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Volume 21, Issue 13 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Tourism Zone Passes Surplus to Visitor Bureau

    The Door County Tourism Zone Commission voted to pass the remainder of a budget surplus to the Door County Visitor Bureau (DCVB) in a meeting on March 26.

  • Sunken Boat Owner Tracked Down in Mississippi

    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials said they had a difficult time tracking down the owner of the Joseph R, a 52-foot fishing trawler that sank last week while docked at Madelyn Marina in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Our Representatives

    Representative Joel Kitchens Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) issued the following statement after Joint Finance Committee Co-Chair Rep.

  • Municipal News

    Compiled by Pulse staff City of Sturgeon Bay:  The Harbor Commission meets in City Council Chambers at 7 pm on April 7.

  • Notes from the Grove

    Welcome to the Notes from the Grove, providing Liberty Grove residents and
 visitors tidbits of information about goings on in town government. • The Personnel Committee has approved the job descriptions for the town administrative assistant, town administrator and town clerk/treasurer.

  • Responses from Gibraltar School Board Candidates

    Five people are running for three seats on the Gibraltar School Board. Lynn Herman and Mike Ashley are newcomers, and the other three are incumbents Lynnea Hickey, Martha Luber Pelrine and Mark Weborg.


    A look at what happened in brief, and what's coming up in the weeks ahead in Door County.

  • Thanks For Your Support

    Residents in the Sevastopol community will be asked on April 7 to vote on whether or not they support a referendum for our school district. Over the past decade, our school board and Sevastopol’s respective administrators have responsibly studied the options available to them in regards to the continuing operation of our school.

  • Pet Talk

    Q. Every time I take my dog for a walk he pulls on the leash constantly. It is no fun because it is such a struggle. Any ideas on getting him to walk without always pulling?

  • Article posted Wednesday, April 1, 2015 3:24pm

    Searching for your shadow? Bear wants the job, so please let him apply in person when you visit the shelter. This eight-year-old male Shih Tzu/Poodle mix will leave all the tennis ball chasing and outdoor romping to the Labs and Beagles.

  • Life Notes

    BIRTHS Paul and Chelsea Seidler, Sturgeon Bay, are the parents of a daughter born on March 27, 2015, at Ministry Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay. Maternal grandparents are Scott and Karla Orgel, Sturgeon Bay. Paternal grandparents are Sam and Sue Seidler, Mountain, Wis. Joshua and Heather Kipp, Brussels, are the parents of a daughter […]

  • Donation to Help Egg Harbor Acquire Rescue Truck

    Egg Harbor Fire Chief Steve Schopf was pleasantly surprised to learn his department was the recipient of a $2,500 donation through the Monsanto Fund’s America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, and even more surprised to learn that it was his nephew Robby Schopf who had applied for the donation.

  • PFLAG Meetings Open to All Supporters

    PFLAG Door County meets the second Thursday of each month at 6 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in north Ephraim. On April 9, students from Gibraltar and students from the GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) in Sturgeon Bay will join us for refreshments and discussion.

  • Watch NCAA Championship and Support Scholarships

    The Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay will host the 13th Annual NCAA Basketball Finals at the Door County Fire Company in Sturgeon Bay on April 6. The event will once again support academic scholarships for worthy graduating students from Door County’s five high schools.

  • Kimberley House to Host Fat Friday Dinner

    Mark calendars and save the date for the Kimberley House 4th Annual Fat Friday Dinner Event on April 10 from 4:30 to 7 pm. This year’s event will again be held at the United Methodist Church, 836 Michigan St.

  • R.A.C.E. to Benefit Wounded Warrior Project

    R.A.C.E (Racing Annual Charity Event) will host its eighth annual charity event and car show at the Draft Haus in Sturgeon Bay on April 11, 11 am – 5 pm.

  • Free Seminar at Center for Optimal Health

    The Center For Optimal Health in Sturgeon Bay is offering a free seminar on April 14 at 5:30 pm. The goal at the Center for Optimal Health is to help the body heal itself naturally.

  • Advance Care Planning Discussed at MDCMC

    April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day, and Ministry Door County Medical Center (MDCMC) invites the public to learn more about advance care planning from 6 – 7:30 pm at MDCMC in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Trudy Herbst Named First Executive Director of Door County Historical Society

    The Door County Historical Society recently announced Trudy Herbst has joined the organization as executive director. The board of directors believes now is the time to hire an executive director so that the organization may continue to flourish and successfully address its mission to preserve and celebrate Door County’s rich history.

  • Benefit from the Practice of Tai Chi

    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.

  • Learn to Use an 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.

  • Men of Iron Conference Set for April 25

    Sturgeon Bay Community Church, 515 N. 12th Ave. in Sturgeon Bay, will host the Men of Iron Conference on April 25 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. The conference will have a meaningful message for all men, whether attending church regularly or without church affiliation.

  • St. Peter’s ELL Class Receives Sustainability Grant

    The Door County Community Foundation recently awarded St. Peter’s Lutheran Church a Sustainability Grant from the Health and Human Needs Fund. This grant provides St.

  • Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay Hosts Potluck Dinner

    The Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay will host its annual Potluck Dinner for people with international experiences and interests on May 2, at the Hope United Church of Christ Fellowship Hall, 12th and Michigan, Sturgeon Bay.

  • Sister Bay Lions Sports Night Feature Packer Players

    On March 23, the Green Bay Packers linebacker Sam Barrington, defensive end Mike Daniels and past running back Tony Fisher, who is now organizing speaker engagements for the team, were guest speakers at the annual Sister Bay Lions Sports Night.

  • End-of-Life Care to be Discussed on May 21

    Sometimes it is difficult to start the conversation with loved ones about end-of-life care. A good start would be attending “Life and Death Matters,” the seminar at Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church on May 21, 10 am – 2:30 pm.

  • Sophia Pollman Named Miss Harbor Cities Outstanding Teen 2015

    Sophia Pollman, daughter of Rob and Nikki Pollman of Sturgeon Bay, was crowned Miss Harbor Cities Outstanding Teen 2015. The Miss Harbor Cities Pageant was held March 21 at The Franciscan Music Center at Silver Lake College in Manitowoc, Wis.

  • United Way Accepting Applications for Grants

    The United Way of Door County is now accepting applications to grant funds. They are opening up their annual Community Investment process to any nonprofit organization that meets the needs of people in Door County and strengthens the United Way’s mission of “empowering people to build better lives.

  • WMC Head Keynotes DCEDC Investors Meeting

    The Door County Economic Development Corporation has announced that Kurt Bauer, president and CEO of the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC), will be the keynote speaker at the annual investors meeting and luncheon on Wednesday, April 29, at the Stone Harbor Resort and Conference Center in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Holey Cow to Open April 6

    Holey Cow Donuts & Ice Cream Treats have set their Sturgeon Bay waterfront opening for April 6. Holey Cow will serve build-your-own donuts and frozen slab ice cream treats at 129 N.

  • DCVB Takes their 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.

  • Sturgeon Bay Businesswomen Offer $500 Scholarship

    The Sturgeon Bay Businesswomen are sponsoring a $500 scholarship for the 2015 fall term for women 25 years or older, living in Door County with financial need, who are returning to an accredited higher education institution.

  • Beware of the Latest Craigslist Scam

    Recently, scammers have attempted to rip off Craigslist sellers using fake State of Wisconsin Investment Board checks. Crooks are “paying” for small items on Craigslist with fake checks in large amounts ($1,900, for example).

  • Scientists in the Making

    Artificial hearts, house cleaning robots and different ways to take flight were a few of the ideas offered when Mind Trekkers asked kids what they would want to invent.

  • Sweet Lessons at Southern Door

    Southern Door Elementary students spent Friday, March 27, in the great outdoors of their very own 45-acre school forest, learning about the Maple syrup process from Southern Door School Board member Mike Toneys, his wife, Carrol, and other volunteers.

  • Seeking Champions of Conservation

    Do you know of an individual, organization or company involved in innovative initiatives or projects to improve the health of Lake Michigan? If so, nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 Lake Michigan Champions of Conservation, sponsored by the Lake Michigan Stakeholders and Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership.

  • Get Blooming!

    The Jacksonport Women's Club is accepting orders through April 15 for three varieties of crabapple trees. Plant some on your property and consider donating some to your community, churches or nonprofit organizations.

  • Are You a Local Producer?

    Do you grow vegetables or create products right here in Door County with local resources? Then you should be in our 2015 Local Producers guide, part of our annual Sustainability Issue.

  • Article posted Wednesday, April 1, 2015 2:30pm

    A number of studies indicate that caffeine may have a protective effect on the brain. A long-running Finnish study linked drinking three to five cups of coffee per day at midlife with a 65 percent reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease or other dementia in late life.

  • Farewell Village School

    For the last 106 years the Sister Bay Village School sat atop the bluff overlooking the village, the businesses and villagers who live their lives below.

  • How Wisconsin Turned Me From Asian to White

    It’s official. It took 20 years, but the State of Wisconsin has now officially changed my race from Asian to White. Imagine my surprise. Please let me explain.

  • Andrew’s Unconventional Ukrainian Adventure

    My son, Andrew, is in the Ukraine visiting his girlfriend. He has been there for more than two weeks and still has another week before he returns home.

  • Water

    .26 - Number of gallons of water needed to irrigate one calorie’s worth of food.

  • Running Against Cancer

    The St. Norbert College branch of Colleges Against Cancer will host the Relay for Life of De Pere on Saturday, April 11. The relay will take place at the Schuldes Sports Center on the St.

  • Shooting to Win

    Ryan Kropenske, son of Josh and Alicia Kropenske of Baileys Harbor, won the Knights of Columbus State Free Throw competition at Assumption High School in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday, March 28.

  • Sixth Degree Promotion

    On March 29, Peter Smith was promoted to Shihan 6th Degree Black Belt in USA Urban Goju Karate at Door County Martial Arts. Smith has been involved in karate for 33 years.

  • High School Spring Athletics

    Sports schedules from Door County high schools.

  • The Wonderful Woodcock

    Fifty-nine years ago Professor Robert McCabe and several graduate students of his University of Wisconsin – Madison wildlife management classes introduced a group of us, on a one-to-one basis, to the thrill of Woodcock watching.

  • An Artfully Simple Beer

    I had wondered aloud in a recent column about the Mosaic hop. While on a recent resupply mission, I was presented with a bottle of Mosaic Promise, an ale brewed with a single malt – Golden Promise – and a single hop – the aforementioned Mosaic.


    Students in the Gibraltar Creative Writing Club show off their front-page newspaper creations (The Gibraltar Daily Journal and News Of the Vikings) following their March 30 meeting.

  • Congratulations to Morgan Davis, of Sonny’s Pizzeria in Sturgeon Bay!

    There is a waitress named Morgan Davis at Sonny’s in Sturgeon Bay, A happy-go-lucky lady whose great attitude will make your day! She’s been working at the restaurant for three years, She’s waitressed, hosted and is learning to serve wine and beers.

  • Stand! for the Latest National Recording Registry Inductees

    I sometimes like to pull out my 1979 edition of The Rolling Stone Record Guide and check out the musical world viewed at a time when America was just awaking from a long disco coma.

  • Peninsula Players Present Final Winter Play Reading

    Peninsula Players Theatre will present a reading of two one-act plays, I Shall Love You Forever, by Kathleen Thompson and Waiting for Tina Meyer, by Kristine Thatcher and Larry Shue at Björklunden on Monday, April 6.

  • Cultivating Mindfulness

    What promotes less stress, depression, and fatigue while simultaneously lowering anxiety, high blood pressure, and worry, and doesn’t come in pill form? Mindfulness.

  • Article posted Tuesday, March 31, 2015 3:41pm

    Dear Mary Pat, Is there a difference between lying online and exaggerating? My friend met her boyfriend online and his profile said he is 6'5". When she met him in person, he was no more than 6'1".

  • Overheard and Pet Peeves

    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 Tuesday, March 31, 2015 3:35pm

    What animal has been put forward as the new Easter symbol in Australia (due to the destructive nature of bunnies)?

  • Birch Creek Receives Arts Board Grant

    The efforts of Birch Creek Music Performance Center, Inc. to provide quality music education and serve as an economic engine for the area were recognized with a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board competitive grant program.

  • PMF Tickets Now Available

    Subscriptions and individual concert tickets are on sale now for the 63rd season of the Peninsula Music Festival. The 63rd season will run Aug. 4 – 22 with concerts every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

  • Pen Players Announces 2015 Playbill

    Peninsula Players Theatre recently released their 2015 playbill. Included in the season are A Real Lulu, Dial M for Murder, Lend Me a Tenor, Outside Mullingar and Nunsense.

  • Sister Bay Holds Annual Egg Hunt

    Parents are invited to bring their kids to the fifth annual Sister Bay Egg Hunt on April 4 at 10:30 am. Eggs will be hidden all around Waterfront Park in downtown Sister Bay (inside the Sister Bay Village Hall if it’s raining or still really deep snow).

  • Join the Woodsy Egg Hunt at Pen Park

    Hop to the Peninsula State Park nature center on April 4 for a woodsy egg hunt. Pick up a “passport to spring” anytime from 11 am to 12:30 pm then start your nature adventure.

  • Crossroads Hosts an Eggstravaganza

    Crossroads at Big Creek will host its Eggstravaganza on April 4 from 1 to 4 pm. Eggstravaganza events are free and open to the public. At 1 pm and again at 4 pm, the film Mad City Chickens will be screened.

  • Learn the Basics of Nature Journaling

    Eager to record your observations of nature but don’t know where to begin? The Ridges Sanctuary can tell you a little about the history of journaling and help you start or add to your own nature journal at The Basics & Future of Nature Journaling on April 9 at 1 pm.

  • Algoma Bird Celebration to be Held April 11

    Algoma Bird Celebration (ABC) will be held on April 11 from 8 am to noon followed by a bird walk and tree planting demonstration. Programs include: “Feathered Friends” slideshow by photographer Bob Kuhn at 8:45 am; “Why Birders Should Appreciate Spiders and their Kin” by Dr.

  • “John Purves” Tours to Resume

    The Door County Maritime Museum will resume tours of the Tug John Purves in Sturgeon Bay. Tours will be conducted on Saturdays in April before a daily schedule begins in May.

  • Temple Grandin to Speak in Southern Door

    Temple Grandin, an innovator, author, activist and leading advocate for autistic communities, will speak on April 29 at Southern Door Community Auditorium, 2073 County DK, Brussels at 6:30 pm.

  • New DCMM Exhibit to Open in May

    The Door County Maritime Museum will chronicle some amazing “tails” and the enduring human-canine relationship in a new exhibit “Sea Dogs” which will open at the Sturgeon Bay museum in May.

  • Mellow Music on TAP’s Main Stage

    Third Avenue Playhouse will have music on the main stage on April 12 at 2 pm with Karen Mal, David Stoddard and Laurie McClain in concert. From raw sensuality to shimmering bell-like clarity, Mal’s voice is both tender and powerful, and as effortless as a waterfall.

  • Southern Door Hosts 15th Annual Fine Arts Fest

    Hundreds of Southern Door elementary and middle school students will have the opportunity to put their artistic and musical talents on display during the 15th Annual Southern Door Elementary and Middle School Fine Arts Fest on Thursday, April 9.

  • Sanctuary Studio Welcomes Robert Rich

    Robert Rich will play at the Sanctuary Studio in Sturgeon Bay on April 24 at 7 pm for the Music Heals Winter Concert Series. Rich is embarking on a short solo tour around the U.

  • WiFEE and the HUZzBAND Head Out on Southern Tour

    WiFEE and the HUZzBAND is setting off on a Southern tour that includes performing at the Lonestar Roundup in Austin, Texas, with James “Master of the Telecaster” Burton, Southern Culture on the Skids and Rockabilly Queen Wanda Jackson.

  • The Bestseller List

    HARDCOVER FICTION 1. The Girl On the Train, by Paula Hawkins 2. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr 3. A Dangerous Place, by Jacqueline Winspear 4. A Spool of Blue Thread, by Anne Tyler 5. The Buried Giant, by Kazuo Ishiguro HARDCOVER NONFICTION 1. Dead Wake, by Erik Larson 2. Pioneer Girl: […]

  • A Rock Island Tale for Kids

    Sandra Johnson recently released her children’s book, Wisconsin’s Rock Island – Images in Paintings and Verse, for the fourth grade reading level. Johnson says of her book, “While teaching fourth grade in Green Bay, I realized that there were few reading resources for young students that touched upon the important role that the Great Lakes, the river systems and early explorers played in opening up the Wisconsin territory.

  • New Poetry Workshop for Elders

    Spring into writing with a free workshop led by poet Sharon Auberle on Mondays, April 13 – May 18, 1 – 2 pm. Auberle will lead this writing workshop for elders (65 and older) in Sister Bay.

  • New, Local Fiction

    Algoma writer Ted Prokash announces his second novel, The Brothers Connolly, was released by Joyless House Publishing. The summary on the novel’s cover reads: “Follow the sad strains of song emanating from the drinking holes of Dublin and the farm fields of Wallonia, drifting across the ocean and ringing down through the generations, settling finally into a somber hum along the banks of Lake Michigan.

  • Sparse Poetry

    Anita Beckstrom will be the featured poet in the UU Fellowship’s Dickinson Poetry Series on April 8 at 7 pm. Born in Sister Bay, Beckstrom’s roots are deep in Door County.

  • Sculpture in a Grand Setting

    Deborah Dendler, sculptor and resident of Fish Creek, will exhibit her work in the Governor John Langdon mansion in Portsmouth, New Hampshire from June 5 to Sept.

  • New Website Launched

    Bay Art Gallery is excited to announce it has launched a new website, Bay Art Gallery is Door County’s newest fine art gallery that combines original art in a home setting along with the award-winning interior design of Sister Bay Trading Co.

  • What To Do In Door County This Weekend: April 3 – 5

    It’s hard to believe it’s almost April, not to mention Easter this upcoming weekend! Here are our top picks for the weekend ahead: Friday, April 3 Children’s Crafts at Forestville Library: There won't be Story Time today but there will be opportunities for children to be creative at a table filled with Easter crafting ideas and supplies.