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Panthers pitcher Halle Hatch continued her early-season dominance Thursday in a win at Somerset. She allowed one hit and one walk while striking out six. "She's been using all four pitches," Ellsworth coach Ryan Casper said. Hatch, who threw all seven innings, received help from her teammates at the plate. Ellsworth collected 18 hits. "We needed that," Casper said. Taylor Nelson went 5-for-5 while Mariah Diercks was 4-for-5 with an RBI. Ellsworth (3-0 overall, 3-0 Middle Border Conference) plays host to River Falls today.
MAIDEN ROCK -- The Rush River swelled to about 12 feet Wednesday afternoon as rainwater from Tuesday's heavy storms fed into its confluence with Lake Pepin. Wisconsin Department of Transportation storm water control engineer Dave Larson, who was taking river measurements Wednesday, said the river level appeared to be cresting north of Maiden Rock at about 3:30 p.m. "This might be as high as it gets," he said from atop the Highway 35 bridge, where raging floodwaters carried large debris jams just below him. He said the river had come up two feet in the course of an hour.
Opponents of a controversial Diamond Bluff sand-hauling operation lost an important battle Wednesday when a key Pierce County panel gave the project its blessing. The Piece County Land Management Committee approved a conditional-use permit for the project, which would offload about 350,000 cubic yards of sand from nearby Corps Island directly through Diamond Bluff. Numerous residents have opposed the project, claiming a pall of diesel exhaust and the roar of near-continuous dump truck activity would put a stranglehold on the tiny river community for months. "Everyone's pretty disappointe
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A 24-year-old man was hospitalized early Friday after being shot following a skirmish at the Harbor Bar. Pierce County Sheriff's deputies were called just after midnight to the Harbor Bar in the Town of Trenton for reports of shots fired. Deputies said the victim was shot in the upper torso. He was transported to Fairview Red Wing Medical Center, then airlifted to St. Marys Hospital in Rochester. Red Wing firefighters said the man was in serious condition when he was transported from the scene. A St. Marys spokeswoman said there was no information on the victim.
Here's a trio of criminal treats for readers who enjoy out of the ordinary crime books. "Hot Pursuit," By Suzanne Brockmann (Ballantine Books, $26) turns the tables as Brockmann's longtime heroine Alyssa Locke finds herself on a new assignment. In previous outings, Locke is the leader of a personal security company Troubleshooters, Inc., which specializes in guarding other people's lives. In "Hot Pursuit," Locke is the victim.
I'll begin this review with the admission that I am a friend and former colleague of the author and once co-wrote a book with her. Normally, I wouldn't review a friend's book, but this one's too good to miss, too valuable for all manner of reasons. My friend is Peg Meier, longtime feature writer for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and author of many best-selling books, including a blockbuster of years back, "Bring Warm Clothes." Peg specializes in Minnesota history, recalled in photographs, diaries, news items of the past.
The world's biggest boot celebrated its homecoming Tuesday morning in a parade through downtown Red Wing. Locals and members of the media lined the streets to gaze at and snap pictures of the 16-foot high boot, manufactured by the Red Wing Shoe Co. The boot is also 20 feet long and 7 feet wide. "To give you some sense of scale, it would be way too big for the Statue of Liberty to wear," Red Wing Shoe Co.
Two internationally known journalists will travel to Paul and Trudi Schaefer's Windbeam Farm Saturday for Pigstock, a daylong gathering for peace. "This is an opportunity for people to get a different aspect on issues that seem to be contentious. Both sides need to be known," said organizer Bill Habedank of Red Wing. Habedank sought out the "pinnacle" speakers of the seventh annual event through the Internet.
Anglophiles, Attention! "I wish I could say I was afraid, but I wasn't. Quite the contrary. This was by far the most interesting thing that happened to me in my entire life." Thus spake 11-year-old Flavia de Luce, when she sees a man dying in the cucumber patch of Buckshaw, the decaying deLuce estate in England.