Big Ol' Fish - April 26Submitted: 04/26/2013
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- It looks like Old Man Winter is finally taking a break until next winter. Some area catch and release anglers found plenty of luck.

Randy Robinson of Harshaw had plenty of action last week on the Peshtigo River. While fishing with a friend, Randy reeled in this 30" 11 pound walleye. he was using a husky jerk bait on a Rapala. It's the biggest one he's ever caught. After the picture, the fish was released.

Minocqua's Samanatha Gillich broke out a new fishing rod and reel in grand fashion. While fishing with her boyfriend, Samantha landed this 29inch walleye. It was caught on the Fox River in DePere. She was using a joined Shad Rap. This one was also released to fight another day.

And a blast from the past, take a look at the small mouth bass caught by Rhinelander's Brandon Michie. It was caught last fall on Oneida Lake in Harshaw. He was using a jig and rubber worm. After a quick photo op, it was back to the river for this catch.

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Nurses from the Community Blood Center took donations from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of the "Give a Pint, Give a Pound" blood drive.  For every pint donated, the Blood Center will give a pound of food to the Lakeland Food Pantry.

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RHINELANDER - Many people share a meal and conversation with family and friends on Thanksgiving, but some people could miss out if they have to work or don't have family nearby. 

To help out people who are in that situation, North Country Vineyard and Grace Foursquare Churches delivered free Thanksgiving meals Thursday.

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