WISCONSIN - Many fishermen will need to get their shanties off the lakes this weekend.
Harsh winter conditions will not make that task an easy one as many shanties are frozen to the lakes.
The DNR cannot legally move the deadline as that deadline is predetermined by the state of Wisconsin.
However, they do know that freezing slush and deep snow will make it difficult to remove your shanty.
Should you find that removing your shanty is difficult you should contact the DNR to let them know.
"They need to make every effort they can. That's what the state law states, we cannot change that," said Conservation Warden Tim Ebert. "If people find that they're unable to do so by that date, we ask them to contact the department and let us know about it."
The DNR does not help in any physical removal of ice shelters, but they recommend a few resources to help with removal.
"Some of the options at least at this point is we would encourage folks to recruit their family and friends to help them out the best they can," said Ebert. "Some local businesses will also assist, they may contact local towing companies and off-road recovery type companies that may have specialized equipment to go out and move some of these ice shelters."
DNR officials encourage ice fishers to call their hotline if they are having difficulty meeting deadlines.
Shanties on inland waters south of Highway 64 need to be removed by Monday, March 3rd.
Those with shanties on inland waters north of 64 must remove them by March 17th.
Anyone having having trouble can report to the DNR by calling 1-800-TIP-WDNR or 1-800-847-9367.
LAKE TOMAHAWK - All around you witness goodwill gestures. It could be as simple as a smile and wave or opening a door for someone. In Lake Tomahawk, it's making a pie.
"I made a pretzel crust with butter and sugar, " explains Sheila Punches. Sharon Hilgendorf adds, "Flour, for the thickening."
Snowshoe baseball's been entertaining crowds since the 1960's. But over at the concession stand, the pie takes center stage.
Strawberry rhubarb, banana butterscotch pie, blueberry pie, rocky road and coconut cream are just a few of the creations. "I like making ones that I think will appeal to the crowd," says Linda Penno.
Each week a different service club's in charge of the snack shack and in turn, takes home the proceeds. Locals bakers, a lot of local bakers make their best pies and donate them to support the cause.
"You get involved with it over the years and it just becomes your way of life on Mondays," says Punches.
On an average night they sell 80 pies. Each one is cut into six pieces and are only two dollars a slice. That means making almost a thousand dollars is easy as pie.
Ken Lochte of Rhinelander exclaims, "This is the only place you get your dessert first, before you get your food." "It's a great honor and pleasure and I've been doing it for quite a few years now," adds Rebecca Morien.
No matter how you slice it, everyone benefits from this unique fundraiser.
"It is unique and different which makes Lake Tomahawk special," says Morien. "It's a very good fundraiser for the community who in turn give it all back. So, it's kind of a domino effect you know," adds Hilgendorf.
If you think this is a lot of pies, the team is requesting the bakers provide double this Friday. They're hoping to have more than 200 pies for the Snowhawks game against the Wounded Warriors.
47-year-old Karen Wessell of Star Lake died in yesterday's swimming accident in Vilas County. A boater pulled 2 people out of the water after they started drowning on Star Lake. We now know Wessell died shortly after.
Wessell went under water during a rescue attempt.
The Vilas County Sheriff says 3 women and 4 kids were along Trampers Trail. 3 boys swam across the channel and were told to come back. They got tired swimming back to shore so the women had to help. Wessell used herself to push one of the boys above the water to keep him from going under. A boater saw them, pulled them out, and started doing CPR.
RHINELANDER - You can expect to see a major reconstruction in Downtown Rhinelander in 2016. The downtown area will improve its look and layout through a "streetscape" project. The new look could include wider sidewalks, outdoor restaurant seating and parking changes on Brown Street, but before any of that happens, city leaders need feedback from their community.
Downtown Rhinelander Incorporated already had surveys filled out b businesses in the area about parking on Brown Street.
The construction company came up with a compromised solution. The proposal keeps Brown Street as a two way street, but there will be parallel parking on the west side and angled parking on the east side.
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