Peninsula Pulse Sept. 15 – 22, 2023

In this issue

  • Obituary: Doris Adele (Blackburn) Zimmerman

    Aug. 13, 1943 – Sept. 7, 2023 We are sad to announce that Doris Adele (Blackburn) Zimmerman passed away on Sept. 7, 2023, at the age of 80. Dorie was born in Milwaukee on Aug. 13, 1943, the daughter of Joe and Lydia (Wegner) Blackburn. Before graduating from Lake Mills High School in 1961, Dorie […]

  • Editor’s Note: A Community Without a Newspaper is a Community Without a Soul

    Oct. 1-7, is the 83rd celebration of National Newspaper Week, a week-long promotion of the newspaper industry in the United States and Canada One of the many things I love about Door County is that if we put a photo of a duck on the cover of the newspaper and call it a duck, an […]

  • Letter to the Editor: In Support of Meagan Wolfe

    In May 2020 Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Meagan Wolfe gave a presentation about election security to a local Door County group.  At that time, long before anyone cooked up ways to throw uncertainty on our whole election process, the concern of our local group was about possible cyber attacks on our Wisconsin election machines. Ms. […]

  • Letters to the Editor: No Pop-up Needed

    In reference to the article “Village Exploring Pop-up Roundabout” (Peninsula Pulse, Sept. 22), it occurs to me that this is a perfect example of a solution looking for a problem, or worse, a solution that will create problems. Understand that I think roundabouts are a great solution to creating smooth traffic flow in many situations, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: STR Operator Reality

    As a full time resident and an Airbnb owner operator I would like to inform my community of how it really works to own and operate a short-term-rental (STR) property. The fact is that STR’s have been around since the founding of this great country. I’m pretty sure George Washington did not stay at a […]

  • Letters to the Editor: Sister Bay Pays More than Its Fair Share

    As Sister Bay property owners we pay by far the highest mill rate of any othernorthern Door County municipalities. What do we get for paying anywherefrom 166% more than Ephraim (Sister Bay 6.393 mill rate vs Ephraim’s 3.837)to 242% more than Liberty Grove (2.632)? Nothing that everyone else can notalso use. All other northern door […]

  • Obituary: Bjorn W. “BJ” Johansen

    May 1, 1938 – Sept. 22, 2023 Bjorn Wesley (BJ) Johansen, Sturgeon Bay, WI, a lifelong sailor and adventurer, crossed the bar peacefully in his sleep on Friday morning, Sept. 22, 2023, at the Horton Center Skilled Nursing Facility at DCMC after a long and debilitating illness. Bjorn had lived a full and exciting 75 […]

  • Obituary: Derrick P. Underdahl

    Died Sept. 20, 2023 Derrick P. Underdahl, 61 of Door County ,died unexpectedly on Sept. 20, 2023. Derrick is survived by his wife, Sarah; daughters, Anna and Joy; and sister, Dori (Fiance Mark). He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul Underdahl and Judith Giesler, and his sister, Kelly. A Celebration of Life will […]

  • Point/Counterpoint: FOR & AGAINST AB-415

    Republican Redistricting Legislation by DEBRA FITZGERALD The Wisconsin Assembly passed a legislative redistricting bill on Sept. 14 with a 64-32 vote. Only one Democrat voted for the bill that proposes to change the way district maps are currently drawn – Rep. LaKeshia Myers, who represents District 12 in Milwaukee. Assembly Bill 415 (AB-415) is co-authored […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Reading Between the Lines of Rental Reviews

    As summer winds down, kids head back to school and vacation rentals start to slow down, let’s talk about the elephant on the peninsula: VRBO/Airbnb. There are many lovely rental properties in Door County and, let’s admit it, there are some dumps. It doesn’t seem to matter – the rates are high for both. The […]

  • Obituary: Rev. Ronald Allen Colombo

    July 19, 1946 – Sept. 16, 2023 With faith in the Resurrection of Jesus, we offer our prayers for Reverend Ronald A. Colombo who entered eternal life on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023, at the age of 77. Ronald Allen Colombo was born July 19, 1946, in Sturgeon Bay, WI to the late William Joseph Colombo, […]

  • Door County Fall Color Report

    Door County is expected to reach peak fall color in the second week of October, according to Travel Wisconsin’s Wisconsin fall color tracker. As the treetops transform into the rich hues of a setting sun, Travel Wisconsin’s Fall Color Report reveals where, when and how to make the most out of the beautiful but brief season before […]

  • Obituary: LeRoy (Lee) A. Nordgren

    Oct. 10, 1935 – Sept.13, 2023 LeRoy (Lee) A. Nordgren, 87 years of Baileys Harbor, passed away Wednesday evening Sept. 13, 2023, at his home following a short illness. Lee was born Oct. 10, 1935, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of the late Carl Roy Alvin Nordgren and Evalyn Johanna Anderson Nordgren. Lee graduated from […]

  • Obituary: Leonard John Retlick

    July 22, 1947 – Sept. 13, 2023 Leonard “Lenny” John Retlick, age 76 of the Town of Egg Harbor, passed from our loving arms to God’s loving arms Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023, with his family by his side. He was born on July 22, 1947, to the late George and Verna (Lamoine) Retlick in Appleton, […]

  • Obituary: Sharon M. Donegan

    Dec. 2, 1946 – Sept. 3, 2023 Sharon M. Donegan, age 76 of Sister Bay and a longtime resident of Ellison Bay, passed away at Scandia Village on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2023, due to heart failure. Sharon was born on Dec. 2, 1946, to the late Thomas and Dorothy (Boelter) Donegan in Chicago. Growing up, […]

  • Obituary: Mervyn Orville Maxon

    Feb. 18, 1933 – Aug. 28, 2023 Mervyn Orville Maxson passed away on Aug. 28, 2023, at 90 years of age. He never met a stranger in his life and his kindness, easy conversation, and sly sense of humor will be long remembered. Mervyn was born on Feb. 18, 1933, in Coldwater, Minnesota to parents […]

  • Wild Things: It’s Show Time for Fall Birds

    Millions of birds are moving through and into Wisconsin from their summertime homes in Canada, an early start to the fall colors that’ll heat up in the coming weeks. The diversity of migrant birds, the distances some of them fly and their ability to navigate to their winter homes is hard to fathom.  North winds […]

  • Why Not a Fall Golf Season for High Schoolers?

    While weekday vacationers become scarcer after Labor Day, avid local golfers and golf-addicted travelers know late summer and early fall might just be the best time to play Door County courses. Temperatures moderate, and fairways, greens and tees improve. On cool days, orange and yellow fall colors contrast with green fairways, which more than makes […]

  • Flag Policy on Way to County Board

    The County of Door Highway and Facilities Committee voted 5-2, Sept. 13, to send a resolution creating a flag policy to the County Board of Supervisors.  The resolution, requested last month by District 9 Supervisor Dan Austad, who represents wards within the City of Sturgeon Bay, would allow three types of flags to be flown […]

  • Ephraim Reveals Why It Declined a $100,000 Grant

    The closed sessions the Ephraim Village Board has held since April to talk with its attorney about current or potential litigation were revealed to be about the village’s issue with a grant program Destination Door County (DDC) launched this year that benefits local community projects. The village, backed by its attorney’s opinion, is questioning the […]

  • Gentry Forecasts Fall Construction for Terrace Project

    The Sturgeon Bay Terrace project planned along the West Waterfront was back Monday before the city’s Aesthetic Design and Site Plan Review Board, which approved an exterior staircase on the south side of the building. The project developer, Peter Gentry of WWP Development, said the building plans included a staircase in the interior, but a […]

  • Republicans Propose Redistricting Plan

    Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos unveiled on Tuesday a nonpartisan redistricting plan that lawmakers were scheduled to take up on Thursday.  The proposal follows talk from Republican leaders about the possibility of impeaching Supreme Court Justice Janet Protasiewicz, a liberal who flipped the majority on the state’s highest court when she was elected earlier this […]

  • Sister Bay Begins Comprehensive Plan Update, Seeks Survey Input

    The Village of Sister Bay is seeking public input as it begins updating its comprehensive land use plan. The village Plan Commission is asking Sister Bay residents, visitors, businesses and stakeholders to complete an online survey at to begin the process. The survey is open until Oct. 10.  The state requires municipalities to update […]

  • Sevastopol Recommends Switch to AT&T for Broadband

    The Town of Sevastopol’s Communications and Technology Committee introduced during a Sept. 7 public hearing its recommendation to partner with AT&T as its internet service provider (ISP) to bring fiber broadband access to all addresses.  The town had severed ties in June with its previous selection of Bug Tussel upon learning the financial arrangement with […]

  • Propane Fill Station, Monastery Proposed

    The Town of Egg Harbor has two public hearings scheduled for one night. The first is for a proposed propane fill station at 5102 County Road I for the Door County Co-op, and the second is for a proposed monastery with chapel from Missionaries of the Word located on a 79-acre parcel on Memorial Drive, […]