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Extreme Makeover-Home Edition coming to aid of Richland Center teacher

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Extreme Makeover-Home Edition coming to aid of Richland Center teacher
New Richmond Wisconsin 127 South Knowles Avenue 54017

A rural Richland Center family heard Ty Pennington's famous "G-o-o-o-od Morning" megaphone greeting Thursday.

First-grade teacher Shelley Anders and four of her children are getting a new home thanks to ABC's Extreme Makeover-Home Edition.

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Her ex-husband, Gary Beatty, died at a fireworks show four years ago at age 47.

Since then, it's been impossible to keep up with the home repairs. Things got so bad last winter, they couldn't get the wood for their furnace.

Anders used a space heater instead, and sent her kids to stay with relatives. Her school principal at Jefferson Elementary in Richland Center encouraged her to apply for Extreme Makeover.

Among other things, she runs the school's Big Buddy program. And she was the 2005 Richland County Teacher of the Year. More than 2,500 volunteers were rounded up quickly.

Veridian Homes of Madison will take the usual one week to build the new house.

There were reports that Sue Klang, the widow of murdered Cazenovia principal John Klang, would get the new home. But she was not a finalist.

Now, teacher Julie Lewis - who nominated Sue Klang - has a seven member committee helping to replace her 120-year-old farmhouse.

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