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LA CROSSE - Twenty Wisconsin counties are trying a new approach to get extra federal Medicaid funds under the Affordable Care Act. La Crosse County is among those trying to tip-toe around Governor Scott Walker’s refusal to accept additional Medicaid dollars statewide for recipients of programs like Badger-Care.
CHICAGO - The Milwaukee Brewers broke a scoreless tie with five runs in the top of the ninth inning, as they blanked the Chicago Cubs 5-0 last night at Wrigley Field. Carlos Gomez drove home the first run with a bloop single, after Jean Segura and Jonathan Lucroy singled to open the ninth. Jeff Bianchi and Rickie Weeks then added a pair of two-run doubles. Pedro Strop took the loss in relief for the Cubs. He’s now 1-and-1.
NEWTON, Iowa - The third generation of Wisconsin’s Sauter racing family is about to hit the track. 30-year-old Travis Sauter of Prairie du Sac will make his NASCAR debut on Saturday, when he drives Joe Nenechek’s No. 87 car in the U.S Cellular-250 at the Iowa Speedway in Newton. Sauter joins his father Tim – his uncles Johnny and Jay – and his grandfather Jim in NASCAR’s national circuits.
ST. PAUL -- Total allowed harvest in this fall's wolf hunting season will be about half what it was last year, because the DNR's latest survey showed a drop in Minnesota's wolf population. The agency's Dan Stark says because of the biology of wolves, there's not a major concern about a moderate harvest level and they can make adjustments.
ST. PAUL - DNR officials are expected to release target harvest numbers today for this fall's second wolf hunting season in Minnesota. The agency announced earlier this month the hunt will go on, even though the latest survey shows 2,200 wolves in Minnesota, down about 700 from five years ago. Maureen Hackett with Howling for Wolves says the DNR has rushed into the hunt before assessing the impact it may have.
MINNEAPOLIS - Fall camp for the University of Minnesota football begins this week on campus. The Golden Gophers will practice for the first time on Friday afternoon at the Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex. Friday's workout is free and open to the public and begins at 5:15 p.m.
About 100 people were arrested in Wisconsin during the weekend, as part of a national FBI crackdown on child sex trafficking. Ten children were rescued, after they were said to be recruited for child prostitution.
CHICAGO - Kyle Lohse will try to win his third straight decision tonight, when the Milwaukee Brewers open a four-game series against the Cubs in Chicago. The veteran right-hander has allowed just one run in his last two starts, totaling 13 innings. That run was given up last Wednesday, when Lohse went seven innings in a 3-1 Milwaukee win over San Diego. Lohse is 7-7 overall this year, with a 3.37 ERA.
DULUTH - A number of locations in northeastern and north-central Minnesota likely set low temperature records today. Crane Lake was the coolest spot in the state this morning at 37 degrees. The mercury fell to 38 near Cotton and 40 at International Falls, Hibbing, Cook and Orr. The temperature dropped to 45 degrees as far south as Lakeville in Dakota County. Rochester set a minimum temperature record of 46 this morning.
HAGER CITY - The Ellsworth American Legion Post #204 senior baseball team will not make it back to the Gopher State League Championships in St. Paul for a third straight season. Ellsworth was beaten by Roseville, Minn. 4-3 in the playoff semifinals Friday at Brown Field. Ellsworth took an early 3-0 lead but too many stranded base runners allowed Roseville to rally. The loss was Ellsworth's only one this season.