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ST. FRANCIS - Former U.S. Senator Rod Grams died late last night at the family farm where he grew up in Crown Township near St. Francis, following a long battle with cancer. He was 65. Grams represented Minnesota's 6th District in the U.S. House from 1993 through '95. He served a single term in the U.S.
GREEN BAY - Brad Jones will join fellow Packers' linebacker Clay Matthews on the sideline Sunday, when Green Bay plays the Ravens in Baltimore. Coach Mike McCarthy said today that Jones will not be ready to return for the game against the defending Super Bowl champions. McCarthy said Matthews would be out for "multiple" weeks amid reports he'd be out for a month with the thumb he broke last Sunday against Detroit. The coach said Matthews would play this week if he could make the decision -- and
PRESCOTT - Seniors Katy Syverson, Kellie Magee and Andrea Lewis were honored on Senior Night in their final home match as they helped Prescott High School's volleyball team beat Amery 3-0. Prescott won 25-19, 25-16, 25-12 to improve to 3-3 in the Middle Border Conference, 19-12 overall. Since last week the Cardinals have gone 9-2. Lily Weiser led the team with four aces, Anna Weiser had 15 kills and eight blocks and Annie Pryor made 21 assists. PHS will play in a tournament at La Crosse Logan on Saturday. Next Tuesday they conclude their regular season at Somerset.
MADISON - The state Assembly's Transportation Committee has endorsed a bill that would increase the speed limit on Wisconsin freeways to 70 miles an hour. The measure passed by a vote on nine to six. Neenah Republican Dean Kaufert voted in favor of the bill, saying it makes sense to get in line with the rest of the Midwest. Opponents argue that the bill requires more research and data to ensure safe driving conditions. The bill now goes to the full Assembly. _________________________ Some Wisconsin students will be taking part of “International Walk to School Day” tomorrow.
SOMERSET - The Prescott High School girls' golf team had a disappointing day at the WIAA Division 2 Somerset Sectional at Bristol Ridge Golf Course. The Cardinals shot a 466 to finish seventh in the meet out of eighth schools participating. They also had no individual state qualifiers. PHS's best score came from Megan Westerberg with a 100. She was five strokes from third and last qualifying spot to state. No. 7 ranked Hayward won the meet with a score of 402 and Spooner was the runner-up with a 406. Qualifying for state was meet medalist Hailey Seifert who shot an 89.
MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee Brewers' centerfielder Carlos Gomez was named the team's Most Valuable Player today by the local chapter of the Baseball Writers Association. Right-hander Kyle Lohse was named the Brewers' Most Valuable Pitcher. Rightfielder Norichika Aoki was picked as the Crew's "unsung hero," just beating out reliever Brandon Kintzler. And catcher Jonathan Lucroy received the team's "Good Guy" award as a player who's easily accessible to reporters, and a positive force in the community. Gomez was a unanimous choice as the team's MVP. He r
A Minnesota Army Ranger was critically hurt when a bomb exploded in a house in Afghanistan during a fight between insurgents and NATO-led coalition forces. A Taliban spokesman says there was also a suicide bomber in the house, who caused a second explosion when coalition forces arrived to help the injured. Army medical officials say 27-year-old Tom Block lost his right eye, sustained injuries to his left eye and had a collapsed lung, but is alert and responsive. The Waseca native is a former Minnesota State University-Mankato wrestling star who was on a 2008 team that won
The Ellsworth Village board approved a monthly 10 cent increase in garbage cart charges for the fourth quarter at the monthly meeting Monday evening. The increase was requested by the village’s trash hauler PIG of Hager City due to increased charges at local landfills. The increase was recommended by the solid waste committee and was adopted unanimously by the board members, all of whom were present. However, fire charges for the village are set to go down. Board members heard a report on the latest Ellsworth Fire Service Association meeting Sept. 16.
The Pierce County Herald's Athletes of the Week are Ellsworth's Dennis Schutz and Prescott's Lily and Anna Weiser. Schutz rushed for 138 yards, scored on touchdown runs of three and 51 yards, returned a punt for touchdown from 64 yards out and kicked a few extra points to lead Ellsworth to its first win over New Richmond since 2007 last Friday. Lily and Anna Weiser combined to lead Prescott in kills and blocks last week as the Cardinals won two Middle Border Conference matches, including a 3-2 come-from-behind win over Ellsworth, and finish second at the Amery Invitational. The PCH's
COLFAX - Spring Valley cross country runner Emma Gaustad won the girls' race Monday at the Colfax Inviational held at Whitetail Golf Course. Gaustad crossed the finish line in a time of 16:32. She was at least 18 seconds faster than runner-up Amanda Rud of Mondovi. Valley's Sophie Koch and Claire Arneson also finished in the top 15. The meet was a preview for the Dunn-St. Croix Conference meet which will be held at Whitetail on Oct. 17. SV finished third behind No. 11 Colfax with 35 points and Glenwood City 67. Valley had 71 points followed by Mondovi 76, St.