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Water Temps Could Rise after Slow Fishing OpenerSubmitted: 05/05/2013
Story By Joe Dufek


- Sunday wrapped up a slow opening weekend for the inland fishing season. Water temps in several Northwoods lakes and streams were still below 40 degrees.

That's below the ideal conditions many of the fish like to spawn, or lay their eggs in and get moving.

Some anglers tried their luck in Rhinelander on the Wisconsin River yesterday.

Others were not having much success on the Rainbow Flowage just outside of Lake Tomahawk.


But the warm weather this weekend should help raise those water temps.

"Rivers are high (on the Wisconsin River outside of Lake Tomahawk)," says Lucas Zajicek of Lake Tomahawk. "But I have seen quite a few people out. There have been fish caught. Some of my friends have caught some. I think it's a little early with the ice conditions on most lakes."


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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 01/18/2017

- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

We'll bring you an update on the search for two Antigo children who are thought to have been taken away to the Black Hills area by their non-custodial mother.

We'll tell you about a Tomahawk teacher who received a literacy award from the state.

And we'll introduce you to a local carpenter/welder who takes a little bit of fantasy and imagination and makes it into reality.

We'll bring you the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

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TOMAHAWK - Fishermen that like the Grandmother Flowage near Tomahawk needed to find a new place to fish this past fall.

The Packaging Corporation of America lowered the water level 14 feet to repair the dam there.

PCA owns the dam that controls the flowage.

The DNR recommended emptying the flowage a quarter inch an hour, which comes to about six inches per day.

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RHINELANDER - Even with snow on the ground, people in the Northwoods can start preparing for their perfect summer wedding. Lund and Taylor Bridal Gallerie hosts its annual Magic Moments Bridal Expo in Rhinelander this Saturday."Girls need to get their dresses ordered like now for summer and fall weddings," said Taylor.
Owner and operator of Rhinelander's Lund and Taylor Bridal Gallerie, Mary Taylor, says you can never start planning your wedding too early."Almost anything you need for your wedding we'll have it here," said Taylor.
The expo will have local vendors ready to fulfill any bride's needs, as well as a fashion show in the afternoon.

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EAGLE RIVER - Take salvaged metal and wood, hand it to one Eagle River artist, and watch his imagination come to life.

It's all thanks to a man dedicated to combining nature with what's manmade.

Ken Schels isn't your typical carpenter or welder. 

He welds, chops, and carves fantasy into reality for his clients at his KMS workshop. 

The Northwoods native can tell you where every piece of wood in his shop comes from.

He'll also tell you about all of the metal pieces he has collected over the years for his projects.
Gears, chains, axes, and bolts are just some of the pieces you can spot in his art. 

"One guys says, 'That's a Ford wrench, that's worth $30!' Well I'm like, you stand there and watch me weld it in," said Schels. 

Ken admits his work is out-of-the-box and a little strange at times, but he does it so people can have something to pass on through history.

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THREE LAKES - Students in Three Lakes now have a new option for winter recess.

 This year the Three Lakes Park District donated an ice skating rink to the Three Lakes Elementary School.

The Three Lakes Fire Department and other members of the community joined in to put the rink together. 

The ice skating rink was originally at Burnside Park. Moving the rink to the school made it smaller and more accessible for students.

"It's a really good feeling because, it gives the kids something to do," said Three Lakes Fire Chief Dave Kirby. 

"You can only [go on the swings a certain amount of times] in the winter. 

[They get to] skate and do something they like, it's a good feeling."

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MINOCQUA - A Green Bay man died in a snowmobile crash in Minocqua Tuesday night.

The Minocqua Police Department says the crash happened at 7:13 p.m. on Lower Kaubashine Road near the intersection of Camp Nine Road and Cedar Falls Drive.

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TOMAHAWK - High schoolers in Tomahawk sat across from local business professionals on Wednesday, answering questions in an interview setting.

The mock interview event is one of many which high school teacher Olivia Dachel helped create. Earlier this month, Gov. Walker honored Dachel and 14 other Wisconsin people and organizations with a Governor's Financial Literacy Award.

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