Peninsula Pulse Dec. 13-20, 2019

In this issue

  • PODCAST: DCEDC’s Kelsey Fox on Live Door County

    Andrew and Myles discuss Ephraim’s work on protecting the shoreline from high water, a vehicle crash that killed a pedestrian in Institute, and about the potential for having a treatment court in Door County. After the break, they are joined by Kelsey Fox, the workforce development specialist at the Door County Economic Development Corporation, to […]

  • ‘TALLAK! immigrant’: A Book for Everyone with Ancestors

    It was the cemetery, finally, that brought it full circle. ML Forier had devoted 23 years to researching the history of her family, starting with her great-grandparents, Tallak Tellifsen Høen and Ellen Karine Halvorsdatter Høen, who left Norway for America in the mid-1840s. Forier is the youngest daughter of the youngest daughter of the youngest […]

  • The Gift of Poetry

    compiled by Jerod Santek, Artistic Director, Write On, Door County Poetry makes a wonderful gift any time of the year, as do all books. During this season of gift-giving, current and former Door County and Wisconsin poets laureate offered their recommendations for poetry collections that make wonderful gifts. Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver […]

  • Jacksonport Thanksgiving Day Parade Raised $6,396 for Door County Secret Santa

    Jane Lee & Jennifer Davis, founders of Door County Secret Santa, expressed thanks to Mary Witteborg, Gibraltar DECA students, Lindsay de Young, Sevastopol student council, grass roots committee of Jacksonport, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Military color guard, and the Sevastopol Marching Band for their contributions to the Jacksonport Thanksgiving Day Parade. They also expressed gratitude to […]

  • U.S. Cellular’s ‘Future of Good’ Program Seeks Nominations

    On Giving Tuesday, U.S. Cellular’s The Future of Good program returns for its fifth year to champion and invest in young people who are bringing fairness to their communities, including in the Door County area.  From Dec. 3, 2019 through April 15, 2020, anyone over the age of 18 is encouraged to visit to […]

  • Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Hosts Lumberjack Supper Jan. 29, 2020

    For the last 85 years, the men of the Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church have hosted the Lumberjack Supper. Originally known as the Cheeseman Lunch, the cooking was done on a wood stove and about 65 meals were served. Over the next 50-odd years the popularity of this event grew, and now the men are […]

  • Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 15

    The Sturgeon Bay Lions Club is hosting its annual all-you-can-eat breakfast with Santa at the Corpus Christi Church Social Hall on Dec. 15. Breakfast is served from 7:30-11:30 am and features pancakes, eggs, Door County cherries, pork sausages, sweet rolls, coffee, milk and juice. Tickets can be purchased from a Lion prior to the breakfast […]

  • AMVETS Post Presents Donation to St. John Bosco

    Bill Forry from AMVETS Post #51 presented a $100 check to Mrs. Dassler, principal at St. John Bosco Catholic School. Students wrote over 200 letters to active military personnel and local veterans in appreciation for serving our country. Letters were mailed out prior to Veterans Day. The check will help defray the expense for postage.

  • Dietitian Stephanie Nelson Joins St. Vincent Hospital

    HSHS St. Vincent Hospital Cancer Centers announced the board certification of registered dietitian, Stephanie Nelson, as a specialist in oncology nutrition.  Nelson has provided dietetic services to patients at HSHS St. Vincent Hospital Cancer Centers since 2015. She provides dietary guidance to support a patient’s cancer treatment, as well as combat the symptoms of cancer […]

  • Christmas Service Announcement for Lakeside Church

    Lakeside Community Church, E6295 Co Rd K, Algoma, will host Christmas Eve services on Dec. 24, 4:30 pm. Celebrate with family and friends. To learn more about Lakeside Community Church or the Christmas Eve service, visit

  • Nativity Novena Dec. 17-25 at Champion Shrine

    The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help will celebrate the birth of Jesus with the Nativity Novena Dec. 17-25. The nine days of prayer leading up to Christmas Day are prayers of celebration in anticipation of Christ’s birth. “The days leading up to Christmas Day are usually very hectic for people, so we […]

  • New Vascular Surgeon in Sturgeon Bay

    Dr. Rishi Subbarayan, a fellowship-trained vascular surgeon, is now seeing patients at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay. “Surgery can be stressful for patients and their families. That’s why I strive to ease their experience through communication and compassion,” said Dr. Subbarayan. “By establishing a partnership, together we can create a comprehensive plan which […]

  • Featured Pet: Tunnel Runner

    Meet Tunnel Runner! This three-month-old kitten was found running through a pipe system looking for his mom. We don’t know just how long he sat in the dark – lost, afraid and stuck – waiting and wondering what his future held. Thankfully, someone heard his cries, and the police were able to rescue him. Given his […]

  • Ellison Bay Pottery Offers 10 Percent Discount to All Residents 

    Ellison Bay Pottery’s potters, John and Diane, are offering a friends-and-family holiday discount to all residents of Door County: Beginning Dec. 12 until Christmas Eve, everything in the gallery will be discounted 10 percent. A new firing will have been unloaded, so expect special and new reveals as well as popular pottery items. The gallery’s special […]

  • Artworks by Sophie Perry at Base Camp Coffee Bar

    Base Camp Coffee Bar in Sister Bay will be hosting work by Wisconsin artist Sophie Perry – framed giclée prints of her original works plus some original paintings – from December through mid-February. Time spent in Door County throughout her life has inspired much of Perry’s work, which explores shadowed interior scenes as well as spectacular, […]

  • Winter Paint-and-Sips Welcome Families and Couples 

    Fibonacci Salon & Studio and Skip Stone Coffee Roasters are teaming up to host two paint-and-sip events. Participants do not need supplies or experience to participate because they’ll be guided step by step to create their own masterpiece. Families can enjoy a Mommy, Daddy and Me paint-and-sip Jan. 11, 1-3 pm. The cost of $50 […]

  • ‘Animals in Art’ at PenArt

    Slither, Scamper, Soar: Animals in Art opened at Peninsula School of Art ( on Dec. 6.  Humans have long had a complex and often conflicting relationship with other animals. We may display bear skins in our homes as trophies showing our conquest over a ferocious animal while simultaneously wrapping newborns in cute and cuddly teddy […]

  • Celebration for Imagination Library on Dec. 14

    The Door County Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library celebrates the completion of its first year in December 2019. The program was launched by the Door County Partnership for Children and Families (DCPCF), a program of United Way of Door County, in Dec. 2018. In the first year, the program has surpassed expectations with more than 600 […]

  • Griffon String Quartet to Play at LibraryLIVE

    LibraryLIVE will feature Midsummer’s Music Griffon String Quartet on Dec. 14, 1 pm. The concert is free and open to the public at the Miller Art Museum, located inside the Sturgeon Bay Library. The event will start with a presentation of two newly inducted Library Champions: Carl Scholz and Carl Mengert. Scholz is the former […]

  • Publishing Industry News: Dec. 13, 2019

    Curious about what’s happening in the world of books and publishing? Catch up on the biggest acquisitions, news, adaptations and more here! • Children’s publishers are fighting to exclude children’s publications from the imposed tariffs going into effect Dec. 15. Many products in children’s publishing are made in China because those manufacturers are the most […]

  • ‘A Tuna Christmas’ Opens at Third Avenue Playhouse

    A Tuna Christmas, by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard, opened at Third Avenue Playhouse on Dec. 12. Door County audiences won’t recognize Alan Kopischke and Noah Simon as they take on the difficult task of playing more than 20 characters in this fast-paced, side-splitting comedy set during Christmas in the fictional town of […]

  • Join Death’s Door Knockers for an Improv Masterclass

    Death’s Door Knockers will host an improvisational masterclass with Dave Murray. The class will be held on Dec. 23, 6-9 pm in The Inside Out Space below The Margaret Lockwood Gallery, 7 S. 2nd Avenue, Sturgeon Bay. Murray lives in New York, where he has studied improv with The Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB). He became […]

  • Carols by Parks, Phillips and Co. at Prince of Peace

    All are welcome to enjoy traditional carols and celebrate the season in a heartfelt manner during a Christmas concert by Parks, Phillips and Co. on Dec. 22, 6 pm, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 1756 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay. This will be the last concert by Parks, Phillips and Co. – featuring Dan Phillips, […]

  • Peninsula Players Announces Lineup for 85th Season

    Peninsula Players Theatre has announced the lineup for its 85th season, running June 16 – Oct. 18, 2020. “The 2020 season introduces a new Sunday matinee time of 2 pm,” said managing director Brian Kelsey. “The matinee curtain time allows patrons additional daylight time after performances to drive home or to get to dinner reservations […]

  • Five Superfoods to Sustain You This Winter

    Are you already stuck in the gloom and doom of winter? Fantasizing about sunshine and 70-degree days? We all have a tendency to get a little down when the cold and snow start rolling in, but sometimes the best way to beat winter is to embrace it. And because there’s no better way to embrace […]

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    DNR Listens to Anglers, Boosts Salmon Stocking

    Anglers hungry for more salmon, steelhead and brown trout got an early Christmas present last week when the DNR announced it would significantly increase stocking levels. The agency’s new three-year plan shoots for 1.2 million chinook salmon stocked annually starting in 2020. This is up 50 percent from the more than 800,000 stocked annually since […]

  • Server of the Week: Mary Sawyer at Ephraim Library

    Go to the Ephraim Library, where you will find Our friend Mary, who is one of a kind. Want to settle down and read? She will help you to succeed. Go in to browse, and take a look – Mary will assist in finding a good book. ~ Submitted by Tad Dukehart

  • Manners Matter: Family Ties

    Dear Mary Pat, My son wants to invite his girlfriend over for Christmas. They are 16 years old and have only been dating since Homecoming. I think at this point, I’d like to reserve Christmas for our family only. We’d like to get to know her better, but if she were to come over to […]

  • Base Camp Christmas Concert on Dec. 22

    Small Forest will host its annual Christmas concert on Dec. 22, 6 pm at Base Camp in Sister Bay. For 11 years, Jeanne Kuhns, Marybeth Mattson, Patrick Palmer and George Sawyn have performed a variety of classic, modern and original holiday songs at Base Camp to a community that has made this part of their […]

  • Kick Ash Gluten Free

    Gluten-Free Holiday Cookie Recipes

    Now that it’s December and Thanksgiving has come and gone, those who celebrate Christmas can officially start preparing. That may include planning to welcome family members and other guests who live a gluten-free lifestyle with delicious recipes that will satisfy and please everyone.  Of course, the internet offers plenty of gluten-free recipes to try, but […]

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    Gibraltar’s High School Musical Cast Featured on Disney+ Series

    Growing up, both Katie (Sawyer) Helscher and Abby (Polomis) Duebler dreamed of being on the Disney channel. The movies, the music and the glamorous lifestyle of Lizzie McGuire mesmerized the two – like many others. And like others, those dreams faded as they grew up, never to be realized. Or so they thought. While scrolling through […]

  • Research Station Aims to Pull in Pollinators

    Researchers at the Peninsular Agricultural Research Station (PARS) are hoping to attract hordes of bees, wasps and flies next summer. Workers at the station have planted two native pollinator plots on the grounds north of Sturgeon Bay.  The idea behind it is similar to that of prairie restoration with the “natural side benefit of good […]

  • Land Trust Launches Drive and Bird Sanctuary Receives Grants

    Land Trust Launches December Membership Drive Donors can double their impact on the Door County Land Trust in December thanks to a generous gift from member Helen Ambuel.  Contributions from all new Land Trust members in December will be matched by Ambuel. To increase land protection across the peninsula the organization aims to gain 150 […]

  • Bowling League Results

    Apple Dumpling League  Nov. 29 • High team game: Drinking Team Bowling Problem 833 • High team series: Drinking Team Bowling Problem 2,315 • High game (men): Jacob Schilz 279, Matt Heldmann 279, Jeff Sperber 277 • High series (men): Jacob Schilz 803, Matt Heldmann 741, Jeff Sperber 741 • High game (women): Trisha Heldmann […]

  • Packerland Conference Standings

    As of Dec. 7 Boys Basketball School, Win-Loss Gibraltar 1-0 Kewaunee 1-0 Oconto 1-0 Southern Door 1-0 Peshtigo 0-0 Algoma 0-1 NEW Lutheran 0-1 Sevastopol 0-1 Sturgeon Bay 0-1 Girls Basketball School, Win-Loss Kewaunee 2-0 Gibraltar 1-0 Peshtigo 1-0 NEW Lutheran 1-1 Oconto 1-1 Southern Door 1-1 Sturgeon Bay 1-1 Algoma 0-2 Sevastopol 0-2 

  • High School Winter Athletics

    Gibraltar Boys Basketball Dec. 13 @ Kewaunee, 7:30 pm Dec. 19 vs. NEW Lutheran, 7:30 pm Girls Basketball Dec. 17 @ NEW Lutheran, 7:30 pm Dec. 20 vs. Oconto, 7:30 pm Sevastopol Boys Basketball  Dec. 19 @ Southern Door, 7:30 pm Girls Basketball  Dec. 13 vs. St. Thomas Aquinas, 6 pm Dec. 17 vs. Southern […]

  • PODCAST: One-on-One with Paramedic and Firefighter Adrian Murre

    Saving lives in his hometown “Once I got that tap on the shoulder asking me to join the fire department or at least just check it out, it did spark something inside of me that I wanted for a while,” said Adrian Murre about his start as a paramedic and firefighter in his hometown. “I […]

  • This Old Store: The Lundberg Store

    In 1902, Alex and Alice Lundberg closed their Juddville store and built a general store in Fish Creek. They also built a large home at the corner of Cottage Row and Maple Street that’s now part of the White Gull Inn property. The turn of that century – when tourism was beginning and new homes were […]

  • Once Upon Our Peninsula: Dec. 13

    News from this week’s past All items are from the Door County Library’s newspaper archives, and they appear in the same form as they were first published, including misspellings and grammatical errors. Door County News Dec. 13, 1916 CHILDREN ENJOY SHOW Hundreds of School Children Gathered at Crystal Theater Friday to See Door County news […]

  • Door to Nature: Brooming, not Blooming, Trees

    This is the season when writing about nature becomes a bit difficult because no flowers are blossoming, no insects are flitting about and the colorful nesting birds have fled south. Some animal species have gone into hibernation or a modified winter residence underground. It’s the quiet season. The bleak winter landscape of leafless shrubs and […]

  • Municipal Meetings: Dec. 13-20

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay: Dec. 17 – Common Council, 7 pm County of Door: Dec. 16 – Finance Committee Meeting, 2 pm; Library  Board Meeting, 5 pm. Dec. 17 – County Board Meeting, 10 am; Museum Committee Meeting, 1 pm. Dec. 19 – Resource Planning Committee, 3 pm; Fair Board Officers Meetings, 6:30 pm Town of […]

  • Reps in the News: School Resource Officers, PTSD Coverage Act

    Representative Joel Kitchens Rep. Joel Kitchen praised the work of school resource officers in preventing more tragedy after a series of shootings and threats of violence at Wisconsin schools last week: “While we can consider ourselves fortunate that none of these situations resulted in a loss of life, the truth is things could have turned […]

  • Bills to Watch: Dec. 13-20

    AB-138/SB-151 Sanctuary Cities This bill prohibits a city, village, town or county from enacting or enforcing an ordinance, resolution or policy that prohibits the enforcement of a federal or state law relating to illegal immigrants. The bill would prohibit the development of “sanctuary cities,” or areas where local law enforcement are directed to not cooperate […]

  • State News: Foxconn Deal, Human Waste Contaminants Found in Wisconsin Water Study

    New WEDC CEO Says State Committed To Foxconn Deal The new head of Wisconsin’s flagship economic development agency says the state will do everything it can to make sure its contract with Foxconn is successful. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers named Missy Hughes to lead the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) earlier this year. She’s been […]

  • Introducing LIVE Door County

    The recent announcement that America’s unemployment rate is at the lowest level in 50 years was met by many with great enthusiasm. The stock market surged. Happy days are here again.  Not so fast. Somewhere, there is a canary coughing in a coal mine. Buried inside the data used to calculate the unemployment rate is […]

  • DCMC Welcomes Robyn Weilbaker to its Washington Island Clinic

    Robyn Weilbaker, family nurse practitioner, serves as a full-time provider at Door County Medical Center’s (DCMC) Washington Island Clinic, alternating weeks with Dr. Beth Lux. Weilbaker’s role at the clinic is to help keep the community healthy with regular well visits and screenings, visits for acute illnesses, and injuries such as sprains and lacerations. Weilbaker […]

  • Students Shine in ‘Fame Jr.’

    Sturgeon Bay students designed and created sets and costumes for the eighth grade Allied Arts performances of Fame Jr. Students also handled choreography, lighting, and of course, acting.

  • Grant Aids Playground Improvements

    Southern Door Superintendent Patti Vickman and Middle School Principal Brenda Shimon accepted a $7,000 grant from the Green Bay Packer Foundation, on behalf of the elementary and middle schools. The grant will be applied towards the renovation of the elementary and middle school playground equipment.

  • Southern Door Wins School Health Award

    Southern Door Elementary was presented with the Wisconsin School Health Award during the Building the Heart of Successful Schools Conference on Dec. 5. The award was accepted by Elementary School Principal Cory Vandertie, Behavior Interventionist/Coach Sheila Wienke, and Speech and Language Pathologist Sara Kokko.  The Wisconsin School Health Award is a way to recognize and […]

  • By the Numbers: Farm Aid

    24 Percent increase in U.S. farm bankruptcies in September, to 580 255 Number of farm bankruptcies that occured in the midwest region 40 Percent of projected farm profit, $33 billion, in 2019 that will come from disaster assistance, federal subsidies, insurance payments, and trade aid $28 billion Amount the Trump administration has paid directly to […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Door County Parks’ Next Purchase?

    Twenty years of visiting lured us. Twenty more years as full-time residents. For 16 years, we have resided on Bay Shore Drive. It’s hard to believe that the Quarry RV Village above Pinney Park is even being discussed!  We consider the current owners friends. We are not trying to take away their right to profit […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Opposition for Broadband Internet Towers

    One-hundred-and-ninety-foot-high metal towers with guy-wires are ugly. Door County is a place of special beauty. The proposed broadband technology requires line-of-sight between the tower and the receiver. Think about what “line-of-sight” means. Now combine these sentences with a headlong rush to erect towers all over Door County with grant money to benefit a private contractor […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Disingenuous Jacque

    Senator André Jacque frequently professes “pro-life” rhetoric; biblical, dominionist groupthink; and the vile, dogmatic, religious divide-and-conquer incivility that led to eliminating state-taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood in Wisconsin, clinic closings and diminishing affordable health-care options for thousands of Wisconsin women and families. His work undermining women’s rights over health-care decisions, access and options – thus also […]

  • Letter to the Editor: A Poetic Holiday Wish

    ’Twas the night before Christmas in the Senate and House. Congress was not stirring, nor was the White House. Lincoln’s memorial was hung with ribbons pretty, In hopes that great joy would come to the city. The Supreme Court was snuggled all tight in its chamber With visions of legal tortes bringing great pleasure. Pelosi in her kerchief and […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Door County Imports Kewaunee Manure

    Yes, you read this correctly: Kewaunee manure is imported to Door County. This practice, known to very few Northern Door residents, has been going on for years but is well known to many Southern Door people as the rumble, sight and smell are hard to ignore.  During peak periods more than 100 tanker trucks a […]

  • Letter to the Editor: We Can Learn Lessons from Turmoil in Bolivia

    It seems very distant, but current turmoil in Bolivia sheds light on an important way in which we maintain democracy in the United States.  Evo Morales is no longer the president of Bolivia. Whether he was the victim of a coup or actually voted out of office, I surely don’t know; opinion in that country […]

  • Self-Certification Tool Now Available for Great Lakes Shoreland Homeowners

    Tool allows quicker erosion fixes Communities located along the shores of the Great Lakes have grown increasingly concerned about the water levels, at near-record highs, escalating erosion that threatens lakeshore properties. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) now has a self-certification tool available to homeowners to help protect their property without delay. “We have heard from […]

  • Inside the Multi-Age Program

    Gibraltar’s new approach to elementary education matures A first look into a multi-age classroom as the first and second grade students came in from recess may seem a little hectic, but for teachers Emily Heidler, Kayla Schleicher and Michelle Daubner, it was organized chaos.  The three teachers instructed students to get into groups of three, […]

  • Lauren Bremer to Fill Gibraltar School Board Seat

    Former Gibraltar English teacher Lauren Bremer was appointed to fill Fred Anderson’s seat on the Gibraltar School Board Dec. 9.  Anderson announced his retirement from the board in November. He has served in the position for 27 years. Bremer is managing director at Write On, Door County. “Mrs. Bremer is recognized by our high school […]

  • Pedestrian Killed in Institute Crash

    A 64-year-old Sturgeon Bay man was killed Friday, Dec. 6 when he was struck by a driver on Highway 57 in the Town of Sevastopol. Robin Laak was exiting the Institute Saloon at about 7 pm when he was struck by a 2007 Chevy Tahoe driven by a 33-year-old Sturgeon Bay man traveling southbound. The […]

  • UW-Extension Seeks Land Rent Information

    The UW–Extension is surveying landowners and renters about land rental rates in Door County.  Whether you’re a land renter or owner, determining a fair rent price is a challenging process. For farmers, land rental is important for farm profitability. For landowners, renting land maximizes assets. Unless landowners and renters can agree on a price, the […]

  • Door County Gift Certificates

    Looking for a last-minute gift or a holiday stocking stuffer? Door County gift certificates could be the perfect gift for family and friends who can’t get enough of Door County. The gift certificates come in denominations of $10, $25, and $50 and can be purchased at the Door County Visitor Bureau (DCVB) Welcome Center, 1015 […]

  • Obituary: Terry Tebon

    Former Wisconsin resident Terry A. Tebon, 76, died Oct. 24, 2019, at his home in Fischer, Texas. He was a native of Sturgeon Bay, and served four years in the United States Marine Corps as a field artillery battleman, and during the Cuban Missile Crisis. After his military service, Terry started another career in engineering […]

  • Village Plans Road Improvements, Sidewalk Extension

    Now that the major highway reconstruction is behind it, the Village of Ephraim is making plans for additional streetscape improvements to piggyback on this year’s progress. Administrator Brent Bristol said the highway work came in on time and under budget, leaving unused bond proceeds available to finish other projects. First up is storm sewer improvements […]

  • Live Door County Aims to Bolster County Workforce

    The Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) has launched a new initiative to reverse the alarming decline in population and workforce population in Door County.  “This beloved peninsula that attracts over two million visitors annually, is reeling from population and workforce decline,” said Kelsey Fox, DCEDC’s workforce development specialist, at a Dec. 10 press conference […]

  • PODCAST: One-on-One with Charlie Eckhardt

    Andrew Kleidon and Solomon Lindenberg are joined by Gibraltar Instrumental Music Director and musician Charlie Eckhardt to talk about his background in music, what it’s like teaching music at a small school and the production of his rock band Bacchus Lotus’ new album entitled “Bacchus Lotus IV.”

  • Set 2020 Intentions In Metal with Roots Yoga

    Begin 2020 with intention by joining Roots Yoga, 400 2nd St. in Algoma, for the 2020 Intentions in Metal Workshop on Dec. 14, 10:30 am – 12 pm. Through various activities including guided meditation, participants will choose a mantra to inspire them throughout the year. Then art instructor Jodi Haack will help stamp it in […]

  • Norwegian Jazz Trio Acoustic Unity

    Norwegian Acoustic Jazz Trio to Perform in Sturgeon Bay

    European drummer, composer and producer Gard Nilssen balances his time between five different bands, one of which is making its way to Sturgeon Bay Dec. 14: Gard Nilssen Acoustic Unity.  The project is a jazz trio that’s reflective of its name: fully unplugged, bringing out the organic sounds of each instrument. Nilssen leads the band […]

  • Obituary: James Lee Goodwin

    James (Jim) Lee Goodwin of Jackson Harbor, WI died Thursday, Dec. 5 at the age of 76. Born July 11, 1943, Jim grew up in Beloit, WI, attended Beloit Catholic High School (class of 1961), and graduated from Milton College. He served in the National Guard. Professionally, Jim worked in pharmaceutical sales for several decades […]

  • Obituary: Philip W. Berns

    Philip W. Berns, 95, went to live with his Lord on Dec. 7, 2019 at Scandia Village in Sister Bay, surrounded by his family. He was the son of William and Leona Berns, born on April 16th, 1924, and a lifelong resident of Sister Bay. While attending Gibraltar High School, he met classmate, Clarice Erickson, […]

  • Obituary: Julie Ann (Meyer) Peil

    Julie Ann (Meyer) Peil, 72, of Baileys Harbor, died December 2, 2019 of a bone marrow disease, surrounded by her family at home.       She was born September 13, 1947 in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of Henry and Irene (Ahrens) Meyer. Julie graduated from Gibraltar High School in 1965. On August 27, 1966, she was united in marriage to Gerald “Jerry” Peil at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Baileys Harbor.       Julie worked at the Milwaukee Shoe Co. in Sturgeon Bay and helped her […]

  • Obituary: Richard Joseph Wavrunek

    Richard Joseph Wavrunek, 74, of the Town of Sevastopol, died at home Thursday morning, December 5, 2019.      He was born June 16, 1945, the son of Bernard and Stella (Buresh) Wavrunek. Richard grew up on the family farm in Pilsen in the Town of Montpelier. His family eventually sold the farm and moved to […]

  • Obituary: Robin K. Laak

    Robin Kim Laak, 64, of Sturgeon Bay died Friday night, December 6, 2019 at Door County Medical Center following injuries he experienced as a pedestrian in a motor vehicle accident in Institute earlier that evening.       He was born July 30, 1955 in Waukesha, the son of Robert Edward Laak and Opal L. (Lane) Laak. Robin’s family moved to northern […]

  • Obituary: Shirley DeClark

    On Dec. 6, 2019, Shirley M. DeClark died at Autumn Fields CBRF in Dyckesville, WI.  She was born on May 25, 1934, in Brussels, WI to Harry “H.J.” LeRoy and Lorraine Pigeon.  On June 26, 1954, she married Louis “Lou” DeClark in Brussels and celebrated 65 years of marriage this past June. Shirley worked in […]