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Once a Brewer, Still a Brewer Jimmy Gantner


BY Michael Casper Jimmy Gantner grew up in Eden, Wisconsin, one of nine kids that Elmer and Edna raised. Elmer worked for Mammoth Springs Canning Company. “I grew up with a love of baseball,” Jim said “my dad and mom would always play catch with us, throw us grounders. And all of us in the neighborhood would play every day ... Read More »

Don Barclay is Living the Dream


BY Rick Berg They don’t call it Dream Drive for nothing – that block-long corridor across the Lambeau Field parking lot from the Packers locker room to Oneida Street, where the players ride kids’ bikes on their way to and from practice during training camp each summer. It is the stuff of dreams, especially for undrafted players like Don Barclay. ... Read More »

Twenty-five X 26.2


BY Will Stahl The Fox Cities Marathon was first run in 1991 about a year after I moved to Neenah. As a lifelong but fairly casual runner, I had always had a faint but nagging interest in running a marathon, and in 1993 I found myself living only a couple of blocks from the Riverside Park start area. It taunted ... Read More »

Teamwork Pride Life Lessons Coach Hyland instills all…


BY Michael Mentzer Someone unfamiliar with Coach Bob Hyland would be hard pressed to believe that the head guy of the Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs football program has mellowed in any way. Hyland insists he has mellowed “quite a bit.” His wife Carol and his son Rob — two people who know him best — concur. Longtime assistants ... Read More »

Race the Lake


BY Michael Casper Back in the 90’s there was a 100 mile bike race named The Bago 100 that was a ride around Lake Winnebago. Some cyclists treated it like a race; others as a ride. Either way, there has always been excitement about riding the crest of the mighty Lake Winnebago. Gloria West is the executive director of what ... Read More »

Fondy Softball Hall Makes Another Call

BY Michael Casper Every other summer a banquet is held honoring Fond du Lac’s best softball players. This is that summer, and founding father of the hall’s organization, Kenny Herr gave me a short history of the organization and its inception. “It was 1998 when Dick Bestor, Tom Rausch, Bob Rundle and I got together,” Ken said “thinking it was ... Read More »

A Mother’s Grind: Behind the Scenes at the Appleton Skate Park


By Tyler Sjostrom Once you’ve met Keevie Bremhorst, the one-woman dynamo who willed the just-opened Appleton Skate Park into existence, it’s impossible not to recall the reputation that precedes her. No less a legend than former BMX pro Dave Freimuth describes her as “crazy in a good way” and a “force of nature,” while Appleton Alderman Joe Martin states plainly, ... Read More »

Marty Paulsen: Retirement is not an option


By Michael Mentzer It doesn’t seem possible that Marty Paulsen experienced a problem with stuttering until he was 22 years old, about the time he became a classroom teacher. Today, almost a half century after launching a teaching career at Goodrich High School in Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac High School baseball coach Marty Paulsen has no such problem ... Read More »

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