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."
MAUSTON - Authorities are investigating the death of a person who was found unresponsive in Decorah Lake early Friday.
Kyle Lynch, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources warden for Juneau County, says he was called to the scene to assist in a boat search about 1:30 a.m. He also says the Mauston Fire Department recovered the body, which was found in the water.
The Mauston Police Department says attempts were made to rescue the individual, but the Juneau County Coroner's Office pronounced the individual dead at the scene. Police have provided few other details, and the victim's name has not been released.
TOMAH - The Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center says it has adopted another plan to improve patient care.
The La Crosse Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1QMsDMZ) that Friday's release of the "100-day plan" comes almost 11 months after media reports that veterans at the center were prescribed excessive doses of opioid pain-killers and that employees who spoke out faced retaliation from top officials.
The plan, which follows a 30-day plan announced in May, outlines steps for improving access to care, employee engagement and restoring trust.
Among other things, it calls for recruitment of psychiatric staff, employee forums and listening sessions, and opening an employee wellness center.
Several Tomah VA officials — including former Director Mario Desanctis and former Chief of Staff David Houlihan — have been fired since the problems emerged early this year.
APPLETON - The U.S. Marshals Service says a convicted sex offender who was wanted for violating the terms of his release has been arrested in Appleton.
The agency says 63-year-old L.C. Streeter, of Milwaukee, was previously convicted of four separate sexual assaults from 1976 to 1985. Wisconsin committed him as a sexually violent person in 1996, and he remained in treatment until his release in 2013 under intensive supervision.
The service said in a statement that he cut off his GPS and electronic monitoring bracelets and fled supervision on Monday, resulting in a warrant for his arrest. Federal marshals and Appleton police arrested him without incident in Appleton on Friday.
Kevin Carr, the U.S. marshal for eastern Wisconsin, says Streeter was "an absolute danger to the community based upon his past convictions."
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