Peninsula Pulse February 25-March 4, 2022

In this issue

  • FRAMED: Snowga Chairs

    It’s never too cold to practice strength and balance, as these yoga warriors in chair pose demonstrate. They were practicing Saturday in single-digit temperatures at Martin Park during Sturgeon Bay’s Fire & Ice Weekend. Photo by Rachel Lukas.  

  • Door Shakespeare Fills 2022 Season with Adventure

    Door Shakespeare has announced its summer 2022 lineup: The Tempest by William Shakespeare and The Three Musketeers: An Adventure, with Music by Joe Pine, based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas, with music and lyrics by Scott McKenna Campbell. The season will run June 22 – Aug. 27 at Door Shakespeare’s outdoor theater on the […]

  • MIKE AT THE MOVIES: Binge-worthy TV

    by MIKE ORLOCK [email protected] It’s Taylor Sheridan’s world these days, and we’re lucky to be living in it. It’s been quite a ride for the onetime house painter who had to drop out of college just to make ends meet. He toyed with rodeo before turning to acting, appearing in a couple of TV shows […]

  • Eco-friendly Putt-Putt Course Coming to Fish Creek

    Mini-golf enthusiasts will soon have a new challenge on the local circuit.  Kerry and Matthew Johnson have received approval to build Evergreen Miniature Golf on a wooded property that wraps around the Fish Creek BP gas station on Highway 42 north of Gibraltar School, but this course will offer something different than the characters and […]

  • Child Care Grants for Essential Businesses

    Supporting Children and Families Together, in partnership with Wisconsin’s nine Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (CCR&Rs), is offering the ​​Partner Up! grant program, which will award $10 million in funding based on existing community child care needs throughout Wisconsin.  This program for essential businesses seeks to support partnerships between essential businesses that purchase slots […]

  • MR. G’S For Sale

    One of Door County’s classic supper clubs is on the market. Mr. G’s Logan Creek Grille and Fernwood Gardens Ballroom in Jacksonport have been listed by Creative Business Solutions for $795,000.  Established in 1973, the restaurant has been in the Geitner family for nearly 50 years and seats up to 100 people. The ballroom/banquet hall […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Arts Board Seeking Input

    The Sturgeon Bay Local Arts Board (LAB) is organizing an Open Forum for Creative Ideas to encourage community members to provide input on how they’d like to see various forms of public art within the city.  “We are fortunate to have very intelligent, talented and creative people living in our community,” said Helen Bacon, a […]

  • Informational Meeting Feb. 28 on Holiday Harbor Progress

    Town Administrator Travis Thyssen will host a Feb. 28 question-and-answer session about plans for the former Holiday Harbor property. Voters approved the purchase of the property for $3.5 million in November 2021.  “The Harbor Commission has done some preliminary investigations and come up with a few ideas,” Thyssen said, “but has not taken any action […]

  • Updates Coming for Sister Bay’s Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan

    Interim Sister Bay Administrator Diane Wesel has applied for grants from the Bay Lakes Regional Planning Commission to assist with two major initiatives. The board decided to split 40 hours of assistance from the commission between two projects: updating the village’s Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (CORP) and creating a conceptual plan for the 56 acres […]

  • Local Parks Benefiting from Building Commission Funding

    The latest round of projects funded by the Wisconsin State Building Commission include more than $2 million in repairs for approximately eight miles of roadway in Peninsula State Park, as well as funds for Whitefish Dunes State Park. The commission, which oversees the planning, improvement, major maintenance and renovation of state facilities, approved a total […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Narrowing Down Possible NERR Sites

    The Sturgeon Bay Common Council will consider sites that it could include in a prospectus to lure a National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) facility to the city.  The council had three possible city-owned sites on its agenda Feb. 15, but Mayor David Ward said the maps weren’t accurate and therefore wanted to move the discussion, […]

  • How Climate Change Is Affecting Wisconsin: Latest report assesses changes, discusses solutions

    The Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) has released its 2021 climate-assessment report, “Wisconsin’s Changing Climate: Impacts and Solutions for a Warmer Climate.” The report is the most comprehensive assessment to date on the effects of climate change in the state and includes details on the continued warming and increased precipitation throughout Wisconsin. The […]

  • Young Eagles Soar

    Southern Door Wrestling was well represented at the Oconto Falls/Abrams Youth Tournament on Sunday, with five first-place finishes. Colt Jeanquart, Royce Leroy, Elijah Dubois, Colt Homeyer and Flynn Jeanquart all stood atop the podium. Beckhem Peterson and Payton Jeanquart brought home second-place finishes. Matthew Jeanquart, Delencey Dubois and Wyatt Jeanquart earned third-place finishes and Asher […]

  • Eagles Fall in Wrestling Sectional

    The season came to a close at sectionals Feb. 19 for two Southern Door wrestlers. Senior Brodie Overbeck lost to fourth-ranked Marcus Matti of Tomahawk in a match at Oconto Falls, and Overbeck’s teammate Trevor Englebert also lost.  Coach Jerry Englebert lauded Overbeck as a great teammate and role model. Overbeck ends his career with […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: BeeBee

    BeeBee is a handsome, 3-year-old cat who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society’s (WHS) Door County Campus. He’s a bit on the bigger side, weighing 13 pounds, and he loves to show off his gray-and-white striped coat and captivating yellow eyes. Like all cats at WHS, BeeBee ( is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped, […]

  • United Way Endowment Fund to Begin 2022 Granting Process

    Applications are now available for the 2022 United Way of Door County endowment fund grants. The organization’s board established this fund in 1997 to assist with the future financial stability of the organization and community. The amount available for calendar year 2022 is $10,000.     Proposals are awarded based on grant-application criteria. Specifically, the grant committee […]

  • Nominate Volunteers for Golden Heart Awards

    Celebrate our community’s many generous volunteers during the 20th annual Golden Heart Awards on April 6, 6 pm, when the ceremony will again be held virtually with limited in-person seating at the Sturgeon Bay High School auditorium. Nominations are being accepted until March 25 for the six award categories of adult volunteer, environmental stewardship, group […]

  • Blood Drive March 9 in Sturgeon Bay

    The Community Blood Center will host a blood drive March 9, 8 am – 2 pm, at Sturgeon Bay High School. Schedule your life-saving donation by contacting Emily Orns at 920.746.3850 or [email protected], or visit and search for sponsor code OT82. Advance registration is recommended.

  • DCMC Designated a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital

    Door County Medical Center (DCMC) has been recognized as a 2022 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital. The Chartis Center for Rural Health compiles this annual recognition program to honor outstanding performance among the nation’s rural hospitals based on the results of its performance index. “I am so proud that Door County Medical Center is being […]

  • Movie Event to Support Gibraltar Girls Basketball

    The Gibraltar girls basketball program will host the Door County premiere of the documentary Alaskan Nets, produced by Chris Pratt, on Feb. 26, 10 am, at Door Community Auditorium in Fish Creek. It’s the story of an Alaskan community whose love for basketball brings it together.  “The games that draw the biggest crowds are the […]

  • ‘The Tall Cop’ to Provide Drug-Trend Training

    Officer Jermaine Galloway, a national speaker who’s better known as “The Tall Cop,” will be in Sturgeon Bay at Stone Harbor on May 4 for two workshops related to drug trends and training. “The Tall Cop training provides relevant and current information as it relates to drug trends,” said Door County Sheriff Tammy Sternard, who […]

  • Local School Leaders Relieved as New COVID-19 Cases Fall

    For the past two weeks at least, COVID-19 cases have taken a dip that Door County school leaders have found refreshing. On Monday, Southern Door Superintendent Chris Peterson said the district had just one student test positive for coronavirus and had no verified cases among teachers.  “It’s a good sign our mitigation strategies have been […]

  • Gibraltar Schools 2021-22 Semester One Honor Rolls

    GIBRALTAR MIDDLE SCHOOL HONOR ROLLS Semester 1, 2021-22 HIGH HONOR ROLL, 3.5-3.99 GPA Celeste Ashley, Lyric Backmann-Einhorn, Emilia Bass, Finn Bremer, Wyatt Bultman, Clara Carriere, Oliver Collak, James Colosimo, Isla Fagundes, John Fitzgerald, Megan Gallant, Emilie Glocke, Alexander Helm, Celeste Jauregui, Marisol Jauregui, Mellen Knapp, Hayden Knudson, Kylie Kwaterski, Emerson Lecy, Luke McCormack, Katja Nelson, […]

  • Fernandez Brings Native Americana to Coffeehouse Series

    Wade Fernandez (Walks with the Black Wolf) will be the next featured performer in the Door Community Auditorium Coffeehouse Concert series March 10, 7 pm. Fernandez is a deeply authentic, award-winning, international touring artist from the Menominee Nation Reservation in Wisconsin. He began his solo career opening for Jackson Browne and the Indigo Girls onstage, […]

  • Ploor Named to Dean’s List at Luther College

    Mya Ploor, a Luther College sophomore from Sturgeon Bay, has been named to the 2021 fall semester Dean’s List, which includes 698 students: 120 first-years, 163 sophomores, 167 juniors and 248 seniors. To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must earn a semester grade point average of 3.5 or more on a 4.0 scale […]

  • DC Talks Speakers Connect with Their Roots

    The Door Community Auditorium will continue its Door County Talks series with “Ancient Roots: Connecting Our Shared Histories,” presented by Waqnahwew Benjamin Grignon and Pitaepanuhkiw Lucy Grignon on March 5, 10 am. As homesteaders, the Grignons, of the Menominee Nation, have been reconnecting to their cultural inheritance through the land, plants and wildlife on their […]

  • Southern Door Student Advances to State Spelling Bee

    Elise Jackson, a seventh-grader at Southern Door Middle School, earned first place Feb. 15 at the CESA 7 Regional Spelling Bee in Green Bay and will advance to the Badger State Spelling Bee in Madison on March 26. Jackson and Maggie Thomas of Sevastopol Elementary were two Door County participants of the 18 regional competitors.

  • DOOR TO NATURE: My Winter Bird Feeders

    I have six feeding stations in the front yard that are getting lots of activity now that the land is snow covered and the air is cold. The feeders offer black-oil sunflower seeds, hulled sunflower seeds, dried cracked corn, millet seeds, shelled peanuts, suet cakes and marvel meal. The view from my second floor allows […]

  • Southern Door Announces 2021-22 Valedictorian, Salutatorian

    Brandon Kaczmarek has been named the 2021-22 valedictorian for Southern Door High School, with Kaylee Griep as the salutatorian. Kaczmarek, son of Jean and Tom Kaczmarek, will attend Fox Valley Technical College in the fall to pursue an associate degree in firefighting. After college, he would like to join a career fire department in northeastern […]

  • A Hoot of A Time at Ridges Owl-O-Rama

    The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor will host its sixth annual Owl-O-Rama, a weekend of owl-focused programming, March 4-5. The weekend will kick off March 4, 5:30 pm, at The Ridges Sanctuary’s Nature Center, ​​8166 Hwy 57 in Baileys Harbor, with a short presentation about some of the owl species found in Door County. Afterward, […]

  • Appointed Board Members State Their Reasons for Wanting to Serve

    Two newly appointed board members for the Gibraltar Area School Board both said their main reason for submitting applications to serve is to help make good decisions for educating students in the district, including their own children. The school board selected Luca Fagundes and Jeremy Schwab to fill the seats formerly held by Angela Sherman […]

  • View the Night Sky at Crossroads

    The Door Peninsula Astronomical Society will host a night-sky viewing experience – whether it’s clear or overcast – on Feb. 26, 7 pm, at the Astronomy Campus of Crossroads at Big Creek. If it’s clear, society members will be in the Star Garden with telescopes and astronomical binoculars. In the event of bad viewing conditions, they’ll offer […]

  • Raise A Glass: Wine Fest Moves to Baileys Harbor in 2022

    Picture this. You’re sitting on a sun-drenched patio, looking at a vineyard with lush, green vines in the distance. The stem of a glass rests between your fingers as you swirl the wine inside. You take a sip, and for a moment, you think you’re in Napa Valley or Sonoma. But you’re not. This is […]

  • Bits & Bites: Grab & Go Favorites

    Door County is hailed for being “north of the tension line” and offering a relaxed pace, but some days you need to get up and go and stay on the move. For those days, these quick bites will fill you up without slowing you down.  Big Easy  7755 Hwy 42 in Egg Harbor Freshly baked […]


    The Michigan Street Bridge in Sturgeon Bay will be closed to vehicle and marine traffic continuously from Monday, Feb. 28, until Friday, March 11, while crews repair damaged overhead structures on the bridge lift span. Traffic should use the Oregon/Maple Bridge or Bayview Bridge during the closure.  An October 2021 vehicle strike damaged the overhead […]

  • The Last Diner: Viking Grill Sold

    Owners of Racine bakery and cafe purchase Ellison Bay staple The Viking Grill was the definition of old school. After eight decades of serving the hungry at the northern tip of the peninsula, what else could it be? But that will change this year as longtime boilmaster and donut baker Dan Peterson is filing his […]

  • Making (Sound) Waves: Pioneering Women in Jazz at DCA

    Bessie. Billie. Nina: three women whose influence was so strong in music and society that they need no other introduction.  Bessie, Billie and Nina: Pioneering Women in Jazz – the tribute concert produced by the Grammy-winning Eli Wolf, with arrangements by pianist and musical director Carmen Staff – celebrates the legacy of Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and […]

  • Editor’s Note: We’re Listening

    There are few professions like journalism where scrutiny and feedback are so instantaneous. If we nail a story or social-media post, readers will let us know immediately. If we bungle a story or social-media post, readers will let us know immediately. This is how it should be.  Whether we’re at a praise or pain point, […]

  • Write On Offers Young Writers, Health & Healing Conferences

    There’s still time to sign up for Write On, Door County’s Young Writers Conference, set for March 18-19. Sessions will offer something for all students: poetry, fiction, journalism, song writing, plays, writing for games and digital media, and more. The conference will feature three keynote presentations led by Wisconsin Poet Laureate Dasha Kelly Hamilton, celebrated […]

  • DC Published Authors Collective: Marggie Moertl

    Marggie Moertl is an author, life doula and inner-life coach who’s passionate about helping others to connect to their inner voice while strengthening the Divine conversation that develops. Moertl writes under the name of Marggie Hatala and has published two books: Sally: A Memoir and Life as a Prayer. Moertl has her own business, Embrace […]

  • Reading Recommendations: For Black History Month and beyond

    Even though Black History Month is coming to a close, the important dialogue about the topics it showcases and the support of Black creators must continue. There’s no one book that captures everything, but here are a few recommendations in three main areas of reading: Black history, activism and Black joy.  BLACK HISTORY For adults […]

  • Gibraltar TIF Gets Assembly Approval

    The Town of Gibraltar has cleared the first hurdle in creating a Tax Increment Financing District, commonly referred to as a TIF district or TID, to help pay for the expansion of its sewer lines to the upper bluff portion of the town along Highway 42.  The Wisconsin State Assembly approved a bill proposed by […]

  • Algoma Sculptor Judges Art Show

    Ever since its first exhibit at the Kellogg Public Library children’s room in 1915, Green Bay Art Colony artists have held an annual art exhibit in the space, which is now the Neville Public Museum. A total of 60 artworks in sculpture, painting, photography, textiles/fabrics, wood and other media are on display during the 2022 […]

  • The Lightbox: Growing an Artist’s Studio One T-shirt at a Time

    “This is the workspace,” Lucy Hodkiewicz said, gesturing to racks of screen-printed bandanas drying. Nearby, there was a screen-printing press that can hold four different screens, all perfectly aligned during printing, plus a powerful electric dryer with a surface area the size of the print.  She pointed to some beat-up wooden frames holding screens from […]

  • School Leaders Relieved as COVID Cases Fall

    For the past two weeks at least, COVID-19 cases have taken a dip that Door County school leaders have found refreshing. On Monday, Southern Door Superintendent Chris Peterson said the district had just one student test positive for coronavirus and had no verified cases among teachers.  “It’s a good sign our mitigation strategies have been […]

  • Get Your Groove On! Door County Live Music Calendar Feb. 25 – March 4

    The music doesn’t stop for winter. Whether you want to sit back and enjoy, sing along with Karaoke or belt out your own tune before an open mic, here’s where to do it all this week. Bessie, Billie and Nina: Pioneering Women in Jazz Feb. 25, 7 pm, Door Community Auditorium, 3926 Hwy 42 in […]

  • Door Shakespeare Fills 2022 with Adventure

    Door Shakespeare has announced its summer 2022 lineup: The Tempest by William Shakespeare and The Three Musketeers: An Adventure, with Music by Joe Pine, based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas, with music and lyrics by Scott McKenna Campbell. The season will run June 22 – Aug. 27 at Door Shakespeare’s outdoor theater on the […]

  • Benesh Remembered, Lindenberg Nets 1,000th Point as Vikings Top Clippers

    Viking Hall at Gibraltar High School was full of emotion from both sides of the spectrum Monday, Feb. 21. Senior Sam Lindenberg surpassed 1,000 career points as the Vikings celebrated Senior Night by defeating Sturgeon Bay 71-45.  Lindenberg is just the second player in Gibraltar boys history to surpass 1,000 points, doing so in 65 […]

  • Obituary: Dori E. Holzinger

    March 22, 1952 ~ February 22, 2022 Dori Holzinger, 69, of Sturgeon Bay, died on Feb. 22, 2022.  She was born March 22, 1952, in Algoma to Frank and Colette (Gerhardt) Bohman.  On Nov. 17, 1978, she married David Holzinger at St. Mary’s Church in Algoma. After graduating from Algoma High School, Dori earned an associate degree […]

  • Wild Things: Park Tower, More Wardens Not Eligible for WSFR Funds

    But gun ranges could see expanded grants by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected] Wisconsin’s record-setting kickback from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) Program has some strings attached. Thanks to strong purchases of firearms, ammunition, fishing tackle and fuel, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be receiving more than $43.6 […]

  • Monthly Meditation and Journal Group

    Marggie Moertl of Embrace Your Inner Self will sponsor a monthly meditation and journal group for those who are serious about creating a lifestyle based on their spiritual journey and seeking the connection and group energy of others. This month’s circle incorporates powerful chants designed to elicit a variety of vibrational awareness. The group will […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Why Nonprofit, Long-Term Care Matters

    I lost my 88-year-old mother seven months ago and my 89-year-old father Feb. 16. My mother died in a for-profit facility with a staff fighting me on the fact that she was dying. My father died in the loving, compassionate care of the wonderful staff at Algoma Long Term Care in harmony with the angels […]

  • One Dead, One Missing after Fire Destroys Butch’s Bar in Sturgeon Bay

    The body of a person was found in the rubble of Butch’s Bar, leaving one other person unaccounted for after a fire destroyed the Third Avenue establishment. “The integrity of the structure is compromised, making it very difficult at this time to search further,” said Sturgeon Bay Assistant Police Chief Dan Brinkman. The department had […]

  • Obituary: Jim Benesh

    June 11, 1965 ~ February 19, 2022 Jim Benesh, 56, of Sturgeon Bay, died on February 19, 2022, after a brave battle with Multiple Myeloma. He was born in Algoma, WI on June 11, 1965, to Robert and Rose Marie (Boucher) Benesh and raised in Algoma, WI. On June 22, 1996, Jim married the love […]

  • Obituary: Michael Savage

    December 15, 1967 ~ February 11, 2022 Michael J. Savage, 54, of Sturgeon Bay, died on Feb. 11, 2022.  He was born Dec. 15, 1967 in Aurora, IL to James and Rita (Spencer) Savage. Mike grew up in Aurora, IL and worked most of his life as a master carpenter, which was his lifelong goal.  […]

  • Obituary: Terry “The Wez” John Carlson

    March 24 1954 ~ February 16, 2022 Terry “The Wez” Carlson 62 of Sister Bay died February 16th at the Door County Medical Center. He lost a 3 1/2 year battle with cancer. He was born in Sister Bay to John and Donna (Erickson) Carlson on March 24th 1959. He was a graduate of Gibraltar High […]

  • Obituary: Judith Lynn (Allhiser) Beisner

    June 10, 1954 ~ February 17, 2022 Judith Lynn Beisner, 67, of Sturgeon Bay, died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, February 17, 2022. She was born June 10, 1954 in Shawano, daughter of the late Marlin Gustav and Eldora Adeline (Kruse) Allhiser. Judy graduated from Shawano High School with the […]

  • Obituary: Carol Catherine (Junion) Volkmann

    November 30, 1938 ~ February 18, 2022 Carol Catherine Volkmann, 83, of Sevastopol, died peacefully surrounded by her family on Friday, February 18, 2022 at the Pete and Jelaine Horton Skilled Nursing Facility in Sturgeon Bay. She was born November 30, 1938 in Sturgeon Bay, daughter of the late Harvey Alexander and Frances Rose (Graf) […]

  • Obituary: Mathew “Matt” John Nowosel

    April 20, 1932 ~ February 16, 2022 Mathew John Nowosel, “Matt” to all who knew and loved him, 89, of Sturgeon Bay, died early Wednesday morning, February 16, 2022 at Algoma Long Term Care where he was cared for in his final weeks. He was born April 20, 1932 in Wilmette, IL, the son of […]

  • Obituary: Michael David Green

    August 21, 1952 ~ February 11, 2022 Michael David Green, 69, of the Town of Jacksonport, died Friday morning, February 11, 2022 at the Pete and Jelaine Horton Skilled Nursing and Hospice Care Center at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay. Mike was born August 21, 1952 in Chicago, IL, to Sheldon “Chuck” and […]

  • Obituary: Karen M. Johnson

    November 27, 1939 ~ February 16, 2022 Karen Marie Johnson, 82, of Sturgeon Bay, died on Feb. 16, 2022.  She was born Nov. 27, 1939, in Menomonee, MI to Sylvan and Laura (LaPointe) Valcq.  On May 16, 1964, she married Richard Johnson in Menomonee, Michigan.  He preceded her in death on Sept. 5, 2004. Karen […]

  • Obituary: Randall Englebert

    May 16, 1961 ~ February 16, 2022 Randall Wilbur Englebert, 60, of Algoma, died on February 16, 2022, at Caration Commons in Green Bay.  He was born May 16, 1961, in Algoma to Wilbur and Virginia (Taylor) Englebert. Randall loved hunting, fishing, and especially spending time with his grandchildren.  He often told others how proud […]

  • Obituary: Thomas Carlson

    September 7, 1936 ~ February 8, 2022 Thomas Carlson, 85, of Forestville, died on Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at Dimensions Living Appleton. He was born September 7, 1936, son of the late Axel Gunnar and Martha Otelia (Benson) Carlson. He grew up in Racine, WI and attended Washington Park High School. In 1954, he enlisted […]