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MINNEAPOLIS - The University of Minnesota is kicked off homecoming week by unveiling a six-foot-tall bronze statue of Goldy Gopher this afternoon at Coffman Union. The statue was designed and sculpted by U of M alumnus Nicholas Legeros and students and staff raised $95,000 for the project. Governor Dayton has proclaimed today Goldy Gopher Day and U-of-M President Eric Kaler spoke at today's ceremony.
CORCORAN, Minn. -- A dozen students were taken to the hospital for treatment after a school bus crash in the Twin Cities suburb of Corcoran this morning. The bus carrying 50 children to Rockford Elementary Arts Magnet School collided with an SUV just after 8 a.m. Ambulances from North Memorial Medical Center arrived with ER doctors to do triage and determine if students needed further medical attention.
MADISON - University of Wisconsin football coach Gary Andersen was not sure at mid-day, whether three injured starters can play on Saturday night at Ohio State. Tight end Jacob Petersen injured a knee in the Badgers' 41-10 home rout of Purdue this past weekend. Center Dallas Lewallen hurt a knee, and corner Penial Jean suffered a leg injury. Andersen said the next 48 hours-or-so will determine whether any or all of the three would play against the Buckeyes. The coach also said today that freshman Andrew Endicott would kick-off for Wisconsin on Saturday night.
Ellsworth High School celebrated a week's worth of Homecoming events concluding with Friday's big football game against Somerset at Fuller-Symes Field. Check out these photos and videos of Ellsworth Homecoming 2013.
MINNEAPOLIS (Sports Network) - Mitch Leidner tied a school record with fourth rushing touchdowns as the Minnesota Golden Gophers crushed the San Jose State Spartans, 43-24, in non-conference play in front of over 45,000 fans at TCF Stadium. Leidner, who became the first quarterback in school history to record four rushing TDs in a single game, scored in every quarter for the Golden Gophers (4-0) as they remained perfect after four http://www.sportsnetwork.com/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=spo
MADISON – The University of Wisconsin football team is off to a good start in conference play. The Badgers thumped Purdue in a 41-10 win yesterday. Running backs Melvin Gordon and James White trampled over Purdue’s defense for a combined 292 yards. Both back carried the ball 16 times, Gordon rushed for 147 yards and three touchdowns. The Badger’s defense also put on a defensive clinic and stymied the Boilermaker’s offense to just 180 total yards.
SISTER BAY - An orchard near Sister Bay is offering a one-thousand dollar reward for the arrest and conviction of tree vandals. The Door County Sheriff’s office says someone cut the tops off 639 cherry trees at the Seaquist Orchard. The damage at the family-owned business is estimated at about $20,000. Owner Jim Seaquist says the trees were planted in April and would have been ready for harvest in five years. ___________________ The Vilas County Sheriff’s office says remains found in the Northern Highland Forest is a woman who’s been missing for 17 months.
Elmwood/Plum City's football team halted a three-game losing streak with a 28-12 win over Turtle Lake Friday evening in Turtle Lake. The win was important in keeping EPC's playoff chances credible. Had they lost they would have been 0-3 in the Lakeland South Conference with No. 6 ranked Alma/Pepin still looming on the schedule. Instead the Wolves are 2-3 overall and 1-2 in the league. After giving up an early touchdown to the Lakers, EPC scored 28 unanswered points.
MINNEAPOLIS (Sports Network) - Seimone Augustus scored 19 points to lead a balanced Minnesota attack, and the Lynx pulled away in the second half for an 80-64 win over the Seattle Storm in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal series. Rebekkah Brunson tallied 18 points and nine rebounds, and Maya Moore scored 17 to go with six assists for the Lynx, who are aiming for a third straight trip to the title series.
MILWAUKEE - Marquette University president Scott Pilarz is resigning. A University spokesperson say Pilarz notified the Board of Trustees of his decision yesterday, his resignation set for the end of the fall semester. He is reportedly stepping down to pursue work as a priest.