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Sunday State News Briefs: Buring police car nearly sets Mt. Horeb police station on fire

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MT. HOREB - For a while early Saturday morning it looked like a burning police squad car could set fire to Mount Horeb's police station.

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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.

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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 3,800 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.

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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.

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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.

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