Peninsula Pulse April 17-24, 2020

In this issue

  • A Letter from Sturgeon Bay Superintendent Dan Tjernagel

    On April 16, we heard the news that many people had been anticipating, but were hoping would not come – that face-to-face school as we’ve known it is done for this school year. We have seen many changes and challenges in recent days, and we’ll see additional changes and challenges in the days ahead. However, […]

  • Community Coordinators Help Provide Masks to Businesses and Employees

    At the direction of the Door County Health Department, the Door County Fire Chiefs and Community Coordinators are working together to provide washable, cloth face masks for Door County businesses and their employees. Community Coordinators will coordinate distribution of the masks to businesses. This is open to any business in Door County. If you know of a […]

  • New COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide

    U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has unveiled a one-stop shop of federal programs for rural communities, organizations and individuals affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide ( is a first-of-its-kind resource for rural leaders looking for federal funding and partnership opportunities to help address this pandemic. To learn more about […]

  • Agricultural Marketing Assistance Loans See Maturity Extension

    Effective immediately, agricultural producers of eligible commodities now have up to 12 months to repay their Marketing Assistance Loans (MAL) as part of the USDA’s implementation of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020. The commodity loans now mature at 12 months rather than nine, and this flexibility is available for […]

  • Half Marathon Announces New Date

    Race postponed to Oct. 31, 2020 The Door County Half Marathon has a new date!  The race, originally scheduled for May 2, has been moved to Oct. 31, 2020. Organizers say the new date will allow the event to help achieve one of its primary goals: to bring business to the community at an otherwise […]

  • Postpone, Don’t Cancel

    The importance of communicating during a pandemic by Jack Moneypenny, President and CEO, Destination Door County There is a level of uncertainty surrounding the current health crisis that is unsettling. This crisis has affected everyone in Door County in one way or another, and at a time when our county’s primary economic engine traditionally revs […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Please Practice a ‘Kinder, Gentler’ Approach

    Dear Door County friends, We understand the fear that full-time Door County residents are feeling with the COVID-19 crisis. My family feels the same fear here in Illinois. However, we do take issue with the way it is being conveyed. We have vacationed as a family in Door County for 30 years – paying to […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Praise for Those Working in Information Technology

    A friend posted on Facebook yesterday about the COVID-19 death of an IT professional he’d met mere weeks ago while working at a major hospital in Chicago. The deceased was the father of two young children. It is truly a sad loss among so many others worldwide. My friend’s post got me thinking in the […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Don’t Take Me Out to the Ball Game

    Having heard that Major League Baseball games may begin soon, my response is this: Don’t take me out to the ball game; Keep me far from the crowd! Give me some gloves and a homemade mask; Don’t make me sick – that’s all that I ask. And it’s cough, cough, cough if infected, So stay at […]

  • Letter to the Editor: A Plea to Lodging Partners

    Dear all lodging partners in Door County (hotels, motels, STRs, Airbnbs), Although the statewide order did not force us to close our doors, it is important to remember to do what is right for the health of the community at this critical and pivotal time. There is a nonessential travel ban in place for a […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Who is Entitled to Door County?

    We wonder: Who is entitled to return and reside in their Door County home during this challenging time?  A DC resident who wintered in her Florida home? A DC resident who traveled to Mardi Gras or anywhere else outside the county in the recent past? Descendants of the founders of DC or families that have […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Elections and the Census: Both Vital

    What do the current world disruption from the coronavirus and the climate crisis have in common? The worst effects of both are much more horrible than they would be if responsible leaders had paid attention to early warnings and had planned ahead for how to avoid the worst. So I am especially distressed to learn […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Which Person Would I Like As My Neighbor?

    In the April 10 Pulse, there were two letters written by people from out of state. The concern was, should they come to their second home amid the battle we are having with COVID-19?  Stanley from Arlington Heights, Illinois, was indignant and self-centered in his statements. Who are the powers that be in Door County […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Response to Supreme Court Election Day Decision

    Dear Wisconsin voters, Shame on Wisconsin Supreme Court Justices Patience Roggensack, Annette Ziegler, Rebecca Bradley and Brian Hagedorn! They deserve to be recalled for arrogantly acting against local, state and national recommendations – as well as common sense.  On April 7, Wisconsinites had to choose between being disenfranchised, or gambling with their lives by gathering […]

  • Letter to the Editor: ‘I’ll Be Staying Home’

    This is a reply to Mr. Eisenhammer of Arlington Heights, Illinois.  In your opening paragraph [of your letter in the April 10 issue of the Pulse], you say the Door County Board’s advisory is misguided. Then in the next paragraph, you say the county board should issue an advisory. Well, the board did, and you […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Two Votes That Didn’t Happen

    Folks in Door County may not have had firsthand experience with the loss of their ability to vote in the April 7 elections, but the decision to hold the election despite the coronavirus pandemic meant that many Wisconsin voters were unable to participate. I would like to share a story about my mom, Denny Stratte, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: The Writing Is on the Wall

    Even though Door County was featured in a recent New York Times article about quarantining in place, even though Wisconsin has now set a punishable-by-law statute saying that unnecessary travel is prohibited, and even though most people should know better, the signs of early tourist and second-home-owner migration are upon us. Why? They would think, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: We Need Specificity!

    Why are we not told where our nine COVID-19 patients have been in the county? To say that the people these infected people have been in contact with are being notified is not enough. Shouldn’t we know when and where these people have been – for example, was the infected person in Walmart on Wednesday […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Simple Facts

    • U.S. population: 5 percent of the world’s population • U.S. confirmed coronavirus exposure: 30 percent of all of those exposed • U.S. coronavirus deaths: 19 percent of the world’s coronavirus deaths (You can confirm these facts on the Johns Hopkins interactive map on the internet.) The coronavirus started in China, then went to Japan and South Korea, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Resident Response

    I already had thoughts forming about the tensions among residents and tourists, both historical and current. My inclination was to actually be somewhat generous to tourists – who mostly are on good behavior, add vibrancy to our community and support many of our lifestyles – while also pointing out some of the reasons why residents lack appreciation […]

  • Manners Matter: Worried Mom

    Dear Mary Pat, My ex-husband and I split custody of our two middle school children. While we were married, he often accused me of being a “helicopter mom” and said I was too protective. I always thought that he wasn’t cautious enough when it came to our kids, and now because of this virus, I’m […]

  • Wild Things: DNR on Track to Deliver 3 Million Trout, Salmon

    Coronavirus concerns are affecting this year’s salmon and trout stocking plans, but not in a way that will diminish future fishing success. In fact, it could be argued that more fish will be available to anglers during the coming years as a result of a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to cancel […]

  • Midsummer’s Music Tickets on Sale

    Tickets for Midsummer’s Music’s 2020 program are on sale online at Learn about the complete season’s program at or by emailing [email protected]. Regarding COVID-19: In the event that Midsummer’s Music must cancel a concert, ticket holders may donate the ticket to Midsummer’s Music as a tax-deductible donation, exchange the ticket for a Midsummer’s […]

  • TAP Updates Safety Measures

    Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) has updated its safety measures to safeguard the health of its actors, patrons, volunteers and staff. The TAP office and box office are now closed to the public. Staff members are available at 920.743.1760 or [email protected]. A Life in the Theatre has been rescheduled for Oct. 29-Nov. 29. Ticket holders’ reservations […]

  • Wisconsin Film Festival Selections Available to Rent

    Numerous 2020 Wisconsin Film Festival selections are available to rent at Beanpole, Corpus Christi, L’Innocente, Sorry We Missed You, The Wild Goose Lake, The Woman Who Loves Giraffes and Zombi Child. Each film costs $12 to rent for a given period. Fifty percent of the proceeds will go directly to the Real Butter Fund, […]

  • Suds with Sophie: Bottles Versus Cans

    by Sophie Nelson [email protected] Now that takeaway beer is the only beer, it’s a great time to discuss packaging: bottles versus cans. There’s a lot of history with both of these forms of packaging that influences how they’re perceived. Bottles are an extremely early form of containing beer (think clay formed bottles). Cans are more […]

  • The Helpers: Residents step up to support, thank essential workers

    Residents step up to support, thank essential workers.

  • Griesen, Former Clippers Star, Will Coach West De Pere

    No one needs to remind Chris Griesen that timing is everything. Especially when it comes to his careers as a football coach and teacher. The former Sturgeon Bay High School football standout has been named head football coach at West De Pere High School. This will be Griesen’s first opportunity to be a head coach […]

  • Northern Door Youth Baseball Tryouts Postponed

    Northern Door Youth Baseball has postponed tryouts for the 2020 summer season. The tryouts, originally scheduled for April, will take place as soon as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Organizers plan for a full schedule of games, though the schedule will start later than usual and run through the summer.

  • Gathering Ground to Publish Pruning Videos

    On an April day, Casey Dahl of Washington Island’s Folk Tree Farm shared his pruning knowledge with some neighbors in their old apple orchard. The trees had not been pruned in years, and they wanted to learn more about how to care for them. During a time of self-isolation, pruning old apple trees is a […]

  • Nature Conservancy Donates 362 Acres to DNR

    The Nature Conservancy has donated 362 acres of gently rolling coastal boreal forest at Baileys Harbor Boreal Forest and Wetlands State Natural Area to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for the people of Wisconsin, nearly doubling the size of the area.  The Nature Conservancy purchased the property in December 2017 with a grant from […]

  • Developers Appeal Quarry RV-Village Decision

    The developers of a proposed housing and RV-park development have filed an appeal of the Resource Planning Commission’s (RPC) denial of a conditional use permit (CUP) for the development.  The RPC denied the permit for the proposal by developers Tom Goelz and Mike Parent on Feb. 26. The project plan included 115 single-family homes, with […]

  • Door, Kewaunee Counties Report First Deaths Related to COVID-19

    The Door County Public Health Department reported the first death associated with COVID-19 in Door County: a male in his 70s with underlying medical conditions. “Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the individual who has passed,” the statement read. “This tragic loss is a reminder of how important the Safer at […]

  • Frontenac Blanc. Parallel 44 Winery.

    Parallel 44 & Door 44 Wineries Extend Special to Frontline Workers

    Until April 19, Parallel 44 and Door 44 wineries are extending a special offer to all front-line workers – including first responders, health-care professionals, retail front-line personnel and transportation workers – as a way to thank them. This special offer includes 44 percent off 12 bottles of wine plus a gift certificate for a winery tour and […]

  • County Treasurer Jay Zahn Won’t Seek Re-election

    Door County Treasurer Jay Zahn announced he will not seek re-election this fall.   Zahn, 62, will have served as the Door County Treasurer for 30 years at the end of his term in December.  He is the longest serving Door County Treasurer. He is a past President of the Wisconsin County Treasurer’s Association and is […]

  • Obituary: Gladys Ruth (Reeves) Austgen

    January 25, 1939 ~ April 13, 2020  Gladys Ruth (Reeves) Austgen, age 81, Sister Bay, WI went home to eternal glory April 13, 2020.      She was born January 25, 1939 at Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago, IL. Her parents were Everett Paul Reeves, Sr. and Elizabeth Matilda (Hachmeister). She grew up with her sister Joyce on […]

  • April 7 Door County Election Results

    The results for the April 7 election are finally in, and those results have brought a shakeup to the Door County Board of Supervisors. In five contested races, incumbents lost three races, including one by just a single vote. Elizabeth Gauger defeated Randy Halstead 239 -238 in the District 16 race. Gauger was one of […]

  • Liza Wiemer Leads Online Writing Workshop

    Join Write On, Door County for an online fiction-writing workshop April 23, 7-8:30 pm. Author Liza Wiemer will lead the 90-minute online Zoom class, appropriate for adults and teens, in which participants will explore techniques to create unforgettable characters. It’s perfect for anyone who’s starting a novel or wants some guidance in developing characters. Have […]

  • Obituary: Keith Alan Ross

    Aug. 10, 1946 – April 10, 2020 Keith Alan Ross, 73, of Sister Bay and formerly of Madison, died peacefully at home in the presence of family. He was born to Loyal “Bud” and Lenora Ross and grew up in Neenah. Upon graduation from Neenah High School in 1964, Keith joined the U.S. Navy, in which he […]


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  • Obituary: Robert “Bob” L. Conner

    July 9, 1947 – April 4, 2020 Robert L. Conner, 72, formerly of Fish Creek, died at Crossroads Care Center of Weyauwega, Wisconsin, following a lengthy illness. Robert “Bob” was born in Elmhurst, Illinois. He was a proud veteran who served his country in the U.S. Army during Vietnam. He continued to work in computer programming until retiring […]

  • Obituary: Grace Ella Bergmann

    Sept. 26, 1915 – April 6, 2020 Grace Ella Bergmann (née Remle, Carberry), 104, of Sister Bay died peacefully April 6, 2020. Grace is survived by her two daughters, Susan (née Carberry, husband, Richard) Farrell and Jean (née Bergmann, husband, Alan) Dorsz; her grandchildren, Cathy (Jerry), Kevin (Beth), Christopher (Mary), Justin (Jennifer), Bridget (Dan), and RaeAnn.; her […]