Volume 20, Issue 02 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Liberty Grove Lawsuit Against County, Resort Dismissed

    The Town of Liberty Grove suffered a legal setback on Jan. 9 when Circuit Judge D. Todd Ehlers issued a decision in favor of defendants Door County Board of Adjustment (BOA) and Rowleys Bay Resort in the matter of a variance issued by the BOA on April 23, 2013, to accommodate a zip line at the resort.

  • The Fracking Fracas

    Jim Tittle admits he had never heard of frac sand mining until 2011 when an oil company bought a 150-acre cornfield next to his mother’s property in rural Red Wing, Minn.

  • Baileys Harbor OKs Marina Deck Roof

    The Town of Baileys Harbor has decided to move forward with a plan to add a roof to the observation deck above the town marina. At its regular meeting on Jan.

  • Wild Tomato Moves to 3-0

    JJ’s fell to 0-3 as the Wild Tomato continued its run through the league. Alexander’s put another loss in the Cornerstone’s colum as they moved to 2-1.

  • Player Profile

    Caralyn Mickey

  • Door County Cross Country Ski Report as of Jan. 15

    Cross country ski trails are open in all areas of the county. Winter sports enthusiasts got their wish this week: lots more snow! The extensive snowfall on Tuesday across the county will have groomers busy over the next couple of days getting the trails rolled and tracks set.

  • Monday Night Volleyball

    Standings and schedule for the Sturgeon Bay YMCA league.

  • Thursday Night Darts

    Results, standings and hat tricks.

  • High School Winter Athletics

    Varsity athletic schedules for Door County high schools.

  • Unconventional Books for Your Coffee Table

    The idea for a coffee table book (as in an oversized book filled with pictures or illustrations) has probably been around longer than the things we call coffee tables.

  • Article posted Thursday, January 16, 2014 11:23am

    40,000 - People who die annually from the flu in the United States.

  • Life Notes

    As a free public service to our readers, the Peninsula Pulse presents Life Notes, devoted to the notable milestones in life, from birth to significant birthdays to engagements, weddings and deaths. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday. Send submissions to [email protected]. The Pulse reserves the right to edit submissions to conform to space. Call 920.839.2121 for details.

  • You Are What You Eat

    There are 770 calories in a Burger King Whopper, 550 calories in a McDonald’s Big Mac and 410 calories in a Subway Italian B.M.T. If that was ever a secret, it won’t be for long.

  • Article posted Thursday, January 16, 2014 11:08am

    This little guy may have already spent one of his nine lives. On Dec. 15, Buster was found at the intersection of County Road T and Highway 42, at the bottom of the hill coming into the Village of Egg Harbor.

  • P.A.T.H. Aims High with Fundraiser

    Ten years ago a small group of parents of children with special needs got together and formed P.A.T.H. (Promoting Access to Help for Families With Special Needs).

  • Women’s Fund Hosts Reception on Jan. 21

    The Women’s Fund of Door County invites the community to a reception on Jan. 21, 5 – 6:30 pm, at the Sevastopol Town Hall. Enjoy musical selections from The Music Man performed by the eighth grade Allied Arts Students of T.

  • MDCMC Introduces “Let’s Go Algoma”

    Ministry Door County Medical Center will launch a new initiative – Let’s Go Algoma – beginning Jan. 20 in Algoma. Ministry is partnering with several local organizations to offer free classes three evenings per week; options include yoga, Zumba, core classes and circuit training.

  • Pig Out for Peninsula Preschool at Husby’s

    Husby’s Food & Spirits will host Peninsula Preschool’s fundraiser, Pig Out for Preschool, on Jan. 23 from 11 am to close. Mention the preschool and 50 percent of the check will be donated to the school.

  • Waffle Breakfast at Belgian Heritage Center

    The Namur Belgian Heritage Foundation will have a waffle breakfast on Jan. 26, 9 am – 1 pm, at the Belgian Heritage Center, 1255 County Road DK, Brussels.

  • ACA Discussions Held at First Baptist Church

    Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry continues its Community Health Information Programs (CHIPs) with two presentations on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on Jan.

  • Inaugural Snowmobile Poker Run for DCHS Set for Feb. 8

    On Feb. 8 snowmobilers and their clubs around northeast Wisconsin are invited to run in Door County during the Snowmobile Poker Run. Money raised from this inaugural event benefits the operating fund of the Door County Humane Society (DCHS).

  • Lumberjack Supper Held for 79th Year

    The men of the Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church will host the Lumberjack Supper on Jan. 29, 4:30 – 7 pm. The menu includes all-you-can-eat corned beef, roast pork, cabbage, rutabagas, baked beans, mashed potatoes, gravy, applesauce, homemade rolls, assorted pies, coffee and milk.

  • Record Amount Raised for United Way’s 2013 Campaign

    United Way of Door County’s 2013 Annual Fundraising Campaign raised $466,943.50 – a record amount and a $10,000 increase above the previous record set during the 2011 campaign.

  • Wisconsin Mens’ No Regrets Conference in Algoma

    Lakeside Community Church of Algoma has been chosen to hold a satellite feed of the Wisconsin Mens’ No Regrets conference on Feb. 1 from 8:30 am to 4 pm.

  • Altrusa Receives Green Bay Packers Foundation Grant

    Altrusa Club of Door County received a $1,000 grant from the Green Bay Packers Foundation. Altrusans Pam McCluskey and Pat Ploor attended the grant distribution luncheon on Dec.

  • Weathering the Weather

    Snow squalls kick down corrals in Canada. Below Grand Maris tracks drift over. Ghost pony fog fences in Highway 61. A wild horse blizzard stampedes Duluth and Superior.

  • Door County Donates 662 Items to Big Bundle Up Campaign

    The Door County tourism industry and local community teamed up to collect 662 warm weather items as part of the recently concluded “Big Bundle Up” campaign that was spearheaded by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism.

  • Target Data Breach Hits 70 Million Customers

    The Minneapolis-based Target Corp. announced in a Jan. 10 press release that the recent “data breach” of customers’ credit and debit cards “includes names, mailing addresses, phone numbers or email addresses for up to 70 million individuals,” making it the largest such breach in U.

  • Buy Tea at Glas to Benefit United Way

    For every cup of tea sold at Glas Coffeehouse during the month of January, 20 percent will be donated to United Way of Door County’s Annual Campaign for 2014.

  • 2forU Design & Gallery Now Accepts Bitcoin

    2forU Design & Gallery now accepts Bitcoin as payment for its printing, digital photo imaging, graphic/web design and computer consulting services. Georgi Atanasov, owner of GA Computer Services (the computer side of 2forU Design & Gallery), is offering Bitcoin personal instruction and merchant account setup for businesses.

  • Boettcher Communications Sold to Father-Daughter Team

    Sturgeon Bay-based marketing agency Boettcher Communications, LLC was sold to Mark Summerfield and daughter Shannon Summerfield. For the past nine years, Boettcher Communications had been been owned and operated by Dina Boettcher and specialized in developing a wide range of marketing products for primarily Door County clientele.

  • Curves Workouts with Jillian Michaels Now Available in Sturgeon Bay

    Curves of Sturgeon Bay now offers Curves Workouts with Jillian Michaels. These workouts are designed for women at every fitness level and include simple modifications for each movement.

  • 2014 DCVB Visitor Guides Now Available

    The 2014 Official Door County Visitor Guide, from the Door County Visitor Bureau (DCVB), is now available. The free travel guide features a wide variety of content about visiting and planning a trip to Door County, including a 2014 calendar of events, detailed index and individual community maps.

  • New Designs at Jacksonport Craft Cottage

    Jacksonport Craft Cottage Gifts now offers a selection of new sweatshirt designs made especially for women. The shirts come in a variety of colors, patterns and a wide range of sizes and styles.

  • 2014 Door County Reads Schedule of Events

    The popular Door County Reads program once again encourages residents to read, think about, share and discuss the same book. The chosen book for 2014 is The Memory of Old Jack by Wendell Berry, an American novelist, poet, environmental activist, cultural critic, and farmer.

  • Winter Wine & Cherry Fest at Orchard Country Winery & Market

    Bundle up for winter fun at Orchard Country Winery & Market on Saturday, Feb. 1 from 10 am - 5 pm. The farm market’s 9th Annual Winter Wine and Cherry Fest will include complimentary wine and product tasting featuring the popular tart Montmorency cherry in celebration of National Cherry Month, plus an assortment of food and bakery items to purchase.

  • Grammy Award-winning Julie Gold Performs at Southern Door Community Auditorium

    Believe me, you’ve heard this song; the world has heard this song. Nanci Griffith, The Byrds, Cliff Richard, and perhaps most famously, Bette Midler, covered “From a Distance."

  • Peninsula School of Art Presents 12th Annual Salon

    In true Parisian Salon fashion, the Peninsula School of Art adorned the walls of their Guenzel Gallery floor to ceiling with of pieces of art by artists hailing from near and far, long-established Door County artists including fiber artist Wendy Carpenter, woodturner Lou Williams, and potters David & Jeanne Aurelius as well as up-and-coming Door County artists including painter Ryan Miller (also a talented member of the Pulse team if I do say so myself), photographer Justin Anderson, and potter Felice Birmingham.

  • Hunnicutt Addresses Big Question with Small Organisms

    David Hunnicutt’s lecture at the Door Community Auditorium will start small, but the questions the microbiologist will pose are much bigger than the bacteria he studies.

  • Northern Shrike

    Two nearly totally unrelated bird species are on my mind this morning, the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher and the Northern Shrike. First off, I needed the date of my first sighting of a Northern Shrike to be included in this story and I was quite sure that it would be in my first Peterson Field Guide to the Birds.


    Justin Ellingstad of Madison, WI, climbed the ice shoves of Door Bluff Headlands Park with his fiancé on Jan. 11. “I feel like an explorer!” he said.

  • Congratulations to Danielle “Dani” Warecki

    This girl has a beautiful soul; Helping those in need is her goal. With a quick smile and gentle spirit, You got a problem, she is there to hear it. She is an advocate for the youth of the land, You mess with them, she takes matters into her own hands.

  • Double Vision Tackles the Cold

    As a killer arctic wind chill enveloped the land on the coldest day so far of this new year, I cracked open a roasty, toasty Double Vision Doppelbock from the Grand Teton Brewing Co.

  • The Cheese Insider

    Blue molds are members of the penicillin family but, unlike white molds, they grow inside a cheese. They create a seemingly endless array of wonderful cheeses from dense, buttery blues like Buttermilk Blue from Emmi Roth in Monroe, WI to sweet Gorgonzola from Bel Gioioso in the Green Bay area.

  • Article posted Wednesday, January 15, 2014 4:27pm

    Dear Mary Pat, I have a friend who is an extremely loud "smacker." Whether chewing food, drinking a beer, or sipping coffee, this person tends to make some sort of noise in relation to their consumption.

  • Door County School Board Candidates 2014

    Local School Board Candidates   Local school board elections will be held on April 1.   Gibraltar Fred Anderson (i) and Wendy Minten are running for two open seats.

  • Your Representatives in the News

    Your Reps   State Assembly Representative Garey Bies Bies sponsored a bill with Senator Luther Olsen, a Republican from Ripon, that would make it a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison to hide someone wanted for a serious felony.

  • Article posted Wednesday, January 15, 2014 4:10pm

    Door County acquired enough settlers to be established as a county in what year?

  • Whooping Cough Cases Confirmed in Door County

    • Eight whooping cough cases have been confirmed in Southern Door County; free vaccines are available from the Door County Public Health Department. Public health nurse Nancy Stults said the cases have all been individuals 2 to 15 years old.

  • Overheard and Shout Outs

    Are there tid-bits of conversations you’ve heard while standing in line at the grocery store, serving a table, or walking down the sidewalk that make you smile, cringe or laugh out loud?

  • Johnsmith Returns to White Gull Inn Winter Concert Series

    Johnsmith will be featured in concert at the White Gull Inn in Fish Creek on Jan. 22. Wisconsin based singer-songwriter Johnsmith describes himself as a bard.

  • Door County Schools Schedule Make-up Days

    • Local schools have scheduled make-up instruction days after closing Jan. 6-8 for cold weather. Sevastopol’s make-up day is scheduled for Friday, Jan.

  • Science Snippet

    Mercury in the environment can convert to methyl mercury, one of the most toxic pollutants known to man. If ingested over time (e.g., in fish), it can cause brain damage, lowered intelligence and hypertension.

  • Crossroads Hosts First Hike in Ida Bay Forest

    There are three or four of majestic Eastern Hemlock trees at Crossroads at Big Creek, but in the Ida Bay Forest, which The Nature Conservancy recently donated to Crossroads, groves of hemlocks seem to be reproducing.

  • Wisconsin’s Free Fishing Weekend is Jan. 18-19

    Bundle up and get out there for Wisconsin’s Winter Free Fishing Weekend, Jan. 18 – 19. Residents and nonresidents are welcome to fish anywhere in Wisconsin without a license or trout stamp on Free Fishing Weekend.

  • Staged Reading of “Frost/Nixon” at The Depot PAC

    On Jan. 18, for one show only, a staged reading of Peter Morgan’s Frost/Nixon will be performed at The Depot Performing Arts Center at 7 pm. This is the untold story of the historic encounter that changed both David Frost and Richard M. Nixon on the world stage.

  • Managing Arthritis Pain Workshop

    Nicole Dersé, Certified Nutritional Consultant functional and nutritional medicine clinician and founder of the Center for Optimal Health in Sturgeon Bay, will discuss the causes, assessment and therapies of arthritis on Jan.

  • Joint Concert of Bach’s Goldberg Variations at Bjِrklunden

    Lawrence University’s Bjِrklunden will host a joint concert on Jan. 19 at 1:30 pm. Catherine Kautsky’s studio of piano performance majors will present a varied recital based on Bach’s great Goldberg Variations.

  • Billy Jonas to Perform at TAP

    Beginning Jan. 22, StageKids offers a theatre lab for middle and high school students. For six weeks, students will meet twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays working with professionals from the Stage Door Theatre Company.

  • Climate Change and Common Sense

    I am honored to write the first Climate Corner Column for the Pulse. It is not surprising that this grassroots effort is coming out of Door County, where so many choose to live because of the beauty of its farms and forests, the majesty of Lake Michigan, the unique biological diversity of The Ridges and the recreational opportunities of its many parks.

  • Door County Visitor Bureau to install electric car charging stations

    2014 will be a year of sustainability for the Door County Visitor Bureau (DCVB), as the organization focuses on boosting tourism for the long term while protecting the environment.

  • Historic Cana Island Lighthouse Photos Wanted

    The Door County Maritime Museum is seeking period pictures of the historic Cana Island Lighthouse in Baileys Harbor to aid with their upcoming restoration efforts.

  • “When Billy Broke His Head” at Greens N Grains’ Dinner And Movie

    When Billy Broke His Head is the next Dinner and a Movie feature at Greens N Grains on Jan. 23 at 7 pm. The film is an entertaining, irreverent road movie about disability, civil rights and the search for intelligent life after brain damage.

  • Traditional Community Dance at Institute Saloon

    The Door County Folk Alliance is sponsoring a traditional community dance on Jan. 25 from 7 – 9 pm at the Institute Saloon dance hall on Highway 57 in Institute.

  • Door County Short Film Fest Hosts Two Workshops

    A collage of entertaining films will be screened throughout Feb. 14 & 15 as part of the fifth annual Door County Short Film Fest. On Saturday, two workshops will be available to the general public: an acting workshop, 10 am – 12 pm, at the Sister Bay Village Hall and a storytelling workshop, 2 – 4 pm, at the Northern Grill in Sister Bay.

  • “To Kill A Mockingbird” Screened for Donna Winter Film Fest

    The Donna Winter Film Festival continues at Third Avenue Playhouse on Jan. 18 at 7 pm with a screening of To Kill A Mockingbird. Based on the classic bestselling novel by Harper Lee, this movie features Gregory Peck in his Oscar winning performance as Atticus Finch.

  • “The Price of Sand” Screened at UUF

    The Price of Sand will be shown at the UU Fellowship on Jan. 21 at 4:30 pm. Admission is free and the screening will be followed by a discussion. The documentary tells of the frac sand mining boom in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

  • Cultivating Creativity

    The Hardy Gallery is looking for artists and individuals with a desire to work with local youth ages 14-18 years to be part of the 2013-2014 ETC (Exposure to Creativity) program beginning this February.

  • Popelka Included in Milwaukee Exhibit

    Master glass artist Jeremy Popelka, of Popelka Trenchard Glass of Sturgeon Bay, is exhibiting new sandcast glass sculpture inspired by an arcane view of objects and their surroundings at the Tory Folliard Gallery in Milwaukee.

  • Community Foundation Opens Gallery

    Everyone is invited to attend the public dedication of the new offices of the Door County Community Foundation and the opening of the Community Foundation Gallery on Jan.

  • Learn about Pastels at First Steps Series

    The Artists Guild’s First Step Series is all about pastels on Jan. 18 from 1 – 3 pm. First Steps is an intermediate level series that builds from the fundamentals.

  • Local Author Releases Second Book

    Judy DuCharme’s second book and first novel, Society of the L.A.M.B., has just been published by OakTara Publishing of Wheaton, Ill.

  • ABCs of Door County Winter

    The holidays are over, warm weather is months away, and some days are so cold you could get frostbite starting your car. I want to honor those of you toughing it out with a kindergarten-style ode, adapted from this Absolute Michigan post.

  • Books on the Bus Program Updates

    Ted Chaudoir, founder of Southern Door School’s Books on the Bus program, updated the community on the grassroots literacy program last night at Southern Door School’s State of the District meeting.

  • Door County Municipal News

    Notes from the Grove By John Lowry • The town board has scheduled a special informational meeting from 4 to 6 pm on Wednesday, Jan.

  • Gibraltar Passes Road Brushing Guidelines

    The Gibraltar Town Board passed road brushing guidelines at its January meeting to the sound of applause from many of the 25 attending. “It’s certainly not everything we would have liked, but that’s the nature of democracy,” said Tom Thurman.

  • Door County’s American Folklore Theatre Announces Name Change for 2015 Season

    The decision has been a long time coming for the award-winning Door County troupe. Several years of serious consideration by their Board of Directors, management, cast, crew and outside advisors took place.