1/5/12 – A new magazine highlights art, culture and happenings in Beaver Dam. LocaLeben, pronounced “local – lay- bin,” will be printed twice a month and sent to every Beaver Dam resident in the 53916 zip code free of charge. Co-founder and Editor Erik Dittmann says Leben means life and reflects the German heritage of the community while the contest in the full-color magazine will highlight writings, photography and art from the Beaver Dam community. The January-February issue features an article by Lloyd Clark about the early years of Beaver Dam, photography of local landscapes by Josh Dobbs, an interview with hometown favorites The Lucas Cates Band by High School Music Director Rich Zeman and a story about the sacrifices of firefighters by Fire Chief Alan Mannel. Beaver Dam Area Arts Association Executive Director Karla Jensen also writes a piece about local painter Jerry Baskfield. The public is invited to an unveiling party for LocaLeben this Saturday from 5pm to 8pm at the Chapel of the Arch Angels, formerly St. Michael’s Church, on Madison Street. The free event allows the public to meet the writers, artists and editorial staff and get an exclusive first look at the premier issue. Everyone else in Beaver Dam will have to wait until Monday when the magazine should arrive in your mailbox.