SMALL BUSINESS: Little Switzerland Grows Up

Wyoming's 100-mile-long Star Valley, near the Idaho border, is known to its 3,000 inhabitants as "America's Little Switzerland." Star Valley looks the part. Perched 6,000 feet high near the snowcapped peaks of the Tetons, its lush green meadows are dotted with cows in the summer, blanketed with snow all winter. Star Valley is like Switzerland in another way. From it each year come thousands of pounds of Swiss cheese which Star Valleyites think, with some reason, is the best made in the U.S.

The biggest cheese maker in Star Valley is a Swiss immigrant named Ernest Brog, who went to...

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