From The Editor
From the Technical Director: When my brother asked me to intro- duce this issue of LocaLeben to all of you, I was at first quite sur- prised. Erik had not asked me to write anything yet for the magazine, and so far that was just fine by me! My role as Technical Director keeps things running in the background; computers, phones, e-mail and software – and when any of these don’t work right, what do I hear? “Ben, can you come here?”
This takes me back to what Erik once said about the right way and the hard way – and I must say most times my tasks are both. This is how I like it, though, because I feed off the challenge and the reward of success!
When my father began talking about LocaLeben years ago, I did not know what it would become. We talked of many things, but op- portunity and the amazing “AH HA!” moment has brought us down a yearlong road to where we are today. LocaLeben will continue to grow; as you will see we are now in a completely new “form factor” (yes, I’m throwing in some technical jargon – it will prob- ably be my only chance), with a few extra pages. This has given us the opportunity to bring more content to you, the community, and hopefully provide new and exciting ways to deliver that content down the road.
As I sit writing this introduction, I can only be overwhelmed with gratitude for the response we have received from the community over the course of the past year. If I ever had any doubts about Lo- caLeben or this magazine, I can certainly say you – our readers – our community – our friends – have put those doubts to rest. I look forward to many issues to come and ask you to keep sending in content – we all love a good story!
I thought it was fitting that you get to meet Ben – a surprisingly good writer huh? All that is left after that introduction is to thank a few people that were very helpful in putting this issue together: Bev Dohmann for her wealth of information about our cover artist Herb Olsen and Monarch Range. Barbara Ellefson for her help on our Tour of Downtown article. We are on the lookout for excited interns who want to learn about publishing and help with LocaLeben. College credit available! I hope you like our re-design – it’s gorgeous isn’t it!
In This Issue
Feature Artist: Michael Lemke
The longer I stood in his studio, his work miraculously took on healing properties.
Feature: The Great Horicon War
The excitement began on receipt of an impending Indian descent upon Horicon.
A Different Setting: BMX / Skateboard Park
I want my daughters to have something I didn’t, a place to skateboard freely.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
This could be one of the most enjoyable and gratifying things you will ever do.
Life Disruption: Awesome
Disruptions make it possible for us to experience the many things we want in life.
Legend & Lore: The Madpolecats
Stories in families run wild and seem larger than life with time.
Dodge County Historical Society
We owe a debt of gratitude to those who saved our heritage.
The Watermark: Community Chair
Ruth Mack; Community Gifts Division Chairperson for the Watermark campaign.
Anniversaries honor traditions and applaud what has been accomplished.
I encourage you to embrace an attitude of gratitude. It is truly life changing.
That resolution would help keep me focused on here and now.
The real Leben stories our readers enjoy come from the hearts of our neighbors.