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Central Wisconsin couple's suit against electric utility begins trial today

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI (WTAQ) - A trial is underway in central Wisconsin, in which a couple blames stray electric voltage for losing their dairy farm.

Steven and Annette Weyerts are the plaintiffs in a jury trial that was moved from Portage County to neighboring Wood County.

They're suing the Wisconsin Power and Light utility and several other parties, claiming they were misled about the voltage levels on their Junction City area farm. The Weyerts claimed that stray voltage killed and injured their cows, and forced them to sell their operation 5 years ago.

Utility spokeswoman Annemarie Newman said the farm's electric service met state regulatory standards. The Weyerts didn't buy Power and Light's explanation that there were no issues.

They're suing for the fair market value of their herd, lost milk production, injuries to their former dairy animals, and the loss of their farm. The trial is expected to run through August 29th.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)