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

Fishermen Compete in Musky Tournament
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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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 09/22/2017

- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

We'll tell you the decision the Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission made today regarding bus transportation within the two counties while the commission awaits federal funding that it needs to continue operating.

We'll show you some damage from the storms that ripped through the Northwoods today and bring you updates.

And tonight on Friday Night Blitz we'll bring you football scores from high school games all across North Central Wisconsin as well as highlights from the following games:

Medford vs. Antigo

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Northern Elite vs. Three Lakes/Phelps

Crandon vs. Laona/Wabeno

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That will be tonight on Friday Night Blitz at the end of Newswatch 12 at 10.

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RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander mom said her lifestyle completely changed when a new neighbor moved in. 

She used to love the close proximity and the ability to walk to almost anything in town.

 She has two young kids and regularly checks the sex offender registry. 

The Rhinelander mom wishes to stay anonymous. We'll refer to her as Linda. 

Linda found out a sex offender moved in a few doors down from her by flipping through a local newspaper.

 She saw a small box at the bottom page with a notification. 

"He kind of just snuck in," said Linda. 

William Huntington moved close to Linda's house in May.

 However, Linda says she knew nothing until she did research of her own in July. 

"When I saw what he was found guilty of I was in shock. I was in complete shock," said Linda. 

He was convicted in Dane County for repeatedly sexually assaulting his 8- year- old neighbor about twenty years ago. 

He's now required to wear a lifetime GPS monitoring system. 

Dana Wszalek works with the Department of Corrections in Rhinelander as a Regional Chief. 

Her office supervises people like Huntington in the community.

"What we do is not a cookie cutter type of approach to supervision; it's relative to what their risks are based on their case dynamics," said Wszalek. 

State law requires high risk sex offender to live at least 1,500 feet from churches, schools and playgrounds.

 Restrictions on other sex offenders are left to local offices. 

The Oneida County Sheriff's Office says there are no ordinances for sex offenders in Oneida County.

"They have different life experiences. They are a part of the community," said Wszalek. 

Wszalek understands the wariness community members might feel.

"As a parent it's important to be aware of who's in your neighborhood," said Wszalek. 

Linda said one of her 6- year- old child was planning on walking to school with friends this year, but instead they'll get driven.

"I feel like the neighborhood we moved into to be able to have these things has been taken away," said Linda.

Linda said she was shocked she didn't get a call or knock on her door from law enforcement.

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MADISON - Democratic state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout plans to announce she is running for governor on Monday.

An email sent from one of her supporters urging attendance at her campaign kickoff event in Black River Falls spilled the news Friday.

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MOSINEE - Wisconsin's new state budget includes $11.5 billion for education over the next two years.

On Friday, Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) visited schools across the state to discuss some details of the education budget.

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LAKE TOMAHAWK - Some strong to severe storms rumbled through the Northwoods Friday.

Newswatch 12 went out to Lake Tomahawk for the video you see above.

Most of the damage there was minimal.
But people like Florian Bieschke from Minocqua didn't want to risk driving in the storm.

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RHINELANDER - A well known sex offender in this area will get out of prison again.  Albert Chagnon, 35, is set to be released into Oneida County on Tuesday.

Chagnon was convicted of child pornography possession in 2003.

He was released in 2014, but soon ended up under arrest again for using newspaper clippings of girls' pictures to make a booklet.  That booklet had more than 270 photos in it, many from the Lakeland Times.

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RHINELANDER - Hundreds of people will walk to help raise money and awareness for Alzheimer's care in Rhinelander on Saturday. 

The Walk to End Alzheimer's is held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide. Eighteen of those communities are in Wisconsin. It's the largest event held in support of Alzheimer's care. 

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