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(Photo Story) “THEY EAT WHAT ON THANKSGIVING?” This turkey might have thought he was in the clear with all the attention turned to the “brown” with the start of the nine-day gun deer season this past weekend. Or maybe this trail camera photo taken in the Irma area shows a turkey well aware Thanksgiving dinner is just around the corner. Either way, here’s hoping everyone has a great Thanksgiving shared with family and friends. And on a funny note, what did the hen tell her naughty chicks? “If your father could see you now he would roll over in his gravy.”

Tomahawk Leader 11-25-2014 issue; Contributed Photo
Johnson Level closing; Petco to acquire Drs. Foster and Smith

**Johnson Level & Tool’s corporate office based out of Mequon has announced the facility located in the town of Nokomis will end operations this December. Seven employees are affected.

**Petco announces it has entered into an agreement to acquire Drs. Foster and Smith, a leading veterinary-owned online pet supply company headquartered in Rhinelander. This combination will unite one of the largest pet specialty retailers with one of the largest online pet retailers in the country. The acquisition is expected to be completed by early 2015 and is subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of regulatory approvals. The terms of the deal are not being disclosed. Drs. Foster and Smith employs about 500 people and is the largest employer in Oneida County.

Tomahawk Leader 11-25-2014 issue
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NEW NEWS and News Tidbits

**Black Friday specials and other weekend events announced.

**Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner (Don’t eat alone) and Community Thanksgiving worship.

**Hunter safe after overnight search in Underdown.

**‘One Heart’ cardiology team first in state to use new nuclear imaging camera.

**No school Wednesday means Movie Day at Tomahawk Public Library.

**Middle school students make, send cards to military alum. Hoping others do, too.

**Tomahawk Leader has local authors’ books for sale.

**Tomahawk High School first quarter Honor Roll announced.

**THS musicians at GNC Music Festival.

**Is pink turkey meat safe?

**Merrill Library to host Jane Deau with her new book, “Ageless Wisdom.”

**Love Lights a Time to Remember.

**Crazy Hats for Cancer.

**Town of Schley fire destroys shed, damages truck.

**Governor’s Northern Wisconsin Economic Development Summit in Minocqua Dec. 4-5.

**Veteran’s Day essays published.

**Before cosigning a loan, know the risks.

**See bird’s-eye view of state.

**Leftover turkey? We have some great recipes.

**Salvation Army needs bell ringers. To sign up for a date or time slot call 715-966-1500.

Check out how to see the Tomahawk Leader e-edition anytime, anywhere via the link below.

Tomahawk Leader 11-25-2014 issue
Sport recap

** While there were no Tomahawk High School sports on tap last week, there was plenty of hunting and fishing action, as the Wisconsin nine-day gun deer season kicked off and ice anglers took to area lakes for some early season ice fishing.

Deer hunters registered 172 bucks at Viegut’s Do-It-Express in Tomahawk over the opening weekend of the gun deer season. That number is about 30 percent less than the number of bucks registered in the same time frame in 2013.

Ice fishermen reported that walleye action was hot on some area lakes that had a good five inches of ice on them.

Tomahawk’s Phillip Bethel finished first at the State Special Olympics sectional bowling tournament in Eau Claire Nov.15 and qualified for the state tournament to be held Dec. 6 at Dale’s Weston Lanes in Weston. Other Tomahawk bowlers’ placements at the sectional tournament were: Matthew Lawrence, fourth; Simon DuPont, sixth; and Betsy Hall, seventh.

**Look for the sports schedule in the School Calendar.

Tomahawk Leader 11-25-2014 issue
Nature items

**Gun deer season is underway. Check the Tomahawk Leader and for updates on rules and hunting conditions. We also have a listing of registration sites. And, when you get that trophy buck, please send us a picture at We’d also welcome pictures of someone’s first hunt.

**Check our Fishing Report and City Editor Jed Buelow’s blog on our Message Board.


**Arriving after publication; summary of obituaries that will be published in the Dec. 2, 2014, Tomahawk Leader:

**Catherine "Kate" L. Sandus (nee Henrikson), 79, Tripoli, born in Highland Park, Ill., married Howard Sandus, 1953 graduate of Waukegan Township High School, worked at Rieccis Floral Shop several years, employed as office manager for Waukegan/North Chicago Chamber of Commerce, couple owned office/factory cleaning business and Eagles Nest Restaurant in Tripoli, worked at Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce many years (died 11-25-14; memorial service Saturday, Dec. 6 at 11 a.m. at Generations Funeral Home and Crematory, Tomahawk; visitation begins at 10 a.m.)

**Summaries of obituaries published in the Nov. 25, 2014, Tomahawk Leader:

**Leon J. Brzoska, 56, Tomahawk, born in Bridgeport, Conn., later moved to Maine, married Duane Willette, worked in environmental services at the Maine Medical Center for several years before pursing passion as a baker, manager for Dunkin' Donuts Corporation in Maine, retiring in 2011; moved to Wisconsin two years ago (died 11-15-14; Celebration of Life at a later date in Maine; Generations Funeral Home & Cremation, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Summaries of obituaries published in the Nov. 18, 2014, Tomahawk Leader:

**Carl Kangas, 77, Tomahawk, born in Brantwood, married Pauline Crowell, worked as heavy equipment supervisor, initially for S.J. Groves & Sons and later for Atkins Construction, retired in 1998, U.S. Army veteran of Korean War (died 11-11-14; funeral services noon Saturday, Nov. 15 at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk).

**Larry "Leo" Westphal, 71, Tomahawk, born in Michigan, worked in flooring and carpentry in Florida, Michigan and Wisconsin before retiring some years ago (died 11-14-14; no services; Generations Funeral Home and Crematory, Tomahawk, assisting).

**George Jentsch, 85, Tomahawk, born in Oak Creek, worked 37 years as mobile crane operator and was Town of Bradley Dog warden many years (died 11-11-14; funeral 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18 at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk; visitation begins at 10 a.m.; memorials to Grade Lutheran Church, Tomahawk, or Lincoln County Humane Society).

**Meredith "Mert" Skolaski (nee Mickelson), 89, Tomahawk, born in Black Earth, married to Raymond Skolaski, worked at Red-Dot Potato Chi and Central Colony in the Madison area, the couple moved to Tomahawk in 1976, she was a homemaker and did some babysitting (died 11-9-14; locally a visitation at Krueger Family Funeral Home Wednesday, Nov. 12 from 4-7 p.m., continuing at Highland Memory Gardens, Madison, from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 15, funeral service at noon at Highland Memory Gardens Chapel; memorials to Grace Lutheran Church, Tomahawk, or the Alzheimer's Association.

Tomahawk Leader 11-25-2014 issue
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Deer numbers are down

Tomahawk Leader sports editor and nature writer Tom Colstad talks about his quiet gun deer opener, and he wasn’t alone. Many report a significant drop in gun shots heard. DNR opening week numbers show a 30 percent decrease in hunting success. The Northern District is down 32 percent from last year; 10,222 bucks/4,127 antlerless in 2014, compared to 11,645/9,408 in 2013. Similar numbers were recorded at Viegut’s Do-It-Express in Tomahawk, with 172 bucks registered compared to 243 in 2013. The largest Viegut’s registered was a 12-pointer. Viegut also mentioned many of the antlered bucks lacked brow tines. Look for more about the hunt in this week’s and next week’s Tomahawk Leader. We also have a beautiful picture of an atypical buck.

**Also look for scenes from the 2014 Venison Feed in the newspaper and in the Photo Album.

Tomahawk Leader 11-25-2014 issue
Welcome Santa

Tomahawk will welcome Santa, host a Winter Wonderland and officially kick off the Christmas season Saturday, Nov. 29, according to the Tomahawk Chamber. The day will start with a celebration of National Small Business Saturday, with more than a dozen local businesses offering 10% off selected items and free gift-wrapping or a gift bag. Look for the list of participating businesses in the newspaper. There will be lunch specials at three downtown restaurants, too. Free showings at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. of “Earth of ECHO” at the local cinema are sponsored by Heritage Chevrolet and River Valley Bank.
Santa will make a grand entrance on West Wisconsin Avenue at 4:30 p.m., and then will visit with children in his cabin inside the Winter Wonderland display from 5 to 7 p.m. Enter through the archway between What’s Brewin’ and Rodeo Saloon. A Live Nativity will be performed by Tomahawk United Methodist Church. There also will be cookies, hot chocolate and a campfire.
Tomahawk Community Bank will return with its sponsorship of free horse-drawn wagon rides beginning at 5 p.m., lining up at the corner of West Wisconsin Avenue and Third Street by Century 21.

Meanwhile, also in downtown Tomahawk, The Three Amigas will host their fourth annual Food Pantry, Toys for Tomahawk Tots, Winter Wonderland Event Saturday from 3 to 10 p.m. at the Rodeo Saloon. There are door prizes, refreshments, raffles and entertainment.

Tomahawk Leader 11-25-2014 issue
Wartime letters become ‘Dear Laura’ book

Discovered tucked away in an inconspicuous brown paper bag in the back of a cabinet, the remarkable story of Tomahawk's Laura Norenberg's monumental effort to keep soldiers and families connected during World War II was revealed. Those letters are now the focus of a new book titled "Dear Laura" being released to coincide with Veteran's Day. Gordy Lovsletten and Dave Baltes have compiled a 239-page book now available to the public. At first they did not know what they had in the hundreds of letters found in the bag apparently donated to the Tomahawk Historical Society by Norenberg's daughter, Evelyn Kjer, back in 1994. After pouring through the exchanges between Norenberg and soldiers dating back some 70 years, historical society members suggested a book be written. Many of those Norenberg wrote to had interesting stories from their time spent at war, including Leslie Kind, who had the misfortune of being on the Coast Guard Cutter "Alexander Hamilton" when it was sunk while on convoy escort duty. Kind survived, and as luck would have it, went on to survive the sinking of two additional vessels. All Tomahawk area veterans killed in World War II are pictured in the book. Read more about this fascinating story by Jed Buelow in the Nov. 11 Tomahawk Leader, available on newsstands or through an Online Edition subscription here. Copies of "Dear Laura" can be purchased at Old Towne Mall, Tomahawk Ben Franklin and here at the Tomahawk Leader office. Copies are $25 apiece. Those from out of town who would like a copy can do so by sending checks ($28 to include shipping) to: Tomahawk Historical Society, P.O. Box 655, Tomahawk, WI 54487 (in the check memo include Dear Laura). All proceeds go to benefit the Tomahawk Historical Society.

Tomahawk Leader 11-18-2014 issue
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:

**Experience Cook wanted for the new Ingman’s Parkway Pub.

**Golden LivingCenter-Golden Age has several openings with a $1,000 sign-on bonus available.

**The School District of Tomahawk is seeking a part-time Special Education Paraprofessional.

**Oneida County is accepting applications for the establishment of an eligibility list for an E911 Telecommunicator with the Oneida County Sheriff’s Department.

**Now hiring Painters, Welders, CNC Operators in Prentice and Production workers in Tomahawk. Apply with Bear Staffing-Tomahawk.

**Lincoln County is soliciting a request for sealed proposals for the installation of an expansion of the current wireless infrastructure at the Safety Building and other wired data cabling installation for future expansion.

**Country Terrace Assisted Living’s multiple locations are now accepting long term admission applications.

**QPS Employment Group is now hiring for Production and Assembly workers for a motorcycle company in Tomahawk. There’s a job fair Dec. 4.

**CESA 9 seeks a 12-month Program Assistant for the Wisconsin Virtual School.

**Nolan Sales, LLC has 120 acres of land south of Gleason.

**The Tomahawk Leader 2015 desk Calendars have arrived. Stop by and pick up yours today. Lots of room for notes, and area events are listed.

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

Tomahawk Leader 11-25-2014 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.

Win in Football Contest, pdf below

Here's your chance to out-wit Typo the Office Cat in our weekly Football Contest and win prizes. Look for the Week Two entry form in the Sept. 30 Tomahawk Leader (see pdf below). Search for the ads throughout the Tomahawk Leader Second Section/Extra and make your predictions. Typo has listed his guesses. Enter for your chance to win. Mailed entries must be postmarked by Friday. Emailed entries need to be sent before midnight Friday. Good luck!

Tomahawk Leader 11-11-2014 issue
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2013 Year in Review, pdf below

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