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Rodgers Submitted: 07/26/2013

Ben Meyer
Executive Producer
bmeyer@wjfw.com

Photos By cbssports.com

GREEN BAY - "I trusted him. And that's the thing that probably hurts the most," Aaron Rodgers reflected in the Packers locker room on Friday.

Rodgers trusted his good friend Ryan Braun when Braun told him there was no truth to the accusations of performance enhancing drugs.

"It doesn't feel great being lied to like that. I'm disappointed about the way it all went down," Rodgers said.

Braun's now suspended from the Brewers for the rest of 2013 for doping.

In the past, Rodgers strongly backed Braun's claims to innocence.

But in the locker room after today's first day of Packers training camp, he might be regretting that.

"In hindsight, a more measured approach next time would obviously be the better course of action," Rodgers said.

While baseball and the Ryan Braun situation by definition had to be the top topic for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in the locker room Friday, there was also football, as the Packers took to the field for the first time with a full compliment of rookies on the roster.

"Me and Eddie have a lot of vets as a part of this running back crew that we can learn from and grow from," said rookie running back Johnathan Franklin, a UCLA product.

Franklin was one of two running backs taken by Green Bay in the first four rounds of the draft.

He joins Alabama rookie back Eddie Lacy on the roster.

"We're all good backs. Everybody's going out there and giving it their best shot. At the end of the day, it's the coaches' decision," Lacy said.

Coach Mike McCarthy singled out rookie cornerback Micah Hyde as having a great opening day on the field.

"It's a compliment, but it's day one. We didn't have any defense, any offense, just have to go and try to compete. Tomorrow's not going to mean anything with what happened day one," Hyde said.

Saturday marks Day Two of camp - with just 13 to go before the preseason opener.

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EDGAR - Marathon County authorities say a woman has died from drowning in a pool in Edgar in central Wisconsin.

Lt. Tim Burkholder of the Marathon County Sheriff's Department says it happened sometime after midnight Monday.

While the investigation is ongoing, he says the drowning appears to be accidental.

The department is withholding the victim's name and other details for now.

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ONEIDA COUNTY - Last Thursday, fifteen members of the Oneida County community graduated from Leadership Oneida County. The nine month program aims to give participants a better understanding of the county's resources and to improve participation in organizations throughout the county.

"You just don't know what can happen when people get into the same room and start talking," said Demmer Memorial Library executive director Erica Brewster.

That talking led to a new job and greater involvement in the Oneida County community for Brewster. She was a member of the first Leadership Oneida County class.

"When I went through the program, that's where I learned about UW-Extension.  That's where I learned UW-Extension was hiring.  That's where I got the motivation to look at the job description and apply," Brewster explained.  "I worked at UW-Extension for four and a half years, and then the position had opened up here in the library in Three Lakes so I could be working back in my hometown, in my home community."

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ST. GERMAIN - A popular Northwoods tradition kicked off its 40th season today. The St. Germain Flea Market draws thousands of bargain hunters each week during the summer.

The market attracts nearly 400 vendors every week. Vendors showcase everything from homemade crafts and artwork, to plants and homemade treats.

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RHINELANDER -  A Northwoods veterans group wants people to remember those who died serving our country. 

The Oneida County Veterans Council held a Memorial Day ceremony in Rhinelander on Monday.

The Rhinelander High School band and choir performed at the ceremony.

Mayor Dick Johns was the speaker. 

Event organizers hope people take time on Memorial Day to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. 

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RHINELANDER - A local outdoor sports club hopes the second annual RASTA (Rhinelander Area Silent Trails Association) Rally at Washburn Lake will be even more successful than the first. This Sunday's mountain bike races are some of the earliest in the year in the Northwoods.

Bikers will race on the trails at Washburn Lake west of Rhinelander. Multiple races target different experience levels of mountain bikers, from beginner to expert.

The money raised goes to RASTA projects like trail grooming and maintenance. Races start at 1pm on Sunday. Click the link below for more information.

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STAR LAKE - Three people remain in the hospital after a car crossed the center line on County Highway K in Star Lake on Saturday.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Office got the call of an accident around 3:45pm Saturday.

51-year-old Eric Sather of Conover was heading east when he crossed the center line and hit another car. 67-year-old John Schroeder from New Holstein and his wife, Jane, were in the other car.

One male driver was flown to Aspirus Hospital in Wausau, while the female passenger was taken to Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff. The other male driver was taken to Eagle River Memorial Hospital and later flown to Marshfield.

Alcohol may be a factor in the crash.

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WISCONSIN DELLS - A 21-year-old Chicago man who went missing in the Wisconsin River near the Wisconsin Dells remains missing.

Police in Columbia County are using sonar to try and find his body. Police say the man went under water around 7:15pm on Saturday while swimming to shore and didn't resurface.

Divers worked until midnight to find the man. Search efforts continued Sunday morning. Police say the man was fishing on a rock island area and appeared to get caught in a current while swimming back to shore.

Family members and witnesses tried to help him but couldn't. The victim's name is not being released at this time.

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