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HAGER CITY - The Ellsworth American Legion Post #204 senior baseball team will play in the semifinals of the Gopher State League playoffs this evening at Brown Field. Ellsworth will take on the Roseville Royals. The first pitch is at 6:30 p.m. Ellsworth is the second seed in the tournament bracket and Roseville the third seed. The winner will play in the Gopher State League Championship Sunday at Midway Stadium in St. Paul. That game begins at 5:00 p.m. The winner of the Ellsworth/Roseville game will face either top-seeded Coon Rapids Red or Shoreview, the No. 4 seed.
GREEN BAY - As training camp begins tomorrow, Green Bay Packers’ coach Mike McCarthy says he wants to avoid the injuries that marred last year’s camp. McCarthy told reporters today that he scheduled all but one of the Packers’ 19 camp practices for the morning to help prevent fatigue during the day – and thus prevent injuries.
DEER RIVER, Minn. - Itasca County authorities are investigating the suspicious death of a woman in Deer River. Deputies discovered the woman's body in a home Wednesday morning. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office is doing an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death. The victim has not been identified. Investigators do not believe there is a threat to public safety.
MADISON - Several protesters returned to the Wisconsin Capitol rotunda today, 24-hours after the arrest and citation of at least two dozen protesters. A permit is now required to gather in the building. Several groups were outraged by yesterday’s arrest, which spurned additional protesters today. Another 20 protesters were arrested and cited a 200-dollar ticket for not having a permit.
CHICAGO - New University of Wisconsin football coach Gary Andersen says backup quarterback Tanner McEvoy will be fully ready for next month’s pre-season camp. That’s after McEvoy was mugged-and-robbed last weekend in Madison. He suffered head cuts early last Sunday – and he was robbed of I-Phone and watch.
MADISON - Twenty-two protestors received 25 citations yesterday, as police began to crack down on the Solidarity Singers who’ve refused to get State Capitol permits for their almost-daily noon-time sing-alongs. The tickets carry fines of just over $200, and some vowed to challenge them in court. State Capitol police staged its first real crackdown on the daily sing-alongs.
The 55th annual Plum City Summerfest took place last weekend. The event is sponsored by Plum City American Legion Post #365.
A one-car accident with injuries took place Tuesday morning off the intersection of Hwy. 63 and 320th Ave. south of Ellsworth. The driver, Maria Ingersoll, 18, Maiden Rock, and the passenger, Isaac Benck, 18, Ellsworth, were both transported to Red Wing Hospital with undetermined injuries. Both Ingersoll and Benck were inside traveling southbound on Hwy. 63 and was reportedly slowing to negotiate a right-hand turn onto 320th Ave. when the vehicle's brakes failed.
A funnel cloud was spotted late yesterday near Deerbrook in Langlade County -- the same place where a tornado went through two weeks ago. This one never touched the ground. Neither did a funnel cloud near Augusta in Eau Claire County late yesterday. One-and-a-half inch hail fell at Summit Lake in Langlade County. Menominee, Shawano, Oconto, Eau Claire, and Winnebago counties also reported hail from those storms.
ST. CROIX FALLS - The family of Isaiah Thies’ – the two-year-old Polk County boy found dead in a car trunk – believes the toddler got into the vehicle on his own. Their pastor, Rick Van Gundy, says he also believes the family’s theory that Isaiah took the car keys from his dad’s auto repair business at their home, opened the trunk, and crawled inside.