Peninsula Pulse January 28-February 4, 2022

In this issue


    The Town of Gibraltar is working with state legislators to establish a Tax Incremental District (TID) in an effort to bring economic opportunities and affordable workforce housing to the area.  TIDs are designated areas where all property taxes collected from improvements above the base land value are funneled to the municipality instead of splitting tax […]


    Two homes are nearing completion at the Door County Justice Center for the use of sexually violent people who are on supervised release from prison.  State law requires that counties provide a housing option for such individuals, and with two arriving – one by mid-April, another by mid-May – Door County began moving forward with […]

  • Book Recommendation: ‘In the Unsettled Homeland of Dreams’ by Thomas Davis

    Recommended by Margaret Magle, owner, OtherWorlds Books & More, 41 N. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Ba Based on fact, this fictional story chronicles the community of Black former slaves who, with the help of preacher Tom Bennett and the Underground Railroad, built a fishing community on Washington Island.

  • Book Recommendation: ‘The Player of Games’ by Iain M. Banks

    Recommended by Steven Rice, Museum and Archives Manager, Door County Historical Museum With the holidays over and the depths of winter ahead, reading escapist fiction feels more appealing than ever, and what better place to escape to than the farthest future? The late Scottish author Iain M. Banks was a master of speculative fiction, and […]

  • Book Recommendation: ‘Saga’ by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples (illustrator)

    Recommended by Grace Johnson, Peninsula Pulse staffer and bibliophile One of my favorite reads of 2020, Saga is an epic space adventure that is a sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find its place in the universe. Husband and wife Marko and Alana are deserters from opposing armies of a galactic war. They […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Bands Present Disney Spectacular

    The Sturgeon Bay middle and high school bands will come together Feb. 26, 4 pm, in the Sturgeon Bay High School gym, to present a concert of Disney favorites. Purchase tickets in the high school band room. The cost is $5 per person for table seating; prices for bleacher seating are $4 for adults, $3 […]

  • Short Film Fest Feb. 18-26

    The 13th annual Door County Short Film Fest, Feb. 18-26, will again be offered virtually. This year’s slate includes 30 short films from around the world. Individual full-access passes to this year’s festival, at $20 each, are available at After viewers purchase a pass, they receive a link and entry code to, which […]

  • Peninsula Players, DC Reads Partner For Play Reading

    Peninsula Players Theatre ( has announced its 2022 season of The Play’s the Thing, the winter play-reading series it presents at Björklunden. Advance registration is required for the free readings, and the in-person capacity will be limited to 80 patrons. A virtual option will also be available for each reading.  First up is Kodachrome, by […]

  • Fish Tales Program Delves Into the Secret Life of Fish

    The 2022 Fish Tales Lecture Series is bringing the science of the Great Lakes Fisheries to Door County and beyond. Fish Tales is an educational program of Crossroads at Big Creek. This year’s series is exploring the latest invasive carp barrier planned for the Brandon Road Lock on the Illinois River, how environmental DNA (eDNA) […]

  • Southern Door Announces Hall of Fame Inductees

    Three names will soon be added to the Southern Door Athletic Club’s Hall of Fame. The Class of 2022 will include Bobby Adamov (1994), Richard “Dick” Johnson (1968) and Patrick Delcore, girls varsity softball, girls varsity basketball and varsity football assistant coach. The trio will be inducted Feb. 18 during the halftime of the boys’ […]

  • Tiny Trekkers at The Ridges

    The first of four sessions of the Ridges’ Tiny Trekkers will meet Feb. 1, 10-11:15 am. This program seeks to create a foundation of love and respect for the natural world through active play in nature between caregivers and children. Tiny Trekkers is $40 per child and caregiver, with $20 for siblings, and the programs […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Dodger

    Dodger is an exuberant, 9-month-old pup who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) 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 […]

  • Virtual Dementia Tours Offered March 10

    The dementia-care specialist with the Aging and Disability Resource Center of the Lakeshore will host virtual dementia tours – two sessions with a capacity limit of six people each – on March 10.  Dementia is currently the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, with Alzheimer’s being the most common cause of dementia among older adults. […]

  • Notable Women of the Great Lakes Presentation

    Victoria Brehm, author of Great Lakes maritime and Native literature, will present “Notable Women of History around the Great Lakes” during the next installment of the Door County Maritime Museum’s Maritime Speaker Series: a virtual presentation set for Feb. 3, 7 pm.  Brehm’s books include The Women’s Great Lakes Reader, Star Songs and Water Spirits […]

  • Humane Society is Safe Haven for Ringworm-Positive Felines

    The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus is still buzzing with activity behind the scenes, despite having temporarily paused adoption services because of COVID-19-related impacts on staffing. Shelter staff members have been caring for many cats and kittens with ringworm, a fungal infection that takes weeks, if not months, to be cured. The WHS […]

  • Need Volunteers? Want To Volunteer? This Fair’s For You

    A coalition of Door County health and human-services organizations will host a volunteer fair April 20, 9 am – 12 pm, at the Aging & Disability Resource Center, 916 N. 14th Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. With a focus on “people helping people,” the organizers seek to create awareness of the wide variety of volunteer opportunities […]

  • Storeroom Boys Play at DCMC

    The Storeroom Boys – named after the storeroom where Bob Judy keeps his drums – plays for inpatients at Door County Medical Center’s Pete and Jelaine Horton Center Skilled Nursing Facility. The three musicians – Mike Judy on bass, George Sawyn on guitar, and Bob Judy on drums and vocals – remain widely spaced, and […]

  • Civility Corner: Don’t Gossip

    by Orlaine I. Gabert, Door County Civility Project The fourth civility tool is the only one that asks us not to do something, which is to not gossip. Clearly, civility and gossip do not have the same intent. Civility seeks positive communication with another person, even when the parties disagree. Gossip seeks to share negative, […]

  • Boys & Girls Club Introduces New CEO

    The Boys and Girls Club of Door County has a new CEO, and this one is confident he’s going to be around for a while.  Eric Blumreich stepped into the position Jan. 3 as the organization’s fourth CEO since Julie Davis left in May 2019. Blumreich said he has spent his first month getting acclimated […]

  • Broadband Coordinator Position Advanced

    The next look at ARPA projects takes place at the Door County Finance Committee Wednesday, Feb. 16 What’s considered a critical first step in the overall coordination of a Door County broadband, fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) initiative called FiberNet Door County was taken Tuesday when the Door County Board of Supervisors allocated money for a broadband coordinator […]

  • Restaurant Group Makes Moves in Door County

    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 […]

  • Wine Fest Moves to Baileys Harbor in 2022

    After a two-year hiatus, the Door County Wine Festival will return in June of 2022 with a new location.  This year’s event will be held on the grounds of Maxwelton Braes on Saturday, June 25, and will feature wines from the eight wineries on the Door County Wine Trail: Lautenbach’s Orchard Country, Stone’s Throw, von […]

  • Kewaunee Ice Rink Open

    The Kewaunee County Promotions and Recreation Department has announced the opening of the Dana Farm Ice Skating Rink. The outdoor rink, at N3787 Ransom Moore Lane in Kewaunee and adjacent to Winter Park, has lights and is free to use, but visitors must take their own skates. Visitors also have access to the property’s park […]

  • Scorekeepers Wanted for Pond Hockey Tournament

    The organizers of the Feb. 12 Door County Pond Hockey Tournament in Sister Bay are seeking volunteers to serve as scorekeepers for four-hour shifts. Scorekeepers don’t have to be hockey experts – they’ll just need to be able to operate a stopwatch and keep track of goals scored.  These volunteers will receive tournament gear, beverages […]

  • DOOR TO NATURE: Hare and Rabbits

    Each day, a little after sunset, a large cottontail scampers across the front of my house and down the brick path to the bird feeders. It eats the fallen seeds and scattered cracked corn after all the squirrels and birds have gone to their nighttime roosts. We are familiar with the cottontail, which is very […]

  • Century Times Two: Save on the Peninsula Century Rides

    Are you looking to step up your riding in 2022? The organizers of the Peninsula Century Rides are offering special motivation during February.  Registration for the Sept. 17 Peninsula Century Fall Challenge will open Feb. 1, when riders can sign up for just $55. But riders will get $10 off registration for June’s Spring Classic […]

  • Hike This: Kangaroo Lake Preserve

    On the northwest side of Kangaroo Lake, you’ll find the Kangaroo Lake Preserve, featuring nearly 700 acres of lakeshore, boreal forest, cedar swampland and upland hardwood forest. This beautiful landscape also carries the distinction of being the first property purchased by the Door County Land Trust, in 1996. Here you’ll find a 1.5-mile trail that’s […]

  • Artists Sought for Community Mosaic Project

    The Hardy Gallery is launching a call for artists to participate in its 15th annual Community Mosaic Project, which began in 2008 in partnership with Artists Guild in Sturgeon Bay as a way to bring the community together and create a visual tapestry of public art.  The Hardy Gallery is seeking submissions of original artwork […]

  • A Fresh View of the Familiar: Luke Collins’ ‘Icons of Door County’

    A few years ago, my wife suggested I do a photography book spoofing Door County clichés. I wasn’t particularly interested, and a friend provided a reason to dodge the project: How would anyone know it was a spoof? Door County photographer Luke Collins’ new book, although not a parody of the peninsula, does feature some […]

  • Open House at Expand Wellness

    Move, explore and feel good at Expand Wellness with owner and instructor Theresa Michalec, who will offer an open house at her new business Jan. 29, 11:30 am – 1 pm. To understand movement and wellness, you must get grounded, and Expand Wellness offers grounding through movement using muscle chains that you may think you don’t […]

  • WPI’s Fiction and Poetry Contest Open

    Since 1994, Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine has provided annual awards for excellence in Wisconsin-based writing and poetry. Submissions from Wisconsin residents and students age 18 and older are being accepted through March 15. Submit your best fiction and poetry works for a chance to win up to $500 and other prizes, along with publication […]

  • Door County Author Collective Forms

    In October 2021, Write On, Door County hosted local published authors during the inaugural Door County Writers and Book Fair. Following that event, the authors continued to meet and formed the Door County Published Authors Collective (DCPAC).   The newly formed group wants to bring together local writers and champion them as heavily as the community’s […]

  • Write On Residency Scholarship Closing Soon

    Write On, Door County is offering the Dick Scuglik Memorial Residency and Scholarship to a poet or other writer who has a demonstrated ability and interest in ekphrastic writing. The application deadline is Feb. 15, and the residency is awarded annually during the third week of June. The program honors the memory of Dick Scuglik […]

  • Save on Young-Writer Conference Through Feb. 1

    Early-bird registration for Write On, Door County’s Young Author Conference will end Feb. 1. Save $25 on the conference taking place March 18-19 at Sturgeon Bay High School. Registration is available for the full conference or Saturday only. Keynote presenters include John Coy, an award-winning author of books for young readers; Cathy Grier, an internationally […]

  • Door County Reads Kicks Off Jan. 30

    Events are about to get underway for the 2022 Door County Reads,  featuring two books – Population: 485 and Truck: A Love Story – by Wisconsin author Michael Perry. Door County Reads features two weeks of book discussions, play readings and panels centered around the book and its themes. All events will be presented virtually unless […]

  • WILD THINGS: DNR Updating Wolf Management Plan

    More than 15,000 people completed a public survey on Wisconsin wolf management in 2021. Randy Johnson, large-carnivore specialist with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), told state Natural Resources Board members this week that the input – which is summarized and available on the DNR’s wolf-management page – wasn’t intended to represent attitudes of state […]

  • Median Home Price Booms

    Median home price in Door County has climbed from $220,000 in 2019, to $279,000 in 2020, to $315,000 in 2021 The real estate market in Door County, largely because of the continuing presence and impact of COVID-19, has tested positive for the second consecutive year. In fact, realtors say the 2021 sales figures go far […]

  • Coordinated Community Response: Applying a Trauma-Informed Lens to Violence Intervention

    by CORI McFARLANE, Deputy Director, Door County Department of Health and Human Services Individuals who have experienced or witnessed domestic violence, sexual assault and/or child abuse have endured significant and often ongoing trauma. These forms of violence are associated with higher rates of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and other mental-health challenges. Research shows that long-term […]

  • Hospitalizations for Door County Residents Peaked in December 2021

    There were 30 Door County residents in the hospital with COVID-19 in December 2021 – the highest number since the pandemic began. The closest before last month was November 2020, when 24 local residents were hospitalized. As with all other data, local residents are counted regardless of the location of their hospitalization or testing, so […]

  • DNR Taking Public Comments on Potawatomi State Park Tower

    There are three ways to make public comments until Feb. 22 The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) hosted a virtual public meeting and comment period after the deadline of this issue of the Peninsula Pulse regarding plans for the observation tower at Potawatomi State Park.  The meeting was held Jan. 27, but the public-comment […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Vote from Abroad

    Overseas Americans – estimated at 6.5 million eligible voters – won the right to cast their ballots from abroad in 1975, when the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) was signed into law.  UOCAVA voters include U.S. military and civilian citizens aged 18 or older by Election Day. In many states, this also […]

  • Wise Mind Counseling Opens in Sturgeon Bay

    Kim Marohl has opened Wise Mind Counseling and is welcoming new clients for in-person and/or virtual sessions.  Marohl has worked with adolescents and adults to treat complex symptoms since 2008 and has specialized training in borderline personality disorder; post-traumatic stress disorder; mood disturbances, including suicidal and self-harming urges; and anxiety disorders, including panic and obsessive-compulse […]

  • Hospitality Thank-you Winners Announced

    Two Door County hospitality workers were selected randomly from among all nominees in a hospitality-industry thank-you campaign conducted late last year to show appreciation for a job well done during a very busy 2021 tourism season.  David Sawyer of the Churchill Inn received a $250 Frontier Airlines travel voucher, and Diane Lopez of the Peninsula […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Abby Duebler Is Good for Door County Families

    Abby is running to represent District 20 on the Door County Board of Supervisors in the upcoming Spring Election. Abby “Doobie” (as she’s known to many across the county) is a Fish Creek native with an innate understanding of what Door County needs to continue to grow and attract new, year-round residents. A service-industry expert, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Legislature Restricting Voting Access

    Today in Wisconsin, by law, a registered voter seeking an absentee ballot can go to to request a ballot for all elections for the current year.  During the past year, the Wisconsin legislature has been quietly, but not so secretly, crafting legislation that would hamper, block and/or complicate your right to vote. Here are […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Don’t Cut Off Access to Affordable Energy

    It’s no secret that many homeowners and businesses in northeastern Wisconsin depend on ample supplies of affordable propane to heat their homes. The importance of our area’s propane supply is what has me concerned about the current efforts of radical environmentalists who don’t seem to care about the harm it will cause hundreds of thousands […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Jacque and State Republicans Are Subverting Democracy

    It may already be too late. What we believed to be the present may actually be the past: The battle to retain our democracy may already be over.  Wisconsin Republicans have been waging war on our democracy. They’ve launched a campaign making numerous baseless claims about our electoral system. They hope to win their war […]

  • Obituary: Anna Mae Dahms

    July 10, 1942 ~ January 24, 2022 Anna Mae Dahms, 79, of Forestville, died peacefully at home with family by her side on Jan. 24, 2022.  She was born July 10, 1942, in Green Bay to the late Gerald and Ruby (Collins) Flavion.  On August 17, 1968, she married Daniel J. Dahms at St. Peter’s […]

  • Obituary: Leona Margaret Borchers

    September 20, 1929 ~ January 20, 2022 Leona Margaret Phifer Borchers, 92, of Washington Island, WI, died at her home on Thursday, January 20, 2022. She was born in Seattle, Washington, on September 20, 1929, the daughter of late Lyman D. Phifer and Mary Margaret (Wentworth) Phifer. She was raised in Friday Harbor, Washington, with […]

  • Obituary: Vivian Hannan

    April 4, 1928 ~ January 7, 2022 Vivian Hannan, 93, died on January 7th, 2022. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Vivian was born on April 4, 1928 in Cavour Wisconsin. In 1946, she married Norbert Gruman and together had four children. After Norbert’s passing in 1956, she trained as an […]

  • Obituary: Roger Stoeger

    July 2, 1950 ~ January 17, 2022 Roger Stoeger, 71, died peacefully surrounded by family on Monday January 17, 2022 after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. Roger was a kind, loving, compassionate man with a big appetite for life. Son of Ray and Evelyn, and brother of Beverly, Roger grew up in Valmy and […]