Welcome to Wisconsin Central!

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I take a lot of digital photos around Wisconsin that seem ordinary. When I get back to the office and study them, and research them, quite often, I am totally surprised by how interesting the stories associated with the photos are. I learn a great deal and share that learning with you.

I look for interesting stories that are seldom discussed in other media. This web site is meant to show you the state through my eyes and camera lens --- the people, the land, the culture. I’m high on Wisconsin, and because of states like this, I am high on America and Americans. I’m going to have fun and learn a lot at the same time.

Ed Marek, editor
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“Sacrifice: Without Fear There Is No Courage”

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This is a photo of my wife, Mary Ellen Marek, on September 18, 2001, at the marriage reception for her daughter, Tracy and her husband, Randy, in Annapolis. She was not going to miss this for anything. Five weeks after this photo was taken, she passed away. What a courageous woman. It took two of her nursing mates to get her from home to the reception, but once she got there, she was alive and well, and literally had a riot, as she always does at a party. My Relay for Life project ends in mid June. We just broke through my goal of $1,000, having raised $1,055. Perhaps we can keep it going!

We've got to fight this fight for all those affected by cancer. It's the only way I know where most of us can make a difference. Please donate what you can at Please donate to my effort on behalf of the team.. Please donate to my effort on behalf of the team.
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Tomahawk Fall Ride - A gallery from “Rumble at the River”

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The year 2015 marks the 34th Anniversary of the Tomahawk Fall Ride for the Muscular Dystrophy Association that serves northern Wisconsin. As many or more than 40,000 motorcycle enthusiasts and others usually come to the event, held each September in Tomahawk, Lincoln County. There is entertainment, you get to see some of the newest motorcycles and accessories from Harley-Davidson Motor Co., and it raises money for the MDA. It is the largest local fund raiser for MDA in North Central Wisconsin. I attended the festivities named “Rumble on the River” and I have to tell you I loved it. May 23, 2015. Go to story and gallery.
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Two country rides through Buffalo County

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I have driven through Buffalo County in the west, along the Mississippi River, a few times, usually returning to Wausau from Minnesota. I enjoyed two fantastic rides that I wish to show you here. One was from Fountain City after crossing the bridge from Winona, the other from Nelson after crossing from Wabasha to the north northwest, both Wisconsin towns on the Mississippi. No matter how you go through Buffalo County, it will be a beautiful ride.

The entire county resides in what scientists call the Western Upland Geographic Province, also referred to as the Western Coulee and Ridges Ecological Landscape. The word “coulee” is often applied to different landforms which have valleys, deep ravines and drainage zones. It seemed to me these all apply to what I saw in Buffalo County. July 30, 2014.
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Blue Mound State Park, highest point in southern Wisconsin

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I happened on Blue Mound State Park quite by accident as I was traveling through Iowa County. I was lucky, because I had spectacular weather on a mid-October day and quickly learned I was about to get a spectacular view from this hilltop perch. This is one view of Blue Mound from a park road. She rises to about 450 ft above what is known as Military Ridge. Blue Mound State Park lies right on the eastern border of Iowa County and western border of Dane County. May 15, 2014. Go to story.