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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Flying Pig Gallery and Greenspace, Algoma

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Well, this is a bit awkward. We visited the Flying Pig Gallery and Greenspace in July 2015, and have just now learned the management is looking for new owners. It is set along the uncluttered Lake Michigan shore in Kewaunee County. At present, it is hosting special events, indoors or out, offers limited retail and art space and outside its gardens are, as the owners say, "Wow." They describe them as "botanically chaotic gardens, ready for guests ad gatherings." We roamed through it all, and I am presenting a photo gallery below, almost exclusively on the outside gardens, they were so fascinating. Go to gallery. April 11, 2016
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Boulder Junction— You know you're in the Northwoods

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Boulder Junction is a town way up north, in the state's Northwoods in Vilas County. The area encompasses the basin of the Trout and Manitowish Rivers, which flow eventually into the Flambeau River. Much of the town is covered by the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest. The town prides itself in being the Musky Capital of the world. It's a favorite area for tourists and sportsmen, a great getaway spot, any time of the year. February 29, 2016. Go to story.
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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.