Oscar Moen - Rambling' Round Rhinelander
j j | j j j • Oscar Moen, genial proprietor of the Village Inn, was the "Victim" of a bit of a practical joking this week. Here's the way the Rambler heard the tale: Someone gnve Moen a three- pound German Brown trout, caught legally in Ashland county. Moen showed the fish to a number of friends, including several traffic officers. The officers called a conservation warden and arranged to have him "confiscate" the fish as being illegal. While Moen and the warden argued about the "confiscation." the traffic officers swiped the trout and left the cafe. Meeting outside the cafe, the officers and the warden went to Lake Julia and borrowed a large sucker from a fisherman. Wrapping the sucker in the paper which had surrounded the trout, the coppers returned to the Village Inn and told Moen they had taken his fish away from the warden. The next time Moen took his "trout" out of the icebox to show to a friend, he was nonplussed to find that the German Brown had become a sucker. Yes, .Moen eventually got back his trout.