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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The stakes are high for the No. 23 ranked University of Wisconsin football team tonight, as they take on fourth-ranked Ohio State in primetime. The Buckeyes have the nation’s longest winning streak at 16. Last time they had that long of a winning streak was in 2003 the Badgers ended it with a 17-10 win. Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda is expecting a dog fight, saying he went to two former Wisconsin coordinators to get some tips on beating a potent Buckeye’s offense.
MILWAUKEE - Health officials have confirmed several cases of Crypto in the Milwaukee area. The North Shore Health Department reports eight cases, adult and children, of cryptosporidiosis in Bayside, Fox Point andWhitefish Bay. There’s also the possibility of 12 other cases. The illness is caused by a waterborne parasite, officials believe pool water may be to blame for the series of cases. Symptoms include diarrhea and stomach cramps.
PLUM CITY - An injury to starting quarterback and defensive back Levi Wolf in the second quarter brought Elmwood/Plum City's effort against St. Croix Falls to a halt and Saints went on to win 34-13, spoiling Plum City's Homecoming Friday evening. EPC led 13-12 midway through the second quarter when Wolf injured his knee and was taken out for the rest of the non-conference contest. His loss was felt on both sides of the ball as SCF scored on a big play 67-yard run from scrimmage by Brendon McPherson to go in front 18-13 at halftime.
The Cardinals of Prescott and Spring Valley were both big winners in prep football action from Friday evening. Spring Valley won its Homecoming game 32-14 over Boyceville at Williams Stadium in Menomonie.
EAU CLAIRE - A fire in Eau Claire this morning destroyed a building that provides work opportunities for people with special needs.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Dan Voltz will make his first start at center for the University of Wisconsin football team, when it plays at undefeated Ohio State tomorrow night. Voltz, a redshirt freshman, was projected to be the starter until he got hurt during the Badgers’ pre-season camp in August. His replacement, Dallas Lewallen, played in all of Wisconsin’s first four games until he injured his right knee last Saturday against Purdue. Lewallen still had a knee brace at the end of the week, and was not expected to play against the Buckeyes. Guard Ryan Groy will be the back-up center.
MINNEAPOLIS - The latest offer from the Minnesota Orchestra Board to locked-out musicians includes a $20,000 dollar signing bonus. The board says its offer includes an average salary of about $104,000 over the three-years of the contract, as well as $33,000 in benefits per musician. In addition, musicians would receive a one-time individual signing bonus of $20,000. The board says some of the money for the deal would come from a one-time bridge grant from more than a dozen Minnesota foundations.
LONDON - Minnesota Vikings starting quarterback Christian Ponder has a fractured rib and will not play in Sunday's game against the Steelers in London. Ponder suffered the injury in last week's loss against Cleveland. The injury means reserve quarterback Matt Cassell will be behind the center on Sunday. Cassell says he was notified this morning that he'd get the starting nod for the noon game on Sunday.
OSCEOLA - Prescott High School's girls' golf team put the finishing touches on its best-ever finish in the Middle Border Conference in program history by placing fourth in the main conference meet held Thursday at Krooked Kreek Golf Course. The Cardinals shot a 432, their best 18- hole score of the season. PHS junior Megan Westerberg secured her spot on the All-Middle Border Conference team by shooting a 100 along with teammate, junior Lauren Hintz. Prescott junior McKenzie Willner made the honorable mention list by finishing in the top 15 in the final individual standings.
As big as the game between Ellsworth and Somerset was last week, the Panthers' contest at Baldwin-Woodville may even be more important in the larger scheme of things. Ellsworth can clinch a playoff berth with a win at Baldwin-Woodville Friday. It would be a nice thing to have after week six of the regular season and not waiting until the final week to get in. But the Blackhawks will not make it easy on EHS.