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Hundreds of anglers

(Photo story) Nearly 400 anglers turned out for Saturday ice fishing contest on Lake Nokomis sponsored by AMVETS Post 274 and NCO Club. Proceeds support the Wounded Warrior program and help soldiers and families in the Tomahawk and Rhinelander areas.

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Lots of business changes

You're going to need a program just to keep track of all the business changes in Tomahawk. With three leaving the NorthBay Plaza by the end of the month, we announce several more changes in the Main Street downtown area in this week's Leader. Get your program here (Online Edition)!

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Chill Out 2017

Introducing Chill Out, the Tomahawk Leader's new Winter fun and activity publication! The handy guide with information about snowmobiling, ice fishing, skiing and other winter activities along with an extensive Calendar of Events is posted in the pdf below and copies will be inserted in the Jan. 24 Tomahawk Leader, as well as placed at various businesses. Refer to and/or pick up your copy and "chill out."

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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:

**Job Fair for Motorcycle Manufacturing position in Tomahawk and Manufacturing-Production positions in Rhinelander and Merrill posted by Bear Staffing.

**In-depth Local News at Un-Heard of Price. We shed light on all sorts of news each week in our front section. Here's an unheard of deal for new Tomahawk Leader subscribers. See the form and take advantage of this incredible half-price offer.

**McDonald's is hiring for all shifts. Open interviews.

**Ben Franklin has 70% OFF in its Going Out of Busienss Storewide Clearance.

**Save the Date: Women's Winter Warm-up is Saturday, Jan. 28. Gather your Mom, Grandma, Sister, Daughter and Girlfriends for a fun and social get-together from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. with various businesses hosting special events and shopping deals.

**Join the Northern Wire team. Seasonal and permanent Machine Operators.

**Get your ad in our Wedding Planner 2017 and 1st Time Homeowners special supplement to be published by the Tomahawk Leader.

**Send a Paper Kiss to someone special for Valentines Day.

**Have a product or event you're trying to market. The Tomahawk Leader can help reach a regional or statewide audience.

Look for classifieds online, too.

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Nature items:

**Fishing is back open on Grandmother Flowage after temporary closure.

**Ice Fishing is Fun youth fishing event Jan. 21.

**Counties to hold Deer Advisory Council meetings.

**Strap on snowshoes to take part in the Treehaven Tromp Feb. 4.

**Tomahawk Fishing Unlimited has announced the Family Fishing Contest set to take place Saturday, Jan. 21 has been cancelled due to a lack of volunteer support needed to host the contest. TFU will still hold the drawing for the main raffle that includes a Henry Goldenboy .22 Rifle, Marcum VX-li flasher, $200 cash prize and handmade quilt as well as have paddle raffles and a kids' gift basket that will be given away on the night of the event. Tickets are still available for the drawing and can be purchased at Tomahawk BP (where the Goldenboy is on display), Road Lake Pub and Grill and at the Tomahawk Leader office and radio station. The drawing will take place at Road Lake on Jan. 21 at 7 p.m.

**Look for updates to our Fishing Report and City Editor Jed Buelow's blog on our Message Board.

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Additional information

Be sure to check our Business Directory, available by clicking on the Guide and Info link in the left column for business listings with places to stay, dine and shop. Our online Fishing Report has updates to help you wet your line. Look at the Message Board for comments. Our Community Calendar and School Calendar have information about events. And our Ad Center link helps you find display ad (many help wanted listings) and classified ad information.


**Summaries of obituaries to be published in the Jan. 24, 2017, Tomahawk Leader:

**Leroy E. Albright, 80, Wausau, formerly of the Willow area near Tomahawk, born in Neillsville, married Gloria Clements, she died in 1983, married Sandra Boykins, served in U.S. Army during Vietnam War, worked at Marathon Electric, from 1969-83 owned Willow's End Resort, also drove school bus for Tomahawk School District for 24 years, fire chief for town of Little Rice for 25 years, captained Wilderness Queen cruise boat on Willow Flowage for 11 years, employed at Krueger Floral in Wausau for 17 years (died 1-19-17; memorial Mass Friday, Jan. 27 at 11 a.m. at Church of the Resurrection in Wausau, visitation at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, Thursday, Jan. 26 from 4-7 p.m. with military rites at 7 p.m. and visitation again at the church Friday beginning at 9 a.m.)

**Julie A. Troiber (nee Carney), 75, Tomahawk, born in Prairie du Sac, married Paul "Butch" Troiber, lived in Phillips before living in Tomahawk for over 40 years, worked at Golden Age Nursing Home, Tomahawk, as LPN (died 1-17-17; memorial service Monday, Jan. 23, at 11 a.m. at Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 9 a.m.)

**Patti S. Myers (nee Timm), 65, Mountain, Wis., born in Tomahawk, married Herb Myers, live in Green Bay from 1971-2000 where she was employed at Employers Health Insurance later known as Humana, moved to Mountain in 2001, work for Bennett Accounting in Lakewood, most recently worked at Potawatomi Carter Casino as payroll accountant (died 1-19-17; funeral services Monday, Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 4 p.m.)

**Orville Hanse, 97, Tomahawk, born in Morris, Minn., U.S. Army veteran of World War II, married Dorothy Fieblekorn, couple lived in Waukesha, Elgin and Geneva, Ill., Minnesota and Tomahawk, was a jack of all trades, he and Dorothy had Hanse Coffee Shop, he was a mike rancher, logger and general contractor, spent winters in Arizona (funeral with military rites Monday, Jan. 23 at 11 a.m. at Krueger Family Funeral Home, visitation begins at 9 a.m.)

**Summaries of obituaries published in the Jan. 17, 2017, Tomahawk Leader:

**Larry J. Crossman, 59, Tomahawk, born in Waukesha, lived in Germantown before moving to Tomahawk in 1984, worked for Lincoln County Highway Department as heavy equipment mechanic for 30 years, also briefly for DNR in Tomahawk and Payne and Doland of Waukesha (died 1-13-17; funeral service Thursday, Jan. 19 at noon at St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church, Tomahawk, visitation will begin at 10 a.m.; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk is assisting).

**Lisa Marie (Mikkelson) Somers, 47, Rhinelander, married to Heath Somers (died 1-11-17 under hospice care, service in spring; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, is assisting).

**Matthew M. Wenke, 44, Milwaukee, born in Milwaukee, graduate of Hamilton High School, delivery man for DHL for numerous years, loved fishing in Tomahawk where his father and step-mother live (died in hospice in Wauwatosa; private family observance; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Vila M. Jacobson (nee Allen), 84, Tomahawk, born in the Village of Brooklyn, Wis., married Lloyd Jacobson, 1949 graduate of Stoughton High School, worked as waitress for numerous restaurants and was an EMT before becoming a U.S. Postal carrier, retiring in 1992, moved to Tomahawk area (died 1-14-17; no formal services; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, is assisting).

**Shirley J. Marheine (nee Kaihlanen), 77, Brantwood, born in Santa Monica, Calif., moved to Brantwood area at age 4, married Tuffy Marheine (died 1-11-17; funeral service is Saturday, Jan. 21 at 11 a.m. at Krueger Family Home, Tomahawk, visitation is from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20 and again Saturday beginning at 10 a.m., memorials appreciated to St. Jude Children's Hospital).

**Steven J. Schiltz, 53, Tomahawk, 1982 graduate of Tomahawk High School, employed at PCA Tomahawk Mill for 31 years, mentor and supporter of Kinship of Tomahawk (died 1-9-17; celebration of life Friday, Jan. 13 from 207 p.m. at Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk).

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Skanawan mine site sold to Mathy

The Daigle family never wanted to be in the gravel business. And, a goodly number of Skanawan residents didn't want them developing a gravel pit in their township either. Now it's official: The Daigles are no longer pursuing a conditional use permit for a 45-acre nonmetallic mine on some of their land in Skanawan. After nearly two years of pursuing a permit, the request has been terminated. Not because they no longer think it's a good idea. And, not because the need for gravel is any less. The request was removed from the agenda before the Lincoln County Land Services Committee Thursday because the Daigles have sold the property. "We got an offer we couldn't refuse," Paul Daigle said as he and two of his brothers, Steve and Tom, reflected on the battle that has sometimes pitted neighbor against neighbor. The buyer is Mathy Construction Co., which owns an additional 80 acres to the east of the potential mining site. The new owner's plan for the land is unknown, the Daigles said. But Mathy is in the construction aggregate business and owns American Asphalt. The company has two existing pits in Skanawan and has a batch plant on Hwy. 107, it was noted. This purchase gives them 160 contiguous acres. Read more in the Jan. 17 Tomahawk Leader, available on newsstands and through an Online Edition subscription right here.

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School referendum

Tomahawk School District electors will have a say through a spring referendum in whether additional funding will help maintain ongoing educational and facility needs and pay off debt service which is designed to help provide future funding. The Tomahawk School Board unanimously agreed to put a one-sentence question to voters in the form of an operational referendum during the regular April 4 spring election. It seeks authority to exceed the district revenue limit by $3 million in each of four years beginning in 2017-18 and ending with the 2020-21 school year. Read the full story in the Jan. 17 Leader.

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Sport recap

**The Tomahawk boys' basketball team took a moment prior to the start of Thursday's GNC battle against Lakeland Thursday to recognize one of their own as senior Justin Jarvensivu reached a significant milestone in his Hatchet career. Jarvensivu became the first player in Hatchet history to reach the 1,000-point during a game against Marathon back on Dec. 29 when he scored 15 points. Jarvensivu's significant accomplishment over his career tops previous leading scorers for Tomahawk including 1976 graduate Mike Olson (967 points), 1957 grad Jim Leverance (897 points) and 1953 grad Tom Higgins (862). Jarvensivu is also expected to challenge the single-season point record for the Hatchets that was set by Higgins during the 1952-53 season when he scored 502 points. Jarvensivu added another 19 points to his illustrious career in a loss to a tough Lakeland Tbirds team, currently in first place in the GNC at 4-0 and 9-3 overall, falling by a score 66-57. The loss dropped the Hatchets to 0-3 in the GNC and 5-5 overall on the season.

**The THS boys' swim team traveled to Rhinelander last week and came away with their second win of the season over the Hodags by a score 94-74. The score was nearly a carbon copy of the last time Tomahawk faced Rhinelander back on Dec. 1, when the Hatchets swam to a 94-76 win over the Hodags. For the first time in nearly a month, the Hatchets will get a GNC home dual meet as they host Medford this Thursday, Jan. 19 at Hatchet Pool at 5:30 p.m.

**For the first time since the 2004/05 season, the Antigo Red Robins were able to take down the Tomahawk Hatchet wrestling team as they left town with a 43-25 win Thursday. The Red Robins won the pin battle on the night finishing with six compared to the Hatchets two recorded by Jacob Matti at 170 pounds and Zach Stefanich at 182 pounds. The wrestlers travel to Medford this Tuesday for a GNC dual meet before taking part in the Markesan Invite on Saturday.

**The Hatchet girls' basketball team will look to notch their first win of the season as they travel to Antigo Thursday to take on the Red Robins in a matchup that gets underway at 7:15 p.m. Last week Tomahawk was unable to slow GNC Player of the Year Lexi Smith and the Northland Pines Eagles who coasted to a comfortable 54-23 win Friday at the Hatchet Fieldhouse.

**For the second time this season, the Tomahawk Hatchet boys' hockey team was able to notch an overtime win taking down the Medford Raiders 3-2 on the road Thursday. Aaron Evans connected on a pair goals and Kole Woodall added the game winner 4:46 into overtime to give the Hatchets the victory. Tomahawk will look to start a road win streak this week as they travel to Pacelli and Ashland for games Thursday and Saturday. And the Lakeland/Tomahawk co-op girls' hockey team got back to their winning ways notching three victories last week to improve to 7-5-1 on the season. Wins included a 11-1 thumping of Medford, 9-3 handling of Beaver Dam/Randolph and the Tbirds finished out the week with a 6-3 victory over Chippewa Falls/Menomonie on Saturday.

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NEW news & news briefs

**Lenz to speak to students, community about self, empowerment, bullying.

**Tomahawk Leader presenting Women's Winter Warm-up, celebrating female bonds.

**Veterans Ceremony-Union Grove Cemetery Inc., has received a $10,000 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs.

** State Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) and Rep. Mary (Czaja) Felzkowski (R-Irma) will hold joint listening sessions for Lincoln County constituents Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Tomahawk Public Library, 300 W. Lincoln Ave., Tomahawk; and noon to 1 p.m. at the Merrill City Hall, 1004 E. 1st St., Merrill.

**Contest for supervisor in Town of Little Rice.

**Master Gardeners announce winter-spring public programs.

**Merrill School Forest Family Fun Day.

**Columnist Mark Gaedtke introduces "A Cheesy Story" guest essay by Tom Joseph.

**Tomahawk Public Library to host recap of "I Heart Wisconsin River" jouney.

**New Learning in Retirement classes keep retirees active, engaged.

**Jan. 29 Classic Country Show to benefit Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation and Never Forgotten Honor Flight.

**Central Wisconsin's largest gardening conference Jan. 20-21 in Wausau.

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Principal Swenty to retire

Longtime Tomahawk High School Principal Scott Swenty informed the Tomahawk School Board Thursday of his intentions to retire effective June 30. This is his 27th year with the district. The position will be posted in the near future, with plans to interview candidates this spring.

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Related links

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Lincoln County Supervisory Districts

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