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In This Issue: January / February 2015

Jan 20, 2015 08:33AM ● Published by Erik Dittmann

Cover By: Joel Nisleit

Well here we are – Volume 4 Issue 1

Wie geht es dir?

Three years goes by pretty quick.  An anniversary creates pause - a time to reflect and be grateful for everyone who has helped along the way... 

We started this little magazine at our kitchen table.  The idea lingered for years with a desire to “have my own gig” – until one day Erik says, “Let’s stop talking about it and just do it.”

So we launched LocaLeben - a family business that’s locally owned and operated.  The name comes from the German Leben (life) – Local + Leben share the center “L” – and we get LocaLeben meaning local life.  We are not part of a large publishing group with offices in another state.  LocaLeben lives here – just like you…

When I see you at the grocery, you tell me how much you like the magazine.  Delivering to the post offices and libraries around the county, I get big smiles, handshakes – “thank you!” – “nice cover!”  

Producing a high quality print magazine costs money – Paper, Printing, Postage, Computers, etc., etc.  The money to produce LocaLeben comes from advertising.  Businesses that advertise in LocaLeben are trying to make a living, just like us.  We support them and you should too.  Selling ads is fun – but it takes a lot of time and limits our content.  We would like to spend more of our time gathering good stories. To build this beautiful magazine that you’ve come to enjoy is going to take money…

So, here’s the deal.

Do you like receiving LocaLeben?  Do you enjoy a beautifully crafted magazine with excellent local content and a limited amount of advertising?  Would you rather we spend more time producing and delivering a variety of quality local content?  Is it important to you that LocaLeben strives to be the best magazine about Dodge County life?   If the answer to any of these is "Yes," then here's your opportunity to help us make it a reality.

We are now offering LocaLeben as a "Pay What You Want" (PWYW) publication. What is PWYW? 

Pay What You Want pricing is a gift-based pricing structure.  In other words, if you like what you see, you can contribute a dollar or two (or more) – however much you value LocaLeben – but you're also not obligated to pay anything. 

In the same way LocaLeben is a gift from us to this wonderful community, your contributions are a gift to us to help us continue to create the highest quality publication (and spend less time seeking advertisers to fund our production).

In return for your support we promise:

-  To continue producing the highest quality magazine with authentic, real local stories about the good things people are doing in our neighborhoods

-  Provide an open online platform for civic organizations and non-profits to share how they contribute to a positive community

-  With adequate contributions we can produce the magazine with a limited amount of advertising – more content

- LocaLeben will remain focused on quality and we will provide the print magazine and our online hub - free of direct charge.  We will not restrict access ever…

You will be helping our community and local non-profit organizations all at the same time!  25% of your contribution will immediately go to help your choice of one of these local non-profits:


o   Beaver Dam Area Arts Association

o   Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre

o   YMCA of Dodge County


Pay What You Want online @

LocaLeben – it’s your magazine…

Table of Contents

BDACT Supporters Kate Meyer Brianna Meyer Renee Wahlen Tillema Judy Pearce Jim McMillan Margaret Bennett

From School To Theater

A Reawakening For Beaver Dam

Satterlee Clark and the Winnebago Indians of Horicon and Rock River

Feature: Before The Founding

Satterlee Clark and the Winnebago Indians of Horicon and Rock River Read More » 

A Typical Record - Jan 19 2015 0920AM

A Typical Record

Adam Hupf's Wisconsin Archery Record Buck

Lines From Upstream The Catch-All - Jan 19 2015 0929AM

Lines From Upstream: The Catch-All - Jan 19, 2015 09:29AM

For the Magic of the Catch-All was a Legend passed from old, With fish-catching abilities a wonder to behold. Read More » 

This & That - Jan 19, 2015 09:46AM

We're Back Baby!

The Beaver on Valentines Day

Stump The Beaver - Jan 19, 2015 10:03AM

Readers Ask: Dear Stump, What do you do for a living? Read More » 


Viewfinder: Joel Nisleit - Jan 19, 2015 11:39AM

Imagery has always been part of my life, from an early love of drawing to college studies of creative writing. Read More » 

The Build  - Jan 19 2015 0533PM

The Build - Jan 19, 2015 05:33PM

January 24th was the dedication of a home, testimony of community, and celebration of renewed hope here in Dodge County. Read More » 

All Photos Emily Grace Photography

PAVE Sweet Thanks March 6th - Jan 19, 2015 05:38PM

The 2015 event is scheduled for Friday March 6 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Chapel of the Archangels in Beaver Dam. Read More » 

The Bell Returns July 26 2012 - We are pleased to announce the return of the original bell that was removed in 2009 Our goal is to return the bell back to the tower We would like to thank St Katharine Drexel Parish and Ken Kelm Painting for assisting us in returning it back to its original location

Property With Purpose - Jan 19, 2015 05:45PM

Their first wedding was held in the summer of 2011 and nearly 100 couples have shared their vows in the unique space. Read More » 

160 - Celebrating Founders Day at Wayland - Jan 19 2015 0558PM

160 - Celebrating Founders Day at Wayland - Jan 19, 2015 05:58PM

History shapes character. It’s not difficult to see the footprints, the imprints, the contributions left by the men and women who loved their alma mater. Read More »  

Front Street Changing Scenes - Jan 19 2015 0838PM

Front Street: Changing Scenes - Jan 19, 2015 08:38PM

Dodge County Historical Society: What will be the next best scene on Front Street? Wait and see! Read More » 


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