LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Major changes in walleye bag limits in Northern Wisconsin could cause controversy. We spoke to a local tribal leader to understand why the tribes want this change.
Chairman Maulson of the Lac du Flambeau tribe stressed resources and communication, much more than walleye.
"Our thought is to make sure that the resources aren't being harmedÖ the state DNR always claim the fact that they're doing the right thing by the proper protocol. And we're saying that that protocol, we're being left out," Tom Maulson, President of the Lac du Flambeau Tribe.
Other major concerns Maulson named are pollution from mining, motor trolling for fish, and wolf hunting. He says the tribes have not been included in these decisions by the state.
"Let's get together and find out what the issues are really all about," he says, "That's something that I guess we're not really taken seriously Ö"
This year 5 Chippewa tribes reduced their walleye bag limits to one per day on 197 lakes.
The Lac du Flambeau tribe lowered all but one of their 233 lakes to a 2 walleye per day limit.
This is a drastic change from recent years in the ceded territories, but Chairman Maulson seems to think it could change again.
"If they want more fish, then let's make sure that there's fish a plenty out there. Let's get together let's make it happen. Does it take a lot of money? Hell no it doesn't. It takes a lot of hard work by governing bodies, putting their people out there on the lakes and gathering eggs this spring.... We're going to get through this, I can tell you that," he said, "We're going to come to some type of solution that will bring the State to the table more, and we've got to talk about this."
ST. GERMAIN - A school bus doesn't feature a lot of amenities. Seats, windows, and that's about it. But a company out of St. Germain thinks buses, and other big vehicles, make the perfect kitchens.
Caged Crow Fabrication is owned by Josh Romaker. He moved to the Northwoods about three years ago. Around the same time a woman in Madison approached him to help refurbish an old camper. He decided to make it into a food truck instead.
"We took on the challenge and that first build was featured on US Today and some magazines and our phone just started ringing. We've got them in Denver, Salt Lake City, New Jersey," said Romaker.
That was just the beginning for Romaker's company, Caged Crow Fabrication in St. Germain. They now specialize in food trucks of all kinds.
"If a customer wants a food truck that looks like a barn or a steam train or a school bus conversion, we really stick to the unique food truck builds," said Romaker.
The 1982 bus that Caged Crow Fabrication is working on now will be complete in a little over a month. The team made up of just a few workers has one rule- they never build the same thing twice. And they take their time.
"We have a sign on the wall here that says 'quality over quantity'. I think our reputation right now is really based on the attention to detail and I think we want to keep that up," said Romaker.
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MARATHON COUNTY - The suspect in a Wisconsin shooting spree that left four people dead has been identified, and court records show one of the victims was his wife's divorce lawyer.
A person close to the investigation identified the suspect Friday as 45-year old Nengmy Vang. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the person wasn't authorized to speak ahead of authorities officially identifying Vang.
We take you live to Weston and bring you a conversation with a neighbor of Nengmy Vang, the suspect of Wednesday's shooting in the Wausau area that took the life of an officer and 3 other people.
Investigators say Wednesday's shooting started with a domestic incident between Vang and his wife. We'll bring you observations from a domestic abuse advocate and a family law attorney.
And the arguments are done and the case is in the jury for the trial for Kristopher Torgerson, the Wausau man who is accused of killing Stephanie Low and burying her body in Forest County. We'll take you live to Wausau and talk about where the case goes from here.
We'll bring you the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.
WESTON - Everest Metro Police Chief Wally Sparks held back tears in front of a crowded press conference on Thursday afternoon.
"Jason was a phenomenal officer, and he was part of our family," he said, taking a long pause. "It's difficult."
Sparks was talking about Detective Jason Weiland, who was identified Thursday as one of four people killed by a shooter Wednesday afternoon in the greater Wausau area. Weiland was a 15-year veteran of the Everest Metro Police Department, and had served in law enforcement for 18 years.
Two bank employees and a lawyer were also identified as people killed by the shooter.
We still don't know the name of that suspect, but on Thursday, we learned he is a 45-year-old Weston resident. That shooter suffered bullet wounds as part of a standoff, and is expected to survive. He's in custody at a local hospital.
MERRILL - You might want to grab your favorite flannel to suit up for this celebration.
Sawmill Brewing Company in Merrill will celebrate one year of beer Saturday.¬†
The craft brewery has 16 Wisconsin craft beers on tap: six are their own.¬†
¬† At first, the Sawmill owners didn't know what the community would think.
"They've taken it by storm. There are so many people that are referring to this as our brewery, which is really what we wanted. We wanted to build something in Merrill that they could come to and enjoy," said owner Zach Kubichek.¬†
¬† To celebrate its one year anniversary, there will be a special batch of "River Hog" oatmeal stout.¬†
Sawmill put the beer in a Northern Waters Distillery bourbon barrel for the last few months.¬†
"We just set it aside for a few months. And it's kind of like, 'I hope it works out.' Then all of a sudden we were kegging it, and we had to hook up a contraption like a science experiment and had to hook up a little contraption," said Kubichek, "It turned out fantastic I tried it yesterday and it will be ready to go for Saturday."¬†
You have one shot at tasting the special brew; there is only a half barrel for the special anniversary.
Beer doesn't take any breaks; Sawmill Brewing Company stays open seven days a week.
The one-year anniversary celebration starts at 2 p.m. Saturday.
The day will be full of live music, raffles, and of course, beer.
MERRILL - The Merrill Fire Department changed its lights from white to blue on Thursday.
In honor of the police officer that died in Wednesday's shooting in Wausau.
Detective Jason Weiland served the Everest Metro Police Department for 15 years.
His death hit home for local men and women in uniform.
"We always talk about the active shooters and all that kind of stuff happens in a big city and it's never going to happen here. Now we have one in Wausau, we are fully prepared that at some point of time in the future it could happen in our community or our response area," said Merrill Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Drury.
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