THREE LAKES - To keep busy after work, people find many different leagues to join. Golf, bowling, softball. In the Northwoods, there are Musky fishing leagues.
The Monday Night Musky League has been around for 21 years. This year there are 10 teams competing, with 6 fishermen per team.
They go out on the Eagle River Chain and rotate between other area lakes. The league lasts for 12 weeks over the summer... and there are awards given each Monday and at the end of the season.
It's a unique way to spend time on the water.
"It gives you a reason to fish instead of sitting at home after working all day," said Gary Myshak of Eagle River. "After fishing from 4pm until 9pm every Monday night, you have a designated and everyone meets and brags about their day."
Wednesday night at 10pm in our Northwoods Spotlight, we'll meet the oldest angler in the league. He's 83 years young.
EAGLE RIVER - Eagle River's annual Paul Bunyan Fest brings out thousands of people. This year was no exception. Organizers say about 3,000 people filled the streets of downtown Eagle River on Wednesday.
The 37th annual Paul Bunyan Fest featured chainsaw carving demonstrations, more than 80 arts and craft booths, and music.
RHINELANDER - You probably wouldn't consider a dark, smelly alley an ideal place to sit and relax. Maggie Steffen agrees, which is why she's planning to transform an alley on Brown Street in Rhinelander.
Steffen plans to tackle the project in three phases. Phase one is lighting the alley, which sits between The Brick restaurant and Bath and Body Creations. Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. agreed to pay about $2,800 for five LED lights if the city would pay for the electricity.
RHINELANDER - DNR Furbearer Research Scientist Dr. Nathan Roberts calls bobcats "a conservation success story." Their population numbers are up across the United States.
The DNR doubled the harvest quota this year at 750 bobcats because of that healthy population size.
"While the population's grown, we've also increased our understanding of bobcats considerably. Working together with hunters and trappers across the state we've increased our understanding of bobcats and our ability to monitor bobcats," said Roberts.
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