Wausau family ice fishes in frigid temperatures in memory of father

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – While the extreme cold may have kept most people indoors today, one Wausau family wasn’t letting anything keep them indoors. That’s because, despite the frigid temperatures, they were on the ice with a purpose. Noah Manderfeld reports.

It’s just your average day on the lake, in frigid temperatures.

“There was no way we were going to not be out here today,” said Jason Betlinski.

“We’ve gone through snow. A foot of snow. Driving the vehicle out on the ice. It didn’t matter, we always would go,” said Joseph White.

That’s because they were on the ice, with a purpose.

“Just being out here with the family and remembering pops,” said White.

Scott Betlinski was born on Valentine’s Day and died on Valentine’s Day last year. On the 1 year anniversary of his death, the memories came flooding in.

“He was fun to be around. He loved joking around, and he loved family. He loved ice fishing. He went with me and my brother Joe.” said Betlinski.

White said, “If he was fishing for carp, he loved fishing for carp. And he would have his certain clothing he’d wear, certain hats he’d wear if he was fishing for carp fishing, walleye, bass.”

Those were the special moments.

“We took him as often as we could and we had a good time,” said Betlinkski

White said, “There’s just a lot of happiness. There’s sorrow but there’s just a lot of happiness.”

Despite the freezing temperatures, it only honors his memory even more.

“You miss him and it kind of stirs things up a little bit. But it’s worth doing in memory of him,” said Betlinkski.

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