THREE LAKES - There are several musky fishing leagues in the Northwoods. Near Three Lakes, they have an angler who is fishing competitively in his 80s.
10 years ago, John Schmidt found himself looking for an activity to keep busy. He decided on fishing - but not just any fish.
"Musky Fishing is a challenge and you're looking to catch that musky to overcome that challenge," Schmidt explained. "And the bigger the fish, the bigger the thrill."
At 83 years young, John is the oldest member of the Monday Night Musky League.
"We have a great bunch of competitors and we have a lot of fun," John adds. "When you hook 'em, they have more tricks than any fish that you could imagine. The antics that they go through to get loose from that lure, it's unbelievable."
Schmidt finds many ways to describe the thrill of the catch.
"Musky fishing is like, comparable to chasing attractive women and succeeding. This is like probably, Brett Favre throwing 6 touchdown passes. You can't match that adrenaline. Unless I saw Frank Sinatra (laughs) then I'd get an adrenaline rush also. But those are the olden days."
He and his fishing partner Gary Myshak, make quite a pair.
Myshak says, "To see him out here at this age competing every Monday night, and still fishes by himself catching muskies, gives me hope for when I get to his age that I'll still be able to do this."
Over the years, John's caught close to 100 muskies. But he says he doesn't have to catch one, to have a good time on the water.
"Many people say, how can you go out day after day after day and not catch a fish," Schmidt explains. "That's not the point. The point is when you catch the fish, that's what you're looking for."
Myshak chimes in, "when you've got a guy like Schmidty, it's always a good time, no matter if you catch a fish. This guy's a machine. He keeps moving and as long as you keep moving, you keep living."
"As long as I can stand up in a boat, I'll be out here chasing these, what I call freshwater sharks," says Schmidt.
RHINELANDER - It won't be much longer before the Hodag water show gears up for the summer, but right now they need to make repairs to their building. Rod Olson says it may cost between $15,000 and $20,000 to make repairs to the building. To watch the video click on the video link.
RHINELANDER - An Oneida County prosecutor can’t believe how stupid a move one Wausau man is accused of making in court.
“This case is unbelievable, it's hard for me to even fathom we had someone that I hate to say stupid, but I guess that's basically what it was,” says Jodie Bednar-Clemens, prosecuting attorney. “I mean someone who came into court, into our courthouse, into the courtroom carrying illicit drugs in their pocket and much less methamphetamine.”
30 - year - old Kurtis Cline was originally facing three theft charges. While in court for those on April 10th, prosecutors say he took a bag of meth from his jeans pocket. He tried to stash the drugs under his seat cushion, but an officer caught him.
“Pulled something out of his pocket and put it under the seat cushion it was so obvious to me that he was doing something I had to keep myself from laughing out loud in court,” says Kurt Kopacz, Oneida County Sheriff's Deputy.
Cline pleaded not guilty in court. He's being held on a $5,000 bond. He will be back in court next month.
WisDOT leaders hopeful for increase in Northwoods rail
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Railroads give businesses a chance to move loads of material for a low cost. Loggers could use rail as an alternative to trucking material, but many businesses don’t get that opportunity in the Northwoods anymore.
Canadian National bought rail in the Northwoods about a decade ago. They have cut back service drastically since then.
Some counties haven't seen train travel in years, which hurts business. Now, those businesses want to reestablish rail service.
In response, a group of counties in Northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan formed the Northwoods Rail Transit Commission.
MADISON - The start of a new short-term loan program that wasn't slated to begin until July has been moved up in an effort to help businesses hurt by recent cutbacks at Oshkosh Corp.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, the state's chief jobs agency, voted this week to start the pilot program earlier. It will provide loans or loan guarantees of up to $250,000 to companies for projects or expenses that may not be eligible for traditional financing.
The board says it was starting the program earlier in light of news that Oshkosh was cutting 760 jobs from its defense division because of budget cuts being made by the U.S. Department of Defense.
The loan program this year will only target businesses in Oshkosh Corp.'s supply chain
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Drug addicts can look nearly everywhere to get their fix, and sometimes they can get that by raiding their family's medicine cabinet.
That's why Lac du Flambeau police gave a drug presentation at an event for the elderly Thursday.
Police leaders wanted to show seniors what could happen if they didn't keep track of their medications.
"A lot of times the elderly and older population can be victims from this. As the younger children, grandchildren, things like that are you know coming in and taking their grandparents prescription drugs," says Sarah Keuer a nurse at Peter Christensen Health Center.
Dane County judge to hear Planned Parenthood lawsuit
MADISON - A Dane County judge is set to hear arguments in a lawsuit challenging a 2012 law that sets out conditions for abortions.
The law requires a doctor to determine whether the woman's consent is voluntary and inform the woman of domestic abuse services if he or she suspects the woman is being coerced. The law also requires doctors to perform a physical exam before they can prescribe abortion-inducting drugs and be in the room when the drugs are given to the woman.
Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit in February 2013 arguing the law is unconstitutionally vague. The organization argues its unclear how doctors should determine voluntary consent and whether doctors need to be present when drugs are dispensed or administered.
Judge Richard Niess is set to hear arguments Thursday morning.
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