WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Spring Training begins for Brewers

They’ll have their first workouts on Sunday.  Position players report by next Wednesday, and manager Ron Roenicke will hold his first full-team workout on Thursday.  The Brewers are hoping to get a full season of production this year.  They led the National League Central division for five months last season, before collapsing so badly in September that they failed to make the playoffs.  As always, the Brewers will have to address a number of concerns during Spring Training.  That includes getting minor league sensation Jimmy Nelson to win more consistently as a starter at the big league level.  He’ll replace Yovani Gallardo, who was dealt to Texas in the off-season.  The Brewers don’t know who their Opening Day closer will be yet.  Jonathan Broxton is penciled in for the moment — but Chris Perez is also on board, and former closer Jim Henderson continues to recover from shoulder surgery.  The

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Dougherty inks entry-level deal with Predators

While he has already accomplished something most kids only dream of by signing with an NHL team, Dougherty knows he still has a long ways to go before he can consider himself a success story.

“There are a lot of guys that sign that contract and never make it,” the defenseman said. “I know I have a lot of work to do.”

Dougherty recalls his journey to where he is now very fondly. It started years ago when he laced up the skates for the first time at 3 years old. He was emulating his older brother at the time, a bit unaware that his passion for the game would grow from that moment forward.

“He was always a role model for me so I kind of always did what he did growing up,” Dougherty said. “I grew up playing in the Cottage Grove Athletic Association and that’s where I started to realize

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A ‘moving’ experience: Veterans receive long-awaited welcome home – Richmond

“To pull Freedom Park, which was essentially a field, into an excellent site … the event ran so smoothly … We kept waiting for a shoe to drop and nothing did. It was amazing.”

In addition to city staff, Ard  also thanked volunteers for their help – whether it was manning the welcome center or assisting veterans any way they could upon their arrival.

Friday was school visitation day in which students from New Richmond, Osceola, home schools, and Somerset visited.

Saturday was marked by a program which included speakers, including former Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Ray Boland.

In addition, on Saturday and Sunday, Vietnam veterans in attendance were presented special lapel pins that won’t be officially available to veterans across the country until this coming November.

Ard didn’t have an accurate count on the number of people who attended over the four days, but

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Mitsubishi: U.S. cars not affected by fuel economy scandal

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There’s good news and bad news for Mitsubishi fans. Since it’s Friday, we’ll start with the good stuff.

Mitsubishi Motors North America has just issued a statement confirming that late-model Mitsubishi vehicles sold in the U.S. do,

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Self-proclaimed ‘river nut’ will serve as grand marshal

But one hat he hasn’t worn yet is that of Prescott Daze Parade grand marshal, which he will be for this year’s parade.

“I’ve never been nominated for anything before, so it’s a nice gesture,” Shiely said. “I’m looking forward to it. It’ll be fun.”

Love of the river

Shiely, who was born and raised in St. Paul, learned to love the St. Croix River at a young age. His grandpa owned a house at the end of Prescott’s Lake Street turnaround along the river, so he and his cousins spent summers and holidays fishing, swimming and skiing, he said.

He was always intrigued when he was younger by the house on Lake Street that he and his wife Dianne have now called home for 40 years. Prescott and its riverfront are in his blood.

Since 1971 he has practiced general law in St. Paul, with an emphasis on

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Haute Vegan Cuisine Is One of Dining’s Hottest Trends

The vegan renaissance is now. Vegan cuisine—which doesn’t incorporate any animal products, such as butter or eggs—is no longer the milquetoast cuisine of choice for your most devout PETA friends, served with a side of proselytization and self-righteousness. Although only 3 percent of Americans declare themselves vegan, plant-based food is becoming the cuisine of choice—or at least a regular option—for non-vegans who want a meal that will leave them feeling like they’ve made healthy choices… both for themselves and for the environment. To that end, vegan restaurants—some of them quite gourmet—are cropping up around the country, many helmed by extremely well-regarded chefs.

One of NYC’s hottest restaurateurs, Ravi DeRossi, plans to open five vegan restaurants in the next year. “We opened our first four months ago, and every month we’re turning thousands of people away,” says DeRossi, talking about Avant Garden, his white-hot vegan spot. DeRossi has also turned his tiki bar Mother of Pearl entirely

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Quick Bites: Taste the world at two new ethnic restaurants in Rochester – Post

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St. Paul Park police reports for Jan. 27: vandalism, domestic assault


Thomas James Sibila, 36, of St. Paul Park, was arrested for an outstanding traffic warrant Dec. 25 after police were called to investigate a domestic argument in the 1100 block of Fifth Street. He was transported to Washington County jail.

Domestic assault

Marcus Alan Larsen, 30, of Maplewood was arrested for an outstanding warrant for misdemeanor domestic assault after police responded Dec. 27 to a report of a disturbance at Franke’s Bar, 304 Broadway Ave. Larsen was transported to the Washington County jail.

Prettipaul Balraj, 47, of St. Paul Park was arrested for fifth-degree domestic assault Jan. 8 after police were called to investigate reports of a loud argument at a residence in the 300 block of Pullman Avenue. Balraj was transported to the Washington County jail.


A 31-year-old St. Paul Park man was ticketed for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after police stopped his vehicle in the 300 block of Seventh Avenue

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