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Drekar for turtles

(Photo Story) Located on Laurie’s Turtle Sanctuary, a small, spring-fed pond on the Jorgensen property in Tomahawk, this anchored Drekar provides a raft area for turtles. Swede Jorgensen said the model Viking longship he built is about one-quarter the size of an actual Drekar, which measured about 60 feet in length and was used by the Vikings for everything from traveling the open oceans by sail to performing stealthy raiding missions by oar. Swede recently finished a museum dedicated solely to the 1955 Chevy. Swede offers tours at 715-453-1955. Even the Drekar includes a bit of Chevy, as the shields were cut out of hubcaps and display the Chevy emblem.

Tomahawk Leader 7-21-2015 issue; Tomahawk Leader Photo by Jed Buelow
Captain Liberty

Tomahawk native Steve Liberty (See Photo Album) is about to become the commanding officer of a Naval ship. A 1990 Tomahawk High School graduate and 23-year veteran of the Navy, Liberty was in town visiting family in July prior to departing for Norfolk, Va., where he will receive additional training prior to his new duties in the Navy as captain of a DDG/destroyer. As the commanding officer he will oversee operations of the vessel that includes about 330 personnel. Read the rest of the story in this week’s Leader, available on newsstands and through an Online Edition subscription.

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Softball legend

In Tomahawk for his 50th class reunion, softball legend and 1965 Tomahawk High School graduate Davey Reed remarked, “What I get to do is incredible. I get to play softball for a living. He is a certified physical trainer and works for Dudley Sports as a field advisor. “I get to be a field tester for the company and even helped design a ‘senior’ softball bat.” A testament to Reed’s success on the diamond is that he has been elected into five different softball halls of fame. During his three-week stay in Tomahawk, Reed held batting practice several times at the high school baseball field and also helped coach Hatchet athletes in the weight room at the THS agility camp. Look for the entire story in this week’s Leader, available on newsstands and through an Online Edition subscription here. We also will have pictures in the Photo Album.

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New news & news briefs

**Bonnie Kahn coaching sixth Special Olympics World Games.

**Merrill man taken into custody for sale and distribution of methamphetamine in Tomahawk.

**One injured in Kings Road motorcycle crash; two flee.

**See what’s blooming this week at Lincoln County Fair.

**Lincoln County announces hazardous waste Clean Sweep event.

**Three injured in head-on USH 51 crash.

**Taxes due July 31.

**August Fun days for middle schoolers aims at anti-bullying.

**Savvy Senior: Protecting your eyes from macular degeneration.

**Volunteers needed at Nokomis, Cassian Senior Dining Sites.

**Music on the River features blues blend with The Jimmys.

**Studios open doors for Summer Art Tour.

**Vendors sought for Totally Tomahawk sidewalk sale.

**The American Legion Post 93, Legion Auxiliary, Sons of the Legion and American Legion Riders are conducting a “Time For Change, Mining For Silver” campaign seeking pocket change. Funds raised will go to support Camp American Legion, the Never Forgotten Honor Flight, veterans hospitals, the Support the Troops campaign, Boy and Girl Scouts, Badger Boys and Girls State, American Legion Baseball, blood drives, local youth projects and other community efforts Post 93 supports. Collection cans will be on display at Tomahawk businesses. Post 93 is looking for any veteran-owned businesses or others willing to display Time For Change collection containers at their locations. For more information, contact Ed Nyberg at 715-453-2489.

**Kinship of Tomahawk seeks back-to-school supplies for Kinskids.

**Check the Community Calendar for listings of our local Farmers’ Markets.

Tomahawk Leader 7-21-2015 issue
Old hospital entrance transforming into serenity garden

Callie Wyles, 17, helped save the architecturally historic front entrance to an old part of the former Sacred Heart Hospital before it was demolished and is transforming the pieces into a serenity garden behind the newer hospital on Mohawk Drive. With a good share of the project covered by a grant, Callie is now looking for community support to help finance the rest. More cement had to be incorporated into the undertaking, nearly doubling her costs. Funds are also needed to help pay for the flowers. Some $5,000 is needed. You can purchase a plant for $15, a shrub for $25 or a tree for $50. To offset the cost of the structures in the garden: a $77 donation represents how many years the items were at the original hospital site and a $100 club membership represents how many years healthcare was provided at the hospital’s original site. Donors of $25 or more will receive a memento from the former hospital. Send your donations to the Sacred Heart Hospital Foundation, 401 W. Mohawk Dr., Tomahawk, WI 54487 or call 715-453-7770. Check out fundraising progress on the display in the Ministry Sacred Heart Hospital lobby. A group of Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother nuns from Italy will be in Tomahawk Aug. 13, in part for a dedication.

Alive summer guide here

Be sure to check out and pick up a copy of our 2015 summer edition of Alive in the Northwoods: Your Guide to Businesses and Events. Inside you’ll find information on Music on the River, Pow Wow Days, the Kwahamot Ski Shows, silent sports, including local running races, Tomahawk Fall Ride, the huge antique outboard boat motor show, local history, the first ATV/UTV Jamboree, endless fishing opportunities, kids’ soccer, books by local authors, Thrilla on the Grilla, archery and other shooting opportunities, Tomahawk Public Library, Harshaw Wanderers and snowmobile opportunities, post card collection book, and an extensive Calendar of Events, plus lots of businesses anxious to serve you. It’s a great guide for local residents and for visitors. You’ll find the handy-sized book around town and can view it here.

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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.


Summaries of obituaries to be published in the July 28, 2015, Tomahawk Leader:

**Carl R. "Tig" von Neupert, 62, Tripoli, born in Chicago, 1972 graduate of Gurnee High School, married Nancy Weersma, they moved to Tripoli in 1977, previously owned TNT Service in Tripoli, drove pulp truck for T.E. Lammi in Brantwood for many years, also of Tri-Hi Trucking in Merrill, Marshall Trucking in Deerbrook and employed at Prentice Loaders in Prentice for some time, served on Somo Town Board, charter member of Tripoli Fire Department (died 7-17-15; funeral services Friday, July 24 at noon at Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 9 a.m.)

Summaries of obituaries published in the July 21, 2015, Tomahawk Leader:

**Marcus "Marc" Wydeven, 50, Irma, born in Merrill, married Mary Mattson, employed by the Lincoln County Highway Department (died while on the job 7-14-15 (see story above), funeral service Saturday, July 25 at 11 a.m. at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, visitation will be Friday, July 24 from 4-7 p.m. and again Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.; memorials will be given to Lincoln County Highway Department for education efforts and to promote safety of county workers).

**Edward "Big Ed" Buerger, 77, Town of Nokomis, born in Oneonta, N.Y., United States Air Force veteran, long-time resident of Tomahawk and Nokomis area, truck driver for many years for Liquid Carbonic and later Praxair, retiring in 1999 (died 7-17-15; Celebration of Life Tuesday, July 21 at noon at Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk; visitation begins at 11 a.m.)

**Virgene A. Baszl (nee Black), 76, Tripoli, born in Madison, married Larry Baszl, she was employed at Tripoli Post Office for several years (died 7-16-15; memorial service at later date; Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk, is assisting).

**Charlotte "Lottie" Nelson (nee Zeman), 100, Tomahawk, born in Kellnersville, married John Nelson, lived in Sheboygan until 1974 when they moved to Tomahawk in retirement (died 7-16-15; Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, July 23 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Tomahawk; visitation begins at 9:30 a.m.; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, is assisting).

**Marvel D Heikkinen, 90, Brantwood (died 6-30-15; services Sept. 26 at 11 a.m. at VFW Hall, with visitation at 10 a.m.)

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Highway worker struck, killed

UPDATE: Gov. Scott Walker has issued a proclamation that the U.S. flag should be flown at half-staff in Lincoln County on Saturday, July 25, 2015, in memory of Marcus Wydeven, an employee of the Lincoln County Highway Department who died from injuries suffered in a tragic vehicle crash while working as a flagger on U.S. Highway 17.

He is being remembered as a hardworking man who would do anything to help another. A nearly 20-year employee with the Lincoln County Highway Department, Marcus “Marc” Wydeven, 50, was killed July 14 after being struck by a vehicle while flagging traffic on State Highway 17. The initial investigation indicated that a vehicle driven by Mary Robinson, 84, Antigo, was traveling southbound on STH 17 when she struck Wydeven, who had the stop sign up at the time the accident occurred. The Robinson vehicle then entered the east side ditch on STH 17 and rolled several times before coming to a stop in a creek. Robinson remained in the hospital as of late last week with non-life threatening injuries. Wydeven is the third county worker to have been killed on Wisconsin state roads this year. Counselors were brought in to meet with Lincoln County Highway Department employees last week. “Something like this should just never happen, period,” said Mike VanDeWeerd, Lincoln County Highway Department commissioner. “Sometimes I think motorists can become complacent around work zones, and these employees are out working around the traffic every day.” Just approved by the state, VanDeWeerd said the Lincoln County Highway Department would begin placing temporary rumble strips in advance of construction sites to notify motorist of upcoming construction. All 72 counties statewide have been invited to send trucks with county crews to Wydeven’s funeral Saturday. His family also has created a memorial fund to go to the Highway Department to purchase safety and educational material to protect county workers. The Tomahawk Leader has safety tips for work zones in the week’s newspaper and posted to our Message Board. See a summary of Wydeven’s obituary below.

Tomahawk Leader 7-21-2015 issue
Skanawan gravel pits

A pair of proposed gravel pit mines in the town of Skanawan will be the topic of discussion during a public informational meeting Thursday, July 23. Proposed by County Materials Corporation and American Asphalt, a pair of conditional permits were put on hold earlier this summer as the Lincoln County Land Services Committee held over making a decision on the conditional use permits after additional information was sought regarding the applications. A number of neighboring property owners voiced concern at a hearing regarding the proposed gravel pit mines, citing property value concerns, potential harm to the surrounding environment as well as safety concerns regarding additional truck traffic on County Road S. The owners of some the property proposed for the mining site, excluding mineral rights, Daigle Oak Hills, LLC has said it plans to reclaim the property back to hunting land as soon as the non-metallic mining operations are completed in phases. Read more in the July 21 Tomahawk Leader. The meeting on the proposed gravel pit gets underway at the Skanawan Town Hall Thursday, July 23 starting at 7 p.m. Because of the size of the expected crowd, the meeting may take place outside and it is suggested to bring lawn chairs.

Tomahawk Leader 7-21-2015 issue
Sport recap

**Tomahawk School District physical education teacher Bonnie Kahn is heading off to coach the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. ESPN will be airing some of the events. Bonnie will be providing updates and photos to the Leader. Her blog includes:

**Saturday, July 18: ESPN 2 will be covering our Opening Ceremonies on July 25th!!! First time we have ever had this much coverage, so that is pretty cool. I believe it will be aired at 6PM PT so 8PM here. After that they will show highlights at 4PM PT every day and I believe ABC is also doing some highlights. As for our schedule we will be headed to Madison where we will meet up with the athletes from Wisconsin and then we fly out on Tuesday morning. We only have a 45 minute layover in Dallas-Fort Worth so that will be interesting to say the least. Could be our first unofficial practice as we sprint thru the airport. After landing in San Diego we will be bused to Univ of Calif. at Riverside. We will stay there for three days of training and a few activities. Sweden is there as well as that is their host town. On Friday we will then be bused back to LA and will be staying and competing at USC. Opening Ceremonies will be in the Colliseum.

**The Tomahawk American Legion Cubs baseball team defeated Edgar 11-1 and improved to 9-7 for the season. Kaleb Kaminski was the winning pitcher for Tomahawk. At the plate, Kaminski went three-for-four (double) and had four RBI. Jordan Roessler had a double in three at-bats and scored twice. Dakota Thompson had a two-base hit and scored three times. Andrew Cook got one base hit and scored two runs.

**The Rod Timm Memorial Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament concluded Sunday following three days of intense competition. The winning and runner-up teams in the four age brackets were: 10u: Merrill, first; Antigo, second; 12u: Merrill, first; Merrill Pink, second; 14u: Everest, first; Plover, second; and 18u: Mosinee, first; Merrill, second.

**The Northwoods All-Star 15u baseball team, including Eli Wurl and Will Russell, recently won the state championship. Other team members hail from Rhinelander and Eagle River.

**The Northwoods Derby Knockouts are looking for skaters to join them in a roller derby during this year’s Tomahawk Fall Ride. Contact Jessica Thunder at

**Register for the Don Lintereur Memorial Run slated Aug. 1 at Nokomis Community Park. For more information, contact Shirley Derleth at 715-453-4165 or

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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:

**Lincoln County Solid Waste Department is having a Hazardous Waste Clean Sweep Aug. 8. Some need to pre-register.

**Milestone Senior Living’s news campus is opening the week of Aug. 24 at 314 E. Lincoln Ave.

**McDonalds is hiring part-time people to work in Tomahawk.

**Lincoln County Maintenance Department is seeking to contract with an individual or entity to build a 40 ft. x 60 ft. Maintenance shop and storage facility in Merrill.

**Airpro Fan and Blower is seeking an experienced painter.

**The Tomahawk School District has several part-time elementary Special Education Paraprofessional positions.

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

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