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Ice May Impact Opening of Fishing SeasonSubmitted: 04/29/2013
EAU CLAIRE - Some lakes in northern Wisconsin still have ice on them, and anglers could find their fishing holes still frozen come Saturday's statewide opener.

Heath Benike of the state Department of Natural Resources says despite recent warm weather, many lakes north of state Highway 64 are still covered with ice.

Jim Onarheim owns a resort on Moose Lake and is president of the Hayward Lakes Visitor and Convention Bureau.

He says he's had to tell some customers that they won't be able to fish next weekend.

He says the still-frozen lakes are a big blow to area resorts, restaurants, taverns and grocery stores.

Tourism officials say the annual Governor's Fishing Opener at Lake Namekagon north of Cable is still on.

(Copyright 2013 Associated Press - All Rights Reserved)

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NORTHWOODS - Our nation celebrates its independence in three days. People in the Northwoods are planning how they want to view fireworks. Will they buy their own, or will they see a community show?

Peter Anderson has been a fireworks organizer for the city of Eagle River for several years.

"We've been doing it for a long time," he said. "We hire a fireworks company to come in and do it every year for us. It's just kind of a tradition to celebrate the 4th of July."

Many communities in the Northwoods put on firework displays. And those displays can cost quite a bit of money.

"Right around $9000 is what we spend in Eagle River," said Anderson. "It all goes right towards the fireworks. Everything else is volunteer; we get the land donated to us, we get everybody's time donated to us, and all of the money goes directly towards the fireworks."

Anderson says a big reason his community does a display is so people can celebrate on the fourth safely.

"I'm on the fire department; that's one of the reasons why I got involved with it was to have a nice big community firework display so that people don't have to do their own displays," said Anderson.

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