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Dan O’Connell recognized for 40 years at Cleary


In appreciation for 40 years of service to Cleary Building Corp., Dan O’Connell, Production Manager at the company’s Verona, WI office, was recently recognized and presented with an anniversary certificate, Cleary jacket and a custom-engraved Cleary clock. Over the course of his tenure at Cleary, Dan has made a valuable contribution to the growth and success of the company. Cleary Building Corp. would like to thank and congratulate Dan for his loyalty and dedication for the past 40 years. Dan lives in Mazomanie, WI. Cleary Building Corp. is a family-owned company in business since 1978! The Corporate World Headquarters and area manufacturing facility are located in Verona, WI. Additional manufacturing facilities are located in Grand Island, NE and Hazelton, ID. Cleary Building Corp. employs over 800 full-time employees throughout the United States at 80 branch offices. Pictured above is Dan O’Connell and Sean Cleary, Cleary Building Corp. President.

In appreciation for 40 years of service to Cleary Building Corp., Dan O’Connell, Production Manager at the company’s Verona, WI office, was recently recognized and presented with an anniversary certificate, Cleary jacket and a custom-engraved Cleary clock.

Foggy morning along the Wisconsin River

Morning fog rolls off the Wisconsin River in Sauk Prairie last week, greeting those taking walks with spectacular views.

St. John’s Lutheran Church sends backpacks to needy children


A group from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Prairie du Sac completed their annual backpack project. They completed 203 backpacks this year. Each backpack contains four spiral notebooks, scissors, crayons, ruler, pencil sharpener, eraser, five pens and five pencils. The backpacks are shipped to Lutheran World Relief and distributed to needy children who cannot afford backpacks and school supplies. There was a smaller group helping this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and those who helped wore masks and practiced social distancing. Pictured above in the front row are Linda Hines. Ginny Nimmow, Marilyn Herschleb and Ruth Dresser. In the back are Shawn Osterfund, Mary Weeks, Barb Salveson, Jeff Nimmow and Dianne Effinger. Others who helped at home but are not picured are Judy Jackson, Marge Erlandson, Almay Nelson, Eunice Yanke and Marilyn Larson.

A group from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Prairie du Sac completed their annual backpack project. They completed 203 backpacks this year. 

Olson wins award from Minnesota Social Service Association

University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) student and Black Earth, Wisconsin native Hillary Olsen received the 2020 Outstanding Student Award from the Minnesota Social Service Association (MSSA) Region 3 Chapter (covering Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis counties).

Hike the Ice Age Trail in October and participate in the Mammoth Challenge

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Ice Age Trail becoming a National Scenic Trail (the signing was October 3, 1980), a special program is now available and accepting registrations at www.iceagetrail.org/mammoth-hike-challenge.

St. Aloysius Church participates in 40 Days For Life

St. Aloysius Church and School in Sauk City is joining in with volunteer efforts in Madison and around the world by involving students and parishioners in various pro-life opportunities during 40 Days for Life this fall.

Reedsburg’s Fermentation Fest comes to Sauk Prairie with Farm/Art DTour

A Reedsburg-based celebration is spreading its roots.

Lachmund-Cramer VFW offering academic scholarships

Sauk Prairie Veterans of Foreign Wars Lachmund-Cramer Post 7694 is again sponsoring two academic contests for students in the Sauk Prairie School District. The deadline for both contests is October 31, 2020.

Heights’ Daises become Brownies


On August 29th, seven Wisconsin Heights Daisy’s from Troop 7133 marked an important milestone in their Girl Scout involvement at the Wolf Run Trail entrance near Center Street. Bridging is a beloved Girl Scout tradition that honors girls’ achievements throughout the previous two years and celebrates “crossing the bridge” to the next Girl Scout level. The Troop marked the milestone by starting on one side of the bridge as a Daisy and then transitioning over the bridge to where they took off their Daisy vest, donned their new Brownie vest and recited the Girl Scout Promise. The past two years the troop has participated in many different activities and service projects. When Ari Jensen, daughter of Allison and Troy Jensen, was asked what her favorite memory was she said, “I loved volunteering at the Girl Scout Trunk or Treat event and handing out candy to all the kids in costumes”. Another favorite, was getting to go to Winter Camp at Camp Brandenburg with her Troop in January. Anna Ellis said her favorite memory of the past two years as a Daisy was, “Getting to hang out with her Girl Scout friends in person and do fun outdoor activities.” The Troop is looking forward to focusing much of their Brownie time outdoors and in person as the weather allows. Troop Leader’s Michelle Gaber and LaShell Lentz believe that to help support the social and emotional needs of the girls, in person meetings are important to continue, but are doing so cautiously in the age of COVID-19. Lentz says, “We are working on outdoor badges, wearing masks and trying to stay “one horse away” from each other.” Gaber added, “Visiting Hoofbeat Ridge and riding horses was one of my daughters’ favorite Girl Scout events, so the horse analogy works well with the troop to remind them to keep some distance!” Girls in Kindergarten to 12th grades are welcome to join Girl Scouts. For more information you can visit gsbadgerland.org or call 800-236-2710.

On August 29th, seven Wisconsin Heights Daisy’s from Troop 7133 marked an important milestone in their Girl Scout involvement at the Wolf Run Trail entrance near Center Street.

Greta Shadewald is Optimist Middle Level Leader


Greta Shadewald is the Optimist Sauk Prairie Middle Level Leader for September. She is an 8th grader and the daughter of Jerry and Laura Shadewald. Greta was nominated by her Physical Education teacher, Hans Fester. Mr. Fester had this to say about Greta: “She is a conscientious student that epitomizes our school values. She is always first to volunteer, help others and lead by example.” In school Greta is involved in Volleyball and is a Mentor. Outside of school she plays soccer, club volleyball and is an active member of the Roxbury Boosters 4H Club. She hopes to one day attend UW Madison to pursue a career in pediatric medicine.

Greta Shadewald is the Optimist Sauk Prairie Middle Level Leader for September. She is an 8th grader and the daughter of Jerry and Laura Shadewald. Greta was nominated by her Physical Education teacher, Hans Fester.  

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