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A western Wisconsin man no longer claims he was insane when he allegedly shot and killed his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend in Minnesota. Steven Van Keuren of River Falls withdrew his insanity plea Monday as jury selection began in his trial in Stillwater, Minn.
A Father's Day outing on the Mississippi River proved to be tragic for a family from Rochester, Minn. Buffalo County officials say they've recovered the body of David Kuhlman, 42, who went missing Sunday in the Mississippi River just south of the lock and dam at Alma. The incident started at around 5:23 p.m. Sunday when Kuhlman was in the water near his boat without a life preserver on. According to the Buffalo County Sheriff's Department, the man began having problems staying afloat. In the boat were the Kuhlman's three children who were between the ages of 9 and 13 years old.
A rash of bogus $20s are making the rounds in Duluth-Superior. "Right now we're on kind of a streak," said Capt. Charles LaGesse of the Superior Police Department. As of Friday, there had been numerous reports of counterfeit $20 bills and two arrests in Superior alone. One man was arrested buying food at Culver's and another trying to purchase sub sandwiches at Erbert & Gerbert's, LaGesse said. Both suspects were apprehended at the scene when alert cashiers notified police about the bogus bills. Neither has yet made an initial court appearance.
Wisconsin's Apostle Islands are feeling the effects of a shrinking Lake Superior, with the lake now 1.5 feet below its long-term average - the lowest since 1926. Water levels in the largest of the Great Lakes are at their lowest in over 80 years and that's got the National Park Service making some adjustments for boaters on the Apostles' National Lakeshore.
Andy Rauscher of River Falls won the qualifying round at the Wisconsin State Golf Association's Match Play Championship in Hudson. He shot a five-under-par 66 in Monday's initial stroke play. Wisconsin Badgers Tyler Obermueller and Garrett Jones tied for second at 67. The tournament runs through Thursday and is being held at the Troy Burne Golf Club just south of Hudson on St. Croix County F. More information can be found online at www.wsga.org
Milwaukee's annual PGA tournament will be held on the same weekend as the British Open. But the U.S. Bank Championship will still have some names you might know. One of them is Woody Austin, who shot a career-low 62 last Sunday to win the Stanford-St. Jude tournament in Memphis. Austin will make his 13th straight appearance at Brown Deer Park. He finished sixth a year ago. Also committing are five-time Tour winners Billy Mayfair and Jesper Parnevik. Mayfair won the Milwaukee event in 1993, back when it was known as the Greater Milwaukee Open.
Sun Prairie will go for its third straight Division 1 championship when the state high school baseball tournament opens today (Tuesday) near Appleton. The Division 1 quarter-finals are up first. Kimberly and Racine Park kick things off at 8 a.m. followed by Eau Claire North and last year's runner-up Wisconsin Lutheran. Tuesday afternoon, La Crosse Logan, with a 17-game winning streak, will face Madison Memorial. Meanwhile Sun Prairie will take an eight-game win streak into its quarter-final against Bay Port. The four winners will play each other Tuesday evening in the semi-finals.
The University of Wisconsin football team is getting some good reviews from the pre-season publications. The Madison Capital Times rounded up the rankings and found that coach Bret Bielema's second-year squad is rated four in the pre-season poll from Athlon Sports. They're also listed sixth by Lindy's sports annuals, eighth by the Sporting News, and No.16 by Phil Steele's. Athlon predicts Wisconsin will win the Big Ten. Lindy's and the Sporting News have the Badgers at No. 2 behind Michigan. Steele's has Wisconsin fourth in the conference.
If police can immediately get surveillance video from a convenience store following a crime there, why can't they get it from a library? That's what two Neenah lawmakers, Rep. Dean Kaufert, R, and Sen. Mike Ellis, R, are asking and want to change. The pair are pushing a measure that would allow police to immediately access the video. The move to close the loophole is after an incident at the Neenah public library where a man allegedly committed a personal sex act between the aisles.
An illegal immigrant accused of using a dead cousin's name as a Milwaukee police officer is no longer on the payroll. It's not clear if Oscar Ayala-Cornejo, 24, has been fired after he was charged in federal court with falsely claiming to be a U.S. citizen. In Milwaukee, a state law allows fired police officers to get paid until all their appeals are exhausted. Rudolph Konrad, deputy city attorney, says Ayala-Cornejo may fall under a federal law which requires employers to fire undocumented workers without pay.