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BARNES, Wis. -- Bob Gotelaere's outhouse was still on fire Wednesday morning when he drove around roadblocks to check his home near Ellison Lake. But Gotelaere was surprised to find that the outhouse was all he lost in Wisconsin's largest forest fire in 33 years. "There was too much fire, so we just ran. I have no idea why this all didn't burn," he said while surveying his property. The fire came through after 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and burned right up to his garage -- even the grass under his four-wheeler had scorched.
Green Bay Packers' receiver Randall Cobb assumes he'll play a bigger role in the offense this year, with Donald Driver and Greg Jennings gone. At the start of the Packers' annual Tailgate Tour Tuesday, Cobb said there would be more weight on him and fellow wide-outs James Jones and Jordy Nelson. But Cobb said they're taking on the challenge head-on. At 22, he's entering his third NFL season. Cobb says he has a lot to learn, he has not peaked yet, and he'll do anything he's asked to help the Packers win. Last year, Cobb ran a number of times out of the backfield.
The Hudson Bay Mooring Association (HBMA) is sponsoring the first annual Spring Cleanup of the Dike Road Sunday, May 19. Volunteers are asked to meet at the bridge on the east end of the dike at 2 p.m.
MADISON -- A Wisconsin conservative group believes it was among those targeted by the Internal Revenue Service. The Rock River Patriots say they've applied twice in the last three years to get a tax-exempt designation and they've never gotten a reply. The group's secretary-treasurer, Marv Munyon of Fort Atkinson, tells WISC TV in Madison that he's spent hours on the phone and online looking for answers.
"Girl Rising" has been described as a groundbreaking film that tells the stories of nine girls from nine countries and the power of education to change the world. The film will be screened in Hudson next Friday. Directed by Academey Award nominee Richard Robbins, the stories are narrated by actors including Meryl Streep, Ann Hathaway, Liam Neeson and Frieda Pinto among others. The screening is on Friday, May 17, at 7 p.m. in the Willow River Elementary auditorium, 1118 Fourth St.
The Green Bay Packers will set their 90-man spring roster Monday, May 13, after wrapping up their rookie camp Sunday. Coach Mike McCarthy called it one of his better rookie camps, if not the best, since he came to Green Bay in 2006.
Wisconsin won the Big Ten softball tournament and will play North Carolina on Thursday evening in an NCAA Regional at Oregon. Badgers' pitcher Cassandra Darrah was named the MVP of the Big Ten tourney after throwing a two-hitter in Sunday's 9-3 win over Minnesota in the conference title game at Nebraska. Darrah, a junior right-hander, struck out eight as she improved to 26-5 with three complete games in three days. The Badgers broke a 2-2 tie by scoring five runs in the fourth inning. Michelle Mueller homered to put Wisconsin in front for good. Wisconsin is now 42-11.
Hudson High School students are looking to repeat their 2012 victory at this Saturday's Cedar Lake Speedway Bus Races. In their first competition last year, Hudson competed against area schools including Somerset, New Richmond, Unity, Baldwin, and Osceola. At the end of the night the Hudson bus was the only bus running, winning the battle of the buses for 2012. HHS tech education teacher Tom Klatt was behind the wheel and will be there again this year. "The students in the tech ed classes really get excited about working on the bus.
Growing up Mother's Day was always celebrated with my dad's family, largely because he had a mom. Actually, my grandmother, the only one I knew, was his step-mom but as a child I didn't know that. Once I found out, it really didn't make any difference because she was my grandmother regardless. She and my grandfather were amazing. Both immigrated here as children, both became citizens and they lived a remarkably "green" life. On one acre of land they practiced organic farming. They produced ducks, chickens and eggs along with the most amazing vegetables.
The two SUVs that collided on Carmichael Road and Center Drive shortly before 5 p.m.