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Authorities in Ashland County are still trying to figure out why a University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point student from Marshfield disappeared before his body was found. Relatives found Dustin Nelson, 23, over the weekend in the Chippewa River near Glidden. Nelson was last seen in Marshfield last week. His car was found six days ago in Ashland County. A sheriff's deputy was making an aerial search of the river before finding Nelson's canoe last Thursday.
The Jacksonville Jaguars released former Packers' corner Ahmad Carroll Monday after he was arrested Saturday on weapons and drug charges. Police said Carroll was spotted in the middle of a restaurant disturbance in his home town of Atlanta. Officers said Carroll admitted having a 9mm pistol and a search of his car turned up 11 pills of what apparently was Ecstasy. He faces charges of carrying a weapon without a license, possessing a firearm in the commission of a felony, and drug possession. He's free on a $7,000 bond for the moment.
Lawrence Conway, age 73 of River Falls, formerly of New Richmond, died on Friday, May 4, 2007 at the River Falls Area Hospital. A memorial visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 16 from 5-8 p.m. at the Bakken-Young Funeral Home in Hudson. Private interment will be in the Otter Creek Cemetery in Prairie du Sac. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of Hudson.
University of Wisconsin quarterback John Stocco will try out for the Green Bay Packers this weekend. He's one of about two-dozen players invited to the team's rookie orientation camp Friday through Sunday. Stocco, who graduates this spring, was hoping to get drafted last weekend, but it never happened. He said Arizona and St. Louis appeared to be interested in getting him Sunday night, but that didn't pan out either. Stocco says he's excited about the Green Bay opportunity, and he plans to make the most of it. He went 29-7 in his three years as a starter in Madison.
The Milwaukee Brewers now have the best record in baseball, after pounding the St. Louis Cardinals 12-2 last night at Miller Park. The Brewers scored four times in the fifth and they got a season-high seven runs in the sixth, highlighted by Tony Graffanino's three-run homer. Geoff Jenkins also went yard for Milwaukee, which out-hit the Cards 17-9. Jenkins and J.J. Hardy both went 4-for-5, and Hardy extended his career-high hitting streak to 12 games. Ben Sheets won his first game since Opening Day, giving up two runs on six hits in six innings with three strikeouts.
ABC will televise at least two University of Wisconsin football games this fall - including a prime-time Big Ten opener. The Badgers say their Sept. 22 home contest against Iowa will start at 7 p.m. ABC will also show the Oct. 13 Wisconsin game at Penn State at 2:30 p.m. Also, the Badgers' homecoming game against Indiana Oct. 27 will start at 11 a.m., but it is not yet known where it will be seen.
The interim men's basketball coach at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls has been given the job permanently. Jeff Berkoff was an assistant for 12 years before moving up to the top spot a year ago. He went 5-11 in the WIAC and 10-16 overall, but he had no seniors on his roster and athletic director Rick Bowen said he prepared himself well for the challenge ahead. The Falcons had six close losses last year, including two by one point. Forward Nate Robertson was picked to the national all-freshman team.
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be the only Wisconsin team at the NCAA Division 3 women's golf tournament with 23 schools being invited. The Blugolds earned an automatic bid by winning the WIAC title last fall. Also, 11 individuals were invited from teams that are not in the tournament. They include Susie Lewis and Jessica Urban, both of UW-Stevens Point, and Jennifer Young of UW-Oshkosh. The Pointers will be in the nationals for the first time. For Young, it will be her fourth appearance. Her best finish was a year ago, when she took 15th.
Rory Johnson of Mississippi was the nation's eighth-fastest linebacker coming out of college. But because he was caught with marijuana in his system, NFL teams did not draft him this past weekend So by the time Sunday night came around, only the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions were interested and the Packers signed him. Johnson said he failed a drug test at Hinds junior college and another test last year at Mississippi. He left after his junior year and he insists he no longer smokes pot.
The Green Bay Packers are hit the road Tuesday for their second annual Tailgate Tour. They'll make surprise stops on their four-day statewide trip with tailgate parties planned each night. They were in Superior Tuesday night and will be in Eau Claire Wednesday night. In Eau Claire the Packers will be at Eau Claire Ford on Hwy 93. The stop will benefit L.E. Phillips Career Development Center. Other stops include McFarland on Thursday night and Racine on Friday. Packers' chairman Bob Harlan will make the entire trip along with linebacker Nick Barnett and quarterback Aaron Rodgers.