Peninsula Pulse April 12-19, 2019

In this issue

  • The Granary: A Symbol of Agriculture in Sturgeon Bay

    When the Teweles & Brandeis granary crossed the Maple-Oregon Bridge on March 29, 2018, it represented an impressive feat of engineering, and the possibility that the divisive wrangling regarding its fate might be over. But to those familiar with its history, the 118-year-old granary represented much more: its empty spaces housed echoes of a way […]

  • Obituary: Earl W. Hellmann

    Aug. 2, 1926 – April 11, 2019  Earl W. Hellmann, 92, of Sturgeon Bay died at Door County Medical Center following a lengthy illness. He was born in Oconto County, Pensaukee Township, the son of the late John and Rose (Lear) Hellmann. Earl attended a one-room grade school before graduating from Oconto Falls High School in 1943. […]

  • Obituary: Robert “Bob” L. Schley

    April 20, 1936 – April 11, 2019  Robert “Bob” Lee Schley, 82, of Forestville died at the Algoma Long-Term Care Unit after a lengthy struggle with numerous health issues. He was born in Algoma to Leonard and Leone (Krueger) Schley. Bob attended St. Peter’s Lutheran Grade School in Forestville and graduated from Algoma High School in 1954. After high school, […]

  • Obituary: Tony P. Haen

    Oct. 21, 1954 – April 9, 2019 Larger than life, now in spirit, Tony P. Haen, 64, of Sturgeon Bay, Town of Sevastopol, died with family at his side at UW Hospital in Madison after complications following a lung transplant. Tony was born in Sturgeon Bay, the son of the late Lawrence “Shorty” and Evelyn (Sawyer) […]

  • What We’re Reading

    Whether they come in print, e-book or audiobook form, the members of the Pulse staff enjoy taking a moment away from the journalism life to delve into the realm of books. From mystery to history to science fiction, you can see the staffers enjoy a variety of genres. Here’s what some of them are currently […]

  • Youth Turkey Hunt a Gobbling Good Time

    Thousands of Wisconsin youths will get a head start on the spring wild-turkey hunting season this weekend. The special weekend for hunters ages 12 to 15 began in 2007, and it’s designed to give youth an opportunity to hunt without competition from adults. Youth must have drawn a spring tag or purchased a leftover permit […]

  • Past Lives Collide in the Present in Touching ‘Shooting Star’ 

    An airport in middle America is the setting, but the two characters in Steven Dietz’s Shooting Star won’t be flying anywhere. Instead, they travel back in time through the memories they forged together during their years (or, rather, 18 months) of dating two or so decades ago. The pair first met as their younger selves […]

  • The Bestseller List: April 12, 2019

    HARDCOVER FICTION1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens2. The American Agent by Jacqueline Winspear3. There There by Tommy Orange4. Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James5. Circe by Madeline Miller HARDCOVER NONFICTION1. Becoming by Michelle Obama2. Educated by Tara Westover3. Shortest Way Home: One Mayor’s Challenge and a Model for America’s Future by Pete […]

  • Lions Club Welcomes New Members

    The Sturgeon Bay Lions Club added four new members at a recent meeting at Samuelson’s Creek Pub and Grill. Vice District Governor Lion Marsha Knapp conducted the ceremony to induct new Lion Cubs Rick and Kristi Wiesner (Lions Theresa and Stewart Fett, sponsors); Kyle Luedtke (Lion Darrel Severson, sponsor); and Wendy Pang (Lion Ann Hill, […]

  • Donate Life Ceremony a Success

    About 60 community members and employees gathered near the Door County Medical Center’s entrance to take part in a statewide Donate Life flag-raising ceremony and period of silence on April 1. The hospital was among the more than 80 Donate Life Wisconsin member and partner organizations that participated in the event, which promotes organ, tissue […]

  • SBVC Creates Sturgeon Bay Scavenger Hunt

    Many ships have been born and met their watery demise in the maritime city of Sturgeon Bay, and divers can discover more than 50 shipwrecks in the cityʼs surrounding waters. Now the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center is offering an app-led scavenger hunt to help visitors discover more about the city’s historical ties to the water. […]

  • Explore Life on the Water in Door County

    The Door County Visitor Bureau (DCVB) is releasing a series of videos that explore life on the water in Door County. The first in the Door County on the Water series features kayaking around the peninsula. Popular paddling sites featured include Cave Point, Eagle Harbor, Whitefish Dunes, Rieboldt Creek, Kangaroo Lake and more. It also […]

  • Sevastopol Student Earns Highest Possible ACT Score

    Sevastopol School junior Kailee Moe, daughter of Brad and Chris Moe, has earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36. Only about two-tenths of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn the top score. In the U.S. high school 2018 graduating class, 3,741 students out of more than 1.9 million who took […]

  • WPR Hires New Rural-communities Reporter

    Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) has selected Robert Mentzer as its new rural-communities reporter, and he’ll begin work on April 22. Based in Wausau, he’ll focus on the challenges, opportunities and life in the state’s rural communities and small cities, and he’ll cover breaking news and regional stories of statewide importance in north-central Wisconsin. “We are […]

  • Lincoln Day Dinner Held on April 26

    The Republican Party of Door County will hold its annual Lincoln Day Dinner April 26, beginning at 5 pm, at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club. Guest speakers will include Rep. Joel Kitchens, Sen. André Jacques, Congressman Mike Gallagher and former U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson. Recently elected state Supreme Court Justice Brian Hagedorn has also […]

  • Errin Kolden to Hold ‘Savvy Women, Smart Investors’ Seminar

    Errin Kolden, an Edward Jones financial adviser in Sturgeon Bay, will host the Savvy Women, Smart Investors seminar on April 24, 5:30 pm, at Stone Harbor Resort. Guest speaker David Jensen from MFS will join Kolden. Dinner will be served. Seating is limited, so please call 920.746.2166 by April 16 to register.

  • Advocates In Home Care Offer Caregiving Training

    Advocates In Home Care is hosting a community orientation about caring for families, friends and community members at the end of life. This free, donation-based caregiving training will offer participants information to help them assist others, from the time of a terminal diagnosis, all the way through to creating a sacred space during the final […]

  • All Welcome to Open Door Fun Nights

    All are welcome at Open Door Pride’s Fun Nights – monthly LGBTQIA+ community social mixers. The next meeting is on April 17, 6-9 pm, at Cherry Lanes Arcade Bar. Donations are welcome.Open Door Pride is also gearing up for its third annual Pride Festival on June 22 in Sturgeon Bay’s Martin Park. If you’re interested in […]

  • Movies That Matters Screens ‘The Better Life’

    The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County’s Racial Justice Action Team will continue its Movies That Matter series at the UU Fellowship on April 16, 4:30 pm, with The Better Life. It’s a moving film about an illegal Mexican immigrant father in East L.A. who struggles to protect his son from gangs and immigration agents […]

  • DCHH Hold Groundbreaking for 42nd Home Build

    Door County Habitat for Humanity (DCHH) will celebrate the start of its 42nd home build with a ceremonial groundbreaking on April 16, 4:30 pm, at 819 N. 6th Place in Sturgeon Bay. The home will be built in partnership with Kari and Paul Bright and their family. The public is invited to see the house’s […]

  • Celebrate Holy Week with Algoma United Methodist Church

    All are welcome to celebrate Holy Week on April 13, 10 am – 2 pm, at Algoma United Methodist Church, 804 Parker Ave. in Algoma. Walk in the footsteps of Jesus through an in-depth slide show of the Holy Land presented by Marilyn Hein at 10 am, 10:55 am, 12:30 pm and 1:25 pm. Visit […]

  • Fire Chiefs Talk Options for Municipal EMS Service

    Three Door County fire chiefs attended the Baileys Harbor Town Board meeting April 8, the first of 19 such meetings they plan to attend to address options given the county’s recent discussions of privatizing EMS services. Liberty Grove-Sister Bay Fire Chief Chris Hecht said it’s a positive opportunity to discuss the service, it’s pros and […]

  • State News: Ice Age Trail, ACA Lawsuit

    Ice Age Trail Could Get Elevated Status A bill introduced by a bipartisan group of lawmakers would elevate the status of the Ice Age Trail, which includes 22 miles running through southern Door County. It would also elevate the status of the North Country National Scenic Trail, possibly bringing in more funding to maintain and […]

  • Legislative Days 2019: Past Success Leaves Delegation with Smaller Requests

    Past Success Leaves Delegation with Smaller Requests Nearly 100 delegates from Door and Kewaunee counties traveled to Madison last week to talk to lawmakers about the most pressing issues facing northeast Wisconsin. The event is held every two years around state-budget season. In the past, the delegates attending the Door/Kewaunee Legislative Days had some big […]

  • Pulse of Business: DCEDC Connects Students to Career Opportunities

    by Christina Studebaker, Workforce Development Project Manager Students who have many opportunities after they graduate from high school may find the variety and choice exciting – or overwhelming or scary. Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction is helping all students to identify what they would like their next endeavor(s) to be and develop plans to get there. […]

  • Mac & Cheese Cook-off to Benefit Helm Foundation April 13

    The Wisconsin Cheese Masters store in Egg Harbor will host a Mac & Cheese Cook-off on April 13, 1-3 pm, to raise funds for the Ellie Helm Foundation. Competing to earn the Best Mac & Cheese title will be celebrated local home chefs Sarah Sawyer, Kaaren Northrop and Anne Emerson, along with professional chefs from […]

  • Door to Nature: Fox Sparrows

    As a subscriber to the Wisconsin birders’ network, I have fun reading posts about the migrating birds seen in southern Wisconsin at this time of year. My late husband, Roy, and I often said that spring moves north at about 125 miles a week. During the last week of March, the posts shared good news: […]

  • High School Sports Schedule: April 12 – 19

    GIBRALTAR Baseball April 13 @ Coleman, 1 pm April 16 @ Peshtigo, 5 pm April 18 vs. Sturgeon Bay, 5 pm Softball April 13 @ Coleman, 11 am April 15 @ Kewaunee, 5:30 pm April 16 @ Peshtigo, 5 pm April 18 vs. Sturgeon Bay, 5 pm Girls Soccer April 16 @ Sevastopol vs. Kiel, […]

  • Door County Triathlon Seeks Volunteers

    The 15th annual Door County Triathlon is seeking more than 1,000 people to volunteer on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday of the event weekend, July 11-14, 2019. All volunteers receive a free T-shirt and are invited to enjoy a free pig-and-corn roast at the finish-line party before or after their shift. Plus, all volunteers are […]

  • 2019 High School Golf Preview

    Southern Door Fourth-year head coach Bill Aune said he is looking for support for three letter winners who were the top scorers for the Eagles in 2018. Kyle Daoust, Jared Linskins and Alan Malcore each averaged around 50 strokes per nine holes last season. The key to success will be finding individuals to provide depth […]

  • Report Calls for Action to Combat Climate Change in Great Lakes

    “Climate change is causing significant and far-reaching impacts on the Great Lakes and the Great Lakes region.” So begins the executive summary of a new report from the Environmental Law & Policy Center called “An Assessment of the Impacts of Climate Change on the Great Lakes.” It’s the work of 18 leading American and Canadian […]

  • Bay Shipbuilding Partners with Interlake to Build First Great Lakes Bulk Carrier in Nearly Four Decades

    A U.S.-flagged Great Lakes bulk carrier will be built for the first time in more than 35 years thanks to a historic agreement recently signed between the Interlake Steamship Company and Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding. The new River-Class, self-unloading bulk carrier is believed to be the first ship for U.S. Great Lakes service built on the […]

  • Bruce Low Completes Home Inspection Courses

    Bruce Low, the owner/inspector of Bottom Line Home Inspection of Luxemburg, attended the Wisconsin Association of Home Inspectors’ spring training seminar on March 29-30, completing courses in the business aspects of inspections, foundation-repair standards, new residential-construction technologies, and electrical grounding and bonding. The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services requires home inspectors to earn […]

  • To the Rescue! Wisconsin Humane Society Door County Campus Welcomes 25 Dogs

    The late-winter rescue of a group of dogs from a South Korean dog-meat farm has suddenly boosted the dog population at the Wisconsin Humane Society Door County Campus to the highest it has ever been. Neither the Door County shelter nor any of the four other Wisconsin Humane Society shelters took in any of the […]

  • News From This Week’s Past: Attention, Sons of Boys in Blue!

    All items are from the Door County Library’s newspaper archives, and they appear in the same form as they were first published, including misspellings and grammatical errors. The Expositor April 10, 1874 FORTY dollars will pay the passage of an emigrant from Hamburg to Sturgeon Bay, via Milwaukee and Goodrich’s Steamers, Deck Passage. That is […]

  • Medical Center Joins Push for Advancing Healthcare Decision-making

    Door County Medical Center (DCMC) and other national, state and community organizations are leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance health-care decision-making, an effort that has culminated in April 16 being designated as National Health Care Decisions Day. As a participating organization, DCMC is providing information and tools for the public to […]

  • Brewers Pitcher Suter Honored for Recycling Efforts

    The Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin (AROW) – a nonprofit that provides proactive leadership on waste reduction and recycling – has honored Brent Suter of the Milwaukee Brewers with its Outstanding Achievement in Waste Reduction and Recycling – Professional Athlete Award. It recognizes his efforts to promote waste reduction, reuse and recycling within the baseball team. Suter, […]

  • Admin Committee Approves 3 School Resource Officers

    At its monthly meeting on April 9, the Door County Administrative Committee gave enthusiastic approval to a proposal from Door County Sheriff Tammy Sternard for the addition of three School Resource Officers (SROs) to serve full time at Gibraltar, Sevastopol and Southern Door schools. The committee first heard from Tim Mulrain, assistant principal and dean […]

  • Commentary: Why I Hope

    by Rev. Jennifer Emert, Pastor at Algoma and West Kewaunee United Methodist Churches Around 5 pm on February 26, I sat in front of my computer, watching the live-streaming of the United Methodist Church’s General Conference vote to tighten our denomination’s ban on same-sex marriage and the ordination of LGBTQIA clergy – and wept. At […]

  • Bills to Watch: Conservation Congress, Biennial Budgets

    LRB-2655 Allowing municipalities and counties to adopt a biennial budget This bill would allow municipalities and counties to adopt a budget that covers two subsequent fiscal years. The Wisconsin state budget operates on a biennial cycle, but under state law, counties and municipalities must create and adopt a new budget every year. According to the […]

  • 2019 High School Girls Soccer Preview

    Sturgeon Bay Coach Bob Desotelle returns 11 starters from a team that finished 8-3-3 overall and 6-0 in the Packerland Conference last season. Junior Madison Starr is the top returning goal scorer with nine, and senior Anna Fischer returns after scoring five. Junior Claire Tellstrom (three), Georgia Feldman (two) and Miranda Olson (two) are the […]

  • Reps in the News: Kitchens Announces Listening Sessions

    Representative Joel Kitchens Rep. Kitchens has announced a series of listening sessions that will be held throughout the 1st Assembly District. The locations and times of the listening sessions will be: • Door County Library, Jane Greene Room, Sturgeon Bay, April 27, 10-11:30 am. • Sister Bay Village Hall, April 29, 10-11:30 am. • Nelsen’s […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Steve Sohns Thanks Gibraltar Voters

    I want to thank everyone who came out and voted last week and thank you for electing me to serve the town for another two years. I so enjoyed getting out and talking to many of you. That is my favorite part of campaigning. I’m also sorry if I missed you – I just couldn’t […]

  • Climate Change Forum on May 18 to Focus on the Positive

    The sixth Door County Climate Change Forum will take place at Stone Harbor Resort and Conference Center in Sturgeon Bay on May 18. Although the news about climate change is often discouraging, this forum will focus not only on the science and projected impacts of climate change, but also on the many encouraging actions that […]

  • YMCA Summer Fitness Classes at Jacksonport Town Hall

    Registration opens April 15 for members and April 17 for the community for YMCA fitness classes held at the Jacksonport Town Hall. Classes begin on April 24 and run through June 12. They include Cardio & More, Wednesdays, 5:45-6:30 am; and Healthy Choice, Wednesdays, 9:45-10:30 am. The cost for Y members and Jacksonport residents is […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Bridge Closures April 16, 17

    The Wisconsin Department of Transportation Northeast Region office announces routine bridge inspections and annual spring maintenance on the Bayview Bridge and Maple/Oregon Bridge in Sturgeon Bay next week. There will be a full closure of Bayview Bridge on Tuesday, April 16, 7 am – 3 pm. Traffic will be detoured downtown across the Michigan Street and […]

  • DNR Releases Results of Electronics Recycling Survey

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has released the results of its 2018 statewide household survey on electronics recycling. The survey confirmed most residents are managing unwanted electronics responsibly, but many are still unsure how to recycle electronics or face other barriers to recycling old devices. Of the estimated 26.3 million devices in Wisconsin households, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Failing Berglund’s Litmus Test for Community Purity

    This is in response to Mr. William Berglund’s letter in the April 5 edition of the Pulse. As one of “those” transplanted Illinois residents who moved to Sturgeon Bay because of its intoxicating beauty and charm, I am relieved that I don’t pass Mr. Berglund’s litmus test for purity in the community. As the erstwhile […]

  • By the Numbers: The Big Lebowski

    Because Cherry Lanes in Sturgeon Bay is celebrating the 1998 movie with The Dude Bash on April 20, we decided to share some facts about the cult film and its stars. 0 Although Donny is seen in many bowling shirts, not one bears his name. That is also the number of times the Dude is […]

  • Municipal News: April 12 – 19

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay: April 16 – common council, 7 pm. County of Door: April 15 – Finance Committee, 2 pm; ADRC Advisory Board, 3 pm; Library Board, 5 pm. April 16 – County board, 9 am. Town of Brussels: April 16 – annual meeting, 7:30 pm. Town of Clay Banks: April 18 […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Former Illinois Resident Responds

    Wow! William Berglund, talk about painting everyone with a broad brush! Where to begin…..No, my husband and I did not leave Illinois because of taxes or politics – we moved here because my husband, a native of Milwaukee, wanted to come home to Wisconsin when he retired from teaching. We bought a beautiful old home […]

  • 2019 High School Track Preview

    Gibraltar Girls The Vikings return two athletes who competed in the Division 3 state meet last season: Junior Abbi Sitte placed eighth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.95, and senior Bria Caldecott placed 15th in the high jump with a leap of 4-8. Coach Clay Buske said he is also high on […]

  • Coldwell Banker Awards Door County Realtors

    Coldwell Banker Corporation has named Scott Bader, an agent with Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group Fish Creek, an International President’s Circle Award recipient. Only those in the top 10 percent of Coldwell Banker’s 90,000-plus agents worldwide earn this recognition. David Kaster and his sales team in Sister Bay are International Diamond Society Small Teams […]

  • Door County Humane Society Featured Pet

    DCHS Featured Pet: Graphite

    Graphite is a handsome two-year-old available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. He is talkative, curious and cuddly. In a new environment, he tends to smell everything in sight, meows while doing so and occasionally comes back to you for a quick pet before he starts exploring again. Because he […]

  • Trivia: When and where was the first velociraptor fossil found?

    Question: When and where was the first velociraptor fossil found? Answer: The carnivorous dinosaur was first discovered in 1923 in the Gobi Desert.

  • Server of the Week: Pao Vue

    Dan’s Kitchen in Sturgeon Bay had a busy opening day, But help was on site: Pao Vue from Green Bay. He’s a high school senior with a taste for pad thai, Or, as a second choice, basil stir-fry. He’s helping his Uncle Dan take orders, serve and clear, Until he heads to UW-Green Bay to […]

  • Overheard and Obsessions: April 12, 2019

    OVERHEARD Are there tidbits of conversations you’ve heard while standing in line at the grocery store, serving a table or walking down the sidewalk that make you smile, cringe or laugh out loud? “My life is the story of not having brushes.” “She was bending down in weird ways that you wouldn’t do when harvesting […]

  • Manners Matter: Concert Etiquette

    Dear Mary Pat, Is it rude to talk during a concert? Our local bar often has singers, and I don’t know if it’s OK to talk to my friends while they are on stage. The waiters speak normally without whispering, but it seems awfully inconsiderate to the person/people on stage. What’s the rule of thumb? […]

  • Framed: Play Ball!

    Karley Schram of Sevastopol goes to bat against Gibraltar during the April 4 softball game at Gibraltar Schools. The Pioneers beat the Vikings 7-6. Photo by Grace Johnson.

  • Dan's Kitchen, Aleah Kidd, Door County restaurant

    Dan’s Kitchen Delivers Authentic Southeast Asian Cuisine in Door County

    It was last summer when I first caught wind of an unusual food item that was a completely new concept to me and sold only at the Sturgeon Bay farmers’ market: stuffed chicken wings. These delicacies were described as tender, juicy chicken wings stuffed with an Asian egg-roll stuffing. I had a vague idea of […]

  • Cheers, Jim Lundstrom, Awesome Sauce

    Cheers!: Such an Awesome Sauce

    My daughter Clare, who lives in the Green Bay area, came for a visit recently bearing a sixer of Awesome Sauce from Stillmank Brewing of Green Bay. And, oddly enough, it was my first experience with Awesome Sauce. I assure you, it will not be my last. What a very yummy and refreshing beer. Owner/brewmaster […]

  • PODCAST: JR Schoenfeld talks Chives, Barringer’s, and Food Trucks

    Andrew Kleidon and Aleah Kidd sit down with JR Schoenfeld of Chives, Barringer’s, RYE Restaurant and Lounge, and more, to talk fine dining for everyone, the culinary revolution, and his soon-to-be three food trucks in Door County.

  • 2019 High School Softball Preview

    Southern Door The Eagles return quite a bit of experience from a team that finished 18-3 overall and 7-1 in the Packerland Conference and won a regional title before falling to Brillion in the sectional semifinal. “We return a lot of experience all over the field,” Coach Courtney Renard said. “We have very good team […]

  • Hotel Washington Welcomes New Chef Matt Poole

    “When I boarded the ferry in the middle of January … and fell in love with the island in the dead of winter, I knew it was for real,” said Matt Poole, who’s the new chef for Washington Island’s Hotel Washington ( The Midwest native didn’t always mean to be a chef, so his first […]

  • Dancin’ on the Door Offers Intro to Russian Method Ballet

    Registration for Dancin’ on the Door’s Summer Youth Dance Program is now open. Classes include ballet, tap, lyrical, jazz and hip hop. The program consists of weekly classes and Wednesday workshops starting the week of June 17 and running through Aug. 7. Dancin’ on the Door is excited to welcome guest instructor Leslie Skorzewski of […]

  • Midsummer’s Music Announces New Season

    Known for presenting concerts hailed as “exciting, pulse-pounding and riveting,” Midsummer’s Music of Door County announces its 2019 concert season: World-class musicians will present 41 concerts during the season, which runs June 14 through Sept. 2. Midsummer’s Music musicians play chamber pieces for strings, piano and winds in distinctive Door County settings, including art galleries, […]

  • Pianist Matt Blair to Perform in BEGIN Music Series

    Minneapolis-based pianist, composer, improviser and educator Matt Blair will perform as part of the BEGIN music series at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor on April 20, 7 pm. He will play compositions from his new recording, Shadow Sets – which he has been performing on tour throughout the country – on the Kress Pavilion’s Steinway […]

  • UW-Milwaukee Chorale Sings with High School Choirs

    The UW-Milwaukee Concert Chorale – the flagship ensemble of the five-choir UW-M choral program – will perform with the Southern Door and Sturgeon Bay High School choirs in a special concert on April 15, 7 pm, at the Southern Door Community Auditorium. It will feature special selections by the Chorale and each high school choir, a rendition […]

  • ‘The Living Last Supper’ at Prince of Peace

    The Community Choir of Door County will present The Living Last Supper – an interpretation of Christ’s Last Supper with his disciples – on April 14, 3 pm, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 1756 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay. The Last Supper is one of Christianity’s most significant events, first portrayed centuries ago by Leonardo […]

  • New Season Begins Soon at The Clearing

    Get creative by learning to draw or paint, use your iPhone to capture and enhance amazing images, explore wood carving or marble paper, or get messy with clay and collages – all through the Clearing Folk School’s diverse one-, two- and three-day Workshop Program classes beginning June 10 and running through November 15. Offerings include courses […]

  • Plum Island Opens to Visitors

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which controls access to Plum Island, will open it to visitors between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend. Volunteers with the Friends of Plum & Pilot Islands have been working with the wildlife service to preserve the historic structures on Plum Island and make it accessible to visitors. […]

  • Tickets on Sale for Two Lighthouse Festivals

    Tickets are now on sale for the Door County Spring and Fall 2019 Lighthouse Festivals, June 7-9 and October 12-13. Each festival comprises land-based, boat and adventure tours that, together, reach all 11 of the county’s historic lighthouses. There are tours for all levels of activity and accessibility: Some involve hiking; others ride in the […]

  • Annual Shipyard Tour May 4

    The Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay’s 26th annual Shipyard Tour returns on May 4. For one day each year, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and CenterPointe Yacht Services open their doors to the public for tours of the shipbuilding industry. Tickets are now available online. Those who would like to guarantee a ticket and secure early-bird pricing […]

  • Mark Dwyer to Speak about Better Ways to Garden

    Mark Dwyer, director of horticulture at Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville, will present a free public program on April 23, 7 pm, in the Collins Learning Center of Crossroads at Big Creek. It’s part of the Door County Master Gardeners Association’s lecture series. Dwyer will discuss some common mistakes we make in our landscapes, how […]

  • Work, Play, Earth Day at Peninsula State Park

    Peninsula State Park will participate in the statewide Work, Play, Earth Day event on April 20, 9 am – 12 pm. The Wisconsin DNR and Friends of Wisconsin State Parks are sponsoring the event. Volunteers — individuals, groups and children accompanied by an adult — are needed to plant trees, clear brush and pick up litter. They […]

  • Epigenetics Talk, Gardening Class for Families at Crossroads

    Crossroads at Big Creek welcomes a Door County Medical Center program on April 15, 5-6 pm. Dr. Ronald Kodras will present “What Is the Epigenetic Clock and How to Slow It Down,” an explanation of epigenetics and how it affects the aging process. Families are invited to a three-session sustainable-gardening class: an outreach program of […]

  • Easter Egg Hunts

    AlgomaThe Algoma Public Library will host a hunt on April 19, 1-2:30 pm. Attendees may search in the library for up to five eggs that have prizes hidden inside, play a game and make a fun Easter craft. JacksonportThe egg hunt will take place in Lakeside Park on April 20, 11 am. BrusselsThe Shining Stars […]

  • Bridge Closures April 16-17

    The Oregon Street Bridge and Bayview Bridge will close temporarily April 16 and 17 for routine inspections and spring maintenance by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Tuesday, April 16 There will be a FULL CLOSURE of the Bayview Bridge from 7 am-3 pm. Traffic will be detoured downtown across the Michigan Street and Maple/Oregon bridges. Wednesday, April […]

  • Vance Gilbert to Perform at Lost Moth

    Vance Gilbert will perform at Lost Moth Gallery on April 13. This iconic performer burst onto the singer/songwriter scene in the early ’90s when buzz started spreading in Boston folk clubs about a former multicultural-arts teacher who was knocking ’em dead at open mics. Gilbert started out hoping to be a jazz singer, and then […]

  • Hal Prize Deadline Is May 1

    The Peninsula Pulse proudly presents the 2019 Hal Prize. Awarded annually since 1998, the mission of the Hal Prize is to encourage and appreciate artistic expression in various literary forms and photography. The competition offers publication in the Peninsula Pulse’s annual Literary Issue, reaching a readership of 18,000. Prizes include cash awards of up to […]

  • The Teaching Press Launches with Inaugural Book

    On April 4, UW-Green Bay’s The Teaching Press premiered its first book: a collection of poems by Tim Weyenberg called The Village and the Vagabond.The Teaching Press is a new, student-managed printing house on the UW-Green Bay campus that undergraduates in the spring 2019 Book Editing Practicum course are building from the ground up. It […]

  • ‘Plain, Plains and Planes’ on Display at Hope United

    Vast Midwestern plains, Washington Island’s fly-in fish boils, airport barbecue competitions and planes zipping down Green Bay are some of Martha Wagner’s favorite sights. Combining them with the modernist’s love of simplicity and two-dimensional planes gave her upcoming exhibit at Hope United Church of Christ in Sturgeon Bay the title Plain, Plains and Planes. Many […]

  • Reynolds-Smith’s Artwork Blooms at Northern Door YMCA

    Spring is in full bloom at the Northern Door YMCA in Fish Creek thanks to the expressive oil paintings by local artist Susan Reynolds-Smith on display throughout April. Her work has been accepted for the 41st and 43rd Juried Exhibition at the Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay and the 56th annual Juried Exhibit at […]

  • Plum Bottom’s Spring Ikebana Show

    Plum Bottom Gallery is preparing for spring with its Think Spring Ikebana Show on April 13, 10 am – 4 pm. It will feature hand-thrown ikebana vessels by resident porcelain potter Chad Luberger and a demonstration of ikebana floral arranging by Plum Bottom mosaic artist Sarka Evans, 11 am – 2 pm. Evans will also […]

  • Fire Chiefs Talk Options for EMS Service

    Three Door County fire chiefs attended the Baileys Harbor Town Board meeting April 8, the first of 19 such meetings they plan to attend to address options given the county’s recent discussions of privatizing EMS services. Liberty Grove-Sister Bay Fire Chief Chris Hecht said it’s a positive opportunity to discuss the service, it’s pros and […]

  • Fish Creek’s Big Idea: Town Considers Buying 195-acre, $2.1 Million Bluff Property

    Could Fish Creek become a destination for off-road cyclists? Town Chair Dick Skare thinks so, and the Gibraltar Board of Supervisors took a big step toward an ambitious plan to make it happen by securing an option to buy 195 acres of land below and above the bluff south of the town center for $2.1 […]

  • Obituary: Carol Hansen

    April 6, 1929 – April 9, 2019 Carol Ann Hansen (née Anderson), 90, of Sturgeon Bay died at Pinecrest Village in Sturgeon Bay. She was the daughter of Endre and Esther (Olson) Anderson. Carol attended Silverdale Grade School and graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School.  After high school, Carol moved to California for employment. Upon her return, she met and […]

  • Obituary: Dr. James E. Powers

    May 21, 1934 – April 1, 2019  Dr. James E. Powers, 84, of Sturgeon Bay died peacefully after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, son of John and Carolyn Powers. He grew up in Eau Claire. In 1957, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in pharmacy.  Following college, he […]

  • City Will Hold Recount for District 7

    The city of Sturgeon Bay will host a recount of votes cast for District 7 Alderperson. The recount is being done at the request of Laurel Hauser, the incumbent alder who lost the April 2 election by just three votes, 248-245. The recount will be held Thursday, April 11 at 9 am at City Hall.

  • Obituary: Karen Johnson

    May 26, 1952 – April 2, 2019 Karen Johnson, 66, of Ridgeway, Wisconsin, died April 2. She was born in Sturgeon Bay to the late Clyde and Patricia (Behringer) Christoferson. After graduating from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1970, Karen moved to Madison. While working at Central Colony, Karen met her future husband, Terry Johnson, when his sister […]

  • Obituary: Rick Ellefson

    March 18, 1952 – April 4, 2019  Rick Ellefson, 67, of Washington Island died at his home. He was born in Kenosha, son of the late Richard and Barbara (Aaron) Ellefson. After graduating from high school, Rick worked for L&M Meats and St. Catherine’s Hospital in Kenosha before moving to Washington Island in 1994. He then worked as […]

  • Obituary: Toby Ann Wilson

    Dec. 12, 1945 – March 30, 2019  Toby Ann Wilson, 73, of Ephraim died at St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay. She was born in Evanston, Illinois, the daughter of Hollis Everett Wilson and Beatrice “Petie” Marie (Borg) Wilson. Toby attended Lyon School in Glenview, Illinois, and Skokie Valley Baptist Church in Wilmette. She graduated […]

  • PODCAST: What Election Results Mean to Sturgeon Bay, Affordable Housing Study, and Smilin’ Bob

    Andrew Kleidon and Myles Dannhausen Jr. talk election results, Sturgeon Bay and Washington Island school referendums, advisory referendums on marijuana in Door County, the DCEDC’s affordable housing study, and the passing of “Smilin” Bob MacDonald.

  • Obituary: Terry Lynn Robison

    May 7, 1958 – April 3, 2019  Terry Lynn Robison, 60, of Sturgeon Bay died with her loving husband and family by her side at Bishops Court in Allouez. She was born in Algoma, daughter of the late Frank and Mathilda (Schicker) Broeckel. Terry attended Sturgeon Bay High School. On March 25, 1989, she was united in marriage with […]