Racing fans packed State Park Speedway in Rib Mountain Saturday. It was the first day of the racing season and a chance for fans to remember racing icon, Dick Trickle.More >>
Racing fans packed State Park Speedway in Rib Mountain Saturday. It was the first day of the racing season and a chance for fans to remember racing icon, Dick Trickle. People at the track observed a moment of silence for Trickle. He died Thursday in an apparent suicide at the age of 71. Race organizers said the event brought in more than 1,500 fans to watch the season's opening race and to remember Trickle's successful career."More >>
The wooden blades of a Dutch windmill may seem out of place slicing through the Wisconsin sky. But to Don De Groot the scene makes the village of Little Chute feel even more like home.
"What it is, is our heritage" De Groot told Newsline 9.
De Groot is president of the group overseeing construction of this fully operational grain windmill. He says in a village settled by immigrants from The Netherlands, Little Chute is a place proud to show off its Dutch heritage. And does so every year with a Dutch festival with plenty of dancing, and of course, wooden shoe making.
"We wanted to do something that would carry on the tradition and let our children and grandchildren know just where this whole part of Wisconsin came from" De Groot said.
"To describe it, it's hard to describe because it's something you have to see to appreciate and to get an understanding of" Grain miller Todd Van Boxtel said.
Van Boxtel works inside the windmill as a grain miller. His family has Dutch heritage. And he says construction of this 100 foot tall windmill is a very big experience.
"The fine craftsmanship in here? It's something you have got to see" Van Boxtel said.
Designed by a Dutch company, the windmill was pieced together in Wisconsin. And though it is loaded with moving wooden gears, it's very quiet inside. A sign the millers say means it's built to last.
The windmill is not yet open to the public for tours. But a live webcam of construction in progress can be accessed here: http://www.littlechutewindmill.org
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