Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture Rod Nilsestuen drowned late Wednesday afternoon or evening while swimming in Lake Superior. Nilsestuen, a UW-River Falls graduate, had spent the day volunteering on a Habitat for Humanity project in the Upper Pennisula.
Six hours after heavy rains washed out the final day of Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, officials have announced plans for exhibitors to re-enter the soggy Tent City site and begin retrieving belongings, vehicles, displays and implements.
The first day of Wisconsin Farm Technology Days in River Falls came and went seamlessly, save for some long traffic backups and early anxiety by hundreds of volunteers, trying to make good impressions. State troopers, deputies and local police were out in force by 6 a.m., shepherding motorists and shuttle buses.
Pierce County is hosting the state of Wisconsin's Farm Technology Days July 20-22, and, while heavy on the technology, the event will be a mix of past and present, entertainment and education, fun and functionality.
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