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Police say a 39-year-old fugitive went on a crime spree that lasted two days. Brandon Stark is accused of three carjackings, two kidnappings and crashing one of the stolen vehicles. Authorities say the spree begun in St. Paul on Wednesday, when Stark allegedly stole a vehicle from a grocery store employee at knife point, then drove the car to Minneapolis - where the employee was let go. Authorities say Stark allegedly took another car on Thursday, but Minneapolis police chased him until he crashed the car.
Former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver has been immortalized as a street sign. The Green Bay Press Gazette reports "Donald Driver Way" was dedicated yesterday (SAT) just outside of Titletown Brewery Company in Green Bay. Driver played all 14 seasons with the Packers, before retiring last season. He is also the Packers all-time receiving leader. _________________________________________________________________________ Divers have begun searching for a missing 17th century ship at a site near Poverty Island in Lake Michigan.
ARDMORE, PA (Sports Network) - Phil Mickelson remained atop the leaderboard after a crazy ending to Saturday's third round at the U.S. Open Championship. Mickelson birdied the long par-3 17th, but gave that shot back at the last as his par putt stopped a roll or two short of the hole. He carded an even-par 70 in round three on the East Course at Merion Golf Club to finish 54 holes of the year's second major at 1-under-par 209. "I love being in the thick of it.
CINCINNATI (Sports Network) - Logan Schafer tied a career high with three hits, part of a 3-for-4 effort with a pair of doubles and two RBI, as Milwaukee silenced Cincinnati, 6-0, in the middle test of a three-game series. Juan Francisco hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs for the Brewers, while Yovani Gallardo (6-6) gave up three hits and two walks along with five strikeouts over six sterling innings. "I've felt really good my last three starts, going back to the one at home against Oakland," said Gallardo. "It seems like I'm getting it together and staying within myself.
MINNEAPOLIS (Sports Network) - Trevor Plouffe went 3-for-3 with a homer and three RBI to help the Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers, 6-3, in the middle contest of a three-game set at Target Field. On his 27th birthday and first game off the disabled list, Plouffe had a solid performance at the plate, smashing a two-run homer and a double among his three hits. Joe Mauer had two RBI and Brian Dozier added one as well. "It's just good to be back," Plouffe said.
The musical group D'Boys have one goal in mind when you listen to their performances. "If you can't dance to us," said member Loren Hadenfeldt. "You can't dance." The group will take the stage during the 12th annual Ellsworth Cheese Curd Festival 8 p.m., June 29. D'Boys was formed in the early 2000's, and was originally known as the Delivery Boys (the band took up the name D'Boys after their fans and locals started calling them the "D" Boys or "Da" Boys).
MINNEAPOLIS -- A fugitive wanted by the Minnesota Department of Corrections in connection with several violent carjackings and kidnapping is behind bars. The suspect was arrested Thursday night after leading Minneapolis police on a car chase that ended in St. Paul. Officials say the crime spree started earlier in the day in Foley, when the suspect kidnapped a woman at knifepoint and drove her to Minneapolis. At some point, the woman was able to escape.
MADISON - University of Wisconsin men's track and field head coach Ed Nuttycombe announced his retirement late yesterday afternoon after 30 seasons. Nuttycombe became head coach in 1984 after the death of head coach Dan McClimon in a plane crash. He had been an assistant at UW since 1980. Nuttycombe has coached more Big Ten championship teams than any coach in any sport in league history, which includes Iowa's great wrestling coach Dan Gable and Indiana's legendary head swimming coach Doc Councilman.
MINNEAPOLIS - The University of Minnesota Board of Regents approved a two-year tuition freeze yesterday. University president Eric Kaler told the board the freeze, along with an attempt to hold down fees, brings the combined cost for resident undergraduates to the lowest levels in recent history. He said fees at Crookston would be down a tenth of a percent, up two-tenths at Duluth, up three-tenths at Morris and seven-tenths at the Twin Cities campus.
The St. Croix Valley League's Players of the Week include an Ellsworth Hubber pitcher. Britton Wolf earned the league's honors as Pitcher of the Week for his effort against Menomonie back on June 7th. In nine innings he tossed a four-hitters giving up just two earned runs, four walks while striking out seven. Hudson's Andy Edholm was named SCVL Position Player of the Week. Against Plum City on June 8 he was a perfect 4-for-4 from the player with three RBIs, a run scored and he hit a home run.