RHINELANDER - Fishermen in northern Wisconsin can keep largemouth bass this season.
This is the first time in 22 years fishermen won't have to release the fish.
Under old restrictions, fishermen had to release largemouth bass from the season opener until the third Saturday in June.
"The initial restriction on harvest of bass from early May through mid-June was initially put in place to protect those fish while they were on the nests. They nest and raise their young during that portion of time," said DNR Northern District Fisheries Supervisor Steve AveLallemant.
Experts say the season-long harvest of largemouth bass won't have a negative impact on the population.
"The last 20 years or so we have seen a large increase in the abundance of largemouth bass. We've seen some increase in smallmouth bass as well, but not so dramatic as largemouth bass," AveLallemant explained.
The DNR still has a restriction in place for smallmouth bass in the northern part of the state.
Fishermen will need to release smallmouth bass from May 3rd to June 20th.
They can keep smallmouth bass 14 inches or longer starting June 21st.
LAONA - This time last year, staff at Camp LeFeber in Laona thought they weren't going to have another season. The Boy Scout Camp was set to close last summer, but with the help of one group and people in the community, it'll stay open this year and perhaps for years to come.
Camper Erik Norlock has made the trip from Whitefish Bay to Camp LeFeber in Laona since he finished 5th grade.
"I care a lot about every single scout that we have here," said Norlock. "And being about to do it in such an amazing place is really something that touches home for me."
But the now high school graduate and hundreds more boy scouts who travel to the camp every year almost didn't have a place to go back to.
RHINELANDER - You can find a lot of signs around downtown Rhinelander this summer. Some say "road closed," others say "detour". But some new, large signs will help you find all the downtown businesses are still open.
Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. printed several laminated signs directing people to those downtown shops and restaurants. The signs will be placed on Lincoln Street as well as various entry points downtown.
Hext Theater Owner Jim Hext, who serves as DRI's promotions director, says some store owners put signs up in front of their buildings, which made a big difference.
"A lot of traffic flowed to their businesses then because of the signage that they put up," Hext said. "So this is in hope that people will kind of see that as well too."
RHINELANDER - Rhinelander's July 4th parade will follow a slightly different route this year, due a major downtown reconstruction project. But the parade organizer says people are as excited as ever for the celebrations.
Instead of going down Brown Street as in years past, the parade will step off right in front of the Oneida County Courthouse on Oneida and Davenport Streets. The route will then go down Pelham Street, past City Hall, and north up Courtney ending at Young Street.
"We know there's excitement when they're saying, 'Is there going to be a parade? Is there going to be a parade? How are you going to do it,'" parade director Dale Schlieve said.
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