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Saturday, January 31, 2015 |  Madison, WI: 24.0° F  Overcast
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Tree reprieve

The postcard from Madison Gas and Electric is pretty clear. Headlined "Tree-Trimming Notice," it informs homeowners that the utility "will be trimming trees near our power lines in your neighborhood in 2010 to minimize tree-related storm damage and electrical outages." It says further notice will be given "approximately two weeks prior to actual trimming."

Just one thing: This postcard was recently sent even to homeowners on streets that have no above-ground power lines, and hence no need for MGE to come after their trees.

MGE spokesman Steve Kraus calls it a "blanket mailing" that goes out anytime work is planned. "Everybody in an area has to be notified," he says, even those not affected.

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