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MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee Brewers' general manager Doug Melvin said today that the high cost of winning in 2011 had an impact on this year's team. At his season-ending news conference at Miller Park, Melvin said a lot of work would have to be done to get the Brewers back to the post-season -- and he looks forward to the challenge. Melvin said he would try to sign shortstop Jean Segura to a long-term contract, after the All-Star hit .294 with 44 stolen bases and a solid glove in the field. The GM also said he might ask Ryan Braun to move to right field from left in 2014 -- alth
The Pierce County Herald's Athletes of the Week are Nevada Schlegel of Spring Valley and Tate Nahorniak of Prescott. Schlegel helped lead Spring Valley to a 3-2 record in matches played last week. She had 15 kills against Plum City and 17 vs. Elmwood. Nahorniak rushed for 130 yards, scored two touchdowns and record 13 tackles while playing on defense. He also forced a fumble. The Pierce County Herald's Athletes of the Week award is sponsored by State Farm Insurance of Ellsworth - Denton Achenbach agent.
The Ellsworth Invitational cross country meet will take place this afternoon starting at 4:30 p.m. The meet has been moved from the Ellsworth Country Club to Prescott High School due to the construction around the Country Club for the new Ellsworth Senior Assisted Living Facility. The meet will feature the host Panthers and home course school Prescott. Also there will be Durand, St.
Wisconsin's corn harvest is moving forward. Officials say three-percent of the state's corn-for-grain has been harvested, along with 54-percent of the corn for animal feed. Some crop reporters say silage corn was too wet to chop after Saturday's heavy rains in many parts of the Badger State. Despite that rain, 59-percent of the topsoil is rated short or very short of moisture. That's about four-percent less than a week ago.
GREEN BAY - Green Bay Packers' safety Morgan Burnett was a full participant at practice yesterday, and he hopes to make his season debut on Sunday. The Packers returned from their bye week, as they get ready to host the Detroit Lions this weekend. Coach Mike McCarthy says he's curious to see Burnett go through a week of practice, after being out since he injured a hamstring just before the start of the season. The three games he has missed were Burnett's first since 2010. Burnett returned without the dread-locks he's had since high school.
MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire will return for a 13th year as manager of the ballclub. Gardenhire's contract expired at the end of the season on Sunday and his status was up in the air immediately afterwards. The team and manager said they'd like to wait until the season was over before any decisions were made. They didn't wait long. The two sides agreed to a two-year contract that will keep Gardy on the Twins bench at least through 2015. Gardenhire has won 998 games in 12 seasons with the Twins.
WASHINGTON D.C. -- The partial federal government shutdown now underway means that many of the 18,000 federal employees that work and live in Minnesota will be furloughed without pay; for the next ten days federal courts will operate as usual but if a compromise isn't reached by then many of them will also be off the job. Those are just some of the effects that will be felt in Minnesota during the shutdown. Governor Mark Dayton says the situation is deplorable.
DURAND – Three Pierce County cross country runners placed in the top 10 individually at the Durand Invitational Thursday at Rolling Greens Golf Course. All four of the county’s prep cross country teams were at Durand and Prescott’s Amanda Murphy had the best place of all of them as she finished fourth on the 4000-meter course in a time of 17:02. Spring Valley’s Emma Gaustad finished 10th in a time of 17:28 and Elmwood/Plum City’s Andrew Gilles finished 10th in 18:24 with teammate Noah Wells right behind him in 11th at 18:27 on the 5000-meter course. EPC has had the county’s best finis