RHINELANDER - Ice fishing probably sounds like the last thing some people would want to do in these frigid temperatures.
But some professional fishermen braved the cold with the help of some green technology.
Bone chilling temperatures didn't stop fishermen from trying to get the best catch of the day.
"You're nose and hands get a little chilly once in a while, but usually you stay pretty warm overall." said Solar Sportsman representative, Jim Davis.
11 teams competed on an icy Boom Lake in Rhinelander.
This was the first Team Extreme Ice Fishing Tournament in Wisconsin.
Fishermen from as far as Minnesota and Maryland traveled to Rhinelander to qualify for the Team Extreme Championship.
"You have to be able to go above and beyond and be able to take what mother nature gives you because we're not only out here competing against each other, we're competing against mother nature." said Wisconsin Team Extreme Ice Fishing director, Raymond Tiffany.
The tournaments director figured out a way to use Mother Nature to their advantage.
It's all thanks to a solar powered tent.
"This tent is heated. It's lighted. We run our scales off the power. We run our PA System off the power," Tiffany said.
"We're not even touching the power output that this tent is capable of."
The Wisconsin based company, Solar Sportsman, made a solar ice tent last year just for this tournament.
It's powered by a 400 watt solar module that feeds into a battery inside the tent.
"We wanted to be able to run a PA System. We wanted to be able to run a monitor. We want to have the option to run an AC Scale," said Davis.
"So we needed power out here. The one thing we didn't want to have running out on the lake is a generator to keep everything going."
"We have to move green to save our planet. We want to show that we can be… we as ice fishermen can be responsible," Tiffany said.
"We want to show we care about the outdoors and the environment."
Staying warm and keeping the air free of pollution keeps both fishermen and Mother Nature happy.
MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker has selected a former legislator to run the state Department of Natural Resources.
Walker's office announced Monday that he has chosen former Republican state Rep. Dan Meyer to serve as DNR secretary. He replaces Cathy Stepp, who resigned in August to take a position in President Donald Trump's administration.
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander factory that makes smoke flavoring caught fire early Monday morning. Â Shortly before 6:00 a.m.,Â Rhinelander, Crescent and Newbold Fire Departments responded to a fire at Red Arrow Products on Rhinelander's west side.
An employee says there were about eight workers inside at the time.
No one was injured.
"Flames were coming out of a conveyor area as high as the roof. We made an interior attack and knocked that flame down. Came in from the other side of the partition wall, then made another interior attack and knocked that down," says Chief Terry Williams.
As of 7:30 a.m. Monday morning, firefighters were still working to make sure the flames were out.
HARSHAW - Oneida County sheriff's deputies found three runaway sisters, ages 14, 14, and 12, in the woods in Harshaw just after 1 p.m. on Monday.
The sisters had been reported missing by their parents Monday morning. The parents had gone to wake the girls up for school, but instead found a note saying they had gone on an "adventure."
The missing girls triggered a search from the Oneida County Sheriff's Office Special Response Unit, Newbold Fire Department Search and Rescue, Minocqua Fire Department, Lake Tomahawk Fire Department, and Little Rice Fire Department.
RHINELANDER - A large open lot on Rhinelander's east side could soon fill in with a chain restaurant.
Cory Moritz-Hoffmann and her husband hope to build a Pizza Ranch next to Kwik Trip on Eisenhower Parkway. The pair of former Pine Lake firefighters got the idea about six years ago when they first went to a Pizza Ranch in Iowa.
They considered pursing a franchise then, but it was more than they could afford at the time. About two years ago, the Hoffmanns contacted an investor and saw an opportunity to turn their dream into a reality.
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