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Voters approve trolling in the stateSubmitted: 04/17/2014
- On Monday, a state-wide votes was held among by the Wisconsin DNR. The biggest question was if anglers and others who enjoy the outdoors would allow trolling of one line regardless of where they are in the state.

The answer was yes.

7,053 people in 72 counties voted ont he measure. State-wide more than 3600 people supported the idea. 2250 were against it.

Monday's Oneida County meeting was held in Rhinelander. It also passed by a 92-77 count.


Other counties supporting the trolling proposal include Lincoln, Florence, Price, and Marinette counties.

Vilas, Marathon, and Iron Counties were among 11 counties in the state rejecting it.

The measure still needs to be approved by the state legislature and signed by the Governor. The earliest state-wide trolling could go into effect would be in July of 2015.

Last year, a similar proposal which would have allowed up to three lines per angler was ultimately rejected.

To find both state and county results, click on the links below.


Related Weblinks:
2014 DNR Spring Rule Hearings - County results
2014 DNR Spring Rule Hearings - State results

Story By: Joe Dufek

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Local NFL star hopes to inspire othersSubmitted: 04/15/2014

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TOMAHAWK - Not many pro athletes come from Northern Wisconsin. Jim Leonhard was one of the few who made it all the way to the NFL. Today he was in Tomahawk to share his story.

Leonhard's from Tony, Wisconsin, a town of about 100 people. He was a walk on football player for the Badgers and went on to play for the last 9 seasons in the NFL.

His message to the Hatchet students was about dreaming big and working hard. Leonhard also talked a lot about being from a small town.

Leonhard is currently a free agent but wants to play one more season. He says he wants it to be with a Super Bowl contender. The Packers seem to be an ideal target.

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Vote on trolling taken at DNR meetingsSubmitted: 04/14/2014

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RHINELANDER - Another proposal on trolling in inland waters was up for vote at last night's DNR spring hearings and Conservation meetings.

It would allow anglers to troll with one line without having to look at the county rule book.

The Oneida County meeting was at James Williams Middle School in Rhinelander. Meetings were held in each county state-wide.

Last year's three line/per angler proposal had mixed vote results. Ultimately it did not pass.

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Northwoods Spotlight - Joe Bucher shares fishing tips - April 9Submitted: 04/09/2014

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TOMAHAWK - He hosts a fishing show, is a hall of fame angler and has his own line of lures. Joe Bucher is the ultimate outdoorsman. Last weekend he held a free fishing seminar in Tomahawk.

"This is one of the things I enjoy the most," Bucher explains. "If I'm not fishing, it's fun talking fishing."

More than 40 anglers came to hear Bucher's fishing tips. It seems all of them were there for different reasons.

"I watch his show all the time ("Fishing with Joe Bucher") and use a lot of his lures," Mike Biever of Tomahawk said. "I'm a big musky fisherman so I like to come hear what he says about muskies."

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Hodag makes "unofficial" visit with BadgersSubmitted: 04/09/2014

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RHINELANDER - Right now Hodag sophomore Luke Roberts is part of Rhinelander's track and field team.

But recently he made a trip to Madison because of his play in another sport.

Roberts made a visit with the Wisconsin Badgers football team.
It was the second time he was in Madison. Neither one is considered an official visit.

Roberts is a tight end and linebacker with the Hodags.

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Medford boys, Tomahawk girls win Northland Pines track meetSubmitted: 04/08/2014

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EAGLE RIVER - Northland Pines hosted a GNC indoor track meet Tuesday night.

In the girls 1600 meter run, Tomahawk's Dani Whiting made a pass with 2 laps to go and finished in first with a time of 5minutes 46 seconds.

For the boys 55 meter hurdles, John Puffer of Northland Pines took the top spot in a speedy 8.68 seconds.

And in boys high jump, Rhinelander's Ryan Nehls tied a personal record with a winning jump of 6 feet 2 inches.

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Laona's Krawze wins state free throw titleSubmitted: 04/07/2014

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LAONA - A young Northwoods basketball star earned a state championship. And she is just 10-years old.

On Saturday, Elizabeth Krawze of Laona won the state-championship at the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest in Wisconsin Rapids. She won the 10-year old girls crown.

She qualified for state after competing in Laona, Crandon, and De Pere earlier this year.

She made 21 out of 30 - free throws - including a perfect 5-for-5 in an extra shootout round.

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Lakeland hosts 16th annual T-Bird InvitationalSubmitted: 04/05/2014

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MINOCQUA - Thank goodness for indoor gyms. There's still plenty of snow on the ground but track and field stars had the chance to show off today at the 16th annual T-Bird Invite.

Seven schools competed at the Lakeland Fieldhouse.

For the ladies, in the 600 meter run, Lakeland's Lauren Schilling took the top spot with a time of 1 minute 52 seconds.

In the 200 meter hurdles, Morgan Wirkus from Marathon came across first and Emily Kopecky of Phillips took second place overall.

For the 1,000 meter run Nicole Gilman from Lakeland finished first. Nicole was nearly 30 seconds faster than the rest of the field.

For the guys in the 1,000 meter, Chequamegon's Jordan Koski made a pass on the final lap and took the win just beating out Steven Studinski of Marathon.

For the 600 meter run. Keegan Bergman from Marathon was the winner with a time of 1 minute 36 seconds.

And in boys pole vault Chequamegon's Hunter Pritzl set a new personal best clearing 12 feet 6 inches. His previous high was 11 feet. Hunter took second place.

The top spot went to Marathon's Devan Gertschen. His best jump was 13 feet 6 inches.

In team scores, for the boys, Marathon finished first followed by Lakeland and Chequamegon.

And for the girls, Chequamegon was number one, Lakeland second and Marathon third.

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Yuska steps down as Merrill girls hoops coachSubmitted: 04/04/2014

MERRILL - Merrill girls basketball coach Melissa Yuska has decided to step down.

According to a statement from Athletic Director Rick Bonnell, Yuska decided to make quit for personal reasons.

In seven seasons, she led the Bluejays to an 84-75 record.


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Brewers win 6-2 in Red Sox home openerSubmitted: 04/04/2014

BOSTON - Lyle Overbay hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the ninth inning off Edward Mujica, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Red Sox 6-2 Friday in Boston's first game at Fenway Park since winning the World Series last October.

During a nearly hour-long pregame ceremony, Red Sox players received their rings for winning Boston's third title in 10 years. But then the Brewers ended Boston's streak of wins in nine straight home openers.

Khris Davis doubled off Mujica (0-1), who made his Boston debut, and took third when Scooter Gennett reached on a sacrifice bunt. Overbay doubled to right for a 4-2 lead, advanced on the throw and scored on Carlos Gomez's fourth single of the game. Aramis Ramirez added an RBI single.

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Big Ol' Fish - April 4Submitted: 04/04/2014

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- Crandon's Ryon Alloway took a fishing trip to Lake Gogebic with his dad. The 14-year old hooked not one, but two 15 inch yellow perch. Ryon used a VMC pug bug with a wiggler in 21 feet of water. He tells us these two are going on a stringer of four, and he hopes the other two are soon to come.

And Thomas Watzka of Mishicot went fishing in Sturgeon Bay back in January. It was a crisp 6 degrees out when he hauled in this monster sized northern pike. The fish was in about 30 feet of water and took 20 minutes to pull in. Thomas was using a tip-up with a shiner for bait. The pike measured 40 inches and weighed around 18 pounds. After documenting the moment, it was released.

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Joe Dufek
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Joe joined the Newswatch 12 sports team in July 2011 as the Sports Director.

Before coming to the Northwoods, Joe was the Weekend Sports Anchor at KBJR in Duluth, MN. Joe's resume includes working at WFRV in Green Bay, WDIO in Duluth, and WTCH radio in Shawano.

Joe has always had a passion for sports, especially football, hockey, and golf. Joe is a 2005 graduate from UW-Oshkosh with a B.S. degree in Radio/TV/Film. During his college days, he was the Sports Director for the university's radio station twice.

A native of Frog Station, WI (near Green Bay), Joe grew up watching the Packers, Brewers, and Bucks. In fact he also lists listening to old Packer radio braodcasts among his hobbies. Recently, Joe married his fiancee Amy.

When he is not watching or playing sports, he's likely reading or watching something on the American Civil War, or World War II.

Joe says,"In just a short time, I have really been made to feel right at home, thanks to the great folks in the Northwoods."

If you see Joe out on a shoot, please feel free to say hi and email any story ideas you may have.




Marisa Silvas
Weekend Sports Anchor/Reporter
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Marisa Silvas joined the Newswatch 12 sports team in October 2011 as the Weekend Sports Anchor/Reporter.

Prior to coming to WJFW, she was an editor/associate producer for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area in San Francisco, CA. She also was a freelance field producer for NBC's Football Night in America and spent 6 years as a sports producer and editor for KNTV, the Bay Area’s NBC affiliate where she co-hosted a weekly Sports Sunday web show with Jerry Rice.

She graduated with a degree in Communications from Santa Clara University.

Marisa is new to the Northwoods and the cold weather but has lived in several different locations on her journey to Rhinelander. Coming from a family with military ties, she was born in Austin, TX, but also grew up in Mississippi, Lancaster, CA, San Antonio, TX before settling down in Campbell, CA for the past several years.

Marisa has always had a passion for sports and people and has followed her dreams to WJFW after pursuing a full time on-air job for several years.

Marisa likes all sports but is most passionate about the NFL, NBA and major league baseball. Since she has lived in many different locations her favorite teams are all over the country as well. You will see her following her favorites: the San Antonio Spurs, Oakland Athletics and yes, Packers fans, sorry, the Chicago Bears.

She is also an avid fantasy sports fan and has participated in fantasy football and hockey leagues the past 5 seasons. Feel free to ask her for the hot waiver wire pickup!

She and her husband of 4 years, Lyndon, have taken several vacations over the past few summers to visit all the MLB parks...she has now been to 14 and is excited to add Target Field to the list this summer! Her favorites so far are Wrigley, PNC and Miller Park. She and her husband also make an annual trek to Soldier Field to watch their beloved Bears and hang out in their favorite city, where they got engaged at the top of the Hancock Tower in 2007.

In her free time, she loves hanging out with her husband Lyndon and adorable puggle Walter. She also never misses her favorite TV show, Dancing With The Stars and with an extensive dancing background, someday dreams of being a future celebrity contestant and winner!

Marisa is very excited to be making the big move from sunny California to the winter wonderland of Rhinelander! If you see Marisa out in the field or around the town, feel free to say hi and buy her a hot chocolate, she's probably cold!