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TOWN OF SEYMOUR, Wis. (AP) - A new wind farm in southwestern Wisconsin is expected to bring power to about 25,000 homes. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that EDP Renewables has finished construction on the $167 million Quilt Block Wind Farm in Lafayette County. Dairyland Power Cooperative has an agreement to purchase power from the wind farm for the next 20 years. EDP Renewables will pay landowners about $23 million to host the towers for the duration of the project.

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) - University of Wisconsin-Superior leaders say they plan to suspend 25 programs to eliminate poor-performing majors and minors. The university's interim Provost Jackie Weissenburge tells Wisconsin Public Radio that the move wasn't driven by budget cuts. The university says it's responding to the state's plan to tie university funding to how institutions rank on student access and success. Faculty and students have expressed anger over the suspensions.

DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit priest who focused his ministry on the poor and needy has been beatified by the Roman Catholic Church, a key step toward sainthood. The Rev. Solanus Casey was known as Father Solanus, a member of the Capuchin Franciscan order of priests. He died in 1957. More than 60,000 people attended the beatification Mass Saturday in Detroit. Italian Cardinal Angelo Amato read a letter from Pope Francis, who described Father Solanus as a "humble, faithful disciple of Christ."

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A Wisconsin milling company is disputing federal labor officials' decision to levy a $1.8 million fine in connection with a fatal plant explosion. The Didion Milling Co. plant in Cambria exploded on May 31. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Friday that a preventable accumulation of grain dust probably caused the explosion and proposed fining the company $1.8 million. Company officials said Friday they don't agree with OSHA's conclusions or the penalty's severity.

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