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GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers opened the second half of their Training Camp today with a mid-day practice. Camp started 18 days ago, and it culminates 17 days from now when the Packers set their regular season roster. Four players remain on the Packers’ physically-unable-to-perform list, after running back DuJuan Harris and defensive end Mike Neal passed their physicals in the days after camp began.
WEST ALLIS - The Wisconsin State Fair that ended yesterday attracted its biggest crowds since 1969. Officials said today that about 1,000,012 people paid to get into the 11-day expo.That’s almost 10-percent higher than last year’s total attendance of 921,000.
The 130th Pierce County Fair concluded Sunday in Ellsworth. Almost picture perfect weather drew large crowds to the fair this year according to Fair Director Ann Webb. She also said there were no incidents or any problems with the newly established "social garden" where fairgoers could drink beer in an enclosed area on the fairgrounds. Highlights on Sunday included the truck pull, the Gopher State Lawn Tractor Pull, and two performances by the Colleen Raye Family Show. Sunday was also Veterans Day at the Fair and was ceremony was held honoring Pierce County Veterans from American L
BARABOO - The state Natural Resources Board is expected to order public hearings tomorrow on a plan to create a second elk herd. DNR officials have talked about acquiring elk from Kentucky to start a new herd near Black River Falls – and to expand the current herd at Clam Lake in far northwest Wisconsin. The DNR expects to import the first of 50 new elk in 2015.
Nearly 3,100 spectators watched the 46th Annual Ellsworth Funsters Pierce County Fair Demolition Derby Saturday evening at the fair’s grandstand. This year our derby included more than 40 vehicles in three classes: Compact Car Class, Stock Class and a Modified Class. Each Class shows a different style of ‘car to car’ crashing, folding, bending and driving by some very talented drivers.
OSCEOLA - Back to the scene of the playoffs. The Prescott Pirates will make their way to Osceola for a second weekend in a row to the Wisconsin Baseball Association’s state tournament after winning both their WBA playoff regional games last weekend at Oakey Park.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota has reported its first death from West Nile virus this year. It's believed the victim is from Greater Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed 16 human cases in the state so far.
MADISON - Curt Phillips and Joel Stave stood out at quarterback yesterday, when the University of Wisconsin football team held its first full-scale scrimmage. Phillips, the sixth-year senior, opened the afternoon with the No. 1 offense. He appeared to be throwing faster than a year ago, and threw a touchdown for one of his five passes.
MINNEAPOLIS - Andrew Albers threw his first career shutout in just his second big league start as the Minnesota Twins blanked the Cleveland Indians, 3-0, in the opener of a three-game set at Target Field. Albers (2-0), who pitched 8 1/3 shutout innings in his debut on Aug. 6, gave up a pair of hits and struck out two without issuing a walk. Albers became the first Twins pitcher to start a career with 17 1/3 scoreless frames.
The Prescott Pirates and Ellsworth Hubbers both advanced to the regional finals of the Wisconsin Baseball Association playoffs. Both teams won their respective first round games Saturday afternoon, Prescott in Osceola and Ellsworth in Altoona. The Hubbers downed Rib Lake 11-5. They will take on Brill with the first pitch at 3 p.m. this afternoon at the regional in Altoona. The Pirates just edged Onalaska 2-1 at Oakey Park in Osceola.