Peninsula Pulse Dec. 30, 2022 – Jan. 6, 2023

In this issue

  • BITS & BITES: Winter Dining on the Green at Alpine

    The Alpine Resort has a new dining option for winter: Burton’s on the Green is now offering dining in the historical clubhouse at the Alpine Golf Course.  The eatery will be open year-round for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a menu crafted by executive chef Tony Gorham. Menu items include breakfast pizza, biscuits and gravy, […]

  • Door County New Year’s Day Events

    Get wet, get silly and get outside to start the new year! First Day Hikes If your New Year’s resolution is to get outside more or to move more, start off strong with one of these four free hikes. A state-park vehicle sticker is required for all except the Crossroads hike. 9:30 am – 12 […]

  • DOOR TO NATURE: Canada Geese

    Someone asked me recently where all our Canada geese go in the winter. That’s sometimes a difficult question to answer. It depends on what kind of weather we have. Our resident geese are the giant race, Branta canadensis, and they can endure some awful weather before they head south. We may find flocks staying here […]

  • Big Decisions on Liquor Licenses, Village Hall on Ephraim’s January Docket

    Several long-term discussions for Ephraim could come to a conclusion – or at least gain new direction – in January as the board of trustees aims to make decisions on its capital projects plan, village hall parking, and retail wine and liquor sales.  All three of those topics were up for discussion during its Dec. […]

  • Apartments for J-1 Workers Proposed in Sturgeon Bay

    A single-family dwelling at 114 N. 7th Ave. in Sturgeon Bay – the former site of a bed-and-breakfast – could be converted into apartments for J-1 visa student workers. The city’s Plan Commission on Dec. 21 conducted a conceptual review of the Planned Unit Development (PUD) for the project initiated by Jurgita and David Kana, […]

  • Badger FCC About New Broadband Map

    Two weeks ago, we reported on the new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) broadband-availability maps that will be used to close the digital divide by providing grant funding to the states and local governments that are most in need of broadband infrastructure. The Wisconsin Public Service Commission, County of Door and local municipalities have urged everyone […]

  • Weigh in on Potawatomi Tower Plans

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is hosting a public information session Thursday, Jan. 12, at 6 pm on the future of the Potawatomi State Park observation tower. The design options developed by engineering company GRAEF will be presented during the meeting. The DNR will then ask participants for public feedback on which option […]

  • Wheel Tax Dead on Arrival

    A funding opportunity in the form of a wheel tax was presented to the County of Door’s Administrative Committee on Dec. 13, and to say it was not well received is probably an understatement. “This makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up,” said Dave Lienau, chair of the committee and the […]

  • Gibraltar School Considers Asking Voters for $29.8 Million

    Officials in Door County’s two farthest-north school districts are one step away from placing referendum measures on the April 4 ballot. Just before the winter break, the Gibraltar Area School Board discussed a first reading of a resolution for a $29.8 million referendum to replace and update the oldest portions of the school complex in […]

  • Letter to the Editor: More Pressing Needs for Federal Dollars

    I understand the importance of historical preservation, land trusts, etc., but the $3.3 million slated for the Granary project from the Congressional spending package could benefit Door County in other ways. What about affordable housing or child care for the less fortunate?  There should be a balance between spending on projects like the Granary and […]

  • Yearlong Fun for Birders

    A fun bird-recognition game for all bird lovers is coming in January.  At the beginning of each month, images of a common bird – taken by avid bird photographer John C. Walch – will be posted on the Bird City Algoma Facebook page, along with details about the bird’s common and scientific names, where and when to […]

  • DNR Asks Public to Report Mudpuppy Sightings

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking the public to report any sightings of mudpuppies while fishing this winter. Mudpuppies – Wisconsin’s only fully aquatic salamander – can be found in streams, rivers, ponds and lakes year-round, but because of their elusive behavior, surveying can be difficult and labor intensive. Data collected from these sightings […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Spud

    Meet Spud! This handsome, 3-year-old pup weighs 22 pounds and is available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. He can be a bit nervous in new situations, so he can’t wait to find a home where he can settle in and get comfortable.  Like all dogs at WHS, Spud ( […]

  • Youth Recognized at Junior Holstein Convention

    During the Wisconsin Holstein Association’s Junior Holstein Convention coming up in January, youth from across the state will be recognized for their outstanding achievements in multiple categories: Distinguished Junior Members (ages 17-21), Young Distinguished Junior Members (13-16), and 12 & Under Recognition Award winners (12 and younger). Recognized as a Distinguished Junior Member, Chloe LaCrosse […]

  • Sunshine Resources Bestows Awards

    When Sunshine Resources of Door County held its 49th awards dinner Dec. 14, it honored the following recipients: Robert Quinones as the Ambassador of the Year; Zach Wanke, Day Service Participant of the Year; Sasha Hagen, Employment Services Participant of the Year; Peter Van Braemer, Sunflower Cottage Participant of the Year; Kinect M1, Community Partner […]

  • Free, Virtual Breastfeeding Classes

    HSHS St. Vincent Hospital will host free classes via Zoom to help prepare mothers and families for breastfeeding success. The virtual classes will be offered Jan. 10, Feb. 2 and March 13, all 5:30-8 pm.  A certified lactation consultant from the hospital’s Women and Infants Center will discuss the benefits of breastfeeding, how to know […]

  • Register for Learning in Retirement Courses

    Registration is open for Door County Learning in Retirement’s spring courses, through which participants can revisit familiar topics and explore diverse, exciting new topics. The organization is dedicated to facilitating lifelong learning in an open, ongoing forum for retired or semi-retired adults. Classes are free, but they require membership ($50 for the spring term). Registration […]

  • Cornhole Tournament at Institute Saloon

    The Institute Saloon is hosting a cornhole tournament Jan. 21 to raise funds for the Agriculture in the Classroom and the Young Farmer and Agriculturalists programs. Registration will begin at 11 am, and bags will fly at 12 pm. The tournament is limited to 32 two-person teams in a double-elimination format with an 80% payout. […]

  • Financial Classes for the New Year

    Money Management Counselors is again offering Money Mindset Makeover, a program about managing finances and exploring the ways in which our mindsets affect our financial health.  Money Management Counselors will be at We Are Hope at the Cherry Point Mall in Sturgeon Bay on Jan. 9, 1-2 pm, to talk about the program, which runs […]

  • Online Journaling Group for Teens

    Does your child suffer from anxiety or stress? Are you looking for tools to help your child adjust?  Registration is open for the Mighty Teens Empowerment Project: a seven-week, online art-journal club that helps Door County children in grades 5 and 6 who experience anxiety or stress to adjust. Sponsored by STRIDE Creative and facilitated […]

  • Aging Resource Fair in Sister Bay

    The NWTC Learning and Innovation Center in Sister Bay is hosting a free Lunch & Learn: Aging Resource Fair on Jan. 12, 11 am – 2 pm, to bring together local resources that are available to serve seniors’ transportation, health care, independent-living and other needs. Classes include Alzheimer’s warning signs, fall prevention, improving sleep and […]

  • Manufacturers See Rise in Sales and Hiring

    The Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance released its 13th “Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Vitality Index Study” during its recent quarterly membership meeting. The study shows that sales have recovered from 2020.  “However, supply-chain constraints and lack of talent are strong concerns from companies in the region,” said Mike Kawleski, public-affairs manager for Georgia-Pacific and chair of the […]

  • New Hire at JAK’s Place

    JAK’s Place has hired Jim Conley, who has a background in human services, as a new mental-health advocate. JAK’s Place is a mental-health resource center providing structured and social resources to those who are affected by mental illness, as well as to family members who are in need of support and information.

  • Realtors Make Holiday Donation

    Every year, as part of its holiday celebration, the Door County Board of Realtors collects donations of food and toys. This year, the organization was able to fill two cars with gifts and give more than $700 in cash, checks and gift cards to the Door County Toys for Tots program, as well as deliver […]

  • Spring Classic Registration Opens Jan. 1

    Winter may be settling in, but that doesn’t mean we can’t think about spring and getting back on the bike! Right now you can get in on the Peninsula Century Spring Classic for an incredible price. Through February you can register for just $55. That gets you a great post-ride lunch, free beer from One […]

  • Two Ice Fishers Rescued Near Sturgeon Bay

    The ice had barely formed over the past week, but already an ice-fishing rescue took place off the bay of Green Bay in Door County on Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 28, when the Southern Door Fire Department and U.S. Coast Guard delivered two ice fishers to safety near Sherwood Point Lighthouse.  According to John Kolodziej, who […]

  • Sister Bay Shuttle New Year’s Eve Schedule

    Sister Bay Advancement Association will be running a free shuttle on New Year’s Eve. The shuttle will run Every 20 minutes from 5 pm to 2 amThe shuttle stops at the following locations in this order: On Mill Road at Highway 42 (going west) Husby’s (going south) Highway 42 & Country Walk Drive (going south) […]

  • An Icy Endeavor: Emily Steuer Takes on Ice Age Trail

    When 25-year-old Emily Steuer tells people that she’s spending her winter hiking the entire 1,200-mile Ice Age Trail, she gets a range of reactions. Friends and family of the Ellison Bay resident aren’t surprised, knowing that she loves a good challenge. But people who don’t know her as well are often just confused. “Most people’s […]

  • Wild Things: There’s a New Kid in Town

    Stangel takes over at Stephenson Pier by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected], Peninsula Pulse contributor Some of Travis Stangel’s earliest fishing memories involve playing in the snow on the frozen waters of Green Bay and chasing tip-ups whenever a flag popped.  “My dad had me out there when I was real young – three extra lines, you […]

  • History Keeper: Karen Sohns Ekberg Was Born into Ephraim History

    by PATTY WILLIAMSON, PhD Karen Sohns Ekberg was, quite literally, born into history in the living quarters above the little butcher shop that her grandparents, Arnold and Ida Sohns, established in Ephraim in 1917. Arnold became well known as the owner of Door County’s first chicken plucker: a contraption that drew a crowd of onlookers […]

  • Restorative Classes at Roots Yoga

    Roots Yoga and Healing is offering Restorative Yoga + Sound Bath classes Jan. 8, Feb. 5, March 5, April 2 and May 7, 2-3:30 pm. Enjoy gentle stretches and restorative yoga with guided meditations throughout. Then allow the gentle vibrations of singing bowls and other sound elements to lead to further relaxation and healing.  These […]

  • Veterinarian Releases Children’s Book

    Veterinarian Lois Kurschner – the owner of Animal Clinic of Sturgeon Bay – and collaborating artist David Hackett have released Peter Perchy: Two Little Perch in Sturgeon Bay, a new children’s book that’s a story of compassion, friendship and happy endings, told throughout time.

  • Join Tea Thyme Book Club in 2023

    The Tea Thyme Novel-Tea Book Club has concluded its fourth year and is welcoming new members. In 2023, club members will be reading The Murder of Mr. Wickham by Claudia Gray in January, The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell in February, The Seed Keeper by Diane Wilson in March, The Cloisters by Katy Hays in […]

  • YMCA Book Club Selects Upcoming Reads

    Join the YMCA’s Page Turners Book Club in the new year for food, friends and great conversations. The club – held monthly on the last Thursday, 11:45 am, at the YMCA Program Center, 1900 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay – is free to everyone, and no registration is necessary. Upcoming reads include The Raft of Stars […]

  • Novel Bay Receives Holiday Bonus

    Novel Bay Booksellers in Sturgeon Bay received $500 as part of author James Patterson’s Holiday Bookstore Bonus Program. Since 2015, Patterson has been pledging a personal contribution that’s distributed to independent booksellers, and this year he pledged $250,000 to be divided among 500 American Bookseller Association bookstores.

  • Write On Offers New Programs

    Write On, Door County is introducing several free programs in January. Memoir Monday is a one-hour creative lab intended to encourage senior citizens to chronicle their life stories. Volunteer facilitators will guide participants through prompts designed to get them started and inspire them to put their memories into writing.  Sessions will be held monthly: at […]

  • Door County New Year’s Events

    Dropping into 2023 It’s time to put a bow on 2022 and look forward to 2023!  Sister Bay will be the place to be Saturday night. If weather allows, the Teresa K. Hilander Community Ice Rink will be open for skating, with bonfires, concessions and fun at the rink, plus a big fireworks display at […]

  • Ski for Free Open at Crossroads

    Crossroads’ Ski for Free program will be open every day, conditions allowing, this week. Skis, boots and poles for children and adults of all sizes are available to use for free. There are also snowshoes and kicksleds available on a first-come, first-served basis. The program is open Dec. 27-30 and Jan. 1, 12:30-3 pm, or […]

  • Those We Lost in 2022

    A legendary coach, beloved teachers, a seminal artist, and a chronicler of local history are just a few of the people we said goodbye to in 2022. Francha Barnard  Door County lost a community activist, enthusiastic volunteer and supporter of the arts when Francha Barnard died in July at age 76. She retired to the […]

  • Obituary: Darrell “Barky” Lee Anderson

    January 9, 1932 ~ December 22, 2022 Darrell “Barky” Lee Anderson, 90 years of Ellison Bay died Thursday December 22, 2022 at Door County Medical Center. He was born January 9, 1932 in Omaha, Nebraska the son of the late Erick William and Thelma Marie (Freeman) Anderson. His family lived in Iowa for a time before moving […]

  • Obituary: Helena E. Virlee

    September 20, 1920 ~ December 21, 2022 Helena E. Virlee, age 102, passed away at her home in Aurora, CO on December 21, 2022. She was born on September 20, 1920 to Walter and Emma (Kugler) Beard in a log home on a small farm (now known as the Kurtz Coral) in Jacksonport, WI. After […]

  • Obituary: Michael Brian Tucholski

    December 22, 1947 ~ December 20, 2022 Michael Brian Tucholski, of Sturgeon Bay, died at home with family at his side on Tuesday, December 20, 2022 after a 2-month cancer diagnosis. Mike was 74 years old.  He was born December 22, 1947 in Milwaukee and served his country for four years in the United States […]

  • Obituary: Stanley Titus Johnson

    August 26, 1927 ~ December 20, 2022 Stanley Titus Johnson, 95, recently of Milwaukee, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, died peacefully on Tuesday, December 20, 2022. He was born August 26, 1927, in Stamford, Nebraska, son of the late Herbert Emmanuel and Myrtle Elizabeth (Newquist) Johnson. After graduating from North Branch High School with the Class […]

  • Obituary: Franklin “Frank” Bley

    November 6, 1929 ~ December 24, 2022 Franklin “Frank” Bley, 93 years, of West Jacksonport, died Saturday December 24, 2022, Christmas Eve, while at home on his family farm with his dear family at his side.    He was born November 6, 1929 in West Jacksonport on the family homestead of August and Lydia (Herbst) […]

  • Obituary: Susan Kimberly Ko

    January 19, 1955 ~ December 14, 2022 Susan Kimberly Ko (aka “Tudi”) sadly died on Wednesday, December 14 at her home in Sister Bay, Wisconsin.  Tudi was born in Seattle, WA and grew up in Chicago, IL.  She later moved to Palm Harbor, FL and had recently built a new home in Sister Bay, WI, […]

  • Obituary: Joanne B. Peterson

    March 21, 1953 ~ December 24, 2022 Joanne B. Peterson, 69, of Ellison Bay, died peacefully at her home on Saturday, December 24, 2022 surrounded by her family after a battle with cancer. She was born March 21, 1953 in Sturgeon Bay, daughter of the late Dorothy (Melvin) Pluff and Stanley Tesnow. Joanne attended Gibraltar […]

  • Obituary: Jona Kay (Potter) Biddlestone

    May 11, 1951 ~ December 21, 2022 Jona Kay Biddlestone, 71, died unexpectedly December 21, 2022. She was living in Jacksonport, Wisconsin with her husband, Frank. She was born on May 11, 1951, to John and Patricia (Downend) Potter in Boise, Idaho. She graduated from Borah High School in 1969 before going on to graduate […]

  • Obituary: Adeline (Haberli) Zak

    June 12, 1930 ~ December 23, 2022 Adeline (Haberli) Zak, 92, of Sturgeon Bay died on December 23, 2022.  She was born in Egg Harbor to Joseph and Ida (Stern) Haberli on June 12, 1930.  Adeline graduated from Gibraltar High School and continued her education at Door County Normal School to become a teacher.  Adeline […]

  • Obituary: John W. Nolte

    August 4, 1950 ~ December 20, 2022 John Nolte, 72, of Ellison Bay, died on Dec. 20, 2022 at Door County Medical Center.  No services are planned.

  • Obituary: William J. Ambrose

    April 29, 1961 ~ December 20, 2022 William J. Ambrose, 61, of Sister Bay, died Tuesday December 20, 2022, at home after a lengthy illness. Bill was the loving son of the late Robert L. and Mary Ambrose. He is survived by his four siblings, Jane (late Robert L.) Ambrose, Mary (late Robert) Tourounjian, Kathleen (Scott) Smith, […]

  • Obituary: John (Valnes) Logerquist

    January 19, 1947 ~ December 18, 2022 John Logerquist,75, of Sturgeon Bay, peacefully died on Dec.18th, 2022, at Sturgeon Bay Health Services. John was born in Jacksonport on Jan. 19, 1947, to Raymond and Kathryn (Marshall) Logerquist. After graduating from Sevastopol High School, he served his country in the U.S. Airforce. On August. 4, 1973, […]

  • Obituary: Thomas Hanson

    August 10, 1944 ~ December 20, 2022 Thomas L. Hanson, age 78, a Manitowoc resident, died Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at Froedtert Holy Family Memorial Medical Center, Manitowoc. He was born August 10, 1944 in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, son of the late Lynn and Lucille (Anderson) Hanson. Tom attended Gibraltar High School, graduating with the […]

  • The History of the “Berylune”

    The next presentation in the Door County Medical Center’s Maritime Speaker Series will be “The Berylune: Journey of a Door County Boat,” held in person at the Door County Maritime Museum, as well as virtually, on Jan. 5, 7 pm.  Brennan Christianson, the museum’s collections coordinator and Gills Rock site manager, will explore the story […]