WOODRUFF - Fishing lures do a great job of luring fish to your line, but another animal looking for food could end up hooked and in trouble.
Many loon chicks just hatched last week, which means loons are looking for more food. DNR wildlife biologist Michele Woodford says the birds tend to be less wary of people during this time of year.
"The fact that they come up to the boat is really neat, but you've gotta keep in mind that your hooks, especially if there's lead on those hooks, if that's ingested by the loon it is fatal in the end," Woodford said.
Woodford says the DNR often finds loons with fishing line wrapped around their necks, wings, and bills. If you hook a loon, don't just leave it. Make sure to help set it free.
"Try to land that bird, it's a big bird, it's 10 pounds, it's got a sharp beak," Woodford said. "But it's going to be a lot harder to catch if we don't get that hook out right away."
You can wrap the loon in a spare t-shirt to help keep it from flapping when you cut the line. Woodford says to call the DNR or a wildlife rehab specialist if you're not sure how to get the loon free.
Woodford says some people confuse tracking bands with lures. If you see a loon with a bright colored band on its leg, leave the loon alone.
RHINELANDER - A scoop of frozen custard goes down pretty well on a humid day like the Northwoods saw Friday. Rhinelander's Associated Bank made grabbing a scoop an easy way to help others.
Culver's set up a mobile custard stand outside the new bank building on the corner of Lincoln Street and Oneida Avenue from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fifty cents from every $2.50 cup sold went to Associated Bank's Children's Miracle Network fund.
The bank is hoping to raise $500 through its fundraisers for CMN this month.
MERRILL - A Northwoods school pulled off a big surprise on Friday to honor a few veterans. After months of planning, students and staff at Kate Goodrich Elementary got to see the payoff of all their hard work.
"It was like kind of overwhelming," said Wolfgang Lenk.
Lenk, Todd Annis, and Randy Perry had no idea they would be the guests of honor.
"To see all these kids and knowing how hard they worked selling all this, and now your name comes up that you're one of the three recipients, it was awesome," said Annis.
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