Kathleen L. Carroll

Kathleen L. Carroll 95 of Sheldon, died on Thursday; April 17th, 2014 at her home in Braham, MN.
She is survived by 1 sister, Ruth Prasnicky of Sheldon and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral Service  will be held on Tuesday; April 22nd, 2014 at 11:00 AM at The Nash – Jackan Funeral Home in Ladysmith with Rev. Linda Shearer officiating. Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery on the Flambeau. 
Kathleen’s family will receive friends at the Funeral Home on Tuesday for an hour prior to service time.

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wisconsin sports

In Major League Baseball…
Pittsburgh 11, Milwaukee 2
Boston 3, Chicago White Sox 1
Minnesota 7, Toronto 0, Game 1
Minnesota 9, Toronto 5, Game 2
Detroit 7, Cleveland 5

In the Midwest League…
Beloit 7, Lansing 2
Great Lakes 4, Wisconsin 3

Here are the details:

The Milwaukee Brewers lost their first road game of the season last night, 11-to-2 at Pittsburgh.  The Pirates did all their damage after Yovani Gallardo left, when they chopped up the Milwaukee bullpen to break a 2-2 tie and go in front for good.  Gallardo struck out six in six innings.  In the seventh, Rob Wooten gave up a two-run homer to pinch-hitter Josh Harrison.  Pedro Alvarez belted a three-run blast that highlighted a six-run eighth inning for Pittsburgh.  Wooten took the loss for his first decision of the year.  Pirates’ starter Edinson Volquez got the win, giving up two runs on eight hits and a walk in seven innings.  He’s 1-and-0.  Andrew McCutcheon gave Pittsburgh an early lead with a two-run homer off Gallardo.  The Brewers scored both their runs in the first three frames, on R-B-I singles from Aramis Ramirez and Jonathan Lucroy.  Milwaukee went 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position, while the Pirates were 4-for-10 in that department.  Milwaukee fell just short of tying a team-record for the best road start, which was 7-and-0 in 1987.  The Brewers have now lost three of their last four.  Pittsburgh’s win was only the second in its last six.  The two teams will play each other again tonight at P-N-C Park.  Brewers’ right-hander Kyle Lohse will face right-hander Charlie Morton.


Wisconsin men’s basketball coach Bo Ryan is cautioning fans not to be over-optimistic, in the wake of the Badgers’ Final Four run this season.  Before the team’s annual banquet last night, Ryan told reporters that some fans already have reservations for next year’s Final Four in Indianapolis.  He cautioned that the Badgers would have to overcome the same breaks and “landmines” they confronted in any N-C-A-A Tournament run.  Still, players remain hungry to make it to the national title game, after losing their semi-final to Kentucky two weeks ago.  Sam Dekker, who will be a junior next year, says he has a 50-page list of things he needs to improve on — and everybody on the team must have the same mentality.  Center Frank Kaminsky says he’s on board with that.  He said everyone will have to get better.  And after going 30-and-8 this season, Kaminsky says the Badgers will catch no opponents by surprise next year.  Over 700 fans attended the team’s banquet at the Kohl Center.


Milwaukee Bucks’ players cleaned out their lockers and had exit interviews with their coaches yesterday, not knowing what the future holds for them.  There’s no word on when N-B-A owners will consider the 550-million-dollar proposal from hedge fund owners Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens to buy the Bucks from Herb Kohl.  Until that happens, everything’s in limbo — including whether coach Larry Drew and G-M John Hammond will stay around.  Both have two years left on their current contracts.  Drew says he has no choice but to keep planning for next season — and the next order of business is to scout players for the June 26th N-B-A Draft.  The Bucks will draft no lower than fourth, and will have a 25-percent chance of winning the first pick in next month’s Draft Lottery.  Drew said he plans to get the veterans together with the young players who will compete in the N-B-A Summer League in July.  Guard Nate Wolters and forward Giannis Antetokounmpo will take part in the summer league play as they enter their second seasons in Milwaukee.  Rookies will join them.


Two Wisconsin golfers both struggled in their opening rounds at the R-B-C Heritage tournament.  Pewaukee native Mark Wilson shot a three-over-par 74 yesterday at the P-G-A Tour event at Harbour Town on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina.  Jerry Kelly of Madison is at five-over-76.  Both have a lot of ground to make up today if they want to stay around for the weekend.  Wilson is 92nd after Round-One, and Kelly is tied for 118th.  Matt Kuchar, Scott Langley, and William McGirt are tied for the lead at five-under-66.


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Frances M. Duzansky

Frances M. “FRAN” Duzansky 74 of Winter, died on Tuesday; April 15th, 2014 at The Rice Lake Convalescent Center.
She is survived by her step-father Joseph Szymula of Exeland, 2 sons: Theodore Duzansky of Crestview, FL and William Duzansky of San Antonio, TX 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday; April 22nd, 2014 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Winter with Fr., Patrick Hardy and Deacon James Frederick officiating. Burial will be in The Windfall Cemetery in Exeland. The Duzansky Family will receive friends at the Church on Tuesday for an hour prior to service time.

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Wisconsin Sports

Scores: In the N-B-A’s regular season finale night… Atlanta 111, Milwaukee 103 In Major League Baseball… Milwaukee 5, Saint Louis 1 New York Yankees 3, Chicago Cubs 0 in Game-One New York Yankees 2, Chicago Cubs 0 in Game-Two Boston 6, Chicago White Sox 4 in 14 innings Cleveland 3, Detroit 2 Toronto at Minnesota, snowed out In the Midwest League… Wisconsin 10, Lansing 7 in Game-One Wisconsin 1, Lansing 0 in 8 innings of Game-Two Great Lakes 7, Beloit 6 in 10 innings Here are the details: The proposed new owners of the Milwaukee Bucks say the fans deserve a winning team — and they plan to quote, “build a great team and beautiful arena.”  Long-time owner Herb Kohl announced yesterday that he’ll sell the Bucks to New York hedge fund owners Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens for 550-million dollars.  Kohl said he would donate 100-million for the long-proposed arena to replace the B-M-O Harris Bradley Center.  Edens and Lasry said they’ll put up another 100-million for the new building.  Bradley Center board chairman Marc Marotta said the donations provide “new momentum” for the arena project, and it will help the community for decades to come.  National pundits were surprised by the Bucks’ sale price, considering Milwaukee’s small-market status.  It’s almost 150-million dollars more than what Forbes magazine estimated the team to be worth in January.  That estimate was 405-million, the lowest in the N-B-A.  The league’s Board of Governors must approve the sale, but Kohl does not think it will happen this week.  He plans to introduce Edens and Lasry to other team owners today in New York.  In December, Kohl said he was looking for investors for partial ownership of the team he’s held since 1985.  Asked why he’s giving up total control, Kohl said he won’t live forever — and he’s comfortable with the new owners’ commitment to Milwaukee.  Kohl made it a condition that the Bucks stay where they are. -4/17- The Bucks ended the worst season in their 45-year history, losing to the Atlanta Hawks at home last night 111-to-103.  The Bucks closed out the string by dropping 17 of their final 19 games to finish at 15-and-67, with five more losses than the previous team record set two decades ago.  Milwaukee led by one going into the final quarter.  The game was tied at 87 when Atlanta went on a 10-0 run to take command.  The Bucks never got any closer than six after that.  Brandon Knight led Milwaukee with 31 points.  Mike Scott had 17 for Atlanta, which finished its regular season at 38-and-44.  The Hawks begin their playoff run on Saturday against the top seed in the Eastern Conference, the Indiana Pacers.  Meanwhile, the Bucks ponder their futures with an ownership change on the horizon.  Both general manager John Hammond and coach Larry Drew have two years remaining on their current contracts.  Hammond, who’s been with the Bucks since 2008, did not comment yesterday.  Drew, who joined the team a year ago, said he knows that new owners Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry will evaluate everyone — and all he can do is sit back and see what happens.  Edens said he and Lasry will begin their assessments immediately, and things will step up once the N-B-A’s Board of Governors approves the ownership change. -4/17- The Milwaukee Brewers are in Pittsburgh to open a four-game series with the Pirates tonight.  That’s after the Crew beat Saint Louis 5-to-1 yesterday at Miller Park, to salvage a victory in their three-game series with the Redbirds.  The Brewers scored three times in the fifth to win it, on a two-run single by Jonathan Lucroy and an R-B-I single from Aramis Ramirez — one of his three hits on the afternoon.  Wily Peralta improved to 2-and-0, giving up one run on six hits in six-and-a-third innings.  That run was a homer by Allen Craig.  Peralta’s E-R-A is a stingy one-point-nine-six, after an outing in which he struck out three and walked one.  Cardinals’ starter Joe Kelly took the loss.  He’s 1-and-1.  Kelly left the game in the fifth after he hurt a hamstring while running to first on a bunt.  The Brewers’ victory was the only the sixth in their last 22 games against the Cardinals.  Milwaukee ended a two-game losing streak and improved to 11-and-4.  They’re two games ahead of the second-place Cardinals in the National League Central, and will face a Pirates’ team that’s third in the division at 7-and-8.  Right-hander Yovani Gallardo will start for the Crew against Pittsburgh right-hander Edinson Volquez. -4/17-  The Wisconsin football team will open its season in prime time.  E-S-P-N says it will televise the Badgers’ game against L-S-U starting at 8 p-m on August 30th in Houston.  It’s expected to be an attractive match-up for a national audience.  L-S-U went 10-and-3 last fall, and was 14th in both major polls.  Wisconsin went 9-and-4, with a Number-22 final ranking by the A-P.  The Badgers have not played a regular season game against a Southeastern Conference school since 1972 — when L-S-U beat the Badgers 27-7 in Baton Rouge. -4/17- The Marquette men’s basketball team has lost its top prospect for this fall.  Shooting guard Ahmed Hill of Augusta Georgia has been released from his scholarship after he had a talk with the Golden Eagles’ new coach, Steve Wojciechowski.  The 6-5 Hill was regarded as the best of the four freshmen who signed with Marquette to play this fall.  He’s Georgia’s Number-two prospect.  Hill was recruited by Indiana, Missouri, Florida, and Florida State before he was signed by former Marquette coach Buzz Williams — who left for Virginia Tech last month.  Hill is the second incoming freshman to leave Marquette in the wake of the coaching change.  Guard-forward Marial Shayok of Canada has also withdrawn. -4/17-
Milwaukee native Bruce Weber has given a one-year contract extension as the men’s basketball coach at Kansas State.  He’s signed through mid-2019.  Weber is 47-and-21 so far — and the 47 wins are the most ever by a K-State coach in his first two seasons.  Weber also led his team to the N-C-A-A Tournament in both his campaigns.  Kansas State went 20-and-13 this past season and fell to Kentucky in the tournament’s second round in March.  The 57-year-old Weber, who graduated from U-W Milwaukee, coached Illinois for nine years before Kansas State hired him in March of 2012. -4/17- The Wisconsin softball team has a seven-game winning streak, after sweeping a home double-header against U-W Green Bay yesterday.  The Badgers overcame a four-run deficit to win the opener, 9-to-8.  Mary Massei hit a walk-off single.  Wisconsin also beat Green Bay in the nightcap, 5-to-2.  The Badgers scored four times in the fifth inning, highlighted by a three-run homer from Michelle Mueller.  It was her sixth homer in the last seven games.  Wisconsin improved to 24-and-15.  Green Bay fell to 16-and-9. (End)
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Spring began almost a month ago, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at your fellow Wisconsinites.  Most still have their winter coats out, as they shiver through record cold temperatures.  Six places in central and northern Wisconsin had their coldest afternoon highs on record yesterday.  It only got up to 28 degrees in Rhinelander, breaking the mark of 29 for the date in 1935.  Stevens Point and Oshkosh had their coldest high readings for April 15th since 1904.  Similar marks were broken in Marshfield and Merrill at 32 degrees, and at Antigo with 29.  Land O’Lakes was the state’s cold spot this morning, with eight-above at seven o’clock.  Most places were in the 20′s and 30′s.  Today’s highs are expected to be in the 30′s statewide, with up to 16 inches of snow in the far north.  Some of it should melt tomorrow, when highs in the 40′s are projected statewide.  The 50′s are supposed to return to southern Wisconsin by the weekend.


Folks in far northern Wisconsin are bracing for up to 16 inches of snow in a late winter storm. The National Weather Service has issued warnings and watches that stretch until 10 a-m tomorrow.  The most snow could fall along a line from Ashland to Minong.  All of northern Wisconsin can expect winds gusting to 30-to-40 miles an hour once the storm gets rolling.  Places as far south as Hudson, Menomonie, and Wausau can expect snow accumulations of around 2-to-5 inches.  It’s supposed to rain first in many of those spots.  The Weather Service blames the new snow on a low-pressure system that’s moving across the northern Mississippi Valley today.  The system will go through Wisconsin tonight before heading east.  South central Wisconsin can expect rain showers today, continuing into tonight.  Highs are projected to be in the 30′s statewide.  At least some of the new snow will melt tomorrow, when the mercury gets into the 40′s statewide.  Fifty-plus temperatures are forecast in many areas for the weekend.


At 7 PM Tuesday, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Department received a Burglary complaint.  A  female subject advised while she was in the hospital, someone went into her house on County Highway VV, Sheldon and stole some clothing.  The case is under investigation .


Late Tuesday morning the Ladysmith Police Department responded to the Rusk County Farm Supply on Worden Avenue West for a Theft complaint. According to the report, used auto batteries and used tires were missing.   The case is under investigation.


Ladysmith Police at 8:30 PM Tuesday, received a complaint from a 50 year old female reporting that her hi point caliber pistol along with some Jewelery were missing.  Those items were reportedly taken while she was in the hospital.  No other information was available.


A jury in Merrill is about to begin a second day of deliberations in the trial of Mark Bucki, who’s accused of killing his estranged wife and dumping her in a swamp.  Jurors met for five hours late yesterday, and failed to reach a verdict.  Authorities said the 50-year-old Bucki stabbed and strangled his 48-year-old wife Anita last April, then dumped her body in a swamp 20 miles to the west.  Her remains were found there last May.  In his closing argument, Lincoln County prosecutor Richard DuFour said Bucki brutally murdered his wife because of quote, “an intense desire to end his marriage.”  Reports indicated that he was seeing another woman.  Defense attorney James Lex argued there was no physical evidence that linked Bucki to the slaying.  Earlier yesterday, the defendant testified that he had nothing to do with his wife’s disappearance and death.  He said they mutually agreed to a divorce in the hours before she vanished.  

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Wisconsin Sports

Scores: In Major League Baseball… Saint Louis 6, Milwaukee 1 Chicago White Sox 2, Boston 1 Toronto 9, Minnesota 3 Chicago Cubs at New York Yankees, postponed Cleveland at Detroit, postponed In the Midwest League… Great Lakes 11, Beloit 4 in Game-One Great Lakes 8, Beloit 2 in Game-Two Lansing at Wisconsin, canceled
Here are the details: The Milwaukee Brewers were held to just three hits for the second game in a row in losing 6-to-1 to Saint Louis last night at Miller Park.  Aramis Ramirez homered for Milwaukee’s only run of the series so far, after the Redbirds blanked them in the opener on Monday night.  Ryan Braun and Scooter Gennett had the Brewers’ only other hits, both singles.  Milwaukee did not have an at-bat with a runner in scoring position.  The Cardinals have won four straight overall, and they’re 16-and-5 against the Brewers since the start of last season.  Last night was Ron Roenicke’s 500th game as the Brewers’ manager — and he spent it denying that the Cardinals have gotten into his team’s heads.  Shelby Miller got the win, striking out seven in six innings.  He’s now 1-and-2 for the year, and 4-and-0 lifetime against Milwaukee.  Madison native Pat Neshek threw a perfect inning of relief for the Cards.  Marco Estrada went six frames for the Crew, giving up three runs on five hits.  The loss drops him to 1-and-1 on the season, and 0-and-5 lifetime against the Redbirds.  Jhonny Peralta belted a two-run homer.  Mark Ellis, fresh off the disabled list with knee tendinitis, drove in two runs as Saint Louis improved to 9-and-5, a game behind the 10-and-4 Brewers.  Milwaukee will try to avoid being swept when they close out their series this afternoon at Miller Park.  Right-hander Wily Peralta will face Cardinals’ right-hander Joe Kelly. -4/16- Matt Flynn will stay with the Green Bay Packers.  Several media reports said the quarterback signed a new contract yesterday, after he canceled a free agent visit with the New York Giants.  Terms of the deal were not immediately available.  Flynn was Aaron Rodgers’ back-up from 2008-through-2011, and then had mostly back-up stints with Seattle, Oakland, and Buffalo.  He was available last November after Rodgers got hurt, and he came back and completed 61-percent of his passes for 11-hundred-46 yards, seven touchdowns, and four interceptions.  Flynn led the Pack to key December victories against Atlanta and Dallas which help pushed them into the playoffs. He’s expected to compete with ex-Badger Scott Tolzien for Green Bay’s Number-two signal caller.  At the recent owners’ meetings, coach Mike McCarthy said he’d like to keep three quarterbacks on the roster for the first time since Flynn’s rookie season. -4/16- Former Wisconsin sports agent Stacy Jenson was indicted yesterday on 17 federal fraud charges.  The 50-year-old Waterford woman was accused of stealing almost two-million dollars.  Officials said most of it was taken from I-E-W-C Global Solutions of New Berlin, where she worked as an event planner — and the money was used to create her former Elite Sports and Public Relations firm.  It helped pro athletes like former Packers Greg Jennings and Javon Walker boost their images and land endorsement deals.  The indictment said Jenson made numerous unauthorized charges for I-E-W-C from 2009 through early 2012 — and after she left, she was allowed to keep a corporate credit card and make hundreds of thousands of dollars in charges.  The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said two officials in the I-E-W-C controller’s office left the firm after Jenson’s alleged charges were discovered.  At least some of her clients reportedly didn’t know that Jenson had been convicted of over a dozen felonies and misdemeanors in the 1990′s, for stealing money from a Milwaukee area church and pom-pon team and writing numerous bad checks.  She was paroled in 1996. -4/16- The Milwaukee Bucks will close out their worst season in team history tonight, when they host the Atlanta Hawks.  The Bucks are 15-and-66.  And after losing at Toronto Monday night, Milwaukee was assured of being only the third team in N-B-A history not to win back-to-back games for an entire season.  The others were the 2004-’05 Hawks, and the 1986-’87 Los Angeles Clippers.  The Bucks also set a team-record for the fewest wins in a campaign — currently five fewer than the previous low of 20 wins in the 1993-’94 season.  Coach Larry Drew is completing the first year of a three-year contract — and he’s already making plans for next season despite heavy uncertainty that includes a possible ownership change.  Bucks’ owner Herb Kohl has been looking for new investors.  The N-B-A Board of Governors could reportedly address the situation when it meets tomorrow and Friday in New York. -4/16- The Bucks have signed forward Chris Wright to finish this season, plus a non-guaranteed deal for next year.  Wright just completed a pair of 10-day contracts — the latter expiring after Monday night’s loss at Toronto.  He’s averaging six points and two rebounds in 15 minutes a game for the Bucks.  That’s after he was promoted from Maine of the Developmental League, where he averaged almost 20 points with eight boards a night. -4/16- Marquette’s new men’s basketball coach says all nine of the Golden Eagles’ underclassmen will return next season.  Steve Wojciechowski said before the team’s annual banquet last night that his top priority has been to develop relationships with his players — and he’s pleased that the holdovers have accepted and quote, “embraced” him.  On the day Wojo was hired, Marquette sophomore forward Steve Taylor Junior and freshman guard JaJuan Johnson said they were not sure they’d return this fall.  Both had fallen out of former coach Buzz Williams’ rotation.  Meanwhile, Wojciechowski said he’s still working to keep all four incoming freshmen who signed for scholarships.  The Eagles are still waiting to hear from one of their top recruits, Ahmed Hill of Augusta Georgia. (End)
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LHS Art Club Spring Show and Sale

The Ladysmith High School Art Club Spring Show and Sale will on Sunday, April 27th, from 1 to 3 pm at the Toad House.  They’ll be having an open reception with music provided by the High School Jazz Choir at 1:30 and free face painting along with artistic hors d’oruvers.

The art exhibit will be April 25th through the 4th of May during regular Toad House hours and after school times.  Proceeds from student artwork sales will go to support future art club field trips and art supplies.

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Drawing and Sketching for Adults

Adults with an interest in developing the ability to draw and sketch are invited to join Janelle Thompson on Friday at the Toad House and receive gentle guidance from the artist.

Please note that this activity is not geared for children, however high school art students are welcome.

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