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Pow Wow parade and race, kids' games results

(Photo Story) This week's Tomahawk Leader has lots of information and photos from Pow Wow Days. The sports pages have pictures and list top winners in the July 4 races (see the full results in pdf below). We have a full page of parade pictures. And we feature some scenes and the list of winners from the kids' games. The parade winners, according to the Tomahawk Lions were: Clowns: Zor Funsters, and Tutu Cute; Organizations: Tomahawk Area Historical Society with Derek Tessler Timber Operations, SDA Church, and Northland Bible Church; Businesses: Lodge on Lake Alice, Musky River Lodge, and Alex Sherman's model A tractor.

This drone scene was provided by S2 Arial Services. S2 Aerial Services is a new company founded by Jonathan Stutelberg and Wyatt Symonds. They offer aerial photography and videography services. They operate a modern fleet of unmanned aircraft equipped with gimbal-stabilized cameras that can capture up to 4k video and photos. All crew members are certified by the Federal Aviation Administration to fly unmanned aircraft for hire or compensation. Jonathan, a lifelong resident of Tomahawk, is a recent graduate of Liberty University's School of Aeronautics and is trained in safety culture and legal compliance, in addition to basic aviation subjects such as aerodynamics and weather.

Tomahawk Leader 7-10-2018 issue; S2 Arial Services, Jonathan Stutelberg, Wyatt Symonds
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NEWS UPDATES: News briefs

**News update: The Town of Nokomis will hold a special meeting Monday, July 16 at 6 p.m. at the Town Hall. Attorney Greg Harold will attend to discuss and answer questions regarding land issues and assessor's plat Point O Pines Road East. The agenda also includes accept/deny contract services for Prairie Rapids Bridge through Hunter Engineering & Design; and update Swamp Lake Dam and water level. There will be a story in the July 17 Tomahawk Leader about a heated meeting last week on the dam and water levels. We also will be covering the July 16 meeting.

A summary of just some of the stories you'll find in this week's Tomahawk Leader:

**Northern Sight Vision Clinic celebrates grand opening.

**Out-of-state sellers required to collect sales tax as of Oct. 1.

**Lobsterfest fundraiser for Safe Ride Home program.

**Jerry Schmitt Band performing at Music on the River.

**Son of Tomahawk couple killed in hit-and-run accident in Ohio.

**A look at the Tomahawk Elementary School summer play.

**The Tomahawk High School Class of 1998 is planning its 20-year reunion Saturday, Aug. 4 at 5 p.m. at Inshalla Country Club. For a complete invitation and to RSVP, visit the class Facebook page (Tomahawk High School Class of 1998) or the Tomahawk High School website, or contact Jenny Seslar at

**Tomahawk Leader is fighting the Summer Slide. Look for kids' activities in this week's newspaper.

Tomahawk Leader 7-10-2018 issue
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**Summaries of obituaries to be published in the July 24, 2018, Tomahawk Leader:

**Daniel C. Johnson, 80, Woodruff, longtime resident of Tomahawk, born in Hurley, veteran of U.S. Navy, taught English and Spanish at Ondossagon High School, Ashland, relocated to Tomahawk in 1964, taught high school Spanish and coached including football, wrestling and baseball, became guidance counselor at Tomahawk Junior High School, later high school guidance director in 1973 for 18 years, retiring in 1991, then worked as field supervisor for U.S. Department of Labor managing the Green Thumb senior work program in Northeastern Wisconsin, retired in 1995, married to Loretta for 60 years, involved in Bradley Township government, couple lived in Harshaw many years and wintered in Texas, relocated to Woodruff in 2015 (died Sunday, July 15, 2018; private family memorial at a later date; Bolger Funeral and Cremation services, Woodruff and Minocqua, assisting).

**Isabelle E. "Isy" George (nee Lomax), 90, Tomahawk, formerly of Adams-Friendship, had lived in Pine Crest Nursing Home, Merrill, last two years, born in Gleason, Tennessee, married Harold Williams, later divorced, married Paul Raymond George, retired from Castle Rock Container in 1981, worked as caregiver through the hospital a few years (died Sunday, July 15, 2018; no services planned, in lieu of flowers or monetary gift please donate to local veteran's organization in her memory; Krueger Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Summaries of obituaries published in the July 17, 2018, Tomahawk Leader:

**Viola K. Hintz (nee Herche), 87, Tomahawk, born in Milwaukee, worked many years at Globe Union/Johnson Controls in Milwaukee, married Roger Hintz, vacationed in Nokomis area before retiring here in 1993 (died Wednesday, July 11, 2018; private family graveside service held Saturday, July 14; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Charles "Chuck" A. Gudgeon, 76, Tomahawk, born in Hibbing, Minn., grew up in Tomah, 1960 graduate of Tomah High School, married to Jeannie, worked with Owens-Illinois in Tomahawk and Lufkin, Texas, and Jasper, Texas, and later back in Tomahawk, also was a consulting engineer until his retirement (died Tuesday, July 10, 2018; memorial services Tuesday, July 31 at Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk; visitation will begin at 3 p.m.)

**Summaries of obituaries published in the July 10, 2018, Tomahawk Leader (full obituaries are published in the newspaper):

**Joseph P. Conlan Sr., 74, longtime Brantwood resident, born in Evanston, Ill., married Kathleen Marheine, served in U.S. Army in Vietnam, employed many years as heavy equipment operator and truck driver, also worked at Omar in Prentice and Brantwood Auto Salvage, worked in words, drove pulp trucks, snow plowing (died Thursday, July 5, 2018; funeral services 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 10 at Redeemer Ev. Lutheran Church, Tomahawk, visitation Monday, July 9 from 4 p.m. until a military tribute at 7 p.m. at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, and again Tuesday at 10 a.m.; memorials appreciated to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.)

**Thomas "Tom" M. McChrystal, 68, Tomahawk, born in Chicago, Ill., worked over 40 years and retired with wife to Tomahawk and started hobby farm (died Saturday, June 16, 2018; celebration of life at later date; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Earl Robert Hartwig, 96, Town of Spirit, lifelong resident of Spirit, married Vangel "Birdie"Komarek, farm in Spirit, bred and showed horses died June 30, 2018; services at 11 a.m. Friday, July 6 at Zion Lutheran Church, Town of Spirit; Hemer Funeral Service of Rib Lake and Medford assisting).

**Daniel Charles Hanke, 65, Irma, born in Wausau, 1970 graduate of Wausau Senior High School, worked as youth counselor at Ethan Allan Boys School in Wales and Lincoln Hills School in Irma, retired from the State of Wisconsin as Probation and Parole agent with Department of Juvenile Corrections in 2009 (died Saturday, June 30, 2018 after battling cancer; memorial services held Saturday, July 7 at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Wausau; Helke Funeral Home, Wausau, assisting).

**Tad Albano, 46 (died June 29, 2018, three days after struck in a hit-and-run in Athens, Ohio).

**Jennifer A. Pfannerstill, 45, Willamette, Ill., graduated from Northland Pines High School, Eagle River, just accepted into doctoral program for biology, taught biology and AP biology at both Tomahawk High School and North Shore Country Day School, Winnetka, Ill., held positions and received many awards for her work in biology, coached at middle school and high school levels in Tomahawk, Wildcat Juniors and NSCD, including three trips to state (Lost battle to cancer Monday, July 2, 2018; according to N.H. Scott & Hanekamp Funeral Home, Winnetka, Ill., a celebration of life will be held Saturday, July 7 from 2 to 5 p.m. with a service at 3:30 p.m. at North Shore Country Day School, Winnetka).

**Wendy L. Walker (Skinner), 62, Tomahawk, born in Geneva, Ill., grew up in West Chicago area, married Wesley Walker, worked as a hairdresser for several years, later in plastics manufacturing factory, couple moved to Tomahawk in 1992 (died Thursday, July 5, 2018; no formal services; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Helen M. Isaacson (nee Huebner), 83, Tomahawk, born in Cedarburg, graduate of Cedarburg High School, married Lloyd Isaacson, worked many manufacturing jobs, husband's Navy career took them to many states, retired to Tomahawk in 1989 (died Tuesday, July 3, 2018; celebration of life was held; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, has been assisting the family).

**Timothy Patrick Rose, 76, Park Falls, formerly of Tomahawk, born in Neenah, graduated from Tomahawk High School, early career at Thorp Finance and then 50 years at First National Bank, 20 as president, married Kathleen Koshak (died Sunday, July 1, 2018 at Mayo Clinic; memorial service Saturday, July 7 at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Park Falls, visitation begins at 9:30 a.m.; Novitzke Funeral Home, Park Falls, assisting).

**Arlene R. Gomoll, 90, grew up in Chicago, spent summers at family cottage on Deer Lake, Heafford Junction, retired from medical research field at Northwestern University (died Saturday, June 30, 2018; services in Tomahawk at a later date; memorials to Deer Lake District, %Scott Brzezinski, W11710 Acorn Rd., Tomahawk, WI 54487).

Tomahawk Leader 7-17-2018 issue
South Tomahawk roadwork

When the South Tomahawk Avenue project was done in 2003-2004, the storm sewer pipe under the roadway was placed higher than the ditch line (which was found out later), so a second parallel storm sewer pipe was installed and that was found to have a slight back pitch, which is holding some water on the east side of South Tomahawk Avenue, causing flooding issues for some residents. Reconstruction is expected to begin sometime this week on the east side of South Tomahawk Avenue just north of the driveway to County Materials. The road will be closed on the side the work is being done near the construction area, but driveways will remain open to the public. Traffic will be routed to the west two lanes of South Tomahawk Avenue while construction is taking place. A detour will be set up to help eliminate some of the heavy truck traffic. The Merrill Avenue intersection with South Tomahawk Avenue will be closed during construction and County Materials will have access delineated accordingly. Hopes are the east side will be done by July 23, which at that point the crew will move traffic to the completed east side of South Tomahawk Avenue and start work on the west side storm pipe. That work will basically be repeated to connect the storm pipe under the road and that should take us to around the end of July for completion. Then work can start on the 30-foot mainline storm sewer going to the west. Completion should be around Aug. 17.

Tomahawk Leader 7-10-2018 issue
School Committee of Whole

The Tomahawk School Board held its first Committee of the Whole meeting Tuesday, June 26, during which board members shared information on subjects such as student achievement and intervention practices. Reading specialist Brian Perrodin updated the board on intervention practices and student performance in reading. Math specialist Laurie Tracey, went over the math section of the interventionist report. Students receiving math interventionist services saw on average "a little bit over one and a half years' growth," she said. Director of Curriculum and Instruction Thersea Burzynski presented the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) report, which identified achievement gaps and trends across the district that show, for example, a significant growing gap between achievement in students identified as special needs compared to their peers and state subgroups, as well as a disparity between highest- and lowest-achieving general education students. High School Principal Ryan Huseby talked about the upcoming implementation of "zero-hour courses" and discussed changes to the format of resource hour. Associate High School Principal Stacy Bolder and guidance counselor Dawn Huseby talked about the new grant-funded programs that will be used to transition incoming students into the middle school and high school. District Administrator Terry Reynolds said he had recently discussed the hiring of a school resource officer with the county and the city, but the details are "still in progress."

Tomahawk Leader 7-10-2018 issue
Sports shorts

**Well over 500 runners braved the heat and humidity early July 4 to take part in the 41st annual Tomahawk Pow Wow Days 5K/10K and one mile fun run at Veterans Memorial Park. A number of local runners placed in the top spots including Rachael Reilly finishing in second place in the female division of the 5K. Speedsters Drew Bolder and Evan Ploeckelman finished third and fourth overall in the 5K. A complete list of Pow Wow Days 5K/10K winners is available on the Tomahawk Leader website.

**The Tomahawk volleyball program and the community alike was in shock last week after learning former Hatchet head volleyball coach Jen Pfannerstill had passed away from cancer July 2 at the age of 45. A beloved coach, teacher, mentor, parent, wife, role model and dear friend led the Hatchets to three state appearances and in 2011 brought home the silver ball. During a 13-year career coaching she finished with an incredible 401-146 record.

**The Tomahawk Cubs finished off an impressive week in Legion ball getting an overtime win over Mosinee after taking care of Chequamegon earlier in the week. The pair of wins improves the Cubs record to 4-4 and moves them into the upper half of the Great Northern Legion Conference for the first time this season.

**Despite outhitting Whittelsey after knocking out 14 hits, the Tomahawk Titans fell to the Reds Sunday by an 11-6 score. The score remained close until the seventh inning when Whittelsey put together a 5 run inning to pull away and get the win. The Titans are back in action Friday when they host the Minocqua Wood Ducks at Tyler Kahle Memorial Field Friday at 7 p.m.

**Results from the July 4 Pow Wow Days youth races, gunny races and frog jump are listed in this week's Tomahawk Leader.

Tomahawk Leader 7-10-2018 issue
Business Card Directory; pdf link here

The 2018 Business Card Directory is a new printed piece published by the Tomahawk Leader. Look for a copy in the pdf below. Please support the businesses, too!

**In addition, the businesses featured in this directory join others as part of our Online Business Directory, found at, with a Town Square link to the directory in the Paper Clips column at the left. Look there for places to dine, shop and stay in and around Tomahawk, as well as many needed services. The guide is a handy way to learn more about area businesses.

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ONLINE ADS: 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. Click on the ads for a direct link to the sites.

**See the Large Pre-Moving Sale that's going on.

**A listing of sites where you can pick up the Leader is provided.

**A reminder from Paws 2 Think that pets and children should not be left in vehicles during hot weather, and that it's best to leave pets at home when attending parades, flea markets, carnivals and other summer events.

**Look for classifieds online, too.

Tomahawk Leader 7-10-2018 issue
Nature Notes

**This week's DNR Outdoor Report notes nothing says "July is here" like popping freshly picked blueberries in your mouth while swatting at mosquitoes and horseflies. The Northwoods is reporting a good crop of both this summer.

**Sports and nature writer Jed Buelow shares how his yearly battle defending the garden against the deer is shaping up.

**Look for Fishing Reports in the link at left, and in Nature Editor Jed Buelow's blog on the Message Board.

Tomahawk Leader 7-10-2018 issue
2017 Year in Review: In pdf below

Take a look back at 2017 in our Year in Review. There were high points and low points along the way, and the Tomahawk Leader was there, covering many of the events in person. We are eager to show you how varied our news coverage is, and include you among the thousands who currently subscribe, either to the mailed newspaper itself or to our Online Edition available right here. It's our pleasure to serve you week after week.

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Alive in the Northwoods entertainment guide; pdf below

Check out our 2018 Alive in the Northwoods summer entertainment guide. It's included in the May 22 Tomahawk Leader and is on newsstands throughout the summer, and posted in the pdf below. It includes an extensive Community Calendar of Events and has all sorts of information about activities and attractions in the area. It's handy now and great to keep around for visitors.

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Then & Now history, progress section; pdf here

You'll find a wonderful 3-part-, 40-page special "Then & Now" history and progress section in the Oct. 31 Tomahawk Leader. Stop by the Leader office, 315 W. Wisconsin Ave. to pick up a copy. You'll be impressed, whether you're an old-timer or someone new to the community, we promise. We've also posted a pdf copy here.

Tomahawk Leader 11-14-2017 issue
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Remembering Jen Pfannerstill

We recall some of the days when Jen Pfannerstill was teaching and coaching in Tomahawk. She lost her battle with cancer recently at age 45. Read the story and her full obituary in this week's Leader, available at newsstands or through our Online Edition right here.

Tomahawk Leader 7-10-2018 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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