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WINONA - Another 15-year-old southeast Minnesota high school student is in trouble after being caught with a weapon on school grounds, and while he is facing charges officials say it was an accident. The 15-year-old Winona High School student was stopped and asked to empty his pockets and the search turned up a pocket knife, a lighter, and two cans of chewing tobacco. Deputy Police Chief Tom Williams says the teen explained that he uses the knife at work and forgot it was in his pocket. Williams says the student didn't show the knife to anyone and did not make any th
MADISON - University of Wisconsin wide receiver Jared Abbrederis was expected to practice today, after suffering a head injury in last Saturday’s Badger win over Northwestern. Abbrederis took part in a light workout yesterday. Coach Gary Andersen told the Big Ten’s weekly coaches’ teleconference that Abbrederis is ready to prepare. He left early in last Saturday’s victory. Andersen said yesterday he’s hopeful that the Badgers’ leading receiver can play on Saturday night, when the 25th-ranked Badgers go against Illinois in Champaign.
SPRING VALLEY - It's been six years since Pam Meredith left the bench at Spring Valley High School as the Cardinals' head volleyball coach and moved over to Colfax, replaced by her former player and assistant coach Kellie (Keehr) Schlegel. Even so, Schlgel says there's a different kind of atmopshere whenever the teams play, which they will tonight in Colfax.
MILWAUKEE - A judge in Milwaukee has said no to a defense request to delay a trial in the death of a teenager at a downtown parking garage. A month-long civil trial began yesterday, to determine who's at fault for a freak accident in 2010 in which a decorative concrete panel fell from the second floor of the O'Donnell Park ramp. Yesterday, Advance Cast Stone asked to delay the trial, saying it just recently contacted witnesses who saw a tow-truck at a ramp exit two weeks before the collapse. The firm said it needs time to ge
GREEN BAY - Media reports say Green Bay Packers' receiver Randall Cobb will miss 6-to-8 weeks with a broken fibula suffered on a low tackle below his right knee. Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy would only say yesterday that Cobb is out "multiple weeks," after he was chopped low in the helmet Sunday by Baltimore's Matt Elam. Ravens' coach John Harbaugh defended his rookie safety yesterday, and said he could not understand the criticism about the hit from Aaron Rodgers and other Packer players. Harbaugh said Elam was trying to catch up with
BUFFALO - Minnesota forward Jason Pominville scored on the power play late in the second and the Wild held on for a 2-1 win over Pominville's former team, the host Buffalo Sabres. Kyle Brodziak also scored for Minnesota while Josh Harding stopped 22 shots in net. The Wild were without starting goaltender Niklas Backstrom, who is nursing a sprained knee. Minnesota has won three straight to move to 3-1-2. Brian Flynn
ST. PAUL - A woman identified only as Jane Doe 20 is suing a St. Paul priest and professor for alleged sexual abuse the victim says began when she was 13 years old. The civil lawsuit against Reverend Michael Keating of the University of St. Thomas accuses him of "unpermitted, harmful and offensive sexual contact" with the woman between about 1997 and 2000. Keating was a seminary student at the time.
NEW RICHMOND - Chris Stevens is on a mission. The New Richmond man will try to take back the record for the world's largest pumpkin, during a festival this weekend in Stillwater, Minnesota. Two years ago, Stevens won a contest at the same festival with a world record gourd of 18-hundred-10-and-a-half pounds. Last fall, Ron Wallace of Rhode Island shattered the record, with a pumpkin weighing 2,009 pounds. Now, Stevens tells WQOW-TV in Eau Claire that he has a chance to break Wallace's record. He says it's uncert
WAUSAU - The Wausau School District is backing off from its administrative policy of limiting Christmas music by choral groups -- at least until after the holidays. The School Board held a closed session last evening to discuss a possible lawsuit in the matter. Then, around 50 people spoke their minds on the issue as over 450 others looked on. The original policy from school administrators would have resulted in elementary schools canceling their holiday programs -- and the Wausau West High Sch
MADISON - As the University of Wisconsin football team gets ready to host Northwestern tomorrow, defensive end Ethan Hemer is vowing to step up his game. The senior Hemer from Medford told his coaches this week that he's not happy with his performance so far. He has just one assisted tackle in five games this season, after having 12 tackles at this point a year ago. Hemer has also bro