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Road rage is apparently a growing problem for western Wisconsinites who work in Minnesota's Twin Cities. Minneapolis and St. Paul was rated the most courteous city for drivers a year ago. But this year's survey by the travel group Auto Vantage only has the Twin Cities ranked 12th on a list of 25. Milwaukee is not part of the survey in which residents are quizzed about road rage and then the cities are ranked according to their numbers of incidents. Miami was rated the worst for the second straight year.
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has the No. 3 seed in the NCAA Division 3 softball tournament. The Blugolds will open against No. 6 Rhode Island on Friday afternoon in Salem Virginia. The tournament is down to eight finalists and UW-Eau Claire secured one of the spots by winning its own regional on Sunday. The Blugolds are 35-12 and have won 12 of their last 13. Rhode Island comes in at 41-5. Linfield of Oregon was given the top-seed Monday in the double-elimination tournament. It will run at least through Monday.
Brett Favre will skip the Green Bay Packers' mandatory mini-camp this weekend, to help his oldest daughter Brittany get ready for her high school graduation. The 37-year-old quarterback was not expected to practice anyway, because he's recovering from ankle surgery a few weeks ago. Brittany graduates on May 25th. Favre was interviewed by his close friend Al Jones of the Biloxi Sun-Herald in Mississippi, after the three-time MVP denied reports Monday that he asked to be traded.
The Milwaukee Brewers blew a four-run lead Monday night and lost at Philadelphia 8-6. The Phillies scored six times in the eighth inning and former Brewer Wes Helms drove in the game-winner with a long single off the right field wall. Brian Shouse gave up the first two hits of the inning before Derrick Turnbow caused the rest of the damage and took the loss to go 1-1. Philly sent 11 men to the plate in the eighth. They scored their other runs on a wild pitch, a two-run single, a soft grounder and a sacrifice fly.
A rural Colfax man was pronounced dead at the scene of a one-vehicle accident in the Town of Tainter on Friday. The Dunn County Sheriff's Department says Brian Lehman, 46, was pronounced dead at the scene after his car was found overturned on the roadway. The accident occurred at around 11:30 a.m. on County D near the intersection with County G in Dunn County. The sheriff's department along with the Menomonie Fire Department and Mayo One helicopter responded to the scene. The accident remains under investigation.
The Dunn County man arrested on Saturday has now been charged with murder and will be extradited to Ohio. Working in conjunction with the Wisconsin Criminal Investigation Division and investigators from the Montgomery County (Ohio) Sheriff's Department, Dunn County deputies arrested Robert J. Sosnoskie, 62 in his home in the Town of Tiffany. In a press conference held Monday afternoon in Dayton, Ohio, Montgomery County authorities said they have charged Sosnoskie with the June 1971 slaying of Perry Smith.
Favre issues statement saying he never wanted to be traded Packers quarterback Brett Favre now says that he never wanted to be traded. The statement from Favre was posted to the Green Bay Packers Web site Monday afternoon and was meant to clarify reports which surfaced on FoxSports.com this weekend that say the future hall of famer told Packer General Manager Ted Thompson that he (Favre) wanted to be traded after the Packers failed to acquire Randy Moss during the NFL draft. "I was frustrated a couple weeks back when Randy Moss was traded to New England.
Ryan Brady admits the undertaking is a bit daunting. The first Chequamegon Bay Birding and Nature Festival will offer 40 birding and nature field trips and 140 activities overall. The event runs Friday through May 20, with headquarters at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center near Ashland. "It started small and just kept growing," said Brady, an avid birder who is helping organize the festival.
Clarice H. Samb, 83 of River Falls, formerly of Martell and Ellsworth, Wis., died Sunday May 6, 2007 at the River Falls Area Hospital from complications following surgery. A "Celebration of Life" will be held at a later date. The Cremation Society of Wisconsin, Altoona is serving the family.
The Milwaukee Brewers ended a four-game winning streak Thursday night with a 4-2 loss to Pittsburgh at Miller Park. Dave Bush took a two-hitter into the seventh inning when the Pirates scored all their runs on back-to-back doubles by Freddy Sanchez and Jason Bay, and back-to-back homers by Jose Bautista and Ronny Paulino. Bautista, Ryan Doumit, and Jack Wilson had two hits apiece for the Pirates, who out-hit Milwaukee 9-6. Tom Gorzelanny got the win to go 4-1 and Salomon Torres earned his ninth save. Bush gave up four runs on six hits in seven innings for the loss. He's now 2-3.