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MADISON - State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Burlington) says he will back a bill to raise the state’s speed limit to 70 miles-per-hour. Current speed limits are at 65, Vos says the additional five miles-per-hour would help interstate and highway traffic in the state. A similar bill in 2005 was introduced, but never made stream.
OSCEOLA - The Prescott Pirates edged River Falls 1-0 in the quarterfinals of the Wisconsin Baseball Association State Tournament played in the dark night of Friday evening. The first game of the tournament, Osceola vs. Sparta, went 11 innings and delayed the start of the Prescott-River Falls contest which was to be at 9 p.m.
Prep football scrimmages involving Pierce County teams took place Friday across the region. Ellsworth hosted a four-team scrimmage with Glenwood City, Arcadia and Osseo-Fairchild. Elmwood/Plum City scrimmaged in Alma, Spring Valley in Clayton and Prescott at St. Croix Central in Hammond.
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.