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MADISON - The University of Wisconsin System has created a search committee to find a new president. Current President Kevin Reilly is stepping down in January. The 18-member committee, appointed by Board of Regent President Michael Falbo yesterday, will make a recommendation of five finalists for consideration to the board. The committee’s first meeting is slated for September 6.
GREEN BAY - Despite a quagmire of mistakes, the Seattle Seahawks escaped Lambeau Field with a win - defeating the Packers 17-10. Both teams combined for 36 penalties in the game. Quarterback Vince Young, vying for the backup spot to Aaron Rodgers, orchestrated an 11 play, 80-yard drive that ended with a 1-yard touchdown pass to fullback Jonathan Amosa.
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Samuel Deduno yielded just one run in six innings and the Minnesota Twins cranked out a season-high six doubles to down the Cleveland Indians, 5-1, in the opener of a three-game set from Progressive Field. Deduno (8-7) surrendered three hits and struck out six before giving way to Brian Duensing, who pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief. Chris Herrmann doubled twice while Josh Willingham drove in a pair of runs as Minnesota won for the third time in four tries after dropping its previous four.
By Don Davis Republicans who essentially set the agenda for a special legislative session said Wednesday that it was more important to repay schools than to overturn a new tax affecting farmers. So a Sept. 9 Minnesota Legislature special session will only deal with funding disaster recovery, leaving intact a tax that began July 1 on farm implement repairs.
Three Pierce County prep football teams were successful win winning their season opening contests Friday evening. All teams won on the road. Spring Valley blanked Unity 31-0. Elmwood/Plum City edged Frederic 20-13. And Prescott shutout Barron 22-0 highlighted by a 75-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Alex Helmer. Prescott hosts St. Croix Falls next Friday while Spring Valley and EPC will meet at Raider Field in Elmwood.
Last year at this time it was the Ellsworth High school football team taking the long bus ride back home after a season-opening loss to Spooner. This time around it’s the Railers who will have to deal with a loss miles from their home as Ellsworth won emphatically 33-7 Friday at Fuller-Symes Field. The Panthers took the opening drive of the season over 60 yards for the game’s first touchdown on a three-yard run by Jarek Fischer. He also caught a 53-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kyle Kurrelmeyer in the second half.
The 2013 prep football season in Pierce County begins this evening yet only one of the county's four teams will have both their home and season opener together. Ellsworth will begin the 2013 grid campaign from its home at Fuller-Symes Field when the Panthers take on Spooner. Kick-off for this game and all other prep contests will be at 7 p.m. This contest start's EHS head coach Clair Austin's third season on the Panther sideline.
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN - A regional panel has said no to a frac-sand mine in a scenic part of southwest Wisconsin. After two hours of testimony and debate, the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board voted 6-2 in Prairie du Chien last night to reject a mining application from the Pattison Sand Company of Iowa. Other agencies previously approved permits for the frac-sand mine in the Crawford County town of Bridgeport.
ESPN’s “Sports Nation” poll shows that Wisconsinites are the only ones giving Ryan Braun any benefit of the doubt in his written admission that he took banned substances. Seventy-three thousand U.S. sports fans have weighed in on Braun’s statement, and their general opinions of it.
BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. -- A man was killed early this morning in an altercation with police in Brooklyn Center. Officers pulled over a vehicle near the intersection of Shingle Creek Parkway and the entrance ramp to westbound I-94, and say the driver struggled with police and was shot and killed. The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office is investigating.