Rusk County News

Early voting is underway for Wisconsin’s fall primaries.  Municipal clerks have opened their windows for a two-week absentee voting period which ends a week from Friday — four days before the August 12th Election Day.  Majority Republicans have scaled back early voting, which ran for several weeks a few years ago.  Earlier this year, the G-O-P banned the absentee voting after seven at night and on weekends, saying small towns cannot hold the same hours as the bigger cities — and there needs to be uniformity statewide.  Critics said the Republicans were just trying to inconvenience the Democrats, because they’re generally more successful in winning elections in the bigger cities.  Scot Ross of the liberal One Wisconsin Now says the change affects mainly younger people as well as city dwellers.  Meanwhile, Government Accountability Board director Kevin Kennedy says the biggest question he gets is why voters cannot vote in both parties’ primaries.  As he points out, the purpose of primaries is for parties to pick their own finalists for November.   Wisconsin is unlike most other states because it has an open primary — where voters can choose their parties anonymously.  In most states, voters must publicly ask for a certain party’s ballot.


Monday morning a theft was reported to the Rusk County Sheriff’s Department.  A male subject reported the theft of some items from his bedroom at his house located on Town line Road, Ladysmith.  No other information was available.


Rusk County authorities received another mailbox damage complaint late Monday morning.  A male subject advised that his mail box located on Adams Road, Bruce, was damaged on Friday Night.


Shortly before 3 PM Monday, a Rusk County deputy made a traffic stop on Highway 8 near Bruce.  After an investigation, the female driver was wanted out of Rusk County.  Cash Bond of $147.50.  The female subject was arrested and taken to the Rusk County jail.  After a short time the female subject posted bond and was taken back to her vehicle.


Monday night at about 9;10 PM, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Department received a Battery complaint.  A Rusk County deputy advised he was at the LEC with a female that was allegedly hit in the head by someone at OJ Falge Park.  No other information was available.


At 6:15 PM Monday evening, Ladysmith Officers responded to a location on Worden Avenue for a report of two pit bulls attacking each other.  Upon arrival, Officers observed a whit/black pit bull with a knife wound to the rib area.  A 34 year old male subject stated that his brown pit bull was attacked by the White/ Black one.  Another male subject, 21, stated he heard the dogs fighting and knew that the 34 year old’s pit bull to be friendly, and stated he stabbed the white/black pit bull. While at this location, a 15 year old Juvenile stated to City Officers that Steven L. Turner, 34 punched him in the face.  Turner admitted to punching the juvenile in the face a Battery offense.


Just after 5 PM Monday, a City Officer made a traffic stop of Damien Kramer for eratic driving. A field sobriety test was failed and he was taken to RCMH for a blood draw.  Kramer was arrested for OWI 1st Offense and taken to the Rusk County jail.


Officers in northwest Wisconsin said alcohol appears to be a factor in a one-car weekend crash that killed the driver.  The victim has been identified as 29-year-old Preston Wilson of Frederic.  A 30-year-old male passenger from Centuria was taken to a Saint Paul hospital with injuries.  Polk County sheriff’s officials said Wilson lost control of his car on a curve at high speed on a rural road near Saint Croix Falls.  It flew over a driveway and hit several trees in a ditch.  Neither man was wearing a seat-belt.  The mishap occurred early last Saturday.

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Wisconsin Sports

Scores: Major League Baseball… In the National League Central race… Tampa Bay 2, Milwaukee 1 Pittsburgh 5, San Francisco 0 Arizona 2, Cincinnati 1 in 15 innings In regional action… Chicago Cubs 4, Colorado 1 In the Midwest League… Lake County 9, Beloit 8 in Game-One Beloit 6, Lake County 3 in Game-Two Fort Wayne 6, Wisconsin 4 In the Northwoods League… Lakeshore 18, Mankato 5 Kenosha 8, La Crosse 4 Wisconsin 6, Madison 2 Battle Creek 3, Green Bay 2 Eau Claire 7, Duluth 3 Kalamazoo 14, Wisconsin Rapids 5
Here are the details: Former Brewers’ pitching prospect Jake Odorizzi threw a gem against his old team last night, as Tampa Bay topped Milwaukee 2-to-1 in Saint Petersburg.  The Crew’s first-round draft choice from 2008 gave up one run on just three hits in seven innings — and the Crew was held hitless after that.  Odorizzi won his third straight start.  He’s 5-and-1 in his last six decisions while his overall mark for the year improved to 7-and-8.  Jake McGee pitched the ninth for his 12th save.  Milwaukee’s only run came on a Mark Reynolds homer in the third inning.  The Rays won the game with a two-run single from James Loney in the sixth off Kyle Lohse — who took the loss after getting back-to-back victories.  Lohse fanned six in six innings, but got no help from his offense as he fell to 11-and-5 on the year, and 5-and-4 lifetime against Tampa.  Milwaukee second baseman Scooter Gennett returned to the starting lineup after missing five games with tightness in his right quadriceps.  The Brewers cut their National League Central Division lead to one-and-a-half games over idle Saint Louis and two over Pittsburgh, which won a shutout at San Francisco late last night.  The Rays are now 10-and-1 since July 12th, and they’ll host the Crew again tonight.  Former Tampa right-hander Matt Garza faces Rays’ righty Alex Cobb.  -7/28- The buzz about David Price grew yesterday, after Fox Sports reported yesterday that the Brewers have at least a chance to get Tampa’s left-handed ace for the stretch run.  Tampa Bay is reportedly asking for a series of prospects, including young Brewers’ starter Jimmy Nelson.  But we don’t know if that’s enough — since Saint Louis, Seattle, and the L-A Dodgers are reportedly ready to offer established big league talent to get Price.  Brewers’ G-M Doug Melvin says Tampa might hang onto Price, since the Rays have gotten hot lately and they’re now just four-and-a-half games away from an American League Wild Card spot.  Price leads the Majors with 183 strikeouts, and was the A-L Cy Young winner in 2012.  He’s eligible for salary arbitration after the season, which means the team that gets him would have to sign him to a long-term deal to keep him into next year.  Price is scheduled to pitch tomorrow against Milwaukee, but there’s been speculation that he’ll be held back. -7/28- Brewers’ minor league third baseman Nicky Delmonico has been suspended for 50 games.  He tested positive for an amphetamine in violation of the minors’ drug program.  The 22-year-old Delmonico was playing for Class-”A” Brevard County of the Florida State League, batting .262 in 37 games with four homers and 15 R-B-I’s.  He had not played since July seventh.  The Brewers acquired Delmonico from Baltimore last July, in a trade that sent closer Francisco Rodriguez to the Orioles.  K-Rod re-signed with the Crew as a free agent last winter. -7/28- Former U-W Stevens Point star Jordan Zimmermann escaped with a no-decision last night, after his Washington Nationals lost at Miami 7-to-6.  The right-hander from Auburndale struck out six in seven innings, while giving up two runs on four hits with a walk.  Zimmermann was in line to get the victory until Miami scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth.  Rafael Soriano had his four blown save opportunity, and he also took the loss.  It was Zimmermann’s second start since the All-Star break, after coming off a strained biceps.   -7/28- Bryan Bulaga was among the standouts at yesterday’s Green Bay Packers’ Training Camp practice.  Bulaga practiced in full pads for the first time since he missed the entire 2013 season with a torn A-C-L knee ligament suffered at last year’s Family Night.  In yesterday’s one-on-one pass blocking drills, Bulaga beat out strong rushes from Julius Peppers twice and Clay Matthews once.  The right tackle from Iowa looked solid in the wake of his A-C-L.  Sam Shields and Sean Richardson made impressive interceptions during the padded scrimmages.   The players are off today.  Training camp practices resume tomorrow morning after eight o’clock.   -7/28- Joel Stave and Tanner McEvoy are about to start competing for the Wisconsin starting quarterback spot.  Coach Gary Andersen said freshman D-J Gillins would be the Number-three signal-caller when the Badgers’ pre-season camp opens next Monday in Madison.  Andersen talked about his team yesterday at the Big Ten’s Media Day in Chicago.  The coach lives next to a golf course in Madison — and he was somewhat surprised to see Stave on the course recently.  The coach joked that Stave’s right shoulder must be okay if he’s playing golf with it.  Actually, Andersen said Stave’s been in good shape throughout the summer.  Stave injured the A-C joint in the shoulder during last January’s Capital One Bowl.  The coach says it appears to be okay now. -7/28- John Steinmiller will stay on as a vice president with the Milwaukee Bucks, but not in a direct basketball role.  New owners Wes Edens and Marc Lasry said yesterday that they named Steinmiller to a newly-created executive vice president’s post for community affairs and social responsibility.  He sits on a number of boards and organizations, and he’ll serve as a link between community leaders and the Bucks’ owners.  Steinmiller is starting his 45th year with the Bucks.  Edens and Lasry said Steinmiller has been part of the team’s fabric for its entire history – and there’s no better to solidify its bond with the community in which it exists.  Also, Patrick McDonough was named the Bucks’ new chief financial officer.  He spent the last six years as an accounting vice president for Madison Square Garden in New York.  Bob Cook was named the team’s vice president for business affairs.  He’s a former vice president of the H-T-N-B engineering company. -7/28- Former Milwaukee Bucks’ guard Mo Williams will join the Minnesota Timberwolves.  His Chicago-based agents said yesterday that Williams has committed to the T-Wolves after playing last season with Portland.  E-S-P-N says the 31-year-old Williams will sign a one-year deal worth three-and-three-quarter million dollars.  He played four seasons in Milwaukee from 2004-through-’08, averaging 14 points and six assists a game.  Williams is an 11-year N-B-A veteran who has also played for Cleveland, the L-A Clippers, and twice with Utah.  He has career averages of around 13 points, five assists, and three rebounds per night. 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Rusk County News

Two bands of thunderstorms rumbled through Wisconsin yesterday, causing at least some damage.  The Wisconsin Rapids area had up to tennis-ball-sized hail early in the day.  A storage shed flipped over and some trees fell in Arpin, almost 15 miles northwest of Rapids.  The second band of storms went through yesterday afternoon.  Jackson in Washington County had winds close to 50-miles-an-hour, causing a large tree branch to fall at West Bend.  Sheboygan had one-inch hail.  Parts of far northeast Wisconsin had small hail.  Some areas of Wisconsin had more than a half-inch of rain.  After the storms cleared out, cooler air moved in from the north.  Parts of northern Wisconsin dropped into the mid-40′s this morning.  A dry and pleasant day is in store for most of the Badger State, with highs in the 70′s under clear to partly cloudy skies.


In Rusk County over the weekend, a mailbox was taken on County Highway W, Sheldon. Friday afternoon a female subject reported to Rusk County authorities that her mailbox and post were stolen sometime Thursday.  It was on a metal post at an unoccupied property.  Most likely taken for scrap.


At about 3:45 AM Saturday morning, Ladysmith Police and Rusk County deputies, were dispatched to an address on 1st Street South in Ladysmith, to respond to a home invasion in Progress.  A male subject advised that Donna J. Lehr 39, broke into his apartment and destroyed his property.  Lehr was located and arrested for numerous charges.


Saturday morning a male subject reported to the Rusk County Sheriff’s Department that his mailbox has been damaged located on County Highway H, Bruce. Also a female subject reported that her mailbox also on County Highway H., had been damaged.  Both mailboxes were damaged Friday night and were taken apart purposely.


Severe Weather hit parts of Wisconsin Saturday night and Rusk County was under a Thunderstorm Warning at about 9:40 PM.  The only reports were pea to dime size hail, lots of lightning and some heavy rain.


Sunday morning a Rusk County deputy made a traffic stop on West Railroad Avenue, Bruce.  After an investigation, the driver was arrested for OWI and taken to the Rusk County jail.


A Ladysmith Officer while on patrol just after 6 PM Friday, had a vehicle elude him on East Park Avenue.  The Officer located the vehicle parked in a driveway and found the residence to be vacant.   The officer located Stacey A. Jankowsky 34, walking down Park Avenue.  Jankowsky was found to be consuming alcohol.  He was placed on a probation and parole hold.  Jankowsky was arrested and transported to the Rusk County jail.


Ladysmith Police and a Rusk County deputy responded at 6 PM Saturday night to an address on Lake Avenue East in reference to a domestic disturbance in progress.  After an investigation Traimaile Bullock 37, was arrested for Disorderly Conduct, Domestic.


At about 6:15 AM this (Monday) morning, Ladysmith Police responded to a location on East 10th Street North for a report of a Domestic in progress.  A 48 year old female advised that her son Eric L. Hraban 23, had pushed her.  Hraban stated that they were in a verbal dispute and he pushed his mother out of the way to get to her boyfriend. Eric Hraban was arrested for Disorderly Conduct Domestic Related.


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Thrift Sale

Multi-Family Thrift Sale – W9500 Cty Road D.  2 miles west of 12 Mile Convenience Store off Highway 27, Holcombe.  Thursday thru Saturday July 31 thru Aug. 2nd, 9-5 PM  No Early Sales.

Canoe, Little Tykes outside playhouse, slide, newer swing set, many like new and new girls clothes sizes 12 Mo-3t.  Girls Junior sizes and women’s clothing.  Lots of toys, highchair, crib, covered children’s wagon, Small girls trike, little tykes riding coupe, strollers, dora sofa, little princess chairs.  Much more too numerous to mention. More coming out everyday.

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James W. Kendzior, 79 of Weyerhaeuser, died on Thursday July 24, at Woodstone Senior Living Community in Rice Lake.  He is survived by: 3 sons, Ken and Greg Kendzior of Bruce amd Brad Kendzior of Weyerhaeuser.  2 grandchildren, 1 brother, Robert of Weyerhaeuser, 1 sister, Judy Hurmes of Arizona.

Funeral services for James Kendzior will be held on Thursday, July 31 at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Strickland with Fr. Dennis Mullen officiating.  Burial with Military Honors will be in the Church CVemetery.  James’ damily will receive friends for an hour prior to service time on Thursday at the church.  Nash-Jackan Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements.

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Garage Sale

Garage Sale – 705 East 5th Street North, Ladysmith.  Thurs. July 31 and Friday Aug. 1, Hours 8-5.

Rug Shampoo, Roll away bed pint jars, suit cases, shoes, purses, clothes, kitchen items, 2 rugs.

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Wisconsin Sports

Scores: Major League Baseball… In the National League Central race… New York Mets 2, Milwaukee 0 Saint Louis 1, Chicago Cubs 0 Pittsburgh 7, Colorado 5 Washington 4, Cincinnati 2 In regional action… Minnesota 4, Chicago White Sox 3 Angels of Anaheim 2, Detroit 1 In the Midwest League… Wisconsin 5, Fort Wayne 2 Beloit at Lake County, rained out In the Northwoods League… Green Bay 9, Madison 2 Lakeshore 12, Wisconsin Rapids 1 Eau Claire 6, Rochester 3 Battle Creek 3, Wisconsin 0 Willmar 6, La Crosse 3 Kalamazoo 5, Kenosha 1
Here are the details: The Milwaukee Brewers still have a two-game division lead, after splitting four with the New York Mets.  The Crew was shut out yesterday, 2-nothing at Miller Park.  Lucas Duda homered in the sixth inning with a man on for the game’s only scoring.  Jimmy Nelson gave up that blast.  It was his only mistake in seven frames in which he gave up five hits and struck out six.  Nelson also earned his first Major League hit as he dropped to 1-and-2.  Jacob deGrom threw six-and-a-third scoreless innings for the Mets, giving up four hits with a pair of walks and four strikeouts.  DeGrom won his fourth start in a row, fanning 30 in that stretch as he improved to 5-and-5.  The Brewers put up a slight threat in the bottom of the ninth, getting two singles off Mets’ closer Jenrry Mejia.  But Lyle Overbay grounded out to end the game, and Mejia earned his 15th save.  Khris Davis and Jean Segura each had a pair of hits as the Milwaukee offense churned out only six singles and nothing for extra bases.  Duda homered three times in his four Miller Park outings and drove in six runs.  The Brewers are now two games up on second-place Saint Louis in the National League Central, three ahead of Pittsburgh, and six up on Cincinnati.  Milwaukee now hits the road for a three-game Interleague series at Tampa Bay starting tonight.  Right-hander Kyle Lohse starts against former Brewers’ prospect Jake Odorizzi. -7/28- Wisconsin NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth placed fourth yesterday at the Brickyard event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Jeff Gordon pulled away in a re-start with 16 laps to go, to win the Crown Royal-John Wayne Walding-400.  It was Gordon’s 90th career victory, third-highest of all-time, and he remains the Sprint Cup Series’ leader.  Kenseth is still fourth in the standings with 661 points, 56 behind Gordon.  Paul Menard of Eau Claire dropped five places to 16th in the point totals, after he struggled to a 34th-place finish at Indy.  Juan Pablo Montoya’s car struck Menard in the left rear early in the race.   Menard’s crew chief, Slugger Labbe, was upset afterward, saying it might have cost the Eau Claire driver a spot in the season-ending Chase for the Sprint Cup.  He called Montaya’s move “stupid.”  Travis Kvapil of Janesville was 39th.  Beloit-born Danica Patrick dropped out with 46 laps left after her car had a rear-gear problem.  She placed 42nd on the day, and fell one place for the year to 28th.  Kvapil remains 39th.  -7/28- The Green Bay Packers’ first-round draft choice will not be automatically penciled into the starting lineup, as many had projected on Draft Day.  Safety Ha Ha Clinton Dix worked with the second unit during the first weekend of Packer Training Camp.  Micah Hyde took all the snaps with the Number-One defense in both days of workouts.  The players did not wear pads either day, but Hyde still looked impressive as he jumped high to break up a 50-plus-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers to Jordy Nelson in yesterday’s session.  Hyde says his immediate goal is to earn a starting spot next to safety Morgan Burnett for the Packers’ regular season opener at Seattle on September fourth.  Linebacker Jamari Lattimore sat out yesterday’s workout with a stomach illness.  The Packers will be in pads for the first time at Training Camp this morning.  -7/28- In golf, Rhinelander native Dan Forsman tied for 16th at the Senior British Open in Wales.  Forsman shot a one-under-par 70 in his fourth-and-final round yesterday, to finish plus-five at 289.  Bernhard Langer was the runaway winner.  He went 18-under, with a 13-stroke victory over second-place Colin Montgomerie. -7/28- Madison golfer Jerry Kelly tied for 66th at R-B-C Canadian Open.  Kelly shot a two-over-par 72 in his final round yesterday at the Royal Montreal course.  He finished at two-over-282.  Tim Clark won the tournament at minus-17. (End)
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Rusk County News

In a follow up story, just after 10 PM Wednesday, a City Officer was dispatched to a residence on Lake Avenue West to respond to a Disorderly Conduct complaint.  A 27 year old male and a 19 year old female reported that a male subject, Cody Dewitt, knocked the male to the ground and had been harassing him for a few weeks.  Dewitt denied pushing the male subject.  After an investigation, the City Officer issued a citation for Disorderly Conduct to Dewitt.


Rusk County dispatch shortly before Noon Thursday, received a 911 call and could hear a male and female yelling at each other.  According to the report, the female stated that she came home to her residence on County Highway H. Bruce, and James Miller was around the back of her garage.  Miller claimed that she had some of his property and that is why he was there.  An argument ensued and miller was profain towards the female subject. When the female tried calling the Police, Miller went from reverse to drive in his truck and lunged his truck towards her.  Miller was arrested for 2nd degree reckless endangering safety and disorderly conduct.


At about 3 PM Thursday, a female subject called Rusk County authorities and advised that her and her boyfriend Ed Gauthier got in a physical altercation earlier Thursday morning. The female complainant advised she did have bruises on her arms from Guathier grabbing and pushing her.  A Rusk County deputy met with Gauthier who was arrested and taken to the Rusk County jail.


A Theft was reported Thursday evening to the Rusk County Sheriff’s Department.  A male subject advised that someone broke into his storage shed located on County Highway B, Glen Flora and stole some gas.  The male subject’s son state he saw an older male, wearing a solid blue t-shirt, blue jeans and had facial hair. The case is under investigation.


Shortly before 1 AM this (Friday) morning, Rusk County authorities received a call from Glory B’s on Main Street Bruce, advising a male subject wants to talk to law enforcement about being assaulted.  The male subject, Shannon D. Obrien, 37, reportedly came home after setting up band equipment and was drinking.  Obrien was loud and a male subject told him to be quiet and pushed him into his bed.  Obrien became upset and left. After an investigation Obrien was arrested.

At 5:45 AM a City Officer was dispatched to the jail to assist the jail staff place a violent inmate who was Shannon Obrien in a restraint chair.  Obrien was eventually able to settle down and willingly comply with offices directives.  This morning Obrien was transported to the Price County jail.


Ladysmith Police at 9;30 PM responded to a location on East 9th Street South in reference to receiving information that Dalton James Krueger 21, and Seth A. Miller 24 were at the residence and had been drinking in violation of their probation.  Miller provided a PBT of.24 and Krueger provided a PBT of .15.  A City Officer also made contact with Charles Ramsey who was also at the residence.  Ramsy provided a PBT of .05.  All three were on Probation and holds were placed  on all three.  Ramsey, Krueger and Miller were arrested and transported to the Rusk County jail.



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Wisconsin Sports

Scores: In the National League Central Division race… Milwaukee 9, New York Mets 1 In regional Major League Baseball… San Diego 13, Chicago Cubs 3 Chicago White Sox 5, Minnesota 2 Detroit 6, Angels of Anaheim 4 In the Midwest League… Wisconsin 7, Lake County 4 Fort Wayne 3, Beloit 2 In the Northwoods League… Lakeshore 13, Madison 3 Wisconsin 7, Kalamazoo 5 Kenosha 2, Wisconsin Rapids 0 Green Bay 4, La Crosse 0  Saint Cloud 5, Eau Claire 0
Here are the details: The Milwaukee Brewers have won five straight home games, after crushing the New York Mets 9-to-1 last night.  The Brewers went up 5-nothing after two innings and never looked back.  The Crew is now 29-and-24 at Miller Park, after going 4-and-0 there since the All-Star break.  With all the other contenders idle, the Brewers extended their National League Central lead to three games.  They also regained the best record in the league at 58-and-45, overtaking idle San Francisco in that department.  Jonathan Lucroy, Ryan Braun, and Khris Davis all homered and drove in two runs each against the Mets.  Jean Segura belted a two-run triple, as seven of Milwaukee’s 10 hits went for extra bases.  New York was only held to two hits, as Matt Garza threw another gem.  He gave up just two hits in eight innings, including the Mets’ only tally of the night — a solo homer from Lucas Duda.  Garza evened his record to 7-and-7.  Dillon Gee gave up a season-high six runs in five frames.  He dropped to 4-and-3 overall, and 0-and-4 lifetime against Milwaukee.  Lucroy’s blast was the first homer Gee had given up to a right-handed hitter since April 11th.  New York has lost four of its last six.  The Brewers have won four straight, scoring a total of 23 runs in those contests.  The same two teams play again tonight at Miller Park.  Right-hander Yovani Gallardo starts against Mets’ right-hander Zack Wheeler. -7/25- Three former Brewers played key roles in a 14-inning win by the Kansas City Royals.  Norichika Aoki drove in the winning run off John Axford, scoring Lorenzo Cain in K-C’s 2-to-1 home victory over Cleveland.  Aoki — whom the Brewers traded for Will Smith last winter — hit a walk-off single down the third base line.  That scored Cain, who was just starting his Milwaukee career when he shipped off to the Royals late in 2010 when the Brewers traded for Zack Greinke.   Axford, who holds Milwaukee’s season saves record, ended the game on the mound for Cleveland, but Marc Rzepczynski took the loss because he put the player who scored the winning run on base.  The 31-year-old Axford is 2-and-3 with a three-point-two-six E-R-A in his first season with the Indians.  The Brewers traded him last July to Saint Louis.  Aoki is hitting .263 in 76 games for the Royals, with a Major League career-low .333 on-base percentage.  Cain played in just 43 games with Milwaukee before he was dealt to K-C.  He’s hitting .296 in 74 games in his fourth season with the Royals, with three homers and 37 R-B-I’s.  Also yesterday, ex-Brewer Juan Francisco went a double short of the cycle in Toronto’s 8-nothing home win over Boston. -7/25- Packers’ general manager Ted Thompson said last year’s regular season was one of his proudest times during his nine years heading the Green Bay front office.  Thompson told almost 15-thousand stockholders at their annual meeting yesterday that the Packers stuck together during the seven weeks Aaron Rodgers was out with a broken collarbone.  Not a word was mentioned about the Packers’ season-ending playoff loss to San Francisco, or what the team may have learned from it.  Thompson said the Packers achieved their three main personnel goals for the off-season — re-sign as many of their own players as possible, make selective free-agent additions, and draft with an eye toward both now and the future.  The players will report to training camp today at their temporary home at Saint Norbert College in De Pere.  Coach Mike McCarthy will speak to reporters this morning, and the Packers will hold their first public practice tomorrow morning. -7/25-
Madison golfer Jerry Kelly is tied for 16th place after the first round of the R-B-C Canadian Open.  Kelly shot a three-under-par 67 yesterday at the Royal Montreal course.  Pewaukee native Mark Wilson is tied for 67th, after shooting an even-par 70.  Michael Putnam and Tim Petrovic share the lead at six-under-64. -7/25- Rhinelander native Dan Forsman is tied for 17th after his opening round at the Senior British Open.  Forsman shot a one-over-par 72 yesterday at the Royal Porthcawl Golf Club in Wales.  He’s eight strokes behind tournament leader Bernhard Langer, who shot a six-under-65.  He leads Bob Tway by two strokes. -7/25- Alex Gaugert overcame a four-stroke deficit to win the State Amateur in Mequon.  The 22-year-old Lake Geneva native birdied four of his first five holes yesterday to win his final amateur event.  He’ll turn pro at the State Open next month.  Gaugert finished at six-over-286, two shots ahead of second-place Robbie Ziegler.  That robbed the 24-year-old Ziegler of a wire-to-wire victory, after he led for the first three rounds.  Ziegler, an assistant men’s golf coach for the Wisconsin Badgers, had only one birdie in his final 36 holes.  Matt Ross and Joe DuChateau tied for third.  They were five strokes off the pace. -7/25- Green Bay native Jay DeMerit announced his retirement from pro soccer yesterday.  Injuries forced the 34-year-old central defender to leave, after playing for just over three seasons with the Vancouver Whitecaps in Major League Soccer.  DeMerit starred in soccer, track, and basketball at Bay Port High School, and he played his college soccer at Illinois-Chicago.  M-L-S teams refused to take him in after that, so he went off to England and eventually made it to the country’s top division.  DeMerit played for Team U-S-A in the 2010 World Cup.  He started all four games in that event, and played in 26 total matches for the Americans before he finally got an invite to M-L-S.  DeMerit started 69 games for Vancouver, but played just 11 this season before tearing an ankle tendon in June.
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Octavia M. “Tavi” Mincoff, 90 of Conrath, died on Thursday, July 24 at the Ladysmith Nursing Home.  She is survived by: 5 children, John Mincoff of Holcombe, Mary VanCamp of Mt. Horeb, Nate and Kim Mincoff both of Conrath and Casey Mincoff of Ladysmith.  17 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.  1 Sister, Yvonne Root, and 3 brothers, Raphael, Richard and Jack Christman.

Memorial services for Tavi Mincoff will be held on Friday, Aug. 1 at 10 AM at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Ladysmith.  Tavi’s family will receive friends for an hour prior to service time at the church on Friday.  Nash-Jackan Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements.

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