Peninsula Pulse April 28-May 5, 2023

In this issue

  • DCA Announces 2023 Season Lineup

    The Door Community Auditorium’s (DCA) 2023 performance schedule features a diverse array of performers that includes Gladys Knight, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Sierra Ferrell, KT Tunstall, Martin Sexton, Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters, Hiplet and many more. “It’s always exciting to share a new season,” said Cari Lewis, DCA’s executive director. “The concerts […]

  • Letter to the Editor: We’re Living in Deadwood or Tombstone Again

    When I was in law school, one of the topics we learned about was the criminal or tort liability of individuals who had rigged “spring guns” to fire automatically at trespassers on their property.  It would seem to be a no-brain-necessary situation to hold such individuals liable for the wrongful death or injury of someone […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Praise for ‘Ridge and Swale’

    I am writing to commend the producers of the documentary film Ridge and Swale [Peninsula Filmworks, owned by the owners of the Peninsula Pulse] for their exceptional work in telling the long and rich story of conservation in Door County. The film, which fittingly premiered on Earth Day, does an outstanding job of highlighting the […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Weigh-on-the-Water Is Least Harmful for Fishery

    I am writing this letter to let you know that I agree 100% with having immediate-release regulations for smallmouth and walleye tournaments in Sturgeon Bay, and really, all of Wisconsin. I participated in the Sturgeon Bay Open spring smallie tournaments for several years during the smallmouth fishery heyday. My partner and I finished in the […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Apartment Complex Is Wrong for a Residential Neighborhood

    I am a homeowner on Little Spring Road in Fish Creek. The homes in our neighborhood are single-family residences on one-acre, wooded lots.  A Door County zoning-map amendment application has been submitted by Michael Niss Construction that seeks to rezone 4.9 acres abutting our neighborhood to NR (Neighborhood Residential). The applicant wants to build a […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Not Elected, But Still Thankful

    I would like to thank all of the voters in Nasewaupee who voted for me in the April 4 election. Although I am disappointed I was not elected as one of your town supervisors, I am still ready to help the town when called upon to do so.  I also thank everyone who came out […]

  • Peninsula Players Dorms Almost Complete

    Construction is well underway on the new buildings and dorms at Peninsula Players Theatre, and they’re scheduled to be completed May 13. Staff members will begin to take residency May 14, with interns arriving the following week. As the work continues, the theater company seeks to finish its Act II Housing Campaign and appreciates contributions […]

  • Rogue Theater Offers Creative Camps

    Rogue Theater is presenting two summer creative camps. During the youth theater camp, Rogue’s performing artists will work with students ages 9-15 to develop their theater-arts skills and increase their creativity through theater games and exercises, open scenes and improvisation. The camp will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 20 – July 13, 10 am – […]

  • Peninsula Singers’ Spring Concert on Apr. 30

    The Peninsula Singers are celebrating the return of warmer weather with It Might as Well Be Spring – a concert of folk songs, gospel medleys and beloved show tunes – April 30, 3 pm.  The performance, co-directed by Janet Anderson and Mary Hall, includes guest appearances by instrumentalists Andy Anderson, trumpet; Beth Chafey-Hon, violin; Rich Higdon, upright […]

  • Door Shakespeare Welcomes Managing Director

    Elissa Wolf has joined Door Shakespeare as its managing director and will oversee all aspects of the theater company’s operations.  She has worked in artistic, administrative and supervisory roles with multiple arts organizations, including the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company and the former Chicago Youth Shakespeare. Wolf holds a B.F.A. in theater performance from UW-La Crosse and […]

  • Mike at the Movies: “Air” Is the Best Film of the Year So Far

    by MIKE ORLOCK A bit of history first. Before becoming a five-time NBA MVP, a six-time NBA champion and six-time Finals MVP with the Chicago Bulls, a two-time gold-medal champion at the Olympics, and the dreamiest member of the “Dream Team” that helped to make the NBA an international sensation, Michael Jordan was a skinny, […]

  • Burger Challenge, New Name at Thirsty Cow

    The Thirsty Cow Taphouse in Baileys Harbor – formerly called The Tipsy Cow Taphouse – had to put its opening last weekend on hold due to legal issues with another business in the Madison area having a similar name. The owners announced the new name on April 26 and plan to open under the new name […]

  • New Spring Shopping Event in Sturgeon Bay

    Destination Sturgeon Bay is hosting Cherry Bounce, a new sip-and-shop event May 12, 4-8 pm.  Registration is open now. The cost of $20 per person includes wine samples, light hors d’oeuvres and in-store specials and discounts. Stroll from shop to shop or take a Door County Trolley ride. See a full list of participating stores […]

  • This Week at Crossroads

    Get involved with Crossroads at Big Creek’s land-restoration efforts April 29, 9-11 am, through its Habitat Healers program. Wear clothing and footwear that can get dirty and wet, and take a water bottle. Crossroads will provide training, gloves, equipment, lemonade and cookies. Also on April 29, school-aged students and their families may participate in hands-on, […]

  • Registration Open for Crossroads Trail Run

    Registration is open for the 14th Crossroads Trail Run, a 2K run/walk, 5K run/walk or 10K run on June 17, 8 am, at Crossroads at Big Creek.  Last year’s event welcomed almost 300 participants to the trails of Crossroads and helped to raise more than $13,000. All proceeds directly support Crossroads’ year-round programming. General registration […]

  • New ODBS Owl Gets His Name

    Open Door Bird Sanctuary (ODBS) received more than 200 submissions in the contest it hosted to name its new snowy owl. Kristin Miller won with the submission of Oslo, which honors the region’s Scandinavian history and heritage. She will receive a private tour of the sanctuary, ODBS merchandise and Oslo’s first sponsorship. In addition to […]

  • Door to Nature: Frogs and Toads

    Late April is when my late husband, Roy, and I used to venture down a trail in The Ridges Sanctuary to listen for the croaking wood frogs in one of the swales. Their calls can be compared to raspy, quacking ducks, or, as Roy used to say, they sound like the old cartoon character Mr. […]

  • Murphy, Taylor Release Anti-War Opus

    Northern Door musicians Terry Murphy and Paul Taylor have joined forces on a new studio project, Behind the Tank: a 12-plus-minute anti-war opus that was intended to be part of a different project, but it didn’t fit in with the other works. The idea for the song came a few years ago while Murphy was […]

  • Hans Christian Releases Cello Collaboration

    Hans Christian of Sturgeon Bay has released Ocean Dreaming Ocean, a collaboration with the late cellist David Darling. Using unfinished tracks that Darling had recorded, Christian created ambient chamber-music explorations, adding his own cello to create orchestrations and imaginary duets. The collaboration is available at

  • Eric Hagen’s Semiconscious Songsmithing

    Writing music while fully conscious doesn’t come easily to Eric Hagen. More often, inspiration finds him through hypnagogic half-thoughts. “A lot of my ideas [come] either when I’m drifting off to sleep, or in the early-morning hours when I’m in a state between awake and sleeping,” the Sturgeon Bay singer-songwriter said. “Unfortunately, you have to […]

  • Woodwalk Sunflower Labyrinth

    Woodwalk Opens for 2023 Season

    Woodwalk Gallery is reopening for the season Friday, April 28, and will be open Monday-Friday, 10 am – 5 pm; Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm; and Sunday, 10 am – 3 pm. Visit to find a full list of exhibits, concerts and classes coming this season.

  • Spring Opening Reception at Turtle Ridge

    Turtle Ridge Gallery is sharing what’s new in the gallery and boutique for the 2023 season by hosting its Hello, Spring reception May 6, 10 am – 5 pm. Sunsets, mystical moons and water are the themes of new work by gallery owner Mary Ellen Sisulak. Learn more at

  • Idea Gallery Opening for 2023 Season

    Idea Gallery will open for its seventh season April 29 with Exhibit I, a group show featuring studio work completed during the winter by 50 artists in media including painting, jewelry, ceramics, cast and blown glass, printmaking, photography, digital painting, sculpture and mixed-media assemblages. New Door County artists for the 2023 season are painter Nan […]

  • Salon of Door County High School Art Winners

    The award recipients of the 49th Salon of Door County High School Art at the Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay were announced during an April 17 reception. The exhibit, featuring work by students in all five Door County schools, is on display through May 27. Awards of Excellence, which include a $100 cash prize, […]

  • Student Spotlight: Emily Purdy

    Artist Statement by Emily Purdy, Southern Door High School My art is largely focused on folklore and technique exploration. I enjoy creating creatures and giving them an environment to exist in, all while trying out new painting styles, mediums and compositions. After high school, I plan to attend the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design […]

  • Adam Erickson Is New Executive Director of Art School

    Peninsula School of Art (PenArt) in Fish Creek has selected Adam Erickson as its new executive director, following a national search led by Ford Webb Associates. He’ll begin his tenure May 1.  Most recently, Erickson served as adviser to the president of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and he directed partnerships including the […]

  • Appreciating Art

    I never used to “get” art. Whenever I found myself in an art museum or gallery, I’d stare at the paintings with an expression on my face that I hoped looked contemplative. But internally, the extent of my art analysis was, “Yep, that’s a painting.”  That was before this job. After almost a year of […]

  • Fundraiser for Destination Imagination Teams

    Sevastopol’s Destination Imagination program is hosting a fundraising event April 30 at Sevastopol School to support the three teams that will compete in the global finals in Kansas City, Missouri.  The fundraising showcase will feature the three global-finals–bound teams performing their skits at 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm. There will also be a silent auction, […]

  • ‘We Are Representing Wisconsin’

    Washington Island students prepare for international SeaPerch competition Having taken the top three spots at the SeaPerch regional competition in Green Bay on April 1, Washington Island teams are preparing for the May 13 international competition at the University of Maryland. Washington Island sent four teams to the regional competition, and three – Team Flounder, Team […]

  • Southern Door Still Operating Without a Superintendent

    The Southern Door School Board entered closed session Monday, April 17, with Superintendent/District Administrator Chris Peterson still on leave. Board president Penny Price said that status did not change after the closed session, which began shortly before 8:30 pm and ended at about 11 pm.  “Mr. Peterson is on leave. That’s all I can say,” […]

  • Sister Bay News Notes: Liquor License Awarded, Food Truck Ordinance Finalized

    Northern Grill Awarded Reserve Liquor License Northern Grill applied for and was awarded the reserve Class B liquor license that was previously held by Fred & Fuzzy’s bar and grill during the Sister Bay Board of Trustees’ April 18 meeting.  Northern Grill has had an “above-quota” liquor license since the late 1990s by virtue of […]

  • New Development Planned for Senior Housing in Sturgeon Bay

    A planned unit development (PUD) to include 19 duplexes and one single-family home – for 39 total units – on an 11-acre site along the north side of Colorado Street was recommended April 19 by Sturgeon Bay’s Plan Commission. The project that E&I Property Investments wants to develop as a 55-and-older community would also include a clubhouse, […]

  • Nasewaupee Rejects Latest Plea to Stay in SDFD

    The Town of Nasewaupee remains on track to split this fall from the Southern Door Fire Department (SDFD) and form its own department, after rejecting the latest attempt from the SDFD’s other three municipalities to urge Nasewaupee to stay. No one on the Nasewaupee Town Board – which held its first monthly meeting April 20 […]

  • Budget Provision Would Require Transparency for Knowles-Nelson Project

    Among Gov. Tony Evers’ 2023-25 biennial budget proposals is a provision that would increase transparency in the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program, which was created in 1989. For decades, this program has supported the acquisition of hundreds of thousands of acres of land, including natural areas, fisheries and streambank protection, forests, and wildlife management.  The governor’s 2023-25 […]

  • Door/Kewaunee County Delegation Meets with State Legislators

    A large delegation from Door and Kewaunee counties met with state legislators during the Door County/Kewaunee County Legislative Days event held April 19-20 in Madison. The delegation’s goal was to discuss initiatives of importance to economic development in both counties. The delegation included a total of 66 citizens, elected officials, business and community leaders, and […]

  • COVID-19 Boosters Arriving for Seniors

    The Door County Health Department is expecting a new inventory of COVID-19 bivalent boosters next week. Those who are 65 or older and received a previous booster more than four months ago may call the department at 920.746.2234 to learn about appointment scheduling.

  • Sturgeon Bay Road Construction Underway

    Barricades and construction vehicles are starting to show up around the city as Sturgeon Bay’s 2023 roadway projects begin. Rolling “soft” closures of the roadway will begin on Michigan Street from just west of 12th Avenue to 4th Avenue. A soft closure means that barricades will be staggered across the roadway to close it to […]

  • Michigan Street Bridge to Close May 1-5

    After a week of closures for routine inspections and maintenance on the Bayview and Maple/Oregon bridges, the Michigan Street Bridge’s turn is next. It will be closed daily, 7 am – 4 pm, Monday, May 1, through Friday, May 5. Traffic will use a signed detour, and the bridge will also be closed to marine […]

  • Sevastopol Construction Start Moved to May 1

    The Wisconsin Department of Transportation project on Highway 42/57 that was supposed to get underway this week has been moved to a start date of May 1. The project includes pavement and culvert repairs from Egg Harbor Road 1.17 miles north to the mid-junction of Highway 42/57 in the Town of Sevastopol. The $1.55 million […]

  • Server of the Week: Tylor Torstenson

    Say hey to Tylor, our Server of the Week.Working for Bridge Up, he’s a real beer geek. Interacting with customers, he thinks is the best!Every day is exciting and new, he confessed. With his family and pets he spends his free time, andGolfing around the county when the weather is fine. When you’re touring Door […]

  • Door County’s Big Plant Continues

    Earth Day may be over, but The Big Plant initiative in Door County is continuing its efforts to plant 3,000 trees on the peninsula in the coming week. Let organizers know you’re volunteering for the following events by signing up at • April 28, 2-5 pm; and April 29, 9 am – 12 pm, Mink […]

  • Werkheiser’s Green Acres Celebrates 65 Years

    The Werkheiser family will open its greenhouse doors at 6666 Bay Shore Dr. in Egg Harbor on May 1 for the 65th year. To celebrate, the family invites the community to a cookout May 6, 10 am – 3 pm (or until the food runs out).  On May 7, 10 am – 3 pm, kids […]

  • Celebrate Birds in Algoma

    Bird City Algoma is hosting a World Migratory Bird Day Celebration on April 29, 9 am – 2 pm, at the Algoma Youth Club, 620 Lake St.  This year’s global theme is Water: Sustaining Bird Life, so the event includes a 10 am program by photographer John Walch about aquatic habitats for birds, an 11 […]

  • Learn About Straw-Bale Gardening

    Learn the pros and cons of straw-bale gardening during the next presentation in the Door County Master Gardeners Association’s educational lecture series April 29, 11 am, at Crossroads at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay.   Master Gardener Dora Leonardson will explain the process – from spring conditioning of the bales through harvest – […]

  • Stewardship Funding Targeted for Two Door County Projects

    Two Door County projects have been targeted for Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Grants for conservation and public recreational purposes. The notification went to the Door County Board of Supervisors via a letter from Jeremy Holtz, grant-project manager with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).  State law requires the DNR to inform the county board of the potential […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Luna

    Luna is an adorable, 2-year-old dog who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. This 15-pound little lady has a beautiful, tan-and-white coat and big, brown eyes, and she can’t wait to meet her new family.  Like all dogs at WHS, Luna ( has been spayed, vaccinated and microchipped, and […]

  • Panel on Resources for the Aging Community

    The Aging Coalition of Door County is celebrating Older Americans Month with a panel discussion May 11, 11 am – 12 pm, both virtually and in person at the Door County Economic Development Corporation, 185 E. Walnut St. in Sturgeon Bay. The panel will consist of coalition members discussing some of the ways in which […]

  • Learn About HELP’s Mission

    Tracey Robertson, programs manager at HELP of Door County, will be the featured speaker April 30, 9 am, at the next Adult Forum hosted by Hope United Church of Christ, 141 S. 12th Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. Robertson will talk about HELP’s work to eliminate domestic abuse in the county.

  • Electronics Recycling in Baileys Harbor

    Immanuel Lutheran Church is hosting an electronics-recycling event May 6, 9 am – 12 pm, at the Baileys Harbor Rec Field, 2623 Summit Road. The event – held rain or shine – is open to all. Most items will be accepted with no fee, but visit to review information about items with fees.

  • Tourism Breakfast on May 9

    Join Destination Door County for the National Travel and Tourism Week breakfast May 9, 8-10 am, at Stone Harbor Resort, 107 N. 1st Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. The cost of $25 per person includes tax and gratuity. Register at [email protected].

  • Rummage Sale to Benefit Animals

    The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus is holding a rummage-sale fundraiser May 5, 12-6 pm, and May 6, 8:30 am – 2 pm, at Arle Memorial Hall, 692 Tacoma Beach Road in Sturgeon Bay. A clearance sale will start May 6 at 12 pm.  The WHS is seeking donations of items to sell (but […]

  • ADRC Volunteer Fair

    The second volunteer fair will be held May 3, 3-6 pm, at the Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC), ​​916 N. 14th Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. Nearly 50 nonprofits will have booths and representatives on hand to share information about how participants can volunteer. There will also be snacks, beverages and door prizes. Call 920.746.9645 […]

  • Volunteers Needed for Unity Hospice Event

    Unity Hospice is looking for five to eight volunteers May 2, 4:30-7 pm, to deliver meals to cars at Culver’s in Sturgeon Bay. Contact Alison Bantes at 920.338.1111 to sign up.

  • Gun-Safety Day

    United Way of Door County’s board of directors recently adopted a Statement on Gun Violence, and United Way is partnering with Virlee Gunworks to host a gun-safety day April 29, 10 am – 1 pm, at the Virlee Shooting Center in Sturgeon Bay. Representatives will be on hand to distribute free gunlocks, discuss gun safety […]

  • New Priest at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

    The Rev. Brit Bjurstrom Frazier is the new rector at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Sister Bay. Her first Sunday was April 16. She succeeds Rev. Barbara Sajna, who served St. Luke’s for 16 years and retired in 2020. Frazier has Sister Bay connections, having spent summers in Sister Bay at her parents’ summer home.

  • Meals on Wheels Available in Baileys Harbor

    The Meals on Wheels program will expand to the Baileys Harbor area on Wednesdays and Fridays at 12 pm. If you or someone you know could benefit from receiving Meals on Wheels, call 920.746.2372 for an assessment. There is a suggested $5 donation. Also call 920.746.2372 (24 hours in advance) to reserve a meal.

  • Adopt A Soldier No Longer Accepting Noncash Donations

    Since it was founded in 2008, Adopt A Soldier Door County’s focus has been on supporting troops through care packages. However, troops and their families have stopped responding to Adopt A Soldier’s requests to let the organization know what they need, so Adopt A Soldier is no longer accepting noncash donations. Instead, it has updated […]

  • Girl Scouts Receive Awards for Community Projects

    Gibraltar School District Girl Scout Troops 4356 and 4392 were recognized during the April 17 Girl Scouts of Distinction award ceremony for their community-service projects. Troop 4356 received the silver award for its project that included building and installing wood duck and kestrel houses for Door County Land Trust properties, as well as painting and […]

  • Celebrating Door County’s Golden Hearts

    The parking lot was jammed in front of Stone Harbor in Sturgeon Bay on April 19, and inside, some 255 people enjoyed dinner and socializing before learning who among Door County’s many dedicated volunteers would receive the high honor of Volunteer of the Year within their category.  The occasion was the 21st annual Golden Heart […]

  • New Sturgeon Bay Zoning Allows Studio Apartments

    The city’s zoning code now includes a provision to construct efficiency or studio apartments. Prior to the change, the city code did not allow multiple-family housing to have a floor area per dwelling unit of fewer than 500 square feet with one bedroom.  The Sturgeon Bay Common Council gave final approval April 18 to an […]

  • Change at the Top of The Ridges

    Katie Krouse named director of The Ridges Sanctuary Near the end of Katie Krouse’s first summer working at The Ridges Sanctuary, she had what she thought was a simple question for her coworkers.  “I kept asking people what my last day was,” she recalled. “Nobody could tell me.” Nearly nine years later, both she and […]

  • Candle Company Owner Named Hometown Hero

    The Wisconsin State Assembly is honoring Christiana Gorchynsky Trapani, the owner of Door County Candle Company, as a Hometown Hero for her work raising more than $1 million for Razom, a nonprofit organization that’s providing emergency relief for people in war-torn Ukraine. Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) nominated her for the award.  “What Christiana and […]

  • Gibraltar’s Reserve Liquor License Going for $20,000

    The Town of Gibraltar decided in February to move forward with issuing its reserve liquor license, necessitating a rewrite of its liquor-license ordinance, and that rewritten ordinance was approved during the town’s April 12 meeting. The reserve license will be issued July 1, when all of the town’s other liquor licenses are renewed. It will […]

  • Roots Yoga Host Official Opening

    Roots Yoga and Healing is hosting an open house and ribbon cutting May 5, 12 pm, to celebrate the official opening of its permanent location at 417 Steele St. in Algoma. Visit to learn about classes and services and to book appointments.

  • Open House at Inspired Employment

    Inspired Employment is hosting an open house May 2, 11 am – 5 pm. The company was established last year to provide a community-based learning approach to individuals with cognitive, mental, developmental and physical disabilities who live in Door County. Learn more at

  • Young Auto Named Carfax Top-Rated Service Center

    Young Automotive has been recognized in the fourth annual CARFAX Top-Rated Service Center Program. Young Auto received a 4.8 rating, out of a possible five stars, based on verified reviews from CARFAX Car Care members.

  • Name Released for Door County’s Second Fatal Crash of 2023

    The Door County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the driver who died in a one-vehicle crash April 14 on Mill Road in the Town of Forestville around 3:30 pm. The driver and only occupant of the vehicle was 32-year-old Gildardo Valazquez, a Mexican national who was working in the area, according to the […]

  • Action Realty Awards

    Action Realty agents were recently honored for their work in 2022. (From left) Award recipients were Julie Henkel, Diamond Award; Markus Tassoul, 2-Diamond Award; Mark Hilsabeck, Ruby Award; and Lori Flick, 4-Diamond Award. Laddie Chapman (not pictured) earned a Sapphire Award.

  • Local Cheesemakers Earn Awards

    Door Artisan Cheese Company of Egg Harbor was first runner-up overall for its Vintage Cupola American Original Cheese, and Renard’s Cheese/Rosewood Dairy of Southern Door placed third in the National Snack Cheese category for its Renard’s Whips – both in the United States Championship Cheese Contest held in February in Green Bay. There were more than […]

  • Dalum Beverage Equipment Opens Office in Algoma

    Dalum Beverage Equipment – a Søndersø, Denmark–based manufacturer of CO2 collection units for craft brewers and distillers – has opened an office at 507 Navarino Street in Algoma. John Kiedrowski is its managing director.

  • New Board Members at Children’s Center

    The Northern Door Children’s Center’s board of directors has added two new members. Trudy Cox spent her career as an educator, particularly of young children, and Bill Hollis retired in 2021 after 38 years in the energy industry.

  • Rezoning Recommended for Fish Creek Workforce Housing

    The Gibraltar Plan Commission is recommending that the Gibraltar Town Board support a petition to rezone 4.90 acres at 3815 Cty F from Light Industrial (LI) to Neighborhood Residential (NR).  The commission’s 3-2 decision to support the zoning change – chair Linda Merline and alternate board member Wayne Kudick did not support the recommendation – […]

  • Door County Historical Society Hires New Employees

    At the Door County Historical Society, Michaela Kraft is filling the new role of curator and interpretations manager, and Wendy Wagner is the new Eagle Bluff Lighthouse site manager – a seasonal position.

  • DNR Approves Wetlands Fill for Sturgeon Bay Fleet Farm

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) gave final approval last week to allowing Fleet Farm to fill 5,550 square feet (0.13 acres) of wetlands where the company is planning to build a roughly 92,000-square-foot retail store along the west entrance to Sturgeon Bay. The approximately 40 acres of land the city annexed from the […]

  • Brey Joins DCEDC Board of Directors

    Moriah Brey of Brey Cycle Farm and Brey Family Beef has joined the Door County Economic Development Corporation’s (DCEDC) board of directors. She leads the finance and human resources areas for a multigenerational family farm that has been in Door County for 120 years and is currently operated by her husband, Tony; brother-in-law Jacob Brey; […]

  • Survey on Manufacturing Needs Will Drive New NWTC Program

    Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) is conducting a survey to develop an alternative CNC training program for Door County manufacturers. The survey will provide feedback about the competencies that manufacturers need for their current and future employees. NWTC will then use the information to develop a program for several Door County companies. CNC business owners […]

  • USDA Offers Funding to Expand High-Speed Internet in Rural Areas

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the availability of $20 million to deliver broadband technical assistance resources to rural communities, and to support the development and expansion of broadband cooperatives. The USDA is offering the funding under the new Broadband Technical Assistance Program, which supports projects such as conducting feasibility studies, completing network […]

  • DCMC Launches Health Care Training Program

    Door County Medical Center (DCMC), in conjunction with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, now offers SPARC: Start the Path to a Rewarding Career.  This on-the-job health care training program provides financial support and on-the-job hours needed to complete licensure and certification for certified nursing assistants, certified medical assistants, licensed practical nurses and registered nurses. Find out more […]

  • NWTC Selects Next President

    Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) has chosen Dr. Kristen Raney as its eighth president – and the first female president in its 111-year history. She will begin July 1, following the retirement of Dr. H. Jeffrey Rafn, who has served the college for 26 years.

  • New Era Begins for Northern Door Health Care

    After a year of focusing on what’s up with that crazy-looking roof, the focus can now turn to what’s inside Door County Medical Center’s (DCMC) new Sister Bay clinic.  Staff members have completed their move into the new clinic, combining their Fish Creek services and Sister Bay rehabilitation clinic into one $15 million, 30,000-square-foot facility. […]

  • Parent Corner: Screen Time

    by KAREN COREKIN-DeLaMER, Education and Community Relations Coordinator, Northern Door Children’s Center Dear Karen, My son is 3 years old. He alternates weeks between me and his dad. We comfortably co-parent, and he spends time every week with my mom, too. All of us agree on most things when it comes to raising our boy. […]

  • Book Signing with Podcaster Ray Fister

    Door 44 Winery is hosting a book signing with Ray Fister on April 29, 1 pm. He’s the producer of the Life between the Vines podcast – the longest running wine podcast – and an online newsletter that seeks to make wine less intimidating through its interviews with winemakers worldwide. In his new book, Vino Lingo, Fister […]

  • Clarizio Signs Books at Yardstick

    Sturgeon Bay author Valerie Clarizio is signing copies of her new book, A Fraudulent Encounter, as well as her other titles, May 5, 5-8 pm. She’s a USA Today bestselling author who has published 17 romance works since 2012. In A Fraudulent Encounter – part of the author’s Crime and Passion Stalk City Hall Series – widowed […]

  • OtherWorlds Celebrates Independent Bookstore Day

    OtherWorlds Books & More is celebrating Independent Bookstore Day with a surprise book exchange April 28, 5 pm. Participants should take a book that has special meaning to them and is wrapped to keep it secret. Each participant will choose a book, and the person who shared it will explain what makes it special. Everyone […]

  • Editor’s Note: It’s Apparently Not a Big Deal to Fill Small Wetlands

    I’ve been told it’s not a big deal that the proposed Fleet Farm development in Sturgeon Bay has received a permit to fill some wetland. It’s a small amount – 5,550 square feet – a “small and degraded wetland,” as it’s described in a city staff report. The topic didn’t arise at a city public […]

  • Employee Information Sought for Masterfreeze History Booklet

    Linda Beckstrom – a 1971 Gibraltar alumna and a granddaughter of the founder of Sister Bay’s Masterfreeze Corporation, E.F. “Andy” Anderson – is creating a history of the company. With a government contract in the early 1950s, Masterfreeze employed nearly 300 people to build walk-in freezers between 1945 and 1966.  Beckstrom has received a collection of […]

  • Book Recommendation: ‘Pineapple Street’ by Jenny Jackson

    Recommended by KARLIE MARTENS, Bookseller, Novel Bay Booksellers When you’re stuck in the melodrama of your own family, sometimes it’s nice to float away and enjoy someone else’s family drama. Pineapple Street offers exactly that. Readers travel to the fruit streets of Brooklyn, where they meet the Stocktons: members of a wealthy, tennis-loving, out-of-touch-with-reality family. […]

  • Photographer Allen Morris Plays with Light

    Meet the 2023 Hal Prize photography judge We are only days away from the opening of the 2023 Hal Prize, and this year, we’ve been working with our partners – Write On, Door County and Peninsula School of Art – to create what we hope will be one of the best contest years yet. Each […]

  • Belgian Heritage Center Volunteer Training

    The Belgian Heritage Center is hosting a volunteer training session for new and returning volunteers May 6, 10 am, at the center. Refreshments will be served. Volunteers are needed to serve as docents or guides, help at events, and serve on committees related to exhibits, presentations, buildings and grounds, events and fundraising. Novice volunteers serve […]

  • Bookmobile Brainstorming Session

    The Heritage Alliance of Door County is hosting a brainstorming session May 10, 6 pm, to gauge the impact of and commitment to a fully restored and operational Door County Bookmobile. From 1950 until 1989, the Door County Library operated a service that shared books with rural readers throughout the peninsula. The Egg Harbor Historical […]

  • Wild Things: Carey Wants More Women Fishing

    Charter captain third in annual Baileys Harbor trout tourney by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected], Peninsula Pulse contributor A Sheboygan charter captain and founder of Wisconsin Women Fish, Barb Carey, placed third in the 35th Baileys Harbor Brown Trout Tournament April 13-16. “It was the only fish I caught all weekend,” Carey said. “It could have taken […]

  • Sevastopol Ordinance Attempts to Stem Future STR Growth

    As of March 2023, according to DCTZC data, Sevastopol had 81 licensed STRs, listed as privately owned homes, cabins and cottages. The rules have changed for short-term-rental (STR) properties operating within the Town of Sevastopol after July 1. The Sevastopol Town Board passed an ordinance April 17 that will not allow STRs to be rented […]

  • Sister Bay Proposes Major Changes to STR Regulations

    After convening for a lengthy discussion in closed session, the Sister Bay Plan Commission emerged Tuesday night with a new direction in its regulation of short-term rentals (STRs) that will go to public hearing for review on May 23.  Administrator Julie Schmelzer announced that the commission had reached consensus on a new short-term-rental ordinance that […]

  • Obituary: Gordon Jaeger

    March 9, 1931 ~ December 16, 2022 Gordon Berthold Gustav Jaeger, 91, of Washington Island, Wisconsin, died peacefully on December 16, 2022, with his loving son, Keith and daughter-in-law, Caro, by his side. Gordon was preceded in death by his mother, Gertrude Jaeger, his spouse, Kay Elizabeth Jaeger, his first wife, Patricia Uttech Jaeger, and […]

  • Obituary: Philip J. Gordon

    May 22, 1953 ~ April 24, 2023 Philip J. Gordon, 69, died after a lengthy illness on Monday, April 24, 2023. He was born May 22, 1953 in Sturgeon Bay, son of Howard and Dolloris “Marge” (Miller) Gordon. Phil graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1971 and the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay […]

  • Obituary: Donna Jean Sacotte

    September 2, 1946 ~ April 20, 2023 Donna Jean Sacotte, 76, of Sturgeon Bay died at St. Mary’s Hospital in Green Bay on April 20, 2023.  She was born September 2, 1946, in Gardner to Henry and Jane (Fengler) Vogel.  She married Colin Joseph Sacotte on February 20, 1965, at Holy Name of Mary Church, […]

  • Obituary: Eric Earl Matthiesen

    July 2, 1944 ~ April 17, 2023 Eric Earl Matthiesen, 78, of Ellenton, Florida and Fish Creek, Wisconsin, died peacefully at home on Monday, April 17, 2023. He was born July 2, 1944, in Chicago, Illinois, son of the late Earl Walter and Marion Barbara (Hand) Matthiesen. Eric graduated from Main Township East High School with the […]