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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.
ROSEMOUNT, Minn. -- Lt. Col. Mark Weber, the Rosemount soldier who became an inspiration to many as he battled terminal cancer for nearly three years, died shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday, according to a post on his Caringbridge site. According to the post, he died at home surrounded by family and friends, hours after hospice doctors informed him the end was near. Weber had gained international attention since his 2010 diagnosis of neuroendocrine cancer, which came shortly after he was selected to serve on the staff of Gen. David Petraeus in Afghanistan.
MINNEAPOLIS -- An Associated Press report identified a Minneapolis man as the commander of a Nazi-led military unit from World War II, and 94-year-old Michael Karkoc's son Andrij has made a statement denying the allegations, saying, "My father was never a Nazi." The A-P alleges that Michael Karcoc was a top commander for the Nazi-led Ukrainian Self Defense Legion during World War II. The unit is accused of burning villages, massacring civilians, including women and children, and suppressing the 1944 Warsaw Uprising which was intended to liberate Warsaw from Nazi Germany.
The full Wisconsin Legislature will start acting on the new state budget tomorrow. In a different tactic from recent years, the G-O-P majority wants to make as few changes as possible. They did most of their negotiating with the Joint Finance Committee over the past month. Minority Democrats hope to hook up with moderate Republicans to get at least a few of their wishes granted.
Attorneys are scheduled to make their opening arguments this morning in the Sheboygan County trial of Nathan Paape. He's the 14-year-old boy charged in the brutal killing of his friend's great-grandmother in Sheboygan Falls last September. A jury was selected on Friday. The trial is scheduled to last for four days. Paape and 14-year-old Antonio Barbeau were accused of killing 78-year-old Barbara Olson, ransacking her home, and then going out for pizza and marijuana with the money they allegedly stole.
MINNEAPOLIS - Former Twins All-Star outfielder Torii Hunter connected on his 300th career home run to back 7 2/3 strong innings from Doug Fister as the Detroit Tigers took the rubber match of a three-game series with the Minnesota Twins by posting a 5-2 decision at Target Field. Hunter added an RBI double in addition to his milestone homer, a two-run shot in the first inning. Fister (6-4), meanwhile, carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and yielded just two hits and a pair of runs over his stint. He added seven strikeouts in halting a five-start winless streak.
APPLETON - A record crowd of just over nine-thousand attended Donald Driver's annual charity softball game near Appleton yesterday. Driver - who retired from the Green Bay Packers after last season - took over the event from Brett Favre in 2009. It has raised hundreds-of-thousands of dollars for Driver's foundation, which helps homeless families and disadvantaged young people in Wisconsin and Driver's home area of Houston. The fans were in mid-season form, tailgating for up to four-and-a-half hours before the first pitch.
ARDMORE, Penn. - Steve Stricker of Madison triple-bogeyed his second hole and never recovered yesterday, as he finished in a tie for eighth at the U.S. Open near Philadelphia. The 46-year-old Stricker still has not won a career major. After being within two strokes of the lead after Saturday, he was in contention on Father's Day to become the oldest U.S. Open winner on record. Stricker also bogeyed four other holes, with just one birdie for the day. He shot a six-over-par 76 in his final round, and ended at plus-six for the tournament at 286.
CINCINNATI - The Milwaukee Brewers are back in last place after losing 2-of-3 at Cincinnati. The Crew fell to the Reds 5-1 yesterday to fall 12 games below .500 - a half-game behind the fourth-place Chicago Cubs in the National League Central. Carlos Gomez hit a solo homer in the first inning - but that was the Crew's only offense to speak of, as Milwaukee was out-hit 9-7. Gomez has now hit safely in 11-of-14 games in June. Jonathan Lucroy doubled and singled for the Brewers.
A 17-year old River Falls teen was injured in a one-vehicle accident just after midnight on Saturday.