Wisconsin

Thomas Wilmer

The story of Kohler-as in toilets, sinks and bathtubs-is a tale of a family-owned business that is a classic American success story. The village of Kohler, Wisconsin was a model, futuristic garden company town when it was laid out at the turn of the 20th Century. Kohler’s immigrant employees were housed in a grand residence dubbed the American Club. In the late 1970s, the building was repurposed as a five-star, five-diamond resort. Join correspondent Tom Wilmer in Kohler, Wisconsin as he explores the history and present-day world of all things Kohler.

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Correspondent Tom Wilmer and Craig Trost, Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s communications director, explore distinctive destinations and activities around the state, such as the Great River Road along the Mississippi, Milwaukee’s Harley Davidson Museum, Madison’s Children’s Museum and the Frank Lloyd Wright Trail.

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Janesville is situated in southcentral Wisconsin, not too far from the Illinois border. Join correspondent Tom Wilmer for an exploration of things to do and see in the region. Visits include the MacFarlane Pheasant farm and the circa-1857 Lincoln-Tallman House perched on a hilltop in downtown Janesville. The Milton House Museum, about ten miles from Janesville, opened in 1844 as a stage stop and became an important Underground Railroad way station. Lark Restaurant is a trendsetter for Janesville foodies and craft cocktail aficionados. Janesville’s Rotary Botanical Gardens—a fantasyland of flowers during the summer—is bedecked with thousands of twinkling Christmas lights in the wintertime.

Thomas Wilmer

Skirting the southern border with Illinois, the town of Beloit, Wisconsin struggled with the demise of manufacturing jobs, just like the rest of the Rust Belt. Beloit Iron Works, founded in 1858, grew to become America’s largest producer of paper and pulp processing machines, and by the 1980s, more than 7,000 locals worked at the one-million-square-foot foundry. But the tide of international economics turned and the company filed for bankruptcy in 1999. Correspondent Tom Wilmer reports from downtown Beloit, discovering the town's revitalization and how one woman has single-handedly infused millions of dollars into the town’s regeneration.

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Join correspondent Tom Wilmer in Door County, Wisconsin for an exploration of diverse attractions including historic lighthouses, ferryboats and bayside family-owned resorts. Distinctive culinary offerings include fresh-caught fish, and locally produced cheese and cherry culinary dishes.

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Correspondent Tom Wilmer explores the region around Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Environmental educator Jackie Scharfenberg provides insights about the "Ice Age Legacy" at Kettle Moraine State Forest.

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Todd and Rachel Montaba, owners of Quit Qui Oc Golf Club in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, share insights about how marketing to multigeneration families is a vital ingredient in the success of their community golf course.

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Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, exploring the Road America racetrack and the lakefront Victorian Village Resort, dating from the 1880s.

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Correspondent Tom Wilmer traverses the Great River Road in Wisconsin—from Praire du Chien in the southwest to the hip university town of La Crosse.

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Correspondent Tom Wilmer explores Eau Claire, Wisconsin, a city of 68,000 that has rapidly evolved to become a trend-setting cultural attraction.

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Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with locals, discussing life in Wisconsin’s historic villages dotting the Great River Road, a network of state and local byways following the route of the mighty Mississippi for over 2,000 miles.

Oakfire Pizzeria and Bar
Oakfire Pizzeria and Bar

Join Paul Meckler, Operations Manager at Oakfire Napoletana & Bar in downtown Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Meckler talks about Oakfire’s popular Neapolitan-style pizzas—cooked in 90 seconds at 800 degrees in special ovens imported from Italy. 

Lake Geneva Cruise Line vessels ready to take people out on lake adventures
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A conversation with Bill Gage, third-generation steward of Gage Marine and the iconic Lake Geneva Cruise line that’s been delivering the daily mail via boat for 102 years.

Quaint sidestreets in downtown Lake Geneva harken to simpler time in America
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Join the conversation with correspondent Tom Wilmer and Ed Svitak, President of Visit Lake Geneva in the heart of Wisconsin. 

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin a year-round playground and vacation destination
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Kathleen Seeberg, Executive Director of Walworth County Visitors Bureau shares insights about the four seasons attractions of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

Tom Londsway co-owner Stone Arch Brew House, Appleton, Wisconsin
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Join correspondent Tom Wilmer and Mary Rhode, Marketing & Communications Manager at Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau as they visit Wisconsin’s oldest brewpub Stone Arch Brewpub and Angels Forever—Windows of Light on College Avenue.

Appleton, Wisconsin Mayor Timothy Hanna
Thomas Wilmer

Join correspondent Tom Wilmer for a walkabout in Appleton, Wisconsin with the Mayor, Timothy Hanna celebrating his 22nd year in office. Discover why the Fox Cities region has evolved to become a magnet for millennials who find the thriving arts, culture, music, and theater scene alluring draws. 

Mark Lamers at his family owned dairy in Appleton, Wisconsin--the last family owned dairy in the state
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  Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Mark Lamers at his family owned dairy in Appleton, Wisconsin.

The Lamers family started their dairy in a basement back in 1913. 

Mary shows off a fresh batch of delectable Wilmar Chocolates in Appleton, Wisconsin.
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Join Paul Garvey, owner of Wilmar Chocolates in downtown Appleton, Wisconsin to discover exactly why the family-owned chocolate company has maintained a fond following for more than 60 years.

Wilmar Chocolates is also a discreet example of why businesses in Appleton and around the Fox Cities region are thriving.

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers on their home turf in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Thomas Wilmer

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, The Milwaukee Brewers’ Class “A” farm team has an incredibly passionate fan base. Appleton, Wisconsin and the entire Fox Cities region consider the Rattlers as “their team” but so do folk from around the state and even Michigan’s Far North Upper Peninsula. 

Shelly Nystrom (left) owner of Eco Candle Company  in Downtown Appleton Wisconsin with associate Shelby Bradshaw
Thomas Wilmer

Soy-based Man Candles are just one of the many enticing products offered at Eco Candles located in downtown Appleton, Wisconsin

S.C. Johnson & Son Research tower built by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1951
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   Racine Wisconsin has been home to many iconic American manufacturers since the Civil War. 

Case New Holland has been based in Racine since the 1840s. Racine is home to Oster, Hamilton-Beach, and Massey Ferguson.

Malted milk was birthed here in 1887. The garbage disposal was invented here in 1927--and it remains as the home of Insinkerator today.

S.C. Johnson, an integral part of Racine since 1886, produces Raid, Glade, Johnson Wax, and Windex and a litany of cleaning products.

Join Chris Paulson, Racine Heritage Museum’s Executive Director as he shares tales of Racine’s incredible history. 

Stunningly beautiful homes abound in Racine, Wisconsin
Thomas Wilmer

Racine Wisconsin is just 22 miles south of Milwaukee but it’s a world apart. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, the town abounds with historic homes and a downtown that abounds with charm. Come along join outgoing mayor, John Dickert and discover how Racine is reinventing itself and attracting start-up businesses.

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