- Thousands of anglers are hitting the lakes and rivers in the Northwoods.
Most are adults. But in tonight's "Big Ol' Fish," we check out why the fishing has been mere child's play.
Lake Tomahawk's James Ebert says the fishing in the Northwoods has been great. While fishing on Two Sisters Lake just south of Lake Tomahawk, James reeled in this nice 13 inch smallmouth bass. The 12 year old was using a simple nightcrawler for bait. After the picture, the fish was released.
11-year old Henry Patterson of Middleton also caught a beautiful small mouth bass. While using a twister bait he hauled in this 18 inch 7 pounder. It was caught on Clear Lake in Minocqua.
And check out this prize. Rhinelander's Matthew Rudolph was fish was fishing with his dad for crappies. He got a strike on the Wisconsin River near Newbolt. They realized it was a musky, but didn't have a net. After fighting for 45 minutes, they finally hauled in a 45 incvh, 25 pound monster. It was the 14-year old's first musky. After the picture, the fish was released to fight another day.
TOMAHAWK - The Tomahawk School District will need to make big budget cuts in the next year. The district will need to cut more than $500 thousand dollars. Rising transportation costs along with declining enrollments challenge many Northwood's School Districts.
“We have a lot of issues in Northern Wisconsin that many districts in the state of Wisconsin don't have,” says Cheryl Baker, Tomahawk School District Superintendent. “For instance in the Tomahawk School District there's about 425 and I'm rounding that off, square miles of terrain that has to be covered everyday two times a day to pick kids up, to bring them to school, and to take them home.”
“That cost is our cost,” says Baker.
The school district does not plan to cut any electives. Instead they are moving from an 8 to a 7 period day.
“We're moving from an 8 period day to a 7 period day purely for economic reasons,” says Baker. “In other words had we not gone to the 7 period day for next year we would have had to of cut entire classes, electives, and or start cutting down teachers full time positions.”
The school district will also need to cut its full time social worker.
WAUSAU - Most magicians wow us with their tricks, but Magician Lou Lepore does more.
He teaches his audiences how to do some of the tricks he performs. He spent the last week as magician-in-residence at the Woodson Art Museum in Wausau putting on magic shows and hosting workshops.
It was part of the museum's latest exhibit on Mystery, Magic and Mayhem.
Students from local schools visited him during his six-day residency as in-house magician.
"We had schools come in, and depending on the size of the kids, if it was about 20 or under we would do a class, an actual workshop with them and teach them magic," says Lepore. "You would teach them maybe a half a dozen tricks that they can use with friends and family and things like that. If it was more than 20 we did a show."
Lepore specializes in sleight of hand using items like cards or coins. He also dabbles in cabaret.
Lepore has been doing magic for more than 40 years, but this was his first time as an in-house magician.
"They said can you do an artist-in-residency, and I said I have no idea what that is, what do I do?" says Lepore. "They said you're gong to show your art form, being magic, and you're going to teach kids classes and do demonstrations and workshops. I said oh yeah, I've done that for fairs, festivals so I can do all that for you."
Two more magicians will perform at the museum through April.
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