Peninsula Pulse January 14-21, 2022

In this issue

  • Scorekeepers Wanted for Pond Hockey Tournament

    The organizers of the Door County Pond Hockey Tournament are seeking volunteers to serve as scorekeepers for the Feb. 12 event in Sister Bay. Scorekeepers don’t have to be hockey experts – you’ll just need to operate a stopwatch and keep track of goals scored. Organizers are looking for people to serve four-hour shifts. Scorekeepers […]

  • Writing Your Truth: Mentoring program creates safe space for women writers

    This year, 12 local women of different ages will embark on a yearlong writing journey in a productive environment where they can write and share the truth of their lives without fear of judgment or criticism. In Writing Your Truth, these women will get support from each other and mentors through the program offered by […]

  • FEATURED PET: At the Wisconsin Humane Society Green Bay Campus

    Salem is a playful, eight-month-old pup who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society Green Bay Campus. In response to COVID-related staff shortages, WHS will offer adoptions only from its Milwaukee and Green Bay campuses until further notice, and all adoptable animals from the Door County Campus have been transferred to WHS’s open shelters.  […]

  • Libraries Celebrate Wisconsin in 2022

    by Tina Kakuske, Director, Door County Library Door County libraries are delivering focused on the theme Celebrate Wisconsin in 2022. Events will highlight what’s great about the Badger State in anticipation of the 175th anniversary of its statehood in 2023. Door County Reads will start the celebration by featuring Wisconsin writer Michael Perry. The celebration […]

  • January Reading Recommendations

    Throughout the year, the Peninsula Pulse will share book recommendations from the librarians and booksellers of Door County. You can purchase these titles and recommendations from 2021 here>> Beginners: The Joy and Transformative Power of Lifelong Learning by Tom VanderbiltRecommended by Kimberly Wells, bookseller at Novel Bay Booksellers, 44 N. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay Although […]

  • Anderson Finishes 100th Installation

    Door County metal sculptor Robert Anderson recently completed his 100th garden-kaleidoscope installation, which resides in Vero Beach, Florida’s McKee Botanical Garden – a state landmark that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Anderson’s work is part of private and corporate collections, and his engaging, interactive garden kaleidoscopes are installed in children’s gardens, arboretums, botanical […]

  • Master Plan Finds No Use for Former Younkers Building

    In 2019 the County of Door purchased the former Younkers building at 56 N. 4th Ave. in Sturgeon Bay for $505,000. Its location was attractive for the county because the 22,000-square-foot building is next door to the Door County Historical Museum, which is badly in need of archival space and parking, both of which could […]

  • Field Museum Artist-in-Residence Opens Miller Exhibition

    Visitors can get a glimpse of an artistic impression of marine life at the Miller Art Museum this winter. The works of Peggy Macnamara, the longtime artist-in-residence of Chicago’s Field Museum, will be on display from Jan. 15 – April 11.  The exhibition, Marine Life from Shore to Floor, will display 35 large-scale watercolors depicting […]

  • PODCAST: Saving Housing in A Tourist Community with Journalist Gloria Liu

    Myles Dannhausen Jr. talks to journalist Gloria Liu about how officials and organizers in Crested Butte, Colorado have found ways to address the shortage of affordable housing in the seasonal ski resort town. Liu’s article “How to Save A Ski Town,” appeared in Outside magazine in November, and describes a situation strikingly similar to Door […]

  • WILD THINGS: Early-Season Ice Is No Time to Risk Offshore Exploring

    No ice is safe ice. No matter how many times that Department of Natural Resources mantra is repeated by agency safety specialists and conservation wardens, it still seems to fall on deaf ears. With most of central and northern Green Bay still open water last weekend, a powerful offshore wind blowing out of the south […]

  • Sister Bay Ice Out Contest Open

    The 84th annual Sister Bay Ice Out Contest is now open to receive your guess about the date and time when the “Goat on a Boat” will float away as the ice goes out in Sister Bay.The $100 grand prize will go to the person who guesses the date and time that are closest to […]

  • Memory Cafes are Back in Algoma, Kewaunee

    The Lakeshore Memory Cafés are back in full swing. The Algoma group meets monthly on the second Wednesday, and the Kewaunee group meets monthly on the third Wednesday, both 10-11:30 am. Memory Cafés welcome those experiencing early-stage dementia, mild memory loss or cognitive impairment, as well as their family and friends. It’s a great opportunity […]

  • Cabin Fever Kits for Kids

    Looking for something to encourage creativity and critical thinking this winter? Door County 4-H is offering a selection of five Cabin Fever Project Kits, each containing most of the supplies needed to complete a fun activity. (Basic supplies such as markers and scissors are not included.) The available kits are Gnome Your Home, Homemade Science, […]

  • Winter Goals: 16 Ways to Enjoy Winter in Door County

    The holidays have pulled us through December, but spring is nowhere close to the horizon. That puts us at least six weeks away from the almost-always misplaced hopes of an early thaw to keep our spirits up.  That leaves us with one option: Revel in the heart of winter! For those for whom winter is […]

  • Hike This: Winter at Anderson Pond

    Tucked off Moravia Street in Ephraim sits the Door County Land Trust’s Ephraim Preserve at Anderson Pond, a 26-acre preserve with a spring-fed pond as its centerpiece.  The land here once served as pasture, orchard and farmland, but in the hands of Aslag Anderson and his descendants, much of the land was undisturbed on the […]

  • Door to Nature: Icy Winter Affects Wildlife

    This strange winter weather of the past month has made finding food difficult for the local squirrel population. December brought 20 inches of snow to my upland hardwood area. The first 16 inches melted back to bare ground, and then the last few inches were covered by freezing rain. The ice-covered ground makes it hard […]

  • Mental-Health Calls Sapping Law Enforcement Resources

    Unfazed by politics, local law-enforcement officers talk about the challenges and rewards of serving their Door County communities When mental-health issues reach a 911 crisis level – often multiple times for the same person and family – it’s law-enforcement officials who respond to the call. It’s not a new trend, yet it’s “chewing up staff,” as […]

  • Baileys Harbor Chooses Nsight as Broadband Partner

    The Baileys Harbor Town Board has taken three steps in the direction of providing fiber-optic internet access to all households and businesses in town. However, the board did not approve everything brought forward Monday evening by the town’s Broadband Ad Hoc Committee, which is chaired by Kurt Keifer and includes David Greco, Peter Jacobs, Sam […]

  • Gibraltar Gets Going on Superintendent Search

    Mike Peot served on the Gibraltar Area School Board when it hired Tina Van Meer as district superintendent, and the board is asking Peot to lead the search for her replacement this winter and spring. On Monday, the board approved having the longtime board member serve as chair of a search committee. Before choosing a […]

  • COOP Releases Stock Retirement Earnings

    The Door County Cooperative (DCC) is mailing more than $160,000 to local residents as part of its stock retirement program. Qualifying members will receive a check for 5% of the total stock they’ve earned in the company.   “This stock retirement demonstrates our commitment to providing a meaningful cash return to our members who support the […]

  • Broadband Meeting Will Present Findings, Next Steps

    The $1 trillion federal infrastructure plan that passed late last year guarantees $65 billion in funding to improve broadband access for rural areas, low-income families and tribal communities. Meanwhile, the Wisconsin Public Service Commission said it’s planning to award up to $100 million in broadband-expansion grants by early summer 2022. Applications are due March 17. […]

  • Voters Have Choices in Three of Five School Districts This April

    No Door County school district will see a bigger change in board membership than Gibraltar this winter and spring. Two seats are up for reelection April 5, and then, less than a year into their terms, two board members resigned. There will also be races in Sevastopol and Sturgeon Bay, but only two candidates are […]

  • United Way Surpasses Campaign Goal

    United Way of Door County set a fundraising record during its 2021 campaign, surpassing its $775,000 goal. The organization raised $781,317, announced board president Heidi Neubauer Jan. 10. That comes on the heels of a record-setting year in 2020. “The board knew that the needs were great however they were cautious when setting their goal, […]

  • Kewaunee Snowmobile Trail Update

    Kewaunee County opened snowmobile trails in sections one (Red River area) and two (Algoma area) on Jan. 10, including a portion of the Ahnapee State Trail. This amounts to approximately 70 miles to ride. Six snowmobile clubs maintain Kewaunee County’s nearly 205 miles of trail and provide condition updates to the county’s Promotions and Recreation […]

  • It’s Free Fishing Weekend

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) is hosting Free Fishing Weekend Jan. 15-16 to promote the fun and excitement of winter fishing. Anglers may fish state waters where there is an open season, and no fishing license or trout and salmon stamps are required. All other fishing regulations apply, such as observing limits on […]

  • Get Your Fall Fest Derby Car

    Do you want to sponsor a Fall Fest Derby Car for 2022? The derby committee is placing orders for White Super Stock soap box derby car kits, including wheels, and you can get in on the order. Kits will cost approximately $800 each. The deadline for orders is Jan. 31, and purchasers must pay with […]

  • Getting to the Bottom of Death’s Door

    When Brennan Christianson took over as the site manager of Death’s Door Maritime Museum in Gills Rock last May, he quickly learned what visitors are most curious about.  “People would ask me where the name ‘Death’s Door’ comes from – a lot,” Christianson said.  He could answer with a version of a story most are […]

  • Obituary: Geraldine (Dudek) Wipperfurth

    May 12, 1947 ~ January 10, 2022 Geraldine Wipperfurth, 74, of Sturgeon Bay, died on Monday, January 10, 2022 at the Door County Medical Center. She was born May 12, 1947 in Illinois, daughter of the late John and Eleanor Dudek. Geraldine graduated from Palatine High School in 1965, where she met her future husband, Norman Joseph […]

  • Obituary: Myra “Jo” Noble-Benzow

    October 24, 1922 ~ January 9, 2022 Myra “Jo” Sanford Noble-Benzow, 99, Sturgeon Bay died Jan. 9, 2022.  “Jo” was born on October 24,1922, in Lander, WY to Chauncey and Kathryn (Mills) Noble.  She was raised on Red Bluff Ranch.  There she learned the importance of hard work.  Once she stated she never minded any […]

  • Obituary: Kelly A. Fehl

    January 10, 1972 ~ January 6, 2022 Kelly Ann Fehl, 49, of Carlsville, died unexpectedly Thursday, January 6, 2022 at Door County Medical Center. Kelly was born January 10, 1972 to Karl and Mary (Jorns) Fehl in Sturgeon Bay. Kelly attended Sevastopol School and graduated with the class of 1990, where she competed as a gifted athlete […]

  • Obituary: Audrey E. Alberts

    February 21, 1929 ~ January 7, 2022 Audrey Emma Alberts, died peacefully on Friday, January 7, 2022, in Green Bay with her sons by her side. She was born on February 21, 1929, in West Allis, WI, the second child of Walter and Alvina (Benedickson) Miller.  She moved to Door County with her parents at […]

  • Obituary: Donna Delwiche

    July 27, 1942 ~ January 5, 2022 Donna Marie Delwiche 79, of Luxemburg, died on January 5, 2022, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Green Bay.  She was born July 27, 1942, in Red River to Arnold and Doris (Agamaite) Baudhuin.   On July 29, 1961, she married Roy R. Delwiche in Duvall. In 1960, Donna attended […]

  • Obituary: Richard “Dick” Charles Adams

    July 29, 1927 ~ January 3, 2022 Richard “Dick” Charles Adams, 94, of Sister Bay, WI, died peacefully and painlessly January 3, 2022, with family at his side. He was born July 29, 1927, in Chicago, IL, to Walter August Adams and Lillie Victoria (Youngberg) Adams. Dick was graduated in 1945 from Oak Park River […]

  • Obituary: Else Margit (Fromm) Weborg

    April 9, 1937 ~ December 30, 2021 Else Margit Weborg, 84, of Gills Rock, Wisconsin died December 30, 2021. She was surrounded by loved ones, her dog, Zoe, and her favorite flowers, roses. She was born April 9, 1937 in Copenhagen, Denmark, daughter of Olaf and Ruth Fromm. After Ruth’s early passing, Mary Fromm became […]

  • Obituary: Christine Karen Lindenberg

    April 19, 1954 ~ January 4, 2022 Christine Karen Lindenberg, 67, died in the comfort of her home on January 4, 2022, in the Town of Liberty Grove.  Chris was born on April 19, 1954 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Howard Henry Kopp and Mildred Estelle (Gentzen) Kopp and graduated from Woodstock High School […]

  • Obituary: Shirley Mae McMullen

    November 1, 1929~January 3, 2022 Shirley Mae McMullen, lover of good wine, great scotch, music, dancing, acting, hugging, and kissing her family, died at her home in Franklin, WI January 3, 2022 at the age of 92.  Shirley was born on November 1, 1929 in Chicago, IL, her parents were Evelyn and Charles Rioch.  While […]

  • Obituary: Daniel P. Lauder

    July 22, 1958 ~ January 4, 2022 Daniel Paul Lauder, 63, of Sturgeon Bay, died suddenly at home on Jan. 4, 2022.  He was born July 22, 1958, in Merrill, Wisconsin to Harry and Mildred Lauder.   On March 11, 1978, he married Joann Marie Brauer at Christ the King Episcopal Church in Sturgeon Bay. Dan […]

  • DCEDC Launches Door County Resident Sentiment Survey

    Door County Economic Deveopment Corporation is seeking input from residents and workers to better understand how pandemic-induced changes have influenced livability and employment in Door County.  The Door County Resident & Workforce Sentiment Survey is aimed at getting direct feedback and experiences from those living and working in Door County. “It’s important to understand what […]

  • Obituary: Mary Jane (Madden) Winkka

    May 12, 1926 ~ December 24, 2021 Mary Jane Winkka, 95, of Fish Creek, died on Friday, December 24, 2021 at Pine Crest Village in Sturgeon Bay. She was born May 12, 1926 in Marquette, Michigan. daughter of the late Charles Bruce and Lillian F (Hartvigh) Madden. Mary Jane grew up in Iron Mountain and […]

  • Obituary: Ernest R. Kosak

    February 20, 1952 ~ December 31, 2021 Ernest R. Kosak, 69, of Sturgeon Bay, died Friday afternoon, December 31, 2021, at Door County Medical Center following complications resulting from a fractured hip earlier in December. He was born February 20, 1952, Sturgeon Bay, the son of the late Frank and Violet (Krueger) Kosak. Ernie worked […]