Uecker to cut back amount of road gamesSubmitted: 01/30/2014
Story By Milwaukeebrewers.com

MILWAUKEE - Bob Uecker said Thursday that he plans to curtail his travel schedule in 2014,
a first for the Brewers' beloved radio broadcaster.

And as usual, he had a really good explanation.

"I saw [Brewers manager Ron] Roenicke at the 'On Deck' deal Sunday," Uecker
said, "and I told him I'd like to take one more shot at becoming active during
those games I'm not going to broadcast."

He delivered the line with his trademark deadpan before a chuckle escaped.

The truth is that Uecker, at 79 years old and entering his 44th season calling
games for his hometown team, is finally heeding the advice of his friend and
Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio by easing his workload. Uecker said he
plans to continue working most or all of the Brewers' home games, but he will
skip some longer road trips.

Uecker stressed that he is in good health, and suggested that his travel
schedule would be fluid.

"Sooner or later, you have to bend a little bit," said Uecker, who is getting a
second statue at Miller Park this summer. "And that's what I'm going to do. I'm
not saying that I won't work games down to the end of the season, and if indeed
there's the possibility of the playoffs or anything else, I'm going to do that.
But now is the time for me to kind of take a few games off once in a while and
enjoy myself. Not that I don't enjoy the games, because I always do. You guys
know that. I'm at home at the ballpark as much as I am in my own house.

"But I had some hip surgery in November, and I'm regrouping from that yet.
We've got Spring Training coming up a few weeks down the road, and I'm going to
work the spring games and then go from there. It's just a personal thing. This
is my 59th year [in professional baseball] coming up, so that's enough on an
everyday basis. I know I'm going to miss it, each and every game. The games
that I don't do, I'll certainly be listening to, and I'll miss them. I know I
will. You don't do this stuff -- especially in Milwaukee -- for 44 years and
not miss it."

When Uecker opts to take a game or a series off, the Brewers will likely fill
his seat with an analyst from among a small group of former players, said
Brewers vice president of communications Tyler Barnes. Joe Block is entering
his third season as Uecker's partner on the statewide Brewers Radio Network.

"We will keep this loose," Barnes said. "There is no set plan."

Block has occasionally paired with guest analysts before when Uecker was away,
including Brewers special assistant Craig Counsell, who sometimes travels with
the team anyway as part of his front-office role. Wisconsin Badgers play-by-
play man Matt Lepay, who was recently added to the Brewers' television
broadcast team as an occasional fill-in for Brian Anderson, will probably focus
on his TV duties.

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Packers' Abbrederis WaivedSubmitted: 10/27/2016

GREEN BAY - Thursday evening, it was announced that Wisconsin native, Wisconsin Badger alum, and Green Bay Packer Jared Abbrederis has been waived.

According the the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, wide receiver Abbrederis was waived on Thursday. He was placed on injured reserve on Monday due to a quad injury ever since the game with the Cowboys. From the article, Abbrederis negotiated an injury settlement and wanted to be waived immediately so it would help him potentially be picked up by another team.

Abbrederis was originally drafted by Green Bay in 2014 in the fifth round. He missed that whole season due to an ACL injury and then a big majority of the 2015 camp with a concussion.

This story will be updated if new information is released.

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TOWN OF CRESCENT - Who should pay what to keep a Northwoods lake healthy?  That's -- in part -- the question people around Squash Lake near Rhinelander have debated for months now.

Some want to form a lake district to generate money, but not everyone is on board.  Supporters sent out a petition this summer and got more than 51 percent of landowners to say they support the district.

The organizers say the district fees would pay for DNR divers to clear Eurasian Water Milfoil, which costs around $20,000.  Those fees would cover a grant that's coming to an end.

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ONEIDA COUNTY - A spinoff in the Ashlee Martinson saga seems to have come to a close.

The man convicted of stealing from the home where Martinson killed her parents will spend a month in jail.

Mark Spietz, 39, of Kaukana, was sentenced in Oneida County Court on Thursday.

Back in August, a jury decided Spietz was guilty on four counts of burglary and theft.

According to the criminal complaint, Spietz took ATVs, bows, a tractor, a trailer and Jennifer Ayers' purse from the home. Spietz claimed he was securing the property for a company based in Arizona.

In court on Thursday, Spietz's wife, siblings and parents all testified to his character and work ethic. They testified Spietz is a good father to a seven-year-old son and two step-sons. They said he also takes care of his parents who have health problems.

Spietz's attorney said he believes his client is still innocent.

"I believe that Mark had he had intended to steal the ATVs he wouldn't have gone through the bother of finding the titles," said Spietz's attorney Brian Bennet. "I believe that a person doesn't commit burglaries in broad daylight with the name on the side of his truck or trailer."

However, the state said it didn't seem Spietz took responsibility for what he did. District Attorney Mike Schiek asked for jail time.

Judge Michael Bloom agreed. He recalled sentencing Ashlee Martinson.

"And I looked at her sitting right where you're sitting now, before I had to look an 18-year-old girl in the face and send her to prison for 23 years, and I told her, you had a choice," Judge Bloom said. "And Mr. Spietz, you as well had a choice."

Spietz will also spend 18 months on probation. He can serve his jail time in any county jail as long as he clears it with the Onieda County Sheriff's Office. He also received Huber privileges and will be allowed to go to work and help his parents during his jail time. 

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MADISON - A 74-year-old man will no longer face disturbing child pornography charges in Iron County.

Instead, Charles Raimondi is now charged in federal court, which could mean a harsher sentence if he's convicted.

Raimondi is accused having a five-year-old girl pose for sexually explicit pictures over a span of about two years.

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RHINELANDER - It took 10 years, but Rhinelander may finally get the spark it needs to build a dog park.

An anonymous woman gave dog park advocate Tina Werres a $10,000 dollar donation recently.  Werres raised about $2,000 -- literally pennies at a time with donation jars -- over the last decade.

But many people didn't want to give a lot of money until a specific location was chosen.  Werres says she still doesn't have a spot approved, but this big donation puts her much closer to actually building a park.

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WOOD COUNTY - We now know the names of the people involved in a Wood County Crash that killed two people Tuesday afternoon.

The Wood County Sheriff's Department says the cars crashed head-on along Highway 80 in the Town of Dexter around 3:30.

71-year-old Barbara Baldwin of New Lisbon was driving one of the cars, and died in the crash.

Her passenger, 74 year old Louise Hemenway of New Lisbon, also died.

Another passenger in the car, 72-year-old Dona Sharp, was hurt....as was the driver of the second car, 30-year-old Greg Kopelke of Wisconsin Rapids.

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MADISON - A Department of Natural Resources review has found Wisconsin's fight against chronic wasting disease was hampered by funding as well as social and political factors.

The Wisconsin State Journal reported Thursday the review found the state five years ago greatly de-emphasized killing deer in high-infection areas, a statewide feeding ban wasn't sought and prohibitions on carcass movement were complicated by expanding infection areas.

A new electronic deer harvest registration system has made collecting tissue samples harder, a marketing campaign to educate the public was discontinued due to cost and lack of money prevented surveys of public attitudes about CWD's spread.

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