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Volume 21, Issue 12 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Super Committee Weighs Options for Public Space Along City Waterfront

    Dancing water fountains, splash pools in the shape of the Great Lakes, dry docking the John Purvestug on land, an ice skating rink and doing nothing at all were some of the options offered for the public space of the Westside Waterfront Development project at a meeting of a Sturgeon Bay “super committee” held at Sturgeon Bay High School March 24.

  • Representatives in the News

    Gov. Scott Walker A little more than three years ago, when John Menard Jr. wanted to back Walker, he found the perfect way to do so without attracting any attention:  he wrote more than $1.

  • Municipal News: City Seeks Grain Elevator Site Proposals

    Compiled by Pulse staff City of Sturgeon Bay:  The city has issued a request for proposals to purchase and develop the approximately ¼-acre grain elevator site on the west side waterfront.

  • Farmers Irked By Timetable for New Nutrient Management Plans

    Farmers are irked by a tight timetable for new nutrient management plans demanded by the Soil and Water Conservation Dept.

  • Summit Addresses Heroin in Door County

    The Door County Alcohol and Other Drug Coalition sponsored an event at Crossroads at Big Creek on March 24 to address heroin use in Door County. While not a widespread issue on the peninsula, increasing heroin use across the state led to some concerns about the drug crossing into the county borders.

  • Ralph Murre Name Door County Poet Laureate

    Beginning April 1, Ralph Murre will be Door County’s new Poet Laureate, succeeding Estella Lauter, who is just wrapping up her two-year term in the uncompensated role.

  • Supreme Court Declines to Hear Voter Registration Case

    WHAT HAPPENED • The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a challenge to Wisconsin's voter identification law.

  • Chinook Stocking Is Paying Off

    Chinook salmon stocked by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources survive very well and contribute substantially to the state’s strong Lake Michigan fishery, new research from the U.

  • County Boasts State Swimming Champs

    Notes from Coach Mike McHugh: In a year that marked one of the most successful seasons in team history, the DCY swim team saved their best efforts for the last meet – the YMCA State Championships held at the Schroeder Aquatic Center in Brown Deer, Wis.

  • 2015 Wisconsin State Meet

    The DCY Swim Team earned 1,832 team points at the YMCA State Championships held at the Schroeder Aquatic Center in Brown Deer, Wis., March 20 – 22. The boys earned 1,114 points and the girls earned 718 points.

  • High School Spring Athletics

    GIBRALTAR Baseball March 31 vs. Reedsville, 4:30 pm Softball March 31 vs. Reedsville, 4:30 pm SEVASTOPOL Baseball March 31 @ Crivitz, 4:30 pm Softball March 31 @ Crivitz, 4:30 pm Track and Field March 31 @ Oshkosh Lourdes, 4 pm SOUTHERN DOOR Baseball March 31 vs. Roncalli, 4:30 pm Softball March 30 @ Mishicot, 4:30 […]

  • The Mighty Little Ramps

    There is a happening taking place fit for a king. Like the front row of trombones in a marching band loudly announcing the oncoming joyous spirit of some important event, the wild leeks are announcing the arrival of spring in the woods.

  • The Intelligent Quotient: More Tales From The South Side Of 100

    While almost everyone is familiar with scale used to determine an individual’s mental capabilities called the Intelligence Quotient (or IQ for short), remarkably few people understand how this scale works.

  • Let Nature Help Protect Our Drinking Water

    As we celebrate World Water Day in March, it’s good to pause and remember that water is a fixed asset. If we keep it clean and use it wisely, it will continue to meet our current and future needs for drinking water, recreation and energy as well as the needs of the many other animals and plants with which we share our planet.

  • Earth Hour

    In 2007, the World Wildlife Fund started the Earth Hour initiative, which encouraged people around the globe to turn off their lights for one hour on the last Saturday of March in awareness of climate change.

  • Final LEED Open House

    Saturday, March 28, marks the fourth and final in a four-part series of educational open houses for Sturgeon Bay’s first LEED-registered home, designed by architect Virge Temme of Sturgeon Bay and built by Ahnapee Construction of Algoma.

  • Natural Enemies of Garden Pests

    The Door County Master Gardeners are pleased to present Associate Professor Mike Draney, University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, who returns to Door County to discuss the truth in the old saying “the enemies of your enemies are your friends.

  • The World’s Changing Glaciers

    Chasing Ice is the next Dinner and a Movie at Greens N Grains on April 2. As the debate polarizes America, and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Chasing Ice depicts a heroic photojournalist on a mission to deliver fragile hope to our carbon-powered planet.

  • Article posted Wednesday, March 25, 2015 2:30pm

    In addition to the loss of Diporeia, a major food source for fish in Lake Michigan, there are other challenges to the Great Lakes ecosystem, including the arrival of zebra mussels about 1980 and quagga mussels in the 1990s.

  • The Naked Woods

    The morning of March 21 – the first full day of spring – started out gloomy with a uniformly gray sky and a distinct nip in the air thanks to a bitter northwest wind.

  • Article posted Wednesday, March 25, 2015 2:23pm

    This clever cat came from Fish Creek with his five littermates in July 2014. His name is Virgil, and he’s curious about everything. A dangling drawstring or scarf is a magnet to engage Virgil’s playful personality.

  • Life Notes

    BIRTHS Andrew and Kacie Mueller, Sturgeon Bay, are the parents of a daughter born on March 21, 2015, at Ministry Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay. Maternal grandparents are Dave and Jolene Wilson, Sturgeon Bay. Paternal grandparents are Donna Mueller, Sturgeon Bay, and Dale & Linda Mueller, Algoma. Corey Ramsay and Angela Fischer, Ellison Bay, […]

  • St. Norbert Workshops Include Belgian Pie Session

    St. Norbert College Language Services will present a variety of workshops in April, focusing on various aspects of cultures and traditions from around the world.

  • Community Clinic Receives $10,000 Donation

    The Community Clinic of Door County would like to thank all of the generous donors who helped the organization reach their goal to obtain the matching donation offered by Suzy Bloch.

  • DCMM Speaker Series Concludes April 2

    The Door County Maritime Museum’s popular Maritime Speaker Series concludes April 2 with a program presented by Rick O’Farrell, the museum’s new executive director.

  • Learn How to Perform CPR & Use AED

    The Sister Bay & Liberty Grove Fire Department is partnering with the American Safety & Health Institute to offer classes to educate the community in the proper method of using an AED and performing CPR.

  • Host Sites Needed for AmeriCorps Farm to School Program

    The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is now accepting requests for partnership (RFP) for new AmeriCorps Farm to School partner sites across Wisconsin for the 2015-2016 grant year.

  • Tickets Available for Golden Heart Volunteer Celebration

    Tickets are now available for the 13th annual Golden Heart Volunteer Celebration to be held on April 23 at Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay. This event honors outstanding volunteers in our community, recognizes the importance of the organizations through which they work and supports the Volunteer Center’s programming.

  • Tai Chi is Focus of Next CHIP

    Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry continues its Community Health Information Programs (CHIPs) with an upcoming presentation on “Tai Chi.” Come hear Don Pardonner and Judy Reninger speak at the next CHIP Program on April 19 at 4 pm at the First Baptist Church in Sister Bay.

  • Door County Parkinson Disease Support Group Meets Monthly

    April is Parkinson Disease Awareness month. Carol Moellenberndt, facilitator of the Door County Parkinson Disease Support Group, will take this opportunity to write about Parkinson Disease in order to dispel myths and educate about what the disease is all about.

  • Donate Blood during National Volunteer Month

    A blood drive will be held from 1:30-5:30 pm on April 15 at the Bertschinger Center, 7860 Hwy 42, in Egg Harbor. The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during National Volunteer Month this April and make a difference in the lives of patients in need.

  • Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

    The Door County Association for Home and Community Education invites you to an “Identity Theft and Scams” seminar on April 14 at 1 pm in the Peninsula Room of the Door County Government Center in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Cast Your Votes for Ice Out Contest

    Cast your votes for the 77th annual Ice Out Contest in Sister Bay. In 2014, the Ice Out raft started floating at 10:28 am on April 28 due to the strong winds from the Northeast.

  • Family Farms are Focus of New Census Data

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reports that family owned farms remain the backbone of the agriculture industry.

  • GBAY Students to Travel to Orlando

    GBAY, the school-based enterprise at Gibraltar High School, was among 20 school-based enterprises in Wisconsin achieving Gold Level Certification this year and will be recognized at DECA’s International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Orlando, Fla.

  • Fiber Art at JCC

    Jacksonport Craft Cottage Gifts is featuring appliquéd specialty items by Marilyn Horn in the fiber arts category. All of Horn’s products are hand stitched and appliquéd items that are of her own original designs.

  • Rotary Announces “Business in Ethics” Awards

    At a March 19 luncheon, the recipients of the Rotary “Ethics in Business” awards were announced. The 14 nominees were grouped into three categories: Individuals, Not-for-Profit and For Profit.

  • DCVB Takes Show on the Road

    The Door County Visitor Bureau (DCVB) will again be taking the show on the road this spring to provide local constituents the opportunity to meet with staff members and other tourism industry representatives at different venues around the county.

  • Wisconsin Historical Society Honored for Civil Rights Collection

    In the summer of 1964, the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project was underway. Through this movement, hundreds of white college students from the northern United States descended upon Mississippi to help integrate the state’s segregated political system.

  • Small Forest Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for Album

    Door County band Small Forest has joined the wave of musicians turning to crowdfunding campaigns to launch its first album since getting together two years ago.

  • Some Still Like It Hot

    I once said I’ve never had a bad Rogue Ale, but as I drove home recently with a bottle of Rogue Sriracha Hot Stout by my side, I wondered if this would be the exception to my rule? I know people love Sriracha, the American-made Thai chile sauce with a big rooster on the bottle (this beer is subtitled “Rogue Rooster Sauce”).


    Sisters Fran Keltz, Valerie Krause and Char Thompson decided to meet up this weekend in Chicago and much to their surprise, all showed up donning their favorite Door County Brewing Co.

  • Congratulations to Betsy Baier at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Sturgeon Bay!

    If you enroll as a student at NWTC in Sturgeon Bay, There’s a good chance you’ll meet Betsy Baier someday. She is the Student Services Assistant at the institution, Helping students bring their career goals to fruition.

  • Article posted Wednesday, March 25, 2015 9:43am

    Dear Mary Pat, I've observed some very appalling driving recently. Since there aren't a lot of people around, it's like locals have forgotten how to drive.

  • Overheard and Obsessions

    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?

  • Article posted Wednesday, March 25, 2015 9:40am

    Look closely … where on the peninsula is this located?

  • Taco Bell Building Sold

    The old Taco Bell building on Egg Harbor Road in Sturgeon Bay was sold to Rob Esposito this week.

  • Pen Players Announce 2015 Season

    Peninsula Players Theatre, America’s oldest professional resident summer theater and Door County’s theatrical icon, announces its 80th season, running June 16 through Oct.

  • “Oleanna” Continues at TAP through March 29

    In Oleanna, a powerful two-character drama by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, David Mamet, a female student charges her male professor with sexual harassment.

  • Midsummer’s Music Celebrates 25th Anniversary

    Wisconsin’s premier chamber music festival Midsummer’s Music is turning 25 this year. The festival is known for hosting high-level chamber concerts at unique venues throughout Door County’s many charming communities.

  • Learn to Landscape with Native Plants

    The Ridges Sanctuary will hold a workshop on landscaping. Landscaping with native plants offers endless benefits to an outdoor area. Beyond changing a boring lawn into a pleasing and attractive area, native plants are easy to maintain and are a cost-effective element in any landscape or garden design.

  • Spring Programming at The Ridges

    The Ridges offers a series of spring programming including hikes, lectures and workshops. Naturalist guided hikes at the Sanctuary resume on a limited basis on May 6 before expanding to the full summer season schedule when they will be held Monday through Sunday at 9:30 am and 1:30 pm beginning June 1.

  • Garden Pest Lecture at Crossroads

    Crossroads at Big Creek will feature a series of events including pike watching and a lecture on garden pests. On March 27 at 1 pm and March 28 at 10 am, a hike to Big Creek might result in seeing Northern Pike in the water.

  • Al Rose to Sing at Lost Moth Gallery

    Lost Moth Gallery is pleased to bring in world-class traveling musician Al Rose on March 27 at 7pm. His songs are lyrically brilliant and his music is fun and full of energy.

  • Any Upcoming Gigs?

    Spring may be in its beginnings but that doesn’t mean we can’t look ahead to what is sure to be another bright, beautiful summer in Door County. There will be festivals, sunshine, tan lines and the great release of pent-up winter energy.

  • The Bestseller List

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION 1. The Husband’s Secret, by Liane Moriarty 2. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin 3. The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion 4. Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline 5. Still Alice, by Lisa Genova TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION 1. The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown 2. Wild, […]

  • Spring Art at Bay Art Gallery

    Winter's long, cold, snowy run is finally coming to an end and spring is making its way to Door County. What better way to ring in spring than to see the flowers of Bay Art Gallery by Sandra Peterson, Liz Heller and Nancy Sargent.

  • George Burr Paints Road to Northport

    Local artist George Burr has now painted the “Road To Northport – Winter” to show people what that famous road looks like in the winter. It’s a view returning from the ferry dock.

  • Community Mosaic Project

    Now in its 8th year, the Community Mosaic Project invites the public to develop individual artworks in any media on canvas to be displayed together as a large mosaic.

  • Baileys Harbor Photographer at International Exhibit

    Baileys Harbor resident Steven Stanger was recently given the People’s Choice Award for his image “Light From Above” at the Lens 2015 International Juried Photography Exhibit at the Perspective Fine Art Photography Gallery in Evanston, Illinois.

  • Meadows Art Gallery Exhibit Celebrates Kites

    April is National Kite Month, a month-long celebration dedicated to celebrating one of the world’s greatest pastimes. In Door County, The Meadows Art Gallery in Sister Bay will honor the wonderful qualities of this universal activity with its newest exhibit, “The Kite Show.

  • “Three Sea Tales”

    Written and illustrated by Roberta L. Raymond This is a wonderful book for children of all ages. The three stories reveal another world – the world under the sea where even fish work together.

  • Roberta Raymond Releases Second Children’s Book

    After a successful debut in the children’s genre with Amy and the Amaryllis last fall, part-time Sister Bay resident, author and illustrator Roberta L.

  • What To Do In Door County This Weekend: March 27-29

    Enjoy the last weekend of March with our top picks for the weekend ahead! Friday, March 27 Pike Watching at Crossroads at Big Creek: This will be a hike to Big Creek with the very remote chance that we might see Northern Pike.

  • Municipal News

    Town of Jacksonport: The town board meets at 7 pm on March 24. City of Sturgeon Bay: A new “super committee” will review plans for the city’s Westside Waterfront Redevelopment project at 6 pm, March 24, at Sturgeon Bay High School.

  • A Free University? Retired Professor Believes We Can Learn Differently

    A retired professor and Southern Door County resident is preparing to launch Free University, a no-fee school geared toward those who don’t fit into traditional educational models.