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The Kinnard dairy farm in Kewaukee County milks 6,500 dairy cattle through a CAFO (concentrated animal feeding operations). The county has a problem with contaminated wells but the Kinnards say their precise manure measurement prevents run-off. Rick Wood/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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From left, Amanda Hintz and Michelle Schmitt feed day-old calves at the Kinnard dairy farm in Kewaunee County.(Photo: Rick Wood, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Buy Photo

Town of Lincoln - Lee Kinnard’s new barn stretches the length of six football fields. It’s so big he once flew a drone inside to get a bird’s eye view of all the cows.

The family farm milks 6,500 cows in Kewaunee County, where the cattle population has grown faster than anywhere in the state.

Since 1983, cattle numbers in the county have jumped by 62% to 97,000 at a time when the statewide cattle population has tumbled by 20%, according to the state agriculture department.

Hli Xyooj (left), co-chair of 18th Hmong National Development Conference, and Bao Vang, president and chief executive of Hmong National Development, are in Milwaukee to run the conference, which is to be attended by 1,000 people.(Photo: Bill Glauber)

More than 1,000 people from at least 20 states are expected in Milwaukee for the 18th Hmong National Development Conference.

The three-day gathering, which begins Friday at the Hyatt Regency, will focus on key issues facing the Hmong community. Several prominent Hmong leaders and elected officials will be highlighted, including Kashoua "Kristy" Yang, who won a judicial race for Milwaukee County Circuit Court.

Yang will participate in Saturday's panel on politics, power and influence. The panel's keynote speaker is Elk Grove, Calif., Mayor Steve Ly, the first mayor of Hmong descent in the nation.

The biannual event was last held in Wisconsin in 2009.

"We are a policy organization," said Bao Vang, president and chief executive of Hmong National Development.

A rusty patched bumble bee at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum on a dwarf honeysuckle.(Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

The rusty patched bumblebee — the first bumblebee ever protected under the federal Endangered Species Act — is emerging from hibernation as it struggles to maintain a tenuous toehold on the landscape.

The bee is known to inhabit only 13 states, including spots across southern Wisconsin that include metropolitan Milwaukee and Madison.

But already in two of the states — Illinois and Minnesota — the protected status of the rusty patched bumblebee has slowed road construction projects.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officially listed the bee as an endangered species on March 21. The designation triggers a series of protections against knowingly harming the bee or its habitat.

In Illinois, a federal judge halted work on a road project in Kane County, west of Chicago, until at least Tuesday after opponents of the project said the road work could affect the bee.

Tornado siren(Photo: File/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)

Things are going to be a little noisy at 1:45 p.m. Thursday afternoon as tornado sirens are activated across the state.

Relax, it's only a test to remind residents to be prepared in the event of dangerous weather.

For most areas, the exercise will be repeated at 6:45 p.m. That won't be the case in Milwaukee County, where officials have decided to forgo the evening test to avoid alarming thousands of Milwaukee Bucks fans that will be making their way into the BMO Harris Bradley Center for a playoff game, said Tod Pritchard, spokesman for the state Division of Emergency Management.

The spring testing of the sirens comes along with test alerts that will be broadcast by radio and television stations around the state at 1:45 and 6:45 p.m.

"The goal is to get people ready for severe weather season," Pritchard said, adding that homeowners and businesses should have - or create - plans for keeping everyone safe.

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President Donald Trump speaks during a visit to Snap-on Tools in Kenosha.(Photo: Mark Hoffman / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Buy Photo

Appearing in Kenosha this week to tout his "Buy American" agenda, President Donald Trump mentioned the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline and made this claim:

"All pipelines that are coming into this country from now on has to be American steel."

PolitiFact Wisconsin finds that, including a correction made by the White House itself.,there are two serious issues with Trump's statement,