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