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ST. PAUL - DNR officials are expected to release target harvest numbers today for this fall's second wolf hunting season in Minnesota. The agency announced earlier this month the hunt will go on, even though the latest survey shows 2,200 wolves in Minnesota, down about 700 from five years ago. Maureen Hackett with Howling for Wolves says the DNR has rushed into the hunt before assessing the impact it may have.
MINNEAPOLIS - Fall camp for the University of Minnesota football begins this week on campus. The Golden Gophers will practice for the first time on Friday afternoon at the Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex. Friday's workout is free and open to the public and begins at 5:15 p.m.
About 100 people were arrested in Wisconsin during the weekend, as part of a national FBI crackdown on child sex trafficking. Ten children were rescued, after they were said to be recruited for child prostitution.
CHICAGO - Kyle Lohse will try to win his third straight decision tonight, when the Milwaukee Brewers open a four-game series against the Cubs in Chicago. The veteran right-hander has allowed just one run in his last two starts, totaling 13 innings. That run was given up last Wednesday, when Lohse went seven innings in a 3-1 Milwaukee win over San Diego. Lohse is 7-7 overall this year, with a 3.37 ERA.
DULUTH - A number of locations in northeastern and north-central Minnesota likely set low temperature records today. Crane Lake was the coolest spot in the state this morning at 37 degrees. The mercury fell to 38 near Cotton and 40 at International Falls, Hibbing, Cook and Orr. The temperature dropped to 45 degrees as far south as Lakeville in Dakota County. Rochester set a minimum temperature record of 46 this morning.
HAGER CITY - The Ellsworth American Legion Post #204 senior baseball team will not make it back to the Gopher State League Championships in St. Paul for a third straight season. Ellsworth was beaten by Roseville, Minn. 4-3 in the playoff semifinals Friday at Brown Field. Ellsworth took an early 3-0 lead but too many stranded base runners allowed Roseville to rally. The loss was Ellsworth's only one this season.
Drought conditions in Minnesota have increased six percent over the past week. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor shows abnormally dry conditions spreading further into southern Minnesota, and most of the state's increase is in that category. There's moderate drought in the Beltrami/Clearwater County area in northwest Minnesota. The state is in much better shape than in April when 92 percent of Minnesota was in some form of drought.
GREEN BAY - Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers wants to focus on the upcoming season – but not before clearing the air about his friend, suspended Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun. During the first day of Packers training camp yesterday, Rodgers says he was disappointed Braun lied to him, saying he “trusted him” and that hurt the most. Rodgers says he believes in forgiveness and moving forward.
MANKATO, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings' 2013 training camp is under way in Mankato. Camp offically began yesterday at 10:30 and was followed by a 2:30 practice in the afternoon. Yesterday the team checked in on the campus of Minnesota State University and most everyone was in attendance, including each of the Vikings three first round picks.
MADISON - It was another round of protesters arrested at the State Capitol Building rotunda yesterday.