EAGLE RIVER - The Northland Pines fishing team is about as basic as it gets: just two kids, bait, and their gear.
"I didn't expect to go anywhere," said Northland Pines junior Mike John.
But in its first year the team is headed to nationals after taking second at the BASS Wisconsin High School Fishing Tournament. It was the first tournament the two have competed in together.
John is going to be a junior. Harmon Marien became a freshman right before the state tournament started.
"Wednesday previous I was in eighth grade, and then that Saturday and Sunday we took second in the high school tournament," Marien said. "That was pretty cool, good way to start high school."
The two will head to northwestern Tennessee in August to compete on Kentucky Lake. The team's strategy is simple.
"I like throwing really fast search baits, just trying to search up search baits, and we'll sit on them and throw more finesse baits on them," said John.
The two realize they're just high school fisherman.
"We're definitely not pros," said Marien.
It's more so about enjoying the time on the water.
"It's always been enjoyable for me and in tournaments just trying to have fun and doing the same thing I've always done," Marien said. " I think the turnout's better for us, the result, when we relax, have fun."
Plus, it will be an adventure for a team of youngsters a long time in the making
"I've wanted to go there for as long as I can remember, go down fishing down south," said Marien.
WOODRUFF - Shoveling snow can hurt your back. But some may not know that staring at all that snow can hurt your eyes.
The term albedo tells us the amount of light that's either absorbed into the ground or reflected back up. On days like Friday, the snow pack will really make it look brighter out and boost the albedo amount. That's hard on the eyes.
Dr. Kirby Redman is an Optometrist in Woodruff. He says there are simple ways to protect your eyes from the sun's damaging rays.
THREE LAKES - Plenty of Three Lakes High School students didn't know what they want to do for a career as of Friday morning. By Friday afternoon, many still weren't sure, but dozens got an inside look at possible careers.
The school held its annual Career Day on Friday morning. About 25 presenters included police, an FBI agent, college teachers, and graphic designers.
The school first held Career Day in 2009. Organizers hope students realize they have plenty of opportunities close to home.
A snowmobile rider was injured after colliding with a garbage truck Friday morning in Saint Germain. The crash happened at the intersection of STH 155 and Birchwood Dr. around 10:30 a.m. according to a press release from the Vilas County Sheriff's Office.
Responding officers say the snowmobile was travelling eastbound on a trail. When the snowmobile driver attempted to cross STH 155, they failed to yield to the garbage truck as it was traveling northbound and ultimately struck the driver's side of the truck.
Witnesses on the scene told officers the garbage truck didn't stop and it didn't seem like the driver knew the snowmobile struck it.
SEYMOUR, IND. - A chain-reaction crash in southern Indiana killed a Minocqua couple on Wednesday morning.
Glenn Cardelli and his wife, Kathryn, both 57 years old, were traveling in south an RV near Seymour, Ind., on Interstate 65. The RV was behind a semi and an SUV, both of which slowed due to highway maintenance.
Another semi failed to slow down behind the stalled traffic and crashed into the Cardellis' RV. The crash killed the couple and John Mumma, 67, an Illinois man driving the SUV.
The vehicles caught fire. Interstate 65 was closed for about eleven hours for cleanup and crash investigation.
All sorts of animals are affected by icy conditions. Some Northern Wisconsin owls dive INTO the snow to hunt small rodents. But recent freezing rain has formed an ice crust that owls can't break through. That means owls are beginning to starve.
Amanda Schirmer has been working at the Northwoods Wilderness Center for the past four years. She says that owls may hang around birdfeeders to prey on smaller birds. They may also be seen near roads.
LINCOLN CO. - The Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office is calling a death east of Merrill on Thursday a homicide.
In a press release on Friday morning, the sheriff's office said a 77-year-old woman was found shot and killed around 8:30 a.m. on Thursday. In the same home, a 78-year-old man was found critically injured from a gunshot wound.
It happened at a home on Range Line Road in the Town of Pine River.
The sheriff's office said it believes the shooting is isolated and the public is not in danger.
The Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office and Wisconsin Department of Justice Crime Lab worked to process the scene.
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