Peninsula Pulse May 15-22, 2020

In this issue

  • NWTC to Hold Virtual Graduation

    Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) is recognizing the more than 2,100 students in its talented Class of 2020 with a tribute that launched May 12 on the college’s social media platforms and website.  In addition, NWTC’s in-person commencement has been changed to a virtual ceremony set for June 26. All NWTC 2020 graduates are also […]

  • Southern Door Selling Commemorative Bricks

    Southern Door High School is selling bricks as a Convocation Plaza fundraiser. Purchase bricks to honor current or past students, favorite staff members, achievements, life milestones and more. A 4″ x 8″ brick starts at $75; an 8″ x 8″ brick is $150. Add a logo for an additional fee.  The ordering deadline is June […]

  • Rotary Club Awards Scholarships

    The Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay has awarded $21,700 in scholarships to 2020 graduates of Door County high schools. In total, 17 students were recognized through three types of scholarships. The Rotary Rising to the Challenge Award is presented to an outstanding student who has faced significant challenges and has risen above adversity in her […]

  • Local Art Goes Worldwide

    Ellison Bay Virtual Spring Arts Crawl and Miller Art Museum share art virtually Door County artists and artisans took viewers on real-time virtual tours of their galleries and working spaces as part of the first Ellison Bay Virtual Spring Arts Crawl on May 16. During the live Ellison Bay Arts Facebook event, viewers from across […]

  • Kitchens Proposes Emergency Elections Procedure

    State Reps. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) and Staush Gruszynski (D-Green Bay) introduced a bill on May 18 to address the state’s preparedness to hold an election during a public-health emergency.  The proposal is a response to the confusion leading up to the April 7 spring election, when in-person voting was held during the first weeks […]

  • Letter to the Editor: ‘I Am Uncomfortable’

    I am uncomfortable watching Trump lie (give misinformation) about matters related to the pandemic and politicizing everything involved with it while he continually ignores the obvious need to begin a public discussion about how we’re going to distribute the essential items needed to move forward in fighting this virus, but which are in short supply.  […]

  • Letters to the Editor: May 15-22

    Who Are the Very Good People? The nurses and doctors, janitors and housekeeping staff, bus drivers, meat cutters, fishers, farmers, shippers, grocery store employees, Navy sailors, National Guard members, firefighters, police officers and members of the press are those who face COVID-19 every day to do their jobs so that we can stay healthy, fed […]

  • The High Cost of High Water

    Homeowners, municipalities fortify shorelines against erosion For Bo and Mindy Ellis, the rising waters of Lake Michigan are much more than a curiosity.  Their home on the south edge of Whitefish Bay Creek is within 20 feet of the water and about eight feet above it. In another year or two, or after one bad […]

  • U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Accepting Applications for Excessive Moisture or Drought Aid

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has started accepting applications and making payments through the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program-Plus (WHIP+) to agricultural producers who suffered eligible losses because of excessive moisture or drought in 2018 and 2019. Signup for these causes of loss opened March 23. Wisconsin producers who suffered losses from excessive moisture, floods, […]

  • Southern Door Senior Poetry: Brock Aune

    The Peninsula Pulse has dedicated a page in each issue from April 24 to May 22 for the students of each Door County high school. This week we feature the work of Southern Door student writers. Present by Brock Aune, Senior We wake up each morning uncertain of the day’s purpose, repeating yesterday’s  routine as […]

  • A Socially Distanced Education

    The Peninsula Pulse has dedicated a page in each issue from April 24 to May 22 for the students of each Door County high school. This week we feature the work of Southern Door student writers.  by Stephany Massart, Sophomore Many victims of the spread of COVID-19 are students, many of whom are confused and […]

  • Teaching during the Pandemic

    The Peninsula Pulse has dedicated a page in each issue from April 24 – May 22 for the students of each Door County high school. This week we feature the work of Southern Door student writers. by Stephany Massart, Sophomore Students aren’t the only ones in school settings who have been forced to adapt to […]

  • Investigate, Educate Is Approach to Local Safer at Home Enforcement

    Wisconsin’s Safer at Home order is enforceable by any local law-enforcement official, with violation and obstruction punishable by imprisonment of up to 30 days and a fine of up to $250, according to the language contained in the order. The penalty is based on Wisconsin statute 252.25, which governs the violation of laws pertaining to […]

  • 23 Positive COVID-19 Cases

    A total of 23 positive COVID-19 cases had been reported in Door County as of Wednesday, May 13. Negative tests numbered 409, with deaths at three for the county.  Across Wisconsin, 10,902 positive cases had been reported. Of those, 6,400 were never hospitalized; 1,908 were hospitalized; and 2,594 were unknown. The number of people with […]

  • Innkeepers Prepare for Full Openings

    Lodging facilities advised to schedule 24-hour gaps in rooms between guests The lodging industry was one of the business sectors deemed “essential” and allowed to remain open under Wisconsin’s Safer at Home order. Yet the industry relies upon people being able to move around – a condition that has not formally existed since March 19. “The […]

  • Partnership Connects Businesses through Video Forum

    One silver lining of COVID-19 could be the new ways people are finding to collaborate, problem-solve and remain connected. One such way happened May 6. “This is the first time we’ve done this in Door County,” said Brian Stephens, CEO of Door County Medical Center (DCMC), during a videoconference for community and business members that […]

  • Some Retail Stores Allowed to Reopen

    All standalone and strip-mall-based retail stores are allowed to offer in-person shopping for up to five customers at a time while maintaining required social-distancing practices, according to Emergency Order #36, signed May 11 by Andrea Palm, secretary-designee of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. It also allows drive-in theaters to operate with some restrictions. All […]

  • Door County Schools Reworking Graduation Plans

    The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) provided new guidance May 7, recommending that all schools in the state cancel or postpone all in-person commencement ceremonies scheduled for the spring and summer. Any public gatherings such as traditional graduation ceremonies that are normally held at this time should be virtual or noncontact, and they should […]

  • Wisconsin Restaurant Association Launches Reopening Promise

    The Wisconsin Restaurant Association (WRA) – in partnership with restaurant operators and health officials across the state – has launched the Wisconsin Restaurant Promise (WRP) to help restaurants safely reopen and welcome customers back. When customers see the WRP endorsement, they can be certain that the restaurant is taking all necessary steps to protect its employees […]

  • Reclaimed & Co. Jewelry Offers Shopping Appointments

    Reclaimed & Co. Jewelry will be offering in-person shopping through private appointments, each of which will provide about 30 minutes of shopping, with one customer per appointment. The store will also schedule cleaning periods between customers. For now, payment by credit card is preferred. Restrooms and seating areas are closed. To learn more and make […]

  • Suds with Sophie: German Adjunct Lagers, Part 2

    by SOPHIE NELSON, [email protected] Part one of this story launched with the May 1 issue of the Peninsula Pulse. Find it online at After decades of growth in the popularity of light lagers, the year 1920 brought about a 13-year dark period for American beer with the passing of the 18th Amendment and the […]

  • Framed: Amos the Dog

    Amos obeys the rules at the Sister Bay Piggly Wiggly. He still couldn’t go in, but he was a good boy anyway! Photo by Gloria Dougherty.

  • Wild Things: It’s a Good Time to Revive Letter Writing

    For much of the 21st century, letter writing has been on life support. Oh, there are a few people who keep cursive alive by still practicing the lost art, but for the most part, computers and smartphones have changed the way the world communicates: Using these devices is easy, fast and requires no stamps. But […]

  • Bea’s Ho-Made Makes Food & Wine List

    The prestigious foodie publication Food & Wine recently released a list of 100 great bakeries that deserve support during this challenging time. Bea’s Ho-Made Products in Ellison Bay was included as “an essential part of the Door County experience for roughly half a century.” You can read the full mention and see the full list […]

  • Summer is Coming

    The sun wakes me up every morning. It rises early these days. Just after 5 am. Lots to think about early on a May morning. Time for a walk. It’s cold, just above 35 degrees. The sun is slowly warming things up. Birds are making noise. Tulips are shedding their frost. Today there is a […]

  • New Traffic-Accident Management Could Become Permanent

    Door County law enforcement has altered its operations – along with everyone else – and for police officers and deputies, that has meant limiting interactions with the public. New reduced-interaction practices related to traffic accidents are working well, however, and they could become permanent following the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Chief Deputy Pat McCarty of the Door […]

  • Municipalities Extend Emergency Orders

    The Village of Sister Bay has extended its emergency declaration through June 30. The Town of Liberty Grove has extended its declaration through June 17, and Chair John Lowry said he anticipates extending it further. Sister Bay village attorney Randy Nesbitt said that extending the orders makes sense, if only to maintain eligibility for possible […]

  • Fish Creek Highway Work Continues

    The Highway 42 reconstruction project continues to advance.  As of last week, crews completed storm-sewer improvements at the intersection of Highway 42 and Main Street and continued to grade and place sidewalks, driveway aprons and retaining walls from Spruce Street to County F. They also continued to grade for sidewalk and place topsoil from County […]

  • PERSPECTIVE: Earth Day Wasn’t Enough

    Just a few weeks after the 50th celebration of Earth Day, we have to ask ourselves, what are we supposed to be celebrating? Is it our accomplishments since that first Earth Day in 1970? Fifty years later, are we any better off? There are, in fact, plenty of environmental accomplishments that this country’s citizens can […]

  • Peninsula Singers Cancels Spring Rehearsals and Concerts

    Because of COVID-19, the Peninsula Singers – like so many other performing-arts organizations – has canceled its spring practices and concerts. “Until we meet again, keep music in your hearts, hum a tune on your walks, listen to music in your homes or just serenade yourself in your mind (or showers),” said Jeanne Barnard, Peninsula […]

  • Summer-Season Theater and Performance Updates

    The pandemic has severely affected the county’s theater and performance communities, with many deciding to forgo a summer performance season altogether. Here are those updates: • Third Avenue Playhouse in Sturgeon Bay has canceled or rescheduled its summer performances, with the first performance opening Sept. 3. • Peninsula Players Theatre in Fish Creek has canceled its summer […]

  • Early Summer Festival Updates

    As our communities work toward figuring out a “new normal” going into the busy season, the organizers of the traditional community events and festivals of May and June are also having to adapt. Many have canceled, postponed, rescheduled or modified their events. Here’s the status of festivals: • May 15-16: Annual Door County Scottie Rally in […]

  • DCMM’s Challenge: Float Your Boat!

    The Door County Maritime Museum (DCMM) invites you to bring Door County’s maritime history and technology to life – even during this time of quarantine – by building boats for a new online competition.  The Peninsula Pulse and DCMM have partnered to launch the Float Your Boat! newspaper and cardboard boat-building challenge. Participants are invited to create, […]

  • Gibraltar School Board Tables Graduation Plan

    Dozens of senior parents and community members joined the Gibraltar School Board’s May 11 virtual meeting in support of the prospect of a graduation ceremony at the Skyway Drive-In Theater for the Class of 2020.  Prior to the meeting, seniors created a petition for the board to allow such a ceremony to happen, despite health […]

  • Keller to Contract New Projects in Sturgeon Bay

    Keller will be the general contractor on a drive-through and office-addition building project for Door County Coffee & Tea Co. in Sturgeon Bay. Construction will begin in June and is expected to be finished by September. In addition, Keller will be the construction-management team for a new, 5,000-square-foot, pre-engineered storage-building project for the Door County […]

  • Obituary: Erma Hartwig

    December 8, 1932 ~ May 11, 2020 Erma Jean Hartwig, 87, of Brussels, passed away at Oak Creek CBRF in Luxemburg on May 11, 2020.  She was born December 8, 1932 in the Town of Gardner to Clarence and Irene (Engebose) Krause.  On May 16, 1953 she married Sylvester H. Hartwig; he preceded her in […]

  • Obituary: Rebecca L. Ahlswede

    October 1, 1930 ~ May 11, 2020 On May 11, 2020 Rebecca Ahlswede passed away with her family by her side. She was born on October 1,1930 to Roy and Esther (Vetter) Claflin in the town of Gardner. She was a direct descendant of Increase Claflin. Becky attended Stevenson Pier Grade School and graduated from Sturgeon […]

  • Some Retail Stores Allowed to Reopen

    All standalone and strip-mall-based retail stores may now offer in-person shopping for up to five customers as a time while maintaining required social-distancing practices, according to Emergency Order #36, signed today by Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm. It also allows drive-in theaters to operate with some restrictions. All businesses must continue to […]

  • Obituary: Lawrence Joseph Henkel

    June 21, 1939 – May 7, 2020      Lawrence Joseph Henkel, 80, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on Thursday, May 7, 2020 at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay.      He was born June 21, 1939 in Sturgeon Bay, son of the late George and Olga (Peterson) Henkel. After graduating from Sevastopol High School, Larry […]

  • Obituary: Robert Francis King

    April 24, 1933 ~ May 7, 2020   Robert Francis King, 87, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away in the comfort of his home late Thursday evening, May 7, 2020 with his family at his side.      He was born April 24, 1933 in Green Bay, the son of Robert William King and Dorothy Margaret (May) […]

  • Obituary: Evelyn B. Ohlrogge

    July 10, 1929 ~ May 9, 2020 Evelyn Barbara Ohlrogge, 90, of Sturgeon Bay passed away at the Skilled Nursing Facility on May 9, 2020.  She was born July 10, 1929 in Fish Creek to Nicolas and Praxie (Zak) Smith. Evelyn was a graduate of Gibraltar High School and enjoyed many years of planning and […]

  • Reopening Guidelines Arrive from State

    Advice for 15 industries included The reopening guidelines that local businesses have been waiting for came from the state May 8. In addition to general guidelines, the state offered industry-specific advice to 15 business sectors: agriculture, construction, entertainment/amusement, gyms/fitness centers, hair and nail salons, hospitality/lodging, manufacturing, outdoor gatherings, outdoor recreation, professional services, public facilities, restaurant, […]

  • A Mother’s Day Message

    Today is Mother’s Day. Today we are asked to pause to remind ourselves of what is most important, and there is nothing more important than family.  Immediate, extended, friends, neighbors, our community, all of us.  All of you are family. My mother taught me to question everything, to be respectful, to listen, to be kind. […]

  • Door Shakespeare Cancels Summer Season

    Door Shakespeare has canceled its 2020 summer season. Wittenberg, Hamlet and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] were scheduled to run July 1 – Aug. 24. “To celebrate Door Shakespeare’s 25th-anniversary summer season in style, we brought together an amazing company of actors, designers, stage managers, directors, interns and staff,” said Michael Stebbins, […]

  • Door County Maritime Museum’s “Float Your Boat” Challenge

    Door County Maritime Museum wants you to bring Door County’s maritime history and technology to life, even during this time of quarantine, and build boats for the new online competition. In partnership with the Peninsula Pulse newspaper, DCMM is launching the “Float Your Boat!” paper and cardboard boat-building challenge. We are asking students and anyone […]

  • Obituary: Elva Bertha (Herbst) Killa

    November 4, 1915 ~ May 6, 2020     Elva Bertha (Herbst) Killa, 104, of Sturgeon Bay, was called Home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at the Pete and Jelaine Horton Skilled Nursing and Hospice Care Center.      She was born at home in West Jacksonport on November 4, […]