Peninsula Pulse Feb. 9-16, 2024

In this issue

  • Early Start to Open Water Fishing

    Look to hook up in Green Bay, Lake Michigan or tributaries If weeks of warnings weren’t enough to deter anglers hungry to hunt offshore whitefish,three separate rescues carried out on lower Green Bay’s east shore Thursday should getthe word out to stay off the ice.Brown County and Coast Guard airboats were used to get nine […]

  • Obituary: James G. Morrow Sr.

    Aug. 29, 1935 – Feb. 9, 2024 James G. Morrow Sr. age 88 of Manitowoc, died Friday, Feb. 9, 2024 at St. Mary’s Home of Felician Village. Jim was born on Aug. 29, 1935 in Sturgeon Bay, son of the late Bernard and Mabel (Wendricks) Morrow. He grew up on the family farm and attended […]

  • Obituary: SMSgt Gerald John Miesbauer

    Nov. 29, 1937 – Feb. 7, 2024 SMSgt Gerald “Jerry” John Miesbauer, age 86 of the Town of Sevastopol, died on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024, at Door County Medical Center with his family by his side. Jerry was born on Nov. 29, 1937, to the late Peter and Ethel (Kuechenmeister) Miesbauer in Milwaukee. He graduated […]

  • Sturgeon Bay’s Open-Mic Scene

    If you want to better understand Door County’s music scene, whether you’re new in town or a beginner musician, local folk singer-songwriter Jeanne Kuhns has advice for you: go to an open mic. “This community of musicians has many layers,” said Kuhns, who hosts a weekly open mic at Sturgeon Bay café, The Gnoshery. “There’s […]

  • Obituary: Carl W. Kuehne

    Nov. 17, 1941 – Jan. 30, 2024 Carl W. Kuehne peacefully died on Jan. 30, 2024. He was the son of Carl and Esther Kuehne, born on Nov. 17, 1941 in Seymour, Wisconsin. Growing up, Carl attended Seymour High School and went on to receive his undergraduate degree at Ripon College before earning his law […]

  • Three Finalists Emerge for Southern Door Superintendent Position

    The Southern Door County School District released the names of the three finalists for the superintendent position, one of those a current Southern Door principal. The candidates are Brent Johnson, current principal of Thomas Jefferson School in Wausau; Kevin Krutzik, Sheboygan Falls High School Principal since 2018; and Marc Vandenhouten, current principal at Southern Door […]

  • Power Plant Demolition Needs Permit Due To Falcons

    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) proposes to issue a permit for the incidental taking of a rare bird, which may result from demolition of the Kewaunee Power Station. The presence of the state endangered peregrine falcon is confirmed in the vicinity of the project site. DNR staff determined that the work may result in […]

  • Peninsula Pride Meets For Watershed Conservation

    Peninsula Pride Farms – a farmer-led watershed conservation group in Kewaunee and Southern Door counties – will review the group’s progress from the past year and explore strategies for further conservation efforts during its annual conference, 9 am – 2:45 pm Feb. 13 at Kewaunee County Fairgrounds Expo Hall, 625 Third St., Luxemburg. To register, […]

  • Grants Go To Beach Study, Climate/ Ice-Safety Research

    Three research projects involving Door County locations received University of Wisconsin Sea Grant College Program grants.  –A $252,000 grant went to a regional project by UW-Milwaukee’s Sandra McLellan, “Development of a Risk-Based Framework for Beach Closing Decisions,” which will include one Door County beach.  –The Wisconsin Historical Society received a $109,000 grant to research a […]

  • Land Trust Accelerates Protection Efforts

    DCLT competes with developers to protect natural resources As Emily Wood steered her SUV into Bear Creek to ford the stream in December, backseat passenger Carrie Ehrfurth received a text, exclaimed “We closed!” and rang a cowbell she had in her backpack. Wood, the Door County Land Trust Executive Director, was driving this reporter, Project […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Beauty

    Beauty is eagerly waiting to find a new loving home to share lots of love, snuggles and together time. This precious 3-year-old girl, available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society Door County Campus, would make a great walking companion and super listener. She is spayed, vaccinated, microchipped, and goes home with a starter bag […]

  • Episcopal Churches Elect Vestry And Wardens

    Members of the Episcopal Church of Christ the King (CTK) and Holy Nativity (HN) heard annual reports on Jan. 21 from Fr. Olin Sletto, senior and junior wardens, and various committee chairs. The congregation voted to accept nominations for wardens and members of the vestry for 2024.

  • Trails Initiative Adds Staff

    Egg Harbor Trails Initiative made three additions to its volunteer staff as it works to build momentum for pedestrian and biking trails throughout the Door County Peninsula. Retired high school teacher and author of Exploring Door County, Craig Charles joins the team as Communications Director. Mary Jean Cull offers her services as Volunteer Coordinator, and […]

  • Bestsellers

    Hardcover Fiction 1. The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store, by James McBride 2. Iron Flame, by Rebecca Yarros 3. Remarkably Bright Creatures, by Shelby Van Pelt 4. The Fury, by Alex Michaelides 5. Tom Lake, by Ann Patchett Hardcover Nonfiction  1. Oath and Honor: A Memoir and a Warning, by Liz Cheney 2. The Wager: […]

  • Dance, Meditation Classes At Studio234

    Guest instructor Amanda List will host an adult dance class and a meditation class at STUDIO234 on Feb. 18. First, at 3-4:30 pm, List will teach a 90-minute Sexy Chair dance class. After a 20-minute warmup, participants will learn choreography to Shania Twain’s “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” All levels of dancers may attend. […]

  • Final Week Of Door County Reads Events

    The Door County Library’s annual winter literary festival, Door County Reads (DCR), will wrap up with one last week of events. This year’s festival centers on Braiding Sweetgrass For Young Adults: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer. The book discusses how acknowledging our reciprocal relationship with the earth […]

  • Local Students Perform In District Music Festival

    Door County students will participate in a District Solo and Ensemble Music Festival on Feb. 10. The festival is sanctioned by the Wisconsin School Music Association and will be hosted by Gibraltar High School on Saturday.  During the festival, students will perform vocal and instrumental solos, duets, trios and small ensembles before an adjudicator.  Performers […]

  • Dinos At DCA

    The Door Community Auditorium (DCA) hosted a Jan. 30 performance by Dinosaur World Live, a show that uses realistic puppets to breathe life into dinosaurs like the T-rex shown here. Photo from DCA’s Facebook page.

  • Server of the Week: Paula Hanson, Bluefront Cafe

    If you frequent Paula’s section, you may get the impression, That she’s made a mental note, and knows exactly your selection. She loves a Bluefront salad, the one with chicken curry, If you think you’d like to try it, she’ll bring it in a hurry. She’s up for a paddle, on a lake or a […]

  • Last Almost Perfect Sale At Ellison Bay Pottery

    Ellison Bay Pottery will host an Almost Perfect Pottery Sale Feb. 10, 11 am – 4 pm. Held in the gallery and online, the sale will be the last of its kind before the gallery closes.  The work for sale, made by resident potter John Dietrich, has small imperfections that may not be visible to […]

  • Creative Power On Exhibit Next At The Miller

    Sturgeon Bay’s Miller Art Museum will reveal a new exhibit on Feb. 14, titled CREATIVE POWER. The exhibit follows Charles L. Peterson in the Permanent Collection, which features 19 works by the nationally-recognized maritime artist. The final day to view Peterson’s work is Feb. 12, 10 am – 7 pm.  CREATIVE POWER is a traveling […]

  • Artist Reception For Archelle “Buttons” Wolst

    The work of Door County still life and portrait painter Archelle “Buttons” Wolst will be featured in the Door County Community Foundation’s lobby gallery. A reception for the exhibit will be held Feb. 16, 4:30-6 pm.  Wolst’s work is defined by simple shapes and strong compositions. For this show, she has painted several friends who […]

  • Paint The Rainbow At Peninsula School of Art

    At this month’s Family Art Day at Peninsula School of Art, make your own painting inspired by the work of Ay-O, a Japanese avant-garde artist who used rainbow stripes to outline or fill his silkscreen prints. The workshop is free for families with children ages 3 to seventeen. Participants can drop in from 9 am […]

  • Registration Open For Sievers Classes

    Registration is open now for 2024 classes at Washington Island’s Sievers School of Fiber Arts. Over 35 classes for adults, ranging in length from two days to a week, are scheduled from May to October.  Visit to view the full schedule.

  • Baptiste Paul, Duncan Tonatiuh Headline Young Writers Conference

    Plus, this week’s events at Write On Writers Baptiste Paul and Duncan Tonatiuh will headline Write On, Door County’s Young Writers Conference, in downtown Sturgeon Bay, Feb. 24.  Baptiste Paul is a Caribbean-born children’s book author whose debut picture book, The Field, was inspired by his childhood in St. Lucia. His stories are fueled by […]

  • Fire and Ice and Everything Nice

    Some like it hot, some like it cold – and at Sturgeon Bay’s Fire and Ice Festival, Feb. 16-17, there’s a little bit of both.  The fun begins on Feb. 16, 5:30-7 pm, with a luminary-lit hike at Crossroads at Big Creek. After trekking through a wintry wonderland, enjoy hot chocolate by the bonfire. Crossroads […]

  • Register By April 1 For 2024 Fall Fest Derby Race

    Registration is open now for the 2024 Fall Festival Derby Race, which is set for 10 am on Oct. 20 on Highway 42 in downtown Sister Bay. With assistance from an adult, participating children ages seven to 13 can build gravity-powered cars to race in the derby. The weight limit for the car, driver, helmet […]

  • Historical Society: Enjoy An Afternoon With Pete Lemere

    Egg Harbor Historical Society kicks off its 2024 program series Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 2 pm with an interview with Peter LeMere, who was instrumental in developing the historical society and programming. LeMere will have plenty to say about growing up in the village, as he was born in Egg Harbor, attended the school on […]

  • Dianna Jones At Door 44

    Singer-songwriter Dianna Jones will come to Sturgeon Bay’s Door 44 Winery on Feb. 10, 1-4 pm.  Jones started her music career in New York’s Greenwich Village in the early 1980s, opening for the likes of Rick Danko, Paul Butterfield, Maria Muldaur and Jerry Jeff Walker. Since relocating to Milwaukee, she has opened for Marcia Ball, […]

  • Fundraiser Concert By Dorothy Scott Benefits Door Cancer

    Dorothy Scott and the Peacekeepers will play their second-annual benefit concert to raise money for DOOR CANcer Inc. on Feb. 16, 7 pm. Dorothy Scott and the Peacekeepers blend pop, folk and blues favorites. Scott complements her fierce, passionate vocals with acoustic guitar and keyboard, while Tony Besson’s electric guitar, Paul Sowinski’s bass and Adam […]

  • Listen Up!

    Looking for live music this weekend? Here are some to check out! Josh Harty and pAt mAcdonald Feb. 10, 8 pm, Tambourine Lounge, 59 N. 2nd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay Two singer-songwriters collaborate onstage. Tickets to the concert are $20. Tom and Cristy Feb. 10, 3-5 pm, The Hitching Post, 4849 Glidden Dr. in Sturgeon […]

  • Door To Nature: Patience at the Bird Feeders

    This past month, I’ve often looked out at the feeders in my front yard and noticed no birds. Few of the typical seed-eaters have been here, and many seeds that I put out at dusk are still on the platforms well after dawn. Then, all of a sudden, the birds arrive and begin chowing down. […]

  • Learn Backyard Telescope Photo Techniques

    The community is invited to the monthly meetings of the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society.  Door Peninsula Astronomical Society member Cory Gorski will teach techniques of “Amateur Astrophotography,” and show how he captured images with a simple backyard telescope setup, during a free program Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 7 pm at Stonecipher Astronomy Center, 2200 Utah […]

  • Chili Contest On Super Bowl Sunday

    Kitty O’Reilly’s Irish Pub is hosting their Big Game Chili Cook Off on Feb. 11. Set up begins at 2 pm and tasting will be from 3-5:30 pm. Interested chili cooks need to call 920.743.7441 or stop by in person no later than Feb. 10. For more details go to Kitty O’Reilly’s is located […]

  • Tasty Treats, Wine And Music At Anchored Roots

    Galecktables, local maker of sweet and savory baked goods, will have a pop-up at Anchored Roots Vineyard and Winery from 12:30-4 pm on Feb. 17. The pop-up will feature hand pies, cupcakes and an array of take-home goods from soups and lasagna to cookies and desserts. Live music will be provided by Cathy Grier and […]

  • Putting The Brew In February

    Harbor Fish Market & Grille and Door County Brewing Company (DCBC) are collaborating on a FeBREWary Dinner Event on Feb. 22. Comfort food nostalgia with an avant-garde twist is the theme. DCBC will conduct a free brewery tour for guests beginning at 4 pm, which will conclude with complimentary beer in their tasting room. Harbor […]

  • Made For Each Other: Tacos And Beer

    Starboard Brewing Company is now offering tacos on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 am – 7 pm. Taco options include verde beef, sofrito pork, Korean barbecue and chipotle pork. Starboard will also be serving micheladas – a blend of spicy and fresh-squeezed citrus juices served over ice, topped with Starboard beer and finished with a […]

  • Valentine’s Day Dining Specials

    If a way to the heart is through the stomach, Door County Valentine’s Day(ish) dining is sure to get you there. Here are some of your best options. Alexander’s 3667 Hwy 42 in Fish Creek During February, Alexander’s is offering its Sweetheart Dinner Package featuring a prix-fixe menu. For details and reservations call 920.868.3532. Barringer’s […]

  • Three Realtors Earn Awards

    The Door County Board of Realtors recognized three of its members this month. The 2023 Realtor of the Year Award went to Jeff Isaksen of Harbour Real Estate Group; Paul Dreutzer of ERA Starr Realty received the Gale E. Zahn Distinguished Service Award for outstanding and unselfish dedication of time, talent and energy to the […]

  • Fernwood Gardens Near Mr. G’s Open For Events

    The former Mr. G’s Supper Club was demolished late last year but the adjacent Fernwood Gardens Ballroom is set to again host all types of events. The Geitner-family venue will continue to host weddings, private events and community gatherings, just as they have for more than 50 years.   For more information about the venue southwest […]

  • Businesses Invited To High School Job Fair

    Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) invites employers to reserve a spot at the second annual High School Job Fair, which takes place March 6 at Stone Harbor Resort and Conference Center, Sturgeon Bay. For more information on becoming a DCEDC investor or on the job fair, contact Korey Mallien at [email protected]. This year, DCEDC […]

  • Pop-Up Markets Popping Up

    Two vendor fairs have attracted more than a half dozen sellers, some of whom closed brick-and-mortar stores or have only summer hours.  Pop-Up Market at Shiny Moon Cafe´ above Fish Creek Market, 4164 Main St., will be Saturday, Feb. 10, 4-7 pm, and the Shop Local Extravaganza at Pheasant Park Resort, 2236 Mill Road, Sister […]

  • Sevastopol Announces Valedictorian, Salutatorian

    Sevastopol High School Principal Troy Schaefer announced the class of 2024 valedictorian as Ezra Linnan and salutatorian as Logan Filar. In addition to their achievement of having the two highest weighted cumulative grade-point averages, Linnan scored a perfect score as a junior on the ACT test, and Filar fulfilled all graduation requirements and will graduate […]

  • Teamwork Keeps Gibraltar Choir Going

    A pianist and accompanist for Gibraltar Area School singers and musicians stepped up this past fall and winter to fill an opening at the high school and middle school. Sara Bong’s full-time-substitute efforts and work as secondary-school choir teacher earned praise and expressions of gratitude from the school board and high school principal, James DeBroux.  […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Unbeaten In Math Meets

    Sturgeon Bay High improved to 5-0 in Packerland Conference competitions with two wins at the end of January and one more this month. James Zittlow of Southern Door had a perfect score of 40 in the fifth meet, and so did Sturgeon Bay junior Luke Selle.  Among seniors, in the fourth meet of the season, […]

  • Southern Door Board Selects 6 Superintendent Candidates

    Community Involved in Survey, Interviews The Southern Door County School Board reviewed 20 application packets and selected six candidates to interview in its search for a superintendent. Also during its Jan. 31 retreat, the board compiled a list of names for two, 13-member interview panels to meet with three candidates starting Feb. 5, and three […]

  • Why These Land Sales Moved at a Snail’s Pace

    Completed and accepted conservation plan paves way for lot sales, with a conservation easement designed to protect snails Completion of a habitat-protection plan for rare snails made it possible for Alpine Resort ownership to sell blufftop lots that possess million-dollar views. Following the fall 2023 Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) approval of a 40-page […]

  • Two Sturgeon Bay Students Win Editorial Prizes

    Two sixth-graders at T.J. Walker Middle School in Sturgeon Bay produced winning entries in a contest designed to increase civic engagement while celebrating First Amendment rights.  Ella Nerby took second place for her editorial cartoon highlighting the importance of the First Amendment, and Steven Blevins received an Honorable Mention for a Letter to the Editor […]

  • Police Chief Requests License Plate Reader Cameras

    The Sturgeon Bay Police Department (SBPD) wants to put a license plate reader (LPR) camera system in place in the city to help fight crime. The city’s Finance/Purchasing and Building Committee recommended Jan. 30 that the Common Council approve a contract with Flock Safety, which would install and maintain the cameras. Police Chief Clint Henry […]

  • What’s In Port: The “Stewart J. Cort”

    by the DOOR COUNTY MARITIME MUSEUM Tom Wenstadt, contributor The merchant vessel (MV) Stewart J. Cort arrived at the Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding yard on Jan. 18. The vessel pivoted at the mouth of Sturgeon Bay, then backed into the yard for six miles up the Sturgeon Bay channel. It then backed into the slip adjacent […]

  • DCEDC Seeks Nominations for 34th Annual Awards

    Nomination deadline Feb. 23, annual meeting April 17 The Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) is accepting nominations for four business awards to be presented at the organization’s annual meeting in April. The awards include The Range Lights Award for Emerging Business of the Year; The Light Keeper Award for Women-, Minority- or Veteran-Owned Business […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Mariner Park Boat Launch?

    Based on meeting minutes and draft plans, the Town of Liberty Grove Plan Commission is now considering using a large portion of Mariner Park as a boat launch and a vehicle and boat trailer parking lot. This, even though currently there is a perfectly good existing boat launch, open to the public, on the adjoining […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Rekindling Our Commitment to Oaths

    I recently read Liz Cheney’s book, Oath and Honor. Have you heard anyone talking about oath or honor lately? I haven’t. How sad. Oaths are simple and go by many names. In church we called them creeds (“I believe in one God…”), or commandments (“Thou shalt not lie…”). In school we said the Pledge of […]

  • Obituary: Lisa Marie Munao

    Jan. 10, 1964 ~ Feb. 3, 2024 Lisa Marie Munao, 60, of Washington Island, died at her home on Saturday evening, Feb. 3, 2024. She was born Jan. 10, 1964 in Des Plaines, Illinois, the daughter of Clifford and Elaine (Bonk) Schultz. Lisa attended Main North High School through her junior year (until North’s closing) […]

  • Obituary: Lois Shaw

    b. 1935 – Jan. 30, 2024 Lois K. Shaw, 88, of Sturgeon Bay, died peacefully on the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2024, at Pine Crest Village after a prolonged struggle with dementia. Born in Manitowoc, in 1935 (“Me and Social Security!” she often said), Lois was the youngest daughter of the late Louis and […]

  • Obituary: Frank J. Capozzi

    Oct. 18, 1942 – Feb. 2, 2024 Frank J. Capozzi, 81, of Ephraim, died Friday, Feb. 2, 2024 at Door County Memorial Medical Center. He was born Oct. 18, 1942 in Syracuse, the son of the late Frank and Helen (Stabile) Capozzi. He received his undergraduate degree in music from the State University of New […]

  • Obituary: Dr. Charles “Clark” Willhite, DMD

    Aug. 10, 1951 – Jan. 23, 2024 Dr. Charles Clark Willhite, DMD, (Clark to family and friends in Arkansas, Chuck to those outside of Arkansas), 72, of Sturgeon Bay, died in the loving arms of his family at home and awoke in the arms of the Lord, Tuesday evening, Jan. 23, 2024. He was born […]

  • Obituary: Jeffrey Adam Pierzchalski

    April 8, 1961 ~ Jan. 27, 2024 Jeffrey Adam Pierzchalski, 62, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024 at the Unity Hospice Jack and Engrid Meng Residence in the Town of Ledgeview. He was a great dad to his daughter, Leah of Algoma; and grandfather to Theodore, Blodwen, and John Jr..  A […]