BOULDER JUNCTION - Most people wouldn't see a connection between trees and fish size.
But a UW-Madison researcher has drawn a pretty clear link.
Dr. Jereme Gaeta studied what's called the littoral zone of Little Rock Lake near Boulder Junction.
That's the area right near the shoreline.
He found warming temperatures lead to more lake evaporation.
Lakes then recede away from trees that would have fallen in the water.
Small fish lose their habitat, and food disappears for larger fish.
"The difference between lots of littoral habitat and no littoral habitat, in this case, is the difference between trophy fisheries, really healthy fisheries, and a population of stunted bass," Gaeta says.
Gaeta found it takes fewer than seven years for bass to reach legal length in lakes with plenty of wood in the water.
In lakes without that habitat, it takes 20 years.
Receding lake levels, and their impact on the littoral zone, are a newer idea for impacts of climate change in the Northwoods.
"Our study adds one little piece to that puzzle that we're trying to put together to understand what's going to happen as we look forward in a changing climate and a changing world," Gaeta says.
Gaeta's study came out of the 30-year split-lake study in Vilas County.
RHINELANDER - A scoop of frozen custard goes down pretty well on a humid day like the Northwoods saw Friday. Rhinelander's Associated Bank made grabbing a scoop an easy way to help others.
Culver's set up a mobile custard stand outside the new bank building on the corner of Lincoln Street and Oneida Avenue from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fifty cents from every $2.50 cup sold went to Associated Bank's Children's Miracle Network fund.
The bank is hoping to raise $500 through its fundraisers for CMN this month.
MERRILL - A Northwoods school pulled off a big surprise on Friday to honor a few veterans. After months of planning, students and staff at Kate Goodrich Elementary got to see the payoff of all their hard work.
"It was like kind of overwhelming," said Wolfgang Lenk.
Lenk, Todd Annis, and Randy Perry had no idea they would be the guests of honor.
"To see all these kids and knowing how hard they worked selling all this, and now your name comes up that you're one of the three recipients, it was awesome," said Annis.
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