Peninsula Pulse – Nov. 3-10, 2023

In this issue

  • Ridge and Swale Showing at Auditorium, Miller

    Encore presentations of Ridge and Swale will be held this month at Door Community Auditorium and the Miller Art Museum. Discover the inspiring story of conservation in Door County in this two-part documentary from Peninsula Filmworks that celebrates the peninsula’s legacy of conservation and community. The film tells the story of how the Door County […]

  • Obituary: Roland Nelson Litterst

    Aug. 13, 1936 – Oct. 29, 2023 Roland Nelson “Ron” Litterst, age 87, of Peoria, IL, and Sister Bay, WI, passed away on Oct. 29, 2023, at his home. Born Aug. 13, 1936, in Peoria, Illinois, to Dr. Milton R. and Marian Nelson Litterst, he was a 1954 graduate of Dunlap High School and received […]

  • Guest Column: Wisconsin to be Center of Political Attention Again in 2024

    by WISPOLITICS.COM Wisconsin likely will again be the tipping point in the 2024 presidential election with Joe Biden and Donald Trump neck-and-neck in seven battleground states, Marquette Law Poll Director Charles Franklin told the annual Polling Summit. Franklin, one of three featured speakers at the summit in Milwaukee on Oct. 19, said a new Bloomberg News-Morning Consult […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Good Versus Not-So-Good Government

    Over the past few weeks we have seen crystal-clear examples of good government and not-so-good government. Recently Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) announced that she had helped secure $9.3 million of federal Department of Transportation funds for a new grain transhipment facility at the Port of Milwaukee. That will mean more business and more jobs in […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Vote NO on Gibraltar Requested $400,000 Levy

    The Town of Gibraltar will soon ask its electors to pass blessing to add$400,000 to the tax levy for roads, and do away with the current Traffic UtilityFee. But this will not be a fair and equitable tit-for-tat exchange. By enactingthe addition to the levy and eliminating the Traffic Utility, the town will begiving a […]

  • Obituary: Suzanne Marie Hermsen

    Nov. 15, 1947 – d. 2023 Suzanne is the daughter of Charles Culver and Dorothy (Werkheiser) (Culver) Fellner. She was born Nov. 15, 1947 in Appleton, but shortly after her birth the family moved to Sturgeon Bay, where she grew up. She graduated from St. Joseph Elementary School in Sturgeon Bay, where she met some […]

  • Obituary: Katharine W. Onseson

    March 2, 1923 – Nov. 4, 2023 Katharine W. Oneson, 100, of Sister Bay went home to the Lord on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023 after a brief illness and hospitalization in Sturgeon Bay. She was born March 2, 1923 in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of the late Frank and Helen (Richards) Whiteman, Sr. When […]

  • Obituary: Tom Jorns

    June 17, 1941 ~ Oct. 30, 2023 Thomas Roy Jorns, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and esteemed hair stylist, died on Oct. 30, 2023, surrounded by his loving family. Tom fought a courageous battle against cancer while continuing to live life to the fullest and laughing with his family until the absolute very end. He […]

  • Obituary: Richard Hitt

    June 30, 1931 – Oct. 19, 2023 Richard Hitt, of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, died on October 19, 2023 at the age of 92. He was the beloved husband of Margaret Hitt for 69 years. After raising seven children and retiring in 1992, Dick and Marge built a house on Lake Michigan in Clay Banks, on […]

  • Obituary: Lucy E. Jilot

    Sept. 2, 193 – Nov. 4, 2023 Lucy Eleanor Jilot, 92, of Sturgeon Bay, died on Nov. 4, 2023, at Rennes Health Care in De Pere. She was born Sept. 2, 1931, in Sturgeon Bay to George and Marie (Gosser) Fellner. On Aug. 8, 1953, she married Frank W. Jilot in Sturgeon Bay, he preceded […]

  • Obituary: Gerald (Jerry) A. Schoncheck

    Sept. 19, 1934 – Oct. 18, 2023 Gerald (Jerry) Schoncheck Of Hutsonville, Illinois, died on October 18, 2023. Jerry was born in Ecorse, Michigan, on Sept. 19,1934, and moved with his mother to Sturgeon Bay when she married Julius W. Helmholtz. Jerry attended Waniger School, the one-room schoolhouse on County C west of Sturgeon Bay, […]

  • Obituary: Linda M. Braunsky

    April 10, 1966 – Nov. 1, 2023 Linda M. “Angel Baby” Braunsky (Bubnik), age 57, died on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023 at Select Specialty Hospital in Madison. Linda was born on April 10, 1966 in Sturgeon Bay to Howard and Theresa (Pisha) Bubnik. Linda graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1984. She was married […]

  • VIDEO: The Fox River Fix Discussion

    Authors David Allan and Susan Campbell took part in a presentation and panel discussion at the Kress Pavilion on Oct. 30 centered on their new book Paper Valley: The Fight for the Fox River Cleanup.  The event, presented by the Door County Environmental Council, in partnership with the Door County Land Trust and the Door […]

  • Obituary: Lloyd Hubert Michalsen

    Aug. 4, 1938 – Nov. 1, 2023 Lloyd Hubert Michalsen, 85, of Sister Bay, died Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023, at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay, surrounded by his loving family.  He was born Aug. 4, 1938 in Chicago, the son of the late Holger and Ruth (Ogne) Michalsen. He always felt he was an Ogne […]

  • Obituary: Larry James Garske

    Feb. 13, 1945 – Nov. 1, 2023 Larry James Garske, age 78 of Sister Bay, died on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023, at the Jack and Engrid Meng Residence in De Pere, WI. Larry was born to Clarence and June (Murphy) Garske on Feb. 13, 1945, in Milwaukee. He graduated from Nathan Hale High School and […]

  • Obituary: Jane Wescott Weis

    March 31, 1928 – Nov. 1, 2023 Jane Wescott Weis died peacefully on Oct. 29, 2023 surrounded by family and friends.    Born on March 31, 1928 in Evanston, Illinois, she was the pride and joy of Oella (Gaylord) and Joe Wescott. If home is where the heart is, Jane was at home wherever she was. […]

  • Obituary: Herbert Vogel

    July 29, 1929 – Oct. 31, 2023 Herbert Florian Vogel, 94, of Maplewood, died on Oct. 31, 2023. Herb was born on July 29, 1929, in Brussels, Wisconsin. He served in the U.S. Army in his mid 20’s, worked for Tenors laying pipe and then started his own farm, at the age of 39, after […]

  • Obituary: Steven K. DeClark

    Jan. 5, 1956 – Oct. 31, 2023 Steven Keith DeClark, 67, of Brussels, died on Oct. 31, 2023. He was born on Jan. 5, 1956, in Green Bay to Louis and Shirley (LeRoy) DeClark. He graduated from Southern Door High School in 1974. On Nov. 28, 1976, he married Rachel A. Spude in Sturgeon Bay. […]

  • Sister Bay Bringing Budget to Residents Nov. 7

    On Nov. 7, Sister Bay residents will get a chance to weigh in on a 2024 village budget that calls for a 40% increase in spending.  The budget calls for $3,889,405 in spending, up from $2,778,949 in 2023. That includes $790,000 in debt service, $1,681,346 for general village operations, and $902,477 in capital expenses. Those […]

  • Nasewaupee Preps for Revaluations

    In need of an assessor able to do a revaluation of properties in the town, the Nasewaupee Town Board voted unanimously Oct. 19 to approve a five-year contract with Associated Appraisal Consultants of Appleton. The contract includes performing maintenance assessment services from 2024 through 2028 for a total of $135,000, an average cost of $27,000 […]

  • County Seeks Feedback on Comprehensive Plan

    The County of Door is updating its comprehensive and farmland preservation plan in compliance with state requirements. The final plan will contain two volumes. Volume II, the Resource Report, contains all of the required information, inventories, analyses and maps required by both the comprehensive and farmland preservation planning laws. The purpose of the Resource Report […]

  • Board Objects to Condo Project Design

     Sturgeon Bay’s Aesthetic Design and Site Plan Review Board is calling for revisions to the plans it reviewed last week to construct two residential condominium buildings at the site of a former cherry-processing facility along North 14th Avenue near Tadych’s Marketplace and Walmart. Estes Investments is planning to construct a 22-unit and eight-unit condominium project […]

  • Evers Suing Legislature for Violating State Constitution

    Gov. Tony Evers is suing members of the Republican-controlled Legislature for violating the Wisconsin constitution. In the lawsuit filed Tuesday by Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul, Evers alleges that Republican lawmakers have violated the state Constitution’s separation of powers requirement by blocking executive branch actions, such as withholding pay raises for University of Wisconsin […]

  • Not-so-Fast on Bayshore Drive Speed Reduction

    The County of Door Highway and Facilities Committee was all prepared in October to elevate a recommendation to the Door County Board of Supervisors to lower the speed limit on Bay Shore Drive to a consistent 35 mph from north of Little Harbor in Sevastopol to Egg Harbor. That changed, according to Thad Ash, county […]

  • Bayview Bridge to Close Part of Nov. 8, 9

    The Bayview Bridge will be closed to pedestrian and vehicle traffic on Wednesday, Nov. 8 and Thursday, Nov. 9 from 8 am until 3 pm to complete repairs and annual maintenance. The detour route will utilize Green Bay Road, Madison Avenue and Michigan Street. The maintenance was originally planned for Oct. 30-31, but rescheduled for […]

  • County Employees Receiving 4% Raises

    The Door County Board of Supervisors approved a new compensation structure for 2024 that will give all employees at least a 4% raise. “I consider this great news,” said Ken Pabich, Door County administrator, during the county board’s Oct. 24 meeting. “I think this is the largest investment we have made into our employees in […]

  • Safety Changes Coming to Renard’s Intersection

    A heavily traveled intersection for the Southern Door School District with a history of accidents and one fatality will be getting some safety improvements following decisions made by the Door County Board of Supervisors, Oct. 24. The supervisors agreed to install two stop signs on Cloverleaf Road – one stopping traffic eastbound, the other westbound […]

  • City Approves 2024 Budget, Tax Levy

    After holding a public hearing in which no one spoke Monday, the Sturgeon Bay Common Council approved a resolution to adopt the 2024 city budget and tax levy. The tax levy of $8,179,832 includes an increase of $342,012, or approximately 4.12% over the previous year. The 2024 budget includes $20,509,859 in expenses and revenues, an […]

  • DNR Orders Minimum Water Level for Forestville Millpond

    The Friends of the Forestville Dam have convinced the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to order the County of Door to maintain a minimum water level at the millpond dam the county owns and operates at the Forestville Dam County Park along the Ahnapee River. “The Friends are fairly happy with the DNR ruling, […]

  • The Art of Introduction: It pays for new artists to know how to introduce themselves to a gallery

    When Claudia Scimeca took over ARTicipation a year and a half ago, she planned to curate art that she found interesting from Midwestern artists and pursue them to show in the gallery. But as more and more artists discovered the Sturgeon Bay gallery, and artists began asking how they could get their work displayed, she […]