- Katie Kuehlem (Kee-lum) of Eagle River was fishing in northern Vilas County earlier this month. Using a leech and a jig, she reeled in this HUGE 25 inch walleye. It's the biggest one she's ever caught by about 10 inches. I'm told it was tough to say which was better, catching the fish - or the meal afterward.
Check out the tiger musky Phil Ingram of Lac du Flambeau was able to catch. The 42-incher was caught in Upper Sugar Camp. He was fishing for bass with a 3-inch shad rap. After the picture, the fish was released.
And 2 1/2 year old Ryleigh Bentley of Scholfield went fishing with her dad on Lake Wausau back in July. She had a worm on her Barbie fishing pole, complete with Dora the Explorer bobbers, she got a strike.
After her dad, set the hook, Ryleigh used every muscle to collect this beautiful 13 inch perch. This one was also the centerpiece of a memorable dinner.
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.
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander couple thought they were empty nesters. However, an experience volunteering made them open their doors back up to kids who need a temporary home. The Zoerb's adult children moved out years ago. But at any moment they could get a call from social services that make them bring out their parenting skills for another round. Rick and Danielle Zoerb work together as realtors putting people in homes that are the perfect fit. However, the husband and wife know their home can be a good fit for others too. "There's no reason for kids to have to fall through the cracks," said Dani. Rick met a child at a mentorship program a few years ago. It was a meeting that opened a new door for him and his wife. "There was no hesitation on our part when we felt the situation was deteriorating for this young boy," said Rick.
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