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WISCONSIN NEWS ROUNDUP: Superintendent of Two Rivers School District working for free this year

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Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

The superintendent of the Two Rivers School District is working for free this year. Randy Fredrikson gave up 170-thousand-dollars in salary-and-benefits, to thank the district that employed him over the last 26 years. The 58-year-old Fredrikson tells the Manitowoc Herald Times-Reporter he appreciates the School Board which gave him a chance as the district's chief administrator in 1995, while staying with him through trying times and letting his wife teach in the school system. Fredrikson is not drawing a salary or health-and-dental insurance this school year. Technically, he's retired -- so he is getting a state pension which he'd get regardless of whether he volunteered to work.

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Even without the wind chill, this morning was still one of the coldest of the season in Wisconsin. It got down to 29-below during the night Lublin (loob'-lin) in Taylor County. Merrill was still at minus-24 at eight this morning. In southern Wisconsin temperatures ranged from four-above at Milwaukee to minus-21 in Lone Rock -- with hardly any wind-chills to speak of. These frigid temperatures should not last all day. Forecasters say light southerly winds will move into Wisconsin this afternoon, when the entire state should see highs in the teens-and-20's. It's not supposed to get any colder than 5-below tonight. A low pressure system is expected to bring light snow to the southern part of the state tomorrow night into Wednesday. For now, the heaviest amounts are expected to be to our south -- and up to three-inches are forecast for the far southern part of the state. The northern half should stay dry. The bitter cold could return Wednesday night through at least Friday.

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A man killed in a northern Wisconsin snowmobile crash was the owner of an industrial plant in Rock Falls Illinois. He was identified this morning as 46-year-old Timothy Litwiller of Milledgeville Illinois, the owner of Industrial Coating of Rock Falls. Iron County authorities said his machine left a trail near Mercer early Saturday, and hit several trees. Speed-and-alcohol are believed to be factors, but the mishap is still being investigated. Litwiller graduated from Milledgeville High School in 1986, and was in a snowmobile club and the community men's club. Also this weekend, Hobart Volunteer Fire Department captain Russell Krause died in a snowmobile crash in Florence County. Authorities said his machine went off a road and hit a tree. Litwiller and Krause were the 12th-and-13th snowmobilers to die in Wisconsin crashes this winter.

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At least some authorities in north central Wisconsin are reporting an increase in thefts from ice fishing shanties, including one item that people cannot afford to lose right now -- propane fuel tanks. Lincoln County authorities are urging anglers to take their valuables with them when they leave the ice. Several shanties on Lake Alexander have been robbed in the past week, along with shacks on some other lakes. Besides the hot propane tanks, thieves are stealing power augers and fishing supplies. Meanwhile, the state continues a number of efforts to help folks deal with the propane shortage. Starting today, trucks hauling propane fuel can run overweight loads under rules similar to those for milk haulers. An emergency order allows shipments up to 15-percent more than normal -- and driver time limits are temporarily suspended. The state's emergency rules last for 30 days.

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A volunteer fire captain from the Green Bay area has died in a snowmobile crash in far northeast Wisconsin. 48-year-old Russell Krause of De Pere was killed early Saturday in Florence County. Sheriff's officials said his machine went off a road and struck a tree in the town of Tipler. Authorities said Krause was wearing a helmet at the time -- and speed-and-alcohol were both contributing factors. W-L-U-K T-V said Krause was a volunteer for 18 years in the Hobart Fire Department just west of Green Bay. Also on Saturday, a 46-year-old Illinois man was killed in a snowmobile crash near Mercer. Iron County authorities said his machine left a trail and hit several trees. At least 13 people have been killed in Wisconsin snowmobile crashes this winter -- eight of them since the start of the New Year.

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Fire-fighters returned yesterday to an egg farm near Whitewater that killed over 300-thousand hens. The blaze started Friday night at the S-and-R Egg Farm in the Walworth County town of La Grange. It started in one of 14 barns, and the cause remains under investigation. There were no personal injuries. La Grange Fire Chief John Duerst said the building was about 300-by-90-feet, and three stories tall. Up to 200 fire-fighters from 55 departments battled the blaze. Duerst said Water had to be brought in from seven miles away. It took until late Saturday morning to get the fire under control, and units returned yesterday to extinguish remaining embers. The Schimpf family owns the egg farm. Its Web site said it planned to re-build the structure, and all 13 of its other barns were still producing eggs. S-and-R has about 155 employees. Before the fire, it had around two million hens.

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Wisconsinites love to party -- and that could partially explain why Milwaukee had bigger T-V ratings than the nation as a whole for last night's Super Bowl. According to the overnight numbers, W-I-T-I T-V in Milwaukee had a 49-point-eight rating for Seattle's crushing of Denver. The national rating was 47-point-nine -- almost two points lower than Wisconsin's only metered market. The numbers were impressive, considering that the Green Bay Packers were not playing. But there were eight players-and-coaches with Wisconsin ties -- including Seahawks' quarterback Russell Wilson and Broncos' running back Montee Ball, both of whom starred together with the Badgers. The national rating was the fifth-highest for the 48 Super Bowls.

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