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MADISON, Wis. — Buildings destroyed by a natural gas explosion in Sun Prairie on July 10 will be removed by the end of August, and officials say the intersection where the heaviest damage happened should be rebuilt by the end of construction season. The blast destroyed six businesses and one home and killed a volunteer firefighter. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.


ALTOONA, Wis. — A Wisconsin woman has raised and released hundreds of monarch butterflies. What started as a joke has become a 10-year hobby for Kris Gessert. About a decade ago, a friend of Gessert's plucked a milkweed leaf off the plant Gessert had just planted at her home, and on the bottom was a monarch butterfly egg. When Gessert asked what she was supposed to do with it, her friend told her to raise it. Since that day, Gessert estimated she has raised and released at least 800 butterflies. By Erica Jones, Leader-Telegram. SENT IN ADVANCE: 611 words, photos.


MADISON, Wis. — A community support and therapy program for Hmong individuals in Wisconsin is closing after 18 years. The Kajsiab House is closing on Sept. 28 due to a funding problem. The program is run at the Journey Mental Health Center in Madison. The program aims to provide relief to over 100 attendees, including refugees and veterans who fought for the U.S. in the Vietnam War. By Lisa Speckhard Pasque, The Capital Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1361 words, photos


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MILWAUKEE — Five years after retired electricity and electronics teacher Ezzard White established his One Hope Made Strong training program for Milwaukee's central city residents, his trainees are working on a major housing development and many have life-sustaining jobs. By Andrea Waxman, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service. 1000 words, photos.





ST. LOUIS — The surging St. Louis Cardinals begin a three-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night. Freddy Peralta starts for the Brewers, while rookie Jack Flaherty is scheduled to start for the Cardinals. By Jason Young. Game starts at 7:15 p.m. CDT.


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