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Sr. Veronica Davison, OSM 97 of the Servants of Mary, died on Tuesday, Aug. 26th.  A funeral mass for Sr. Davison will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 2nd at 3:30 PM at Our Lady of Sorrows Church with Fr. Chris Kemp officating.  Burial will be in the Convent Cemetery.  Friends are welcome at the Church on Tuesday from 2:30 PM until service time.  Nash-Jackan Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements.

Prep Scores

Wisconsin high school football

Augusta 24, Clayton 20

Bloomer 46, Amery 0

Bonduel 39, Peshtigo 12

Calumet Michigan 14, Northland Pines-Phelps 12

Eleva-Strum 22, Elk Mound 14

Franklin 28, Greendale 14

Germantown 41, Hartford Union 7

Gillett 49, Marion-Tigerton 7 Hazel Green Southwestern 40, Beloit Turner 14

Holmen 27, Platteville 0

Hudson 36, Chanhassen Minnesota 0

Manawa 15, Coleman 12 Mequon Homestead 24, Hartland Arrowhead 20

Milwaukee King 42, Sturgeon Bay 13

Norway Michigan 19, Niagara-Goodman-Pembine 7

Robbinsdale Cooper Minnesota 42, River Falls 7

Wabeno 20, Wausaukee 6

Waukesha Catholic Memorial 35, West Allis Central 0

Waukesha South 43, Racine Park 25

West Bend West 35, Two Rivers 14 (End)

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Wisconsin Sports

In N-F-L exhibition play… Green Bay 34, Kansas City 14 In Major League Baseball… Regional action… Cincinnati 7, Chicago Cubs 2 Minnesota 11, Kansas City 5 in 10 innings Cleveland 3, Chicago White Sox 2 Detroit 3, New York Yankees 2 In the Midwest League… Wisconsin 9, Burlington 5 Beloit at Peoria, rained out
Here are the details: The Green Bay Packers closed out a 3-and-1 exhibition season with a 34-to-14 home win over Kansas City last night.  Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien each threw a pair of touchdown passes, as they competed to become Aaron Rodgers’ top backup.  Tolzien threw for 139 yards, and Flynn 102, as they gave coach Mike McCarthy a tough decision on which one to keep — or both. McCarthy and Packers’ general manager Ted Thompson have until 5 p-m tomorrow to trim down their roster from 75 players to 53.  McCarthy calls it “the worst part of their jobs.”  Tolzien, a former Badger, said he hopes the Pack will keep three quarterbacks around — but he has no idea what will happen.  McCarthy said he was impressed with how the Packers kept getting better during the pre-season.  They led by 13 at the half and rolled from there, on a night when numerous starters never dressed so the coaches could evaluate players on the bubble one final time.  Seventh-round rookie receiver Jeff Janis made a case for a roster spot with a touchdown catch and a 62-yard kickoff return.  Green Bay linebackers Nate Palmer and Adrian Hubbard left the game with knee injuries, as did tackle Aaron Adams.  Kansas City’s third string quarterback, Tyler Bray, threw for 116 yards and a touchdown.  The Chiefs’ reserves committed 14 penalties on the night.   The Packers will open their regular season next Thursday night at Seattle. -8/29- Wisconsin football coach Gary Andersen says he’ll be interested to see how back-up running back Corey Clement performs tomorrow night.  The Badgers will open their season against L-S-U in Houston.  And the sophomore Clement will be counted on to give Heisman Trophy candidate Melvin Gordon the relief he needs during games.  Andersen said Clement had a very productive pre-season camp, but he remains untested when a game’s on the line.  Clement averaged more than eight yards a carry in his freshman year at the U-W, but he was only given the ball 67 times — far less than the 221 carries James White received as Gordon’s top back-up in 2013.  The Badgers are used to having quality back-ups at running back.  White is currently knocking on the door for a roster spot in the N-F-L with the New England Patriots. -8/29-   The Milwaukee Brewers will try to end a two-game losing streak tonight when they play the Giants in San Francisco.  The Crew still has a one-and-a-half game division lead over second-place Saint Louis in the National League Central.  Third-place Pittsburgh is four games back, after winning two games apiece over the Brewers and Cardinals in their last two series.  The top three Central contenders were all off yesterday.  Fourth-place Cincinnati beat the Chicago Cubs 7-to-2 and moved within eight-and-a-half games of the lead.  The Brewers will now play three games against a Giants’ team that’s second in the National League West at 71-and-62.  San Francisco is four-and-a-half games behind division-leading Los Angeles.  The Giants have won three in a row, after topping Colorado 4-to-1 at home last night.  Right-hander Wily Peralta will start for Milwaukee tonight against San Francisco right-hander Ryan Vogelsong. -8/29- Milwaukee native Tim Smyczek will play 17th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain this morning at the U-S Open tennis tournament in New York.  Smyczek advanced after winning his first round match on Tuesday in four sets over Filip Krajnovic of Serbia.  It was the third year in a row that Smyczek made it past the first round of the Open. -8/29- Waukesha native Gwen Jorgensen will try to win her fifth straight triathlon tomorrow.  The former Wisconsin Badgers’ distance-running All-American will compete in the grand final of the I-T-U World Triathlon Series in Edmonton Alberta.  Jorgensen has won the most I-T-U races of any woman in series’ history.  Her streak of four victories is the most by any participant, female or male.  Those wins came in Yokohama, London, Chicago, and Hamburg.  There are eight races in the I-T-U season series.  Jorgensen leads the point standings with 38-hundred-85.  U-S teammate Sarah Groff is second with three-thousand-37.

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Rusk County News

Wisconsin’s best-known independent poll still has the governor’s race in a dead heat, less than ten weeks before voters make their choice.  The latest Marquette Law School poll released this afternoon shows Republican incumbent Scott Walker leading Democrat Mary Burke among registered voters, 47-and-a-half to 44-percent.  Both are within the margins-of-error — the same as in the last two Marquette polls in May and July.  Among likely voters, Burke continues to lead 48-point-six-percent to 47-and-a-half — but with only 68 days until Election Day, more than a-third of those polled still don’t know enough about Burke to form an opinion about her.  There’s still a gender split among registered voters.  Men favor Walker by 15 percentage points, while women back the former Trek Bicycle executive by seven.  The Marquette poll surveyed 815 registered voters from last Thursday through Sunday, with an error margin of three-and-a-half percent either way.  For likely voters, the error margin is four-point-one percent plus-or-minus.

For the third time in seven years, President Obama will visit Milwaukee on Labor Day.  He’s expected to speak at the city’s Labor-Fest on Monday, but the White House has not released any details.  Obama spoke to about seven-thousand people at the 2010 Labor-Fest.  He also attended the event in 2008, during his first campaign for the presidency.  Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke also plans to be there.  Her campaign spokesman Joe Zepecki was not immediately sure whether Burke and Obama will appear on stage at the same time.  Burke is running neck-and-neck with Republican Governor Scott Walker.  With less than ten weeks before the election, a new Marquette Law School poll has the two in a dead heat — even though a third of the 800-plus registered voters still don’t know enough about Burke to form an opinion.  The same poll gives Obama a 45-percent approval rating as president, with 50-percent disapproving of his job.  Obama’s last Wisconsin appearance was in January, when he spoke about job training at a G-E plant in Waukesha.

Wednesday morning a theft was reported to the Rusk County Sheriff’s Department. According to the report, an on-line theft, the use of a debit card in the amount of $247.00 from a resident on Highway 8, Tony was reported.

The Ladysmith Fire Department just before 1 PM Wednesday answered a call to a residential fire alarm on Port Arthur Road, Ladysmith. Ladysmith Firemen reported no problem and were at the scene for a few minutes.

Rusk County dispatch received a call from an off duty Ladysmith Police Officer at about 4:15 Wednesday afternoon of a two car accident in front of the Weyerhaeuser Equity Convenience Store on Highway 8. One subject reportedly had a nose bleed. Citations were issued to a male driver from the accident. No other information was available.

An 80 year old female reported to Ladysmith Police that between 11:30 PM Tuesday night and 1:15 PM Wednesday afternoon, someone took two solar lights from the garden area adjacent to her driveway on East 3rd Street South. The unknown person left one light behind.

New information has surfaced about the Rice Lake man accused of pointing a gun at people over the past weekend. Officers say more charges are now pending against Randall Hoffman, 35. He and Terance Hanson, 50, were arrested on Sunday after being accused of pointing a gun at a building and some people on the street. During the investigation, witnesses who lived underneath the suspects, said they heard gunshots earlier in the day and a bullet came through the ceiling, almost hitting someone. A search warrant at the apartment turned up more weapons and drugs. Those charges are now pending against Hoffman.

The Rice Lake man accused of leading police on a chase is now charged. Court records show Josh Carlson, 25, is now facing eleven charges. They include recklessly endangering safety and fleeing an officer. He had a warrant for his arrest. Last Wednesday afternoon, he took off when officers tried to pull him over, sparking a chase. After avoiding stop sticks, and colliding with several police cars, he eventually stopped and ran into the woods. Police found him later with the help of a thermal camera and a patrol plane. If convicted, he could spend 45 years in prison.

Wisconsin Sports

In Major League Baseball… National League Central race… San Diego 3, Milwaukee 2 in 10 innings Pittsburgh 3, Saint Louis 1 Cincinnati 7, Chicago Cubs 5 In regional action… Chicago White Sox 3, Cleveland 2 Kansas City 6, Minnesota 1 New York Yankees 8, Detroit 4 In the Midwest League… Burlington 1, Wisconsin 0 Peoria 4, Beloit 2
Here are the details: The Milwaukee Brewers lost at San Diego last night, 3-to-2 in ten innings. Rene Rivera homered in the ninth to give Milwaukee its first extra-inning game in over two months.  Rivera then hit a walk-off single in the tenth to win it. The Brewers dropped the final two contests in their three-game set with the Padres, and they’ve lost four of their last six.  But they still cling to a one-and-a-half game lead over Saint Louis in the National League Central after the Cardinals lost.  Milwaukee broke a scoreless tie in the seventh when Elian Herrera hit an R-B-I double, went to third on the throw, and scored on a passed ball.  San Diego made it 2-to-1 in the same inning when pinch-hitter Jake Goebbert hit a run-scoring single.  That set up Rivera’s heroics.  Brewers’ starter Yovani Gallardo threw six scoreless innings, giving up three hits and three walks.  Zach Duke took the loss, falling to 4-and-1.  Dale Thayer got the win.  He’s 4-and-3.  Padres’ starter Odrisamer Despaigne struck out a career-high nine batters in seven frames.  Brewers’ manager Ron Roenicke was ejected in the ninth, and ripped plate umpire Mark Ripperger for calling strikes that were way off the plate.  In Roenicke’s words, “I should have been kicked out probably in the second inning.”  Crew chief Ted Barrett said he’ll get a report from Major League Baseball as early as today — and if there were pitches missed, they’ll figure out how to get them right.  Milwaukee is off today, and will open a series at San Francisco tomorrow night. -8/28-  Matt Garza will pitch a simulated game tomorrow. If it goes well, manager Ron Roenicke says Garza will return to the Brewers’ starting rotation.  He’s been on the disabled list since August fifth with a strained left oblique muscle.  The plan is for Garza to throw 45-to-50 pitches, facing hitters for the first time since his injury.  Roenicke was considering a minor league rehab start — but with the Brewers on the West Coast through Sunday, he said the long flights might have been a problem.  When he returns, Garza will be on a lower pitch count.  Roenicke said the Brewers should have more relievers on hand following the September first roster expansion to 40 players. -8/28- Brewers’ starter Jimmy Nelson has been named the Pacific Coast League’s pitcher-of-the-year for the time he spent at Triple-”A” Nashville.  It’s the second straight season that a Milwaukee pitcher won the honor.  Johnny Hellweg was the P-C-L’s top pitcher ago.  Nelson had 16 starts and one relief appearance for the Nashville Sounds, going 10-and-2 with a one-point-four-six E-R-A and 114 strikeouts in 111 innings.  Nelson led all of Minor League Baseball with his E-R-A.  He also led the minors by limiting opposing hitters to a .179 average.  -8/28- Back-ups will have a chance to earn roster spots tonight, when the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs play their final exhibition game at Lambeau Field.  For the Pack, the most intriguing battle appears to be at the quarterback spot, where Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien are vying to be Aaron Rodgers’ top back-up.  Flynn is expected to start, possibly alternating with Tolzien quarter-by-quarter.  The Packers could end up keeping both quarterbacks, but that hasn’t been decided yet.  At inside linebacker, Jamari Lattimore and Sam Barrington are competing to be Brad Jones’ top backup.  Jones has been out with a thigh injury.  The Packers could also audition some more kick returners.  Rookie Corey Linsley will get a lot of time at center, after J-C Tretter went down went an injury last week.  The Chiefs will use the game to audition candidates at Number-three running back.  Coach Andy Reid said he also wants to get a look at some younger receivers and offensive linemen. -8/28- One of five buses taking the Kansas City Chiefs to their hotel in Appleton got into an accident yesterday afternoon.  Outagamie County sheriff’s deputies were escorting the Chiefs from the airport to their downtown hotel when another vehicle entered an intersection and collided with a tour bus.  None of the Chiefs were hurt.  A child in the other vehicle had a minor cut to the head, and was taken to an Appleton hospital for treatment.  Authorities are investigating the crash, which happened on the eve of the Chiefs’ exhibition game tonight against the Packers in Green Bay. -8/28- Wisconsin linebacker Derek Landisch expects to start on Saturday night, when the Badgers open their season against L-S-U in Houston.  The senior has been gradually increasing his practice time since last weekend, after he went out August 13th with an injured right hamstring.  It sidelined him for more than a week.  Landisch worked with the Badgers’ Number-One defense at practice yesterday.  Meanwhile, senior walk-on linebacker Ben Ruechel was given a scholarship this week.  -8/28- One of Wisconsin’s top high school basketball players has narrowed his college choices — and Marquette is still in the running.  An E-S-P-N analyst tweeted that Rice Lake senior Henry Ellenson also has Michigan State and Kentucky on his final list.  Ellenson is considered one of the top power forwards in the country.  He recently played for Team U-S-A in the World Under-17 tournament.  Ellenson has also received offers from North Carolina, Duke, and U-C-L-A among others.  His brother Wally transferred to Marquette this summer.   (End)

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WASHINGTON (AP) – The Congressional Budget Office says the U.S. economy will grow by just 1.5 percent this year — hurt by a poor first-quarter performance.

This new assessment is considerably more pessimistic than the Obama administration’s.

Last month, the administration predicted that the economy would grow 2.6 percent this year.

The CBO says the economy should grow by 3.4 percent over 2015 and 2016, and predicts that the unemployment rate will remain below 6 percent intothe future.

The economy unexpectedly contracted over the first quarter of the year, in part because of an unusually harsh winter.

The CBO also projects that the government will run a deficit of $506 billion for the budget year ending Sept. 30.

A Ladysmith man, charged with child pornography, waved his right to a preliminary hearing, and was bound over for trial. Marc Gross, 28, of Ladysmith faces eight counts of possession of child porn. Early last month, the Ladysmith Police Department helped the State Division of Criminal Investigation serve a search warrant at a home on Corbett Avenue. They say Gross had a computer there with pornographic videos of children. Officers arrested Gross and took him to the Rusk County jail. His bond was set at $50,000 cash and Gross is due in court later this month.

At 8:45 PM Tuesday night, Rusk County dispatch received a 911 call from a female subject requesting to check the well fare of a male subject at a residence on Reichel Road, Exeland. A Rusk County deputy made contact with the male subject who was reportedly OK. After further investigation, the subject is wanted out of Sawyer County. The Warrant was confirmed and the subject had a .19 on the PBT. He was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk/Sawyer County line on Highway 40 to be transferred the Sawyer County.

The Rusk County Sheriff’s Department just after 5 AM this (Wednesday) morning, received a report of a red Chevy Silverado with a trailer, parked blocking most of the roadway on Sheep Camp Road. A Rusk County deputy responded to the scene and a short time later advised of a high speed chase North bound on Ducommun Road. The chase continued East bound on County Highway P. A few minutes later, the deputy advised he lost site of them at County Highway P and Hanson Road. The vehicle was described as a Red Chevy ½ ton pulling and empty snowmobile trailer. No other information was available.

Ladysmith Police and the Ladysmith Fire Department at 1:10 PM Tuesday, responded to a fire alarm at the Ladysmith Middle School. The alarm had been activated when freon was released while maintenance was recharging a compressor in the kitchen at the school.

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) – Authorities conducting a human trafficking sting in northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin have made six arrests.

They include a Douglas County, Wisconsin man charged with child enticement. Investigators say 51-year-old Ronald Provost, of Foxboro, responded to their fake online ad, supposedly from a 15-year-old girl. Police say he arranged to meet with the girl at a Superior, Wisconsin hotel after sending her a sexually explicit picture.

Five other Northland men were arrested on prostitution charges that resulted from the sting. Police say the men responded to a fictitious online ad placed by detectives that offered sex for money.

The sting operation was conducted by Superior and Duluth police along with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.


Jerome Ewald “Jerry” Zimmerman, age 66, of Holcombe, passed away on Monday, August 18, with his life friend Jane James at his side.

Jerry is suvived by Jane James of Holcombe, two sons, John and (Katie Gorell) James of Eau Claire, Jay and Tiffany James of Menomonie, grandchildren, Owen, Jesse, Jascyna, and Zaylena, step-grandchildren, Caleigha, Caleb, and Zaynah, cousin, Riley (Doris) Fletschock of Eau Claire, and many other relatives and friends.

Services for Jerry will be held on Friday, August 29, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1812 Lynn Ave., Altoona, at 11 AM with Father Derek Sakowski officiating.  Friends and relatives may call one hour prior to the service.  Interment will be in Trinity Cemetery in Fall Creek.  Cremation Society of Wisconsin is serving the family.  Online condolences may be shared at www.cremationsociety-wi.com.

Wisconsin Sports

In Major League Baseball… National League Central race… San Diego 4, Milwaukee 1 Pittsburgh 5, Saint Louis 2 Chicago Cubs 3, Cincinnati 0 In regional action… Kansas City 2, Minnesota 1 Cleveland 8, Chicago White Sox 6 Detroit 5, New York Yankees 2 In the Midwest League… Wisconsin 6, Beloit 2
Here are the details: After getting 42 hits in their last three games, the Milwaukee Brewers only mustered five hits in a 4-to-1 loss at San Diego last night.  The Crew still has a one-and-a-half game lead in the National League Central, after second-place Saint Louis lost to Pittsburgh.  The Pirates are now five games back in third.  Scooter Gennett drove in Milwaukee’s only run with a ground-rule double in the fourth inning.  Jean Segura had two singles in three trips.  Abraham Almonte hit a solo homer and an R-B-I single to lead San Diego.  Jimmy Nelson took the loss for Milwaukee, giving up four runs — two earned — in five innings.  He struck out seven, as he lost his third straight decision while falling to 2-and-5 on the year.  Tyson Ross got the win for the Padres, giving up just one run on four hits in six-and-a-third frames.  Ross had his 13th straight quality start, as he improved to 12-and-12.  Joaquin Benoit earned his ninth save.  Ryan Braun was back in the lineup, after he suffered a left quad contusion in a collision at first base on Monday night.  The Brewers’ right-fielder went 0-for-4 and struck out twice.  The Brewers ended a streak of five consecutive road wins.  They’ll close out their three-game series at San Diego tonight.  Right-hander Yovani Gallardo will start for the Crew against Padres’ right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne.   -8/27- Brewers’ starter Matt Garza appears to be ready for the final step in his rehab from a strained left oblique muscle.  The veteran right-hander threw a solid bullpen session yesterday in San Diego, after tossing 40 pitches in a similar exercise last Friday.  Garza has been on the disabled list since August fifth.  Manager Ron Roenicke says he’ll find out today how the pitcher feels — and based on that, Garza will either get a minor league rehab assignment or a simulated game before he returns to the Milwaukee rotation next week.  Garza is 7-and-7 this year with a three-point-five-eight E-R-A.  -8/27- The Milwaukee organization will have eight prospects in the Arizona Fall League. Left-hander Wei-Chung Wang — the Brewers’ Rule-Five pick who’s now on a minor league injury rehab — will be among those playing for the Glendale Desert Dogs.  Others include pitchers Ariel Pena, Brooks Hall, and Tyler Wagner — infielders Nick Ramirez and Hector Gomez — outfielder Tyrone Taylor — and catcher Shawn Zarraga.  Of that group, Pena is at the highest minor league level, at Triple-”A” Nashville.  Zarraga is a taxi-squad player who will only be active on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  The Arizona Fall League helps train the Majors’ top prospects.  Six teams will start playing each other on October seventh throughout the Phoenix area. -8/27- The Green Bay Packers put six players on injured reserve yesterday, to get down to their current roster limit of 75.  All six are out for the year after serious injuries — nose tackle B-J Raji, offensive lineman Don Barclay, receiver Jared Abbrederis, guard Andrew Tiller, running back Rajion Neal, and inside linebacker Joe Thomas.  Also, the Packers waived rookie tight end Colt Lyerla after reaching an injury settlement.  His agent says the Packers will pay Lyerla about half of his 303-thousand dollar salary for this year.  Other teams can sign him after Week-Eight of the regular season.  Meanwhile, the Packers will hold their final public practice of Training Camp today.  They’ll get ready for their final exhibition game tomorrow night at Lambeau Field against Kansas City — where players on the bubble will get one final audition to make the 53-man season roster.  Final cuts are due by five p-m Saturday. -8/27- The Milwaukee Bucks traded veteran forward Carlos Delfino to the Los Angeles Clippers yesterday, in exchange for small forward Jared Dudley.  The Bucks also sent young center Miroslav Raduljica and a second-round draft pick for next year to the Clippers.  Besides the 6-7 Dudley, L-A also gave Milwaukee a first-round pick in 2017.  Delfino was planning to have a second stint with Milwaukee last season — but he surgery last December on a broken foot bone, and he never played.  The Journal Sentinel says he might not play this coming season, either, because the bone reportedly did not heal correctly.  Delfino turns 32 on Friday.  The 29-year-old Dudley averaged seven points with L-A last season, and later lost his starting job after having three strong years with Phoenix where he averaged 13 points in 2012. -8/27- For the third straight year, Milwaukee native Tim Smyczek made it past the first round at the U-S Open tennis tournament.  He defeated Filip Krajnovic 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 yesterday in New York.  Smyczek will play 17th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut in the next round.  The 26-year-old Smyczek made it to the third round a year ago, and was the last American man to be eliminated.  Smyczek won a state title in high school.  He was the 2002 Division-Two champ with Brookfield Academy.  -8/27- NASCAR’s Nationwide Series is moving its Wisconsin event from June to August 29th next year.  The circuit announced its schedules yesterday — and the event at Road America in Elkhart Lake was moved up two months.  It will stay on a Saturday, like it’s been since 2010 — and unlike past years, there will not be a Sprint Cup race at a different track on the same weekend.  Road America president George Bruggenthies says he hopes at least a couple of the Sprint Cup drivers will compete in the Road America event.   (End)

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Garage Sale

Bruce and Mary Lavalier – N4616 Beebe Road, Bruce.  Antique boat motor, telescope, beer mugs, hutch, computer desk, coats, clothes, and household items.  Sat Aug 30  9 AM to 3 PM.

Yard Sale

Yard/Tent Sale rain or shine.  Flea Market styl Thursday, Friday 9-6 and Saturday 9-3.  508 US Highway 8 Hawkins, WI. Hawkins Festival.

Right in the center of town,  tons of furniture, nice tent, scrap booking supplies, gas grill, bikes, dishes, hunting clothes, books, antiques, vintage items, Multiple vendors expected.  Plenty of room to set up if you’re interested and have something to sell.