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New Richmond man wins big pumpkin contest – again; Seven die in weekend traffic accidents; More state news briefs

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A western Wisconsin man won the pumpkin-growing contest he entered over the weekend, but he failed to take back the world record he lost a year ago.

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Chris Stevens of New Richmond entered a pumpkin that weighed 1,784 pounds. That was good enough to win at the Stillwater Harvest Fest in Minnesota, but it was nowhere near Ron Wallace's record of 2,009 pounds.

Wallace, of Rhode Island, grew that pumpkin last fall. It broke Stevens' record gourd from 2011.

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