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. 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

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Door County Candy - Sturgeon Bay

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While strolling down North 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay on an absolutely gorgeous day, I spotted these three young ladies comfortably planted on a sidewalk bench eating ice cream cones. It doesn't get any better than having those cones on a nice warm and sunny day. So I wondered where they might have gotten them, and looked quickly near where they were located and saw Door County Candy. Of course I had to go over there, look around, and get my own ice cream cone! January 19, 2016. Go to photo gallery.
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Dancing Bears Toys - Sturgeon Bay


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Dancing Bear is Door County's old fashioned, small town, toy store. In 1994, Dancing Bear opened on Sturgeon Bay's Historic Third Avenue, becoming Door County's first year round toy store. It was an intriguing place from the outside, so I, 72 years young and holding at the tender age of six, simply had to go in, and of course I was overwhelmed with all the great toys I wanted. This will be a photo gallery of what I saw. January 10, 2016. Go to story-photo gallery
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Fargo, North Dakota, absolutely worth the trip

New! Gallery USA: I served 20 years in the USAF, mostly overseas, and then ran my own business for some ten years, then lost my wife to cancer, remarried, and moved to Wisconsin. So there is much of the United States I have not seen. In fact, I am a bit embarrassed that I have seen so little. Once in a while now, according to what the budget will tolerate, I manage to go out of Wisconsin to visit our wonderful country. I have found some great places and, of course, taken some interesting photography. I confess having grown up in the east, I lean toward going west! I'd like to share these with you. I began this project on December 17, 2015. Visit the Gallery.
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Green Lake, reconnect with the good life

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Green Lake is a town of about 1,100 residents located on the north side of Big Green Lake. It offers a small town lifestyle with lots to do. Th lake itself is a 7920 acre lake with a maximum depth of 236 ft. and a mean depth of 104 ft. making it the deepest lake landlocked lake in Wisconsin. It is used year round for all manner of sporting and leisure activities. The lake has 27 miles of shoreline. November 26, 2015. Go to story.
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Sturgeon Bay, something for everybody

"Sturgeon Bay, Historic Harbor City"

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Sturgeon Bay is about 9,000 strong with lots of things to see and do, from downtown to the waterfront, sitting close to Green Bay with a ship canal connecting Green Bay to Sturgeon Bay to Lake Michigan. Native Americans liked the area because of its proximity to these waterways. Once host to massive forests of pine and attendant sawmills, it would become a place where all travel was by boats and steamboats, the latter plying their goods between Chicago and Green Bay. Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay dates back to the late 19th century and continues to the present. It is a town steeped in ships, past and present, a mariner's town, a sailor's delight, a maritime city. November 1, 2015. Go to story.
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Grebe's, building a company the family way

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In 2014 the Wausau Chamber of Commerce in Marathon County awarded Grebe's the Small Business of the Year Award in Wausau, Marathon County. Today Grebe's is an appliance, grills, kitchenware, power tools and mattresses store but it has not always been that way. Charting its evolution over the years since 1946 is a lesson in business leadership and adaptation to changing times. It is mainly a story about family, family values, quality for the customer and Wausau history. By Ed Marek, editor. October 12, 2015. Go to story.
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Heidel House Resort & Spa - "An oasis of relaxation"

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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.
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Whistling Straits,world-class golf course and clubhouse

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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.