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The question is not if Wisconsin schools should have kindergarten for 4-year-olds, it's how those programs can be made better. That's the opinion of a state legislative task force, which says we have no idea if the younger schooling actually pays off in the long run. The group's leader, outgoing Rep.
Ellsworth and Plum City high school football teams both were beaten in the third round of the WIAA Football PLayoffs Saturday. No. 3 ranked Plum City lost 47-28 at No. 5 ranked Eleva-Strum while Ellsworth fell at home to West Salem 22-16. Eleva-Strum, broke a 14-14 tie at halftime with 21 points in the third quarter set up by three Plum City turnovers. In all, six PC turnovers led to five Cardinal touchdowns. Kevin Anderson of Plum City rushed for over 100 yards and scored two touchdowns.
So how good is the Wisconsin football team? Many folks are still wondering, despite the Badgers' 7-1 record and their number 18 ranking for a BCS bowl. There are two reasons it's hard to gauge Wisconsin. They've only played one nationally-ranked team, losing to Michigan and that won't change for the rest of the regular season. Secondly, a few Big Ten teams are rebuilding with more young players than normal. That's made the conference strong at the top, and weaker at the bottom.
A Saturday morning accident on HWY 35 in Pierce County injured three Minnesota residents -- including a 23-month-old child. The accident occurred at approximately 10:30 a.m. when Debra Morgan, 51, Red Wing, was southbound of HWY 35 driving a 1995 Plymouth minivan when she attempted to make a left-hand turn into a driveway just south of HWY 63. While making the turn Morgan's van was hit by a northbound Chevrolet pickup driven by Natasha Chester 23, Minnesota City. Also in the pickup was Chester's 23-month-old daughter Jolissa Nelton.
Robert Donald Wiesner, 81, of Hudson, formerly of Chippewa Falls, died peacefully Thursday, June 18, 2009, at the Christian Community Home in Hudson. Robert was born on April 2, 1928, in Wausau, Wis., the son of Harold and Alma (Moldrem) Wiesner. He was raised in Wausau, attending school prior to enlisting in the Armed Forces, serving in the United States Navy during World War II. Upon his return, he would meet and marry the former Dorene Rae McKee on April 10, 1953, in Chippewa Falls.