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GREEN BAY - Desmond Bishop appears to be on the chopping block for the Green Bay Packers. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel says the team will either trade or release the veteran inside linebacker, if they cannot get him to take a pay cut. Bishop is in the third season of a four-year, $19-million contract. He's due to make almost three-and-a-half million dollars this year. Bishop missed all of last season after hamstring surgery, and the Packers have reworked contracts for last year's final starters at inside linebacker - Brad Jones and A.J. Hawk.
MIAMI - The Milwaukee Brewers blew an eighth-inning lead and lost at Miami last night, 5-4. Giancarlo Stanton crushed the first pitch he saw off Jim Henderson with two out in the bottom of the eighth. The two-run homer came in Stanton's second game since he missed over a month with a leg injury. Henderson blew his first save chance of the year, and the loss dropped his record to 2-and-2. The Brewers had scored twice in the seventh to take their short-lived lead. Yuniesky Betancourt hit an RBI-triple, and Scooter Gennett brought Betancourt home with a sacrifice bunt.
Ellsworth's Dennis Schutz was one of the Panther's best hitters in helping his team win the WIAA Division 2 Viroqua Sectional Tournament last week.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings continue with their final week of offseason Organized Team Activities at Winter Park today. This is day two of four days of workouts this week, finishing on Thursday in Eden Prairie. Then, a three-day minicamp is set for next week. Reserve quarterback Matt Cassell says he isn't out to steal starter Christian Ponder's job, but he will push the signal caller because competition is good.
OSHKOSH - Want to buy an ethanol plant? The former Utica Energy plant near Oshkosh is going up for bids this summer. The facility stopped making corn-based ethanol last September, as the business got $30-million in debt. Dougherty Funding of Minneapolis filed foreclosure proceedings last December. The Utica plant went into receivership - and the receiver hired Ascendant Partners of Colorado to sell the ethanol facility, a grain elevator, and a grain drying plant.
"Derecho" is not a common word among Wisconsin weather watchers - but it could be before the week is out. A derecho is a strong weather pattern that occurs every 1-to-2 years across the central and northeastern U.S., normally in a band from Texas to New England. The Upper Midwest shows signs of such a pattern brewing - and metro areas from Milwaukee to Pittsburgh could see a line of heavy thunderstorms, golf-ball-sized hail, tornadoes, straight-line winds of 70-miles-an-hour, and the damage that goes with all that.
BLACK RIVER FALLS - Authorities are searching for the roommate of a woman found dead over the weekend. Black River Falls Police say 34-year-old Angela Nelson was found dead at her residence on Sunday night. After an investigation, police have ruled the death a homicide. Authorities tell the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel they are looking to question 36-year-old Michael Harmon and 32-year-old Billie Jo Harwick. Police say they may be driving around in a white 2002 Legacy Outback, license plate 521TJR.
APPLETON - Defending champion Sun Prairie will play Stoughton tonight in the Division 1 semifinals of the boys' state high school spring baseball tournament near Appleton while the state's top-ranked D-1 team, Bay Port, also advanced at Fox Cities Stadium. Sun Prairie blanked Waunakee 4-0, on a four-hitter by Sam Lund. Sun Prairie never trailed, after scoring three runs in the top of the first inning. In this morning's other quarter-final, Stoughton edged Neenah 4-3. Pitcher P.J. Rosowski bunted home the game-winner with one out in the bottom of the seventh.
OAK PARK HEIGHTS, Minn. -- The eastbound lanes of Highway 36 on the east side of the Twin Cities was closed early this morning after suspicious items were found in Oak Park Heights, but investigators believe it was a hoax and not terrorism. Someone walking along a trail found four strange devices, about six inches long and wrapped in foil with wires protruding from them, just before 5 a.m. and called police. Oak Park Heights Police Chief Brian Derosier says the objects were beeping.
Think healthy eating has to be expensive? Think again. That's the message received by the more than 75 volunteers who helped pack 2,800 meals for local food shelves on June 1. The healthy meal packs included black beans, corn, diced tomatoes, chicken and a bag of brown rice. The packs also included education on healthy eating on a budget and recipes using the ingredients in the meal pack. "This tastes great," commented a young volunteer, sampling one of the recipes.