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MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Brewers traded reliever John Axford to the Saint Louis Cardinals this morning for a player to be named later. The move was made just a day before the August 31st deadline for trading players who clear waivers and can be eligible for the post-season. The Cardinals lead the National League Central Division by a game over Pittsburgh – and those two teams are about to open a crucial three-game series tonight. The Saint Louis Post-Dispatch said Axford was due back at Pittsburgh in time for tonight’s contest.
Drought appears to be returning with a vengeance. The latest report shows half of Minnesota is now in drought, up from 10 percent last week. Parts of the Midwest will get some much-needed rain over the next few days, but USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey says Minnesota isn't likely to see much, if any With weeks still to go before harvest, Rippey says a wet September could still be beneficial for fill-in corn and soybeans. ___________________________________________ A 77-year-old man is dead after a farming accident in rural Sleepy Eye.
Elmwood and Prescott's high school volleyball teams both began their 2013 regular season with quadrangular meets Thursday afternoon and evening. Elmwood host its own quad meet. The Raiders compiled a 3-6 record as each team played three games. Gilmanton won the meet with a 7-2 mark. Both Clear Lake and Pepin were 4-5. Prescott was at Hudson playing in the St. Croix Central Quad. SCC's gym was closed for repairs after a leak from a rainstorm in mid-June damaged the gym floor. The Cardinals went 2-1 in the quad meet.
ELMWOOD – From one standpoint, the graduation losses the Elmwood High School volleyball team took from last season should be an early setback for the 2013 Raider squad Gone are nearly all of the team’s statistical leaders from last season, including team leader in kills Ally Pax, who was All Dunn-St.
SPRING VALLEY - Everything which makes up a good volleyball team on paper, the Spring Valley High School squad has for this upcoming season. The Cardinals return eight letter winners covering all the key positions on the floor. This group includes one of the Dunn-St.
The sports activities for several Pierce County prep teams ratchet up this afternoon and evening. Several county prep volleyball teams have their season openers today. Elmwood hosts its own quadrangular meet starting at 4:30 p.m. with Clear Lake, Pepin and Gilmanton. Prescott, the defending Middle Border Conference champion, plays in a quad. Meet at St. Croix Central and Spring Valley hosts Unity this evening.
LA CROSEE - A 22-year-old woman was being rescued this morning, after she fell about 40-feet while hiking on Grandad Bluff in La Crosse. Police Sergeant Randy Rank said the woman was apparently hiking in an unauthorized area. She called 911 from her cell phone around 7:20 a.m., and rescuers located her about 45 minutes later.
CHANHASSEN, Minn. - A small Minnesota community of not quite 24,000 has again been named one of America's best small towns by CNN Money. Chanhassen was ranked 4th by Money Magazine for cities with population under 50,000. The article pointed to the Twin Cities suburb's 34 parks, 90 miles of trails and robust job market. Apple Valley came in at No.17, and Savage was in 21st place.
PITTSBURGH - The Milwaukee Brewers won’t make the playoffs – but third baseman Aramis Ramirez says it feels like a playoff atmosphere when they face teams which are headed to the post-season. The Pittsburgh Pirates appear to have secured at least a Wild Card spot, and they’re just a game-and-a-half back for the National League Central Division lead.
HUDSON - A friend and former co-worker of Aaron Schaffhausen will spend time on probation, for threatening to hurt prosecutors and witnesses at Schaffhausen’s sanity trial in April. 31-year-old Joseph Rollag of Andover, Minnesota pleaded guilty yesterday in Saint Croix County to illegally carrying a concealed weapon.