Draft horses get back to work in Wisconsin farms, forestsSubmitted: 05/22/2017
MEDFORD - Powerful and versatile draft horses are being used in Wisconsin to help a cellphone company upgrade its towers among other jobs in the fields and forests.

Milwaukee Public Radio reports that draft horses can get in and out of spaces some vehicles can't because the animals are agile and lightweight.

Farmer Jason Julian uses horses in his winter logging business, Legacy Horse Logging, because of the animals' ability to traverse roads that are snow-covered, muddy or flooded.

Logistics company CH Coakley hired Julian earlier this year to deliver boxes of gear to cellphone towers for a large U.S. Cellular service upgrade in northern and central Wisconsin. ATVs and trucks couldn't get to some of the towers because the primitive access roads were covered snow or muck.

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APPLETON - Authorities say a police officer fatally shot a person who had a gun at a bar in downtown Appleton.

An Appleton Police Department statement says officers on foot patrol got a report of a shooting inside Jack's Apple Pub just after 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

Officers saw people coming out. As one officer went in, the statement says, the officer "encountered a subject with a gun" and shot the individual. Other officers then went inside to aid the person who was shot by the officer. That person later died at a hospital.

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MADISON - The Ho-Chunk Nation is urging a federal judge to reject a rival tribe's lawsuit tribe seeking to halt the Ho-Chunk's plans to expand a northern Wisconsin casino.

The Ho-Chunk wants to add games, a restaurant and a hotel to its Wittenberg casino. The Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans fears the development will hurt its casino about 20 miles away.

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ASHLAND - Separate school bus crashes on opposite sides of the state have killed two drivers and sent students to the hospital.

The two crashes happened Friday morning in Kenosha and Ashland counties under similar circumstances. The drivers of vehicles traveling behind the buses were killed when they struck the rear of the buses which had stopped or slowed on the roadway.

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WHEATON, IL - Prosecutors say a retired federal law enforcement agent told investigators he shot an Amtrak train conductor because he wasn't allowed to de-board in suburban Chicago.

The Chicago Tribune reports Edward Klein appeared in bond court Friday on attempted murder and aggravated battery charges. DuPage County prosecutors say the 79-year-old was ordered held in lieu of $1.5 million bail.

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MADISON - The Legislature's finance committee has refused to eliminate the commission that resolves workplace disputes.

The Labor and Industry Review Commission weighs appeals from administrative law judges' decisions in disputes involving unemployment benefits, worker's comp and workplace equal rights.

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MADISON - Wisconsin's unemployment rate is the lowest it's been in more than 17 years.

The state Department of Workforce Development reported Thursday that the unemployment rate in April was 3.2 percent. The seasonally adjusted figure is down from 3.4 percent in March and the lowest since February 2000.

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RUSK AND BARRON COUNTIES - Dozens of mobile homes were wiped out and trees snapped like sticks in the Barron County community of Chetek.

The mobile home park stood much quieter today as Elvina Gagner greeted residents coming back to Prairie Lake Estates.
Gagner has owned the park for 17 years, but after tornadoes last night, not much of it remains.

"There's 48 homes, and 38 of them are flat. Demolished," said Gagner.

"There's at least 15 that are totally gone. There's nothing left of them. None of their property is there. It's all gone," said Barron County Sheriff, Chris Fitzgerald.

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