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Flooding in Spirit Falls

(Photo story) SPIRIT FALLS OVERFLOWS ITS BANKS following heavy rains and a lot of runoff last week. As much as four inches of rain or more fell Monday night in the area causing damage to overmatched culverts and forcing submerged roads to be temporarily closed to traffic, including nearby Spirit Falls Road that was covered in water following the deluge for several hundred feet upriver from the bridge that abuts Highway 86. Crews from Lincoln, Oneida and Price counties worked to fill washouts and repair roads once water levels receded

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Trick-or-treating, Fall Festival and more

Trick or Treating will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 in downtown Tomahawk as part of the Tomahawk Main Street Fall Fest and Customer Appreciation event. Tomahawk's citywide trick-or-treating will be from 2 to 5 p.m. The Fall Festival also will include pumpkin decorating, facepainting, a free movie, scarecrow voting, refreshments, store specials and a chance to win a fall gift basket at the Main Street Office. (See the Community Calendar). This week's Leader also includes tips for a safe Halloween and ways to celebrate. Two such events include a Trunk or Treat event at Schaefer's Wharf on Sunday, Oct. 30 and Halloween fun at the Tomahawk Public Library on Halloween day.

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**Remember those treasured columns by Tomahawk Leader nature columnist Allan Bell? We are revisiting them.

**Job Fair for positions in Tomahawk, Rhinelander and Merrill posted by Bear Staffing.

**Charter NEX Films is seeking a part-time Human Resources/Finance Assistant.

**Nicolet College has Career Coaching Positions.

**Extrusion Technicians needed by Charter NEX Films, Inc.

**Enter the Tomahawk Leader Football Contest for a chance to Win!!!

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Be sure to check our Business Directory, available by clicking on the Guide and Info link in the left column for business listings with places to stay, dine and shop. Our online Fishing Report has updates to help you wet your line. Look at the Message Board for comments. Our Community Calendar and School Calendar have information about events. And our Ad Center link helps you find display ad (many help wanted listings) and classified ad information.


**Summaries of obituaries to be published in the Nov. 1, 2016, Tomahawk Leader:

**William "Bill" G. Petersen, 74, Tomahawk, born in Marengo, Ill., married to Mary Greibel for 42 years, owned Petersen Hydraulic Jacks and formerly owned Petersen's Tall Pines Resort in Tomahawk (died 10-13-16; no formal services; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, is assisting).

**Duane E. Juedes, 65, Mineral Point, born in Merrill, graduated from Tomahawk High School, married to Bonnie Jones for 43 years, worked for Wick Agri Buildings, Mazomanie for over 40 years (died 10-23-16; funeral services Friday, Oct. 28 at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, Mineral Point, visitation Thursday, Oct. 27 from 4-8 at Gorgen Funeral Home, Mineral Point, and again Friday beginning at 10 a.m. at the church).

**Joan Belongia, 73, Rhinelander, born in Star Lake, family moved to Tomahawk, 1961 graduate of Tomahawk High School, taught in Tomahawk, on the Menominee Indian Reservation, in Colby, Wausau and Rhinelander, opened Brown Street Books in 1993, active volunteer in retirement after closing the book store (died 10-22-16; funeral Saturday, Oct. 29 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Rhinelander; visitation Friday, Oct. 28 from 4-7 p.m. at Carlson Funeral Home, Rhinelander and again Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. at the church; in lieu of flowers, consider donation to either Rhinelander Food Pantry, 627 Coon St., Rhinelander, WI 54501 or Rhinelander Area Silent Trails Association (RASTA), c/o Bikes and Boards, 1670 N. Stevens St., Rhinelander, WI 54501.

**Summaries of obituaries published in the Oct. 25, 2016, Tomahawk Leader:

**Mary Kay Timm (nee Burt), 60, Tomahawk, formerly of Bessemer, Mich., born in Wakefield, Mich., married to Larry Timm, graduated from A.D. Johnston High School in 1974, began nursing career at Golden LivingCenter-Riverview from 1976-2016 (died 10-16-16 after battling pancreatic cancer; memorial services Saturday, Oct. 22 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 9 a.m.; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, assisting).

**George Patrick Bressler, 91, served in World War II and Korea, married to Barbara Jean Benson (died 10-14-16; John J. Buettgen Funeral Home, Schofield, assisting).

**Donna Louise Merlak (nee Boss), Sun City, Ariz., born in Ladysmith, married to LeRoy for 52 years, sold Avon (died 10-13-16; memorial service was Monday, Oct. 17 at Menke Funeral Home, Sun City, Ariz.; donations appreciated to American Heart Association in her memory).

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Never be the same

Some of the more human and emotional sides of a terrible event were shared when Lincoln County Sheriff Jeff Jaeger held a press conference last Tuesday to officially discuss the outcome of a Wisconsin Department of Justice investigation into the July 26 officer-involved shooting death of 50-year-old Scot Minard, Eagle River. Jaeger said his department knew all along that actions that day were appropriate. "We believed the deputies' actions were appropriate, justifiable and out of necessity," he stated. But, while the findings may help "give some closure to this tragic incident," that does not mean the day can be put behind them and will certainly never be forgotten, Jaeger indicated. It has a "huge impact," he said. "I can tell you the officers involved will never be the same again. We train for these things and pray it never happens, but when it does, it certainly has a huge impact not just on the officers but on the agency as a whole." Look for the full story in this week's Leader, available on newsstands and through an Online Edition subscription right here (one week to one year).

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Spaghetti dinner for homeless shelter

Our Sisters' House homeless shelter in Tomahawk will mark its one-year anniversary with a Spaghetti Dinner Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Corpus Christi Center of St. Mary's Church, 320 E. Washington Ave., Tomahawk. Check the Community Calendar for more on this and many other upcoming events. The shelter doors first opened in October 2015. Our Sisters' House is Lincoln County's only temporary homeless shelter serving men, women and children. All proceeds will benefit the facility.

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Sport recap

**The Tomahawk Hatchet Girls Swim Team will look to continue its dominance in the pool this Friday as it takes part in the Great Northern Conference Championship at UW-Stevens Point Oct. 28. Tomahawk finished the regular season undefeated in the GNC at (6-0), while Ladysmith (5-1) and Rhinelander (4-2) should make for some exciting racing at UW-Stevens Point. Tomahawk will then return to UW-Stevens Point to take part in the 19-team WIAA Sectionals on Saturday, Nov. 5.

**The season came to an end for the Tomahawk Hatchet Cross Country Team and Girls' Volleyball last week. Despite strong showings from both the boys and girls teams, Cross Country was unable to advance any teams or individual runners to compete at WIAA State being held in Wisconsin Rapids this coming weekend. Lakeland advanced both its boys and girls teams at Waupaca to compete at State. The Hatchet Girls Volleyball team fell in Round 1 of WIAA playoffs to Mosinee Tuesday in three sets. The #6 Hatchets had hoped to pull an upset over the #3 Indians but Mosinee snuffed out a Hatchet rally in game two to take the match in three straight matches.

**Four Hatchet athletes advanced from the Special Olympics Bowling Regionals held Saturday in Wausau and will compete at State Special Olympics Bowling Tournament on Nov. 12. Those advancing include Simon DuPont, Betsy Hall, Matthew Lawrence and Shane Simak.

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NEW news & news briefs

**Enjoy Burger Bash and learn about STAR.

**19 now charged with meth distribution, including Merrill.

**Northern N.A. Groups to host drug and alcohol-free Halloween dance.

**17-year-old killed in one-car crash in Oneida County.

**The Scarlet Garden wins window decorating, welcomes new owner.

**Anti-pornography awareness program part of special week.

**Free clothing through Warm for Winter.

**Financial aid options for students.

**TMS science off to exciting start.

**Apply now for Kohl Scholarship.

**As the wheels turn, students get to see how businesses work.

**Wisconsin Public Service urges customers to apply for energy assistance as heating season arrives.

**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.

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Stepp will be Miss Venison Queen

The Tomahawk Regional Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce state Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp will be crowned the next Miss Venison Queen at this year's 51st annual Venison Feed being held in downtown Tomahawk Nov. 18. The Venison Feed is one of Tomahawk's longest running and most anticipated events of the year as the community and hunters from all around gather in the downtown the Friday prior to the opener of the nine-day gun deer season to take part in the big free feast. Each year the event draws around 1,600 visitors to enjoy the camaraderie and the anticipation for the upcoming hunt. Last year state Department of Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett was honored to be named the first ever Miss Venison.

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Nature items:

**This week's Tomahawk Leader includes Babe Winkelman's Outdoor Secrets for using nature's tools for hunting success. Allan Bell's Birch Bark Nature Notes Revisited serves as a reminder that true sportsmen care for and respect nature. In the Tomahawk Fishing Report, Chuck Grigg from Chuck's Sports Shop in Tomahawk reminds that now is the time of the year to catch a trophy musky and the DNR Outdoor Report covers all the happenings taking place this fall around the state.

**Look for updates to our Fishing Report and City Editor Jed Buelow's blog on our Message Board.

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Related links

Click here for direct links to web sites related to stories in this week's Leader:

Lincoln County Supervisory Districts

Never Forgotten Honor Flight

Philippine Orphan blog

Tomahawk Area Directory of Voluntary Organizations

Pressing Matters - Larry M. Tobin

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