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ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Wild re-signed defenseman Marco Scandella to a two-year contract Monday. Financial terms were not revealed. The 23-year-old blueliner spent most of the season playing for the Wild's AHL affiliate, the Houston Aeros. In 45 games, he had two goals and 15 assists. Scandella played in six games for the Wild this season, recording one goal. He played in all five postseason games in the Western Conference quarterfinals against the Chicago Blackhawks, posting one goal and one assist.
MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee Bucks' shooting guard Monta Ellis became an unrestricted free agent yesterday, when he decided not to exercise his player option for the final year of his contract. Ellis could have stayed with Milwaukee for $11-million dollars. Last fall, the Bucks offered him two-year extension - in addition to his option - that would have paid him 12-million dollars a year. He said no. Ellis was the Bucks' leading scorer last season, averaging 19 points and six assists in all 82 regular season games. He was 11th in the NBA in scoring.
The Ellsworth Middle School again offered an outdoor education experience to interested students.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Desmond Bishop will try to join his former Green Bay teammate Greg Jennings in Minnesota. The Vikings are the linebacker's first scheduled free-agent visit today, after the Packers cut him yesterday. The 28-year-old Bishop was a starter on the inside when a severe hamstring injury forced him to miss all of last season. In the meantime, Brad Jones improved his play after moving to Bishop's spot from his old position at outside linebacker. And the Packers are reportedly willing to go with Jones and A.J. Hawk at the two inside spots this season.
PRESCOTT--When Leah Nesbitt first heard that Kathy Boos was interested in selling Red Wing Confectionery, she said buying the downtown Red Wing business didn't immediately cross her mind. In fact, Leah, who helps run the family-owned Oasis Eatery at Nesbitt's Nursery near Prescott, said her original thought was to purchase some of the confectionery's kitchen equipment. "I didn't think (buying it) was a realistic thing," Leah said. "We weren't really looking," added Leah's father, Leon Nesbitt. But when Leah, Leon and Boos began talking about the equipment, talk soon turned to the Nesbitts
An Ellsworth woman was injured in a three-car accident Monday night. Craig Borst, 39, Ellsworth, was eastbound on Hwy. 10 in the Town of Trimbelle when he struck a southbound vehicle, operated by Lois Melstrom, 73, when she turned from the westbound lane of 10, southbound across traffic. Melstrom's vehicle then hit a third vehicle that was stopped at the stop sign on Hwy. 63/10, operated by Matthew Traynor, 31, Ellsworth.
A Minnesota man was taken to an area hospital Sunday night when he was ejected from the motorcycle he was riding.
In an effort to engage high school students on the life-saving experience of donating blood, the American Red Cross has initiated dual programs designed especially for them.
Neither of Wisconsin's two candidates made the Top-15 at the Miss USA Pageant in Las Vegas. Christine Zamora of Greenfield represented Wisconsin last night. U-W Stout student Danielle Hooper of suburban Saint Paul was Miss Minnesota USA. Hooper will be a senior this fall in Menomonie, majoring in management and retail merchandising. Zamora is now a client specialist at Milwaukee's O-C Tanner Company. Erin Brady, an accountant from Connecticut, won the crown and will be the nation's representative in the Miss Universe pageant.
Boat traffic on the Saint Croix River is being blocked this morning, until a broken cable can be fixed on the Stillwater Lift Bridge between Houlton Wisconsin and Stillwater Minnesota. D-O-T officials in the Gopher State said the cable snapped around eight last night, while the bridge was being lowered. The bridge is open to vehicle traffic this morning, for northwest Wisconsin commuters who use it to head to their jobs in Minnesota's Twin Cities area. Repairs are planned for this morning. Officials have not said what caused the snap, or exactly when the bridge could re-open.