MILWAUKEE - Ryan Braun spoke publicly for the first time since serving a 65-game suspension last year. He used Performance Enhancing Drugs or PEDs.
Braun was taking part in a food drive near Miller Park this morning.
Braun admitted taking a "cream and a lozenge" to recover from injury during the 2011 season. That triggered a positive test in October. That led to the suspension and then his winning appeal on the grounds that Dr. Dino Laurenzi Jr., the sample collector improperly handled his urine sample. Braun criticized him in a February 2012 press conference after Braun had successfully appealed a 50-game performance-enhancing drug suspension.
Braun says he has made amends with Laurenzi.
"The Laurenzi family has been gracious and kind enough to have my fianse and I over for dinner last night," Braun told reporters. "We've made amends and we're both excited to move forward and put this behind us."
Braun was asked if he would renegotiate his contract for a lower rate - after his image as the face of the Brewers franchise was deminished.
"The Brewers have been incredibly supportive, the entire organization," Braun explains. "My teammates, everyone has been incredibly supportive. I can't thank [principal owner] Mark Attanasio enough for his support. I fully intend to do everything in my power to be the best player and person that I can be moving forward."
RHINELANDER - A snow storm caught Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander off guard last weekend and collapsed a greenhouse. Now that spring weather is here, Hanson's is ready to move forward by making some adjustments. "We got by for 25 years doing what we were doing," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson. Last weekend's spring snow storm set back Hanson's. "We thought we were ahead of schedule having that greenhouse nice and filled," said Hanson's Manager Beth Hanson.
"One bad storm and there you go. Things happen," said Brent. The storm collapsed a greenhouse holding thousands of plants. "For years we've gotten by with these lighter cheaper green houses," said Brent. "We'll be down a greenhouse for a little bit here," said Beth. Now Hanson's will only use sturdier and solid greenhouses so that collapses don't become a pattern.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County needs more foster care homes. Right now, there are nine licensed foster homes in the area, most of which are full according to the county's social services department.
Foster Care Coordinator Rachel Nelson says that in Oneida County there are 24 children currently living in foster homes. The department participated in a statewide foster care recruitment project last fall, and discovered just how great the need is.
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