(Photo Story) Santa made a grand entrance into Tomahawk Saturday and then met with children to hear Christmas wishes as part of the Winter Wonderland celebration sponsored by the Tomahawk Regional Chamber of Commerce and Tomahawk Main Street. Tomahawk Leader 11-29-2016 issue; Tomahawk Leader Photo by Samantha Sue Travino
Multiple tenants in lot sale on Hometown Dr.
The New Year appears to mean new development in the area of Tomahawk's Shopko Hometown. The city of Tomahawk's Community Development Authority (CDA) has accepted offers from Urban Construction of Wausau for two parcels on Hometown Drive, to the north across the street from Shopko. An offer of $40,000 was accepted for Lot A and would be the site of a 2,400-square-foot building. Lot B would generate $75,000 and sport an 8,000- to 10,000-square-foot building with up to three tenants. More specifics about the project will be shared when a site plan is presented to the city's Planning and Zoning Committee Tuesday, Dec. 6. Jan. 1 is the desired start date for building.Tomahawk Leader 11-29-2016 issue
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**Early results from the nine-day gun deer season show harvest numbers higher than they were a year prior in the Northern Forest Zone through the first four days of the hunt. This year the harvest was more than 5,000 deer higher than last year, 24,504 compared to 19,073 in 2015, during the time period in the Northern Forest Zone. Statewide the harvest was down 2 percent. Tomahawk Leader 11-29-2016 issue
**A local trapper shows a radio-collared bobcat he recently captured and released as part of an effort by the DNR to better understand bobcat populations, range and preferred habitat.
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The Tomahawk Salvation Army kicked off its annual Red Kettle Campaign by ringing bells and taking donations at this year's 51st annual Venison Feed held in downtown Tomahawk Friday. Event organizers note the goal for this year's campaign is to raise $45,000 after the Tomahawk community generously gave over $42,000 last year. Any groups, churches, families or individuals who would like to help ring bells this year are encouraged to call 715-966-1500 about becoming a volunteer.Tomahawk Leader 11-22-2016 issue
**Summaries of obituaries to be published in the Dec. 13, 2016, Tomahawk Leader: Tomahawk Leader 11-29-2016 issue
**DuWayne "Duke" Wilke, 77, Tomahawk, born in Watertown, married Mary Williams, was a heavy equipment operator for Operating Engineers Local 139, in winter was self-employed logger, couple spent winters in Arizona (died 12-4-16; funeral service Thursday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 3 p.m.; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, is assisting).
**Summaries of obituaries published in the Dec. 6, 2016, Tomahawk Leader:
**William "Herr" Eric Storm, 76, Merrill, born in town of Corning, married to Charmaine Semerau for 52 years, graduate of Merrill High School, taught German there for 36 years, also driver's education and wrestling coach and referee, named Merrill Teacher of the Year in 1977, involved with community theater and barbershoppers (died 11-30-16; funeral service Monday, Dec. 5 at St. Stephen's United Church of Christ; Waid Funeral Home, Merrill, assisting).
**Daniel "Joker" Erickson, 45, Merrill, born in Merrill, graduate of Merrill High School, married Mechelle Vallecera Acuram Erickson, worked as a boilermaker journeyman for Boilermaker 107 Union for over 20 years (died 11-30-16; funeral services pending with Waid Funeral Home, Merrill).
**Kathryn McLaren Pritchard, born in Tomahawk, worked in play therapy at Johns Hopkins Hospital and North Carolina Memorial Hospital, married Dr. William Lee Pritchard, lived in Georgia and Charlotte, N.C., active in the arts (died 11-18-16; memorial service at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Center City Charlotte at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11; in lieu of flowers memorials to the Mint Museum, the Alzheimer's Association or St. Peter's Episcopal Church).
**Robert Van Zandbergen, 83, Daphne, Ala., born in Sanborn, Iowa, graduate of Central High School in Sioux City, Iowa, U.S. Army Veteran, married Carolyn Neal, was employed at Owens-Illinois in Tomahawk from 1959-88, then Great Northern Nekoosa Papers until retirement in 1990, spent summers at lake home in Tomahawk (died 11-23-16 in Daphne, Ala., funeral service 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30 at Daphne Chapel of Wolfe-Bayview Funeral Home, Daphne, AL, visitation begins at 1 p.m.; in lieu of flowers memorial donations to Pheasants Forever, one's local Salvation Army or local food pantry).
**Summaries of obituaries published in the Nov. 29, 2016, Tomahawk Leader:
**Daniel Wayne Baus, 63, married to Dawn LaNou, owned and operated Dan Baus Construction, Tomahawk, for many year (died 11-24-16 after a morning walk by his hunting cabin; funeral services Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 11 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, Tomahawk; visitation Tuesday, Nov. 29 from 4-7 p.m. at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, and again Wednesday at the church at 10 a.m. until the services; family request donations to Kinship of Tomahawk).
**Marjorie A. Petaja (nee Larson), 89, Tomahawk, born in the Town of Spirit, married Melvin Petaja, had been employed at JC Penney for many years, couple retired back to Tomahawk (died 11-21-16; funeral services at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26 at United Methodist Church, Tomahawk; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisted).
**Eleanor Marcella "Dolly" Peterson (nee Arndt), 85, Tomahawk, married Lyle Peterson (died 11-23-16; celebration of life Monday, Nov. 28 at 4:15 p.m. at Milestone Senior Living; visitation from 4-6:30 p.m.; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting; also funeral service at Gunderson East Funeral and Cremation Care, Madison, Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 11:30 a.m., visitation begins at 10 a.m.; in lieu of flowers, memorials to Ministry Home Care Hospice, 111 E. Davenport St., Rhinelander, WI 54501; Milestone Senior Living, 314 E. Lincoln Ave., Tomahawk, WI 54487 and Tomahawk Area Interfaith Volunteers, 602 S. Tomahawk Ave., Tomahawk, WI 54487.
**Lawrence B. Smith Sr., 74, Tomahawk, born in Colburn, Wis., family moved to Tomahawk when he was 9, worked as a logger and drove pulp truck, married Bonnie Tiffany (died 11-21-16; funeral services Saturday, Nov. 26 at 2 p.m. at Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 11 a.m.; memorials appreciated to the family; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, assisting)
**LaVern J. Shannon, 86, Tomahawk, born in Whiting, Wis., served in U.S. Army, married Janet Sliva, began paper mill career in Town of Biron, retired from Consolidated Papers in Wisconsin Rapids as supervisor in 1990, after retirement couple moved to Tomahawk, played "trash can" bass drum with Dave Fox and Foxfire Band (died 11-19-16; memorial mass Thursday, Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, visitation begins at 10 a.m.; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, handling arrangements).
|Deceased hunter; Semi-auto death: NEW news & news briefs
**UPDATE: The deceased hunter has been identified as William Storm, 76, town of Pine River in Lincoln County. He is a retired German teacher from Merrill High School who is fondly remembered as "Herr Storm." He also had been in a barbershop quartet. Tomahawk Leader 11-29-2016 issue
(Original release with a change in age) On Wednesday, Nov. 30, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office 911 Dispatch Center received a call of a missing hunter. It was reported the 76-year-old male had come home to get waders so he could go across the river to track a deer at around 1 p.m. and had not been seen or heard from. A ground search and unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) equipped with a Forward Looking Infra-Red (FLIR) thermal imaging camera searched the area. Ground searchers located the deer the hunter was looking for. After approximately 45 minutes in the air, a UAV thermal image of the possible victim was located on the edge of the river approximately 100 yards south of the deer's location. Ground searchers quickly located the deceased victim at approximately 6:15 p.m. The incident is under investigation and his name is being withheld pending notification of additional family members.
**A 45-year-old Merrill man died in a semi-truck vs. automobile accident about 1:40 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30 on Hwy. 8 West near Detienne Road in the town of Crescent, Oneida County. Daniel Erickson was the driver and only occupant of the automobile. A preliminary investigation by the Oneida County Sheriff's Office indicated the automobile was traveling eastbound and crossed into the westbound land striking the semi-truck head-on. The semi driver was hospitalized. Hwy. 8 was reopened at approximately 9:50 p.m.
Stories you'll find in the Nov. 29 Tomahawk Leader include:
**Tomahawk's first snow.
**All invited to free holiday concert presented by St. Mary's parish choirs, numbering 80 strong.
**2015-16 School, District Report Cards released.
**Finnish celebration coming up in Brantwood.
**Bell Tower Residence wagon rides to see lights part of how Merrill rings in the holidays.
**Zika travel deferral removed for all blood donors.
**Recipe for Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake.
**A Look Back: from the Leader files.
**Win the Window Tomahawk Main Street promotion runs Nov. 11-Dec. 21. Several thousand Nov. 15 Tomahawk Leaders included the entry form. They also are available at scores of businesses, including the Tomahawk Leader.
**Kinship of Tomahawk is asking the community to help spread the joy of Christmas to a kinskid. Hand-colored (by kinskids) ornaments containing items kinskids are hoping to receive for Christmas are hanging on trees at Tomahawk Ben Franklin, Nelson's County Market and Tomahawk Pharmacy. Take an ornament from a tree, purchase an item or two listed, and return item(s) with ornament to Tomahawk Ben Franklin, the Tomahawk Leader or Tomahawk Pharmacy by Dec. 5. All items per kinskid should not exceed $25. It's okay if items are not wrapped. For questions or more information, contact Kinship at 715-453-1910.
**The Tomahawk Leader Football Contest is underway, with cash prizes! Look for an entry blank in the Leader/Extra. Ads contain the teams. The parentheses tell you Typo the Leader office cat picks. If you beat Typo with your picks you are eligible for a special end-of-the-season prize.
Lincoln County Presidential recount starts Dec. 1
UPDATE: A recount will take place in Lincoln County beginning at 9 a.m. Dec. 1 at the Lincoln County Service Center, 801 N. Sales St., Merrill, rooms 255, 256 and 257. The public has the right to be present and be represented by counsel to observe and challenge the votes cast and the board of canvassers' decisions at the election.Tomahawk Leader 11-29-2016 issue
The Wisconsin Elections Commission on Friday received recount petitions from the Jill Stein for President Campaign, the Green Party candidate, and Rocky Roque De La Fuente, candidate for the Reform Party. The commission is in the process of obtaining cost estimates from county clerks to calculate the fee that the campaigns will need to pay before the recount can start. The state is working under a federal deadline of Dec. 13 to complete the recount. As a result, county boards of canvassers may need to work evenings and weekends to meet the deadlines. Lincoln County Clerk Chris Marlowe stated: "Our last recount in 2011 took us three days. We will be getting guidance from the Wisconsin Election Commission in the next couple days. Apparently our taxpayers will not be billed for the process. We will need approximately 10 people to administer the recount. It will take place in the county board room. The room will be secured, observers are welcome but will need to sign in and out and wear name tags much like Election Day. This is hard for me to fathom, knowing what I know about the election process. This will be a waste of valuable time. The clerk's office has many other responsibilities to complete by year end. I have one other employee besides myself. My guess is that each state will cost $7 million. This money could be put to much better use." Stein also has pursued recounts in Michigan and Pennsylvania. President-elect Donald Trump holds narrow leads in all three states, with Wisconsin and Pennsylvania giving him Electoral College numbers to win the office. Clinton won the overall popular vote by more than 2 million. There's more in this week's newspaper available on newsstands and through an Online Edition subscription right here.
**Tomahawk's varsity hockey team couldn't have asked for a better start to the season after topping Shawano 5-3 last Tuesday at SARA Park. Kole Woodall scored two goals and had an assist to lead the Hatchets. Hunter Jones, Max Bembinster and Jordan Tomaszewski also had goals in the thrilling come-from-behind victory that saw Tomahawk score twice in period three to get the win. The Hatchets travel to Marshfield tonight (Tuesday) for their first road game of the season. The Tomahawk girls hockey program, now a co-op with Lakeland and Mercer, also got off to an impressive start beating the Northern Edge (Rhinelander and Antigo co-op) by 3-0. Tomahawk's Erin Sparks turned away all nine shots she faced between the pipes. Lakeland/Tomahawk/Mercer will be back on the ice tonight to take on Medford.Tomahawk Leader 11-29-2016 issue
**The Hatchets varsity boys' basketball team kicks the season off on the road Thursday at Wittenberg-Birnamwood and will have a quick turnaround as they host Chequamegon Friday at Hatchet Fieldhouse with tipoff at 7:15 p.m. The Hatchet varsity girls' basketball team is also in action Thursday at Antigo looking to get their first win of the season after starting 0-2.
**Tomahawk wrestling and the Hatchet boys' swim team also start their seasons this week with wrestling traveling to Oconto Saturday to take part in an invite and the swimmers hitting the pool tonight (Tuesday) to take on visiting Shawano at 5:30 p.m.
**Tomahawk's Drew Bolder competed in the youth division of the Footlocker Midwest Regional Cross Country Meet held at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside over the weekend and finished in 10th place overall. Over 200 runners from across the Midwest finished the race.
AED donations equip police
Saving lives and protecting the public is the foundation of police work. The Tomahawk Police Department now has the means to do both more quickly. Thanks to a partnering of the Sacred Heart Hospital Foundation, AED Superstore and a concerned citizens group working through a Tomahawk business, local police squad cars are now equipped with AEDs (cardiac defibrillators), along with additional supplies to handle any sudden cardiac arrest emergency. Look for the complete story about this undertaking in the Nov. 29 Tomahawk Leader.Tomahawk Leader 11-29-2016 issue
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