- 6-year old Anthony Gaetano (Guh-Tah-no) of Land O' Lakes was fishing with his grandpa on Forest Lake recently. While using a crank bait over weeds in 12 feet of water, he got a strike. He hauled in this huge 26 inch Northern - the biggest fish he's ever caught. He also caught a 17 inch bass. Both fish were released to keep on swimming.
Dylan Eibisch (I-Bish) of Crystal Lake, IL had quite a time fishing at his grandfather's cabin on Lake Alic in Tomahawk. The 12-year old reeled this beautiful 18.5 inch small mouth bass. He was using a homemade buzz bait. This prize was also released after a quick photo opt.
And 12-year old Noah Miller and his father Brett were musky fishing in Lake of the Woods in Canada. Noah landed this 43-incher, using spinner bait on 10 pound test line. Dad proudly tells us Noah did all the work himself, except the netting. This is a great story for the family of the one that didn't get away.
MADISON - The Wisconsin Elections Commission has agreed to lift overseas ballot restrictions to avoid a legal battle.
The U.S. Department of Justice warned earlier this month that it's preparing to sue because Wisconsin law doesn't let temporary overseas voters to obtain ballots electronically or to submit downloadable back-up ballots in case they don't have time to return an official ballot.
Federal law allows all overseas voters to obtain ballots electronically and submit back-up ballots. Assembly Republicans passed a bill that would have aligned Wisconsin's statutes with the federal law but the measure died in April after Senate Republicans added language limiting special legislative elections.
MADISON - Wisconsin Elections Commission staff plan to hire a half-dozen new employees and upgrade software to bolster election security.
The commission received a $7 million federal grant in March to upgrade security after Russian actors tried to access a state Department of Workforce Development system before the 2016 election.
Staff told the commission Thursday that the Department of Administration has approved hiring six new four-year security positions, including an information technology project manager, an elections security trainer and a voting systems specialist.
MERRILL - People on the west side of Merrill will need to put up with the sound of construction this summer. What was once an empty lot will now be the site of the Stonebridge Apartments. The apartments are a new source of affordable housing in Merrill and should be complete by the late summer.
When you're looking at Park Place apartments in Merrill, you might confuse the building with something else.
"I think Park Place looks like a 1970s dormitory at UW Madison," said Merrill Area Housing Authority Executive Director Paul Russell.
But a new apartment complex being built just across the street is going to offer a different look.
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