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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.
SOMERSET - The Prescott High School girls' golf team had another solid showing to start its 2013 season. The Cardinals took fifth place out of 12 teams at the Somerset Invitational Tuesday at Bristol Ridge Golf Course. PHS had four consistent scores in the 110-125 strokes range. Megan Westberg had Prescott's lowest score with a 112 with teammates Courtney Brinker shooting a 113, Alanah Nelson 121 and McKenzie Willner 124.
PRESCOTT - Jill Jaeckel has been teaching band at Prescott Middle School for the past seven school years and near the end of every school year she would take her students out to play a round of golf. "If I saw someone who was having a really good time or had good, natural mechanics I always encouraged them to go out for the golf team in high school," Jaeckel said.
SUPERIOR - A Canadian pipeline company has scheduled a series of meetings to discuss plans of building a pipeline from North Dakota to Wisconsin. Enbridge Energy proposes to build a 2.5 million dollar crude oil line that would transport 225,000 barrels of oil per day. The line would travel 610 miles, from western North Dakota’s rich oil grounds to Superior, Wisconsin. The only meeting in Wisconsin took place today in Superior.
MINNEAPOLIS (Sports Network) - Dillon Gee tossed 7 2/3 innings in the New York Mets' 6-1 win over the Minnesota Twins in a make-up Monday matinee. Gee (9-8) struck out nine and surrendered just six hits and an unearned run along with a walk for the Mets, who had dropped five of their last seven games coming in. Marlon Byrd was one of seven Mets to tally a pair of hits. He smacked a solo homer and scored twice in the triumph.
Today is the first day of class for students in about two dozen school districts in south-central and southwestern Minnesota. The coalition has been starting school early for several years in an effort to improve student performance and test scores. The list includes Comfrey, Mountain Lake, Redwood Area, Sleepy Eye and Springfield.
EAU CLAIRE - The University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team will hold its annual public pre-season scrimmage in Eau Claire this fall. About 1,500 tickets started going on sale today at Hobbs Icea Arena. All proceeds will benefit the UW-Eau Claire men’s hockey program. The scrimmage will take place on the Badgers’ first official day of practice – Saturday, Oct. 5.
MINNEAPOLIS - University of Minnesota wide receiver Andre McDonald has been suspended for the rest of the football team's fall training camp for an unspecified violation of team rule. NCAA rules allow only 105 players of any Division I football team to be a part of training camp at any one time, so while McDonald, a sophomore from Hopkins, Minn., has been suspended from camp he is still part of the team. Golden Gopher Head Coach Jerry Kill said that McDonald's status with the team will be clarified at the end of training camp. The U opens its regular season on Aug.