ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Musky season kicks off tomorrow. In the meantime, there are plenty of other fish to be caught. We even have one from an old familiar face. Here's the latest edition of Big Ol' Fish.
Rhinelander's Emilie Coron went out fishing for the first time this summer with her husband Ryan. She brought in this 14 inch crappie and tons of other fish on Hanson Lake. Emilie was using minnows for bait and tells us she was thrilled because she caught twice as many as her husband.
Little Reese Frisque of Rhinelander nabbed this nice size black crappie. The 7 year old was using a leach on his secret fishing spot in the UP. Reese decided to toss the fish back, so it could grow some more and he was very proud of himself.
And remember this guy? Former Newswatch 12'er Matt Doyle was on vacation with his dad and brother in Baldwin, Michigan. He caught this huge steelhead fly fishing on the Pere Marquette river. Matt released it because they were in a national park. The seasoned fisherman caught about 15 fish in 2 days... not bad for a tv guy!
HARSHAW - Oneida County sheriff's deputies found three runaway sisters, ages 14, 14, and 12, in the woods in Harshaw just after 1 p.m. on Monday.
The sisters had been reported missing by their parents Monday morning. The parents had gone to wake the girls up for school, but instead found a note saying they had gone on an "adventure."
The missing girls triggered a search from the Oneida County Sheriff's Office Special Response Unit, Newbold Fire Department Search and Rescue, Minocqua Fire Department, Lake Tomahawk Fire Department, and Little Rice Fire Department.
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander factory that makes smoke flavoring caught fire early Monday morning.
Shortly before 6:00 a.m., Rhinelander, Crescent and Newbold Fire Departments responded to a fire at Red Arrow Products on Rhinelander's west side.
An employee says there were about eight workers inside at the time.
No one was injured.
"Flames were coming out of a conveyor area as high as the roof. We made an interior attack and knocked that flame down. Came in from the other side of the partition wall, then made another interior attack and knocked that down," says Chief Terry Williams.
As of 7:30 a.m. Monday morning, firefighters were still working to make sure the flames were out.
MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker has selected a former legislator to run the state Department of Natural Resources.
Walker's office announced Monday that he has chosen former Republican state Rep. Dan Meyer to serve as DNR secretary. He replaces Cathy Stepp, who resigned in August to take a position in President Donald Trump's administration.
RHINELANDER - The Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission will get its long-awaited federal funding installment by October 4.
The timing means no Northwoods Transit Connections drivers will have to voluntarily furlough their pay, but the requirement of 24-hour advance notice for rides will stay in place.
Transit Commission Chair Erv Teichmiller learned the news over the weekend.
The commission is waiting on an expected payment of $300,000 from the federal government. In 2016, that money came in early September. As of last Friday, the commission wasn't expecting the payment until as late as November.
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