Jim Meder of New London removes a mink from a trap along Lake Monogalia north of New London on Wednesday while the temperature again headed toward the 60s. "This is great," he said. "Usually you've been busting thin ice for a week by now." He traps muskrat, raccoon and mink. He said the "rats" are the most lucrative pound-for-pound, since they skin quickly. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton
Tribune photographer/videographer. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime news/sports beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children.