Myles Dannhausen

Freelance Writer/ Editor/ Producer


Myles Dannhausen

Freelance writer, editor, and documentary producer specializing in features, small business, and sustainability.


How to Spot a Cow

Bottles of New Glarus Brewing Company's signature beer come off the production line. Soon, all New Glarus bottles will be sourced from Ardagh glass manufacturing plant in Burlington, adding another dimension to the Spotted Cow tagline: Only in Wisconsin. Photo by Andy Manis. Iowa residents are known to drive for hours to buy it.
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Transforming the Trail: City Has Big Plans for Its Marquee Trail

When users flock back to the Lakefront Trail this summer, they’ll find a new experience at a critical entrance that has caused problems for cyclists and pedestrians for years. The city has reconstructed the trail and grounds at the Fullerton entrance, one of the busiest sections of the Lakefront Trail, adding nearly six acres of parkland by filling in the lakefront in a $31.5 million project funded by the U.S.
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For New Glarus, Scarcity Builds a Powerful Brand

When Deb Carey pulled Spotted Cow out of bar coolers and off shelves in Chicago in 2002, distributors told her she was crushing her upstart Wisconsin brewery. Twelve years later, her beer may be as popular as ever in the Windy City, even if you have to drive an hour north to find it. “Distributors and retailers said I was stupid, that I was going to kill my brewery,” says Carey, the outspoken founder of New Glarus Brewing Co. in New Glarus, Wisconsin.
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Nature Boy

As we age, we often envy the excitement of the little boy who discovers a chipmunk burrow or the girl enraptured by a family of ducks on a pond. Sometimes, we wish we could go back in time and again experience that special joy of discovery. For Door County naturalist and writer Roy Lukes, this childhood sense of wonder has never diminished.
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Beer as an Economic Stimulus

At the heart of most brewery stories is a love of beer and brewing. While Door County Brewing Co. founder John McMahon certainly has that, there’s a more-practical reason he launched his brewery in 2013.
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Seeing Chicago Anew

When you live just miles from one of the greatest cities in the world, it can be easy to take it for granted. Indeed, often it takes having a visitor come in from out of town to prompt a quick tour of Chicago’s many great attractions. But even then, you can never take in everything there is to see and do.
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Prop 8 and the Fight for Marriage Equality – An Interview with Attorney Ted Olson

This summer Olson released a book about the Proposition 8 case, Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality, written with his co-counsel David Boies, his opponent in Bush v. Gore. The pairing made national headlines, as Boies is one of the nation’s leading liberal attorneys, while Olson is a conservative icon once considered for a Supreme Court nomination by George W. Bush. The trial is also the subject of an HBO documentary, “The Case Against 8,” released earlier this year.
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A Bridge in Progress

Writing what he truly wanted to write was the theme of Norb Blei’s life. And in his pursuit of writing—and of becoming what he believed a writer should be, from his mind to his habits to his clothes—he would (often stubbornly) sacrifice income, bylines, even relationships to pursue his vision of the writer in its truest form.
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The Immigration Debate – and Why it Matters to Door County More than You Think

There's not much of a Hispanic population in Door County, at least that's what the census tells us. The 2010 census recorded 671 Hispanic or Latino people living in Door County, about 2.5 percent of the population. Anyone who has peeked inside a kitchen in Door County knows that's wrong.
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How Environmental Regulation Helped Save Door County's Fisheries

An estimated 65 million pounds of fish are harvested from the Great Lakes every year, with commercial and sport fishing contributing an estimated $4 – 7 billion annually to the economy. In Door and Kewaunee counties alone, sport fishing supports at least 27 charter fishing operations. These are charters and individual sportsmen who bring their own boats to the peninsula spend money on campsites, hotel rooms and second homes.
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An undocumented student running out of options

“Being undocumented only becomes salient when matched with experiences of exclusion,” Gonzales explains. “They have friends getting part-time jobs, drivers’ licenses, and all the normal things American kids do as they grow up, but they’re not able to move ahead. This is happening at an age when peer influence is really critical. To carry a stigma like this is really tough.”
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Bo Johnson: Teaching Us How to Live

For nearly a year he battled valiantly against an extremely rare, extremely aggressive form of Extramedullary Acute Myeloid Leukemia, also known as EM AML . That Sunday, his doctors told him there was nothing more they could do for him – that he will die from his disease. On Monday, August 27, his mother announced that Bo was coming home to die. She had it wrong. On Wednesday, August 30, Bo Johnson came home to Sister Bay to teach us how to live.
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Myles Dannhausen

I'm a freelance writer, editor and video producer and have served on the boards of organizations in family services, the arts, municipal planning, school finance, and youth sports. Still, my most valuable education came as the owner of a bar and restaurant, as a high school basketball coach, and as the news editor for an independent alt-weekly, learning on the job in my hometown.

For the past seven years I've done promotional work for great events in my hometown including the Door County Half Marathon, Door County Beer Festival, Peninsula Century Ride, Door County Pond Hockey Tournament and the Ride for Nature to benefit the Ridges Sanctuary.

I like a good beer, photography, the Green Bay Packers, and a challenge. More than anything I love a great conversation and telling a great story, usually in writing.

I live in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood.



  • Feature writing
  • Reporting
  • Content management
  • Event organization
  • Event promotion
  • Marketing
  • Social media management
  • Email campaigns
  • Content Strategy
  • Documentary Film Production