THREE LAKES - You're ice fishing with frozen hands, struggling with line, or even losing fishing rods.
All of that can ruin your day on the lake.
Karol Baugh of Three Lakes thought there had to be a better way.
So he invented one.
"My thought was, you should be able to use some of your equipment, pick the length rod that you want, the weight of the rod, the line, and the reel and the drag, and fish any fish you want to, just like you would in the summer time," Karol says.
What he calls the K Baugh Blue is far ahead of traditional tip ups or tip downs.
But it also can handle just about any type of rod and reel.
"You can fish four feet of water, or you can fish 40 or 100 feet of water, because you're using a reel with a drag. It just makes everything easier," Karol says.
It took months and months of tinkering to master the K Baugh Blue.
The next step after that – going into business with it.
Karol has a deal with Zelazoski Wood Products from Antigo for the wooden parts, but after that, he's his own assembler, packager, marketer, and delivery man.
"It's been an interesting trip for me because from the ground up to marketing myself, I've pretty much been in charge of the whole thing," says Karol.
The product is available at several Rhinelander-area sporting goods stores, including Mel's Sporting Goods.
RHINELANDER - People lived through detours, dust, and demolition throughout most of 2016 in downtown Rhinelander. Residents won't see that kind of work in 2017, but the city is planning more closures and road work to finish up the Streetscape Project.
Crews will start with the Davenport Street Bridge shutting down for a month in starting April 17. Public Works Director Tim Kingman says some sections of concrete, sidewalk, and asphalt pavement shifted, settled and cracked over the winter.
TOMAHAWK - Tomahawk High School sporting events got an attendance boost this winter. At the same time, local charities benefited from the community's generosity.
The school's Varsity Club sponsored six nights of special events, one for each winter sport. The Varsity Club gave out T-shirts printed with team rosters. Meanwhile, fans brought donations for local charities.
"Each kid would walk in and they'd put on their T-shirt," said Varsity Club member Jackie Elliott. "When we got our student section going, they were all together, and you just had this block of white. It was awesome."
WAUSAU - A contractor fell from a ladder and died at the construction site of the new Hilton Garden Inn in Wausau last week. Now, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death.
Marathon County Sheriff's Captain Dale Wisnewski said Shane J. Cash, 45, of Wisconsin Rapids was drilling holes in the ceiling on Thursday when he fell from his ladder and died on scene.
RHINELANDER - Cracked concrete, twisted rebar, and overgrown trees and bushes don't paint the most ideal picture for a park. But a Rhinelander alderman sees the perfect chance for a peaceful place to enjoy nature.
Alderman Alex Young hopes to turn an old snow dumping dock site into a "pocket park." The site sits where Norway Street runs into the Wisconsin River behind Ripco Credit Union and the DNR Service Center building.
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