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In This Issue: July/August 2014

Aug 08, 2014 10:30AM ● Published by Erik Dittmann

Photo By: Noah Katsma

To The Reader - 

It has been quite the whirlwind the last few months. My fiancée just found out she has a new job right here in Beaver Dam; we have been renovating our house and, most importantly, planning our wedding, which will be July 26th.  I promised her I wouldn’t spend my entire note to you saying how wonderful she is and how thankful I am to be building a life with her in our hometown. So, instead, just this paragraph. 

This issue has been one of those where things just came together, all because of the people in this community. One contributor, Joanna Grey, was visiting the Dodge County Historical Society from Virginia the exact time I was there. We got to talking and she jumped at the opportunity to share her family’s story. Our cover photo was another great moment when the universe just delivered. Walking through the Swan City Car Show looking for our annual car cover, this majestic yet gritty Mopar pulls in just as we walk up. My mind was made up. However, we needed a place where we could photograph this 1966 Dodge Charger to really do it justice. Dennis Steinkraus generously allowed us to photograph the car in his building, which we are incredibly grateful for.  Without access to that location, we would not have been able to have such an outstanding cover.  Noah Katsma’s final image is a compliment to both the car and the location.     

These enormously generous people, who are creating great things for you, live in our community! LocaLeben.com is dedicated to having a place for you to discover what is going on all around the tri-county area. The website is all created and posted by people in the community. We just went through a redesign to make it even easier to find what you are looking for. The stories are broken down to these categories:  Arts & Entertainment, History, Lifestyle, and Community News. We are always looking for more non-profits, organizations and passionate community members to contribute. It is easy and free!

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Cover Photo by Noah Katsma

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The Rebirth of a 1966 Dodge Charger
Five years ago I set out to find a unique car to restore. The search was easily slimmed down to only a Mopar. 

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The Rogers A Little Bit of History – A Little Bit of Hollywood
I had come to the Rogers to meet with building manager Joe Murray, a gentleman that measures his tenure there not in years, but in decades. 

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The Social Luxury of Beer: July/August 2014
Baseball, apple pie and session beers, sometimes known as lawn mowing beers because of their refreshing qualities; session beers are hands down my favorite beers.

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By Fisherman For Fisherman: Slop Frog Baits
Real Passion, Real Business 

      

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Stump The Beaver: July/August 2014
Tracy from Orlando asks: I understand that beavers are skillful builders of canals, lodges and dams. Are beavers responsible for anything else of importance?

This & That: Turn Around
When you start to have a family, people tell you that before you know it, in the blink of an eye, your kids are grown and on their own. 

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Feature Artist: Jerry Kamps
Imagine a boy growing up in the 1930s and 40s so enthralled with comics that he spent hours copying intricate details of long ago illustrators. They fueled the imagination of young dreamers everywhere.

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The Story of Family
The story of family is one that I never tire of learning about. It is a story rich with success, failure, strength and weakness.

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View From The Kitchen
This cornucopia of locally sourced beauty is a mystery to most, but with a little digging, you may find one of your favorite farm stands is right in your backyard.

One Family: Traditions
As a young couple, my husband and I would travel between our families in Edgerton and Green Bay respectively for almost every holiday, usually during the 24-hour time span of the actual special day.

The Wandering Man: Coasting
Recently, I learned how to study and practice coasting with my car. I felt like a third world kid discovering that something on wheels moves.

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Viewfinder: Katie DeBoer
Dear to her heart is the statement “Love what you do, do what you love.” She loves making memories from behind her camera…

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Beaver Dam Scholarship Foundation
Dr. James Berry had a vision of helping local students obtain higher education. He and other local concerned citizens met to brainstorm about how this could be accomplished.

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The Well Known J.S. Rowell
He was one of the city’s first successful entrepreneurs; a man whose ingenuity and ambition helped to shape the efficiency and importance of agriculture.

Parting Thoughts: July/August 2014
Well here we are: - Volume 3 Issue 4 Wie geht es dir?

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