Peninsula Pulse Jan. 17-24, 2020

In this issue

  • The People Behind the Page: Sharon Anderson

    The Peninsula Pulse employs 24 full- and part-time staff members who live in or have strong ties to Door County. This crew brings you the news in print, on video, online and in podcasts every week. In each edition of the Pulse, we’ll introduce you to one of the people behind the page. This week, […]

  • Ship Lover’s Dream

    Tim Sweet watched the last two ships of the season, the Mesabi Miner and the James R. Barker, come into Sturgeon Bay Jan. 16. They were assisted by two ice breakers, the Mackinaw and the Mobile Bay, along with a tug, the William C. Gaynor. Photos by Tim Sweet.

  • Beginner Painting Class Offers More Than Tips and Techniques

    When you’re an adult, it’s hard to go back to a time when there were fewer expectations and less pressure. In other words, it’s impossible to go back to a time when you were younger. This idea came into full view for me as I was holding an interview in the Link Gallery of Children’s […]

  • Clover & Ash Now Open in Baileys Harbor

    Former Yum Yum Tree is revived as American-Asian kitchen and public house Baileys Harbor is now home to Clover & Ash: a new restaurant and pub from the Wild Restaurant Concepts group. Starting up in what was most recently the Yum Yum Tree, a candy and ice cream shop, the new lunch and dinner location […]

  • Framed: Four Generations

    Four generations of women celebrated together on Christmas Day 2019. From left is Dorothy Leist, 93, of Valmy; her daughter, Kathy McCaulley of Sturgeon Bay; McCaulley’s daughter, Sarah Kulesa, originally from Sturgeon Bay and now residing in Eau Claire; and Kulesa’s three-month-old daughter, Josslyn. Submitted.

  • Manners Matter: Staying Motivated during the Winter

    MANNERS MATTER Dear Mary Pat, I get a little overwhelmed this time of year. I own a business and am working on finishing year-end for 2019 while starting to plan for the new season. Because most of my staff is seasonal, I don’t have my usual crew around me to keep me motivated. How do […]

  • Server of the Week: Amber Naegele at Peninsula Chiropractic Center

    Amber Naegele is so sweet, She’s at Dr. Arnold’s, and they can’t be beat. If you have a pain anywhere, Go right in, and you’ll get great care.  — Submitted by Dorothy Lindsey

  • Bears, Bucks and Boat Launch on NRB Agenda

    Passion and politics could clash when Wisconsin’s seven-citizen state Natural Resources Board (NRB) meets in Madison next week for its first monthly meeting of 2020. DNR staff will take a look at a 2019 deer hunt that saw numbers fall about 14 percent statewide to just more than 288,000 whitetails – the first sub-300,000 deer […]

  • POETRY: First Winter

    Celeste Benzschawel is a reporter and social-media editor here at the Peninsula Pulse weekly newspaper and a writer for Door County Living magazine. Originally from Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, she moved to Door County in May 2019 after graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Though she enjoys writing news articles, reporting on […]

  • Publishing Industry News: Jan. 17, 2020

    Curious about what’s happening in the world of books and publishing? Catch up on the biggest acquisitions, news, adaptations and more here! • Egyptologists have discovered the oldest copy of what’s being described as the world’s first illustrated book: a 4,000-year-old edition of the Book of Two Ways, an ancient Egyptian guide to the afterlife […]

  • County Bike Plan Meeting Jan. 30

    The Door County Land Use Services Department will host a meeting Jan. 30, 5:30-7 pm, to review the Door County Bicycle, Pedestrian and Recreational Facilities Master Plan.  Staff members will review how the plan, adopted in 2014, has been implemented and what has been accomplished to date. They will also discuss potential future work items. […]

  • Bills to Watch: Golf Caddies, Harassment of Sports Officials

    AB-699 / SB-629 Golf caddies This bill would allow those who are 12 or 13 years old to provide caddy services without being employed by a golf course. Current law requires caddies who are 12 or 13 to be employed by a golf course. The bill is in the Committee on Jobs and the Economy […]

  • Kitchens to Host Listening Sessions Feb. 3

    State Rep. Joel Kitchens will host three listening sessions Feb. 3: at the Door County Library in Sturgeon Bay, 10-11 am; at the Sister Bay Village Hall, 1-2 pm; and at the Luxemburg Village Hall, 4:30-5:30 pm. Citizens are invited to share feedback, ask questions and meet Rep. Kitchens at the sessions. To contact his […]

  • Municipal Meetings: Jan. 17-24

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay: Jan. 22 – Joint Park and Recreation, 5:30 pm. County of Door: Jan. 20 – Legislative Committee, 1 pm; Joint Nutrition Advisory/ADRC Advisory Council, 2:30 pm; Finance Committee, 3 pm; Library Board, 5 pm. Jan. 21 – Administrative Committee, 10 am. Town of Egg Harbor: Jan. 20 – Town Board, 7 […]

  • Reps in the News: Jan. 17-24

    Representative Joel Kitchens Rep. Joel Kitchens is co-author of a bill that would waive the annual state-park vehicle-admission fee for families of public- or private-school students in fourth grade. “This bill will further encourage families to spend time together outdoors and experience our state parks, forests, recreational areas and trails,” he said.  “As Wisconsin residents […]

  • State News: Jan. 17-24

    Wisconsin Communities Search for Road-Salt Alternatives Southeastern Wisconsin has seen a mild winter so far, but it’s only January, and Wisconsin communities are preparing by looking at alternatives to road salt. Although salt has been an effective way to melt ice on roads and sidewalks, as little as one teaspoon permanently pollutes five gallons of […]

  • Local Governments Request $1.47 Billion in Transportation Grants

    Wisconsin municipalities submitted $1.47 billion in transportation-grant requests to the Multimodal Local Supplement Program, underscoring the desperate state of Wisconsin’s transportation infrastructure.  The program allots $75 million in funding for local communities’ road, bridge, harbor, transit, bicycle-accommodation and railroad projects and will pay up to 90 percent of total eligible costs, with local governments providing […]

  • Once Upon Our Peninsula: Island for Sea-Birds, Skating Pond, Sweet Sour-Cherry Pie

    All items are from the Door County Library’s newspaper archives, and they appear in the same form as they were first published, including misspellings and grammatical errors. Door County Democrat January 17, 1913 Island Reserved For Sea-Birds. President Taft last Friday signed a bill setting aside Gravel Island, near Europe Lake, this county, as a […]

  • Minnesota-bound Aune Eyes Return to State

    Pardon Southern Door’s Brock Aune if a swimming scholarship to the University of Minnesota isn’t on the top of his mind these days. The Sturgeon Bay Co-op swim team member has a high school swimming career he’d like to finish out strong first. Aune, a senior at Southern Door, placed second in the 100-yard breaststroke […]

  • Northern Door Broomball League Results and Schedule

    The Northern Door Broomball League kicked off its season Jan. 8 at the Sister Bay Sports Complex, where six teams are competing on the ice this winter.  In week one, Alexander’s topped Johnson’s Park; Door County Brewing topped Matt “The Octopus” Stone and his upstart Husby’s crew; and e-Tailer beat the revamped JJ’s squad.  Jan. […]

  • High School Winter Athletics: Jan. 17-24

    GIBRALTAR Boys Basketball Jan. 17 vs. Southern Door, 7:30 pm Jan. 21 @ Sturgeon Bay, 7:30 pm Jan. 24 @ Algoma, 7:30 pm Girls Basketball Jan. 18 vs. Sturgeon Bay, 3:30 pm Jan. 23 vs. Algoma, 7:30 pm SEVASTOPOL  Boys Basketball  Jan. 17 @ Kewaunee, 7:30 pm Jan. 18 vs. NEWCHAA, 6:30 pm (location TBA) […]

  • Packerland Conference Standings: Since Jan. 11

    Boys Basketball School, win-loss Kewaunee 6-0 Southern Door 5-1 Sturgeon Bay 5-1 Oconto 4-3 Peshtigo 3-3 Gibraltar 2-4 NEW Lutheran 2-4 Sevastopol 1-5 Algoma 0-7 Girls Basketball School, win-loss Kewaunee 5-0 Peshtigo 4-1 Southern Door 4-1 NEW Lutheran 3-3 Sturgeon Bay 3-3 Gibraltar 2-3 Oconto 3-4 Algoma 2-5 Sevastopol 0-6  Wrestling School, win-loss Kewaunee 1-0 […]

  • Bowling League Results

    Apple Dumpling League  Dec. 27 • High team game: Drinking Team Bowling Problem 849 • High team series: Choppin’ Wood  2,339 • High game (men): Jeff Sperber 279, Doc Bundy 249, Adam Kring 248, Matt Heldmann 248, Chris Blish 248, Todd Jacobe 248 • High series (men): Jeff Sperber 765, Doc Bundy 707, Adam Kring […]

  • Samuel Burris New Program Director at JAK’s Place

    Door County native Samuel Burris has a passion for giving back to the community, and he’ll be able to do so as the new program director for JAK’s Place. As he oversees all of its mental-health support programming, he’ll continue the JAK’s Place tradition of working collaboratively with community partners to provide quality programming to […]

  • DCEDC to Install Solar Array at Sturgeon Bay’s Business Development Center

    As part of Door County Economic Development Corporation’s (DCEDC) 2020 capital budget plan, a new solar array will be installed at Sturgeon Bay’s Business Development Center (BDC). “We have been quite pleased with the cost savings at the BDC that resulted from our conversion from fluorescent to LED,” said DCEDC Executive Director Jim Schuessler. “We […]

  • Mary Horton Promoted to Shareholder at KerberRose

    Mary Horton has been promoted from senior manager to shareholder at the certified public accounting firm of KerberRose in its Sister Bay location. Part of its team for 10 years, she specializes in providing tax and accounting services for small businesses and individuals. “KerberRose’s family-like culture and team environment make my partnership with the firm […]

  • Gibraltar to Host 50 and Over Reunion

    All Gibraltar High School graduates who have completed 50 or more years since finishing or attending Gibraltar are invited to the 50 and Over Reunion, to be held June 27 in the Fernwood Gardens Ballroom at Mr. G’s in Jacksonport. If you have questions, call Doug at 920.421.4288, Marion at 920.362.9908, Sue at 920.854.2056, Diane […]

  • Greta Thunberg Isn’t Just an Activist – She’s a Role Model

    Solomon Lindenberg is a senior at Gibraltar High School and editor of the school newspaper, the Viking Voice. There’s more carbon dioxide in our atmosphere now than at any time in human history. Earth has experienced the 20 warmest years on record during the past 22 years. Average wildlife populations have dropped by 60 percent […]

  • Door to Nature: Getting More Birds to Your Feeders

    A dearth of birds this winter has frustrated many people who enjoy seeing their feathered friends at the feeders. In fact, our Sturgeon Bay Christmas Bird Count had the fewest birds observed during the 23-year history of this event. When trees produce record numbers of seeds, as they did in 2019, it provides enough natural […]

  • By the Numbers: Wisconsin Falls Behind on Renewables

    7.5  Megawatts of solar panels that Wisconsin had in 2010 – three times that of Minnesota 16 Times as much solar that Minnesota has versus Wisconsin today 5 Times as much wind power that Minnesota generates versus Wisconsin 22 Percent of total electricity that Minnesota harvests from wind and solar  3 Percent of total electricity […]

  • Hope for a Better Decade

    by Susan McAninch, Door County Civility Project As we start a new decade, Americans continue to be deeply concerned about the state of civility in our country.  Weber Shandwick (, a public-relations firm that’s been tracking Americans’ perceptions and attitudes toward civility since 2010, recently released its 2019 study of American civility. It shows that […]

  • Letter to the Editor: ‘Both Parties Advocate for Endless Wars’

    Amid escalating tensions between the United States and Iran, Democrats are quick to call President Trump a war criminal and a threat to our national security. While the criticism is well warranted – the assassination of Iran’s top general, Qasem Soleimani, likely violated international law, and his death will undoubtedly result in retaliation – it comes off […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Stakeholders: Piercing the Heart of Democracy

    Regular people, laborers and the small-business-class electorate no longer have much of a voice in the democratic process. We have been prevented and discouraged through various diabolically engineered efforts (e.g., GOP-initiated voter suppression and GOP gerrymandering), and we are relegated to the anonymously defined “workforce,” barely qualifying as democratic stakeholders lately or even considered as […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Thanks for Supporting the 2019 Red Kettle Campaign

    A big thank-you to all the volunteers and donors who supported the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign for 2019!  The stores that hosted ringers at their front doors are truly appreciated: Main Street Market, EconoFoods, Pick ’n Save, Walgreens, Walmart and several in Northern Door. Many ringers braved the weather and gave much of their […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Just Silly

    The two-year drawdown of the Forestville Millpond dam has been a contentious project. Widely opposed by local residents, but initiated nonetheless by the Door County Commission, it has generated two recall petitions, acrimonious debate at committee and commission meetings, and now baseless accusations pitting local citizens against county authority. This is just silly. A December […]

  • Letter to the Editor: War and Peace

    Standing for peace is not disrespecting anyone’s appreciation for those who serve to protect us; however, we are what we eat. Our appetite for military conflict as a tool for resolution of disagreements, the bullying threat of American military intervention, and our smart bombs delivered by smart drones overwhelm our palate for peace. Football-game pageantry […]

  • Schools Provide Greater Transparency with New ESSA Provisions

    New provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which was signed into law by former President Barack Obama in 2015, will put schools across the United States and Wisconsin under further scrutiny by their communities.  The act’s first priority is to promote equal opportunity for all students. It helps states identify low-performing public schools […]

  • Crossroads at Big Creek Seeks Graphic Designer

    Crossroads at Big Creek is a beloved community treasure, nonprofit learning center and nature preserve that offers education, conducts research and provides outdoor experiences to inspire environmental stewardship in learners of all ages. In order to make the Crossroads preserve more welcoming and easier to negotiate, a trail system of four to five multidistance loops […]

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Kicks Off 50 Mentors in 50 Days Campaign

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin (BBBSNEW) kicked off its 50 Mentors in 50 Days campaign on Jan. 6, which will involve social-media posts and streaming TV ads highlighting the need for mentors. The campaign will run through the third week of February to promote awareness of the programs in Brown, Door and Shawano […]

  • Door County League of Women Voters Members Available to Help with Voting Issues

    Members of the League of Women Voters of Door County will be available to assist citizens with voting issues at the Baileys Harbor Senior Lunch on Jan. 17, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm; the ADRC Sturgeon Bay Campus on Jan. 20, 11 am – 1 pm; the Brussels Senior Lunch on Jan. 21, 11:30 am – 12:30 […]

  • Winter Farmers’ Market Continues at Prince of Peace Church

    Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay will host an indoor winter farmers’ market Jan. 18, 9 am – 12 pm, when about 20 local vendors will be selling greens, vegetables, meats, honey, canned goods, jewelry, beeswax products, artwork, and sewn, knitted and crocheted goods. The youth of the congregation will set up, clean up […]

  • First Door County Talks of the Year Focuses on Immigration Politics

    The Door Community Auditorium (DCA) will continue its Door County Talks series this winter. Alise Coen will present “Immigration Politics: Between Rights and Restrictions” on Jan. 18 in partnership with the Door County Civility Project. Debates over U.S. immigration policy have been shaped by a complex history characterized by tensions between migration restrictions and migrants’ […]

  • Jonathan Overby to Host MLK Tribute on PBS Wisconsin

    Wisconsin will celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. live from the Capitol rotunda in Madison on Jan. 20, 12 pm. Produced, directed and hosted by Wisconsin Public Radio’s Jonathan Overby, the 40th annual official state ceremony is the nation’s oldest state celebration. Ollie Watts Davis will deliver the keynote address. She […]

  • Nondenominational Spiritual Discussion on Jan. 22

    Have you experienced dreams that seem real, past-life memories, out-of-body experiences or near-death experiences? Learn new and advanced techniques for exploring your inner worlds on Jan. 22, 6:30-7:30 pm, at the Sturgeon Bay Library. The Wisconsin Satsang Society, a chartered affiliate of Eckankar, will sponsor this free, nondenominational program. All spiritual paths and faiths are […]

  • 2020 State of the State Address to Air on PBS Wisconsin and WPR

    Gov. Tony Evers’ 2020 State of the State Address will air live Jan. 22, 7 pm, on PBS Wisconsin and Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR), and it will stream live online at and It will also be rebroadcast at 10 pm on PBS Wisconsin’s Wisconsin Channel. In the address, Evers will highlight priorities for 2020 […]

  • Aging and Caregiving Resource Fair at NWTC Learning and Innovation Center

    Area experts will provide valuable information and options to help prepare people to care for themselves as they age and to be good care partners for their loved ones at the second annual Aging and Caregiving Resource Fair. NWTC is hosting the fair Jan. 23, 11 am – 2 pm, at its Learning and Innovation […]

  • Winter Trivia League at Algoma’s Steele Street Hops

    On Jan. 23, 7-9 pm, Methunky Trivia will host the first in its four-part, limited-edition winter trivia league at Steele Street Hops, 322 Steele St. in Algoma. It’s open to the public and will continue Feb. 20, March 26 and April 30.   A traditional paper-and-pen-style trivia game, competitors are encouraged to arrive early to claim […]

  • Breakfast Bingo at the Kress on Jan. 25

    The Egg Harbor Historical Society will host breakfast bingo Jan. 25 at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor. Doors will open at 9 am; bingo will start at 10 am. Coffee, juice and small breakfast treats will be available. Proceeds will help the historical society to restore the Bookmobile.

  • First Quarterly Meeting of 100+ Women Who Care is Jan. 27

    The first quarterly meeting of 2020 for 100+ Women Who Care of Northern Door will be held Jan. 27 at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor. The social part of this women-only philanthropic giving circle will begin at 5:30 pm; the formal presentations will begin at 6:30 pm. The three Door County nonprofits that will […]

  • Cosmic Bowl-a-Thon to Raise Funds for Habitat for Humanity

    Attend the eighth annual Bowl-a-Thon on Feb. 8 at Apple Valley Lanes in Sturgeon Bay to raise funds for Door County Habitat for Humanity’s 43rd home build, which will take place in Northern Door. The nine-pin cosmic bowling contest will offer prizes, raffles, a silent auction and lunch for all participants, and this year’s Roaring […]

  • Memory Café at Kewaunee Public Library

    The Kewaunee Memory Café that previously met from 2:30 to 4 pm has changed its time to 10 to 11:30 am on the third Wednesday of the month. The group will still meet at the Kewaunee Public Library.The memory café is a social gathering place for those with memory loss, mild cognitive impairment, early Alzheimer’s […]

  • DNR Removing Infected Trees at Potawatomi State Park

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will be removing disease- and insect-infested trees at Potawatomi State Park during the coming weeks.  The park has been affected by emerald ash borer (EAB) and beech bark disease (BBD). EAB is widespread throughout the state; BBD has been found throughout the range of beech in Wisconsin and is […]

  • DCMC Auxiliary Members Volunteered 13,800 Hours in 2019

    At the Door County Medical Center (DCMC) Auxiliary’s Christmas luncheon in December, Maribeth Hetherington, auxiliary president; and Bruce Shewchuk, auxiliary president-elect, presented three checks to DCMC. Kelli Bowling, DCMC’s chief culture officer, accepted them on behalf of Brian Stephens, DCMC president and CEO. The first check – for $333,150 – represents the value of the auxiliary’s […]

  • Sunshine House Provides 26,000 Rides in 2019

    In 2019, Sunshine House provided more than 26,000 rides to Door County residents. Rain or shine, snow or sleet, Karen Leitzinger, director of transportation for Sunshine House, has the fleet warmed up and ready to accommodate those needing a ride.  Sunshine House gives clients more than 8,000 rides to their community employment, personal-care appointments and […]

  • Water-Quality Package Faces Uncertainty in Legislature

    Task-force recommendations come with $10 million price tag The Speaker’s Task Force on Water Quality has released a package of 13 bill proposals to tackle a broad range of water issues across the state, and it adds up to $10 million in additional spending. Although the Assembly appears poised to move the proposals through, the […]

  • Women’s Fund Presents Grant to Door County Partnership for Children and Families

    The Door County Partnership for Children and Families, a program of United Way of Door County, has received a $5,250 grant from the Women’s Fund of Door County to support the Door County Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program, which launched in December 2018.  Since then, more than 650 Door County children have registered for this […]

  • Prevea Health Launches New Podcast

    Prevea Health has launched Plug in to Health – a podcast about health topics, the latest developments in health and medicine, and more – that’s available for free on Apple, Spotify, other podcasting platforms and Angela Deja, public relations coordinator at Prevea Health, is the host. “At Prevea Health, we are passionate about improving the health […]

  • Featured Pet: Willow

    Meet Willow, a seven-year-old beauty who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. This sweet, affectionate lady has the softest fur and most unusual markings. Don’t ignore her for long, or you’ll get a firm head butt requesting more petting! Willow is a little skittish around loud noises and quick […]

  • Family Art Day Jan. 18 at Peninsula School of Art 

    Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek hosts free, monthly Family Art Days September through May, usually on the third Saturday, 9 am – 12 pm. Drop in anytime!  Projects are most appropriate for ages three through 12, but family members of all ages may join in the art-making. The materials, inspiration and a little guidance […]

  • ‘Textile Tableau’ Opens Jan. 18 at Miller Art Museum

    The Miller Art Museum in downtown Sturgeon Bay will host its first exhibition of the new year Jan. 18 – Feb. 24 in the main gallery: a diverse selection of more than 35 fiber-based works titled Textile Tableau: An Exploration of Painting with Fibers. A free public reception on Jan. 18, 3-4:30 pm, will feature […]

  • Readers Needed for 2020 Mother Language Day Reading

    Since Write On, Door County’s first year of programming in 2014, it has hosted the International Mother Language Day poetry reading. The event celebrates the languages of the world spoken here in Door County and invites audience members to relax and appreciate the rhythm and music of poetry rather than focusing on its message. This […]

  • Dancin’ on the Door’s Winter Offerings for Children, Adults

    Dancin’ on the Door will offer workshops throughout the winter months at its studio and at locations throughout the county. Through the Magical Dancing Door (Everything Frozen) will be held at Sturgeon Bay’s SWY (adjacent to Third Avenue Playhouse on 3rd Avenue) on Jan. 22. Geared for children ages five through seven, each workshop is […]

  • The Play’s the Thing Play Readings Begin Feb. 3

    The Play’s the Thing – Peninsula Players Theatre’s fully cast play readings – will take place at Björklunden in Baileys Harbor on Feb. 3, March 2 and April 6, all at 7 pm. Readings offer general seating, and there is no admission fee. “Peninsula Players Theatre is excited to celebrate 10 years of bringing arts programming to […]

  • Auditions and Play Reading Festival at TAP

    Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) will hold general auditions for the 2020 season for non-Equity and Equity Membership Candidates on Jan. 18, 10 am – 5 pm, in Sturgeon Bay. Equity auditions will be held later. To find out more and sign up for an audition, visit TAP will also present its fifth annual Winter Play […]

  • Door County Folk Alliance Barn Dance on Jan. 18

    The Door County Folk Alliance’s (DCFA) next barn dance will be held Jan. 18, 7-9 pm, at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor. In-house DCFA members will call this dance. No partner or experience is needed to have a great time. There are usually others looking for dance partners, so don’t hesitate to ask someone […]

  • Internationally Renowned Magician Mike Super at SDCA 

    The Southern Door Community Auditorium (SDCA) will host a show on Jan. 25, 7 pm, that’s not to be missed: a rare opportunity to witness the magic and illusion of Mike Super. Fresh off another network TV series, Super has captivated millions of fans once again and is the only magician in the market who […]

  • Nominations Open for Wisconsin Hunter Ethics Award

    Do you know a hunter whose actions have impressed you? Was the hunter kind, courteous, respectful, responsible or a moral compass in action? Consider nominating this person for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ annual Wisconsin Hunter Ethics Award. Established in 1997, the award recognizes a hunter whose actions symbolize Wisconsin’s hunting heritage: not trophy […]

  • Professional Fisher Dale Stroschein Visits Fishing Club

    Dale Stroschein and his wife, Karyn, were guests of the Sturgeon Bay School District’s fishing club – led by teacher Robert Schartner – in December. Stroschein is an accomplished guide, professional fisher and member of the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. During his visit with the 30-member fishing club, he shared his insights and knowledge about ice […]

  • DCMGA Begins Garden Education Series

    The Door County Master Gardener Association (DCMGA, will hold its 2020 garden education series at Crossroads at Big Creek on Tuesdays at 7 pm starting Feb. 11. All are invited to attend these free programs and enjoy treats provided by DCMGA volunteers. The program topics are “What’s New for 2020” by Kori Zawojski, owner […]

  • 30th Annual Candlelight Ski/Hike/Snowshoe Event at Newport

    Thirty years ago, Newport State Park initiated Door County’s candlelight-ski tradition. This year it will hold its 30th annual candlelight ski/hike/snowshoe event Feb. 8, 5:30-8:30 pm, when a portion of the trail will come alive by candlelight, guiding skiers, hikers and snowshoers into a glowing, magical winter wonderland. Park staff and Newport Wilderness Society volunteers […]

  • Wild Wisconsin Podcast Features Bald Eagles

    The Wild Wisconsin: Off the Record podcast is back – wherever you get your podcasts – with new inside voices on Wisconsin’s outdoors. The latest episode, “Call It a Comeback: Bald Eagles Soaring in Wisconsin,” explores the miraculous comeback of bald eagles in Wisconsin and across the country. Wild Wisconsin host Katie Grant talked to Rich Staffen, […]

  • Winter Seed Sowing Class

    The Door County Seed Library will offer – and Jennifer Davis will present – a Successful Winter Seed Sowing class Jan. 18, 10-11 am, at the Sturgeon Bay Library. Davis has been happily practicing winter sowing techniques since 2010 and will share how to get started on this simple and addicting gardening method. No registration is necessary […]

  • Enjoy Hikes and Ski for Free at Crossroads

    Enjoy the crisp, winter air during a forest habitat hike at Crossroads at Big Creek’s Ida Bay Preserve on Jan. 17, 3:30 pm. Learn about the preserve’s woodland habitats during a gentle, hour-long walk through the winter forest. Meet at the Zenith Street entrance, and dress for the conditions. Ski for Free will continue Jan. […]

  • Guthrie Brothers Pay Tribute to Simon and Garfunkel at SDCA

    New-York-based musicians – and brothers – Jeb and Jock Guthrie will present their show Scarborough Fair: A Simon and Garfunkel Experience at the Southern Door Community Auditorium on Feb. 1, 7 pm. The Guthrie brothers have been singing together since they were kids, and, like Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, are known for their stunning harmonies. […]

  • White Gull Inn Welcomes Mile Twelve on Jan. 30

    Mile Twelve, a Boston-based bluegrass band, will return to the White Gull Inn for a concert Jan. 30, 8 pm. The lineup features David Benedict, Catherine “BB” Bowness, Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, Evan Murphy and Nate Sabat. Mile Twelve won the International Bluegrass Musician Association’s (IBMA) 2017 Momentum Award and was nominated for the 2018 Emerging Artist […]

  • Kuhns Kicks Off New Concert Series

    Small Forest will kick off a new concert series – Jeanne Kuhns’ Concerts – at Margaret Lockwood Gallery on Jan. 18. Kuhns – the creator of the Woodwalk Concert Series and the Lost Moth Concert Series – is establishing this new series. After closing Lost Moth Gallery due to unforeseen circumstances, Kuhns moved to Sturgeon Bay […]

  • Heyward’s DCA Solo Debut

    Rising Americana artist Genevieve Heyward will arrive at the Door Community Auditorium (DCA) on Jan. 18, 7 pm, fresh off a Scandinavian tour. Light on nostalgia but heavy on heart, Heyward’s vocal stylings have been compared to those of powerhouses Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline. Heyward’s band, The North, features Wisconsin-based Norwegian multi-instrumentalist and producer […]

  • Obituary: Melvin E. Boeckenhauer

    Feb. 25, 1928 – Dec. 25, 2019 Melvin E. Boeckenhauer, 91, died in Prospect Heights, Illinois. He was born on his parents’ farm in Des Plaines, Illinois. Melvin was the loving husband of Eunice (née Thon) for 65 years. Dear brother of the late Lyle (Edna), George and Paul. Proud uncle of Gerald (Barbara), Kathy, […]

  • Pollman Nets 1,000 Career Points

    Sevastopol senior Robby Pollman made Sevastopol basketball history Jan. 11, becoming the first Pioneer boys basketball player to score 1,000 career points. The left-handed shooting guard crossed the mark near the end of a loss to rival Gibraltar at Sevastopol High School. Pollman is the 14th player in Door County history to eclipse the 1,000 […]

  • Obituary: Donald William Tesnow

    Nov. 6, 1942 – Jan. 6, 2020 Donald William Tesnow died peacefully in the comfort of his family. He is survived by his loving children and was their hero: Todd and (Tanna) Tesnow of Ellison Bay, James and (Gina) Tesnow of Port Edwards, Wisconsin, Leanne and (Tom) of Hudson, Wisconsin. Donald felt the touch of God and […]

  • Obituary: Karen J. Guelette

    March 18, 1943 – Jan. 9, 2020  Karen Jane Guelette, 76, of Brussels died peacefully with her family by her side. She was born in Manitowoc to Ralph and Ruth (Brey) Seigworth. Karen graduated from Brussels High School and on May 27, 1961, she married her high school sweetheart, Gary M. Guelette, at St. Francis Church. Together they […]

  • Obituary: Judith A. Jorgenson

    Aug. 26, 1943 – Jan. 8, 2020 Judith A. Jorgenson, 76, of Sturgeon Bay died Jan. 8, 2020. She was born to Willis and Rosealine Chipman in Milwaukee. She was preceded in death by a brother, Wayne Chipman. Judith will be cherished in the hearts of her loving family: Larry Dale Anderson (son); grandchildren Brenna […]

  • Obituary: Orville “Butch” Conrad Jess

    Oct. 18, 1942 – Jan. 7, 2020 Orville “Butch” Conrad Jess, 77, of Washington Island died surrounded by his family. He was born on Washington Island to Orville R. and Florence (Haas) Jess. After graduating from Washington Island High School with the Class of 1960, he moved to Milwaukee to complete his diesel-mechanic apprenticeship. Butch started his […]

  • Obituary: William J. Eckert

    Oct. 15, 1943 – Jan. 8, 2020 William J. Eckert, 76, of Brussels died at his home. He was born in Fish Creek to Walter and Agnes (Restler) Eckert. On July 9, 1966, he married Patricia Ann Theis at St. Peter’s Church in Lincoln. When he was young, Bill worked in Milwaukee in various aspects of the […]

  • Obituary: Robert Herman Mueller

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