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In the Northwoods League, both divisional titles are up for grabs as the final week of the season’s first half begins. The Madison Mallards moved into first place in the South Division over the weekend – and three other teams still have a shot at winning the crown. The Lakeshore Chinooks, owned by a group that includes Brewers’ Hall-of-Famer Robin Yount, is in second place at a half-game back.
VIRGINIA, Minn. -- Saint Louis County authorities are looking for the driver in a one-vehicle crash near Virginia that injured a passenger and killed a dog. Twenty-eight-year-old Aaron Ross of Virginia was hurt in the rollover accident early Saturday and remains hospitalized in stable condition. His dog died of injuries suffered in the crash.
MILWAUKEE - Former Milwaukee Archbishop Tim Dolan got permission from the Vatican to move $57-million dollars from a cemetery fund to a trust account allegedly related to the church’s bankruptcy. A letter from Dolan, and the Vatican’s response, were among thousands of pages of documents released by the archdiocese this afternoon.
MERRILL - New charges are being considered against a Lincoln County Jail inmate who allegedly attacked three correctional officers. The incident was reported yesterday morning at the jail in Merrill. Officers were called to the cell-block after learning that a 28-year-old Waupun man had a seizure. They were attending to him when the inmate reportedly jumped up and struck a female jailor.
PLEASANT PRAIRIE - Bounty hunters will not return to Wisconsin. Governor Scott Walker says he’ll veto the return of bail bondsmen when he signs the new two-year state budget into law yesterday. The Republican governor has line-item veto power over spending bills. He expects to strike out 57 items from the 1,400-page spending package that totals $70-billion.
SPARTA, Ken. - Wisconsin native Matt Kenseth is the first NASCAR Sprint Cup driver to win four races this year. That’s after he took first in yesterday’s Quaker State-400, which was delayed by rain on Saturday night. Kenseth, who’s from Cambridge, took the lead for good with 25 laps left when he refused to get new tires so he could speed up his final pit stop.
NEW HOPE, Minn. - A Fridley man who was left partially disabled by a stroke several years ago was found shot to death in his car after an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in New Hope Thursday night.
NEWARK, N.J. - The Minnesota Wild drafted seven players in the NHL Entry Draft yesterday, including four defensemen, two forwards, and a goaltender. The first Minnesota pick came in the second round when the team selected defenseman Gustav Oloffson of Sweden with the 46th overall choice. Forward Kurtis Gabriel of Ontario was a third-round choice, while defenseman Dylan Labbe of Quebec was a fourth-rounder.
Ellsworth's 12th annual Cheese Curd Festival began late Friday afternoon and evening. For the second year in a row the festival is taking place in East End Park in East Ellsworth. The band Midnight Special was the featured entertainment. This year's festival theme is "Fiesta con Queso!" for the Cheese Curd capital of Wisconsin. Saturday's schedule features a full day of events. The Cheese Curd Fest website has a list of them here: http://www.ellsworthchamber.com/cheese-curd-festival.html
PITTSBURGH - Johnny Hellweg got shelled in his Major League debut last night, as the Milwaukee Brewers were pounded at Pittsburgh 10-3. Hellweg lasted just one-and-two-thirds innings, as he was shelled for seven runs in the second. The Brewers gave him a 3-0 lead in the first on a bases-loaded walk, a hit batsman, and a ground-out.