Peninsula Pulse September 11-18, 2020

In this issue

  • On Top of Spaghetti Fundraiser Sept. 22

    JAK’s Place will host its annual On Top of Spaghetti fundraiser Sept. 22, 4-6 pm, virtually on its YouTube Channel. JAK’s Place, a program of Lakeshore CAP, is a mental-health resource center providing structured and social resources to those affected by mental illness and to family members in need of support and information.  The event […]

  • Yes, Music for Plants

    I like to listen to music while I work, but do my plants enjoy it, too? In the 1973 book The Secret Life of Plants, Christopher Bird and Peter Tompkins detailed the “physical, emotional and spiritual relations between plants and man” and made popular the idea that music can affect the growth of plants. Bird […]

  • Local Help for National Coin Shortage

    Door County – The U.S. Mint has been operating at full production capacity, minting almost 1.6 billion coins since mid-June. It’s on track to mint 1.65 billion coins per month for the remainder of the year. There’s an adequate supply of pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters in the economy, according to the Federal Reserve. As […]

  • Sevastopol’s Tanck Earns Wisconsin School Forest Award

    The LEAF Program has honored educator Brooke Tanck with a School Forest Award for her contributions to Sevastopol’s school forest, the Pioneer Ecological Reserve.  Tanck has led the initiative to rejuvenate the Sevastopol EcoLab property for the past few years. Each year, she reopens trails with a chain saw and trimmer, and she’s publicized the […]

  • Youth Apprenticeship Program Ramping Up

    The Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) and the Ahnapee Regional Youth Apprenticeship Consortium are ramping up the Youth Apprenticeship (YA) Program for the 2020 school year and are looking for partner businesses in all industries to host YA students.  The DCEDC and Ahnapee Regional Youth Apprenticeship Consortium are also hiring a Door County YA […]

  • Ohana Hospitality Bringing Brazilian Cuisine to Woodwalk Gallery

    The final Ohana Hospitality dining experience at Woodwalk Gallery this season will be held on Friday, September 18. Ohana will be serving a Brazilian cuisine menu with BBQ and a host of robust flavors from coconut fish stew, to hearts of palm and flavorful grilled meats. The dinner is a paced, multi-course meal using local […]

  • Final Month to Be Counted in the Census

    Door County – Sept. 30 is the deadline for the 2020 Census, so there’s still time to be counted to help guarantee that Wisconsin communities receive funding for essential services that will shape the future of our state for the next decade.  As of last week, 93.2 percent of households across the state had been […]

  • Northern Door Communications Celebrates 30 Years

    Northern Door Communications ( is celebrating 30 years as an authorized Cellcom agent. The company began as a local pager and radio communications provider in 1985, and in 1990, it became an authorized reseller of Cellcom’s wireless products. “I have been amazed at the 30-year journey I have taken with Cellcom,” said Greg Diltz, owner […]

  • Door County Sales-Tax Revenue Exceeds Last Year

    County starts 2021 budgeting process Door County – Revenue to Door County government is weathering COVID-19 well so far this year, largely because sales-tax collections have been strong.  That was one of the takeaways from the Door County 2021 budgeting process, which began with a preliminary review of the numbers during the Finance Committee meeting […]

  • Clippers May Not Get Opportunity to Defend Soccer Title

    One of the most dominant programs in Door County prep history will likely miss out on a rare opportunity this fall now that the school has pushed fall sports into the spring season. That means the defending Division 4 state champion Clippers boys soccer team will not get a chance to defend its title.   Coach […]

  • From Repair to Full-Service Information Technology

    Nathan Drager earns business accolades two years in a row Nathan Drager had a natural-born talent for technology and computers. What he didn’t have was a college degree or formal training. That didn’t stop him from trying to break into the IT world throughout his 20s, but no company would give him a chance. “Every […]

  • Tell Us What You Stand For

    Political pundits tell us there are 13 battleground states that will decide whether Trump or Biden is our next president. Wisconsin is one of those. It makes sense, then, that the majority of letters we’re receiving these days stump for or against presidential candidates.  I addressed our letters in this column last month. It obviously […]

  • Door County School Districts Split on Sports

    by Mike Shaw The Packerland Conference did not get an all-for-one answer to its recommendation to carry on with fall prep sports as normal, with some safety precautions attached. Wisconsin’s 513 high schools had until Sept. 1 to declare whether they were in or out for fall sports. In Door County, Sevastopol and Southern Door […]

  • Know Your Grower: Malvitz Bay Farms

    Location: 8678 Cty C in Sturgeon Bay Acreage: Five acres of strawberries, one hoop house and many acres of sweet corn! Meet your growers: Fred and Mary Malvitz Located in Sturgeon Bay, just south of Little Sturgeon Bay on County C, is Malvitz Bay Farms, owned by Fred and Mary Malvitz.  Both came from farming […]

  • Wild Things: Wolf Count Overdue as Federal Delisting Nears

    As the anticipated federal delisting of gray wolves nears, the coronavirus pandemic is being blamed for delays in the release of Wisconsin’s 2019-20 winter wolf population estimate. Randy Johnson, the new large-carnivore biologist for the state’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR), said the delisting opens more tools for states to deal with problem wolves. “Wolves […]

  • Golf League Results: Sept. 11, 2020

    IDLEWILD Ladies’ Sundowners Golf League Sept. 2, 2020 • Top 10 golfers: Mary Aiken 48, Pam DeMelle 49, Pat Krueger 50, Janet Proctor 50, Rita Hunt 53, Debbie McDermid 54, Ellen Felhofer 55, Kim Bridenhagen 55, Carey Potier 55, Mary Ann Miller 58 • Pars: Janet Proctor 1, Mary Aiken 1 • Fewest putts: Pat Krueger 14 • Special […]

  • Retaining Theatrical Honesty during a Pandemic

    What separates theater from film? The list of technical differences goes on and on, but I would argue that the fundamental difference that separates theater, film, television and literature as storytelling media is the intrinsic honesty of theater.  We often think of the “fourth wall” as the imaginary barrier between the performers and the audience, […]

  • Door to Nature: Wild Grape: Kudzu of the North

    While driving around the county on quiet back roads, I often notice shrubs or trees covered with a dense mat of wild grape leaves. If you’ve ever driven through Tennessee and points south, you would have seen thick vines covering structures, trees and power poles. That vine is kudzu, which was introduced to this country […]

  • Framed: Sweet Smiles and Honey

    The Door County Beekeepers Club shared its apiary at Crossroads at Big Creek during the Aug. 29 POLLENPOLOOZA, when the fields were alive with wildflowers, butterflies and honeybees. Beekeepers demonstrated the tools of the beekeeping trade, and visitors had a chance to get nose to nose with the inner bee frames of an observation hive […]

  • Manners Matter: Worried College Dad

    Dear Mary Pat, I’m really worried about my two sons, who just left to begin their freshman and junior year at college. We’ve had dozens and dozens of conversations about the importance of wearing masks and keeping distance in class and on campus. I’ve also reminded them that this is not a typical college experience, […]

  • Server of the Week: A Humble Bumblebee

    The server of this week is a bumblebee, Pollinating all the flowers so humbly It serves us so well but gets little press, Helping plants grow, so we needn’t stress Without these bees, we’d have no honey And what is more? They make us money We need our bees to pollinate So for them we […]

  • Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Deadline is Sept. 11

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency reminds farmers and ranchers that the deadline to apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) is Sept. 11. This program provides direct relief to producers who have faced COVID-19-related price declines and additional marketing costs. More than 160 commodities are eligible for CFAP, including certain […]

  • Gallagher, Hargan Visit Hospital

    Eric Hargan, U.S. deputy secretary of health and human services, was flanked by Door County Medical Center CEO Brian Stephens (left) and U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher during a visit to Door County Medical Center on Sept. 3.  Hargan was in Sturgeon Bay to tout the rural action plan signed by President Donald Trump in August […]

  • Brewing Ingredients, Part Four: Hops

    by Sophie Nelson [email protected] Thanks to the IPA craze a few years ago, every beer drinker – and many who swear they will never be beer drinkers – are familiar with hops: the third ingredient in brewing. Hops contribute important characteristics to beer through balance, aroma and flavor.  Although hops are one of the four […]

  • German Comfort Food a Highlight at The Mill Supper Club

    When Cory Lehman took ownership of The Mill Supper Club at the junction of Highways 42 and 57 on the north end of Sturgeon Bay, he took over a well-established restaurant: The previous owners had been at the helm for 55 years. Having worked there as a teenager, he knew there were aspects of the […]

  • Door 44, Parallel 44 Invite You to Harvest

    Pandemic or not, the grapes are growing and ripening at Door 44 and Parallel 44, which means HarvestFest 2020 is approaching. The annual winery event will be held Sept. 12, 12-6 pm, at Parallel 44 in Kewaunee, the sister location to Door 44.  UPDATE: HarvestFest is postponed to Saturday, October 3rd from 12-6 pm due […]

  • Evers Announces Cultural-Organization Grant Program

    Gov. Tony Evers has announced the launch of a $5 million cultural-organization grant program to assist such groups in the state that have been affected economically by the pandemic.  Administered by the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA), the program provides eligible organizations with grant awards of up to $250,000 to cover pandemic-related impacts such as […]

  • Northern Sky Presents ‘Home Again’ Cabaret

    Northern Sky Theater continues its virtual season with a cabaret by actor and singer Allie Babich. Home Again: A Cabaret Evening with Allie Babich will be broadcast live from the patio of Northern Sky’s Gould Theater on Sept. 19. Babich began her professional career performing in Northern Sky’s Victory Farm in 2011 and 2012. Since […]

  • Downtown Algoma Sidewalk Sale Sept. 19

    The Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a socially distanced downtown Algoma sidewalk sale Sept. 19, 10 am – 5 pm. Face masks are highly recommended. Steele Street will be closed to vehicular traffic between 2nd and 4th Streets to accommodate the participating retailers. Enjoy the Algoma Lions Club’s steak fry, 10 am – […]

  • Become an Ecological-Restoration Volunteer at Crossroads

    Crossroads at Big Creek (, 2041 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay, invites volunteers to help make progress with the ecological-restoration project Sept. 12, 10 am. Social distancing will be observed, and volunteers should provide their own water, sunscreen and boots. All other equipment and instruction will be provided. Meet at the workshop. Nature by Appointment […]

  • Day Hikes, Night Hike, Kids’ Program at The Ridges

    Join a Ridges naturalist for a relaxing, informative, guided hike through The Ridges Sanctuary Tuesday – Friday, 10 am. The hike includes the Upper Range Light lantern room and historical cabins, is appropriate for all ages, is limited to six participants and requires advance registration. Try a night hike on the boardwalk Sept. 11, 8-9:30 […]

  • Hike This: Three Springs Nature Preserve

    The Three Springs Nature Preserve is what I’d consider “hidden in plain sight.” Only two miles outside of downtown Sister Bay, this beautiful preserve is a favorite of locals and a great place to get outside for a leisurely hike. Its full name is the Harold C. Wilson Three Springs Nature Preserve, and at 515 […]

  • Obituary: Shirley Kinjerski

    November 28, 1946 ~ September 8, 2020 Shirley Ann Kinjerski 73, of Sturgeon Bay, died at her home on September 8, 2020.  She was born on November 28, 1946, in Door County to Clarence and Cebelle (Krause) Weckler.  On September 24, 1963, she married Norbert F. Kinjerski in St. Louis, MO, he preceded her in […]

  • Obituary: Janet Marie Amanda Noe

    July 1, 1942 ~ September 8, 2020 Janet Marie Amanda Noe, 78, of Sturgeon Bay, died on Tuesday morning, September 8, 2020 at Anna’s Healthcare. She was born July 1, 1942 in Sturgeon Bay, daughter of the late Russell John Godfred and Elsie Murtle (Wickman) Lundquist. Janet graduated from Gilbraltar High School with the Class […]

  • Obituary: Barbara Ann Foster

    March 4, 1958 ~ September 3, 2020 Barbara Ann Foster, 62, of Sturgeon Bay, died at home on September 3, 2020.  She was born on March 4, 1958, in Elmhurst, IL to John and Evelyn (Johnsen) Breider Jr.  Barbara grew up in Des Plaines, IL.  In high school, she excelled in archery, fencing, and badminton.  […]

  • Obituary: Marion L. Ridderikhoff

    August 11, 1927 ~ September 2, 2020 Marion L. Ridderikhoff, 93, of Sturgeon Bay, died Wednesday, September 2, 2020. She was born August 11, 1927 in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of the late Theodore and Florence (Miller) Konitzer. Life became challenging to say the least at age 12 when Marion finished the 7th grade and […]

  • Obituary: Shirley A. Schartner

    June 14, 1936 ~ September 2, 2020 Shirley A. Schartner was born on June 14, 1936 in Door County, WI to the late Louis and Lucy (Tenor) Stegmann and died on Wednesday, September 2, 2020. After attending East Maplewood grade school, Sturgeon Bay High School, Door-Kewaunee Teachers College, and UW- Stevens Point, she married Don […]