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WPS employees assist in Puerto Rico

(Photo Story) Approximately 60 WPS and We Energies employees, including some from the Tomahawk/Northwoods area, departed for Puerto Rico in mid-January to join a force of nearly 1,500 electric company workers offering assistance following Hurricane Maria which left an estimated 3.5 million Puerto Ricans without power after it made landfall on the island in September. In total, more than 5,500 workers from energy companies across the United States participated in restoration efforts by mid-January. Crews were expected to return home Friday. The work done in Puerto Rico was unprecedented as it was the longest restoration assignment in each company's history and the first time employees have restored power outside the continental United States. Local employees Mike Ament, Jon Friedland, Chris Courtney and Jeff Boh were part of the crew and offer comments about the experience.

Tomahawk Leader 3-13-2018 issue; Contributed Photo
17-year-old arrested for stabbing incident

**NEWS POSTED MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2018: A domestic altercation Friday at 21A W. Lincoln Ave., Tomahawk, has led to the arrest of Francine J. Reinke, 17, Tomahawk. According to news reports, Reinke stabbed a guest. It was learned that the resident and the guest had been in a relationship in the past. That person's name was not released. Reinke allegedly said she wanted to kill the male victim. She reportedly told police she was trying to defend herself, but a witness said otherwise. Reports are she also resisted arrest. Charges were filed Monday in Lincoln County Court of attempted first degree intentional homicide; first degree recklessly endangering safety, aggravated battery, resisting or obstructing an officer and battery or threat to a judge, prosecutor or law enforcement officer. Bail was set at $5,000. She is not to have any contact with APD (the victim). A scheduling conference is slated March 29.

Down to 2 for county administrative coordinator

Hopes are to have a new Lincoln County administrative coordinator ready for confirmation at the Tuesday, March 20 County Board meeting. An April start date is desired. The county's Administrative and Legislative Committee screened 25 applicants Feb. 28. The two finalists are Jason Hake, Wisconsin Rapids, senior financial manager in Portage County since May 2013, and Crystal Harder, Merrill, contract administrator with A&B Process Systems Corp., Stratford, since February 2016 and a former legal secretary for Lincoln County's corporation counsel and administrative assistant for Lincoln County administration. Interviews currently are underway. Randy Scholz, who served as administrative coordinator the last seven years, resigned as of Feb. 9 to take a similar position in Chippewa County. Read more in the March 13 Tomahawk Leader.

Tomahawk Leader 3-13-2018 issue
Sports shorts

**It was thrilling weekend of hockey at the SARA Park Ice Arena as the Tomahawk Youth Hockey Association hosted the 2018 WAHA PeeWee 4A State Hockey Championship. Milwaukee Blaze was crowned this year's champ while Tomahawk finished in seventh place after getting a win over Burnett to finish off a very successful season.

**The Tomahawk co-ed track team will get the season up and running this Friday, March 16 as they travel to UW-Eau Claire to compete in an indoor 12-team Invite. The Hatchets will look to improve on a seventh place finish by the boys team and sixth place finish by the girls at conference last season as they rely on nine seniors who help lead this season's team.

**Following in his sister's footsteps, Bode Imm, 14, of Tomahawk will compete in the 2018 Junior Olympic alpine championships being held in Steamboat Springs, Colo. March 13-14. Bode's sister, McKenzie Imm, who is now a member of the Wisconsin Elite Ski Team, blazed a trail competing in the 2014 Junior Olympics. Bode will be competing in the Super Combined, which is a Super G and Slalom with the two race times combined.
**2013 Tomahawk graduate Austin Bellile finished off a very successful career wrestling for Milwaukee School of Engineering getting a seventh place finish in the heavyweight division at the NCAA Division Championship this past weekend. Bellile became only the third wrestler from MSOE to place at Nationals and his seventh place finish is the highest ever in school history.

Tomahawk Leader 3-13-2018 issue
PRAT meetings

The City of Tomahawk is holding a series of informal Premier Resort Area Tax (PRAT) informational meetings to help answer questions residents and businesses may have concerning an advisory referendum question that will be on the April 3 ballot. It asks if the city should levy a 0.5 percent (1/2 cent) tax on certain sales, services, leases and rentals through tourist-related retailers to pay for transportation infrastructure expenses. Identified needs, according to the city, include: annual maintenance costs, $175,000; Kings Road reconstruction, $882,422, done in three phases; South Tomahawk Avenue storm water, $150,129; Southgate Drive, $620,000; Nelson Lane, $100,000; Sixth Street reconstruction, $250,000; Washington Avenue reconstruction, $275,000; Somo Avenue reconstruction, $2.5 million; and East Lincoln Avenue reconstruction, $1 million. Alderpersons are taking turns holding PRAT informational meetings to field questions and discuss the topic. Remaining meetings are at City Hall, 23 N. 2nd St., are: Tuesday, March 20, 5 to 7 p.m.; Thursday, March 29, 10 a.m. to noon.

Tomahawk Leader 3-13-2018 issue
Returning Spirit Reservoir to full

If everything goes as planned and the massive upgrades prove water tight, riparian owners along the Spirit Reservoir could be enjoying a flowage at full pool by early as this summer. Wisconsin Valley Improvement (WVIC) announced plans to begin refilling the flowage with the upcoming snowmelt and spring runoff. Plans are to fill the Spirit back to three feet below full in the coming days, where it will be held for a week for monitoring to assure repairs made to the dam last summer and into this winter hold back the water. If no problems or leakage is detected, WVIC would resume filling the flowage by a about a foot a day until it is returned completely to full. Read the entire story in the March 13 Tomahawk Leader, available on newsstands and through an Online Edition subscription right here.

Tomahawk Leader 3-13-2018 issue
ONLINE ADS: 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. Click on the ads for a direct link to the sites.

**You could win one of 15 fun-filled Easter Baskets at businesses around town. Look for the full page ad in the Tomahawk Leader/Leader Extra, clip the eggs and enter. Good luck!

**Paws 2 Think says imagine being cold and without adequate shelter.

**Tomahawk Bus Service is looking for drivers. There's a $500 sign-on bonus.

**The City of Tomahawk is holding PRAT Informational sessions. The remaining ones are March 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. and March 29 from 10 a.m. to noon.

**Nominate someone for the 2018 Tomahawk Community Awards program.

**Look for classifieds online, too.

Tomahawk Leader 3-13-2018 issue
Chill Out; pdf here

Winter is upon us and rather than hibernate, check out the Tomahawk Leader Chill Out pocket guide for fun outdoor and indoor activities to enjoy in the wintertime. We have an extensive Calendar of Events, information about local snowmobiling, ice fishing, snowshoeing, skating, ice drags and much, much more. Look for the section in the pdf immediately below.

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Then & Now history, progress section; pdf here

You'll find a wonderful 3-part-, 40-page special "Then & Now" history and progress section in the Oct. 31 Tomahawk Leader. Stop by the Leader office, 315 W. Wisconsin Ave. to pick up a copy. You'll be impressed, whether you're an old-timer or someone new to the community, we promise. We've also posted a pdf copy here.

Tomahawk Leader 11-14-2017 issue
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**Summaries of obituaries to be published in the March 20, 2018, Tomahawk Leader:

**Vaugh J. Paxson, 75, Tomahawk, born in Chicago, served in U.S. Navy, earned bachelor's degree and master's, married Ann Spina (died Friday, Jan. 5, 2018; memorial service with military honors Sunday, March 24 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Tomahawk; visitation begins at 10 a.m.; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Sara Webber Schmidt, 49, Appleton, born in Tomahawk, graduated from Florence High School, employed by the Performing Arts Center in Green Bay, Bright Star and Design Aire in Appleton (died Jan. 9, 2018; private gathering service Jan. 18 at Wichmann Funeral Home, Menasha, memorial service at The Stone Baptist Church, Lead Hill, Ark.)

**Ioma R. Adams (nee Winter), 99, received nursing degree in Bloomington, Ill., in 1940, worked as surgical nurse and later in a nursing home facility for 28 years, lived in Tomahawk and Makesan (date of death not mentioned; funeral service Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Cornerstone Funeral & Cremation Services, Markesan, visitation begins at 10 a.m.)

**Ellen M. Dunbar (nee Peissig), 83, Brantwood, born in Stetsonville, 1952 graduate of Phillips High School, married to Robert Dunbar, lived in Pittsville, Wisconsin Rapids and Town of Emery for 58 years before moving to Tomahawk in 2016 on rural farm (died Thursday, March 8, 2018; memorial service Saturday, April 14 at 11:30 a.m. at Saint John Lutheran Church, Phillips, visitation begins at 10 a.m., memorials to the family for a donation to the Memory Care Unit at Tomahawk Health Services in Ellen's name; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, is assisting).

**Summaries of obituaries published in the March 13, 2018, Tomahawk Leader:

**PENDING: Darlene F. Mursett, 80, St. Germain (died Thursday, March 8, 2018; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, assisting).

**PENDING: Ellen M. Dunbar, 83, Brantwood (died Thursday, March 8, 2018; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Phyllis Ann Fehr (nee Zoellner), 74, Gleason, born in Gleason, married to Larry Fehr for 57 years, couple operated Tanglewood Bar for many years (died Tuesday, March 6, 2018; funeral service will be Saturday, March 17 at 11 a.m. at Waid Funeral Home, Merrill; visiting from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 16 and again beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday all at the funeral home.

**Howard E. Johnson, 80, Bradley, 1957 graduate of Joliet Central High School, Joliet, Ill., served in Marine Corps, married Wilma Tyson, later divorced, he and wife Christine (Smithyman) moved to Tomahawk after retiring from General Motors (died Thursday, March 1, 2018; celebration of life at a later date in Joliet, Ill., arrangements through Simple Cremation through Hildebrandt Funeral Home, Rhinelander).

**Roger William Gay, 80, born in Paw Paw, Mich., graduated from Ewen schools in 1955, U.S. Army veteran, married Dorothy Mattson, lived in Kenosha, worked for American Motors, lived in Paulding, Mich., for 58 years, working for White Pine Copper Mine Company, moved into hospice care in Tomahawk (died Tuesday, March 6, 2018, memorial graveside service will be held this spring; Krueger Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Tomahawk, handling arrangements).

**Rosemary Chartier Sharp, 91, born in Detroit, Mich., worked for City of Detroit as a social worker, married Harry "Bud" Sharp, lived in An Arbor, Mich., then Madison, owned home on Deer Lake in the Tomahawk area for over 40 years, was a homemaker (died Friday, March 2, 2018, funeral service Friday, March 9 at 11 a.m. at Saint Thomas Aquinas Church, Madison; visitation begins at 9:30 a.m.; in lieu of flowers, donate to Friends of Haiti-Green Bay or a charity of one's choosing; Cress Funeral & Cremation Service, Madison, assisting.)

Tomahawk Leader 3-13-2018 issue
LEADER NOT ALLOWED TO ATTEND: Student walk-out anticipated

(As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 14, 2018: The Tomahawk Leader was on hand this morning to cover the student walkout at Tomahawk High School. We were told we could not take pictures or randomly interview students. We agreed we would not. Then, minutes before the assembly after we had taken a seat, we were told we could not attend at all and we were escorted from the gym. In checking with our newspaper association attorney, we were informed that the school district could put restrictions on our attendance since it was being held inside the school, but that because the assembly (which was approved by administration) was already disruptive to the school day, one could argue that our presence would not add any more disruption. Tomahawk High School Principal Ryan Huseby, however, told our reporter that he would be the one to determine what was disruptive, and that we were not allowed to attend. District Administrator Terry Reynolds was immediately consulted and he said to do whatever Huseby had indicated. This was part of a national movement and is part of history. The Leader only wanted to get a feel for what the students were doing and report to our community on something their children felt was important and district had actually approved.

UPDATE AS OF NOON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2018: District Superintendent Terry Reynolds and High School Principal Ryan Huseby stopped by the Leader to tell us today's walkout was a student-led event and out of respect to them and thinking some students might have been uncomfortable by our presence, they had opted not to allow the press. They had told student leaders of our interest in talking to those who are willing and that conversation will take place this afternoon. The Leader appreciates that opportunity, but indicated disappointment in not being allowed to attend the actual event, too. Our understanding was that Tomahawk's gathering was not about gun control like elsewhere around the nation but more out of solidarity for Parkland, Fla., and from what Reynolds and Huseby said, respect for each other. We would have liked to have seen and reported on that in person.

(NEWS ITEM AS OF MONDAY AFTERNOON, MARCH 12, 2018: With the recent acts of school violence across the nation, Tomahawk School District Administrator Terry Reynolds, high school Principal Ryan Huseby, high school Associate Principal Stacy Bolder and middle school Principal Wendell Quesinberry contacted parents Monday afternoon about the potential for Tomahawk High School and Middle School students to participate in a scheduled nationally organized student walkout at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 14 for 17 minutes. The district is working with student representatives to provide safe and non-disruptive options for a local student-organized assembly. Classes will run as scheduled, with students who wish to participate in a walk-out able to do so in designated areas: high school students in the gym and middle school students in the TMS multipurpose room. Coordination has been arranged with local law enforcement to offer support to ensure student safety, specifically between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Parent pick-up and drop-off locations will be closed at secondary buildings and not accessible by vehicle starting at 9:30 a.m. Students who are not in class or in the designated assembly areas during this time must follow standard attendance policies and procedures. Students choosing to participate in the assembly will be responsible for any materials during the missed classtime. School staff will be available for supervision. Anyone with concerns should contact the building principal. The Leader will provide follow-up coverage, as well as a series on school violence.

Elementary School Safety meetings Thursday, March 15: NEWS UPDATES: News briefs

UPDATE FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2018: Parent Input Requested for Improving Safety at Tomahawk Elementary School

On Thursday, March 15, Principal Penny Antell will be holding parent meetings to discuss changes being considered for Tomahawk Elementary School to improve the safety of the students. In addition, the meetings are an opportunity to have your voice heard.

The four available meetings will be held on March 15th in the Elementary School. Check-in at the office. Meeting times are as follows: 7:00-8:00 a.m.; 11:30-12:30 p.m.; 2:30-3:30 p.m. and 6:00-7:00 p.m.

For those unable to attend and would like to provide input, please call 715-453-2126 ext. 104.

District Administrator Terry Reynolds is looking at early April for district-wide roundtable discussions about safety, it has been indicated.

**A summary of just some of the stories you'll find in this week's Tomahawk Leader:

**Taste of Tomahawk, a microbrew and wine-tasting festival, is March 17. Check the Leader pages and our Community Calendar.

**The Tomahawk Figure Skating Club invites the public to its season-ending "Out of This World" figure skating show Saturday and Sunday, March 17-18.

**Lots of letters in support of Dr. Paul Samundsen.

**League of Women Voters sponsoring County Board forums.

**Shark Tank meets Price is Right business challenge for Tomahawk High School and Tomahawk Middle School students.

**Nicolet College offering free entrepreneurship workshop in Tomahawk.

**Federal indictments against Joel J. Helding and Valerie Flores.

**Free Easter Dinner being planned.

**You could win one of 15 fun-filled Easter Baskets at business locations around town. Clip the egg in the Tomahawk Leader/Leader Extra and hope for a win!

**Husband files for divorce in murder-for-hire case.

**Student patriotic artwork welcomed in VFW Auxiliary Patriotic Art Contest.

**Ascension Medical Group welcomes new clinician to Tomahawk.

** Free Income Tax assistance provided by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Foundation is available to people with low to moderate income, with special attention to those over age 60. Appointments are offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays at the Tomahawk Senior Center, 113 S. Tomahawk Ave. To make an appointment, call 715-453-5757.

Tomahawk Leader 3-13-2018 issue
Nominate someone; pdf below:

The Tomahawk Leader is seeking nominations for the 63rd annual Tomahawk Community Awards program. Do you know someone who deserves to be honored? That unsung hero? That person with endless energy who seems to be on just about every committee? The man or woman who has given so much to a cause? That special employee or employer? That young person who you know will go far?

Sought are nominations for:

**Distinguished Service Award, The most coveted of honors, recognizing a long history of community service, exemplary accomplishments or that "unsung" hero.

**LEADERship Award, Citing outstanding leadership, typically over a length of time, within the community, organization(s) or position(s).

**Employee/Employer of the Year, Recognizing outstanding involvement, work ethic, contributions to the business or community, or unusual circumstances.

**Outstanding Youth LEADER, Outstanding academic, extracurricular and community accomplishments by a person age 18 or younger; most often a graduating senior.

Nominations should cite the reasons why one believes a person deserves the recognition. Judging will rely heavily on the information provided. Additional letters of recommendation are encouraged. One also needs to include a contact person, phone number and e-mail address for follow-up.

Send nominations to: Tomahawk Leader, 315 W. Wisconsin Ave., P.O. Box 345, Tomahawk, WI 54487 or e-mail to; put Community Awards in the subject line.

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Nature Notes:

**The public is invited to the Lincoln County Deer Advisory Council's upcoming meeting on Wednesday, March 21 to continue discussions regarding chronic wasting disease testing in the county and setting the doe harvest totals for this fall's gun deer season. The meeting is being held at the Lincoln County Sports Club on Schultz Spur Road, Merrill and begins at 7 p.m. The questionnaire package for the 2018 Department of Natural Resources spring fish and wildlife hearing and annual Conservation Congress county meeting is now available for online viewing at and search for "spring hearings." The Lincoln County spring hearing will be held at the Merrill High School on Monday, April 9.

**Check our Snowmobile Report in the link under Paper Clips at left.

**Look for Fishing Reports in the link at left, and in Nature Editor Jed Buelow's blog on the Message Board.

Tomahawk Leader 3-13-2018 issue
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ONLINE ADS: 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. Click on the ads for a direct link to the sites.

**You could win one of 15 fun-filled Easter Baskets at businesses around town. Look for the full page ad in the Tomahawk Leader/Leader Extra, clip the eggs and enter. Good luck!

**Great Lakes Western Inc. seeks OTR Drivers.

**Nominate someone for the 2018 Tomahawk Community Awards program.

**Paws 2 Think says imagine being cold and without adequate shelter.

**Tomahawk Bus Service is looking for drivers. There's a $500 sign-on bonus.

**Look for classifieds online, too.

Tomahawk Leader 3-6-2018 issue
2017 Year in Review: In pdf below

Take a look back at 2017 in our Year in Review. There were high points and low points along the way, and the Tomahawk Leader was there, covering many of the events in person. We are eager to show you how varied our news coverage is, and include you among the thousands who currently subscribe, either to the mailed newspaper itself or to our Online Edition available right here. It's our pleasure to serve you week after week.

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