Peninsula Pulse Jan 20-27, 2023

In this issue

  • Letter to the Editor: Asking for Your Nasewaupee Vote

    My name is Bill Krueger, and I am a candidate for the town and village of Nasewaupee Board of Supervisors.  I recently served as your representative on the Southern Door Fire Department board of directors (two years), as a member of the Cemetery Committee (one year), currently as a member of the Board of Review […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Having It All Comes with a Big Price

    I’m responding to Dennis B. Appleton’s perspective on Ron Johnson and the Sister Bay fire truck [“Remember Which Candidate You Voted For,” Jan. 6-13 Peninsula Pulse].  Appleton implies that Ron Johnson was opposed to Sister Bay acquiring a new fire truck – “he voted against the bill that paid for the truck.” He went so […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Thanks, Pulse

    I am overdue in expressing my gratitude for the Peninsula Pulse, which I started receiving during the pandemic.  Having worked as a reporter and editor for Indianapolis-area newspapers, I know it is not an easy task to put out such complete and vital coverage, but it is much appreciated by this reader. I am eager […]

  • Door County Broadband Rundown

    What’s happening to connect your community Communities up and down the peninsula are progressing with plans to provide reliable, affordable, accessible high-speed internet to their residents and businesses. The push began following the late-2021 passage of the $1 trillion federal infrastructure plan that guaranteed $42.45 billion in funding to improve broadband access for rural areas, […]

  • Door From Above: Winter Fleet Arriving

    The Mesabi Miner clears the bridges en route to its overwinter port at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay. Several of the big boats have already arrived – the Edwin Gott and the Wilfred Sykes – and the Joseph Block was expected after the deadline of this issue.

  • Sturgeon Bay Postpones Decision on Fleet Farm

    Sturgeon Bay’s Common Council agreed Tuesday to establish a development agreement with Fleet Farm to build a new store along the west entrance to the city, but the details of that agreement have yet to be finalized. Fleet Farm wants to construct a 91,000-square-foot retail store with an automotive service center, exterior yard, gas station […]

  • Maple-Oregon Street Closing for Maintenance

    Starting Monday, Jan. 23, the Maple/Oregon Street Bridge will be closed to vehicle traffic from 7 am to 3 pm for maintenance. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation expects the work and closures to end by 3 pm on Thursday, Jan. 26.

  • Sturgeon Bay Approves Development Terms for Downtown Project

    The commitment would create the city’s eighth Tax Increment District The Sturgeon Bay Common Council approved a development agreement Tuesday related to constructing a building for music performances and lessons in a vacant lot at the northeast corner of 3rd Avenue and Jefferson Street. Shirley Weese Young, who purchased the parcel, is planning to build […]

  • Challenges Planned to S&S Jerseyland Dairy Expansion

    Ways to challenge the proposed expansion of the Forestville-based S&S Jerseyland Dairy were discussed Jan. 10 at the Forestville Public Library during an informational session hosted by the Friends of the Forestville Dam. S&S Jerseyland Dairy intends to increase its existing operation from the 7,654 animal units it reported a year ago to 14,711. The […]

  • Sevastopol Short-Term-Rental Owners Fined $15,000

    Owners of a short-term-rental (STR) property on Glidden Drive in Sevastopol will pay the town a $15,000 fine, plus the town’s publication costs and attorney fees. The STR property owners have also upgraded the septic-tank system at the 4248 Glidden Drive property and submitted a new maximum-parking plan.  Those conditions are part of the settlement […]

  • Packerland Conference Math Meet Results

    Week of Jan. 9, 2023 (Name, high school, points) Seniors: Christy Braun, Sturgeon Bay, 31; Russell Pudlo, Sturgeon Bay, 31; Tim Mandler, Sturgeon Bay, 29; Philip Schmidt, Sturgeon Bay, 28; Kian Rai, NEW, 27 Juniors: Ezra Linnan, Sevastopol, 31; James Joski, Kewaunee, 30; Hannah Hwang, NEW, 29; Inho Lee, Sevastopol, 27; Jade Tomberlin, Sturgeon Bay, […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Stretches Dollars from $16 Million School Referendum

    NWTC considers evening CNC class at Sevastopol The library at Sturgeon Bay’s Sunrise Elementary School will receive $207,000 worth of improvements this summer because the district had money left over from $16.9 million in voter-approved building projects. The Sturgeon Bay School Board this month authorized the district to renovate, reconfigure, electronically update and spruce up […]

  • Turn-taking Can Teach Children to Share

    by KAREN COREKIN-DeLaMER, Education and Community Relations Coordinator, Northern Door Children’s [email protected] Dear Karen, My wife and I are the parents of two boys, ages 4 and 2. We spend a lot of time with my sister and her son, who is 7. When all three boys play together, they often get into fights over […]

  • Movement Classes at The Kress

    In collaboration with independent choreographer Elizabeth Clark, the Kress Pavilion is hosting a Finding Your Center movement class on Thursdays, 9 am, in the Great Hall. The class focuses on flexibility, balance, breath work and strength building in a casual atmosphere with music to facilitate “finding your center” and to enhance or complement any current […]

  • OutWiGo for Free Fishing Weekend Jan. 21-22

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) is hosting Free Fishing Weekend Jan. 21-22 to share the fun and excitement of winter fishing. No fishing license or trout and salmon stamps are required, and anglers may fish state waters where there is an open season. All other fishing regulations apply. And as a reminder, anglers […]

  • Making Astronomy Accessible

    The Door Peninsula Astronomical Society (DPAS) and Crossroads at Big Creek have received a grant from the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium for a project called Making Astronomy Accessible, which seeks to “bring the stars within reach.” This project supplements the society’s meetings, which are held monthly on the first Tuesday, and its viewing nights. After […]

  • Pilot Project for Beach Warning Lights Heading to County Board

    The Door County Board of Supervisors will consider funding for electronic beach warning signs that can be operated remotely to alert beachgoers when levels of bacteria in the water make it unsafe for swimming. The request heading to the supervisors’ Jan. 24 meeting is for $40,000 in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars that have […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Beauty

    Meet Beauty, a 2-year-old kitty who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus – and who lives up to her name! Weighing just eight pounds, Beauty boasts a soft, long coat and luxurious whiskers.  Like all cats at WHS, Beauty ( has been spayed, vaccinated and microchipped, and she’ll go to […]

  • Take Action on Radon this Month

    During January – which is National Radon Action Month – the Kewaunee County Health Department (KCHD), Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are encouraging Kewaunee County residents to learn more about radon and how to avoid being exposed to it. Of Wisconsin homes, 5%-10% have elevated radon levels on the main […]

  • Literacy-Tutor Training

    Literacy Door County, which provides one-to-one adult literacy tutoring for native and nonnative English speakers, is hosting a training session for those interested in becoming a volunteer tutor. The training will be held Jan. 28, 12-2:30 pm, at Hope United Church of Christ, 141 S. 12th Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. Neither prior teaching experience nor […]

  • Candlelight Vigil Walk in Sturgeon Bay

    A right-to-life candlelight vigil walk will be held in Sturgeon Bay on Jan. 21. It will start at 6 pm at the Government Center, 421 Nebraska St., and end at Door County Medical Center, 323 S. 18th Ave. The route is about a 30-minute walk. All participants are encouraged to carry an enclosed candle or […]

  • Free-Throw Contest

    Door County boys and girls ages 9-14 are invited to participate in the Knights of Columbus–sponsored free-throw contest Jan. 20 in the St. John Bosco/Corpus Christi gym in Sturgeon Bay.  Registration will start at 4 pm; the contest will begin at 4:30 pm. There is no entry fee, but please supply proof of age with […]

  • Free Blood-Pressure Screenings

    Health care volunteers are providing free blood-pressure checks at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church, 11836 Hwy 42 in Ellison Bay. Screenings are held monthly on the third Tuesday, 1:30-2:15 pm; and monthly on the first Sunday, 10:30-11:15 am, in Room J, across from the church office.

  • Training Required for Guardianship

    by JENNIFER A. MOELLER As of Jan. 3, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, launched the required Act 97 free, online training for guardians. It’s intended to ensure that guardians understand their duties and responsibilities, the rights of wards and the best practices for the relationship. After […]

  • Scandia Village Up for Sale

    Scandia Village–Good Samaritan, the assisted-living facility and senior-living campus in Sister Bay that is home to about 13% of the village’s population, is going up for sale.  Nate Schema, president and CEO of Good Samaritan Society – which is owned by the South Dakota–based Sanford Health – confirmed the news in an email Friday. Schema […]

  • Wild Things: Two New Faces on Natural Resources Board

    Chair Prehn steps down; Bruins leaves, too by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected], Peninsula Pulse contributor Two new faces will fill seats on the state’s Natural Resources Board after a pair of former Gov. Scott Walker appointees – chair Fred Prehn and member Bill Bruins – resigned late last month. That ends a more-than-a-decade-long conservative majority on […]

  • An Outlook: Door County Wages Continue to Lag

    A few years ago, I wrote a column that used a report from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue on Door County’s adjusted gross income (AGI) to discuss our county’s earnings per household. Although an AGI report from any given year does have some limitations, I have always maintained that it can provide the best snapshot […]

  • ADRC Offers Dementia-Focused Book Club

    The Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of the Lakeshore’s dementia-care specialist and the Algoma Public Library will be hosting a dementia-focused book club to read Still Alice by Lisa Genova. Dementia is currently the sixth leading cause of death in the nation, with Alzheimer’s being the most common cause of dementia among older adults. […]

  • Join Write On for ‘One Book’s Journey’ Series

    Write On, Door County is offering a new, monthly series called One Book’s Journey, which follows the publication process of a book. It will be presented virtually as a brown-bag-lunch and conversation series monthly on the last Wednesday, 11 am – 12 pm. Led by author Joanne Nelson, the first installment on Jan. 25 will […]

  • ‘Dead Body One’

    This week we present one of the honorable-mention nonfiction works from the most recent Hal Prize contest. The Peninsula Pulse presents the annual Hal Prize competition in partnership with Write On, Door County and the Peninsula School of Art. Jane Hillstrom’s “Dead Body One” recounts the author’s relationship with her father, a former sheriff, and […]

  • In Your Glass: Dry January Never Tasted Better

    If you’re one of the 35% of adults of legal drinking age who are participating in Dry January (according to drink-research firm CGA), you’re probably starting to feel pretty good right now.  You might be sleeping better, thinking more clearly and feeling healthier. Your wallet probably feels better, too. But you might also be missing […]

  • Kress Pavilion, Egg Harbor Library Open House

    Join the Village of Egg Harbor and the Egg Harbor Library to celebrate winter and community with free fun Jan. 26, 9 am – 6 pm.  To highlight the offerings at the Kress Pavilion, the day’s activities will include three free yoga classes, a pasta-making class, a book discussion as part of Door County Reads, […]

  • The Intricacies of Ice Carving

    Carvers share tips and tricks of the trade by JOHN MIELKE Not that long ago, Collin Richter of Sturgeon Bay was new to ice carving, but for years, his father, Gary, had participated in carving events throughout Wisconsin.  “My dad suggested I give it a try,” Richter said. “Our family enjoys getting involved in street […]

  • Fossils, Fur and More at Crossroads at Big Creek

    Families and learners of all ages are invited to the next Saturday Science program at Crossroads at Big Creek on Jan. 21. Drop in anytime between 1 pm and 4 pm to learn about Door County’s fossils, hunt for fossils in Crossroads’ exhibits and create a model to take home. Each participating family will also […]

  • Candlelight Ski at Whitefish Dunes State Park

    Hike, snowshoe or ski the candlelit trails at Whitefish Dunes State Park on Jan. 28, 5-8 pm, and stop by the outdoor firepit at the shelter building for warm drinks, s’mores and good company. This free event will be held if the weather permits, and a state-park vehicle sticker is required. Volunteers are needed. Get […]

  • Wine Trails: Harbor Ridge

    Solving the world’s problems one sip at a time The great New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra once said, “When you get to a fork in the road, take it.” As I read the tasting menu at Harbor Ridge, I realized that visitors there always arrive at a fork in the road when they’re asked […]

  • Mike at the Movies: Hollywood Loves Making Movies about Hollywood

    by MIKE ORLOCK Often the movies that moviemakers love to make about themselves end up competing for those little gold statues that they like to give themselves for making movies.  In the past few years alone, The Artist, Argo, Birdman, La La Land and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood have been among the most […]

  • Intro to Belly Dance Class at STUDIO234

    STUDIO234 and instructor Andria Nikoupolis Weliky are offering a new movement class, Intro to Belly Dance, every Tuesday, Jan. 24 – Feb. 28, 1-2 pm.  This vibrant class will begin with a warm-up, then transition into skill progressions and applying them to choreography. This class is geared toward adults of all levels, from beginners to more […]

  • Tickets Available for Peninsula Music Festival’s February Fest

    The Peninsula Music Festival’s winter chamber-music series, February Fest, will take place Feb. 5, 12 and 19, all at 2 pm, at the Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church St. in Egg Harbor. Two members of the Festival Orchestra – violinist Alex Ayers and violinist and pianist Paul Hauer – will begin the series with a program featuring […]

  • Barn Dance at the Kress Pavilion

    The Door County Folk Alliance will host its first barn dance of the year Jan. 28, 7-9 pm, at the Kress Pavilion. Caller Mike Grimm will lead participants through circle and long-line dances. All levels of dancers are welcome, but the Folk Alliance recommends that children be at least 8 years old and able to […]

  • Love Is in the Air at Birch Creek Music Performance Center

    Birch Creek Music Performance Center will celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Feb. 11 concert of love songs from the worlds of musical theater, opera and popular music. Soprano Diana Stoic and pianist Michael R. Oldham will join Birch Creek alumnus and tenor Jonathan Zeng on the Juniper Hall stage. Enjoy favorites by Rodgers and Hammerstein, […]

  • Join the Hardy Gallery for its 2023 Community Mosaic Project

    The Hardy Gallery is seeking artists for its 2023 Community Mosaic Project, now in its 16th year. People of all ages and from all creative backgrounds are encouraged to participate. Past submissions have included photography, 3D and sculptural work, assemblages, fiber work, painting, writing and collaborative works.  Participants receive one free, six-inch-by-six-inch canvas – supplied by […]

  • Door County Community Foundation’s Lobby Gallery Highlights Photography

    The Door County Community Foundation’s Lobby Gallery will feature the photographic works of David Graham and Terri Warpinski, with a reception planned for Jan. 27, 4:30-6 pm. Graham’s subject is the American cultural landscape. He taught at the University of Arts for 22 years and has worked regularly for Newsweek, Time, Fortune, Forbes and the […]

  • Ink Block Carving and Stamp Art at ARTicipation Studio & Gallery

    Door County artist Melissa Resch will guide participants through the ink block carving and stamp art process to create a framable art piece Jan. 21, 2-4:30 pm, at ARTicipation Studio & Gallery.  The cost of $55 includes all materials, instruction and beverages. Learn more and join the fun by registering at

  • Peninsula School of Art Announces 2023 Classes, Workshops

    The Peninsula School of Art has launched its catalog of summer and fall 2023 offerings.  More than 75 instructors – many returning with new and expanded classes, as well as new instructors – will lead more than 100 two-day and four-day workshops for adults. Begin work in a particular medium during a half-day Try-It workshop; take a […]

  • Local Color: Gail Gilson Pierce paints vibrant versions of Door County

    Gail Gilson Pierce still remembers an art project she made for her parents in second grade, when her teacher taught the class to finger weave, and each student could choose two colors of yarn for their project. The colors Pierce chose? Bright fuchsia and neon orange. “The teacher was like, ‘Gail, why don’t you put […]

  • Obituary: Priscilla “Poo” G. Calkins

    June 6, 1947 ~ January 12, 2023 Priscilla Gilbert Calkins, “Poo”, to all who knew her, 75, of Ephraim, passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, January 12, 2023. She was born June 6, 1947 in Neenah, the daughter of Nicholas Tisch Gilbert and Nancy Ruth (Waite) Gilbert. Poo grew up in Neenah and […]

  • TAP Announces 2023 Season

    Third Avenue PlayWorks (TAP) has announced the lineup for its 2023 season: five shows – from new work to fun-filled classics – running from May to December. The world premiere of I Carry Your Heart with Me by Jennifer Blackmer will take the stage May 12-28. In this work – presented as part of the inaugural World […]

  • Obituary: Walter Hellyer

    September 7, 1933 ~ January 13, 2023 On January 13, 2023, Walter “Corky” Hellyer died peacefully surrounded by family and the love of his life, Jeanne “Jay” Hellyer. Corky will be dearly remembered by Jay, his wife of 66 years; his two children, Brus (Dave) Osborne and Bob (Tora) Hellyer; four grandchildren, Elizabeth, Corky, Lettie […]

  • Obituary: Kevin Scott Ostrand

    October 3, 1964 ~ December 30, 20222 Kevin Scott Ostrand, 58, of Mazomanie, WI died on December 30, 2022, surrounded by family and friends. Kevin was born on October 3, 1964 in Sturgeon Bay to Russell and Helen (Sawyer) Ostrand. Kevin grew up in Sturgeon Bay and moved to the Madison area in early adulthood. […]

  • Obituary: Judy Croy

     December 20, 1956 – January 14, 2023  Judy Croy, 66, of Luxemburg, died peacefully at home with her family by her side, on January 14, 2023. Judy was born on December 20, 1956, to the late William and Wilma (Kronforst) Gillman. Judy was a caring person, always caring for others, being a second mother to […]

  • Obituary: Lawrence N. Hartl

    July 7, 1927 ~ January 12, 2023 Lawrence “Bear” Hartl, 95, of Sturgeon Bay died at home on January 12, 2023.  He was born July 7, 1927, in Antigo, WI to Wenzel and Anna (Wilde) Hartl.  On August 20, 1949, he married Kathleen “Katie” Mistlebauer at St. Joseph Church in Sturgeon Bay.  She preceded him […]

  • New Tower with Helical Ramp Recommended for Potawatomi Tower

    Those fighting for the tower’s repair are not happy with the design options The long-awaited conceptual designs for the Potawatomi State Park observation tower were made public on Thursday evening during a brief presentation from Grāef, an engineering, design, planning and consulting firm. The recommended option turned out to be a new tower with a […]

  • Obituary: Patricia Ann Gibson

    May 16, 1930 – Jan. 12, 2023 Patricia Ann Gibson, 92, of Sturgeon Bay, died at Door County Memorial S.N.F. She was born to Boyd and Edna (Young) Ladd. On May 12, 1951, she married Leslie Gibson in the Town of Scott. He preceded her in death on Feb. 12, 1986. Patricia enjoyed walking, reading, and spending […]

  • Obituary: Robert Lyle Weber

    June 8, 1933 – Jan. 10, 2023 Robert Lyle Weber, 89, of Sturgeon Bay, died at Door County Medical Center. He was born in Sturgeon Bay to Raymond and Kathryn (Hartel) Weber. He served in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany. Robert worked at Warner Wholesale in Sturgeon Bay for many years until his retirement. […]

  • Obituary: Anthony “Tony” F. Magliaro

    February 8, 1959 ~ January 7, 2023 Anthony “Tony” F. Magliaro, 63, of Sturgeon Bay, formerly of Las Vegas, NV, died Saturday, January 7, 2023, at Aurora Bay Care Clinic in Green Bay after a lengthy illness. He was born February 8, 1959, in Encino, CA the son of the late Anthony Peter and Laurel […]

  • Obituary: Dee Anna M. (Klutz) Derginer

    Dee M Klutz, 58, Brussels, Wisconsin passed away on November 20th, 2022. Dee was born on November 25th, 1963, in Green Bay to Frank and late Yvonne (Van Horn) Derginer. Dee was a partner in business at the AMA, American Motorcycle and Archery shop located in Brussels, Wisconsin. A majority of her time was spent […]

  • Obituary: Thomas S. Ullom

    November 7, 1931 ~ January 9, 2023 Thomas S. Ullom, 91, of Fish Creek, died on Monday, January 9, 2023 at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay. He was born November 7, 1931 in Olney, Illinois, son of the late Robert William and Lois M. (Rutger) Ullom. Tom received his master’s degree in mining engineering from […]