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Big Ol' Fish - Sept 12Submitted: 09/12/2013
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Big Ol' Fish - Sept 12
- 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.

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ANTIGO - Blaze orange and camouflage swarmed the front of Mills Fleet Farm in Antigo this morning.

People started lining up for Orange Friday 2017 around 4 a.m. for free hats and gift scratch offs!

More than 500 people filed in as the doors opened at 6 a.m.

The line didn't slow down for 15 minutes after that.

Many customers came to grab last-minute hunting gear including hunting licenses.

Manager Tyler Kopetsky's favorite part of Orange Friday is seeing his happy customers.

"It's great to see them all come in flocking for their free hats and everything that Fleet Farm has to offer," says Tyler.

All Mills Fleet Farm locations are participating in Orange Friday throughout the day.

Next week on Black Friday, the sales at Mills Fleet Farm start all over again.

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RHINELANDER - A man threatening to hurt himself and others with a knife sparked an hours-long standoff in Rhinelander Thursday. 

Police were called to the home of 21-year-old Mathew Smith on Highway 8 just before 10 a.m. All afternoon, police tried talking to Smith who wouldn't come out of his home. Smith, along with other people, and a child were inside the home at first. Police say within the first half an hour, everyone expect Smith got out safely.  

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RHINELANDER - Applause echoed from the rafters of a taller, much fuller building on Kemp Street in Rhinelander Thursday morning.  Expera Specialty Solutions dedicated its new, huge paper products coater, which was installed over the last year.

"It's just a beautiful project," Expera President and CEO Russ Wanke said.  "[There are] quite a few generations that have come through the [Rhinelander] plant and an investment like this will have many more generations [to follow.]"

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RHINELANDER - Some Crescent Elementary students got their eyes checked Thursday.

But with some new technology, it only took a few seconds.

The Lions Club recently received a $7,000 eye screener from the Lion's Club District 27-C2.

The screener replaces the old way of having young kids read an eye chart, which is handy when some of the kids may be too shy or can't read the alphabet yet.

School District Nurse Kerri Schmidt says the technology doesn't work on adults but works well for the younger students.

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LAONA - Spruce saplings his students planted decades ago have grown to tower above Don Kircher as he stands on a forest trail near Laona.

Kircher was a science teacher for 34 years in Laona, and he's visiting the Laona School Forest.

"The trees, of course, some of these trees are unbelievable," Kircher said.

The history of the forest itself might be hard to believe for some people. Little Laona has the nation's first school forest, dedicated in 1928. The Town of Laona bought the property and gave it to the school.

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ASHLAND COUNTY - A northern Wisconsin tribe wants federal officials to investigate why a sheriff's deputy shot and killed a teenager on the tribe's reservation.

Ashland County Sheriff's Deputy Brock Mrdjenovich shot and killed 14-year-old Jason Pero on Nov. 8 on the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa's reservation.

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MERRILL - The Brown family lost everything when David Ostrowksi burned their Merrill home down about two years ago. 

Ostrowski said he wanted someone to feel what it was like to lose everything. He will serve a 19 year prison sentence. 
 
Joe Brown lost everything in the fire including an irreplaceable antique car he spent ten years working on.

 Last year Joe got back to one of his passions for the first time. 
 
"I didn't feel like I deserved it," said Brown.

About two years ago 23- year- old David Ostrowski said he wanted someone to feel what it was like to lose everything.

"The guy that did it didn't even know them. I just didn't understand why," said Brown family friend and general manager of Peterson Sand and Gravel in Merrill Brandon Peterson.

Ostrowski got almost two decades in prison for burning down the Brown's family home in Merrill. 

He snuck in their garage and lit Brown's 1935 Ford Sedan on fire.

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