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Crawford County woman wins Alice title
Cheryl Ann OBrien
BURLINGTON - It took two attempts, but Cheryl Ann O'Brien, 23, of Eastman in Crawford County, has been named Alice In Dairyland.

Selected Friday night as Alice In Dairyland 2009 at the Burlington High School Auditorium, O'Brien bested five other women for the title who also took part in the evaluation process.

The other finalists included Peggy Sue Dierickx, 25, of Monticello and Rebecca May Paris, 22, of rural Belleville.

O'Brien, who was an Alice finalist last year in Sheboygan, is the daughter of Allen and Michelle O'Brien. In May 2008, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with degrees in journalism and mass communications.

O'Brien, who was first runner-up in the 2003 Miss Teen of Wisconsin pageant and served with the Wisconsin 4-H Youth Leadership Council, works as an assignment editor for WISN-TV/DT in Milwaukee.

O'Brien is the first woman from Crawford County to win the coveted Alice title in 20 years.

O'Brien, who served as an officer with the Crawford County Junior Holstein Association, will officially start her $40,000 state-paid year-long duties on June 1.