Northwoods Spotlight - Veterans Ice Fishing Tournament Jan 15Submitted: 01/15/2014
Story By Marisa Silvas

RHINELANDER - If you enjoy the outdoors during the winter, ice fishing might rank near the top of your list of favorite activities.

When you can enter a tournament that supports a good cause - that makes it even cooler.

Lake Nokomis looked like a small town last weekend. It was busy with trucks, shacks and people sprawled across its ice. The American Veterans and NCO Club hosted their 6th annual Ice Fishing Tournament.

"I can't believe there's so many people out here," Ricky Myre a Veteran from Tomahawk explains. "Everything it stands for is a great thing, so I'm happy about that."

Dan Keck - the Rhinelander NCO Club Chairman adds, "It's just about getting out, having a good time with your friends and family, seeing your flag go up and catching some fish."

In addition to enjoying the fishing and the chance to win prizes, all the money raised goes to support local veterans groups.

"A lot of our money goes back to the 951st based out of Rhinelander and Tomahawk," Keck says. "It goes toward their families whenever they need money. Another part is we donate back to the community and Wounded Warriors."

Several vets joined nearly 400 anglers on the lake. A war injury took Dale Cherney's right leg. The Mosinee man doesn't let that stop him from fishing, but says it presents some problems.

"Trudging through snow makes it a little tougher," Cherney explains. "So thank God they drove me out here. It's basically a reset. It's a nice thing to do to get away from the business of stuff."

People enjoyed the friendly competition whether or not the fish were biting.

"We still haven't registered fish yet, but we're still out here having fun," Tomahawk angler James Kinnally said.

"Those guys are out there serving in the worst parts of the world and doing things we need them to do to keep our freedom," Myre adds. "I really appreciate everything those guys do for us."

Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com


Play Video

GREEN BAY - The Packers secured their 11th straight home win Sunday against the Rams.

With that home field advantage comes the die-hard fans.

Whether it's their first game or an annual tradition there's no doubt Packer fans love their team.

+ Read More

Play Video

MINOCQUA - Animals injured this summer will get a second chance at life this fall.

+ Read More

Play Video

MINOCQUA - It can be difficult to attract young people to live in the Northwoods.

That's one reason a local of chamber of commerce held a job fair Monday.

The Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce organized a job fair at Lakeland Union High School.

This was the first year it was held.

+ Read More

Play Video

GREEN BAY - A Packers' win can give any fan a reason to celebrate.

But, even before the game begins at Lambeau Field, you can see fans showing their green and gold pride.

+ Read More
Local clinics offer flu shotsSubmitted: 10/12/2015

NORTHWOODS - Flu season will be here soon, and local health experts say the best thing you can do to prepare yourself is to get a flu shot.

Aspirus is holding flu shot clinics in Land O' Lakes, Rhinelander, Three Lakes, and Woodruff. Doctors recommend you get a shot every year.

+ Read More

WASHINGTON - A House Republican conservative leader says the group would "look favorably" on Janesville Congressman Paul Ryan if he runs for speaker.

Speaking on "Fox News Sunday," Freedom Caucus Chairman Jim Jordan of Ohio says his group is sticking with its endorsement of Florida's U.S. Representative Daniel Webster. That's unless Ryan reconsiders and decides to run to succeed retiring Speaker John Boehner.

+ Read More

MADISON - A Wisconsin state Senate committee vote on a bill making it easier to hire and fire state workers has been canceled.

The bill opposed by unions representing state workers and Democrats had been scheduled for a committee vote on Tuesday. But the Senate Labor and Government Reform Committee canceled the vote without explanation Monday afternoon.

It has not yet been rescheduled.

+ Read More
+ More General News

Click Here