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MADISON - Wisconsinites will have their say Wednesday on the latest effort to allow sales of raw milk. The state Senate committee on rural issues has a 2 p.m.
The football season begins this weekend for 17 Wisconsin schools in the NCAA's Division III. UW River Falls hosts Saint John's of Minnesota tonight. All the other games are set for tomorrow. UW Eau Claire plays at Saint Thomas of Saint Paul, which was ranked second in the D3football.com preseason poll. No. 9 Whitewater hosts Washington of Saint Louis. No.
MINNEAPOLIS - Minneapolis police now say the shooting of a two-month old baby last night was accidental, but the father apparently lied about what actually happened. When officers arrived they found the infant had a gunshot wound to the neck, and the baby's father told investigators it happened outside of the home. Further investigation found the baby's teenaged uncle accidentally discharged a gun inside the house, hitting the baby. Police say the teen ran off after the shooting and they are working to find him. The baby is listed in critical condition. __________
The normal prep sports schedule gets going this afternoon and evening. The Middle Border Conference resumes its schedule in girls' tennis. Ellsworth, 2-3-1 overall, has its first MBC dual meet of the 2013 season when it travels to New Richmond. The meet begins at 4:15 p.m. Conference play began last week.
The Pierce County Herald's Athletes of the Week were Prescott's Alex Helmer and Spring Valley's Taylor Leach. Helmer did well on multiple fronts in last week's PHS shutout of St. Croix Falls in football. He threw a touchdown pass, had a pair of interceptions and had big punt return as the Cardinals improved to 2-0. Leach, a newcomer to the Spring Valley girls' cross country team this fall, was impressive in her very first varsity race at the Boyceville Varsity Invitational.
With a large turnout in its second year of operation, coaches Kris Flesberg and Tracy Gilles of the Elmwood/Plum City prep cross country cooperative were confident they could go the whole season competing as scoring team in their meets this season. For most of the Wolves' meets this season this can still be true, especially on the boys' side. But those hopes were dashed for the girls at the St. Croix Central Invitational Thursday.
HAMMOND - Spring Valley's Emma Gaustad and Elmwood/Plum City's Andrew Gilles were the top Pierce County individual finishers at the St. Croix Central Invitational Thursday afternoon. Both runner placed sixth. Gaustad hit the chutes in 17:31 while Gilles made it in 18:56 and his teammate Noah Wells came in right after him in 18:57. Spring Valley's girls placed third in the meet behind Baldwin-Woodville and Glenwood City.
Elk Mound has certainly had its way with Spring Valley on the gridiron since the year 2000. Durand has bullied Ellsworth the same fashion. Since that year Durand has gone 12-2 vs. Ellsworth. The last time EHS beat the Panthers in the regular season was in 2007. And since thar year Elk Mound has gone 11-3 against Spring Valley. The last win the Cardinals have had over the Mounders was in 2003, and that was a playoff contest. During the regular season?
WINONA - The National Hockey League's Stanley Cup is making its first-ever trip to Winona this afternoon on the St. Mary's University campus. Chicago Blackhawks CEO and President John McDonough is bringing the cup to his alma mater. McDonough is a 1975 St. Mary's graduate and will be the speaker at a 4:30 p.m. rally. Around 200 people will have a chance to get their picture taken with the Stanley Cup in Winona. There's also a public viewing opportunity this evening (5-7pm).
MINNEAPOLIS (Sports Network) - Seimone Augustus poured in 23 points and Maya Moore added 20 as the Minnesota Lynx cruised to an 83-74 win over the Los Angeles Sparks on Wednesday. Rebekkah Brunson scored 11 points and pulled down 11 rebounds and Janel McCarville finished with 12 for the Lynx, who improved to a WNBA-best 23-7. Candace Parker poured in a game-high 25 points and Kristi Toliver added 14 points for the Sparks, who sit 2 1/2 games behind Minnesota for the top spot in the Western Conference. Parker drained a short jumper with 31 seconds left to cap a 17-6 swing to pull LA wi