THE NORTHWOODS - Jon Solberg is a seasoned fisherman from Minocqua. He braved the winter weather in January to catch this Northern. Jon used a tip-up with a shiner for bait and released the pike after capturing the moment.
Matt Long from Tomahawk was fishing in December on an Onieda County lake. The 18-year old caught this Northern after a 10 minute fight. Matt used a jig pole with a 6 pound test line that was baited with a shiner.
And Rhinelander's Jed Dart enjoys fishing year round. He caught a Northern on Thunder Lake using a sucker minnow. This beauty was 33 inches and 9 pounds and definitely worth keeping. On an earlier trip, the 11-year old reeled in a 22 inch large mouth bass on the same lake. The fish was released but the smile on Jed's face is priceless.
MERRILL - For 32 years Battalion Chief Mike Drury walked into the Merrill Fire Department ready to save lives. Friday he walked out of the department for the last time to start the new phase of his life. "It goes fast it goes really fast," said Drury. Drury was about 18 -years -old when he walked into the Merrill Fire Department for the first time. "When you're 18, 19,20 years old and you're looking at 50 something years old you think you're never going to get there," said Drury.
Drury is one of 184 firefighters to ever work full time with the city of Merrill. "As a firefighter they spend a lot of time at the fire house so they miss a lot of things," said Drury's daughter Cassi. After 32 years of missing birthdays, holidays and family time Drury was ready for a change. "I realized I had enough this is a young man's job," said Drury. Friday afternoon Drury said goodbye to a room of men who merged and became family. "Not having that is a little scary I know they'll always be our family but it's hard to leave," said Cassi. Cassi watched her dad rush off to help his community since the day she was born. "It's scary because you hear about the times things don't go right or the times fire fighters don't come home," said Cassi.
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