|$21.5 million L-P upgrade
(Photo story) One of Tomahawk's largest manufacturers is entering the final stage of a $21.5 million upgrade that will bring new jobs to the community and significantly increase output at the mill. Construction at the Louisiana-Pacific (LP) mill in Tomahawk has been going steady since December and is now entering the final phase that includes a major overhaul to the mill's production line. Once the line is back up and running it will be the most technically advanced of all LP's plants and increase production at the Tomahawk mill by as much as 40 to 50 percent, with some 17 new employees hired in the coming years. Read more in this week's Tomahawk Leader, available at newsstands or by subscribing to our Online Edition here. Tomahawk Leader 3-4-2014 issue; Tomahawk Leader Photo by Jed Buelow
Ice shanties removal
A harsh wind swept across the Willow Flowage kicking up snow and almost completely blocking out the view from the Willow Haven Resort of the opposite shore. Inside, a group of about a half dozen anglers and patrons scoped with binoculars as a sizeable effort was underway to remove about a dozen ice shanties. The recovery effort, entering day two, included the use of a Tucker Sno-Cat. Several taking part in the ice shack recovery effort said it was the worst end to a winter any of them could recall. The March 16 deadline to have permanent ice shacks removed north of Hwy. 64 is quickly approaching. Anglers who simply can't get their shelters off the ice by the deadline due to deep snow or shanties frozen to the ice should call the Department of Natural Resources Hotline, 1-800-TIP-WDNR or 1-800-847-9367. Anglers can continue to use and remove portable ice fishing shelters daily as long as they feel the ice is safe for travel.Tomahawk Leader 3-4-2014 issue
Wedding planner; check pdfs below
The Feb. 25, 2014, Tomahawk Leader includes pages dedicated to wedding planning. See the pdfs below for a look at tips and advertisers eager to help you plan for that important date.Tomahawk Leader 2-25-2014 issue
Citywide water run; more frozen pipes
**UPDATE: Additional downtown Tomahawk businesses, SARA Park and the train station are among the new locations with frozen pipes. City officials remind all city residents that they should run a constant stream of water about the size of a pencil from one faucet 24/7 until further notice. Tomahawk Leader 2-25-2014, 2-18-2014, 2-11-2014 issues
Prior story: Historic cold temperatures are not the only thing being broken this winter, as Tomahawk officials are now telling all residents connected to the city's water system to keep water running in homes and businesses to avoid laterals from busting and freezing shut. The city of Merrill also issued a system-wide run. As of last week, Tomahawk city crews were finding frost as deep as seven feet in areas where snow is regularly removed. As the weather starts to improve, that frost will continue to push deeper as the thawing process begins. Frost depths are currently as deep as they might get during a regular winter at the end of the spring thaw in March, April or in the case of last year, even into May. Residents will need to continuously run water in their homes until winter ends, which at a minimum would mean around two months. Faucets should be left open to leave a flow of water the diameter of a pencil. Typically, the city would cover the expense the first time to thaw frozen laterals. However, now with the system-wide run order in place, those not running water will be required to pay costs to have laterals thawed. Water bills for the remainder of the winter will be averaged out over the past four pay periods so residents do not have to foot the entire charge for the additional water usage. Those with questions concerning the emergency system-wide run should contact City Hall at 715-453-4040 or email email@example.com.
**A WORD TO THE WISE: If you are leaving your home for a few days, have someone check it daily this winter, particularly during brutally cold weather, Mike Tolvstad, Tomahawk director of public works, advises. Snowbirds who did not drain pipes would be wise to have their property checked, he said. Doing so weekly is not enough, Tolvstad stressed. He encouraged daily observation.
Very severe index for deer
The Tomahawk area is poised to enter the "very severe" category heading into the end of February (exceed the 100-point mark) on the Winter Severity Index (WSI) that is used to monitor the impact winter conditions have on the deer herd based on daily temperatures and combined snow totals. Mike Zeckmeister, district wildlife supervisor in Spooner, says that the first question people usually ask is whether they should start feeding deer. "It's always well-intended, but feeding can do more harm than good if done improperly; please talk to the local DNR wildlife biologist first for advice," Zeckmeister said. "Zeckmeister especially emphasized that straight corn and hay are not recommended as they can be harmful. Instead, a commercialized pellet or mixes containing small quantities of corn, plus alfalfa, oats, and soybeans, as well as various vitamins and minerals is preferable from a deer health concern. It should be spread out to reduce fighting, away from roads or snowmobile trails, and near sheltered areas out of the wind. Deer feeding is strictly regulated and is prohibited in any county affected by CWD. In all other counties, feeding is currently limited to a maximum of 2 gallons per site, must be placed within 50 yards of a dwelling or business building open to the public, and may not be placed within 100 yards of a roadway with a posted speed limit of 45 mph or more. Wallenfang anticipates either zero or extremely limited numbers of antlerless deer permits in many northern counties for the 2014 hunting season. Read more in this week's Tomahawk Leader.Tomahawk Leader 2-25-2014 issue
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**Summaries of obituaries published in the March 4, 2014, Tomahawk Leader:Tomahawk Leader 3-4-2014 issue
**Arthur Felix Nordin, 88, Tomahawk, born in Channing in U.P. of Michigan, worked as jobbers during Great Depression, served as corporal in U.S. Marine Corps. 6th Division during World War II, worked various jobs after the war including floor tiler at Loma Linda Hospital in Chicago and lineman in South Dakota, married Faye Clara Schwartz, moved to West Bend to work starting as a lineman at Wisconsin Electric, retired in 1986, moved to Tomahawk four years ago (died 2-25-14; memorial service will be held at later date in U.P. of Michigan; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, is assisting; memorials to Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association, P.O. Box 105, Glenolden, PA 19036.)
*Norman "Norm" Langlois, 91, Tomahawk, born in Tomahawk, married Maxine Jester who died in 1992, married Lois Johnson, owned Langlois Barber Shop, Tomahawk (died 2-23-14; Mass of Christian Burial at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 2 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 2 p.m.; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).
**Donald Decker, 93, Minocqua, born in Neenah (died 2-23-14; memorial service at later date; Generations Funeral Home and Crematory, Tomahawk, assisting).
**Richard J. Haring, 66, Superior, born in Tomahawk, retired Air Force veteran, serving more than 20 years, including Vietnam, married Nancy Gruebele (died 2-24-14; funeral service 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27 at Lenroot-Maetzold Funeral Home, Superior; visitation begins at 12:30 p.m.)
**Charlene (Shaw) Hartwig (nee Ramsey), 55, formerly from Tomahawk, Tomahawk High School graduate, married to Rick Hartwig, employed as a cook, including Gladsden Regional Hospital (died 2-22-14).
|40-Unit Senior Living Facility Breaking news:
NEWS BREAK MARCH 4, 2014: Plans are in the works to demolish the former Sacred Heart Hospital in Tomahawk and replace it with a new senior living facility. A site plan for the new 40-unit facility proposed by Milestone Senior Living was presented at the Tomahawk Planning and Zoning Committee March 4. The rendition shows the new facility would consist of 20 assisted living units and 20 memory care units, as well as a kitchen and room for a relocated Tomahawk Senior Community Center.
Discussions to refurbish the old hospital building were abandon by the current developer in a letter to the city stating it could not be retrofitted to meet design needs for the senior living center. Instead, Milestone Senior Living intends to raze the building and replace it with the new facility sometime starting as early as this summer.
The developer plans to recycle as much of the former hospital during demolition in an effort to keep costs down. The company is aware of the asbestos in the building that will also be addressed during removal.
The company is currently in the process of completing a facility in Cross Plains in Dane County. Milestone Senior Living also has facilities in Rhinelander, Woodruff and Eagle River.
Milestone Senior Living's website notes the company has been in existence since 1997 and specializes in apartments and suites for seniors who can no longer live in their homes safely. Along with providing professional staff for those no longer able to care for themselves, the facility also provides services for those needing dementia care.
We'll have more in the March 11, 2014, Tomahawk Leader.
**Highlights of some of the other stories that appear in the March 4, 2014, newspaper include the following. Consider an Online Edition subscription to find out more.Tomahawk Leader 3-4-2014 issue
**Gerry Johnson is presented with the George Hudson Award through American Legion Post 93.
**Jack Mikunda promoted to chief operating officer at Park City Credit Union.
**There will be school March 7, a weather-related makeup day.
**The popular Wheel of Deals is back! Spin and win opportunities to claim discounts, prizes, special deals and giveaways. Find the wheel Wednesday, March 5 at Tomahawk Family Restaurant and Thursday, March 6 at The Liquor Store! See the Ad Center at left for a look at specifics, and stop in to give the wheel a spin. More locations announced next week.
**Ice Skating show and high school musical (see Community Calendar).
**Fr. John will shave his head if $6,000 is raised; St. Mary's team raising funds for childhood cancer.
**Tomahawk Main Street to host second dinner/theater featuring the Clauson Family Music Show with a Saturday evening performance March 29 and a Sunday noon show March 30 at Pine Tree Supper Club. Both events will have a meal followed by the show. Tickets will be available beginning March 11 (including at the Tomahawk Leader.)
**Free discussion on anxiety.
**Scenes from the Cub Scout Pack 548 Pinewood Derby.
**James Beck Cancer Center Community Open House.
**'One Ring' cell phone and local store scams.
**Savvy Senior: Automotive aids that can help elderly drivers.
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**The state Department of Natural Resources is currently holding a public comment period for a 2104 Impaired Waters List that includes Lake Alice, Lake Mohawksin among a number of bodies of water located in Lincoln and Oneida County. The Clean Water Act requires states to publish a list every two years of waters not meeting water quality standards. A number of the 192 waters statewide added to this year's list exceed total phosphorus criteria as well as poor biological conditions. In all, 856 waters in Wisconsin are on the list. The DNR notes impaired waters do not meet standards and may not support fishing, swimming, recreating or public health and welfare. Listing waters as impaired requires restoration plans be developed that could make the bodies of water eligible for state and federal grants for abatement control. Lakes included on the 2014 Impaired Waters List in Lincoln County include: Bass Lake, Clara Lake, Deer Lake, Lake Alice, Lake Mohawksin, Long Lake, Merrill Flowage, Pesabic Lake, Somo Lake, Spirit River Flowage, Tug Lake and the Wisconsin River. Some of the over 50 lakes from Oneida County on the list are Bearksin Lake, Hancock Lake, Jennie Weber Lake, Mcgrath Lake and the Willow Flowage. The public comment period on the 2014 Impaired Waters List runs until March 6. Comments received will be submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for approval in April. For a complete list of waters included on the 2014 Impaired Waters List and for more information, search the DNR's website dnr.wi.gov for "2014 Impaired Waters List." Comments on the list can be sent by email to DNRImpairedWaters@wisconsin.gov or can be mailed to Aaron Larson, Water Evaluation Section (WY/3) P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707. For more, contact Larson at 608-264-6129.Tomahawk Leader 3-4-2014, 2-25-2014 issues
**Check the Snowmobile Trail Report link for information on trail openings. There's also an extensive calendar there of snowmobile-related events.
**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 that are posted as part of ClassyNet. This week's posted display ads include:Tomahawk Leader 3-4-2014 issue
**Cruisers Driving School is looking for a part-time driving instructor.
**Positions open at Nicolet College include Accommodations Specialist and Facilities Maintenance Worker. There also are instructor opportunities for Administrative Professional-Office Technology; Business Management; English; and Industrial Mechanical Technician.
**Tomahawk School District has part-time Special Education Paraprofessional Openings for the 2013-14 school year.
**Drs. Foster & Smith has immediate openings in its Fulfillment Department for a Fulfillment Supervisor.
**Check out this week's Wheel of Deals opportunities to win discounts, prizes, special deals and giveaways. Find the wheel Wednesday, March 5 at Tomahawk Family Restaurant and Thursday, March 6 at The Liquor Store!
Click on an ad itself and go right to the company's website.
**Boys' basketball: defeated Northland Pines 57-31 at the field house last Tuesday in WIAA D3 regional quarterfinal action; Jordan Roessler and Jared Jarvensivu led the Hatchets with 13 points apiece; defeated host Clintonville Friday 29-23 to advance to the WIAA D3 regional finals; Jarvensivu had eight points to pace the boys team; beat Peshtigo 48-46 in overtime Saturday to claim the WIAA D3 regional championship, the Tomahawk boys' first since the 2000-01 season; Fletcher Schoone scored 17 points; **girls' basketball: Tomahawk's Lady Hatchet basketball team wrapped up its 2013-14 regular season schedule with losses to Wausau East last Monday (42-68), Antigo Thursday (29-41) and Ashland Saturday (34-53) and fell to 2-20 heading into the post-season playoffs. Senior Jessie Harmon led the Tomahawk scorers in all three games with 14, 19 and 25 points, respectively.Tomahawk Leader 3-4-2014 issue
**Check the Leader for the upcoming sports schedule, which is also posted online in the School Calendar.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check the Snowmobile Report link in the left column for information. Our report is sponsored by Tomahawk Sports Center and includes information about Lincoln, Oneida and Price counties. Be safe and enjoy!
2013 Year in Review, pdf below
Click on the pdf for the Tomahawk Leader 2013 Year in Review. Week by week story highlights from an interesting year.
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Gree Dehumidifier Recall
Never Forgotten Honor Flight
Tomahawk Area Directory of Voluntary Organizations
Tomahawk Fire and Rescue School
Wisconsin Common Core State Standards