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BC-WI--Wisconsin Weekend Exchange Digest, WI

October 10, 2018

Here are the Wisconsin AP Member Exchange Features for Oct. 13-15:

FOR SATURDAY-SUNDAY:

EXCHANGE-FAMILY ORCHARD

CHIPPEWAY FALLS, Wis. — A Wisconsin orchard is celebrating its 160th anniversary. This year marks the 160th anniversary of the Connell Family Orchard in Chippewa Falls. The orchard offers 30 varieties of apples and apple flavored treats such as pies, cookies, dumplings, turnovers, doughnuts and more. Connell’s also offers wagon rides and Halloween themed attractions. By Parker Reed, Chippewa Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 626 words. Photos requested.

EXCHANGE-KIDNEY TRANSPLANT

FOND DU LAC, Wis. — A Wisconsin woman has received a kidney from a man she met in a coffee shop 17 years ago. When Nicole Braatz met Paul Osterholm in 2001, she had no idea that more than 15 years later, he would be saving her life through a kidney donation. Not wanting to wait years for a deceased donor, the Braatz family took to social media to get the word out, writing a letter about her story and posting it on Facebook. One of those who saw the post was Osterholm’s wife who went to school with Braatz’ sisters. By Sarah Razner, Fond du Lac Reporter. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1755 words, photos.

FOR MONDAY:

EXCHANGE-FAMILY STORE

FENNIMORE, Wis. — A major family-owned dime store chain in southwestern Wisconsin is closing up shop, marking the end of an era in a world of dollar stores, big box discount retailers, thrift stores and increasing internet sales. Mike and Alice Mudler took over The World of Variety family business in 1996. The Mudlers say balancing family with long hours and a challenging retail environment have combined to help them make the decision to close their stores and move on to a new chapter. By Barry Adams, Wisconsin State Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1048 words. Photos requested.

EXCHANGE-HAUNTED BARN

BELOIT, Wis. — Northern Illinois Fear Fest will celebrate its 20th anniversary this Halloween season. Although a lot has changed in two decades, owners Rich and Verda Barclay are still enamored with the haunt and have even more surprises in store for visitors, such as a gargoyle awaiting guests in the funhouse and a new casket wall in the haunted barn entrance. By Hillary Gavan, Beloit Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 740 words. Photos requested.

The AP, Milwaukee

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