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Up against the wall(eye)

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ESCANABA -- This was supposed to be the year of the Michigan anglers on the Professional Walleye Trail. Most of the tournaments were scheduled for big waters where anglers would be trolling for big fish, something the Michigan boys cut their teeth on.

Yet going into the season's last regular tournament, the top of the leader board is dominated by other Midwesterners, and Michigan's best are fighting and clawing for one of the 30 places in the annual championships at Houghton next month.

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Breast cancer survivors learn the art of fly-fishing

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GRAYLING -- "I am a woman! I have a weapon! I will catch a fish!"

The defiant declaration rises from the group of wader-clad women on the banks of the Au Sable River. It is the mantra of the lady trout angler, led by Cathy Sero, who works for a real estate trust in Chicago and on weekends fishes for trout, wins casting accuracy contests and teaches the sport to other women.   more...

 





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Great Lakes salmon finally show up

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(KRT) - For most of the summer, private boat owners and charter captains have wondered: Where are the salmon?

There were plenty of steelhead and lake trout, but the chinooks and cohos that are the prized catches on the Great Lakes were few and far between.

Some thought something had happened to the fish to cause a drastic reduction in their numbers. Others said the strange, cool summer had moved the fish far offshore and scattered them so they were hard to find.  more...

 





Study Suggests Mercury in Fish May Be Less Toxic

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The mercury that builds up in the flesh of fish may be less dangerous than people feared, scientists said on Thursday.The finding by the researchers, which may come as good news to pregnant women and others who have eaten fish, indicated the structure of the mercury molecules may make them less toxic to people, though they stressed more study is needed.   more...

 





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Carroll Marine

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The molds formerly used by Carroll Marine to build the Farr-designed Mumm 30 and Farr 40 One Design boats have found a new home at USWatercraft, LLC. Construction contracts for two new Farr 40s have been signed, and there are several interested customers for the Mumm 30. Negotiations are also underway with other boat builders for placing the Farr 36, Farr 395 and CM 60 moulds. USWatercraft has produced the International J-22 and J-24 One Design Classes since 1999.   more...

 



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Mackinac Bridge toll may rise again

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LANSING -- Motorists who drive across the Mackinac Bridge might want to brace themselves for another fare increase, a top bridge official said.

It's uncertain when the toll increase would be or how much it would cost, if it is approved, said William Gnodtke of Charlevoix, chairman of the Mackinac Bridge Authority.

But he said few alternatives exist.   more...

 





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Governor vetoes most of Mackinac Bridge package

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LANSING -- Saying the state can't afford to forgive loans for the Mackinac Bridge, Gov. Jennifer Granholm has vetoed the bulk of legislation designed to safeguard bridge funding, an aide said Monday.

Liz Boyd, a spokeswoman for Granholm, said the governor vetoed four bills. The only bill signed would cut fares for emergency vehicles which cross the span linking the Upper and Lower Peninsulas.  more...

 





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10 fun things to do in Wisconsin

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Apostle Islands

One of Wisconsin's most scenic spots is the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, located off the state's northernmost tip. The gem consists of 21 islands and 12 miles of mainland Lake Superior shoreline, which is home to pristine sand beaches, spectacular sea caves, remnant old-growth forests and the National Park System's largest collection of lighthouses.

During September, the Apostle Islands Lighthouse Celebration affords visitors three weeks of special lighthouse cruises and tours, featuring the islands' seven historic lighthouses. Pop for one of the narrated cruises that includes guided lighthouse tours. Advance cruise ticket purchase is recommended; call 1-800-779-4487 or see http://www.lighthousecelebration.com.    more...

 



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Ancient Fish Gains Protection

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S H I O C T O N, Wis.- At a lonely bend on Wisconsin's Wolf River, Jane and Lloyd Merkel balance on some rocks and peer down into the tea-brown water.

"Look, Lloyd!" Mrs. Merkel says. "Isn't she a beauty?" A gray fish as long as a fence post swims past, its big tail making slow undulations. There are dozens and perhaps scores of the big fish in the river. They appear and disappear, rising out of the deep to nuzzle and splash in the shallows. They have spiky backs, barbed snouts, and mouths like vacuum cleaners. They are like nothing else the Merkels have ever seen.  more...

 





Uphill battle looms to eradicate invaders

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It will take a sweeping effort - from international councils to individuals' actions - to slow the spread of aquatic invaders in the Great Lakes.

The goal: avoiding another multimillion-dollar problem like the zebra mussel, which has spread to 20 states since it first detected in the United States in 1988 in Michigan's Lake St. Clair.   more...

 





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A paddling adventure of a lifetime, from Minnesota to Canada

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 (KRT) - Three male college graduates. A summer to kill. A yen for adventure.

It might sound like the seeds for a beery, post-graduation road trip, but St. Paul residents Christopher "Kip" Barrett and Kees van der Wege had a different sort of trek on their minds when they graduated from the University of Wisconsin last spring.

They were dreaming about cases of oatmeal. Canoe paddles. Hudson Bay.  more...

 





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Marathon swimmer ends latest effort to cross L. Superior

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Hancock, Mich. — Marathon swimmer Jim Dreyer ended his attempt to swim across Lake Superior early Wednesday morning. The swim was called off after high winds deflated a life raft and Dreyer experienced severe leg cramping, according to a 5:05 a.m. EDT update on Dreyer's Web site.   more...


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By the Banks of Glory

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BEAVER ISLAND, Mich. -- The breaks in natural and human harmony have been blessedly few this summer on this beautiful island at the top of Lake Michigan -- and for the most part quickly repaired.
The big rumor is that Madonna rented the fancy new lodge called Deerwood for a weekend, found the beach too rocky for her taste and left early. Proprietor Jon Fogg, who jealously guards the privacy of his guests, refuses to divulge whether Madonna was actually there, but says, "I can swear she did not spend the night." In any case, most of us didn't see her entourage arrive and didn't know she was briefly in our midst, so we don't regret her departure.   more...

 

 



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Sea lamprey program under way near Sodus

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The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has in Pipestone Creek, and a field crew is expected to address the issue starting today by introducing lampricides to a roughly 15-mile segment of the creek in the Sodus Township area of Berrien County.

The chemicals will be introduced in quantities large enough to kill sea lamprey larvae burrowed in the stream bottom but small enough that they won't have an impact on other fish, the general population and the environment, said Dennis Lavis, supervisor of the Ludington, Mich., biological station for the federal agency.  more...

 





Nature Balk

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FORT ERIE, Ont. - Activists rolled out new weapons Friday in their battle to save Marcy's Woods: two 35-foot Indian war canoes.

After receiving a native blessing, more than two dozen people paddled the painted vessels into choppy Lake Erie waters on the first leg of a voyage to Toronto, where they hope to persuade Ontario officials to block - by government seizure if necessary - development of the pristine old-growth forest on the western shore of Point Abino.   more...

 

 



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