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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.
Two amateur baseball players from Pierce County were named St. Croix Valley League Players of the Week for their efforts in last week's ballgames. Ellsworth's Storm Gram was named Positilon Player of the Week.
ELLSWORTH - Even a 6-1 lead in eighth inning was not secure enough for the Ellsworth Hubbers. Prescott rallied for four runs in the eighth and ninth innings to beat Ellsworth 8-6 Wednesday evening at Young Field. Ellsworth pitcher Britton Wolf pitched through six innings and Hubs' first baseman J.P Paulson hit two homers and drove in three runs. But Prescott loaded the bases in the top of the eighth for Nick Johnson to clear with a double. Johnson himself scored on an RBI-single by Jim French and Pirates were within one at 6-5.
MILWAUKEE - Two Milwaukee police officers were planning to ticket a speeding drive. Instead, they helped deliver a passenger’s baby. Officers Adam Bradley and Xavier Benitez were on a downtown patrol Wednesday night, when they saw a car racing up Water Street. When they pulled it over, they saw 21-year-old Brenda Alva in labor.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- A man is dead after a four-hour standoff with SWAT officers at a home near Bemidji Wednesday evening. Officers were called to a home to check on a distraught man threatening to kill himself, and say 34-year-old Miquell Deppa was armed with a rifle and also threatening to kill responding officers.