Peninsula Pulse Jan. 26-Feb. 2, 2024

In this issue

  • Server of the Week: Dante Florianschitz, Husby’s

    Dante plays the guitar and loves traveling far, When not working hard at this Sister Bay bar. You won’t be a stranger, after you meet him, His customers know, a big smile will greet them. He’ll break down the menu and say go no further, When asked about his favorite – the Vaquero Burger. On […]

  • Obituary: Carl S. Jackson

    Dec. 13, 1940 – Jan. 28, 2024 Carl S. Jackson, 83, of Sister Bay, died on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024 at Scandia Village. He was born Dec. 13, 1940 in Louisville, Kentucky, the son of the late Hubert and Mary (North) Jackson. Carl was raised in Vail, Iowa where his family resided. Following high school graduation, […]

  • Obituary: Kathryn I. Schultz

    June 6, 1942 – Jan. 25, 2024 Kathryn I. Schultz, 81, of Sturgeon Bay, died on Thursday evening, Jan. 25, 2024, in Appleton.  She was born June 6, 1942 in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin the daughter of the late William and Ruth (Moegenburg) Schultz.  Kathy graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1960.  She was employed […]

  • Obituary: Russell Jens Sunstrom

    Feb. 25 1930 – Jan. 25 2024 Russell Jens Sunstrom of Sister Bay passed away Thursday, Jan 25, 2024 at 93 years of age and 70 years happily married. Russ was known for his calm, even-keeled demeanor. His warm smile and bright brown eyes reflected his pleasant nature. He was a good and faithful servant […]

  • Obituary: Lawrence “Doctor I.” Solway Iverson, Jr.

    Feb. 6, 1943 – Jan. 25, 2024 Lawrence Solway Iverson, Jr., “Larry” and “Doctor I.” to those who knew and loved him, 80, of the Town of Sevastopol, died Thursday morning, Jan. 25, 2024. He was born Feb. 6, 1943 in Sturgeon Bay, the youngest of six children born to Lawrence Solway Iverson, Sr. and […]

  • Obituary: John Enigl

    b. 1925 – Jan. 24, 2024 A journey through time that led him down so many paths. Some were short & sweet and others never ending. All to prove strength comes from those who travel through time going beyond their comfort zone. Grasping “Bits and Pieces” during his journey giving dad the love for life […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Thank You Peninsula Pulse

    Thank you for expanding community journalism by working with the League of Women Voters of Door County (LWVDC) Observer Corp. Your article [“Community Journalism Project Kicks Off,” October 2023], reminded me that Robert’s Rules of Order is commonly used to facilitate decision-making. Unfortunately, research shows that Robert’s Rules restrict collaboration and consensus-building.  Questioning that leads […]

  • Letter to the Editor: And So It Goes

    As we watch the continued dog-and-pony show in the House of Representatives, we must question what did we do to deserve a replay of the movie Ground Hog Day at the start of this new year? There are somewhere between 10-15 members in the house that are called the hard right. They cannot run our […]

  • Obituary: Robert Joseph Macatee

    March 21, 1958 – Jan. 19, 2024 Robert Joseph Macatee, age 65 of the Town of Nasewaupee, died on Friday, Jan. 19, 2024, at his home. Robert was born on March 21, 1958, in Philadelphia, PA, to the late Walter and Catherine (Scherer) Macatee. He graduated from Fr. Judge High School in Philadelphia. After high […]

  • Late Nights, Winter Bites

    Two eateries carve out late-night-menu niche It’s past midnight. You’re making your way back from a late flight, just finished playing a gig, or are arriving for a weekend getaway. You know excellent restaurants and taverns abound county-wide, but precious few serve food late at night – unless bartenders will put a pizza in the […]

  • Server of the Week: Lynn Reuter, Newport State Park

    You can find her at Newport State Park, Where the night sky is famously dark. A bright smile and energy to spare, She’s really a breath of fresh air. From teaching science to guiding park hikes, Lynn embraces the natural life. On Upland Trail you may cross her path,  And if you do, please give […]

  • Bestsellers

    Hardcover Fiction  1. Demon Copperhead, by Barbara Kingsolver 2. Iron Flame, by Rebecca Yarros 3. The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store, by James McBride 4. Lessons in Chemistry, by Bonnie Garmus 5. The Waters, by Bonnie Jo Campbell Hardcover Nonfiction  1. The Comfort of Crows: A Backyard Year, by Margaret Renkl 2. The Wager: A […]

  • More Door County Reads Events

    Miller programs, author talk and play reading Door County Reads (DCR), the Door County Library’s annual winter literary festival, will continue this week with events by Indigenous educators, a presentation by the featured author and a play reading.  The book selection for this year’s festival – Braiding Sweetgrass For Young Adults: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge […]

  • This Week At Write On

    Write On, Door County will host “Beguiling Your Readers with Kathleen Ernst,” On Jan. 30, 1-3 pm. During the class, students will learn how to keep their readers turning pages. The class fee is $40. On Jan. 31, 6:30-8 pm, Write On will host an online program, “Creating a Viable Blog with Constance Malloy.” The […]

  • Winter Workshops at Turtle Ridge

    Ellison Bay’s Turtle Ridge Gallery is back with a cabin-fever cure: a series of art workshops set to run through February.  These intimate six- to eight-person sessions are led by Turtle Ridge’s own Asta Zukauskiene and Mary Ellen Sisulak, who will help attendees get creative with leather, water-soluble encaustics, materials from the outdoors and more. […]

  • The Last Pot

    Legacy Door County potter John Dietrich and wife, Diane McNeil, are closing their Ellison Bay gallery after 50 years in business. After nearly 50 years in business, Ellison Bay Pottery is closing its gallery and putting the property up for sale. John Dietrich and his wife, Diane McNeil, said running the gallery has become too […]

  • Dome House Artist Residency Applications Open

    Sturgeon Bay’s Miller Art Museum is now accepting applications for its 2024 Dome House Al & Mickey Quinlan Artist Residency program.  The residency was established in 2021 and has welcomed four Midwest artists in its inaugural years. The artist selected for the 2024 program will work for eight weeks at the Dome House, a half […]

  • Winter Woodwalk Workshops

    Egg Harbor’s Woodwalk Gallery is hosting a series of art workshops on Sundays and Thursdays, February through April.  The series includes workshops on how to make embroidered floral wreaths, block-print Valentines, mini loom weavings, charcuterie watercolors, floral watercolors, macramé plant hangers, macramé wall hangings and block-print tea towels. Classes range in price from $40-78. Visit […]

  • WILD THINGS: Going, Going, Gone?

    High temperatures well above freezing this week are expected to stick around into early February, potentially spoiling any chance for a deep-water ice fishery this winter. The January thaw – exacerbated by a late freeze-up, strong winds during a below-zero stretch mid-month, and ongoing ice-breaking operations – may be enough to spoil the opportunity to […]

  • Chocolate: A Historical Favorite

    If you’re a chocolate lover with a new year’s resolve to cut back, your resolution is about to become history. The Gibraltar Historical Society is hosting its biggest fundraiser of the year, All Things Chocolate, Feb. 3, 10 am – 3 pm at Old Gibraltar Town Hall. The banquet-style setup will feature cherry bombs, toffee, […]

  • The Latest Lattes In Ellison Bay

    Blue Bear in Ellison Bay is offering a new Latte Flight featuring three signature lattes: Smoked Cherry, Fig and Vanilla, and Bourbon Toffee. Each latte is gluten free and made with house-made syrups. A vegan option is available.  Blue Bear is located at 12029 state Highway 42 in Ellison Bay.

  • Music At Drömhus Through February

    Sturgeon Bay eatery Drömhus has a busy February coming up featuring karaoke, live jazz and vinyl nights. Thursdays Feb. 1, 15 and 29 are karaoke nights at the venue. Instruments are welcome at the event, which runs 6-9 pm each day. Sundays Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25 feature live music by Dennis Keith Johnson, […]

  • Parent Corner: Temperament Traits

    by KAREN COREKIN-DeLaMER, Education and Community Relations Coordinator, Northern Door Children’s Center We’ve all heard someone say, “Oh, that’s just her temperament” or, “He’s just being temperamental.” But what is temperament? Is it something children are born with that remains static, or something that develops with them? According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the […]

  • Fees Increase Feb. 1

    Fees for this year’s race increase Feb. 1, so if you’ve been on the fence, now is the time to jump in. Head to to sign up and join 2,000 running friends for a truly unique experience running the roads of Peninsula State Park this May.  Enjoy a post-race beer from One Barrel Brewing […]

  • Run for A Reason in 2024

    Looking for motivation to run the Door County Half Marathon and Nicolet Bay 5k on May 4? Make your run more meaningful by running for a reason in 2024.  Join the Run For A Cause program and each stride will send ripples into the community. Over 12 years runners in the program have raised more […]

  • Door To Nature: How Birds Survive Winter

    After the warmest December on record, we were faced in the first part of January with sub-zero wind chills and warnings to stay indoors. I put food out several times a day for the flocks of pine siskins, purple finches, American goldfinches, dark-eyed juncos and resident chickadees and nuthatches. The woodpeckers are eating the suet […]

  • DNR, MADD Team Up For Snowmobile Safety

    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) issued a reminder that in the early months of 2023, there were 16 fatal snowmobile crashes, with 10 involving alcohol. They ask anyone with information regarding natural resource violations, including unsafe snowmobile operations, to text the violation hotline at 1.800.TIP.WDNR or 1.800.847.9367. They […]

  • Crossroads Offers Ski-For-Free Weekends

    Crossroads at Big Creek offers a Ski-for-Free program on Saturdays and Sundays, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm. Friends of Crossroads and volunteers from Door County Silent Sports will help participants find the correct sizes of equipment, such as skis, boots, poles, snowshoes and kicksleds. Crossroads updates trail conditions on its website at

  • Night Ski, Hike At Whitefish Dunes Will Be Lit

    You don’t need to be a skier or even an avid hiker to enjoy the Friends’ Candlelight Ski and Hike at Whitefish Dunes State Park. Set for 5-8 pm Saturday, Jan. 27, the event offers a one-of-a-kind chance to see the park by candlelight.  Whitefish Dunes’ cross-country ski trails are groomed for classic skiing only. […]

  • Katie Dahl Kicks Off Coffeehouse Concert Series

    Local folk singer-songwriter Katie Dahl will kick off Door Community Auditorium’s (DCA) coffeehouse concert series on Jan. 27, 7 pm. Known for her whip-smart lyrics and wry onstage humor, Dahl spent the past year touring in 14 states and three countries, fresh off her new album Seven Stones.  Her intimate DCA concert, set in the […]

  • Dinos in the Door

    It’s a few million years too late to meet a real-life dinosaur, but on Jan. 30, the Door Community Auditorium (DCA) is offering the next best thing: a performance by Dinosaur World Live. A daytime student matinee will precede the public, 6 pm concert.  The live show uses realistic puppets to breathe life into dinosaurs […]

  • Bookmobile Enters Home Stretch of Restoration Journey

    Warmer days might feel far away, but members of the Egg Harbor Historical Society (EHHS) are already making plans for summer. That’s when the restored Door County Bookmobile is set to be back on the road, said EHHS board member John Sawyer, who spearheaded the bookmobile-restoration project alongside fellow board member, Carey Bertschinger.  “Starting in […]

  • Door County Stories Series Filling Up

    Classes are almost full at The Clearing for Door County Stories, a weekly Door County history experience 1-3 pm Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22, with stories ranging from Whaleback Shoal in Green Bay to the poetry of Judy Baumgarten Mooney. Guest storytellers include Ephraim Historical Foundation curator Jeff O’Keeffe, and Door County History Museum […]

  • EHF Joins One-Room Schoolhouse Association

    Ephraim Historical Foundation has joined the Country School Association of America (CSAA), a network of people and groups devoted to the preservation of one-room schoolhouses. CSAA provides members with the opportunity to exchange ideas, publish information and share resources. The organization also has a conference each June and provides awards and grants. Coincidentally, the January […]

  • Historical Foundation Has Volunteer Opportunities

    Volunteers are welcome to help Ephraim Historical Foundation with monthly winter programs at Scandia Village as well as at an upcoming program for Gibraltar fourth-graders on the afternoon of Feb. 23.  If interested, phone [email protected] or phone 920.854.9688. Also, volunteers or an organized volunteer organizer with a careful touch and good writing hand are asked […]

  • Game On

    Fish Creek’s 36th annual Winterfest takes place Feb. 2-4 Fish Creek’s Winterfest is fast approaching. With it comes a chance to prove your worth as Door County’s best ice-bowler, cherry-spitter or stumpf-fiddler – or the best food- and music-enjoyer if you aren’t the competitive type. Point is, there’s something for everyone at Winterfest, which runs […]

  • Ellison Bay To Host Annual Groundhog Day Parade

    Will we get an early spring or six more weeks of winter? Either way, Ellison Bay will celebrate Groundhog’s Day in style with its annual parade on Feb. 2. Cars, people and pets that want to march in the parade should meet at the parking lot of The Vault, 12046 state Highway 42, at 3:30 […]

  • Tickets On Sale Now for 2024 Fire and Ice Gala

    Tickets to Destination Sturgeon Bay’s 2024 Fire and Ice Gala, held at the Stone Harbor Resort Feb. 17, are available now. Starting at 5 pm, guests can enjoy appetizers, specialty cocktails and a featured “Bubble & Bling” champagne wall and raffle. A seated dinner will begin at 6 pm and a show by featured band […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Shortbread

    Meet Shortbread, a 2-month-old, 14-pound dog who came to the Wisconsin Humane Society Door County Campus along with four siblings as strays. He’s a ball of playful energy until he is all tuckered out and then he snuggles up next to you for nap time. Like all dogs at WHS, he is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped […]

  • Free Events For Understanding Dementia

    Dementia LIVE, a hands-on dementia simulation designed to allow participants to experience symptoms of dementia, will be offered for free at a variety of times on Wednesday, Jan. 31, at Door County Medical Center Rehab Services, Sister Bay. Sign up at, or call Christy Wisniewski at 920.746.3504.

  • Women’s Club Will Continue Strawberry Fest

    Members of Baileys Harbor Women’s Club recently voted to continue with their traditional Strawberry Fest as part of the Baileys Harbor July 4 Celebration. The club has been selling strawberries, ice cream and shortcakes since 1968. Those sales are their major project to raise money for outreach and scholarships for graduating high school seniors from […]

  • Three Area Banks Named In Top 250 In US

    Newsweek named North Shore Bank, Nicolet National Bank and Associated Bank among the top 250 of America’s Best Regional Banks 2024, and among the best 10 headquartered in Wisconsin.  To compile its rankings, Newsweek, along with market data research firm Plant-A Insights, conducted a study of performance indicators of more than 9,440 financial institutions, and […]

  • Five Welcomed To DDC Board

    Destination Door County (DDC) this month welcomed five new board members: Holly Feldman, representing Northern Sky Theater; Kristi Rice, Door County Land Trust; Chris Schmeltz, The Dörr Hotel; Toni Sorenson, Soren’s Valhalla Orchard; and Christiana Trapani, Door County Candle Company. The DDC board consists of 22 business leaders who represent various sectors including lodging, dining, […]

  • Winery, DDC Host Business Networking Night

    Destination Door County (DDC) and fellow business partners are hosting a Partner Network Night to provide a chance to mingle and make connections in a casual atmosphere. The event takes place at Anchored Roots Vineyard & Winery 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8. Snacks, a cash bar and a chance to enter to win a DDC […]

  • Hospital Sisters Health System, Prevea Health Exiting Western Wisconsin Market

    Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS), a faith-based health system with operations in Illinois and Wisconsin, announced this week that it’s closing HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls as part of a complete exit from the Western Wisconsin region. Prevea Health, a physician network offering primary and […]

  • Farmers For Sustainable Food Names Officers

    Members of Farmers for Sustainable Food reassigned officers on its board during the group’s annual meeting Jan. 19 at the 2024 Dairy Strong conference. Paul Cornette of Cornette Dairy in Luxemburg is president, Lee Kinnard of Kinnard Farms in Casco is treasurer; and Lynn Thornton of Grande Cheese is secretary. 

  • DC Interiors Add Carpenter, Interior Designer

    Door County Interiors and Design now has a versatile husband-and-wife duo on its design team in Matt and Hanna Bordeau. Finish carpenter Matt brings expertise in custom cabinetry, woodwork, and finishing touches, and Hanna has a portfolio that features a broad range of projects. “Their combined expertise allows us to provide our clients with a […]

  • Jackson Accepted To West Point

    Thomas Jackson, son of Mary and Christopher Jackson, was nominated and has accepted an offer to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point beginning in the fall of 2024, Southern Door High School announced. To achieve a lifelong goal to go to West Point, Jackson took a rigorous course load, including a number […]

  • Steinbach’s Art On Display At State Conference

    Anika Steinbach from Sturgeon Bay High School took fourth place in the statewide student art competition, and her painting of a great blue heron was displayed this week within the Wisconsin State Education Conference lobby.

  • Students Suggest Names For New Building

    Upon request from school board president Penny Price, Southern Door School District students came up with suggestions for naming the new building under construction behind the high school. Student representative to the board Ben Grota said those suggestions include SD Community Center, Eagle Fitness Facility, Talon Fitness Center, The Eagles Nest, Empowering Eagle, Southern Door […]

  • Friday’s Sevastopol Vintage-Wear Night

    As part of a year-and-a-half-long centennial celebration, Sevastopol school will host Pioneer Vintage Wear and Gear night Friday, Jan. 26, starting at 5 pm and continuing during the 6 pm and 7:30 pm basketball games. The district will have displays ranging from old programs and buttons to letter jackets and T-shirts. Everyone is invited to […]

  • Sturgeon Bay 2-0 In Math Meets

    Sturgeon Bay took first place in the second Packerland Conference math meet of the season, defeating Kewaunee 304-222 at the varsity level and taking first and second places in the junior varsity meet. Southern Door senior James Zittlow had a perfect score of 40 to claim a victory, while Ezra Linnan from Sevastopol and Ben […]

  • Southern Door School District Floating Idea of Giving 17 Fridays Off

    New calendar being designed for savings, teacher-attraction A creatively crafted school calendar could broaden opportunities for some students and help the Southern Door School District attract and retain teachers, board members were told this month. After weeks of discussion by teachers and staff and a preliminary survey of high school students, staff and additional stakeholders, […]

  • The Winter Fleet Comes In

    Editor’s Note: When the fleet began pushing through the ice-chunked waters of Sturgeon Bay for their winter layup, boat photos began pouring into our email inboxes, rivaling sunsets – at least for now – as the most popular subject of submitted photos. The first to arrive Jan. 17 was the 728-foot Joseph L. Block, with […]

  • Residential/Storage Condos Proposed at Utah and 18th Ave.

    A vacant, triangular-shaped parcel at the southeast corner of Utah Street and 18th Avenue in Sturgeon Bay would be used to build 15 part residential/part storage condominiums for weekend visitors to live in under a proposal presented Jan. 17 before the city Plan Commission. Ryan Polzin of Peshtigo, who has an option to purchase the […]

  • Drive-thru Coffee Shop Proposed Next to Nightingale

    Initial plans for a couple to operate a drive-thru coffee and breakfast shop, to be known as The Morning Dove in a parking lot across from the Nightingale Supper Club, were presented Jan. 17 before Sturgeon Bay’s Plan Commission. John and Farrah Heikkila, owners of the Nightingale, have requested that the .81-acre lot located along […]

  • Forestville OKs Borrowing for Broadband

    Brussels, Union and Gardner all putting the broadband borrowing question to voters The Forestville Town Board passed a resolution last week in favor of borrowing up to $868,668 to fund fiber broadband to town addresses. The resolution states the town’s commitment to borrow that much would pay for approximately 25% of the total project cost.  […]

  • Early Tests of Drinking Water Promising

    A preview of results from well water samples taken across the peninsula reveals nothing alarming with the safety of the groundwater that is the primary source of drinking water for nearly all county residents and visitors. “As of right now, we’re pleasantly surprised with the data, particularly with the PFAS and the nitrates,” said Sheryl […]

  • 2023 In County-Contracted Animal Care

    The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) took in 415 cats, 84 dogs, and 5 other animals, all strays, on behalf of the County of Door in 2023. The county contracts with WHS to deal with strays, rabies, quarantines and law enforcement seizure of animals across the county. The service will cost the county $10,300 in 2024, with a 3% […]

  • Two Controversial Signs Coming Down

    The Village of Egg Harbor on Jan. 18 notified the public and Egg Harbor Business Association (EHBA) that the village can remove controversial orange “No Access to Egg Harbor” signs along Highway 42 north of the village and south of Carlsville, due to permission from Wisconsin Department of Transportation (Wis-DOT). Mark Kantola, Northeast Region Communication […]

  • TID Money Contributing $50k To Playground

    Sturgeon Bay’s Common Council agreed Tuesday to provide $50,000 generated from the city’s Tax Increment District (TID) #10 to support playground improvements at Sawyer School. Sawyer School is located within a half-mile radius from the TID #10’s boundaries on the west side, where money raised from the district may be used for infrastructure, such as […]

  • Sister Bay Purchases 40 Acres

    It wasn’t on the Village of Sister Bay’s Board of Trustees agenda last week, but was mentioned during that Jan. 16 meeting that the village was closing on a parcel of land at the corner of Woodcrest Road and County Road ZZ. The next day, the village bought the land, paying $1 million for 40 […]

  • Town Celebrates Broadband Project Beginning

    Excitement and questions arose in the Town of Egg Harbor this month after the announcement that an agreement with AT&T would deliver fiber for broadband access to 2,100 addresses over the next two years. Town Supervisor Beth Gauger said many people asked what it will cost and when it will become available at their homes […]

  • Staying Vigilant

    Human trafficking isn’t just what movies and TV shows represent  by SHELBY MITCHELL Prevention specialist, Family Services Sexual Assault Center This time of year is often a time for peace, reflection and spending time with loved ones. While the holiday season allows us this time to gather and celebrate, we must also be mindful about […]

  • For Gloria, Made from Stars

    Community Voices by JAKE NYBERG One could spend a lifetime looking at the water in Sister Bay. It’s a view that remains stunning with each new chance to appreciate what the clouds and sun might have in store that night. On a clear day you can see Michigan. One of the best vantage points for […]

  • Community Donates 2,700 Items

    Spearheaded by Destination Door County (DDC) and in conjunction with United Way of Door County, the Door County Cares drive collected more than 2,700 personal care and cleaning supplies to support local residents and neighbors.  Community members dropped off items Nov. 24-Jan. 7 at sites countywide, and DDC and United Way distributed them to local […]

  • Grassroots Committee Proposed For Reopening Ski Hill

    A longtime skier and skiing coach wants to form of an ad hoc committee “to look at the feasibility of reopening the ski hill” at Potawatomi State Park and invites anyone interested to meet Monday, Jan. 29 at 6:30 pm in a conference room at the YMCA Sturgeon Bay Program Center, 1900 Michigan St. The […]