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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.
MADISON - About 70,000 packs of cigarettes were seized by state revenue agents, as they were being sent to stores on Indian reservations without the required state tax stamps. Officials say the state would have lost about $175,000 in tax revenues, had the cigarettes made it to their destinations. The Wisconsin State Journal said the cigarettes came from a company on a Winnebago Indian reservation in northeast Nebraska.
(Apple Valley, MN) -- A motorcyclist was dead at the scene and another driver is under arrest after a crash Thursday night in Apple Valley. Police determined the driver of the car, a 44-year-old Apple Valley woman, had been drinking. She's facing charges of criminal vehicular homicide, driving while impaired, driving after cancellation and open bottle.
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Lindsay Whalen and Seimone Augustus had 20 and 19 points, respectively, as the Minnesota Lynx dominated the Los Angeles Sparks, 88-64, in a battle between the top two teams in the Western Conference. Devereaux Peters added 14 points and nine rebounds for the Lynx, who have won two in a row since falling to Los Angeles last Friday.
Ellsworth’s American Legion Post 204 senior legion baseball team won three games in a row last week to improve its overall record to 4-0 in the Gopher State League.