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News Bulletin: Jan. 15 – 22

WHAT HAPPENED

  • The Sturgeon Bay Police Department said they have recently received numerous theft reports of game systems and accessories. If you have any information of anyone selling game systems or any unusual activity with game systems, please contact the Sturgeon Bay Police Department at 920.746.2450. For your safety and the safety of your possessions, remember to lock your doors. The thefts are taking place during the day and at night.

COMING UP

  • Sen. Frank Lasee has scheduled a second listening session on the fate of Eagle Tower at Peninsula State Park. Lasee held a session that filled the Old Gibraltar Town Hall on Sept. 14 with people who wanted the tower saved. This listening session will also be held at the Old Gibraltar Town Hall at 2:30 pm on Monday, Jan. 25. 
  • All Baileys Harbor residents, property owners, business owners, and others interested in the future of the town are invited to a meeting to discuss the November 2015 UW-Extension Design Team visit to Baileys Harbor and how to move forward. All the information from the design team will be reviewed as well as answering questions/clearing up concerns, and setting up committees to start accomplishing these tasks. If you have a particular interest such as affordable housing, parks, trail systems, etc. please attend so you can sign up to be on the committee. The meeting will be held at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall Auditorium at 5:30 pm on Jan. 21.
Northern Pike put up a strong fight, but this one was no match for Cecelia Toshner, 5. Photo by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Northern Pike put up a strong fight, but this one was no match for Cecelia Toshner, 5. Photo by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

  • While the ice fishing season is off to a slower than usual start this year, anglers can be sure of one thing: when the ice finally cooperates, the Northern Pike will be waiting. In many areas of the state, a recent blast of arctic air has arrived just in time to set conditions up for Free Fishing Weekend, which this year runs on Jan. 16 and 17 and allows fishing anywhere in Wisconsin without a license or trout stamp. Ben Heussner, a fisheries biologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, said those who decide to give ice fishing a try this weekend will be in for the experience of a lifetime if they find themselves with a northern on the other end of the line. As a cool water species, Northern Pike remain active throughout the winter season and reports from anglers and fisheries biologists statewide indicate Northern Pike are now producing more action than Walleye or Panfish in many areas where ice fishing has gotten underway. Heussner recommends using heavy 20 lb. monofilament when fishing for Northern Pike because of their sharp teeth; it’s also helpful to keep a jaw spreader and set of needle nose pliers handy to remove the hook.

 

  • Wisconsin Rural Partners, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to developing leadership, networks and voice for rural Wisconsin, announced that nominations are now being accepted for its 2016 Top Rural Development Initiative awards. Any project, activity, or even a whole community in rural Wisconsin is eligible. Nominations are being accepted through Feb. 5, 2016. Rural Partners looks for nominations that cite positive community impacts, regional success stories, or demonstrated innovative ideas. Initiatives can be in economic or community development, business, education, health, energy, environment, philanthropy, tourism, the arts or any other field, as long as they have had positive impacts. Initiatives do not have to be community-based: WRP will recognize any state, federal, tribal, nonprofit or for-profit business program, regional or statewide, as long as it demonstrates partnership and innovation in its success. For more information on the Top Rural Development Imitative awards, including the nomination form, go to WRP’s website at wirural.org/programs/toprdi/nominate/ or contact Rick Rolfsmeyer at [email protected] or 608.967.2322.

 

  • Department of Natural Resources Certified Hunter Education Instructors and Conservation Warden Chris Kratcha invite all individuals interested in hunter and firearm safety to enroll in one of four upcoming Wisconsin hunter education courses being offered in Sturgeon Bay. Those taking the hunter education course will also have the option of taking an add-on bow hunter education course. Classes begin the end of February and the beginning of March. The cost of course is $10 per student. Enrollment for the classes is being held one day only: Saturday, Feb. 6, 10 am-2 pm, at Howie’s Tackle, 1309 Green Bay Road, in Sturgeon Bay. Anyone born on or after January 1, 1973 must have completed a hunter education course and show the certificate to purchase any hunting license in Wisconsin unless they will be hunting under the hunting mentorship program. A young person who completes the hunter education course and receives a certificate is eligible to hunt and use legal rifles and shotguns without supervision beginning at age 14 and eligible to participate in these same activities with supervision at age 12. Anyone of any age can take the class. However, students are encouraged to wait until they turn 12 within six months of completion of the course before taking it. Students with special needs must contact the instructor at least two weeks in advance of the course to request special accommodations.

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