MADISON - The odds of your car colliding with a deer on Wisconsin roadways are on the rise.
An annual report from State Farm Insurance says the odds have increased to 1 in 79 this year, compared to 1 in 88 last year. Wisconsin ranks seventh among states for the second consecutive year.
The rankings are based on the number of vehicle collisions and licensed drivers in each state. Deer are involved in an estimated 18,000 crashes each year in Wisconsin.
The likelihood that a driver will hit a deer anywhere across the U.S. this year is 1 in 183. The State Farm analysis says that's about the same odds of a person getting audited by the Internal Revenue Service next tax season.
Schofield company planning up to 350 new jobs in Central Wisconsin
SCHOFIELD - A Schofield company is planning to expand in central Wisconsin and add several hundred manufacturing jobs over the next few years.
Crystal Finishing Systems has purchased a shuttered manufacturing plant in Mosinee for an undisclosed price. Crystal Finishing President Mark Matthiae says his company will add about 250 to 350 jobs in the next three years. Jobs will range in pay from $10.50 to $25 an hour.
Matthiae says the average annual wage for his employees is $38,700.
The company expects to finalize plans for the Mosinee plant in July. Production should get underway in 2014.
EAGLE RIVER - The initiative will help to rebound what's thought of as a suffering walleye population by adding hundreds of thousands of the fish to Wisconsin lakes.
The project could improve fishing for the state's most popular game fish and tourism in the state. George Langely, a local fishing guide at Eagle Sports bait shop in Eagle River, says walleye fishing isn't what it used to be.
"The walleye population has pretty much suffered in the last twenty years and it's really nice to see Madison recognizing that and taking some steps to do something about it. It will take a while but it's a great start."
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