- 15 year old Max Semrow of Eagle River was fishing recently on a private lake in Oneida County. While using a rubber worm on a hook, he got a strike. When he reeled in his prize, he landed this 21 inch Large mouth bass - the biggest one he's ever caught. It weighed 5 pounds. After the picture the fish was released.
Olivia Woolf of Manitowish Waters was fishing with her mom and brother, when she had quite a day. While fishing on a nearby lake, Olivia caught this beautiful sunfish. Not to be outdone, she also hauled in a 10 inch large mouth bass. I'm told she was using special green eyed night crawlers on her Barbie fishing poll. Both were released after a quick picture.
And Tomahawk's Toni Russo caught this 10 1/2 inch Blue Gill on the Elk River near Phillips. She was using a night crawler for bait. This one proved to be part of a very good meal.
PHILLIPS - The Price County Sheriff's Office wants to find out what it needs to do to get a K-9 officer. Sheriff Brian Schmidt believes a new dog would improve the office's ability to find drugs.
The county doesn't have its own K-9 officer. However, they do turn to other departments for help.
"What we would utilize is surrounding counties, and it is at their discretion," Schmidt said. "Like Rhinelander, we utilize their dog on occasion, maybe once or twice a year. But again, it is their dog, so they have their needs come first. So if we have our own equipment, our needs are met with our equipment."
VILAS COUNTY - Vilas County finally got what it wanted. For fifteen years, the county had needed someone to act as a full-time Recreational Officer--someone to monitor public safety on the snowmobile and ATV trails as well as the lakes and rivers. Now, Vilas County Deputy Sheriff Randy Schneider will fill that role.
WISCONSIN - The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling received a record number of phone calls to the helpline in 2014â€"14,731 to be exact. This is a 5.6 percent increase from calls received in 2013.
Some of the callers reported having to file for bankruptcy or having thoughts of suicide. The report from the Council also calculated $47,000 as the average gambling debt of callers in 2014, and $20,000 as the median debt.
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