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FALL 2014

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78 | FALL 2014 Live and Practice Soccer cities Winnebago, which in turn fows into Lake Michigan. Winnebago is Wisconsin's largest inland body of water and is a destination for fshermen both in the winter and warmer months. But not alone by paper does Appleton thrive. Its economy fourishes with some 50 information technol- ogy companies, more than 70 computer hardware and software frms, about 20 medical equipment and device manufacturers, 130 machinery and equipment producers, and several banks and investment frms. In the meantime, business growth has been accompanied by other serendipities, not the least of which is soccer. "We have been ranked one of the top 10 soccer cities in the U.S. by Livability Magazine," says Matt Ten Haken, the sports marketing director at the Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau. One reason: "We've had a tradition of really great coaches and great leaders and parents. And it's only going to grow." The Appleton Soccer Club, one of three in town, provides programs for boys and girls from 8 to 14. Youth baseball is alive and well, too, with Little T here can't be many places in the U.S. where colleges were founded before the cities themselves were incorporated. Perhaps Appleton is unique in that category. The college in question is now Lawrence Uni- versity. It has been consistently listed in America's 40 "Colleges That Change Lives" rankings. You could say the university was an early example of "If you build it they will come." The Lawrence Institute opened in 1847. By 1853, there were enough settlers to incorporate the vil- lage of Appleton, named for Lawrence's father-in- law, who had contributed $10,000 for the college library. Before long, newcomers were lured by an emerging paper industry, which was spiked by the fact that falls on the river could be harnessed to provide electricity for ever-increasing produc- tion. Today, the Fox River Valley includes at least 20 municipalities in three counties and is home to the highest concentration of papermaking facilities in the world. While nearby Neenah has become the area's major "paper city," complete with the giant Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Appleton has cultivated other paper-oriented busi- nesses. It's the site of a $35 million printing and distribution facility located at one of four business parks. Other products include coated papers, labels, corrugated boxes and packaging for food and pharmaceuticals. The region is home to some 367,000 and is one of the state's most urbanized and industrialized areas. From its northern beginning, the Fox River itself runs 182 miles to fow into the huge Lake A former paper mill has been transformed into apartments and town houses, many with great views of the Fox River (above). Below, the Ganther Race the Lake sends bicyclists on a 90-mile ride around Lake Winnebago, the largest lake that sits totally within Wisconsin's borders. Appleton sits on the lake's north side. Fox River Odyssey Appleton , Wis. Phtoo by Lorenz Starfeldt Phtoo by James Martin

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