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Posted: Feb. 2, 2013 -- 5:14 a.m.

Driver fans brave cold for retirement tickets

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- The Green Bay Packers say all 1,000 tickets for Donald Driver's retirement ceremony next week have been distributed.

Fans lined up outside Lambeau Field and stood for hours in frigid weather Friday for a chance at tickets to the February 6th event in the stadium atrium. The tickets were available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Packers' ticket office Friday morning and were gone in a couple hours.

WLUK-TV says some fans waited in line all night for the tickets. Each fan could get up to four tickets.

Walker transfers another $40,000 to legal fund

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican Governor Scott Walker has transferred $40,000 of campaign donations into his legal defense fund, bringing the total deposited into the account to $200,000.

Walker reported the December 31st transfer in his latest campaign finance report filed Thursday.

Walker created the fund to pay for criminal defense attorneys he hired to represent him in the ongoing investigation into former aides and associates of his when he was Milwaukee County executive. Walker met with prosecutors but has not been charged with any wrongdoing.

While the investigation remains open, Walker has said he expects it to end soon. It has netted convictions against three former Walker aides, one appointee and a campaign donor.

Walker spokeswoman Nicole Tieman says the money was needed to cooperate with authorities over the past year.

DOOR COUNTY HOMICIDE

Jury outside Door County will hear homicide case

STURGEON BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Jurors will be selected outside Door County to hear the case against an Illinois man accused of killing his friend and her unborn baby.

Brian Cooper, of Plainfield, Illinois is charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the deaths of 21-year-old Alisha Bromfield and her fetus.

Defense attorney Shane Brabazon argued in court Thursday that his client could not get a fair trial in Door County because of the extensive media coverage. Judge D. Todd Ehlers granted the motion. A decision has not been made on which county will supply the jury pool.

Cooper has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental illness. WLUK-TV says Cooper is accused of strangling Bromfield at a Door County resort last summer. The couple was on the peninsula for a wedding.

CORRECTIONS THREAT

APNewsBreak: Wis. Corrections head warns workers

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Corrections Secretary Ed Wall is warning employees of his department they could lose their job if they spread what he calls "false or malicious information" about the agency.

An email provided to The Associated Press by a Corrections employee and confirmed as authentic by the department shows Wall sent the message on Monday.

Wall writes he is disturbed about rumors floating around the 10,000-employee agency that it may be opening a new prison or privatizing operations. He says those rumors are baseless and says "people who are involved in spreading that rumor should stop immediately."

He says doing so is a workplace violation that will be "strictly enforced."

Wall adds, "Improper use of email causes problems and has cost people their jobs. Please don't be one of them."

FARGO BEER-BREWERY

Fargo Beer Co. signs lease on building for brewery

FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- Fargo Beer Company officials say they have sealed the deal on a brewery in the city that their product is named for.

Company spokesman Aaron Hill says the lease for the building officially begins on March 10th. The brewery will be located at 610 North University Drive in downtown Fargo.

The company is currently brewing its beer at Sand Creek Brewery in Black River Falls, Wisconsin. The product is then shipped to North Dakota and sold at taverns in the Fargo and Moorhead, Minnesota area.

Hill says brewing at the Fargo building should begin this summer.

The brewery plans to distribute beer in several area states and is hoping to produce 10,000 barrels, or about 315,000 gallons, within three years.

Says Hill, "Needless to say we are very excited."

Copyright Associated Press 2013


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