1:30 pm. A question-and-answer period will follow the overview. Access the Zoom link by visiting […]

  • Repair Clothing at Day of Mending

    The Harborettes Home Community Education (Homemakers) Club will sponsor a Day of Mending service project for the community April 9, 9 am – 1 pm, at the Jacksonport Town Hall. Take clothing or linen items that need mending, and members will do it for you. Members will sew on buttons, repair seams, patch items and more, […]

  • Sons of Norway Meeting April 12

    The Sons of Norway, H.R. Holand Lodge of Door County is holding a Lunch on the Lodge meeting April 12 at Bay View Lutheran Church, 340 W. Maple St. in Sturgeon Bay. Social time will begin at 11 am; lunch will be served at 11:30 am. Members and guests are invited.Attendees are encouraged to take […]

  • Suicide Prevention Training Available

    Registration is open for two virtual, community-wide QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) training events for suicide prevention hosted by the Prevent Suicide of Door County Coalition and the STRIDE School-Based Mental Health Collaborative. The sessions – to be held April 5, 6-7:30 pm; or April 7, 4-5:30 pm – are open to any Door County community member.  […]


    Door County Trolley ( will be offering complimentary family trolley rides through Egg Harbor to celebrate spring and Easter and to search for what the Easter Bunny will have delivered to Door County this year. Children will receive a special treat. The ride – perfect for families with children ages nine and younger – will run every […]

  • Remembering Educator and Environmentalist Carl Scholz

    Carl Scholz was one of a kind. He was the youngest school superintendent in Wisconsin when he was promoted to head the Sevastopol District at age 26 and had held the position longer than anyone else in the state when he retired 34 years later.  When he accepted the position, there were 15 faculty members, […]


    Get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny at the 14th annual Sister Bay Easter Egg Hunt ( on April 16, 10:30 am, and hunt for colorful eggs with candy inside at the Sister Bay Sports Complex. Find a golden ticket egg to win a special prize basket. The egg hunts will be held by […]

  • Sons of Norway Scholarship Open

    The Sons of Norway, H.R. Holand Lodge Door County is accepting postsecondary scholarship applications for two-year technical-college and four-year college-bound students. Access the applications at Door County high schools and Northeastern Wisconsin Technical College, and submit by the April 15 deadline. Applicants with parents or extended family who are members of Sons of Norway will […]


    Door Disc Golf and Riverside Disc Golf are teaming up to present the fifth Spring Time Open at Maxwelton Braes on April 2. The tournament is an official B Tier event of the Professional Disc Golf Association. It will be held at the Wild Berry Field course in Baileys Harbor and at the course at […]

  • Peninsula Preschool Registration April 9

    Peninsula Preschool will hold an open house and registration for the 2022-23 school year on April 9, 9 am – 12 pm. Peninsula Preschool is a creative, play-based preschool for children ages 3-5. There are two-day and three-day programs available, depending on the child’s age. Home-schooled kindergarten children are welcome to enroll in the three-day […]


    For the past several years, northern pike have begun swimming up Big Creek around April Fools’ Day, so during the April 2, 2 pm, meeting of Saturday Science, participants will hike to Big Creek to search for pike after a short lab activity. Meet at the Collins Learning Center. On April 3, 2 pm, enjoy […]

  • Cross-training versus Supplemental Training

    How to integrate both into your running plan With the Door County Half Marathon nearly five weeks away, runners should be well into their training plans by now. But runners – and good race times – are not built by miles alone. Equally important is engaging and strengthening other muscle groups to help you run […]


    Big Mouth and the Power Tool Horns will be guest artists for a free concert at the Weidner Center – part of the 6:30 Concert Series coordinated by UW-Green Bay Music and the Weidner. Big Mouth and the Power Tool Horns is a funk, soul and rock band that has deep ties to UW-Green Bay’s music […]


    On April 5, 7 pm, Door Community Auditorium (DCA) will present the classical/hip-hop duo Black Violin. Led by classically trained violist Wil B. and violinist Kev Marcus, Black Violin fuses R&B, soul, rock, hip-hop and classical styles with astonishing results. Black Violin stands at the vanguard of the “classical boom” movement, a classical/hip-hop hybrid that […]

  • Live Music Schedule

    Rock the Night Away Grab your friends, and head to one of these spots to catch some great tunes! Dave Steffen Band April 1, 7-10:30 pm, Stone Harbor Restaurant & Pub Blues rock. Ben Larsen April 2, 1-4 pm, Harbor Ridge Winery Americana acoustic singer. Christopher Gold April 2, 2-5 pm, Door County Brewing Co. […]

  • Bits & Bites: (Re)Opening Day Lineup

    ’Tis the season when a drive up and down the peninsula shows a post-winter bustle of activity as businesses prepare to open for the upcoming season. Here’s a list of just a few of the anticipated reopenings happening this month.  Island Fever Rum Bar & Grill 6301 Hwy 57 in JacksonportIt’s almost margarita time! Grab […]

  • Local Gardening Resources

    Whether this is your first time planting a kitchen garden or you’re a seasoned gardener who’s looking for some additional motivation, cultivate your green thumb with help from these local gardening resources.  Door County Seed Library The Door County Seed Library offers open-pollinated vegetable, herb, flower and native seeds that people can check out for […]

  • Ready, Set, Grow: Planting a Kitchen Garden

    Whether your goal is to eat more healthfully, save some money or learn a new skill, a kitchen garden can accomplish all of the above. But first, how does a kitchen garden differ from a vegetable garden?  Generally speaking, a kitchen garden is located somewhere in your yard, as close to your kitchen as possible […]

  • Hobbyist Studies Missing Links’ Designers

    Significant architects played roles in the former Sturgeon Bay country club Local readers took notice of a Fairways-section story last year on the 1970s highway construction that put an end to the old Leathem Smith golf course. But the beginnings of the course also grabbed the attention of an Indiana reader who’s a golf-history hobbyist. […]

  • PERSPECTIVE: What Door County Can Teach the Country

    The late Howard Baker Jr. was a giant of Republican politics. He served for nearly 20 years as a U.S. senator from Tennessee, achieving the role of Senate Majority Leader and ultimately serving as the right hand of President Ronald Reagan as White House Chief of Staff. In Baker’s obituary in 2014, the Washington Post […]

  • A Detox for Mind, Body and Space

    Ahhh, spring. Even though spring officially began March 20, there is something about the first of April that prompts some serious spring cleaning in my house. Next to New Year’s, there may be no other time of year that nudges us to sweep the dust and clear the excess from both the physical and metaphorical […]

  • Spring Clean Your Plate

    Decreasing your added sugar intake When it comes to spring cleaning, our homes feel like the obvious starting point: organizing the garage, sorting through clothes we no longer wear, cleaning the windows, inside and out. But what about “spring cleaning” other areas of our lives, such as the kitchen pantry? In many cultures, spring, the […]

  • Poets Laureate Visit Novel Bay Booksellers

    A sampling of the finest work by the seven Door County poets laureate is featured in a new book, Seven By 7. A couple of the poets will sign books and chat with book lovers April 16, 11 am – 2 pm, at Novel Bay Booksellers, 44 N. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. Frances May served […]

  • Book Recommendation: ‘Stephen Crane: Complete Poems’ by Stephen Crane

    April is Poetry Month, so to celebrate, all of our recommendations this month will be poetry collections. Recommended by STEVEN RICE, Manager, Door County Historical Museum and Archives Most famous for his classic Civil War novel The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane had an outsized impact on American literature despite his short body of […]

  • National Library Week Celebrates Making Connections

    April 3-9, National Library Week, is a time to highlight the essential role that libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening communities. The theme this year – Connect with Your Library – promotes the ideas that libraries are places to connect to technology by using broadband, computers and other resources, and that libraries […]

  • Sea Grant Celebrates 50 Years with Public Artwork

    Wisconsin Sea Grant is celebrating its 50th year through a special commission for a piece of public art to be displayed outdoors at the Sturgeon Bay City Hall. Wisconsin Sea Grant and the City of Sturgeon Bay are partnering on this artistic endeavor and invite proposals from qualified artists, or artist teams, for an original […]

  • Peninsula School of Art Opens ‘Dynamic Duos’ Exhibit

    Peninsula School of Art will open its latest exhibition, Dynamic Duos: Art of Collaboration, on April 8 with a free public reception, 4:30-6 pm, at the school at 3900 Cty F in Fish Creek. The exhibition will run through May 28. Dynamic Duos features nine artist pairs – some local, some from farther away – who work […]

  • Seth Taylor Newest Third Room Guest Artist

    SŌMI Gallery will host an opening reception for Seth Taylor, its newest Third Room guest artist, on April 2, 4-6 pm. Spirit Essence Presence will feature Taylor’s ink paintings on rice paper, inspired by the beauty and movement of the natural world, as well as everyday captured moments. The exhibit will continue through May 14.  […]

  • Michael Nitsch: The Evolution of an Artist

    It was a cold, wet day in March when I interviewed Michael Nitsch at his home. The ground squished beneath our feet as we walked to the old chicken coop that is now his printmaking studio, but he was cheerfully looking forward to spring, when his interests in gardening and printmaking come together as he […]

  • Shaping Perspectives: Glassblowing artist Jaime Guerrero

    A group from the Boys and Girls Club of Door County walked down the street to the Popelka-Trenchard Glass Studio to watch and hear Jaime Guerrero, a guest glassblowing artist, demonstrate his craft. On this particular day, he was demonstrating his series titled Homies by crafting a head for one of the blown-glass sculptures. As […]

  • Cross-training versus Supplemental Training

    How to integrate both into your running plan With the Door County Half Marathon nearly five weeks away, runners should be well into their training plans by now. But runners – and good race times – are not built by miles alone. Equally important is engaging and strengthening other muscle groups to help you run […]

  • Southern Door Considers Referendum for Capital Projects

    Voters in the Southern Door school district will have a referendum on the November ballot, but they might see two questions. To avoid cuts in instructional staffing and programming, voters in 2020 renewed their approval for the district to exceed the revenue cap set by the state. The district will go to the voters in […]

  • McHugh Wins 3rd Title, Nearly Sets Record

    Max McHugh raced into the record books at the NCAA Swim Championships last weekend. The Sevastopol graduate defended his title in the 100 breaststroke with the second fastest time ever recorded by an NCAA swimmer. McHugh, who swims for the University of Minnesota, swam a 49.40 to earn his third national championship overall.  “It’s huge,” […]

  • Obituary: Napoleon “Nap” Magno

    1925~March 17, 2022 Napoleon “Nap” Magno age 96, died peacefully in his home on March 17, 2022. He is now reunited with his beloved wife of 68 years, Marlene. He is the dear father of Terry (Christine) Magno, Randy (Rita) Magno, Pattiann Bortman (Larry), Danny (Gay) Magno and Kevin (Deborah) Magno.  Loving grandfather of Bridgette, […]

  • Obituary: Jerry Lee Barr

    June 5, 1941 ~ March 19, 2022 Jerry Lee Barr, 80, died peacefully at home on Saturday, March 19, surrounded by loved ones. He considered himself part of the Hoisington family and is survived by his devoted wife, Georgia Barr; brother, Lowell (Barbara) Barr; children, Scott (Barbara) Barr, Amy Beilke, Sharon (Ernesto) Corpus, Matt Barr, […]

  • Obituary: Dale Robert Englebert

    May 12, 1952~March 21, 2022 Dale Robert Englebert, 69, Green Bay, died Monday morning, March 21, 2022, at his home while surrounded by his family. Born May 12, 1952, in Sturgeon Bay, he is the son of the Lindy and Carole ((Baudhuin) Englebert. Dale is a graduate of Southern Door High School, Class of ’70 […]

  • Obituary: Corinne O. Carr-LeBlanc

    January 23, 1926 ~ March 21, 2022 Corinne O. Carr-LeBlanc, 96, of the Town of Nasewaupee, died Monday, March 21, 2022 at the Pete and Jelaine Horton Skilled Nursing and Hospice Care Center in Sturgeon Bay with her children at her side. She was born January 23, 1926, in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, the daughter […]

  • Obituary: Bernhardt “Bernie” Max Apfel III

    December 25, 1939 ~ March 19, 2022 Bernhardt “Bernie” Max Apfel, 82,  died Saturday, March 19, 2022 after a brief illness.   He was born in Chicago Illinois on Christmas day December 25, 1939 to Bernhardt and Irene Apfel.  Bernie graduated from Steinmetz High School in 1958 where he excelled at both football and track.  […]

  • Obituary: Steven Robert Witalison

    December 29, 1952 ~ March 20, 2022 Steven Robert Witalison, 69, of Fish Creek, died Sunday evening, March 20, 2022, at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay. He was born December 29, 1952 in Madison, the son of Robert Charles Witalison and Arzetta Claire (Bauldry) Witalison. Steve was raised Catholic and attended Sacred Hearts […]

  • Obituary: William Ray Nielson

    March 26, 1928 ~ March 21, 2022 William Ray Nielson, 93, of Sturgeon Bay died in Green Bay on March 21, 2022.  He was born March 26, 1928, in Sturgeon Bay to Albert and Christine (Reetz) Nielson.  He proudly served his country in the U. S. Air Force.  On July 11, 1965, he married Shirley […]