MILWAUKEE - Mosquito season is already off to an annoying start in northern Wisconsin.
The problem has been so bad that one canoeing company turned away customers rather than send them on a bug-infested river. But the overall summer outlook might not be so bad.
PJ Liesch is an entomologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He says an abrupt change in weather conditions caused mosquitoes to hatch all at once instead of gradually. He says that might make the season seem worse than usual, but early indications suggest it'll be average.
Ed Hammer runs Wisconsin River Outfitters in Lake Tomahawk. He's turned away half a dozen customers, saying he doesn't want bugs to ruin their adventures. He says swarms have been so massive that their buzzing is easily audible.
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.
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