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Peninsula Pulse October 14-21, 2022

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  • OBITUARY: Chrystal Chartier

    Chrystal Chartier, 41, of Baileys Harbor, died peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, in the presence of her family. She never slowed down during her four years of cancer treatment and kept a smile on her face despite the challenges of each new day. She won her final fight in life though, having found a […]

  • Letter to the Editor: A Commitment to America

    Recently Republicans have created a “Commitment to America” document to lay out how they will govern when they retake control of the House, Senate and presidency.  The plan includes four categories: An Economy That’s Strong, A Nation That’s Safe, A Future That’s Built on Freedom and A Government That’s Accountable. A parental bill of rights […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Women Must Stand Up for Their Rights

    Women, consider that after losing reproductive rights, the way is opening to lose other rights that we have as equal citizens in our country.  It was not so long ago that women did not have equal rights in divorce, and even now there is a persistent gender gap in pay between men and women, as […]

  • Letter to the Editor: If Democrats Vote for Us…

    Democrats vote for us? Does that mean they have voted for inflation, now at 8.2%; for millions of illegal people walking across the border with no vetting; for losing energy independence, causing high gas and food prices; for rising crime, no-bail offenses, censoring free speech, parents being called domestic terrorists for wanting a say in […]

  • Letter to the Editor: The Meaning of Freedom

    Dear Republican Friends, Please help me understand your sign that says, “Fight for Freedom.” First and foremost, I am not in a fight with you – not a war, not a battle. In fact, I would welcome sitting down and having a conversation with you. These are some of the things I would like to […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Jacque’s Political Agenda Too Extreme for His Moderate District

    Let’s show our political leaders that we don’t want extremists like state Sen. André Jacque speaking for us in Madison.  Jacque wants to ban abortion entirely, without exceptions for rape, incest or the mother’s health. He pursued a “personhood” amendment to the state Constitution that could place the interests of the fetus above the interests […]

  • Letter to the Editor: A Vote for Ron Johnson

    With the Democrats controlling the U.S. Senate by the smallest of margins, Wisconsin’s Senate race is possibly the most meaningful in history. The candidates are incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes. I believe the national issues in the next Congress are crime, the military, energy, inflation, border security and the economy. Who […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Deeds Speak Louder Than Words

    To head off false accusations, I’m neither Democrat nor Republican. With that said, let’s break down some of the insanity in past letters. Republicans say they are falsely accused of supporting violence. If the accusations are false, why are there so many videos (not to mention social-media posts) proving otherwise? Republicans say they support free […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Vote for Democrats

    I think Tim Michels is confused and that he thinks the state of Wisconsin is his construction company, and that Tony Evers is a lifelong politician (instead of the lifelong educator and administrator that he actually is).  Michels is wholeheartedly on board with the Trump era’s belief of “Whatever we can get away with!” And […]

  • Birds, Bees and Lenses at Crossroads

    Kick off your weekend activities with sunrise birding at the Cove Estuary on Oct. 15, 7-9 am. Meet bright and early to hike the estuary and look for birds that use it as a migration stopover. Waterproof footwear is recommended. Meet at the Cove Preserve, 817 S. 20th Place in Sturgeon Bay. Return Oct. 15, […]

  • Halloween Hike at the Ridges

    The Ridges Sanctuary is hosting a Halloween hike on Oct. 29, 5-7 pm, that’s appropriate for all ages. Halloween-themed stations along the Hidden Brook boardwalk will highlight some creepy critters and spooky sights of the sanctuary, and those who continue to the Upper Range Light should prepare themselves for a ghostly encounter.  Flashlights are provided […]

  • Thrills & Chills in Sturgeon Bay

    Be in Sturgeon Bay on Saturday, Oct. 29, for Thrills & Chills! The kid-friendly, Halloween-themed fun includes activities held throughout the walkable East and West Waterfronts in the historic downtown area.  The kids’ costume parade will kick things off at 10 am. To participate, kids and families should meet at the 3rd Avenue clock tower […]

  • Herbst Presents Egg Harbor in Watercolor

    The Public Arts Initiative of Egg Harbor and the Kress Pavilion are presenting an exhibition of paintings by folk artist Giz Herbst, a local historian known for his dedicated service to the Egg Harbor Historical Society. A reception for Herbst will take place Oct. 20, 3-5 pm, immediately following a presentation by the historical society. […]

  • Woodwalk Offering Fall Craft Workshops

    Woodwalk Gallery is known for showcasing the artwork of more than 75 local and regional artists in its historical barn. From watercolors and oils, to encaustics and metal work, to pottery and wood carvings, artworks in a variety of media await visitors who will view and purchase them. And now, for those who are looking […]

  • Brian Pier: Constructing a Painter’s Life

    After Brian Pier spent 25 years working in construction, nobody expected him to become a painter – least of all himself. When he picked up a paintbrush at age 56, “everybody was kind of surprised. I was surprised,” said Pier, who was once a heavy-equipment operator in Libertyville, Illinois. Now, about 13 years after he […]

  • Washington Island Seeks Grant to Acquire 21 Acres

    The Town of Washington has applied for a 25% matching grant as part of the Urban Green Space subprogram of the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program to assist with purchasing approximately 21 acres of land on which to develop additional public park space. The property includes more than 1,000 feet of Lake Michigan frontage. The town also […]

  • What’s Living at The Ridges?

    Sanctuary plans first major plant survey since 1983 The Ridges Sanctuary has some of the most diversified habitat in the Midwest in a relatively compact area, and the sanctuary’s leaders want an update on what’s living there. Forty years have passed since the last meticulous plant survey was completed at the Baileys Harbor–based nature preserve, […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Lilo

    Meet Lilo! This adorable, 5-month-old kitten is available for adoption from the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. She weighs just five pounds and would love to find a home where she can be doted on as the only kitty. Like all cats at WHS, Lilo (wihumane.org/adopt/animal?id=51128364) has been spayed, vaccinated and microchipped, and […]

  • Afterlife Discussion Group

    Those who are interested in talking about death and the afterlife are invited to join a discussion group Oct. 20, 1-2:30 pm, at the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Door County, 916 N. 14th Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. All beliefs are welcomed and respected.  Steve Freier hosts this life, death and afterlife discussion […]

  • Agricultural, Household Hazardous Waste Collection

    If you are storing hazardous-waste products as part of your agricultural business or residential home, take them to one of the Door County Agricultural and Household Hazardous Waste Program’s collection sites, where they will be recycled or disposed of in an environmentally safe manner. Collections will take place Nov. 4, 3:30-5:30 pm, at the Sister […]

  • $26,000 to Be Awarded at Next Giving Circle

    The next quarterly giving event of the 100+ Women Who Care (100+WWC) Door County giving circle will be held Oct. 24, 6:30-7:30 pm – both in person at the Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church St. in Egg Harbor, and via livestream. Registration and the social hour will begin at 5:30 pm.  More than $26,000 will be awarded […]

  • Volunteer for the Salvation Army

    The Salvation Army has a volunteer service extension in Door County that provides emergency services. Financial support for people in critical situations comes from donations and the money raised locally during the bell-ringing campaign that starts in November. Assistance to those in need through vouchers and direct payments are available for rent, utilities and other […]

  • Barn Dances Return

    The Door County Folk Alliance will resume public barn dances Oct. 29, 7-9 pm, at the Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church St. in Egg Harbor. There is no fee, but donations are welcome. Caller Tim Jenkins will lead participants through circle and long-line dances, explaining the steps and providing directions. All levels of dancers are welcome, […]

  • Halloween Party Supports HELP of Door County

    HELP of Door County is hosting a Halloween Party Oct. 29 at Maxwelton Braes in Baileys Harbor to support the services it provides to victims of domestic violence. HELP’s services are free, confidential and available regardless of age, gender, race, sexual orientation or ability. They are provided through donations and without any county funding. The […]

  • Day of Mending Oct. 22

    The Harborettes Home Community Education Club will host a Day of Mending service project Oct. 22, 9 am – 1 pm, at the Bertschinger Community Center, 7860 Hwy 42 in Egg Harbor. Take clean clothing or linens that need mending, and club members will sew on buttons, repair seams, and hem and patch items. (Sorry […]

  • Bayside Cemetery Cleanup

    Owners of Bayside Cemetery grave sites are reminded that all decorative items should be removed from graves by Oct. 15 to allow cemetery employees to efficiently remove leaves, do fall cleanup and get the grounds ready for winter. Winter decorations may be added starting Nov. 15.

  • Local Artist Named Fearless Female

    The day before the Bellin Women’s Half Marathon and 5K on Oct. 1, local artist Lynn Gilchrist received the 2022 Fearless Female award during the event’s opening dinner. Gilchrist’s daughter, Julia Anderson Feltheim, ran the 13.1-mile race with her mother. Both of the runs benefit local female-focused causes through the Women’s Fund of Greater Green […]

  • How Will You Age in Door County?

    Survey and forums start the conversation on this all-important question St. Norbert Strategic Research Institute and Do Good Door County have partnered on an age-in-place initiative that’s designed to increase the quality of life for Door County residents for years to come. It will begin with a survey and continue with forums held all over […]

  • Neurologist Joins Prevea Team

    Prevea Health has welcomed Dr. Yousaf Ajam to its family of care serving Green Bay, Oconto Falls and Sturgeon Bay. Ajam is a board-certified neurologist who specializes in comprehensive neurological care, with a special focus on epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology (EEG and neuro monitoring).  A graduate of the Shifa College of Medicine, Ajam completed his […]

  • Free Coin Counting Reactivated

    The challenge of recirculating coins throughout the nation continues to negatively affect consumers, businesses and the public, so the U.S. Coin Task Force has issued a plea for the public to #GetCoinMoving during October. To assist, North Shore Bank will offer everyone free coin counting and exchange for dollars at its 43 branches until Oct. […]

  • Quantum Opens New Store in Algoma

    Kewaunee County residents will no longer need to travel as far for professional IT and computer support now that Quantum Technologies has opened a new retail and repair location at 222 Steele St. in Algoma. It offers Mac and PC repairs and service, computer and device sales, personal and business IT support, network and cabling […]

  • Renard’s Closes Algoma Store

    The Renard’s Cheese family disclosed on Facebook last week that it had closed its Algoma retail store on County S Oct. 5 due to staffing shortages, which “have impacted many businesses over the past few years,” according to the social-media post. “Up until recently, Renard’s Cheese has avoided the impact of these shortages. However, this […]

  • Incubator Still Sheltering Entrepreneurs, Small Businesses

    Two coworking buildings that opened in Sturgeon Bay during the past year were almost immediately filled by a variety of tenants, suggesting a lack of business-space availability in the local market. Meanwhile, another coworking space has been successfully housing small entrepreneurs and businesses since the 1990s. The DCEDC’s Business Development Center, a small business incubator […]

  • The Functional Art of Richard Rose Culinary

    Manufacturing Month: Made In Door County There are 65 manufacturers up and down Door County making everything from machine parts to candles, ships to coffee. They may be a top employer or a small shop with a big reach. One of the latter is Richard Rose Culinary. It’s a woodworking shop located in the Door […]

  • Elementary Students Visit Fire Department

    The Sturgeon Bay Fire Department has been giving behind-the-scenes looks at the station and its operations to 4K through second-grade students at Sawyer Elementary School in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Students Visit the Past

    Third-graders from the Sevastopol School District visited Heritage Village at Big Creek on Sept. 29 to explore the historical village, watch the blacksmith, attend class in the one-room schoolhouse and try some of the tools used long ago, such as a flail, froe and corn sheller.

  • Seniors Prep for Life After Graduation

    Southern Door High School seniors participated recently in a College/Career Day organized by Mrs. Paye, the school’s counselor. During the first two hours of the day, students were able to work on developing their postgraduation plans by attending two sessions from among the areas of writing college essays, completing an NWTC application, working on four-year-college […]

  • Vikings’ Homecoming Week

    The Gibraltar School District celebrated Homecoming last week with a parade through Fish Creek that included the Homecoming court, sports teams and school clubs. Students and teachers from the elementary and middle school came out to cheer on the high school students. The football team also hosted its annual bonfire.

  • New Website for Washington Island

    The Washington Island School District has launched a new website at island.k12.wi.us. Although some areas are still under construction, it creates a more seamless way for students, teachers and the community to access information.

  • Student Writing and Cartoon Contest Now Open

    Contest supports civic education and engagement Door County middle and high school students, including students who are home-schooled, are encouraged to participate in the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation’s editorial writing and cartoon contest, which is now open to all Wisconsin students.  The contest is designed to increase civic education and engagement while celebrating the rights […]

  • Around the Door

    Cottage Row in Fish Creek looks like a different road these days with new asphalting from Cottage Row Court in the north to the hairpin turn in the south. The new turnaround at the bottom of the hairpin, shown here as not yet completed as of Oct. 10, will be finished with stamped concrete and […]

  • Baileys Harbor to Fund Public-transportation Study

    Town board tables Brann Field discussion, adopts STR ordinance The Baileys Harbor Community Association (BHCA) requested $5,000 from the town board for a transportation study, which the board approved. “We want to limit one- or two-person cars and limit traffic,” BHCA treasurer Carin Hickey Stuth said. The study will examine the possibility of creating a […]

  • Your Right to Know

    AG Candidates Weigh In on Transparency By Jonathan Anderson Josh Kaul and Eric Toney are miles apart on many issues, but when it comes to open government, the candidates vying for Wisconsin attorney general in the Nov. 8 election agree: More money is needed to handle enforcement of the state’s transparency laws. The Wisconsin Freedom […]

  • County’s Political Parties Geared Up for Fall Elections

    During the final weeks leading up to the Nov. 8 general election, the political parties in Door County are promoting their respective candidates and the issues they believe will attract votes. Both the Republican and Democratic parties are operating campaign headquarters in Sturgeon Bay, where supporters can stop by to get candidate information and yard […]

  • Reproductive-rights Panel Draws Support in Northern Door

    About 100 people attended a Sept. 28 reproductive-rights panel featuring Democratic candidates at Sister Bay’s Peach Barn Farmhouse & Brewery. The panel featured Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Sara Rodriguez, Democratic state Senate candidate Andrea Gage-Michaels, Democratic Wisconsin Assembly candidate Roberta Thelen and Dr. Kristin Lyerly, a gynecologist. The four panelists discussed the recent overturn of […]

  • Wisconsin Senate Race, District 1

    André Jacque (incumbent) vs. Andrea Gage-Michaels We sent questionnaires to candidates who will appear on local ballots, Nov. 8. Beginning this week, and leading up to the Nov. 8 Midterm Election, we’ll publish those answers. We begin here with the race for the District 1 Wisconsin Senate seat that serves all of Door County and […]

  • Electrical Fire Forces Restaurant Evacuation

    It was the height of the dinner hour at The English Inn in Fish Creek on Sunday, Oct. 9, when smoke pouring out of the attic caused the evacuation of all diners. “I had 30 tables with guests on the patio, another 40 tables inside,” said Randy Daubner, owner of the restaurant at 3813 Hwy […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Parking Tickets Increasing by $10

    It will now cost $10 more for people who receive parking tickets in Sturgeon Bay. The Common Council approved the second reading of an ordinance Oct. 4 to increase the fine for parking violations, except for illegal parking in disabled spaces, from $15 to $25. If the fine is not paid before the court date […]

  • New Candle Benefitting Hurricane Ian Recovery

    Door County Candle Company is pouring another charitable candle – this one to assist with Hurricane Ian recovery efforts. All profits from the sale of the company’s Beachside candle will be donated to the Red Cross. The teal-colored candle “smells like a day at the beach – full of sunscreen and coconut,” said Christiana Gorchynsky […]

  • Fishing Tournament Rules Discussion Back Before Committee Later This Year

     Proposed rule changes for fishing tournaments using City of Sturgeon Bay facilities won’t be back on the city’s Joint Parks and Recreation Committee/Board agenda until the November or December meeting, said District 1 Alder Helen Bacon, who chairs the committee. Bacon said Monday the item won’t be on the committee’s Oct. 26 agenda because she […]

  • New Supervisor Not Seated

    With six applicants for an open Gibraltar Town Board seat, the board deferred a decision to select one during its Oct. 5 meeting. The six candidates, all of whom had submitted application letters by the Sept. 28 deadline, appeared before the board and briefly stated why they wanted to serve and why they are qualified […]

  • Submit to the DISQUIET Literary Prize

    Submissions are now open for the DISQUIET Literary Prize: a contest for fiction, nonfiction and poetry by writers who have not yet published more than one book with a major press. The first-prize winner in fiction will be published on Granta.com, in nonfiction on Ninthletter.com and in poetry on The Common. One grand-prize winner will […]

  • Author Releases Second Book in Series

    Wisconsin author Tim Fox has released his fourth book, A Place to Grow. The second book in his Place series, it continues to chronicle the adventures of a young girl and her cat on her great-aunt’s farm. Fox is also the author of the Journeys time-travel fantasy series, in which two young brothers travel into […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Author Releases Two Novels

    John Safranski of Sturgeon Bay has released a two-book series of science-fiction novels – Lost Faith and In Times Current – set in one of Wisconsin’s national forests that chronicles the stories of Bo Jones and his company, Badger Development. Earth’s once-vibrant ecosystem is disintegrating, and a global drought has lasted for years. Governmental collapses […]

  • Book Signing, Play Readings at OtherWorlds

    On Oct. 15, readers will have a chance to buy copies of Microtheatre: A Door County Debut of Short Plays from Wisconsin and Spain, have them signed by several of the playwrights, and be spectators for two play readings. Playwrights Bela Sandor, Nicholas Schweitzer and Tim Toepel will be on hand at OtherWorlds Books & […]

  • Smell the Season

    Stretch your senses and expand your notions of what smells mean during an autumnal smelling tour with Jude Stewart on Oct. 29, 10:30 am, at Write On, Door County. Stewart is the writer-in-residence and the author of Revelations in Air: A Guidebook to Smell.  Suitable for all ages, the tour will start with a few […]

  • Local Counselor Releases Book for Healing

    Narcissistic abuse is a subtle, but devastating form of abuse during which victims are often unaware that they are being manipulated and broken down from the inside out. In her new book, Brave Love 365, Erika Nelson offers daily inspiration and validation for survivors of narcissistic abuse and toxic relationships. Brave Love 365 reveals the […]

  • Book Recommendation: ‘The Most Haunted House in America’ by Jarrett Dapier, illustrated by Lee Gatlin

    Recommended by LIZ WELTER, Owner and Bookseller at Novel Bay Booksellers This is the spooky season, and there’s nothing better than a comfy couch, dim lighting, a fireplace blazing and a good story.  The Most Haunted House in America is a spooky story that the kiddos, adults and everyone in between will enjoy. The word […]

  • DC Published Authors Collective: Judy Ann Ritter

    Judy Ann Ritter earned her bachelor’s degree from UW-Madison and her master of education–professional development degree with an emphasis in environmental sciences from UW-Whitewater. She believes her love of writing began in college, when she was inspired by an amazing American literature professor. Ritter taught middle-school science in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, for 27 years. Her books […]

  • Editor’s Note: Last Call for Political Letters, and Another Thing …

    It’s only a couple weeks until the midterm election, Nov. 8, and so it’s time for a reminder about the deadlines for the Letters to the Editor page. We do not publish political letters in the issue immediately prior to an election. That means if you want to write a letter about the Democratic or […]

  • Wild Things: Get the Lead Out

    Fishing-tournament pros disqualified by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected], Peninsula Pulse contributor Anyone with a finger on the pulse of fishing has likely heard about, seen video of, or read about the professional anglers who were allegedly caught lead-handed with fishing weights stuffed into the bellies of walleyes during a recent high-stakes Lake Erie tournament. Considering that […]

  • An Hour with Ruby

    The Egg Harbor Historical Society (EHHS) will present a video interview, “An Hour with Ruby,” on Oct. 20, 1:30 pm, at the Kress Pavilion. Ruby Demmin has experienced a lot and now shares her recollections of Egg Harbor, Sunny Point, Horseshoe Bay and more: the people she met growing up, her childhood adventures and experiences, […]

  • Program Revisits Deadly 1913 Storm

    Join the Gibraltar Historical Association (GHA) on Oct. 20, 7:15 pm, for this season’s last Gibraltar Talks: a program on the “White Hurricane.” A storm in 1913, nicknamed the “White Hurricane,” was the deadliest and most destructive storm to hit the Great Lakes. GHA will share what led to the sinking of 12 ships and […]

  • This Old Store: Beach Road Market

    Greg Diltz has fond memories of the Beach Road Market north of Sister Bay. We don’t know how we missed including this little gem in the 2019 series about old stores in Northern Door County, but Greg provided lots of good information for this addendum to the series. His parents purchased Sunset Beach Cottages from […]

  • Rogue Revives Marilyn Monroe

    Rogue Theater co-founder Lola DeVillers grew up watching Marilyn Monroe films, and she said she’s still an “old-movie addict.” But it wasn’t until doing extensive research to prepare for the sole role in the play Marilyn/God that she really got to know the iconic actress. “That, to me, was so powerful – to really get more […]

  • The Magic of Fall Fest

    If you can’t stand a crowd, it’s not your thing. If you don’t like music, it’s probably not for you either. If you don’t like fun – it’s definitely not for you.  It’s Fall Fest, Door County’s largest party and Sister Bay’s annual farewell to the season. And yes, it’s crowded. Thousands will pack the […]

  • Diving Into the Fall Fest Bloody Factory

    When you order your Bloody Mary at the outdoor bar at Husby’s on Fall Fest Saturday morning, it may look like a simple process to fulfill your order: The bartender turns to grab a freshly salted drink off the table and trades it for your cash within a few seconds.  But the journey for that […]

  • Full Heat for Fall Fest Derby

    It will be a hotly contested battle in the second year of the revamped Fall Fest Derby on Sunday, Oct. 16.  Following a two-decade hiatus, the derby returned in 2021 with six competitors. This year, it will feature 24 cars. The race for kids ages 7-13 driving gravity-powered vehicles down the hill takes place Sunday […]

  • Rocking Fall Fest: Your Weekend Music Guide

    It’s a battle of the bands in Sister Bay this weekend as live music fills the street for Fall Fest. No matter where you find yourself strolling along the streets of the village, you’ll be hearing rock, reggae, polka and a little bit of everything else. Here’s a brief rundown of who, what, where and […]

  • Still Time to Complete the Mammoth Hike Challenge

    The Mammoth Challenge is on along the Ice Age Trail in October. Hike, walk, run or backpack 42 miles on the Ice Age Trail during October and visit three Ice Age Trail Communities to earn a hiking certificate and a limited-edition patch. Sturgeon Bay is not only one of the 15 trail communities, but it’s […]

  • DKAF Announces Film Fest Winners

    The Door Kinetic Arts Festival (DKAF) returned to Björklunden in Baileys Harbor last month after a canceled festival in 2020 and an all-virtual event in 2021. DKAF again featured cocktails, short films, and a mix of local and nationally known artists in dance, theater and music. Film submissions from 15 countries competed for several awards. […]

  • Last Chance for Murder for Two at Players

    Everyone is a suspect in the Peninsula Players Theatre production of Murder for Two, a musical mystery featuring 13 characters – played by just two actors – and one piano. The show will close Oct. 16 and complete the theater company’s 2022 season. In Murder for Two, Officer Marcus Moscowicz, played by David Corlew, seizes the […]

  • Bits & Bites: Henriksen Fisheries Breaks Ground

    Henriksen Fisheries broke ground Oct. 7 on the next generation of its business. Charlie Henriksen said he hopes to have construction completed on a new, 3,200-square-foot processing plant and retail outlet by April. The building at the corner of Highway 42 and Old Stage Road will be made primarily of metal siding and will consolidate […]

  • Manhattan Transfer, Diva Jazz at Auditorium

    Grammy Award–winning vocal group Manhattan Transfer will perform at the Door Community Auditorium (DCA) Oct. 14, 7 pm. The DIVA Jazz Orchestra will make a guest appearance. The Manhattan Transfer remains a cornerstone for great pop and jazz hits, a legacy the group has cemented over its illustrious 50-year career, now in the midst of […]

  • Obituary: Craig J. Basten

    October 7, 1974 ~ September 21, 2022 Craig J. Basten died at age 47 after fighting stage four colon cancer for close to four years. He passed away peacefully on September 21, 2022, surrounded by his family. Craig was born on October 7, 1974, to Donald and Janice (Phillips) Basten in Green Bay. On July […]

  • New Mini Golf Course Opens in Fish Creek

    Families looking for fun – or golfers trying to forget a tough 18 – now have a new place to go near Peninsula State Park. Just in time for two big fall-festival weekends, Evergreen Miniature Golf opened Wednesday on Highway 42, just north of the BP gas station. The new, 18-hole mini-golf course winds around in the […]

  • City Pumps Brakes On Wheel Tax

    Money to pay for resurfacing roads in Sturgeon Bay next year won’t be coming from enacting a wheel tax in the city. Meeting as a committee of the whole Oct. 3, the Sturgeon Bay Common Council agreed not to include a wheel tax on motor vehicles registered in the city to raise revenue as part […]

  • Learn to Write Family History

    Author Dan Powers is a retired teacher who has lived in Door County since 1986. There were no storytellers in his family, so he grew up knowing almost nothing about his extended family. In the 1990s, using only the few ancestral names he had, he began a genealogy search which uncovered extensive family and led […]

  • Obituary: Rick Ray Peterson

    October 5, 2022 Rick Peterson died on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 with his loving wife Marie at his side after he had a near decade long courageous battle with renal and metastatic cancer. He was 60 years old. Marie, their son Joseph and Joseph’s wife Megan wish to extend their most sincere thanks to all […]

  • Obituary: Russell “Rusty” Hans Feld

    April 16, 1959 ~ October 5, 2022 Russell Hans Feld, age 63 of rural Cleveland, WI., died peacefully on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 surrounded by his family after a two year battle with cancer at his home. Rusty Feld was born on April 16, 1959 to Marlin Hans and the late Sonja Feld in Hudson […]

  • Obituary: Malinda Jean Towne

    December 10, 1951 ~ October 4, 2022 Malinda Jean Towne, 70, of Richland Center, WI died suddenly Tuesday, October 4, 2022, at the Richland Hospital. She was born on December 10, 1951, in Sturgeon Bay, Door County the daughter of Ferdinand William and Clara Caroline (Mueller) Howard. Malinda married Tim Towne and they had 2 […]

  • Obituary: Roger Francis Bochek

    December 29, 1953 ~ October 5, 2022 Roger Francis Bochek, 68, of the Town of Egg Harbor, formerly of Germantown, died Wednesday night, October 5, 2022 at Sturgeon Bay Health Services in Sturgeon Bay. He was born to Roger Joseph Bochek and Josephine Anette (Duncan) Bochek at the Dorchester Hospital in Sturgeon Bay on December […]

  • Obituary: Marilyn J. Gracyalny

    June 9, 1940 ~ October 7, 2022 Marilyn J. Gracyalny, 82, formerly of Libertyville, IL, died Friday, October 7, 2022 at Door County Memorial Hospital.  She was born June 9, 1940 in Green Bay the daughter of the late William and Eloise (Rieck) Oszuscik. Marilyn attended St. Joseph Academy in Green Bay.  On May 30, […]

  • Obituary: Lucille “Sweeney” Sohns

    August 12, 1920 ~ October 6, 2022 Lucille “Sweeney” Sohns, 102 years of Sister Bay died Thursday October 6, 2022, at Door County Medical Center. She was born August 12, 1920, in Northfield, MN, the daughter of the late Edward and Mildred (Sieth) Sweeney. On August 8, 1944, in Minneapolis, she married Glen Sohns, who […]

  • Obituary: Linda Sue Robacker

    July 24, 1947 ~ October 3, 2022 Linda Sue (Williams) Sorensen Robacker a caring wife, sister, stepmother, teacher and friend died on October 3, 2022 at the age of 75 after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by loved ones who will continue to honor her legacy by living their lives to the fullest. She […]

  • Obituary: Edith (Molinaro) Hibbard

    December 15,1927~September 29, 2022 Edith (Molinaro) Hibbard died in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Thursday, September 29, 2022. She was 94 years old. She is survived by her treasured grandson Curt W. Hibbard, IV and his fiancée Darby Roach. Cousins and three generations of nieces nephews also survive Edith. She was preceded in death by her beloved […]

  • 30 Years of Peninsula Symphonic Band

    The Peninsula Symphonic Band recently received the work it had commissioned in honor of its 30th anniversary and the one that will receive its world premiere Nov. 10 as part of the band’s annual Veteran’s Day concert. Renowned composer Randall Standridge wrote the approximately seven-minute piece, titled “Homeward Shores,” which evokes a lighthouse at dawn, […]

  • Obituary: John C. Moore

    September 6, 1961 ~ October 3, 2022 John C. Moore, 61 of Sturgeon Bay, died at his home Monday, October 3, 2022, with his daughter, sister, and brother-in-law at his side. He was born September 6, 1961, in Pontiac, MI the son of the late Irving Moore and Clara Jean (Fagg) Smith. John attended Southern Door High […]

  • Obituary: June Marie Lemens Nom de Plume June Marie Overbeck

    October 3, 2022 June Marie Lemens, Nom de Plume June Marie Overbeck, 52, of the Town of Sturgeon Bay, died on Monday, October 3, 2022 at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay. She was born June 9, 1970 in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of Lloyd Stanley Paschke and Yvonne (LeCloux) Paschke. June attended Sturgeon Bay High School. […]