|Queen on birthday
(Photo Story) This year’s Tomahawk High School Junior Prom queen not only won the honor of her title, but reigned over Saturday’s event on her 17th birthday. Congratulations to queen and king, Sierra Schulz and Quin Wallenfang. Look for more Prom pictures in next week’s Tomahawk Leader and in the Photo Album.Tomahawk Leader 4-14-2015 issue; Photo supplied by Sierra Schulz
Middle School principal resigning
The Tomahawk School Board will act on the resignation of Tomahawk Middle School Principal Trisha Detert tonight (April 14). Also resigning are Lara Craft, high school/middle school guidance counselor, and Christine Krueger, middle school special education teacher.Tomahawk Leader 4-14-2015 issue
Listed as a layoff is Deb Ostrander, 50% family and consumer education teacher.
New hires include: Marshall DeLonay, instrumental music; Kate Torch, speech and language pathologist; and Katie VanDeWeerd, high school library paraprofessional.
In closed session, the board will here a recommendation for approval of Employee Relations Committee base wage CPI increase for 2015-16 and possibly discuss supplemental pay level increases.
See government listings in the Community Calendar for more about this and other governmental meetings.
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**A barn fire does some $250,000 in damage and silo reignites. See the Photo Album.Tomahawk Leader 4-14-2015 issue
**Spring sports team photos and schedules featured in “Go Hatchets” pullout section.
**Young forests topic at Ice Age Trail Alliance meeting.
**The circus is coming to town thanks to the Boy Scouts.
**Weizenicker endowment disbursement helping local library.
**Foster Grandparents making a difference at Copper Lake, Lincoln Hills Schools, part of National Volunteer Week salute.
**Citywide spring cleanup begins April 20.
**Northern Lights Vapor wants to help smokers kick the habit.
**Public invited to Treehaven summit on protecting local waters.
**Sex offender being released in Merrill.
**Unlimited possibilities @ your library celebrates National Library Week.
**THS third quarter honor roll.
**See, discuss alternatives at Earth Day Sustainability Fair.
**Chief economist to discuss “Economic Recovery” in northern Wisconsin.
**Area annual meeting dates.
**Easier screening tests for colon cancer.
Kohl scholarship, fellowships
Tomahawk is well represented among this year’s Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Scholarships and Fellowship awards. The $3,000 awards are being made to 101 teachers, their schools and 163 graduating high school seniors. Included are two Tomahawk teachers and a Tomahawk High School student. Heidi Massa, a THS senior, is one of this year’s Excellence Scholars. Receiving the teacher Fellowships are Rebecca “Becky” Wegner, Gleason, a Tomahawk Middle School teacher, and Olivia Dachel, Tomahawk, a teacher at THS.Tomahawk Leader 4-7-2015 issue
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Summaries of obituaries to be published in the April 21, 2015, Tomahawk Leader:Tomahawk Leader 4-14-2015 issue
**Annette M. Daigle-Stewart (nee Schoone), 85, Tomahawk, born in Town of Harrison and attended school there, married Albert Daigle who died in 1980, later married Jess Stewart, formerly worked at Sacred Heart Hospital, Tomahawk, co-founder of Tomahawk's first preschool, Self-Adventure Nursery School, served on Tomahawk City Council many years, active volunteer (died 4-17-15; Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, April 21 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church; visitation Monday at Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk, from 4-8 p.m. and again Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the church; in an effort to continue Annette's legacy of beautification projects, those who wish to send flowers are asked to send perennials).
**Julie A. Schmitt, 51, Three Lakes, born in Fond du Lac, 1981 graduate of Plymouth High School, formerly married to Mark Krueger, worked at Plymouth Piggly Wiggly for many years, Invest Financial out of Fox Valley area, former owner/operator of Tomahawk Lodge and Resort and was current Branch Manager at Park City Credit Union, Tomahawk (died 4-16-15 after 8-month battle with scleroderma renal crisis; prayer service Monday, April 20 at 7 p.m. at Suchon Funeral Home, Plymouth, visitation begins at 4 p.m.; in lieu of flowers, a memorial fund established in her name.)
**Larry John "Willie" Hovind, 66, Rhinelander, born in Menomonie, attended school in Milwaukee, 1967 graduate of Greenfield High School, worked at A.O. Smith Corp., Milwaukee, served in the U.S. Air Force, lived and worked in Ladysmith, married Janine, moved to Tomahawk in 2004 to assist in running Clearwater Resort, later moved to Rhinelander, semi-retired (died 4-13-15 battling cancer; private family celebration of his life at a later date).
**Lori K. Ward (nee Asmus), 57, Tomahawk, born in Milwaukee, grew up in West Bend, 1975 graduate of West Bend West High school, married Anthony Ward, worked from home through Spiros Industries of West Bent (died 4-13-15 under hospice care; funeral services at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 22 at Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 11 a.m.)
**LouAnn Heller (nee Leitermann), 78, Tomahawk, born in Rib Lake, grew up in Wausau, 1954 graduate of Wausau Senior High School, married Ronald Heller, moved to Louisiana and then Wausau, worked in customer service at Crestline/SNE Windows for over 30 years, had cottage on Somo Lake (died 4-11-15; funeral services 11 am. Friday, April 17 at Grace United Church of Christ, Wausau; visitation begins at 9:30 a.m.; Helke Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Wausau, assisted).
**Lorraine Wiessinger (nee Schufletowski), 81, McFarland, born in Tomahawk, moved to Madison in 1952 after graduating from Tomahawk High School, worked for over 40 years as a legal secretary, mostly at Murphy Desmond S.C. (died 4-10-15; funeral services Friday, April 17 at 11 am. at Monona Evangelical Lutheran Church, Monona; visitation at Gunderson East Funeral Home, Madison, from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 16 and also at the church beginning at 10 a.m. Friday; memorials to Lutheran Women's Missionary League).
Summaries of obituaries published in the April 14, 2015, Tomahawk Leader:
**Margaret Irene Lokken (nee Torkelson), 79, Butternut, born in Tomahawk, graduated from Tomahawk High School, married Roger Dahl, he preceded her in death, taught at Tomahawk School District, moved to Delafield, taught at New Berlin school district, married David Lokken, relocated to Park Falls, was Park Falls reading specialist until retirement (died 4-9-15; memorial service at 11 a.m. Friday, April 24 at Novitzke Funeral Home Chapel, Park Falls, visitation begins at 10 a.m.)
**Mark A. "Nelly" Nelson, 58 and Lani R. Nelson (nee Hanson), 57, both of Merrill died as the result of an automobile accident in Tomahawk Easter Sunday. He was born in Rhinelander and a 1974 graduate of Tomahawk High School, U.S. Army veteran. Lani was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, graduated from Edina East High School, he lived a short time in Minneapolis, Minn., where he worked in construction; Lani was a flight attendant with Delta Airlines for more than 25 years (died together 4-5-15; funeral services Monday, April 13 at 1 p.m. at Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk; visitation will take place from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, April 12 and again Monday at 11 a.m., arrangements are pending for future services in the Twin Cities).
**Jean Ellen Koth (nee Hockings), 85, Shawano, born in Tomahawk, graduated from Tomahawk High School, married Oscar E. Koth, couple relocated often for the 20 years he was in the military, returned to Tomahawk and then Shawano in 1970, she was secretary for Shawano County Nursing Office, BEJA Temple in Green Bay and Shawano Methodist Church until retirement (died 4-5-15; funeral services Saturday, April 11 at 11 a.m. at Swedberg Funeral Home, Shawano; visitation Friday, April 10 from 4-8 p.m. and again Saturday at 10 a.m., an Eastern Star service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, April 10.
**Doreen E Leach (nee James), 81, Brookfield and Tomahawk, born in Westbrook, Maine, graduate of Westbrook High School in Maine, married Richard Leach (died 4-7-15 in Brookfield; private services are planned at later date; Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services assisting).
There were some upsets in last Tuesday’s spring election. Among them:Tomahawk Leader 4-14-2015 issue
**Newcomers Tyler Stevenson (816 votes) and Cathy Schmit (797) unseated incumbent board president Ken Schulz (700) and another challenger Becky Theiler (704) to represent the city of Tomahawk on the Tomahawk School Board.
**Tomahawk Common Council: Four of the nine seats making up the council are new members. Three alderpersons are completely new, while Lincoln County Highway Commissioner Mike Van DeWeerd was elected to a three-year term as a District 2 alderman after being appointed to fill a vacant seat on the council last fall. The other District 2 alderman, Dale Ernst, was elected from amongst write-in candidates, including former alderman Don Nelson and Jim Brimacombe who also were seeking the two-year term. The two vacant seats in District 2 were the result of alderman Brian Viegut not seeking re-election, and Nelson stepping down to take a job out of state last fall before then returning to the area.
The other write-in contest saw candidate Alan Hanson defeat David D. Haring for the vacant seat in District 1. That seat was vacated when longtime alderman Bruce Hetzel announced he would not seek re-election.
Along with Van DeWeerd in District 2, new alderman Michael Loka ran unopposed in the April 7 election. Loka takes over as one of two aldermen in District 3 for a seat vacated by Roger Schlegel.
Tomahawk voters also overwhelmingly voted no by a nearly two-thirds margin on an advisory referendum asking whether they supported the city using its special assessment policy to help pay for road and other infrastructure repairs.
**In the town of King, challenger Donna Edwards defeated incumbent clerk, Andrea S. Michaud, 147-108.
**Karen Olson defeated Donna Stenberg for Skanawan clerk, 66-32.
**In the town of Russell, Donald Fritcher defeated Norm Hodgson for chairperson, 101-40.
**Steve Isaacson (29) and Scott Melquist (27) were the top vote-getters over Larry Coulthurst (14) for board supervisors in the town of Somo.
**Lawrence Schoone (130) and Brian Hanson (127) were winners over Paul Schoone (111) for board supervisors in the town of Harrison.
**In the town of Pine River, Amanda Gruetzmacher-Herdt (281) was the winner over Amy K. Duley (216) for town clerk. Larry Langbecker (319) and David Breuning (259) were the winners in a four-way race for supervisors, over Raymond Zastrow (192) and Kraig Jaeger (169).
**In the town of Rock Falls, George W. Alery (119) and Tim Panfil (77) won supervisor seats over Chuck Schaar (60).).
**Michael Matushak defeated Rodney Burgener 332-171 for chair of the town of Merrill.
**In the town of Schley, Annie Meyer was elected clerk over Paul L. Hibler 101-23.
**Jen Seliger (1,881), Brad Kanitz (1,841) and Jeremy Ratliff (1,753) defeated Kelly Collins (1,398) for Merrill School Board.
**Town of Little Rice saw opposition with Brian Grueschow (61) and Janet K. Kimball (50) successful in their race for town supervisor over Heidemarie Elisabeth Emmert (22).
**David Witthun and Dennis D. Sattler were elected supervisors over Mike Macki in the town of Lynne.
**In Cassian, Nicole Augustine defeated Michael R. Leair for clerk, 146-124. The Cassian referendum was approved 179-113.
No concensus on referendum
It appears the Tomahawk School Board members pushed the pause button on a referendum, at least temporarily, at a special meeting called Thursday solely to discuss that topic. Outgoing board president Ken Schulz, who originally planned for a board vote at a regular meeting tonight (Tuesday), left the session saying a vote to increase school funding would now not even be on tonight’s agenda. Board opinion ranges from certainty there’s an urgency for a public vote to some doubts. Questions also were raised about whether more input should be sought about what’s needed. Read more about the three referendum scenarios that were discussed and the board reaction in this week’s newspaper, available on newsstands and through an Online Edition subscription.Tomahawk Leader 4-14-2015 issue
Mother Nature zinged the Northwoods with a couple of episodes of winter last week that caused the postponement of two Hatchet baseball games and a girls’ softball game.Tomahawk Leader 4-14-2015 issue
In the meantime, the Lady Hatchet softball squad traveled to Antigo last Tuesday and took on the Red Robins in a Great Northern Conference season opener. The host team trounced the Tomahawk girls 12-2 and had 17 base hits. Tomahawk’s lone runs came on a two-run homer by Alicia Kurth in the top of the fourth inning. Freshman Rachel Dallman pitched well in the loss.
The Tomahawk co-ed track team competed in two indoor meets at the Northland Pines field house last week. On Tuesday, the Hatchets competed in the Great Northern Conference indoor meet. The girls placed third among six teams, while the boys were sixth. Tomahawk had championship efforts from senior Emmy Larson in the triple jump (32’6”) and junior Dani Whiting in the 3200m run in a season-best time of 12:37.71. Saturday, several Hatchet tracksters returned to Eagle River to compete in the second annual Northern Wisconsin Elite meet, hosted by Northland Pines High School. This event allowed athletes in northern Wisconsin to compete against the best area athletes in their respective events. The Tomahawk girls placed fourth among eight teams at the “elite” meet, while the Hatchet boys were fifth. Chequamegon won both the boys’ and girls’ competitions. Tomahawk’s sole champion at Saturday’s meet was Larson, who took the high jump with a leap of 4’10”. Runner-up finishes came from: Larson, triple jump, 32’7”; Jenna Schade, shot put, 31’4-1/2”; and girls’ 3200m relay (Larson, Whiting, Claire Kuehn and Talyn Jones), 11:04.65.
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: Tomahawk Leader 4-14-2015 issue
**Tomahawk Bus Service seeks part-time School Bus Drivers.
**Hank’s Truck & Trailer has an immediate opening for an experienced Diesel Mechanic.
**Country Terrace of Wisconsin in Tomahawk has a full-time cook position.
**UW Stevens Point is advertising a LTE Food Services Assistant for Treehaven.
**UW Stevens Point-Treehaven Campus seeks a part-time person to promote program services and facility use.
**Jose Cole Circus providing family entertainment Friday, April 24 at 7 p.m. at the SARA Park Ice Arena, Tomahawk.
**Park City Credit Union seeks an experience Branch Manager for Tomahawk.
**Applications are being accepted for a vacancy and to establish an eligibility list in the E-911 Telecommunications Division of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
**Lincoln County Social Services seeks a Secretary/Receptionist/Energy Assistant.
**Nolan Sales, LLC has 8.97 acres of land with water frontage on Lake Nokomis.
**Celebrate 50 years of Head Start at an Open House Monday, April 20 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Tomahawk Elementary School, door 10.
**Sealed bids are being taken for a new wood frame pitched roof over an existing roof, and boilers at The Human Service Center of Forest, Oneida and Vilas Counties.
**The Tomahawk School District has openings for Volleyball head coach, JV and freshman coaches.
**Extrusion Technicians needed by Charter NEX Films, Inc.
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**The statewide mentored youth hunt for wild turkeys took place over the weekend. The Lincoln County Sports Club held its annual mentored youth turkey hunt and harvested four birds on Saturday morning.Tomahawk Leader 4-14-2015 issue
**Wisconsin Natural Resources Board approves three walleye bag limit in Ceded Territory waters.
**Natural Resources Board approves new wild turkey management plan for state.
**2015 invasive species video contest open.
**Great Wisconsin Birdathon set.
**Check our Fishing Report and City Editor Jed Buelow’s blog on our Message Board.
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.
Click here for direct links to web sites related to stories in this week's Leader:
Never Forgotten Honor Flight
Philippine Orphan blog
Tomahawk Area Directory of Voluntary Organizations
Tomahawk Fire and Rescue School