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Filming ‘Lake Alice’ movie

(Photo story) A film crew from Los Angeles is in the process of making a horror suspense movie that will make Lake Alice known for more than just the fantastic fishery it offers locals. Filming is taking place at a log cabin on the shores of Lake Alice. The movie called “Lake Alice” is about a family that comes together to spend Christmas at their lakefront cabin with their daughter and her new boyfriend, which turns out could be their last. The movie propels the viewer in and out of the killer’s perspective while leaving them uncertain of what lies ahead. The movie includes a long list of actors who have appeared in a number of films and television series, including Brando Eaton, who is among the cast in the current box office hit “American Sniper” and was a member of the TV series “Dexter.” Michael Shamus Wiles has been an actor on the TV series “Sons of Anarchy” since 2008, and Eileen Dietz played the evil nurse in the movie “Exorcism.” Additional cast members include Peter O’Brien who is known for his work on “Neighbours” and “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” and Laura Niemi, who played Steve Job’s secretary in “Jobs,” as well as Caroline Tudor, Brad Schmidt, Craig Rees and Craig Reec. Director Ben Milliken, a successful actor himself and a native of Australia, said despite the frigid cold experienced early on, filming was going well. Read more in the Jan. 20 Tomahawk Leader, available on newsstands and through an Online Edition subscription here.

Tomahawk Leader 1-20-2015 issue; Tomahawk Leader Photos by Jed Buelow and Contributed
Retail incubator

The Economic Restructuring Committee of Tomahawk Main Street is moving forward with the strategic goal of establishing a retail incubator in downtown Tomahawk. “To provide for continued growth of business on Wisconsin Avenue and the surrounding area, we are excited to be exploring this possibility with Karen and Mike Morris at Standard Mercantile Company, 220 W. Wisconsin Ave.,” stated Christine Vorpagel, director of Tomahawk Main Street. Read more in the Jan. 20 Leader and direct inquiries to: Tomahawk Main Street Inc., PO Box 131, Tomahawk WI 54487. The office is located at 225 W. Wisconsin Ave., and is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, or contact or Vorpagel at 715-453-1090.

Tomahawk Leader 1-20-2015 issue
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Sports recap

Tomahawk’s Nick VanStrydonk placed third Sunday at the Amsoil World Snowmobile Championships in Eagle River. Also Sunday at Eagle River, Bo VanStrydonk of Tomahawk won the V-Force Prolite Series championship.

All Tomahawk High School sports teams were in action last week with the following results: BOYS’ BASKETBALL: defeated Prentice last Monday 67-60; Jordan Roessler had 25 points to pace the Hatchets; lost 50-28 to visiting D.C. Everest; Roessler had 15 points; GIRLS’ BASKETBALL: lost to Prentice 57-30; senior Haley FauFau led the Hatchets with 11 points and 10 rebounds; lost to host Crandon 62-17; Talyn Jones had seven points to lead the Lady Hatchets; BOYS’ HOCKEY: lost 14-0 to visiting Mosinee last Tuesday at SARA Park; goalie Hanke made 27 saves; Hatchets were blanked 7-0 by Northland Pines at Eagle River; Hanke had 34 saves; forfeited to Chequamegon Saturday; GIRLS’ HOCKEY: last Tuesday, the Tomahawk girls fell 5-1 to Central Wisconsin Storm, as they gave up four power play goals. Against the Hayward Hurricanes Thursday, the locals were blanked 3-0. Following the two losses, the Tomahawk girls’ hockey team stands at 5-6-1 for the season; BOYS’ SWIMMING: Thursday’s trip east to Shawano yielded a 122-48 defeat for the Tomahawk boys’ swim team in Great Northern Conference (GNC) dual meet competition. The Hatchets were shut out of the winning column; WRESTLING: In a battle for the top spot in the Great Northern Conference (GNC) wrestling standings, host Rhinelander beat Tomahawk by the slimmest of margins, 35-34, and improved to 3-0 for the season, while the Hatchets dropped to 2-1; winning for Tomahawk were Blake Anderson, Keagan Jach, Quin Wallenfang, Slade Erdman, Kaleb Kaminski, Dane Borchardt and Jake Borchardt.

*Look for the sports schedule in the School Calendar.

Tomahawk Leader 1-13-2015 issue
No one running for city; 4-way race for school

**Seats in District 1 and District 3 on the Tomahawk Common Council will need to be filled by write-in candidates after no papers were returned by last week’s deadline to appear on the ballot for the upcoming spring election. The two council positions were left vacant after current council chair Bruce Hetzel filed for non-candidacy for District 1 and Brian Viegut chose not to seek re-election for District 3. Alderman Roger Schlegel also filed for non-candidacy for District 2. Mike Loka returned papers for District 2 and will run as an unopposed candidate on the April 7 ballot. After being appointed to fill the District 3 seat vacated when Don Nelson stepped down to take a job out-of-state, new Alderman Mike VanDeWeerd will run unopposed for the three-year term open in that district.

**There will be a four-way race for two city of Tomahawk seats on the Tomahawk School Board. Current member Dale Ernst filed a non-candidacy declaration. Board president Ken Schulz is seeking re-election to one of the city seats. Also interested in representing the city of Tomahawk are newcomers Tyler Stevenson, Becky Theiler and Cathy Schmit.

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Nature items: Oneida Cty opens snowmobile trails

**There’ll be a Snowshoe Ice Age Hike Jan. 24.

**More than 130 snowmobilers and volunteers will come together Thursday-Saturday in Lac du Flambeau for the 32nd annual MS Snowmobile Tour. More than 25 riders will be first-time participants. Each rider raises a minimum of $650 for multiple sclerosis research, programs and services, although many donate much more than that. More than $7 million has been raised over the course of the event’s history.

Riders enjoy an all-inclusive weekend based at Lake of the Torches Resort Casino and cover up to 200 miles of guided riding on Friday and Saturday in and around Vilas County. Evening entertainment includes trail games, silent auction and a raffle drawing to win a 2015 Polaris Indy 600 with a red, white and blue “freedom” wrap; a Triton Trailer; and cash prizes. Meals, accommodations and mechanical support are provided.

**See the Snowmobile Trail Report for updates about area trails.

**Check our Fishing Report and City Editor Jed Buelow’s blog on our Message Board.

AD CENTER link with Display, Classified Ads

Be sure to check our AD CENTER, along the left-hand column, for our CLASSIFIEDS and certain DISPLAY ads. Included are lots of HELP WANTED ads:

**Takco Mfg. has a help wanted ad for an experienced CNC Machinist and Saw Operator.

**A Pier-Willow Senior Nutrition Site Manager is sought.

**Edward Jones is seeking an On-Call Branch Team Associate.

**Golden Living Center-Golden Age is advertising for CNAs, full- and part-time shifts available.

**Main Street Investment Group LLC is in need of a full-time Financial Assistant.

**The Lincoln County Maintenance Department requests proposals to purchase a 2015 Front Mount Mower.

**Clean As Can Be Services is hiring Cleaning Technicians in the Tomahawk area.

Click on an ad itself and go right to the company’s website, if available.

Tomahawk Leader 1-20-2015 issue
Town Square Business Directory

The Town Square is a great place to check for places to stay, shop and dine while in the Tomahawk area. For information on adding your business link with web site, call 715-453-2151 or email

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Summaries of obits to be published in the Jan. 27, 2015, Tomahawk Leader:

**Graham H. Rankin, 81, town of Rock Falls, born in Merrill, married Marcia Kaufman, worked 30 years at Packaging Corporation of America (PCA), Tomahawk, served on Town of Rock Falls Town Board for more than 40 years and was currently town chair; Lincoln County Board supervisor, continued to raise beef cattle on farm in town of Rock Falls, also did logging (died 1-22-15; funeral Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 11 a.m. at S. Paul's Lutheran Church, Irma; visitation from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, and again at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the church).

**Ronald H. Jensen, 71, Tomahawk, born in Waupaca, served in U.S. Navy, married Ethel Drummond, the couple spent 26 years in Tomahawk, previously owned Ron Jensen Chevrolet of Tomahawk, a mayoral proclamation in this week's Tomahawk Leader proclaimed Monday, Jan. 19 as "Ron Jensen Day" and named the renovated hall at Bronsted-Searl Post 93 American Legion the "Ron Jensen Honor Room" (died 1-20-15; services Sunday, Jan. 25 at 3 p.m. at Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, Tomahawk; visitation will begin at 1 p.m.; Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk, is assisting).

Summaries of obituaries published in the Jan. 20, 2015, Tomahawk Leader:

**Elaine M. Gudgeon (Widstrand), 92, Tomahawk, born in Hibbing, Minn., graduated from Hibbing High School, moved to LaFarge, married Charles A. Gudgeon, teaching degree, lived a few years in Tomah, story in Tomahawk Leader last year about her writing two genealogy books and her life story (died 1-15-15; funeral Saturday, Jan. 24 at 1 p.m. at Pratt Funeral Home, LaFarge, visitation begins at noon; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting locally).

**Richard "Butch" F. Clark, 69, Tomahawk, born in Waukegan, Ill., moved to Tomahawk 1964, formerly worked at Badger Basket in Edgar (died 1-14-15; funeral services Monday, Jan. 19 at 11 a.m. at Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 10 a.m.

**Beatrice "Bea" Lundberg (nee Edwardson), 93, Tomahawk, grew up in Harrison area, formerly worked at Tomahawk Laundry and Johnson Level and Tool (died 1-13-15; funeral services Thursday, Jan. 22 at 11 a.m. at Generational Funeral Home, Tomahawk, visitation at 10 a.m.)

Tomahawk Leader 1-20-2015 issue
Supervisor Graham Rankin dies: NEW NEWS and News Tidbits

**NEWS ITEM AS OF FRIDAY, JAN. 23: Long-time Lincoln County Board Supervisor Graham Rankin died yesterday (Thursday), according to Lincoln County Clerk Chris Marlowe. He noted Rankin had been hospitalized due to pneumonia. Rankin of Irma represented District 22 which includes the townships of Merrill and Rock Falls. Rankin previously served as Rock Falls town chairman. He won re-election to the County Board in the spring by a slim two-vote margin in a race again Jolene Callahan. More information will be published in the Jan. 27 Tomahawk Leader.

**TOMAHAWK WOMAN CHARGED WITH MURDER, NEWS UPDATE AS OF 1-19-15: Latoya J. Wolf, South Tomahawk Ave., Tomahawk, was charged Monday, Jan. 19 with first degree intentional homicide and misdemeanor resisting or obstructing an officer in a case that dates back to the June 2003 death of Kenneth "Punky" Wells, 45. After being missing several days, his body was found in the Wisconsin River in Rhinelander. At the time, the death was ruled a drowning, however, Wolf reportedly told investigators in February 2012 that her then-husband, Shannon Wolf, killed Wells after he failed to pay for some marijuana he purchased from a friend. Last January, she later admitted being present during Wells' death, serving as a "look out." Court records indicate Shannon Wolf has denied knowledge of the incident. Latoya Wolf appeared in court via video for an initial appearance yesterday (Jan. 20). Her bond was set at $100,000, with an adjourned initial appears scheduled for Friday, Jan. 23 in Oneida County Court, Rhinelander.

**Lynne meal site temporarily closed; need site manager. Call 715-369-6170 and see ad in Ad Center in Paper Clips column along left side.

**Ice Age Snowshoe Hike at Underdown. Check the Community Calendar.

**Five arrested for meth.

**THS Winter Carnival leads up to Winter Ball.

**Savvy Senior: What Medicare doesn’t cover.

**‘The Mill Pond’ offers look back at Tripoli’s impressive history.

**Friends Tail Gate event helps fill kids’ backpacks.

**Local author Will Kalinke holding book signing.

**‘Leap of Faith’ John Angotti event slated Feb. 8.

**Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra in Merrill.

**American Legion Bronsted-Searl Post 93 of Tomahawk names renovated area “Ronald Jensen Honor Room.”

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Tomahawk Leader 1-20-2015 issue
Gas under $2

Gas hit $1.99 in Tomahawk late last week. Check out the pictures on the Photo Album.

Tomahawk Leader 1-20-2015 issue
Updates to Priest donates liver to parishioner

(Photo Story) EXCLUSIVE: For Father John Anderson it’s a matter of practicing what he preaches. For Ginny Bablick it’s much more. To her it’s a matter of life, or likely death. Both are at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison today (Jan. 13) undergoing lengthy surgeries in which the Tomahawk St. Mary Catholic Church priest will give some 60% of his liver to one of his parishioners. If all goes as planned, the sections of liver will regenerate quickly in both of them, and Ginny can look forward to living a more normal life. Read this fascinating story in this week’s Tomahawk Leader and learn more about how this lifesaving gift came about, what’s involved and how faith has eased the minds of both the donor and recipient. “Faith is telling me I can do this. I’m anxious, but at peace,” Fr. John says. Learn, too, how you can save a life through donation, and it doesn’t have to be a liver. The Tomahawk Leader is available on newsstands and through an Online Edition subscription here. Look for updates here in the coming days and weeks.

**UPDATE AS OF FRIDAY AFTERNOON, JAN. 23: Ginny is going home tomorrow! She is doing amazingly well and the doctors feel she is ready to leave. Jackie Schoone is coordinating all meals and should be contacted before anything is provided at 715-966-0420. **CANCER FOUND: The family reports that Ginny's bad liver was dissected and tested after it was removed and a nickel-size cancerous tumor was found. The cancer was isolated to that area and did not spread to any other part of her body. "The timing of Fr. John's gift is truly a blessing," the family says.

UPDATES AS OF THURSDAY, JAN. 22: Ginny is said to be doing amazingly well. She got out of ICU Monday, Jan. 19 and into her own room. As of yesterday she was no longer on oxygen and walks without a walker. Three drainage tubes from her abdomen were expected to be removed soon. She was able to walk down to Fr. John's room for a visit, and hopes to go home soon.

UPDATES FOR FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, JAN. 16-17, 2015: The family says Ginny is doing very well and anxious to get out of ICU, but they do not have any beds available on the transplant floor. She is very tired and the family asks that any visits be limited because she needs her rest. They describe the coloring of her skin as so much better than is used to be and that she has some spunk back.

UPDATE AS OF WEDNESDAY ABOUT GINNY BABLICK (the recipient), By her husband Deacon Dave Bablick and daughters, Anna, Sonya and Michele:

**Later report Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015: The large IVs have been removed from Ginny's neck and she is taking her anti-rejection medications in pill form. She is in great spirits.

**As of Thursday morning, Jan. 15, 2015: Ginny is sitting up in a chair for a while. The family is amazed with her progress. They removed the breathing tube some 16 hours ago. Her first words were to her family: "I love you guys!"

**As of 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015: Ginny is said to be doing extremely well. Sleeping most of the time but is communicating. She's not in any pain and hopefully the breathing tube will come out tonight.

**It's 7:00 Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 morning and Mom is finally in recovery. Dad spoke with the Dr. Fernandez and he told him that Mom's liver is producing bile and her numbers are changing already. Such wonderful news after a 16 hour surgery. She should be out of recovery within a few hours and her TLC room for the next one to three days. We want to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for keeping Her, Father John and the entire medical staff in your prayers.


**UPDATE AS OF FRIDAY, JAN. 23: Fr. John slept very well last night. He returned to his room yesterday after a successful procedure to insert a tube in his liver/bile duct. His bilirubin numbers are where they should be now so the drain bag is gone. He has hopes of returning home later this weekend if all works out.

**UPDATE AS OF THURSDAY, JAN. 22: Fr. John continues to do well and his liver is already growing. His bilirubin has been off, which is not unusual for a growing liver. A procedure took place going through his esophagus to put a stint in his liver to increase flow. He will return in 3-6 months to have it removed. He also suffered some acid reflux that is causing some discomfort. As of Jan. 21, though, he said he feels quite well and describes the feeling as being "at peace." He, too, hopes to go home soon.

**Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 16-18: Fr. John was very tired Friday, didn't sleep well and had a little nausea. On Saturday he asked for limited or no visitors, saying all was okay he just needed some time. Early morning contact Sunday indicates "everything" is starting to work and he's hoping he's closer to coming home, but another day of no company.

**As of Thursday, Jan. 15: Fr. John has been walking the halls at the hospital and is doing very well.

**As of the evening of Wednesday, Jan. 14: They had moved him to his own room out of ICU by 9 p.m. and he has been sitting in a chair. He is described as looking good and visiting. He also got a chance to "Facetime" with Ginny Bablick, the liver recipient.

**As of Wednesday, Jan. 14: Fr. John sounded good except for a very sore throat because of the tube from the surgery. The surgery yesterday lasted 12-1/2 hours which was about what they expected it to be. He is in his own room in ICU now but will be moving to a regular room sometime today. The staff will get him up to sit in a chair this morning. He can't eat or drink yet and there is no word on when he will be able to come home. Mary said the original plan was for him to come home by Sunday or Monday. Father said he was doing well but said that they gave him a "Happy Button" that he can press any time he feels pain. I imagine he might be using that a few times today!! What a relief to have the surgery done. I think everyone was getting quite worried last night when 5PM, 6PM, 7PM and 8PM came and went and he was still in surgery. Mary and Jerry (his sister and brother-in-law) were able to visit him in recovery by about midnight ... Just seeing him today they notice a very big improvement. Continued prayers are very much appreciated as Father has a long recovery ahead of him.

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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.

All snowmobile trails open

**Lincoln County’s state funded snowmobile trails in Zone 2 opened at noon Friday, Jan. 9, meaning all such trails in the county will be open. All funded snowmobile trails in Oneida County also are open. To find out more, check the Snowmobile Trail Report link to the left.

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