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Skanawan gravel pits

(Photo Story) Atty. Gwen Kuchevar, second from right at the table, recaps what can and cannot be done with conditional use permits as the Skanawan Town Board makes it decision concerning two controversial requests for gravel pits. Ultimately, the board voted to send a negative recommendation to the Lincoln County level where final action will take place. We were at the meeting and have a full story in this week's Leader, available on newsstands and through a Online Edition subscription.

Tomahawk Leader 7-19-2016 issue; Tomahawk Leader Photo by Kathy Tobin
New news & news briefs: CC opening

**UPDATE AS OF 9:45 A.M. WEDNESDAY, JULY 20: Lincoln County Highway Commissioner Kelly Reith advises that the CTH CC Bridge over the Tomahawk River will be opened beginning at 2 p.m. today, July 20th. The closure was due to bridge deck resurfacing and repairs.

**Some of the stories/ad information we have in the July 19, 2016, issue include:

**Red Cross Blood donation shortage; you're urged to give.

**Postponed Taxes due by July 31.

**We have results from the July 4 Kids' running races in this issue of the Leader, plus some mighty cute photos.

**Two vacancies on Merrill School Board.

**American Legion presents honors, recognitions to Hannah Schmit, PCA, Cerny's, Tomahawk Leader.

**Savvy Senior: Who's eligible for Social Security Survivor Benefits?

**New date and time for Alzheimer's Support Group.

**Tomahawk Historical Society luncheon about Girl Scout trip to England, Ireland, Italy and Iceland. See Community Calendar.

**Nokomis Lawnmower and Bar Stool races.

**"Polyester The Musical" take one back to the 1970's. Put on by the High Point Village players of (Hill of Beans) Ogema fame.

**Help provide school supplies to Kinship kids.

**Rep. Czaja listening sessions.

**Aseracare Hospice offering free Advance Directives talk.

**How to give a pill to a cat: Typo the office cat with dentures.

**Strawberry Banana Smoothie Ice Pops recipe.

**We've started the popular "Hey, That's Me" candid photo series. Look for yourself in specified pictures in the Tomahawk Leader Second Section/Extra, point yourself out and become eligible for a gift basket.

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Nature items:

**Don't miss Allan Bell's Birch Bark Nature Notes revisited. What a wealth of information.

**List narrowed to three for possible state forestry headquarters relocation: Rhinelander, Wausau and Hayward.

**Registration underway for Becoming An Outdoors Woman workshop.

**Stakeholders invited to take part in July 26 Conservation Local Work Group meeting.

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

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Meth conspiracy

An indictment was returned by a grand jury sitting in Madison charging David Brandenburg, 26, and Matthew Drake, 26, both of Merrill, with conspiring to distribute methamphetamine and to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute. It alleges that this conspiracy involved more than 500 grams of methamphetamine.

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**Summaries of obituaries to be published in the July 26, 2016, Tomahawk Leader:

**Dolores "Dee" Thompson (nee Barr), 89, Tomahawk, born in Chippewa Falls, married Maurice "Tommy" Thompson, couple moved to Tomahawk in 1952, she was a homemaker and worked at CNA at Golden Age Nursing Home for 10 years (died 7-17-16; funeral service Monday, July 25 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 9 a.m.; memorials to American Heart Association or American Cancer Association; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Carol J. Joslin (nee Obey), 86, Nokomis, born in Tomahawk, married Ross Joslin, cook at St. Mary Catholic School for 24 years (died 7-20-16; Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, July 23 at noon at St. Mary Catholic Church, visitation begins at 10 a.m.; memorials to Nokomis Food Pantry; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Summaries of obituaries published in the July 19, 2016, Tomahawk Leader:

**Donald "Andy" Kaplanek Jr., age 67, of Tomahawk,, family moved to Tomahawk when he was young child, they purchased Snack Shack, later purchased Bridge Inn Supper Club in 1960, he was active in Kawahamot Water Ski Club, joined Army National Guard, had several jobs in Tomahawk, became "Captain Andy" when took over Bridge Inn Supper Club from parents in 1979, married Rhonda Sterr, later divorced, was married to Christine Niemic (died Wednesday, 7-13-16, under the care of Ministry Home Care Hospice, Celebration of Life Gathering to share stories Saturday, July 23 from 4-8 p.m. at Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk.)

**Robert "Bobby" Kahle, 75, Tomahawk, born in Tomahawk, 1959 graduate of Tomahawk High School, joined National Guard, married Diane Major, gifted athlete, was drafted Cincinnati Reds, opened the Roadhouse Supper Club & Restaurant, partner in owning the Autohaus (died unexpectedly 7-14-16; funeral service Tuesday, July 19 at 11 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, Tomahawk, visitation 4-7 p.m. Monday, July 18 at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, and again beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church).

**Delores I. Hedges (Cartwright), 94, Tomahawk, born in Oshkosh, married Warren Hedges, in early years sand on radio program and at the WLS Barn Dance in Chicago (died 7-16-16; memorial services Friday, July 22 at 2 p.m. at Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk).

**Rosemary Zajac (nee Turner), 83, Tomahawk, born in Chicago, Ill., graduate of Kelly High School, worked as a bookkeeper for RR Donnelly & Sons, she married Walter Zajac, after retirement in 1993 couple moved to Nokomis area, had played baseball for Blue Island Stars and Chicago Colleens in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (died 7-11-16; funeral services Monday, July 18 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 9 a.m.; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Carl J. Sorenson, 77, Brookfield, born in Tomahawk, 1957 graduate of Tomahawk High School, U.S. Army veteran, married to Lorna Bassuener for 51 years, worked for Chocolate House Candy Co. as VP-Marking, retiring in 2002 (died following a five-month illness; private burial services; Becker Ritter Funeral Home, Brookfield, assisting).

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Grandstand at Fair

There's added excitement for this year's Lincoln County Fair that runs July 20-24 in Merrill. Not only does it take place at the newly named Merrill Festival Grounds, but it will make use of the newly constructed grandstand, too. Look for comments about the fair, entertainment, 4-H projects, the Brickyard School programs, veterans opening the fair, plus half-off admission and much more in today's Leader. You'll find entertainment listings in our Community Calendar.

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Fall Ride Guide

The Tomahawk Leader publishes the official Fall Ride pocket guide in anticipation of this year's big event, Sept. 15-18. Don't miss the opportunity to include your business. We print 20,000 copies of this popular guide that fits in one's pocket. To find out more, contact us at 715-453-2151 or The deadline is approaching quickly, so we encourage you to act quickly!

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Search for look-alikes: See Mayor as Klinger: MASH theme for Fall Ride downtown events

An exciting new theme is coming to this year's 35th annual Tomahawk Fall Ride (sponsored by Dairyland Cycle Insurance in support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association) as the downtown street dances will feature a MASH theme. Wurl-Feind-Ingman Post 2687 Tomahawk VFW has taken over the Friday and Saturday night downtown street dances during the four-day motorcycle rally that annually brings tens of thousands of motorcyclists and enthusiasts alike to Tomahawk, and dubbed this year the Year of the Veteran. As part of new festivities, the VFW will be featuring a MASH theme to help draw people to the downtown in support of the nation's veterans. Tomahawk Mayor Steve Taskay, for example, has volunteered to serve as a very colorful figure from the 1970s television hit based on a group of three doctors and supporting cast stationed at the 4077th Mobile Army Surgery Hospital in Uijeongbu, South Korea, during the Korean War. "He will forever be known as Mayor Klinger. I promised he would not have to wear high heels if he agreed not to shave his legs," VFW Auxiliary planner Pat Haskin said with a big smile. (Check out a picture of Mayor Taskay (aka Klinger) on the front page of the June 28 Tomahawk Leader)

**Those who would like to help the VFW and/or serve as a MASH character should contact Haskin at 715-453-3153. She's on a state/nation-wide search for look-alikes. For more on the VFW and other projects the organization is involved with, contact Post 2687 VFW Commander Gerry Dvorak at 715-453-9954.

**The Tomahawk Fall Ride sponsored by Dairyland Cycle Insurance for MDA takes place Sept. 15-18.

Sport recap

**The Yankees season came to an end last week with a tough loss to finish out Babe Ruth tournament play falling to the Merrill Blue by a score of 14-15.

**The Titans won in walk-off fashion Sunday at Tyler Kahle Memorial Field in beating the Rock Falls Gunners by a score 5-4. The exciting game saw seven lead changes or ties before the Titans came out victorious on the last play of the game. The Tomahawk Cubs split a pair of games with Chequamagon. Game one featured some exceptional pitching from both teams as the Chequamagon pitcher threw a one hitter and the Cubs Jordan Shilts gave up just one run.

This week's Tomahawk Leader has the winners of the Mohawksin Musky Masters tourney, the Jiggin' for Jayden Fishing Contest and some photos from a bean bag toss that was held to raise money for some good causes. Want to see a magic show? An Allen Bell Birch Bark Notes story is revisited about raising Monarch butterflies.

**Summer fun runs every Monday leaving from Veterans Memorial Park.

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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:

**Don't miss a golden opportunity to join the team at McDonald's.

**Golden LivingCenter-Golden Age is seeking part and full-time PM Nurse and Cook.

**Remember those treasured columns by Tomahawk Leader nature columnist Allan Bell? We are revisiting them. This week's column is on monarch butterflies.

**Nokomis Lawnmower & Bar Stool Races are Saturday, July 23.

**Enjoy Wednesday nights in Tomahawk at the 2016 Music on the River series.

**Visit the Tomahawk Historical Society's Museums.

**City of Tomahawk Police Department is seeking proposals for replacement of the roof on the storage garage.

Look for classifieds online, too.

Tomahawk Leader 7-19-2016 issue
Pow Wow Days 10k/5k/1 Mile Fun Run

We are busy posting pictures from Tomahawk's Pow Wow Days in our Photo Album. Also look for photo features and information in the July 12 Leader.

**10k, 5k, 1 mile fun run results: **Tomahawk's Connor Ahrens was the first to cross the finish line during this year's Pow Wow Days 10K race with a blistering time of 34:55, or a pace of 5:38 per mile. Dani Fischer of Greenfield, Ind., set the pace in the women's division with an impressive time of 41:28, or a 6:41 average per mile. **Rachel Sudbury of Tomahawk and Alex DeVillers of Menomor, Wis., finished the Pow Wow Days 5K in first place with respective times of 17:06 and 18:33. Ryan Nogalski of Milwaukee took home the Most Patriotic honor. The full results are provided immediately below.

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CC bridge closing for repairs

UPDATE: Lincoln County Highway Commissioner, Kelly Reith, advises that the CTH CC Bridge over the Tomahawk River will be opened beginning at 2 p.m. today, July 20th. The closure was due to bridge deck resurfacing and repairs.

PREVIOUS ANNOUNCEMENT: The bridge over the Tomahawk River on CTH CC will have concrete deck resurfacing and repair work performed starting on June 27. The work should be completed by approximately July 22. The bridge will be closed to all traffic during this project and detour routes will be posted and will include North 4th Street, CTH "A", CTH "U", STH 8 and Tannery Road. Any questions or concerns may be directed to the Lincoln County Highway Department.

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Alive in the Northwoods

(PHOTO STORY) The June 28 Tomahawk Leader contains the 2016 Alive in the Northwoods magazine published by the Tomahawk Leader. It's filled with information about area businesses, events and an extensive Community Calendar. Be sure to pick up your copy and save it for visitors. A copy comes with an Online Edition subscription, too. A digital copy is in the pdf immediately below.

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Music on the River

The ninth annual Music on the River concert series is underway. This week's music: Wednesday, July 20 is The Del Rays; and Wednesday, July 27, Johnny and the MoTones.

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Tomahawk Area Directory of Voluntary Organizations

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