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DAYTONA, Fla. - Wisconsin native Matt Kenseth picked up a Nationwide Series win at Daytona last night in the Subway Firecracker 250. Kenseth picked up the win after a final restart with two laps to go. James Buescher took second and Elliott Sadler came in third.
Wisconsin cheese production keeps humming along at a faster pace than the rest of the country. According to new federal numbers, the Badger State pumped out 244-million pounds of cheese in May. That’s four-point-four percent more than a year ago, which is higher than the national increase of three-point-nine percent.
MILWAUKEE - Yovani Gallardo says he's more concerned about ending his recent slump than about the trade rumors swirling around him. Several media reports have Gallardo going to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for left-handed pitching prospect Tyler Skaggs.
MARTELL - A motorcycle-deer accident injured a rural Spring Valley man yesterday morning on Hwy. 29 just west of its intersection with Hwy. 63. Michael Fritz, 42, was traveling westbound on his 2009 Harley-Davidson motorcycle when it struck a deer that entered the roadway around 10:12 a.m. After impacting with the deer, the motorcycle overturned, ejecting Fritz. Fritz was transported to River Falls Hispital by the Ellsworth Ambulance Service with undetermined injurie. The Ellsworth Fire Department also assisted at the scene.
The Ellsworth American Legion Post #204 won three games this past week to remain undefeated this summer so far in the Gopher State League. Ellsworth defeated Willernine 12-1 on Monday at Bob Young Field in Ellsworth, the defeated White Bear Lake Black 11-1 in seven innings Tuesday in White Bear Lake, Minn. Then on Wednesday Ellsworth the Brooklyn, Minn. Beacons 7-0, also on the road. Next week Ellsworth hosts games on Monday and Wednesday. The Monday game begins at 8 p.m.
DAYTONA, Fla. - Four Wisconsin NASCAR drivers are at Daytona for a pair of races this weekend. Matt Kenseth of Cambridge is entered in both the Nationwide Series Subway Firecracker-250 tonight, and the Sprint Cup Coke Zero-400 tomorrow night. Qualifying for both events takes place this afternoon.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Wild have agreed to terms with former Golden Gopher star defenseman Keith Ballard of Baudette. The two-year deal is reportedly worth around three-million-dollars and returns Ballard to his homestate from Vancouver. The Wild, meanwhile, will not extend an offer to another native son.
Almost 150 Wisconsin National Guard troops are back in the U.S, after spending nine months in Afghanistan. Members of Prairie du Chien’s 229th Engineer Company are still being de-briefed at Fort Bliss in Texas. They’re expected home soon. Officials said the unit helped improve the mobility of U.S. troops in Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province. They worked on improvements to military bases and combat outposts, and they built new-and-improved roads and chopper pads. The troops were well-qualified for those jobs.
Cars and trucks are selling at a solid pace in the U.S. and across the state of Minnesota. The Minnesota Automobile Dealers Association reports a 13-percent increase in sales through April. Vice President Scott Lambert says the auto industry closely follows the housing market -- and contractors are now making truck purchases they've been putting off for the last few years.