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Gov. Walker surveys northwestern Wisconsin wildfire damageSubmitted: 05/16/2013
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Gov. Walker surveys northwestern Wisconsin wildfire damage
DOUGLAS COUNTY - We spent the last few nights taking in the sheer destruction a massive wildfire in Northwestern Wisconsin created.

Thursday, Governor Scott Walker got a first-hand look at the damage caused by a massive wildfire.

The governor and local officials toured the damaged areas in Douglas and Bayfield counties by helicopter.

The fire scorched some 9,000 acres and destroyed 47 buildings, including at least 17 homes.

But the governor made sure to point out the number of buildings saved.

"Seventy-seven structures were saved," Walker said. "Seventy-seven structures. When you look at this from an aerial shot, when you look at the map it is phenomenal particularly when you see the ashes literally yards away from homes and properties and you realize it was the fire service there making sure and it was the DNR crews making sure that those properties were protected, it's just phenomenal."

The fire is completely out as of Thursday night.

The DNR says this is the largest fire in northern Wisconsin in 33 years.

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MINOCQUA - Dozens of girls laced up their running shoes to hit the start line for the "Girls on the Run" community spring 5k Saturday in Minocqua.

Girls on the Run is an organization that helps young girls grow to be confident and healthy.

The 5K fun run is just one way to promote a healthy body image.

Girls on the Run Park Falls coach Katie Rybak said the run isn't about time or winners but to make sure everyone knows that they are capable of finishing.

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The art of sucker grabbingSubmitted: 05/18/2018

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ONEIDA COUNTY - Fishing usually means grabbing a fishing pole and bait and heading to the lake. But some people decide to go a different route and just use their bare hands.

Sucker grabbing is pretty simple.

"There isn't much to it besides just grabbing a sucker," said Tyler Olson.

But there is more to it than just grabbing, at least for some.

"If you can just creep up behind them, you can just grab it pretty easy, but I've seen Tyler trying to grab it with the two hands but that isn't really working out for you is it Tyler?" said Brandon Alsteen.

The Rhinelander guys go out at night because the suckers are easier to see with flash lights. That light sometimes scares the fish, which is just one factor that adds to the challenge.

"They are very strong animals actually for being little fish, to be honest with you. They squirm out of your hands a little too fast for you grab, you have to be stealthy and fast with them," said Olson.

The catch is why the guys go out.

"I kind of get the thrill out of the whole deal here. It's just nice going out with a couple friends," said Olson.

Those couple friends take the challenge and turn it up a notch between the group.

"It's kind of a competition thing between friends at school. There's a good amount of kids that actually do it. You see who can catch the most suckers I guess and whoever ends up with the most is kind of the big winner," said Olson.

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SANTA FE, TX - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says 10 people are dead and 10 more wounded after a shooting at a high school in the town of Santa Fe.

Abbott called Friday's shooting "one of the most heinous attacks that we've ever seen in the history of Texas schools."

He says explosive devices including a Molotov cocktail had been found in the suspected shooter's home and a vehicle as well as around the school and nearby.

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RHINELANDER - The company now running Northwood Golf Course in Rhinelander wanted to make some changes. Within the last year, the city-owned golf course has updated golf rates and renamed the restaurant. It's hoping to pull itself out of a more than $1 million hole. 
 
The new restaurant, Whipsaw Bar and Grill, recently opened its doors for the first time. Chef Adam VandenHoogen spent most of Friday getting ready for the restaurant's first fry. 

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EAGLE RIVER - Temperatures in the 70s and 80s mean it's time to get out on the water.

Maybe not for swimming just yet, but for boating. 

A new Your Boat Club location just opened this season in Minocqua. 

Your Boat Club lets you rent a boat for the day, or become a member and use a boat any time during the year.


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RHINELANDER - In 2016, 52-year-old Robert Weiss drove from southern Wisconsin to Hazelhurst to meet a 14-year-old girl.

Prosecutors say Robert Weiss planned to have sex with her.

On Friday, Weiss was sentenced to eight years in prison for the crime.

Weiss met the girl online, and Oneida County District Attorney Mike Schiek argued he knew the girl was underage.

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MINOCQUA - You probably wouldn't go into a bank where you weren't a member, but Associated Bank in Minocqua hopes anyone and everyone -- members or not -- stops by this month.

The bank wants to raise $1,500 for the Children's Miracle Network.  CMN helps cover medical costs for children in hospitals around the country.

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