Peninsula Pulse December 18-23, 2020

In this issue

  • Pet Tip: Dangerous foods

    Chocolate, macadamia nuts, avocados … These foods may sound delicious to us, but they’re actually quite dangerous for our animal companions. The list of top toxic “people foods” that nutrition experts have identified to avoid feeding pets includes chocolate, coffee, alcohol, milk, salt and onions. You can read about these and other foods that are bad […]

  • PODCAST: First-hand – Battling a COVID-19 Infection

    Andrew Kleidon and Myles Dannhausen Jr. recap the latest COVID-19 news as vaccines are due to arrive at Door County Medical Center in short order. This week in the paper Tamara Jilot recounts her experience with the virus, the timeline from infection to symptoms, and her hospital stay and aftermath. Also, Andrew parts the curtain […]

  • Sculptor of Renown: Richard Edelman forges a special connection with Egg Harbor

    People can travel to countries such as Israel and Poland to see the work of Milwaukee-based sculptor Richard Edelman. Or, they can visit Egg Harbor, where two of his sculptures are installed: “Blue Sail” at the marina, and “Three Dancers” at the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center. A Milwaukee gallery shared Edelman’s work with Margaret […]

  • 2020 Hal Prize Recipients Receive Mug

    Instead of a certificate or trophy or high-five, first-place winners in the Hal Prize competition receive a beautiful mug that’s custom made by Clay Bay Pottery. This year’s design features birch trees on a blue background, with a 2020 Hal Prize banner. Submissions are now open for the 2021 Hal Prize contest. To submit entries, […]

  • Bestsellers: Dec. 18, 2020

    HARDCOVER FICTION  1. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett2. Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline3. Anxious People by Fredrik Backman4. The Searcher by Tana French5. Perestroika in Paris by Jane Smiley HARDCOVER NONFICTION  1. A Promised Land by Barack Obama2. Caste by Isabel Wilkerson3. The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson4. The Best of […]

  • Publishing Industry News: Dec. 18, 2020

    Curious about what’s happening in the world of books and publishing? Catch up on the biggest acquisitions, news, adaptations and more here! • The Big Five publishers have now become the Big Four. Penguin Random House (PRH) – the nation’s largest publishing group – has bought Simon & Schuster (SS), the third largest. The price tag? […]

  • This Week at Write On: Dec. 18, 2020

    Still trying to find gifts for those hard-to-buy-for people on your list? Write On, Door County has great gift ideas for the readers and writers in your life.  For readers, consider Halfway to the North Pole, an anthology of Door County poetry published by the Door County Poetry Collective; or Through This Door: Wisconsin in […]

  • Door County Writes: ‘Preparing for Christmas’

    NONFICTION by Michael Brecke About the middle of October, every year of my 18 years in my family home – assuming those years when I was too young to remember or experience it – my mother engaged in a ritual of earth-shaking importance.  The ritual began with a trip to Ironwood, Michigan, approximately 24 miles […]

  • Revisions Start on Baileys Harbor Comprehensive Plan

    Baileys Harbor Planning Commission Chair Dr. Tim Tishler asked for community involvement in shaping Baileys Harbor’s comprehensive plan for the next decade, and he got it. Thirty-three people logged in to the first of many meetings for rewriting a comprehensive plan that was last revised in 2013 and still contains some observations from 2002. The […]

  • Eatery Coming to On Deck Building

    A change of use was approved for Unit E of the On Deck building in Sister Bay to allow Andy Crain to operate a small cafe. The unit on the south end of the building – once the home of Drink Coffee – has been used as On Deck retail space for several years. Owner […]

  • Woodwalk Gallery Seeks Submissions for Virtual Spring Show

    Woodwalk Gallery seeks to give online exposure to amateur and  professional artists who work in 2D media and whose pieces demonstrate ingenuity and inspiration. Cash-prize recipients in this juried exhibit will be able to display their winning works virtually March 1 through April – the opening two months of the 2021 Door County art season.  The […]

  • Register for The Clearing Folk School’s Winter Classes

    The Clearing Folk School’s 2021 winter program of classes is now open for registration. More than 30 classes will be offered Jan. 7 – March 31, either in-person outdoors or online. No in-person indoor classes will be held during this session.  Find full class descriptions and registration details at Then register online, by mail, […]

  • Pop-up Artisan Market Continues Dec. 23

    The Door County Artisan Market Pop-Up Series, hosted by Door County Wildflower Candles & More, has added a special holiday gift market Dec. 23, 10 am – 1 pm, at the Door County Fitness Studio in Sister Bay. This market will feature a variety of Door County artists and makers who specialize in giftable goods, […]

  • Door to Nature: Winter Greenery

    A friend asked about some low-growing green plants that we saw on a recent walk with our hiking group. This time of year, most of the landscape is brown and seemingly dead, but there’s still a family of small, interesting evergreen plants to watch for: the clubmosses. Most people connect the word “evergreen” with the […]

  • Hike This: Door Bluff Headlands County Park

    Near the northernmost reaches of the peninsula, one of Door County’s most underrated natural areas conceals its secret vistas from most visitors. Door Bluff Headlands County Park stands largely undisturbed, beckoning adventurers to get to know this hidden gem. Aside from an access road to the interior of the park, Door Bluff Headlands County Park […]

  • Wild Things: Holiday Deer Hunt on Its Last Legs?

    Deer committee hears concerns If you’re a fan of late gun deer-hunting opportunities and still have tags open, there will be an opportunity to try for some venison Dec. 24-Jan. 1. Both Door and Kewaunee counties are included in the “holiday hunt”: a nine-day, antlerless-only season designed to reduce the herd in specific farm zones.  […]

  • Jupiter and Saturn Will Align on Winter Solstice

    The Great Conjunction was last visible to the naked eye in 1226 Had there not been a collision, there would be no winter solstice or seasons. And were it not for seasons – and the planets Jupiter and Saturn – life on Earth as we know it would be highly unlikely. While the solar system was developing, […]

  • Tornado Warning Sirens De-energized

    Warning sirens will no longer sound within the City of Sturgeon Bay to alert residents to seek indoor shelter when a tornado threatens. The Sturgeon Bay Common Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to de-energize the six outdoor warning sirens that were strategically placed around the city for optimal coverage about 24 years ago. Sturgeon Bay […]

  • Alleged Burglar of Sister Bay Caught in the Act

    A Liberty Grove man has been arrested for one break-in at Sister Bay Hometown Pharmacy and remains a suspect in a burglary of the store only a few days prior.  Christopher Bartoli, 30, of Liberty Grove was arrested for burglary after a Door County Sheriff’s Office deputy encountered Bartoli attempting to exit the store with […]

  • Who’s Up for Reelection in Your Community?

    Candidate filing period is Dec. 1, 2020 – Jan. 5, 2021 for spring election  With the presidential election in the rearview mirror, voters can face forward toward the 2021 spring election. The spring election will be dominated by races for local offices: electing the people who populate city, village and town boards and have the […]

  • Pandemic’s Toll Goes beyond Counting Deaths

    Tamara Jilot was shocked when she tested positive for COVID-19 in October. She only bothered to get tested at the suggestion of a friend who heard her cough.  “You sound just like my husband did,” said her friend, whose husband had caught the virus.   But Jilot said she’d been careful. She wasn’t on complete lockdown […]

  • Idea Gallery Shows Small Works

    Through Dec. 20, Idea Gallery is showing its Small Works Exhibit: a collection of smaller, moderately priced works that are good for holiday gift giving and provide a great opportunity to shop locally. The gallery features work in pottery, painting, cast glass, blown glass, assemblage, paper collage and jewelry, and each week it adds new […]

  • TAP Reads “Gifts of the Magi”

    Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) will offer an online reading of the classic O. Henry story “The Gifts of the Magi,” adapted and directed by TAP co-Artistic Director James Valcq.  The cast will include Doug Mancheski and Lori Wier, and feature Kole Mallien as Jim O’Connor and Lanja Andriamihaja as Della. The program will also include […]

  • Northern Sky Offers First Winter Season

    Northern Sky Theater will offer its first winter season: eight virtual offerings – roughly two shows per month between now and April – that will include both live concerts and archived material. The theater company will begin with The New Year with Northern Sky on Dec. 31, a concert of original material performed and filmed by Northern […]

  • Griffon String Quartet Holiday Concert

    The Griffon String Quartet ( will perform its annual holiday concert virtually Dec. 20, 3 pm. The concert will be streamed on the Griffon’s YouTube channel and the Midsummer’s Music Facebook page. The quartet will perform several works from Bach’s Goldberg Variations arranged for string trio, as well as some festive holiday favorites.In addition to […]

  • PODCAST: Door County Dreaming with Jake Nyberg

    Jake Nyberg’s parents have tried out the Door County life multiple times, including once when Jake was a kid. Now Nyberg is 40 with his own family in Minneapolis and feeling the pull of Door County himself. Myles Dannhausen Jr. talks to Jake about how Door County gets its claws in you, the mental battle […]

  • Trails Open at Crossroads at Big Creek

    Crossroads at Big Creek (, 2041 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay, is doing its part to stop the community spread of the coronavirus by offering only virtual programs or individualized outdoor experiences. Until further notice, the Crossroads buildings are closed, but the restrooms and trails are open all day, every day. Please wear a mask […]

  • Fish Creek Cancels Winter Festival, Launches Winter Tour of Lights

    The Fish Creek Civic Association has canceled the annual Fish Creek Winter Festival, planned for Feb. 5-7, and all associated events have been canceled as well because of COVID-19 concerns.  Despite the cancellation, the association still promises a bright and merry winter season through its self-guided Winter Tour of Lights. After a successful fundraising campaign […]

  • Obituary: John “Jack” Dempster

    September 11, 1932 ~ December 12, 2020 John “Jack” Dempster died on December 12, 2020, after a short stay in Algoma Long Term Care. Jack moved to Sturgeon Bay in 2011, along with his wife, Julie, to be closer to his first grandchildren. Prior to moving to Sturgeon Bay, Jack and Julie lived in Royal […]

  • Obituary: Roger J. Anderson

    December 11, 1943 ~ December 12, 2020 Roger J. Anderson, 77, of Sturgeon Bay died December 12, 2020.  He was born December 11, 1943 in Sturgeon Bay to John M. and Alice F. (Larsen) Anderson. On September 2, 1967, he married Sandra Lee Dettman at Bay View Lutheran Church where he was a lifelong member.  […]

  • Obituary: Nancy (Wautier) Townsend

    October 3, 1952 ~ December 9, 2020 Nancy (Wautier) Townsend, 68, of Sturgeon Bay died unexpectedly on Dec. 9, 2020. She was born Oct. 3,1952 to the late Donald and Shirley Wautier. Nancy enjoyed spending countless hours reading books on her Kindle that was a gift given to her. She enjoyed her Friday fish fries […]

  • Obituary: Linda Doris (Cross) Nasman

    October 1, 1938 ~ December 7, 2020 Linda Doris (Cross) Nasman, 82, of Sturgeon Bay, WI, died Monday morning, December 7, 2020 at Pine Crest Village in Sturgeon Bay. She was born October 1, 1938 in Winchendon, MA, the daughter of Kent and Doris (Hemmings) Cross. On June 14, 1956, she married Ronald “Buzz” Tenney […]

  • Obituary: Charles Richard Overbeck

    February 5, 1944 ~ December 5, 2020 Charles Richard Overbeck died Saturday, December 5, 2020.  Chuck was born to Henry and Thea J Overbeck, February 5, 1944, in Sturgeon Bay, WI.  Charlie and his best friend, Dave Stafford, started the rodeo association at UW-Riverfalls. Chuck was a graduate of Texas A&M Commerce with a master’s […]

  • Obituary: Kenneth Knuth

     June 12, 1936 ~ December 9, 2020 Kenneth Lyle Knuth, 84, of Sturgeon Bay died at Door County Medical Center on December 9, 2020.  He was born June 12, 1936 in Sturgeon Bay to Eugene and Evelyn (Martens) Knuth.  On August 3, 1957 he married Judith Ann Tassoul, she preceded him in death on July […]

  • Obituary: Carola Minar McMullen

    June 2, 1926 ~ December 3, 2020 Carola Minar McMullen, beloved and generous civic leader, educator and artist, died on Thursday, December 3, 2020 in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.  After an eight-year battle with lymphoma, she succumbed to Covid.  She was 94. She was born in Eugene, Oregon in 1926 and educated across Oregon in Salem, […]

  • Obituary: Dean W. Johnson

    March 3, 1940 ~ December 5, 2020 Dean W. Johnson, a loving husband, father, grandfather and father-in-law, died unexpectedly on Saturday, December 5, 2020 at the age of 80. He was born on March 3, 1940 to the late Werner and Edna (Bahlert) Johnson of Gills Rock. Dean graduated from Gibraltar High School in 1958. […]

  • Obituary: Blake James Schartner

    January 25, 2000 ~ December 6, 2020 Blake James Schartner, 20, of Brussels, died on Sunday, December 6, 2020. He was born January 25, 2000 in Green Bay, son of Michael John and Jenel Mary (Routhieaux) Schartner. Blake graduated from Southern Door High School with the Class of 2018. He attended Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, […]

  • Obituary: Dellmont Robert Lindbloom

    December 13, 1925 ~ December 7, 2020 Dellmont Robert Lindbloom, 94, of Sister Bay, died Monday afternoon, December 7, 2020 at the Good Samaritan Society – Scandia Village. He was born December 13, 1925 in Milwaukee, son of the late Dellmont James and Edna (Nolte) Lindbloom. Dell attended Milwaukee Boys Technical High School, where he […]

  • Obituary: Diane E. Owens

    November 8, 1940 ~ December 7, 2020 Diane Elizabeth Owens, 80, of Green Bay, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, died on December 7, 2020 at St. Vincent’s Hospital.  She was born November 08, 1940, in Milwaukee to Edward and Jeanette (Christiansen) Dutschek.  On August 22, 1959, she married William E. Owens in Milwaukee, he preceded her […]