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The tight Wisconsin governor’s race attracted some national star power yesterday, as Michelle Obama and Chris Christie visited the state to campaign for their respective party candidates.  Obama and Democrat Mary Burke spoke to hundreds of supporters at a downtown Milwaukee convention hall. Republican Governor Scott Walker and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie appeared at the local G-O-P headquarters in Hudson before speaking to workers at an area heavy-equipment factory.  Christie hailed Walker as a man of honesty-and-integrity.  He also attacked Burke’s alleged plagiarism of her jobs’ proposal, asking why people would trust her about anything else.  The nation’s First Lady defended Burke, saying she’s in the race for the right reasons — and she cares about people more than politics.  Burke defended her jobs plan, saying the goal is to achieve resul ts, regardless of where the ideas come from.  Both also appealed to their party bases to get out and vote.  Christie warned of voter fatigue after Walker’s 2010 election and 2012 recall vote.  Obama noted that many voters in his two contests were young people who had never voted before — and too many people tune-out for the mid-term contests.  As the First Lady put it, “When we stay home, they win.”  Walker and Christie are both said to be possible G-O-P presidential hopefuls for 2016, but they avoided any talk of that. Walker said his plan is to be the governor for the next four years.

 At about 5:50 AM this (Tuesday) morning, a Ladysmith Officer responded to an area on Baker Avenue West for a report that a Rusk County deputy was out with a vehicle that was called in as a drunk driver. Dalton James Krueger 21, and Aaron Clough were arrested for OWI and Probation Violations. They were taken to the Rusk County jail.

Mother Nature has finally given a break to Wisconsin farmers, as they get their fall harvest into high gear.  The National Ag Statistics Service said temperatures were five-degrees above normal last week, while rainfall was minimal.  Thirty-six percent of the Wisconsin corn crop is mature — up 17 points from a week ago, but still 15-percent behind the average for the past five years. Thirty-one percent of the corn-for-feed has been harvested.  That’s about half of normal — but experts say we’ll see a lot more progress if it stays dry this week.  Don’t count on that, though.  The National Weather Service says there’s a chance of rain every day this week — and showers are likely statewide both tomorrow and Thursday.  Eighty-nine percent of the soybean crop has turned color, and 58-percent has leaves dropping.  Both are slightly behind schedule.  Moisture is generally not a problem for now.  Eighty-percent of the state’s farm fields have adequate moisture, and 12-percent have a surplus.

Great weather drew thousands of people to the annual Oktoberfest in La Crosse. Organizers said over 100-thousand watched the Maple Leaf Parade on Saturday, about the same as in past years.  Police said there were no major incidents, but the four-day festival from Thursday through Sunday did have its share of trouble.  A car was flipped over in the area of U-W La Crosse, and windows were smashed in six other vehicles.  Over 130 people were ticketed for public-or-underage drinking, drunk driving, and urinating in public.  Police were still processing hundreds of tickets at last word.  At least five homes were cited for hosting illegal drinking parties — one of which had 250 people in a backyard. Requests for ambulances were doubled from a year ago, totaling almost 160. Sixty-percent of the calls were said to be alcohol-related.  Over 50 people were sent to a hospital for detox.  A few others had injuries.  During the parade, a pair of 21-year-old Madison men were arrested for scaling a ladder and breaking into a home.  A 41-year-old La Crosse man was arrested for allegedly choking one police officer and kicking another while drunk.

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Wisconsin Sports

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The Milwaukee Bucks will open their training camp today with new ownership, a new coaching staff, and a pair of 19-year-olds from whom a lot will be expected. Forward Jabari Parker from Duke was the Number-two overall pick in the N-B-A Draft in June. Guard-and-forward Giannis Antetokounmpo of Greece is starting his second season in Milwaukee. At the Bucks’ Media Day yesterday, Parker said he’ll worry about the team first and filling his role in it. After Milwaukee won only 15 games last season, many fans saw Parker as the team’s hope for the future. New coach Jason Kidd says he won’t put the Bucks’ entire load on Parker. And Kidd put it, “It’s not about the individual success, but the team success … Team wins, he wins.” Meanwhile, Antetokounmpo said he built up more confidence in his game this summer. He averaged 17 points and six rebounds in four N-B-A Summer League games. He also starred for the Greek national team in the recent World Cup. The so-called “Greek Freak” was drafted 15th by the Bucks a year ago. Meanwhile, Kidd has a lot to prove after making his N-B-A coaching debut a year ago at Brooklyn. And Bucks’ owners Marc Lasry and Wes Edens have been given three years by the N-B-A to open a new arena to replace the B-M-O Harris Bradley Center. If it doesn’t happen, the league can buy back the team after Herb Kohl sold it earlier this year.

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The Green Bay Packers have only two days to get ready for their next game against the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night at Lambeau Field. One thing the Packers hope to do is shore up their run defense — which gives up the most rushing yards in the N-F-L with 176 per game. Coach Mike McCarthy defended the Packers’ decision to go with smaller, more athletic players on the defensive line. He said it plays to the strengths of his roster, and nobody on the staff is happy with the numbers so far. McCarthy said the Bears’ running game took him by surprise this past Sunday — when Chicago ran for 235 yards, mainly in draw and trap plays up the middle. The coach said the team made adjustments at halftime, and the defense got better when it intercepted two Jay Cutler passes. On Thursday night, the Packers will have to deal with Minnesota rushers Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon, who ran for 213 yards against Atlanta on Sunday. Asiata had three rushing touchdowns in place of Adrian Peterson. The Packers and Vikings both come in at 2-and-2, a game behind N-F-C North Division-leading Detroit.

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Wisconsin running back Corey Clement says he’s frustrated by his lack of production so far. As a freshman, Clement was the Badgers’ Number-three running back a year ago. He provided late relief for James White and Melvin Gordon, against defenses that were more tired than what Clement is seeing now as the main back-up to Gordon. Clement says he’s too hesitant on the field, he makes incorrect reads, and he gets too nervous sometimes. He sees he needs to keep playing in order to fix those issues. Running backs’ coach Thomas Brown says Clement tries to press too much sometimes — and he needs to do a better job of taking what the defense gives him. Clement has 56 carries in the Badgers’ first four games for 290 yards and three touchdowns. Through four games a year ago, he had 44 carries for 344 yards and four scores. The 3-and-1 Badgers play at Northwestern on Saturday in their Big Ten opener.

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Kimberly is still Number-One among large schools in the new A-P state high school football poll. Ashwaubenon is second, Germantown third, and Bay Port fourth. West De Pere remains atop the list of mid-sized schools. Wisconsin Lutheran is second, followed by Appleton Xavier and Somerset. Fond du Lac Springs still leads the smaller schools, with Amherst, Edgar, and Stanley-Boyd in the two-three-and-four spots. All the schools we mentioned are 6-and-0.

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Milwaukee Brewers’ general manager Doug Melvin says a lack of offense was the biggest problem with his team down the stretch. The Crew was a team of free swingers who succeeded early, but collectively struggled to score runs in the second half of the season. Melvin said the key is to find out why that happened. There were some successes. Jonathan Lucroy set a new Major League record for doubles in games played as a catcher with 46. Carlos Gomez showed his normal energy, hitting .284 with 34 stolen bases and 23 homers. Ryan Braun is scheduled to have surgery on Thursday to try-and-fix the nerve issue in his right thumb which dropped his production in the year following his drug suspension. Braun hit .266 in 135 games. The Brewers might look for a more patient hitter who could do a better job of working-the-count and hitting .300. But Melvin says he first wants to evaluate his current players to see who cares about winning-and-losing. As the G-M put it, “If there are guys who don’t care about winning, they probably won’t be here.” He says at least a partial turnover of the roster is possible. Melvin and team owner Mark Attanasio plan to discuss manager Ron Roenicke’s future next week.

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Posted by Thom Gerretsen at 4:08 AM

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