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Clear Lake home fire

(Photo Story) Some of the coldest weather of the winter made fighting a structure fire on Clear Lake Road even more difficult Wednesday night. At around 7:30 p.m., firefighters were called to W5964 Clear Lake Road for the blaze that started near a fireplace. Firefighters also had to contend with extremely frigid conditions as the air temperature was at minus-13 degrees with a wind chill of some -30 to -40 degrees. A couple hours after many of the firefighters had left the scene at about 4 a.m., crews were called back after the fire rekindled. They remained on site for about five more hours. Chief John Peeters said other than rotating crews, there really wasn’t much that could be done to make conditions more bearable for firefighters. The homeowner and a guest visiting from France make it out of the home without injury. Lt. Kevin Krueger was able to enter the home and recover a passport and photos for the visiting guest. Unfortunately almost everything else was destroyed as the home is considered a complete loss. Read more in the Feb. 24 issue, available with an Online Edition subscription. There are more pictures posted on the Photo Album.

Tomahawk Leader 2-24-2015 issue; Tomahawk Leader Photos by Jed Buelow
Bridge $855,400 shortfall with fund balance

Everyone seemed to be on the same page during a special meeting called by the Tomahawk School Board to address an impending $855,400 budget shortfall. The board ultimately agreed to take the entire amount from the fund balance, rather than a portion from Other Post Employment Benefits. Having already made some $2.8 million in cuts over the last several years, the shortfall would lead to tough decisions about potentially not replacing a retiring elementary guidance counselor or the band instructor, for example, it was speculated. See more about the shortfall in the Feb. 24 issue.

The board’s next step is to discuss a future referendum. A special meeting on that topic is scheduled March 18. See Superintendent Sherry Baker’s Letter to the Editor. She seeks public involvement in a committee that will look at going to referendum. The letter also is posted on our Message Board.

Tomahawk Leader 2-24-2015 issue
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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:

**Direct Support Professionals needed in Tomahawk/Rhinelander.

**Project Service Inc. currently is hiring full- and part-time Security Guards in Tomahawk.

**Immediate hiring is underway for Production/Assembly in the Tomahawk area; Industrial Painters, Fabrication/Welders and CNC Operators in the Prentice area; Accounting Assistant and Basic Machine Operator in the Rhinelander area. Contact Bear Staffing for details.

**Tomahawk Bus Service seeks part-time School Bus Drivers.

**University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point seeks LTE Food Services Assistant.

**There will be a Rabies Clinic at Animal Clinic of Tomahawk Saturday, Feb. 28 to benefit Paws 2 Think.

**Check out the specials at Billy Bob’s Sports Bar & Grill.

**Century 21 has new listings and new possibilities for you.

**Hank’s Truck & Trailer has an immediate opening for an experienced Diesel Mechanic.

**Imagine being cold and damp, no shelter. The Rabies Clinic on Feb. 28 will help Paws 2 Think care for the animals.

**Speaking of cold! Are you brave enough to enter the 2015 Kinship of Tomahawk Polar Plunge Feb. 28? Find out more about that event.

**St. Mary’s Catholic Church is seeking proposals for maintenance of Calvary Cemetery.

**Stroker’s family dining on Hwy. 86 also has sandwich specials, happy hour and fun during NASCAR racing.

**Tomahawk Stove Junction has the right stove for home or cabin. Don’t wait, the sale ends soon. They also have a banner on our web page for easy reference.

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

Tomahawk Leader 2-24-2015 issue
The scoop on sugar

Did you realize a 12-ounce serving of Pepsi has 10 teaspoons of sugar? Hopes are more people will soon know more about what they’re consuming as the Lincoln County Health Department urges us to take the Sugar Out Day challenge the week of Feb. 23, leading up to a Sugar Out Day Friday, Feb. 27. There’s a pledge sheet we can sign, which enters us into a weekly raffle for a fresh fruit and vegetable gift card. There also are interactive discussions taking place online on Twitter at @LCHealthDept or #LessSugar. Call Shelley at the Lincoln County Health Department at 715-539-1360 or email for more information and moral support. See more information in the Tomahawk Leader and at

Tomahawk Leader 2-17-2015 issue
Nature items

**Somo Ice Fishing Jamboree a big family event.

**Deadline approaching for ice fishing shelter removal.

**State Wildlife Federation calls Gov. Walker’s budget worst in 20 years.

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

Tomahawk Leader 2-24-2015 issue
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Summaries of obituaries published in the Feb. 24, 2015, Tomahawk Leader:

**Thomas G. Scheu, 72, Tomahawk, born in Merrill, lived most of his life in Merrill and Tomahawk, employed over 25 years as a welder at Drott/JI Case in Wausau (died 2-20-15; private family services).

**Elaine F. Kahn (nee Riedel), 94, Tomahawk, born in Mosinee, family moved to Tomahawk in 1930s, graduated from Tomahawk High School, worked as secretary and bookkeeper in St. Paul, Minn., and Wausau, and as a CNA and office professional for Sacred Heart Hospital, Tomahawk from 1968 until retirement; married Patrick Stone who was killed in combat in World War II, married Eldred Kahn in 1947, founder of Moon Spinners 4-H group, active in Tomahawk Historical Society, she and Eldred owned and operated Kahn's Bar from 1947-63 (died 2-19-15; Mass of Christian burial Sunday, Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, Tomahawk, visitation at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, Saturday from 4-6 p.m. with parish rosary at 6 p.m., and at the church Sunday beginning at 1 p.m.; memorials to Tomahawk Area Historical Society and St. Mary's Catholic School).

**Jean Erickson (nee Rutter), 80, born in Marshfield, married James H. Erickson, was a waitress for more than 25 years at LaNou's Restaurant in Tomahawk, also heeled on family farm (died 2-19-15; private funeral service at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk).

**Dorothy L. Hanse (nee Fieblekorn), 90, Tomahawk, born in Barrett, Minn., married Orville L. Hanse, couple lived in Waukesha, Elgin and Geneva, Ill., Minnesota and Tomahawk, she had many jobs including carpentry, farming, running mobile home parks, mink ranching and she and Orville owned a truck stop at the corner of Hwys. 51 and 8 in Tomahawk, also worked at Johnson Level Factory and Lectromill in Hazelhurst (died 2-19-15; funeral services will be Monday, Feb. 23 at 11 a.m. from St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church, Tomahawk, visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Monday; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, is assisting).

Tomahawk Leader 2-24-2015 issue
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Life gives you lemons, make lemonade

If you’re looking for some inspiration, meet Judy, who recently was diagnosed with her second bout with cancer. It was her home that burned to the ground last week. She’s had a string of bad luck, but she says when, “Life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” And so this Kinship mentor and volunteer, who’s midway in her 70’s, is not only jumping as part of four generations during the Kinship Polar Plunge Saturday, Feb. 28, she’s planning a Lemonade Stand at the plunge site (1 p.m. off the beach at SARA Park). There will be hot buttered lemonade as well as the cold stuff, and homemade lemonade cookies. All funds raised will go to Kinship of Tomahawk. To support Judy’s cause, call 715-453-8105 or mail funds to Kinship of Tomahawk, P.O. Box 653, Tomahawk, WI 54487, with “4 Generations” in the memo line. You can read the entire incredible story in the Feb. 25 Tomahawk Leader, available on newsstands and through an Online Edition subscription.

**Meanwhile, you can still sign up to plunge as an individual or team at Saturday’s event. Check the pdfs immediately below for details. And the public is really encouraged to attend and support Judy, the other plungers and Kinship.

Tomahawk Leader 2-24-2015 issue
No applications for Rankin’s seat

With a 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25 deadline looming, Lincoln County Clerk Chris Marlowe reports no one has submitted an application for the open District 22 seat on the Lincoln County Board. The vacancy was created following the death of Graham Rankin. Applications are due in the clerk’s office, 801 N. Sales St., Merrill, WI 54452. Call 715-539-1019 for more information.

**No write-ins yet
Two soon-to-be vacant seats on the Tomahawk Common Council remain without candidates heading into the final month prior to the spring election. City Hall reported at the end of January that no registration forms have been requested or filed to run as write-in candidates. The need for write-ins comes as no city residents filed to appear as candidates on the ballot by the Jan. 6 deadline for seats in District 1 and District 2. Three incumbents filed for non-candidacy earlier this year. City resident Mike Loka returned papers and will be unchallenged for one of two seats open in District 3. Alderman Mike VanDeWeerd is also running unopposed after he was appointed to the board in November to take over for Don Nelson, who initially stepped down to take a job out of state. VanDeWeerd is seeking the three-year term in District 3. According to the state Government Accountability Board, write-ins need to file a registration statement with City Hall prior to the election. If the two seats remain vacant following the spring election, the Tomahawk Common Council could appoint individuals to fill the positions. Those appointments would last for one year until the next spring election. For more information on obtaining papers to run as a write-in candidate for District 1, District 2 or any of the seats on city council, contact City Hall at 715-453-4040.

Tomahawk Leader 2-24-2015, 2-17-2015 issues
Wedding Section/1st Time Homeowner: NEW NEWS and News Tidbits

**NEWS UPDATE: The City of Tomahawk has issued a partial order that certain areas of the city should be running their water faucets due to the cold weather and potential of frozen water mains. We'll have more in the March 3 issue.

**WEDDING SECTION: The Feb. 24, 2015, Tomahawk Leader includes a special section "Wedding Planner/1st Time Homeowner." It contains helpful stories "4 Ways to Make Your Wedding Guests Happy," "Five Questions to Ask Before Marriage," "Simple solutions to Save on Your Wedding," "Popular Modern First Dance Songs," "Insurance for Newlyweds," "7 Tips for a Great Honeymoon," "Add Value to Your Home with These Renovations," and "3 Wedding Trends Likely to Last." Get your copy on newsstands now or download the pdf below. Past sections also are available with an Internet Edition subscription below.

**HAVEN to host Variety Show, ‘Love Me Tender’ Elvis Tribute.

**Mini-Business World gives students real-world experience.

**My Ministry Portal Training helps access personal health info.

**Rabies Clinic benefits Paws 2 Think.

**Kindergartners celebrate 100th day of school.

**THS Winter Carnival leads up to Winter Ball. Look for pictures in the Photo Album.

**Northwoods Harley-Davidson cited for outstanding performance.

**Public comment for Nicolet College accreditation.

**Mark Gaedtke: Murder by trampoline.

**Letters about community input for a possible school referendum; Right to Work for Less; proposal in the governor’s budget to remove property assessment responsibility from local municipalities; and giving your heart another chance.

**Veteran Service office under construction.

**Savvy Senior: Protecting yourself from osteoporosis bone fractures.

**Free Sportmen’s Wild Game Feed, Expo in Ogema Saturday, Feb. 28 at the Ogema Baptist Convention Hall. Check the Community Calendar.

Check out how to see the Tomahawk Leader e-edition anytime, anywhere via the link below.

Tomahawk Leader 2-24-2015 issue
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Sports recap

Several Tomahawk High School winter sports teams were in action last week: **Wrestling: Hatchet wrestlers finished sixth at the WIAA D2 sectional wrestling meet at Oconto Falls Saturday; advancing to the state individual wrestling meet at the Kohl Center in Madison this weekend are first-place finishers Kaleb Kaminski (182) and Dane Borchardt (220) and runner-up Jake Borchardt (285). **Boys’ basketball: Tomahawk lost 67-30 to host Lakeland last Tuesday; Justin Jarvensivu scored 17 points to pace the Hatchets; Tomahawk defeated Northland Pines at the field house Friday 45-37; Jarvensivu led the with 13 points. **Girls’ basketball: The Lady Hatchets lost to visiting Lakeland 63-24; Talyn Jones had seven points to lead the locals. **Boys’ hockey: Hatchets lost 10-0 to host Northland Pines in a WIAA regional quarterfinal tilt; goalie Dan Hanke had 46 saves. **Girls’ hockey: Tomahawk’s Lady Hatchet hockey team concluded its season at 13-11-1 overall following a 4-3 (OT) WIAA regional semifinal loss to visiting Point/Rapids; Erika Vallier scored two goals and Rylie Flohr tallied once; goalie Erin Sparks made 40 saves.

**Skating for a Cure hockey tournament to benefit breast cancer awareness Feb. 27-March 1.

The Tomahawk sixth grade boys’ basketball team recently won a six-team tournament at the field house.

Tomahawk Leader 2-24-2015 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.

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

Related links

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Never Forgotten Honor Flight

Philippine Orphan blog

Tomahawk Area Directory of Voluntary Organizations

Tomahawk Fire and Rescue School

Your Heart. Our Mission.

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