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State champion

Tomahawk High School junior Dane Borchardt stands atop the podium as champion at 220-pounds during the WIAA State Wrestling Tournament finals in Madison Saturday. Tomahawk’s three wrestlers all garnered medals, with junior Kaleb Kaminski earning fourth place and senior Jake Borchardt taking fifth. Read the story and see more pictures in this week’s Leader, available on newsstands and through an Online Edition subscription. Additional pictures also are posted to the Photo Album.

Tomahawk Leader 3-3-2015 issue; Photo by Dan Goetz for the Tomahawk Leader
Bridge $855,400 shortfall with fund balance

Everyone seemed to be on the same page during a special meeting called by the Tomahawk School Board to address an impending $855,400 budget shortfall. The board ultimately agreed to take the entire amount from the fund balance, rather than a portion from Other Post Employment Benefits. Having already made some $2.8 million in cuts over the last several years, the shortfall would lead to tough decisions about potentially not replacing a retiring elementary guidance counselor or the band instructor, for example, it was speculated. See more about the shortfall in the Feb. 24 issue.

The board’s next step is to discuss a future referendum. A special meeting on that topic is scheduled March 18. See Superintendent Sherry Baker’s Letter to the Editor. She seeks public involvement in a committee that will look at going to referendum. The letter also is posted on our Message Board.

Tomahawk Leader 3-3-2015 issue
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Bridge $855,400 shortfall with fund balance

Everyone seemed to be on the same page during a special meeting called by the Tomahawk School Board to address an impending $855,400 budget shortfall. The board ultimately agreed to take the entire amount from the fund balance, rather than a portion from Other Post Employment Benefits. Having already made some $2.8 million in cuts over the last several years, the shortfall would lead to tough decisions about potentially not replacing a retiring elementary guidance counselor or the band instructor, for example, it was speculated. See more about the shortfall in the Feb. 24 issue.

The board’s next step is to discuss a future referendum. A special meeting on that topic is scheduled March 18. See Superintendent Sherry Baker’s Letter to the Editor. She seeks public involvement in a committee that will look at going to referendum. The letter also is posted on our Message Board.

Tomahawk Leader 2-24-2015 issue
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**Check our Fishing Report and City Editor Jed Buelow’s blog on our Message Board.


Obituaries

Summaries of obituaries that will be published in the March 10, 2015, Tomahawk Leader:

**Lorene "Renie" Schiltz, 93, Nokomis area, born in town of Cassian, married James A. Schiltz (died 3-4-15; funeral Saturday, March 7 at 11 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 9 a.m., Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Clarence H. Mayer, 91, Tomahawk, born in Medford, was a Medford High School graduate, served in U.S. Army during World War II as a military police officer, married Delores Siefert, lived in Milwaukee, worked as a tile setter, retired and moved to Tomahawk in 1982 (died 3-2-15; funeral services Saturday, March 7 at 11 a.m. at Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk; visitation begins at 10 a.m.)

**Charlotte Katherine Weber (nee Rolnicki), Tomahawk married Dale H. Weber, active in Lupus research (dies 3-2-15 after brief battle with cancer; celebration of life Friday, March 6 at 11 a.m. at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Wausau; visitation Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. and again Friday beginning at 10 a.m.; in lieu of flowers, memorials to Lupus Foundation or a hospice house of your choice).

Summaries of obituaries published in the March 3, 2015, Tomahawk Leader:

**Gerald “Jerry” F. Dowdle, 77, Tomahawk, born in Crookston, Minn., married Mary Lou “Missey” Peters, served 20 years in U.S. Navy, including two tours in Vietnam, following retirement was assistant property manager in a condo village in Chain O Lakes, Ill., for several years, settled in Tomahawk in 2009 (died 2-27-15; funeral services with military rites Friday, March 6 at 3 p.m. at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 1 p.m.).

**Joanne “Joey” Cender (nee Dombrock), 67, Tomahawk, born in Canada, moved to U.S. as young child, graduated in Osceola in 1967 (died 2-25-15; memorial services at future date through Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk).

**Thomas Kinlein, 75, Tomahawk, born in Kenosha, married Mary Winker, served in U.S. Army, was a truck driver for Musson Brothers, Rhinelander, for 29 years (died 3-1-15; private services with Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk).

**Margaret “Marge” Loka (nee VanderSanden), 89, was born in the Town of King, married John W. Loka, she and her husband owned Loka Bay Resort for many years (died 2-26-15; Mass of Christian Burial Monday, March 2 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, Tomahawk; Krueger Family Funeral Home, assisting; memorials to St. Mary’s Catholic School in Tomahawk).

**Arthur “Art” Allen Crass Jr., 76, Medford, born in Tomahawk, married Marjorie J. DuPlayee, graduate of Tomahawk High School, served in Wisconsin National Guard and owned dairy farms in Tomahawk and rural Medford, worked at Crass Sawmill after retiring from farming, also a rural mail carrier for nearly 15 years (died 2-21-15; memorial service Feb. 25 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford).

Tomahawk Leader 3-3-2015 issue
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Train delays catch city’s attention

The Tomahawk Common Council will resume discussions about what can be done to address train delays blocking traffic when it meets tonight (March 3). Last month a resident spoke regarding a recent incident where her vehicle was stopped in backed-up traffic waiting for a train blocking State Highway 86 for about 45 minutes. She said the train blocked the road for so long that one person walking crawled under the train to get to the other side. Tomahawk councilmember Pat Haskin said it was very distressing to think what would happen if emergency crews were unable to respond in a prompt manner as a result of the train blocking the road. Tomahawk Police Chief Al Elvins said the company was cited for that incident as well as two other times the road was blocked for more than 20 minutes. Recent fines have come to just under $4,000.

Tomahawk Leader 3-3-2015 issue
Tobin in newspaper Hall of Fame

Tomahawk Leader Publisher Larry Tobin was inducted into the Wisconsin Newspaper Association (WNA) Foundation Hall of Fame during a Friday night banquet at the Milwaukee Marriott West in Waukesha. Tobin is unique in that he has been an affiliate and associate member of WNA, was then employed as assistant manager and legislative coordinator with the state organization, and ultimately became co-publisher with wife, Kathy, of The Jefferson Banner and the Tomahawk Leader, the latter for 33 years. Larry Tobin was an 11-year member of the WNA board of directors and served 10 years on the WNA Foundation board, including two years as president. He became WNA’s 100th state president in 1994-95. Among some of his WNA accomplishments were the creation of the Hall of Fame in 2001 and an Alumni Reunion for retired newspaper publishers. The honor also recognizes community involvement. Besides his family, Tobin says his most satisfying accomplishment is being the published author of a novel, “Pressing Matters.”

Tomahawk Leader 3-3-2015 issue
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e 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:

**Tomahawk Bus Service seeks part-time School Bus Drivers.

**Hank’s Truck & Trailer has an immediate opening for an experienced Diesel Mechanic.

**McDonald’s is hiring part-time people to work in Tomahawk.

**A Rhinelander company is looking for manager trainees.

**University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point seeks LTE Food Services Assistant.

**There’s an immediate opening for a full-time assistant Branch Manager with experience or willing to learn Rigging, Lifting, Crane, Hoist, PPE/PFAS, Material Handling Industry and Business.

**Direct Support Professionals needed in Tomahawk/Rhinelander.

**Project Service Inc. currently is hiring full- and part-time Security Guards in Tomahawk.

**Immediate hiring is underway for Production/Assembly in the Tomahawk area; Industrial Painters, Fabrication/Welders and CNC Operators in the Prentice area; Accounting Assistant and Basic Machine Operator in the Rhinelander area. Contact Bear Staffing for details.

**Nicolet College seeks an LTE Health Career & Placement Coach.

**A Dental Assistant is needed at Rhinelander Dental.

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

Tomahawk Leader 3-3-2015 issue
NEW NEWS and News Tidbits

**There’s another emergency water run for about 1,000 residential customers in Tomahawk again this year after recent cold temperatures threaten to freeze water mains and residential laterals.

**City Editor Jed Buelow looks at the impact Right to Work legislation would have in Tomahawk.

**The Tomahawk High School Drama Department will perform ‘You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.

**Jim Wise to be recognized with Jefferson Award.

**Retired U.S. Representatives Dave Obey, a Democrat, and Tom Petri, a Republican, will lead a forum on civic participation at Nicolet College.

**Expressions of Compassion plans a Community Expo Saturday with a free medical clinic. (Check the Community Calendar.)

**Kinship of Tomahawk reports it made some $15,000 during Saturday’s Polar Plunge fundraiser.

**Barbara Taves has been presented with the 2014 Wisconsin Chapter of Professional of the Year Award.

**A Merrill woman was killed in a Hwy. 17 crash.

**Free series on depression, self-care techniques.

**Four Rivers Guild seeks donations for Our Sisters’ House quilts.

**The 2015 Tomahawk Leader Wedding Planner and 1st Homeowner section is posted in the pdf immediately below

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Tomahawk Leader 3-3-2015 issue
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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.


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