RHINELANDER - The annual DNR Spring Fish and Wildlife Meetings were held Monday night. A meeting in all 72 counties. In Oneida County, the meeting was at James Williams Middle School in Rhinelander.
Around 70 people were at the meeting...
One of the big issues up for debate and vote tonight - a proposed new rule which would allow motor trolling state-wide. Each angler would have up to three lines.
Supporters say the method allows more opportunities for anglers.
Opponents say the lakes are already under too much pressure. Also 3 fishing lines per person is too many.
"It's not so much a fish-harvest issue," says DNR fisheries biologist John Kubisiak. "We looked pretty hard at the data. We haven't found any major differences in fish caught per hour between trolling and other means."
One other fishing proposal of note - is the proposal of remaoving the Northern Bass early catch and release season.
Hunting proposals included one simplifing firearm regulations. Another would allow portable stands remaining on DNR owned and managed lands.
Results of the voting will released on the DNR Web site on Wednesday night.
We'll have more in this Wednesday night's "Northwoods Spotlight."
RHINELANDER - A snow storm caught Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander off guard last weekend and collapsed a greenhouse. Now that spring weather is here, Hanson's is ready to move forward by making some adjustments. "We got by for 25 years doing what we were doing," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson. Last weekend's spring snow storm set back Hanson's. "We thought we were ahead of schedule having that greenhouse nice and filled," said Hanson's Manager Beth Hanson.
"One bad storm and there you go. Things happen," said Brent. The storm collapsed a greenhouse holding thousands of plants. "For years we've gotten by with these lighter cheaper green houses," said Brent. "We'll be down a greenhouse for a little bit here," said Beth. Now Hanson's will only use sturdier and solid greenhouses so that collapses don't become a pattern.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County needs more foster care homes. Right now, there are nine licensed foster homes in the area, most of which are full according to the county's social services department.
Foster Care Coordinator Rachel Nelson says that in Oneida County there are 24 children currently living in foster homes. The department participated in a statewide foster care recruitment project last fall, and discovered just how great the need is.
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