Peninsula Pulse July 5-12, 2024

In this issue

  • Obituary: Captain Brock “Soap” McArdle

    Oct. 27, 1993 – June 21, 2024 Captain Brock “Soap” McArdle, 30, of Anchorage, Alaska and formerly of Sturgeon Bay passed away on June 21, 2024, in Alaska. He was born Oct. 27, 1993, in Green Bay to Jerry and Terri (Seiler) McArdle. After graduating from Southern Door High School in 2012, Brock enlisted in […]

  • Obituary: Derek Lee Nelson

    July 29, 1981 – July 6, 2024 Derek Lee Nelson, 42, of Waterford, died unexpectedly on Saturday, July 6, 2024. He was born in West Allis on July 29, 1981, son of Dennis Lee Nelson and Joan Marie (Mehrwerth) Nelson-Thome.  Derek graduated from Gibraltar High School with the Class of 1999. He proudly served in […]

  • Obituary: Robert “Bobby” L. Brauer

    Jan. 19, 1950 ~ July 5, 2024 Robert “Bobby” L. Brauer, 74, of Sturgeon Bay, died at his home Friday July 5, 2024. He was born Jan. 19, 1950 in Sturgeon Bay along with his twin sister, Karen, children of the late George and Helen (Kozlowski) Brauer. His parents would buy the V-Bar in Valmy […]

  • Obituary: Bonnie Jo (Nordeen) Tesnow

    May 19, 1940 – July 6, 2024 Bonnie Jo Tesnow, 84, of Sister Bay passed away early Saturday morning, July 6, 2024 at Scandia Village in Sister Bay. She was born May 19, 1940, in Sister Bay, the daughter of the late Walter and Ethel (Knutson) Nordeen. Bonnie graduated from Gibraltar High School in 1959. […]

  • Obituary: Sally A. LeCloux

    April 27, 1942 – July 3, 2024 Sally Ann LeCloux, 82, of Sturgeon Bay, died on July 3, 2024. She was born April 27, 1942, in Sturgeon Bay to Chester and Marion (Skippon) Weborg. After Chester was killed in WW II, her mother married Raymond Hartl who became a loving father to her. On Aug. […]

  • Family-Friendly Funk at Door Community Auditorium

    Family-friendly funk band 23 Skidoo and The Secret Agency will play the Door Community Auditorium (DCA) July 8, 6:30 pm. Secret Agent 23 Skidoo is a Grammy-winning, internationally-touring, purple-velvet-tuxedo-wearing phenomenon. Combining the primal power of hip-hop with the surreal storytelling of science fiction, 23 Skidoo has concocted a potent potion that wows family crowds across […]

  • Rogue Theater Presents “The Gingerbread Girl”

    The students of Rogue Theater’s Youth Theater Camp will present The Gingerbread Girl by D. M. Larson on July 11, 6 pm at the DC Arts Center. This play picks up where the classic tale of the Gingerbread Man left off and adds some new, humorous twists. The baker, played by Jackson Toivonen, decides to […]

  • Obituary: Katherine Ann Lewis

    May 15, 1936 ~ July 1, 2024 Katherine “Ann” Lewis, 88 of Sister Bay, passed away July 1, 2024 at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay. Ann is survived by her partner of 43 years, Ruth Gau; her sister, Marguerette (Edward) Pevonka of DeKalb, Illinois; nephews, Stephen (Christina) Lewis, Mesa, Arizona, Christopher (Stephanie) Lewis of […]

  • Obituary: Peter Joe Laxo

    Dec. 31, 1954 – May 30, 2024 Peter Joe Laxo, age 69, of Hancock, Michigan passed away unexpectedly at home May 30, 2024. Peter was born Dec. 31, 1954 to Axel and Immi Laxo. He  lived the majority of his childhood in Republic, Michigan (A few years were spent living in Kellogg,  Idaho.)  Peter attended […]

  • City To Prohibit Short-Term Rentals In Duplex Development Agreement

    Sturgeon Bay’s Common Council gave final approval last week to rezone a 1.47-acre lot along North 15th Drive to construct five duplexes. Acting on advice from city attorney Jim Kalny, the council agreed to remove a provision in the Planned Unit Development that stated short-term rentals (STRs) would not be allowed, based on the likelihood […]

  • Republicans Opening New Headquarters

    The Republican Party of Door County is celebrating the grand opening of its new headquarters in part of the renovated former Ace Hardware building at 244 N. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay.  The event will take place on Monday, July 8 at 6 pm.  Confirmed guest speakers include Republican candidates for the 8th Congressional District: […]

  • Egg Harbor Orders Title Search For Point Beach Waterfront Outlot Questions

    Ten residents of the century-old Point Beach neighborhood attended the Egg Harbor Village Board meeting June 12 to again ask the village to ensure that private property owners don’t prevent access to 10 waterfront-access lots. The village board voted to spend not more than $4,800 on a title search for each lot to begin studying […]

  • New Emergency Generator Coming For Washington Island EMS Center

    The County of Door purchased the historic Washington Island dairy building for $800,000 in 2020 at 1309 Range Line Road and then renovated it into its Washington Island emergency medical services (EMS) facility. But even then, said Wayne Spritka, Door County facilities and parks director, they knew the generator was not in good condition. “After […]

  • Engineering Approved To Reconstruct Part Of Sand Bay Road

    The Nasewaupee Town Board last week approved paying Stantec Consulting Services $10,500 for engineering services to reconstruct an eight-tenths of a mile section of Sand Bay Road from Sand Bay Lane to Woodlane Road. Stantec project manager Skyler Witalison said the Wisconsin Department of Transportation has agreed under the Local Roads Improvement Program to reimburse […]

  • The Ridges Launches Free Fridays

    The Ridges Sanctuary announced the introduction of Free Fridays, an interactive program series in which free admission to the Sanctuary is offered to visitors of all ages from dawn until dusk each Friday in July and August. Each Free Friday will also explore a different theme, allowing visitors to learn aspects of the Sanctuary’s nature.  […]

  • Land Trust Hosts Nature Events

    The program of the “Creation of a Nature Preserve: Bayshore Blufflands Nature Preserve” will take place at the preserve on July 11, 1-3 pm, and July 13, 10 am – 12 pm. It will follow the story of how the discovery of state-threatened orchids and federally endangered snails along the Niagara Escarpment led to the […]

  • Rock Island Friends Hosting Annual Picnic

    The group is also celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Pottawatomie Lighthouse Museum, and its 30-year anniversary as a Friends group The Friends of Rock Island State Park will host their Annual Fundraiser Fun Day Picnic event on July 6 from 10 am – 3 pm.  The picnic will include a brat fry, a silent […]

  • Local Author Launches Latest Novel

    Write On Door County will host Door County author Margaret Philbrick on July 25, 7-8:30 pm, as she launches her new novel, House of Honor: The Heist of Caravaggio’s Nativity.  About the new book, Taryn Hutchison, award-winning author of A Cold War Trilogy, wrote, “The Godfather meets The Da Vinci Code with a redemptive twist.” […]

  • Turtle Ridge Hosts A Jewelry Pop Up

    Turtle Ridge Gallery will host Jennifer Lipman-Bruno for a jewelry pop up July 5-6, 10 am – 5 pm.  “I love clean, simple, elegant lines that are slightly tweaked to subtly call attention,” Lipman-Bruno said. “And when the piece finds its owner, they hopefully will have a love affair that will endure a lifetime.” For […]

  • Idea Gallery Opens New Exhibit

    Idea Gallery will host an opening reception of its second exhibit of its eighth season, Summer Group Show, July 6.  The featured artworks by Door County artists include Dan Cross (painting), Lynn Gilchrist (painting) and Emily Roedl (photography/jewelry). There will be new works by Wisconsin artists Teresa Lind (sculpture) and Richard Taylor (sculpture); works from […]

  • “Paint The Music” Brings Improvisational Art

    ARTicipation Studio and Gallery will host the artist currently known as “Tim” as he creates music-based improvisational art with PAINT THE MUSIC, July 12.  The featured musicians will be Jana Nyberg Meckler on flute, vocals and keys, Jake Nyberg on percussion, and Adam Meckler on brass and guitar.  The improvisational “dance” between artist and musicians […]

  • SBAC Announces Summer Art Crawl

    The Sturgeon Bay Art Crawl (SBAC) Summer Art Crawl will take place July 13-14, featuring 30 artists.  The artists will open their home studios and galleries for this event. The event provides an opportunity for attendees to view and purchase original artwork in the settings where it is made, while engaging in conversation with the […]

  • Fine Line Announces Second Exhibit

    Fine Line Designs Gallery announced its second exhibit of the 2024 season, which will begin on July 11 with an artist reception that same evening from 4 – 6:30 pm.  The exhibit will feature the oil paintings by longtime Fine Line artist, Pamela Murphy, oil and acrylic works by Jane Foley Ferraro and glass pieces […]

  • PSB To Perform In Martin Park

    The Peninsula Symphonic Band (PSB) will perform in Martin Park in  Sturgeon Bay on July 6, 11 am, during the weekly farmer’s market.  The free concert is part of the band’s 34th season of making music throughout the peninsula.  “Band members are excited to showcase their talents for friends, neighbors and visitors,” said Jason Palmer, […]

  • Birch Creek Announces 2024 Symphony Concerts

    Birch Creek Music Performance Center announced a series of performances that will occur throughout the month of July, all beginning at 7 pm.  •July 4 – The center will celebrate Independence Day with “A Birch Creek Symphonic Fourth.” The 90-piece symphony orchestra,  conducted by Taka Matsunaga and featuring tenor and former Birch Creek student Jonathan […]

  • Youth Theater Offered At The DC Arts Center

    Rogue Theater and the DC Arts Center in Sturgeon Bay will offer a variety of summer youth activities. Along with their Youth Theater Camp, they are also offering music and movement fun for young students and reading readiness practice.  •Music and Movement Fun – Students enjoy moving creatively and exploring sounds. They use their bodies, […]

  • Mike At The Movies: Inside Out 2

    The Up series of documentaries is one of the great achievements in movie-making, according to many critics (including me). The series began in 1964 with Seven Up, introducing us to several 7-year-old boys and girls growing up in England, and continuing their stories every subsequent seven years with a new film. Seventy Up is in […]

  • Cocktails on July Fourth

    Just like that, Beer Fest and Wine Fest have already come and gone. With July Fourth upon us, it’s officially summer-cocktail season. Here are 10 classic and creative cocktails to start it off and keep it interesting long into a Door County summer.  Dirty Blue Martini Cold, crisp gin with olive brine and an olive […]

  • Traveling by Fork

    Continue to follow the “Top Chef” trail across Wisconsin The Wisconsin season of Bravo’s “Top Chef” has ended, but the culinary adventures don’t have to. To help residents and travelers travel by fork across the state, Travel Wisconsin has developed a “Top Chef” landing page on that dives deep into Wisconsin’s food and drink […]

  • BHC Offers Belgian Bus Tour

    The Belgian Heritage Center (BHC) will offer a one-hour narrated bus tour of the Belgian settlement, in partnership with the Brussels Lions Club, on July 13.  BHC’s Historian Barb Chisholm will take attendees to see chapels, traditional Belgian houses, summer kitchen, cemeteries and where the first Kermiss was held.  Tour participants will also receive a […]

  • Zephyr Ciesar Releases EP

    Vocalist, songwriter and performer Zephyr Ciesar released her debut EP “Little Green” on June 20. The EP is a compilation of five courses strung together, which are heavily influenced by her coming-of-age years in New York when she was navigating the grind of auditions and survival. It’s also influenced by her more recent time back […]

  • Clearing Offers Bob Dylan Class

    The Clearing will host a class featuring the success of Bob Dylan’s life on July 15-16.  With Dylan’s significant fame, many are interested in him from those who have a lifetime fascination to others who only briefly know his name. His rejection of folk purity angered some and his embrace of electricity angered others. This […]

  • Björklunden Hosts Community Concerts

    Björklunden will offer two concerts featuring local musicians Zephyr Ciesar on July 31, and Katie Dahl with Eric Lewis on Aug. 28.  Organized by members of the Friends of Bjorklunden, both concerts will be held at 4:30 pm on the lawn next to the Boynton Chapel.  Ciesar will perform a variety of songs, including music […]

  • Katie Dahl Leads Vacations To Europe

    Door County-based singer-songwriter Katie Dahl will lead vacations to Europe with fans and friends in the fall of 2024.  She will lead two trips to Scotland, and in 2025, she’ll lead trips to Scotland once again, and a river cruise down the Rhine River.  All trips include music by both Dahl and local musicians, as […]

  • Listen Up!

    Check out a few activities going on this holiday weekend! GET CRAFTY Jewelry Trunk Show  July 5-6, 10 am – 5 pm, Turtle Ridge Gallery, 11736 Mink River Rd, Ellison Bay This jewelry show is being featured with guest artist Jennifer Lipman-Bruno.  TAKE A HIKE Guided Hike  July 11, 10 am, Ridges Sanctuary, 8166 Hwy […]

  • CULTURE CLUB: A Hit Musical Comedy Leads to a Prequel

    by DOC HEIDE, Northern Sky Theater This summer Northern Sky Theater is doing something extremely rare in American professional theater: We’re presenting a hit original musical comedy along with the brand-new prequel it inspired. Very few musicals on Broadway or elsewhere lead to a prequel or sequel. In our 35 seasons, no other show has […]

  • Larry Meiller Show Coming To Fish Creek

    Now’s your chance to catch a Wisconsin radio legend in person. Wisconsin Public Radio’s Larry Meiller Show will be broadcast live from Fish Creek on Tuesday, July 16, from 10:45 am – 1 pm at the Northern Sky Gould Theater, 9058 Cty Road A. For free tickets to attend, go to

  • AMVETS Post 51 Swear In New Officers

    AMVETS Post 51 of Sturgeon Bay hosted its installation banquet for 2024-25 officers, June 25 at the Lodge at Leathem Smith.  Dennis Burdick, AMVETS’ State Department Commander, swore in all of the elected officers with an honorable discharge. AMVETS Post 51 commander Bill Forry also took his oath of office, led by Burdick.  For further […]

  • Catching Up with the Thordarson Boathouse Restoration

    About six week’s into restoration work on Rock Island State Park’s historic Thordarson Boathouse and the changes are starting to show. The Wisconsin State Building Commission allocated $1.4 million for the work in early 2023.   “The state is embracing the fact that this is one of the iconic buildings in the entire state,” said Brian […]

  • Wisconsin’s Rural Solar Boom

    Midwest states leading the way by CHELSEA CHANDLER, Climate, Energy & Air program director, Clean Wisconsin In 2023, the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin approved six new solar farms totaling 1.3 gigawatts. That’s about twice the amount approved the prior year and puts our state on pace to achieve net-zero emissions across our economy by […]

  • Miller Opening Two New Exhibitions Featuring Indigenous Artists

    The Miller Art Museum in downtown Sturgeon Bay will open two new exhibitions on Saturday, July 13: (ha)kirinąk / to return home featured in the Museum’s first floor main galleries, and Stand Together! on the Ruth Morton Miller Mezzanine.  The exhibitions feature a collection of 35 artworks by Henry Payer, a Ho Chunk artist enrolled […]

  • Bestsellers week ended June 16

    HARDCOVER FICTION 1. The Women, by Kristin Hannah 2. James, by Percival Everett 3. Swan Song, by Elin Hilderbrand 4. Sandwich, by Catherine Newman 5. The Midnight Feast, by Lucy Foley HARDCOVER NONFICTION  1. The Demon of Unrest: A Saga of Hubris, Heartbreak, and Heroism at the Dawn of the Civil War, by Erik Larson […]

  • New Superintendent Invests Time in Training

    Krutzik attended board meetings, took some vacation days in Southern Door district Kevin Krutzik invested time in familiarizing himself with the Southern Door schools campus, administration and district challenges for the past four months, and said he looks forward to meeting and listening to staff members, parents, students and other community stakeholders. Since the school […]

  • Tech Ed Has Southern Door Board’s Attention

    Preliminary budget includes dust collector purchase The complete fiscal year in Wisconsin begins before school leaders receive solid data for calculating revenues and expenses, but districts file preliminary budgets when the fiscal year begins July 1. Southern Door business manager Jason Melotte on June 17 told the school board it’s tough to predict expenses and […]

  • Server of the Week: Audrey Rodriguez, Peninsula State Park Golf Clubhouse Restaurant

    She’s pretty darn spry as she’s bringing you more fries. Audrey knows your tee time’s coming and you really need to fly. At this restaurant with a view she’s a known-to-all fixture. Hard working, kind and playful – we think you get the picture. Some 30 summers on the job, but hey, nobody’s counting. She’ll […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Oh Lala

    Meet Oh Lala, a 3-year-old cat available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society Door County Campus. This beautiful brown-and-black longhair weighs 12-pounds, and cannot wait to find a home to share his friendly cuddles and companionship. Like all cats at WHS, he is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and goes home with a starter bag of […]

  • Hope United Church Receives Sandy Brown Award

    A “caring community with a progressive tradition,” is how Hope United Church of Christ describes itself on its website.  The Sturgeon Bay church at the corner of 12th Avenue and Michigan Street is walking that talk.  The church received, out of 11 nominees (full disclosure: the Peninsula Pulse was among those), Open Door Pride’s Sandy […]

  • Red, White and Boom!

    Days Packed with July Fourth Festivities It’s time to ignite your patriotic spirit on one of the busiest holidays of the year. From an early morning race in Fish Creek to your choice of fireworks at dusk, there’s no time to lollygag.  Throw on your red, white and blue – if not literally then in […]

  • City Advances Residential/Storage Condos

    Conditions placed on the project, including lighting, which the Door County Astronomical Society asked for to prevent light pollution Sturgeon Bay’s Plan Commission approved a conditional-use permit (CUP) June 26 for the construction of 15 part residential/part storage condominium units at the current site of a vacant, triangular-shaped parcel at the southeast corner of Utah […]

  • County Parks Infused with Grants, Donations

    Destination Door County (DDC) presented three ceremonial checks for real dollars that will enhance both county parks and water quality safety at local beaches. Julie Gilbert, DDC president/CEO, said during the check presentation at the Door County Board of Supervisors meeting, June 25, that they welcome the chance to be able to highlight the benefits […]

  • Heavy Downpour Swamps Habitat’s ReStore

    Governor declares state of emergency for entire state The June 25 storm that drenched Door County with 3-6 inches of rain in less than three hours was harder on some than others.  One of those was Door County Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore at 410 N. 14th Ave.  “Literally the whole property was flooded,” said Heather […]

  • New City TID Considered for Grant Avenue Housing Projects

    The development of additional housing – both apartments and single-family homes – on Sturgeon Bay’s west side north of state Highway 42/57 near Grant Avenue would be dependent on the creation of another Tax Incremental District (TID) in the city. If created to help pay for infrastructure improvements, community development director Marty Olejniczak said what […]

  • Lyme Disease: Prevention Can Be Much Easier Than Detection

    Not concerned about ticks? After a board meeting earlier this year, Southern Door schools’ future superintendent, Kevin Krutzik, and board member Penny Price found they had something in common other than public schools. Both talked about relatives who dealt with long-term effects of Lyme disease, a tick-borne illness. Krutzik said his son, George, missed about […]

  • Wild Things: Sharing Space on the Great Lakes

    From Green Bay up to Washington Island and back down the lakeshore to Algoma, the Brown, Door and Kewaunee County peninsula offers hundreds of miles of water to explore. Yet even with that vast expanse of Great Lakes, recreational users can sometimes find themselves in tight quarters.  Navigating these shared waters – especially on busy […]

  • Fairways: 99th Resorters Champ Had a Great 2024 College Golf Season

    The winner of the 99th Resorters Match Play tournament at Peninsula State Park had a triumphant August at the park last year in 2023, and also posted a lot of low scores in collegiate golf this spring. Griffin Pohl, a Door County summer visitor who also won the 96th annual Resorters, is coming off a […]

  • Run to Tradition at The Hairpin Run

    For Wilson’s Restaurant & Ice Cream in Ephraim, the influx of Independence Day visitors makes the July Fourth holiday one of the busiest days of the season. But instead of taking the opportunity to rest and prepare for the coming chaos, employees traditionally run a 5K. Their tradition plays out in Fish Creek for the […]

  • Liberty Grove Considers Leaving County Zoning

    On the eve of July Fourth, the Liberty Grove Town Board will discuss a kind of Independence Day of its own. “Withdrawal of County zoning pursuant to Act 264” is on the town’s agenda for its Wednesday, July 3 meeting at 6 pm at the town hall, 11161 Old Stage Road. The state’s Act 264 […]

  • The Glass Artist: The fine art and production art of Laurel Grey

    It is perhaps fitting that Laurel Grey Glassworks, where fine art meets industrial arts, is located in an industrial space in the Door County Economic Development incubator in an industrial complex on state Highway 42/57 just south of the Bayview Bridge.  Grey needs industrial space for her process-intensive work in glass. She often depicts nature […]

  • COMMUNITY VOICES: Riding with Scotty

    by STEPHAN REYNOLDS They say “Everyone loves a parade.” Well, everyone really loves a parade with Scotty Weborg in it! I learned this first-hand when I drove with Scotty through last year’s Baileys Harbor Fourth of July Parade. The countless folks waving in Scotty’s direction as he rode in the back of the 1934 Ford […]

  • Sister Bay Receives $906,000 Trail Grant

    The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has granted $906,000 to the Village of Sister Bay for a walking and biking trail along state Highway 57 . The state’s Transportation Alternatives Program grant – the same program grant the Village of Egg Harbor has received for its highway redevelopment project – will enable the village to begin […]

  • Door County League: Sister Bay’s Dynamic Duo

    There’s a real symmetry, as well as a knack for baseball, that makes battery mates and best-friends-forever Sam Forkert and Tom Sawyer the driving force behind a Sister Bay team that has ruled the Door County League again this year. The pitcher, Forkert, throws left and bats right, and is a 6-foot-6 soft-spoken giant. The […]

  • Door County League: A Familiar Battle at the Top

    There will surely be lots of fireworks around the county this week, but there were some duds in the league over the weekend. The four losing teams combined for just five runs and 17 hits. Swami on the other hand had a booming week as his 4-0 week brings his season total to 26-5. On […]

  • Task Force Releases Multimodal Path Maps and Report

    When my wife and I visited Traverse City and the Leelanau Peninsula eight years ago for a long weekend, I came away thinking Door County could learn a lot from our twin community in Michigan. But among all I was inspired by in Michigan’s own land of cherries, shoreline and wineries, what I’ve thought about […]

  • The Sounds of the Fourth: July Fourth Weekend Live Music in Door County

    The long Independence Day weekend is full of live music, and you don’t have to wait for the first sounds of the parade on Thursday to get your fill. It begins July 3, when Egg Harbor will shoot off its fireworks. You can warm up for them at One Barrel Brewing Co., where Wet Possum […]