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Test drive blaze

(Photo Story) Test Drive Disaster: According to the Tomahawk police, a person was test driving this truck from a nearby auto sales business and noticed smoke coming from the front of the vehicle as they rounded the corner at short distance away by Veterans Memorial Park. The Tomahawk Volunteer Fire Department was called to douse the flames. Fire Chief John Peeters confirmed it was an electrical fire.

Tomahawk Leader 12-12-2017 issue; Tomahawk Leader Photo by Kathy Tobin
City sets $5.47 million levy

The Tomahawk Common Council last Tuesday approved a net levy of $5.47 million on taxable property within the city limits. Property taxes for the city itself came to nearly $2 million. The Tomahawk School District added another $2 million and Lincoln County $1.2 million, with the rest including TIF increments and Nicolet VTAE District property taxes. Overall expenditures are up 16.83 percent. Along with 0.69 percent General Property Tax decrease, the city tax levy shows a 4.81 percent increase in the total TID District Property Tax. The city mill rate comes to $8.49 per $1,000 of valuation.

Tomahawk Leader 12-12-2017 issue
Holiday Cheer Recipes, carols, wishes

The Dec. 12, 2017, Tomahawk Leader features our fun, 24-page Holiday Cheer insert with recipes and Christmas carols, plus greetings from the Tomahawk Leader and area businesses. Pick up your copy on newsstands now, or order an Online Edition of the newspaper and you'll see all our special sections. Enjoy!

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Sport recap

**After a first place finish at Oconto to start the start the season and a third place finish at the 15-team Rebel Invite in Laona-Wabeno Saturday, the Tomahawk wrestling team hosts their season opener against Rhinelander this Thursday, Dec. 14 at Hatchet Fieldhouse at 6:30 p.m. The Hatchets are then back in action this Saturday, Dec. 16 as they host the Tomahawk Invite at Hatchet Fieldhouse getting underway at 10:30 a.m.

**The Tomahawk Hatchet boys' varsity basketball team scored their first win of the season last week after traveling to Chequamegaon and taking down the Screamin' Eagles by a 47-36 score. Tomahawk also dropped their Great Northern Conference opener at home to Antigo Friday to start the season 1-2. Tomahawk hosts Rib Lake tonight (Tuesday) at Hachet Fieldhouse for a non-conference matchup at 7:15 p.m. and finish out the week looking for their first conference win of the season as they travel to Lakeland for a GNC tilt.

**The Hatchet boys' swim team improved to 3-0 on the season after a thrilling win over Shawano Thursday that came down to the final race of the night. The Hatchets also got a fourth place finish at the Rhinelander Invite Saturday after three teams tied for first place scoring 84 points.

**After getting a win over Medford and falling to Antigo on the road last week, the Hatchet boys' hockey team will host Lakeland tonight (Tuesday) at SARA Park Ice Arena with puck drop at 7 p.m. The Hatchets then hit the road Thursday, Dec. 14 as they travel to Rhinelander for GNC tilt that gets underway at 7 p.m.

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NEWS UPDATES & news briefs

News briefs from the Dec. 12 edition of the Tomahawk Leader:

**Sexual offender Hans P. Powell being released in Merrill area.

**Columnist Mark Gaedtke talks about his new book, "Insomniac Dreams."

**St. Mary's School Christmas play.

**Heating with Wood Without Burning the Place Down.

** 'Tis the Season for Fake Shipping emails.

**The Log Church Christmas dinner.

**Enormous tree removal requires team of professionals.

**Don't dine alone this Christmas.

**Financial help for grandparents raising grandchildren.

**Register now for Strong Bodies Program.

**Public invited to create healthy Lincoln County. Seeking volunteers for workgroups to develop action plan.

**Ginny Rusch joins Dunn Financial Services.

**THS students plan holiday, craft, bake sale.

**The 2018 wall/desk calendars are in at the Tomahawk Leader.

**Tomahawk Leader Football Contest is underway. Look for entry form in this week's newspaper. Also find one in the Ad Center link at left. Find the games in ads spread throughout the Leader (including the front news section and special sections) and note your picks.

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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.

**Enter to win $4,000 ($100 awarded weekly; $3,000 grand prize) in newspaper sponsored local shopping survey.

**a la carte CARE has part-time positions available serving seniors.

**Look for the special Holiday Cheer supplement in this week's Leader.

**The Tomahawk Leader Football Contest is underway. Your chance to win cash.

**The Tomahawk Leader has early deadlines for the holiday editions: Thursdays, Dec. 21 for the Dec. 26 edition and Dec. 28 for the Jan. 2 edition.

**A Tomahawk Leader subscription makes a great gift.

**Look for classifieds online, too.

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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.

Town Square Business Directory

The Town Square is a great place to check for places to stay, shop and dine while in the Tomahawk area. For information on adding your business link with web site, call 715-453-2151 or email

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**Summaries of obituaries to be published in the Dec. 19, 2017, Tomahawk Leader:

**James T. Lombardo Jr., 51, formerly of Sheboygan and Tomahawk, born in Sheboygan, 1985 graduate of Sheboygan South High School, served in U.S. Army, married to Marisa Flores, truck driver most recently for XPO Logistics in Fond du Lac (died Monday, Dec. 11, 2017; visitation Saturday, Dec. 16 from 1-4 p.m. at Zimmer Westview Funeral and Cremation Care Center, Sheboygan, in lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested; Celebration of Life will be in Tomahawk at later date.

**Dawn Mae Huehnerfuss-Hovden, born in Wausau, 1947 graduate of Wausau High School, married Ronald Dean Hovden, stay-at-home mom (died Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017; celebration of life at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19 at Brained Funeral Home, Wausau; visitation begins at 10 a.m.; in lieu of flowers, memorials to the Alzheimer's and Arthritis Foundation.

**Charles M. "Skip" Webie, 74, Tomahawk, born in Chicago, Ill., grew up in Chicago and Tomahawk, attended school in Tripoli, served in U.S. Army, married to Bonnie Boerner, worked as a custodian at Tomahawk School District from 1980-95 (died Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017; memorial services Friday, Dec. 22 at 1 p.m. at Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 11 a.m.)

**Gary J. Krutke Sr., 62, Tomahawk, born in Milwaukee, moved to Tomahawk and graduated from Tomahawk High School, married Patricia Hanson, held several jobs before working at Louisiana Pacific for over 20 years (died Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, under hospice care; memorial services Saturday, Dec. 16 at 11 a.m. at Northland Bible Church, visitation will begin at 10 a.m.; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Judy I. Gustafson (nee Larson), 78, Brantwood, born in Tomahawk, married Donald Gustafson, graduate of Tripoli High School, had worked at parents' grocery store and did bookkeeping for family logging business, later was a bus driver and grade school teacher in Tripoli, retiring in 2006 (died Monday, Dec. 11, 2017; memorial services Friday, Dec. 15 at 11 a.m. at Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk; visitation begins at 9 a.m.)

**Travis A. Juedes, 37, Rhinelander, born in Rhinelander, 1999 graduate of Rhinelander High School, worked at auto repair shop in Minocqua, then 12 years with Oneida Sales and Service, and later with Dean Distributing, Evans Concrete in Tomahawk and most recently employed with Spee-Dee Delivery Service, married to Heather C. Cook, raised racing pigeons (died Monday, Dec. 4, 2017; Celebration of Life Saturday, Dec. 16 from 1 to 6 p.m. at Hildebrand Funeral Home, Rhinelander, release of pigeons in his honor at 3 p.m., candlelight service at 6 p.m.; memorial contributions to the family for a college fund for daughters.

**Summaries of obituaries published in the Dec. 12, 2017, Tomahawk Leader:

**John H. Baumgardner, 87, Harshaw, born in Chicago, Ill., attended school in Chicago area, served in U.S. Marines, employed by Sears in advertising and later in real estate (died Monday, Dec. 4, 2017; no formal services will be held; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, assisting).

Tomahawk Leader 12-12-2017 issue
Filing for April 3 election

Anyone interested in throwing a hat into the ring for the April 3, 2018, election has until 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2 (in most cases) to file the necessary paperwork. Among the opportunities are:

**TOMAHAWK SCHOOL BOARD: Open seats need to be filled. Three seats are actually open representing the City of Tomahawk. Cathy Schmit is the only eligible incumbent for a three-year term. The current seat held by Tyler Stevenson will become open for a three-year term, since he has moved into another township. Another seat held by Christine Brown also has become vacant after her family moved out of the area. Anyone interested in her seat would seek a one-year term.
The seat currently held by Cherie Hafeman, representing the areas of the towns of Bradley, Birch, Skanawan, Tomahawk and Rock Falls, also will be on the ballot for a three-year stint. A campaign registration statement and declaration of candidacy needs to be filed in the school district main office, 1048 E. King Rd., between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. by the Jan. 2 deadline.

**CITY OF TOMAHAWK: Newcomer with long city history files for alderperson. Seats held by incumbents Mayor Steven Taskay; District 1 Alderperson Alan Hanson; District 2 Alderperson Will Garske and District 3 Alderperson Mike Loka all come due in April. As of Friday, Taskay and Garske have signed declarations of candidacy. Long-time former city employee Ed Nystrom has signed papers for candidacy for District 1. Information concerning boundaries is available from city Clerk/Treasurer Amanda Bartz at City Hall, 23 N. 2nd St, Tomahawk. Nomination papers must be filed by 5 p.m. Jan. 2 in that office.

**TOWN OF BRADLEY: Two town board supervisor seats, incumbent Bill Jelinek and Robert Eisenman, will be on the spring ballot. The final time and day for circulating nomination papers is 12:30 p.m. Jan. 2 in the town clerk's office at the Bradley Town Hall.

**CITY OF MERRILL: Possible races developing. Several city positions will be on the ballot in April, including that currently held by Mayor William Bialecki. He has returned his nomination papers. Meanwhile Derek Woellner has started the filing process to oppose the incumbent.
A race also seems to be developing for city clerk. Incumbent William Heideman has started the filing process, as has Patricia Lindquist, who may oppose him.
Ronald R. Liberty has taken out papers for the vacant street commissioner position.
Ned R. Seubert is the incumbent Joint Municipal Court Judge. That filing is handled through the county.
Also on the ballot will be a number aldermanic positions: District 1, Paul Russell; District 2, Peter Lokemoen; District 3, Ryan M. Schwartzman; District 4, Kandy Peterson; District 5, John Burgener; District 6, Mary Ball; District 7, Rob Norton; District 8, Tim Meehean. All but Ball have taken out papers and started the filing process. A three-way race appears to be developing in District 4, With Steve Osness, completing the process and Ronald McAllister showing early interest. There's also interest in District 6 by David Sukow, who completed the filing process, and by Kyle Gulke.
Nomination papers need to be filed by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2 in the Clerk/Treasurer office at the Merrill City Hall, 1004 E. First St., Merrill.

**LINCOLN COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS: All 22 seats expire in April. Two have filed non-candidacy so far: District 6, Patricia Woller and District 22, Robert Reichelt. Supervisors represent individual districts. Specifics about district boundaries are available from Clerk Chris Marlowe at the county Service Center, 801 N. Sales St., Suite 201, Merrill, or on the county website at Current representatives are: District 1, William Bialecki; District 2, Robert Weaver; District 3, Tyler Mueller; District 4, no incumbent; District 5, Frank Saal Jr.; District 6, Woller; District 7, Greta Rusch; District 8, Christopher Heller; District 9, William Zeitz; District 10, Loretta Baughan; District 11, Hans Breintenmoser Jr.; District 12, Paul Gilk; District 13, Kirby Crosby; District 14, Brian Hafeman; District 15, Robert J. Lee; District 16, Michael Loka; District 17, Kevin Koth; District 18, Patricia Voermans; District 19, Julie L. Allen; District 20, Carl Vander Sanden; District 21, Kortney Pike; District 22, Reichelt. Terms are for two years. Filing is with the county clerk by 5 p.m. Jan. 2.

**MUNICIPAL JUDGE FOR CITIES OF MERRILL AND TOMAHAWK: The seat held by Ned Seubert is up for election for a four-year term. Filing is with the county by 5 p.m. Jan. 2.

**STATE SUPREME COURT: The seat held by Mike Gableman, a 10-year term, is up for election. Filing is with the Wisconsin Elections Commission.

If a primary is needed for any position, it will take place Tuesday, Feb. 20.

Tomahawk Leader 12-12-2017 issue
TAIV holds off on van

Tomahawk Area Interfaith Volunteers (TAIV) will not be accepting a grant for a second vehicle at this time. The non-profit organization of volunteers provides non-medical/professional assistance to community members, including seniors and anyone who is temporarily homebound and/or disabled in need of companionship and assistance. Karen Johnson, TAIV board president, stated that now is not the right time to add a second van as the non-profit organization does not have the means to fully fund operating two vehicles. Over the last year, donations have been given to the organization to use towards purchasing and operating a second vehicle. Johnson wants to let the community know that those donations are in a secure, separate account that she hopes will continue to grow as next year they intend to reapply for the grant. Donations can still be made and anyone with questions regarding the decision can contact Johnson at 715-453-8200.

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Road projects topic of special meeting

2018 capital improvement program street maintenance projects, particularly Kings Road reconstruction and storm water issues on South Tomahawk Avenue and recreation trail (abandoned rail road right of way), will be the topic of a special City of Tomahawk Board of Public Works community meeting Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 5 p.m. at the Tomahawk City Hall. John Cole, director of public works, and Kevin Wagner with Ruckert & Mielke will discuss the half million dollars involved with the needed roadwork. Cole notes that a lot of information will be available at the meeting and is hopeful that residents will attend and get involved with the projects.

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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.

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Nature notes:

In this week's DNR Outdoor Report, early season ice anglers are reminded to always use caution when venturing out on first ice. Always have a phone, fish with a buddy, carry ice picks and have a flotation device with rope when fishing early ice.

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Bell Ringers needed

The Tomahawk Salvation Army has kicked off its annual Bell Ringing Campaign. Volunteers are needed. Send a monetary donation to 108 W. Somo Ave., Tomahawk, WI 54487 or call 715-966-1500 to sign up to help.

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Related links

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2017 Tomahawk Community-wide Rummage Sale

Lincoln County Supervisory Districts

Never Forgotten Honor Flight

Philippine Orphan blog

Tomahawk Area Directory of Voluntary Organizations

Pressing Matters - Larry M. Tobin

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