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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
PLUM CITY - Plum City High School's Homecoming was last week. Besides pictures the Herald also took videos of the traditional bonfire at Legion Park where the Homecoming king and queen are crowned. For 2013 its Brett Caturia and Citaly Martinez.
SPRING VALLEY - Three Spring Valley High School sporting events this week will be a part of Pink Out For The Cure, a week-long fundraiser for breast cancer reseach sponsored by the Susan G. Koman Foundation. These events include the Spring Valley home volleyball match vs. St. Croix Central on Tuesday at Spring Valley, which begins at 7 p.m.; the Spring Valley Invitational cross country meet, which begins at 4:30 p.m at middle/high school building and the SVHS football game at St. Croix Central, which kicks-off at 7:30 p.m.
MINNEAPOLIS (Sports Network) - Mark Weisman rushed for 147 yards as the Iowa Hawkeyes defeated the Minnesota Golden Gophers, 23-7, in each team's Big Ten Conference opener at TCF Stadium Saturday afternoon. Weisman did his damage on 24 carries and has now rushed for at least 100 yards four times this season.
GREEN BAY - Officials with the state Department of Transportation are trying to figure out what caused Green Bay’s Leo Frigo Bridge to sink two feet on Wednesday. A spokesman for the department says several tests over the weekend, including a check for movement at other support piers, will determine if the bridge needs to be shored up before working on it.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller threw for four touchdowns returning from injury in a 31-24 win over Wisconsin last night in front of 105,000 at Ohio Stadium. Badgers wide receiver Jared Abbrederis caught 10 passes for a career-high 207 yards, including a 36-yard touchdown from Joel Stave in the first quarter. For the first time this season, the running game struggled for the Badgers – Melvin Gordon was held to 74 yards on 15 carries before leaving with an apparent leg injury at the end of the third quarter. Head coach Gary Andersen says Gordon should be ok.
SPRING VALLEY - Spring Valley HIgh School's 2013 Homecoming, captured in both still and moving pictures by the Pierce County Herald online. This year's theme was "Biomania" and it was expressed in both banners which lined the school's hallways and in the parade floats. The year's Homecoming King and Queen were Zach Newton and Emily Boisen.
MINNEAPOLIS -The University of Minnesota football team will put their unbeaten record on the line Saturday afternoon when the University of Iowa Hawkeyes pay a visit to TCF Bank Stadium in what marks the Big Ten Conference opener for both teams. The game is sold out but will be broadcast on ABC at 2:30 p.m. Iowa has rebounded from a disappointing season-opening home loss to Northern Illinois by winning three straight games. This past Saturday, the Hawkeyes turned in their most thorough performance on both sides of the ball as they toppled Western Michigan, 59-3.