|Swimming history at state
(Photo Story) The 2014 Tomahawk High School fall sports season came to an end Friday, as the Hatchet girls’ swim team competed at the WIAA D2 state meet in Madison. Lauren Hilt placed second in the 50-yard freestyle (shown on podium), and Morgan Weber placed 14th in that event. Hilt also finished fifth in the 100 freestyle. Annaluz Fox competed in diving and placed 16th. The Tomahawk 200-yard freestyle relay (Hilt, Weber, Rachel Dallman and Mikhayla Kleich) finished in a tie for seventh place, while the 400 freestyle relay (Hilt, R. Dallman, Baylee Dallman and Kleich) finished in 10th place. (See the Photo Album.)Tomahawk Leader 11-18-2014 issue; Tomahawk Leader Photo by Tom Colstad
The Hatchet girls made history this fall with post-season play, including swimming, volleyball and cross country. Look for a recap of these and other sports and a photo tribute in the Nov. 18, 2014, Tomahawk Leader.
Venison Feed, the hunt, craft sales galore
The unique and free Tomahawk Venison Feed will celebrate its 49th annual event Friday, Nov. 21, with venison burgers served on grills placed right on downtown’s West Wisconsin Avenue beginning at 11:30 a.m., and served on a first-come, first-served basis until gone. The long-standing tradition helps welcome deer hunters the day before the big gun hunt. The Tomahawk High School students also will be selling Venison Feed shirts that they designed. They will be joined by other non-profit vendors: Lincoln County Humane Society, St. Mary's School, Salvation Army, Somo Area ATV Club, Tomahawk Cub Scout Troop 548 and Knight Owls Snowmobile Club. A new display this year is the Department of Natural Resource’s Wall of Shame. Monetary donations to support the free event are greatly appreciated. Tomahawk Leader 11-18-2014 issue
**THE HUNT BEGINS SATURDAY: We have information on the gun deer hunt that begins Saturday, Nov. 22. Check out the pages of the Tomahawk Leader and be sure to submit a picture of your trophy and/or the excitement behind a child’s first deer to firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us help you do some bragging!
**Check the pdf below for information on craft sales, open houses and other special events this weekend as hunter widows and others enjoy their own “hunt” for deals and gifts.
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Be sure to check our AD CENTER, along the left-hand column, for our CLASSIFIEDS and certain DISPLAY ads. This week’s posted listings include lots of HELP WANTED ads:Tomahawk Leader 11-18-2014 issue
**Golden LivingCenter-Golden Age has several openings with a $1,000 sign-on bonus available.
**Heritage Chevrolet has an opening for a professional sales consultant.
**The Lincoln County Maintenance Department is requesting proposals to remodel the Veteran’s Services office in Merrill.
**Nicolet College has Instructional Opportunities in the following areas: Academic Success (Adult Basic Education) Cosmetology; Dental Assistant and Dental Hygiene; Physics; and Spanish.
**Project Service Inc. is advertising for a part-time Janitor.
**The Tomahawk Leader 2015 desk Calendars have arrived. Stop by and pick up yours today. Lots of room for notes, and area events are listed.
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Links to information
Looking for things to do? Check our Community Calendar for an in-depth listing of area events. And, do some extra site-seeing with our online Town Square business directory to find places to stay, dine and shop. We also feature a 15-day forecast on our Weather link; front page Map; snowmobile Trail Report; and online Fishing Report, plus our School Calendars include student activities, sporting events and information about ACT testing and college visitation dates.
Win in Football Contest, pdf below
Here's your chance to out-wit Typo the Office Cat in our weekly Football Contest and win prizes. Look for the Week Two entry form in the Sept. 30 Tomahawk Leader (see pdf below). Search for the ads throughout the Tomahawk Leader Second Section/Extra and make your predictions. Typo has listed his guesses. Enter for your chance to win. Mailed entries must be postmarked by Friday. Emailed entries need to be sent before midnight Friday. Good luck!Tomahawk Leader 11-11-2014 issue
**Gun deer season starts this Saturday. Check the Tomahawk Leader and dnr.wi.gov for updates on rules and hunting conditions. We also have a listing of registration sites. And, when you get that trophy buck, please send us a picture at email@example.com. We’d also welcome pictures of someone’s first hunt.
**Check our Fishing Report and City Editor Jed Buelow’s blog on our Message Board.
**Arriving after publication; summaries of obituaries to be published in the Nov 25, 2014, Tomahawk Leader:Tomahawk Leader 11-18-2014 issue
**Leon J. Brzoska, 56, Tomahawk, born in Bridgeport, Conn., later moved to Maine, married Duane Willette, worked in environmental services at the Maine Medical Center for several years before pursing passion as a baker, manager for Dunkin' Donuts Corporation in Maine, retiring in 2011; moved to Wisconsin two years ago (died 11-15-14; Celebration of Life at a later date in Maine; Generations Funeral Home & Cremation, Tomahawk, assisting).
**Summaries of obituaries published in the Nov. 18, 2014, Tomahawk Leader:
**Carl Kangas, 77, Tomahawk, born in Brantwood, married Pauline Crowell, worked as heavy equipment supervisor, initially for S.J. Groves & Sons and later for Atkins Construction, retired in 1998, U.S. Army veteran of Korean War (died 11-11-14; funeral services noon Saturday, Nov. 15 at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk).
**Larry "Leo" Westphal, 71, Tomahawk, born in Michigan, worked in flooring and carpentry in Florida, Michigan and Wisconsin before retiring some years ago (died 11-14-14; no services; Generations Funeral Home and Crematory, Tomahawk, assisting).
**George Jentsch, 85, Tomahawk, born in Oak Creek, worked 37 years as mobile crane operator and was Town of Bradley Dog warden many years (died 11-11-14; funeral 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18 at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk; visitation begins at 10 a.m.; memorials to Grade Lutheran Church, Tomahawk, or Lincoln County Humane Society).
**Meredith "Mert" Skolaski (nee Mickelson), 89, Tomahawk, born in Black Earth, married to Raymond Skolaski, worked at Red-Dot Potato Chi and Central Colony in the Madison area, the couple moved to Tomahawk in 1976, she was a homemaker and did some babysitting (died 11-9-14; locally a visitation at Krueger Family Funeral Home Wednesday, Nov. 12 from 4-7 p.m., continuing at Highland Memory Gardens, Madison, from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 15, funeral service at noon at Highland Memory Gardens Chapel; memorials to Grace Lutheran Church, Tomahawk, or the Alzheimer's Association.
The city of Tomahawk has received an undisclosed cash offer to purchase the former Oneida Drive Harley-Davidson facility recently vacated by Universal Industries. Roger Schlegel, Finance Committee chair, reported at last Tuesday’s city meeting an offer had been made for the 15,000-square-foot building and property currently owned by the city located just north of the North Fourth Street and Mohawk Drive intersection. Schlegel did not disclose the name of the prospective buyer or a purchase price, but did note the bid was for the minimum appraised value and some contingencies were being requested as part of the sale. Over the past month the city has been working to clean and make minor repairs to the facility that once was owned by Harley-Davidson in order to make it more marketable. The sale should cover the amount owed in back taxes and cost to refurbish the building after Universal Industries declared bankruptcy earlier this year. It was noted the proposed buyer would like to move into the facility by the start of next year.Tomahawk Leader 11-18-2014 issue
Wartime letters become ‘Dear Laura’ book
Discovered tucked away in an inconspicuous brown paper bag in the back of a cabinet, the remarkable story of Tomahawk's Laura Norenberg's monumental effort to keep soldiers and families connected during World War II was revealed. Those letters are now the focus of a new book titled "Dear Laura" being released to coincide with Veteran's Day. Gordy Lovsletten and Dave Baltes have compiled a 239-page book now available to the public. At first they did not know what they had in the hundreds of letters found in the bag apparently donated to the Tomahawk Historical Society by Norenberg's daughter, Evelyn Kjer, back in 1994. After pouring through the exchanges between Norenberg and soldiers dating back some 70 years, historical society members suggested a book be written. Many of those Norenberg wrote to had interesting stories from their time spent at war, including Leslie Kind, who had the misfortune of being on the Coast Guard Cutter "Alexander Hamilton" when it was sunk while on convoy escort duty. Kind survived, and as luck would have it, went on to survive the sinking of two additional vessels. All Tomahawk area veterans killed in World War II are pictured in the book. Read more about this fascinating story by Jed Buelow in the Nov. 11 Tomahawk Leader, available on newsstands or through an Online Edition subscription here. Copies of "Dear Laura" can be purchased at Old Towne Mall, Tomahawk Ben Franklin and here at the Tomahawk Leader office. Copies are $25 apiece. Those from out of town who would like a copy can do so by sending checks ($28 to include shipping) to: Tomahawk Historical Society, P.O. Box 655, Tomahawk, WI 54487 (in the check memo include Dear Laura). All proceeds go to benefit the Tomahawk Historical Society. Tomahawk Leader 11-18-2014 issue
NEW NEWS and News Tidbits
**UPDATE VETERANS DAY PROGRAM RESCHEDULED: The Tomahawk area got up to 14 inches of snow, with school released early Monday, Nov. 10 and cancelled Tuesday, Nov. 11. The Veterans Day program has been rescheduled to Monday, Nov. 17 at 10:30 a.m. in the district auditorium. We were there and will have coverage in the Nov. 25 Tomahawk Leader.Tomahawk Leader 11-18-2014 issue
**Look for more about these stories in the Nov. 18, 2014, Tomahawk Leader:
**School District develops new goals to improve education.
**Kevin Koth replaces Nelson on County Board; city seeks applicants for District 3.
**Daniel Neufelder appointed president, CEO of Ministry Health Care.
**10 tips to help smokers quit. Quitting makes a big difference; join Great Smokeout.
**Bazaars, luncheons, bake sales and cookie Walks for the big hunter widows’s weekend.
**Dairyland Cycle Insurance was able to raise an impressive $11,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) in its first year serving as the Tomahawk Fall Ride official sponsor. See Photo Album.
**Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner.
**Love Lights: A time to remember.
**Lung cancer’s terrible toll. Today’s smokers more likely to develop lung cancer than those of 50 years ago.
**Homelessness: It happens here.
**Tomahawk students perform in Singing in Wisconsin fest.
**Elementary kids raise $1,500 in nickels for Never Forgotten Honor Flight.
**Help fill Kinskids’ holiday wishes.
**Lottie Nelson turns 100.
**See the Wall of Shame illegal deer pictures in Kathy’s Kolumn.
**Don and Carol Gossage mark 50th wedding anniversary.
**A 26-year-old Merrill woman will spend seven years in prison for killing two friends in a rollover crash while she was driving drunk two years ago. Ashley Baumann’s sentence, handed down in Lincoln County Circuit Court last Tuesday, includes five years of extended supervision after jail time is served. The prosecutor had requested Baumann receive a 17 year prison term for the crash that killed two Merrill women, Misty Glisch, 31, and Jessica Hartwig, 33, in a crash where speeds were believed to reach nearly 100 mph in a 25 mph zone in Merrill. Witnesses told investigators Baumannn had been drinking with friends on the evening of the crash at a tavern following a volleyball game. A third individual was severely injured in the crash. Baumann was found guilty of two counts of homicide by drunken driving back in May. The state used DNA and scene reconstruction to prove Baumann was behind the wheel on the night of the fatal crash. (Tomahawk Leader 11-11-14 issue)
**The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department is seeking the public’s help in locating the whereabouts of Jeffrey S. Maruska. (Tomahawk Leader 11-11-14 issue)
**Salvation Army needs bell ringers. To sign up for a date or time slot call 715-966-1500.
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**See the state accomplishments swimming mentioned above. Also check the Tomahawk Leader sports pages for lots of congratulatory messages for the fall sports season. (See the Photo Album, too.)Tomahawk Leader 11-18-2014 issue
**Tomahawk High School grad and current interim director of athletics at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Kim (Kraklow) Blum was honored earlier this year as the 2013-14 NACWAA Administrator of the Year.
**Look for the sports schedule in the School Calendar
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