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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.
The wins have been very few for the Ellsworth High school girls' tennis team over the past three seasons. But that isn't stopping the Panther netter squad from feeling excited over the 2013 season and for good reason. EHS only graduated one senior in Stacie Peterson from last season's 1-8 squad (0-7 in the Middle Border Conference). There are seven returning letter winners and the team showed signs of improvement towards the end of last season, including a 4-3 win over Bloomer which was the program's first in 15 dual meets.
HAMMOND - The first Middle Border Conference girls golf meet was held Thursday at Pheasant Hills Golf Course. Golfers shot 18 holes on the links style course but the back-nine scores counted in the conference standings. Prescott had another solid outing to start the 2013 season. The Cardinals shot a 210 to place fourth. Ellsworth was eighth with a score of 291. Four of PHS's golfers placed in the top 10. McKenzie Willner and Autumn Schlecht both shot 52s to finish tied for seventh while Megan Westberg and Lauren Hintz both had scores of 53 to tie for eighth.
NEW YORK CITY - A technical glitch is to blame for a three-hour blackout on the NASDAQ stock exchange today, causing headaches for some Wisconsin traders. Officials say the outage occurred sometime before 12:30 this afternoon, it was back up and running just before 2:30. One Wisconsin trader says other markets took advantage of the outage, as their stocks rose slightly today.
GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers will host Seattle tomorrow night, and defensive end Johnny Jolly will get another chance to audition for a spot on the Packers’ regular season roster. He’s been impressive at Training Camp, considering he was out for three years with a drug suspension that included six months in prison for repeated codeine possession in his home state of Texas.
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. - The 2013 Minnesota State Fair is open for what can only be described as fantastic weather on its first day. Officials note Mother Nature can make or break State Fair attendance on any given day. Folks were feasting on roasted corn before 8 a.m. and the mini-donut stands were packed. U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (DFL-Plymouth) enjoyed a breakfast of Lift Bridge Brewery's Mini-Donut Ale.
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. - The 2013 Minnesota State Fair gets going today and officials are expecting good weather and attendance. Fair spokeswoman Brienna Schuette says they hope to top last year's attendance total when nearly 1.8 million people attended the Great Minnesota Together. It was the second-best-attended Minnesota State Fair ever, second only to 2009.
Two funnel clouds were spotted in northern Wisconsin, as another round of heavy thunderstorms hit the region late yesterday.