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Fishermen Compete in Musky Tournament Submitted: 08/16/2014
Story By Nolan Blair


EAGLE RIVER - Over 1200 fishermen will compete in the 2014 Musky Tournament National Championship Open in Eagle River this weekend.

The fishermen enjoy their time out on the lake.

"I think it's just being on the water and fishing," said Warren Erdman, a competitor in the open. "Keeping your fingers crossed to get that next big strike."


Fishing can also grow strong relationships over a lifetime.

"It's good comradery," Erdman said. "The four of us have been fishing for quite a while already and that what we come for."

There can be plenty of memories to share later back at the cabin.

"Things have happened that are wonderful stories," said Dan Row, a competitor from Glencoe, Minnesota. "I guarantee you that they get tossed around at the cottage."

"A certain person who I shall not name but is in the same boat as me now was going to hook another bait on his line," Row said. "He took out the bait and checked it good and he forgot to hook it onto his liter. He tossed it over the side like he had put it on the liter and there went one of his brand new baits."

Fisherman like Erdman and Row can be great mentors for the young competitors.

"Those other guys have to teach us and instill it in us young-ins," said Glenn Mergraff, a competitor who is in college. "It's definitely something we are going to pass on to our families."

Fishing can be the best part of the summer for Wisconsin natives.

"It's fishing until you have to go back to school," Mergraff said. "It's a bummer once you do cause this is definitely the highlight."



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RHINELANDER - Trig's Smokehouse in Rhinelander hired 15 new employees to start a second shift. Supervisor Geremiah Young remembers the early days of Trig's Smokehouse. He's worked there since 2009 which was before the plant on Stevens Street was even built.

"We had one little stuffer and now we've got two lines going and looking to possibly get more," said Young.

That demand for more was enough to add a second shift and 15 new jobs at the Smokehouse.

"We're fairly excited about for this second shift. It means a lot more of our product is getting out to the world and we're very excited for that," said Young.

Getting out tons of new product may be more accurate.

"We're doing about 4,000 pounds of just bratwurst and with the first shift, they were doing about 3,000 pounds of sticks. Throughout both shifts I know we can do a maximum of that and right now we're going through quite a bit," said Young.

The day shift goes from 6am-2:30pm when the second shift comes in and takes over right away, making the shift change relatively smooth.

"We've got one person coming in and one person steps out. We exchange what we were doing for the day, what products were ran during the day and we continue on from there," said Young.

With the 15 new night time employees, training can be a challenge. 

"Training… it's going… it's like anybody else, you come off the street and this is a whole different ballgame from what they're used to," said Young.

In addition to the 15 hired employees, the Smokehouse is still looking for about six more.

"It's a fun, fast-paced environment. If you think you've got it, come on in. But be prepared for the cold."

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The co-chairs of the Legislature's Audit Committee said Wednesday they support approving an audit for the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King.

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U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Weston) said earlier this week he wants two debates, one in Superior and one in Wausau.

But that's apparently not enough for his democratic challenger. Mary Hoeft said she wants six debates.
Originally Hoeft said she wanted a debate in all 26 counties in the district.

"But people said to me, Mary, when you make this request to the Duffy campaign, make it reasonable," Hoeft said. "So alright I went in my head from 26 down to six." 

Hoeft said more debates would help voters make a more informed decision when they go to the polls. 

"But I'm happier than if he had said zero," Hoeft said. "But I'm not going to stop, though. I'm going to ask the people of the 7th Congressional District, if you want more forums, make sure that your voice is heard."

Hoeft hosted a meet and greet in Tomahawk Wednesday morning. She addressed a group of about 20 people. 

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Wednesday, workers created 12 obstacles -- some high in the air, some low to the ground -- for the fifth-annual Northwoods Bad Dash Mud Run.  Pischer says volunteers build new challenges for racers every year.

"We wouldn't be able to do things like this, we're not carpenters and we really appreciate all the help we've had in past years from all our volunteers," Pischer said.

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