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To be the best you have to beat the best and thus for the Prescott High School football team to advance any further in the WIAA Division 5 State Football Playoffs they have knock-off the defending champions Colby this Saturday afternoon. This is pretty much a brand new Colby squad, with most of the players which helped the Hornets got 14-0 last season and beat Lancaster in the D-5 state finals 44-43 in OT having graduated. Colby (8-2 overall) may well have been seeded No. 5 and Prescott No.
I've written before about alternative history and writers like Harry Turtledove. He writes what I like to call "what if" novels. Like what if the Germans won World War II? What would happen? (Answer: Kennedy would be president. Not Jack Kennedy, but his father, the fascist sympathizer, Joseph.) Just now I've been faced with a similar, but somewhat different challenge in The Columbus Affair," by Steve Barry (Ballantine Books, $27. Barry writes historical thrillers. This time he's out with an investigative reporter who has fallen out of favor because of a snafued assignment.
Prescott's position in the St. Croix Valley League is still solid as the Pirates pounded Ellsworth 12-1 in eight innings in a league contest at Young Field. Mark Moriarty started the game for Prescott as he went six innings only allow one hit, albeit, a solo home run to the Hubbers' Nate Hove. Jim French had three hits, two singles and a double while driving in four runs. Nick Johnson, Chris Terrazas and Dillon Powell each had two hits with one of Powell's being a two-run homer.
After hours of debate in both the Assembly and Senate, lawmakers finished work on the state's two year budget. The 1,532 page document now awaits the Governor's signature. A few budget facts might help to make sense of the financial shape of the state. This budget; Brings in more money. Spends more than previous budgets. Raises some taxes and fees. Lowers some taxes and fees. Adds in 'policy' or non-financial items, like changes to brewery laws.
HILTON HEAD, S.C. - Pewaukee native Mark Wilson kept his Number-one spot in the PGA's Fed-Ex Cup season point standings - but only because Luke Donald didn't win the Heritage tournament. Donald would have taken over the top-spot in the Fed-Ex standings, and he would have become the top player in the World Golf Rankings, had he won a playoff yesterday at Hilton Head Island. But Brandt Snedecker won the three-hole playoff, and Wilson maintained his Fed-Ex Cup lead by 63 points over the second-place Donald. Wilson tied for 21st at the Heritage.
Preliminary totals of the first two days of the gun-deer season show a slight decline in harvest totals for Pierce County but a slight uptick in harvest numbers across the west-central part of the state. According to the west-central office of the DNR, the 19-county west central region, the opening weekend buck harvest is up 13 percent. The antlerless harvest (preliminary estimate) is down five percent and the total deer harvest for opening weekend in is up 3 percent, compared to opening weekend in 2009. In Pierce County however the hunt numbers were down slightly from 2009.
Once again Rivertown Newspaper Group is sponsoring a Boutique and Craft Calendar. The calendar will be printed Nov. 14-20 in all Rivertown publications including River Falls, Hudson, New Richmond and Ellsworth in Wisconsin and Red Wing, Woodbury, Cottage Grove, Hastings, Farmington and Rosemount papers in Minnesota -- adding up to 118,000 print editions, including weekend shoppers. Online, the calendar will be prominently displayed on all Web site homepages. Deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10. Call Ilana at 888-425-2220, ext.
A list of exhibitors who will be in the Round Barn Business Contact Person Business Location AgStar Financial Services Peter Stern Baldwin Avon Products Carol Halpaus Ellsworth Stampinup Sue Hood Prescott Bluff Country Water Corporation Louie Sanford Red Wing Creative Memories Betty Frandsen Spring Valley Custom Remodelers Malcolm Theis Lino Lakes, Minn. Discovery Toys Valerie Sowa River Falls Fischer Companies Tim Fischer Ellsworth Electrolux Joe DelVecchine Eau Claire Tupperware Irmi White Houston, Minn. Celebrating Home Roxie Gunderson
In his inaugural address, President Obama said: "As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils that we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man .... Those ideals still light the word, and we will not give them up for expedience' sake. That's how Louis Begley opens his new book, "Why The Dreyfus Affair Matters" (Yale University Press, $24).
FOND DU LAC, Wis. -- A Fond du Lac man bagged a 30-point whitetail buck by bow. Wayne Schumacher shot the deer Sunday night from a tree stand near Rosendale. Schumacher says the shot covered about 15 yards, and the deer ran about 60 or 70 yards before going down. Schumacher noted he's hunted with bow and gun for more than 30 years and he's known people who have seen the buck but it was hard to believe. The deer, referred to as "Lucky Buck," has an inside antler spread of 20½ inches. Its field-dressed weight was about 225 pounds.