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A human skull found in a Sauk County nature preserve 14 months ago has been identified as a nearby farmer who disappeared in 2005. Wayne Smith, 69, went out to water his animals in July 2005 near North Freedom, and that was the last anyone saw of him. Eight months later, a man who was walking his dog found Smith's skull in an open area less than a mile away. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has just confirmed its identity. Chip Meister, chief sheriff's deputy, says the next step is to have forensic anthropologist look at Smith's skull. It may provide clues as to how he died.
Green Bay Packers' chairman Bob Harlan says problems erupted last fall with team president John Jones' management style. Harlan told reporters after Wednesday's Packer board meeting that he and other employees on both the administrative and football sides saw those concerns. Harlan said he wanted to give Jones every opportunity to improve and it didn't happen. By waiting so long, Harlan said he was to blame.
The Packers have started their extended mini-camp, officially known as the organized team activities. The first of 12 practices was held Wednesday where the coaches started teaching their schemes on both offense and defense. Thursday's workout is one of just four which is open to the public and the news media, starting at 11:15 a.m. That's only if it doesn't rain and there's a 70 percent chance of it. In the event of rain, the practice will be moved inside to the Don Hutson Center where fans are not allowed. The other public workouts are on June 7, 14, and 18.
Dan Woltman of the University of Wisconsin was tied for 66th after the first round of the NCAA Division 1 men's golf tournament. He shot a two-over-par 72 Wednesday, eight strokes behind the leader Rob Grube of Stanford. Thirty teams and six other individuals are competing in the national tournament in Williamsburg Va. Woltman is the only player from the Badger State. Stanford has the team lead by two strokes over Coastal Carolina.
There will be new champions across the board as the state boys' high school individual tennis tournament begins today (Thursday) in Madison. In Division-One, senior Brian Mikkelson of Mequon Homestead has the top-seed with a record of 23-1. He took fifth a year ago. Seniors Jay Sykes and Max Woods of Milwaukee Marquette have the top doubles' seed. They're 16-0. In Division 2, junior Michael Koval of Green Bay Notre Dame has the top seed at 25-1. He made the second round in last year's state tournament. Seniors Sam Miller and Gabe Haack of Shorewood are the No.
The Milwaukee Brewers will open a four-game set against the Florida Marlins Thursday night at Miller Park. That's after the Brewers lost their sixth straight series with a 9-3 pounding by Atlanta Wednesday. Milwaukee took a 2-1 lead in the seventh inning when Damian Miller scored on a wild pitch by Tim Hudson, but the Braves scored seven times in the eighth off three relievers. Brian McCann hit the game winner with a three-run double.
Federal authorities say a Milwaukee police officer is an illegal immigrant who took the name of a dead cousin as a teenager. Immigration agents arrested Jose Morales, 24, on Wednesday. They would not say how they caught on to him. Michelle Jacobs of the U.S. Attorney's office says a decision on charges will be made today (Thursday), and he could appear in federal court before the day is through. Morales became a police aide five years ago. He's been a patrol officer since late 2004. Morales is on a paid suspension at the moment.
Stockholm, Wis. - Rush River Ramblers will play from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at the barn dance at Maiden Rock Apple Orchard. Caller will be Shawn Glidden. No experience or partner is required. Group dances are taught and led by a caller accompanied by a string band playing traditional old time dance music. Future bands and callers at the orchard are as follows: July 7 - Kettle Creek with caller Sue Hulsether; Aug. 4 - Rush River Ramblers with Shawn Glidden; Sept.
Two men were electrocuted while working on a power line in the town of Superior Wednesday afternoon, but both were responsive and able to walk to the Gold Cross Ambulance, according to Charlie Law, chief deputy with the Douglas County Sheriff's Department. Both men -- David W. Heinonen and Joshua H. Kittelson -- are employees of M.J. Electric of Iron Mountain, Mich., according to a sheriff's department report. The incident was reported at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday.