EAGLE RIVER - If you were out on a lake this weekend, chances are you saw lots of gray hats. Fishermen and women spread out on seven lake families, all hoping to win the 28th National Championship Musky Open.
It's the largest amateur musky tournament in the United States and brought more than twelve hundred anglers to the Eagle River area.
There were 219 muskies caught and released over three days. The biggest fish of the weekend was a 49 incher, caught on Long Lake by Dave Stewart of Rhinelander.
And this year's winner was Michelle Peplinski of Bear Creek. She boated 4 muskies and became the first woman to win the event.
For more on this family friendly tourney, check out our Northwoods Spotlight, Wednesday night at 10.
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander couple thought they were empty nesters. However, an experience volunteering made them open their doors back up to kids who need a temporary home. The Zoerb's adult children moved out years ago. But at any moment they could get a call from social services that make them bring out their parenting skills for another round. Rick and Danielle Zoerb work together as realtors putting people in homes that are the perfect fit. However, the husband and wife know their home can be a good fit for others too. "There's no reason for kids to have to fall through the cracks," said Dani. Rick met a child at a mentorship program a few years ago. It was a meeting that opened a new door for him and his wife. "There was no hesitation on our part when we felt the situation was deteriorating for this young boy," said Rick.
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