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38 years recalled

(Photo Story) We have an interview with John Kromm, as he reflects on the last 38 years at the helm of Tomahawk Ben Franklin. He looks back at the days when downtown Tomahawk was the place to do your banking, shop and dine on Friday nights. He talks about how many businesses left there over time, some expanding the retail district, including Ben Franklin's move to the North Bay Plaza. He recalls the Beanie Baby phenomenon. He worries about the loss of that special "thing" that is "Tomahawk." He suggests that existing businesses need support just as much as new businesses that are being attracted here. Kromm discusses how employees and customers brought his business to life. For that he says he is eternally grateful. He says "38 years isn't long enough, but it's amazingly long, too." Kromm does intend to continue one of his favorite endeavors, his Ben's Bloomers greenhouse and gardening items, this summer in the Nelson's County Market parking lot. He has a beautiful quote regarding optimism and gardening. Take note: There is an open invitation to the community to attend an Appreciation Party for John Kromm to honor his 38 years at Tomahawk Ben Franklin. It's slated Wednesday, Feb. 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Bootleggers Supper Club. Read the entire story in the Feb. 7 Tomahawk Leader, available as a single copy or full subscription right here in our Online Edition, and on newsstands.

Tomahawk Leader 2-7-2017 issue; Tomahawk Leader Photo by Kathy Tobin
NEWS UPDATES & news briefs

**AS OF SATURDAY, FEB. 18: The Lincoln County Highway Department advises that temporary weight restrictions will be imposed on the gravel portion of County Road "E" effective
Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.

The following roads are not posted: CTH "K","W", "U", "Q", "R", "L", CTH "A" from the north city limits of Tomahawk to USH "8", CTH "A" east to USH "51", CTH "S" from USH "51" north to STH "86", CTH "N" from CTH "L" north to railroad tracks, CTH "Y" from US 8 north to railroad tracks, CTH "G" west of STH "17",and CTH "E" FROM STH "86" TO CTH "O".

The Lincoln County Highway Department advises that temporary weight restrictions will be imposed on County Trunk Highways effective Monday, February 20th, 2017 at 6:00 a.m.

All other county roads will be posted a maximum weight of 6 tons each axle, maximum gross weight limit 18 tons, except for CTH E from the intersections of Burma Road through the gravel portion will be posted at 6 tons each axle, 8 tons maximum gross weight.

Under Section 349.16 (3) exemptions may be made to allow for vehicles carrying those commodities of which are used to perform necessary and vital services for the public health, safety and welfare. In accordance with this section, school buses, vehicles transporting non-divisible perishable goods, emergency vehicles and County maintenance vehicles are exempt from these temporary weight restrictions. Special concessions on overweight loads may be made in emergency situations on a case by case basis through the issuing of single trip permits during the period of imposed restrictions.

The Lincoln County Highway Department in cooperation with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department will allow these authorized single trips on a restricted basis over specifically designated routes. Additional information on these single trip permits is available at the Lincoln County Highway Department, 100 Cooper Street, Merrill, Wisconsin, 54452 or by phoning (715) 539-2500.

We are asking all consideration possible to be given to our County Trunk Highway System during the spring breakup.

**UPDATE AS OF MONDAY, FEB. 6: The City of Tomahawk Finance Committee met tonight and approved writing off $6,566.91 in penalties and interest for special assessments charged The Bridge Inn restaurant and motel, which currently stands idle following the death of the owner. Realtor Robin Koth of Targa Investments LLC approached the city about reducing $25,000 in penalties to help facilitate a sale. He mentions a possible closing around March 1. The city says it only has control of the city portion of penalties and cannot negotiate county charges. The amount does not include administrative costs, which the city says are hard costs that the city incurs. The thought is the penalties and interest due is not money the city ordinarily would have seen; not money out of the city's pocket. The item has been added to tonight's (Feb. 7) full City Council agenda. There's still $125,000 in real estate taxes on the businesses that need to be paid before the supper club and motel can separate.

**The Tomahawk High School Chamber Choir and Tomahawk Middle School eighth grade choir will present a Pops and Broadway concert Monday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in the THS auditorium. They will feature music originally performed by the Beatles, Queen, Elvis Presley, Bruno Mars, Michael Jackson, from the production RENT and more. The concert is open to the public with free admission.

**Tomahawk High School Honor Roll.

**Public School open Enrollment application period is Feb. 6 to April 28.

**Tomahawk Police chief says those turns into downtown parking spaces are not U-turns; chides the Leader for last week's editorial.

**Main Street Chef Tour Valentine Day fundraiser. See Community Calendar.

**Breast cancer survivors invited to free Women's Day of Caring program.

**Savvy Senior: How to calculate your retirement number.

**Kathy's Kolumn is on the new scam: "Can You Hear Me?" Don't answer "yes." Your voice may be used to sign you up for something you did not authorize.

**David Kapszukiewicz is among the artists to be featured in the Feb. 11 Merrill Artisan Showcase at Bell Tower Residence, Merrill.

**Ties that Bind Us holding community Snowshoe Scamper. (See Community Calendar)

**The public is invited to an Appreciation Party for John Kromm, thanking him for his 38 years as a Tomahawk business leader. Kromm locked the doors of Tomahawk Ben Franklin for the last time Tuesday, Jan. 31. The party will be informal, with no speeches, etc. Just a chance to tell John thank you. It will take place Wednesday, Feb. 8 at Bootleggers Supper Club between 5 and 8 p.m.

**Restaurants to compete in second Empty Bowls event to support Our Sisters' Homeless Shelter. See the Leader for more and the Community Calendar.

**Free Income Tax assistance is available for Tomahawk area residents starting Feb. 6 and continuing until April 17. This service is provided by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Foundation and is available to people with low to moderate income with special attention to those over the age of 60. The tax counseling service is offered on Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Tomahawk Senior Center, 113 S. Tomahawk Ave. Appointments are required by calling 715-453-5757.

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**Summaries of obituaries to be published in the Feb. 14, 2017, Tomahawk Leader:

**George H. Hudson, Jr. "Bim," 63, born in Tomahawk, raised in Milwaukee, married to Robin Modesto for 32 years (died 2-9-17; funeral service at noon at Wisconsin Memorial Park-Chapel of the Chimes, Brookfield, visitation begins at 10 a.m., Church and Chapel Funeral Service assisting).

**Donald E. Schauer, 86, Abbotsford, born in Green Grove. 1948 graduate of Abbotsford High School, served in U.S. Force, married Stalla Venzke, worked at Kraft Foods in Milan as supervisor for 40 years (died 2-11-17; memorial service Saturday, Feb. 18 at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Colby, with military honors, visitation begins at 9 a.m., Maurina-Scheller Funeral Home, Abbotsford/Colby/Dorchester/Owen, assisting).

**Thomas N. Theis, 64, Tomahawk, born in Chicago, Ill., grade school in
Tomahawk before moving to Illinois where graduated from Sullivan High School, worked at Northfields Heating and Air Conditioning, returned to Tomahawk in 2005, former co-owner of the Rodeo Saloon and Pik's Pub (died 2-2-17; memorial services Saturday, Feb. 18 at noon at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 10 a.m.; arrangements by Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk).

**Thomas Norman Seefeldt, 70, Wausau, born in Wausau, 1964 graduate of Wausau High School, married to Carol Schuetz for 47 years, served country in National Guard and Army Reserve for over 20 years, retiring as Sergeant First Class, worked as industrial engineer for Crestline, Hurd and Anson & Gilkey, and as safety manager for Semco (died 2-7-17; funeral service Monday, Feb. 13 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Wausau, visitation Sunday, Feb. 12 from 3-7 p.m. at Helke Funeral Home, Wausau, and resuming at 9 a.m. Monday at the church; memorials to the church at 426 Washington St., Wausau, WI 54403).

**Mary C. Batt (nee Struve), 92, Tomahawk, married Roman Batt, they lived in Milwaukee and Village of Lannon before moving to Township of Little Rice where she served as treasurer until retirement in 2005 (died 2-8-17; no formal services; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Lori Evjen Kleich, 45, lived in Cadott, 1989 graduate of Cadott High School, married William "Loopy" Kleich, had "Loopy's Saloon, Grill & Event Dome" in Chippewa Falls (died 2-4-17, lived five years with cancer; celebration of life Saturday, Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. at Loopy's Saloon, Grill & Event Dome, Chippewa Falls, visitation begins at noon, time to share afterwards, memorials to Community Foundation of Chippewa County, c/o Loopy and Lori Kleich Endowment Fund, 404-1/2 Bridge St., Chippewa Falls, WI 54729, helping local families find and fund alternative cancer treatments; Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel and Cremation Services, Chippewa Falls, assisting).

**Summaries of obituaries published in the Feb. 7, 2017, Tomahawk Leader:

**Sharon A. Spinney (nee Marheine), 76, Tomahawk, born in Tomahawk, graduate of Tomahawk High School, married Bruce Spinney, taught special education, couple lived in Alaska where she taught in Kodiak Island, made Tripoli permanent residence in 1990, welcomed many foster children (died 2-2-17; private memorial celebration at a later date, Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, assisting).

**John (Jack) Walsh, 87, born in Chicago, graduated from St. Rita High School in 1947, U.S. Army veteran and retired Chicago police officer, moved to Tomahawk after retirement 30 years ago (died in Chattanooga, Tenn., through his wishes body donated to Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn., for research purposes, a memorial Mass in the future, in lieu of flowers, contributions to St. Mary's Catholic Church, Tomahawk, 320 E. Washington Ave., Tomahawk, WI 54487).

**Violet E. Winchell (nee Czerwinski), 89, Tomahawk, born in Wausau, married John Winchell, couple moved to Minocqua almost 50 years ago (died 1-29-17; private funeral services; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).

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Stash drug syringes in daughter's toy

A Tomahawk couple have been charged with drug possession, neglecting a child and disorderly conduct after drugs were found in their child's toy at their residence on South Tomahawk Avenue. Mathew L. Dombrock, 30, and Crystal Dean, 28, (see Photo Album) face four counts of possession of THC (marijuana), possession of drug paraphernalia, disorderly conduct and neglecting a child after more than 20 syringes were found Jan. 24 in one of their 7-year-old daughter's stuffed animals. Reports are that other drug material also was found in their child's bedroom. In all, 35 syringes were removed from the home, Detective John DuPlayee said. Police Chief Al Elvins called it "blatant disregard for a child." Exposing syringes to a small child can lead to accidental puncture and even a possible overdose or disease, Elvins and DuPlayee said.

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Valentine Dance, Paper Kisses, gifts, dining

**Take your little Valentine out on a date at a Father and Daughter Valentine's Dance Friday, Feb. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Rodeway Inn & Suites, Tomahawk. The event is open to the public with tickets available at the St. Mary's School office or call 715-453-3542. Tickets are $10 per family and include the dance, light snacks and desserts, refreshments and one professional photograph of you and your sweet little girl(s). Flowers are available at the door for $1 per stem. There's an American Girl Doll and other raffles sold only at the dance and one must be present to win.

**Send your favorite Valentine a Paper Kiss in our Valentine's Day edition next week. See the order form in the pdf immediately below.

**The Feb. 7 Tomahawk Leader has Valentine's Day gift and dining ideas.

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Sport recap

**The Tomahawk Hatchet wrestling team and boys' swim team will enter WIAA Sectional and Regional meets this Saturday, Feb. 11 coming off fourth place finishes at their respective Great Northern Conference Championships. On Friday, the boys' swim team had thought it had achieved a season goal by finishing in third place in Antigo only to learn later that night a scoring correction had been made meaning Tomahawk finished behind Lakeland, Rhinelander and Antigo in fourth place. On Saturday, the Hatchet wrestling team traveled to Antigo and finished in fourth place. Brady Anderson was the only Hatchet wrestler to win his respective weight class at 132 pounds finishing 5-0 at the championship. The Hatchet wrestlers will return to Antigo Saturday for Regionals that get underway at 10 a.m. The boys' swim team will compete in Sectionals being held at the UW-Stevens Point on Saturday.

**For the second week in a row, the Tomahawk boys' basketball team battled with Rhinelander in a GNC showdown that came down to the wire. After Tomahawk took down Rhinelander for the first time in over 40 years last week, the Hodags returned the favor in Rhinelander Friday winning 35-30. Tomahawk held the lead heading into the second half but the Hodags were able to climb their way back in the game and led by three points with under a minute to go. The Hatchets made some key shots but the Hodags were able to make their free throws in the final minute to hang on for the win.

**The Lakeland/Tomahawk girls' hockey co-op team improved to 12-8-1 on the season with a big 3-0 GNC win over the Rhinelander/Antigo Northern Edge Saturday. The T-birds jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first period and added one more in the third to go up 3-0 and secure the victory. Lakeland/Tomahawk will host a rematch against the Northern Edge this Friday, Feb. 10 at the SARA Park Ice Arena starting at 7 p.m. Also on the docket for this Friday, the Tomahawk girls' basketball team will look to notch their first win of the season as they take on the Rhinelander Hodags in a GNC tilt that gets underway at the Hatchet Fieldhouse at 7:15 p.m.

Martha Schouweiler of Irma wins another at Apostle Islands sled dog races.

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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 Feb. 8 for Motorcycle Manufacturing position in Tomahawk and Manufacturing-Production positions in Rhinelander and Merrill posted by Bear Staffing.

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

**Attention Advertisers: Get your ad in our Wedding Planner 2017 and 1st Time Homeowners special supplement, coming in February. Call now to reserve a spot at 715-453-2151,

**Send a "Paper Kiss" to that special someone for Valentines Day!

**Support the Tomahawk Kinship program, fill out this form and make a tax deductible donation.

**AirPro, a Rhinelander area manufacturer, is seeking a painter and a Machinist/Maintenance Mechanic.

**Nicolet College has employment opportunities: Instructional Designer-Curriculum and Assessment; LTE Nursing Instructor.

**Tomahawk Health Services, formerly Golden Age, has full- and part-time RNs and LPNs for PM shift and full- and part-time CNAs for PM shift, with a $1,000 sign on bonus for nursing positions.

**Riverview Health Services seeks Casual CNAs for all shifts, part-time CNAs for days, PMs and weekends, with a $1,000 sign on bonus for nursing positions.

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

**Set aside Saturday, Feb. 18 for the second Women's Winter Warm-up. The specials and locations will be listed in the Feb. 14 Tomahawk Leader.

**Subscribe to the Tomahawk Leader and Support the Kinship kids. Save $2 now, too!

**Opening soon and now hiring: Wagner Shell is hiring for all shifts for the new Tomahawk location. Open interviews Monday, Feb. 13.

**Treehaven is part of the Chill Out handy pocket-sized winter fun guide that's online now. See the link elsewhere.

**NorthStar Mohican Casino-Resort is part of the Chill Out pocket-size winter fun guide that's online now. See the link elsewhere.

**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.

Tomahawk Leader 2-7-2017 issue
Charges of inhumane use of solitary, pepper spray

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Wisconsin and the Juvenile Law Center, Philadelphia, Penn., with pro-bono assistance from the legal firm Quarles & Brady LLP, Madison, filed a class action lawsuit last Tuesday on behalf of four youth at Lincoln Hills School (for males) and Copper Lake School (for females) correctional facilities for youth located in Irma. The lawsuit names Wisconsin Secretary of Corrections Jon E. Litscher, Lincoln Hills School/Copper Lake School Superintendent Wendy A. Peterson and the schools' Director of Security Brian Gustke as the defendants. The civil action says, "The State routinely subjects these youth to unlawful solitary confinement, mechanical restraints and pepper spraying" as discipline. "Currently, Wisconsin juvenile corrections officials lock up approximately 15 to 20 percent or more of the facilities' young residents in solitary confinement cells for 22 to 23 hours per day. Many of these children are forced to spend their only free hour of time per day outside of a solitary confinement cell in handcuffs and chained to a table," the complaint states. "Officers also repeatedly and excessively use Bear Mace and other pepper sprays against the youth, causing them excruciating pain and impairing their breathing." The suit cites violation of the youth's constitutional rights, including substantive due process, as guaranteed by the Fourteenth and Eighth Amendments. The class action suit seeks "injunctive relief against these inhumane practices." To read more, pick up a copy of the Tomahawk Leader on newsstands or subscribe to the Online Edition here. The Leader welcomes public Letters to the Editor and comments on our website Message Board.

Tomahawk Leader 1-31-2017 issue
Governor's rural school proposals

Tomahawk School District Superintendent Terry Reynolds says he's taking a wait-and-see approach to the governor's anticipated budget proposal for greater state support for Wisconsin's rural schools through sparsity and transportation aids. Gov. Scott Walker will officially discuss the plans in his state budget address which takes place Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 4 p.m. Walker also is expected to call for increased broadband investment; increased opportunity to recruit and retain teachers; increased flexibility through school district shared services; and increased investment for fabrication laboratories (FAB labs). Reynolds told the Tomahawk Leader he doesn't have all the information to form an opinion. But he did note that Tomahawk does not qualify for sparsity aid and he would anticipate the local district would receive some extra transportation aid, but due to our low aid status, he thought it would be a minimal increase.

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Kinship seeks mentors

This week's Tomahawk Leader calls attention by Kinship of Tomahawk for mentors for dozens of kids on the waiting list. In recognition of National Mentor Month, the Leader with the help of local supporters, set aside 5 full pages dedicated to the Kinship mentoring program and its various offerings, including KinsKlub, for after-school tutoring and recreational opportunities; the Friends program that sees Tomahawk High School students mentor fourth and fifth graders. KinsKlub youth also are involved in 4-H, and local volunteering. You can help make a difference one child at a time. There's form to donate to the cause posted in the Ad Center link at left, as well as a special subscription offer, with the Leader donating to Kinship for new and renewal subscriptions.

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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.

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 are inserted in the Jan. 31 Tomahawk Leader, as well as placed at various businesses. Refer to and/or pick up your copy and "chill out."

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

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Never Forgotten Honor Flight

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Tomahawk Area Directory of Voluntary Organizations

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