Peninsula Pulse April 24-May 1, 2020

In this issue

  • Letter to the Editor: Opposed to Extending Safer at Home Order

    I do not agree with Gov. Evers’ decision to extend the Safer at Home order to May 26, especially in Door County. The figures don’t warrant the extension. There is a Wisconsin population of approximately 5.85 million, with 2.875 individuals with coronavirus, which is .07 percent of the population; and 198 individuals have died, which […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Distance Results in Decrease

    Why are sincere, concerned people angry enough to rally to cancel safe policies, silence governors and reopen businesses and beaches in spite of the risk to their health and postponing the end of COVID-19? Distance results in decrease, as demonstrated on charts showing the spread in states and countries where leaders enforced stay-at-home policies for […]

  • A Year Cut Short

    The Peninsula Pulse has dedicated a page in each issue from April 24 – May 22 for the students of each Door County high school. This week we feature the work of Sevastopol student journalists. by Maggie Ripp, Junior, Co-editor, The Pioneer Chips In the midst of the pandemic, schools were shut down, jobs were […]

  • Students Make Most of Quarantine Downtime

    The Peninsula Pulse has dedicated a page in each issue from April 24 – May 22 for the students of each Door County high school. This week we feature the work of Sevastopol student journalists. by McKenzie Wiesner, Junior, Co-editor, The Pioneer Chips The COVID-19 pandemic has forced students into new lifestyles. Homes have been […]

  • Door County Baseball League Postpones First Three Games

    The Door County Baseball League has postponed the season’s first three games – scheduled for May 10, 17, and 24 – because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “This is a serious matter and should not be taken lightly,” said Rick Gigot, league president. “We will not start the Door County Baseball League season until we get the green […]

  • NEWLT to Create Wequiock Creek Natural Area

    The Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust (NEWLT) has acquired and begun developing a major, new public land preserve in Brown County: the Wequiock Creek Natural Area. The project adds a 73-acre corridor to the more than 6,000 acres already preserved by the land trust. The land will support hands-on education and research and offer recreational space […]

  • Forest Recovery Project and Climate Change Coalition Plant 600 Trees

    Keeping the requisite social distance, Katie Krouse (left) was one of 20 volunteers who pitched in to plant trees: the lungs of the Earth. The Forest Recovery Project and Climate Change Coalition (CCC) coordinated this spring’s effort, planting 600 trees during the last two weeks on private lands in Egg Harbor, Fish Creek and Sturgeon […]

  • Obituary: Roxanne (Dahlstedt) Weborg

    March 7, 1948 ~ April 12, 2020 Roxanne Weborg, 72, of Sarasota, FL passed away from ARVC heart complications on Resurrection Sunday, April 12, 2020.  She was born on March 7, 1948 to June and Carl Dahlstedt of Bayfield, Wisconsin.  She was the precious wife of Gene Weborg, CDR USN retired.  They were married for […]

  • Dear Fellow Gibraltar Students and Community,

    In anticipation of the Peninsula Pulse’s Graduation Issue coming out May 22, the Pulse has contacted the newspapers and yearbooks of each school district to invite students to contribute stories about school life amid the COVID-19 pandemic and finishing the 2020 school year from home. This week, Gibraltar’s school newspaper, the Viking Voice, contributed articles […]

  • Kewaunee County Emergency Management Continues to Accept PPE Donations

    Kewaunee County Emergency Management continues to receive and distribute donations of personal protective equipment from local businesses to support the community during the COVID-19 crisis. Fermented Nutrition, which has manufactured nutritional feed ingredients for dairy farmers since 1973 in Kewaunee County, has donated a 55-gallon drum of hand sanitizer.  N.E.W. Plastics Corporation in Luxemburg, a […]

  • Engineering Solutions

    Local companies aid in the fight against COVID-19 by Tom Groenfeldt When it comes to COVID-19, some current and former Door County residents are fighting back.  At Michigan Technological University, Andrew Barnard, originally from Carlsville, is working with his cousin Dan Barnard and Dan’s wife, Amy, on a sanitizer for COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE). […]

  • Door County Maritime Museum Online Store Open

    The new Door County Maritime Museum (DCMM) online store is now open! All purchases made through the online store will support the museum’s mission and programming and will help to fill the financial loss the museum is experiencing while its doors are closed to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. The store features carefully curated […]

  • Pulse Picks

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  • Boys & Girls Club of Door County Turns to Virtual Connection

    With the potential loss of summer programming at the Door County Boys & Girls Club, there is concern that kids and families that rely on the club’s services will struggle to adjust to their new normal.  Jennifer Gentry, co-owner of One Barrel Brewing Company and a director on the board of the Boys & Girls […]

  • Subscribe to the ‘Pulse’

    For 25 years, the Peninsula Pulse has been distributed free throughout Door County, and it will always be free. When the COVID-19 crisis hit, we went a step further: We began mailing this newspaper to every mailbox in Door County for the first time – again, for free.  But the paper you hold is not free […]

  • A Door County Way Forward

    It’s late April: a time when we’re supposed to be spring cleaning and preparing our community for the millions of visitors who make the journey up to our beloved peninsula.  Instead, we’re wondering when we will open the Door, and what it will look like when we do. It’s not an easy answer.  There are […]

  • Maifest Parade

    Reopening Not Just a Question of When, But What That Will Look Like

    When Gov. Tony Evers announced that he was extending Wisconsin’s Safer at Home order to May 26, it shocked a lot of people, including restaurateurs who were holding out hope they could soon begin recouping losses. The Tavern League quickly responded to Evers’ extension with a call to reopen bars and restaurants May 1 with […]

  • Gibraltar Students Helping Their Community

    In anticipation of the Peninsula Pulse’s Graduation Issue coming out May 22, the Pulse has contacted the newspapers and yearbooks of each school district to invite students to contribute stories about school life amid the COVID-19 pandemic and finishing the 2020 school year from home. This week, Gibraltar’s school newspaper, the Viking Voice, contributed articles […]

  • Letters to the Editor: Apr. 24-May 1

    Thanks from Helen Bacon I would like to thank all of you who encouraged and supported me as your county board supervisor. It has been a real honor to serve you. I have learned more than I gave, made friendships I wouldn’t have made otherwise and had my mind opened to so many new things. […]

  • This Old Store: Two Long-Ago Groceries in Baileys Harbor

    In 1914, Frank Blakefield bought a small building in Baileys Harbor and operated a grocery store there until 1939, when Bill Norton took over the business and ran it as an IGA. Fifteen years later, Anton and Lillian Olson bought it. Although it occupied a small space, it had a selection of meat and groceries.  […]

  • Door to Nature: Emerging Garter Snakes

    Two friends and I enjoyed a hike at a Door County preserve recently – maintaining our six-foot social distancing – when we discovered a garter snake warming itself in a sunny spot in the conifer woodland. We walked a few more yards, and there was another one, soaking up the sun. These harmless and valuable creatures […]

  • Keller Leads Architecture, Construction on New Baileys Harbor Fire Station

    Keller has been chosen as the architect and construction-management team on a 15,600-square-foot building project for the Town of Baileys Harbor that will include a new, ground-up fire station. Baileys Harbor Fire and Rescue lies in the center of the Door peninsula and covers about 32 square miles. It has been operating out of its […]

  • Finding Fun Ways to Stay Connected

    Door County schools settle into a new, virtual normal Since Gov. Tony Evers made the call to close Wisconsin schools on March 13, teachers and staff have been working diligently to create a new normal through remote learning. Then when Evers extended the Safer at Home order to May 26, teachers – like most people across […]

  • PERSPECTIVES: A Goodbye from Reporter Celeste Benzschawel as She Moves West

    Door County is a special place. It’s been said a million times, and it will be said a million more. Sometimes I think it sounds clichéd, but that doesn’t make it any less true. The locals grow up with its magic, and transplants and visitors are lucky to get a taste. That’s why I debated […]

  • Birch Creek Cancels Summer Season

    After careful consideration, the Birch Creek Board of Trustees and executive director have unanimously voted to cancel Birch Creek’s 2020 summer season, including all events, programs, sessions and performances, June 1 – Aug. 10. Birch Creek administrative staff and board members have at the heart of their decision the safety of the students who study […]

  • Wellness in the Time of COVID-19

    “I really encourage people to take care of themselves,” said Kim Maedke-Shumway, a massage therapist and owner of The Spa at Sacred Grounds in Ephraim.  It’s good advice at any time, but especially during the COVID-19 outbreak because data suggest that the disease is much more deadly for people with underlying medical conditions such as […]

  • Manners Matter: Feeling Overwhelmed

    Dear Mary Pat, I’ve had challenges in my business before, but none quite like this. To say that I feel overwhelmed and helpless wouldn’t come close to describing it properly. I have no idea when the season will start; I’ve had to lay off half my staff; and I’m working hard every day without getting […]

  • Wild Things: Comment on County Deer Proposals by April 29

    If you have a strong opinion about deer management, now’s the time to voice your concerns regarding hunting seasons in Door and Kewaunee counties. Whitetail fanatics have until April 29 to provide input online about preliminary recommendations for the 2020 hunts that the County Deer Advisory Councils (CDAC) made recently. Both the Door and Kewaunee […]

  • Framed: Supporting Each Other from Our Windows

    People have started to leave cheerful messages of encouragement and positivity in public places – such as this window – to all passersby. Sent by Gloria Dougherty of Ellison Bay.

  • Framed: Supervisor Janet Johnson

    The Town of Liberty Grove practiced safe social distancing during an unusual swearing-in for new Supervisor Janet Johnson (right). Liberty Grove Town Clerk Anastasia Bell taped the oath to the door and had Johnson recite it through the door. It was passed back with the help of grabbers. Photo by Grace Johnson.

  • Tune in to TAP Talks!

    Tune in to TAP Talks – a new, weekly online show during which Bob Boles and James Valcq from Third Avenue Playhouse talk to each other and with special guests about their backgrounds, previous TAP productions, what’s happening at TAP, upcoming projects and anything else that strikes their fancy. TAP Talks are live-streamed on TAP’s […]

  • Northern Sky Theater Offers Promise Passes

    Although its 2020 outdoor season has been canceled, Northern Sky Theater is selling Promise Passes for future shows, which are good forever for a show at the outdoor Park Amphitheater or the indoor Gould Theater. Promise Passes also retain either venue’s highest ticket-type value, even if ticket prices increase in the future. Many of Northern […]

  • Midsummer’s Music Continuing Summer Season

    Midsummer’s Music is celebrating its 30th summer of presenting exceptional chamber music in Door County. Concerts hailed as “exciting, pulse-pounding and riveting” are given in a variety of cultural, historical and scenic locations, including art galleries, museums, historical sites and private homes, with several venues offering panoramic views of Lake Michigan and the waters of […]

  • As of Now, Door Shakespeare Continuing Summer Season

    UPDATE: This year’s summer season at Door Shakespeare has been canceled. See updated information here. Like thousands of other arts organizations across the country, Door Shakespeare is doing its best to navigate the challenges it faces and is considering scenarios to address them. As of now, the summer 2020 season will continue. Performance dates for […]

  • Peninsula Players Theatre Cancels Summer Season

    Peninsula Players Theatre, like so many other organizations trying to forge ahead during these unprecedented times, has made the incredibly difficult decision to cancel the summer performances of its 85th season for the safety of its artists, volunteers, patrons, employees and the community. At this time, Peninsula Players intends to welcome patrons for a fall […]

  • Parallel 44 Offers Virtual Wine Tastings

    Join Parallel 44 every Thursday for Thirsty Thursdays by gathering with friends and neighbors – virtually – for wine tastings and conversation. A new wine is featured each week. Upcoming selections include Vintner’s Reserve on April 30 and Nouveau Rouge on May 7. To sign up, visit You’ll receive a link to join the Zoom party. 

  • Free Online Gardening Classes

    Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) is offering a free, step-by-step online class that’s open to the public to show how to transform a piece of lawn into a food-producing plot. Engage in some self-care; grow some food; and engage kids in gardening during this extra at-home time.  “I wanted to help,” said Valerie Dantoin, an […]

  • Al Johnson’s Sues Insurance Company over Virus Claim

    The impact of the coronavirus continues to spread to new corners of the economy. The owners of Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant have filed suit against Society Insurance to recoup revenue lost as a result of the statewide shutdown of bars and restaurants.  The suit, filed in Door County Circuit Court on April 13, seeks to […]

  • Badger Bounce Back

    Evers Releases “Badger Bounce Back” Guidelines for Reopening

    Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers released guidelines for reopening the state’s businesses yesterday. In a plan called “Badger Bounce Back,” Evers outlined benchmarks that will allow a phased reopening of businesses. The plan is based on the guidelines released by the White House last week. Chief among the guidelines is a 14-day downward trajectory of COVID-19-like […]

  • Obituary: Francis D. “Fritz” Van Duyse

    May 2, 1926 – April 17, 2020 The colorful life of Francis D. “Fritz” Van Duyse, 93, of Sturgeon Bay, ended on April 17, 2020. Fritz was born on May 2, 1926, in Sturgeon Bay to Francis L. and Gertrude (Simon) Van Duyse, and from his earliest days was involved with his driving loves, sports […]

  • Obituary: Gerald Barlament

    April 18, 2020 ~ April 13, 2020 Gerald Eugene Barlament, 92, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away peacefully on April 13, 2020 at his home. He was born April 18, 1927 in Green Bay to Walter and Patra (Anderson) Barlament and raised in Duck Creek. After graduating from Green Bay West High School in 1944, he enlisted in […]

  • Obituary: Allen “Al” Buechner

    January 6, 1949 ~ April 13, 2020 Allen G. Buechner, 71, of Forestville passed away April 13th, 2020 after a brief illness. He was born on January 6th, 1949 to Orville and Violet (Kirchman) Buechner in Algoma. On October 30, 1976, he married the love of his life, Helen M. Kasten. Al proudly served in the United […]