Peninsula Pulse Oct. 25-Nov. 1, 2019

In this issue

  • Once Upon Our Peninsula: Nov. 1

    News from this week’s past All items are from the Door County Library’s newspaper archives, and they appear in the same form as they were first published, including misspellings and grammatical errors. The Expositor November 7, 1873 All defeated candidates are hereby notified that it is a violation of our neutrality to come within one […]

  • Packerland All-Conference Awards

    In a departure from the norm, the boys soccer coaches in the Packerland Conference named a defender as their Player of the Year. Sturgeon Bay senior Adison Benzinger – who has scored one goal this season – won the top award, which was announced Saturday. “I was very surprised to win Player of the Year,” […]

  • Holt Competes in National Championship

    Southern Door graduate Elliot Holt represented Ripon College at the 2019 National Collegiate Mountain Bike Championship in Big Bear Lake, California. Holt, a 2018 Southern Door High School graduate, was one of just two competitors from Wisconsin colleges in the event. 

  • 100-Year History of Tug John Purves

    The next Maritime Speaker Series presentation, to be held Nov. 7, 7 pm, will feature Door County Maritime Museum volunteers discussing “The 100-Year History of the Tug John Purves.” The tugboat Butterfield was constructed in Elizabeth, New Jersey, in 1919 and served the U.S. Army during World War II from 1942 to 1945 with the […]

  • Gibraltar Football Hungry for More

    Alex Laughlin and his Gibraltar football teammates are excited about beating Suring 30-28 in the opening round of the WIAA 8-Man playoffs last Friday. But don’t expect any of them to be satisfied. “As a team, our goal this year was to make it one step further than we did last year,” Laughlin said. “We […]

  • By the Numbers: Air Pollution

    24.2 Percentage of decline in air pollution in the United States from 2009 to 2016 5.5 Percentage of increase in air pollution in the United States since 2016 9,700 Number of premature deaths in 2018 associated with that air-pollution increase $89 billion Damages represented by those deaths Source: National Bureau of Economic Research

  • Back-to-Back Regional Titles for Vikings Volleyball

    The Gibraltar volleyball team won its second straight regional title on Oct. 26 in a game against Hustisford High School. During the game, Gibraltar senior Bella Bunda broke the school record for career kills at 548. The team played in the sectional tournament Thursday after this issue went to press. See for the results. 

  • Third Consecutive Trip to State for Stenzel

    Sevastopol High School junior Olivia Stenzel worked for almost the entire cross-country season to accomplish one of her two goals. In the process, she accomplished the second one. Stenzel met her goal of breaking the 20-minute mark by finishing third in the Manitowoc Lutheran Sectional last weekend with a time of 19 minutes, 56 seconds. […]

  • T.J.Maxx Opens in Sturgeon Bay

    T.J.Maxx will open in Cherry Point Mall on October 27, 2019. Local shoppers can celebrate starting at 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and experience the thrill of off-price shopping. Reusable bags will be given to the first 500 customers. In addition to providing a new shopping option for local residents, the store plans to add […]

  • Running: Fall 50 Returns, Half Marathon Fees and One Barrel Run

    Fall 50 Returns Saturday What’s the best way to see Door County in fall? If you’re a runner, the answer is definitely taking part in the Fall 50 run from the tip of the peninsula to Sturgeon Bay. The 50-mile run will draw more than 400 teams and 100 solo runners to Gills Rock on […]

  • SOUPer Bake Sale to Benefit Door County Veterans

    Don’t miss the SOUPer Bake Sale on Oct. 28, starting at 8:30 am, at Nicolet Bank’s downtown Sturgeon Bay branch. It will feature homemade chili and soups – all available to go – plus a bake sale full of goodies at both Sturgeon Bay branches. There’s a $5 suggested donation for soup and chili. Veterans may eat […]

  • RIDE4KIDS Celebration at Sturgeon Bay YMCA

    The Door County Medical Center’s RIDE4KIDS program, led by exercise physiologist Adam Peronto; and the 2019 Leadership Door County Class will host the RIDE4KIDS celebration and gifting ceremony Oct. 29, 5:45 pm, at the Sturgeon Bay YMCA. RIDE4KIDS is an adaptive group-play program for children with cognitive, sensory and physical disabilities that focuses on developing […]

  • Packerland Conference Standings

    Final standings Boys Soccer School won-lost-tied-points Sturgeon Bay 10-1-0-20 Gibraltar-Sevastopol 7-1-3-17 Peshtigo 6-2-3-15 NEW Lutheran 6-5-1-13 Algoma 5-6-1-11 Kewaunee 1-10-1-3 Stockbridge 0-10-1-1 Cross-Country (Boys) School, conference meet points Peshtigo 64 Kewaunee 64 Southern Door 67 Sevastopol 88 Oconto 108 Gibraltar 110 Sturgeon Bay 161 Cross-Country (Girls) School, conference meet points Kewaunee 67 Sturgeon Bay 72 […]

  • Bowling League Results

    Women’s Masters League Oct. 14, 2019 • High team series: Rouer’s Grand Slam 1,378 • High team game: Franda Builders 500 • High series: Nicole Sperber 562, Sara Mueller 516, Joan Franda 496 • High game: Nicole Sperber 202, Sara Mueller 192, Carol Kroll 186 • Split conversion: Missy Mueller 6-7 Apple Valley Majors League  […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Do Your Job

    If politicians on both sides of the aisle would simply do the job their constituents elected them to do, rather than being preoccupied with being re-elected, we wouldn’t be in the predicament we’re in today. The swamp is soon to be quicksand, and over what? Re-election.  One more important component in my theory: a leader […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Thank You to MS Challenge Walk Donors

    The 12th annual Door County 50-mile MS Challenge Walk was again a success, in large part thanks to the generous donors from Door County: Door County Trader, Econo Foods, Target, Egg Harbor Road McDonald’s, Al Johnson’s, O’Meara’s Irish Shop, Bay Shore Inn, the Sturgeon Bay Brownie troop, Sievers Fiber Art School, Sweetie Pies, Door County […]

  • High School Fall Athletics

    Gibraltar Cross-Country Oct. 26: Sectionals @ Manitowoc Lutheran, 11:30 am  Football Oct. 25 @ Suring, 7 pm  Soccer (Boys) Oct. 26: Regional championship, TBD Volleyball Oct. 26: Regional championship, TBD Sevastopol Cross-Country Oct. 26: Sectionals @ Manitowoc Lutheran, 11:30 am  Soccer (Boys) Oct. 26: Regional championship, TBD Volleyball Oct. 26: Regional championship, TBD Southern Door  […]

  • Bills to Watch: Oct. 25

    AB-544/SB-484 Workforce-Housing Tax Credits This bill creates a workforce-housing tax-credit program administered by the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA). Under the bill, WHEDA may certify a person to claim a nonrefundable credit to offset her or his taxes if certain conditions are met. The program is targeted at the manufacturing workforce in largely […]

  • Municipal Meetings: Oct. 21-Nov. 5

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay: Oct. 29 – Finance/Purchasing and Building Committee, 4 pm. Nov. 4 – Police and Fire Commission, 9 am. County of Door: Oct. 28 – Communications Advisory Technical Subcommittee, 10 am. Oct. 29 – Land Conservation Committee, 8:15 am; County Board, 9 am. Town of Baileys Harbor: Nov. 5 – […]

  • Vikings Clinch First Conference Title Since 1974

    Gibraltar football coach Mike Peck unknowingly brought a greater perspective to the Vikings’ conference title drought with one short statement: “In 1974, I was still not even a thought in my parents’ mind,” he said. “I was born in 1976.”  Surely Roger and Sandy Peck were proud of their son last Friday when Gibraltar defeated […]

  • We Are HOPE Appoints Mark Wagner to Board of Directors

    We Are HOPE has appointed Mark Wagner to its board of directors.  The Southern Door native retired in 2017 after 40 years with the Green Bay Packers as director of ticket operations. After returning to Southern Door in 2018, he and his wife, Mary Kay, have enjoyed the seasonal beauty while getting reacquainted with the […]

  • Reps in the News: Oct. 25

    Representative Kitchens Excited about Water Pollution Credit Trading “I am beyond excited that my bipartisan bill that is designed to further protect Wisconsin’s water has moved one step closer to becoming state law,” said Rep. Joel Kitchens in an e-update. “The Assembly Committee on Local Government this week unanimously recommended passage of AB 113, which […]

  • The Warning Signs We Ignored

    by Dick Smythe Last August, many countries around the world reported record-breaking high temperatures. People were hospitalized; rooftops were melting in the United Kingdom; and north of the Arctic Circle in Finland, the temperature approached 90 F. This June was the hottest June ever. Recognition of the threat of climate change driven by human action […]

  • Stenzel Begins Road Back to State Cross-Country Meet

    The road back to the Division 3 state cross-country meet for Sevastopol’s Olivia Stenzel will begin Saturday at the Manitowoc Lutheran Sectional meet. Stenzel placed 20th at the state meet last season as a sophomore with a time of 20:10. She finished 21st in 2017 with a time of 20:27.59. “This year I am a […]

  • Once Upon Our Peninsula: Oct. 25

    News from this week’s past All items are from the Door County Library’s newspaper archives, and they appear in the same form as they were first published, including misspellings and grammatical errors. The Advocate Oct. 25, 1906 Still Working on Carferry No. 2. The efforts to turn the capsized carferry No. 2 over again has […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Gallagher and Johnson Complicit in Trump’s Quiet Assault on ACA

    Since failing to legislatively repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Donald Trump has been busy dismantling it through a series of executive orders that have reduced its coverage and effectiveness, made health insurance markets unstable, and undermined the financial protection the ACA provides to millions of Americans. On his first day in office, Trump issued […]

  • State News: Waves along Lakes Superior and Michigan Prompt Flood Advisories

    Coastal areas along Lake Superior and Lake Michigan were under a flood advisory Monday, Oct. 21 as strong winds, high lake levels and waves caused flooding along the shore. Flood advisories remained in effect along the shoreline for both lakes until 10 pm Monday. Southeast winds were gusting between 35 and 45 mph along Lake […]

  • WDC Director to Speak on Legislative Maps

    Matt Rothschild, executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, will speak on gerrymandering Nov. 13, 6:30 pm, at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor.  Many observers consider the partisan drawing of legislative maps to be a chief cause of the hyper-partisan nature of Wisconsin and national politics. Opponents of the practice favor putting legislative maps […]

  • Door to Nature: Colorful Autumn Leaves

    The cold wind and rain of Pumpkin Patch weekend blew the last leaves off the tall basswoods in my front yard. They’re usually the earliest species of our native broad-leaved trees to lose their leaves. My late husband, Roy, and I kept phenology records for most of our married lives. Phenology is the study of […]

  • News Bulletin: Oct. 25

    WHAT HAPPENED The Door County Maritime Museum (DCMM) has received a $1 million donation from the George Kress Foundation for its long-planned Maritime Tower.  “We are very appreciative of this generous support from the George Kress Foundation,” said DCMM Executive Director Kevin Osgood. “We are so pleased they decided to join with the almost 200 […]

  • Gibraltar Says No to Redmann Property Purchase

    Electors emphatically rejected a plan to spend $2.15 million on 195 acres of bluff, wetland and open space in the Town of Gibraltar during a tense meeting at the Door Community Auditorium on Oct. 16.  The final tally was 180 votes against purchasing the property and 51 in favor. An estimated 400 people attended the […]

  • Harlem Globetrotters Take World Tour to Green Bay

    The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters will take their new Pushing the Limits World Tour to the Resch Center in Green Bay on Dec. 28, 4 pm. Globetrotters fans will experience even bigger moments and memories, including a live world-record attempt at each game.  As part of the tour, the Globetrotters will celebrate the 10th anniversary of […]

  • Sturgeon Bay District Facilities Survey Reminder

    Members of all Sturgeon Bay School District households are encouraged to provide feedback on the district’s future facilities planning through a community survey that every district household should have received by mail in mid-October. (Call the district office at 920.746.2807 if you did not receive a survey.) The survey’s response period is open until Nov. […]

  • Clothing from Grotas’ Offered Look at Past Fashions

    Catherine Grota Sahlin must have spent a lot of time in her grandparents’ attic when she was a little girl. As she told a large crowd at a recent dinner meeting of the Door County Historical Society, “People who lived through the Great Depression saved everything that might be useful.” Sahlin’s grandparents were Dr. and […]

  • Road Construction Continues in Fish Creek, Wraps Up in Southern Door

    Resurfacing work between Ephraim and Sister Bay should be completed by the end of October, but major disruptions will start in Fish Creek after the Fall 50 run Oct. 26.  Highway 42 will be open to northbound traffic only beginning at Shore Road. Southbound traffic will be detoured just south of Gibraltar School. The official […]

  • Learn How to Start a Pollinator Garden

    The Door County Seed Library will offer a Starting a Pollinator Garden class Oct. 26, 10-11 am, at the Sturgeon Bay Library. Don Gustafson, a board member of Wild Ones of Door Peninsula, will teach this free course.  “One of the most important ways you can help pollinators is to include native plants that provide […]

  • Upper Range Lights Update

    The Ridges Sanctuary began its Restore the Range Light campaign in the spring of 2016, and since then, it has raised more than $305,000 to restore the iconic Upper Range Light to its early-1900s appearance. With these funds secured, the campaign officially closed on Sept. 30.  “The support from the community, volunteers and donors has […]

  • Ross Schmelzer Awarded a Master of Science Degree

    The Institute of Business and Finance has awarded Ross Schmelzer a master of science in financial services graduate degree. It’s conferred on candidates who complete a multi-year program about annuities, employee benefits, estate and financial planning, income tax, insurance, investments, mutual funds, portfolio management, real estate and retirement. Schmelzer is president of ROSS Wealth Management […]

  • By the Numbers: Teen Driving

    Statistics have shown for years that teen drivers are involved in a disproportionate number of car crashes, so the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) urges parents and teens to be cautious on the road. DMV officials say that inexperience is the obvious factor and that teen drivers need time to learn about the various […]

  • Plan Commission Approves West-Side Housing Proposal

    A plan to rehabilitate Sturgeon Bay’s former west-side high school has cleared its first major hurdle.  The city’s plan commission gave the OK to a Planned Unit Development agreement with Andy Dumke and Cal Schultz of Northpointe Developments in a 6-1 vote Oct. 16. Northpointe’s proposal to use the old school as the centerpiece of […]

  • Belgian Heritage Center Unveils Lambeau Exhibit

    In conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the Green Bay Packers, the Belgian Heritage Center will proudly unveil its new exhibit celebrating the Walloon Belgian heritage of Packers co-founder Curly Lambeau. The unveiling will take place Nov. 9, 11 am – 3 pm, at the center, 1255 Cty DK in Brussels. A special dedication program […]

  • Cross-Country Packerland Conference Championship

    as of Oct. 17, 2019 Top 10 Boys Name, year, school, time 1. Josh Woller, 11, Oconto, 16:32  2. Caleb Smith, 11, Peshtigo, 17:22  3. Andrew Nelson, 9, Peshtigo, 17:29  4. Logan Smith, 10, Peshtigo, 17:35  5. Sam Dean, 12, Southern Door, 17:39  6. James Cullen, 12, Kewaunee, 17:46  7. Anthony Casanas, 10, Gibraltar, 18:05  […]

  • Save a Life Tour Visits Southern Door High School

    The Save A Life Tour – a program that shows exactly how drugs and alcohol impair driving skills – will visit Southern Door High School (SDHS). The multi-million-dollar impaired and distracted safe-driving awareness simulators that the program uses are the nation’s only simulators that give participants a completely realistic, sober perspective and experience of the devastating […]

  • Eco-Friendly Pumpkin Cleanup

    Halloween is fast approaching, so have you carved your pumpkin yet? Pumpkin carving is a fun seasonal tradition, and the orange squash is ubiquitous this time of year: in flower boxes, on fireplace mantels, on front stoops and glaring menacingly or donning a goofy grin when lit up as a jack-o’-lantern.  When November arrives and […]

  • Immigration Documentary Screening Oct. 29 at Hope Church

    The Hope Church will host a screening of the 90-minute documentary Harvest of Empire on Oct. 29, 6:30 pm, at the Sturgeon Bay Library. Many immigrants from South America come to America to escape extreme poverty and violence. Learn how the United States contributed to the conditions of violence, corruption and poverty that many citizens […]

  • Legal Aid Society of Door County Announces Office Hours for Low-Income Residents

    The Legal Aid Society of Door County (LAS) will hold office hours to provide legal services to low-income residents, 1-4 pm, on Oct. 31, 2019; and Jan. 30, April 30, July 30 and Oct. 29, 2020. LAS’s contract attorney, David Clowers, will conduct these clinics at the NWTC Innovation and Learning Center in Sister Bay. LAS […]

  • Halloween Pizza Party at Hope United Church

    Hope United Church of Christ, 141 S. 11th Ave. in Sturgeon Bay, welcomes the entire community – people of all ages – to relax after trick-or-treating at its 11th annual Halloween Pizza Party on Oct. 31, 5-8 pm. The church will offer pizza, popcorn and family-friendly movies. The community may also use the church’s parking lot to […]

  • Gibraltar High School Hosts Fall Blood Drive Nov. 1

    The Gibraltar High School Student Council will host its fall blood drive Nov. 1, 9 am – 2 pm, in the Door Community Auditorium.  An appointment to donate is required. (Most donations take about an hour.) To make an appointment, leave a message at 920.868.3284, ext. 244. Clearly state your name, phone number and the […]

  • Organizer Needed for Northern Door Loaves & Fishes

    Northern Door Loaves & Fishes is looking for an “in charge” person to plan, shop for, prepare and serve a meal with a group of volunteers on the fourth Tuesday of each month, 5-6 pm, at St. Rosalia’s (Stella Maris) Church in Sister Bay. This has been a volunteer position for the past 14 years, […]

  • WPS Reminds Customers of Energy Assistance Program

    With the arrival of colder days, Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) encourages customers to take steps to stay warm this winter. Customers who need help paying energy bills during the heating season can apply for energy assistance through the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program, which assists qualifying residents with energy bills or emergency needs. Residents do […]

  • Free NWTC Foot-Care Clinic in Sister Bay

    Northeast Wisconsin Technical College nursing students are hosting a free foot-care clinic Nov. 8, 8:30 am – 1:30 pm, at the Learning and Innovation Center, 2438 S. Bay Shore Dr. in Sister Bay.The 30-minute routine (non-diabetic) appointments will include a foot soak, nail trim and lotion massage. Nail polish will be applied if the participant […]

  • Veterans Day Ceremony at Southern Door Schools

    American Legion Forestville Post 372 and the Southern Door School District invite the public to the 2019 countywide Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11, 9:30 am, in the Southern Door School District’s Eagle Gym. All veterans from all branches of service will be recognized. Students from the Southern Door Student Council, Concert Band and Concert […]

  • Ransomware Symposium on Nov. 26

    The Door County Community Center, 916 N. 14th Ave. in Sturgeon Bay, will host a Ransomware Symposium on Nov. 26, 6-7 pm, facilitated by Dan Hubing and Officer Chad Mielke. Ransomware is a type of computer virus created by cyber-criminals who seem to be focusing on government agencies, health-care providers, school systems and businesses. Compared […]

  • Coordinated Community Response: #MeToo, Two Years On

    by Alexis Bauer It’s been two years since #MeToo went viral, but its origin has a deeper history. Tarana Burke, founder of the Me Too movement, was struck with the idea in 1997 when she heard the story of a young girl who had been sexually abused. Struggling with where to go next, in 2007, […]

  • Featured Pet: Tess

    Meet Tess, a 10-year-old beauty available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. Tess has glorious, soft, black fur and a beautiful personality to match. She loves people, cuddling and rubbing her head against you any which way she can. Her grace is a sight to behold: She practically floats as […]

  • Cappaert Contemporary Gallery Celebrates Sculpture and Glass

    Cappaert Contemporary Gallery in Egg Harbor will close on Oct. 31 for its fifth year celebrating contemporary arts in Door County and the gallery thanks customers and collectors for another great season. Sculpture and glass are both an important part of the contemporary genre that the gallery represents. Sculptures of clay by artists Stacy Lee […]

  • Make It an Art Weekend

    Fall colors will soon be gone from Door County – both from the trees and from some of its galleries. As October comes to a close, many local galleries will close for the season or at least cut back on their hours. That means this weekend serves as a last hurrah for browsing some fine local […]

  • Artzy Studio Wraps Up Fifth Season

    A thank-you reception celebrating Artzy Studio’s fifth season will be held Oct. 26, 12-5 pm; and its second annual holiday fine art exhibit – featuring jewelry, paintings, digital photography, ceramics, stained glass and owl art by 10 regional artists – will close Oct. 31. Artzy Studio, 10329 Hwy 42 in north Ephraim, will close for the season […]

  • Give the Gift of Art from Woodwalk Gallery

    Gift giving has become challenging these days with so many options, both online and brick-and-mortar. You can simplify the season and return to some gift-giving basics through Woodwalk Gallery’s Home for the Holidays showcase: a selection of art that’s both decorative and functional, including wooden utensils, cutting boards, pour-over coffee pots, organic serving bowls, glass […]

  • Annual Southern Door Craft Fair Adds New Activities

    The Southern Door Athletic Booster Club will host its 40th annual Southern Door Craft and Vendor Fair on Nov. 3, 9 am – 3 pm, at the Southern Door Schools as a fundraising event. All proceeds will support the club’s mission of raising money to enhance activities and needs not covered by the school district […]

  • Cappaert to Lead Painting Excursion in France

    Egg Harbor artist Ginnie Cappaert will host a painting retreat in the southwest of France Oct. 19-29, 2020. She has traveled extensively on painting excursions; this is the first group she will lead to France. During the trip, Cappaert will work in and demonstrate oil and cold wax, lead group exercises and discussions, and offer […]

  • Five Spook-tacular Reads for Halloween

    Halloween is just around the corner, and with it comes all of the spooky vibes. People all over will pull out their scariest movies, and for one night (or a few), will revel in the horror. Not everyone is into scary movies, though – and some aren’t even into watching movies at all! Some people like […]

  • OtherWorlds Books & More Lives Up to Its Name

    Margaret and Dave Magle are self-confessed “fantasy geeks,” but that isn’t the reason they named their bookstore OtherWorlds Books & More. “Reading any book, on almost any subject, transports you from your current reality into a whole new world and reality,” Margaret explained. “So when it came time to name our store, ‘OtherWorlds’ was a […]

  • Publishing Industry News: Oct. 25, 2019

    Curious about what’s happening in the world of books and publishing? Catch up on the biggest acquisitions, news, adaptations and more here! • Random House Children’s Books will launch Random House Graphic, an imprint dedicated to graphic novels, in January 2020. Gina Gagliano, a former associate director of marketing and publicity at Macmillan Publishing’s First Second […]

  • The Changing Face of Technical College

    As college costs rise, more students look closer to home There are many stereotypes about attending postsecondary institutions: that you won’t get a good job or make good money if you don’t go to a four-year university or college, and that tech schools are only for boys and high school slackers. For years, many students […]

  • Pebble Beach Opens to Public

    Pebble Beach officially opened to the public Oct. 17, when Sister Bay Village Board members welcomed representatives from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Door County Land Trust, Secretary of Administration Joel Brennan and Rep. Joel Kitchens for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Fred & Fuzzy’s Waterfront Grill.  The Village of Sister Bay, […]

  • Dig Deeper with the Door County Pulse Podcast

    Want more of the story behind the issues we’re covering in the Peninsula Pulse? Check out the Door County Pulse Podcast wherever you get your podcasts, or visit  Each week, Andrew Kleidon-Linstrom and Myles Dannhausen Jr. break down the week’s biggest news stories and talk to Door County’s movers, shakers, entertainers and innovators.  Here’s […]

  • To Watch: 40 Scariest Movies of All Time

    Peninsula Pulse Staff Picks If you didn’t already know, we’re here to tell you it’s Halloween time. Get your spook on with this list of the scariest movies the Pulse staff has ever seen (in no particular order). Here are five to whet your appetite; the rest are listed below. You might want to grab […]

  • 9 Ways to Supplement the Sunshine

    Sunset times are creeping closer to the late afternoon, and around this time of the year, many people find that their mood and mindset are noticeably affected. It’s not uncommon to feel depressed, lack interest in normal activities or experience other symptoms such as fatigue, anxiety, weight gain, changes in sleep patterns, irritability and cravings […]

  • The Zach Pietrini Band Returns to Door County

    Moving from Chicago to Milwaukee, Zach Pietrini thought he was done with music. A third record he had just made had gotten stuck in postproduction; he was working two jobs while trying to make music work; and his wife was working at a cafe. They were getting burned out. “It’s just a really competitive scene, […]

  • Manners Matter: Silence Phones during Public Meetings

    Dear Mary Pat, I was sitting in a town meeting at the auditorium regarding the purchase of some property. I won’t get into that subject because it’s more complicated. My complaint is easier to explain: people in the audience not silencing their phones. It is so rude and such a distraction to hear repetitive dings […]

  • Michigan, Indiana Announce Salmon-Stocking Increases

    Two down, two to go. The Departments of Natural Resources in Michigan and Indiana have announced significant increases in chinook-salmon stocking beginning in 2020. Both states are planning to raise and release an additional 150,000 chinooks, or 300,000 combined.  In addition, Indiana is going to reduce fall fingerling plants of coho salmon and raise and […]

  • Framed: Fred & Fuzzy’s Bike Pedal Bar and Grill

    Fred and Fuzzy’s Pedal Bar and Grill entertained and impressed the crowd during Sister Bay’s Fall Fest parade Oct. 19. Photo by Len Villano.

  • Server of the Week: Hope Bogenschutz at the AC Tap

    Hope is the woman  You go to the Tap to see She’ll have your drink ready for you Before you can count to three She knows everyone’s orders Before they even ask She’s the best bartender out there, The queen of the task! The best part about her Is that she’s always got a smile […]

  • Milwaukee Woman Attends First Fall Fest

    by Amanda Bourbonais After attending my first Fall Fest this past weekend, there’s one thing I can say for sure: y’all know how to throw a party.  I rolled into Door County on a sunny Friday afternoon to visit my good friend (and your very own Peninsula Pulse Special Issues Editor) Grace Johnson.  Grace has […]

  • Fincantieri and Sturgeon Bay Fire Department Fund Safety Equipment

    Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding has teamed up with the Sturgeon Bay Fire Department to help fund two new sets of life-saving equipment: air bags and tanks that inflate to assist with emergency extrication or stabilization, such as when a person is pinned under heavy equipment.  “We can put the equipment under a tire, prop it up […]

  • Kewaunee Farmer Speaks at Global Food Forum

    Kewaunee County farmer Don Niles took the stage as one of the leading voices of agriculture at the Wall Street Journal’s Global Food Forum on Oct. 7 in New York.  Niles, president of Peninsula Pride Farms, was one of just 12 speakers at the event, appearing among leaders from Cargill, McDonald’s, the U.S. Department of […]

  • Northern Electric Opens Sturgeon Bay Office

    Northern Electric ( – a Green Bay-headquartered, full-service electrical contractor for commercial, industrial and residential projects – has opened a Sturgeon Bay office. “The decision to expand our presence in Door County was a logical step in our business-growth strategy,” said Tracy Conard, president and CEO. “We know in order to meet our customers’ needs, […]

  • NWTC Panel on Working from Home

    The NWTC Learning and Innovation Center, 2438 S. Bayshore Dr. in Sister Bay, will host a free panel presentation about working remotely Nov. 4, 5:30-7:30 pm. Almost 4 million Americans work from home at least half the time, and the number is climbing. Several Door County residents who have worked or are working from home […]

  • The DCVB: A Successful Year in Review

    by Cambria Mueller and Jen Rogers, Door County Visitor Bureau Since 1891, the Door County Visitor Bureau (DCVB) has been marketing Door County as a destination for leisure travel. As we head into November, we’re pausing to acknowledge and honor the achievements of each DCVB department. When you’re a DCVB industry partner, your message becomes […]

  • Sister Bay Receives $3.4 Million for Rural Water Infrastructure

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA, is investing $201 million to improve rural water infrastructure in 31 states by providing funding through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. Eligible applicants include rural cities, towns and water districts. “USDA is committed to partnering with rural communities to help them build and repair […]

  • Three Schools Benefit from Birch Creek’s Artists in the Schools Program

    More than 370 Door County choir and band students at Gibraltar, Sevastopol and Sturgeon Bay schools took part in Birch Creek’s Artists in the Schools program Oct. 14. Each year, nationally acclaimed faculty return to Door County following the summer Birch Creek program ( to share their talent and experience with local public-school music students. […]

  • Sevastopol’s ‘Little Women’ on Stage Nov. 1-3

    Sevastopol Middle and High School will present Little Women Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 at 7 pm, and Nov. 3 at 2 pm in the elementary school gym. During the American Civil War, four sisters – Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March – spend their days performing plays together, ice skating and other fun activities while […]

  • Sturgeon Bay High School Choir to Present Broadway Cabaret

    The Sturgeon Bay High School Choir will present its first Broadway Cabaret and dinner at Sturgeon Bay’s Union Supper Pub on Nov. 2. The doors will open at 5:30 pm; a pasta-buffet dinner and concert will begin at 6:30 pm. The Broadway Cabaret will feature the high school choirs and solo artists performing classic Broadway […]

  • Rogue Theater Holds Auditions for ‘A Stable Situation’

    Rogue Theater will celebrate its seventh Christmas with an entertaining, humorous and heartwarming play that’s great for the entire family. John Steele’s A Stable Situation follows the animals in the barn as they discuss the arrival of Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus. Rogue Theater is looking for adults, teens and children to audition. It needs […]

  • Enjoy the Last of the Fall Color during Crossroads Hikes

    Water and fall colors are on the agenda this weekend at Crossroads at Big Creek.  On Oct. 25, 3:30 pm, the Friday Film will be “The State of the Water”: the lecture that Joel Brammeier presented during the 2019 Water Summit. He’s president of the Alliance for the Great Lakes. The film will be screened […]

  • Halloween Fun for All in Door County

    SATURDAY, OCT. 26 Sturgeon Bay’s Thrills on Third Ghosts, witches, zombies … Oh, my! Watch out for the spooky characters you may come across during the eighth annual Thrills on Third event, sponsored by Quantum PC Services and happening throughout the 3rd Avenue area in Sturgeon Bay. Visit the Door County Library, 107 S. 4th […]

  • Dark Songs to Thrill Again Oct. 25-26

    Whether our deepest fears are the work of demons, evil spirits, insanity or just the everyday horror of human mortality, they’re all fertile ground for a songwriter’s imagination. Dark Songs 2019 marks its 10th anniversary with its 11th production, Stage Fright. One of three major songwriting/recording/performance marathons produced annually by the Steel Bridge Creative Foundation […]

  • Obituary: Robert Joseph Nikolai

    Aug. 28, 1935 – Oct. 20, 2019 Robert Joseph Nikolai, 84, of Washington Island died at home. He was born in Kenosha, the son of Richard August and Roselyn Mary (Wyk) Nikolai. Bob graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Kenosha with the Class of 1953.  He then went on to study at Marquette University, where he […]

  • Obituary: Leann Mary Kiehnau

    Dec. 2, 1941 – Oct. 21, 2019 Leann Mary Kiehnau, 77, of the Town of Egg Harbor died at Sturgeon Bay Health Services. She was born in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of Andrew “Bert” Englebert Carmody and Mildred Mary (Fassbender) Carmody. Leann attended Sunny Point School in the Town of Egg Harbor and grew up attending […]

  • Obituary: Keith “Dan” Noe

    Aug. 28, 1937 – Oct. 15, 2019  Keith Daniel “Dan” Noe, 82, of Sister Bay died at Angels Touch CBRF in De Pere, Wisconsin. He was born in Edgerton, Wyoming, the son of Daniel and Virginia (Kelso) Noe. Following high school, he served his country with the United States Navy. Dan earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma […]

  • Obituary: Orville Frederick Kay

    Aug. 5, 1926 – Oct. 17, 2019  Orville Frederick Kay, 93, of Forestville died at Door County Medical Center. He was born in Brussels to Emil and Lydia (Maedke) Kay. Orville was a lifelong resident of Door County. He was a member of Emanuel Lutheran Church, where he was a past elder and served on the Cemetery Committee. He was […]

  • Obituary: Robert “Bob” Haines

    Dec. 6, 1943 – Oct. 16, 2019  Robert “Bob” C. Haines, 75, of Sturgeon Bay died surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Sturgeon Bay to Robert Harold Haines and Marcella Mathilda (Larson) Haines.   Robert graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1962. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1962 to 1966. He attended […]

  • Obituary: Judith Sue Safranski

    Jan. 13, 1952 – Oct. 15, 2019 Judith Sue Safranski, 67, of Sturgeon Bay died in the arms of her loving husband, Michael, at home. Judy was born in South Milwaukee, the daughter of Henry J. and Lillian J. (Jurci) Repa. She graduated from South Milwaukee High School in 1970 and went on to study at Evangelical […]