TOMAHAWK - He hosts a fishing show, is a hall of fame angler and has his own line of lures. Joe Bucher is the ultimate outdoorsman. Last weekend he held a free fishing seminar in Tomahawk.
"This is one of the things I enjoy the most," Bucher explains. "If I'm not fishing, it's fun talking fishing."
More than 40 anglers came to hear Bucher's fishing tips. It seems all of them were there for different reasons.
"I watch his show all the time ("Fishing with Joe Bucher") and use a lot of his lures," Mike Biever of Tomahawk said. "I'm a big musky fisherman so I like to come hear what he says about muskies."
"My husband and I live on a lake so we go fishing," Lynn Stangler of Tomahawk adds. "I have a problem setting my hook and he's always teasing me about it. So I thought I could learn a little bit about how to set the hook."
The long winter racked up the second highest snowfall in the history of the area, but Bucher says there is a silver lining - as far as fishing goes.
"I think the biggest thing we can look forward to is water levels are going to be better," Bucher explains.
Bucher has traveled the world to fish, but says there's no place like home.
"I live in Northern Wisconsin because I love the fishing here," Bucher adds. "I can go 25 miles in any direction and I can fish 10 different species of fish."
You can catch "Fishing with Joe Bucher" Sunday nights at midnight here on Newswatch 12.
ROSENDALE, WI - An explosion and fire at a cheese plant in Fond du Lac County sent one person to the hospital.
The sheriff's office says 36-year-old Travis Klotzbach, of Brandon, was using a cutting torch on an empty 55-gallon barrel in the auto shop at Knaus Cheese near Rosendale when the explosion happened just after 7 a.m. Friday.
RHINELANDER - Snow plows can't do their job very well when cars sit in their way. That's why Rhinelander's winter parking ban will return in just a couple of weeks.
Starting December 1st, cars can only park on designated sides of the street during the day. On even-numbered days, cars park on the side of the street with even addresses. On odd numbered days, cars must park on odd-numbered sides of the street.
UPDATE: The suspected shooter from a homicide in Tomahawk has been identified as Eric Lee Moen, 32. Tomahawk Police Chief Al Elvins confirmed Moen is being held in the Lincoln County Jail for a 1st-degree intentional homicide charge.
The Lincoln County Clerk of Courts reports Moen is being held on a $1 million cash bond. He has yet to appear in court, but an initial appearance has been set for Monday at 1:30 p.m.
Online court records show Moen was convicted of various traffic offenses. He was also convicted of misdemeanor battery in Portage County from a 2002 case.
Elvins plans to release more information Friday afternoon.
Tomahawk police identified the victim in the city's first shooting homicide in years. Friday morning, Police Chief Al Elvins announced Charles K. Ramp, 52, was shot and killed outside his home on W. Mohawk Drive Thursday night.
Police arrested the suspected shooter, a 32-year-old man from Wausau, but did not identify him. The suspect was found about 130 miles away in Lake Hallie, which is near Eau Claire.
RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander Salvation Army hopes to raise $40,000 in its bell ringing campaign again this year. It reached that goal during the holidays a year ago.
Volunteers kicked off the bell ringing drive at Trig's and Shopko on Friday. Eighty-six percent of money raised stays in the Rhinelander area to help families in emergencies.
"We're very excited that we're keeping our goal at 40 (thousand dollars) this year, and we're hoping that people are continuing to be generous in helping us reach that goal," Rhinelander Salvation Army Kettle Coordinator Kim Swisher said. "People are friendly, they're excited, they're like, 'Oh, it's bell ringing time!' [That] always means the holidays. We're excited about that."
You'll see volunteers at Trig's and Shopko through the holidays. Bell ringing starts at Walmart next week.
EAGLE RIVER - Americans eat more than 46 million turkeys on Thanksgiving Day. That much thawing, handling, and cooking of turkeys means people can make mistakes.
The Vilas County Public Health Department wants to help people avoid exposing themselves to dangerous bacteria. It says frozen turkeys should always be thawed in the refrigerator or under running water.
"You don't want to set them out on your countertop for any amount of time to thaw them because that's when they're going to be in the 'danger zone.' The 'danger zone' is between 40 and 140 [degrees Fahrenheit], and that's when pathogens can grow," said Vilas County Registered Sanitarian Amy Springer.
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