Big Ol' Fish - Nov 7Submitted: 11/07/2013
Story By Marisa Silvas

Big Ol' Fish - Nov 7
- 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.

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EAGLE RIVER - Kids face bullying in schools all the time.

That's one reason why the Eagle River elementary school holds its annual Great Kindness Challenge Week.

It's part of a nationwide challenge involving nearly 10,000 schools.

This year's kindness week in Eagle River wrapped up Friday with a musical assembly with Dave Dall.

Throughout the week, students were challenged to do random acts of kindness.

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TOMAHAWK - Two best friends turned into business partners about a year ago.

Bill Eastwood and Blake McMahon own Outboards Bar and Grill in Tomahawk.

The duo's combined restaurant and business experience helped them hit the ground running.

Fish quality comes first at Outboards.

"Friday night is the night that pretty much everyone goes out to eat. So if you don't have a good fish fry, people around here start talking!" say Eastwood.

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RHINELANDER - Kathie Woodford keeps track of each time she donates blood.  Her visit to a Rhinelander blood drive on Friday marked her 26th pint.

"I just recently got my third gallon," Woodford said.

The universal donor (Woodford has O-negative blood) likes to give as often as she can, but Friday's blood drive was one she simply couldn't miss.

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PORTAGE COUNTY - Portage County will hold an information meeting to share information about a sexually violent offender that will soon be released.

Gregory Loomis, 43, sexually assaulted two children in 1988 and 1992.

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MERRILL - Police say a Stevens Point man tried to pay to have sex 15-year-old girl. 
Police arrested Leo Pelot, 67, on Tuesday. 

According to a criminal complaint, an undercover agent with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office posed as the 15-year-old's aunt. 

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The Crandon School Board voted unanimously Friday evening to change the wording of superintendent Dr. Doug Kryder's absence from the district.

Kryder is now on "paid administrative leave." Originally, he had been "suspended with pay."

The board said it made the change based on advice of its lawyer. The board met for two and a half hours in closed session on Friday.

Kryder is under investigation by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

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ANTIGO - "It did come as a shock at first, but it's something that you realize it's not the end of the world," said Tracie Quade. 

Quade's 18-month old son, Benny, was diagnosed with Down syndrome when he was born.

"It's actually a really, really awesome thing. People with Down syndrome are wonderful loving people and they are just as capable of doing as much as anybody else," said Quade.

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