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WISCONSIN NEWS ROUND-UP: Gov. Walker asks Pres. Obama for help with propane shortage

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MADISON - The dire propane shortage in the state is prompting Governor Scott Walker to ask President Barack Obama for help. Governor Walker sent a letter to the White House yesterday, urging the President to establish and lead a supply chain working group to move available propane to areas where it’s needed.

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In a statement, Governor Walker says the federal government has been cooperative with assisting so far and is proposing the working group as a follow-up. In addition to the shortage, experts say demand, weather and temporary pipeline closures is to blame for the short supply of propane across the Midwest,  including Wisconsin.

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Walworth County fire officials say they’re trying to determine what caused a four alarm fire that destroyed a barn at an egg farm on Friday. Firefighters responded to the blaze at S&R Egg Farm in La Grange, just before 8:00 p.m. Investigators say firewalls helped protect the fire from spreading to other buildings. While a damage estimate has not been release, reports indicate an estimated 300-thousand chickens were housed in the barn. Founded in 1958, the family-owned business produces and distributes about two million eggs a year.

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Authorities in northeastern Wisconsin say a man has died in a snowmobile accident over the weekend. The Florence County Sheriff’s Office say 48-year-old Russell Krause, of De Pere, crashed his snowmobile into a tree. The incident happened just before 2:00 Saturday morning. Authorities say Krause was wearing a helmet, but died on impact. Alcohol and speed were factors in the deadly crash.

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