- It seems like ice fishing season is right around the corner. But in the meantime, we still have some people having luck on the water this fall.
Matthew Vedder of St. Germain went fishing with his mom, Lisa and brother, Issac earlier this week. They were on Plum Lake in Vilas County, when to everyone's surprise, the 9 year old reeled in this 21 and a half inch smallmouth bass. Matthew was using a walleye sucker minnow for bait and released the fish after this great photo.
Brad Meyer of Cadott took a fall fishing trip to his family cabin in Ontario, Canada. They caught a ton of fish including this 29 inch trout. Brad tells us it was his 5 month old daughter's first trip up there, so it was a great memory, and the trout made a great meal.
And Eagle River's Katie Kuehlem (Key-lum) was out with her boyfriend in Three Lakes when she got a big bite. Katie fought with this 42 inch musky, but it tore up the sucker and swam off. Her boyfriend told her to put it back in the water, and the fish came right back and hit it again. The musky was Katie's biggest ever and she proved that persistence pays off.
HARSHAW - Oneida County sheriff's deputies found three runaway sisters, ages 14, 14, and 12, in the woods in Harshaw just after 1 p.m. on Monday.
The sisters had been reported missing by their parents Monday morning. The parents had gone to wake the girls up for school, but instead found a note saying they had gone on an "adventure."
The missing girls triggered a search from the Oneida County Sheriff's Office Special Response Unit, Newbold Fire Department Search and Rescue, Minocqua Fire Department, Lake Tomahawk Fire Department, and Little Rice Fire Department.
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander factory that makes smoke flavoring caught fire early Monday morning.
Shortly before 6:00 a.m., Rhinelander, Crescent and Newbold Fire Departments responded to a fire at Red Arrow Products on Rhinelander's west side.
An employee says there were about eight workers inside at the time.
No one was injured.
"Flames were coming out of a conveyor area as high as the roof. We made an interior attack and knocked that flame down. Came in from the other side of the partition wall, then made another interior attack and knocked that down," says Chief Terry Williams.
As of 7:30 a.m. Monday morning, firefighters were still working to make sure the flames were out.
MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker has selected a former legislator to run the state Department of Natural Resources.
Walker's office announced Monday that he has chosen former Republican state Rep. Dan Meyer to serve as DNR secretary. He replaces Cathy Stepp, who resigned in August to take a position in President Donald Trump's administration.
RHINELANDER - The Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission will get its long-awaited federal funding installment by October 4.
The timing means no Northwoods Transit Connections drivers will have to voluntarily furlough their pay, but the requirement of 24-hour advance notice for rides will stay in place.
Transit Commission Chair Erv Teichmiller learned the news over the weekend.
The commission is waiting on an expected payment of $300,000 from the federal government. In 2016, that money came in early September. As of last Friday, the commission wasn't expecting the payment until as late as November.
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