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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. And if you'd like to donate to this, my hobby, to help offset costs, that'll make me mighty happy! See the PayPal on the left column.

Ed Marek, editor


America and Wisconsin lost a Soldier this day - Einar Ingman


Elgar H. Ingman, Jr. died on September 9, 2015, age 85. He received the Medal of Honor for valor in the Korean War. He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and joined the Army from Kewaskum, Wisconsin in late 1948. He rose to the rank of sergeant. During the battle for which his valor was honored, which occurred on February 26, 1951, he lost one ear to a grenade while charging an enemy machine-gun, and was shot in the face by a Chinese soldier. He continued his attack nonetheless. His left eye was destroyed, his left ear was deaf, and he suffered a brain injury which caused complete amnesia. Some memory was restored during surgery. He underwent a total of 23 surgeries.

One year after receiving the medal, Ingman married; he and his wife Mardelle went on to have seven children. Ingman suffered a debilitating stroke in 2003 which affected his speech and mobility. He lived in Irma, Wisconsin, just south of Tomahawk. He died in a hospital at Tomahawk on September 9, 2015 at the age of 85

Citation to accompany the Medal of Honor:

"Sgt. Ingman, a member of Company E, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. The 2 leading squads of the assault platoon of his company, while attacking a strongly fortified ridge held by the enemy, were pinned down by withering fire and both squad leaders and several men were wounded. Cpl. Ingman assumed command, reorganized and combined the 2 squads, then moved from 1 position to another, designating fields of fire and giving advice and encouragement to the men. Locating an enemy machine gun position that was raking his men with devastating fire he charged it alone, threw a grenade into the position, and killed the remaining crew with rifle fire. Another enemy machine gun opened fire approximately 15 yards away and inflicted additional casualties to the group and stopped the attack. When Cpl. Ingman charged the second position he was hit by grenade fragments and a hail of fire which seriously wounded him about the face and neck and knocked him to the ground. With incredible courage and stamina, he arose instantly and, using only his rifle, killed the entire guncrew before falling unconscious from his wounds. As a result of the singular action by Cpl. Ingman the defense of the enemy was broken, his squad secured its objective, and more than 100 hostile troops abandoned their weapons and fled in disorganized retreat. Cpl. Ingman's indomitable courage, extraordinary heroism, and superb leadership reflect the highest credit on himself and are in keeping with the esteemed traditions of the infantry and the U.S. Army."

Heidel House Resort & Spa - "An oasis of relaxation"


The Heidel House is located on the shores of Green Lake, the deepest inland lake in Wisconsin. It is a year-round full service resort. We stayed in mid-March, and the lake was still frozen over, though one would have to be careful as a thaw was underway. We had a wonderful time at the resort and visiting the Green Lake surroundings. September 4, 2015. Go to story.

Whistling Straits,world-class golf course and clubhouse


Whistling Straits is one of two 36-hole links-style golf courses associated with The American Club, a luxury golf resort located near Kohler, Wisconsin and north of Sheboygan. The course is located on Lake Michigan and is among the very finest championship golf courses in the US. It has hosted the 2004, 2010 and 2015 PGA Championships and the 2007 U.S. Senior Open, and it is the future site of the 2020 Ryder Cup. The organization says this: "Open, rugged and windswept terrain defines the Straits, sculpted along two miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. Borrowing influences from Irish links courses, the Straits has fescue fairways and massive sand dune bunkers." September 3, 2015. Go to story.

Brewhaus Inn, living in the Pabst Brewery

"The future of Milwaukee's past!"


Pabst Brewery in Milwaukee closed in 1996, but many of its buildings still stand. And they stand in Milwaukee's west side. Most of the former brewery buildings have been redeveloped into a hotel, apartments, offices and other new uses, with more projects in the works. And Pabst is returning to open a microbrewery in one of its old buildings. The Brewhaus Inn and Suites opened in a renovated Pabst Brewing Co. building at 1215 N 10th Street on June 20, 2013, in the heart of the old brewing complex. It's a real piece of history. I stayed there in March 2014. The weather outside was cold and raining, but I had a marvelous time here anyway. August 31, 2015. Go to story.

Chippewa Retreat Resort - an all season resort in the Northwoods


The Chippewa Retreat Resort is located on Manitowish Lake near Manitowish Waters up north. It offers Lakeside Villas, Lakeview Villas, and Treetop Villas and its own restaurant, called the White Oak Grill. I and my wife stayed here, and had a marvelous time in what we saw as a luxurious and well-appointed villa which was actually in a large building. This is a great place to stay whether just for two or a family reunion or a corporate retreat, or, of course, a wedding. August 24, 2015. Go to story.