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MILWAUKEE — Some motorcycle enthusiasts feared Keith Wandell might be the outsider who drove Harley-Davidson into the ground. Instead, he may be remembered as the guy who kept the motorcycle maker on the road. Wandell grabbed the handlebars at the motorcycle maker in the heart of the economic crisis in 2009. Harley lost $55 million that year, as buying a motorcycle stopped being an option for many consumers. By M.L. Johnson.

AP Photos NCCB201, NCCB202, NCCB203.


MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin's big water users would have an easier time getting permits to drill high-capacity wells under legislation Republicans have tucked into Gov. Scott Walker's budget. The language would block anyone from challenging high-capacity well applications and permits by arguing the state Department of Natural Resources didn't consider the cumulative impact of the well and surrounding wells on the environment. By Todd Richmond.


MADISON, Wis. — Persistent rains in 2008 swelled rivers, flooded homes — and altered the landscape of 31 of Wisconsin's 72 counties. Five years later, those changes still remain, and officials throughout the region believe when the next devastating flood arrives, the damage and interruption could be less and the response more efficient.


RACINE, Wis. — Even dairy farmers who drink their own raw milk disagree about whether Wisconsin farmers should be allowed to sell it, the Journal Times reports.


DULUTH, Minn. — Nearly 100 years after the Henry B. Smith freighter went down in Lake Superior during a November storm, a group of shipwreck hunters believes it has found the ship — largely intact. The Duluth News Tribune reports the group found the wreck last month in about 535 feet of water off the shore of Marquette, Mich. The group of hunters from Minnesota and Wisconsin say they haven't seen the name of the ship on the wreck yet, but all signs indicate it's the Smith.


STEVENS POINT, Wis. — Stevens Point's newest paper production company could rival French fine art paper makers. For a year, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point students have been producing RiverPoint Paper, a high-quality fine art paper. The paper is the product of a collaboration between the paper engineering and science and fine arts departments, as well as the Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology. By Luke Ranker, Stevens Point Journal Media. An AP Member Exchange Feature. Moved in advance for use Monday, June 10, and thereafter.


SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — There's a new exhibit heading to the Above & Beyond Children's Museum in downtown Sheboygan. In addition to composing a tune on the museum's Whompamaphone or acting like a ship captain in the Port of Sheboygan exhibit, children will soon be able to interact with a physics creation made by students from Sheboygan County Christian High School. More than a dozen Christian High students are in the final stages of building a Rube Goldberg machine — a deliberately over-engineered machine that performs a simple task in a number of steps — called "The Physics Tree" to be added to the first level of the Children's Museum sometime later this month. By Kali Thiel, Sheboygan Press Media. An AP Member Exchange Feature. Moved in advance for use Monday, June 10, and thereafter.

AP Photos of June 6: WISHE104-106


— TICK SEASON — State and Kenosha County health officials say this year could be a bad one for ticks.

— WISCONSIN HISTORICAL MAPS — Wisconsin Historical Society officials say they now have more than 3,000 digital versions of rare maps and atlases online.

— LAURA INGALLS WILDER WEEKENDS — A Wisconsin historical site is getting set to honor author Laura Ingalls Wilder.

— WALLEYE WEEKEND — Competitive fishing is among the events celebrating walleye in Fond du Lac this weekend.



MILWAUKEE — Kyle Lohse was finally on top of his game. Lohse pitched eight strong innings for his first win in eight starts, Carlos Gomez hit a two-run homer on his bobblehead day and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-1 on Sunday. By Joe Totoraitis. With hometown lead on losing team.

AP Photos WITL101-111.

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