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ORONO, Minn. -- Four Orono police officers were hospitalized after being exposed to hazardous chemicals last night. The officers were responding to a call of an unresponsive man inside a locked vehicle. When they arrived, the man became combative and refused to get out of the car. Officers smelled a strong chemical odor coming from the vehicle. Once they were able to get the man out of the car, they began feeling lightheaded and experienced a burning sensation in their eyes and throats. The officers were treated and released.
MADISON – The University of Wisconsin football team is ranked at No. 21 in both major national polls released today. The Badgers moved up from 23rd in both pre-season rankings – the AP media poll and the USA Today coaches’ survey. The Badgers crushed Massachusetts 45-0 on Saturday in coach Gary Andersen’s first game at the UW. Alabama remains at No. 1 in both polls. Wisconsin will play at Ohio State on Saturday night, September 28th. Ohio State and Oregon remain second-and-third in the coaches’ poll, while the media elevated Oregon to second and dropped the Buckeyes to third.
A second person in Minnesota has died from West Nile virus. The Minnesota Department of Health has now confirmed 29 human cases of the virus in the state so far this year. Stearns and Otter Tail Counties have each seen three confirmed cases. There were 103 confirmed cases of West Nile in Minnesota in 2012. _____________________ Older Minnesotans who want to switch jobs have a new resource today as state officials roll out the third and final phase of the Senior LinkAge Line.
Thousands of Wisconsin school youngsters ended their summer vacations this morning. It’s the first day of fall classes for the vast majority of the state’s 424 public school districts – plus private schools, colleges, and universities. Governor Scott Walker was scheduled to take part in a bell-ringing ceremony at Garland Elementary School in Milwaukee. At Glendale Nicolet High School, parents and residents continued a tradition of applauding students as they walked on a red carpet into the building.
HOUSTON - (Sports Network) - Chris Colabello slugged two home runs, including his first career grand slam in the ninth inning, to lift the Minnesota Twins to a 10-6 come-from-behind win over the Houston Astros in the opener of a three-game set from Minute Maid Park. Tied at 6-6 heading into the final frame, the Twins loaded the bases off Chia- Jen Lo (0-3) on an infield single from Brian Dozier and Doug Bernier and Chris Herrmann walks, leading to Colabello's blast over the wall in right. Trevor Plouffe and Dozier each homered for Minnesota, with the
MILWAUKEE - The Pittsburgh Pirates regained sole possession of first place in the National League Central, after beating the Brewers in Milwaukee 5-2 on Labor Day. It was the Pirates’ third straight win at Miller Park – something they haven’t achieved since 2004. The Brewers had plenty of chances to win this one, but they only went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position. Milwaukee had runners at second-or-third base in each of the first five innings – but all they showed for it with an RBI-single by Logan Schafer in the second.
One aspect of the game of volleyball Nicole VandenBerg truly enjoys is its unique feature of aiming directly at someone as its object.
PITTSBURGH (Sports Network) - Locked in a race for the NL Central crown, the Pittsburgh Pirates bolstered their roster on Saturday, acquiring veteran first baseman Justin Morneau from the Minnesota Twins. Outfielder Alex Presley is headed to the Twin Cities, along with a player to be named later or cash considerations. Morneau was hitting .259 with 17 home runs, 32 doubles and 74 RBI over 127 games for the floundering Twins this season. The 32-year-old native of suburban Vancouver moves on from the only pro franchise he's known after amassin
LOWELL - A 61-year-old woman and her two dogs were killed when struck by a train. The incident happened in Lowell yesterday morning. The Dodge County Sheriff’s office says Juanita Payton was taking the two dogs for a walk when she was struck by the southbound train on the tracks. The incident is still under investigation. ___________________________________________ Wisconsin U.S.
MADISON - The Gary Andersen era kicked off to a good start, as 23rd-ranked Wisconsin demolished Massachusetts yesterday afternoon 45-0 in front of over 76,000 fans at Camp Randall Stadium. UW running backs Melvin Gordon, James White and Corey Clement rushed for well over 100 yards in the game. Quarterback Joel Stave had a slow start, but got things rolling as the game progressed. He finished 9-of-17 for 197 yards and two touchdowns to wide receiver Jared Abbrederis.