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Fall Ride Success

(Photo Story) **By all accounts we've heard, this year's Tomahawk Fall Ride was "fabulous." Both the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and the Tomahawk VFW, which handle different parts of the multiple-day event, were thrilled by the turnout. Police Chief Al Elvins says there were very few problems.

**Someone was counting: 732 motorcycles took part in this year's Tomahawk Fall Ride Thunder Parade, an 18-mile loop that goes through the countryside and ends up in downtown Tomahawk for street dances. This scene catches riders on North Fourth Street.

**Dan Soderstrom and his wife were in Tomahawk for the Antique Outboard Boat and Motor Show last month and purchased what became the winning ticket for the 2017 Harley-Davidson FLHTCU Electra Glide Ultra Classic motorcycle valued at $21,000. The top raffle prize is a fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association during the Tomahawk Fall Ride for MDA. Formerly of the Wausau area, the couple now live in Climax, Mich.

**Look for more pictures in our Photo Album. New scenes will be added, so be sure to check back.

Tomahawk Leader 9-19-2017 issue; Tomahawk Leader Photo by Kathy Tobin
Sting arrests include postmaster; 2 Tomahawk men

**UPDATE TO STING STORY: Two Tomahawk men also were arrested as part of the sting in Vilas County. Facing the most serious of the charges is Charles N. Godfrey, Tomahawk. He has been charged with felony Second Degree Sexual Assault of a Child, Child Enticement-Sexual Contact and Use of a Computer to Facilitate a Child Sex Crime. Andrew E. Beck, who lives and works in Tomahawk, faces Pandering-Solicitation charges for an offense dated Aug. 4 in the City of Eagle River. **SUMMARY OF STORY IN THE SEPT. 19 TOMAHAWK LEADER: A man with ties to Tomahawk is among 25 individuals arrested by Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Human Trafficking Bureau agents, with the aid of local and federal law enforcement, in stings in July and August 2017 to arrest sex traffickers, "johns" and child abusers, Attorney General Brad Schimel announced. Scott F. Klinger, 43, Arbor Vitae, Tomahawk's postmaster, was charged with Pandering-Solicitation in an arrest dating back to an Aug. 3 violation in Eagle River in Vilas County. He pleaded not guilty in Vilas County Court Sept. 12.

In operations focused in northern and eastern Wisconsin, DCI agents arrested 25 individuals in operations that targeted those seeking children for sexual purposes and "johns", individuals who were soliciting prostitutes. Some of those arrested were knowingly seeking 14- and 15-year-old children for sexual purposes. Those arrested were charged with soliciting a prostitute, pandering, soliciting a child for prostitution, attempted second degree sexual assault of a child, child enticement, using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, exposing a child to harmful material and exposing a child to harmful narrations, a news release from Schimel indicted.

ADDITIONAL UPDATE FROM PUBLISHED STORY: Klinger's is a city of Eagle River ordinance violation. When the Tomahawk Leader asked the Department of Justice about what could amount to a simple forfeiture, we were told: "Arrests made during these stings targeted those who were soliciting others for sexual purposes via websites, such as Craigslist and backpage.com. The individuals arrested in the sting were not necessarily connected to each other in any way. You are correct that pandering-solicitation is a city ordinance violation, not a misdemeanor. However, Attorney General Brad Schimel, Wisconsin law enforcement and legislators, have placed a focus in the state on punishing those who create the demand for buying sex. Previously, pandering was not considered the primary crime, nor a serious concern, in the act of soliciting a prostitute, however this is changing. Attorney General Schimel is currently working with the legislature to increase penalties against those soliciting sex (Assembly Bills 389, 400, 435 and 486). Through stings like this summer's, DOJ is targeting those who create the demand for buying sex, punishing those who exploit and coerce victims into selling sexual acts, and providing support services to victims."

Tomahawk Leader 9-19-2017 issue
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Sport recap

**It was another big week for the Tomahawk girls' swim team in their quest to make a return visit to state at season's end, as a number of Hatchet swimmers set new personal records and a school record in the 200 freestyle was set. The Hatchets not only took care of Medford, but finished the weekend off with their best performance ever at the Jaguar Invite in Ashwaubenon. Read more on the Sports pages. s

**The Tomahawk co-ed cross country team was all smiles following an impressive finish at the Smiley Invite held at Tribute Golf Course in Wausau Saturday. Of the 60 teams and 2,000 runners taking part, the girls' team finished in 6th place and the boys' came in 8th. Haley Voermans-Dean and Drew Bolder led the Hatchets once again with big days at the Smiley.

**After falling behind 7-0, the Tomahawk Hatchets football team almost mounted a big time second half comeback against the Auburndale Apaches Friday at Hatchet Field. Head coach John Larson said despite the 20-13 loss, he was proud of the way his team responded to adversity in the game.

**The Hatchet volleyball team got off to a great start at a Great Northern Conference meet held at Mosinee over the weekend. The Hatchets took down Rhinelander before dropping their next two games to Mosinee and Medford.

**This week's Tomahawk Leader includes a feature on a young racer with strong family ties to Tomahawk who recently was crowned the 2017 Bandolero Bandit US Legends Car INEX National Champion after taking the checkered flag at Bethel Motor Speedway in New York.

Tomahawk Leader 9-19-2017 issue
Nature notes

**In this week's nature section, late nature writer Allan Bell shares in his column revisited that nature can be violent, which recent events have once again proven can be very true.

**The Tomahawk Fishing Report says the walleye, musky and panfish put the feedbag on in the fall and now is the time to get out and get at them on Tomahawk area flowages. The DNR Outdoor Report notes many hunters were out in the field this past weekend as a number of new hunting seasons got underway, including the archery and crossbow for deer.

**Look for updates to our Fishing Report and City Editor Jed Buelow's blog on our Message Board. Jed even landed a 40-plus musky and has a picture in the paper to prove it!

Tomahawk Leader 9-19-2017 issue
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Obituaries

**Obituaries to be published in the Sept. 26, 2017, Tomahawk Leader:

**Allan John Lamer, 81, Sturgeon Bay, born in Tomahawk, married to Wilma "Billie" Nick for 60 years, lived in Milwaukee, Wausau, Eden Prairie then Sturgeon Bay where owned Marine Travelift, involved in DNR Hunter Safety Program for 50 years (died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, funeral services Monday, Sept. 25 at 11 a.m. at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Sturgeon Bay, visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Forbes Funeral Home, Sturgeon Bay, and again beginning at 10 a.m. Monday at the church.

**Obituaries published in the Sept. 19, 2017, Tomahawk Leader:

**Barbara Jean Bressler (nee Benson), married to George P. Dressler for 71 years (died Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, arrangements with Buettgen Funeral Home, Schofield, in lieu of flowers send donations to cat rescue Tabby Town).

**Deloris E. Cortazzo (nee Daoust), 79, Estill Springs, Tenn., born in Seymour, Wis., worked as an EMT in Tomahawk, retired in 1985, later worked at Fuji Photo Lab (died Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, memorial service at later date; Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, Winchester, Tenn., assisting).

Tomahawk Leader 9-19-2017 issue
Accidents

**NEW REPORT AS OF 3 P.M. SATURDAY, SEPT. 23, 2017: The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office received a phone call of a one-vehicle rollover on County Road D near Old D. It was reported a female was partially ejected from the vehicle. The Lincoln County Ambulance, Tomahawk Fire Department and Sheriff's Office responded. An investigation revealed that a 36-year-old Tomahawk woman was traveling westbound on CTH D. The driver lost control of the vehicle, entered the ditch and rolled over. The ambulance requested that the Medevac Helicopter respond to the scene and the patient was flown to Wausau for non-life-threatening injuries. The crash is under investigation.

**FATALITY: A 57-year-old Wausau Woman died in a Friday afternoon crash in the Town of Scott. Preliminary information indicated a pickup truck operated by a 16-year-old Irma teenager failed to stop for the stop sign as he traveled west on Joe Snow Road at County Road Q about 3 p.m. He entered the intersection and collided with a southbound SUV being driven by Joan Lehman, a 57-year-old Wausau woman. She was fatally injured. A passenger in her vehicle, an 11-year-old Irma girl, was transported to Ascension Good Samaritan Health Center in Merrill and then taken to Marshfield Medical Center for further treatment. The 16 year old also was transported to Ascension Good Samaritan Health Center.

**FOURTH OWI: The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate a motorcycle crash that occurred Saturday morning in the Town of Bradley. At 12:52 a.m. a county deputy on patrol came across the crash at County Road L and Theisen Road. It was determined that both operators was ejected from their motorcycles and both sustained injuries. Both were transported by Tomahawk EMS to Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital in Tomahawk. The first operator, Dan Reimert, 43, Tomahawk, was airlifted to the Marshfield Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. He was listed in critical condition as of Saturday. The second operator, a 63-year-old Mercer man, was treated at the hospital and then taken into custody for a felony fourth offense of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

**DIES FROM INJURIES: A Rhinelander man died as a result of injuries he suffered in a motorcycle accident with two other vehicles, including a truck, Thursday, Sept. 14 on County Highway P, in the Town of Pelican, Oneida County. The Oneida County Sheriff's 911 Center received the call at about 3:40 p.m. The motorcyclist, Charles S. Eye, 26, of Rhinelander, was transported to Ascension Saint Mary's Hospital and was transported by Spirit to a hospital outside of the area. He later died from those injuries, according to the Sheriff's Office update. The initial investigation indicated the motorcycle was traveling eastbound when it entered the westbound lane of traffic and struck a truck. The motorcycle then struck another vehicle in the westbound lane and crashed in the ditch area.

Tomahawk Leader 9-19-2017 issue
Kings/Bradley Farm Rd work delayed

Work addressing flooding and drainage issues that have plagued a certain part of the city of Tomahawk for years has been delayed a week. Roadwork at Kings and Bradley Farm Road originally was to begin the week of Sept. 18. The road will remain open as much as possible, but will be closed from time to time, and completely closed for two days. The detour route will start on 9th Street and Lincoln Avenue and route traffic on East Somo to State Hwy. 86 to D to Kings Road which will lead back around to the school and Reilly Family Dental. The project should be completed with pavement by Oct. 13. Any questions about the project or updates should be direct to Director of Public Works John Cole at 715-966-0607 (cell), 715-453-3654 (office) or email jcole@cityoftomahawk.com.

Tomahawk Leader 9-19-2017 issue
NEWS UPDATES & news briefs

News briefs from the Sept. 19 editions of the Tomahawk Leader:

**Railroad track repairs underway by Louisiana-Pacific.

**A Share the Care book club will begin meeting weekly Sept. 26 to read and discuss "My Two Elaines: Learning, Coping and Surviving as an Alzheimer's Caregiver." The author, former Gov. Martin Schreiber, will be in town the last night, Nov. 1, for a presentation. To reserve a spot, call 715-453-3621 or email joan.litwitz@gwaar.org.

**Budget shortfall; vehicle fee proposed by Lincoln County Board.

**Local color about 30%; Price County Rustic Road-62 part of Ultimate Drive contest. Looking for votes now at https://www.travelwisconsin.com/fall-color-report.

**Tyler Monroe, 21, Merrill, pleads not guilty to killing his father.

**Fleeing suspect rams deputy's squad.

**Bell Tower Residence offers public dementia seminar.

**Best Burger celebration Sept. 27.

**Lincoln County Legal Notice of delinquent tax deeds.

**Town of King residents invited to celebrate dedicated service of Bob Steigerwaldt and Henry Wiedeman.

**Remembering 9-11 in pictures and story.

**Kathy's Kolumn is about 3 local accidents. **She and others expressed disgust over one 911 call that never should have been made. **There are also comments about how fast people drive by emergency personnel tending to victims and the crash site. In this instance it was on Hwy. 8 at the corner of County Road Y in the Town of Bradley. In an update from the State Patrol, we officially learned one vehicle, with a driver and passenger, was stationary on Y when a second vehicle took the turn too quickly and struck the first car. Both drivers received minor injuries and the operator of the second vehicle was cited for traveling too fast for conditions in making a turn. All were from Tomahawk. **In the final covered in Kathy's Kolumn, two men from out East were on dirt bikes as part of a 2,000-mile excursion, when one fell. The Spirit helicopter flew into St. Augustine Church in Harrison but was later dismissed. The cyclist was transported by ambulance.

**Tomahawk Leader Football Contest is underway. Look for entry form in this week's newspaper. Also find one in the Ad Center link at left. Find the games in ads spread throughout the Leader (including the front news section in one case) and note your picks.

Tomahawk Leader 9-19-2017 issue
ONLINE ADS: Ad Center link with Display, Classified Ads

e sure to check our AD CENTER, along the left-hand column, for our CLASSIFIEDS and certain DISPLAY ads. Click on the ads for a direct link to the sites.

**Nicolet College has an ad for a Culinary Arts Instructor and Technology Support Specialist.

**Marshfield Clinic Minocqua Center seeking a Phlebotomist.

**a la carte CARE has seen an increase in demand and as part-time positions available for CAN or equivalent experienced.

**Is someone celebrating a birthday, anniversary, retirement or special achievement? Put an announcement in the Leader. A great surprise or for someone who has everything.

**Join the Customer Service and Pharmacy Teams at Doctors Foster and Smith.

**Tomahawk Bus Company is looking for part-time School Bus Drivers.

**The Tomahawk Leader Football Contest is underway. Your chance to win cash.

**Save your spot in the Tomahawk Leader upcoming Historical and Progress Edition. Contact the Tomahawk Leader today.

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Tomahawk Leader 9-19-2017 issue
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.


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 sales@tomahawkleader.com.


Related links

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

2017 Tomahawk Community-wide Rummage Sale

Lincoln County Supervisory Districts

Never Forgotten Honor Flight

Philippine Orphan blog

Tomahawk Area Directory of Voluntary Organizations




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Pressing Matters - Larry M. Tobin




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