Peninsula Pulse October 2-9, 2020

In this issue

  • 2020 Hal Prize Photography Winners

    Coburn Dukehart, Photography Unlike most of the recent Hal Prize judges, 2020 photography judge Coburn Dukehart has a history in Door County – a family history. One of her great-grandfathers began coming to Door County during the 1900s, and ever since, Ephraim has been her family’s spot – both as a place to vacation and […]

  • 2020 Hal Prize Poetry Winners

    2020 Poetry Judge Ed Bok Lee, Poetry “Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.”  Ed Bok Lee – the 2020 Hal Prize poetry judge – uses this quote by Novalis to explain why he started to write poetry.  Lee is the author of three books of poetry, most recently Mitochondrial Night. The son of North […]

  • 2020 Hal Prize Nonfiction Winners

    2020 Nonfiction Judge David McGlynn, Nonfiction David McGlynn is the author of three books: One Day You’ll Thank Me: Lessons from an Unexpected Fatherhood, A Door in the Ocean and a story collection, The End of the Straight and Narrow, which were all published by Counterpoint Press. A Door in the Ocean was reviewed on […]

  • 2020 Hal Prize Fiction Winners

    2020 Fiction Judge Jane Hamilton, Fiction Best-selling author Jane Hamilton lives, works and writes in an orchard farmhouse in Wisconsin. Her short stories have appeared in Harper’s magazine. Her first novel, The Book of Ruth, earned the PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award for best first novel and was a selection of the Oprah Book Club. Her […]

  • Herb Kohl Teacher Fellowship Awards Accepting Nominations

    The State of Wisconsin is accepting nominations of Wisconsin teachers for 2021 Herb Kohl Teacher Fellowship Awards. The nomination deadline is Oct. 13, 5 pm.  Nominees who choose to apply will be considered for a $6,000 personal grant and a $6,000 matching grant for his or her school. The Herb Kohl Foundation annually selects 100 […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Talks 2021 Budget

    Next up: Budget workshop Monday, Oct. 5 Budget talks got underway on Monday in Sturgeon Bay during the first of two workshops scheduled for city alderpeople and staff.  The Common Council will render a final verdict Nov. 2 on how much it will spend in 2021, and what that means for property taxes. As it […]

  • Camp Zion Takes Expansion Plans to Federal Court

    Ellison Bay retreat aims to build new dining hall, conference rooms For 74 years Camp Zion has gone all but unnoticed by most residents of Door County. Even those who live within a few miles may not know it exists. But the camp, tucked along the Green Bay shore near the tip of the peninsula, […]

  • Maplewood House Fire Claims Animal Lives

    Benefit accounts are available at the Bank of Luxemburg and through Go Fund Me A fire at the Starr family’s home in Maplewood – an unincorporated community within the Town of Forestville – claimed the lives of two dogs and three cats on the morning of Sept. 21.  The Southern Door Fire Department (SDFD) was paged to […]

  • Hatch Distilling’s Gin Takes Best in Show at Honey Spirits Competition

    Hatch Distilling’s gin-inspired spirit distilled from honey earned the top prize – Best in Show – at the National Honey Board’s third annual Honey Spirits Competition. It was one of more than 80 entrants in the competition, which recognizes the best spirits in the United States that use honey as a sweetener, flavor or distillate. […]

  • Door County Distillery Named Wisconsin Distillery of the Year

    During the 11th annual New York International Spirits Competition, held virtually in August, Door County Distillery ( was named both Wisconsin Distillery of the Year and Wisconsin Rum Distillery of the Year. The enterprise, located at 5806 Hwy 42 in Carlsville, produces 17 spirits, including vodkas, whiskeys, gins, brandies and rums.  The competition drew a […]

  • The Jamaican Door Releases Cherry Jerk Sauce

    The Jamaican Door, a local family business, has launched a new product that marries Jamaican and Door County tastes and cultures in one flavorful sauce: Cherry Jerk Sauce.  “As we hail from such different places, we’ve always been passionate about bringing our cultures and backgrounds together to create something truly unique and representative of us […]

  • An ‘Existential Threat’: Report Details Challenges for State Arts and Cultural Organizations

    During any other year, Door County’s theaters, live-music venues, museums and art galleries would be propping open their doors to usher in thousands of patrons to the final exhibits and performances of the peninsula’s high season. There would be the triumph of making it through the frenetic pace of summertime and the anticipation of the […]

  • Wild Things: Archery World Loses Good Friend in Bill ‘Bear Crazy’ Wiesner

    One of archery’s top advocates – Bill “Bear Crazy” Wiesner of Sturgeon Bay – died Sept. 11, just one day shy of his 70th birthday. Wiesner, who was especially passionate about hunting black bears and whitetails, got many youths and adults interested in hunting. He was a bear-hunting guide in Upper Michigan, and he hunted bears […]

  • Hike This: White Cliff Nature Preserve

    Hiking into the White Cliff Nature Preserve near Egg Harbor, you get the sense that the trees have been growing there for centuries – and you wouldn’t be wrong. This preserve was once part of the acreage owned by Ferdinand Hotz, a wealthy jeweler from Chicago who owned more land than any other landowner in […]

  • Know Your Grower: Hyline Orchard Farm Market

    Location: 8240 Hwy 42 in Fish Creek Acreage: 150 acres of apple and cherry orchards, plus fruit and vegetable gardens around the farm Your growers: Marvin and Loretta Robertoy with their grandchildren Tracy Robertoy, Paul Robertoy, Justin Enigl and Nathan Delsart Currently selling: Just-harvested apples and pumpkins, fresh cider and juices, and a wide variety […]

  • Golf League Results: Oct. 2, 2020

    IDLEWILD Thursday 8:45 am Fall After Senior Men’s Group  Sept. 24, 2020 • Closest to the bunker #2: Bill Utley • Closest to the pin #6: Dave Shannon • Longest putt #9: Harold Forbes • Low gross: Dave Shannon 39, Jim Schaefer 40, Jerry Kain 42, Rick Krueger 44  • Birdie on #2: Dave Shannon Play will continue until there […]

  • Framed: Wayne’s Yard

    Cheryl Brady, a resident of Sturgeon Bay’s Hidden Ridge Resort, shared some photos of her neighbor Wayne’s yard. Every year he decorates to put smiles on the faces of those passing by, and this year the display features plenty of pumpkins and some spooky, happy characters.

  • Server of the Week: Robert Lange at Blue Horse Beach Cafe

    It’s early September, and three people approach the counter at Blue Horse Beach Cafe in Fish Creek. They’re the sort an experienced server can spot a mile away: the ones who don’t know what they want, haven’t looked at the menu and are about to walk the server through their entire decision-making process.  Behind the […]

  • This Old Barn: The Feuersteins’ Farm

    Mark and Teri Feuerstein have revived an old family farm in Sturgeon Bay, including a 1906 German-style bank barn. Mark, who was previously a UW-Extension agricultural agent, first became intrigued by barn revivals in 2000 after he helped to host a barn-restoration clinic and became connected to more than 100 restoration enthusiasts from around the […]

  • Featured Pet: Kylen

    Meet Kylen (, a handsome, five-month-old kitten who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. Found as a stray, Kylen is very undersocialized and doesn’t yet understand the joys of being a beloved pet. He will need a patient family with older children who can give him the time and […]

  • Prevea Health Welcomes Dr. Andrew Radtke

    Prevea Health has welcomed Dr. Andrew Radtke, a urologist, to its family of care.  “When treating my patients, I address their urologic health needs in addition to any social, environmental and lifestyle factors that can cause disease,” Radtke said. “By taking time to discuss the factors that can significantly impact their experience before, during and […]

  • AMVETS Awards Area Students in Coloring Contest

    AMVETS Weber-Tess Post 51 in Sturgeon Bay recently awarded prizes to area students for their participation in the AMVETS’ Americanism flag and poster coloring contest: a patriotic program for schools and youth organizations to teach children about their American heritage, civics and citizenship.  AMVETS representatives were unable to give the 2019-20 winners their monetary prizes […]

  • Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk Goes Local

    Oct. 4 should mark the 22nd Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk for Margie Needelman – a 32-year bone marrow transplant survivor – and Jerry Needelman of Sister Bay. But this year, it’s a walk route of participants’ own choosing, so the Needelmans have created a 5K “mini” walk and invite (masked and socially distanced) others to join. […]

  • USDA Assistance for Farmers and Ranchers

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide additional direct assistance – up to $14 billion – to farmers and ranchers who continue to face COVID-19-related market disruptions and associated costs. Sign-up for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) will run through Dec. 11.The USDA will use funds being made available from the Commodity Credit Corporation […]

  • CARES Act Provides Funding for Broadband Internet

    Gov. Tony Evers has announced that more than $5 million in funding from the federal CARES Act will be awarded to expand high-speed, broadband internet and administered through the Public Service Commission (PSC) of Wisconsin. The state’s Broadband Expansion Grant Program provides grant funding to organizations, internet service providers and local governments to expand in […]

  • Gallagher, Stuck in Forum Oct. 6

    The Door County League of Women Voters will host a forum on Tuesday, Oct. 6 from 4-to-5 pm for the District 8 Congressional candidates running for the U.S. House seat.  Rep. Amanda Stuck, a democrat, is challenging two-term, Republican incumbent Mike Gallagher for the seat that represents northeast Wisconsin, including Door and Kewaunee counties. The […]

  • Rogue Theater Presents ‘Cookouts and One-Acts’

    Rogue Theater will present Cookouts and One-Acts Oct. 3-4 and 10-11. Prior to each Saturday performance, join Rogue for a cookout, 4-5 pm. The cost for a brat or hot dog, chips, cookie and water is $5.  The performances will include two one-act plays. Lola DeVillers and Stuart Champeau will bring to life the story […]

  • Fall Art and Craft Fair Oct. 17-18

    Select Door County artists and artisans will sell their products, art and provisions at the first annual Door County Wildflower Candles & More Fall Art and Craft Fair on Oct. 17, 9 am – 2 pm; and Oct. 18, 9 am – 12 pm, at 11576 Beach Road in Sister Bay. Some of the offerings […]

  • Crossroads at Big Creek Offers Archaeology by Appointment

    As part of Crossroads at Big Creek’s Big Dig, take part in Archaeology by Appointment, Sept. 29-Oct. 6, when two or three people may participate in an authentic archaeological dig under the guidance of a professional archaeologist – outdoors and masked, during a responsibly distanced, 45-minute session. At this time, participants should be in sixth grade […]

  • Obituary: Jan Resler

    April 25, 1955 ~ September 28, 2020 Jan Resler died on September 28, 2020 and was greeted at the rainbow bridge by her many beloved dogs but especially Foster, Amstel, and Blatz. Jan was born on April 25, 1955, Jan was the only child of Priscilla (Carmody) and Lester Meyer in Sturgeon Bay where Jan […]

  • Obituary: Lee Lhost

    July 11, 1946 ~ September 26, 2020 Leland “Lee” David Lhost, 74, of Sister Bay, died of Parkinson’s disease-related complications on Saturday, September 26, 2020, at the Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay. He was born July 11, 1946, in the Town of Luxemburg, WI, the son of Ervin Lhost and Arline (Marsicek) Lhost […]

  • Obituary: Orren J. Bradley

    January 24, 1925~September 23, 2020 Orren J. Bradley, known affectionately to many as Brad, died on September 23, 2020 at the age of 95 and 8 months. Brad, loving husband to Marilyn Bradley, was born to Ora and Clara Bradley in Pueblo, CO on January 24, 1925 and raised in Tucumcari, NM.  He was a […]

  • Obituary: Kathleen “Kathy” Louise Mudrock

    July 25, 1944 ~ September 24, 2020 Kathleen Louise Mudrock, 76, of Sister Bay, died Thursday evening, September 24, 2020 at her home, with her family at her bedside. She was born in La Crosse, July 25, 1944, the only child of Bernard and Gertrude (Arneson) Kahrhoff. Kathy attended St. Frederick’s in Cudahy, then continued […]

  • Obituary: Lydia Loretta Bosman

    October 18, 1930 ~ September 25, 2020 Lydia Loretta Bosman, 89, of Sturgeon Bay, died at Sturgeon Bay Senior Living on Sept. 25, 2020.  She was born Oct. 18, 1930 in Oneida to Harrison and Elmira (Lackshire) Jacquet.  On Nov. 27, 1948, she married Henry “Hank” Bosman in Green Bay.  He preceded her in death […]

  • Firefighters’ Grievances Scheduled for Hearing

    The Egg Harbor Joint Fire Commission has agreed to hear the formal grievances filed by two firefighters who were terminated last month by Egg Harbor Fire Chief Andy Staats.  Dan Kiehnau and his son, Dustin Kiehnau, received emails notifying them that the Egg Harbor Joint Fire Commission would meet with them to hear their grievances […]

  • National Solar Tour Goes Virtual

    Thousands of homes, schools and businesses are participating in the 25th annual National Solar Tour – virtual this year, and brought to you by the American Solar Energy Society and Solar United Neighbors. During the nation’s largest grassroots solar, renewable-energy and sustainable-living event, see virtual solar tours of homes and businesses here in Door County, […]

  • Dancing Bear Toy Store is a Happy Place to Be

    A family is peering through the glass doors. It’s opening time at The Dancing Bear Toys and Little Luxuries in Sturgeon Bay. “Hello!” says Bonnie Bymers Statz, who has owned the shop since its inception in 1994 and has spent many hours behind the counter helping customers. “Bear!” squeals the little boy as Statz hauls […]

  • Southern Door Announces Streaming of Sports

    With attendance at high school sports limited this fall, Southern Door High School announced it will stream middle and high school volleyball, basketball, wrestling and football contests.  Southern Door will broadcast select home events on the NFHS Network, beginning with high school volleyball matches against Peshtigo starting at 5:30 pm and 7 pm on Thursday, […]

  • Obituary: Leland L. Burnett

    September 6, 1940~September 21, 2020 Leland L. Burnett, age 80, of Somerset, Kentucky, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on Monday, September 21st. He was born on September 6, 1940, in Waynesburg, Kentucky to James Henry Karr Burnett and Luticia Calia Burnett. Leland served in the US Navy for 30 years. He married Nancy Phillips […]