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Peninsula Pulse Jan. 24-31, 2020

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  • Land Trust Hosts Winter Wonderland Party

    The Door County Land Trust will host a Winter Wonderland Party Feb. 8, 4:30 pm, at Northern Haus in Sister Bay. It will include music by Katie Dahl and delicious catering by Alexander’s.   Executive Director Tom Clay will lead attendees in a round of trivia to highlight the best of 2019 and give a preview […]

  • Climate Corner: The Science of Climate Change

    Why are Americans prone to resisting it? What we must change. by Estella Lauter I wonder whether we’ve paid sufficient attention to cultural mythology in relation to climate change. Cultural myths are powerful stories that tell us who we are and where we’re going.  In her book on Canadian literature, Survival, Margaret Atwood identifies the […]

  • Door to Nature: Snow Buntings

    It was on my drive to a morning meeting that I saw a flock of about 300 snow buntings flying and landing, and doing that over and over on an open field of harvested grain. I stayed in my car along the side of the road and watched them with great joy. This was the […]

  • Northern Door Thursday-Night Dart League: Jan. 31-Feb. 7

    Week 3 Results Bley’s Bar 9, Mr. G’s 9 Island Fever 13, Mike’s 5 Coyote Roadhouse vs. The Mill (postponed) Casey’s: bye Hat Tricks Sheila Klansky, Mr. G’s, 1 Brad Rasmussen, Island Fever, 1 Kim Denil, Mike’s, 1 9 Dart Out Sheila Klansky, Mr. G’s, 1 Overall Stats Wins-losses Mr. G’s 33-21 Bley’s Bar 31-23 […]

  • Bowling League Results: Jan. 31-Feb. 7

    Women’s Masters Jan. 13 • High team series/game: Rouer’s Grand Slam: 1,567/567 • High series: Sara Mueller 554, Nicole Sperber 534, Carol Kroll 528 • High game: Sara Mueller 212, Trisha Heldmann 202, Mysti VanKirk 200 Northerners League Jan. 14 High game (men): Justin Schwinghammer 262, Leif Mickelson 257, Bubba Laughlin 251 High series (men): […]

  • High School Winter Athletics: Jan. 31-Feb. 7

    GIBRALTAR Boys Basketball Feb. 1 vs. Kewaunee, 3:30 pm Feb. 3 @ Stockbridge, 6:45 pm Feb. 7 @ NEW Lutheran, 7:30 pm Girls Basketball Jan. 31 @ Kewaunee, 7:30 pm Feb. 4 vs. NEW Lutheran, 7:30 pm Feb. 6 vs. Kewaunee, 7:30 pm SEVASTOPOL  Boys Basketball  Feb. 1 @ Living Word Lutheran, 7 pm Feb. […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Wrestling Updates

    Photos by Len Villano On Jan. 23, the Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol wrestling team hosted a meet with teams from Peshtigo and Southern Door. In the 106-pound weight class, Southern Door Eagles wrestler Austin Farley faced Peshtigo’s Jon Laforce. Peshtigo’s Katelyn Lewis went up against the Clippers’ Drew Barganz at the Jan. 23 meet in Sturgeon Bay.  […]

  • Strivers Gymnasts Earn Gold, Southern Door Hosts Fishing Schedule

    Four members of the Door County YMCA Strivers gymnastic team captured gold in the all-around competition Jan. 18-19 at the Marinette Menominee YMCA. Leading the Strivers team were Level 7 gymnast Makiala McCambridge, who earned gold in the all-around, floor, vault and bars; Excel Gold gymnast Abby DeClark, who won gold in the all-around, bars […]

  • Packerland Boys Hoops Race Heats Up

    It’s a little more than halfway through the Packerland Conference boys basketball season, and three teams have separated themselves from the rest of the league. Kewaunee and Sturgeon Bay have split a pair of games and sit atop the league, tied at 8-1. Kewaunee stopped Sturgeon Bay 56-45 on Dec. 5, and the Clippers beat […]

  • League of Women Voters Hosting Centennial Celebration

    In 2020, the League of Women Voters (LWV) will celebrate its 100th anniversary, and the Door County league will join more than 700 other chapters to celebrate this milestone. On Feb. 14, the LWV of Door County will host a centennial celebration, 5-7:30 pm, at the Lodge at Leathem Smith in Sturgeon Bay. All are […]

  • Door County Medical Center Auxiliary Offering Scholarships to Door County Students

    When the Door County Medical Center Auxiliary held its annual Angel Ball, the participants not only enjoyed a superb dinner, great wines, dancing, friendship and fun, but all proceeds will fund scholarships for Door County high school students who meet the auxiliary’s scholastic requirements and intend to pursue studies in medical fields. The Angel Ball […]

  • Washington Island Foundation Meets Fundraising Goal

    The Washington Island Foundation and Rec Center have met their goal through their recent $25,000 matching-challenge fundraiser for Rec Center operations. Many generous donors continue to provide for the facility, programs, classes and events for all ages.  With more than 15,000 sign-ins each year, more than half a million visits have been made to the […]

  • Monthly Loaves & Fishes Meal Resuming in April

    The monthly Loaves & Fishes meal in Northern Door County will resume in April thanks to Fish Creek resident Laura McDowell, who has taken on the coordination role from Kay Wilson, who coordinated these meals for more than 14 years and stepped down in December. The free meals – prepared and served by community volunteers at […]

  • Zion United Methodist Church Hosting a Lenten Study Series About Les Misérables

    Zion United Methodist Church, 8781 Cty F in Fish Creek, will host a Lenten study series called The Grace of Les Misérables starting Feb. 20. Matt Rawle will examine grace, justice, poverty, revolution, love and hope through the lens of Christian faith. Pastor Michael will also build on the themes each Sunday, and each participant […]

  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help Begins Hosting ‘Championing the Word Wednesdays’

    To mark the 10th anniversary of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help’s designation as a world Marian apparition site, the shrine began hosting Championing the Word Wednesdays on Jan. 22.  The Fathers of Mercy offer mass at 6 pm, followed by a discussion. The remaining session topics and dates are “As a […]

  • Registration Open for Reflective Writing Circle with Marggie Hatala

    Join Marggie Hatala – reiki master, end-of-life doula and author – for an open reflective writing circle on Feb. 1, 10-11:30 am. The group generally meets monthly (though it will not meet in March) to experience the group energy of meditation and breathwork, followed by reflective writing time. This is for anyone interested in learning to open […]

  • Door County YMCA Hosting Free Breakfast and Presentation

    The Door County YMCA invites the community to celebrate the successes of 2019 at the Door County YMCA with a free breakfast and presentation on Feb. 13. Breakfast will start at 7:30 am; the presentation will begin at 8 am. Three speakers whose lives have been enhanced and strengthened by the YMCA’s influence will share […]

  • Volunteers Still Needed for Door County Pond Hockey Tournament

    Nearly 50 teams are expected to compete in the Door County Pond Hockey Tournament on Kangaroo Lake in Baileys Harbor on Feb. 8. Organizers are still looking for volunteer scorekeepers, setup crews and breakdown crews for the dozen lake rinks that will be needed for the tournament. Volunteers will receive tournament gear.  The tournament has […]

  • Egg Harbor Gets Boost from UniverCity Year Program

    The University of Wisconsin-Madison has selected the Village of Egg Harbor as one of seven communities with which to collaborate on planning infrastructure projects. Village Administrator Ryan Heise said UniverCity Year (UCY) will assist in fact finding, data gathering, brainstorming and public engagement for its highway streetscape planning and a potential recreational trail between the […]

  • Find Foodie Fun during Fish Creek’s Winterfest Weekend

    The annual Winterfest gathering is drawing near! Now in its 33rd year, Fish Creek’s longest-standing tradition – and Door County’s most quirky winter event – features live music, goofy games, the entertaining stumpf-fiddle contest, a spectacular fireworks display and some delicious foodie attractions, including the Smokin’ Hot Chili Cook-off and the All Things Chocolate fundraiser. And outside […]

  • Len’s Pic of the Week: Ice, Ice, Baby

    photo and text by Len Villano I was at Cave Point – one of my favorite photo destinations in Door County – and I found these ice formations. There were formations everywhere, so there were lots to choose from, but I liked this one in particular because it reminded me more of stalactites and stalagmites in […]

  • Manners Matter: A Little Appreciation Goes a Long Way

    Dear Mary Pat, My wife asked me to go to the grocery store to get a very detailed list of items for an upcoming dinner party we’re hosting. I got everything she asked for on the list and waited for a thank-you. I didn’t get one. In fact, I got an eye roll when I […]

  • State Takes Shot at Spring-Hearing Advisory Questions

    Wisconsin’s seven-citizen Natural Resources Board (NRB) has its sight set on deer in a series of advisory questions proposed for the spring fish and wildlife hearings in April.  The NRB plans to seek citizen input, both in person and through online voting, about extending the current nine-day firearm season to 19 days (which would eliminate […]

  • Servers of the Week: Mari, Fran and Kim at EconoFoods

    When you shop at the Econo store,  These ladies will check out your order and more.  Mari, Fran and Kim will help you shop – They certainly are the cream of the crop. — Submitted by Dorothy Lindsey

  • Letter to the Editor: Senate Republicans Must Step Up

    The Mar-a-Lago misfit has played his empty hand again. By ignoring the advice of cooler heads and bypassing Congress on his plan to assassinate a general of a country we are not at war with invites retaliation. He disregards international rules of conduct to service his ego, not his country. Because of the inflamed situation, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: We All Can Be Gretas

    Last week in the Green section, a Gibraltar senior, Solomon Lindenberg, wrote an article about environmental issues that I highly recommend everyone read. It encourages me to see more and more young people seeing a problem, whether it’s gun control or our environment; making a statement; and forcing us as adults to really think and then […]

  • Letter to the Editor: The Time Is Now; the Choice Is Crucial

    Next week we may see the start of an impeachment trial in the Senate. I’m concerned by the unwillingness of Republicans in positions of authority to rein in this president – even though we have a transcript of a phone call in which he clearly asks a foreign government for a favor that is forbidden by […]

  • Update on Peninsula School of Art’s Door to Creativity Campaign

    Identity is an important part of any community, and it’s something that’s often many, many years in the making. The visual arts have been an important part of Door County’s identity for many decades, and one of the institutions that has helped to build this identity is the Peninsula School of Art (PenArt) in Fish […]

  • What’s Up with the Black Utility Poles?

    Fish Creek residents were surprised last summer when towering, black utility poles replaced the wooden poles throughout the village. Now Baileys Harbor is in line to get a few of the poles as well.  According to Matthew Cullen, spokesperson for Wisconsin Public Service, the black, fiberglass poles are used to minimize the space needed for […]

  • Legislature Eyes Long-term Knowles-Nelson Reauthorization

    Land-acquisition program would get first long-term boost since 2001 A bill in the Wisconsin Legislature seeks to extend the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program through 2030. In Door County, the program has helped to purchase significant portions of the Mink River Estuary, Three Springs, the northern section of Kangaroo Lake and many other properties, opening them to […]

  • Bills to Watch: Hard Cider Sales, Clean-Water Fund, Open Election Seats

    LRB-0515 Sales of hard cider This bill seeks to provide certainty to Wisconsin breweries by allowing them to sell hard cider directly at retail locations under their brewer’s permit without obtaining an additional liquor license. Currently, many Wisconsin breweries also manufacture hard cider under a separate wine permit. Similar to beer sales, a brewery will […]

  • Reps in the News: Jan. 24-31

    Representative Joel Kitchens Rep. Joel Kitchens released the following statement after the Assembly floor session: “The Wisconsin State Assembly met for a floor session this week to consider and pass more than 35 pieces of legislation, including several that will help address the barriers parents are facing throughout the adoption process,” Kitchens said. Kitchens said […]

  • State News: Jan. 24-31

    Shipping Industry Fears Impacts of Lake Ontario Water Regulation A U.S.-Canadian agency that oversees Great Lakes water levels says it will continue to offer flexibility in how it’s managing outflows on Lake Ontario. Officials there are hoping to lower lake levels to reduce the risk of flooding, but the shipping industry fears that increased flows […]

  • Property-Tax Payment Deadline Is Jan. 31

    Door County Treasurer Jay Zahn reminds taxpayers that the deadline to pay the first installment of property taxes is Friday, Jan. 31.  The treasurer’s office – located on the lobby level of the downtown government center – is open weekdays, 8 am – 4:30 pm. Tax payments with a January postmark will be considered on time. To […]

  • Southern Door Hall of Fame Inductees

    The Southern Door Athletic Booster Club will welcome Nick Cochart, Class of 1999; and Kyle Thayse, Class of 2002, as its Athletic Hall of Fame inductees for 2020 during a ceremony on Feb. 1. The ceremony will take place in the Eagle gym during halftime of the Eagles boys’ basketball game versus Peshtigo, which will […]

  • Racing Returns to Dirt Track at Kewaunee County Fairgrounds

    Racing will return to the dirt track at the Kewaunee County Fairgrounds this summer, following approval of a one-year lease agreement by the Kewaunee County Board of Supervisors.  The Kewaunee County Racing Association (KCRA), which is made up of five promoters, plans to race on Sunday nights in Luxemburg. This would make The ’Burg Speedway, […]

  • High School Winter Athletics: Jan. 24-31

    GIBRALTAR Boys Basketball Jan. 24 @ Algoma, 7:30 pm Jan. 27 vs. Oneida Nation, 7:30 pm Jan. 28 @ St. Mary’s Springs, 7:15 pm Girls Basketball Jan. 31 @ Kewaunee, 7:30 pm SEVASTOPOL  Boys Basketball  Jan. 24 vs. Oconto, 7:30 pm Jan. 28 @ Peshtigo, 7:30 pm Girls Basketball  Jan. 27 vs. Peshtigo, 7:30 pm […]

  • Packerland Conference Standings: As of Jan. 19

    Boys Basketball School, win-loss Kewaunee 7-0 Southern Door 6-1 Sturgeon Bay 6-1 Oconto 4-3 Peshtigo 4-3 Gibraltar 2-5 NEW Lutheran 2-5 Sevastopol 1-6 Algoma 0-8 Girls Basketball School, win-loss Kewaunee 7-0 Peshtigo 6-1 Southern Door 4-3 Gibraltar 3-3 NEW Lutheran 4-4 Sturgeon Bay 3-4 Oconto 3-5 Algoma 3-5 Sevastopol 0-8  Wrestling School, win-loss Kewaunee 2-0 […]

  • Bowling League Results: Jan. 6-10

    Women’s Masters League Jan. 6 • High team series/game: Rouer’s Grand Slam 1,629/612 • High series: Penny Kramer 599, Kori Sperber 590, Sara Mueller 532  • High game: Kori Sperber 235, Penny Kramer 216, Missy Mueller 195 • Split conversions: Jody Wheat 4-7-9, Shelby Swiggum 3-10 Apple Valley Majors League  Jan. 7 • High team […]

  • Northern Door Thursday-Night Darts

    Week 2 Results Mike’s 7, Bley’s Bar 11 Casey’s 8, The Mill 10 Island Fever 5, Mr. G’s 13 Coyote: bye Hat Tricks Ian Anschutz, Mike’s, 1 Scott Krauel 2 Brad Rasmussen, Island Fever, 1 Curt Johnson 1 Jamie Henschel, Mr. G’s, 1  Andrew Krowas, Mr. G’s, 1 Paul Klansky, Mr. G’s, 1 Sheila Klansky, […]

  • Destination Guide Reflects Evolution of Tourism Management

    by Jen Rogers and Cambria Mueller, Destination Door County Hello, 2020, and hello to a new look for Destination Door County, formerly the Door County Visitor Bureau. Our new 2020 Destination Guide highlights “voluntourism,” water safety and lesser-known areas for visitors to explore around the county. Visitors tell us daily how much they love Door […]

  • DCEDC Seeks Award Nominations

    The Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) is accepting applications for its annual awards.  The Door County Industry of the Year, Door County Entrepreneur of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Awards salute members of the community who have made significant impacts economically through business development and operation, civic engagement and/or community development. The winners will […]

  • Door to Nature: Robins in Winter

    One of the most widespread native breeding birds in North American nests in all 49 of our continental states and every Canadian province is viewed by many as the harbinger of spring. You guessed it: the American robin. A recent email from a friend in Baileys Harbor asked about a robin she’d seen in a […]

  • Infected Trees at Potawatomi to Be Removed

    During your next few visits to Potawatomi State Park in Sturgeon Bay, you might notice some marked trees and logging activity along roads, trails and campsites. That’s because two diseases have affected the park: emerald ash borer and beech bark disease. To reduce their spread and address safety concerns for park visitors, the Department of […]

  • Land Trust Preserves Gardner Property

    Door County Land Trust has announced the donation of a perpetual conservation easement on 20 acres in the Town of Gardner in southern Door County.  Brothers Erich and Peter Schmidtke donated the easement to help maintain the rural character of the Gardner area by preserving open space, fish and wildlife habitats, and water quality. The […]

  • Alumni Door County Profile: Matthew Seiler

    Building relationships through sports business When 2013 Sturgeon Bay High School graduate Matthew Seiler had a season-ending injury during his senior year of football, he had to reevaluate his plans to play college football. Aside from enjoying other sports in high school – basketball, track and golf – he also enjoyed entrepreneurship, finance and marketing. […]

  • Packerland Conference Math Meet Results

    Jan. 20 Team Results Varsity Team Results Sturgeon Bay, 262 points NEW Lutheran, 196 Oconto, 174 Kewaunee, 156 Southern Door, 139 Sevastopol, 139 Algoma, 113 Gibraltar, 109 Jan. 20 Individual Results Seniors Michael Laxo, Sturgeon Bay, 35 Nick Herbst, Sturgeon Bay, 31 Reece Reynolds, Oconto, 29 Marina Jeanquart, Sturgeon Bay, 27 Katy Carter, Sturgeon Bay, […]

  • Once Upon Our Peninsula: Jan. 24-31

    News from this week’s past 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. Sturgeon Bay Advocate January 27, 1916 Sturgeon Bay-Manitowoc Line Again. Promoters Talking of Connecting Us With Clipper City by an Interurban Route to […]

  • Money fold

    By the Numbers: America’s Wealth Disparity

    $1.2 trillion The amount added to the wealth of the 500 richest people in the world in 2019 400 The number of the richest Americans who hold the same amount of wealth as the bottom 150 million Americans .00025 Percent, the portion of the population those 400 people represent $349,905 Annual income required to be […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Socialism: ‘Use Your Common Sense!’

    Responding to a letter stating how socialism is terrific and that Democrats aren’t promoting socialism. Really? There are many socialists in the Democratic Party. Where they used to deny it, now they openly embrace it. Now the Democratic Party has come out openly pursuing socialist policies that originally Democratic leaders tried to deny, claiming it […]

  • The People Behind the Page: Andrew Kleidon-Linstrom

    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, […]

  • An Education in Rural Health Care

    UW students get a look at caregiving on the peninsula “In the big cities, it’s easy to fall between the cracks,” said Bonnie Johnson, “and in Door County, people don’t fall between the cracks.” Johnson, who was one of eight University of Wisconsin-Madison nursing students to participate in a winter immersion course in Door County, […]

  • ‘Almost Sunrise’ Documentary Screening at Hope Church

    Veterans, family members and friends are invited to a free screening of Almost Sunrise on Jan. 26, 3:30 pm, at Hope United Church of Christ, 141 S. 12th Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. The 97-minute documentary about moral injury was aired on PBS’s POV. Moral injury is the damage done to a person’s conscience or moral […]

  • Southern Door Fab Lab Open to Community through March

    Southern Door High School will open its Fab Lab to community adults for 10 weeks on Wednesdays, Jan. 29 – April 1, 6-8 pm, for the How to Make Just about Anything workshop. The instructors will be Glen Vander Velden and Seth Wilson, with help from student assistants. The workshop costs include registration ($75 for […]

  • Online Safety Class for Parents at Sturgeon Bay Library

    An Online Safety and Technology Use session will be held Jan. 30, 6-8 pm, at the Sturgeon Bay Public Library. This program for parents will discuss internet safety regarding children.Special Agent Carl Waterstreet of the Wisconsin Department of Justice and District Attorney Colleen Nordin will offer a presentation about what parents and guardians should look […]

  • Soup Social at Holy Name of Mary in Maplewood

    Holy Name of Mary Maplewood, 7491 Cty H in Sturgeon Bay, will host a soup social Feb. 8, 4-7 pm. Enjoy your choice of five homemade soups, including a surprise “chili dump” made by K-5 families; plus bread, a beverage, dessert and two tickets for the bucket raffle. The cost is $9 per adult, $4 […]

  • Miss Door County Competition Returns Feb. 8

    The Miss Door County Scholarship Program will host its annual competition Feb. 8,  4 pm, at the Southern Door Community Auditorium.  Five contestants – Ava Carmody, Elise Evenson, Amanda Puccini, Gracen Spritka and Chloe Staudenmaier – will compete for the Miss Door County title, currently held by Ashton Spritka.  Another five contestants – Alexis Garrett, Kaylee Griep, Lindsay […]

  • New Diaper Bank in Kewaunee County

    Kewaunee County parents and guardians of young children who need help to obtain diapers can now get some assistance through the Kewaunee County Public Health Department’s new diaper bank.  “If we can help cover the cost of something that cannot be bought with FoodShare or covered by the WIC Program, we may be taking the […]

  • Salvation Army Has Second-Highest Total for Red Kettle Campaign

    The Salvation Army of Door County had a great 2019 Red Kettle Christmas campaign thanks to the hard work and generosity of the community, raising more than $61,000 – the second-highest total ever. A highlight was the donation of a rare, one-ounce gold coin valued at about $1,500. Of the total, the Northern Door area […]

  • Death’s Door BBQ Donates $1,000 to Door CANcer

    Every year the Death’s Door BBQ annual barbecue competition and event – held on Washington Island in August – chooses an organization for which to raise money. The most recent recipient was Door CANcer, which recently received a $1,000 check.

  • Door County Tavern League Makes Donation to Chop ‘n’ Shop Program

    The Door County Tavern League, represented by Mike Lautenbach, presented a $500 check to the Joint Professional Law Enforcement Association of Door County for the Chop ‘n’ Shop Program. The local league is requesting matching funds from the Wisconsin Tavern League Foundation.

  • January Is Human Trafficking Awareness Month

    by Shelby Mitchell, Sex Trafficking Victim Advocate, Family Services’ Sexual Assault Center Each January, National Human Trafficking Awareness Month shines a spotlight on human trafficking, whose victims number more than 25 million people worldwide. With a number that large, it can be hard to comprehend how crimes such as labor and sex trafficking continue to […]

  • Featured Pet: Snowball

    Meet Snowball, a four-pound, four-month-old kitten who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus.  Snowball was brought to WHS as a stray at just one month old and in rough shape. She was clearly sick, so staff members quickly began treatments to help her feel better. Despite their efforts, however, […]

  • Meadows Gallery Hosts Scand Family and Friends 

    The Meadows Art Gallery has begun its eighth season with Scand Family and Friends, an exhibit that features people and artists who have a special connection to Scandia Village. The show is open now and will close Feb. 14. Refreshments will be served at a reception Jan. 25, 3-5 pm. The exhibit highlights traditional art […]

  • Love on Holiday Returns for Ninth Year 

    Now in its ninth year, the Holiday Music Motel will again host Love on Holiday (HolidayMusicMotel.com/LoveOnHoliday), an interdisciplinary, collaborative event in which visual art inspires song. The public will be able to see the works chosen for this year’s event Jan. 28 – Feb. 8 at the new SWY231 Gallery, next door to Third Avenue […]

  • Work by Whitney in WDCC Members’ Exhibition

    “Neptune Whaler” – a sculpture by John Whitney of Baileys Harbor – was selected for the Wisconsin Designer Crafts Council’s (WDCC) biennial members’ exhibition in Gallery 110 North at the Plymouth [Wisconsin] Art Center. The exhibit of 50 works celebrating Makers and Masters: Tradition in Transition will open Jan. 24 and run through March 6. […]

  • 2020 Door County Reads Events: Jan. 25-31

    Saturday, Jan. 25 • Kick-off author talk featuring a keynote address by Leif Enger, the author of Virgil Wander, with light refreshments and a book signing following the keynote, 2 pm, Sturgeon Bay High School auditorium, 1230 Michigan St.  Sunday, Jan. 26 • Myles Dannhausen Jr. will share local baseball history and lore, 1 pm, […]

  • Questions & Authors: Leif Enger 

    The goal of Door County Reads is to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities and ourselves through reading and sharing ideas about the same book.  This year’s selection is Virgil Wander by Leif Enger. The novel follows the inhabitants of a small Midwestern town in their quest to revive its flagging heart. There […]

  • Publishing Industry News : Jan. 24, 2020

    Curious about what’s happening in the world of books and publishing? Catch up on the biggest acquisitions, news, adaptations and more here! • After two weeks in office, Damon Suede has resigned from his position as president of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) following recall petitions filed by a number of RWA chapters. RWA’s executive […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Publisher to Release Young-Adult Novel

    Author and musician Terence Winch has recently signed a publishing contract with Sturgeon Bay publisher Four Windows Press for his first novel, a young-adult work called Seeing-Eye Boy. Winch is the Bronx-born son of Irish immigrants, and Seeing-Eye Boy comes out of his gritty upbringing in the Irish ghetto, bringing to life the Irish-immigrant world […]

  • WI People & Ideas Fiction and Poetry Contests Open

    Send your best fiction and poetry to Wisconsin’s largest and longest-running writing contests, hosted by Wisconsin People & Ideas, the quarterly magazine of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters.  Winners in both the fiction and poetry categories will receive awards of $500 to $100, publication in Wisconsin People & Ideas and a reading […]

  • Campground Near Sister Bay Opening Memorial Day

    At a time when campground proposals across the county are having difficulty earning approval, a new 70-site campground is scheduled to open at Dovetail Trading, just south of Sister Bay, during Memorial Day weekend. The project gained approval from municipal and county boards thanks to a measured and methodical approach, according to owner Terry Wurster. […]

  • Fat-Tire Bike Race

    The more snow, the more fun awaits fat-bike enthusiasts who are eager to compete in the Kewaunee County leg of the Snow Crown Fat-Bike Series.  The White Cap will take place at Ryan Park, N4760 Cty C in Kewaunee, on Feb. 1, beginning at 10 am. This is the second year that the park has […]

  • New Name for SBVC

    The former Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center (SBVC) is taking on a new name and a new brand. The organization will now be known as Destination Sturgeon Bay – a name change that follows suit with the recent change of the Door County Visitor Bureau to Destination Door County.  “With this name change, we believe that […]

  • Celebrate National Seed Swap Day

    Celebrate National Seed Swap Day at the Door County Seed Library’s first community seed swap Jan. 25, 10 am – 1:30 pm, at the Sturgeon Bay Library.  Gardeners may take saved seeds and leftover seed packets to share and swap with other gardeners or to donate to the seed cabinet. Seeds of edible and nonedible […]

  • Door County Reads Presents: Baseball’s Enduring Grip on Door County

    Each summer Sunday, hundreds of people gather at ballparks around the peninsula to take in an amateur version of America’s pastime. On Sunday, Jan. 26, 1 pm, at Door County Brewing Co., Peninsula Pulse editor Myles Dannhausen Jr. will lead a free panel discussion about baseball’s enduring hold on Door County as part of the […]

  • Frontier Reportedly Filing for Bankruptcy

    Bloomberg News reported this week that Frontier Communications, the landline phone and internet provider that covers northern Door County, could file for bankruptcy by the middle of March.  Javier Mendoze, Frontier’s vice president of corporate communications and external affairs, said in a statement sent to the Peninsula Pulse that Frontier’s business and operations remain solid.  […]

  • Assembly Passes Housing Bill

    The Wisconsin State Assembly passed a bill co-authored by Rep. Joel Kitchens that would encourage housing construction in rural areas.  Assembly Bill 544 (AB 544) would create a $10 million pilot program for the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority to award grants, loans or loan guarantees to rural communities to encourage the construction of […]

  • RV Park Developers Pin Hopes on County Planning Committee

    Developers of the Quarry RV Park in Sevastopol are pinning their hopes for the project on the Door County Resource Planning Committee (RPC) coming to a different decision than the Town of Sevastopol did. The Sevastopol Town Board voted unanimously Monday to forward the recommendation of its plan commission to deny a Conditional Use Permit […]

  • Obituary: William “Bill” Dehos

    Oct. 15, 1941 – Jan. 20, 2020 William “Bill” Dehos, 78, of Sturgeon Bay died at Sturgeon Bay Health Services. He was born in Baileys Harbor to Edward and Ruth (Knudson). Bill was a very accomplished and self-taught woodcarver. He could take a piece of wood, mold it with a chain saw and create the wonders of the animal […]

  • Door Shakespeare Gets New Home of Its Own

    Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, Door Shakespeare will be celebrating its 25th anniversary year in a home of its own.  In late November, the theater company took possession of the building at 10038 Hwy 57 in the Town of Liberty Grove. Perhaps best known as the original site of Celeste Wegman Interiors, […]

  • Peninsula Music Festival’s February Fest: Feb. 8, 15, 22

    Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church will again host February Fest – the Peninsula Music Festival’s Chamber Music Series – on Feb. 8, 15 and 22. Performances will begin at 2 pm and run 60 to 70 minutes; a brief reception will follow. Two esteemed members of the Festival Orchestra – principal oboeist Eric Olson and violist Ellen […]

  • Door County Memory Café to Host Griffon String Quartet

    The Door County Memory Café will host Midsummer’s Music’s resident string quartet, the Griffon String Quartet, at the Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church, 836 Michigan St., on Feb. 3, 2 pm.  The monthly Memory Café – an informal social gathering for those with early memory loss and their family members and friends – invites all community members […]

  • Three Excellent Choices in TAP’s Winter Play Reading Series, Jan. 31 – Feb. 2

    Third Avenue Playhouse will kick off its fifth annual Winter Play Reading Festival on Jan. 31, 7:30 pm, with Marjorie Prime, the funny and emotional sci-fi hit written by Jordan Harrison – a writer for the popular Netflix show Orange Is the New Black. The festival will continue Feb. 1, 7:30 pm, with a reading of […]

  • Pilobolus’ Unforgettable ‘Shadowland: The New Adventure’

    The unconventional and award-winning dance troupe Pilobolus will present its original mixed-media program, Shadowland: The New Adventure, on Jan. 28, 7 pm, at the Door Community Auditorium (DCA). Formed by a group of Dartmouth College students in 1971, Pilobolus has never been a “typical” dance troupe: Several original members had no dance training, and some […]

  • Register for Hunter-Education Course

    The Department of Natural Resources is offering a hunter-education course in Sturgeon Bay. Classes cost $10 per student and will begin in March/April. In-person enrollment for the classes is being held Feb. 8, 10 am – 2 pm, at Howie’s Tackle, 1309 Green Bay Road in Sturgeon Bay. Online registration will be available to enroll in […]

  • Fish Creek’s Winterfest Offers Plenty of Fun

    Celebrate winter in Fish Creek during Winterfest, Feb. 1-2. It has all the great things people love about festivals: live music, food, beverages, fun, fireworks and more. This long-standing festival tradition also offers some quirky activities that make it a can’t-miss winter event on the peninsula. The first day’s festivities feature trolley rides, game booths, […]

  • Ski for Free, Viewing Night, Beekeeping at Crossroads

    Join Crossroads at Big Creek on Jan. 25, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm; and Jan. 26, 1-3:30 pm, for its Ski for Free program. Crossroads and Door County Silent Sports lend, free of charge, an array of ski and snowshoe equipment in sizes to fit age three through large adults. When trail conditions permit, go to […]

  • Obituary: Gilbert Spude

    Feb. 25, 1940 – Jan. 21, 2020 Gilbert Ernest Spude, 79, of Luxemburg died at his home. He was born in Nasewaupee to Louis and Martha (Grovogel) Spude.  Gilbert graduated from Brussels High School, and on Nov. 11, 1961, he married Diane Marie Engebose at St. Francis Church in Duvall. For many years, Gilbert worked as a […]

  • CBD+Yoga Classes at Roots Yoga

    In collaboration with Native Roots Hemp, Roots Yoga is continuing to offer CBD+yoga (COGA) classes in 2020 on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, 6:30-7:30 pm, at Roots Yoga, 400 2nd St. in Algoma. The COGA class began in the summer of 2019 when Stacy Deprey-Purper of Native Roots Hemp and Jamie Schmiling […]

  • Love on Holiday Returns Feb. 7-8

    Downtown Sturgeon Bay will see an influx of songwriters Feb. 7-8 during the Holiday Music Motel’s ninth annual Love on Holiday event. These songwriters will take inspiration from works of visual artists in one-of-a-kind pairings of image and song. Participating songwriters include Adam Flaig, Alex Wilson, Andrea Wittgens, Anna Sacks, Barbara Steffan, Barrett Tasky, Ben […]

  • Obituary: Suzanne (Sue) M. Moore

    Feb. 21, 1948 – Dec. 20, 2019 Suzanne (Sue) M. Moore (née Stroebel), 71, of Sturgeon Bay died while in residence at Little Chute Health Services in Little Chute, Wisconsin. She had fought her battle with multiple sclerosis for many years prior to her passing. Suzanne was born in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, to John and Audrey (Booth) Stroebel. […]

  • Obituary: Gerald Anthony Pelrine

    June 13, 1955 – Jan. 15, 2020 Gerald Anthony Pelrine, 64, of Sturgeon Bay died at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay. He was born at St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago to William Francis Pelrine and Mary “Patricia” (Driskill) Pelrine. Gerald was raised in a devout Catholic family and grew up attending St. Issac Jogues Parish in […]

  • Obituary: Marsha Christine Willame

    July 18, 1976 – Jan. 14, 2020 Marsha Christine Willame, 43, of Sturgeon Bay died suddenly at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay, with family at her side, following a recent illness. She was born in Green Bay to Mark William Willame and Debra Ann (Derginer) Willame. After attending Green Bay East High School, Marsha moved to […]

  • Obituary: Janicemae Roselyn Gierzynski

    Oct. 23, 1941 – Jan. 12, 2020 Janicemae Roselyn (Přchal) Gierzynski, 78, of the Town of Egg Harbor died at Sturgeon Bay Health Services. She was born in Chicago to Anton “Tony” and Rose (Lizak) Přchal. Jan attended Gage Park High School in Chicago. She was united in marriage to Phillip John Gierzynski on Oct. 26, 1963, […]