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WISCONSIN NEWS ROUND-UP: Bank in Barron County robbed at gunpoint

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HAUGEN - A branch office of the Dairy State Bank was armed a gunpoint Friday afternoon.

A lone male reportedly entered the bank and displayed a handgun, demanding money. He took an undetermined amount of cash before the authorities were called. Barron County sherriff's deputies and agents from the FBI went to the scene afterwards. No injuries were reported. The case is still under investigation.

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Governor Scott Walker has been granted a six-month extension on a decision for a proposed Kenosha casino. The extension pushes the deadline to February 19, well past the November 4 election. The Menominee Tribe has been seeking to build the $800-million Hard Rock Casino on the ground of the old Dairyland Greyhound dog track. The tribe’s leaders claim the casino would benefit the tribe and local economy.

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Wisconsin U.S. Congressman Tom Petri has announced his retirement. The 73-year-old Fond du Lac Republican made the announcement yesterday, ending a 35-year career as a Representative for the state. A spokesman says Petri’s  original plan was to seek one more term, but says his decision to retire was a result of “several factors”.  Petri was first elected to Congress in a special election in 1979.

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In the wake of two wildfires yesterday, fire officials are reminding Wisconsinites to be mindful of tossing lit cigarette butts onto the side of the road. Firefighters put out a wildfire in Fond du Lac County yesterday afternoon, but not before it burned around 300 acres. Eight fire departments and 70 firefighters were needed to control the blaze. Another fire near Waukesha County also kept firefighters busy. Authorities say no buildings were burned down and no one was reportedly injured. While an official cause to both blazes has not been release, one spokesman says cigarette butts have not been ruled out.

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