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Hero’s Goodbye tribute section

(Photo Story) The Sept. 29, 2015, Tomahawk Leader includes a wonderful 20-page Hero’s Goodbye tribute to Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Einar Ingman Jr. You’ll find background information, remembrances, photos from 1951 when he was honored by President Harry S. Truman and welcomed home as a hero, scenes from his funeral and admiration from today’s military and business friends in the community. It’s definitely a historical keepsake. Copies are available on newsstands now and through an Online Edition subscription right here. (Tomahawk Leader 9-29-15 issue)

Laying Sgt. Ingman to rest
From the Sept. 22, 2015, issue) Military officials from across the nation and state gathered in Tomahawk Wednesday to help family and friends lay to rest a true American hero and the pride of his hometown, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Einar Ingman Jr., 85. Sgt. Ingman was Wisconsin’s last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from the Korean War. At his funeral service held at Grace Lutheran Church, a number of high-ranking military officials spoke of the great sacrifice, leadership and true heroism Ingman displayed on the battlefield to take a heavily fortified ridge while serving as a corporal with Company E, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. Also in attendance was Medal of Honor recipient Kenneth Stumpf, one of just four surviving Medal of Honor recipients from Wisconsin to have earned the nation’s highest military honor during the Vietnam War. “It is an absolute honor for us to be here and recognize one of our heroes who fought so bravely in Korea,” said Major General Thomas James, current Commander of 7th Infantry Division based out of Washington State. “I mean, if you read his (Medal of Honor) citation, it sends chills up your spine. He was an incredible American, selfless serving man.” The Sept. 22 Tomahawk Leader has the full story and a moving layout of photos from the funeral. It’s available on newsstands and through an Online Edition subscription.

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THS Homecoming scenes

Have we got Homecoming pictures! Enjoy the floats, the homecoming court, the parade and rally. Congratulations to this year’s king and queen, Tanner Bartz and Mikhayla Kleich. Look for a photo layout in the Sept. 29 newspaper (available through an Online Edition, too). We also have info from the induction of Matthew Schoenherr and Walter Tuttle into the Hatchet Hall of Fame. We also have posted some pictures to the Photo Album.

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Hero’s Goodbye tribute section

(Photo Story) The Sept. 29, 2015, Tomahawk Leader includes a wonderful 20-page Hero’s Goodbye tribute to Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Einar Ingman Jr. You’ll find background information, remembrances, photos from 1951 when he was honored by President Harry S. Truman and welcomed home as a hero, scenes from his funeral and admiration from today’s military and business friends in the community. It’s definitely a historical keepsake. Copies are available on newsstands now and through an Online Edition subscription right here.

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Town Square Business Directory

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**Summaries of obituaries to be published in the Oct. 6, 2015, Tomahawk Leader:

**Jennifer L. Halston (nee Welcome), 64, Tomahawk, born in Menomonee Falls, grew up in Menomonee Falls and Janesville areas, worked for AMC Motors in Milwaukee, moved to Tomahawk in 1995, worked for Lincoln Industries and Handi-Van (died 9-30-15; memorial service at later date; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, is assisting).

**Jerry Lee Funk, 79, Gleason, formerly of Kenosha and Tomahawk, born in Wausau, master's degree at UW-Madison, career in pharmacy in Kenosha and Racine, career at Abbott Laboratories, headquartered in Chicago, director of International Division and consultant after retired, moved from Kenosha and Tomahawk to Gleason (died 9-25-15; memorial service Monday, Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. at Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 4 p.m.; memorials to "It matters to one Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 365, Rhinelander, WI 54501.

**Leona "Lee" Zimmer (nee Voermans), 92, Rhinelander, born in Tomahawk, employed many years at WOBT Radio, married 65 years to Werner Zimmer (died 10-1-15; funeral mass Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 11 a.m. at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church-St. Mary's Site, Rhinelander; visitation from 9-10:45 a.m. at Carlson Funeral Home, Rhinelander).

**Wesley Roger Jameson, 58, Blackwell, born in Laona, grew up in Blackwell, joined National Guard, self-employed logger (died 9-29-15 after short battle with cancer; private services at later date; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, is assisting).

**James LeRoy Strebig, Appleton, born in Medford, 1967 graduate of Shawano Senior High School, served in U.S. Navy, worked for the U.S. Southern Command Headquarters in Panama, married Luisa Gonzalez, served in U.S. Navy Reserves, worked as draftsman for Giddings and Lewis in Kaukauna, Voith Paper, Inc., Appleton, for 28 years, and Headbox Services, retiring in 2004 (died 9-25-15; celebration of life Saturday, Oct. 3 noon-1 p.m. at Valley Funeral Home, Appleton, with memorial service at 1 p.m.)

**Summaries of obituaries published in the Sept. 29, 2015, Tomahawk Leader:

**Arden J. Klabunde, 87, Phelps, formerly of Tomahawk, born in Phelps, graduate of Phelps High School, married Bernice, served in Army, worked for Wisconsin Public Service for more than 40 years in Wausau and Tomahawk, retiring in 1990, moved back to Phelps (died 9-25-15; private family service with Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Rosemarie Grace Hervert (nee Stranc), 86, Milwaukee, born in Chicago, married Frank Hervert, couple owned Watergate Inn in Road Lake from 1969-74, moved to Milwaukee in 1979 (died 9-1-15; memorial donations to Rosemarie G. Hervert Memorial Take-A-Book Library in care of Jack Hervert).

**Josephine "Jo" M. Houle (nee Pence), 84, Tomahawk, formerly of Gleason, born in Rhinelander, 1949 graduate of Rhinelander High School, married Dennis J. Houle, taught first grade at Harrison School in Tomahawk, and Newbold and Pelican Elementary Schools in Rhinelander (died 9-24-15; funeral service at noon Tuesday, Sept. 29 at Hildebrand Russ Funeral Home, Rhinelander, with visitation from 10 a.m.-noon, memorials in her name will go to high school graduate entering college in Early Childhood Education).

**Jeanette Hoglund (nee Cullifer), 88, Tomahawk, born in Columbus, married Werner Richard Hoglund Sr, past president of Tomahawk Women's Civic Club (died 9-23-15; funeral service Monday, Sept. 28 at 11 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, Tomahawk, visit ion from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27 at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, and again Monday beginning at 10 a.m. at the church; memorials to Grace Lutheran Church.)

**David Thielman, 79, Irma, born in Tomahawk, served in National Guard, owned Green Pines Tavern for seven years and later the Clover Club for 20 years, employed with Wisconsin Valley Improvement for 22 years (died 9-21-15; no formal services; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, is assisting).

**Irene E. White (nee Kangas), 91, Tomahawk, born in Brantwood, married Nathan Fryar, he preceded her in death, later married George White, lived in Chicago before returning to Tomahawk area, she and George owned White's Bar in town of Nokomis for many years (died 9-21-15; graveside service Friday, Sept. 25 at 11 a.m. at Greenwood Cemetery; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Kip W. Koth, 56, Tomahawk, born in Tomahawk, 1977 graduate of Tomahawk High School, owned Kip and Company Construction and Pik's Pub in Tomahawk, later worked as head of maintenance at St. Mary's Catholic Church (died 9-22-15; Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, Sept. 26 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Tomahawk; visitation at Generations Funeral Home Friday, Sept. 25 from 4-8 p.m. and Saturday at the church beginning at 10:30 a.m.)

**Carole A. Morgan (nee Morganti), 65, Tomahawk, born in Chicago, Ill., secretary of Teamsters for several years in Illinois, later started secretarial and answering service, moved to Tomahawk in 1990, owned Whispering Winds Resort and Mobil Station, also owned M&S Pets in Tomahawk (died 9-20-15; memorial Mass Monday, Sept. 28 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Tomahawk; visitation begins at 9 a.m.; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory assisting).

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Fall Ride Photos: Motorcycle invasion

**UPDATE: You’ll smile when you read the story in the Sept. 29, 2015, Tomahawk Leader about this year’s winner of the Fall Ride raffle bike. No we’re not kidding! We also have a story about the well-attended 34th annual Tomahawk Fall Ride and how it has raised at least $120,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) so far.

**From the Sept. 22 issue) The 2015 Tomahawk Fall Ride for MDA is history. We had multiple people out taking pictures and have published many of them in the Sept. 22 newspaper. (Check the newsstands or Online Edition.) We also are posting hundreds of scenes to our Photo Album (updates have been added, so return often). If you have a picture you’d like to share, please send it to us at with Fall Ride photo in the subject line. We’d also welcome any comments about your time at this year’s ride. Next year’s Tomahawk Fall Ride is Sept. 15-18, 2016. Hope to see you then!

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Plea deal in school bus embezzlement

A Tomahawk husband and wife accused of embezzling some $90,000 from the Tomahawk school bus company where they previously worked reached a plea agreement in Lincoln County Circuit Court last week. Shad Harper, 45, who was fired from his position as manager at Tomahawk Bus Service, and his wife, Kimberly, 47, a former part-time office employee, originally faced three felony charges including theft, identity theft for financial gain and fraudulent use of a credit card in a scheme that came to light in 2013. Last Tuesday’s plea deal saw them convicted through no contest pleas of five amended misdemeanor counts of theft-movable property less than $2,500. A felony count of theft-movable property greater than $10,000 was deferred and may ultimately be dismissed if the couple successfully complete 36 months of probation.

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Nature items:

**The Wisconsin River Series Championship tournament took place over the weekend on Lake Mohawksin with 36 two-man teams vying for first place and a cash prize. Darin Weiks and Shawn Weiler, whose two-day total was 24.83 pounds, won the event. Andy Dassow and Robin Pester caught the weekend’s largest bass, a 4.49-pound specimen.

Wisconsin River trip
Wisconsin's parks, conservation education and endangered resources experienced significant and unprecedented funding reductions this year, jeopardizing some of the things Wisconsinites love most about this state: its lands, waters and wildlife. This includes the cut of an $84,100 nonprofit capacity grant that the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin has received annually since 2000. In response to these developments, Foundation Executive Director Ruth Oppedahl is headed out on an 18-day kayaking trip down the Wisconsin River from source to mouth starting Sunday, Sept. 27. The initiative, called the "I Heart Wisconsin: River Trip," is Oppedahl's effort to celebrate the state's cherished outdoors and to inspire others to do what they can to help. She is expected to be in Tomahawk at the library around Saturday, Oct. 3 as she paddles through 10 counties: Oneida, Lincoln, Marathon, Portage, Wood, Columbia, Sauk, Dane, Iowa and Grant. Her trip will end Wednesday, Oct. 14 at the confluence with the Mississippi River at Wyalusing State Park, where foundation staff, members, board members and partners will join in paddling her trip's final miles. "Getting out in nature is the best way to restore hope," Oppedahl said. "There's no better way to experience Wisconsin's outdoors than to go straight down the middle, north to south, on the river that gave our state its name. The Wisconsin River captures the history of our state in a nutshell."

**All deer/bear registrations now done electronically.

**Check our Fishing Report and City Editor Jed Buelow’s blog on our Message Board.

Sport recap

**The Tomahawk varsity football team lost 29-0 to undefeated Edgar at Hatchet field Friday. The Wildcats’ Alec Hafferman scored three touchdowns to pace Edgar. The Hatchet defense and special teams gave up a couple of big plays that resulted in Edgar scores. Offensively, the Tomahawk team was stifled running the ball (23 yards total) but had modest success passing (158 yards). The Hatchets fell to 3-3 for the season, while Edgar improved to 6-0.

**The girls’ swim team beat host Colby Thursday 111-55. The Lady Hatchets won all but one event and finished one-two-three in three events and one-two in four others.

**The Hatchet volleyball team lost 3-2 to visiting Antigo. Game scores were 25-20, 13-25, 25-16, 21-25 and 15-13. With the loss, Tomahawk dropped to 5-1 in the Great Northern Conference volleyball standings.

**The co-ed cross country team competed in Three Lakes Blue Jay Invite. The Hatchet varsity boys were out to improve on their less-than-stellar performance at the recent Smiley invite and narrowly missed overtaking Northland Pines, 40-44, for the Blue Jay boys’ championship. A tightly grouped pack of Hatchets led by Troy VanStrydonk (fifth, 17:54), Alex Johnson (sixth, 17:56), Mason Webster (seventh, 18:01) and Cayton Scholz (eighth, 18:04) nearly offset the one-three-nine finish combination of the Eagles’ runners with medalist efforts. The Lady Hatchets fell to a strong Peshtigo team (29 points) and an improving Rhinelander squad (51 points), as they scored 70 points. The Tomahawk girls were paced by Dani Whiting’s fourth-place finish in 16:31 over the 4k course. She was the Lady Hatchets’ lone medalist.

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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:

**Tomahawk Area Interfaith Volunteers announces it intends to apply to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation for Transportation Program operating expenses to serve seniors and individuals with disabilities in the Tomahawk area.

**A local assisted living provider has an opening for a Director to manage their Tomahawk facility.

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

**Bear Staffing announces a job fair and is now hiring for Motorcycle Manufacturing Positions in Tomahawk; Manufacturing/Production Positions in Rhinelander/Merrill/Prentice.

**Champion Septic seeks a Septic Truck Driver.

**Menards has part-time and full-time positions.

**The City of Tomahawk seeks applicants for a part-time Dispatcher.

**Highway Workers are needed by the Lincoln County Highway Department.

**Check out employment opportunities at Nicolet College: Business Management Instructor and Academic Coach-Information Technology.

**Steigerwaldt Tree Farms seeks a Wreath Shop Coordinator; Tree Harvest Workers; and Retail Lot Helpers.

Look for classifieds online, too.

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

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New news & news briefs

**Woman in critical condition after being hid by a vehicle while leaving church Saturday.

**Wisconsin Unclaimed Property Matching returns $11.6 million to owners. More than 400 taxpayers have yet to claim more than $3 million. Are you missing money? The Department of Revenue has a listing of unclaimed property in a legal notice in the Sept. 29 Tomahawk Leader. Maybe you’ll find your name.

**Tiffany and Czaja holding joint listening session.

**The Tomahawk Chamber is seeking venison for the 50th feed.

**City of Tomahawk capital improvement funding topic of special council meeting tonight.

**Meeting Oct. 5 to grow Tomahawk retail.

**Reading project helps gridiron players understand making a positive difference.

**Dr. O’Donnell joins Ministry Medical Group.

**Oneida County Fair wants to build on its successes. Planning meeting Oct. 5.

**Learn about the Shoebox gift ministry at a program Oct. 1 at Northwoods Vineyard Church.

**Edward and Susan Fry celebrate 50th anniversary.

**Terry Jordan was Week #2 winner of the Tomahawk Leader football contest. Give it a try!

**Check the Community Calendar for upcoming events.

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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.

Related links

Click here for direct links to web sites related to stories in this week's Leader:

Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research

Never Forgotten Honor Flight

Partners in Parkinson's

Philippine Orphan blog

Tomahawk Area Directory of Voluntary Organizations

Tour de Fox for Parkinson's Disease

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