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OSCEOLA - The Prescott Pirates play their Wisconsin Baseball Association state quarterfinal contest this evening at Oakey Field in Osceola The Pirates go up against River Falls with the first pitch approximately at 9 p.m. If Prescott wins they will play again tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. against either Osceola or Sparta. They will play the first game tonight at 6:30 p.m. The other quarterfinal match-ups have the Haugen Knights against Menomonie at 10 a.m. Saturday and Brill against Chaesburg-Coon Valley at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
MILWAUKEE - A well-known polka bar in Milwaukee will be open for business tonight, after the owner shot-and-killed one of three people who tried to rob the place last night. Police said three suspects held up the Concertina Beer Hall at gunpoint when two customers were inside. Owner Andy Kochanski grabbed his gun from behind the bar and killed a 23-year-old man.
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.