Peninsula Pulse January 8-15, 2021

In this issue

  • Airbnb Rental Sponsors Door County Kicksled

    The Airbnb rental 101 Sister Bay is now a sponsor of Door County Kicksled, offering its guests the complimentary use of four kicksleds. Guests may use them in downtown Sister Bay or take them to a trail or state park in the county. Learn more about Door County Kicksled by visiting, calling 920.495.0615 or emailing [email protected]

  • Sign Up Open for Conservation Reserve Program

    Agricultural producers and private landowners interested in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) can sign up until Feb. 12. The competitive annual program, administered by USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), provides annual rental payments for land devoted to conservation purposes. “This program encourages conservation on sensitive lands or low-yielding acres, which provides tremendous benefits for stewardship […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Who We Are

    The phrase, “This is not who we are” was heard many times on and after Jan. 6 in response to the rioters and vandals who attacked the Capitol. As Americans, I think it’s time we realize that this is exactly who we are. Denying the ugly parts and histories of who we are is like […]

  • Education Notes

    Sturgeon Bay High School Tries for Fabrication Lab Sturgeon Bay High School got the green light from its school board Jan. 5 to apply for a $25,000 Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Fabrication Laboratory Grant. The money would be used to acquire equipment and programming to help students build science, technology, engineering and math skills – […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Choose Truth, America

    “The truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God.” Because court trials portend great consequences for individuals, the truth is preeminent, and those solemn words are often spoken. America as a country is on trial today. But will we hear America utter those words? Historian Jon Meacham said the 2020 presidential election was […]

  • Letter to the Editor: It’s Time to Heal Our Country

    Before I retired to Door County, I spent my working career as a news photographer in Washington, D.C. The Capitol building was an integral part of my life. I loved being an observer of living history and working in an environment that is so dear to our democracy. I spent many years in this hallowed […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Join Me in Saying, ‘Never Again’

    Perhaps you told yourself and others that you voted for him because you stand for states’ rights, small government, the Second Amendment or government control of reproductive rights, or you consider yourself a Christian. Or maybe you dabble in white supremacy without realizing it. Perhaps you reluctantly voted for him, fearing what government and your […]

  • Letter to the Editor: A New Day Is Coming

    What took place in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, 2021, was the result of ego, hatred and ignorance perpetrated by Donald J. Trump. These past four years under Trump have been the darkest in U.S. history since the Civil War. Let us not forget it; let the history books reflect it. There’s a new day […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Thanks from the Red Kettle Campaign

    I send personal and heartfelt thanks to all the Door County volunteers who braved the cold and pandemic to ring the bell and support the kettle activities for the Salvation Army’s Service Extension this past November and December. And a big thank-you to all the donors who contributed funds. Your participation in this effort was […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Love Overcomes Fear

    Love is what binds us one to the other. The opposite of love is fear, which separates us from one another. These fundamental precepts form the foundation of human understanding. They make up the core of human relationships.  Love presents as empathy and compassion in our daily living. Fear presents as politics and economics. Politics […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Two Crises Need Same Treatment

    We’re facing two crises, in which a large part of our leadership is choosing the economy over science. One crisis has short-term consequences, and one has long-term ones: COVID-19 and climate change. The real effects of this choice are pretty obvious with COVID-19, and most are seeing this now. Hopefully our leaders will see this […]

  • Bright Outlook as Sturgeon Bay Expands Ski Club: Students Excited About Going Downhill in 2021

    COVID-19 protocols wiped out Carter Henry’s main sport – baseball – in the spring of 2020, and then precautions spoiled other sports throughout the fall. Although many athletics schedules shrank or disappeared in 2020, Sturgeon Bay High School (SBHS) has greatly expanded one of its programs: downhill skiing. Henry relished the challenge of trying a […]

  • Suds with Sophie: Is It a Porter or a Stout?

    You’ve no doubt seen a distinction in beer between stouts and porter styles, whether at a grocery store or a brewery. Although these words might indicate a distinction today, their historical characteristics are not the same. In fact, the entire style – even in its birthplace of England – has changed drastically.  The story begins during the […]

  • Peninsula Poetry: Karen Wilson

    Compiled by the Door County Poets Collective Karen Wilson is a lifelong Wisconsinite who grew up in Sheboygan and graduated from the University of Wisconsin. She’s lived in Door County for 43 years, witnessing many changes – but nothing could be like the change since 1881, when her great-grandparents were original settlers here, building a […]

  • Unbound: The (largely) coastal scenes of Andrea Naylor

    Physically, Pelican Gallery has a Sturgeon Bay zip code, and it occupies a boathouse on Riley’s Bay in southern Door County. But according to Andrea Naylor, the artist who runs the business, it is a “Coastal Art Gallery Located on the Fresh Coast of Door County, Wisconsin.” Clearly, we are in the presence of an […]

  • The Art of Screenwriting at Write On

    What could be better on a cold winter evening than a comfortable chair, a warming beverage and listening to poetry? On Jan. 16, 6 pm, Write On will present a reading by contributors to the anthology Through This Door: Wisconsin in Poems. It’s a chance to travel the state without leaving home and to hear […]

  • Wild Things: Wolf Debate Heating Up as State Eyes Management

    Gray wolves lost protections under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Monday, offering lethal control options to states suffering losses of livestock, pets and wildlife. But a Wisconsin hunting and trapping season will happen in 2021 only if expected legal challenges from animal-activist organizations are unsuccessful. “We’re prepared. We’ve managed wolves before,” said Keith Warnke, administrator […]

  • Galaxy Gazing: Supernova

    The dramatic end of larger stars by Tom Gwilym, Vice President, Door Peninsula Astronomical Society  The biggest explosions that humans have ever seen (from a safe distance) are supernovae: the explosive, end-of-life events of larger stars. The star has to be about five times larger than our own sun to go out with this kind […]

  • Peninsula Players Series Visits 1950s

    In the next installment of Peninsula Players Presents, hosts Greg Vinkler and Audra Baakari Boyle discuss the mid-1950s, when Caroline Fisher supported the March of Dimes and its anti-polio campaign; and for the first time, the theater extended a show and performed it for two weeks. Caroline Fisher and her husband, Rodion Rathbone, became the […]

  • BITS & BITES: Award-winning Cider, Winter Menus

    Island Orchard Cider Wins Silver Medal for Pear Reserve Cider  Ellison Bay – Island Orchard Cider, 12040 Garrett Bay Road, earned a silver medal from Cidercraft Magazine for its Pear Reserve Cider, which is known for its lively, frothy effervescence and delicious, light pear flavor.  Cidercraft is an international authority on cider with rigorous standards […]

  • Public Meetings on West Side School Redevelopment Coming Up

    As Door County finalizes the grant application that would contribute $1.4 million to develop the West Side School into an apartment building, the City of Sturgeon Bay is preparing for the required review process. The Sturgeon Bay Plan Commission will hold a public hearing and meeting Jan. 20 on granting the conditional use permit that […]

  • For Nursing Homes, Vaccines Bring Glimmers of Hope

    Nearly 200 residents and staff members at Scandia Village–Good Samaritan in Sister Bay received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine Dec. 30. Scandia Village Administrator Michele Notz said it was the first of three vaccination clinics they will host at the long-term-care facility. “It was exciting,” Notz said. “It went really well. Walgreens sent […]

  • Local Vaccine Rollout Underway

    Weekly allocations of the Moderna vaccine are rolling into Door County Medical Center (DCMC), where frontline health care workers are well on their way to being immunized against COVID-19.  “At this time, every employee at DCMC who wants the vaccine has had the opportunity to receive it,” said Dr. Jim Heise, DCMC chief medical officer. […]

  • Door County COVID-19 Cases by Municipality

    The Wisconsin Department of Public Health tracks positive COVID-19 cases not only by county, but by town, village and city. The level of data is not as comprehensive as it is for counties as a whole  such as total number of tests, active versus recovered cases, and deaths – only positives reported for a given […]

  • Gun Store, Shooting Range Planned in Sturgeon Bay

    Plans for a new gun store and shooting range doing business as Virlee Gunworks in the former Save A Buck building on Egg Harbor Road in Sturgeon Bay were revealed last month. The city’s Aesthetic Design and Site Plan Review Board considered whether to grant a certificate of appropriateness for some minor facade improvements the […]

  • Grant Supports Peninsula Transit Coalition

    Door-Tran has received a $2,500 grant from the Door County Community Foundation to support the Peninsula Transit Coalition’s continuing investigation of the feasibility of an expanded, countywide public-transportation system. Since early 2019, a group of local residents and business owners has been studying options for a bus system that would operate in addition to existing […]

  • Kewaunee County to Open Ice Rink, Winter Park

    The Kewaunee County Promotions and Recreation Department (KCPRD, or will soon open the new Dana Farm Ice Skating Rink, funded primarily with a donation from Kewaunee County Farm Technology Days 2017. The free, lit, outdoor rink – at N3787 Ransom Moore Lane, adjacent to Winter Park – is freezing over and will open as […]

  • Obituary: Marilyn Jean Nelson

    April 4, 1932 ~ January 2, 2021 Marilyn Jean Nelson, 88, of Sturgeon Bay, died, early Saturday morning, January 2, 2021 at Sturgeon Bay Health Services.  She was born April 4, 1932 in Sturgeon Bay to Richard and Jennie (Turnquist) Johnson. Marilyn grew up in Gills Rock and attended Newport School and Bethel Baptist Church. […]

  • Obituary: Mary Ann Paul

    March 2, 1931 ~ January 3, 2021 Mary Ann Paul, 89, of Sturgeon Bay died at Door County Medical Center on January 3, 2021.  She was born March 2, 1931 to Clarence and Elsie (Wiesner) Karnitz.  On February 12, 1955 she married George J. Paul in Sturgeon Bay, he preceded her in death on February […]

  • Obituary: Beverly Ann Schmeling

    September 7, 1943 ~ January 1, 2021 Beverly Ann Schmeling, 77, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, died on January 1, 2021, in Appleton at Theda Care Hospital.  She was born on September 7, 1943, in Algoma to Philip and Sylvia (Ullsperger) Dufek.   On August 5, 1972, she married Gary Schmeling at St. Mary’s Church in Algoma.  […]

  • Obituary: Major Otto Charles Mueller, U.S. Army (Ret.)

    October 29, 1950 ~ December 10, 2020 Major Otto Charles Mueller, U.S. Army (Ret.), 70, of Kaiserslautern, Germany, died suddenly on Thursday, December 10, 2020 at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. Otto was born October 29, 1950 at the Great Lakes Naval Hospital in North Chicago, Illinois, son of the late Master Sergeant Charles Frederick […]

  • Obituary: Helen Chaudoir

    June 17, 1928 ~ December 29, 2020 Helen A. Chaudoir, 92, of Rosiere died Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at Allouez Parkside Village in Green Bay. She was born June 17, 1928, to John Sr. and Helen (LeGreve) Delorit. She married Harry Chaudoir Jr. on May 29, 1947 and they were blessed with 8 children and […]

  • Obituary:Clifford “Cliff” Tebon

    February 7, 1938 ~ December 29, 2020 Clifford J. Tebon, 82, of Sturgeon Bay died at Anna’s Health Care on December 29, 2020.  He was born in Algoma on February 7, 1938 to Goldie and Laura (Malfroid) Tebon.  On July 31, 1957 he married Dianne Neubauer, she preceded him in death on August 18, 2013. […]

  • Obituary: Marion M. (Auman) Cushman

    February 21, 1927 ~ December 20, 2020 Marion M (Auman) Cushman, 93 of Claybanks Township, died peacefully on Sunday, December 20, 2020 at the Pete and Jelaine Horton Skilled Nursing and Hospice Care Center in Sturgeon Bay, WI. Marion was born Feb 21, 1927 in Marinette, WI, the daughter of the late Earl and Margaret […]

  • National Guard COVID-19 Testing Sites Return Monday

    Door County is partnering with the Wisconsin National Guard to offer free COVID-19 testing for the community on a weekly recurring basis each Monday through March 8, from 8 am – 4 pm.  The location of the testing site rotates each week between a northern and a central site. The northern site will be located […]

  • Obituary: Nicholas “Nick” Ciganik

    May 25, 1948 ~ December 27, 2020 Nicholas John Ciganik, 72, of Sturgeon Bay, died suddenly on Dec. 27, 2020.  He was born May 25, 1948 in Ionia, Michigan to John and Mary Jane Ciganik. On Feb. 9, 1968 he married Lynda Carol Outman in Belding, Michigan. Nick graduated from Michigan State University with a […]

  • Obituary: Ann Marie Bitters

    November 21, 1923 ~ December 28, 2020 Ann Marie Bitters, 97, of Menomonee Falls, died peacefully at Cardinal Ridge Assisted Living in Sturgeon Bay, on Monday, December 28, 2020. She was born November 21, 1923 in Milwaukee, daughter of the late John and Stella (Rzatkiewicz) Nowak. On August 30, 1947, Ann and Francis “Fritz” Charles […]

  • Obituary: Catherine Mary Johnson

    August 3, 1946 ~ December 23, 2020 Catherine “Cathy” Johnson, age 74, died on December 23, 2020, in Sturgeon Bay after a battle with dementia. Cathy was born in Flint, MI to Milton and Janet (Scheer) Stratton on August 3, 1946. Cathy was a nurse with a gift of caring and advocacy for others, a […]

  • Obituary: David Alan Swagel

    August 22, 1957 ~ December 15, 2020 David Alan Swagel, of Portland, Oregon, died on December 15, 2020 surrounded by loved ones, after a grueling battle with Peritoneal Mesothelioma. David was born on August 22, l957 to Patricia and Anton Swagel in beautiful Cedar Rapids,Iowa. He cherished his happy childhood growing up with seven brothers […]

  • Obituary: Larry Clyde Casperson

    October 29, 1943 ~ December 27, 2020 Larry Clyde Casperson, 77 of Woodbridge, VA died peacefully on Sunday, December 27, 2020 in Woodbridge due to complications of COVID 19. He was born October 29, 1943 in Sturgeon Bay, WI to Clyde and Mila Casperson. He grew up in Sister Bay, WI, attended Sister Bay Grade […]

  • Obituary: Steven A. Zak

    December 24, 1953 ~ December 26, 2020 Steven A. Zak, 67, of Zanesville, Ohio, died on Saturday, December 26th, 2020.  He was born in Sturgeon Bay on December 24, 1953, the son of the late Martin L. and Alice M. (Franke) Zak.  He graduated from Gibraltar High School in 1972 and went on to meat […]

  • Obituary: Randall Stuart Sorensen

    June 15, 1946 ~ December 25, 2020 Randall Stuart Sorensen, 74, of Washington Island, died unexpectedly at home on Friday, December 25, 2020. He was born June 15, 1946 on Washington Island, son of the late Stuart Hagen and Jane Deloris (Jacobsen) Sorensen. Randy graduated from high school in River Grove, Illinois with the Class […]