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Alice in Winterland

(Photo Story) The weather Saturday was great for the annul Alice in Winterland ice fishing tournament. Among those enjoying the day were, Jeremy Merrick of Oshkosh, his daughter, Autumn, and her friends, Patrick Neumann and Caitlyn Horgan. Look for more pictures in our Photo Album.

Tomahawk Leader 2-9-2016 issue; Tomahawk Leader Photo by Tom Colstad

Milwaukee’s concern about youth inmates

**Milwaukee County supervisors voted Thursday to declare a state of emergency at the state's troubled youth prisons and release $500,000 to seek alternative housing for offenders held at the Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake facilities in Irma, which are under a sweeping state and federal investigation into allegations of abuse by staffers. The unanimous vote authorized a plan that includes suggestions from Milwaukee County Chief Judge Maxine Aldridge White, who says young people sentenced to the Irma youth prisons aren't getting appropriate care. She called for additional mental health care workers and the expansion of a program that keeps offenders in Milwaukee County, according to the Associated Press. Look for more in the Feb. 9 Tomahawk Leader, available on newsstands and through an Online Edition subscription right here. (Tomahawk Leader 2-9-16 issue)

**Jan. 26, 2016 story: A Lincoln Hills School employee was fired for excessive use of force and three others who had been on administrative leave at the youth correctional facility in Irma resigned last week. The three resignations came within a matter of three days of each other as the state and FBI investigation continues at the correctional school for youth boys and girls. Kaitlyn Knospe, a youth counselor advanced, had been on paid leave since Dec. 10 and resigned Jan. 19; Timothy Johnson, a youth counselor, had been on leave since March 25 and resigned Jan. 21; and Nicole Daniecki, social worker, had been on leave since Dec. 21 and resigned last Monday. According to a report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Johnson and the fired employee, Travis Taves, were involved in an incident at the school during which a resident’s arm was fractured. Taves was allegedly involved in another incident where a resident reported being struck in the face multiple times, a claim Taves denied, and in another case, Johnson was reportedly with another youth when the teen’s arm was broken. The two former employees deny the allegations and Johnson told the newspaper he is being used as a scapegoat for the wide-ranging problems at the youth correctional facility. Johnson said his resignation had been inadvertently sent but the superintendent at the school would not allow him to rescind it. Taves said he would fight his termination. Look for more in the Jan. 26 Tomahawk Leader.

Tomahawk Leader 2-9-2016 issue
Feb. 16 primary

Voters in the city of Tomahawk and throughout Lincoln and Oneida counties will head to the polls next Tuesday, Feb. 16 to select candidates to appear on the ballot for the upcoming spring election. Contested races include the mayoral seat in the city of Tomahawk, a Lincoln County Board seat in District 3, a school referendum for the Rhinelander School District and a statewide primary for a judicial seat on the state Supreme Court. The Feb. 16 primary will include a new change that requires voters show a photo ID that includes the elector’s photograph, elector’s name and an expiration date to cast a vote. The Feb. 9 Leader includes biographical information and a message from the Tomahawk mayoral candidates as well as more information about the new Photo ID requirements to vote. There also is a sample ballot. Look for that information in the paper available on newsstands and through an Online Edition subscription.

Tomahawk Leader 2-9-2016 issue

**Summaries of obituaries to be published in the Feb. 16, 2016, Tomahawk Leader:

**Glenn A. Callahan Sr., 83, Tomahawk, born in Tomahawk, raised on small farm in Harrison, U.S. Army veteran, served as combat veteran in Korean War and later in Military Police in Seoul, met wife, Suzy, in Korea, worked 47 years at Tomahawk Paper Mill, retiring in 1994 as Paper Machine Supervisor (died 2-11-15; funeral services with military rites Monday, Feb. 15 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church; visitation will be Sunday, Feb. 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, and again at the church beginning at 10 a.m. Monday).

**Gerold Heiner, 86, Tomahawk, born in Brooklyn, NY, U.S. Army veteran, married to Jacqueline, worked as an engineer in California (died 2-8-16; funeral services Saturday, Feb. 20 at noon at Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk, visitation will be immediately before at a time to be announced).

**Christopher J. Bartelt, 46, Rhinelander, born in Milwaukee, 1988 graduate of Tomahawk High School, U.S. Navy veteran, fire instructor at Nicolet Are Technical College (died 2-8-16; funeral service Friday, Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 2 p.m.; in lieu of flowers, donations in his name can be made to the Ronald McDonald House.)

**Roger E. Crass, 78, West Bend, born in Tomahawk, married Margaret “Marge” Beutner, moved to West Bend in 1976, worked as a comptroller in automotive industry, retired in 2002 from Crest Cadillac after 25 years, frequented Silver Lake near Tomahawk (died 2-5-16; memorial Mass of Christian Burial Friday, Feb. 12 at 4 p.m. at Holy Angels Catholic Church, visitation begins at 2 p.m., in lieu of flowers, memorials to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund); Schmidt Funeral Home, West Bend, assisting.

**Summaries of obituaries published in the Feb. 9, 2016, Tomahawk Leader:

**Donald P. Herman, 88, Tomahawk, born in Tomahawk, married Joanne Seslar, she died in 1975, married Violet Koepke, employed 34 years at Bake Rite and later Taystee Bread, after retirement worked at the DNR and Hilgy’s, Tomahawk (died 2-6-16; memorial services Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church, Tomahawk; visitation will begin at 9 a.m.; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, is assisting).

**Michael "Flint" Parker, 30, Tomahawk, born in Tomahawk, attended Tomahawk High School, after high school moved to Merrill and worked at Wausau Steel Corp, Northern Wire LLC and Walmart (died unexpectedly 2-3-16; funeral services Friday, Feb. 12 at 11 a.m. at Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk; visitation will be Thursday, Feb. 11 from 4-7 p.m. at Generations Funeral Home and again Friday beginning at 10 a.m.)

**Jerrica J. Woller (nee Hartwig), 32, Merrill, born in Merrill, attended Merrill High School, married David Woller, employed in food service with Merrill School District while enrolled in CNA courses at Northcentral Technical College (died 1-31-16; memorial service at noon Saturday, Feb. 27 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Merrill, visitation begins at 10:30 a.m.; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Nancy Faust-Beachboard (nee Faust), 56, Tomahawk, born in McHenry, Ill., employed at Gordman’s for many years (died 2-6-16; private family celebration of life; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Wilmer “Bill” G. Kamrath, 89, Tomahawk, born near Juneau, graduated from Beaver Dam High School in 1944, served in Army in Japan and Korea, married Donna Extrom, owned Valley Video & Electronics in Rhinelander for 30 years (died 2-4-16; funeral services with military honors 2-8-16 at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk; memorial contributions to Friendly Village Nursing and Rehabilitation or Ministry Home Hospice).

**Howard D. Krahn, 63, Tomahawk, born in Wausau, married Vickie Potaczek, lived in Wausau and later Tomahawk where he was a small engine mechanic (died 2-3-16; funeral services Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. at Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk, with visitation beginning at 9 a.m.)

**Maureen “Mo” Rebecca Johnson (nee Anderson), 65, formerly of Irma, born in Neenah, worked at Lincoln Hills Boys School, bought a farm, loved horses, joined National Ski Patrol and patrolled at Camp 10 and around the state and even England, married James Johnson, started Prairie River Ride Association which became the Underdown Horse Club, worked at CESA 9 (died 1-24-16; memorial service 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6 at St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ, Merrill; Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Ernest C. “Ernie” Gay, 95, Waupaca, formerly of Owen, born in Withee, married Marilyn Peterson, attended Owen-Withee High School, law degree from UW Madison in 1956, open law office in Owen in 1956 and practice law there until retirement in 1997, after retiring couple moved to Tomahawk, part-time realtor with Town and Country Realty (died 2-2-16; memorial Mass 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Owen, Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home, Owen, handled arrangements).

**Leander “Lee” Malak, 72, born in Wausau, graduated from Newman High School, Navy veteran serving as a medic, married to Merry Zeeb for 49 years, moved to Tomahawk, drove truck for Milwaukee Cheese before career selling insurance, worked at Buska Insurance and established Lee Malak Insurance Agency, retiring in 2010 (died 1-30-16 after 6 year battle with cancer and other medical issues; funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 4 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Tomahawk; Brainard Funeral Home, Wausau, handled arrangements).

**Mary Joyce Sherman (nee Kalafut), 80, born in Chicago, Ill., lived most of life in Chicago area, married Walter “Jerry” Sherman, after his retirement in 1990 couple moved to Tomahawk (died 2-3-16; Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Tomahawk; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).

**John P. Penn, 86, Harrison, born in Harrison, farmer and woods worker, married Estelle VanHarpen, dealer for Badger Northland Equipment & Rochester Silo, was Lincoln County Farm Family of the Year (died 2-1-16; Mass of Christian Burial noon Friday, Feb. 5 at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Harrison; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisted.

**Peggy Himes Porter, 91, Champaign-Urbana, Ill, Wausau, Tomahawk and Hillsboro Beach, Fla., born in Urbana and attended schools there, married Don Porter, had summer cottage complex near Tomahawk, involved in numerous community service organizations (died 1-28-16; celebration of life at Clark-Lindsey Village, Urbana, Ill, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27; visitation begins at noon, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Peggy’s name to Clark-Lindsey Village Wellness Center Fund, 101 W. Windsor Rd., Urbana, IL 61802 or Reading Group, 3011 A Village Office Place, Champaign, IL 61822; Morgan Memorial Home, Savoy, assisting.

Tomahawk Leader 2-9-2016 issue
New news & news briefs

**ANNOUNCEMENT FRIDAY, FEB. 12: Gov. Scott Walker has announced the appointment of Jon Litscher to serve as Secretary of the Department of Corrections. Current Secretary Ed Wall submitted his resignation Feb. 5 in the midst of controversy at Lincoln Hills School-Copper Lake School juvenile facilities in Irma. Wall's last day will be Feb. 27. Litscher will start Feb. 29. He most recently served as interim superintendent of the Cambria-Friesland School District and was secretary of the Department of Corrections from 1999-2003.

**BREAKING NEWS: As of 2:50 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 10, 2016: Firefighters were called to a house fire this afternoon at N11698 Roberts Rd in the Town of Bradley. At first it was feared there was an occupant inside, but it was eventually learned she had left the premise and was in fact away from home. The house, which is on Crystal Lake, was believed to be a total loss. It is thought ashes that had been placed in a plastic container started the fire. Besides the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, the Tomahawk Fire Department, Tomahawk EMS, Nokomis Fire Department and Wisconsin Public Service responded. Updates will be added as provided and look for coverage in the Feb. 16 Tomahawk Leader.

**Some of the stories/ad information we have in the Feb. 9, 2016, issue include:

**Public input on Willow Flowage plan; open house in Nokomis.

**Valentine’s Day specials, Paper Kisses and Tomahawk Main Street’s Dinner and a Movie.

**League of Women Voters host Lincoln County Board candidate forum.

**Red Kettle Campaign tops $40,000 once again in Tomahawk.

**Take a challenge to eat/drink less sugar Feb. 17.

**Tomahawk High School honor roll.
**Middle school hosting Scholastic Groovy Book Fair; parents, public invited.

**Artisan Showcase at Bell Tower to highlight local talent at Bell Tower.

**Larry Tobin turns 70 and wife freaks out: see Kathy’s Kolumn.

**Wilma Muehl turns 100 (and handles it with grace!)

**Baby Wants Candy to bring crazy improv comedy to Nicolet College.

Tomahawk Leader 2-9-2016 issue
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Sport recap

**The Hatchet wrestlers hosted the GNC tournament Saturday at the field house, where they finished second behind Rhinelander. Tomahawk had three individual champions, including Brady Anderson at 126 pounds, Kaleb Kaminski at 195 and Dane Borchardt at 285.

**Tomahawk’s boys’ swim team placed fifth in the six-team Great Northern Conference championships held Friday at the Tomahawk pool. The Hatchets’ 200-yard medley relay finished fourth in 1:54 and broke the old school record of 1:55 set in 2004. Nathan Goehe had the Hatchets’ best finish with a second in the 100-yard butterfly.

**The Lady Hatchet basketball team lost 55-15 to visiting Mosinee. Courtney Theiler led the Tomahawk with seven points.

**The Hatchet boys’ basketball squad fell 44-40 to Rhinelander Friday.
**The Tomahawk boys’ hockey team lost 5-1 to visiting Pacelli Thursday. Steven Renn had the lone Hatchet goal. The Hatchet icemen blanked Chequamegon 7-0 Saturday. Scoring goals were Jakob Panzer (two), Jordan Tomaszewski (two), Kole Woodall, Hunter Jones and Max Bembinster.

**The Lady Hatchet hockey team lost 6-1 to Northland Pines. Rylie Flohr scored the Hatchet goal. Tomahawk goalie Anna Albert had 21 saves. They lost to Waupaca Friday 9-2. Flohr had both Tomahawk goals.

**Kaleb Kaminski was recently honored at the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-State football banquet held at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.

Tomahawk Leader 2-9-2016 issue
Empty Bowls

Final preparations are underway for Lincoln County’s first annual Empty Bowls event to benefit Our Sisters’ House. Empty Bowls is a nationally known event where an artistic bowl is purchased along with a soup dinner to raise funds for the charity sponsoring the event. This inaugural Lincoln County Empty Bowls event will be held at St. Mary’s Corpus Christi Center from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20. Cost of a bowl is $10 and the meal will include a simple dinner of soup, bread and homemade dessert. A free will offering will be accepted for dinner without a bowl. At many Empty Bowl events, the bowls are donated by local artists, but organizers decided to take a different approach by having ceramic bowls painted by local youth. Over 100 bowls have already been painted for the event. The Christian education students from St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Grace Lutheran Church came together to make this happen. Bowls were also painted by the local Girl Scout troops and students at St. Mary’s School. Homemade desserts and helpers are still needed for the day of the event. Anyone who would like to donate a dessert or volunteer services is asked to contact Our Sisters' House at 715-224-3520.

Tomahawk Leader 2-9-2016 issue
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:

**McDonald’s is hiring part-time people to work in Tomahawk.

**The Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program can assist qualifying Lincoln County residents with paying heating and electric costs.

**Tomahawk Bus Service seeks part-time school bus drivers.

**The Department of Corrections Copper Lake/Lincoln Hills School seeks a Youth Counselor (Correctional Officer).

**Sign up to jump at the Kinship Polar Plunge Saturday, Feb. 27.

**This baby has a broken heart. Subscribe or renew and the Tomahawk Leader will donate $10 to the family.

**Jeff Luther Painting has more than 30 years of experience.

**H and S Service is advertising snowplows.

**Applications are being accepted for a Deputy Sheriff, Lincoln County.

**Merrill Equipment is looking for MIG Welders, Steel Fabricators and Spray Painters.

Click on an ad itself and go right to the company’s website, if available.

Look for classifieds online, too.

Tomahawk Leader 2-9-2016 issue
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.

Kinship salute: mentor a child

The Jan. 26 Tomahawk Leader is filled with a 4-page spread dedicated to Kinship of Tomahawk and the need for mentors for the 23 children on the waiting list. Learn more about the after-school KinsKlub, the Feb. 27 icy Polar Plunge fundraiser, the high school Friends program and how to donate to Kinship. You’ll see the faces of the kids on the waiting list and maybe find someone you’d like to mentor.

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Nature items:

**Check our Snowmobile Report for updates and news about local snowmobiling.

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

**Enter your Photo in the Northwoods Wildlife Center’s 2016 Photo Contest.

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Town Square Business Directory

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