Peninsula Pulse April 30-May 7, 2021

In this issue

  • Bank of Luxemburg Opens New Location in Fish Creek

    Bank of Luxemburg opened the doors to its new Fish Creek location – at the Top of the Hill Shops on May 3. The on-site local staff, including a mortgage lender, offer full-service banking: deposits, investments, loans and much more.   “We look forward to having a positive impact on the lives of people in Fish […]

  • New Wine and Picnic Boutique Opens at The Settlement Shops

    The Ginger House, a new wine and picnic boutique, is opening at The Settlement Shops in Fish Creek to offer picnic packages, wines and a selection of international goods and gifts. Visitors may unwind in the courtyard or take a basket to go. Owner Ginger Baron has traveled the world and sought out unusual artisan […]

  • True North Real Estate Welcomes Maria Jacobs

    True North Real Estate has welcomed Maria Jacobs as a new sales associate. She graduated from law school in Brazil before moving to Door County in 2007, a move that was inevitable after she fell in love with the peninsula while participating in a work/travel program in 2004. “Working in real estate makes so much sense […]

  • Suds with Sophie

    Sophie Nelson believes there’s a beer for everyone, so even though she can’t tell you which beer to give your mom for Mother’s Day, maybe just try asking your mother what she wants. Here I am, sitting at my desk, trying to think of a good Mother’s Day-themed beer article, and let me tell you: […]

  • Wisconsin Council on Forestry Wants to Hear From You

    In collaboration with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, the Wisconsin Council on Forestry (WCF) is hosting two virtual listening sessions to gather input from those in the forest-products industry, conservationists, recreation enthusiasts and residents.  The first session took place May 6; the second is set for May 11, 6-8 pm, when Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes […]

  • Village of Egg Harbor Joins No Mow May Movement

    Emerging pollinators need reliable food sources. That premise has inspired the No Mow May movement, which is taking root in many places, including the Village of Egg Harbor.  Its Parks and Public Works Committee and village trustees adopted the No Mow May concept last month, thus agreeing to hold off on mowing grass on public […]

  • Crossroads Endowment Fund Honors Coggin Heeringa

    The Crossroads at Big Creek board of directors has established the Coggin Heeringa Research and Education Endowment: a new fund that supports the organization’s educational and research efforts and honors Heeringa’s passion, vision and dedication in leading the organization for 20 years as its director. She now serves as its program director and naturalist.  “We […]

  • Study Highlights Global Cost of Invasive Species

    A recent study in the journal Nature suggests that the global economic cost of invasive species – in both “damage” costs and “management” costs – has been at least $1.28 trillion during the past 50 years, and that’s likely an underestimation.  “This trillion-dollar bill doesn’t show any sign of slowing down, with a consistent three-fold increase […]

  • Southern Door to Host Farm-to-School Program

    The Southern Door County School District has been selected as a new host site for the Farm to School AmeriCorps Program, a national service program that seeks to improve children’s nutrition through farm-to-school activities, build community connections, create future leaders, and support sustainable farm-to-school programs that encourage healthful behaviors and improve school food environments.  “The […]

  • Todey Will Head Fair Aid Coalition

    Sue Todey, a 15-year member of the Sevastopol School Board, has been elected president of the Fair Aid Coalition, a statewide organization that advocates for high-property-value school districts at the state Capitol. Gibraltar Superintendent Tina Van Meer also serves on the coalition’s board. The Fair Aid Coalition is working to modify the state’s high-cost transportation-aid […]

  • Op-Ed: Fair Treatment for All Homeowners

    We are your neighbors. We own and care for homes that welcome guests to Door County, often in a neighborhood setting. More than 80% of our homes are owned by Wisconsinites. Our homes pay considerable lodging taxes in addition to property tax. If ordinances currently under consideration in Sevastopol (and being considered by other townships) […]

  • Pulse of Philanthropy: Let’s Assume the Best of Each Other

    The other night I was sitting next to my wife, Cari, while scrolling through Google News on my phone. The top story was about some inarticulate comment made by some public figure.  What followed was a series of articles and videos of commentators on one side of the political aisle feigning indignation and holding up […]

  • Framed

    Bob Bultman of Restore Door conducts a prairie burn at a client’s property in an effort to help restore the county’s natural prairies. Photo by Dan Eggert.

  • Server of the Week: Travis Ward at Wickman House

    11976 Mink River Road in Ellison Bay A heart of gold and the soul of a lion,  Mixin’ up mighty fine drinks with his bowtie stylin’. The first one to show up and the last one who leaves,  He’ll always have your back – friends as thick as thieves. An amazing coach, son and father, […]

  • County League Returns Sunday

    Door County League Baseball action returns to the fields of Door County on May 9. The league played an abbreviated schedule in 2020 because of COVID-19 but is returning with a full slate in 2021.  May 9 Schedule All games at 1:30 pm Institute at Sister Bay Baileys Harbor at Kolberg Washington Island at West […]

  • Stivers Gymnasts Capture 6 Golds

    Three Door County YMCA Strivers gymnasts captured a total of six gold medals at the 32nd annual Wisconsin State Badger Games.  Level 8 senior gymnast Miya Eliyha grabbed gold in the floor exercise with a score of 9.35, and on the balance beam with a score of 8.65. Level 6 gymnast Daylia Sund captured gold […]

  • Christy Braun Sets Swim Team Record

    Christy Braun set a DCY swim team record in the 400 individual medley at the recent national swim meet. Braun placed sixth overall in the individual medley and ninth in the 200-meter breaststroke as she set another team record. Julia Michalski, Cassie Rankin, Maggie Ripp and Stella Kersebet placed seventh in the 200 and 400 medley […]

  • DC Triathlon to Return July 17-18

    Door County Triathlon director Sean Ryan plans to host a live event July 17-18 in Egg Harbor.  “Continued declines in COVID cases throughout the country and in Wisconsin, along with rapidly accelerating vaccination of the populace, give us cause for optimism,” Ryan said in an email to participants. “We also intend to work with the […]

  • Mark Dufeck Records Hole-in-One

    Mark Dufeck of Sturgeon Bay recorded a hole-in-one April 9 using a wedge off the tee on the 115-yard sixth hole at Stonehedge Golf Course in Egg Harbor. Denny Delorit of Egg Harbor witnessed the shot.

  • Bowling League Results

    Apple Dumpling League April 23, 2021 • League Champions: LeMieux/Bosman: Jill and Dan Bosman, Jen and Randy LeMieux • High team game/series: Strike Force 866/2,266 • High game (women): Kathy Franke 216 • High series (women): Tracy May 595 • High game (men): Bob Kramer 268 • High series (men): Scott Voeks 685 Majors League  April 22, […]

  • Bits & Bites: Kick Ash After Hours, Fika’s Back, Ale Fest Canceled

    Kick Ash After Hours Kick Ash has launched Kick Ash After Hours, extending its Thursday, Friday and Saturday hours until 9 pm. Enjoy wine by the glass, coffee, snacks, board games and more at its location at 12001 Mink River Road in downtown Ellison Bay. Fika Opens May 7 Fika Bakery and Cafe on the […]

  • This Week: HWY Construction Under Way; Mental Health Month Events

    Construction is underway on a 17.5-mile stretch of Highway 57 between Sturgeon Bay and Baileys Harbor. The $6.4 million project by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) includes resurfacing lanes and shoulders and associated improvements. This week’s work includes installation of erosion control measures along the project route and grading and shaping the ends of […]

  • Buy Two, Get Third for Free at Carlsville Businesses May 6

    On May 6, Carlsville will host a Spring Open House that will feature specials at all participating businesses. From 7:30 am – 4 pm, stop by Door County Coffee & Tea for a buy two, get-the-third-free special on bulk or packaged coffee. While there, grab a cup of coffee that is roasted in house, enjoy a […]

  • May Reading Recommendations

    The Thursday Murder Club by Richard OsmanRecommended by Novel Bay bookseller Kimberly Wells Murder? Mystery? Sassy pensioners in a posh British retirement community? Check, check and quadruple check! When four crime-busting senior citizens insert themselves into a murder investigation, they discover a related cold case with personal connections.  The Thursday Murder Club mixes humor and […]

  • Door County Writes: ‘My Welcome to Door County’

    Story by Paul Brophy I can’t stand a crying baby in a restaurant, especially if it is mine. The wailing makes my skin crawl. That first night, my whole in-law Chicago family was just settling into Casey’s Bar in Egg Harbor, when my six-month-old, Maura, began to writhe and cry. I had to get her […]

  • The Prints of Dale Vanden Houten Take Many Shapes

    Dale Vanden Houten defines his artwork strictly as printing. That does describe the framed images on the walls of Two Bridges, the studio gallery at 24 S. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay that he shares with abstract painter Julia Redwine. But that description falls short of explaining the colorful sculptures sitting on a display table, […]

  • Manners Matter: Kids Must Help with New Puppy

    Dear Mary Pat, My family just got a new puppy – hurray! We are all very excited, and my kids are as happy as can be. However, when we got the puppy, we told them they would need to help be responsible for taking care of her. This hasn’t been happening. Any advice on how […]

  • Door to Nature: Early-Blooming Trailing Arbutus

    It is one of the most-anticipated events here in the North Country: the blossoming of the first wildflowers. A few in that category – the skunk cabbage and the trailing arbutus – are secluded and not very abundant. A good friend, Larry Warren, sent me several beautiful photos he made of trailing arbutus in full bloom on […]

  • Harvesting Maple Syrup With Louis Sohns

    Louis Sohns, nearly 85, has been tapping trees since he was six years old As farmers prepare their fields for a new season of growing, the harvest for another season has recently concluded: maple-syrup making.  Hard at the classic tree-tapping business this year, as he has been in one way or another for more than […]

  • Win Bookstore Gift Cards in the MIBA Road Map Contest

    Readers, rejoice! The Midwest Independent Booksellers Association (MIBA) is hosting its popular Midwest Indie Bookstore Road Map Contest: a yearlong affair that includes monthly prizes and an annual grand prize and rewards readers for using the print road map that MIBA releases each year that includes all of the independent bookstores in the region.  Participating […]

  • Intern with Write On, Door County

    Write On, Door County is now accepting applications for its 2021 internship program. Responsibilities include administrative tasks that support Write On’s programming and marketing, and managing the welcome center at its new Writing Center. To carry out its mission to inspire people to write and share their stories, Write On, Door County offers a year-round […]

  • Door County Reads Looks to Community for 2022 Selection

    Are you excited about the next season of Door County Reads? This year, the Door County Reads committee is turning to the community for help in choosing the 2022 title. Submit a book idea at by the May 15 deadline. The person who suggests the winning title will be notified by May 31, and […]

  • Coming Up at Write On: Poetry reading, nonfiction writing and flash fiction

    April 30, 6:30 pmSheltering with Poems Reading Contributors to the new poetry anthology from the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets and Bent Paddle Press will read from their work. Free. May 1, 9 am – 12 pmThe Art of Brevity Explore short forms such as flash fiction, memoir and prose poems with teaching artist Robin Sauerwein. The […]

  • Kurt Brown Prizes Available for Emerging Writers

    Each year, the Kurt Brown Prizes award $500 to three emerging writers in fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction to attend a writers’ conference, class or residency program with an organization that belongs to Writers’ Conferences and Centers – which includes Write On, Door County. The three winners and six finalists will also receive a one-year […]

  • Fourth-grader Jackson Krueger Earns Art Award

    Southern Door fourth-grader Jackson Krueger has received the Youth Merit Award in a virtual statewide exhibit sponsored by ARTS for ALL Wisconsin. The award includes a $25 gift certificate and a plaque honoring Krueger and his art. Krueger designed and created his felt pen and colored pencil artwork, “COVID Run Away,” with support and encouragement […]

  • Edgewood Orchard Galleries Starts Season with Two Feature Shows

    Edgewood Orchard Galleries, 4140 Peninsula Players Road in Fish Creek, will open for its 53rd season May 1, 10 am, with two feature shows of new artwork.  In the Courtyard Gallery, see the happy paintings of Judi Ekholm: a mix of traditional paintings and outdoor murals that focus on water, sky and her signature flowers, […]

  • Fine Line Design Gallery Opens for the Season, May 1

    Fine Line Designs Gallery (, 10376 Hwy 42 in Ephraim, will open May 1 for the 2021 season, highlighting new works by tenured Fine Line artists and welcoming several new ones. Furniture artist Michael Beaster will return to the gallery after several years at his own gallery in Ephraim. Another addition is James Faecke, a […]

  • Potters’ Guild’s Pottery Tour Returns May 1

    Door County Potters’ Guild members will celebrate the beginning of the 2021 season with a modified version of their traditional opening-weekend pottery tour. All member potteries will be open May 1, 10 am – 5 pm, to welcome visitors. Masks and social distancing are encouraged. Participating Ellison Bay potteries include Ellison Bay Pottery, 12156 Garrett Bay […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Parsnip

    Meet Parsnip (, a two-year-old cat who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus in Sturgeon Bay. She’s a timid gal who will need plenty of time to decompress before feeling comfortable in her new home. Parsnip enjoys the company of other calm cats and would likely do well in […]

  • Community Recycling Event Held June 5

    Immanuel Lutheran Church of Baileys Harbor will partner with Door County Scrap Metal (DCSM) to host a community recycling event June 5, 9 am – 1 pm, at the Baileys Harbor Recreation Park, 2623 Summit Road. Most items are free to recycle, but some larger items will require a fee, a portion of which will be […]

  • Sunshine Resources Celebrates Earth Day with Trash Pick-up

    Sunshine Resources of Door County clients and staff celebrated Earth Day on April 22 by picking up trash around the neighborhood and on the Ahnapee Trail to do their part to keep the environment clean and safe. Clients realized that much of the trash they collected wasn’t biodegradable and therefore needed to be picked up: a lesson […]

  • Door CANcer Cancels 2021 Spring Fling Fundraiser

    DOOR CANcer has canceled its Spring Fling fundraiser – the group’s largest, generating nearly half the money it provides to applicants for the entire year – because of the ongoing pandemic. You can still show your support to provide the necessary financial support to Door County friends and neighbors who continue to fight cancer. Mail donations to DOOR […]

  • Emergency Response Fund Opens Assistance Program to Arts, Environmental and Historical Groups

    The Door County Emergency Response Fund (ERF) invites all arts,  environmental and historical groups, as well as other nonprofits that are incurring COVID-19-related expenses to join human-service charities in seeking assistance.  The Door County Community Foundation and United Way of Door County have begun addressing the third priority of ERF’s work: providing support for nonprofit organizations […]

  • Upcoming Blood Drives in Door County

    Interested in donating blood? Plan to attend one of these upcoming donation events. Scheduling in advance is encouraged. • May 3, 11:30 am – 3 pm, at Therma-Tron-X, 1155 S. Neenah Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. Call 800.280.4102 to schedule an appointment.  • May 3, 7:30-9 am, Nicolet National Bank, 34 W. Maple St. in Sturgeon Bay. Call Natalie […]

  • A Taste of Tradition: Mr. G’s continues serving up delicious memories

    There’s something wonderful about visiting Door County for the 10th or 20th or even 30th year, watching the numerous exit signs of Green Bay slowly morph into a wall of evergreens and birch trees. And there’s something magical that keeps families and generations heading north to the peninsula: tradition. Although Door County is going through […]

  • Gibraltar Legion Baseball Team’s Annual Fish-fry Fundraiser, May 2

    Join the Gibraltar Legion Baseball Team for a drive-through fish-fry fundraiser May 2, 3-6 pm, at Alexander’s, 3667 Hwy 42 in Fish Creek. The dinner includes fried fish – whitefish donated by Northern Door fishermen – boiled potatoes and onions, coleslaw, rye bread and dessert. Dinners are $15, and all proceeds will go to the baseball […]

  • Peninsula Gun Club Hosts Pizza Fundraiser to Start Junior Trap-shooting Team

    The Peninsula Gun Club, Koepsel’s Farm Market and Calamity Sam’s Pizza are sponsoring a fundraiser to help with the costs of starting a junior trap-shooting team to compete with other schools.  The pizza sale will feature a 14-inch Sam’s Special pizza. Toppings include cheese, sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, onions and green peppers. No substitutions are allowed, […]

  • Supervisors Change Diversity Statement

    The Door County Board reconsiders whether racism is a public-health crisis, resolves that it is and adopts a different way of dealing with issues of diversity, equity and inclusion.

  • Wild Things: Natural Resources Board Approves Whitefish Emergency Rule

    A seven-year effort led by Northern Door commercial fisherman Charlie Henriksen is finally coming to fruition on Green Bay. Wisconsin’s seven-citizen Natural Resources Board (NRB) unanimously approved an emergency rule allowing an increased quota for whitefish this season in commercial fishing Zone 1 (Lower Green Bay) during an online meeting April 14.  Henriksen, president of […]

  • Lack of Housing Cited as Top Barrier to Hiring Seasonal Workers

    In a recent survey of local employers, many said they’re struggling to find seasonal workers.  Eighty-five businesses from across the peninsula responded to the survey conducted by the Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) – enough to offer some valuable insight, according to Kelsey Fox, DCEDC’s director of communications and business development. More than half […]

  • Another Step Forward for Saving Potawatomi Tower

    The Sturgeon Bay Historical Society Foundation (SBHSF) continues to leap hurdles along the course to saving the Potawatomi State Park observation tower. The latest one came in the form of an engineer who finally received reciprocity from the state of Wisconsin and was able to officially stamp conceptual plans for an in-place repair of the […]

  • A Tower Reborn…Almost: Eagle Tower opening delayed again

    In a move fitting for the start-and-stop journey to rebuild Eagle Tower, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced Wednesday that the planned April 30 opening of the tower will be delayed for an unspecified length of time.  That means folks will have to wait a little longer to climb to the top and take […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Establishes NERR Committee

    Sturgeon Bay wants to be the public headquarters for a National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) and officially established a committee last week to help make that happen. The waters of Green Bay are the world’s largest freshwater estuary, and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is leading the charge for that body of water to become […]

  • Tension Grows Between Village, Pebble Beach Developers

    Lance and Bridget Crane objected Tuesday to the long list of conditions that the Sister Bay Plan Commission placed on their proposed condominium development on the former Little Sister Resort property. Attorneys Tyler Pluff and Amy Sullivan of Pinkert Law Firm did most of the talking for the Cranes during a tense exchange near the […]

  • Perspective: The Numbers Tell the Story of Our Labor Shortage

    One of the favorite parts of my job at Peninsula Publishing & Distribution is meeting with, talking with and – occasionally – debating with business owners, community leaders and others throughout the Door peninsula. I learn all manner of things during these conversations, and more often than not, the things I learn I share with […]

  • Hike This: The Black Trail at Whitefish Dunes State Park

    Whitefish Dunes State Park has a number of intersecting trails that offer a diverse cross section of ecosystems. The Black Trail shares a portion of its length with the Brachiopod Trail, taking hikers from a rocky shoreline with a glimpse of the water to dense hardwood forests. This is an excellent hike for beginners because […]

  • Docent-Led Hiking Tours Begin at The Clearing Folk School

    The Clearing Folk School is again offering free, docent-led, interpretive hiking tours that cover the 86-year history, folklore and landscape of the school and its 128-acre property; and visit the historic campus area of the property.  The hikes last about two hours. They begin at the Jens Jensen Visitor Center, 12171 Garrett Bay Road in […]

  • Open Door Bird Sanctuary Introduces Raptor Rambles

    Open Door Bird Sanctuary, 4114 Cty I in Jacksonport, is introducing Raptor Rambles: fun, family-friendly events during which participants can meet and learn about daytime birds of prey.  The first of two events, to be held June 3, will start with a pancake breakfast at 9 am in the picnic area. Then attendees will set […]

  • Big Plant Days Begin May 1 at Crossroads

    May 1 will be a special day at Crossroads at Big Creek ( the first of three Big Plant Days. Through its Habitat Healers volunteer program, Crossroads is one of 18 organizations participating in the Door County Big Plant tree-planting effort, coordinated by the Climate Change Coalition of Door County.  Habitat Healers meet every Saturday, […]

  • Creative Mastermind Course Helps to Clear Distractions

    Are you easily distracted by fear, worry, frustration or long to-do lists? Join Creative Mastermind: a free, light-hearted, virtual event on May 6, 7:15-8:15 pm. Jodi Rose Gonzales will lead the program about how to reduce head noise using an easy art-therapy journaling technique. “Head noise distracts you from your work, and it can contribute […]

  • Hatala to Lead Discussion of End-of-Life Issues

    Join life doula Marggie Hatala on May 5, 10-11 am, for a free, online discussion about issues during our final chapter of life.  Hatala will share her expertise on this subject and lead a discussion among community members. This is intended to be an opportunity for adult children, aging parents, those facing terminal disease and […]

  • Shipwrecked Presents New Expansion Plan

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This article has been updated to correct the number of seats at Shipwrecked prior to a 2017 fire. The owners of Shipwrecked Brew Pub in Egg Harbor took a new plan to the Egg Harbor Plan Commission Tuesday. The proposal includes a 1,865-square-foot addition and 92 additional seats in a beer garden next […]

  • Obituary: Tom W. Paulson

    April 29, 1961 ~ April 21, 2021 Tom W. Paulson, of Sturgeon Bay — formerly of Kaukauna — died suddenly on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 in his sleep. He was just 8 days shy of his 60th Birthday, yet managed to do more in his life than many people can dream of. He was born […]

  • Obituary: Robert Edward Miller

    April 15, 1925 ~ April 21, 2021 Robert Edward Miller, 96, of Sturgeon Bay, formerly of Milwaukee, died peacefully on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at the Door County Medical Center. Bob was born April 15, 1925 in Baileys Harbor, son of the late Gust and Mathilda (Kodanko) Miller. He graduated from Gibraltar High School with […]

  • Obituary: Kirk Richard Olson

    May 26, 1970 – April 21, 2021 Kirk Richard Olson of Sturgeon Bay died suddenly at the age of 50. He was born in Sturgeon Bay to Richard “Dick” and Judy (Spiegle) Olson. Kirk graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1988 and attended NWTC-Green Bay for auto body repair. Later he also attended Normandale […]

  • Obituary: Dean Gordon Schumacher

    July 21, 1954 – April 20, 2021 Dean Gordon Schumacher, 66, of Sturgeon Bay, died unexpectedly while doing what he loved: planting Christmas trees. He was born in Sturgeon Bay to Gordon and June (Vandermeuse) Schumacher. On Sept. 22, 1984, he married Judy Ebel at Corpus Christi Church. Shortly after graduating from Sevastopol High School in 1972, Dean became […]

  • Obituary: William “Bill” A. Haker

    June 29, 1929 – April 16, 2021 William “Bill” A. Haker died peacefully at the age of 91. He was born in Milwaukee and graduated from the University of Wisconsin. He served in the Army for two years and, after returning home, earned his master’s degree in finance at Marquette University. Bill spent his entire […]