Peninsula Pulse Dec. 20-27, 2019

In this issue

  • Half Marathon Fees Increase New Year’s Day

    Now is the time to commit to run Door County in 2020. Registration fees for the 2020 Door County Half Marathon go up on New Year’s Day! The race returns to Peninsula State Park on Saturday, May 2, 2020. Commit now and you can still get into the Nicolet Bay 5k for just $35, and […]

  • 5 Reasons to Ride the Spring Classic

    Registration opens Jan. 1st Need motivation to get back on the bike? Here are just some of the reasons the Peninsula Century Spring Classic is a great way to see Door County by bike. The ride returns to Baileys Harbor June 20, 2020. Registration opens Jan. 1. 1. Less traffic. The crowds are still pretty […]

  • Beer Fest Tickets On Sale Now

    Get your pass to Door County’s largest beer event of the year. Tickets for the June 20, 2020 Door County Beer Festival are on sale now.  Sample from more than 150 beers, meet the brewers of many of the best breweries in the state, enjoy live music and great street food on the grounds all […]

  • Mink River Basin’s Burger and a Brew Night

    If you’ve ever had a chance to “give ’er at the river,” you already know that you can count on the Mink River Basin – Door County’s northernmost sports bar – to be a place with a laid-back atmosphere and a great drink selection where you can watch the Packers, Brewers, Badgers and Bucks. It’s also open […]

  • State News: 2019 Wettest Year on Record for Wisconsin

    AROUND THE STATE 2019: Wettest Year Ever Recorded for Wisconsin The year’s not quite over, but 2019 will already go down as the wettest year ever across the Midwest and Wisconsin since record-keeping began in 1895.  More than 43 inches of rain and snow fell across nine states in the Midwest through November. That total […]

  • Vital Records Now Easier to Obtain

    It will be easier to get a copy of your marriage certificate next year. Beginning Jan. 2, individuals married in Wisconsin will be able to go to any Wisconsin register of deeds office to obtain their marriage certificate. Statewide issuance provides an easier and more efficient method of serving county residents by providing better access […]

  • Habitat Seeks Northern Door Property for 43rd Home

    Door County Habitat for Humanity has a partner family for its 43rd home, but now it needs a property. Douglas Marvin will work with Habitat to build a home for himself and his two sons, Emiliano, 15, and Richard, 10. Marvin wants to remain in the Gibraltar School District, but Habitat is struggling to find […]

  • THIS OLD STORE: Bley’s Grocery in Jacksonport

    Ralph Herbst and his dad, Elmer, built the first grocery store in Jacksonport in 1949. Ralph left a few years later to join the Navy and ended up making a career of it.  Wayne Bley was six when his parents, Wallace and Laverne, bought the store in 1956 and changed the name to Bley’s Grocery, […]

  • Holiday Cheer in Sturgeon Bay

    The holiday lights are twinkling in Sturgeon Bay; the snow is glistening; and the annual Christmas by the Bay holiday parade kicked off the city’s celebrations.  The 2019 award-winning parade floats were Sunrise Elementary School for Best Nonprofit Entry, JMS Towing for Best Business Entry and the Sturgeon Bay High School Band for Best Holiday […]

  • High School Winter Athletics: Dec. 27-Jan. 3

    GIBRALTAR Girls Basketball Dec. 20 vs. Oconto, 7:30 pm SEVASTOPOL  Boys Basketball  Dec. 27 @ Lena, 5 pm Girls Basketball  Dec. 20 vs. Sturgeon Bay, 7:30 pm SOUTHERN DOOR  Boys Basketball Dec. 21 vs. New Holstein, 2:30 pm Dec. 27 @ Sheboygan Falls, 7:30 pm  Wrestling Dec. 21 @ Kewaunee, 9:30 am Dec. 27 Invitational […]

  • Packerland Conference Standings

    As of Dec. 13 Boys Basketball School, win-loss Kewaunee 3-0 Southern Door 3-0 Sturgeon Bay 2-1 Gibraltar 1-1 Peshtigo 1-1 NEW Lutheran 1-2 Oconto 1-2 Sevastopol 0-2 Algoma 0-3 Girls Basketball School, win-loss Kewaunee 2-0 Gibraltar 1-0 Peshtigo 1-0 NEW Lutheran 2-1 Sturgeon Bay 2-1 Southern Door 1-1 Oconto 1-2 Sevastopol 0-2  Algoma 0-3

  • Bills to Watch: Online Learning, Mail Theft, Food Labeling

    AB-662 / SB-595 Online-learning pilot program This bill creates a three-year pilot program to provide children with an online-learning curriculum to improve their transition to five-year-old kindergarten. The Department of Public Instruction will select six schools – three urban and three rural – for the program, which will include content in reading, math and science. It will […]

  • State News: Study Finds Human Waste Contaminating Wells

    New data from a groundwater study in southwestern Wisconsin show that septic systems are contributing to water-quality problems for rural residents. The Southwestern Wisconsin Groundwater and Geology study started in 2018 and has since tested hundreds of private wells in Grant, Iowa and Lafayette counties. Its first phase tested wells for bacteria or nitrates, a […]

  • Reps in the News: Dec. 20 – Jan. 3

    Representative Joel Kitchens Rep. Joel Kitchens has co-authored a bill that places limits on the usage of firefighting foams that contain added polyfluoroalkyl substances, more commonly known as PFAS. The man-made chemicals are used in  nonstick cookware, water-repellent clothing, pizza boxes and many other items. “PFAS are considered to be ‘forever chemicals’ because they don’t […]

  • 2020 Plans Are in Full Gear at DCVB

    by Cambria Mueller and Jen Rogers, Door County Visitor Bureau (DCVB) Looking to bring cheer to someone this holiday season? Look no further than a Door County gift certificate. Available in denominations of $10, $25 and $50, they can be used throughout the county. So far this year we’ve sold more than $350,000 in gift […]

  • Christmas Shop at Kick Ash

    Head north to Kick Ash, 12055 Hwy 42 in Ellison Bay, to find gifts in the form of granola, coffee, wine, books for all ages, body-care products and Door County- and Ellison Bay-themed items. While shopping, linger to enjoy the Christmas decorations, and kick back with a cup of Kick Ash Coffee and a delicious, […]

  • By the Numbers: Cruising

    228,000 Number of tons that Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas weighs. It launched last year as the world’s largest cruise ship. 180,000  Number of tons that the Mardi Gras – Carnival’s largest cruise ship – weighs. 0 Number of times the Mardi Gras will enter the Port of New Orleans. It’s too big for its […]

  • Letter to the Editor: The Truth Will Set Us Free

    The biggest casualty in the impeachment hearings seems to be truth itself. Did Donald Trump try to bribe/extort the president of Ukraine? Did he hold back $400 million approved by Congress (the “quid”) for an investigation of the Bidens (the “quo”)? Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland, a Trump appointee who directly talked and listened […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Criticizing Greta Shows Trump’s ‘Simple-Minded Immaturity’

    President Donald Trump has displayed numerous times actions that disqualify him from being our president. Those include thousands of  lies; rash, impromptu actions that are reversed just hours later; cowardliness as in his draft dodging, immoral actions and subsequent payoffs; and other acts too numerous to mention.  His latest remarks, however, should convince those who […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Ben Franklin and the Quarry Bluff Proposal

    “When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.”  — Ben Franklin  There is a lot that I like about Ben Franklin. One is his ability to condense wisdom into an understandable format. I would ask the people of Door County to think about Mr. Franklin’s point when they consider the proposal that […]

  • Gratitude from the Door County Seed Library

    As we near the end of 2019, I would like to say thank you to all of the supporters of the Door County Seed Library, which launched at the Sturgeon Bay Library in March. Already it has 170 members, has distributed more than 2,600 packets of seeds, and has offered 13 educational programs. Our mission […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Help the United Way to Help the County

    During this season of giving and receiving, it’s important to look at the lives of those around us. Families in this country and in Door County are experiencing trauma in the form of food inadequacy; lack of shelter, health care and transportation; and in many other areas.  One of the traumas of which I am […]

  • PODCAST: One-on-One with Carrie Baldwin

    Andrew chats with Carrie Baldwin, a veteran Door County events planner, who is running the Door County Half Marathon to raise money for the Sue Baldwin Fund, which was founded to help men and women in Door County with their battles with breast cancer.

  • Holiday Traditions from Pulse Readers and Staff

    Traditions are part of what makes the holidays so special. After all, what would the holidays be without our family and community rituals? Whether you celebrate with a meal, worship, song or silly game, ’tis the season! We polled readers and our office mates to find some unusual family traditions, and here they are: Every […]

  • Champion Shrine 2019 Christmas Mass Schedule

    The traditions of Christmas will come alive at Champion Shrine. The Novena for the Nativity of Our Lord is held Dec. 17-25: nine days of prayer during which pilgrims reflect on the birth of Jesus while visiting Champion Shrine or receiving daily prayers by email. To sign up, visit Midnight mass will be held […]

  • Quarry RV Park Application Submitted to County

    Developers have formally filed plans for a 117-unit RV village at the old stone quarry property across from George K. Pinney County Park in the Town of Sevastopol. The application is under review by the Door County Land Use Services Department and will be considered by the Sevastopol Plan Commission at its Jan. 14 meeting. […]

  • Indoor Farmers’ Market at Prince of Peace

    Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay will host an indoor winter farmers’ market Dec. 21, 9 am – 12 pm.  About 20 local vendors and artisans will offer greens, vegetables, meat, honey, canned goods, gift items, jewelry, beeswax products, artwork, and sewn, knitted and crocheted goods. Holly Olm and Claire Morkin will play […]

  • Door County Episcopal Churches Christmas Eve Services

    Fr. Olin Sletto – vicar of the Episcopal churches of Christ the King in Sturgeon Bay and Holy Nativity in Jacksonport – invites the community to celebrate the birth of Jesus in both churches. All are welcome. On Christmas Eve, the first service will be held at 2 pm at the Church of Christ the King, 5th […]

  • Breakfast Bingo at the Kress on Dec. 28

    The Egg Harbor Historical Society will offer breakfast bingo Dec. 28 at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor. Doors will open at 9 am; bingo will start at 10 am. Coffee, juice and small breakfast treats will be available. Proceeds will help the Egg Harbor Historical Society to restore the Bookmobile.

  • Featured Pet: Jarvis Island

    Meet Jarvis Island, a three-year-old cat who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. Jarvis is one of the 72 cats rescued from a single home in Green Bay in early October. Now that he’s received all necessary treatments and assessments, he’s ready to find a new loving home!  Although […]

  • Plum Bottom Hosts Annual Gift Show Dec. 21

    Plum Bottom Gallery’s downtown Egg Harbor location will host its annual gift show Dec. 21, 10 am – 5 pm, to offer a wide variety of gifts, from decorative to practical. Check out the newest pieces by resident jewelry artist Angela Olson Luberger, who’s been hard at work creating one-of-a-kind pieces for that one-of-a-kind person on […]

  • Kress Launches Art Classes for Beginners 

    In January, the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor will launch a Thursday art-class series in its maker space. Aimed at beginners, the classes will help students to develop new techniques or hone their existing skills. All materials will be provided in the class fee, and proceeds will benefit the Kress Pavilion’s fundraising group, Friends of the […]

  • Comstock Honored in Richeson 75 International Art Competition

    “Alpha,” an oil painting by Door County artist Jan Comstock (, has earned a Meritorious Selection in the Richeson 75 International Art Competition and will be featured in a full-color, hardcover, collectible book, Animals, Birds & Wildlife 2019. Comstock photographed the white wolf at a wildlife preserve in South Dakota and named the painting “Alpha” […]

  • Publishing Industry News: Dec. 20, 2019

    • Bestselling author James Patterson has announced the names of the independent booksellers who will receive grants as part of his 2019 Holiday Bookstore Bonus Program. This year, he selected a whopping 500 indie sellers who will receive grants totaling $250,000. • Jimmy Kimmel is donating the proceeds from his new children’s book, The Serious Goose, to […]

  • Library to Run Archives, Historical Museum

    Starting in 2020, the Door County Library will begin running the Door County Archives and administering the Door County Historical Museum. Tina Kakuske will be head of operations for the archives and museum in addition to her work as library director. “Libraries exist to make their collections available to the people they serve,” Kakuske said. […]

  • One Person’s Liver, One Family’s Holiday Miracle

    There are small ways to be a hero: giving blood, donating stem cells, helping children with special needs, encouraging others to do their part. Then there’s what Ben Anderson did on Dec. 5: The 24-year-old Sister Bay native underwent anesthesia for 11 hours to give a portion of his liver to a three-year-old Wisconsin boy, […]

  • Victorious Welcome Home for Slezewski

    Southern Door’s Griffin Slezewski wrestled his first home match Dec. 17, 11 months after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. Slezewski, a junior with a 9-3 record who wrestles at 132 pounds, won both of his matches via a pin and a forfeit. He also placed sixth in the Battle of the Bay wrestling meet […]

  • Framed: Kelly Sorensen’s Snowy Day

    “This past week [Nov. 25-29], I was visiting my parents in Ellison Bay for the holiday, and we got hit with a lot of snow Saturday/Sunday,” wrote Kelly Sorensen. “I went out snowshoeing Monday morning while the sun was out and captured a few photos that I wanted to share with you.” Submitted.

  • Manners Matter: Not Your Travel Agent

    Dear Mary Pat, We moved here a year ago from Madison, and we love it. We’re semi-retired, so our days are still very busy, and we’re surely never bored. The one thing I can’t seem to make time for is all of our friends back in Madison asking us frequently for recommendations on where they […]

  • Server of the Week: Dick Burress, Gibraltar Bus Driver

    A Door County local and family man, Dick Burress is a guy with lots of fans A former EMS director who now drives a bus, He works hard, but he doesn’t fuss An empty-nester with three granddaughters, Of his three sons, he couldn’t be prouder Enjoying retirement with his wife, Jane, The name Dick Burress […]

  • Season’s First Ice Offers Limited Fishing Opportunities

    It’s still too early for offshore exploration, but cold December air has allowed cautious anglers some early ice-fishing opportunities.  Door and Kewaunee County lakes have been attracting walk-on attention from those seeking panfish and other species. Clark and Kangaroo offer bonus pike and walleye, and Krohn’s near Algoma has stocked trout. All offer largemouth bass. […]

  • Al Johnson’s Buys Casperson Property in Sister Bay

    After 98 years in the family, the Casperson Funeral Home property in downtown Sister Bay has new owners. But Greg and Debbie Casperson didn’t have to go far to find a buyer: The owners of Al Johnson’s restaurant, located one door south, announced the purchase of the Casperson Funeral Home property Dec. 17.  The property […]

  • Free Christmas Day Meal for Veterans

    Mrs. Sally Werkheiser and her family will be hosting a Christmas Day meal at the VFW Clubhouse in Sturgeon Bay for veterans and their immediate family members. Dinner will be served 1 pm to 3 pm. Menu items include roast pork, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn and dessert. Veterans are asked to call the Door […]

  • ‘Hagen Family Christmas Concert’ Returns to TAP Dec. 22

    The Hagen Family Christmas Concert will return to Sturgeon Bay’s Third Avenue Playhouse on Dec. 22, 7:30 pm. It’s a family reunion not only for the Hagen family, but also for the many Door County fans who love the harmonies, humor, wide range of material and family values of this multigenerational group and have made […]

  • Door County Folk Alliance Holds Barn Dance Dec. 21

    Warm up at the Door County Folk Alliance’s barn dance Dec. 21, 7-9 pm, at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor. Wear your holiday duds, and take your dancing shoes to enjoy this dance featuring in-house alliance callers. No partner or experience is needed. Children are welcome, but they must be old enough to follow […]

  • Rogue Theater’s ‘A Rogue Family Christmas’

    Rogue Theater’s acting family is celebrating its successful season and delighting audiences by reviving its original holiday show with some new twists. A Rogue Family Christmas is a family classic featuring comedy skits, seasonal music, a little Lambeau fun, improv and so much more theater fun.  Take the whole family to enjoy a show filled […]

  • Northern Sky Open House Dec. 19

    Enjoy holiday treats and get a sneak peak at Northern Sky Theater’s new Gould Theater and Creative Center, 9058 Cty A in Fish Creek, on Dec. 19, 12-6 pm. Take advantage of an employee discount on select merchandise to finish your holiday shopping. Also purchase tickets for the upcoming Home for the Holidays concert or […]

  • Ski for Free, Solstice Campfire at Crossroads

    Join Crossroads at Big Creek and researcher-in-residence Emily Rux for an archaeological workshop Dec. 20, 2 pm. Rux will conduct an open lab so participants can clean and sort the artifacts unearthed at The Cove and Ida Bay Preserve (or just watch). No experience is necessary. Meet in the lower level of the Collins Learning […]

  • Finding Your Center, Yoga Classes at Kress

    In collaboration with independent choreographer Elizabeth Clark, the Kress Pavilion is hosting Finding Your Center movement classes on Wednesdays, 10:30-11:45 am, in the Great Hall. These co-ed classes include music, flexibility and strength building in a casual atmosphere to facilitate finding your center with breath and body balance.  Clark’s post-graduate education includes special studies in […]

  • Obituary: Roger Frank Kuehn

    Oct. 27, 1948 – Dec. 16, 2019 Roger Frank Kuehn, 71, of Appleton died while at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Appleton, with his family at his side. He was born in Sturgeon Bay, the son of Frank Leonard Kuehn and Eva Pauline (Krueger) Kuehn. The Kuehn family homestead and dairy farm was located in Carlsville. Roger […]

  • Schuessler Leaves Door County Economic Development Corporation

    Jim Schuessler announced his resignation as executive director of the Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) Tuesday. Schuessler has accepted a position as Executive Director for Yuma, Arizona Multiversity, an urban education hub for existing institutions of higher education and the degrees they offer.  “As both a broadcaster and economic development professional, I have been […]

  • Obituary: Todd Daniel Voeks

    Feb. 16, 1951 – Dec. 14, 2019 Todd Daniel Voeks, 68, of Sister Bay died peacefully at home surrounded by his family after battling cancer.  Todd was born to Orville Alfred Voeks and Dorlene Viola (Herbst) Larsen. He was raised in Baileys Harbor by his parents and grandparents, Paul and Viola Herbst. In his youth, he suffered […]

  • Obituary: Clara Clementine Maggle

    June 5, 1920 – Dec. 14, 2019 Clara Clementine Maggle, 99, of Sturgeon Bay died at the Door County Medical Center Skilled Nursing Facility. She was born in Sturgeon Bay to John and Eleanor Mary Ellen (Carmody) Scholl and grew up in the Institute area. She married Roland Maggle on June 3, 1944, in Sturgeon Bay. They had five […]

  • Obituary: Annie R. Drastata

    Annie R. Drastata, 67, of Sister Bay, died November 9, 2019 at Door County Medical Center.      She was born January 9, 1952 in Chicago, the daughter of George and Ingegerd (Nilsson) Drastata. Annie received her degree in Nursing from Loyola University and later her master’s in business. She was a nursing educator who taught […]

  • Obituary: Fern Nelda Kallin

    Fern Nelda Kallin, 84, of Sturgeon Bay, was called Home to be with the Lord and was reunited with her husband, Vernon, Tuesday morning, Dec. 10, 2019 while at Door County Medical Center.      Fern will be laid to rest in Lake View Memorial Park in Oshkosh, beside her husband, Vernon. The committal service will […]

  • Obituary: Mary T. Mosgaller

    Mary T. Mosgaller, 71, of Egg Harbor, died Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at Aurora BayCare Medical Center, Green Bay after suffering an apparent brain aneurism.      Mary was born January 7, 1948, in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of Harold and Clara (Bochek) Hogan. In her youth she enjoyed skiing and ice skating. She graduated from […]

  • Obituary: Peter S. McClellan

    Peter Seabold McClellan, 41, of Sturgeon Bay, died in the comfort of his home and awoke in the arms of the Lord, Tuesday night, Dec. 10, 2019.      Peter’s life will be honored with a Mass of Resurrection held at 11 am on Saturday, December 21, 2019 with Fr. Ron Colombo as celebrant. Visitation […]

  • Obituary: Verna Ann Neville

    Verna Neville, 87, of Sturgeon Bay died after a brief illness on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019.  She was born Nov. 26, 1932, in Green Bay to Henry and Anna (Raymaker) Heiptas. On Feb. 6, 1954, she married Larry Neville in Green Bay.  They enjoyed 63 years of marriage. In 1973, Larry and Verna purchased Quietwoods […]