By Tim Kowols
Luxemburg resident Chuck Wagner has used the death of a beloved black walnut tree as an opportunity to a shine a light on one of his most gratifying times living in Kewaunee County. Recently Wagner reconstructed the lighthouse tower that stood tall over Innovation Square during this year’s Wisconsin Farm Technology held at Ebert Enterprises in Algoma. Wagner, a tree farmer and Kewaunee County Board supervisor, sat on the executive board for the event during the three years countless volunteers helped plan and execute the event. As much as he fondly looks back at the ill-fated black walnut tree he planted over 20 years ago on his property, Wagner wakes up looking at the tower now with proud memories of what Kewaunee County accomplished just over two months ago.
Wagner has since installed vents and a new LED light so the lighthouse shines brightly for years to come. Wisconsin Farm Technology Days attracted close to 30,000 people over the three-day event, raising thousands of dollars for local causes while introducing the state to new innovations in agriculture.