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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.
ST. PAUL - Former Justice Rosalie Wahl, the first woman to serve on Minnesota Supreme Court, died Monday morning at the age of 88. Wahl was appointed to the high court in 1977 by Governor Rudy Perpich and served for 17 years. State Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea says Wahl was a trailblazer, leading efforts to address both gender fairness and racial bias in Minnesota's justice system. Funeral services are pending.
MANKATO, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings report to training camp at Minnesota State University-Mankato on Thursday and will practice for the first time on Friday. Head coach Leslie Frazier will host an opening news conference on Thursday before putting his team through a pair of workouts the following day. Both rookies and veterans are due in camp on Thursday.
ST. PAUL - Well-known bear researcher Lynn Rogers says he doesn't know what to think, after Governor Dayton refused to give him permission to continue collaring bears -- but Dayton also indicates the state will ask an administrative law judge to review that decision.
ELMWOOD - The Ellsworth Hubbers kept themselves in contention for the St. Croix Division title by beating Elmwood 7-4 last weekend at Raider Field. The Hubbers' Jake Betthauser hit a two-run home run in the top of the first inning and Storm Gram added another two-run blast in the fourth inning. Lance Hove added two hits and drove in a run.
MADISON - University of Wisconsin quarterback Tanner McEvoy was the victim of a strong-armed robbery in Madison during the weekend. UW officials said yesterday that McEvoy suffered minor injuries, including cuts to his head, when somebody mugged him and stole his wallet, I-Phone, and watch.
MILWAUKEE - Former National League MVP Ryan Braun was suspended Monday without pay for the rest of the season for violating the Majors' policy on performance-enhancing drugs. The Milwaukee Brewers outfielder has accepted the penalty handed down by Major League baseball.
OSHKOSH - Three Pierce County prep football players took part in the festivities and the annual Wisconsin Football Coaches Association (WFCA) All-Star Game at Titan Stadium on the campus of UW-Oshkosh Saturday. Prescott's Nick Jacobsen, Elmwood/Plum City's Logan Wolf and Spring Valley's Troy Rudesill were all on the North squad roster in the small school game. The North won 20-19. Both Wolf as defensive back and wide receiver and Jacobsen, a lineman, recorded tackles in the ballgame.
MILWAUKEE - A Milwaukee man convicted of murder was sentenced to life in prison today. 76-year-old John Spooner was convicted of first-degree intentional homicide last week, in the shooting death of 13-year-old Darius Simmons. Judge Jeffery Wagner also rejected the possibility of parole in the sentence.