Peninsula Pulse July 14-21, 2023

In this issue

  • Federal Trails Experts Consulting with Egg Harbor

    This spring, village president John Heller said he was glad to gain partners from the NPS’s Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program to help identify safe trails leading to other communities and safe routes from key locations in the village to areas such as Frank E. Murphy Park along Horseshoe Bay. On Tuesday, two NPS […]

  • Donations Sought to Replace Scoreboards

    A fundraising drive is now underway to replace the current baseball-field and north softball-field scoreboards at Sevastopol Town Park. The Town of Sevastopol and the Sevastopol School District, which have been working on joint projects to improve the park’s baseball and softball facilities, are looking for donations to replace the scoreboards, which are more than […]

  • Town Chooses Bertram for Broadband Project

    After seven months of research, the Town of Gibraltar’s Broadband Ad Hoc Committee recommended that the town partner with Bertram Communications/Door County Broadband to provide fiber-network access to every developed address in the town.  Several town board members expressed that they wanted more input from residents before moving forward with Bertram. As a result, the […]

  • DCL BASEBALL: Bays Surge to the Top

    Don’t look now, but we have a dogfight.  With Egg Harbor’s season sweep of the Kolberg Braves, it has slightly changed the optics of the league. Sister Bay is back leading the way, with the Island and Kolberg one game back, and Egg Harbor just two back. With five weeks to go in the regular […]

  • Huge Demand for Marathon Golf Tee Times

    Have you tried to golf 72 holes in one day? That could get expensive these days, with many courses charging $50-$80 per 18 holes. And going back a few years, trying to finish 72 holes on the former Bay Ridge’s $27 all-day fee could have become redundant: It would have required eight trips around the […]

  • Sister Bay Committee Gets Update on Facilities Study

    Amanda Arnold of Ayres Associates presented a progress report Monday to the Sister Bay Parks, Property and Streets Committee about the village facilities study that commenced in June.  The village hired Ayres to study the properties it owns and create recommendations for future use, consolidation or improvements. Facilities being evaluated in the study include the […]

  • City Finance Committee Backs 10th TID

    Sturgeon Bay may soon be managing yet another tax incremental district (TID).  The city’s Finance/Purchasing and Building Committee on Tuesday recommended that the city hire R.W. Baird as a financial consultant to pursue creating a 10th TID in the city. This one would be aimed at developing a workforce-housing subdivision on city-owned property fronting South […]

  • Islanders Mourn the Loss of a Sportsman: New memorial prize honors Bradley Jordan

    Thousands of anglers hoping to hook into the fish of a lifetime during the annual Kewaunee/Door (K/D) County Salmon Tournament are dreaming of the big one that doesn’t get away. While some will celebrate their catches with friends and family this weekend, others in the tight-knit community of Washington Island will be mourning the tragic […]

  • Community Conversation July 16

    The second meeting of Strong Towns Northern Door will be held Sunday, July 16, 12 pm, behind the Sister Bay Village Hall at Waterfront Park. Sister Bay village president Nate Bell initiated the conversations using the Strong Towns local-conversations framework to discuss how to better address community concerns and inform local government.

  • Northern Sky Gets Liquor License from Town of Gibraltar

    Because the Town of Gibraltar issued its reserve liquor license to Welcker’s Lounge during last month’s meeting, it was able to issue an above-quota license to Northern Sky Theater during a July 5 meeting. The theater company had previously approached the town about the license, prompting it to issue its reserve license, which had been […]

  • Cold-storage Building to Get Upgrades

    The Sturgeon Bay Common Council agreed July 5 to transfer $14,570 that had originally been budgeted for road-crack sealing to cover additional project costs for heating and insulating the city’s cold-storage building along North 14th Avenue. Municipal services director Mike Barker said the requirements of having to submit the project plans to the state increased […]

  • Free Transit Rides July 17

    To celebrate Rural Transit Day, Door County Connect and Door 2 Door Rides will offer free rides on Monday, July 17, to thank riders for supporting their systems. To schedule a free ride, call Door County Connect at 920.746.6944 or Door 2 Door Rides at 920.746.6948, and when riding, please let drivers know how important […]

  • City Aims to Combine Cycling, Traffic Committees

    Two of the City of Sturgeon Bay’s boards and committees would be combined into one entity under a proposed ordinance that had its first of two readings during the Common Council’s July 5 meeting. The measure would repeal the city’s Parking and Traffic Committee and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board and create instead a […]

  • “Top Chef” May Include Door County

    The 21st season of Bravo TV’s Top Chef competition will be coming to Wisconsin, and that may include Door County in some way. Bravo announced in a statement published July 11 that Madison and Milwaukee will be the show’s primary locations.  The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that the show is being produced in partnership with […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Man Killed in Crash

    Bradley Jordan of Sturgeon Bay was killed Sunday, July 9, in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of County E and Highway 57 just south of Baileys Harbor.  According to a press release issued by the Door County Sheriff’s Office, James Schorer, 83, of Baileys Harbor was traveling north on Highway 57 in a 2006 […]

  • Gibraltar Makes New Pitch for Redmann Property

    In October of 2019, Gibraltar electors overwhelmingly rejected a plan to spend $2.15 million on 195 acres owned by Marise Redmann. But the embers of that idea never completely burned out.  Now the town is returning to voters with a new plan to buy 118.76 acres of the property for $1.5 million. But this time […]

  • Letter to the Editor: An Argument for Stoplights

    An article in the June 30 Peninsula Pulse [“Money Secured for Roundabout at Culver’s Intersection”] states that “about 15,000 vehicles on average travel Highway 42/57 daily, with 2,000 to 3,000 vehicles on average traveling Gordon Road/County BB daily.” A Wisconsin traffic-safety engineer is quoted as saying that a traffic signal at that intersection “would be […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Don’t Forget Sturgeon Bay

    I hope everyone who found our paradise enjoyed Door County this past July 4. If you weren’t able to spend as much time as you wanted in all the beautiful, welcoming towns, we hope you will come back.  With that in mind, think of the City of Sturgeon Bay. We know you are aware of […]

  • Letter to the Editor: AEDs to Baseball Fields

    Thank you for the informative and important feature on the effort to field every Door County League baseball field with an AED. In addition to purchasing the AEDs and training individuals, funds will be reserved for long-term maintenance of the AEDs.  The players, umpires and fans travel and use all eight fields, so the two […]

  • Yoga Among the Flowers

    OneEighty Petals Flower Farm is partnering with Kind Soul Yoga to present Yoga in the Flower Field on Fridays, July 28 and Aug. 4, at 6 pm; and Saturdays, July 29 and Aug. 5, 12, and 19, at 7:30 am.  Janet De Voe, a yoga instructor and the owner of Kind Soul Yoga, will guide […]

  • Parent Corner: Four Tips for Beating the Vacation Hangries

    Family vacations with littles are wonderful and stressful, fun and exhausting because you’re working so hard to create beautiful memories, savor every moment, and please the kids, the grandparents, and your aunt Susan, who sees your family only once a year.  But routines are thrown off; lines are long; and the hangry devil often rears […]

  • Your Right to Know: Record Delays Are Contrary to the Law

    by BILL LUEDERS In early April, I requested some records from the Madison Police Department (MPD) regarding what it said was the sole disciplinary action taken against an MPD officer or employee during the first three months of this year.  It was an exceedingly minor matter – a sergeant who got a one-day suspension for […]

  • Wedding Bells Are Ringing at the Noble House

    The Alexander Noble House museum is celebrating love with the return of its rotating Victorian Weddings exhibit. Last year’s exhibit theme was A House in Mourning, so this year, visitors can see the Noble House dressed up for a more joyful occasion.  Alexander Noble built the house in 1875, and it remains the oldest wood-frame […]

  • Living History, Tours in Fish Creek

    The Gibraltar Historical Association will host accordion player Roger Boll on July 19, 2 pm, when he presents a living-history event, shares his knowledge of the accordion and shows some of his instrument collection. Boll has been performing in the greater Milwaukee area for more than 50 years, and he serves as president of the […]

  • DCMC Auxiliary Awards Scholarships

    The Door County Medical Center (DCMC) Auxiliary’s annual Angel Scholarship Gala in October 2022 raised $58,000 for scholarships to be distributed in 2023. Recently, $1,000 scholarships were awarded to 11 graduating students from high schools in Algoma, Gibraltar, Sevastopol, Southern Door and Sturgeon Bay who plan to pursue health-related careers in nursing, pre-med and biology. […]

  • NWTC, Fincantieri Partner to Grow Shipbuilding Industry

    Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) and Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding (FBS) are expanding their partnership to advance the maritime manufacturing industry and meet the region’s growing workforce demand. In the fall of 2022, the partners designed a special, five-week training program for FBS employees to advance their welding and ship/pipe-fitting techniques, and since the launch, 97 […]

  • School Districts Welcome Increased Funding Authority

    Southern Door searches for leader Some school districts in Door County will have an increase in “funding authority” of $325 per pupil in the next two-year state budget, and others will see their funding cap grow for one year by $1,000 per pupil. Sturgeon Bay superintendent Dan Tjernagel and business manager Jacob Holtz said they […]

  • Local Musician Attends Birch Creek

    Sevastopol High School student Ezra Linnan recently spent two weeks attending the Percussion, Steel Pan & World Music session at Birch Creek Music Performance Center among 20 other musicians from around the country. The Birch Creek academy seeks to provide intensive, performance-based instruction to promising young musicians by immersing them in a professional mentoring environment. […]

  • Comedy Night at Door County Fire Company

    Local comic Asher Brooks is hosting a comedy night July 25 at the Door County Fire Company, 38 S. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay, where other local stand-up comedians will also perform. The bar opens at 6 pm; the show begins at 7 pm. It’s recommended for adults only because there may be 18-plus content. […]

  • Swingin’ Door Big Band Seeks Musicians

    The Swingin’ Door Big Band – a 17-piece, Glenn Miller–style orchestra – is seeking to develop a local talent pool from which to draw. “From time to time, scheduling conflicts arise and the band needs to be able to fill a position for a brief period of time,” said Jason Palmer, the band’s director. “To […]

  • Pre-Show Meals, Talks at Door Shakespeare

    Door Shakespeare patrons can enjoy a preshow wine tasting and meal prepared by Thyme Restaurant and Catering before select shows. The meals are offered at 6:30 pm on alternating Wednesdays and Thursdays, July 12 through Aug. 17. Entrées include bistro chicken with artichokes, spinach, caramelized onion, goat cheese and a lemon-basil sauce; smoked beef brisket […]

  • Midsummer’s Music Highlights Piano, Flute

    During Midsummer’s Music’s Emperor Concerto & Jeannie Yu program, audiences will hear works by Beethoven, Haydn and the lesser-known Finnish-Swedish composer Bernhard Henrik Crusell. Virtuosos Jeannie Yu, piano; and Heather Zinninger, flute, are the featured performers for the series. Yu masterfully takes on Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, and Zinninger is featured in the chamber version of […]

  • Auditions for Upcoming Rogue Theater Production

    Rogue Theater is holding non-Equity auditions for One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Dale Wasserman, based on the celebrated novel by Ken Kesey and directed by John Wilson. This stage adaptation explores the brutality of life in a mental-health institution with humor, candor and unforgettable characters. Rogue is looking for male and female actors, […]

  • “Blithe Spirit” On Stage at Peninsula Players

    Peninsula Players Theatre has announced the cast of its production of Noël Coward’s comedy Blithe Spirit – a witty, haunting play that’s been a hit around the world since 1941. The show is on stage through July 23.  Sean Fortunato returns to delight audiences as the debonair Charles, who finds himself caught between two wives. Heidi […]

  • Summit Players Perform “Macbeth” at Peninsula State Park

    Summit Players Theatre – a Wisconsin-based traveling theater company – is performing Shakespeare’s Macbeth in 22 of Wisconsin’s state parks. All performances are free and offer a 45-minute, preshow educational workshop called Inside Shakespeare’s Story: Macbeth. The group will be in Peninsula State Park on July 16 for a 1 pm workshop and a 2:30 pm show. […]

  • Bits & Bites: Door Garden Club Cocktail Party

    The Door Garden Club is hosting a Sunset Sips cocktail party July 24, 5:30-7:30 pm, to support its local projects and scholarships. The party at Anchored Roots Vineyard, 4873 Willow Road in Egg Harbor, will feature music by Julien Kozak, hors d’oeuvres and wine. Space is limited, and registration at is due by July […]

  • Obituary: Bradley Joseph Jordan

    August 12, 1999 ~ July 9, 2023 Bradley Joseph Jordan, 23, of Sturgeon Bay, formerly of Washington Island, died tragically on Sunday, July 9, 2023. He was born August 12, 1999 in Palos Park, Illinois, son of Thomas Raymond Jordan III and Michelle Annette (Callan) Jordan. The family moved to Washington Island, where Bradley graduated with the […]

  • Obituary: Sigrid Edith Christiansen Ostrem

    Sigrid Edith Christiansen Ostrem died on January 22, 2023, in St. Paul, MN at the age of 88. Sigrid was born November 19, 1934 in Oberlin Ohio to Olaf and Ellen (Kjos) Christiansen. When she was six her family moved to Northfield, Minnesota when her father joined her grandfather on the music faculty at St. […]

  • Triathletes Take to the Water, Roads This Weekend

    The county will be inundated with amazing athletes July 15-16 for the Door County Triathlon, which encompasses three events for nearly 1,800 athletes, ages 6-80, all starting and finishing at Frank Murphy County Park in Egg Harbor. The action starts with the sprint triathlon Saturday at 8 am. The sprint features a quarter-mile swim from […]

  • Obituary: John L. Watters

    September 13, 1928 ~ July 9, 2023 John Lloyd Watters, 94, of Sturgeon Bay died at Pine Crest Village on July 9, 2023.   He was born September 13, 1928, in Sturgeon Bay to John and Rosetta (Anderson) Watters.  After attending school in Sturgeon Bay, John moved to Brussels with his family where they owned and […]

  • Obituary: Maynette “Momzie” Christine (Gunnlaugsson) Jutila

    September 23, 1950 ~ July 2, 2023 Maynette “Momzie” Christine Jutila, 72, of Sturgeon Bay, died on Sunday, July 2, 2023 while in the comfort of her home, with family at her side. She was born on Washington Island on September 23, 1950, the daughter of Maynard George Gunnlaugsson, Sr. and Nora Lillian (Sando) Gunnlaugsson. […]

  • Obituary: Mary “Señora” Christine Heil-Allen

    December 8, 1947 ~ July 1, 2023 Mary Christine Heil-Allen, 75, of Sturgeon Bay, died peacefully in the comfort of her home, early Saturday morning, July 1, 2023. She was born December 8, 1947 in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of Frederick Frank Heil and Helen Rose (Olson) Heil. Mary grew up attending Corpus Christi Parish […]

  • Obituary: Gary Fremodt Hansen

    December 12, 1932 ~ July 1, 2023 Gary Fremodt Hansen, died peacefully in his sleep in his apartment at Heartis Village in Brookfield, WI, early Saturday morning, July 1, 2023 at the age of 90.  He had Alzheimer’s disease the last three years of his life, but was able to enjoy family stories, family history, […]

  • Obituary: Arbutus “Arby” Roth

    September 30, 1931 ~ July 6, 2023 Arbutus “Arby” Roth, 91 of Sturgeon Bay, died in the morning hours of July 6, 2023 at the Pine Crest Village in Sturgeon Bay, WI, after celebrating the holiday weekend with family. Arbutus was born in Shawano County to Lawrence & Louise (Dehn) Blom on September 30, 1931. The Blom […]

  • Obituary: William J. Warwick Sr.

    William J. Warwick Sr., 84, of Sturgeon Bay died March 4, 2023, in Marinette, Wisconsin. A graveside service will be held Saturday, July 15, 10:30 am, at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, 3737 Egg Harbor Road in Sturgeon Bay. More information and a tribute page are available at

  • Obituary: Kenneth Henry Jeansonne

    June 4, 1947 ~ July 2, 2023 Kenneth “Ken” Henry Jeansonne, age 76 of the Town of Sevastopol, died on Sunday, July 2, 2023, in Sturgeon Bay after a long battle with Parkinson’s.  He was born on June 4, 1947, in New Orleans, Louisiana.  He is the son of the late Nolan Lee Jeansonne and […]

  • Obituary: Marie T. Anderson

    December 5, 1920 ~ June 30, 2023 Marie T. (Schinkten) Anderson, age 102, of Sturgeon Bay, died on June 30, 2023, surrounded by her loving family.  The daughter of the late Henry and Mary (Antoine) Schinkten, was born December 5, 1920, in Sturgeon Bay.  Marie was a 1938 graduate of Sturgeon Bay High School.  On […]