Peninsula Pulse Nov 25-Dec 2, 2022

In this issue

  • Exploring the Northwoods with Andrew Graff

    Graff’s debut novel, Raft of Stars, selected for big read If Andrew Graff had followed the other professions he’d tried, no one would be reading his debut novel, Raft of Stars. But he didn’t, to the benefit of all who have read and will read his book. That includes readers up and down the peninsula who […]

  • 2022 Hal Prize Winners Announced

    8142 Volume 2 Now Available After digging through 686 submissions of poetry, nonfiction, fiction and photography, a team of screeners and four esteemed judges have announced the winners of the 2022 Hal Prize.  These winners will be celebrated with the publication of the second volume of 8142 Review, now available for purchase at Dan […]

  • Alice’s Fight: Thanksgiving parade supports 9-year-old battling leukemia

    Alice Mattson likes going to the hospital.  That’s one of the few saving graces in the ordeal that the 9-year-old Jacksonport resident and her family have endured since she was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia in 2021.  “The hospital is like an adventure for her,” said her father, Jacob Mattson. It has also been a […]

  • Egg Harbor Debuts Winter Concert Series

    The Village of Egg Harbor has announced the lineup for its new winter concert series: Dorothy Scott and the Peacekeepers on Dec. 9, Switchback on Jan. 13, Dead Horses on Feb. 10, Sons of the Never Wrong on March 10, and Janet Planet on April 14. These musicians play a variety of styles from folk […]

  • Music of Mancini at DCA

    Jukebox Saturday Night will present Music of Mancini on Nov. 26, 7 pm, at Door Community Auditorium (DCA). This is a celebration of compositions by the legendary composer Henry Mancini, from his early work with the Glenn Miller Orchestra to his memorable melodies from TV and film classics such as Peter Gunn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, […]

  • Nonprofits Receive Green Gifts

    Cellcom has selected three Door County nonprofits to receive a share of its annual Green Gifts, a program that invests money from recycled cell phones in environmental projects. The first recipient, Crossroads at Big Creek, has been nominated for inclusion in the Bay of Green Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, and to prepare for this […]

  • Not-So-Silent Nights at the White Gull Inn

    Nick Dumas kicks off winter concert series Door County winters are quiet – too quiet, thought Andy Coulson. That’s why, in 1983, he started an annual winter concert series at his Fish Creek hotel, the White Gull Inn. “The only experience I had was that I was a musician myself,” he said, and that he […]

  • Land Trust Announces Challenge Gift

    In mid-October, John and Xan Fischer of Sturgeon Bay and Boulder, Colorado, put forth a challenge to the public to match their $350,000 gift to the Door County Land Trust by Dec. 15. The current response to the match is $160,000, which includes memberships and general donations.  The funds from the Fischer Challenge will enable […]

  • Holiday Fun at Crossroads

    The Collins Learning Center at Crossroads at Big Creek will be closed Nov. 24 for the Thanksgiving holiday, but the trails will remain open. Looking for something to do after Thanksgiving? Take a half-mile walk in the enchanting glow of luminaries Nov. 25, 4:30-6 pm. Start in the parking lot, and follow the Meadow Loop […]

  • Trackchair at the Ridges

    The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor hosted two Trackchair Open Access Days last week that allowed community members who can’t otherwise negotiate the trails to experience the beauty of The Ridges’ Family Discovery Trail.  The sanctuary partnered with Kinect M1 to offer the opportunity to make all Ridges properties accessible with the Action Trackchair, and […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Literature

    Literature is a lovable little rabbit who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. This soft and sweet bunny weighs just two pounds and is looking for a comfy home to snuggle up in.  Like all rabbits at WHS, Literature ( has been neutered, has received a flea preventative and […]

  • CPR Refresher Course

    The NWTC Learning and Innovation Center in Sister Bay is partnering with the American Heart Association (AHA) to offer a CPR Basic Life Saving (BLS) refresher course to recertify the skills of health care providers who hold a current BLS CPR Provider certification. To recertify, the AHA BLS Provider card may not be expired. The […]

  • Run the One Barrel 2.62 Saturday

    Have you always wanted to run a marathon – without all the work?  Now you can during the One Barrel 2.62 “Marathon” in Egg Harbor on Nov. 26. The run – just a bit shorter than a real marathon of 26.2 miles (what’s a little decimal-point movement among friends?) – will take participants through the back […]

  • Open House, Winter Classes at The Clearing

    Registration will open Dec. 1 for The Clearing Folk School’s 48th year of Winter Program classes. More than 50 adult day classes, many of which run multiple weeks, are being offered.  Registrations are accepted online (preferred), in person at the Jens Jensen Center (capacity is limited to three people at a time), or by mail, […]

  • Lions Club Dinner with Santa

    Join the Sturgeon Bay Lions Club for a fun family event, Dinner with Santa, set for Dec. 3, 4:30-7 pm. On the menu will be chicken booyah, a hot dog or hamburger, chips, a dessert and a beverage. Activities for kids will include frosting cookies, decorating a Christmas stocking, writing letters to Santa, coloring, Christmas […]

  • Northern Sky Announces 2023 Season

    While things are gearing up for winter, Northern Sky Theater is already working on its 2023 season: three shows on its Peninsula State Park stage and three in its Gould Theater. The first of the park shows is the world premiere of The Fish Whisperer by Scott Guy, Robin Share, Dan Wessels and Ron Barnett, […]

  • Tour Decorated Churches

    The outreach team at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church invites community members to enjoy the Christmas décor of eight churches in the Sturgeon Bay area during its Follow the Star Church Christmastide Tour on Dec. 18, 1-4 pm. The tour is free and self-guided. The participating churches are St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 108 W. Maple St.; Friends […]

  • The Knobs Come Knocking at Northern Door

    Last month, so many people poured into the Peach Barn Farmhouse and Brewery to see the first performance of the Door County improv troupe The Knobs that the venue ran out of seats. It was standing room only for many in the crowd of about 75 people.  To troupe member Owen Alabado, the turnout was […]

  • CULTURE CLUB: Winter in Door County

    by MIKE SCHNEIDER, Executive Director, The Clearing Folk School “What do you do up there during the winter?”  That’s a question that almost everyone who lives in Door County – and stays here for the winter – has been asked, either by someone who does not live here, or by someone who lives here during the […]

  • Girl Scouts Holiday Snack Sale

    Did you know that Girl Scouts sell more than cookies? Senior Girl Scout Troop 4356 from Gibraltar will be holding a holiday nuts and chocolates sale Nov. 26, 10 am – 1 pm, at the Piggly Wiggly, ​​10576 Country Walk Dr. in Sister Bay. Items include honey-roasted mixed nuts, English butter toffee, Mint Treasures in […]

  • Viking Football Wins Best 2022 Fall Fest Float

    The Gibraltar football team’s float was named Best Float of the 2022 Fall Festival parade. The float was decked out in the school’s blue and yellow and filled with Viking Pride. Team members rode on the float – a joint effort between the players and their parents – and handed out candy to celebrate their […]

  • Drink This: Brandy Milk Punch

    Combining two of Wisconsin’s specialties – brandy and dairy – seems like an excellent idea, especially when vanilla and nutmeg play a part.  Ingredients 2 oz brandy 1½ oz half-and-half or heavy cream 1 oz simple syrup ½ tsp vanilla extract Ice Freshly grated nutmeg Combine the brandy, cream, simple syrup and vanilla extract in […]

  • Wine Fest Offers Tasting Tour of County’s Wine Scene

    One week after the beer festival, Maxwelton Braes will play host to a celebration of Door County wines during the Door County Wine Festival. The June 24, 2023, festival will showcase most of the wineries on the Door County Wine Trail. Tickets to the Door County Wine Festival are $60 and include a commemorative glass, […]

  • Giving Thanks by Sharing Meals

    For Geoff Pinney and Leslie Youngsteadt, Thanksgiving starts especially early. Pinney organizes the community Thanksgiving meal delivery at Sturgeon Bay’s Henry S. Baird Masonic Lodge, which feeds about 300 people; and Youngsteadt puts together the Thanksgiving meal at the Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church, which feeds about 375.  With that many diners, meal preparation is […]

  • Beer, Wine Fest Tickets Go on Sale Wednesday

    Tickets for two of Door County’s marquee beverage events will go on sale Wednesday, Nov. 23. The Door County Beer Festival and the Door County Wine Festival will both take place on the grounds of Maxwelton Braes in Baileys Harbor on successive weekends in June of 2023.  First up is the beer festival, which brings […]

  • Black Friday at Edgewood

    Black Friday marks the first of three weekends when Edgewood Orchard Galleries will open its doors for people to shop local for the holidays.  The galleries will open (very) early Friday, Nov. 25 – at 5 am – and the first 50 shoppers will receive free felt holiday ornaments, plus a Bloody Mary and hot […]

  • Create Birdseed Ornaments

    Door County Land Trust is offering free birdseed-ornament kits to entice winged messengers to your yard during its For the Birds event, set for Dec. 3, 10 am – 2 pm, at the Sister Bay Village Hall, 10693 Hwy 42.  During the pandemic, birdwatching saw a spike in popularity, and studies have documented an increase […]

  • Free Henna Tattoos at Yardstick

    Artist Eva Armbruster will be at Yardstick Books, 317 Steele St. in Algoma, to offer free henna tattoos during Algoma’s First Friday Art Night on Dec. 2, 5-8 pm.  Henna is a plant-based dye that safely stains the skin for one to two weeks. Participants can choose from designs that range from Indian wedding traditions […]

  • Fine Line Holiday Open House

    Stop by Fine Line Designs Gallery on Nov. 25-26, 10 am – 5 pm, for its holiday open house, featuring specials throughout the weekend. “A holiday gift from a Door County artist or any artist is very special,” said gallery owner Shari Gransee. “Not only because it supports the small business community, but because any […]

  • Color Fade

    Photographer Thomas Jordan explores shades of gray For a former Milwaukee ad guy who backed into photography after he retired, Thomas Jordan has done very well.  He’s published several coffee-table books and earned numerous awards for his photography, which he started pursuing in earnest in 2013. Most recently, his book Black. White. And Shades of […]

  • Apprentices Leading Wisconsin’s Workforce Future

    Program has 15,000-plus registered apprentices and 6,412 youth apprentices – 64 of those youths in Door County To give students a first-hand look at the top-growing career opportunities within the region, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) has partnered with educational consultant CESA 7 to host a series of hands-on youth apprenticeship workshops. Kicking off the […]

  • Southern Door Delays Class-Structure Change

    Concerns raised by parents, students and teachers prompted Southern Door school officials to delay implementing a block schedule until the 2024-25 school year. Originally the district was preparing to make the change by next fall. During a school board meeting this month, Hunter Malvitz, a student representative to the board, said students circulated more than […]

  • PHOTOS: Holiday Season Begins In Sturgeon Bay!

    Christmas festivities get underway early in Sturgeon Bay, with Unwrapping Sturgeon Bay and Christmas by the Bay events taking place the Friday and Saturday prior to Thanksgiving. This year, the weather cooperated to make it seem like a white Christmas kind of event: temperatures in the 20s, occasional snowflakes falling and a fresh snow cover […]

  • Roundtable at the Lodge with the League

    Join the Door County League of Women Voters on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 4:30-6:30 pm, for a roundtable wrap-up. The intentions for the evening are to relax, savor time together and reflect on what turned out to be a very busy 2022. Attendees will gather in the Gold Room at The Lodge at Leathem Smith, 1640 […]

  • DNR Secretary Retiring

    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary Preston D. Cole has announced his retirement from Gov. Tony Evers’ administration effective Nov. 23, following a 35-year career in public service. Evers appointed Cole to the DNR in December 2018. Prior to his appointment, Cole spent 11 years serving on the Natural Resources Board after appointments in […]

  • City Adopts County Hazard-Mitigation Plan

    As a step to be eligible to apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds, the Sturgeon Bay Common Council approved a resolution Nov. 15 to adopt the 2022-26 Door County Hazard Mitigation Plan. Council president Dan Williams, who chaired the meeting in the absence of Mayor David Ward, said local governments are required under […]

  • Thanksgiving Memory: Grandma’s Restaurant

    by MARGARET PHILBRICK In the 1960s, my grandma opened a “hot dog stand,” which today is the Summer Kitchen restaurant on Highway 42 in Ephraim.  My parents came to Door County on their honeymoon in 1961, and they stayed in some pretty swanky spots, like Gordon Lodge and the White Gull Inn. When they returned […]

  • Respect for Marriage Act Advances

    U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) praised last week’s advancement by a bipartisan coalition of senators of the Respect for Marriage Act, a bill that would provide federal protections for same-sex and interracial marriages.  Specifically, the bill repeals and replaces provisions that define, for purposes of federal law, “marriage” as between a man and a woman […]

  • Proposed Fleet Farm Site Annexed to City

    Approximately 40 acres of land where Fleet Farm wants to build a new store along the west entrance to Sturgeon Bay have been annexed to the city. The Sturgeon Bay Common Council gave final approval Nov. 15 for an ordinance to annex the property from the Town of Nasewaupee. It’s across from the Salty Seagull […]

  • New Marketing Firm in Door County

    Third Coast Marketing has joined the Sturgeon Bay business community. The marketing firm is the work of Hannah Paulus, a 10-year county resident and marketing professional who has worked in both agency and business environments. Learn more about the firm at, by calling 920.207.4786 or by emailing [email protected].

  • Bellin, Gundersen Closing Merger

    Bellin Health and Gundersen Health System have announced that they plan to begin combined operations Dec. 1. The two entities had announced June 1 that they were deep into discussions about a planned merger, which is designed to offer patients access to a broader network of services and resources to improve care.  The systems’ current […]

  • Crop-Insurance Rebates for Cover Crops

    The application period for crop-insurance premium rebates will open Dec. 5 at 12 pm.  There is $800,000 – or 160 acres worth of coverage – to be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Recipients will receive a $5-per-acre rebate on their summer 2023 crop-insurance premium for acres planted with cover crops in 2022. Producers who received […]

  • Wisconsin Cover Crop Conference Dec. 13

    Cover Crops in Wisconsin, an organization that helps Wisconsin farmers to use cover crops more successfully, is holding its Wisconsin Cover Crop Conference on Dec. 13 at the Glacier Canyon Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells. The conference will be part of a trio of events held in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Extension and Wisconsin […]

  • Nitrogen Research Grants for Ag Producers

    The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) invites Wisconsin farmers to apply for commercial nitrogen-optimization research grants through Jan. 31, 2023.  These grants are part of the commercial Nitrogen Optimization Pilot Program, which supports on-farm research projects that use nitrogen to sustain soil fertility and crop production while reducing nitrogen loss to […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Plans Strategies to Land NERR Visitor Center

    The final touches are being put on a plan seeking to bring a visitor center to Sturgeon Bay as part of the process to establish the Green Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR). The city’s Ad Hoc NERR Advisory Committee met Nov. 11 and discussed a prospectus and video being put together to show “why […]

  • 2023 Budget, Tax Levy Approved in Nasewaupee

    After holding a public hearing during which no one spoke, a town levy of $354,729 was approved Nov. 17 by eligible town voters who attended Nasewaupee’s special town meeting. The town levy – a decrease of 5.77% from the previous year – is part of total revenues budgeted for 2023 and includes a fire department levy […]

  • Debriefing: A Rare, Ticket-Splitting Election

    In statewide races, the most votes went to Democratic Gov. Evers, followed by Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson by PETER CAMERON, The Badger Project Most ballots have been counted in Wisconsin’s 2022 election, and the top vote-getter across all races is Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who won reelection by receiving about 1.36 million votes, according […]

  • Incentives, Rezoning Approved for 14th Avenue Apartment Building

    The Sturgeon Bay Common Council approved a pair of motions Nov. 15 related to a three-story, 22-unit apartment building planned at 1361 N. 14th Ave., on the site of a former cherry-processing facility near Tadych’s Marketplace and Walmart. The council backed a Financing/Purchasing and Building Committee recommendation for the developer, Estes Investments, to receive an […]

  • Editor’s Note: Giving Thanks for Initiatives That Teach Civil Dialogue

    During this time of deep polarization, we’ve shown a great ineptitude for civil dialogue. We should be grateful for this, as we can’t fix something if we don’t know it’s broken. When all is well with the world, there’s no need to practice how to talk to each other – unless you’re a member of […]

  • Coordinated Community Response: Door County Teams Up to Combat Sexual Violence

    by DANA STUEBER, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Team Leader SANE is an acronym for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner – an area of nursing that most people have not even heard of. At St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay, it means a 24/7/365 commitment to care for individuals who are reporting sexual violence.  We currently have […]

  • Obituary: Eunice Seiler Rutherford

    September 11, 1931 ~ November 15, 2022 Eunice Seiler Rutherford, 91 years, of Fish Creek, died Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at Door County Medical Center. She was born September 11, 1931 at her family home in Liberty Grove, the daughter of John and Clara (Miller) Seiler. Eunice graduated from Gibraltar High School with the class of 1949 […]

  • Obituary: Robert Michael Polomis

    May 13, 1958 ~ November 7, 2022  Robert Michael Polomis, 64, of Nekoosa, Wisconsin, formerly of Door County, died Monday, November 7, 2022. Robert (Bob) was born on May 13, 1958 to William (Wild Bill) Polomis and Eleanor Brooks Walsh in Menominee, MI.  He grew up in Wausaukee, WI, with his three siblings and later settled in Door County. […]

  • Obituary: Peggy Louise Elliot

    March 16, 1952 ~ November 10, 2022 Peggy L. Elliot 70 years, of Sturgeon Bay, died Thursday, November 10, 2022 at her home following a lengthy illness. She was born March 16, 1952 in Terre Haute, Indiana the daughter of the late Edward and Patricia (Todd) Elliot. Peggy graduated from New Trier High School in 1970.  She […]

  • Obituary: Rosemary Margaret (Rappe) Flanum

    November 17, 1940 ~ November 11, 2022 Rosemary M. Flanum, 81, of Sturgeon Bay, died Friday, November 11, 2022 at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay following a short illness. She was born in Milwaukee on November 17, 1940, daughter of the late Fred and Martha (Muecher) Rappe. Rosemary graduated from Riverside High School […]

  • Obituary: Mary Angela (Schartner) Junion

    May 3, 1939 ~ November 12, 2022 Mary A. Junion, 83 years, of Sturgeon Bay, died late Saturday night, November 12, 2022 at home with her family at her side. Mary was born on May 3, 1939 in Sturgeon Bay to the wonderfully large family of Louis and Laura (Haberli) Schartner where she was one of […]

  • Obituary: Margaret (O’Brien) Daubner

    February 9, 1946 ~ November 9, 2022 Margaret Daubner, 76 years of Sturgeon Bay, died Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at Cardinal Ridge CBRF. She was born February 9, 1946 in Duluth, MN the daughter of the late Chet and Helen (Krulak) O’Brien.  On October 12, 1968 she married Terrence John Daubner Sr. in Duluth, MN.  […]

  • Obituary: Janet Ann Robinson

    July 27, 1940 ~ October 25, 2022 Janet Ann Robinson, 82 died peacefully at Sturgeon Bay Health Services. Jan grew up in a small house just outside of Sturgeon Bay with her parents William “Bill” Hartley Bacon and Florice Agnes (Price) Bacon and seven siblings (Douglas, Jack, Phyllis, Elaine, Norman, Richard and Leland). Although she had briefly […]

  • Obituary: Alice G. Schley

    April 12, 1930 ~ November 16, 2022 Alice G. Schley, 92, Sturgeon Bay, died peacefully Nov. 16, 2022 at the Sturgeon Bay Health Services.  She was born April 12, 1930 in Hainesville to Arndt and Anna (Kolstad) Valley. Alice married Arwed Schley, September 6, 1952.  Alice farmed alongside Arwed and enjoyed raising up to 250 […]

  • Obituary: Marlene R. Schrank

    June 8, 1953 ~ November 13, 2022 Marlene R. Schrank, 69, of Manitowoc, died at her home on November 13, 2022.  She was born June 8, 1953, in Sturgeon Bay to Joseph and Lucille (Weldon) Goetz.  Marlene grew up in Green Bay and graduated from St. Joseph Academy.  For most of her life, Marlene worked […]