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Exactly one week before America goes to the polls to decide who gets to live in the White House, President Barack Obama will be making yet another visit to Wisconsin.  Obama will make an appearance at the Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena Tuesday night.  Doors open at 4:30 p.m., with the President speaking about two hours later.  The Democratic incumbent's time in Wisconsin will be sandwiched between campaign visits from Republican challenger Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan.  Romney will be in the state tomorrow, with Ryan returning home on Wednesday.  Vice President Joe Biden made stops in Oshkosh and Wausau last Friday.


For a while early Saturday morning it looked like a burning police squad car could set fire to Mount Horeb's police station.  Just after 4 a.m., police radioed for help when they spotted a police car which was fully involved.  Police told the 9-1-1 dispatcher they were concerned rifle rounds in the squad car could explode in the flames.  It took Mount Horeb fire crews less than 20 minutes to put out the fire and no injuries were reports.  An outside wall on the police station was damaged by smoke and flames.  That building is located at 222 East Front Street in Mount Horeb.


Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater say cranberries have a fiscal impact on the state of more than 388 million dollars, producing in excess of 38 hundred full-time jobs.  The cranberry impact on the Wisconsin economy is growing because prices have doubled over the last year.  The Fiscal and Economics Research Center at the school examined major cranberry growing and processing operations in seven counties.  Wisconsin leads the nation in cranberry production with an annual output of 46 percent of the total market.  As big as that sounds, researchers say their work shows the industry's impact on the state is even greater than was believed.


More than 650 acres of protected wildlife habitat has been added in Rock County.  The Wisconsin National Resources Board accepted two land donations and has recommended spending a little over a half-million dollars to buy and another parcel.  The decision last week adds 360 acres to the Avon Bottoms Wildlife Area southwest of Janesville.  In the town of Center, 295 acres will be used to preserve pheasant habitat.  The state is buying 165 acres from a couple in Brodhead.  That transaction still has to be approved by the governor.  


Three times in less than three hours a Verona woman caused car crashes, causing minor injuries to one person.  The 21 year old has been cited for causing injury by driving while intoxicated.  Deputies in Dane and Green counties say the woman has acknowledged she was responsible for all three of the accident.  The woman is accused of sideswiping one then, knocking off its side-view mirror.  In a second accident she allegedly crossed into oncoming traffic and hit a second vehicle, causing minor injuries to one person.  In the third accident, the woman allegedly ran into a ditch, but she left before deputies arrived on the scene.


FEMA will send nearly 13 million dollars in disaster relief to three northern Wisconsin counties.  The funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be used to fix damage caused by storms last June which produced significant flooding in several locations, including Superior.  Most of the money – more than 11 and a half million dollars – is going to Douglas County.  The rest will go to Ashland and Bayfield counties.  Almost 50 communities will be getting the federal help.  Superior is getting 1-point-6 million dollars and that doesn't include money to cover damages at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.


Fond du Lac County prosecutors could file more than 220 charges against a man who had nearly 70 dogs removed from his property this year.  Those charges would include mistreatment of animals and failure to provide food and water.  Authorities visiting the location last May were looking for a stray calf which had been reported as wandering in the area.  When deputies visited the dog breeding and hobby farm in Van Dyne, they found some dead animals and dozens of others starving.  Sixty-eight Siberian huskies were seized.  Three of the dogs had to be put down.  Almost all of the remaining dogs have since been adopted through the Fond du Lac Humane Society.


A La Crosse teenager who shared a nude picture of his 15 year old girlfriend will be on probation for three years.  Austin Schalow will also be electronically monitored for six months.  Last March the 19 year old Schalow showed the picture to a friend, though he claimed at the time he had sent it to dozens of people.  He was retaliating after the victim had texted one of his friends.  Authorities found two nude photos of the girl on his cell phone.  Prosecutors also charged him with sexual assault after the underage girlfriend told them she had sex with him 60 times.  Schalow pleaded guilty last Friday to a lesser charge of causing mental harm to a child.  





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