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In This Issue: November/December 2014

Nov 17, 2014 04:23PM ● Published by Erik Dittmann

Well here we are:  - Volume 3 Issue 6

Wie geht es dir?

My son Ben and I are heading to Park Falls - long weekend at the shack - opening weekend of deer season.  I’ve been seeing a nice little six pointer hangin’ in the neighborhood the last few days – somebody will be chasing him - we’ll go north.  Going to make a nice batch of chili to take along - that always goes good.  Did I mention Ben took first place at his workplace chili “cook off” – he used my recipe, gave it a little personality and won by a single vote!  See, every vote counts and that’s as political as I’m going to get for now…

Bob Frankenstein’s article on the 32nd (Red Arrow) Division provides an excellent account from a very local perspective.  I still remember riding aboard that Greyhound bus with my mom – all the way to Fort Lewis to visit my dad.  Many neighbors still recall those frightening times.  Remember President Ronald Reagan’s speech delivered at the Brandenburg Gate?  “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” … 25 years ago - November 9, 1989 the Berlin Wall finally fell…

We’re changing up the routine a little - going forward Erik and I will share this space to make room for more community content.  This is your magazine – you don’t need to hear so much from us… Cheers! 

And from Erik:  Our perspective is shaped by what occupies our minds.  I don’t read or listen to the news in traditional media.  Mainly because it just makes me sad.  I think far too much credit and publicity is given to all the bad things going on in the community.  There is plenty of good news to celebrate that deserves the spotlight of the front page. 

The Beaver’s caretakers on Park Avenue are a great example of people making a difference in their own unique way.  Driving by always lifts my spirits no matter what mood I am in.  We should all find a way to contribute in our own unique way.  If a Beaver on a tree stump can – can’t we all?

The holidays are here and I cannot think of a better time to share with you what we have been working on for a few months.  Fred The Beavercorn!  Enjoy a sneak preview on Page 14.  We will be taking pre-orders soon.   If you would like to be notified when the book will be available, sign up on 

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Feature The Y - Nov 17 2014 1255PM

Feature: The Y

More Than Just a Gym, Dodge County Tradition Read More » 

Photos By Julie Zahn

Designing an Experience

Northwoods Casket Company - Focusing on the needs of family to design an enriched casket selection experience. Read More » 

The Social Luxury of Beer - NovemberDecember 2014 - Nov 17 2014 0201PM

The Social Luxury of Beer - November/December 2014

The holiday season is upon us and before we all know it we'll be rushing the stores for last minute gift ideas. Read More » 

Viewfinder Josh DeVries - Nov 17 2014 0207PM

Viewfinder: Josh DeVries

On March 3, 2012 I bought my first camera with nearly all the money I had saved from a cold winter spent washing dishes and frying onion rings. Read More » 

The Beaver Wrote A Book - Nov 17 2014 0224PM

The Beaver Wrote A Book!

The Beaver wrote a book! Get on the list to get your copy now! Read More » 

Feed Your Angel - Nov 17 2014 0257PM

Feed Your Angel

Fighting demons is fear-based and hateful. Feed your angels instead, and follow your heart. It is better than the alternative. I know. I've lived both ways. Read More »  

Dreaming Out Loud - Nov 17 2014 0309PM

Dreaming Out Loud

I could say that I chose to be a writer, but it would probably be more accurate to say that it chose me. Writing is so much a part of who I am and what I do that it was probably inevitable. Read More » 

View From The Kitchen - NovemberDecember 2014 - Nov 17 2014 0318PM

View From The Kitchen - November/December 2014

Winter is upon us. I know this because we’ve already worn out our new electric blanket. We’ve also started to enjoy one of our favorite winter staples, Cranberry Tea. Read More » 

Feature Artist Betty Singer - Nov 17 2014 0328PM

Feature Artist: Betty Singer

Like finding and examining a beautiful feather or pebble, you long to see Singer’s work up close and feel the weight of her creations in the palm of your hand or admire it in the mirror a... Read More » 

Photos Courtesy of Dodge County Historical Society

Red Arrow - The Berlin Crisis

Wisconsin National Guard 32nd (Red Arrow) Division Company "E" 127th Infantry Beaver Dam Armory Read More » 


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