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Milwaukee Brewers' reliever John Axford has made a solid comeback over the last month. The right-hander has 15 scoreless appearances going into the opener of a three-game series tonight at Cincinnati. Axford has thrown 13-and-a-third innings during that stretch. His E-R-A has almost plunged in half, from 9-point-20 to 4-point-82. Axford started the season as Milwaukee's closer. But he lost the job after giving up four homers in his first six games, while racking up two losses. He's been up-and-down since then, but Brewers' manager Ron Roenicke never stopped using him in set-up roles.
Former Twin Ben Revere was 4-for-5 at the plate and scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as Philadelphia beat Minnesota 3-2 last night in Minneapolis. Philly avoided a three-game sweep with the victory and also stopped a five-game losing streak. Philadelphia lefty Cliff Lee struck out six over seven innings of two-run ball for his eighth win of the season. Jonathan Papelbon picked up his 12th save. Justin Morneau knocked in both runs for Minnesota in the seventh inning, which gave the Twins a 2-1 lead at the time. Jared Burton took the loss in relief.
Recycling center processing, marketing still down in '12 By Bill Kirk Amounts of recyclable materials processed and marketed last year by Pierce County's recycling center continued on a downward trend, according to the annual report from the solid waste department. Approximately 2,392 tons of recyclable material was processed in 2012, compared to 2,562 tons the previous year.
A pair of Ellsworth teens--one who just graduated and another who is beginning his senior year--was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout June 9 at a ceremony at American Legion Post 204. Tyler E. Thomas, 18, and Spencer J. Redding, 17, were presented their awards by State Rep. Warren Petryk, who achieved his Eagle award 43 years ago, and State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf. Also present was Ellsworth resident Bernard Meacham, Thomas' longtime friend and neighbor, and Troop 138's first Eagle Scout.
MADISON --John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that James Wazlawik, 48, Prescott, Wisconsin, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman to one day in jail, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for making a false statement to a bank in connection with a home equity loan. Wazlawik pleaded guilty to this charge on March 19, 2013. In 2005, Wazlawik applied for a home equity loan for his residence in River Falls, Wisconsin. Wazlawik subsequently defaulted on the loan and the bank foreclosed on the property.
After a nine-month moratorium on frac sand mining, the Clifton Town Board adopted a nonmetallic mining licensing law at its June 4 meeting. Nolan Wall of Stevens Engineers in Hudson explained during a public hearing that demand for frac sand and its availability in this region has forced towns to be proactive instead of reactive. The Planning Commission hosted monthly meetings while writing the law with the help of Stevens Engineers.
In the years around 1972, a short siren blast would summon the on-call firefighters to a fire out of town, and a long blast would mean there was a fire in town. "If the wind was blowing in the wrong direction," said Paul "Pauly" Whiteside, "some of the time you couldn't hear the whistle." The firefighters would quickly hurry to the fire station where they were dispatched by the power plant.
When Emily Osterbauer received her first sewing machine in second grade, she had no idea that creating clothing would turn into a lifelong passion. But 10 years later, the New Richmond native is still chasing her childhood dream of becoming a fashion designer. "There was just something about creating that utterly captivated me," she said. "Going from an idea to a final product is a really rewarding process." A 2011 graduate of New Richmond High School, Osterbauer is attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison and pursuing a degree in apparel and textile design.
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- The father of a 5-month-old girl who died Tuesday night after being left in a van was taking care of five other children under the age of 7, police said. Andrew Sandstrom dropped his wife off at work Tuesday afternoon and shortly after returned to the family's Moorhead apartment with the children.
If you think you're seeing fewer young people in Wisconsin, you're right. The U-S Census Bureau said this morning that 14-point-four percent of the state's population was 65-or-older as of last July. That's seven-tenths-of-a-percent more than in the 2010 Census. Wisconsin had an estimated 824-thousand-500 seniors as of last July. That includes 124-thousand who were 85-or-older - an increase of six-thousand during the previous two years. Also, Wisconsin's percentage of senior citizens is larger than the national figure of 13-point-seven percent.