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Mink production up in Wisconsin

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Luxurious mink coats still have Wisconsin written all over them.

Federal officials said the Badger State made one of every three mink pelts produced in the U-S last year, with just over 1.1-million. That's 8-percent more than in 2011, the last year in which production figures were available.

Utah was second in mink production with 855,000 pelts -- more than a quarter-million fewer than Wisconsin.

Nationally, mink production rose 15-percent over the previous two years.

The U-S-D-A said the average pelt was valued at just over $56. Two-thirds of the Wisconsin pelts were black. 10-percent were blue iris, 9-percent mahogany, and 8-percent white.