Peninsula Pulse February 5-12, 2021

In this issue

  • More Wells Tested in 2020 Versus 2019

    Well-water testing takes on great importance in Door County because the county’s unusual geology allows surface water to travel quickly –  either straight down to the groundwater or by stairstepping down fissures and fractures diagonally to the groundwater several miles away. This vulnerability has caused Door County officials to try for years to persuade more […]

  • Bowling League Results

    Majors League  Feb. 2, 2021 • High team game/series: Innovative LED Solutions 1,156/3,368 • High game (women): Natasha LeMieux 247, Alisa Rupp 233, Alisa Rupp 224 • High series (women): Alisa Rupp 661, Natasha LeMieux 603, Caitlyn Krishka 519 • High game (men): Mike Cuculi 300, Jeff Sperber 289, Jeff Isaksen 266 • High series […]

  • Englebert Returns to State Wrestling Meet

    After 132 matches in his wrestling career at Southern Door High School, senior Grant Englebert is banking on wrestling three more this weekend to reach his final goal. Englebert, who placed second at 160 pounds in last week’s Valders Sectional, is competing in this third consecutive Division 3 state meet Saturday at Wausau East High […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Why I Do Wear a Mask

    In the 20 references Sharon Thill made in her letter last week (Feb. 5, 2021, issue) about herself and her own mask issues, not once did she mention her concern for your health. For all the research she claims to have done, she has missed the main point. Bonnie Ansley Fish Creek, Wisconsin

  • Letter to the Editor: Wearing a Mask Offers Protection for Self and Others

    Regarding Sharon Thill’s letter, “Why I Don’t Wear a Mask” (Feb. 5, 2021), it is unfortunate that someone with Ms. Thill’s persistence, determination and research savvy does not devote her efforts to a topic that’s more useful than the defense of not wearing a mask during COVID-19. The truth is that wearing a mask is […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Where We Were, Where We’ll Be

    It is an interesting exercise to imagine where our country was a year ago and where we might be a year from now. On Jan. 31, 2020, there were no COVID-19 deaths in the United States and only 15 confirmed cases. Today, Jan. 31, 2021, we have something like 25 million confirmed cases in the […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Door County Doesn’t Need Two or More Deer-Management Zones

    Like everything else, deer hunting is changing. We long for the “good old days.” Deer are forest creatures. Then why aren’t there more deer in the north? Food – that’s why.  In farmland, deer make a good living most of the year. There are crops, food plots and bait piles to sustain them. Come winter, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: STR Ordinance Would Offer Local Protections

    The Sevastopol Board of Supervisors is reviewing a proposal for a Short Term Rental (STRs) Ordinance. I commend the plan committee and board of supervisors for recognizing the need for STR regulation and licensing. In the Jan. 29 Peninsula Pulse, Jonathan A. Salit addressed his concerns about STR regulations. Here’s why they’re necessary. In this […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Stop Dollar General, Public Hearing Feb. 25

    If you don’t want your Egg Harbor/Door County experience to include driving past a 9,100-square-foot Dollar General store with a 30-space parking lot and a bright-yellow pylon sign on scenic Highway 42, please voice your opposition during the Town of Egg Harbor public hearing Feb. 25, 6 pm.  The hearing will be offered via Zoom […]

  • Packerland Conference Math Meet Results

    PACKERLAND CONFERENCE MATH MEET Feb. 1, 2021 (Name, high school, points) Seniors: Lexie Henkel, Gibraltar, 35; Abram Abeyta, Sturgeon Bay, 35; Carter Henry, Sturgeon Bay, 35; Breanne Schmidt, Algoma, 34; Jack Hitzeman, Gibraltar, 33 Juniors: Maggie Stephens, Sturgeon Bay, 40 (perfect score); Grace Holmgren, Oconto, 35; Andrew Konop, Sturgeon Bay, 34; Cole Pierucki, Oconto, 31; […]

  • Sevastopol High School Honor Rolls

    Semester 1, 2020-21 A Honor Roll  Grade 12 Rebekah Andreae, Scott Andreae, Abigail Banks, Logan Beyer, Grace Brauer, Friederike Buergin-Witt, Kelsey Christiansen, Chilina Cuellar, Cole Dvorak, Jenna Engeldinger, Spencer Evenson, Adriana Hernandez, Abigail Hocevar, Rylee Krishka, Zoe-Rose Kuehn, Sasha Laaksonen, Laci Lautenbach, Nolan LeCloux, Georgia Neitzke, Kylie Newton, Taylor Newton, Haylen Retzlaff, Margaret Ripp, Abigail […]

  • Southern Door Middle School Honor Rolls

    Semester 1, 2020-21 Academic High Honors  Grade 8 Braylon Berg, Kyanna Borkovetz, Madeline Clark, Lucas Conard, Madeleine Finger, Benjamin Grota, Molly Hall, Mariska LaLuzerne, Finley LaVine, Morgan Miller, Evelyn Parks, Mason Paye, Caden Pierre, Danielle Schinktgen, Marissa Shefchik, Alaina Shimon, Kendra Shimon, Alexis Tassoul, McKenzie Warner, Grant Weber, Tre Wienke Grade 7 Cruz Anschutz, Lauden […]

  • Southern Door High School Honor Rolls

    Semester 1, 2020-21 Academic High Honors Grade 12 Nicholas Baudhuin, Joshua Becker, Lucas Bousley, Dylan Buhr, Samuel Buhr, Kyle Conard, Alex Daoust, Alexis Englebert, Grant Englebert, Nathan Everard, Austin Falish, Mackenzie Finger, Henry Holt, Natalee Jandrin, Kassandra Kissinger, William Koelpien, Charity Kohler, Laris Krauel, Serena LaLuzerne, Lydiah LeCloux, Marcus Marchant, Nicole Norton, Brianna Partyka, Marily […]

  • Education Notes

    Residents Thank Sevastopol School Employees with Gifts When Jeff Lange learned that teachers were not near the front of the line of Americans who are eligible for vaccinations against COVID-19, he recalled thinking, “Somebody has to do something for these people.” That ‘something’ turned into goodie bags with gift certificates for every staff member, teacher, […]

  • Peninsula Pride Farms Reducing Risk to Water Quality

    Innovative farming protects against phosphorus runoff, soil erosion  Nurturing soil health has been an integral part of Peninsula Pride Farms’ (PPF) work to improve water quality in northeastern Wisconsin, and a new analysis confirms that those efforts are making a difference. Field practices adopted by the farmer-led watershed conservation group’s livestock and crop farmers are […]

  • Ephraim Gets a Craft-Beer Room

    These past few weeks have been the start of something very exciting for Sophie Nelson. Almost a year ago, Randy Isely of the Ephraim Coffee Lab enlisted her help to start a craft-beer room in downtown Ephraim: the first beer room in its history. “I love to make this claim,” Nelson said, “even though we […]

  • Plenty of Options for Valentine’s Day Dining

    Valentine’s Day will be strange this year. I’ve heard one person say that this is the first Valentine’s Day that might be hard for single folks and couples alike: single people because dating during a pandemic is certainly a challenge, and couples because it can be difficult to spice up a dinner at home with […]

  • Ephraim Historical Foundation: History Mystery

    The Ephraim Historical Foundation (EHF) is trying to identify the people, places and dates associated with these mystery photographs. If you have any information, send it to EHF educator Kathleen Harris at [email protected].

  • Virginia Hanson: A View from the Top of the Hill

    96-year-old has been the history keeper for Liberty Grove for more than 70 years This is Part II of a two-part story. Read part I here>> While Russell and Virginia Hanson were raising their three children in the house on the hill in Ellison Bay, Virginia Hanson’s parents returned to Liberty Grove in 1946, adding […]

  • Prevea Health Welcomes Stacey Gruber, MD

    Prevea Health has welcomed Stacey Gruber, MD, to its family of care. A board-certified neurologist, she specializes in comprehensive medical history and neurological examination, multiple sclerosis and Botox injections for headache, cervical dystonia and hemifacial spasm.  Dr. Gruber cares for patients at Prevea Allouez Health Center in Green Bay and at Prevea Health at Door […]

  • Door County Youth Apprenticeship Program Seeks Business Partners

    After a successful inaugural year, the Door County Youth Apprenticeship (DCYA) program is seeking business partners for the coming school year.  DCYA’s primary goal is to connect Door County students with area businesses for job shadowing, mentoring and part-time employment opportunities that align with their career goals. More than 50 apprentices have filled employment needs […]

  • 8 Running for Gibraltar School Board

    Voters will be asked to pick six of eight candidates on the ballot for three Gibraltar School District seats during the Feb. 16 primary election. One of those, Alan Kroll, has had unforeseen family matters arise and is no longer actively seeking the seat. His name will still appear on the ballot, however. Voters will […]

  • Man Charged with Internet Crimes Against Children

    A video making the rounds on social media that shows Sturgeon Bay police officers taking an individual into custody Jan. 24 caused the department to issue a press release to replace rumors with facts, according to a press release the department posted on its Facebook page.  The press release stated that a Sturgeon Bay police […]

  • Stickers Available to Signal Mental Disabilities

    The Door County Sheriff’s Office has stickers available for those with loved ones who have a mental disability. The stickers can be placed on a door to notify first responders to emergencies. Stop by the Sheriff’s Office or speak with a patrol deputy to obtain one of the stickers.

  • Shortages Force Public Health to Cancel Vaccinations

    Door County is not alone in this situation. Also last week, the state reported having four times more requests for vaccine than it had doses to dispense. Not knowing how long this trend will continue, Public Health officials said they have no choice at this time but to cancel all appointments scheduled through the Door […]

  • Complaint Filed to Stop Drawdown of Forestville Millpond

    The Friends of the Forestville Dam and 12 other plaintiffs have filed a complaint to stop Door County’s temporary drawdown of the Forestville Millpond and to restore and maintain the reservoir’s historical levels.  The Friends are a nonprofit corporation established by residents of the Door County and Kewaunee County communities who “support the continued use […]

  • Peninsula Poetry: Alessandra Simmons

    Compiled by the Door County Poets Collective Originally from Los Angeles, Alessandra Simmons moved to the Midwest to pursue an MFA in creative writing at Indiana University. After graduating, she married Russell Rolffs and moved north to Chicago. Later, she continued her trek north to study at UW-Milwaukee, earning a PhD in English/creative writing while […]

  • The Beauty of Simplicity: New book contains Bonnie Hartmann’s Japanese-inspired work

    After 23 years serving as the executive director of the Miller Art Museum, Bonnie Hartmann is back to creating her own art, collected in a newly published book of her work in pastels, photography and haiku. Even decades later, much of her art is still heavily influenced by the time she spent in Japan as […]

  • Pulse of Philanthropy: An Extraordinary Response to an Unusual Request

    In December, I did something I rarely do. Rather than talk about charity generally, I asked you to join me in making a gift to a specific charity: United Way of Door County. As I noted in my column titled “An Unusual Request in an Extraordinary Year,” United Way Executive Director Amy Kohnle shared with […]

  • Wild Things: DNR Reconsiders, Suggests Split of Door Deer-Management Units

    Jeff Pritzl, the Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Northeast District wildlife supervisor, said the wheels are in motion for Door County to be split into multiple deer-management units. “We know a lot of hunters wanted the split on the table, and now it is,” Pritzl said. The DNR’s Deer Advisory Committee – a group of […]

  • Wild Ones: Welcome Bees with Native Plants and Trees

    Contrary to popular belief, on Feb. 2 every year, the groundhogs of Door County are not inexplicably aroused from hibernation to emerge from their burrow to predict the weather. I can confidently forecast that groundhogs will not appear in Door County for another month or so, and unless we have remarkably balmy temperatures, neither will […]

  • Southern Door Student Receives Gold Key Award for Sculpture

    Southern Door High School senior Mackenzie Finger has earned a Gold Key from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards–Wisconsin Region for her sculpture “Pouring Hope.” The awards are a prestigious recognition by the arts program, which has been showcasing teen artists for decades. As a Gold Key recipient, “Pouring Hope” is also nominated for national-level […]

  • MAM Hosts Show in Conjunction with Big Read

    The Miller Art Museum ( has opened a pop-up exhibition, on display through Feb. 15, in conjunction with the Door County Library’s 2021 NEA Big Read activities. The museum invited artists to interpret the Big Read selection – Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel – through visual art. The installation offers a selection of interpretations of […]

  • Valentine’s Pop-Up Market Held Feb. 13

    The second installment of the Door County Artisan Pop-up Market has been consolidated to one day – Feb. 13, 11 am to 2 pm – but will still feature all artists.  “Our vendors are surprisingly busy this time of year,” said Jackie Campbell, market organizer and owner of Door County Wildflower Candles & More. “Consolidating the […]

  • Plum Bottom Holds Valentine’s Show Feb. 6

    Plum Bottom Gallery will hold its Lots o’ Hearts Valentine Art Show on Feb. 6, 10 am – 4 pm, featuring resident jewelry artist Angela Olson Luberger, Rich Agness and Kellie Hanson. It will also debut Roz Lucas’ precious-gemstone jewelry collection and the extensive heart-pottery collection of the mother-daughter duo of Cathy and Carie Crain. […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Grand Funk Railroad

    Meet Grand Funk Railroad, a one-year-old cat who’s available for adoption from the Wisconsin Humane Society Door County Campus as a “working cat.”  Cats such as Grand Funk Railroad are deeply undersocialized and get extremely stressed when confined. They thrive in a “working” environment where they can patrol a barn, stable, outbuilding, shed or even […]

  • ADRC of the Lakeshore Hosts Educational Series on Dementia

    The dementia-care specialist with the Aging and Disability Resource Center of the Lakeshore will offer a free, two-part educational series on dementia: currently the sixth-leading cause of death in the nation, with Alzheimer’s being the most common cause of dementia among older adults. This series will highlight resources available to those caring for loved ones […]

  • Destination Door County Releases 2021 ‘Destination Guide’

    Destination Door County has released its 2021 Official Destination Guide ahead of this year’s National Plan for Vacation Day. The 2021 edition has been reimagined and dedicates the first 30-plus pages to editorial content and photography that show off the best of the county.  Also included are travel tidbits, detailed information in special sections, community […]

  • Southern Door Student Council Hosts Blood Drive

    The Southern Door Student Council and the American Red Cross are sponsoring a blood drive Feb. 12, 9 am – 2 pm, at the Community Center in Brussels, 1366 Junction Road (Cty DK).   Anyone who is at least 17 years old (or 16 with parental permission), weighs at least 110 pounds and is in good […]

  • Pierre Hosts Women’s Coffee Club

    Edward Jones financial adviser Tara Pierre will host a virtual coffee club for women Feb. 10, 8 am, to give an update on the stock market and economy in a relaxed environment. To learn how to connect to this virtual coffee club, call 920.746.0781.

  • New Boys & Girls Club Introduces OutDoor Club and Director

    The New Boys & Girls Club of Door County has launched a new, year-round program called the OutDoor Club and is welcoming former Ridges Sanctuary land manager Matt Peter as its director.  “With all of the incredible outdoor resources in Door County, we are focused on inspiring kids to explore it all,” said CEO John […]

  • Obituary: Suzanne Marie Delwiche

    June 9, 1940 ~ January 31, 2021 Suzanne Marie Delwiche, 80, of Brussels, died at her home on January 31, 2021.  She was born June 9, 1940, in Sturgeon Bay to Melvin and Clara (Kerscher) Buehler.  On October 3, 1959, she married Ronald R. Delwiche in Maplewood. Suzanne worked part-time at Marchant’s Foods and as […]

  • Obituary: Carol M. Schwoerer

    December 4, 1937 ~ January 29, 2021 Carol M. Schwoerer, age 83, of Sturgeon Bay, died peacefully on Friday Jan. 29th at Door County Medical Center. Carol was born Dec. 4, 1937 in Sturgeon Bay, WI to the late William and Clara Buschmann.  On Sept. 16, 1955, she married Alfred “Al” Schwoerer at Corpus Christi […]

  • Obituary: Leta Joyce Guth

    April 28, 1934 ~ January 29, 2021 Leta Joyce Guth, 86, of Sturgeon Bay, died Friday night, January 29, 2021 at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay. She was a lifelong resident of Sturgeon Bay, born April 28, 1934, the daughter of William Englebert Behringer and Lucille “Lucy” Agnes (Haen) Behringer. Leta grew up […]

  • Obituary: Mary Katherine Dannhausen

    Dec. 10, 1942 – Jan. 28, 2021 A celebration of life for Mary Katherine Dannhausen will be held at Write On, Door County, 4210 Juddville Road, from 1-3:30 pm Saturday, July 31. All are welcome to attend and share memories of Mary. The former nurse, restaurateur and gardener was the wife of Myles Dannhausen Sr., […]

  • Obituary: Heidi K. Richard

    December 27, 1969 ~ January 28, 2021 Heidi Kristine Richard, 51, of Sturgeon Bay died at home on Jan. 28, 2021.  She was born Dec. 27, 1969, in Green Bay to Aldon and Janice Strei.  On Sept. 11, 1993, she married Michael Keith Richard in Green Bay. After high school, Heidi attended the University of […]

  • Obituary: Charles (Chuck) Chester Mann

    July 31, 1940 ~ January 4, 2021 Charles (Chuck) Chester Mann, age 80, died on January 4, 2021 in Colorado Springs, CO. Charles was born July 31, 1940 in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin to Chester and Leona (Hawkey) Mann. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He leaves behind his wife of 52 years Barbara […]

  • Obituary: William L. Johnson

    January 10, 1937 ~ January 25, 2021 William Luther Johnson, 84, of Allouez, died Monday morning, January 25, 2021. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 1, 2021 at Huehns Funeral Home, 1414 Michigan Street, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235 with Fr. Robert Stegmann officiating. Bill will be laid to rest […]

  • Obituary: Geraldine Frances Ward

    June 21, 1935 ~ January 22, 2021 Geraldine Frances (Falco) Ward, 85, died at her home on Friday, January 22, 2021 with her family by her side. Gerry was born June 21, 1935 in Chicago, IL to Giro and Helen (Klimke) Falco. She went to Fenger High School where she was active in Water Ballet, […]