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HIBBING, Minn. - A tanker truck carrying 45,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate rolled over on Highway 5 near the Hibbing Taconite plant this morning (Fri). Officials say it appears the only thing leaking right now is hydraulic fluid from the tractor. Authorities are making arrangements with a private contractor to transfer the chemicals from the vehicle.
NEW YORK CITY - Did “A-Rod” rat on Ryan Braun? The CBS show “60 Minutes” reports that people close to Yankees’ slugger Alex Rodriguez obtained and leaked documents which implicated Braun and a dozen other players for using performance-enhancing drugs from the former Bio-Genesis clinic.
PRESCOTT - All the elements of a Middle Border Conference football team Prescott seemingly has. The Cardinals will have a veteran squad returning from last season's 7-4 campaign (4-3 in the Middle Border Conference) which ended at Level 3 of the WIAA Playoffs, PHS's first bid in seven years.
County prep football teams will take part in preseason scrimmages Friday. Ellsworth hosts their own scrimmage beginning at 10 a.m. and taking part will be defending state champions Glenwood City along with Arcadia and Osseo-Fairchild. The scrimmage will take place at Fuller-Symes Field. Other county prep squads will travel to their respective preseason scrimmages. Spring Valley will be in Clayton for a scrimmage which begins at 4:30 p.m.; Elmwood/Plum City will be in Alma for a scrimmage also beginning at 4:30 p.m. and Prescott will scrimmage at St.
SPRING VALLEY - One of the closest games the Spring Valley High School football team played last season was against Glenwood City. That's defending state champion Glenwood City. The Hilltoppers won the Dunn-St. Croix Conference opener in 2012 by a 19-7 score and according to new SV head coach Ryan Kapping, the difference between the two teams at that moment in time wasn't that great. "They used that game to springboard themselves to becoming state champions," Kapping said.
MILWAUKEE - Major League Baseball expects to have an expanded instant-replay review system in place by the start of next season. Commissioner Bud Selig announced details today, after two days of ownership meetings. The owners plan to vote on the new system in November. Selig, a former Brewers’ owner who still lives in Milwaukee, calls this an historic moment for baseball.
MADISON - The state’s education agency today announced the 25 private school systems throughout Wisconsin that can take part in the newly-expanded voucher program. Forty-eight systems originally expressed an interest is admitting low-income students with state-funded vouchers this fall. Because more than 500 youngsters applied, only the 25 systems with the largest numbers of student applications could be considered. Over 2,400 students applied in all. Almost 2,100 are from the 25 chosen districts.
Minnesota's unemployment rate remained at five-point-two percent in July as employers added 4,300 jobs. Meanwhile, the state Department of Employment and Economic Development revised June figures from 400 jobs gained to one thousand jobs lost. In July, government led all sectors with four-thousand jobs gained, followed by 2,300 jobs in financial activities and 1,400 in leisure and hospitality.
If there's a defining quality for the 2013 Ellsworth High School football team before the season begins, it's speed. "Our overall team team is big positive for us," EHS head coach Clair Austin said. "How we use our speed and quickness to fashion what we do on both sides of the ball is to be determined. But it will be important in how we fare." Indeed, with the team's lack of size across the line-up, the Panthers will have to try and spread out and dice up their opponents and avoid any kind of battle of mass against mass.
WEST ALLIS - A teenager has died, after he fell from the back of a pick-up truck while handling cattle at the Wisconsin State Fair. 19-year-old John Klossner of Mount Horeb died yesterday at Froedtert Hospital in suburban Milwaukee. Authorities said Klossner and four others were riding in the back of the truck early on Aug. 3, just outside the State Fairgrounds. The truck was going under 20-miles-an-hour when the group urged the driver to speed up.