Peninsula Pulse January 21-28, 2022

In this issue

  • Deer Run Golf Course & Resort

    Harbor View Restaurant, Deer Run Golf Course Sold

    The turnover in Door County’s restaurant scene isn’t slowing down.  Harbor View Grill, the restaurant with rooftop seating overlooking the Egg Harbor Marina, has been purchased by Wausau-based Masgay Restaurants, headed by Mike Masgay. It’s one of several purchases by the group, which has also bought Deer Run Golf Course on Washington Island and Bedrock […]

  • DC Half Marathon

    VIDEO: 2021 Door County Half Marathon

    Take a look back at the 2021 Door County Half Marathon and Nicolet Bay 5k. The 2021 event was moved to Oct. 30 as a precaution during the COVID-19 pandemic, and runners were gifted with a gorgeous day in Peninsula State Park. More than 2,000 runner joined the fun, enjoyed incredible fall colors, and basked […]

  • Frustrations Over Non-collaborative Environment Cause of Economic Development Director’s Resignation

    The Door County Economic Development Corporation’s (DCEDC) board of directors accepted the resignation of Executive Director Steve Jenkins during the organization’s monthly board meeting Jan. 17.  His last day will be June 3.  Jenkins came to the position in March 2020 with more than four decades of experience in economic development in several states. He […]

  • What Is a Firefighter Worth?

    Editor’s Note: The Sturgeon Bay Fire Department held a Promotion and Recognition Ceremony on Jan. 5, during which firefighter Ethan Jorns was sworn in as a new lieutenant within the department; Kory Nell was promoted from part-time firefighter to full-time firefighter; and three of the department’s part-time firefighters – Randy Lynch, Lucas Pierre and Isaiah […]

  • Four Firms Invited to ‘Reimagine Our Waterfront’

    After analyzing the qualifications of eight potential bidders, the Town of Baileys Harbor will request proposals from four of the firms to serve as partners and consultants on designing a master plan for the marina and the newly acquired Nelson properties. The town’s Nelson Property Ad Hoc Committee – which is guiding the future of the […]

  • New Owners Have Big Plans for Stonehedge Golf Course

    A pair of television executives are still dreaming up what to add indoors and out at Stonehedge Golf Course in Egg Harbor after closing on the purchase just before the new year. And future patrons, whether they enjoy golf or like having a beer with friends, might just brace themselves for something interesting at the […]

  • DCA Reschedules Talk, Coffeehouse Concert

    Door Community Auditorium (DCA) has rescheduled two events originally slated for Jan. 22. “Door County Talks: Ho-Chunk History” and the Coffeehouse Concert event with John Lewis and Friends have been moved to Saturday, March 12, because of the surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Door County. 

  • Horseshoes and Hand Grenades Headline Sól Grass 2022

    The second Sól Grass Music Festival will be held June 17-18 at the Washington Island Campground. The 2022 lineup includes headliners Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, plus Them Coulee Boys, Feed the Dog, The Cody Sisters, The Honeygoats, Buffalo Galaxy, Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs, Julian Hagen, Steve Stone and the Washington Island Eastsiders, and […]

  • Report Highlights Impact of Outdoor Recreation

    Outdoor recreation generated $689 billion in economic output in 2020, according to a report from the United States Bureau of Economic Analysis. In Wisconsin, the outdoor-recreation industry contributed $7.8 billion to the state’s GDP, including $569 million from boating, $17 million from canoeing and kayaking, and $309 million from cycling. The RV economy generated another […]

  • Junior Nature Club, Ski For Free at Crossroads

    The Junior Nature Club – a group for preschool children and their companions – will meet Jan. 21, 10 am, to explore snow drifts. Activities will be outdoors, and there will be some time for unstructured play. Meet on the porch of the Collins Learning Center. When snow and temperature conditions allow, Crossroads’ Ski for Free program […]

  • Ski By Candlelight at Newport

    Newport State Park will hold its 32nd annual Candlelight Ski, Hike and Snowshoe event Feb. 12, 5:30-8 pm, when part of the trail will come alive by candlelight to guide participants through a glowing, magical winter wonderland. Newport Wilderness Society volunteers will place 300-plus candles along a 1.5-mile wooded trail section. The trail’s terrain is […]

  • Winterfest Returns Feb. 5

    Start honing your skills for the toilet-seat toss, minnow racing and ice bowling – Fish Creek’s Winterfest is back Feb. 5-6. On Saturday, attendees will find great food, music and fun in and around the large, heated tent in Clark Park starting at 10 am. Compete in the stumpf-fiddle contest, head to Lautenbach’s Orchard Country […]

  • Where Will the Money Go?

    County Board supervisors will size up projects Tuesday for some of the $5.3 million in federal funding Some of the primary issues that make life more difficult if not a true struggle in Door County – broadband, child care, affordable housing, mental-health issues – may receive an infusion of dollars from the County of Door.  […]

  • Clippers Outlast Vikings

    Sturgeon Bay’s Garrett Ulberg attempts to loft a floater over Gibraltar’s 6’7” Will Friedenfels in a Packerland Conference clash at Sturgeon Bay Jan. 18. Sturgeon Bay outlasted Gibraltar 60-55 in a game that was tight until the final seconds, when Gannon Evers hit two free throws with 8.6 seconds to play to seal the victory […]

  • What Local Municipalities Are Getting from ARPA Fund

    The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), a federal stimulus bill to aid public health and economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, included $350 billion – known as the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds – in emergency funding for state, local and territorial and tribal governments.  State governments and the District of Columbia […]

  • Brewing Co. Upsets Johnson’s Park in Broomball

    Door County Brewing Co. delivered one of the most stunning results in the storied, 25-year history of the Northern Door Broomball League on Jan. 12, topping perennial title contender Johnson’s Park 2-1.  The victory didn’t come easy. Defender Bibs Maloney was sent to the medical tent with a pulled hamstring in the opening minutes and […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Let’s Create Another Fairy-Tale Ending

    Once upon a time, a long time ago, there was a bad virus affecting the whole world. It made some people sick, but they recovered. Many other people died, many of them children. At the worst of the outbreak, 60,000 children died in one summer. Others got better, but they needed help breathing in order […]

  • Climate Corner: What Individuals Can Do Right Now

    by ROY THILLY It will be 100 years since scientists recognized the greenhouse-gas, heat-trapping impact on our atmosphere from burning fossil fuels. Forty years ago, James Hansen of Columbia University found that global warming was occurring much more quickly than previously thought and predicted that it would be very hard to persuade politicians and the […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Bread

    Bread is an adorable, 8-month-old rabbit who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Green Bay Campus. In response to COVID-19-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 […]

  • Scandia Residents Celebrate Diamond Anniversary

    Bill and Betsy Olsen are now members of that exclusive club of couples who achieve their diamond – 75th – wedding anniversary. They celebrated their sparkling day at Scandia Village in Sister Bay, where they’ve been residents since 2018.  The Olsens met at Immanuel Baptist Church in Waukegan, Illinois, when they were in high school. They married […]

  • Prevea Offers Free Implicit Bias Conference

    Prevea Health will present its 2022 Implicit Bias Conference – a free, daylong, virtual presentation for advocates, law-enforcement officers, employers, social workers, human resources professionals and health care providers – on Feb. 24, 8 am – 4 pm.  The event will bring nearly 20 local and national speakers together to share research and individual stories about how […]

  • Memory-Screen Clinics Start in February

    The dementia-care specialist with the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of the Lakeshore will be holding free memory-screen clinics throughout Manitowoc and Kewaunee counties.  A memory screen is a wellness tool used to help identify possible changes in memory and cognition, whether they are reversible or irreversible dementia symptoms. Early detection is instrumental in […]

  • UUFDC Awards $7,500 to Boys and Girls Club

    (Seated, from left) Gwenn Graboyes, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County (UUFDC) board member; Sara McKillop, UUFDC fellowship administrator. (Standing, from left) Joe Graboyes, UUFDC Finance Committee member; Meg Ziegelmann, UUFDC Social Justice Committee member; Cyndy Stiehl, UUFDC founding member; Henk Wolst, UUFDC president; Eric Blumreich, Boys and Girls Club of Door County (BGCDC) CEO; […]

  • 100+ Women Who Care Prepared to Award $22,000

    The 100+ Women Who Care (100+WWC) of Door County will award more than $22,000 to local nonprofits Jan. 24, 6:30-7:30 pm, via Zoom. Members will consider three nonprofits this quarter: 115 Club Ltd.; Write On, Door County; and the Sue Baldwin Fund. The 100+WWC members who nominated these nonprofits will present information about the organizations, […]

  • $1,200 Scholarships for High School Seniors

    The online application for Nsight Telservices scholarships is now open for high school students in Niagara, Florence, Pulaski, Oconto, Oconto Falls, Manitowoc, Two Rivers, Shawano, Luxemburg and Door County. Nsight will award seven $1,200 scholarships to graduating high school seniors in its service area. Recipients will be selected on the basis of academic record, potential […]

  • Stay Connected, Keep Learning With DCLIR Courses

    Spring-semester registration is open, and classes will begin in February for those who are in or near retirement and seeking ways to remain socially connected while learning new things.  Door County Learning in Retirement (DCLIR) courses – more than 75 for the spring semester – focus on enhancing knowledge and trying new things, including Container Gardening, […]

  • Partners Prepared for Gibraltar’s Public 4K

    The Gibraltar Area School District is one of only four in the state that does not provide a free, publicly funded 4-year-old kindergarten  program. That doesn’t mean, however, that kindergarten-prep programming has been unavailable in the district. “We are not behind in educating 4-year-olds,” said Cindy Trinkner-Peot, executive director of Northern Door Children’s Center in […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Biden Wrong from the Start

    The banner headline of the front page of the Wall Street Journal’s recent Book Review section was, “Wrong from the Start.” Did you come to the same conclusion that I did? It had to be a book about President Biden’s first year in office! That headline summed it up in four words. Well, that wasn’t […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Stop the Recounts

    Wisconsin is in our third recount of the election at a taxpayer cost to date of $700,000! Please, can’t anybody stop this? We are a rural Midwestern state, but we can count! Thank you, Ron Johnson, for informing us that mouthwash kills COVID-19. We are so relieved.  Doris Bodenner Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

  • Register for School of Art’s 2022 Workshops

    This season, Peninsula School of Art (PSA) is offering more than 140 workshops in 15 fine-art media, led by artist-educators from around the country. They’re open to students of all ability levels and ages. Registration for these summer and fall workshops is available exclusively online through PSA’s new website, which includes a searchable platform that […]

  • ‘Arting’ Is a Verb for Sturgeon Bay artist Claudia Scimeca

    Considering her 30-year career as a dentist and a few years of retirement, Claudia Scimeca arrived at her career as an artist rather suddenly. “I never thought of myself as an artist until I did,” she said, somewhat cryptically. “It wasn’t until a number of years ago, after I had retired, that I started playing […]

  • Wild Things: Whitefish, Wolves and Bears on NRB Meeting Agenda

    The state Natural Resources Board (NRB) meeting on Jan. 26 in Madison will include discussion of changes to the Green Bay whitefish commercial quota, the proposed number of black bear permits for the fall hunt and an update on gray wolves. It’ll be the first in-person NRB meeting since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Data shows […]

  • Expand Wellness Opens in Sturgeon Bay

    Theresa Michalec is bringing new perspectives on how to train smart through her new business, Expand Wellness in Sturgeon Bay. Michalec lived in Door County during the early 2000s, and she and her commitment to living well have now returned to Sturgeon Bay after extensive travel and gaining experience in New York, New Zealand and […]

  • Bits & Bites: Island Orchard Opens for Winter

    Just as many businesses are calling it a season, Island Orchard Cider announced it is opening Fridays and Saturdays through March from noon – 4 pm. “We hope by being open during the quiet season we can cater more to locals and the ever-growing number of visitors coming to Door County during all seasons,” said […]

  • Obituary: Michael W. Krueger

    October 9, 1956 ~ January 17, 2022 Michael W. Krueger, 65, of Forestville, died at home on Jan. 17, 2022.  He was born Oct. 9, 1956, at a Naval Hospital in Pensacola, Florida to Edward and Carol (Olson) Krueger.  On June 7, 2003, he married Carol Philipp at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay. […]

  • Obituary: David D. “Fudd” Wiegand

    November 10, 1953 ~ January 8, 2022 David D. “Fudd” Wiegand, 68, of Casco, died on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at Bellin Memorial Hospital in Green Bay. He was born November 10, 1953 in Algoma, son of the late Charles “Chuck” Ernest and Ada (Lloyd) Wiegand. Dave graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1972, where he […]

  • Obituary: Janet F. Peterson

    October 17, 1923 ~ January 17, 2022 Janet F. Peterson, 98 years of Sturgeon Bay, died early Monday morning, January 17, 2022 at Door County Medical Center. She was born October 17, 1923, the daughter of the late Robert F. and Lillian J. B. (Sperber) Miller, on the Miller family farm in East Maplewood. There she was […]

  • Obituary: Anita L. Matzke

    July 13, 1953~January 2, 2022 Anita L. Matzke age 68 of Sturgeon Bay, died on Sunday, January 2, 2022, at home surrounded by her family. She was born on July 13, 1953, in Green Bay to the late Henry and Doris (Sand) Borley. She was united in marriage to Denis A. Matzke on October 20, […]

  • Steve Jenkins

    Jenkins Resigns from DCEDC

    The Door County Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors accepted the resignation of executive director Steve Jenkins during the organization’s monthly board meeting Monday, Jan. 17. His resignation will be effective June 3, 2022. The DCEDC board of directors and staff are greatly appreciative of the work that Jenkins has contributed to the advancement of […]

  • Obituary: Janice Ellen Henquinet

    July 1, 1939~January 13, 2022 Janice Ellen Henquinet, age 82, of Fish Creek, died peacefully at home after battling heart disease, Thursday, January 13, 2022, with her family at her side. She was born July 1, 1939 in Crystal Falls, MI, the only child of Rolf and Hilder (West) Johanson.  She attended high school at […]

  • Obituary: Wade E. Weckler

    April 6, 1968 ~ January 15, 2022 Wade E. Weckler, 53 of the Town of Nasewaupee, Sturgeon Bay, died suddenly while at Door County Medical Center on Saturday morning January 15, 2022. He was born April 6, 1968, in Sturgeon Bay the son of Orville and Laurel (Wessel) Weckler. Wade graduated from Southern Door High […]

  • Obituary: James Baux

    December 31, 1941 ~ January 15, 2022 James Joseph Baux, 80, of Sturgeon Bay, died at home on Jan. 15, 2022.  He was born Dec. 31, 1941 in Chicago to Joseph and Clara (Rubel) Baux. James married the love of his life, Nancy Clark, on Sept. 7, 1975 at Big Woods Congregational Church in Warrenville, […]

  • Obituary: Jack McDonald

    October 1, 1941 ~ January 13, 2022 Jack Harold McDonald, 80, of Sturgeon Bay, died on Jan. 13, 2022, at Aurora Bay Care Center in Green Bay with his family by his side.  He was born Oct. 1, 1941, in Wausau to Harold “Mac” and Susan (Mayer) McDonald.  On Dec. 1, 1962, he married Paulette […]

  • Obituary: Joan M. Schneider

    August 30, 1931 ~ January 10, 2022 Joan May Schneider, 90, of the Town of Nasewaupee, died peacefully in her home on Monday, January 10, 2022. She was born August 30, 1931 in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, daughter of the late Robert Herbert and Adelaide (Brennan) Miller. Joan worked as librarian for Southern Door County School District. […]

  • Obituary: Kilton Vandenhouten

    April 4, 1929~Jan 13, 2022 Kilton Vandenhouten, 92, of Brussels, died on Jan. 13, 2022.  He was born April 4, 1929 in Brussels to William and Madeline (Deterville) Vandenhouten.  He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955.  On Nov. 4, 1954, he married Monica Mary Kinnard at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Lincoln. […]

  • Obituary: LeRoy Gordon Nelson

    August 5, 1927 ~ January 11, 2022 LeRoy Gordon Nelson (Gordy), 94, died in the comfort of his home January 11, 2022. He was born August 5, 1927, to John E. and Anna (Birkeland) Nelson, in the very room in which he passed, completing a full circle of life. Gordy spent his entire life on […]

  • Obituary: Willard “Kap” George Krueger Jr.

    December 19, 1941 ~ January 10, 2022 Willard George Krueger Jr., 80, of Washington Island, died on Monday, January 10, 2022. He was born on December 19, 1941 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Will joined the United States Navy in 1959, during the Cuban Missile Crisis. On Will’s 21st Birthday, December 18, 1963, he was honorably discharged […]

  • Obituary: Beatrice E. (Hugenroth) Charnetski

    August 21, 1937 ~ January 10, 2022  Beatrice E. Charnetski, 84, of Sister Bay, died peacefully Monday January 10, 2022 at Door County Medical Center with family by her side. Bea loved people and helping those in need. She and Ken even took into their home those folks who fell on hard times and helped […]

  • Obituary: Magdalena “Schatzi” McMillen

    September 16, 1943 ~ January 9, 2022 Magdalena “Schatzi” McMillen, 78, of the Town of Liberty Grove, died at home on Sunday, January 9, 2022. She was born September 16, 1943 in Keokuk, IA, the daughter of John Frederick Steinmann and Lavinia (Willis) Steinmann. Schatzi grew up in Kahoka, MO and graduated from Kahoka High […]

  • Obituary: Donald Leo VanDreese Jr.

    March 11, 1953 ~ January 11, 2022 Donald Leo VanDreese Jr., 68, of Algoma died at Algoma Long Term Unit on January 11, 2022.  He was born March 11, 1953 in Sturgeon Bay to Donald and LaVerne (Milke) VanDreese Sr. After high School, Don worked at P.B.I and then at the Dorchester Nursing Home. For […]