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Bill Federbusch, always optimistic

Bill Federbusch moved to Red Wing 17 years ago after falling in love with the area's scenery. (photo by Kit Murray)

Editor's note: This story is part of Faces A to Z, a series highlighting familiar — and not so familiar — faces around Goodhue County. Learn more about the series and how to get involed here, and check back to the A to Z page for stories, history lessons and Q&As.

When asked to describe himself, Bill Federbusch laughed and had a loss for words. "Who am I? That's an interesting question."

Now retired, Federbusch doesn't consider that to define him in the least.

"I'm doing a lot more creative endeavors that my career didn't let me." From scientific pursuits to the fine arts, the Chicago native's list of hobbies is seemingly endless.

"I'm a very eclectic person with a variety of interests ranging from flying airplanes, scuba diving and touring people at the Wisconsin Dells as a boat captain."

After working an information technology job in the Twin Cities for 35 years, Federbusch moved to Red Wing to find a sense of tranquility. "Phyllis and I moved here in 2000 to get out of the rat race," he said. "We both retired at a relatively young age and that didn't last long."

Today, he occupies his time by taking photos, writing and enjoying the view of the Mississippi River and soaring eagles in his backyard. Photography, one of his biggest interests over the past several years, caught wind when he decided to read every single book in the library on the subject.

"That started me on my quest for photography education," Federbusch said. "I just love the planning, execution and the results of capturing and/or reflecting on what I see in the world."

Time has allowed Federbusch the opportunity to open a commercial photography business in the area, Blackhawk Photography. He's also started to shoot for Getty Images and recently won the H.H. Bennett Studio's summerlong "Water in Wisconsin" photo contest.

Federbusch also considers himself a "local activist." Today, he gives back to the community and stays involved by being a part of St. Joseph's Church, Anderson Center, Elks Club and the YMCA.

Kit Murray

Kit Murray joined Red Wing Republican Eagle in Aug. 2016, covering government, transportation and public safety. She is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead with a degree in photojournalism and philosophy. 

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