Peninsula Pulse May 29-June 5, 2020

In this issue

  • For College Students and Schools, Fall Plans Are Becoming Complicated

    Gibraltar senior Mara Packard knew that she would be a perfect fit for Lawrence University in Appleton because of its small, tight-knit academic community. She had received scholarships and financial aid that would cover the majority of her tuition and was eager to move into Lawrence’s campus dorms in the fall. However, after facing the […]

  • Amendments to Tower Ordinance Head to Public Hearing

    The changes don’t go far enough for those who want fixed wireless broadband towers to be exempt from all regulations The Door County Resource Planning Committee (RPC) will take public comment on changes designed to reduce some regulations on communications towers. The virtual public hearing scheduled for June 4, 1 pm, proposes to amend, specifically, […]

  • Grier’s New Album Proves the Blues Don’t Discriminate

    Sturgeon Bay-based blues artist and former New York City subway busker Cathy Grier lives and breathes the blues. She says she tries not to label herself or be confined to the limits of genre, but to her, it’s more than just a genre: It’s a job, a passion and a medicine.  “Blues has always been […]

  • PERSPECTIVE: Public Masking Should Be the New Normal

    by Richard A. Hogan, MD As a health-care provider in Door County for almost 27 years, I have come to love the county, and the people who live here, and those who visit this remarkable place.  The COVID-19 pandemic has put our whole country into an awful situation from economic and health standpoints. I have […]

  • Where Are We Going?

    Being in the newspaper business means we spend a lot of time listening to people with opposite views about “the truth.” Though we’re not advocating relativism – the old “If you stand for nothing, you fall for everything” conundrum – experience has taught us that truth is a very slippery thing. Intelligent people can, do […]

  • COVID-19 Testing Site Opens June 2 in Door County

    Door County and Kewaunee County have partnered with the Wisconsin National Guard to offer free COVID-19 testing for the community. The testing site in Door County will be open June 2 through June 4 from 11 am – 7 pm each day at the Door County Sheriff’s Office, 1201 S. Duluth Ave. Sturgeon Bay.No registration […]

  • Knowing Your Ball

    Titleist, TaylorMade, Nike and Callaway. Top-Flite, Ping, Pinnacle and Bridgestone. Do any of these names ring a bell? I hope so. They’re the top golf brands in the world. They compete for the allegiance of golfers everywhere, claiming to have the best gear in the game. The best part is, all of them may be […]

  • Framed: Al Johnson’s Favorite Morning Coffee Guys

    Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant & Butik shared this moment on Twitter during the Memorial Day weekend: “Our favorite morning coffee guys got together and social-distanced with us this weekend. #togetherapart #friendshipgoals”

  • Manners Matter: Tired of Talking about COVID-19

    Dear Mary Pat, Are there other topics to discuss besides COVID-19? I didn’t even like to write that word because I’m so tired of talking about it all the time. I remember a time during the not-so-recent past when we used to talk about movies, sports, what our grandkids were up to, what our children […]

  • Wild Things: ‘Free’ Fishing a Good Time to Introduce a New Angler

    Longtime anglers will tell you that one of the things they love most about fishing is watching the facial expressions and hearing the excited voices of a beginner who’s hooked up for the first time. It’s often a highly contagious mix of surprise, suspense and, finally, satisfaction at having mastered the piscatorial pursuit on the […]

  • Photos by Door County Native Featured in National Geographic

    Photos of Mount St. Helens by Eric Guth – grandson of Jerry and Mary Lou Guth of Algoma – are featured in the current issue of National Geographic. Eric is the great-grandson of Joe and Luella Paul, the original owners of Paul’s Nautical Inn; and the great-great-grandson of Joseph and Christina Zettel, pioneers in Door County’s […]

  • Sevastopol Class Reunion Canceled

    The 2020 class reunion for all those who graduated from Sevastopol Schools 50 years ago or more has been canceled. The next annual class reunion will be held Aug. 29, 2021.

  • Sunshine Business Services Offering Light Production Services

    Sunshine Business Services – a division of Sunshine House of Door County – offers printing, mailing and shredding services for businesses, along with other light production services.  “These opportunities allow us to provide pre-vocational training and work experience for our clients,” said Jeremy Paszczak, director of sales and marketing.  Some Door County hospitality businesses have […]

  • Final Free Community Dinner May 29

    The final night of the Door County Meals Cooperative’s free community dinner program will be May 29. To ensure that those who are struggling still have access to healthful food, eight food pantries in the county – along with the Door County Community Foundation and United Way of Door County – have created the new […]

  • PET TIP: Pet Obesity

    In response to COVID-19, the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus has temporarily suspended adoption services, and all adoptable animals have been moved to the Green Bay and Milwaukee campuses. To learn about WHS’s response to COVID-19, visit Until adoption services resume, WHS will provide tips to help pets stay healthy and happy. […]

  • Door County Floats Its Boats!

    Boat builders of all ages stretched their creativity by entering newspaper, cardboard and freeform creations in the Door County Maritime Museum’s (DCMM) online competition, the Float Your Boat Challenge! Between May 15 and 20, participants shared more than 30 video and photo entries of boat creations using #dcmaritime, with quarantined residents floating their cardboard pirate […]

  • Highway 42 Construction Progressing

    Construction on Highway 42 in Fish Creek and the Town of Gibraltar’s sidewalk project along Highway 42 are both progressing. Crews are continuing to place pavement markings, final landscaping and street lighting from Bluff Lane to County F; and continuing to place topsoil and final landscaping from County F to north of Gibraltar Road. The […]

  • Toaster Oven Turned UV Mask Decontaminator

    Door County will soon have a toaster oven that’s been tricked out with ultraviolet (UV) lights that can decontaminate up to 50 N95 masks in one shot. The equipment will be available for all emergency-services and public-health personnel across the county.  “Fire departments can drive here to use it,” said Dan Kane, Door County Emergency […]

  • Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Forest Bathing with Jane Burress

    If you follow Jane Burress for a couple of hours on a slow, guided walk through Door County’s natural places, it’s unlikely that you’ll reemerge as the same person or experience a forest in quite the same way ever again. “People get out of it what they need,” said Burress, a certified forest and nature […]

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: What Next, An Apple Pie Recipe?

    I have heard presidents from FDR to the present make national broadcasts or televised messages, but none as colloquial as those in which the president speaks about pills (hydroxychloroquine) he is taking or suggests other medicines that may help with a current health problem. When you hear the leader of what was once the world’s […]

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Irresponsibility Gone Viral

    Although the United States has 4.3 percent of the world’s population, it now has 29 percent of the deaths (CNN report, May 18, 2020) as the coronavirus has raced back and forth across the country during just two months. With more than 1.5 million cases and approaching 100,000 deaths, we are still in deep trouble […]

  • Agriculture Organizations Thank Gov. Evers for Funding

    The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, Dairy Business Association, Wisconsin Corn Growers Association, Wisconsin Soybean Association, Wisconsin Pork Association, Wisconsin Cattlemen’s Association, Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association and Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association thanked Gov. Tony Evers for allocating $50 million in federal funding for direct aid to Wisconsin farmers. These farm groups appealed to […]

  • Olson Earns Wisconsin Holstein Association Scholarship

    The Wisconsin Holstein Association ( has named Southern Door High School senior Zach Olson a recipient of a 2020 Wisconsin Holstein Association Scholarship. Olson is a member of the Southern Door FFA Chapter, East Maplewood Beavers 4-H Club and Door County Junior Holstein Association, for which he served as a quiz bowl team captain. He […]

  • Kopischke Earns Scholarship from New Mexico Tech

    Gibraltar High School senior Simon Kopischke has accepted the Competitive Scholarship from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech). The Competitive Scholarship offers significant tuition reduction and a regular stipend to select nonresident students with outstanding standardized test scores and a high GPA. Kopischke, the son of Kärin and Alan Kopischke […]

  • Jacksonport Farmers’ Market to Open June 2

    The Jacksonport farmers’ market is scheduled to begin June 2 in Lakeside Park and continue weekly on Tuesdays, 9 am – 1 pm.  To follow state guidelines regarding helping to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Jacksonport Area Business Association has made some changes for the 2020 season. The market will be open […]

  • Ridges Sanctuary Reschedules Festival of Nature

    The 18th annual Door County Festival of Nature has been rescheduled for Sept. 3-6. Because of COVID-19 concerns, staff at The Ridges Sanctuary decided in April to reschedule the festival and extended the overlap time to ensure that those who had registered for programs could be contacted to reschedule their experience.  The festival’s partners are […]

  • Hiking the Bay Shore Blufflands Nature Preserve

    If you’re looking for a hike to take you from Little House on the Prairie into magical fairy woods in fewer than three miles, the Bay Shore Blufflands Nature Preserve is the perfect place to start.  The 2.5-mile loop through this Door County Land Trust property begins in level fields of windswept grass. Open fields […]

  • Gibraltar School Board Opts for Virtual Graduation

    During its May 26 meeting, the Gibraltar School Board approved a proposal by the administration for a virtual graduation ceremony and a “drive-through” diploma distribution, despite the push by some parents and students to hold a ceremony at the Skyway Drive-In Theater in Fish Creek.  According to the proposal, a commencement ceremony will take place […]

  • Local Singer Writes Door County Theme Song

    In the chorus of her new song, “My Door County Home,” Jamie Palmer writes, “Beauty abounds here / Each season astounds here / And makes you so grateful to call this place home.”  This sentiment is especially poignant as the beginning of summer in Door County is not unfolding as it normally does. Although we […]

  • 2020 Door County Fair Canceled

    With concern for the safety and health of the community, exhibitors and their families, vendors, carnival workers, the general public and volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Door County Fair Board and County Board have canceled the 2020 Door County Fair.  “The future of social gatherings and safety guidelines are constantly changing, and we, as […]

  • Door Community Auditorium Rescheduling July, August Shows

    Because of public-safety concerns, the Door Community Auditorium (DCA) has postponed all of its July and August shows, rescheduling them for 2021. With a few exceptions, DCA currently plans to present its fall and winter Main Stage shows as originally scheduled. “Sharing live performances with friends, neighbors and strangers is one of my very favorite […]

  • Rogue Offers Virtual Theater Camp

    Rogue Theater will host a Virtual Theater Camp for ages nine through 15 to provide family fun and creativity. Although the director will be available for guidance, it’s up to the actors to create their own scenes, including props and costumes, using items found at home. Not only will students learn theatrical skills, but this […]

  • Obituary: Evelyn LeCloux

    July 26, 1929 ~ May 26, 2020 Evelyn Agnes LeCloux, 90, of Maplewood, passed away at her home on May 26, 2020.  She was born July 26, 1929, to Joseph and Annie (Servais) Jeanquart in Door County.  On October 20, 1948, she married Leonard J. LeCloux, he preceded her in death on April 22, 2015. […]

  • Golf League Results: May 29, 2020

    IDLEWILD Senior Men’s Thursday 8:30 am League  May 21, 2020 • Low gross: Glen Herlitz 45, Kent Wickman 45 • Low net: first: Glen Herlitz 37, second: John Melland 38 • #6 closest to pin: Mike Eliason • #9 longest putt: John Melland

  • Obituary: Ruth Ann (Casey) Dallman

    March 31, 1926 – May 19, 2020 Ruth Casey Dallman, 94, formerly of Menominee, Michigan, died at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay. Ruth was born in Oshkosh to William Patrick Casey and Agnes (Morrisey) Casey. After attending one year of business school there, she transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she met her husband, […]