Peninsula Pulse Aug 4-11, 2023

In this issue

  • Southern Door Alumnus Tapped for Interim Superintendent Post

    The search for an interim superintendent after a resignation this spring led the Southern Door County School Board to select a 1976 Southern Door graduate for the role. Tony Klaubauf – who served for 11 years as the Denmark School District’s superintendent and retired from that post in 2018 – will fill the role until […]

  • Obituary: Dean Michael Champeau

    August 7, 1932 – July 29, 2023 Dean Michael Champeau, 90, of Sister Bay, died on Saturday, July 29, 2023 at Good Samaritan Society – Scandia Village in Sister Bay. While battling dementia and Alzheimer’s, he remained a kind and quiet man.Dean was born August 7, 1932 in Fish Creek, the son of Victor J. […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Noise Pollutes Bay Shore Drive

    In my almost 60 years on Bay Shore Drive in Sevastopol, just north of Sturgeon Bay, I have been enduring the increased noise pollution that surrounds my property.  Whether it be semi trucks carrying large equipment, motorcycles, landscapers or tourists heading up the scenic drive, Bay Shore Drive has become a thoroughfare and a residential […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Doomed to Fail?

    Right to Read … really? Sounds good. A worthy goal. And so obvious how the GOP has a way of diverting from other sociological priorities that contribute to the problem and that they will never fund. I suggest Right to Read is doomed to fail.  Here are the facts from a PBS NewsHour interview with […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Unbelievable Mystery

    Why is it that when cocaine was found in the White House, federal authorities couldn’t determine where it was found? Was it in the White House west executive entrance, or was it the formal lobby of the West Wing? Could anything be more simple to determine? Who found it, and where? Was the packaging ever […]

  • Letter to the Editor: A Biblical Perspective

    Do you know that our laws have had a biblical basis and foundation? Yet with all the Christian churches in Door County, we are progressively drifting away from our Judeo-Christian faith, especially in the area of  morality. When has adultery been right? Commandment number seven in Exodus 20:14 brought the death penalty for both parties […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Camp Zion’s New Dining Hall: What’s the Real Issue?

    Camp Zion in Ellison Bay is building a new dining hall to replace a building that is undersized and outdated. No, Camp Zion is not expanding its operations. No, by law, Camp Zion is not increasing the number of campers. No, Camp Zion is not trying to “pull a fast one” on the county or […]

  • The Fair-Trade Difference

    Four Door County business proprietors talk about the ethics behind their fair-trade products and practices Around the world, 736 million people are living in poverty, often getting paid less than $2 per day for their farming or artisanal work, according to Fairtrade America. Along with other such organizations, it says that the sale and purchase […]

  • Parent Corner: Simple and Sweet

    From cherry picking to cherry pie Picking cherries with your littles is a fun, quintessential Door County activity. My toddler loved wandering the rows with her mini bucket in hand, choosing the perfect tree from which to pluck. She filled that pail slowly and deliberately, until her fingers and arms ached, and she said, “You […]

  • Jurassic World Live Tour Celebrates Reading

    The Jurassic World Live Tour has partnered with public libraries on a children’s reading program so that kids can earn a free ticket – with the purchase of one adult ticket – to the tour’s stop at the Resch Center in Green Bay in October. Kids should visit a participating public library to pick up a Reward […]

  • Dairy Basket Program Continues

    The Dairy Baskets for Readers summer reading program is continuing at the Forestville Library until Aug. 24. For every book they read, library patrons get one chance to win one of eight baskets filled with cheeses, coupons for ice cream, dairy-related gifts and more. The drawing will be held Aug. 25, and winners will be […]

  • Yardstick Hosts Book Signing with Corey Geiger

    Chat with Corey Geiger – the author of the new book The Wisconsin Farm They Built – on Aug. 4, 5-7 pm, at Yardstick Books, 317 Steele St. in Algoma. He will also sign copies of his books. In The Wisconsin Farm They Built, Elmer Pritzl found himself plunged into adulthood at age 16 after his mother […]

  • Write On Hosts 10th-Anniversary Gala

    Write On, Door County is celebrating 10 years of carrying out its mission during its annual Fall Gala on Oct. 26 – a special event featuring author Faith Adiele, who was the Peninsula Pulse’s 2021 Hal Prize nonfiction judge. The gala at the Kress Pavillion in Egg Harbor will begin with cocktails at 5:30 pm. Dinner […]

  • Hal Prize Fiction Screening Judge: Thomas Davis

    We asked the group of local screening judges for the Hal Prize to share with readers and writers what they’re looking for when they go through submissions: Why does one piece of writing make it to the final round, but not another? These columns will illuminate the screeners’ process and help those who want to […]

  • Peninsula Poetry: Peter Sherrill

    Peter Sherrill’s poems and essays have appeared in a variety of state and regional publications, and he is a past president of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets. He and his wife, Carrie, facilitate the Art/Speaks ekphrastic writing events through Write On, Door County. They are both preliminary judges for the Hal Prize in poetry.  What […]

  • Editor’s Note: Wishing Sam a Speedy Recovery

    Her name is Samantha Marie Watson. We know her as Sam, as do readers of the Peninsula Pulse. Sam began working for us in June 2022, immediately after earning her UW-Madison journalism degree. We knew from her résumé and interviews that she was intelligent, with enough experience to show us her talents as a reporter […]


    June 27, 1945 – July 30, 2023 Sister Anne Margaret Carmody, (also known as Sister Paul Ann), age 78, a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross, died on Sunday, July 30, 2023 at St. Mary’s Hospital. Sister Anne Margaret was born on June 27, 1945 in Sturgeon Bay, WI, daughter […]

  • Numerous Arrests in Sturgeon Bay Drug Bust

    The revival of a man with Narcan – a medicine used to help people overdosing on an opioid – led to a search warrant Monday and the arrest of multiple people at a home in the Town of Sturgeon Bay. The Door County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence in the town where a 42-year-old […]

  • Sister Bay Seeks Input on Draft Facilities Plan

    The Village of Sister Bay is seeking input on a draft facilities plan at a public informational session on Saturday, Aug. 12, from 9 am – 1 pm at the fire station at 2258 Mill Road.  The village hired Ayres to study the properties it owns and create recommendations for future use, consolidation or improvements. […]

  • Wild Things: Henriksen to Update Natural Resources Board on Fish

    The whitefish harvest and lake trout stakeholders are among the topics by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected], Peninsula Pulse contributor Door County commercial fisherman Charlie Henriksen, chair of the Lake Michigan Commercial Fishing Board, will be among the presenters during an informational portion of the state Natural Resources Board meeting in Viroqua on Wednesday, Aug. 9.  Henriksen […]

  • Obituary: Gregory W. Virlee

    Gregory Walter Virlee, 71, of Sturgeon Bay died at Door County Medical Center on August 1, 2023.   He was born October 21, 1951, in Sturgeon Bay to Henry and Ethel (Annoye) Virlee.  Greg married Margaret “Maggie” Dorothy Koenig on October 27, 1973, in Luxemburg. Greg grew up on a farm in Brussels and graduated from […]

  • Horseshoe Bay Farms Reunion Aug. 13

    Horseshoe Bay Farms was once the largest employer in Door County and one of the most innovative dairy breeding operations in Wisconsin. Its sprawling complex of barns, buildings, gardens and orchards at 7212 Horseshoe Bay Road south of Egg Harbor was awe inspiring in the 1920s, and its remnants remain so today. The people who […]

  • Obituary: Roger George Anderson

    December 22, 1952 ~ July 30, 2023 On Sunday, July 30, 2023, Roger George Anderson, 70, of the Town of Nasewaupee, died at the Unity Hospice Jack and Engrid Meng Residence in the Town of Ledgeview with family at his side. He was born December 22, 1952 in Sturgeon Bay to Gustave and Emily (Goll) […]

  • County League: Kolberg Keeps Hopes Alive with Late Rally

    I write this weeks’ article sitting poolside in Boston, contemplating retirement. Not from the working world mind you, but sports retirement. You hear people say things like “He went out on top” or “He stayed too long and was a shell of his former self.” We all know that father time will forever be undefeated […]

  • Bill Bertschinger’s Egg Harbor History

    Egg Harbor native Bill Bertschinger has assembled a video with his narration of growing up and experiencing Egg Harbor that will be shown Aug. 8, 2 pm, at the Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church St. in Egg Harbor. Bertschinger has spent 90-plus years growing, working and watching Egg Harbor develop into what it is today. He […]

  • Gibraltar Talks Event Highlights Cornils Stables

    The Gibraltar Historical Association’s next Gibraltar Talks event will feature a presentation by Herb Hardt titled “Cornils Riding Stables” on Aug. 7, 7 pm, at the Old Gibraltar Town Hall, 4176 Maple St.  From the 1920s until the 1970s, the Cornils Riding Stables were part of Fish Creek, and Hardt will share his memories of […]

  • Obituary: Lawrence (“Larry”) Johnson Franklin, Jr.

    July 19, 1939 ~ July 26, 2023 Larry Franklin, 84, died peacefully on July 26, 2023. A summer resident of Door County with his wife Cissie for almost 30 years, Larry was born July 19, 1939 in Shreveport, La., to Margaret Ijams Franklin and L.J. Franklin. He was a handful in his youth, a state […]

  • Obituary: Eloise Elsie (Enstrom) Lindem

    May 17, 1933 ~ July 26, 2023 Eloise Elsie Lindem, age 90 of the Village of Sister Bay, died on Wednesday, July 26, 2023, in Sturgeon Bay. She was born in Menominee, Michigan, on May 17, 1933, to the late Clifford and Elsie (Buckland) Enstrom. After graduating from Menominee High School, Eloise set out for […]

  • Obituary: John Carver Turner

    October 13, 1933 ~ July 15, 2023 John Carver Turner, age 89 of Ephraim, WI, died on Saturday, July 15, 2023, at home. He was born on October 13, 1933, to the late Maurice and Alice (Lefley) Turner in Elmhurst, IL. John graduated from York High School in Elmhurst, IL in 1951. John served our […]

  • Obituary: Laurie Margaret (Sampone) Haberli

    October 16, 1963 ~ July 25, 2023 Laurie Margaret Haberli, 59 of the Town of Jacksonport, died peacefully Tuesday evening, July 25, 2023, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Green Bay with her family at her side. She was born October 16, 1963, in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of the late William Wallace and Margaret Ellen […]

  • Obituary: Robert D. Perlewitz

    December 31, 1937 ~ July 24, 2023  Robert Donald Perlewitz 85, of Sturgeon Bay, died on July 24, 2023, at Door County Medical Center.  He was born on December 31, 1937, in Algoma to Raymond and Martha (Karrer) Perlewitz.  In 1958, he married Mary Johnson in Algoma. For over 40 years, Robert (better known as “Bob” or […]