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Wisconsin Public Service Corporation

For Release: 08/20/2004

Wisconsin River Power Company Donates Archaeological Site to University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Foundation

Wisconsin River Power Company (WRPCo) of Necedah, Wisconsin, has announced a donation of Juneau County land to the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point Foundation.

WRPCo, owned by utility subsidiaries of WPSR Resources Corporation (NYSE: WPS) and Alliant Energy (NYSE: LNT) operates the Petenwell and Castle Rock hydro-electric plants on the Wisconsin River in Juneau and Adams counties in central Wisconsin.

The recent donation of 80 acres to UW-SP Foundation includes an archaeological site that is related to the adjoining Cranberry Creek Mound Group, a National Historic District that is owned and managed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The Cranberry Creek Mound Group is designated as a “scientific and natural area” by DNR and includes both effigy and burial mounds constructed by early Indian tribes that inhabited central Wisconsin, and is one of the largest groups of undisturbed mounds in the Midwest.

Representatives of the UW-SP Foundation say it will sell the donated land to the DNR and use the proceeds (about $128,000) to fund research in the UW-SP College of Natural Resources.

“We’re pleased to make this donation,” said Thomas P. Meinz, WRPCo president. “We know the DNR will protect the property and that the UW-SP Foundation will use the proceeds to continue its excellent work."

This donation is just the latest in a number of conveyances from WRPCo to university foundations and the DNR that are intended to further the protection and public access to some of Wisconsin’s most important cultural resources. Previous WRPCo land donations include several hundred acres over the years to Adams and Juneau county parks for parks on each side of the Castle Rock and Petenwell Flowages and smaller donations to the Towns of Germantown and Monroe for town parks.

WRPCo has also made several donations to Universities in the Wisconsin system, including UW – La Crosse and UW – Madison.

Information on the Cranberry Creek Scientific and Natural Area may be obtained from the Bureau of Endangered Resources at the DNR’s main office in Madison, Wisconsin.

For More Information, Contact:

  • Tom Meinz, President
    Wisconsin River Power Co.
    Senior Vice President
    WPS Resources Corporation
    (920) 433-1293
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