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MENOMONIE - With four leftover feature races to be completed following a premature rainstorm last Friday night at the Red Cedar Speedway, there was racing action galore for the fans Friday night.
WAUTOMA - Authorities in central Wisconsin are looking for two prison inmates who escaped from work release. WBAY-TV of Green Bay reports that 22-year-old Michael Watford of Wautoma and 21-year-old Timothy Lee Doud of Redgranite were on work release on Thursday and did not return. The Waushara County Sherriff's office says the two escapees should be considered dangerous, despite being jailed for non-violent crimes. Anyone with information should contact authorities.
MADISON - The No. 1 ranked and defending Division 2 WIAA prep softball champion Baldwin-Woodville Blackhawks were upset by New London in yesterday's state championship game 2-1 at Goodman Field on the University of Wisconsin campus. B-W led 1-0 all the way to the bottom of the seventh when New London's Molly O'Connell blasted a two-RBI double which scored the tying and winning runs. Winning pitcher Shelby Sommers gave up just three hits and three walks to the 'Hawks, who finish 21-4 overall.
WASHINGTON (Sports Network) - Ryan Doumit brought the go-ahead run home in the top of the 11th inning and the Minnesota Twins held on for a 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals in the opener of a three-game interleague set at Nationals Park. After Jamey Carroll's sacrifice bunt put the lead run in scoring position, Craig Stammen (3-2) intentionally walked Joe Mauer to get Doumit. Doumit then laced a single up the middle to put the visiting Twins ahead by a run.
MILWAUKEE (Sports Network) - Ryan Braun finished 3-for-4 and drove in the eventual deciding run in the seventh inning, as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 4-3, in the third tilt of a four-game series at Miller Park. Jean Segura went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and scored twice, while Jonathan Lucroy and Carlos Gomez each had an RBI apiece for the Brewers, who have won two in a row in the set. Tyler Thornburg (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings of relief to record his first career big league win.
HASTINGS - All traffic coming in and out of Hastings on Highway 61 is using the new bridge over the Mississippi River. Just before 7 p.m. last Tuesday, northbound traffic was routed onto the new bridge. Southbound traffic was routed onto the new bridge on Monday night. Following the switch, a large group of people was permitted to walk across the big blue bridge. Bagpipes played, photos were taken and by Wednesday morning, the landscape will really begin to change.
WASHINGTON D.C. - The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a response regarding a $500,000 charge to the Experimental Aircraft Association for costs associated with AirVenture in Oshkosh. In a statement, the FAA says they are not instituting new user fees and requests the amount to cover "incremental costs" associated with the event during a difficult budget environment. The FAA says the request covers travel and cost of staffing the home positions of employees working at the event. The FAA says they have received the letter from Tammy Baldwin, Ron Johnson and 26 other U.S.
EAU CLAIRE - A man has filed a discrimination complaint, after he had a job offer rescinded as the new president of the Eau Claire Regis Catholic school system. Tim Nelson says he believes the job offer was pulled because of suspicions that he was gay. Regis announced in early April that Nelson would become the new president. Less than a month later, officials said they're hiring Mark Gobler of Luck instead. Nelson tells the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram that the school system called him two weeks after he was named to his new post.
WAUKESHA - A supplier of engine parts in Waukesha has started a $45-million expansion project that could add 150 new jobs at two plants. Husco International is upgrading its assembly lines and other equipment at its facilities in Waukesha and Whitewater. A lot more of Husco's business is serving the automotive industry. Forty-percent of the company's production is for auto parts - up from just 10-percent five years ago. Husco CEO Austin Ramirez says his company helps automakers increase their fuel efficiency, and reduce engine emissions.
You may not have liked the snowy winter and rainy spring - but mosquitoes are loving it. UW-Madison entomologist Phil Pelliterri says standing water in roadside ditches are prime breeding grounds for mosquitoes - some of which carry the West Nile Virus. In Green Bay, twice as much snow fell this winter than last. And the melting, plus the recent rains, make for excellent breeding conditions. Pelliterri says a single egg can mature in two weeks when it's warm - but with the cool spring, the maturation period can be as long as six weeks.