Mar

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Brett Lobajeski’s effort to help save his brother’s truck Sunday, cost him his own vehicle.

Lobajeski said he saw his brother, Robert, break through the ice near Clarence’s Harbor at the south end of Lake Winnebago, and returned to try to help him. But his front tires also broke through the ice about 100 feet from his brother’s vehicle.

Robert Lobajeski’s truck was bridged above the water by its plow and rear bumper.

“We were finished riding (motorcycles) for the day and I was out picking up the cones to get them back on the truck,” Robert Lobajeski said. “I just drove off the track and my truck sunk. I sat there stuck and I had him come out and to try and pull me out real quick. He just did a U-turn and his truck got stuck.”

The two brothers were assisted by snowmobilers on the ice and rescue personnel included members of the Otter Street fishing club who were on the lake removing ramps Sunday. The trucks weren’t far from recommended driving paths, but weather that was in the 50s appeared to have caused ice in the area to soften and become fragile.

Snowmobilers, ATVs and other trucks were also operating in the vicinity at the time the Lobajeskis’ vehicles became trapped.

“He crawled through the window, but mine wasn’t down far enough where I couldn’t get out,” Robert Lobajeski said. “I wasn’t scared at all.”

About about two hours after the brothers escaped from the trucks, the front end of Brett Lobajeski’s vehicle slipped under the water as crews attempted to pull it from the hole.

Brett Lobajeski said that his vehicle, which he uses to drive to work, is unlikely to function.

At about 5 p.m., Robert Lobajeski’s vehicle still remained above water.

Contact Carlos Munoz at cmunoz@gannett.com or (920) 907-7921; Twitter @ReadCarlos.

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Mar

25

BoatingWinnebagoLogoSilverPirateI think it has become obvious that I personally do not have the time or dedication to properly take care of this site anymore.  I no longer have a boat.  Other hobbies and life activities occupy my time now.

I’ve come to a tough decision but I think its the right one.  It’s time for me to sell the site or hand over the promotional reigns of the site to a new person or group of persons.  I’m doing this so that the site can again flourish and be the best resource for information for the Lake Winnebago boating community.  Which has always been the mission.

I am offering the site for outright sale or on a free lease.

If there is a person or group of people that would like to promote and drive traffic to the site while I still maintain the back end and hosting I’m good with that.  The lease would be free as long as the site is being promoted and stays active and it does not turn into a profit generating business.  Think of this as more of a community service type agreement.  If good faith is show over a couple boating seasons by said leaser to keep the site free and open, I would be inclined to transfer the domain name etc to them for a very very small price.  The spirit of the site has always been to be free and by the boaters for the boaters, it means more to me to keep that dream alive than to get any type of a paycheck out of this.   (Something I have never taken from the ownership of this site.)

If there is a person or business that is interested in an outright purchase, you will get the following:
The BoatingWinnebago.com domain name.
The Wordpess and SMF website and databases for moving to new hosting.
Facebook page with almost 1000 likes
twitter account and youtube channel.
All promotional materials I have.
Once you own the domain name, it is yours to do with as you please but I’ll be very selective and want to know your intentions.

Even with the reduction in activity the site still is #1 ranked site in most major search engines for boating on lake Winnebago and is consistently in the top 10 for just about any search related to lake Winnebago.  That is not by accident.

If you are interested in the site, please send an email to Webmaster@BoatingWinnebago.com or use the contact form here:  http://www.boatingwinnebago.com/contact/

If there is no interest I will be shutting down the site, but will still register the domain name for the foreseeable future to avoid any online domain wholesale places getting a hold of it.

Thank You,

Corey Mielke