Dan was born and raised on a small dairy farm in nearby Coon Valley, Wisconsin where he developed a love for the game of baseball. As a young boy, Dan loved to watch and play baseball. Believe it or not, in the middle of school, Dan and his friends skipped their classes to watch the 1960 Yankees vs. Pirates World Series Game 7. In addition to playing and watching the game, he coached youth baseball in the La Crosse area for 15 years. Knowing that baseball has long been a fixture and passion to the people of La Crosse, Kapanke and his wife Ruth turned dreams into reality when they decided to bring the La Crosse Loggers to Copeland Park in 2003. As the Northwoods League announced the launch of a new women’s summer collegiate softball league, Kapanke became a strong advocate of expanding the summer collegiate atmosphere in La Crosse to include softball.
Being a UW-La Crosse graduate in Economics and Political Science, Dan became heavily involved in local politics and is well-known throughout the community. Dan was elected to the State Senate in November of 2004 and represented the 32nd District in Wisconsin until 2011. Along with his involvement in the political realm, Dan has over 30 years of experience in the agriculture business. You can find Dan throughout Copeland Park during Logger’s home games, taking in the experience with fans and tossing peanuts into the stands. The love of Dan’s life, Ruth, has put up with Dan for 50 years! Dan and Ruth have a family of 4 children and 12 grandchildren.