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The alert declared by operators at the Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant as a result of a chemical spill this morning was terminated at 2:08 p.m. today. Operators declared the alert at 3:53 a.m. today after workers discovered sodium hypochloride, commonly known as chlorine bleach, leaking from a tank in the screen house. The chemical is used to treat water that is brought into the plant for cooling. The incident released no radioactive material, and officials said there is no danger to the public.
LAKE CITY -- Police believe a body found at 618 West Lyons Ave. Monday evening is that of the man who shot a Lake City police officer earlier that morning. The Wabasha County medical examiner will officially identify the body to confirm that it is Alan J. Sylte, Jr., 25, of Hager City. Lake City police officer Shawn Schneider, 32, was shot in the head Monday morning while he and another officer responded to that address for a reported domestic involving a handgun, Wabasha County Sheriff's Office said. Schneider was transported to St.
The Ellsworth wrestling team came into the Coon Rapids Invitational Saturday seeded fourth and that's where it finished after a 1-2 run. The second-ranked Panthers faced some of Minnesota's top teams in White Bear Lake, St. Michael-Albertville and Coon Rapids. Ellsworth beat White Bear Lake 34-29, but fell 36-15 to St. Michael-Albertville in the semifinals and 36-23 to Coon Rapids in the third-place match. Wrestling fans got a matchup they craved when Ellsworth's Jens Lantz, ranked No. 2 at 113 and the defending Wisconsin Division II state champion, faced off with St.
FOUNTAIN CITY -- The errors piled up and the Plum City volleyball team dug too big of a hole to climb out of against Cochrane-Fountain City in the WIAA regional final. The Blue Devils made many mistakes that cost them at critical junctures and allowed the Pirates to escape with a 25-2, 17-25, 25-16, 30-28 victory to advance to sectionals and end their season. Early on it had the looks of a blowout, but Plum City showed some resiliency to grab a second-set victory and nearly push the match to a fifth set. Heather Von Holtum led the Blue Devils with 16 kills and Marah Boyer added 13.
It's been a roller-coaster ride of a season for the Ellsworth volleyball, but the Panthers have enjoyed the ends of those rides just like they did Tuesday against Somerset.
The Ellsworth volleyball team picked up three victories at a quad Tuesday in New Richmond. The Panthers won each match 2-1 beginning with a 25-13, 30-28, 16-18 marathon match against Durand. Ellsworth (4-1) followed that with a 25-19, 25-16, 14-16 win over Prescott and a 25-18, 25-17, 17-19 win over New Richmond. Senior Abbey Ristow finished with 46 kills for the evening for the Panthers. Senior Jessy Tingelstad had 40 assists and sophomore Olivia Helmer added 21 assists. "When we got the pass up it was a pretty game," Panthers head coach Tanya Powers said.
ELLSWORTH - It seems purple and white always look good on Clair Austin. Austin, the first-year coach at Ellsworth, has sported the colors as a player in high school where he won a state championship at Brandon, S.D., at Goodhue, where he led the team to two state championships and eight state tournament appearances in 13 years, and now with the Panthers, who made him a winner Friday in his first game with a 22-7 victory over Elk Mound. "I think it's big to start out the way we did," Austin said. Big because winning football games hasn't come easily for Ellsworth in the past three years.
Ellsworth led by a run after six complete, but the Panthers committed two errors and allowed three runs in the top of the seventh to lose Tuesday's home game in the Division 2 regional tournament. Ellsworth finished the game with six errors. "If we play better defense we win the game," Panthers coach Ryan Casper said. "Defensively we didn't get it done. We gave them too many outs." Ellsworth loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh, but it only managed one run that frame. It left the tying run stranded at third. Halle Hatch suffered the loss.
Ellsworth senior Joey Henning's prep career came to an end Tuesday as he shot an 89 and finished in a five-way tie for 39th place at the Division 2 Hayward sectional. The meet was played at Hayward Golf Club.
The Panthers committed five errors in the second round of the Division 2 regional tournament Tuesday night in Somerset, falling in extra innings. Somerset had zero errors. James Georgakas started for Ellsworth and didn't allow a single earned run over his seven innings of work. He struck out eight and walked three while giving up eight hits. Ellsworth was forced to go up against Jared Dettman, who has committed to play baseball at the University of Connecticut next year. "I thought (Georgakas) pitched better than (Dettman)," Ellsworth coach Steve Block said.