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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.
SOMERSET - Funeral services are today in Somerset for a well-known resort owner in western Wisconsin whose rock band once opened at a Beach Boys concert in Amery. 63-year-old Billy Raleigh Sr. worked since childhood at the family business, River Edge resort on the Apple River near Somerset. He died last Friday of cancer. Raleigh and his siblings started a rock band in the 1960's during his high school years in Maplewood. Pat Raleigh says the group took third in a battle-of-the-bands at the Minnesota State Fair in 1965.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton says results of a planned audit of the Minnesota Vikings owners' finances should be made public. The audit was prompted by a New Jersey judge's finding that Zygi Wilf and his family violated racketeering laws in a matter unrelated to their team ownership.
MADISON - The University of Wisconsin football season opener is only nine days away, and the Badgers have yet to name their starting quarterback. Joel Stave was with the No. 1 unit yesterday when the Badgers closed out practice with a two-minute drill. Sixth-year senior Curt Phillips practiced with the No. 2 unit – although offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig said both signal-callers spent time with the starters earlier in the day. Ludwig says he still cannot see any difference in the direction of the Badger offense with either Stave or Phillips under center.