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PLUM CITY - A week's worth of festivities for Plum City High School's 2013 Homecoming began today. Today's dress up day was Zombie/Zombie Hunter Day. For the rest of the week the dress-up days are: Tuesday - Favorite Character; Wednesday- Super Hero; Thursday - Blue and Gold; Friday - Silver and Black Day. PCHS will also be having events each day during the activity period. Today's was tug-of-war.
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge is putting more pressure on the EPA to set up national standards to regulate farm runoff and other nitrogen and phosphorus in U.S. waters. Ann Alexander of the Natural Resources Defense Council says one of the first priorities should be to regulate states along the Mississippi River, including Wisconsin. Environmentalists blame runoff pollution for a large oxygen-depleted "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico.
RED WING - A major unit is temporarily shut down at the Prairie Island nuclear power plant. Xcel Energy says Unit-Two is being re-fueled, and two new steam generators are being installed. The utility says the new equipment will ensure the continued safe-and-reliable generation of electricity. During the shutdown, Xcel Energy plans to cover the lost production by buying power from other suppliers, or stepping up the output at its other plants.
NEENAH - Police in Neenah said they stopped a car for routine traffic violations -- and they found over $100,000 worth of methamphetamines in the trunk. The officer just happened to have the city's new K-9 officer with him at the time, and the dog sniffed out the drugs. The traffic stop occurred late Sunday night. 29-year-old Angela Koerner of Neenah and 31-year-old Kong Lee of Appleton are charged with possessing meth with the intent to deliver, and possessing firearms as convicted felons.
MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota Somali community leaders are condemning the terrorist attack on a Kenyan shopping mall, and say such violence has no place in Islam. At a press conference yesterday at a Minneapolis mosque imams and others called on Muslim young people to reject extremist groups like al-Shabab, the Somali terrorist organization that has announced responsibility for the siege at Westgate Mall in Nairobi. They did not address concerns, though, that Somali-Americans from the Twin Cities may be involved in the attack, saying they have no information about that possibility.
MINNEAPOLIS - Twins catcher Josmil Pinto drove home the game-winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning to push Minnesota to a 4-3 win over Detroit at Target Field. The Twins had rallied to tied the game with a Brian Dozier solo homer in the bottom of the ninth inning. Dozier singled in the 11th and scored the decisive run. Anthony Swarzak earned the win in relief. The Minnesota win snapped a four-game slide and handed manager Ron Gardenhire his 998th career win. Detroit spoiled a good start from Justin Verlander, who fanned 12 Twins in six innings of work.
ATLANTA - Marco Estrada pitched seven scoreless innings last night, as the Milwaukee Brewers shut out the Braves in Atlanta, 5-0. Estrada gave up just two hits and three walks. He struck out six, on the night after the Braves clinched the National League East crown and sluggers Brian McCann and Freddie Freeman were given the night off. Still, Estrada looked impressive as he extended his personal winning streak to three games. He's now 7-4, as he actively campaigns for a spot in Milwaukee's rotation next year.
SPRING VALLEY - The 46th annual Spring Valley Dam Days Parade made its way down McKay Ave. under sunny blue skies Sunday. Parade goers line-up both sides of the avenue. This year's parade marshals were Mary Lansing and Herm Schliep. Check out these videos and photos from Dam Days Parade 2013.
Plum City and Prescott's prep volleyball teams used Saturday tournaments to hopefully turn their respective seasons into positive directions. Prescott played in the River Falls Tournament. The Cardinals had lost a pair of 3-1 matches last week to River Falls and New Richmond. But Saturday the Cardinals, led by the hitting of Anna Weiser and the assists from Alexi Schommer, went 4-2. PHS is now 10-9 overall and has a key Middle Border Conference match at home Tuesday vs.
About 92,000 Wisconsinites will soon be receiving letters from the state that their BadgerCare coverage will expire on December 31. The loss of coverage comes from the restructuring of state-funded health care by Governor Scott Walker’s administration during this summer’s legislative session. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that the letters are being sent before Oct. 1, when the federal health exchange goes into effect. ___________________ Another tumultuous week is on tap for Congress this week.