- Luke Dietz of Butternut was fishing with his dad and older brother out on a Bayfield county lake recently. Luke caught his biggest Largemouth bass. This trophy measured 21 inches and weighed 5 1/2 pounds. He was using a shiner on a tip up. 5 other nice bass were caught by the trio. I'm told the meal was fantiastice.
Jay Wickie of Irma was fishing on a very foggy day on Lake Alice recently. While using a tip-up, Jay caught a 22 1/2 inch smallmouth bass. It was the biggest one he's caught so far this season. HE was using a shiner on a tip up. After the picture, the fish was released.
And Drew Prtizl spent part of his free time over the holidays on a Sugar Camp area lake. Check out this 28.5 inch Walley he reeled in. It weighed 9 pounds. It was caught on a tip-up. Drew said it was both a lot of fun and a lot of work getting him through the hole.
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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