- The temperatures are beging to climb. So is the fishing on many of the lakes and rivers in the Northwoods.
Here's this week's Big Ol' Fish.
Over the 4th of July weekend, Jeff Kent of Iola had quite a battle for this Musky on the Sugar Camp chain. While he was fishing for crappies using a minow, Jeff landed with 39 incher. Because he was using 6 pound test line, it took him a half an hour to haul it in. After the picture, the fish was released.
Check out the Large Bouth Bass Harshaw's Mike Powers hauled in on Tuesday. He was fishing with his father-in-law Dick Stubing. While he was using a spinner bait on an Oneida County lake, it struck within moments of the bait hitting the water. After a big swirl, the fish took off into the weeds. The prize reeled in measured 20 inches - the biggest he's ever caught. In fact, this bad boy is getting mounted.
For the first time category, 8-year old Alexius Manci of Stevens Point was fishing with her family and friends in Vilas County over the holiday weekend. She used ever muscle in her body to haul in this beautiful 14 inch small mouth bass. The fish was her first keep. Congrats Alexius.
And finally, Ryan Zenoni of Sussex, WI had a catch to remember. This 23" 7 pound small mouth bass was caught in Presque Isle. He was using a night crawler for bait. Now that's quite a memory making catch.
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - 4.7 might seem like just a random number, but it gives us an idea of just how cold it was this year. 4.7 degrees was the average temperature for this winter. It's the coldest winter in more than a century.
It’s common to see these sights and hear these sounds in a typical winter. But this year, we heard them a bit more. The Northwoods fought through it’s snowiest and coldest winter on record. What made it so rare was the persistent cold.
NORTHWOODS - Home sales fell in the state of Wisconsin, but they're on the rise in the Northwoods.
Real Estate experts say home sales are up 5% in Oneida County. Home sales for the Northwoods are up 4%. Experts say right now it's a buyers market.
“If you're a seller right now you are probably going to be seeing some low ball offers,” says Ashlei Highfill, Century 21 Sales Associate. “We just encourage people to respond to any offer that they get not to just reject it or be offended but these days we are seeing a lot of buyers coming in and offering a lot less than what sellers are asking for.”
Experts say fewer homes are being foreclosed. This allows more families to make first time home purchases.
“It’s great to see that people are obviously getting back to work so they can afford to take that opportunity to put their family in their first home it's exciting for all of us,” says Highfill. “We're always happy to see somebody get that first house for their kids we're seeing some people that are making more money now so they're buying a move up house.”
Overall home sales in Wisconsin fell 11% compared to this time last year.
MERRILL - Hospitals can sometimes scare kids and even many adults.
That's why one Northwoods hospital wants those kids to be comfortable with doctors if they ever need their help.
Merrill kindergarteners visited Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center on Wednesday.
The kids got to see an ambulance, physical therapy and x rays.
"We try to show them that you know what, the hospital isn't so scary. And we bring them through different areas that they may experience when they come in or they have a family member here. And a lot of times children, if they don't know, they're very afraid. A hospital can be very intimidating, says Jane Bentz, Director of Foundation and Community Outreach.
Cooking for people with multiple, chronic health conditions
MINOCQUA - For people struggling with chronic conditions like diabetes or heart disease, cooking can be a challenge.
But being careful with how you cook doesn't mean your meal has to be bland.
One dietician teaches the "Cooking for Multiple Diseases" class at Nicolet College in Minocqua.
People taking her class need help finding the best recipes for their conditions.
"Maybe they have diabetes and their spouse has heart disease. Or other people in the family may have a different disease," said Mary Sikora-Petersen, a Registered dietician. "They want to know, how [to] cook a meal that's going to be for everybody in the family."
Petersen also stresses the importance of using healthier ingredients without losing flavor. One way to do that is by using seed-based seasonings and avoiding too much salt.
"[Add] flavors to food without adding salt. Certainly, salt adds flavor," said Petersen. "But there are other ways to add flavor, such as adding ground seasonings, adding fresh herbs to the foods."
Petersen also recommends using light olive oils and whole wheat products.
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