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Lausche family wins CL’s Ugliest Yard Contest

Published: Sunday, April 7, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

CRYSTAL LAKE – The Crystal Lake Park District has announced the winner of the Ugliest Yard Contest.

Entry 5, the Lausche family of Crystal Lake, was the top vote-getter after 1,534 votes were tallied. 

The Lausche family and all other entries will receive their Main Beach burr oak seedling in late May.

Landscape architect and Crystal Lake Park District park planner Ann Viger already is at work preparing a landscape plan and coordinating the implementation of the plan with Two Amigos Landscaping Inc. Two Amigos Landscaping donated $500 worth of landscape labor to implement Viger’s plan.

In July 2011, a storm brought down a 125-year-old burr oak tree at Main Beach. The Glacier Oaks Nursery assisted the park district with cultivation of 170 acorns from that tree. In spring, the park district will plant more than 100 Main Beach burr oak seedlings in park district parks.

After-makeover pictures will be available on the park district website at

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