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(AP) Minnesota apple growers worry that a recent cold snap could kill new buds on their apple trees after early warm weather this spring. Growers are trying to warm their orchards with bonfires and by spraying trees with special solutions. Others are using wind machines and even helicopters to drive cold air out and warmer air down. University of Minnesota researcher David Bedford says that at 28 degrees trees could lose 10 percent of their buds. At 25 degrees as much as 90 percent. Some growers have seen temperatuers well below that this week. Experts say it will be several weeks before they know how much damage is done to the state apple crop. They say prices probably won't go up for customers because larger national crops have not been threatened.
(AP) Vice President Joe Biden has given Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar a fundraising lift and is vouching for her as the type of ``gutsy'' leader Washington could use more of. The vice president spent a couple of hours Wednesday in Minneapolis, headlining a major fundraiser for Klobuchar. The first-term senator is standing for re-election in November. Addressing the hotel audience of 350 people, Biden mentioned Klobuchar's votes for things like the auto industry bailout as an example of her ``gumption'' given the unpopularity of the move at the time. The fundraiser was Biden's only Minnesota event. It was open to people giving between $125 and $10,000. The Republican National Committee issued a statement critical of Biden before the Klobuchar event but there was no organized GOP presence outside the hotel.
(AP) Retiring U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl is supporting Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in the Democratic recall election primary. Many Democrats wanted Kohl to run against Republican Gov. Scott Walker, but he stayed on the sidelines. Kohl said in a statement Wednesday that he doesn't normally endorse in a primary, but he is this time because this is no ordinary election. The endorsement comes on the heels of the AFL-CIO announcing it was backing Barrett's Democratic challenger Kathleen Falk. Every union that has endorsed so far has backed Falk. The campaign is on hyper drive with the May 8 Democratic primary is less than four weeks away. The general election, where Walker will face whoever emerges from the Democratic primary, is June 5.
Earlier today, the NCAA Committee on Infractions released a report finding that the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’s intercollegiate athletics program has committed three major violations related to the school’s financial aid practices. The NCAA found the violations began at least as early as the 2007-08 academic year, with evidence that the prohibited practices have been ongoing for 20 years or more.
In the period studied, the NCAA found no evidence to suggest that UW-L’s student-athletes improperly received financial aid or that members of UW-L’s athletics or campus staff acted intentionally to violate NCAA rules. Rather, the University’s procedures for awarding financial aid allowed for consideration of athletics leadership, participation, or performance and permitted service of athletics staff members on scholarship selection committees, neither of which is permissible under NCAA legislation.
As a result of these violations, the Committee on Infractions has assessed the university with both punitive actions and corrective measures. For the next two years, UW-L will be on probation, during which time it must institute a variety of educational programs for campus staff, inform prospective student-athletes of the program’s probationary status, and submit regular compliance reports to the NCAA. UW-L Chancellor, Dr. Joe Gow said while the NCAA concluded that no one at UW-L intentionally violated NCAA policies, they agree that they must do a better job of eliminating any possibility that student athletic participation could become associated with any of their scholarships and the processes used for awarding them.
Tomah City Clerk, Joann Cram, and her staff are busy today....recounting the votes from last Tuesday's Mayoral election. Incumbent John Rusch defeated challenger Shannon Hough by 5 votes. Hough is no stranger to a recount process.
Hough, who's only lived in the area for a year says she feels confident she will top Rusch, who is a life long resident of Tomah.