- The holidays means more time to spend with the family and friends. Some folks may be using that time to hit some of the area lakes. As we can see in this week's Big Ol' Fish, there are some great memories being made.
Meet 12-year old Kaylyn Miller of Green Bay. She was recently fishing on Lake Nokomis, just outside of Tomahawk. She landed her first fish - this beautiful 19 inch walleye. This prize is going to be a great family story for years to come.
Todd Keely of Eagle River was fishing in St. Germain when he landed a 24 inch walleye. He was using a minnow on a tip up. The smile on Todd's face tells us this catch was part of a good night on the lake.
And 6-year old Hunter VanZile of Laona was with his dad and a guide in Forest County. hunter caught his very first crappie. 13 inches. Hunter used a minnow on a tip down for bait. I'm told Hunter loved the meal it provided even more than the catch itself.
RHINELANDER - Thursday Rhinelander turned into the city of lights. The Light of the Northwoods kicked off its drive-through light show at Hodag Park today. "We never got to do anything like this when I was a kid," said volunteer Corey Passmore. However, Passmore's son will get the chance to experience a Christmas in a way his father was never able to. "As far as I can think back we've never had anything like this in Rhinelander," said Passmore. Months of preparation, hundreds of hours setting up, and more than a dozen creative minds helped create magic in Rhinelander. "Symbolizes an opportunity for community to come together," said YMCA of the Northwoods CEO Ryan Zietlow.
RHINELANDER - It costs nearly $240,000 to run Rhinelander's homeless shelter every year.
Frederick Place got an extra boost this month to help cover those costs with two grants totaling $8,000.
"With our just shy of $240,000 annual operating budget, we typically only get $40,000 from the state and federal government. So we are raising that $200,000 every single year," said NATH Executive Director Tammy Modic.
RHINELANDER - The initial emergency call -- someone screaming for help on a lake near Rhinelander Thursday afternoon -- sounded bad, but it appears it was a false alarm.
Search and rescue crews called in Newbold's air boat to search Lake Thompson around 1:45 p.m.
Pelican Deputy Fire Chief Norman Peterson said first responders first searched the west bay shoreline on foot. They then used the air boat to sweep the entire lake, but didn't find anyone, any tracks, or any places someone might have gone through the ice.
IRMA - Until Thursday, we never got an inside look at Lincoln Hills School and Youth Prison. We have heard from Lincoln Hills line staff and the Department of Corrections, but never were able to see the facility.
Thursday the DOC held a guided media tour of the school and living units. Newswatch12's Rose McBride has been following the stories that come out of Lincoln Hills for months now, and she went on that media tour.
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