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STONE LAKE - Authorities in northwest Wisconsin indicate that a murder suspect might have acted in self-defense after the victim entered the suspect’s apartment. The victim was identified today as 26-year-old James Hamilton of Stone Lake. He was killed late Wednesday night on the Lac Courte Oreilles Indian reservation in Sawyer County.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Tonight will be the fourth time the Vikes and Texans have played one another in the preseason. Minnesota holds a two-games-to-one lead in the short-lived series. The Texans lone preseason victory against Minnesota came last August in a 28-24 win in Houston. Minnesota's exhibition wins over the Texans came in 2009 and 2011.
MINNEAPOLIS - No charges will be filed in Green Bay, Wisconsin against two-off duty Minneapolis police officers accused of using racial slurs following a confrontation with a group of black men outside a bar June 29th. Following the exchange, the black men left the area and were not named in the police report, which the City Attorney's office says makes it difficult to file charges.
MADISON - Wisconsin linebacker Ethan Armstrong is out indefinitely, after he suffered a minor injury to his left leg on Tuesday at the Badgers’ pre-season camp. The fifth-year senior from Ottawa, Ill. attended yesterday’s practice with a large wrap on the injured leg. Coach Gary Andersen hopes Armstrong can return in time for Wisconsin’s August 31st season opener at home against Massachusetts.
With the new McDonald's in Ellsworth now open for business, the owner of the property it rests on hopes it isn't the only business there. Dan and Phyllis Acker of Stanley bought the property which once was the base for a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Reserve Base in the midway section of Ellsworth and developed it for the McDonald's to get built this summer. Dan Acker hopes for continued development of the property. He wants to put retail businesses right where the old garage of the base current stands.
The Pierce County Fair began its run this morning with good weather throughout today at the Fairgrounds in Ellsworth. Much of the judging at the fair took place today, especially of non animal exhibits in open and junior class. The first beer garden inside the fair grounds opens today at 5 p.m. This evenings entertainments will be the annual horse pull at the Grandstand and the countywide talent show at the pavillion. Check this link for a schedule of events: http://www.co.pierce.wi.us/Fair/Schedule_of_Events.html
WAUPACA - Authorities say a central Wisconsin woman found dead in a burned vehicle in Waupaca County was apparently murdered. The victim is a 36-year-old Plover woman.
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn.-- The search continues today(thurs) for a missing 11-year-old boy near East Grand Forks. Sheriff's officials say Anthony Kuznia was reported missing Wednesday afternoon and they're concerned because he's autistic and may be drawn to the Red River. Anthony is also known to explore campers, RVs, and ATVs.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Madison golfer Steve Stricker was in the Top-10 early this afternoon, as the PGA Championship was getting underway today. Stricker shot a two-under-par 68 in his opening round at Oak Hill Country Club. By early afternoon, it put him in a tie for eighth place, four strokes behind leader Jim Furyk. Stricker is the only Wisconsin player in the year’s final major.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Timberwolves rookie forward Shabazz Muhammad has been sent home from the NBA's Rookie Transition Program. Muhammad violated a rule by bringing a female guest to his hotel room on Tuesday night. He will be fined for the incident and has to return next summer to complete the program with the 2014 draft class. The T'wolves selected Muhammad 14th overall in the draft out of UCLA.