(AP) Minnesota is becoming more ethnically diverse that it was decades ago. State demographer Susan Brower says nearly one of every five Minnesotans is a person of color. The federal census says that includes blacks, Hispanics, Asian, Native American or those of multiple ethnic groups.
The diversity is even more pronounced among children. Brower says a quarter of Minnesota children are people of color. While the state becomes more diverse, its ethnic population is much lower that the United States in general. About 36 percent of the U.S. population is ethnically diverse.
Brower provided the snapshot of population trends at a House committee meeting Monday at the state Capitol.
(AP) Apple production in Wisconsin has dropped to its lowest level since 1945. The National Agricultural Statistics Service says apple production in 2012 was down 54 percent in Wisconsin. Yields decreased more than three tons per acre.
(AP) Home sales continue to recover in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Realtors Association says sales rose about 18 percent in January, compared to the same month last year. It's the 19th consecutive month of double digit growth. The median sale price of homes also increased. It rose 3.4 percent to $123,000.
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The Sauk County Sheriff’s Office has concluded an investigation of several burglaries that occurred in September and October of 2012. A Baraboo man, 27 year old Anthony Keepers allegedly confessed to burglarizing 13 homes in the Lake Delton and Baraboo areas while armed with a handgun in October of 2012. Keepers also told Sauk County detectives that he had committed thefts and burglaries in the Wisconsin Dells and Lacrosse area.