EAGLE RIVER - An Eagle River man drowned after falling out of his boat early Saturday morning.
The Vilas County Sheriff's Department got a call reporting a man was taken out of Catfish Lake in Eagle River and was not breathing.
The man fell overboard as his boat was being towed by another boat. He was not wearing a life jacket at the time of the accident. CPR was immediately performed and he was transported by boat to a boat landing off of Catfish Lake Rd.
The Eagle River Ambulance Service took him to Eagle River Memorial Hospital for medical treatment where he was later pronounced dead.
Spirit Air, Eagle River Fire Department, Eagle River Rescue, Eagle River Ambulance Service, Vilas County Sheriff's Office and Vilas County Coroner helped at the scene.
The Vilas County Sheriff's dispatch told us he's 77-years-old and he recently moved to the area.
His name will not be released until family is notified.
The incident is still under investigation. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 08-09-14 2:28 p.m. Deputies in Vilas County want to know how a 77-year-old Eagle River man drowned Saturday morning.
The Vilas County Sheriff's Department says it happened on Catfish Lake south of Highway 70 around 10:30 a.m.
They say he was on his boat and fell in the water. Stay tuned to Newswatch 12 for more details as they become available.
RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander Area Food Pantry hopes you'll sample some of the area's best salads and win some prizes on Saturday.
The pantry is hosting the Garden Fresh Salad Bowl event at Holiday Acres. It's a fundraiser for the pantry, and several local restaurants are participating.
"It should be a very nice event. It's a beautiful setting," said Rhinelander Area Food Pantry Executive Director Guy Hansen. "We've got 12 different restaurants that have contributed salads toward this."
About half of the crowd will win handcrafted door prizes from the Northwoods Turners. The event runs from 11 to 1. Tickets are available at the food pantry, CT's Deli, Forth Floral, and People's State Bank.
RHINELANDER - People with developmental disorders can hear plenty of negatives when it comes to succeeding in school. That's why a Northwoods school offers a program to help these students prove the doubters wrong.
Nicolet College offers Jump! Start, which helps people with special needs go to college and prepare for the workforce.
College student Ashley Mathy has Pervasive Developmental Disorder, a condition listed on the autism spectrum.
As a high school senior, she was told she would never make it to college because she would fail.
"You're going to have failures. You're going to have people tell you that you can't do things all the time whether you have a disability or you don't have one. And you just have to prove them wrong because if you don't, then you'll just let failure take you away," said Mathy.
TOMAHAWK - Unless you find yourself in trouble, you don't usually sit down and talk with a cop.
The Tomahawk Police Department held its monthly Coffee with a Cop meeting Wednesday morning.
It gives people the chance to pull up a chair and talk to Chief Al Elvins about their questions or concerns.
Those concerns change with the season.
Warmer weather means kids will be out of school soon and there'll be more foot traffic.
And don't forget about those motorcycles.
"Watch out for the motorcycles. So often they hit a blind spot on us and you don't see them. If you are driving a bike, be aware of your surroundings. Remember that four wheels don't always see your two wheels," said Chief Elvins.
The city's drug takeback will be open all day on Saturday. The department does it twice a year.
You can bring in any over the counter or prescription drugs to the station's drop-off box.
WISCONSIN - Turkey season began last week and hunters have a new option for what they can do with the turkeys they shoot.
The DNR started a turkey donating program this year.
You can donate turkey's to three processors in the southern half of the state.
"A little bit further south of here in areas where there's usually a lot of deer donations and a lot of turkey shot so that we can try and get some good participation for the first year," said DNR's Wildlife Biologist, Jeremy Holtz.
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